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Friday, August 31, 2007

EHRCO: Release or Prosecute those Detained in Nekemte

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Plea to all Ethiopians regardless of Political Party Affiliation

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(ETHIOPIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - EHRCO)

Urgent Appeal -- Police in Nekemte town, Eastern Wellega Zone in the Oromia Region, detained fifteen people since August 23, 2007 without taking them to a court of law until the date of issuance of this report.

The police came with a search warrant stating that they are suspected of hiding arms and papers calling for violence. However, although they searched their homes and found nothing, they took away the individuals without an arrest warrant and held them in detention since then.

Three of the detainees are Executive Committee Members of EHRCO's Nekemte Branch Office.

*Released on August 30, 2007 around 6:00 PM

EHRCO expresses its grave concern over the detention of its members and other citizens and urges the government to immediately take them to a court of law or release them.

EHRCO also calls on those who stand for the respect of human rights, local and international human rights groups, government envoys and concerned individuals to exert pressure on the government to take the detainees to a court of law or to release them without delay.(MORE...)

Today's Top HEADLINES

-EACA chairman’s letter to the UN on the Ogaden (Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy)
-MSF says blocked from Ethiopia's volatile Ogaden
-UN Assessing Needs of Civilians in Ogaden(AUDIO REPORT)
-CUD Accuses Government for 'Mishandling' Inflation
-ETHIOPIA FINALIZES STUDIES FOR BUILDING HYDROPOWER DAMS
-Somali govt. sacks its ambassador to Ethiopia
-Somalia opposition conference in Eritrea delayed
-US calls for urgent deployment of Somali peacekeepers
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in Review)

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE WORLD’S OLDEST WOMAN DOING IN HOUSTON?
(Alemayehu G. Mariam)

We call her Dinkenesh. They call her “Lucy”. But what’s in a name? “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Shakespeare. But Lucy is one of a kind. She is unlike any other hominid fossil ever found. She is the most complete hominid skeleton of the Pliocene Epoch [1.8-5.3 million years ago]....But what in the world is she doing in Houston, Texas?(More...)

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INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

-Guinea-Bissau 'to shoot down drug planes'
-Protests Persist in BURMAA, Despite Arrests
-Bush discusses Iraq, China military
-Shiite’s Tale: How Gulf With Sunnis Widened
-UN Says Iran's Cooperation a 'Significant Step Forward'
-Forbes: Merkel most powerful woman

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Musharraf's allies question deal with Bhutto

Allies of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf have raised objections to a power-sharing deal he is negotiating with former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, casting fresh doubt on the future of the embattled president.(More..)

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Picture of the Day

(An Ethiopian reggae fan looks at photographs of Bob Marley at an exhibition in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.(Antony Njuguna/Reuters)

In February of 2005, MARC LACEY of the New York Times, who at the time Was covering the celebration of Marley’s birthday in Addis Abeba wrote, “If he had been onstage, Bob Marley would have waved his graying dreadlocks in the air and beseeched black people to continue struggling. In that lilting voice of his, he would have sung of love, of unity, of his beloved Ethiopia.

Ethiopia held a special place in Marley’s heart; he regularly expressed his interest to move there permanently. Unfortunately, the emergence of the DERG hindered Marley’s wishes from becoming reality.

-MARLEY IN HIS OWN WORDS (VIDEO)



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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Norway to cut aid to Ethiopia

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Plea to all Ethiopians regardless of Political Party Affiliation


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30 Aug 2007 Report - Ethiopia's decision to expel six of nine Norwegian diplomats from the country means Ethiopia will lose around NOK 30 million in Norwegian development aid.

"This isn't a punishment, but a consequence of the fact that so many people at the Norwegian Embassy are being kicked out," Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre told newspaper Aftenposten. That will leave a staffing shortage at the embassy, that will hinder its ability to handle foreign aid.

One of the diplomats' most important jobs involved monitoring the use of aid funds that are sent through the embassy. The total amounts to around NOK 100 million (about USD 16 million) this year alone.

With only three diplomats left on the embassy staff, capacity to handle aid funding is sharply reduced, and the aid itself will be reduced as well.

Most of the aid Norway extends to Ethiopia is channeled through the United Nations, and it won't be affected. Norway donated a total of NOK 268 million to Ethiopia last year.

Støre wouldn't say exactly what led to the expulsion, noting only that "we need to go through our experience." He expects to meet his Ethiopian counterpart in New York next month, at the US General Assembly. (Source)

Today's Top HEADLINES

-Ethiopia: The Annual Great Run postponed
-Chicago firm opens first IT Outsourcing Center in Ethiopia
-Exile at all costs for many young Eritreans
-Ordinary people, extraordinary deeds! (ethiomedia)
-African free-for-all? (Analysis)
-Coffee Price on the Rise: Who’s Going To Profit?(Analysis)
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in Review)

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SOMALIA PEACE TALKS TO WRAP UP WITH NO PROGRESS

Talks aimed at ending 16 years of conflict in Somalia were due to wrap up Thursday, with diplomats saying the parley had made no progress after six weeks of marathon negotiations.(More...)

Also see: Somalia peace talks fail as UN roots for all-inclusive dialogue

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INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

-Canada expels Sudanese envoy
-VIDEO: Castro picks Clinton and Obama
(In an editorial Cuba's Fidel Castro said a Clinton/Obama ticket would be best for the U.S.)
-Sarkozy calls Chavez for help on Colombia hostages
-Musharraf rejects pressure to quit
-US Congressional Report Finds Little Progress in Iraq
-Mafia suspects arrested in Italy
-New York's ‘Queen of Mean’ leaves $12 million to dog

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Liberia discovers 7000 'ghost' workers

Liberia's government says it has found more than 7,000 'ghost' workers on its payroll - employees who do not actually exist, or do not work for it. The discovery was made when the government embarked on a civil service overhaul to improve efficiency. (More..)

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Picture of the Day

(King Tona of Wolaita)

(The last king of Wolaita King Tona, reigned from about 1890 to 1900. He was reputedly the seventeenth monarch of a dynasty which traced itself back to a chief from Tegray. Tona himself succeeded his grandfather Gobie, and traced his line back, through his mother, to a noble Oromo family from Arsi.(Richard Pankhurst).........Yes, we Ethiopians are all interconnected.


-Must ReadCOMMON FACTORS UNITING THE PEOPLES OF ETHIOPIA (by Fikre Tolossa, 1994)



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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

UN to send a fact-finding mission to the Ogaden

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ADDIS ABABA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The United Nations plans to send a fact-finding mission to Ethiopia's Ogaden region where separatist rebels who killed 74 people in an April attack say they are facing the toughest government crackdown in years.

The mission, due to start on Aug. 30, will assess allegations by the rebels and rights groups of human rights abuses as well as the food, water and health needs of Ogaden's ethnic Somalis.

The remote region bordering Somalia has come under growing scrutiny since the government launched a campaign two months ago to flush out Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels after they carried out one of their bloodiest attacks on a Chinese-run oil exploration field in April.

Rights groups accuse soldiers of shooting civilians, burning homes and seizing livestock in its hunt for the ONLF, which wants more autonomy for the area believed to be rich in oil and gas.

"The information coming from the Somali region since the beginning of the Ethiopian government campaign against the ONLF has been secondhand, and it has been worrying," Paul Hebert, head of the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia, told Reuters on Wednesday.(More...)

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UNITE THE PEOPLE: DIVISION AND FRAGMENTATION HAS NOT AND WILL NEVER WORK

(NES: Professor Mammo Muchie)

“Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended. Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past....rather look to the future....If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way toward solving our economic problems.” - Kenyatta.(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Happy New Year! Govt. moves Homeless Out of Capital
-Ethiopia: Water - Tomorrow's Oil
-UN Says Many Ethiopians, Somalis Risk Lives to Flee
-Failed states think alike? (Opinion)
-Clinic treats abused donkeys, the Ethiopian 'family car'
-8 months on, Somalia's government cannot tame Mogadishu
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in Review)

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

-Mandela statue unveiled in London
-Burma (Myanmar) rulers try to crush dissent
-12 South Koreans freed in Afghanistan
-Firefighters gain upper hand over Greek fires
-US Troops Release Detained Iranians
-Sadr 'freezes' militia activities
-Minister Says Musharraf-Bhutto Alliance Nearly Complete

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Ghana U17 stun Brazil at World Cup

Ghana knocked tournament favourites Brazil out of the under-17 World Cup in South Korea with a 1-0 win on Wednesday. Isaac Donkor scored the only goal of the game, played in Gwangyang, on 51 minutes.(More...)

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Pictures of the Day

The patriotism and devotion to country Ethiopian athletes possess is legendary. When Tirunesh suffering from terrible stomach pain, won the race in Osaka last Saturday, she said “I did it for my country. I was struggling but I told myself to hang in. I didn't want to let down the people back home in Ethiopia.”

This sentiment is not new to Ethiopian athletes. Just see the conversation below between Mamo Wolde and Abebe Bikila, as Abebe realized he was too sick to finish the race and defend his title at the 1968 marathon in Mexico City.


As narrated by Mamo Wolde

(Ten miles into the race), he (Abebe) turned and beckoned teammate, Mamo Wolde,

Abebe: "Lieutenant."
Mamo: "Captain."
Abebe: "I'm not finishing this race."
Mamo: "Sorry, sir."
Abebe:"But Lieutenant, you will win this race."
Mamo: "Sir, yes sir."
Abebe:"Don't let me down."

when Abebe Bikila emerged from an ambulance (just after Mamo won the race), He caught Wolde's eye, came to attention and saluted. Wolde, mission accomplished, crisply returned it. Wolde's victory meant his country hadn't produced a lone prodigy, but a succession. Wolde had made the marathon Ethiopia's own. (Excerpted from ‘The Ordeal of Mamo Wolde” by Kenny Moore)

(Mamo Wolde wins Olympic Gold in Mexico, 1968 )


(Legendary Ethiopian athletes, Abebe Bikila and Mamo Wolde)




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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ethiopian govt. accuses Norway of 'destabilizing' region

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ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia on Tuesday justified its decision to expel Norwegian diplomats arguing that Oslo was interfering in its internal affairs and destablising the Horn of Africa.

"The reason for their expulsion is Norway's repeated and widespread interference in destabilising the Horn of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular," Bereket Simon, a top aide to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, told AFP.

"This decision is not sudden, we have repeatedly raised the issue with Norwegian officials. We had warned them to refrain from interfering in our internal affairs," he said.

Norway announced Monday it had been informed by Ethiopia on August 15 that Addis Ababa was "dissatisfied" with Oslo's diplomacy in the region and was demanding the Scandinavian country downscale its embassy staff.

Norwegian Junior Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen told AFP on Monday that Addis Ababa had accused Oslo of favouring its arch-foe Eritrea in regional mediation efforts.(More...)

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MR. OBANG METHO ADDRESSES OGADENIS IN MINNESOTA

"The first step is for all Ethiopians to get to know each other as unique people and as fellow human beings, to acknowledge whatever pain and suffering we might have caused each other and then reconcile....I believe that some of these liberation fronts do not really want to break away, but are doing it because their rights are being rampantly violated and they have been denied countless opportunities that are reserved for those few in power."(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Govt. orders 6 Norwegian diplomats to leave country
-Norway 'shocked' over diplomatic expulsion
-Homeless being moved out of Addis Abeba in time for millennium
-In Ethiopia Flood survivors struggle one year on
-Horn of Africa neighbours renew border talks
-Texas museum to show Lucy fossil amid criticism
-US Relations with Eritrea continue to Sour
-Gun battles rock Somali capital (BBC)
-Top Ethiopian distance runner Dibaba pulls out of 5,000m
-Ethiopia: A Simple Life? (Opinion)
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in Review)

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

-Emergency threat in Sierra Leone
-Taliban Agree to Free S. Korean Hostages
-Olmert, Abbas meet in Jerusalem
-French President Calls for Timed Troop Exit From Iraq
-Greek fire drama
(Video)
-Armed forces issue warning on eve of Turkish presidential vote
-'Massive' gem dug up in S Africa

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PACT COULD END ANONYMOUS BLOGGING IN CHINA

Internet companies including Yahoo and MSN have signed on to new government guidelines on blogging in China. An international press-freedom watchdog says the pact will lead to censoring and silencing of those who post their words on computer Web logs.(More...) - [Click here for audio report]

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Video of the Day

A Trailer of an upcoming Documentary Film about the wonders and mystery of Lalibela Ethiopia. By Addis Art & Culture, L.L.C.in collaboration with Addis Film Production - Ethiopia







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Monday, August 27, 2007

Human Rights Group Seeks Accounting of Ethiopian Food Aid

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OSAKA - Our athletes, as usual, are dominating the world athletics championships. At the moment Ethiopia is ranked Number 4. Kudos to our athletes!

[See Medal Table]
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Report - An Ethiopian human rights group is demanding that the United States and other international donors monitor the food and financial aid they give to Ethiopia for its impoverished Ogaden region.

As Nick Wadhams reports from Nairobi, activists say the government has blocked food aid to the Ogaden as it tries to quash a local rebel group.

[AUDIO report]

The Ogaden Human Rights Committee says Ethiopia's government has sparked a humanitarian crisis in the Ogaden and is asking nations from around the world to contribute aid. But it says they must make sure the donations get to the people who need them most.

Last week, the United States announced it is providing nearly $19 million in food assistance for the Ogaden through the U.N. World Food Program. Some money also will help pay for health, nutrition, and livelihood programs.(More...)

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ETHIOPIA SAYS IT WILL ATTEND ERITREA BORDER TALKS

Ethiopia said on Monday it will attend a meeting next week in The Hague to discuss its disputed border with Eritrea, but said its neighbour had made demarcation of the frontier impossible.(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Kinijit VP Bertukan presented with 90,000 birr Toyota
-Sekota Businesspeople Want Tamrat Layne Freed
-UN agency warns of flood risks in Ethiopia
-Microsoft Keen to Expand Market in Ethiopia, Africa
-First car assembly in Ethiopia to roll out Abay (Blue Nile)
-Somalia: the most deadly country in Africa for the media
-Wave of attacks launched in Mogadishu
-Kenenisa wins third straight titleKudos to our athletes!
-Mesgana Dancers celebrate heritage, life
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in Review)

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

-72 people killed in eastern Uganda
-Embattled U.S. Attorney General Resigns
-Rampaging fires threaten birthplace of the Olympics
-Iraqi leader lashes out at his critics in US Senate
-10 held over Russian journalist's murder
-Narcotic khat dominates Djibouti life

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MERKEL'S CHINA VISIT MARRED BY HACKING ALLEGATIONS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to China has been overshadowed by a report claiming that the Chinese government has been hacking into computers in Merkel's chancellery and three other Berlin ministries.(More...)

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Video of the Day

Dibaba wins in miracle fightback

"That was the hardest race of my life," Tirunesh Dibaba told reporters. "I had terrible stomach pain and then I was so far back I thought it would be impossible to come back. "But I did it for my country. I was struggling but I told myself to hang in. I didn't want to let down the people back home in Ethiopia." (Aug. 25, 2007)



(VIDEO - This past Saturday, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia made an astonishing recovery to win a dramatic women's 10,000 metres)





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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Week in Review

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The Week in review

TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK

Weekend News and Updates

-Interview: Abraha Belai of Ethiomedia with ETN(Video)
-African leaders invited to Ethiopian millennium fete
-U.N. suspects cholera in Ethiopia
-Two Somali peace delegates injured in hotel attack
-Threat of stronger insurgency in Somalia


DIBABA WINS WORLD TITLE IN MIRACLE FIGHTBACK






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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ethiopian govt. to press Ogaden campaign despite criticism

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Also:
- Today's Top HEADLINESUpdated
- INTERNATIONAL newsUpdated
- Special Coverage: Burma Crackdown**
- Picture of the Day
- Tribute to Aleka Ayalew Tamiru (Tewodros Abebe)

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NAIROBI, Aug 23 (Reuters) -The Ethiopian government, facing low-level, armed opposition in most corners of the country, shows no sign of letting up in a ruthless drive against rebels in the remote Ogaden region.

Government soldiers are accused of burning homes, seizing livestock and killing civilians in the toughest crackdown yet on insurgents in this near-forgotten part of the vast Horn of Africa country.

(Picture - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi)

Rights groups say abuses escalated in Ogaden when the government launched its campaign two months ago to root out separatist insurgents who attacked a Chinese-run oil exploration field in April, killing 74 people.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has branded rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) as "terrorists" bankrolled by arch-foe Eritrea.

Shrugging off pressure from the West, which fears the conflict may further destabilise the Horn, Meles asserts his right to rid the region, bordering lawless Somalia, of the ONLF's "cold-blooded murderers". "No stone will be left unturned," he has vowed.(More...)

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ETHIOPIAN AMERICAN CIVIC ADVOCACY (EACA) CALLS FOR A SENATE HEARING ON THE OGADEN

The Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) calls upon the international community to demand for the immediate halt to the atrocious and gross human rights abuses taking place against Ethiopian civilians in the Ogaden by the Ethiopian authoritarian regime.(More...)

[Request a Senate Hearing on the Ethiopian Ogaden Crisis]


[AUDIO] NPR'S IN-DEPTH REPORTING ON LUCY’S (DINKINESH) TOUR

The Lucy exhibition has been praised by some as a coup for Texas and denounced by others as the reckless exploitation of one of humanity's most famous ancestors. Renowned paleontologist Richard Leakey even called it a form of prostitution.[Listen]

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Today's Top HEADLINESUpdated

-US Announces Emergency Aid to Ethiopia's Ogaden
-Hugo Chavez to visit Addis Abeba
-Ethiopian govt. upset by U.S. bill
-Statement from the US state department
-Pakistan appoints new envoy to Ethiopia
-Gunmen kill another journalist in Somalia
-Ethio-Eritrea Conflict Fueling Somalia Crisis
-Insurgents Attack Mogadishu Police Stations
-Ethiopian find pushes split back millions of years
-Ethiopia's Dibaba seeks slice of history in Osaka
-Ethiopia's millenium and Chinese technology

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STOCKHOLM: CELEBRATION OF THE ETHIOPIAN MILLENNIUM EVENT SCHEDULE

RESPONSE TO GARY KLEIN OF DLA PIPER
(Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam)

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INTERNATIONAL NEWSUpdated

-Sudan tells EU and Canadian envoys to leave
-Firms Helped US Government's Warrantless Wiretaps
-Ex-Pakistan PM aims to bring down Musharraf
-ETA marks end of ceasefire with car-bomb
-Iran shuts barber shops for 'Western' hairstyles
-Rich Russian tries to buy U.S. bomber at airshow
-Kibaki refuses to sign proposed media law (Admirable!!)

Special Coverage: Burma Crackdown**

-US Condemns Burma's Crackdown - AUDIO
-BBC: Junta break up Burma protests - VIDEO
-Junta squashes more protests in Yangon
-Reuters:BURMA demo crackdown - VIDEO

Picture of the DayPosted again by popular demand



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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.(OROMO NARRATIVES)

-Learn more about the 'Gadaa' system

Tribute to Aleka Ayalew Tamiru

(By Tewodros Abebe)



Dear reader, as you probably have heard by now, Aleka Ayalew Tamiru, the renowned theologian and scholar, passed away last Sunday at age 83. Click here to read tribute to Aleka Ayalew by poet Tewodros Abebe.




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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Media Watchdog Criticizes Ethiopia's Press Freedom

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Response to Gary Klein of DLA Piper
(Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam)
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International media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, has criticized the Ethiopian government for its inconsistent approach to press freedom. On Saturday, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi conditionally pardoned four journalists who had previously been given long prison sentences.

As Malcolm Webb reports from Nairobi, the media watchdog say that the journalists' release does not suggest a move toward more press freedom in Ethiopia.

[Click here for AUDIO report]

The Paris-based group says it welcomes the release of the four Ethiopian journalists. The journalists had been convicted in July of crimes relating to their coverage of the post-election unrest in 2005. They were given prison sentences ranging from four to 15 years after waiving their defense and pleading guilty, in anticipation of being granted a pardon.

But the group says it is regrettable that they were freed because of what the group believes was the prime minister's wish, not because of the outcome of a fair trial. A senior researcher at Reporters Without Borders, Vincent Brossel, said the Ethiopian government's inconsistent actions are destroying the credibility of the country's justice system, and that their release does not signify any move toward press freedom.(More...)

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GLOBAL WARMING MAY EXACERBATE WATER CONFLICTS

(Washington Post) - "The potential for conflict is more than theoretical. Turkey, Syria and Iraq bristle over the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt trade threats over the Nile. The United Nations has said water scarcity is behind the bloody wars in Sudan’s Darfur region. In Somalia, drought has spawned warlords and armies."(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Study says Ethiopian volcano killed 5, displaced 2,000
-Amnesty criticises Czech weapons sales to Ethiopia and others
-World IT Forum opens in Ethiopia
-Cisco to Replace ETC's Poor Broadband Connection
-Ethiopian Jews situation draws look from federation reps
-Missing link fossil extends family tree
(A team of scientists in Ethiopia have uncovered fossil evidence for a new species of great ape)
-Puntland, Somali Government Rift Grows over Oil Resources
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in review)

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STOCKHOLM: CELEBRATION OF THE ETHIOPIAN MILLENNIUM EVENT SCHEDULE

Democratic Uncertainty in Ethiopia (Report/Study by Lahra Smith, professor at Georgetown University, for The United States Institute of Peace, USIP)
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-Some 10,000 flee Congo to Uganda
-Iraq Prime Minister Rebuffs U.S. Criticism
-Olmert bans mobiles in meetings
-Venezuela Congress OKs Chavez's Reforms
-Democracy Rally Held in Myanmar (Burma)
-Myanmar (Burma) arrests dissidents, squashes fuel protests
-Georgia says Russia again violates airspace
-Paging Mr. Indiana Jones


Picture of the Day

Yes, we here at ETP can't get enough of the ‘Awra Amba’ story. This is because it offers a glimpse into what Ethiopians are capable of and could contribute to the world, if given half the chance. Ethiopia’s untapped reservoir of history, knowledge, culture and natural resources have the potential to benefit not only its citizens but also the entire world. The purging of guns from Ethiopia's political system is what the country primarily needs to really blossom.

(Picture - Awra Amba Kids MOTO)
Kids in Awra Amba are well educated in ethics and morality. The above roughly translates to: " MOTTO: We, kids, will not touch other peoples money. If we find it on the ground, we will return it to the owner. By working together with unity and compassion, we will be productive. Our peaceful lives will nourish.")

-More pictures from AWRA AMBA
-AWRA AMBA: ONE MAN'S MODEL FOR A JUST SOCIETY
-Ahmed Teshome's single - 'AWRA AMBA' (Music)





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Monday, August 20, 2007

AWRA AMBA: ONE MAN'S MODEL FOR A JUST SOCIETY

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Democratic Uncertainty in Ethiopia (Report/Study by Lahra Smith, professor at Georgetown University, for The United States Institute of Peace, USIP)
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AWRA AMBA, ETHIOPIA - He can't read or write, but Zumra Nuru created a society that would have made Karl Marx proud. The 60-year-old Ethiopian farmer founded and cochairs Awra Amba, a commune where men cook, women plow, and religion has no place.

His inspiration came from his childhood: He was sent to the fields instead of to school and beaten for eating meat at his Christian neighbor's home.His mother had to work much more than his father.

"It made me sad," says Mr. Nuru. "When I asked my parents about it ... they acted as if I were foolish."

In the 1980s, Nuru finally launched the egalitarian society he dreamed of with 19 other people who adopted his vision. Today Awra Amba has some 400 members and is lauded as a model to alleviate poverty and promote gender equality in a country where women generally hold a subservient status to men.

The experimental community first came to national awareness when Nuru gave an interview on national television a few years ago. Since then numerous camera crews have driven out to the northern village. They are not alone.(MORE...)

Also:
-Enjoy Ahmed Teshome's amharic single - 'AWRA AMBA' (Music)

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TWO ANTI POVERTY CAMPAIGNERS REMAIN IN ETHIOPIAN PRISON

Two civil society activists, Daniel Bekele, 40, of ActionAid Ethiopia and Netsanet Demissie, 29, of the Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia, remain in prison in Addis Ababa despite the release of 31 opposition supporters.(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINESUpdated

-FREED ETHIOPIANS DESCRIBE THREATS (Washigton Post)
-Chancellor Merkel to visit Ethiopia (Capital)
-PM Meles’s Interview with Dimtse Woyane radio(ethiomedia)
-Statement on the Ogaden (Civic, media organizations)
-Preventable diseases kill 300000 children in Ethiopia (UNICEF)
-Expelled Eritreans seek damages from Ethiopia
-Eritrea says U.S. must change policy in Horn of Africa
-Mogadishu blast wounds four near peace talks venue
-Will AFRICOM be an Impetus for Changing US-Africa Trade Policies? (Analysis)
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK (The Week in review)

INTERNATIONAL NEWSUpdated

-Gaddafi son unveils reform plan
-Obama Calls for End of Cuba Embargo
-U.S. academic held in Iran freed on bail
-EU agrees to resume fuel supply to Gaza
-Anger At Plight Of 181 Miners In China
-Greatest Mysteries: Where is the Rest of the Universe?
-5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum discovered


Picture of the Day

(Asegedech Asefa, the First Ethiopian Woman pilot)

The First Ethiopian Woman pilot Asegedech Asefa, in an interview with Talk Show host Nigist Abate, shares incredible experiences from her fascinating life as a pioneer in the aviation field.

[Video] Asegedech: First Ethiopian Woman pilot




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Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Week in Review

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The Week in review

TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK

Weekend News and Updates

31 MORE CUD MEMBERS FREED

The Ethiopian authorities have pardoned at least 31 opposition members detained after post-election violence in 2005. They were jailed along with 38 senior figures - who were freed last month - from the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy.(More...)

CUD Leaders Forging a United Front

Talks between Temesgen Zewdie and the party's recently released former leaders led by Birtukan Mideksa ended up in agreement to work towards realizing the unity of the party and strengthen it further.(More...)

-CUDP LEADERS EXPECTED IN THE U.S. AUGUST 29 (Via EMF)
-Eritrea rejects US accusation of terrorism
-Armed clan feud in Somalia kills 16
-East African Nations Creating Regional Peacekeeping Force
-Chinese flocking in numbers to a new frontier: Africa






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Friday, August 17, 2007

-U.S. CONSIDERS PUTTING ERITREA ON TERRORISM LIST

(How would this affect ERITREA? -- Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions. Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors.) Source: US department of State

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ethiopian Police Say They Have Foiled Terrorist Plot

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[AUDIO] - RESPONSE from the OLF and the Eritrean govt. on the terror accusation
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Police in Ethiopia say they have prevented a rebel group called the Oromo Liberation Front from carrying out a plan to bomb public buildings and assassinate officials in the Ethiopian city of Nazareth.

VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu in our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi reports Ethiopia's government in Addis Ababa also accuses neighboring Eritrea of sponsoring the alleged plot.

[Click here for AUDIO report]

The state-run Ethiopian News Agency reports that members of the national police anti-terrorism task force have detained a number of people they believe had responsibility for coordinating and carrying out the plot.

The news agency says police confiscated nine explosive devices, 12 fuses, and an AK-47 assault rifle during the arrests.(More...)

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SOMALIA TO CREATE IRAQ-STYLE "GREEN ZONE"

The Somali government is trying to create a Baghdad-style safe "Green Zone" in Mogadishu to protect senior officials and foreign visitors from insurgent attacks.(More...)

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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Jijiga - In the shadow of Ethiopia's rebels
-ETHIOPIA TO MARKET NATURAL LOW CAFFEINE COFFEE
-Iodine deficiency threatens mental health of Ethiopian kids
-Israel: ETHIOPIAN KIDS REFUSED admission to school
-Eritrea - how to lose friends and influence people
-Somalia: UN holds back troops
-TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK
(The Week in review)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-Rwanda anger at Congo rebel move
-US set to declare Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group
-Israel's Netanyahu wins re-election as Likud chief
-Pakistan warns U.S. on damage to relations
-Mafia Massacre? Six Italians shot dead in Germany
-Fake dentist's 29-year career


Picture of the Day

Picture - Erta Ale ( also spelled as Arta Ale , Herta Ale ) is one of the spectacular and unique places in Afar- Ethiopia ( May be in the world ). It is the most active isolated shield Volcano in Ethiopia famed for its long-standing lava lake activity.This volcano is situated in the Danakil depression of Northern Afar along the NNW-SSE trending Erta Ale range.

Arta Ale Erupts

Arta Ale volcano in northeastern Ethiopia's Afar region erupted during the weekend, leaving two people missing and forcing hundreds to flee, said reports on Wednesday.(More...)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Mogadishu fighting kills 31 in 24 hours

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between Somali government forces backed by Ethiopian troops and insurgents in Mogadishu has killed at least 31 Somalis and wounded 60 in the past 24 hours, a human rights group said on Tuesday.

"The killings were from gunshots and explosions in different parts of the city," the head of Elman Human Rights Group, Sudani Ali Ahmed, told Reuters. "It is totally unacceptable and ... against human rights."

[Click here for Audio report] - Yesterday was one of the bloodiest days in Mogadishu]

In one incident, Ethiopian soldiers opened fire on a bus full of civilians, killing 10 people and wounding several others, Ahmed said. "This was the most ugly attack," Ahmed said. "Six people died instantly and another 14 were wounded, four of whom died."

Ethiopia denied carrying out the bus attack. "This is a baseless accusation, as usual," Ethiopian Information Ministry spokesman Zemedhun Tekle said in Addis Ababa. "We would never open fire on civilians like this."

A European Union security expert and U.N. arms monitors have both said Ethiopia carried out attacks on civilian targets in past anti-insurgent offensives in Mogadishu. At a hospital near the scene of the attack, Deq Hayr Olad, 24, said he remembered the bus being sprayed with bullets, some of which hit him in the left leg.(More...)
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Africa's Future: The "cheetah generation" (Interesting speech by Ghanaian economist George Ayittey)
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Today's Top HEADLINES

-Assault on the Judiciary Contd. (EZ)
-Petronas coming to Ethiopia's Ogaden
-SOMALIA TO CREATE IRAQ-STYLE "GREEN ZONE"
-All sides in Somalia Deny Committing War Crimes
-Somalia: UN holds back troops
-TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK (The Week in review)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-Deadline to end Malawi deadlock
-Israel warns Europe over Hamas-Fatah talks
-Terrorism suspected in Russian train blast
-Cannons and anxiety as Pakistan celebrates 60
-Aid urgently needed in N Korea
-Cash-Stuffed Suitcase Splits Venezuela and Argentina
-Pot Bellies (BoRch) Point to Heart Risk
-Biker fails to notice missing leg


'Picture of the Day' Archive

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Monday, August 13, 2007

HRW: All sides in Somalia have violated international law

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NAIROBI, Kenya: Ferocious battles in Somalia's capital have involved serious violations of the laws of war by all sides, with indiscriminate attacks on civilian neighborhoods and hospitals, a human rights group said Monday.

(Picture - Tom Porteous, London Director of Human Rights Watch, press conference, Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. AP Photo)

Mogadishu, one of the world's most violent cities, has been ravaged by fighting that pits Somali troops and their Ethiopian allies against insurgents who are trying to topple the fragile administration. Thousands of civilians have been killed this year by roadside bombs, mortar and grenade attacks and land mines.

"None of the parties has taken — as international law requires — all feasible precautions to spare the civilian population from the effects of attacks," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in its 113-page report, "Shell shocked: Civilians Under Siege in Mogadishu."(More...)

Also see:
-[AUDIO] All in Somalia Conflict Violated International Law (VOA Audio Report)
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(AUDIO) NPR Reports from Ethiopia

Ethiopia is secretly cracking down on groups it deems terrorist, including one in western Ethiopia (OLF). The situation is raising serious human rights concerns, and tough questions for its ally, the United States. [LISTEN to NPR's report]

Today's Top HEADLINES

-30 zebras, dozens of fishes found dead in Ethiopia's Lake Chamo
-Ethiopia: 8 Mln at Risk of Fluoride-Related Health Problems
-US tells Eritrea to close down consulate
-Eritrea lashes out at US over consulate closure
-Eritrean state media journalist goes missing-RSF
-Five killed as fresh violence grips Somali capital
-2 arrests reported in killing of Somali-Canadian journalist
-TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK
(The Week in review)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-Karl Rove, Bush's Top Political Adviser to Resign
-Two female Korean hostages freed
-Jamming systems play secret role in Iraq
-Boycott of Hamas is counterproductive: British MPs
-Noriega to appear in U.S. court on extradition request
-Rush Hour 3 beats Bourne to box office title


Picture of the Day

(Mamo Wudneh)

Renowned author, playwright, journalist and Former President of the Ethiopian Writers' Association - Mamo Wudneh - started elementary school at age 15 but quickly rose to become one of the country’s prolific writers. He was actively involved in trying to broker a peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and this year he served as a member of the council of elders (SHimagilewoch) which was led by Professor Ephraim Isaac.

Below is a link to a fascinating brief article, written in 1998, about what happened when Mr. Wudneh confronted the Italiyan pilot who was responsible for bombing his village when Mr. Wudneh was just a kid.

-'So You are the One Who Destroyed My Village' (by Paul Williams)



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Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Week in Review

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- Weekend News and Updates

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The Week in review

TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK

Weekend News and Updates

-Ethiopia: Flood kills two minors, 2,000 households affected
-LETTER OF APPRECIATION to THE OGADEN YOUTH NETWORK
(The Empowerment Initiative)
-Tensions between Eritrea, Ethiopia on the rise
-Two Somali journalists, four officials killed in Mogadishu
-Ethiopiques: Addis Ababa-baloola-a-wop-bam-boom!




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Friday, August 10, 2007

Scientist agrees with ETP; calls Lucy skeleton tour 'prostitution'

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Associated press - Ethiopia's dispatching of the Lucy skeleton on a six-year-tour of the United States is akin to prostituting the fragile, 3.2 million year-old fossil, paleontologist Richard Leakey said Friday.

The Lucy skeleton — one of the world's most famous fossils — was quietly flown out of Ethiopia earlier this week for the U.S. tour. Leakey, one of the world's best-known fossil hunters, is not the first to criticize what some see as a gamble with an irreplaceable relic. The U.S. Smithsonian Institution also has objected to the tour, and the secretive manner in which the remains were sent abroad has raised eyebrows in Ethiopia, where the public has seen the real Lucy fossil only twice.

"It's a form of prostitution, it's gross exploitation of the ancestors of humanity and it should not be permitted," Leakey told The Associated Press in an interview at his Nairobi office.(More...)

Today's Top HEADLINES

-Two more Kinijit defendants released from jail
-Kinijit’s U.S. – E.U. tour
-AUDIO: Ogaden Oil Deal Despite Resistance From Rebels
-Media Field Trip to the Ogeden
(Lewit)
-Heavy fighting breaks out in Mogadishu
-Five police stations attacked overnight in Mogadishu
-Government Shuts Down Radio Shabelle And Arrests Staff
-Dibaba and Bekele lead Ethiopian squad to Osaka

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Public Lecture
Ethiopian millenium:
Historical perspectives and prospects

By Professor Mamo Muchie
Aug 15, 2007
(More...)
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-Libyan leader's son admits medics in HIV case were tortured
-Uganda threatens Congo over raids
-Taliban Says Hostages Safe for Now
-Israel's Barak dismisses peace push "fantasies"
-South Asia Monsoon Death Toll Reaches 575
-Sarkozy interrupting US vacation to return to Paris for cardinal's funeral
-Man living in car since '00 upsets city


Why is LUCY so important?

The first known link in the evolutionary chain between primates and early humans, according to scientists, can be traced back to afarensis - a hominid that lived approximately 3.9 to 3 million years ago. The best-known specimen of afarensis is ("Lucy"), a 3.2 million year old partial skeleton found in November 1974 at Hadar, Ethiopia.

On November 24th, 1974 the Anthropologist Donald Johansen discovered a female hominid (whom he later named "Lucy") near the Awash River in Hadar, Ethiopia. Anthropologists classified Lucy as Australopithecus afarensis and believe this hominid to be the earliest common ancestor shared between primates and early humans.(World History Reference - Australopithecus afarensis)

Questions and Answers:
(Instutute of Human Origins)

How did Lucy get her name?
Later in the night of November 24th, there was much celebration and excitement over the discovery of what looked like a fairly complete hominid skeleton. There was drinking, dancing, and singing; the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was playing over and over. At some point during that night no one remembers when or by whom the skeleton was given the name “Lucy.” The name has stuck.

How do we know she was female?
Evidence now strongly suggests that the Hadar material, as well as fossils from elsewhere in East Africa from the same time period, belong to a single, sexually dimorphic species known as Australopithecus afarensis. At Hadar the size difference is very clear, with larger males and smaller females being fairly easy to distinguish. Lucy clearly fits into the smaller group.

Do we know how she died?
No cause has been determined for Lucy’s death. One of the few clues we have is the conspicuous lack of post-mortem carnivore and scavenger marks. Typically, animals that were killed by predators and then scavenged by other animals (such as hyaenas) will show evidence of chewing, crushing, and gnawing on the bones. The ends of long bones are often missing, and their shafts are sometimes broken (which enables the predator to get to the marrow). In contrast, the only damage we see on Lucy's bones is a single carnivore tooth puncture mark on the top of her left pubic bone. This is what is called a peri-mortem injury, one occurring at or around the time of death. If it occurred after she died but while the bone was still fresh, then it may not be related to her death.

How old was she when she died?
There are several indicators which give a fair idea of her age. Her third molars (“wisdom teeth”) are erupted and slightly worn, indicating that she was fully adult. All the ends of her bones had fused and her cranial sutures had closed, indicating completed skeletal development. Her vertebrae show signs of degenerative disease, but this is not always associated with older age. All these indicators, when taken together, suggest that she was a young, but fully mature, adult when she died.




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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Rejuvenating the Diaspora: Kinijit’s U.S. – E.U. tour

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[AUDIO] - Report on the Ethiopian government’s reprehensible decision to send LUCY on tour for money

(See below 'PROSTITUTING LUCY' for more)
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ETP - Top officials of the coalition for unity and democracy party CUDP (also former prisoners of conscience), will be leaving Addis Abeba in less than two weeks - on a working tour of North America and the E.U - aiming to rejuvenate and revive the diaspora constituency of their organization.

The delegation that will be arriving in North America to primarily undertake the delicate task of deciphering and resolving the crises that had enveloped dispora CUDP, will be lead by the party’s chairman engineer Hailu Shawl and will include Bertukan Mideksa (VP), Dr Berhanu Nega (mayor elect of Addis Abeba), Dr Hailu Araya (CUDP’s spokesperson), Gizachew Shiferraw (Public Relations) and Brook Dawit. They are also planning a stopover at several cities in the U.S. and Canada for a meet and greet with support chapter members.

The three individuals tasked with facilitating the north America tour in conjunction with the support chapters are Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam, Tamagn Beyene, and Dr. Solomon Alemu. They were chosen because of their neutrality in regards to the rivalry within the diaspora functions and their acceptability to both sides. It is to be remembered that Professor Alemayehu and Dr. Solomon served as impartial observers at the singing of the June agreement between the two groups which intended to end the feud. The agreement lasted only a few days.

A second team of prominent members of the party’s leadership will also be travling to the E.U. This team consists of ; Muluneh Eyuel(Secretary General), Yacob Haile Mariam (External Affairs), Abayneh Berhanu(council member), Kifle Tigneh and Aschalew Ketema (council member). The CUD Africa/Europe council is expected to welcome the delegation.

Kinijit is hoping that this tour will reenergize the diaspora and completely bring to an end the infighting and feud that had plagued its support organizations for well over a year.

Today's Top HEADLINES

-An Ethiopian Dilemma (Donald N. Levine)
-Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan urged to merge hydropower power generation
-Ethiopia: Forests for Biofuel - a Dubious Swap?
-Ethiopian Troops Spray Bullets Wounding Three
-Fighting rocks Mogadishu near children's hospice
-Insurgency Endangering Somali Civilians
-Haile-greatness on and off the track
(Sports Illustrated)
-GFA awaits FIFA over Ethiopia pull-out
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Learning from HR 2003

(Dessalegn Asfaw)....My point is to re-emphasize the need to treat independently the various actors in this occasion and also to treat each actor with empathy and trust. Professor Ephrem in his mediating capacity cannot be expected to campaign for H.R. 2003 and at best can be expected to remain neutral while appearing against. Besides, one person's opposition to the bill ought not make a difference, and if it does, then the Ethiopian-American lobby should blame only itself......H.R. 2003 must remain solely the task of Ethiopian-Americans. That way, if it passes, neither the mediators nor Kinijit leadership can be held responsible for its passing.(MORE...)

Also see:
-The Christian Science Monitor talks to Prof. Alemayehu and Prof. Ephraim
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

-S Africa Aids sacking condemned
-Wall St skids on renewed subprime worry
-U.S. withdrawal needed for security, Iran tells Iraq
-Israel wants to deal with refugee issue up-front
-Powerful earthquake strikes Indonesia
-Fossils challenge old evoluton theory*


Picture of the day


Prostituting LUCY

(Prostitution = Renting/selling one’s body for money) - Ethiopian officials are sending LUCY to a six year American tour for an undisclosed amount of money. Ever since LUCY was discovered, Ethiopians were not permitted to see her; instead, a replica of LUCY was featured at the national museum. The real Lucy has only been displayed twice in Ethiopia. But now, LUCY will be leaving for a SIX year tour to the United States. Renowned U.S. museums refuse to display LUCY saying “fossils should only be removed from their vaults for "compelling" scientific purposes “. Experts agree “Lucy is irreplaceable and is now being placed at huge risk” they say. What if the plane carrying LUCY crashes? What If there is a crack, breaks or is tainted in any way; what amount of insurance money can replace a 3 million year old fossil? What is the government of Ethiopia thinking when it approved this tour? MONEY!?

-Ethiopians fret as 'Lucy' skeleton heads to U.S.
-Row sparked by US tour of 3.2m-year-old Lucy skeleton





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