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Friday, September 08, 2006

The Week in Review

Catch-up on major news events you missed in the past week - Plus the weekend’s top stories!

Congratulations to Professor Mesfin on his nomination for the SAKHAROV PRIZE!

AFD: New years Message (Click to read)

Ethiopia’s OLF denies plot, denounces defamation campaign

The Oromo liberation struggle is gaining momentum from day to day demonstrating greater maturity, scope, capability and sophistication. The phenomenal growth and advance of this struggle is making the minority regime in Ethiopia even more desperate. TPLF is frightened by the closing of ranks among Oromo nationals.

As a result, it is resorting, as usual, to a smear campaign to falsely defame the image of the OLF. It is in the nature of desperate and tyrant regimes like the one in Ethiopia to blame all their troubles on their opponents. As observed time and again, fabricated stories have been used by the regime to falsely incriminate those whose only crime, if any, is political dissention and yearning for freedom. (More...)

Spate of defections continues
Indian Ocean Newsletter N° 1193 09/09/2006

suspicion has gone up a notch inside the ministry for foreign affairs about diplomats not felt to be sufficiently docile with the regime in place in Addis Ababa. Matters got even worse after revelations in the international media of confidential documents written by a foreign affairs ministry high official on its propaganda strategy.

diplomats who have defected complain about the management methods of their hierarchical superiors, of the generalised climate of suspicion that reins in the Ethiopian embassies and the obscure role of certain Tigrayan diplomats of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF, hard core of the EPRDF in power in Addis Ababa) operating as true political commissionaires. (More...)

Weekend Top Stories

-Conditions worsen for jailed Kinijit leaders as the spirit of freedom revives (EZ)
-Ethiopian security crackdown on Oromo Students escalating
-Source: Mullah Omar in Pakistan
-Did the 9/11 hijackers have a U.S. accomplice?
-U.S. Journalist Freed From Sudan Prison
-Hewlett-Packard Sets Emergency Board Meeting
-Researchers identify 'male warrior effect'
-Priest admits Madonna bomb hoax
-Rapper Is Cited for Unsafe Driving