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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ethiopia: University Student Shot Dead By Federal Police

Also in the news: Peaceful Rally:Kinijit Support Group in The Netherlands, Senior Ethiopia judge accuses regime of 'massive killing', Addis to Host 1st Pan-African Cultural Congress, U.S. Security Agenda in Africa, Human Development Index: Ethiopia 8th from last

International: Somali lslamic Militia Rescues Commercial Ship From Pirates, Only international war crimes court Opens, Europe's anti-war politicians feel vindicated by US polls, Iraqis cheer Rumsfeld departure, Nicaragua's Ortega slams U.S. over Iraq, Ed Bradley - one of television's most prominent African American journalists dead: and more of today's top stories

University Student Shot Dead By Federal Police

On Monday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 pm, a senior student from Addis Ababa University was killed by a federal police officer on (main) Bole Road.

According to sources, he was shot through the back while walking with friends, who were talking and laughing loudly. No words were ever exchanged between the policeman and his victim.

The officer, who has reportedly been taken into custody, has claimed that the gun “misfired” while he was hitting another student with the butt of the weapon; however, witnesses confirm that the shot was fired intentionally and without provocation. (More...)

Peaceful Rally
Kinijit Support Group in The Netherlands


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Judge Teshale Aberra: approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people have been killed in the Oromia region

The Ethiopian government is responsible for the deaths of thousands of student protestors and demonstrators over the past 15 years, Judge Teshale Aberra told the Guardian in an interview Wednesday.

Aberra, who was president of the Oromia Supreme Court and a judge in Ethiopia for 12 years, defected to the UK in October and is seeking asylum. He reported that approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people have been killed in the Oromia region, under the regime of current Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who Abetta said was as bad as former Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam. (More..)

UN report: G-8 nations must lead efforts to combat global water and sanitation crisis Ethiopia, the military budget is 10 times the water and sanitation budget.

The report estimates the total additional cost of achieving the MDG on access to water and sanitation – to be sourced domestically and internationally – at about $10 billion a year. “The $10 billion price tag for the MDG seems a large sum – but it has to be put in context. It represents less than five days’ worth of global military spending and less than half what rich countries spend each year on mineral water,” it says. (More...)

Addis to Host 1st Pan-African Cultural Congress

The African Union (AU) said the 1st Pan-African Cultural Congress would be held under the theme "Culture, integration and African Renaissance" between 13 and 15 November, 2006 in Addis Ababa.

The Congress is being organized by the AU in line with the decision of the 1st AU Conference of Ministers of Culture in December 2006, which was endorsed by the AU summit in Khartoum in January 2006.

The Congress will deliberate, among others, on such issues as memory and heritage, language, culture and education, African culture, youth and gender, cultural freedoms, rights and intellectual rights, cultural development and social development, the release said.

The purpose of the Congress would be to review and assess the cultural sector in Africa, and consider challenges and opportunities in order to draw strategies and appropriate programmes.

U.S. Security Agenda in Africa – Part I
by J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.

..Now that the midterm elections are over, perhaps it can be hoped that the incoming 110th Congress might spare some time for a continent which, as I have repeated argued, is now more vital to U.S. strategic interests than ever before and will only become more so in the coming years.

To this end, I propose this week and next to briefly survey the "Top 10" priorities for a U.S. security agenda in Africa on which the Bush administration and the new Congress will hopefully find ways to collaborate. While there are, without a doubt, a great number of other issues affecting Africa, including health, human rights, and other concerns, I have purposely limited my list to ten issues more directly related to security that will require focused attention on the part of the U.S. government – Congress and the president as well as executive agencies and the military and intelligence services – within the next year. (more...)

Somali lslamic Militia Rescues Commercial Ship From Pirates

Islamic fighters stormed a hijacked ship and recaptured it after a gun battle with pirates off Somalia's lawless coast, officials said Wednesday.

...It is the first rescue of a ship hijacked by pirates since the Islamic movement seized the capital from warlords in June. They have been expanding their control across the south of the country since then. Somalia has not had an effective national government since 1991, when warlords overthrew dictator Mohammed Siad Barre and then turned on one another, throwing the country into anarchy. (More...)

'60 Minutes' Correspondent Ed Bradley Has Died

Nov. 9, 2006 — Ed Bradley, one of television's (U.S) most prominent African-American journalists, died of complications from leukemia Thursday. He was 65 years old.

A longtime correspondent for CBS News' "60 Minutes," Bradley's probing questions and salt-and-pepper beard distinguished him for millions of TV viewers. He died this morning at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City.

Bradley was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago but was in remission. He apparently took a turn for the worse two weeks ago, contracting pneumonia and succumbing to the disease.

Today's Top Stories

-Human Development Index: Ethiopia 8th from last
-The only permanent international war crimes court Opens
-Europe's anti-war politicians feel vindicated by US polls
-Iraqis cheer Rumsfeld departure, look for shift
-Talk radio hosts lick election wounds
-Nicaragua's Ortega slams U.S. over Iraq
-Will Jackson's performance be ‘freak show’?
-"baby hatch" where mothers can drop off unwanted babies: Japan