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Friday, September 08, 2006

Meles Coming to the USA?

Also in the news: New ambassador to Ethiopia, the “secret hold” in action, Pagels Human Rights Award to Prof. Mesfin, “rebel hit squad” says govt. and more of today’s top stories

A crowd of stranded villagers gather on the banks of Ethiopia's Lake Tana (the source of the Blue Nile), as sacks of emergency food supplies are unloaded. Weeks of heavy rain have left more than 630 dead and 200,000 homeless and facing the spread of water borne disease across the country. By Journalist Andrew heavens, Abiabo, Lake Tana, Amhara region, Ethiopia 06 Sept 06. Particulary heavy rain over the past five days has flooded the remote village of Abiabo on the banks of Lake tana, forcing 2,000 of its inhabitants to move to a temporary shelter on higher ground.

Meles Coming to the USA?

Ethiopiawinet is reporting that prime minister Meles Zenawi will be coming to the United States, New York, next Tuesday to give a speech at the UN. Mr. Meles is expected to arrive in New York on Tuesday, September 12 and is scheduled to give his speech in front of world leaders on Thursday, September 14, 2006. We will update our readers on this story as we get more information.


Mr. Ambassador, to be - Donald Y. Yamamoto

The President intends to nominate Donald Y. Yamamoto, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Ambassador Yamamoto, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Djibouti. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of East African Affairs. Ambassador Yamamoto received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Columbia University.whitehouse

The "secret hold" in action

On Yesterday’s Edition, we featured an interview of Professor Alemayheu with Meron Ahadu of HR5680 taskforce, discussing in detail what it would take to make HR5680 a success in both the house and the senate. Professor Alemayehu stated the biggest hindrance to HR5680 may be a particular method practiced in the senate referred to as the “secret hold”. A secret hold is a parliamentary procedure within the Standing Rules of the United States Senate which allow one or more Senators to anonymously prevent a motion from reaching a vote on the Senate floor. Here is a classic example of how a secret hold works.

Pagels Human Rights Award Recipient - Mesfin Woldemariam

Prof. Mesfin is being honored by the Academy for his leadership in advocating for the disadvantaged and in promoting human rights, civil society, and a peaceful transition to democracy. (More...)

Today's Top Stories

-We stopped rebel hit squad: Ethiopian Govt.
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