Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TPLF Media War: Al Jazeera, The Stream

Advocates Petition UN to Intervene on Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers’ Behalf

By Soleyana S. Gebremicheal and Patrick Griffith

Despite early, high-level condemnation of the arrests of independent journalists and bloggers in Ethiopia nine months ago, international attention has waned as the pre-trial proceedings have dragged-on. The government’s continued detention of three independent journalists and six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective is not only an outrageous attack on the press – it is also illegal and unconscionable.

After its founding in May 2012, the Zone 9 blog received widespread attention from Ethiopian activists and academics who used the site to promote political rights enshrined under both international and Ethiopian law. For a time, they managed to operate in an increasingly restrictive media environment. When access to the site was blocked inside the country, members circulated articles through social media. When authorities summoned the contributors for questioning and accused them of threatening national security in 2013, the group temporarily stopped writing about political issues. But when the activists announced that they would revive the site and focus on Ethiopia’s upcoming national elections scheduled for May 2015, the government response was swift – within days, six members of Zone 9 and three independent journalists who knew them socially were behind bars.

Eventually, the government charged all nine detainees with terrorism and treason.

The use of overly broad national security laws to silence peaceful activists may seem like a surprising overreaction to online activism, but in Ethiopia, politicized prosecutions have become commonplace. Since the government passed the widely-criticized 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, prosecutors have cast an ever-widening net in an attempt to silence any kind of dissent. The government has applied the Proclamation to detain critical journalists, opposition activists, and religious protesters – apparently unconcerned that misusing such laws threatens to seriously undermine its credibility with security allies in a region with very real terror threats.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ethiopian community still suffers trauma from exodus 30 years ago

Although the suffering of many immigrants from Ethiopia in the past 30 years is well documented, treatment for their resulting psychological trauma has been minimal.

Psychotrauma certainly is n't new to the Jewish People. Unspeakable, nightmarish experiences suffered by Holocaust survivors as long as 75 years ago remain fresh in their minds and have been passed on as trauma even to the second and third generations.

The painful experiences of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants are still vivid and raw up to three decades later.

Although many compared themselves to the ancient Israelites on the Exodus from Egypt, Ethiopian Jews weren’t running away; they were courageously pursuing their dream of the idyllic Jerusalem on which their parents had raised them. Yet murder, rape, illness, starvation, robbery and separation from loved ones during the prolonged passage through Sudan to Israel created bitter memories. Once they settled here, poverty, unjustified doubts about their Judaism, discrimination, changed roles and a government establishment often lacking compassion and cultural sensitivity have prolonged the suffering of many. A total of 135,000 Jews of Ethiopian origin – immigrants and their locally-born offspring – are living here and establishing their roots, but the in-between generation of newcomers is the most fragile.

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Ethiopia’s stifled press

By Editorial Board February 8 at 8:37 PM
WHILE ENJOYING its status as an international development darling, Ethiopia has been chipping away at its citizens’ freedom of expression. The country now holds the shameful distinction of having the second-most journalists in exile in the world, after Iran. That combination of Western subsidies and political persecution should not be sustainable.

According to a new report by Human Rights Watch, at least 60 journalists have fled the country since 2010, including 30 last year, and at least 19 have been imprisoned. Twenty-two faced criminal charges in 2014. The government closed five newspapers and a magazine within the past year, leaving Ethiopia with no independent private media outlets. With the country headed toward elections in May, the pressure on the media has undermined the prospect of a free and fair vote.

Ethiopia has long been known for its censorship and repression of the media, but the situation has deteriorated in recent years. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the country has since 2009 “banned or suspended at least one critical independent publication per year.” After the death of prime minister Meles Zenawi in 2012, successor Hailemariam Desalegn has tightened the regime’s stranglehold on the press. Even Ethiopia’s rival Eritrea looks better: It released several imprisoned journalists last month.

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Andy Tsege case: Ethiopia refuses to allow access to imprisoned British citizen....

Ethiopia has refused to allow a delegation of parliamentarians to visit a British dissident facing the death penalty in the African country.

Andy Tsege, who is the secretary-general of a banned Ethiopian opposition movement, was sentenced to death at a trial held in his absence in 2009. He was travelling from Dubai to Eritrea last June when he disappeared during a stopover in Yemen, in what campaigners regard as a politically motivated kidnapping. Weeks later, he emerged in detention in Ethiopia.

A delegation led by Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Tsege’s constituency MP, was to visit Ethiopia in a bid to secure his release. But the trip was abandoned after a meeting with Ethiopian ambassador Berhanu Kebede in London last week.

Mr Corbyn told The Independent: “We had made plans to go and see him next weekend and they said we would be refused admission to the detention facility.”

Lord Dholakia, the vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Ethiopia, who was due to travel out with Mr Corbyn, said it was made clear that they would not be welcome. Mr Corbyn is demanding that the Ethiopian government allows Mr Tsege’s lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith, the director of Reprieve, to visit him and will raise the issue in the Commons this week. The Ethiopian embassy in London has accused Mr Tsege – who came to Britain as a political refugee in 1979 – of being a member of a “terrorist organisation” which wants to “overthrow the legitimate government of Ethiopia”.

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Documentary:U.S Policy:ETHIOPIA A FAILED STATE! This Video is informative and well organized above all it is disturbing !

Friday, February 6, 2015

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, The alarming political conditions in Ethiopia that may threaten the future security and stability of this strategic country in the Horn of Africa

February 5, 2015

Honorable Barack Obama
The President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20501

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this to you on behalf of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) to alert you to the alarming political conditions in Ethiopia that may threaten the future security and stability of this strategic country in the Horn of Africa. Current United States policies that strongly support the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) are being abused by this regime to undermine the democratic aspirations of the Ethiopian people. As the EPRDF intensifies the crack down on the political and human rights of the people there is fear that some event may ignite the simmering tensions, causing them to explode into violence, killing and chaos.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

They are making too much unnecessary noise please tell them to hush!!

The Ethiopian protestant church leaders making too much noise but somebody need to tell them to hush! They are making too much unnecessary noise, I tried to see and understand the reason, and my first question was why they blame Voice of America? The VOA are just doing their job?

And Instead of making too much noise, how about crying to God and confess the church and the individual SIN. And above all their argument is pathetic, because they say the VOA reporter is orthodox that is why they exposed this hypocrisy of the leaders and their pastors.

That was the worst reason I ever heard of. They worried about their names, they did not care about the name of Jesus and the disgrace of their church and disgrace of God. Those two men represent their church and they preach on behalf of God on their pulpit. They are pretender; they stay in their church just to get the daily bread. They never converted to Christianity to begin with.

The Ethiopian protestant church is the most corrupted church in Ethiopia, their leaders in Addis and other parts of Ethiopia drives the most expensive cars, they build the most expensive houses and all kind of material, they are using the charity and the church money as they want. And they looks righteous in the day but in the night they are womanizer and alcoholics and most of them could not be able to make it in the world and that is the only way they can make their living... that is too sad!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ethiopia's Electoral Board Decides On UDJ and AEUP Fate....I am not sure how these people trust the TPLF regime anyway?

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has today announced its decision on the leadership fate of two of the major opposition parties rocked by split: Union for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) and All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP).

Accordingly, the NEBE announced that it recognizes UDJ's breakaway led by Tiguestu Awolu and said the party is now legitimate to enter into the upcoming general elections scheduled to be held on May 24th 2015. In a similar decision the electoral board said it recognizes AEUP led by its President Abebaw Mehari over the other faction led by Mamushet Amare.

Both UDJ and AEUP were consumed by power struggle for legitimate executive representation. The Board has announced today that it has reached at the decision after giving all parties enough time to resolve their issues on their own.

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