Friday, February 17, 2017

Ethiopia mourns its friend and greatest historian

The Ethiopian government is mourning one of its greatest historians, Dr Richard Pankhurst, who died at the age of 90.

The country’s Foreign Ministry in a statement referred to Pankhurst as a ‘‘doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia,’‘ it added that he ‘‘was one of Ethiopia’s greatest friends during his long and productive life, and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed.’‘

He received an award of recognition from President Teshome Mulatu for the crucial role he played in the campaign for the return of a historical monument (the axum stelae) from Italy. The monument was re-erected in 2008. The 1,700-year-old giant stone obelisk was taken to Italy by fascist invaders in the 1930s and remained there until it was restored to its historic site in an ancient northern town.

Pankhurst arrived in Ethiopia in 1956 and devoted his life to Ethiopian studies, he is credited with over 20 books and editing many more on aspects of Ethiopia’s history, culture and economics. He taught at the Addis Ababa University – then known as the University College of Addis Ababa.
He was the founding Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies and a leading figure within the ‘Friends of Ethiopia’ group. He left Ethiopia to his native Britain but returned in 1986 to continue work with the Institute he founded.

He was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his services to Ethiopian studies. He is survived by Mrs. Rita Pankhurst and two children, Helen and Alula. The late academician was the son of Sylvia Pankhurst, a staunch supporter of Ethiopia’s struggle against Italy in the 1930s.

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Ethiopia: Peaceful Protest to Armed Uprising

by Graham Peebles / February 16th, 2017

What began as a regional protest movement in November 2015, is in danger of becoming a fully-fledged armed uprising in Ethiopia.

Angered and exasperated by the governments intransigence and duplicity, small guerrilla groups made up of local armed people have formed in Amhara and elsewhere, and are conducting hit and run attacks on security forces. Fighting at the beginning of January in the North West region of Benishangul Gumuz saw 51 regime soldiers killed, ESAT News reported, and in the Amhara region a spate of incidents has occurred, notably a grenade attack on a hotel in Gondar and an explosion in Bahir-Dah.

In what appears to be an escalation in violence, in Belesa, an area north of Gondar, a firefight between ‘freedom fighters’, as they are calling themselves, and the military resulted in deaths on both sides. There have also been incidents in Afar, where people are suffering the effects of drought; two people were recently killed by security personnel, others arrested. The Afar Human Rights Organization told ESAT that the government has stationed up to 6000 troops in the region, which has heightened tensions and fuelled resentment.
Given the government’s obduracy, the troubling turn of events was perhaps to be expected. However, such developments do not bode well for stability in the country or the wider region, and enable the ruling regime to slander opposition groups as ‘terrorists’, and implement more extreme measures to clamp down on public assembly in the name of ‘national security’.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

How should the USA react to human rights abuses in Ethiopia

By Matt Hadro

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2017 / 10:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One member of Congress is hoping for a “serious policy review” by the Trump administration of the United States' relationship with Ethiopia, citing human rights abuses by the government there.
“To truly stop violence abroad, Ethiopia must stop violence at home,” Rep. Chris Smith, chair of the House subcommittee on Africa and global human rights, stated at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.
“Since 2005, untold thousands of students have been jailed, have been shot during demonstrations or have simply disappeared in the last 11 years,” Smith stated Feb. 15. “Ethiopia’s next generation is being taught that the rights that democracy normally bestows on a country’s citizens don’t apply in their country.”
Smith and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) introduced a House resolution (H. Res. 128) Wednesday “highlighting the crisis in Ethiopia due to government violations of the human rights of its citizens,” Smith stated.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ginbot 7 and the Ethiopian Diaspora: Next Steps

Americans are not fools and stop this flimsy propaganda, we know the difference between real human right fighter and terrorist, TPLF empty fascistic propaganda did not hold water and all channels of communication in Ethiopia controlled by the TPLF regime and then they are attacking other freedom seekers Ethiopians day in and out who gave a shit for this crap? Read this crap from TPLF propaganda machine and judge

By the Strathink Editorial Team

Berhanu Nega, leader of Ginbot 7, a self-described terrorist group committed to overthrowing the Ethiopian government “by any means necessary,” is back in the United States. Why? Presumably, the economist turned military commander of a 200-man army based in Asmara is here to raise money and the flagging hopes of an aging diaspora political opposition. This raises a number questions about the U.S.’s commitment to global terrorism as well as the motivations for the Ethiopian opposition in the diaspora.

It remains a puzzling contradiction in U.S. foreign policy to allow Berhanu Nega free entry and unfettered fundraising opportunities for arms to overthrow a friendly government. This is particularly true today when the U.S. President has tried to deny ordinary people entry into the U.S. based on religion and national origin. If a five-year-old boy from Syria is denied entry simply because he is from Syria, how does a self-professed terrorist be welcomed and allowed to blatantly break the law that forbids raising money for a foreign military enterprise or expedition?

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Monday, February 13, 2017

How long can Ethiopia's state of emergency keep the lid on anger?

A state crackdown has silenced ethnic Oromo people in Ethiopia, but grievances over land and rights, and a lack of political options, could reignite protests

n a muted show of defiance near Ethiopia’s capital city, a tall farmer glanced around before furtively crossing his arms below his waist to make the Oromo people’s resistance symbol.

Ethiopia’s government outlawed the gesture made famous by Olympic men’s marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa – who formed the “X” above his head at last year’s Rio games – when it enacted a draconian state of emergency in October in an attempt to stem 11 months of protests. Although that decree has suppressed unrest, the farmer thinks demonstrations will start anew.

“The solution is the government has to come with true democracy. The people are waiting until the state of emergency is over and then people are ready to begin to protest,” he said.

While the emergency has led to at least 25,000 people being detained, security forces aren’t visible on roads flanked by fields with workers wielding curved sickles to harvest crops. Beyond that seeming normality, there is pervasive discontent with authorities accused of responding to claims of ethnic marginalisation by intensifying repression.

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Ethiopia to spend $1.8 million in 2017 for lobbying

Ethiopia to spend $1.8 million in 2017 for lobbying – exclusive

$150,000 dollar per month for lobbyist how many poor and hungry Ethiopian children can be feed? and TPLF regime and will do anything to stay on power...losers?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Political unrest simmering in Ethiopia

Four months after declaring a state of emergency in a crackdown on protests, Ethiopia's government claims the country has returned to normal. Critics says the emergency decree remains an instrument of repression.

This coming April marks three years since protests broke out in Ethiopia. They were triggered by students in Ambo town, some 120 kilometers (74 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa. The students were protesting against a controversial government plan dubbed "Addis Ababa and Oromia Special Zone Integrated Master Plan”.

The Ethiopian government maintained that the purpose of the plan was to amalgamate eight towns in Oromia Special Zone with Addis Ababa. The scheme would promote development.

However, residents in the eight towns were resentful of a plan they said had been devised behind closed doors. They were also worried that the plan, under the guise of development, would deprive farmers of their land, and have an unfavorable impact on local language and culture.

The protests which started in Ambo then spread to other towns in Oromia Regional State. On January 12, 2016, the Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO), which is the local ally in the country's ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), revoked the plan.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trump to develop zero tolerance for corrupt African leaders

Except for Egypt’s Abdul Fattah Al- Sisi and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, US President Donald J. Trump largely dismisses several corrupt African administrations.

Since taking office as the 45th president of the United States, Trump has given no credence to Africa, a continent of 54 nations.

Unlike his predecessors, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama who developed bold development initiatives targeted at Africa, President Trump is focused on combating and eliminating terrorism, and shaping America’s interest with his “America First” doctrine.

Per an inside source, the Trump administration is eliminating half of US international aid, a substantial amount of which targeted African nations for humanitarian assistance and development purposes.

Analysts say the 45th US president has shown no interest in Africa nor is his vice president Mike Pence, or any of the president’s closest White House advisors.

The same official indicated that the Trump administration will be willing to help determined African nations recover stolen wealth from the continent deposited in western nations by their leaders.

Some top US law firms are expressing strong interest in working with any project that will track stolen wealth from all parts of Africa for the benefits of the suffering people of the continent.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Ethiopia’s economic gains tainted by violent repression

No body understand the Ethiopian development and only few Tigrians are the only people who got the benefits and ..... some asking what development... there is starvation in Ethiopia right now
Emergency fails to protect regime from biggest threat to 26-year grip on power

Six soldiers burst into Beckham’s dormitory at Gondar university in northern Ethiopia one evening without pausing to question the student.

They grabbed me and beat me so hard, I’d have preferred it if they had killed me,” the undergraduate says of the November raid.

Beckham’s crime was to share with the world, via a diaspora network, how 104 other Ethiopian students had been detained for complaining about conditions on campus.

Despite the beating, the smiling Ethiopian, who is studying applied science, considers himself lucky because he is still alive.

Beckham was held in a police station rather than a military camp, unlike many of the tens of thousands of people detained under a state of emergency imposed last October to contain anti-government protests.

“After a few weeks the police let me go. They seemed to sympathise with our cause,” says Beckham, who asked to use the name of his favourite footballer for fear of reprisals.

Beckham is among hundreds of thousands who joined protests over the past two years in the biggest threat to the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front since it seized power 26 years ago. The autocratic government has responded with force, sending troops and police to break up protests, in which more than 500 people have been killed, imposing the state of emergency and rounding up tens of thousands.

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Monday, January 30, 2017


By Abinet Hunegnaw


To all readers, particularly for foreigners, please be advised that even as we speak, the present TPLF dominated regime in Ethiopia using its restrictive laws, the ATP or Anti terrorism proclamations of 2009 and the State of emergency of 2016, is committing untold persecution in the form of extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions in the Amhara state. The Amhara have officially begun a protracted armed struggle against the regime. Due to frequent restrictions in internet and mobile phone usage and limitations, clear cut information is not allowed to come out of Ethiopia. The international community is purposely kept in the dark and only gets the wrong propaganda sprayed by the regime’s and its satellites’ media. Some forces within the opposition on their part have begun a very negative propaganda war against Amharans who began an open defiance and resistance against oppression. The negative rhetoric of these forces and individuals indicate a clear cut sinister objective of seizing power at the expense of the innocent blood shed in Amhara. The continuing denial of Amhara resistance by them has reached an irresponsible stage. For these so called oppositions, the genocide of Amhara is nothing more than a collateral damage. This approach on the part of these power hungry diaspora based anti regime individuals and groups is an open declaration of war on the Amhara people.

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