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Friday, February 23, 2007

The Week in Review

Look for the 'The Week in Review' segment below

Weekend news: [Meles Zenawi: African dictator or hope for democracy?] - [Thousands flee Mogadishu fighting]


March 2 - worldwide candlelight vigil for prisoners of Conscience in Ethiopia


A picture released 17 January 2007 by the US Air Force (USAF) shows Ethiopians from the nearby village of Bilate sitting near an Air Force C-130 Hercules deployed to Ethiopia. The US military remained silent on a press report Friday that US ground troops used Ethiopian bases to fight Al-Qaeda in Somalia, but said it would help regional allies fight terrorists. Bereket Simon denied the report by the New York times calling it a fabrication.(AFP/USAF-HO/File)

100,000 letters-in-ten-days campaign

Surely, by now you have heard of the 100,000 letters-in-10-days campaign, but have you participated yet? (More...)

Meles Zenawi: African dictator or hope for democracy?

These days in Addis Ababa, a have-and-have-not capital in which elegant piazzas abut ramshackle slums, there's a climate of thickening fear and suspicion.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Journalists here don't criticize the government much anymore, perhaps because doing so has landed at least 15 of them in prison on treason charges.

Since a bloody crackdown after elections in 2005, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi also has tried dozens of opposition leaders on treason charges, blocked antigovernment Web sites, and tried to muzzle an independent inquiry into the postelection violence, which found that government security forces had killed 193 civilians.(More...)

Thousands flee Mogadishu fighting

Thousands of civilians have fled the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and armed groups on Friday and Saturday left at least 10 people dead.

The exodus came as the International Committee for the Red Cross, ICRC, asked the warring parties on Saturday to protect civilians caught up in the conflict there. The ICRC said that since the beginning of the year, more than 430 civilians had been admitted to two of the city's three hospitals suffering from violence related injuries.

The precise death toll, which is estimated at several dozens, cannot be confirmed, the ICRC said.(More...)

The Week in Review

  • Monday - February 19, 2007

  • [Court postpones verdict - new date, March 5th]

  • Tuesday - February 20, 2007

  • [100,000 LETTERS IN TEN DAYS, CAMPAIGN TO STOP HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ETHIOPIA] - [CARTER HOPEFUL CUD TRIAL WILL END IN THE COMING WEEKS] - [Hunt for al-Qaida overshadows repression in Ethiopia, some fear] - [AFP: Heavy fighting rocks Mogadishu as thousands flee] - [ETHIOPIA: Trial of opposition activists adjourned] - [New Somalia govt restricts radio coverage of violence and refugees]

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2007

  • [EZ: Ambassador Yamamoto genuinely interested in finding a solution to Ethiopia‚Äôs political crises] - [100,000 LETTERS IN TEN DAYS campaign gaining momentum] - [ION: More Ethiopian diplomats defect] - [Somalia's hopes for peace fade] - [680 dead in Ethiopia in suspected cholera outbreak]

  • Thursday - February 22, 2007

  • [Deputy Mayor Elect of Addis Abeba Flees Country with Wife] - [100,000 letters-in-ten-days campaign update] - [Ethiopian Millennium to be Celebrated by Ethiopians in Los Angeles] - [Somalia: Artillery Kills 10, Wounds 50] - [Poverty and cultural customs contribute to obstetric fistula] - [UN Security Council approves Somalia peacekeepers]

  • Friday - February 23, 2007

  • [The Economist: Should the West go on helping a repressive govt. in Ethiopia?] - [Report: U.S. used airstrip in Ethiopia to mount strikes against ICU, Ethiopian Govt. says not true] - [Ethiopian court upholds death sentences over terror] - [AFP: Fierce fighting b/n Ethiopian forces and unidentified gunmen erupts in Somali capital] - [Uganda to start deploying soldiers in Somalia within two weeks] - [Surviving forced marriage in Ethiopia]