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Thursday, January 26, 2006

A Letter from Jail

Birtukan Mideksa is the senior vice president of the leading popular party, Kinijt (CUDP). Birtukan was trained as a lawyer and was appointed high courts judge in the early 2000s. She came to the national spotlight in 2002 while presiding over the PM Meles Vs Mr. Siye case where she set Meles's opponent, Mr. Siye Abreha free shocking everyone involved (including Mr. Siye himself) . Birtukan Mideksa's recent arrest by the government has only increased her popularity.

Birtukan Mideksa’s letter from prison: in Amharic and English.


Friday, January 13, 2006

Selassie I Meets the Press

We found this to be very interesting. It is a video of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I, taking questions from the foreign press.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

News fit for a donkey!

(By Sintayehu Tefera, Ethiopian Politics Contributor)

“Today’s corporate media are not interested in serious and significant news; instead, they're churning out childish news, dumbed down for numbed out audiences. … a lot of thought seems to be going into making it thoughtless”
- Journalist Michael Buerk

The quality of news in the U.S has been declining for quite sometime now. As far as I’m concerned, it reached its lowest point yesterday, January 10. Ethio-Americans and Ethiopians in Atlanta and other parts of the country have been pleading with CNN to devote some air time to the deteriorating political situation in Ethiopia to no avail.

Yesterday ladies and Gents, we got punk'd!..........Ethiopia was covered on TV by CNN continuously through out the day. But it was not the dying students that made the news, nor was it the inhumane concentration camps…. what was getting so much air play you ask?………..wait for it…………wait ……………….drum roll………..ETHIOPIAN IDOL!!!!

CNN (TV) and other major news organizations that didn’t want anything to do with the killings and detentions in Ethiopia, extensively covered, (in a very condescending tone I might add) the new Ethiopian Idol TV show. I assume they all got the story from the same source, probably Agence France Presse (AFP) or Associated Press (AP)….. almost word for word, they all kept iterating it in the same manner.

The coverage went something like this:

“Yellowed satin sheets and signs taped to the walls provide the backdrop for a set hastily constructed each week in a shabby hotel restaurant. Performers have to contend with frequent power cuts, feedback from poor sound equipment and ringing cell phones……….”most of the time, I tell (contestants) to go back to their old jobs, forget about a career in singing,” the 46-year-old Ethiopian idol judge said. “Or I tell them they sing like donkeys.””

On any given day, the line up that makes up for a major chunk of the news in the U.S involve………..Cute puppies, cuddly panda bears, and Paris Hilton ………more or less in that order.
Michael Buerk warns “A flawed media, leads to a flawed democracy. Ill informed citizens cannot make proper judgments about their leaders' actions, about the actions that take place in their names, about the laws that govern them.”

CNN (TV)... In the words of Mr. Feleke Hailu Ethiopian idol judge (who in my opinion makes Simon Cowell look like a little girl scout) ………. Your news is fit for a donkey!


(The Article below is submitted by Fikirte Hagos)

Just for fun let's look at the first few paragraphs of the article. The aim is to learn how one can fit in as much negativity as possible without using too many words. We were quite impressed at how they were able to achieve this. To better assist with this exercise we have highlighted some of the key phrases. Perhaps we can take a few tips.

(Jan. 8). ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- "Ethiopian Idols" is a far cry from the glamour and glitz of its U.S. and British inspirations.

Yellowed satin sheets and signs taped to the walls provide the backdrop for a set hastily constructed each week in a shabby hotel restaurant while waiters peer in. Performers have to contend with frequent power cuts, feedback from poor sound equipment and ringing cell phones.

But "Ethiopian Idols" has it own answer to Simon Cowell -- the acerbic judge on the American and British versions. Feleke Hailu disses contestants by telling them they "sing like donkeys." The show has fast won the highest ratings on otherwise dull state-run TV. While "Ethiopian Idols" cannot promise the riches or fame enjoyed by American and British winners, it does offer hope in an impoverished country where most of the 77 million people cannot afford a TV set.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Dictator of the Month!

(By Dr.Yonnas Gondemo, Ethiopian Politics Contributor)

Dictatorofthemonth dot com is an online magazine that features infamous works of “dictators, autocrats and monarchs of the world”. Dictators that have been featured on this website include: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Kim Jong Il and Mengistu Halilemariam. Ethiopianpolitics along with other concerned Ethiopian citizens has been in contact with “dictator of the month” website informing them of the atrocities committed by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. After reviewing all the evidence from all the major news sources they are finally convinced that Meles does indeed deserve this title.

This is an ongoing process, meaning everyone should go to the website and vote in order to keep his “dictator” ratings up. As stated on the DOM website “To rate each dictator a scorecard system has been developed; although somewhat subjective, this system will help visitors learn about each dictator. DOM will follow up on leads submitted by YOU, the reader- submit your vote by e-mail and watch the ratings change”

So keep the ratings up by sending your e-mails. No matter how minuscule, it is none-the-less another blow to the sitting government of Ethiopia.

Send e-mails to:

Click here to read the article (Dictator of the month)