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Monday, May 07, 2007

Ethiopians Pay Tribute to their Unsung Hero

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Also in the news:
[Enset: Why I Will Vote Democrat in 08] - [Rapidly growing Ethiopia plans third ever census] - [Ethiopian Govt Rejects Swedish Call for Release of citizens] - [Police truck explodes in Somali capital]

[Sarkozy Wins Resounding Victory in French Vote] - [Illegal immigrants march in London for more rights] - [Israel, Egypt and Jordan to discuss Arab peace plan] - [Mad Nazi Dream of Racial Purity Revealed] and more of today's top stories!

Associated Press reporter Anthony Mitchell shares a joke with a Masaai elder Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Mitchell, aroused the wrath of the Ethiopian authorities, but won the respect of many citizens of the Horn of Africa nation, with his no-holds-barred reporting of events in that country.(AP Photo)



by Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam


Ethiopians pay tribute to their unsung hero (Part I)

Ethiopians have expressed their regard for one of the passengers on the Kenya Airways flight which crashed in Cameroon on Saturday.

The passenger, Anthony Mitchell, aroused the ire of the Ethiopian authorities, but won the respect of many citizens of the Horn of Africa nation, with his no-holds-barred reporting of events in that country.

News is still coming regarding the fate of the passengers on Kenya Airways flight Flight 507 that crashed two days ago in Cameroon, but Ethiopians fear the worst.

Anthony Mitchell, the Associated Press correspondent based in East Africa, covered the national elections in Ethiopia, a poll that was marred by violence and saw the death of nearly 200 people and in the end, the expulsion from the country of Mitchell himself.

In that assignment, he gained the trust and respect of Ethiopians, one of whom said that the AP correspondent was the only honest voice telling the world what was really going in the Horn of Africa country.

Mitchell reported it as he saw it and not only reported on the violence the authorities unleashed and that doomed Ethiopia's hopes for a democratic transition but he also broke the news that suspected terrorists from nearly 20 countries around the world were secretly imprisoned in Ethiopia.

Mitchell, 39, a former Daily Express journalist, was returning from an assignment in Central African Republic.

Ethiopians pay tribute to their unsung hero (Part II)

Ethiopian websites on Anthony Mitchell
  • ETP Blog - "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
  • EthioZagol Blog - "he was the best foreign journalist to be stationed in Ethiopia for the last decade"
  • EthioMedia - "honest voice who told the outside world what was going on in muzzled Ethiopia"
  • Lewit Blog - "Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time"
A collection of some of Anthony Mitchell’s excellent news reports on Ethiopia

Why I Will Vote Democratic in the 2008 US Presidential Election
Fikru, Enset Blog

...The awful record of the current Republican administration in promoting human rights and democracy in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa region in general, contrary to its expressed objective, is one of the biggest shortcomings of American foreign policy in the post-9-11 world that we live in.

The Bush Administration, which otherwise has done a very good job in the initial response to the terrorist attacks of 9-11 and protecting the Homeland since then, has adopted a seriously flawed strategy of using excessive military force as a solution to the threat posed by extremists from the Muslim world.

The unqualified support the Bush Administration has given to the tyrannical regime of Ethiopia in its invasion of Somalia is the latest manifestation of this deeply flawed policy.(More...)

Ethiopia: Govt Rejects Swedish Call

The Ethiopian Government has rejected a call made by Sweden for the release of Swedes put under control on suspicion of terrorism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

Ministry Director General for European and American Affairs received and held talks with the Swedish Ambassador Friday.

On the occasion, the Director told the Ambassador that the call, which has the tone of an order, as made by the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry, is not acceptable.(More...)



Ethiopia Celebrates 66th Victory Day

The 66th Victory Day that ended the five-year Italian occupation was celebrated across the nation yesterday.

The day was celebrated here in Addis at Victory Monument in the presence of President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the patriots' association, residents of the city, and other invited guests.(More...)

Rapidly growing Ethiopia plans third ever census

ADDIS ABABA, May 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopia this month plans to carry out its third census to see whether its population will reach 77 million in 2007 as projected by the government, a senior Central Statistic Agency (CSA) official said on Monday.

Last year, the government said a rapidly expanding population threatened to jeopardise the fight against poverty in the Horn of Africa country, ranked one of the world's poorest.(More...)

Police truck explodes in Somali capital

MOGADISHU, Somalia: A police pickup truck exploded in the southern part of the Somali capital Monday, wounding at least five policemen, witnesses said.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, but it was the first blast in the city since the fragile Somali government declared victory over insurgents two weeks ago.(More...)

AU to send 8 000 troops to Somalia

The African Union announced on Monday it would send an extra 8 000 peacekeepers to Somalia but said dialogue remained the only solution to the bloody conflict in that country.

"The crisis in that country has so far proved intractable. The AU has decided to send 8 000 troops immediately to assist peacekeeping efforts," AU chairperson John Kufuor told the opening of the seventh ordinary session of the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand near Johannesburg.(More...)

Sarkozy Wins Resounding Victory in French Vote

Conservative Nicholas Sarkozy has been elected the next French president. He won the second and final round of voting Sunday, beating his Socialist rival Segolene Royal by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.

Thousands of Sarkozy supporters gathered before large TV screens in the street outside his Paris headquarters, exploding with joy when results were announced.

Many feel Sarkozy is just the man to turn the French economy around.(More...)

Today's Top International Stories

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-Illegal immigrants march in London for more rights
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-Iraq's Christian Minority Flees Violence
-Israel, Egypt and Jordan to discuss Arab peace plan
-N.Korea Ready to Shut Down Reactor
-Mad Nazi Dream of Racial Purity Revealed