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Friday, July 13, 2007


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(Press release, The coalition for h.r. 2003)

Congressman Donald Payne (seen here with Nelson Mandela) has re-scheduled mark-up of H.R. 2003 for July 18, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. We thank Don Payne for his commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.

...Don’t Stop Calling! Don’t Stop Writing! Let’s Get One-Half of the Members of the House to Co-sponsor! There Has Been a Dramatic Increase in the Number of Co-sponsors This Week!

...To Those Who Have Not Joined the Struggle for Human Rights in Ethiopia If you are sitting on the fence thinking that your participation or contribution will not make a difference, or feel success in this legislation is unattainable, take heart in what President Abraham Lincoln said: “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”(More...)

What say the ethio-blogosphere

-End the Silence (redeemethiopia)
-Flea (Ersasu)
-On the CUD trial, prosecutor's recommendation (Dagmawi)
-"Abusing the people doesn't make sense"(Enset)


-FIDH: African Commission on Human Rights must make a public declaration before sentences are pronounced on CUD case
-RSF: urges court to disregard prosecutor’s request
-Somali peace hopes elusive as talks kick off
-Opponents of Somalia's Transitional Government to Hold Conference
-Islamists vow to attack Somalia peace meeting
-A Roadside Bomb Blast Targets an Ethiopian Water Truck in Mogadishu
-Ethiopia takes historical Steeplechase title in Ostrava
-Eritrea's last Jew nostalgic for past community


-India pushes people power in Africa
-House passes bill to bring U.S. troops home in '08
-The scandal threatening to engulf Chirac
-Report: No Evidence on Indian Doctor
-Thousands protest over Pakistani mosque assault
-He's Here: Beckham Lands In U.S.
-Canadians can now mention bombs, guns at airports

Picture of the day

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(Traditional court in the oromia region where the Oldest Man Serves as Judge. Ethiopia. L Herbert 1966)

Ethiopia, long considered the cradle of mankind, is also credited by scholars as having developed one of the first egalitarian systems in Africa, thanks to the rich culture of the Oromo.

Professor Donald N. Levine writes;

"The institutions of the gadaa system promoted an ethos of egalitarianism in many ways.....Gadaa structures political relations in an anti-authoritarian direction. It does so through the regular circulation of elites, such that no ruling class is in power for more than eight years....In the gadaa system, hereditary and elected leaders serve complementary but separate roles. Leaders are elected for a single term of finite length, with the expectation that they will turn over the reigns of governance smoothly to a properly appointed successor cohort.

-Learn more about the Gadaa system