Tensions on the Rise in Horn of Africa (npr.org, 12/31/05) "Weekend Edition - Saturday, December 31, 2005 · The International Crisis Group is warning that war is again likely between Ethiopia and Eritrea, just five years after a conflict between the two African nations killed tens of thousands of people. Matt Bryden, ICG director in the region, tells Linda Wertheimer why the group is concerned." Listen to this story... Listen to Bryden Interview.

Arrests Ahead of Ethiopian Poll (bbc.co.uk, 5/14/05) "Election observers have been arrested across Ethiopia on the eve of Sunday's poll, opposition members say. They told a gathering in the capital, Addis Ababa, that more than 100 monitors remained in police custody. One candidate is also being held. The Ethiopian Human Rights Council also rejected assessments that the election was largely peaceful so far."

HIM Haile Selassie I just before he was killed by the Derg in 1975. AP photo

Mamo Haile the Emperor's trust servant . AP photo

The Last of the Ethiopian Emperors (bbc.co.uk, 05/12/05) "Thirty years ago, Haile Selassie, Ethiopia's last emperor died after a rule of 45 years. Daniel Dickinson travels to Addis Ababa to visit the emperor's former palace and meets one of his servants." "...According to his faithful servant, Haile Selassie at first knew nothing of the famine. "The emperor was shocked and deeply saddened. I went with him to Wollo. He had no idea his people were suffering like this," he said." ""I would be more than happy to see him back in his palace," was what he told me."

'Unfair Poll' in Ethiopia Oromia Region (bbc.co.uk, 5/10/05) Says Human Rights Watch

 

1.2 million support opposition parties chanting "Meles is a thief" Photo by WIC 5/8/05 The CUD puts the number at 3 million

Elections in Ethiopia's biggest region will be a "hollow exercise", says lobby group Human Right Watch. It says that government repression has increased in Oromia, home to 32% of Ethiopians, ahead of Sunday's poll. The report comes after European Union election observers wrote to Ethiopia's ruling party, voicing their concerns. They complained of intimidation of opposition officials and "hate speech" but also praised the relative lack of violence so far. Rights Group Accuses Gov't of Suppressing Opposition (IRINNews.org, 5/10/05)   Political Repression in Ethiopian State [Oromia] (cnn.com (AP), 5/10/05)      Ethiopia Prepares for First Polls Under International Scrutiny (reliefweb.int. 5/10/05)

EU Concern Over Ethiopia Election (bbc.co.uk, 5/9/05) "European Union election observers have written to Ethiopia's ruling party, voicing their concerns ahead of next Sunday's general elections. They are worried by the intimidation of opposition officials and a campaign of hate speech, they say. However, they have also praised the relative lack of violence so far."

Ethiopia's disputed elections sparked White House protests in October 2005   Photo: Getty Images

Africa's Year of Democratic Reverses (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/29/05) "The political news coming out of Africa this year has got worse as the economic news has improved. After a decade of triumphs for Africa's democrats - the ending of apartheid in South Africa, the ousting of Congolese tyrant Mobutu Sese Seko and free multiparty elections in Ghana, Kenya and Senegal - several regimes have reverted to violent repression and election-rigging to cling to power." "....After Ethiopia's disputed national elections in May, government forces shot more than 80 people dead and arrested 8,000 more after clashes with oppositionists in Addis Ababa." "....It's a reversion to political relativism in Africa which tolerated the worst tyrants and kleptocrats on the principle that every regime has something to hide."

ETHIOPIA: Halt in Budget Support Will Affect the Poor, Minister Says (irinnews.org, 12/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 30 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia’s finance minister, Sufyan Ahmed, has said that the poor in his country would suffer if aid donors carried out their plan to withhold US $375 million in budget support because of the government's recent crackdown on opposition supporters. Sufyan said on Friday the donors' decision to shift that money to [programmes] in the country would delay implementation of the government's poverty alleviation projects. "We feel this is an unacceptable decision, but it is their prerogative," he added." EDITORIAL NOTE: This Woyane cadre told the BBC yesterday that the cut "would have little effect on the overall budget." Today he wants to change the tune and preach about how the whole world is misunderstanding about the massacre in Ethiopia. No doubt that he and Zenawi will miss the funds that used to be handed to them to spend as they see fit. Donors MUST demand transparency and accountability. (fettan.com, 12/30/05) 

Ethiopia Blasts Donors For Plans to Withhold Aid Following Crackdown (voanews.com 12/30/05) "Western donors are set to withhold aid from Ethiopia over the government's crackdown on the opposition and press, following elections earlier this year. The government says it has acted in accordance with the law. Media reports indicate that the World Bank, the European Union, and the United Kingdom are among donors planning to withhold $375 million in direct budgetary support to the Ethiopian government. Donor officials are quoted as saying the money would instead be allocated to programs run by the United Nations and aid groups to fight poverty." Majtenyi report - Download 280k audio clip Listen to Majtenyi report audio clip

Police surrounded the migrants, who included women and children.  AFP Photo

UN 'Shocked' by Violence in Cairo (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/30/05) "The UN refugee agency has expressed "shock" after up to 20 Sudanese migrants died during an operation by Egyptian police to break up their camp. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said there was no justification for the violence. Thousands of police stormed the camp - which was set up near UN offices in September - wielding truncheons and firing water cannon at the protesters." RELATED STORY: Annan Slams Cairo Protest Deaths (cnn.com, 12/30/05)

Donors To Withhold Aid From Ethiopia (today.reuters.co.uk, 12/29/05) "LONDON (Reuters) - Western donors plan to withhold $375 million (218 million pounds) in aid from Ethiopia over the government's recent crackdown on opposition supporters, The Financial Times reported on Thursday. "We are very concerned and have taken principled positions, along with our development partners, on the recent disturbances," Ishac Diwan, the World Bank's country director, was quoted by the FT as saying. The $375 million involved is direct budgetary support. Diwan said until the situation improves the World Bank, the European Union and Britain will look to disburse the funds in other ways to meet Ethiopia's humanitarian needs. "Because of the situation, trust has broken down so we are trying to find other ways of doing it," the FT quoted another western development official as saying." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia Threatened With Aid Cuts (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/29/05) Donors to Withdraw Aid From Ethiopian Government (cnn.com, 12/29/05)

Meseret Defar, 22, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 5,000 meters, holds her adopted 5-year-old, Maunt, left, and a relative, Nardos Mesfin. Defar has become an icon for many young Ethiopian women, who hang posters of her on their walls. (By Emily Wax -- The Washington Post)

Girls in Ethiopia are Making a Run for Their Lives (washingtonpost.com, 12/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Virtually the only way for Tesdale Mesele, 13, to avoid soon being married into a life of housework and child-bearing was to run. So that's what the spunky girl with matchstick legs and a pony tail did. She ran along the rutted dirt roads of the Ethiopian highlands, barefoot or in torn sneakers, trying to improve her endurance. She ran up the wide, cracked steps to Meskel Square in the capital, while goats wandered by and clouds of pollution turned the air charcoal gray." "....Sercalem smiled and turned to Muluwork. "When I dream," she said, "I see myself running so fast that I can bring us up from our living standards and buy all the girls of Ethiopia sneakers."

Languishing in an Addis Embassy (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/28/05) "In the hills to the north-east, the vast, residential compound can be found at the end of a stony track, surrounded by woods filled with eucalyptus trees. It seems almost idyllic, but it is not a place in which to spend 15 years. On the night of 27 May, 1991, four members of the Dergue, the murderous regime of the Marxist dictator Col Mengistu Haile Mariam, slipped into the Italian embassy under the cover of darkness, and sought political asylum."

Kenya Investigating Claims of Kidnapping By Ethiopia Agents (voanews.com, 12/28/05) "Kenyan police are investigating allegations that Ethiopian government agents are kidnapping and harassing Ethiopian refugees of Oromo-origin living in Kenya, a charge the Ethiopian government denies. An official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rosella Pagliuchi, tells VOA that the nervousness many Ethiopian refugees living in Kenya feel is a big problem." Listen to Majtenyi report audio clip

 

JEWISH CELEBRATION    Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin watches Rabbi Simcha Zirkind light the candles on a menorah Tuesday while visiting a rabbinic college in Montreal, Quebec. AP Photo (Courtesy cnn.com 12/28/05)

Rabbi Joshua Metzger of the Chabad Lubavitch of Midtown, his wife, Brocha, and their children, Menachem Mendel, 4, and Sarah Perel, 6, stand by a menorah after lighting the candles on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday, in New York. AP Photo (courtesy cnn.com 12/28/05)

Rabbi Reuven Yasu Photo: Matthew Wagner PMO Orders Equality for Ethiopian Rabbis (jpost.com, 12/27/05) "The Prime Minister's Office ordered religious councils Monday to stop what it called "apparent discrimination" against Ethiopian rabbis and kessim (traditional Ethiopian spiritual leaders)."

Ethiopia Opposition Makes No Plea In Treason Case (reuters.com, 12/28/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian opposition members charged with treason, inciting violence and planning to commit genocide refused to enter pleas on Wednesday, complaining they had not been allowed to consult their lawyers. "The prison administration has denied us access to our lawyers to discuss the gravity of the charges," Hailu Shawel, chairman of the main opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), told the court. "I have nothing to say." Federal Court Judge Adil Ahmed had repeatedly asked the defendants if they understood the charges against them."

ETHIOPIA: 129 Opposition Activists Remanded In Custody (irinnews.org, 12/28/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 28 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - A Federal High Court judge remanded 129 opposition leaders, journalists, civil society members and a 15-year-old boy into custody on Wednesday, pending a ruling on their bail applications for charges ranging from treason to genocide."

Ethiopian Refugees Protest "Kidnapping" of 25 Oromos in Kenya (sudantribune.com, 12/28/05) "Dec 26, 2005 (NAIROBI) — Close to 1,000 Ethiopian refugees are camped at the offices of UN High Commission for Refugees in Westlands - Nairobi - protesting against the kidnapping of 25 of their members. The refugees, all of Oromo origin, claim that the Ethiopian government has sent spies among their midst and is scheming to repatriate them back to Ethiopia. But Ethiopian Ambassador Murad Musa blames the kidnapping on the Oromo Liberation Front militant group, some of whom are said to be operating in this country."

ON THE BRINK: A man from the hotly disputed border town of Badme poses with his sheep in front of a tank abandoned during the 1998-2000 war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Photo- ED HARRIS/REUTERS

Speaking of Predictable Behavior here is what we at fettan.com predicted about  Zenawi's behavior in April 2005 - before the May elections

Africa Wary of New Border War: Eritrea and Ethiopia could face UN sanctions if they don't take steps to avert war (csmonitor.com, 12/27/05) "On the surface, the reasons for rising tensions between the African nation of Ethiopia and its tiny neighbor, Eritrea, may seem trivial. The two are on the verge of restarting the bloodiest interstate war in Africa in recent memory, ostensibly over a border town called Badme - a desert outpost with just 5,000 people. But dig deeper into the precarious internal situation both regimes face, as well as the region's interlaced alliances, and it's clear the dangers of a reignited war are great for the region." EDITORIAL COMMENT: The Harvard University professor and the African experts are echoing the same contorted reasoning that has been continuously churned out by Secretary Rice first through the NSA and now the Department of State. That is, "What the region is looking for - and needs - is a power that guarantees stability through predictable behavior," says Bryden. This stability is what Ethiopia has sought to provide, and is the reason donor countries have been reluctant to press the government too hard."     Read Full Editorial Comment (fettan.com, 12/27/05)

China Scooping Up Deals in Africa As US Firms Hesitate (redorbit.com, 12/27/05) "Dec. 24--LUANDA, Angola -- China's growing demand for energy sources and profitable construction deals is leading the world's most populous country increasingly to swoop into Africa, where it has found abundant raw materials, governments desperate for outside investments, and relatively little competition from American firms. The Chinese, sensing Africa's tremendous potential upside, are making strategic economic inroads into a continent that, outside of oil investments, has long been written off by most Western companies as too risky because of poor governance or threat of conflict. US companies, in particular, have been caught flat-footed by the Chinese financial strikes, according to American and other experts on Africa's economic potential." "....Games, the South African analyst, said that the Chinese interests sometimes conflict with American policy in Africa. One prominent example was an estimated $1 billion in Chinese arms sales to both Ethiopia and Eritrea from 1998 to 2000, which helped fuel deadly border fighting that killed tens of thousands of combatants."

Buildup Brings Ethiopia, Eritrea Back to the Brink (washingtonpost.com, 12/26/05) "AKSUM, Ethiopia -- As an orange sun sank over the tin shacks of a new military base at this border city's airport last week, dozens of Ethiopian soldiers killed time playing soccer. They were waiting to be called to service as their country edged toward another conflict with Eritrea, just a short drive away. The two countries fought a grisly, trench-style war between 1998 and 2000 over disputed slivers of the mountainous border. The fighting ended in a truce, but only after more than 70,000 lives were lost." ".... Yet the international community has been reluctant to pressure Ethiopia to give up its border claim, or to halt the abuses of domestic opponents, because of its importance as a strategic ally in the U.S.-led war against terrorism. American soldiers are stationed along its border with Somalia to the southeast, a perceived haven for terrorist cells with possible links to al Qaeda." EDITORIAL COMMENT: Thank you Washington Post for exposing this convoluted rationale provided by US officials for nurturing and sustaining two terrorist regimes in Ethiopia-Eritrea. Ethiopian analysts had warned President George W. Bush repeatedly that he should have remained committed to upholding the principles that he uttered in his inaugural speech in January 2005 - No democracy; No Human Rights and the rule of law; No development assistance! Today there is not an iota of democracy in Ethiopia. Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki are the apostles of terrorism. Contrary to UK, UN and US disinformation campaigns, the duo is planting the seeds of terrorism and genocide right under the noses of US diplomats and military personnel. The Ethiopian people want democracy NOW! The Ethiopian majority will not accept any belated apologies following genocide carried out by an arrogant minority ethnic regime that seized state power by force and is determined to stay put at any cost, after it was soundly defeated at the polls on May 15th 2005. Meles Zenawi has even dared to dispatch assassination squads to Washington, DC to eliminate those opposed to his brutal dictatorship. His agents have been kidnapping and killing Oromo refugees in Kenya.  He made a deal with the Sudanese regime to forcibly return Ethiopian refugees back to Ethiopia. He has charged Ethiopian-American Voice of America radio reporters and other expatriates with treasonous crimes to topple his regime just because they broadest the truth to the world. (fettan.com, 12/26/05)
There is a gap between Western perceptions and African realities. Tony Blair blindly embracing African dictators  Getty Images
Uganda Highlights African Dilemmas (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/25/05) "Britain has decided to suspend its aid to Uganda - some £15m ($26m) worth - amid growing concerns about the rule of President Museveni. But has this decision come too late? "...Political leaders in the West, and many in the media, have been so desperate to believe in a new Africa, so desperate they have fallen for every leader who has talked the language of pluralism and respect for human rights. They especially liked these men if they followed World Bank and IMF prescribed solutions to their country's economic problems. They were - from Mugabe in the early 1980s to President Museveni and the prime minister of Ethiopia [Meles Zenawi] now - the kind of people one could do business with.

"Unjust laws and repressive governments held back some countries where there is genuine news diversity, such as Madagascar (97th), Guinea (102nd), Kenya (109th), Chad (109th), Mauritania (127th) and Ethiopia (131st).

Read the Report on Africa

North Korea, Eritrea And Turkmenistan Are The World’s “Black Holes” For News: Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2005 (rsf.org, 2005 Press Freedon Index) "Western democracies slip back, with the US falling more than 20 places. North Korea once again comes bottom of the Reporters Without Borders fourth annual World Press Freedom Index, released today. It is closely followed in the 167-country list by Eritrea (166th) and Turkmenistan (165th), which are other “black holes” for news where the privately-owned media is not allowed and freedom of expression does not exist. Journalists there simply relay government propaganda. Anyone out of step is harshly dealt with. A word too many, a commentary that deviates from the official line or a wrongly-spelled name and the author may be thrown in prison or draw the wrath of those in power. Harassment, psychological pressure, intimidation and round-the-clock surveillance are routine." 

Photos From "Evicted and Forsaken: Internally Displaced persons in the Aftermath of Operation Murambatsvina" in Zimbabwe (hrw.org, 11/05) "In May 2005, the Zimbabwean government's program of forced evictions and demolitions, known us Operation Murambatsvina ("Clear the filth"), left an estimated 700,000 people homeless, and led to a massive humanitarian crisis." "...The photographs were taken by Human Rights Watch researches during their mission to Zimbabwe in September-October 2005. EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is another (in addition to 'Meles Zenawi's democracy' in Ethiopia) proof positive that a British Commonwealth (Tony Blair) inspired 'socialist democracy' is thriving in Africa.

Ethiopia And Eritrea Fail To Ease Border Tension (guardian.co.uk, 12/24/05) "Ethiopia and Eritrea have failed to comply with a UN security council resolution to ease tensions over their disputed border, Azouz Ennifar, deputy head of the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, said yesterday. The November 23 resolution gave both countries 30 days within which Ethiopia was supposed to begin work to demarcate its border after a decision by an independent commission; Eritrea was to lift restrictions on the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea; and both countries were to pull back troops to December 2004 levels."

Leading government opponent Ayman Nour shouts to supporters through the bars of the defendant's dock, before being forcibly removed by police, after he was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for forgery at the end of a year-  AP Photo

U.S. Assails Egypt's Conviction Of Rival (news.yahoo.com, 12/24/05) "CAIRO, Egypt - A court convicted leading government opponent Ayman Nour of forging petition signatures Saturday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States, which called the verdict a blow to the rule of law in Egypt. Nour was sentenced to five years in prison, capping a months long legal process that generated widespread international criticism and strained Egypt's relations with Washington, an ally that is pressing for democratic reforms here and elsewhere in the Middle East." EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is another (in addition to 'Meles Zenawi's democracy' in Ethiopia) proof positive that Western powers endorsed 'democracy' is thriving in Africa.

Ethiopia Troops Leave Tense Border (cnn.com, 12/23/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- Ethiopian troops began moving back from the tense border with Eritrea as a United Nations deadline for both sides to pull soldiers back by midnight on Friday drew near, a U.N. source said. The U.N. Security Council set the deadline in November, when it ordered the Horn of Africa neighbors to reduce troop levels at the frontier, scene of a 1998-2000 border war that killed 70,000, and threatened economic sanctions if they did not obey."

Horn Border Tense Before Deadline (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/23/05) "United Nations peacekeepers say Eritrea and Ethiopia are behind schedule in pulling back troops from their tense border, ahead of a UN deadline. The UN Security Council has set a deadline of Friday night for both countries to withdraw their troops to the positions they occupied a year ago. Tensions over the border have risen in recent months with both countries sending more troops there." RELATED STORIES: ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Border Tense Despite Troop Pullouts, Says UN (irinnews.org, 12/23/05) Eritrea, Ethiopia 'On Verge' Of War (abc.net.au, 12/23/05)

Journalist Watchdog Groups Meets With Ethiopian Ambassador (voanews.com, 12/23/05) "The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday sent a delegation to Washington, DC, to meet with Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United States. The CPJ says it is outraged at the jailing of at least 16 journalists in Ethiopia and the reported filing of criminal charges against them, as well as against five VOA broadcasters here in Washington, DC.  Julia Crawford, CPJ’s African program coordinator, was a member of the delegation to the Ethiopian Embassy. In Washington, she spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the reasons for the meeting." De Capua interview with CPJ mp3 audio clip De Capua interview with CPJ ra audio clip

Director David Jackson says charges of treason filed against five VOA journalists by Ethiopian government are false. VOA Photo

Bill Eagle interview with Negussie Mengesha mp3 audio clip
Bill Eagle interview with Negussie Mengesha ra audio clip

VOA Rejects Ethiopian Charges Against VOA Staffers (voanews.com, 12/22/05) " VOA Director David Jackson says charges of treason filed against five VOA journalists by the Ethiopian government are false. In a statement issued Thursday, Mr. Jackson called the charges "an obvious attempt to intimidate our broadcasters." He said the Voice of America has a worldwide reputation for the quality and reliability of its journalists, and that VOA stands by its reporters. The five journalists from VOA's Horn of Africa service in Washington have been charged with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the Ethiopian government." Ethiopia Charges Political Opponents, Journalists With Treason (voanews.com, 12/22/05) "Ethiopia's government has formally charged 131 political opponents, journalists and others with crimes ranging from treason to genocide. About 50 of the defendants were present as prosecutors filed the charges in an Addis Ababa courtroom on Wednesday. Others were outside the country, including five journalists with the Voice of America's Amharic-language service in Washington. The VOA staffers were charged in absentia with involvement in an alleged plot to overthrow the government."

Ethiopians Face Anti-state Charges; VOA Staffers Among Those Named (cpj.org, 12/21/05) "New York, December 21, 2005—Twenty-one Ethiopian journalists and the president of the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association were charged today with involvement in an alleged attempt to overthrow the government, according to CPJ sources. Among those charged were five journalists of Ethiopian descent who work in Washington, D.C., for the Voice of America's Amharic-language service, according to a CPJ source present at today's hearing. The five were charged in absentia."

Ethiopia And Eritrea: Preventing War: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS (crisisgroup.org, 12/22/05) "Africa Report N°10, 22 December 2005. The fragile peace maintained by Ethiopia and Eritrea since they signed a comprehensive agreement at Algiers in December 2000 is fraying dangerously. With a costly two-year war now followed by nearly five years of stalemate, patience on both sides of the border has worn thin, and there are worrying signs that the countdown to renewed conflict may have begun. Neither side appears eager for war, but to dismiss the tensions as mere sabre-rattling could mean missing the last chance to preserve peace in the Horn of Africa. The two parties need help urgently from the Algiers Group – the African Union (AU), European Union (EU), UN and U.S. – who witnessed the original accords. Its members need to work together urgently to forge a “3-Ds” parallel process of de-escalation, border demarcation and bilateral dialogue, using both intensive diplomacy and the credible threat (and employment as necessary) of punitive measures."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Commission Rules On Border War Claims (irinnews.org, 12/22/03) "ADDIS ABABA, 22 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Eritrea triggered a two-year war with Ethiopia and violated international law when it invaded its [neighbour] in May 1998, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (EECC) has ruled. Even though Eritrea has been blamed for starting the conflict, however, both countries are likely to receive compensation for breaches of international law during the fighting, which claimed the lives of 70,000 and cost each country - two of the world's poorest - US $1 million a day." 

This file picture taken in June 1998 shows the arrival of 700 Eritreans repatriated by bus from Ethiopia to Om Hager at the border of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Ethiopia and Eritrea's mutual claims of wrongdoing by the other were shown up when an international panel formed to resolve disputes between them said Eritrea violated international law when it invaded the north of Ethiopia in May 1998.(AFP/File/Amr Nabil)

Read the full text on the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague (pca-cpa.org, 12/19/05) EDITORIAL NOTE: Now that one of the mosaic of peoples that Meles helped self-determine came back to steal and plunder Ethiopia, the Marxist Leninists book worm thieves of the MLLT have to figure out how to compensate the Ethiopian people for the loss! The answer is - kleptocracy- Keep on hutching more self-determined thieves to exterminate "reactionaries." Then Adwa and Jijiga will turn into heavens on Earth under the Constitutional Order. Tony Blair will be the Arch Angel!

Eritrea Broke Law In Border War (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/21/05) "Eritrea triggered the border war with Ethiopia when it attacked its [neighbour] in May 1998, an international commission in the Hague has ruled. Since there was no armed attack against Eritrea, its attack on Ethiopia could not be justified as lawful [self-defence] under the United Nations charter. Eritrea is now liable to compensate Ethiopia for damages caused, it said." RELATED STORIES: Eritrea violated international law with 1998 attack on Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 12/21/05)  Ruling: Eritrea Broke international law In Ethiopia Attack (cnn.com -Reuters- 12/21/05) International Body Rules Eritrea Responsible For Starting Border War With Ethiopia (voanews.com, 12/21/05) listen to interview with James Paul of Global Policy Forum audio clip

RIGHTS-ETHIOPIA: Europarliamentarians Urge Action (ipsnews.net, 12/20/05) "BRUSSELS, Dec 20 (IPS) - European parliamentarians are calling for ''targeted sanctions" against the Ethiopian government unless the current human rights situation in the country improves significantly. Members of the European Parliament are urging the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), and the European Council, made up of European heads of government and state, to consider imposing targeted sanctions against members of the Ethiopian government following the recent political violence that has gripped the country. 
In a landmark 15-point resolution passed unanimously in Brussels last week (Dec.16), EU lawmakers called for ''the immediate establishment of an independent international commission of inquiry, under UN responsibility, to investigate the human rights abuses and to identify and bring to justice those responsible"."

UN Establishes New Body To Prevent Countries From Sliding Back Into War (un.org, 12/20/05) "20 December 2005 In an historic action that brings to fruition a central reform proposed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 2005 World Summit, the Security Council and the General Assembly today acted in concert to establish a new body that aims to prevent countries emerging from conflict from falling back into chaos."

UK Cuts Uganda Aid In Poll Fears (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/20/05) "Britain is to cut the amount of direct aid it gives to Uganda by £15m because of concerns about the country's slow progress to democracy. The money will be diverted to aid agencies in the conflict zone of north Uganda, International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn said. A further £4m is being held back pending the conduct of presidential elections due in February next year."  EDITORIAL NOTE: The British government is engaging in duplicitous behavior by spanking the Musevini regime before the dictator runs elections, while sparing the rod when it comes to Tony Blair's buddy, Meles Zenawi, after Zenawi stole the election;  killed thousands; and is currently setting up for execution the entire leadership of the opposition (based on concocted facts taken out of Mao's Red Book) and cleansing Ethiopia of citizens who rejected the MLLT/EPRDF brutal regime during the May 2005 polls. (fettan.com, 12/20/05)

Meles Has Not Learned a Lesson: Read his latest Marxist diatribe and get a glimpse into the psyche of a blood thirsty tyrant and ponder the challenges that await the Ethiopian people to win their freedom and establish democracy. (source: waltainfo.com, 12/17/05)  "Whether push might come to shove or not, the incumbent and the EPRDF have to defend, without compromise, the Constitution against die hard reactionaries, their anti-thesis. They have to safeguard the inviolable rights of its mosaic people where the right of self-determination, including secession figure prominently. This unequivocal position of a sovereign country that does not have to look up to others is what some termed as the ‘ugly’ reality in and around the events that surrounded the May-2005 election."

IMF Decides Wednesday Debt Cancellation Fate For Six Countries (voanews.com, 12/20/05) "Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund may decide to drop as many as six countries from the list of those promised debt cancellation by the G8 leaders, head of the world's richest countries. Last July, at the G8 summit in Scotland, it was announced that 18 of the world’s poorest countries would have their debts forgiven. Now there’s word the IMF could eliminate any or all of the following: Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Senegal, Rwanda and Nicaragua. The IMF says it has no comment on the reports." Listen to De Capua interview with Jubilee Network mp3 audio clip

In The End, A Painful Choice (washingtonpost.com, 12/20/05) "....Long sanguine about Yemen, Burrowes has become so pessimistic about its future because of corruption that instead of describing Yemen as a democracy, as he used to do to the point of being considered an apologist for Saleh, he now calls it a "kleptocracy -- a government of, by and for thieves." As for the kind of leader Saleh has grown into, Burrowes said, "He has become a very good dictator." "...M'Fareh went on about the tribes, and then said of Saleh's government, "They live on divide and rule. When they see us having relations with internationals, it makes them very angry." "...But on the far side of such rhetoric was its reality: a teetering program in a teetering place where the question of democracy's meaning turned out to be a decision about whom to ignore. A president who is vital to the U.S. war on terrorism? Or a sheik who represents a country's most-forgotten people and was now saying so earnestly as to be heartbreaking, "We are citizens. We are Yemenis. The problem is they don't want to reach out to us because we will speak openly about all of the problems. And they don't want that to happen." EDITORIAL NOTE: A must read story about Meles Zenawi's big brother. (fettan.com, 12/20/05)

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: EU Envoy Urges Rethink On UNMEE Restrictions (irinnews.org, 12/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 19 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - A European Union envoy has urged the international community to continue to press for the easing of tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea in order to avert a new war in the Horn of Africa. 
David Triesman, the British minister responsible for African affairs, who visited Ethiopia on behalf of the EU presidency on Saturday, told reporters in Addis Ababa it was important to defuse the situation. "The decision to order the removal of some detachments of the UNMEE [United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea] forces, the decision to prevent helicopter flights by UNMEE forces, raises tension," he said at the end of a one-day visit to Ethiopia." RELATED STORY: British Minister Assails Eritrea Over Border (sudantribune.com, 12/18/05)

World Court Rules Against Uganda (newsday.com, 12/19/05) "THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The International Court of Justice on Monday held Uganda responsible for the killing, torture and cruel treatment of civilians in Congo in the late 1990s and ordered reparations. The court, the U.N.'s highest judicial body also known as the world court, dismissed Uganda's claims of self defense and called its actions an "unlawful military intervention" and interference in Congo's internal affairs."

Peace Failure Led To Expulsion, Eritrea Says (int.iol.co.za, 12/19/05) "Asmara - Eritrea expelled Westerners in a United Nations peace force out of frustration that a five-year-old peace accord with Ethiopia had not been implemented, official websites said in the authorities' first public explanation of the move. Last week, roughly 200 mostly Western peacekeepers left the Red Sea state after Eritrea ordered the departure of UN personnel from the United States, Canada, and Europe."

A losing Bet In Ethiopia (latimes.com, 12/18/05) "By Mike Clough, Michael Clough has worked on U.S. Africa policy for nearly three decades. Most recently, he was the Africa advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. ETHIOPIA IS edging toward renewed conflict with Eritrea that could result in tens of thousands of deaths and spark a civil war that would claim many more lives. But the Bush administration, a strong supporter of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, appears to have neither the vision nor the will to avert catastrophe. It would not be the first time Africans died because U.S. policymakers failed to recognize the dangers of backing a ruthless, doomed regime."

UK Concerned At Ethiopia Violence (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/18/05) "Britain says it is concerned by the recent political violence that has gripped Ethiopia. After meeting Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, UK Foreign Office Minister David Triesman said Ethiopia's reputation had suffered. His visit came as 131 detained opposition leaders, reporters and aid workers were charged with crimes ranging from treason to "genocide." The charges relate to last month's protests over disputed May elections."

Treason Charges Filed In Ethiopia (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/17/05) "Prosecutors in Ethiopia have charged 131 jailed opposition leaders, reporters and aid workers with crimes ranging from high treason to genocide. The charges relate to last month's protests over disputed May elections that saw at least 46 people killed. Under Ethiopian law, some of the crimes carry death penalty."

Ethiopian Court Charges 131 With Treason, Genocide (sudantribune.com, 12/16/05) "Dec 16, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Over 100 Ethiopian opposition leaders and other people were charged Friday with treason, genocide and other offenses, a judge said. The court will hear bail applications Wednesday from the 131 opponents of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, including journalists, trade unionists and others, Judge Adil Ahmed added. Some of the accused have been in prison since Nov. 1, when the government began a crackdown on independent media, opposition politicians and human rights activists after May 15 protests over disputed 15 elections that saw at least 46 people killed. In similar protests in June 42 people died. The protests began after the main opposition parties accused authorities of rigging the polls that returned the ruling party to power."

HORN OF AFRICA: UNMEE Monitoring Tense Border Despite Setbacks (irinnews.org, 12/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA/ASMARA, 16 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) is continuing to monitor the tense border between the two countries despite restrictions on operations and the expulsion of some of its staff, a UN official said. "The ban imposed by the Eritrean government on UNMEE helicopters is still in place [and] restrictions are continuing on the movement of UNMEE patrols," Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters on Thursday."

UN Completes Western Staff Exit From Eritrea (today.reuters.com, 12/16/05) "ASMARA (Reuters) - The United Nations completed the withdrawal of 180 of its Western staff from Eritrea on Friday, the deadline the Red Sea state set for expelling the peacekeepers monitoring its tense border with Ethiopia. "The last two people left on the normal passenger flight this morning," said Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainte, spokeswoman for the U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). "We are now shipping out the cargo." The world body has since Thursday been temporarily relocating its American, Canadian and European staff to Ethiopia after Eritrea ordered them out last week."

UK Aid Workers 'Held In Ethiopia' (cnn.com, 12/.16/05) "LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British development charity ActionAid said Friday two of its workers had been arrested without charge in Ethiopia, and demanded their prompt release. The charity, which works in Africa, Asia and Latin America, said Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demessie, were among a number of activists held last month but never charged with any offence."

Europian Parliament Condemns Human Rights In Ethiopia, Tibet and Hong Kong, and Russia : MEPs condemn violence in Ethiopia. (europarl.eu.int, 12/15/05) "MEPs voted in favour of three resolutions on the human rights situation in Tibet and Hong Kong, human rights issue in Russia and the new NGO legislation and the situation in Ethiopia and the new border conflict. In adopting a joint resolution on the situation in Ethiopia with 93 votes in favour,  0 against and 1 abstention, MEPs condemn the violence, the use of disproportionate means of repression by the armed forces and the mass arrests.  The House calls on the Ethiopian Government to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners and journalists and fulfill its obligations with respect to human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law."

VOA Amharic Program Debate Between a Tigrean-Ethiopian Democrat and a Mercenary MLLT/TPLF Cadre: Wolde Gebriel Abraha . Listen to this broadcast to get a glimpse into the minds of the paranoid Wolde Gabriel Abrahas and Abreham Yayehs and understand why they support the communist indoctrinations and brutality unleashed by Meles Zenawi.  Like wise hear the reasoned and truly Ethiopian patriotic voice of Dr. Gihdey Assefa. (Audio courtesy, VOA Radio,12/13/05)  

Horn Of Africa 'Crisis', UN Warns (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/15/05) "The head of United Nations peacekeepers has warned of a "crisis" in the Horn of Africa, as UN troops started to leave Eritrea after being ordered out. Almost 90 western troops are leaving Eritrea. Jean-Marie Guehenno said he had never experienced a similar situation in 10 years in the job. He has been in Eritrea since Monday in a bid to solve the problems but was not able to meet President Isaias Afewerki."

Peacekeepers Begin Eritrea Pullout (cnn.com, 12/15/05) "ASMARA, Eritrea (Reuters) -- Western peacekeepers began leaving Eritrea on Thursday after the United Nations agreed to pull out Americans, Canadians and Europeans from its mission set up to prevent war with Ethiopia. The U.N. Security Council said in a statement Wednesday the world body would "temporarily relocate" military and civilian staff from Eritrea to Ethiopia in the interests of safety." RELATED STORY: HORN OF AFRICA: UN Relocates Expelled Staff From Eritrea To Ethiopia (irinnews.org, 12/15/05)

Standoff Between UN And Eritrea (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/14/05) "UN envoy Jean-Marie Guehenno has prolonged his visit to Eritrea in an apparent attempt to meet the government about tensions on the Ethiopian border. Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki has so far refused to meet Mr Guehenno, the head of UN peacekeeping operations. Mr Guehenno is trying to reverse an Eritrean order for 180 Western peacekeepers to leave by Friday." RELATED STORIES: ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Visiting UN Officials Delay Departure From Asmara (irinnews.org, 12/14/05) U.N. To Pull Western Peacekeepers From Eritrea (cnn.com -Reuters- 12/14/05)

A convoy of United Nations peacekeepers stands in Temporary Security Zone in Senafe, Eritrea (2001 AP photo)

UN To Move Western Peacekeepers Out Of Eritrea (voanews.com, 12/14/05) "The United Nations Security Council says it will move Western peacekeepers out of Eritrea, a week after Eritrea's government said the peacekeepers would be expelled. VOA's U.N. correspondent, Peter Heinlein says the Security Council reached the decision during a meeting in New York Wednesday. He quotes the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, as saying 160 to 200 personnel will be moved to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Eritrea declared last week that Western members of the U.N. peacekeeping mission watching the border with Ethiopia had 10 days to leave."

Aloys Simba of Rwanda convicted of genocide  AP Photo

UN Tribunal Convicts Ex-Rwandan Army Officer Of Genocide (voanews.com, 12/13/05) "A United Nations tribunal has convicted a former Rwandan army officer of genocide and extermination in connection to the country's 1994 massacres. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced Aloys Simba to 25 years in jail Tuesday. The ex-colonel was found guilty of distributing guns and grenades to his Hutu militia followers for the purpose of killing ethnic Tutsis." "...Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 minority Tutsis and their moderate Hutu supporters in Rwanda during the 1994 killing spree." EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi and the Aduwa gangsters in Ethiopia will never get away with genocide! The Tigrean/Eritrean minorities are slaughtering other majority and minority nationalities in a suicidal attempt to establish minority rule. (fettan.com, 12/13/05)

China, Cuba, Eritrea and Ethiopia Lead in Jailing Journalists (voanews.com, 12/13/05) "A journalism watchdog group says China currently has more imprisoned journalists than any other country, but the United States is also on the organization's list of abusers. A new report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says China, Cuba, Eritrea and Ethiopia account for two-thirds of the 125 imprisoned editors, writers and photojournalists around the world as of December first. Fifth on the list was the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, followed at number six by the United States, which has moved up on the list due to journalists it is holding in Iraq and at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Tied for sixth place is Burma."

ETHIOPIA: Media Watchdog Condemns Arrest Of Two More Journalists (irinnews.org, 12/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 13 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Two journalists have been jailed in Ethiopia, bringing the total number imprisoned following a post election crackdown by the government to 15, a media watchdog said on Tuesday. Getachew Simie, former editor-in-chief of the defunct Amharic-language weekly Agere, was jailed for three months while Leykun Engeda, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Amharic-language weekly Dagim Wonchif was jailed for 15 months, said the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Both were jailed for articles published up to seven years ago, the New York-based watchdog said. "It is scandalous that Ethiopian authorities have persisted in using outdated and illegitimate charges to send these journalists to jail," said Ann Cooper, executive director of CPJ. "We call on authorities to release our Ethiopian colleagues immediately, and to work towards removing criminal penalties for press offences."

London demonstration 12/09/05  Photo courtesy andenet.com

REPORT ON GREAT LONDON MARCH (andenet.com, 12/11/05) "Ethiopians started arriving at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton Airports as well as various metropolitan train stations throughout London on Saturday 8th December 2005. The majority booked their accommodations online and managed their way without interventions of Londoners. Ethiopians pulling luggage were spotted everywhere throughout the city. London resident Ethiopians hosted the few who could not manage to accommodate themselves. The Saturday atmosphere of the city of London felt like Addis on the eve of big festival. Ethiopians flocked to London from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and even as far as from Australia to participate on the Great London March."

UN Photo  Bio-JM Guehenno
Eritrea Snubs Top UN Peace Envoy (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/13/05) "Eritrean officials have failed to meet the UN's top peacekeeper in Asmara to discuss the expulsion of peacekeepers. Jean-Marie Guehenno and his military advisor went to the Eritrean capital to try to end a ban on 180 western staff. "The Eritreans indicated that they did not have much to say this time to us and they would not be meeting with Guehenno," a UN source told Reuters. In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused Eritrea of escalating tensions along the border. Eritrea has condemned the UN's "meddling" in the tense Horn of Africa. It said Ethiopia's recent offer to pull back its troops from near the border was irrelevant." RELATED STORY: Eritrea 'Causing Tension' (news24.com, 12/13/05)

© 2005 Human Rights Watch Photo    Killing with impunity in Darfur

Sudanese Reject War Crimes Allegations (news.independent.co.uk, 12/12/05) "The Sudanese government has reacted angrily to suggestions that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his aides should be tried for war crimes in Darfur. The New-York based Human Rights Watch accused President Bashir of attacking civilians in Darfur using the Sudanese military and Arab militias, known as the janjaweed. It said Vice-President Ali Osman Taha and other senior officials had joined forces with notorious militia leaders such as Musa Hilal to kill villagers in the war-torn west Sudan region." HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT: U.N.: Put Sudan’s Top Leaders On Sanctions List: ICC Should Investigate Darfur Officials (hrw.org, 12/09/05) EDITORIAL NOTE: The MLLT gangsters are planning to lay the genocidal bridge and escape route between Mekele and Khartoum through their Yemeni connections. Now is the time for Ethiopian patriots to bring this issue to the front pages (fettan.com, 12/12/05) Read more: Sudanese - Ethiopian Ministerial Committees To Meet 14 December (sudantribune.com, 12/12/05) Council Adoption of the EU Strategy for Africa Marks New Era In Euro-African Relations (europa.eu.int, 12/12/05) EDITORIAL NOTE: Read the above to understand how AU, European duplicity and Woyane tyranny go hand in hand! Meles has a long nose & big ears.

UN Warns Against Complacency Over Ethiopia-Eritrea War Fears (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 12/12/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - The United Nations said it feared a "miscalculation" by either side could spark a new war between arch-rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea as it welcomed an Ethiopian decision to pull back troops from the increasingly tense border. "We believe that there is always a risk of war by miscalculation," said Jean-Marie Guehenno, the head of UN peacekeeping operations. "Nobody should be complacent in the present situation."

ETHIOPIA: Gov't to Pull Back Troops From Tense Border (irinnews.org, 12/12/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 12 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia will pull back troops from its tense border with Eritrea to comply with a United Nations order to avert fresh conflict in the Horn of Africa, the Ethiopian foreign minister said. In a letter to the UN Security Council, Seyoum Mesfin said Ethiopia was ready to reduce its troops to December 2004 levels to help ease tension."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Ease Border Tension, Top UN Official Urges (irinnews.org, 12/12/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 12 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia and Eritrea must take concrete actions to ease tensions along their shared frontier given continuing fears that war could break out afresh between the two countries, a top United Nations official said on Monday. A miscalculation could lead to further bloodshed, the UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, said in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa."

Number of Ethiopian, Eritrean Refugees Entering Sudan Rises (sudantribune.com, 12/11/05) "Dec 11, 2005 (KHARTOUM) — The refugee commissioner, Mohamed Ahmad al-Aghbash, has said that the number of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees streaming into the country had increased. In the last period, the number had increased from five to ten refugees a day to thirty refugees a day, the Sudanese official said." RELATED STORY: Sudanese - Ethiopian Ministerial Committees To Meet 14 December (sudantribune.com, 12/12/05)

Psychiatry Ponders Whether Extreme Bias Can Be An Illness (washingtonpost.com, 12/10/05) "The 48-year-old man turned down a job because he feared that a co-worker would be gay. He was upset that gay culture was becoming mainstream and blamed most of his personal, professional and emotional problems on the gay and lesbian movement. These fixations preoccupied him every day. Articles in magazines about gays made him agitated. He confessed that his fears had left him socially isolated and unemployed for years: A recovering alcoholic, the man even avoided 12-step meetings out of fear he might encounter a gay person." EDITORIAL NOTE: Read this article to learn about the pathological disorders that conflict Shaibia and Woyane ethnic supremacists and what drives them to round up more than 100,000 Ethiopian youth for brainwashing - just like they previously did in Eritrea and Tigray. (fettan.com, 12/10/05) RELATED STORIES:  Fighting Racism And Homophobia: CoR to host debate on protecting minorities, 12 December (europa.eu.int, 12/09/05) Aussie racial violence continues (today.reuters.co.uk, 12/13/05)

The border was the scene of a bloody trench war   AFP Photo
Ethiopia 'To Reduce' Border Force (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/10/05) "Ethiopia will move soldiers away from its border with Eritrea in compliance with a UN order aimed at averting fresh conflict, an Ethiopian official said. Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said the move was "in the interests of peace". Eritrea and Ethiopia have recently been massing troops along the UN-policed border they fought over five years ago." Ethiopian Foreign Minister [Mesfin] said on Saturday his country would redeploy troops away from the border as demanded by a UN resolution. "Though we have seen no encouraging signs from Eritrea... Ethiopia is convinced that its compliance with the [UN Security] Council's instruction is necessary even if doing so might have some risk for Ethiopia's security," he said. RELATED STORY: Ethiopia To Withdraw Troops From Eritrea Border (voanews.com, 12/10/05)

ETHIOPIA: Media Watchdog Condemns Conviction Of Journalist (alertnet.org -IRIN- 12/09/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 9 December (IRIN) - An international media watchdog has condemned the Ethiopian government's "disastrous crackdown" on the country's fledgling independent media after a detained journalist was sentenced to eight months in jail on Tuesday. "We are outraged at the prison sentence given to Wosonseged Gebrekidan, and at the continued imprisonment of at least 12 other journalists," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the New York-based Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ)."

ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Senior UN Officials to Assess Border Standoff (irinnews.org, 12/09/05) "NAIROBI, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will send two senior UN officials to Eritrea and Ethiopia to assess the volatile border standoff following a decision by the Eritrean government to expel personnel from the UN peacekeeping mission there. A spokesman for the office of the Secretary-General in New York said on Thursday that Annan had asked the head of the UN peacekeeping department, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and the UN military advisor, Gen Randir Kumar Mehta, to leave as soon as practicable for the Horn of Africa." RELATED STORY: Kofi Annan Dispatches Two Top Peacekeeping Officials To The Tense Ethio-Eritrean Border (voanews.com, 12/09/05)

Ex-Ethiopian Official Gets Death Sentence for 'Red Terror' Killings (cnn.com, 12/09/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A leading member of Ethiopia's former military junta has been sentenced to death for his role in killing more than 900 people during Ethiopia's "Red Terror" of the late 1970s, state-owned radio reported Friday. Former governor Maj. Melaku Tefera was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity Thursday by the Federal High Court and sentenced the same day, Radio Ethiopia said." EDITORIAL NOTE: Another Zenawi plot to distract attention from the genocide he is committing NOW in Ethiopia.

ETHIOPIA: Main Opposition Party Calls for Dialogue (irinnews.org, 12/08/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), called on Wednesday for dialogue with the government as its detained leaders entered the 10th day of their hunger strike. Dialogue, the CUD said in a statement, was the only option for resolving their bitter dispute with the ruling party. Lawyers who visited the CUD members in prison on Wednesday said the detainees had lost a considerable amount of weight but were in good spirits. The leaders said they were in good health."

Geologists Witness 'Ocean Birth' (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/08/05) "Scientists say they have witnessed the possible birth of a future ocean basin growing in north-eastern Ethiopia. The team watched an 8m rift develop in the ground in just three weeks in the Afar desert region last September. It is one small step in a long-term split that is tearing the east of the country from the rest of Africa and should eventually create a huge sea."

Eritrean Move 'Cripples' UN Role (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/08/05) "Eritrea's decision to expel European and North American peacekeepers from its disputed border with Ethiopia may cripple operations, says the UN. Tuesday's move will affect 180 staff working in areas like supplies, transport, finance and communications, says mission deputy head Joel Adechi. Earlier the UN's Security Council said the order for troops to leave within 10 days was unacceptable. Mr Adechi said the move was unexpected and the consequences being reviewed." RELATED STORIES: U.N.: Eritrea Border Force Endangered (cnn.com, -AP- 12/08/05)  ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Staff Expulsion May Cripple Operations, Warns UNMEE (irinnews.org, 12/08/05) Eritrea Expels U.N. Peacekeepers, Increasing Tension With Ethiopia (nytimes.com, 12/08/05)

Reuters Photo: A Rwandan genocide survivor is seen in this February 2004 file picture looking out of a church full with human skulls and bones.

Nzabonimana, one of the architects of Rwanda genocide. Meles and cohorts will be held responsible for the genocide they committed in Eritrea and the rest of Ethiopia since 1991.

Tony Blair congratulates Meles Zenawi on a job well done in Ethiopia. So does Tim Clarke. Over 3,000 non-Eritrean/Tigrean Ethiopians have been massacred by Agazian troops since the May 15, 2005 defeat of Meles at the polls.

Court Convicts Rwanda Genocide Chief (today. reuters.com, 12/07/05) "DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - A U.N. court trying masterminds of Rwanda's genocide has convicted a former mayor for abetting the 1994 slaughter, but dropped three counts including genocide, the court said on Wednesday. Following a plea bargain, Paul Bisengimana, ex-mayor of Gikoro, will be convicted for murder and extermination as crimes against humanity. Judges in his trial dismissed three other charges including genocide and rape."

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan demands that Eritrea rescind its expulsion order         UN Photo

Security Council, Annan Demand Eritrea Rescind Peacekeeper Expulsion (au.news.yahoo.com, 12/08/05) "UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council and UN chief Kofi Annan demanded that Eritrea immediately reverse its "unacceptable" decision to expel, within 10 days, US, Canadian, European and Russian peacekeepers monitoring the tense Ethiopia-Eritrea border. "The Security Council unequivocally demands that Eritrea immediately reverse its decision without preconditions," said a statement read by Britain's UN envoy Emyr Jones Parry, the council president for December. "The Security Council will be consulting on how to respond to this completely unacceptable action by Eritrea," it added, noting that the move was "inconsistent with the obligations of the government of Eritrea to respect the exclusively international nature of the peacekeeping operations." STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL    Security Council Presidential Statement

UN Demands Halt to Eritrea Order (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/07/05) "The United Nations Security Council has told Eritrea not to expel European and North American peacekeepers from its disputed border with Ethiopia. It said the order for the troops to leave within 10 days was unacceptable and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan added his voice to the condemnation."

Eritrea to Expel UN Peacekeepers (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/07/05) "Eritrea has expelled Canadian, Russian, European and United States peacekeepers from the United Nations mission monitoring the border with Ethiopia. The decision makes UN observation of the tense border almost impossible, says the BBC's Ed Harris in Asmara. In a letter to the UN mission, the Eritrean government gave staff of those nationalities 10 days to leave." RELATED STORIES: Eritrea Orders Western UN Troops Out - Diplomats (today.reuters.co.uk, 12/07/05)   Eritrea Expels Peacekeeping Staff (cnn.com -AP- 12/07/05)  Eritrean Crackdown on Religions (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/07/05)

US Official Says Democracy is Growing In Africa (voa.news.com, 12/06/05) "...On the political situation in Ethiopia, Ambassador Frazer says the United States believes pressure should be exerted on Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to allow for greater freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. “We’re continuing to hold the government accountable for allowing greater democratic space and respect for human rights. That said, I must say also that it’s the responsibility of the opposition as well because when the opposition takes stones and pelts the police forces, they have to respect the rule of law when they’re demonstrating freely.” EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is another example of US government equivocation. The ambassador has ruled that Hailu Shawel was responsible for stopping demonstrators from throwing stones. Having failed to so, the police had rights to shoot unarmed protesters and that Meles Zenawi has the right to charge CUD leaders with treason! Indeed American and British nurtured  democracy is growing in Ethiopia! (fettan.com, 12/06/05)

CUD President Hailu Shawel voting on May 15, 2005. He is incarcerated for daring to do so!

Jailed Besigye Set to Run in Poll (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/06/05) "Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been granted permission to sign his presidential nomination papers from prison by the attorney general. He is accused of treason and terrorism in civil and military courts. The government says it has the evidence to convict Dr Besigye but his lawyers say the trials are designed to prevent him from competing in polls next year." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Makes one wonder if Tony Blair will accomplish the same plot as Museveni. Keep on telling Zenawi to pretend that he has all the evidence (audio, video, testimonials and documents) to convince Hailu Shawel and associates of treason, and threaten them to sign an agreement to partake in the 2010 parliamentary elections and to take the seats that the NEBE claims "they won" in 2005. If Zenawi could pull off such a feat Tim Clarke must present Zenawi to the Queen for recognition as Grand Dragon Slayer of the British Empire- which qualifies Him as first in line to the throne barely edging out William. Sorry Tim, the Addis Marathon ploy turned into an anti-Meles demonstration. Keep on trying Timmy, but rest assured that you will not succeed in keeping the Ethiopian people from gaining their freedom! Democracy for Ethiopia NOW. (fettan.com, 12/06/05)

EU Wants Action Against Election Fraudsters (guardian.co.uk, 12/06/05) "The EU yesterday [criticised] elections in Kazakhstan at the weekend in which 91% of voters prolonged the rule of Nursultan Nazarbayev by seven years. The Foreign Office, speaking on behalf of the EU presidency, noted "with disappointment" the conclusion of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe that the vote did not meet international standards." EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is another confirmation for European duplicity. The EU high commissioner and British representative in Ethiopia, Tim Clarke is busy running an athletic event in Addis Abeba trying to to distract popular attention from Meles the fraudster. He says not economic or any action is planed against the Eritrean tyrant and UK mercenary. 

Museveni is Good, Kenya Can Do No Right - Hey, That's Economics (nationmedia.com, 12/05/05) "The Netherlands has announced that it is withholding about a quarter of its aid to Uganda, citing concerns about governance and economic mismanagement Observers saw it as the first action by a donor to express displeasure at what critics say is President Museveni's metamorphosis "into a Robert Mugabe". "...A close study of donor action in Africa reveals a paradox: The more dependent a country is on donor money, the less it responds to their pressure. Take aid-bloated Ethiopia, where recently the government killed nearly 40 people and rounded up hundreds following protests over election rigging."

ETHIOPIA: Lack of Rain in the Eastern Somali Region (irinnews.org, 12/05/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 5 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Critical rains have failed in eastern Ethiopia, raising fears for vulnerable pastoral communities already living under precarious circumstances, aid organisations warned on Friday. The livestock-dependent eastern Somali region, which has suffered successive droughts as well as economic hardship, should have seen rains at the beginning of October, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net)."

Herman Cohen's and Tony Blair's (a.k.a. Tim Clarke) Emissary in Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi Fascistic Brutality Unmasked by Channel4.com, (12/04/05) A must see video>>Watch the report

1. Ethiopia's Agony (channel4.com/ top-clips video) "An exclusive report on the supposedly model African state, where human rights abuses have continued to grow since May's controversial elections."
 

Melese Zenawi's Special police terrorizing unarmed civilians in Addis Abeba in June 2005. 

EDITORIAL NOTE: In 1936 two  Ethiopian patriots Abraham Debotch and Zeraay Deresse threw grenades at fascist Italian generals watching a parade and wounded General Graziani- the commandant. In retaliation Graziani killed 30,000 Addis residents that same night. The MLLT/TPLF Commissar, Meles Zenawi. has so far massacred more that 3,000 without any provocations.

Meles Zenawi's special police, Agazian Forces and EPRDF Federal Police, fully armed, massacred peaceful demonstrators in Addis Abeba on June 8, 2005. In November & December 2005, more than 50,000 people rounded up and dumped at Dedessa, Zeway, and other concentration camps. Hundreds are dying. The entire leadership of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy and civic leaders were rounded up and jailed following peaceful demonstrations.

US, China Wage Diplomatic Battle on 'Playing Field' of Africa: Report (yahoo.news.com -AFP- 12/05/05) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - China is challenging US interests and values in Africa, shielding "rogue states," trampling the environment and thwarting anti-corruption drives, according to a new independent survey of US policy on the continent. Beijing and the United States are on opposite sides in a new struggle for influence and resources in the new "playing field" of Africa, the study by a non partisan task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations found."

Democratic Dawn in Ethiopia Fades as Abuses Come to Light: Post-election protests have resulted in a wave of arrests (observer.guardian.co.uk, 12/04/05) "Ethiopia is in danger of losing millions of pounds of foreign aid as disturbing new evidence of violence and mass detentions emerges from the country that until recently was being hailed as the great democratic hope of Africa. International donors are deeply concerned about the political chaos in a country whose prime minister, Meles Zenawi, was supposed to be setting an example of good governance. Five months after Ethiopia descended into political chaos following a dispute over the country's first democratic elections, details are emerging that give a disturbing glimpse into the scale of human rights abuses taking place."

Ethiopia, Sudan Agree to Cooperate in Security Along Border (sudantribune. com, 12/03/05) "Dec 1, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to cooperate in the keeping of peace and security along their common border for mutual development gains of the two countries. The agreement signed on 28 November in the Ethiopian town of Gonder provides for the military commands of the two countries along the common border to cooperate in the areas of maintaining the peace and security of the areas, the Ministry of Defence told the official news agency ENA."

Eritrea and Sudan to Discuss Border Re-opening (today.reuters.com, 12/02/05) "ASMARA (Reuters) - Eritrea and Sudan will start talks next week on opening their common border, closed in 2002 when Khartoum accused Eritrea of supporting Sudanese rebel groups, a senior Sudanese official said on Friday. Relations between Eritrea and Sudan have warmed since the September formation of a new Sudanese government that includes former southern rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).Al-Samani Al-Wasleea, one of two state ministers at Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said discussions in the Eritrean capital Asmara headed by Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol could re-open the frontier."

Bush Cites Commitments When Called For Jury Duty (guardian.co.uk, 12/02/05) "George Bush had to explain that he was a little busy running the US when he was called for jury duty. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said yesterday Mr Bush never received the summons to appear at a court in Texas for jury duty on Monday and the White House learned about it through media reports. "We have since called the court to inform them that the president has other commitments on Monday, and that he would like to reschedule his jury duty," he said."

Court Orders 23 Ethiopian Opposition Held Again (alertnet -Reuters- 12/01/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - An Ethiopian court on Thursday ordered 23 opposition politicians held for 15 more days on suspicion of inciting post-election violence and ordered prosecutors to file formal charges within that period. The opposition members, arrested in a sweep that saw thousands jailed after the latest round of bloody demonstrations over the results of Ethiopia's May 15 parliamentary poll, appeared in court looking weakened by a four-day hunger strike." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: Opposition Leaders Denied Bail (irinnews.org, 12/02/05)

Ethiopia's security forces cracked down on protesters in the capital of Addis Ababa.      AFP Photo

Ethiopian Turmoil Six Months After General Election (voanews.com, 12/01/05) "Six months after Ethiopia’s general election, the state continues to punish those who question the results, which returned Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to power. Clashes in June and November between Ethiopian authorities and protesters have killed more than 85 people. The crackdown began amid clashes between security forces and opposition supporters who accused the Prime Minister of rigging the polls in May.  Authorities have closed most private newspapers, jailed local journalists, and detained family members of journalists in hiding."

POLITICAL ANALYSIS The Rise of an Eritrean Clique From the Womb of TPLF by Abiy Araia July 2001(ethiomedia.com, archives)  EDITORIAL NOTE: Let the truth be told. We reminded you so many times in our editorials that Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki are fraternal comrades in arms in the cause of Eritrea. Isaias and Meles were about to launch a suicidal attack on Ethiopia last week.  But finally, they both feel comfortable that Meles is safe and Meles is telling the UN that he is pulling his forces back from the border. RELATED STORY: A Woyane General Tells BBC Radio Reporter the Tigray-Eritrea Border is Impenetrable - That is, there will never be a war between the two now that Tigrean patriots have been eliminated and "Neftegna and Derg riffraff" silenced. The next ploy  to distract global attention from the Ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia will likely be an insurrection against Isaias or a concocted 'invasion by the Republic of Somalia or the Sudan'.  Stay focused. Meles must go! (fettan.com, 12/01/05)

Is Museveni following in Mugabe's footsteps?     AP Photo

Meles Zenawi, the third leg of the tripod jailed opposition party leaders and continues killing Ethiopians while Tim Clarke, the EU and the US continue to prop up his regime.

The bodies of more than 2000 people killed on November 1st and 2nd were buried in mass graves by Agazian special troops under Meles Zenawi's commend,  and loved ones still believe that they will come home. 

Museveni: Uganda's Fallen Angel (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/30/05) "Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has for years been hailed by western donors as part of the "new breed" of African leaders but many now say his halo has slipped. They are particularly alarmed by the arrest this month of Kizza Besigye, seen as the man likely to pose the strongest challenge to Mr Museveni in elections due early next year."

"Some analysts say the involvement of the military in Dr Besigye's case is a sign of the growing influence of the army in various aspects of Ugandan life." "Besigye's greatest contribution to this country has been to unmask Museveni and expose his true colours as a militarist who disregards the rule of law and shuns due process," says Ugandan political commentator Andrew Mwenda.

"Many Ugandans are unhappy at the military's involvement in the Besigye case"  AFP Photo

Meanwhile  "Humanitarian" U.S. Troops Rescue Ethiopian Cheetah Cubs (news.yahhoo.com, 11/29/05)

The Entire CUD leadership in Ethiopia that unmasked and exposed Zenawi's true colors was rounded up and jailed by Meles Zenawi    AP Photo

More than 2000 Ethiopians lost their lives, more than 50,000 remain incarcerated following Meles Zenawi's defeat at the polls in May 2005         

Ethiopia Troops Defect to Eritrea (news.bbc.co.uk, 12/01/05) "At least seven Ethiopian soldiers have defected to Eritrea while on a private training course in Israel, the Israeli foreign ministry has confirmed. The Eritrean ambassador in Israel said the soldiers - reported to be of Eritrean descent - arrived at his house and asked for political asylum. They were then flown to Eritrea on a private plane."

ETHIOPIA: Possible Pullback of Troops From Border - UNMEE (irinnews.org, 12/01/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 1 December (IRIN) - Ethiopia may be willing to pull back thousands of troops recently moved close to its tense border with Eritrea, the UN military commander in the region said on Thursday. Maj-Gen Rajender Singh, commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) peacekeeping force, said Ethiopia had indicated that they would comply with a recent UN Security Council resolution calling for a return of both Ethiopian and Eritrean troops to their 16 December positions." RELATED STORY: UN Hopeful Ethiopia Will Withdraw Troops From Tense Border (voanews.com, 12/01/05)

Bush Renews Nation's Commitment to Fight AIDS (voanews.com, 12/01/05) "President Bush says the United States has a challenge and a responsibility to battle AIDS at home and abroad. On World AIDS Day Mr. Bush reaffirmed America's commitment to fight the disease. The president says the United States is making a big difference in the global fight against AIDS, and will continue to stand with those in need." RELATED STORY: Europeans Reject Abstinence Message in Split With US on Aids (guardian.co.uk, 12/01/05)

A girl holds a banner during a march in Zimbabwe, a country with 1.8 million people infected with HIV. AP Photo Preserving Nkosi's legacy

Pledges of Abstinence, Help on World AIDS Day (cnn.com, 12/01/05) "FATICK, Senegal (AP) -- Schoolchildren in Senegal pledged to abstain from sex and Indian village women cast off a veil of shame about their HIV status as World AIDS Day was marked around the globe Thursday. About 40 million people worldwide are now infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. About 3 million of them are expected to die of AIDS this year. Africa, with only 10 percent of the world's population, suffers over half of its HIV infections. Heavily Muslim Senegal is a relative bright spot on the continent, with only about 1 percent of the population infected." 

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Top US Envoy Meets Government Officials (irinnews.org, 11/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 30 November (IRIN) - A top US diplomat for African affairs has arrived in Ethiopia on a three-day mission to help breathe new life into a stalled peace process with Eritrea, the US embassy said on Tuesday. Donald Yamamoto, the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, met Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Monday. He will also discuss post-election disturbances in Ethiopia with members of his administration, an official said. He will also meet some leaders of opposition parties, according to Beyene Petros, chairman of the opposition United Ethiopian Democratic Forces."

Eritreans Flee Amid War Fears (news24.com -AFP- 11/29/05) "Asmara - Eritreans are fleeing their country in growing numbers amid fears of a new war with Ethiopia and economic hardships blamed on authoritarian government policies, according to diplomats and UN figures. In the first eight months of 2005, more Eritreans have risked death to leave the impoverished Horn of Africa nation than in all of 2004, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) statistics."

AFP/File Photo: Senior US diplomat Donald Yamamoto, pictured here in 2004, is in Ethiopia this week

Senior US Envoy in Ethiopia to Cool Border, Post-Election Tension (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 11/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - A senior US diplomat is in Ethiopia this week seeking to cool its soaring border tensions with Eritrea and ease a domestic political crisis over disputed elections, the US embassy said. Donald Yamamoto, the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, arrived in the capital on Monday for "discussions on the border and political developments in Ethiopia," an embassy spokesman said. The envoy is expected to meet with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Wednesday as well as Ethiopian opposition officials during his visit, other details of which were not immediately available." RELATED STORY: Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) Letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Regarding the Meles Zenawi Regime Sponsored Violence in Ethiopia (English pdf)

Lench Batti, Public Relations Officer of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Interview by Netsanet Le Ethiopia Radio -Washington, DC (Amharic audio, 11/27/05)

Ethiopian Government Arrests Two More Journalists (voanews.com, 11/29/05) "Ethiopian authorities have reportedly arrested two more journalists in an ongoing government crackdown on the press.  The Committee to Protect Journalists says the latest arrests bring the number of journalists detained since political unrest erupted four weeks ago to at least 12.  Sources in Addis Ababa tell the CPJ the two arrested are Serkalem Fassil, publisher of the Amharic-language weeklies Menelik, Asqual and Satanaw -- and her husband, Iskinder Nega, also a journalist.  They are reportedly being held at an undisclosed location." listen to interview with Alexis Arief audio clip

Four Ethiopian Soldiers Die in Landmine Blast-U.N. (alertnet.org -Reuters - 11/29/05) "ASMARA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Four Ethiopian soldiers were killed and three were wounded when their vehicle hit a newly laid landmine last week near the tense border with Eritrea, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The United Nations does not know who laid the mine, less than 15 km (9 miles) from the border, but about 50 mines have been laid in both countries within the last four years. Most incidents have been in or near the U.N.-patrolled temporary security zone (TSZ) that separates the two armies."  RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: Four Soldiers Killed in Landmine Blast (irinnews.org, 11/29/05)

Tree Locusts Invade Eastern Ethiopia (angolapress.angop.ao, 11/29/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,11/29 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Monday reported a tree locust invasion in the Afar Region of eastern Ethiopia. Locusts have been observed in Awash Arba town, Gelsa, some "kebeles" (districts) of Awash Fentale namely Boloita, Kebena and Fursi. A FAO collected sample and sent to the Desert Locust Control Organisation (DLCO) in Addis Ababa has confirmed that the pests were tree locusts."

Increasing Restrictions on Eritrean-Ethiopian Border Hampering UN Peace Mission (un.org, 11/29/05) "29 November Increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of United Nations peacekeepers following an Eritrean ban on helicopter flights has made it harder to warn the international community of any new outbreak of hostilities on the tense frontier with Ethiopia, where the two countries fought a two-year border war."

Ethiopia Sets Up Body to Probe Post-Poll Violence (alertnet.org -Reuters- 11/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's parliament is setting up a commission to look into charges that police and soldiers used excessive force to quell post-election protests that led to at least 82 deaths, the legislature said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, whose ruling party won the polls, had promised to set up an independent commission to investigate two separate bouts of unrest that erupted over the results of the May 15 parliamentary poll."

Imprisoned CUD leaders on hunger strike as of 11/28/05   AP Photo

Ethiopia Prisoners' Hunger Strike (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/28/05) "Three opposition leaders and a human rights activist in Ethiopia say they will go on hunger strike from Monday in protest against their detention. The four were arrested at the beginning of this month during violent protests over May's disputed election results. They have not been formally charged but Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says they could be tried for treason. CUD leader Hailu Shawel and two top party officials say their detention is politically-motivated. "We have decided to go on hunger strike indefinitely beginning Monday, 28 November 2005 - we will take only liquids," said top CUD (Coalition for Unity and Democracy) official and mayor-elect of Addis Ababa, Berhanu Nega, speaking to journalists at Ethiopia's central investigation centre." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: Jailed Opposition Leaders to Go on Hunger Strike (irinnews.org, 11/28/05)

Know Thy Enemies: Part II -  British Hypocrisy, European Union Duplicity and American Equivocation. (pdf) (editorial, fettan.com, 11/26/05) "In this interview with Capital, Ambassador Tim Clarke pretends to admit to the following facts about Ethiopia , but he proceeds to use the carefully crafted deceptive language of a British disinformant to justify Meles Zenawi 's brutality. Please read the interview before you review our interpretation and you be the judge. (1) Ethiopia, sub-Sahara's second most populous country after Nigeria, is ranked the seventh poorest in the world. (2) It has some of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infection and unemployment in the world. (3) Meles, who accuses the CUD of plotting a rebellion against his government, has repeatedly blamed unemployment for the violence in the capital where he says 300,000 youths are idle. Nevertheless, this darling of the West has to be protected by any means: Below are our excerpts from Tim Clarke's interview with Capital, supplemented by our interpretation of the Ambassador's diplomatic language. The text highlighted in red is taken out of the document published by Capital.com on the internet. The text in black is our interpretation of the hidden message not conveyed to the public." PDF Format of Interview With Emphasis added by fettan.com

Good Governance Gone Bad (iht.com, -The New york times -11/27/05) "Somebody needs to remind Meles Zenawi that he is supposed to be setting the example for how democracy should work in Africa. As things stand, the only example Meles, the Ethiopian prime minister, is setting is one of autocratic repression. Meles has often been lauded as an exemplar of good government by the likes of the Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, who picked him to help draft his Commission for Africa report on how to reduce poverty and promote democracy on the continent. But it turns out that Meles is in favor of democracy only when people are voting for him."

The day's biggest demonstration in Crawford turned out to be one involving about 500 Americans from Ethiopia, which has experienced political unrest and violence since the disputed May election. Bush Supporters, Opponents Stage Dueling Rallies (articles.news.aol.com, 11/27/05) "CRAWFORD, Texas (Nov. 27) - As President Bush and his family continue their holiday weekend at their Texas ranch, demonstrations both for and against the war in Iraq continue outside. Speaking to about 200 protesters, anti-war icon Cindy Sheehan held up a picture of flag-draped coffins on a plane returning to the U.S. and said, "This is George Bush's exit strategy from Iraq."

At UN-chaired meeting, Ethiopia and Eritrea trade blame for rising tensions (un.org, 11/26/05) "26 November 2005 At a United Nations-chaired meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, representatives of Ethiopia and Eritrea traded blame for the rising tensions along their shared border but pledged not to escalate them further, the UN Mission in the two Horn of Africa countries (UNMEE) announced today. Setting the tone for Friday's discussions, the meeting's chair, UNMEE Force Commander Major-General Rajender Singh, observed that the overall military situation inside the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) and the adjacent areas had become tense and potentially volatile."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Troops Sighted in Demilitarized Zone (irinnews.org, 11/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 25 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopian troops illegally entered a demilitarised zone inside Eritrea amidst heightened tensions between the two countries over their disputed common border, the UN said on Thursday. Despite the UN Security Council’s threat to impose sanctions on the two countries unless they resolved their standoff, a small number of troops had occupied the territory for six days, according to the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). "Any violation of the Temporary Security Zone is of concern to us - it doesn't matter how tiny it may be," UN spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainte told reporters in Asmara and Addis Ababa at a video-linked news conference."

ERITREA: Government Criticizes Security Council Resolution (irinnews.org,11/25/05) "ASMARA, 25 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The Eritrean government has sharply criticised the latest UN Security Council resolution on the border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia, describing it as "deplorable" and "lopsided". "The Security Council has adopted another deplorable resolution on the border conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia," said a statement issued on Thursday by the Eritrean Foreign Ministry in the capital, Asmara."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Security Council Threatens Sanctions Over Border Dispute (irinnews.org, 11/24/05) "NAIROBI, 24 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday threatened to take action, which could include sanctions, against Ethiopia and Eritrea if the two Horn of Africa neighbours continued to engage in activities that aggravated their ongoing border dispute. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council deplored Eritrea's restrictions on the freedom of movement of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and demanded that Asmara immediately reverse its 5 October decision to ban UNMEE helicopter flights."

Ethiopia 'Breached UN Peace Zone' (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/24/05) "Ethiopian soldiers have breached a demilitarised buffer zone on the border with Eritrea, the United Nations mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea says. The Ethiopian troops withdrew on Wednesday - after five days in the zone set up after the end of a border war. The incursion had come amid growing border tensions and violated the 2000 peace deal, an Unmee spokeswoman said."

Bush Widens Sanctions Against Zimbabwe (cnn.com, 11/24/05) "CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- President Bush is targeting the U.S. accounts of leading government officials in Zimbabwe, saying those who work with President Robert Mugabe must restore democracy or face sanctions. The White House announced Wednesday that Bush had signed an executive order Tuesday blocking all property and financial holdings in the United States owned by 128 people and 33 institutions in Zimbabwe. It also bars U.S. citizens from having financial dealings with them. "This action is not aimed at the people of Zimbabwe, but rather at those most responsible for their plight," said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino." EDITORIAL NOTE: We urge President Bush to take a similar bold action against the Ethiopian dictator and neo-fascist Meles Zenawi. Zenawi, the Marxist League of Tigray politburo and cronies have created private corporations that have been amassing wealth and property while the Ethiopian poor are starving and the country drops to the bottom 7th on the national development scale. (fettan.com, 11/24/05)

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. Photograph: Tony Karmuba/AFP

Snubbed Leader Sacks Entire Kenyan Cabinet (GUADIAN.CO.UK, 11/24/05) "East Africa's most stable democracy was plunged into political crisis last night when Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki sacked his entire cabinet after suffering a defeat in a referendum on a new constitution. He said in a televised address: "I have sacked all ministers and assistant ministers with immediate effect. I will announce a new government before the end of two weeks."

UN Moves Towards Horn Sanctions (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/23/05) "The United Nations Security Council is to consider imposing sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea if they use force to settle their ongoing border dispute. Diplomats at the UN told reporters that a draft resolution, drawn up by Greece, could be voted on as soon as Wednesday. The draft calls for Ethiopia to accept a boundary commission decision that awarded a disputed town to Eritrea."

Crackdown In Ethiopia (washingtonpost.com, 11/23/05) "A government crackdown in Ethiopia, following a wave of political unrest, has left opposition politicians, journalists, intellectuals and aid officials behind bars, even though the government of President Meles Zenawi has released some detainees under international pressure. Ato Daniel Bekele , the policy manager for ActionAid International in Ethiopia, was detained in his home in Addis Ababa, the capital, on Nov. 1. He remains in custody, although no charges have been filed against him, according to Sandy Krawitz , a spokeswoman for the group's U.S. branch, based in Washington."

ETHIOPIA: Opposition Leaders and Activists Denied Bail (irinnews.org, 11/22/05)) "ADDIS ABABA, 22 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Leaders of Ethiopia's main opposition party who face potential treason charges were denied bail on Monday after a court ruled that they should remain in police custody. In their second court appearance since being detained early this month, 19 top officials from the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), three journalists and a trade unionist were remanded for a further 10 days."

UN Families Told to Leave Eritrea (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/22/05) "The United Nations has ordered the families of its personnel in Eritrea to leave the country, as part of an increased security assessment. The security zone along the Ethiopian border has been made off-limits to all UN staff except peacekeeping troops. Elsewhere in the country, staff have been told remain in town, and keep in touch with their headquarters. This comes amid fears of new hostility along the border, where the neighbours went to war from 1998 to 2000." RELATED STORY: Eritrean-Ethiopian border becomes danger zone (eitb24.com, 11/22/05)

Kenyans Celebrate the "NO" vote on the constitution AP Photo

Kenyan Leader Accepts Poll Defeat (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/22/05) "Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has conceded defeat in a crucial vote on a new constitution. "My government will respect the will of the people," he said, looking sombre, in a live television address. The BBC's Adam Mynott says the result is a huge setback for Mr Kibaki who led the "Yes" campaign. Many used the poll to protest at Mr Kibaki's leadership. Crowds of people have been celebrating the result on the streets of the capital, Nairobi. "No, no, no," they shouted, some wearing orange - the colour of the "No" campaign. "We were voting to show our frustrations, we were rebelling against the government's empty promises," one of the crowd, Yonah Opiyo, 23, told Reuters news agency." EDITORIAL NOTE: What a graceful way to accept defeat unlike the Woyane neo-fascist dictator!
  Masai women wait to vote in a village west of  Nairobi. The charter campaign was marked by violence that left nine people dead. (By Radu Sigheti -- Reuters)
Kenyans Calmly Vote on New Charter (washingtonpost.com, 11/22/05) "NAIROBI, Nov. 21 -- With the streets of this capital eerily quiet, Kenyans voted peacefully Monday on a new draft constitution after a turbulent month of campaigning divided East Africa's largest nation and split political leaders along tribal lines Tens of thousands of Kenyans, some with babies on their backs, stood in long but orderly lines at voting stations. There were few reports of violence, after a stormy campaign in which nine people were killed during rallies by opponents of the constitutional changes."

Eritrea Says Ethiopia Stokes Border Fears As Ploy (alertnet.org -Reuters- 11/21/05) "NAIROBI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Eritrea's president has accused Ethiopia of raising the spectre of renewed conflict between the two neighbours over their disputed border as a ploy to distract attention from Ethiopia's domestic troubles. Military manoeuvres on both sides of an unmarked 1,000 km (620 mile) frontier between the feuding Horn of Africa neighbours have raised international concern about a possible."

ETHIOPIA: Gov't Says Oromiya Unrest Quelled (irinnews,org, 11/21/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 21 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The Ethiopian government maintained that unrest in Oromiya has been quelled, despite claims by two rebel groups that dozens of people had been killed in renewed post-election violence. The information ministry criticised the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and accused the separatist group of trying to foment unrest in Oromiya, home to the Oromo community, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group. The OLF announced in a statement on Friday that 10 people had been killed after protests broke out last week in a "popular uprising" that elicited a severe crackdown from the government." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia probes Report of Massacre in Remote East (today.reuters.co.uk, 11/17/05)

U.N.: 40m Now Have AIDS Virus: Prevention starting to pay off in some countries, report says (cnn.com, 11/21/05) "LONDON, England (AP) -- The global HIV epidemic continues to expand, with more than 40 million people now estimated to have the AIDS virus, but in some countries prevention efforts are finally starting to pay off, the United Nations says. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in history. An estimated 3.1 million people died from the virus last year and another 4.9 million people became infected, according to a U.N. update published Monday."

Ethiopians listening to speaker at CUD fundraiser in Washington DC 11/20/05 Photo Andrea Bruce -- The Washington Post)

Violence in Ethiopia Inspires Regional Rally: Community Holds Protests, Raises Funds to Spotlight Unrest After Elections Abroad (washingtonpost.com, 11/21/05) "Kassa Tadesse does not affiliate with political parties. He is no activist and never has been, he says. But in the past six months, that has changed. Tadesse drove yesterday from his home in Silver Spring to Northwest Washington, where more than a thousand members of the Ethiopian community gathered to raise money for relatives of people killed or detained during election-related violence in their homeland this month." "..."The facts on the ground are very convincing," said Abebe, who drove from Richmond to attend the fundraiser. "We're not even talking democracy now. It's just basic human rights," he said. "

Reuters Photo: Ethiopian Americans protest outside the White House against Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi November 15,2005

Ethiopia Unrest Shakes Business Confidence (news.yahoo.com -Reuters- 11/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Abdilazik Hussein's tiny shop in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is full to the brim with white robes, headscarves and copies of the Koran.  Usually, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan allows the 32-year-old trader to rake in the biggest profits of the year as customers snap up his goods to offer each other in celebration of the Eid al-Fitr festival. But this year, he was forced to shut shop as riot police fired tear gas and live rounds at stone-throwing protesters angry about a disputed May parliamentary poll, shooting dead more than 40 people in Ethiopia's worst violence in months."

Clashes Mar African Political Gains: Tensions Boil Over in East as Trust in Elected Leaders and Democracy Fades (washingtonpost.com, 11/18/05) "NYALA, Sudan -- In Ethiopia, 46 demonstrators protesting reports of election rigging died in a series of clashes with security forces. In Uganda, a senior opposition leader was arrested, touching off riots in one of the continent's most tranquil capitals. In Tanzania, nine people died when security forces fired into protesting crowds during elections on the island of Zanzibar. This has been a turbulent season across East Africa, a region that has been struggling for well over a decade to consolidate emerging democratic systems against a backdrop of persistent poverty, simmering civil conflict and past dictatorial leadership."

ETHIOPIA: Interview With World Bank Representative (irinnews.org, 11/18/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 18 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Ishac Diwan is the World Bank representative in Ethiopia. The bank is the country's largest donor, providing some US $450 million of the $1.2 billion in development assistance Ethiopia receives each year. Diwan spoke with IRIN on Wednesday about the institution's concern over political unrest and the impact of deteriorating governance on development. Below are excerpts from the interview:"

Ethiopia Downplays Massacre, Uprising Reports (today.reuters.com, 11/18/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday that unrest in its restive regions was under control after allegations by rebel groups this week of a massacre in the east and an uprising in the south-west. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a group of ethnic Somalis fighting for the independence of their large eastern region, said government troops shot dead at least 30 prisoners and civilians in Qabri-daharre town on Tuesday. And the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), fighting for independence in their south-western region, said a wave of demonstrations by students and others had broken out in a "popular uprising" that brought a severe crackdown."

Ethiopia, Eritrea To Ease Tension (news24.com, 11/18/05) "Addis Ababa - Senior military commanders from Ethiopia and Eritrea are to meet next week for talks. The United Nations hope the talks can ease tensions along their border, where large-scale movement of troops and military hardware continue. The officers will gather in neighbouring Kenya for one day on November 25. According to Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte, spokesperson for the UN mission to the two countries, this is the first meeting since the UN described the situation near the border as "tense and potentially volatile"." RELATED STORY: UN Council Works To Avert Eritrea-Ethiopia War (alertnet.org -Reuters- 11/17/05)

Senator Joe Biden        VOA Photo

U.S. Lawmakers Ask Bush to Take Lead in Horn of Africa (voanews.com, 11/17/05) "Two senior members of the U.S. Congress are urging President Bush to play a direct role in American policy toward Ethiopia’s political unrest and border tensions with Eritrea. U.S. Representative Chris Smith, chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa, and Senator Joseph Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, say in a letter to Mr. Bush that U.S. policy in the Horn is “ambiguous” and the president’s personal leadership is needed to diffuse both situations." "...The letter says the United States needs to make clear that Ethiopia’s leaders need to “respect human rights and the rule of law” and to accept an international panel’s demarcation of the Ethio-Eritrean border."

'Treason' Rises In Africa (csmonitor.com, 11/17/05) "In Africa, 'tis the season, apparently, for treason. In recent days and weeks a number of high-profile politicians across the continent have been accused of great acts of disloyalty. But critics say the charges often have less to do with national betrayal than stifling dissent, and observers say the practice is exposing how a winner-take-all political paradigm still prevails across Africa, even in countries that have made significant democratic strides."

Ethiopia Probes Report Of Massacre In Remote East (today.reuters.co.uk, 11/17/05)" ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Thursday it was investigating a report by separatist rebels that government troops shot dead at least 30 people and injured hundreds during unrest earlier this week. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a group of ethnic Somalis fighting for independence for their eastern region, said Ethiopian soldiers opened fire on Tuesday against prisoners demanding better treatment in Qabri-daharre town. "Then the Ethiopian army came to the centre of the town and started shooting indiscriminately at the civilian people," it added in a statement. "More than 30 people are reported dead from the civilians and the prisoners. ... Hundreds are reported wounded." Ethiopian Information Minister Berhan Hailu told Reuters the government was unsure what had happened. "The incident is under investigation," he said, without elaborating." RELATED STORY: Ogaden National Liberation Front Foreign Relations Bureau:  Press Release (onlf.org, 11/16/05)

Hissene Habre was arrested on Monday in Senegal AFP Photo

Chad Euphoric At Habre's Arrest (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/17/05) "News of this week's arrest in Senegal of Chad's former President Hissene Habre, has been greeted with joy in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena. Mr Habre is wanted by a Belgian court for crimes committed during his eight-year rule. Although the former leader fled Chad to Senegal 15 years ago, the legacy of fear he left behind is still tangible. His alleged victims, although euphoric, were a little shocked by the move.

EDITORIAL NOTE:  A lesson for Ethiopian patriots. No matter how many people Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki kill,  in the end, they will not get away with it.

World Bank Considers Reducing Aid To Ethiopia (voanews.com, 11/16/05) " The World Bank is considering reducing aid to Ethiopia in the wake of current political unrest. In an interview with Voice of America, the Bank's country director in Ethiopia, Ishac Diwan, said if governance improves, aid will likely rise. If it deteriorates, he said assistance will be scaled back over a period of time. The World Bank currently gives $400 million to $500 million a year, making the lending institution Ethiopia's largest donor." RELATED STORIES: World Bank Considers Cutting Aid To Ethiopia (voanews.com, 11/16/05) listen to interview with Ishac Diwan Aid Should Be Suspended Until Human Rights Offences Stop (greens.efa.org, 11/16/05)

Twenty Die In Ethiopian Jailbreak (news.bbc.uk, 11/16/05) "Twenty people are reported to have been killed when prisoners broke out of a military prison in the eastern Ethiopian town of Kebri Dehar. At least 34 prisoners are said to have escaped after subduing prison guards and seizing their rifles."

Eritrea Denies Fanning Violence In Ethiopia (mg.co.za, 11/16/05) "Eritrea on Wednesday denied a charge that it fuelled street violence that rocked Ethiopia early this month, claiming at least 48 lives, by supporting rebels who want to overthrow the Addis Ababa government. "We deny this accusation," Eritrea's Information Minister Ali Abdu said. "This statement approved by a so-called Parliament emanates from a schizophrenic state of mind." Ethiopian federal police chief Workneh Gebeyhu on Monday told Parliament that Asmara backed the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), based in southern Ethiopia, to foment the deadly skirmishes."

Photo Courtesy Solidartytigrai.org

More Than 20,000 Participate In Washington Rally Against The Meles Zenawi Regime (silidaritytigrai.org, 11/15/05) "WASHINGTON) — Several thousand Ethiopian immigrants staged a demonstration in Washington to demand the end of US support for Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi after bloodshed in the African nation.

Organizers said there were 20,000 people from across the United States and Canada at the rally, the latest in a series against Meles, who has been in power since toppling a Soviet-backed dictatorship in 1991. Demonstrators heard speeches in front of the US Capitol building before marching to the State Department, singing songs and carrying banners with slogans such as "Bush, Stop Supporting Zenawi’s Dictatorship."

UNMEE Says Ethiopia/Eritrea Border In Tense Situation (angolapres-angop.ao, 11/15/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 11/15 - The military situation in the temporary security zone (TSZ) and adjacent areas between Ethiopia and Eritrea was tense and potentially volatile, the UN peacekeeping mission there said Thursday. Troop movements continued to be reported on both Ethiopian and Eritrean sides over the past week, said Colonel Mohammed Iqbal, Chief of Staff of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)."

More Journalists Arrested In Ethiopia (voanews.com, 11/15/05) "The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopian authorities have arrested two more editors. It says that brings the number of journalists arrested over the past two weeks to eight. Alexis Arief is a spokeswoman for the CPJ.  From New York, she spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the latest arrests. The journalists are identified as Andualem Ayle of the Amharic-language weekly Ethiop and Nardos Meaza of the Amharic-language weekly, Satanaw.  Both are privately owned newspapers." De Capua interview with CPJ
De Capua interview with CPJ ra

Statement By The Development Assistance Group (DAG):By U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia (communitydispatch.com, 11/14/05) "The Development Assistance Group (DAG) expresses its deep sadness at the deaths and injuries in the recent civil unrest in Addis Ababa and elsewhere in Ethiopia, in line with the EU and US Ambassadors statement of November 6, 2005. The DAG is concerned about these political disturbances and the effects that these may have on sustainable development for the country."

Ethiopia's Capital, Once Promising, Finds Itself In Crisis (nytimes.com, 11/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - This city fancies itself the capital of Africa, the crossroads of the continent, a refined refuge where African leaders gather to address the crises in unruly places like Sudan, Ivory Coast and Congo. The city's most powerful resident, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, has been deemed one of Africa's new generation of leaders, a rebel turned democrat and darling of the international donors. But after a months-long political standoff that has turned increasingly bloody, Ethiopia's capital has joined Africa's more ignominious places, becoming the latest continental crisis point to attract the attention of the African Union, which has its headquarters here. Mr. Meles now finds himself criticized as a dictator, not a democrat."

ETHIOPIA: Donors Concerned Over Political Unrest (irinnews.org, 11/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 14 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's key donors have expressed concern over violent unrest following the May elections and said they were reviewing development cooperation modalities to ensure aid is distributed in a "non-partisan manner". Political turmoil erupted after opposition groups alleged widespread vote rigging by the ruling bloc in the 15 May polls. Earlier this month, the opposition parties announced a boycott of the parliament."

Africa Elections Give Reasons For Hope (news.yahoo.com -AP- 11/13/05) "...For all of Africa's strides toward democracy after decades of living under dictatorships, violence and fraud have been a feature of many of its elections this year. Ivory Coast, once a model of African statehood, is so torn by civil war that its Oct. 30 election was canceled." "...Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who overthrew a brutal Marxist junta in 1991, has been touted in the West as a democratic-spirited leader, but at home he is seen as increasingly autocratic. In May, parliamentary elections in Ethiopia were marred by what  European Union monitors described as widespread human rights abuses. Opposition supporters took to the streets, and scores were killed in clashes with police."

Ethiopia Boosts Border Defences (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/13/05) "Ethiopia has been strengthening its military defences along the border with Eritrea, amid fears of a new conflict with its neighbour. A BBC correspondent at the border says the Ethiopian army has been digging long lines of trenches and bunkers. The United Nations has warned the situation is potentially volatile." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian-Eritrean Border Remains Tense, Potentially Volatile, UN Mission Reports (un.org, 11/11/05)

Ethiopia Answers Western Critics (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/13/05) "Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi has defended his handling of opposition protests last week, in which demonstrators were shot by police and leaders arrested. Mr Meles told the BBC the UK was wrong to join European and US pressure for the release of the opposition MPs. He said the international community should wait for the outcome of trials of those accused of treason and fomenting violent insurrection."

Eritrea Slams Ethiopia For Protesters' Deaths (alertnet.org -Reuters- 11/12/05) "NAIROBI, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Eritrea has condemned neighbouring Ethiopia for "bloody suppression and atrocities" during a recent crackdown on unrest which left more than 40 dead and stirred fears of instability in the region's dominant power. A statement from Eritrea's Information Ministry also lambasted Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for "farcical" recent elections where he won another five-year term.  Both ruled by ex-rebel movements, the Horn of Africa nations have long had tense relations which burst into open antagonism during a 1998-2000 border war during which 70,000 people died. Recent military manoeuvres on both sides of the unmarked 1,000-km (620-mile) frontier have raised fears of a repeat."

ETHIOPIA: Recent Arrests Of Opposition Leaders And Police Killings Of 46 Demonstrators (amnestyusa.org, 11/11/05) "On 7 November 2005 police brought to court 24 opposition leaders and others who were arrested in Addis Ababa on 1 November following street demonstrations which erupted into four days of violence when police started shooting. At least 46 protesters were killed in Addis Ababa and other towns, and at least 4,000 were arrested. The 24 detainees include Hailu Shawel, aged 70, president of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) party; Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, 75, former chair of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO); Dr Yacob Hailemariam, a former UN Special Envoy and former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Ms Birtukan Mideksa, CUD vice-president and a former judge; and Dr Berhanu Negga, the recently elected Mayor of Addis Ababa and university professor of economics."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Peacekeepers Facing More Restrictions, Says UNMEE (irinnews.org, 11/11/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 11 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Restrictions on United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the "tense and potentially volatile" Ethiopia-Eritrea frontier have increased considerably, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said on Thursday. Troop movements from both armies also continued along the 1,000-km border, where the nations fought a bloody war from 1998 to 2000. "The restrictions have increased almost daily," UNMEE spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte said. "Before, the restrictions were more sporadic. Now, we have almost daily restrictions.'

Know Thy Enemies: A Reminder And Warning To Ethiopian Patriots: Meles Dismisses Western Doners' Plea As "Unacceptable Meddling".  Here is fettan.com's interpretation of Meles Zenawi's transparent display of a hidden agenda (as reflected in this propaganda piece) - the strategic plan of feudalist Marxist revolutionary governance - for the opposition party chiefs' and gullible world leaders' consumption.  Zenawi obviously is fantasizing about Tigrai-Tigrign supremacist state that surveys over Tribal Fiefdoms of the central and southern ethnic republics headed by subservient ethno-aristocrats bought for the highest bid. According to his vivid imagination, having signed these accords, the EPRDF has supposedly super insulated itself from the wrath of the Ethiopian people and the world community. (fettan.com, 11/10/05)

ETHIOPIA: CUD Leaders, Editors To Face Treason Charges (irinnews.org, 11/10/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 10 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Detained opposition leaders and editors seized after bloody clashes in Addis Ababa last week will face treason charges, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Wednesday. 
The prime minister declared that the worst of the violence was over, but his government had no intention of bowing to calls from the international community for the release of opposition leaders."

Former Top American Official Criticizes Ethiopian Government (voanews.com, 11/10/05) "The ongoing political unrest in Ethiopia is putting increased focus on Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his government's handling of opponents. Herman Cohen -- former Assistant Secratary of State for Africa -- says he is disappointed by actions taken against the opposition by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government -- actions he says go far beyond what are necessary.  He says the "high-handed" measures demonstrate the true nature of the government -- which he describes as authoritarian and totalitarian." listen to the interview with Ambassador Herman Cohen audio clip

CPJ Protests Ethiopian Government's Wanted List Of Journalists (ifex.org, 11/09/05) "His Excellency Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, C/O The Embassy of Ethiopia, 3506 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Via facsimile: 202-587-0199 Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to protest your government's targeting of the private press following clashes last week between protesters and security forces, in which at least 40 people were killed, according to international news reports. For the past two days state-owned media have published a list of people whom your government plans to prosecute for attempting to "violently undermine the constitutional order in the country." RELATED STORY: Save The Children Condemns Violence Against Children In Ethiopia (reliefweb.org, 11/09/05)

Protesters in Washington Tuesday demand the U.S. stop supporting the Ethiopian government.   AP Photo Ethiopian Opposition, Editors Face Treason Charges (cnn.com, 11/09/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Wednesday that opposition leaders and newspaper editors under detention will face treason charges, which carry the death penalty in Ethiopia, for their alleged roles in protests last week in which at least 46 people were killed. Clashes last week between police and opposition supporters drew international condemnation and raised questions about Meles's commitment to democracy. The politicians and journalists "will not be released and they are accused of engaging in insurrection. That is an act of treason under Ethiopian law, they will be charged and will have their day in court," Meles told a group of journalists working for foreign news organizations. RELATED STORY: Hundreds Of Ethiopians Urge US Help To Curb Post-Election Violence (news.yahoo.com,-AFP- 11/08/05)
More than 40 protesters died in a week of violence         BBC Photo
Ethiopia Opposition Treason Move (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/09/05) "Detained Ethiopian opposition leaders and editors will face treason charges for their part in last week's protests, the prime minister has said. "They will not be released and they are accused of engaging in insurrection... they will have their day in court," Meles Zenawi told journalists.  But the prime minister said personally he did not support the death penalty.  "It is for the prosecution and courts to decide, but if I have any say on it I would prefer prison sentences rather than death sentences," Mr Meles said.

In Africa, Are 'Donor Darlings' Stifling Democracy? (csmonitor.com, 11/07/05) "Clashes between opposition protesters and security forces in Ethiopia killed more than 46 people in the past week. In Africa's decade-plus experiment with multiparty democracy, there appears to be significant backsliding, ironically, among some heads of state once heralded as the next generation of great leaders on the continent. And the slippage, observers say, is sometimes being abetted by the US and other rich-nation donors - in part because of the war on terror."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN Envoy Urges Restraint Over Border Situation (irinnews.org, 11/07/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 8 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council envoy Kenzo Oshima urged restraint on Monday amid reports of rising tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea over their disputed border.Speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the start of a two-day tour of the two nations, Oshima said "delicacy, skills and good judgment" were needed to try to resolve the situation."

EU/US Urges End To Ethiopia Violence (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/07/05) "The text of a statement read by the British ambassador in Addis Ababa, Bob Dewar, on behalf of the European Union and the US. As long-term constructive partners of Ethiopia and its people, the US government and the European Union, working closely with the wider international community, helped to create a political dialogue, aiming to build trust between the opposition and the government, with a view to helping resolve the post-election crisis."

Protest Strike At Ethiopia Deaths (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/07/05) "The Ethiopian capital is calm at the start of a week-long opposition strike to protest at the deaths of at least 46 people in demonstrations last week. Many shops are closed and most taxis not operating, but buses are running and a large numbers of pedestrians. A BBC correspondent in Addis Ababa says both soldiers and police on patrol - braced for more violence."

Ethiopian Demonstrators Throw Tomatoes In Bonn (expatica.com, 11/07/05) "BONN, GERMANY - A two-day conference on Africa's future began behind closed doors in the German city of Bonn Saturday. Hosted by Germany's President Horst Koehler, the gathering of African leaders, academics and other experts was to discuss new forms of development aid." "...An estimated 400 Ethiopians demonstrated as guests arrived Saturday for a reception in Bonn before the conference began. The protesters  hurled tomatoes at the steps of Bonn's ornate town hall. They said they were protesting at the use of police force in Ethiopia, where nearly 50 people have been killed in the last few days in anti-government demonstrations."

Ethiopia PM Regrets Protest Dead (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/07/05) "Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said he regrets the deaths of at least 46 people killed in last week's anti-government protests. But he said it was understandable that police had panicked when facing protesters with hand grenades and guns. Speaking in Germany, Mr Zenawi accused the opposition of provoking unrest."

U.S., EU urge Ethiopia To Free Opponents (mercurynews.com -AP- 11/06/05) "The United States and the European Union urged Ethiopia on Sunday to end its crackdown on independent journalists and release opposition leaders detained during a week of bloody clashes between demonstrators and police. The United States and the EU were discussing suspending aid to the country, top Western diplomats said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Together, the United States and the 25-nation EU give Ethiopia $1.3 billion in aid. The violence has undermined efforts to build democracy and "damaged Ethiopia's international reputation," the United States and the European Union said in a statement read by British Ambassador Bob Dewar. The nations made 10 demands, including freeing all political detainees, giving families and Red Cross workers access to people in police custody and releasing the names of detainees."

West Urges Ethiopia Talks, Gov't Says Stop Meddling (alernet.org -Reuters- 11/06/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Major Western donors issued a fresh appeal on Sunday to impoverished Ethiopia's government and opposition to end the worst political unrest in months. The government dismissed the plea as unacceptable meddling. "We urgently call upon all political parties to desist from further violence and to abide by the rule of law," the United States and European Union said in a joint statement on five days of unrest in which at least 46 people have been killed. "These distressing events have further deepened mistrust, as well as political and social divisions...The EU and the U.S. urge the opening of political dialogue to foster peace."

Violence in Ethiopia Spreads (news.scotsman.com, 11/06/05) "SPECIAL forces patrolled the streets of Ethiopia's capital yesterday after a week of bloody clashes between demonstrators and police left at least 44 people dead and thousands in police custody. In a town outside Addis Ababa, sporadic gunfire broke out yesterday, a human rights group said. Late on Friday, diplomats said shooting erupted in one neighbourhood in the capital, where the violence started after protests last Monday over the disputed May 15 elections."

Ethiopians Demonstrate Against Meles In Germany (sudantribune.com, 11/06/05) "Nov 5, 2005 (BONN) — Delegates to an international conference on Africa were pelted with tomatoes Saturday as some 400 people protested against political violence in Ethiopia and the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Meles was due to attend the conference which was opened in this west German city on Saturday evening by German President Horst Kohler, but he was not present at the time of the protests. Some demonstrators threw tomatoes at participants as they arrived at the town hall to be received by the Mayor of Bonn, Barbel Dieckmann."

Violence Reported In Northern Ethiopia On 5th Day Of Protests (voanews.com, 11/05/05) "Violence has erupted in northern Ethiopia on the fifth day of anti-government unrest that has left at least 46 people dead and more than 150 wounded. Witnesses say police and opposition supporters clashed Saturday in the northern town of Debre Birhan. There were no official reports of casualties." RELATED STORIES: Political violence continues in northern Ethiopia (asis.news.yahoo.com, 11/05/05) 

Ethiopia Bids To Quell Violence (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/05/05) "Sporadic violence was reported in Ethiopia on Saturday as police and troops tried to quell unrest blamed for at least 46 deaths this week. Clashes continued on Saturday in the town of Debre Berhan, 150km (93 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa, according to a human rights group. Violence erupted on Tuesday after opposition parties accused the government of rigging elections. Many shops in Addis Ababa are shut and there are no taxis on the streets."

Ethiopia's Violent Clashes Spread (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/04/05) "Violent clashes that have killed more than 40 people this week in Ethiopia have spread from the capital to towns north of Addis Ababa. In the capital, one woman was killed in a fourth day of riots between opposition supporters and police. The BBC's Mohammed Adow says arrests continued overnight with truckloads of opposition supporters being taken out of Addis Ababa."

Police Blamed After Protests In Ethiopia Leave 42 Dead (news.independent.co.uk, 11/04/05) "The death toll from political unrest in Ethiopia rose to 42 when three people were shot dead as police broke up anti-government protests in the capital, Addis Ababa. The demonstrations, which have prompted the British Government to advise against all but essential travel to Ethiopia, entered their third day yesterday. Children were among a dozen people wounded. The violence broke out on Tuesday, after a day of peaceful protests, when riot police clashed with opposition supporters who claim that the elections held in May last year were rigged."

Man shot under treatment AFP Photo

More Violence In Ethiopia Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/03/05) "Three more people have been killed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in a third day of clashes between opposition supporters and the police. Hospitals say a further 11 people were wounded. They say more than 40 people have died in violence this week. The city's streets are littered with debris, and many businesses are closed. The riots were part of protests against the general election in May, which the governing party won. The opposition says voting and counting were rigged." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Police Kill 3 More Protesters (news.yahoo.com -AP- 11/03/05)

ETHIOPIA: Death Toll At 33 On Third Day Of Violence In Capital (irinnews.org, 11/03/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 3 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - Two more people were killed and eight others injured in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Thursday, bringing the death toll in three days of violence to 33, with more than 150 injured, doctors said. Although most of the city was tentatively calm, renewed fighting broke out sporadically in areas close to several foreign embassies." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia: At Least 36 Dead In Three Days Of Political Violence (voanews.com, 11/03/05)

Ethiopia, Eritrea "Crisis" Needs Urgent Action -UN (alertnet.org -Reuters- 11/03/05) "ASMARA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Military moves by Ethiopia and Eritrea near their border have produced a crisis that needs urgent attention or the former foes could resume their 1998-2000 war, U.N. peacekeepers said on Thursday. The leaders of the world body's Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) told reporters they were concerned that moves in the past 10 to 15 days involving tanks, air defence missiles and troops could make the situation "more dangerous." RELATED STORY: Peacekeepers Urge Security Council To Avert Eritrea-Ethiopia War (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 11/03/05)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Public Statement (web.amnesty.org, 11/02/05) "Ethiopia: Over 30 reported dead and several hundred detained in fierce crackdown. In the past two days riot police reportedly shot dead over 30 protestors in the capital Addis Ababa and began systematic arrests of leaders and members of the main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), as well as several journalists of the private press. The riot police used live ammunition to target protestors in the central Mercato and other districts. The demonstrations reportedly started peacefully but turned into stone-throwing, building of barricades and burning of vehicles when police started shooting. At least 150 people are also reported to have been wounded in the shootings. Police said two police officers had been killed by the protestors."

Eyewitness: 'I Couldn't Help Them' (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/02/05) "Abnetget (not his real name), 35, an Ethiopian office worker told the BBC News website how he was caught up in the second day of violence that has erupted between police and protestors in the capital city Addis Ababa." "...Just on my right side a women was gunned down. She was an elderly well-dressed woman. Then there were other girls behind me. It was my first time seeing people die. I couldn't help them, I just had to keep rushing to save my life.

East Africa Army Build-up Alarms UN (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/02/05) "UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is very concerned about reports that Ethiopia and Eritrea have moved troops closer to their common border. Mr Annan called on both sides to exercise maximum restraint. Last month, Eritrea banned UN peacekeeping helicopters from its air space and restricted troop movements." RELATED STORIES: Source: Ethiopia, Eritrea Reinforce Border Positions (news.cnn.com, 11/2/05) UN Mission In Ethiopia And Eritrea Reports Situation As Tense (un.org, 11/01/05)

At Least 16 Killed As Police, Demonstrators, Clash In Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 11/02/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - At least 16 people were killed and almost 100 injured as armed police clashed with demonstrators in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where the main opposition party has called for protests against the May elections it insists were rigged. 

The party, the Coalition of National Unity and Democracy (CUD) has had around 1,000 members, including the entire leadership, arrested in a vast nationwide operation, according to one member who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.

The latest fatalities bring to at least 24 the number of people killed in two days of unrest in Addis Ababa, where the government has vowed not to tolerate any public protests."

AFP Photo: An Ethiopian woman shouting 'murder state' as the wounded are brought to the Black Lion Hospital

Woman reacts outside Addis Ababa hospital on second day of clashes between youths and police. AP Photo

23 Killed In Ethiopia Clashes (cnn.com -Reuters- 11/02/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- Twenty-three people including several women were killed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, hospital sources said, when police opened fire at stone-throwing youths in the worst anti-government protests in months." "...Special forces backed by four armored personnel carriers deployed in the volatile Mercato area, where violence erupted on Tuesday, and sealed it off from the rest of the city. The sources, contacted at five hospitals across Addis Ababa, said the dead included women and young people. The violence, the second straight day of unrest in the capital, brings to 31 the number killed in the past two days. A Reuters reporter saw police round up dozens of people and bundle them into two pickup trucks."

Violence Across Ethiopian Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/02/05) "At least 23 people have been shot dead in a second day of violence in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Hundreds of heavily armed police and troops deployed across the city as the sounds of heavy machine guns and loud explosions reverberated. Doctors told reporters of more than 100 people coming to hospital wounded in clashes between stone-throwing opposition supporters and police. The opposition renewed protests this week at May polls they say were rigged." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: At least 14 Dead As Violence Continues In Addis Ababa (irinnews.org, 11/02/05)

Doctors rush a wounded man into a hospital Tuesday after police clashes with opposition supporters           AP Photo.

Eight Killed In Clashes In Ethiopian Capital (cnn.com -AP- 11/01/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Riot police clashed with dozens of opposition supporters in Ethiopia's capital Tuesday, leaving eight people dead and 43 wounded in renewed protests against disputed elections, the Information Ministry said. Two leaders of the main opposition party Coalition for Unity and Democracy were also arrested, party officials said. It was unclear what charges they faced, but Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused the opposition of treason and committing "serious" crimes in the run-up to the May 15 elections." RELATED STORY: Eight Killed, 43 Wounded In Ethiopia Election Clashes (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 11/01/05)

LISTEN TO VAO RADIO REPORT EPRDF POLICE FIRING SHOTS AND KILLING PROTESTERS (VAO Radio Broadcast, 11/01/05)  The report includes audio footage of gunfire and popular patriotic protest chants.; interviews with Seleshi Andargie, CUDP and with the wife of Eng. Gizachew Shiferaw (PR Officer) following his arrest. RELATED STORY: According to Walta Information Center;  "The statement issued by the Ministry said that among the main actors detained were Engineer Hailu Shawel, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Dr. Hailu Araya, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, Major Getachew Mengistie and Colonel Tamiru Gulilat. Some leaders of those organizations which were playing key role in implementing the plan for violence, viz., "the former Ethiopian Teachers Association (ETA) and Ethiopian Free Journalist Association (EFJA) will also be brought to justice."  (fettan.com, 11/01/05)

HEAR GUN SHOTS IN ADDIS ABEBA: NOVEMBER 1, 2005 (Audio)  The Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT) under the leadership of its Secretary-General, Meles Zenawi has launched its ethnic genocide campaign through a second round of open and defiant mass arrest and killing of unarmed protesters. The objective is to assure the ethnic cleansing of non-Tigrean nationals in central and southern Ethiopia and perpetuate Tigrean-Tigrign tribal supremacy in East Africa. Despite UN warnings, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front's Chairman Isaias Afeworki is posed to mount a supportive strike from the north and east while the MLLT politburo stages mass atrocities.  Our continuous pleas and warnings to powerful nations and international organizations have been ignored. Their silence will not absolve them of benign neglect and complicity in these heinous acts against humanity. The Ethiopian people whose earlier leaders co-founded the League of Nations, the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity (AU) deserve better treatment from the international community - in their struggle against neo-fascists - than what they are being subjected to at present! (fettan.com, 11/01/05)

The BBC's reporter confirmed 20 wounded       BBC Photo
Ethiopian Police Shoot Protesters (news.bbc.co.uk, 11/01/05) "Riot police have shot dead five people and wounded at least 20 others in clashes with opposition supporters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Some 250 riot police went to disperse stone-throwing protesters who had set up roadblocks with burning tyres in the central Mercato area of the city. These are the first disturbances in the capital since June's post-election protests when some 36 people died."

Reuters Photo: An woman grieves at the Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, November 1, 2005

Five Shot Dead In Ethiopia Protests-Medical Sources  (news.yahoo.com -Reuters- 11/01/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Riot police in the Ethiopian capital fired at stone-throwing opposition supporters on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 18, in renewed protests over a disputed May election, hospital sources said. Ambulances rushed the casualties to two hospitals in Addis Ababa as police armored personnel carriers patrolled the central Mercato market area after the clashes. Hurling stones, demonstrators set up makeshift roadblocks of burning tires and smashed in the windscreens of several cars."

Lidetu Ayalew Emphatically Denies All Accusations Labeled Against Him By CUDP Leaders (VOA Radio Interview broadcast 10/31/05). Mr Ayalew says his opposition to the overall Coalition For Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP) strategies and tactics against the EPRDF are based not only on his personal principles but on the decisions and directives of the former EDUP-Medhin Executive Council. He failed to answer questions like how many of the 23 current members of his party who serve on the CUDP leadership support his position and what specific issues lead to his fall-out with the CUDP leadership after he accepted election to the VP post. (fettan.com, 10/31/05)

ቅንጅት በመላ ኢትዮጵያ የሰባት ቀን አድማ ጠራ (ከአባይ፣ ጥቅምት ፲፱ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም. ) "ቅንጅት ከፊታችን ሰኞ ጀምሮ ተግባራዊ የሚሆኑ ተከታታይ አድማዎችን በትናንትናው ዕለት ጠርቷል። በዚህም መሠረት ከሰኞ ጥቅምት ፳፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ጀምሮ ሕዝቡ ከኢሕአዴግ የንግድ ድርጅቶች ጋር እንዳይገበያይ ጥሪ ያቀረበ ሲሆን፤ በተመሳሳይ ከሰኞ ጥቅምት ፳፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ጀምሮ የመንግሥት ሬዲዮ፣ ቴሌቪዥን፣ ሬዲዮ ፋናንና ኢፍቲን ጋዜጣን ባለመስማት፣ ባለማየትና ባለማንበብ ተቃውሞውን እንዲገልፅ ጥሪ አቅርቧል።" The Coalition For Unity And Democracy Party (CUDP) Calls For Nationwide Boycott Of EPRDF Enterprises (Abay, 10/29/05) " The party announced that beginning on Monday 10/31/05, it is calling for a series of peaceful actions to protest the EPRDF regime's illegal seizure of parliament and anti-democratic suppression. To be boycotted are regime controlled media;  party owned and affiliated businesses; social events sponsored by the members and families of the regime's informants and security agents. Motorists are asked to blow their horns every morning between 8:00 and 8:30 AM until November 15th, 2005." (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 10/31/05 Amharic pdf)   

ERITREA: Gov't Says UN Has Failed To Maintain Peace In Horn Of Africa (irinnews.org, 10/31/05) "ASMARA, 31 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The Eritrean government has accused the UN Security Council of failing to maintain peace in the Horn of Africa, where a stalemate over border demarcation and the recent grounding of UN helicopters has increased tension between Eritrea and Ethiopia."

Thousands of people have fled Gambella since the December 2003 massacre.     BBC Photo
Police Die In Ethiopia Jail Raid (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/31/05) "Gunmen in south-western Ethiopia killed four police officers and prison warders, government officials say. The killings took place during an overnight raid on a prison in Gambella, 450km from Addis Ababa. The attacks were blamed on rebels from the semi-nomadic minority Anuak community who have been fighting against the security forces. Diplomats in Addis Ababa told the AFP news agency they believed the death toll had been much higher."  RELATED STORY: UPDATE - Rebels kill Some 30 People In Southwestern Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 10/31/05)

Press Release: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2005 "Corruption still rampant in 70 countries, says Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2005 London / Berlin, 18 October 2005" EDITORIAL NOTE:The EPRDF regime is one of 70 corrupt administrations in the world. CPI Score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts and ranges between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt). EPRDF scores 2.2 and ranks 23 from the bottom worst, making it one of the most corrupt. The Ethiopian people know this fact and are determined to get rid of this bankrupt regime. If you want to know where the stolen money is deposited read on - CORRUPTION: The 'Clean' Should Look Within Too  By Sanjay Suri, Inter Press Service (IPS) (fettan.com10/31/05)

When Ballots Bring On Bullets (iht,com, 10/28/05) "NEW YORK Nine months after President George W. Bush's call to spread democracy abroad, the results of this year's spate of elections throughout the Middle East are in. They are dismaying. Most of the winning candidates ran on platforms endorsing Islamic sectarianism, narrow ethnic interests, warlord power, nuclear proliferation, terrorism (in the case of Hamas), or a continuation of authoritarian business as usual. In Iraq, the voting deepened the political stalemate."

VOA Radio Report On CUDP Press Release Regarding Application For Recognition (VOA Radio Amharic Program Broadcast 10/28/05) "Ledetu Ayalew and Mushie Semu suspended from leadership responsibly until full investigations on their actions are conducted.  The party has placed the seals of all four coalition members and submitted its application for recognition to the NEBE. Meanwhile, the EPRDF regime's security forces have continued their terror against CUDP leadership. The Secretary-General of CUDP, Mr. Muluneh Eyuel was severely beaten and sustained injuries. (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 10/28/05) RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Security Forces Arrest Opposition MPs (alertnet.org -Reuters- 10/28/05)

UN 'Failing' Eritrea Over Border (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/28/05) "Eritrea has written two letters to the United Nations this week, accusing it of failing in its duty to resolve the border dispute with Ethiopia. Ethiopia has not withdrawn its troops from land awarded to Eritrea by an international demarcation commission. The demarcation followed a border war in which 70,000 people died."

Backing The Favourite (economist.com, 10/27/05) "Ethiopia defies an international ruling and its western allies do nothing.  WHAT better way to settle an ugly third-world border dispute than through arbitration? What better example of conflict resolution to press upon two rancorous rivals, Ethiopia and Eritrea, who in 1998-2000 fought a bitter border war that cost 70,000 lives?" "...It is a reasonable question: if Eritrea and Ethiopia are intent on fighting and the UN cannot stop them, the blue helmets might as well leave. Yet to blame the UN for the crisis is to miss the point. The peacekeepers were never intended to enforce peace. Rather, they were charged with deterring cross-border scuffles and reporting them when they occurred—and this they have admirably done."

Harsh UN Words For Ethiopia, Eritrea (mg.co.za, 10/27/05) "In response to warnings of a dangerous crisis brewing between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a draft United Nations Security Council resolution demands that they immediately agree to an international commission's decision ruling on their border, which Ethiopia has rejected. It also demands that Eritrea immediately lift restrictions on helicopter flights and the movement of UN peacekeepers in a border buffer zone and declares the council's "readiness to consider further action" if Eritrea refuses to comply." RELATED STORY: UN Urges India, Jordan To Stay In Ethiopia-Eritrea Force (mg.co.za, 10/27/05)

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Border Stable Despite Restrictions On Peacekeepers, Says UN (irinnews.org, 10/27/05) "ASMARA, 27 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The situation along the common border between Ethiopia and Eritrea is militarily stable but restrictions on United Nations peacekeepers remain, a spokeswoman for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), said on Thursday. Earlier this month, Eritrea banned all UN helicopters from flying in Eritrean airspace, initially prompting fears that the Red Sea state was trying to hide troop movements as preparation for another war."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: No End In Sight For Border Standoff (irinnews.org, 10/26/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 26 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - When the United Nations first deployed peacekeepers in Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000 to monitor the cessation of hostilities between the two nations, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he hoped the job could be done within a year."

About 2,500 native Eritreans and Ethiopian coming from all over Europe demonstrate for peace between their countries Monday Oct. 24, 2005 in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg eastern France. (AP Photo/Cedric Joubert)

AP Annan: Eritrea-Ethiopia A Dangerous Crisis (news.yahoo.com, 10/25/05) " UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that U.N. peacekeepers face an "alarming situation" in the tense Ethiopia-Eritrean border area following Eritrean restrictions on their movements and urged the Security Council to take action to prevent another war. The council was scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the dispute between the Horn of Africa neighbors, which fought a 2 1/2-year border war that ended in a December 2000 peace agreement. Greece's U.N. Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis said he plans to circulate a draft resolution calling for Eritrea to lift its ban on helicopter flights and vehicle movements and both countries to start discussions on their disputed border."

«ቅንጅት ጠላት ነው፤ መምታት አለባችሁ ተባልን» የመከላከያ ሠራዊቱ አባል (ከአዲስ  ዜና፣  ጥቅምት ፲፭ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) «ሰሞኑን ከቡሬ ግንባር ተባረው ወደ አዲስ አበባ ከመጡ የመከላከያ ሠራዊቱ አባላት መካከል ያገኘነው አንድ የሠራዊቱ አባል «ቅንጅት የደርግ ርዝራዥና ነፍጠኛ ስለሆነ ጠላት ነው! መምታት አለባችሁ ሲሉ የክፍለ ጦር አመራሮች ይነግሩን ነበር» ሲል ገለፁ።» Kinijit Is Our Enemy And Must Be Destroyed: Member Of The EPRDF Defense Forces (Addis Zena 10/25/05) "A member of the EPRDF defenses forces who recently returned from the Bure war front disclosed to us that military commanders constantly tried to instill in us the notion that the Coalition For Unity and Democracy (Kinijit) is an enemy political organization infested with Derg and national chauvinist riffraff;  and must be destroyed. He indicated that within his 19th Division, those who were reluctant to readily accept such a notion were incarcerated (68) or dismissed (11) while some who tried to a-wall (22) were captured and incarcerated." (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 10/25/05 Amharic pdf).

ETHIOPIA: Nearly Half Of The Children Orphaned By HIV/AIDS (irinnews.org, 10/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 25 Oct 2005 (IRIN/PLUSNEWS) - Ethiopia has one of the largest populations of orphans in the world with nearly half of the children having lost at least one of their parents. A government official said on Tuesday that HIV/AIDS, disease, hunger and poverty threatened to drive the number of orphaned children from 11 percent to 43 percent of the 45 million children in Ethiopia by 2010."

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: More Restrictions Imposed On UN Peacekeepers (irinnews.org, 10/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 25 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the tense border separating Ethiopia and Eritrea are facing more restrictions on their movements, an official has said. Peacekeepers in some areas have been ordered to confine vehicle movements to the main roads in a 25 km-wide [demilitarised] buffer zone and surrounding areas, UN spokeswoman Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte said on Monday."

United States Aids Earthquake And Volcano Victims In Ethiopia's Afar Region (allamericanpatriots.com, 10/24/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (U.S. Embassy) – On October 13, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, issued a disaster declaration following damage caused by recent earthquakes and volcanic activity in the Afar Region. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), though its Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, responded by providing $50,000 (over 430,000 birr) to support immediate emergency health services and nutritional support for the affected population. The funds will be administered by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with UNICEF."

Eritrea, Ethiopia: UN Backs Off (news24.com, 10/24/05) "Asmara - The United Nations said on Monday it was pulling some of its foreign staff away from the increasingly tense border between Ethiopia and Eritrea after Eritrea slapped new restrictions on UN troops monitoring a buffer zone there. A senior UN official said five aid workers living in the western Eritrean region of Gash Barka region would be moved to the capital for security reasons after Asmara imposed a ban on helicopter flights and restricted ground patrols by the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE)." RELATED STORY: U.N.: Eritrea Restricting Peacekeepers (cnn.com -AP- 10/24/05)

ETHIOPIA: Opposition Calls For Demonstrations To Protest Killings, Arrests Irinnews.org, 10/24/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 24 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's largest opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), threatened on Friday to call peaceful strikes and demonstrations, accusing the government of arresting and killing its members. The CUD alleged that over the past two months, the government had killed at least six of its supporters, arrested 837 others and ransacked party offices. 
Speaking to reporters, party Chairman Hailu Shawel accused the ruling party of "transgressing the constitution with impunity" and maintained that the CUD would continue its boycott of parliament."

Eritrea Takes On World In Unresolved Border Row (mg.co.za, 10/24/05) "Five years after Eritrea fought a border war with Ethiopia, the tiny Horn of Africa nation has increasingly isolated itself, showing anger towards the international community and intensifying its sabre-rattling.

This nation on the western banks of the Red Sea led by President Issaias Afeworki since independence in 1993, has been facing a litany of condemnation over its record on human rights and press freedom.

Eritrean officials say the current stand-off stems from Ethiopia's unwillingness to respect a decision by an independent commission that established their common border, despite agreeing to respect the ruling as "final and binding."
Eritrea Threatens War With Ethiopia (int.iol.co.za, 10/24/05) "Asmara - Five years after Eritrea fought a border war with Ethiopia, the tiny Horn of Africa nation has increasingly isolated itself, showing anger towards the international community and intensifying its sabre-rattling. This nation on the western banks of the Red Sea led by President Issaias Afeworki since independence in 1993, has been facing a litany of condemnation for its record on human rights and press freedom."  RELATED STORY: Eritrea Rejects UN Flight Request (kbc.co.ke, 10/24/05) "Eritrea has rejected a plea from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to lift a ban on peacekeeping flights along its tense border with Ethiopia." 

USAID Announces New Office Of Military Affairs (usinfo.state.gov, 10/24/05) "Washington - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is building a partnership with the U.S. military to improve coordination in humanitarian relief efforts. Speaking October 19 at a public hearing of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, Michael Hess, assistant administrator for USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, announced the formation of a new USAID office to coordinate humanitarian efforts, planning and doctrine with the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department."

US Firm To Undertake Oil Exploration In Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 10/23/05) "Oct 22, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — An American company, Afar Exploration, is to venture into petroleum exploration project in the Afar Regional State, in eastern Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Reporter said. Afar Exploration asked the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines and Energy for an oil exploration license that would enable it to prospect for crude oil in the sedimentary basin in the Afar Regional State. The company asked the Ministry to be given an exploration area covering 18,000 sq.km. in north Afar."

India Takes UNSC To Task Over Eritrea Peacekeeping (indianexpress.com, 10/22/05) "UNITED NATIONS, OCTOBER 21: India has warned the UN Security Council that its failure to stop Eritrea from putting hurdles in the way of the peacekeeping mission overseeing the ceasefire agreement with Ethiopia would compromise the integrity of the mission and jeopardise personnel safety. At a closed door meeting between troop contributing countries and the Council yesterday, Indian UN ambassador Nirupam Sen reminded members that India had the largest contingent of over 1,500 military personnel in Eritrea, and said it was unacceptable to make a highly professional and disciplined army fight with both hands tied behind its back and then blame it when things go wrong."

Annan Urges Eritrea To lift Flight Ban, Eritrea Rejects It (sudantribune.com, 10/22/05) "Oct 21, 2005 (UNITED NATIONS) — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a letter urging Eritrea to lift its ban on peacekeeping flights, saying the move jeopardized troop safety along a buffer zone between the Eritrean and Ethiopian armies, a spokesman said Friday. In a blunt response, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki rejected Annan’s appeal, telling him that he lacks the "humanitarian high ground on matters of law, the rule of law and humanitarian issues."  Annan expressed his concern about a prolonged humanitarian crisis in Eritrea, where 2.3 million people are in need because of poor nutrition and lack of food, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said."

Eritrea Slashes Food Relief Distribution -Aid Workers (alertnet.org -Reuters- 10/21/05) "ASMARA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Eritrea, one of the world's most aid-dependent countries, has sharply cut distribution of food relief in an apparent attempt to ease reliance on foreign humanitarian assistance, aid officials and diplomats say. In September the Red Sea state's government [authorised] food distribution to 72,000 people, a 94 percent reduction from 1.3 million in August, signalling an intention to shift to an aid system based on provision of food in return for [labour], the relief officials said. "General food distribution to drought affected victims has temporarily stopped for both U.N. and NGOs," said one diplomat."

Eritrea, Ethiopia Tensions Soar (news24.com, 10/21/05) "Asmara - Eritrea on Thursday accused arch-foe Ethiopia of "duplicity" for complaining about alleged Eritrean violations of a 2000 peace deal as tensions over their common border soared amid fears of new conflict. Yemane Gebremeskel, director of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki's office, dismissed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's assertion that Asmara had violated the Algiers pact by banning helicopter flights by United Nations peacekeepers."

Canada To Prosecute Rwandan Genocide Suspect (voanews.com, 10/21/05) "Canada has made its first arrest under its five-year-old Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. It will prosecute Desire’ Munyaneza for his alleged role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Voice of America’s Mr. Munyaneza, who lived in Toronto, is charged with two counts of genocide, two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes. His arrest follows a five-year investigation and stems from events in Butare."             De Capua report on Rwandan genocide mp3 audio clip
De Capua report on Rwandan genocide ra audio clip

©  UN Photo   Up to 20,000 children, some 10 years old, are trafficked by unscrupulous brokers each year to work in cities..

ETHIOPIA: Campaign Launched Against Child Trafficking (irinnews.org, 10/20/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 20 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopian children are being sold for as little as US $1.20 to work as domestic workers or prostitutes, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. Up to 20,000 children, some 10 years old, are sold each year by their parents and trafficked by unscrupulous brokers to work in cities across Ethiopia, the IOM added. The figures were announced as the Ethiopian government, the UN and the IOM launched a campaign to highlight the suffering endured by vulnerable children in this Horn of Africa nation.."
EDITORIAL NOTE: What else is left for Meles Zenawi to destroy? When will the carnage end? Meles and company will be held accountable in due time!

Bush And Bono Lunch At The White House (cnn.com -AP- 10/20/05) "WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before getting on stage before his fans in a Wednesday night concert, U2 front man Bono bent President Bush's ear about the world's poor. The rock star and the president had lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office, ordering from the menu at the same mess hall where White House staffers get their lunch. "..."I'm representing the poorest and the most vulnerable people. On a spiritual level, I have that with me. I'm throwing a punch, and the fist belongs to people who can't be in the room, whose rage, whose anger, whose hurt I represent."

UN Council Action Demanded On Eritrea Flight Ban (today.reuters.co.uk, 10/20/05) "UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Nations participating in a U.N. peacekeeping mission on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border told Security Council members on Wednesday to pressure Eritrea to reverse its ban on U.N. helicopter flights, with some hinting they might withdraw from the mission. Eritrea on Oct. 5 prevented U.N. helicopters from flying in its airspace, reducing the capacity of the 3,300-strong U.N. Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea to monitor military movements, resupply troops and conduct emergency medical evacuations." "..."We will now wait to see the response of the secretariat and of the Security Council. The ball is in their court," she said. India is the largest contributor, with some 1,500 military personnel, followed by Jordan with more than 900."

Eritrea-Ethiopia Standoff Continues (news.yahoo.com -AP- 10/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Isolated, authoritarian Eritrea often gets blamed for tensions along its border with Ethiopia, with whom it fought a war devastating to both desperately poor countries. But Ethiopia could do more to avert a new war — and to live up to its reputation as a reform-minded nation poised to break the African mold of strife, dictatorship and poverty. The deadlock grew out of Ethiopia's refusal to accept an international ruling on the location of its border made in 2002, two years after the end of a 2 1/2-year war that killed 70,000 people and cost each country an estimated $1 million a day."

Bird Flu Set To Hit Africa Soon (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/19/05) "East Africa needs urgent help to combat the bird flu virus which could soon spread there, the United Nation's food agency, the FAO is warning. Confirmation that the potentially deadly H5N1 bird flu virus has already arrived in Turkey and Romania suggests it is being carried by migrating birds. These known routes end in East Africa's Rift Valley where farming patterns closely resemble those in Asia. Veterinary services there would struggle to cope, the FAO says."

International Parliamentary Body Criticizes Treatment Of Opposition in Ethiopia (voanews.com, 10/19/05) "....Mr. Johnsson told Voice of America reporter William Eagle that he’s surprised by the Ethiopian government’s decision to lift immunity from opposition members.  He says the move restricts the ability of legislators to debate and formulate national policy on behalf of the electorate. Without the “human right” of parliamentarians to dissent or enjoy freedom of assembly, Mr. Johnsson says, it’s unlikely there will be human rights for average person.  He adds that a member of parliament should only be taken to court if a crime has been committed. As for the opposition boycott of parliament, the IPU secretary general says it’s not unusual – nor should it be considered illegal – for parliamentarians to use boycotts as a form of protest." listen to interview with Anders Johnsson  audio clip

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Ethiopia Concerned About Eritrean Restrictions On UN, Says Meles (irinnews.org, 10/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 19 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi expressed serious concern on Wednesday over restrictions imposed by Eritrea on United Nations peacekeepers patrolling the two countries' disputed border. Speaking to journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Meles said the restrictions were a violation of a peace agreement signed by the two countries, adding that the UN "should take necessary measures to restore the status quo". EDITORIAL COMMENT: Meles Zenawi, the Eritrean liberator is not the least concerned about Isayas  Afeworki's EPLF taking over parts of Tigray region or the rest of Ethiopian for that matter. To the contrary, Meles is the single person who in Isayas' mind, could guarantee Eritrean independence and dominance over east Africa. The security and military forces of the two tyrants are coordinating their police-state strategies and tactics to terrorize and force the UN peacekeepers to leave the Temporary Security Zone. The joint objective is to assure the permanent establishment of Greater Eritrea (border demarcation now). Following the 1998-2000 fratricidal war Meles effectively removed (charged with corruption) key members of the TPLF politburo who advocated for Tigrean supremacy over Eritrean brinksmanship. Now Meles sees another opportunity to incarcerate, torture and kill members of political opposition who stood for peace and national reconciliation, and misdirect popular attention on a 'foreign' enemy by drumming up 'concerns' about Eritrean aggression. This script was written by Jimmy Carter in the late 80's and we do not believe the Ethiopian people and Anna Gomes are being fooled by this psychodrama! (fettan.com, 10/19/05)

 

'Arms Cache' Arrests In Ethiopia (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/19/05) "Ethiopian police have arrested 34 opposition party supporters. A police commander said the Coalition for Unity and Democracy members were caught with a cache of arms in Oromia State, some 250km east of the capital. Much of the opposition has boycotted parliament, claiming Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government rigged the May general election. The boycotting MPs have had their immunity stripped. Mr Meles accuses the CUD of seeking to overthrow him." EDITORIAL NOTE: The MLLT terrorist gang is intensifying its reign of terror. Meles Zenawi has remained true to himself.  He single-handedly stripped Ethiopian citizens (parliament representatives included) of their constitutional and human rights;  charged them with treasonous crimes based on concocted facts and possession of firearms to overthrow 'the constitutional order'. He leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that he is the 'constitutional order'. He has tones of arms that he has stashed away since he seized state power through arms. Ethiopians must be prepared not to be outgunned in their campaign of resistance against genocide launched by Meles and cohorts. We advise Mr. Zenawi not to proceed with his plan for the Ethiopian people will put up resistance against neo-fascists just like the earlier generation did against Italian fascists. (fettan.com, 10/19/05)

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN Mission To Continue Work Despite Flight Restrictions (irinnews.org, 10/18/05) "ASMARA, 18 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it would not withdraw its peacekeepers from Eritrea and Ethiopia despite their ability to monitor the two countries' tense border being seriously hampered by a recent ban imposed by Eritrea on UN helicopter flights."

Ethiopia Concerned At Losing UN 'Trip Wire' (mg.co.za -AP- 10/18/05) "Ethiopia is concerned at the United Nations pull-out from some bases along the tense border with Eritrea, saying on Tuesday that the peacekeepers help ensure war does not break out again. After saying its work had been hampered by new restrictions imposed by Eritrea, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea said on Monday it was pulling peacekeepers from 18 of 40 posts in the buffer zone and strengthening operations at other positions."

Pope Meets Bishops From Ethiopia, Eritrea At Seminary Inside Vatican (totalcatholic.com, 10/18/05) "Pope Benedict XVI met with the bishops of Ethiopia and Eritrea at the Ethiopian College, marking the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the seminary inside the Vatican walls. Ethiopian candidates for the priesthood moved into the Vatican in 1919 at the invitation of Pope Benedict XV. The current building, with its Eastern-rite chapel and iconostasis, opened in 1930 under Pope Pius XI."

Annan Warns Eritrea Of Possible U.N. Pullout (cnn.com, 10/17/05) "UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Eritrea on Monday that if it continues to impede U.N. peacekeeping operations the United Nations may pull its troops out of a buffer zone separating the Eritrean and Ethiopian armies.Eritrea informed the United Nations that it was banning helicopter flights by U.N. peacekeepers in its airspace in the zone starting October 5. It then banned U.N. patrol vehicles from operating at night on its side of the 620-mile (1,000-kilometer) Temporary Security Zone.

ETHIOPIA: Interview with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (irinnews.org, 10/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 17 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was re-elected on 10 October for a third five-year term. He spoke to foreign media, including IRIN, on Saturday in an interview that sets out his views on the Ethiopian opposition and the deadlock over the border dispute with Eritrea. Below are excerpts:"

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN Vacates More Monitoring Posts On Tense Border (irinnews.org, 10/17/05) "ASMARA, 17 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The recent ban on United Nations helicopter flights by the Eritrean government has forced international peacekeepers to abandon a number of monitoring posts on the tense Ethiopian-Eritrean border region, the UN said in a statement on Monday." RELATED STORY: UN Closes Posts Along Contested Eritrean-Ethiopian Border (voanews.com, 10/17/05)

Ethiopia’s Electoral Body Contests CUD Recent Merger (sudantribune.com, 10/19/05) "Oct 15, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Days after the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) decided to boycott parliament unless the ruling EPRDF accedes to the 8 preconditions it set, the National Electoral Board (NEB) disclosed that it does not recognize the recent merger that took place in the Coalition. Reacting to the board’s statement, CUD said the NEB was trying to serve the interest at the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) which “for long wanted to destroy CUD.”

Ethiopia’s PM Accuses Opposition Leader Of Treason (sudantribune.com, 10/16/05) "Oct 15, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Saturday accused the country’s main opposition leader of treason for leading his party in a boycott of parliament and urging protests against the results of disputed May elections."

ETHIOPIA: EU lawmakers Call For Resolution Of Political Standoff (irinnews.org, 10/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 14 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - European Union (EU) parliamentarians have urged Ethiopia's ruling party to stop "persecuting and intimidating" opposition members, warning that this could affect aid to the impoverished country. The legislators also urged all parties to resume talks immediately. In a resolution adopted in Strasbourg, Austria, on Thursday, the lawmakers blamed the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) for the breakdown in talks with opposition leaders aimed at ending a tense political standoff, which has lasted since the country's 15 May general elections."

MEPs Urge An End To Persecution Of Ethiopian Opposition (europarl.eu.int, 10/13/05) "The European Parliament is seriously concerned that the political dialogue between the Ethiopian government and the opposition has broken down due to the ruling party's stance. It urges all parties to resume the talks immediately and work towards a functioning democracy with the rights of the opposition fully respected."

©  IRIN    UNMEE spokeswoman Gail Bindley Taylor Sainte

ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Asmara Imposes More Restrictions On Peacekeepers (irinnews.org, 10/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 13 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The Eritrean government has imposed more restrictions on the movement of United Nations peacekeepers in the country, days after grounding UN helicopter flights, a spokesperson said. The spokesperson for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Gail Bindley Taylor-Sainte, said the new restrictions limited night vehicle patrols. Given the new restrictions, the UN could not rule out the possibility of a renewed military build-up along the tense Ethiopia-Eritrea border, she added."

ETHIOPIA: Fresh Cabinet Faces As Meles Starts New Term (irinnews.org, 10/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 13 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced a sweeping cabinet reshuffle this week, pledging to overcome weaknesses in government and implement policies to end poverty. The new team is expected to cement Meles’s 14-year legacy of power by pushing through reforms and improving governance. Critics, however, say many of the new ministers will not be accountable to parliament because they were not elected by the people and do not reflect the ethnic diversity of the country."

Election Dispute Deepens In Ethiopian Parliament (nytimes.com, 10/12/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Oct. 11 (Reuters) - The Parliament stripped opposition legislators on Tuesday of their immunity from prosecution, a day after the legislators boycotted the opening session of the new assembly. The motion was passed after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told Parliament that the largest opposition group, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, could use its immunity to topple the government, an accusation he has repeatedly made."

Sword looted by British troops from Ethiopia over a century ago

Britain Returns Ethiopian Historic Treasuries To Country (newsfromrussia.com, 10/12/05) "A sword looted by British troops who defeated an Ethiopian army 137 years ago has been returned, a leading scholar on Ethiopia says, adding that Britain is holding many more treasures it should hand over. Tony Watts of Bapty Ltd., a theatrical props company in London, said the sword that had been in the family-owned firm for years but never used as a prop, said historian Richard Pankhurst, who returned to Ethiopia with it Friday. Pankhurst said a common friend told Watts about the campaign to return looted Ethiopian artifacts, which prompted Watts to hand over the sword to Pankhurst. The family knew it was an Ethiopian sword, but were not sure of its significance."

ከመስከረም ፯ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም. ጀምሮ በመላ አገሪቱ በሥራ ላይ እንዲውል የተደረገ አዲስ የስልክ ቁጥር ለውጥ (የኢትዮጵያ ቴሌኮሙኒኬሽን ኮርፖሬሽን ጥቅምት ፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.)  New Ethiopian Telephone Numbering Plan Change To Be Effected As Of September 17, 2005 Across The Nation English pdf (Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation, 10/110/05)

UN Forced To Leave Two Eritrean Border Posts (sudantribune.com, 10/12/05) "Oct 12, 2005 (ASMARA) — U.N. peacekeepers were forced to withdraw from two posts in the buffer zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea and more withdrawals are possible after U.N. helicopters were grounded last week, a U.N. commander said on Wednesday. Eritrea imposed the ban last week on U.N. reconnaissance flights over a 15-mile (25-km) wide buffer zone along the 1,000-km (620-mile) unmarked border, fuelling fears Asmara was trying to hide a possible troop mobilisation for a new war. "We have to vacate these (posts) because they were isolated posts," Major-General Rajender Singh, commander of the U.N. mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) told Reuters."

A Day Of Reckoning For Meles! Meles Zenawi's parliament (kangaroo court) completed its second day session without opposition party representative participation. More that 100 Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party members boycotted, and about 40 MPs of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces walked out after Meles labeled the CUDP MPs as enemies of the state. Bulcha Demeksa of the opposition Oromo Federalist Democracy Party delivered an eloquent speech warning the EPRDF MPs not to use their ill gained power to destabilize the country. The walk out was shown on national TV and sparked praise and adulation throughout Addis Abeba for the opposition MPS. Merera Gudina of the Oromo National congress told VOA that he joined the parliament to mount a two pronged struggle -inside and outside parliament- and to foil Meles Zenawi's plot to take over his party by providing legitimacy to a pro-Meles faction that was incubated and hatched overnight and set to join the parliament. (fettan.com, 10/11/05)

በአዲስ አበባ የፖለቲካ ሹመኞች የመንግሥት ሠራተኞች እንዲሆኑ ተወሰነ (ከሪፖርተር፣ መስከረም ፳፱ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ .. ) "በአዲስ አበባ ጊዜያዊ አስተዳደር ስር የነበሩ የክፍለ ከተሞችና የቀበሌ የፖለቲካ ሹመኞች በየደረጃቸው ወደ ተለያዩ መሥስሪያ ቤቶች እንዲዛወሩ ለማድረግ የሚያስችል ዝግጅት እየተደረገ መሆኑ ተገለፀ። ከአስተዳደሩ የሥራ ኃላፊዎች ያገኘነው መረጃ እንደሚያመለክተው በጊዜያዊ አስተዳደሩ ሥር ሲያገለግሉ የቆዩ የፖለቲካ ሹመኞች ባላቸው የትምህርት ደረጃን ልምድ ወደተለያዩ መንግሥታዊ መስሪያ ቤቶች እንዲመደቡ ይደረጋል።"

UN Security Council Refuses Briefing On Darfur Atrocities (voanews.com, 10/11/05) "The U.N. Security Council has refused to hear a briefing on Darfur from the world body's top expert on genocide. The United States angered some Council members by joining a move to block the briefing. The 15-member Security Council Monday heard a presentation on Darfur from Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Hedi Annabi. But in a closed session, ambassadors declined to hear a separate briefing by Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser on prevention of genocide, Juan Mendez. Mr. Mendez visited Darfur late last month."

ETHIOPIA: Opposition MPs Stripped Of Parliamentary Immunity (irinnews.org, 10/11/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 11 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Opposition members of parliament in Ethiopia could face prosecution after their immunity was lifted following a boycott of the opening session of the legislature, MPs loyal to the government decided on Tuesday. The decision sparked a mass walkout by around 40 opposition law makers who had taken up their seats despite an increasingly hostile stand-off between the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and the largest opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD)."

 Ethiopian Parliament Lifts Immunity Of Boycotting Opposition MPs (sudantribune, 10/11/05)
EDITORIAL COMMENT: Here comes the beginning phase of the third installment of MLLT reign of terror. The MLLT Secretary-General has just ordered the round up, torture and killings of the members of the opposition parties elected to parliament in May 2005. Revolutionary democracy bestows on him the right and power to take the life on any citizen for whatever reason he feels appropriate. Dr. Yacob Haile Marian and Mr. Gizachew Shiferaw escaped after guns were pointed at them following their vote not to join the illegal EPRDF parliament. Mr. Shiferaw made a statement to a reporter that senior CUD party leaders were pulled aside by ambassadors from USA, Britain and Australia and pressed to join parliament and chastised that if they  decline to do so the ambassadors will not come to their rescue in case of trouble. Obviously, Meles has been given the green light to do whatever he wishes. It is now up to Ethiopians to defend themselves in the face of this betrayal and confrontation by an armed despot. There is NOT a scintilla of democracy in Ethiopia no matter what Jimmy Carter and company want to make out of the May 15, 2005 polls. (fettan.com, 10/11/05)

Read About The Type Of Revolutionary Democracy -Chinese Style- (guardian .co.uk, 10/11/05) Meles Zenawi, Secretary General of the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT) is trying to import into Ethiopia: a Chinese form of governance by extending an open invitation to China to exploit Ethiopia's resources.  Activist Found Alive After Beating By Mob The bankrupt theory of the peoples' right to self determination including secession is in fact a barbaric monolithic attempt and a throw back to the late nineteenth century to divide citizens to their lowest form of organization in order to make it easy for tyrants to exploit human and national resources. Read the following story and witness the hypocrisy of the MLLT that fought for Eritrean secession but backs the Chinese communist party's anti-Taiwan Secession law. Ethiopia's Parliament Backs China's Anti-Secession Law.

UN Orders Staff Families Out Of Eritrea, Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 10/11/05) "Oct 10, 2005 (ASMARA) — The United Nations mission monitoring the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea has ordered family and friends of peacekeepers to leave. The instruction came days after Eritrea banned U.N. helicopters from flying in its airspace, but a U.N. spokeswoman said the two events were unconnected. The helicopter move had prompted some fears the tiny Red Sea state was moving military personnel and equipment in preparation for renewed conflict with Ethiopia after a 1998-2000 border war that killed an estimated 70,000 people."

Mother with portrait of  university graduate murdered by Meles' security forces AFP Photo

MPs In Ethiopia Snub Parliament (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/10/05) "The opening of Ethiopia's parliament for the first time since disputed polls was boycotted by most opposition MPs. President Girma Giorgis rebuked absent members, accusing them of failing to use democratic means to address their complaints over May's election results. RELATED STORIES: ETHIOPIA: Meles Re-elected, Opposition MPs Boycott Session (irinnews.org, 10/10/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 10 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's parliament re-elected incumbent Prime Minister Meles Zenawi for another five-year term on Monday even as more than 100 opposition members boycotted the opening session of the legislative body. Ethiopian Opposition Boycott Opening Of Parliament (sudantribune.com, 10/10/05) "Oct 10, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s new parliament convened for the first time on Monday nearly five months after still disputed elections, in the absence of many opposition lawmakers who boycotted the session to protest alleged vote fraud. Ethiopia’s ceremonial President Girma Giorgis opened the meeting with a stern rebuke to the opposition legislators who stayed away and have continued to call for a national unity government to oversee a re-run of the May 15 polls."

ERITREA: De-mining Activities Halted Following Helicopter Flight Ban (alertnet.org, 10/10/05) "NAIROBI, 10 October (IRIN) - The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said on Friday that it had suspended its mine clearance activities in Eritrea after the government imposed a ban on the mission's helicopter flights. "According to the agreement that we have signed [with Eritrea] we cannot carry out demining activities without a helicopter on standby because if there is an accident we would have no way of taking that person out," Gail Bindley-Taylor-Sainté, UNMEE spokeswoman, told the UN News Service."

Ethiopia Opposition Renews Threat Of Parliamentary Boycott (sudantribune.com -AFP- 10/9/05) "Oct 9, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s opposition renewed its threat to boycott the opening of the new parliament Monday unless the government agrees to a number of conditions including the release of opposition members and the reopening of its offices. "The CUD (Coalition for Unity and Democracy) has set conditions for the entry into parliament, conditions that assure democracy of the parliament," CUD president Hailu Shawel told AFP on Sunday. "We are going to submit these conditions to the Prime Minister if these conditions are accepted we will change our mind, otherwise we will not attend parliament"."

BREAKING NEWS: Our sources in Addis Abeba have confirmed that the negotiations between the EPRDF and the two opposition parties CUDP and UEDF have collapsed. In a joint statement released on October 7, 2005, the opposition parties indicated that the EPRDF's inflexible stance and its attempts to prescribe the items to be placed on the discussion agenda have lead to the abandonment of the talks. They pointed out that the EPRDF had previously committed itself to talk about substantive issues without any preconditions. We will publish the full text as soon as it is released. (fettan.com, 10/7/05) 

NO OTHER OPTION BUT THE LEGAL PATH; TO PROMOTE AND ENHANCE THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM ( October 3 ,2005) (mfa.gov.et, 10/3/05) "....The leadership of the opposition political parties are now engaged in activities which they believe will enable them to change the democratic system of our country by force, ignoring the elections results they secured. They must acknowledge the fact that accession to state power by force is prohibited by the Constitution of our Country. If they resist this and continue in their current position they must perceive that this will be foiled by the struggles of the Ethiopian peoples who paid such huge sacrifice to realize democracy and justice. (Emphasis ours) It must be recalled that the opposition at the very outset were deliberately acting to use the elections as a cover up for their illegal activities. They have reckoned that the elections would serve their hunger for power either through peaceful means or otherwise by means of violence and sheer force. The government of the FDRE, determined to make the 3rd national elections more free and democratic than the previous ones and even made amendments to the elections regulation, due to its assumption that the opposition would abandon the illegal path."  EDITORIAL COMMENT: The above statement by the MLLT/TPLF politburo is a typical expression of communist dogma obfuscating neo-fascist butchery as popular democracy. The leaders of this criminal gang have appointed themselves as guardian angels of the "Ethiopian peoples." (Notice how citizens of a nation are described as peoples.) The Tigrean Peoples liberators who seized state power by brute force now want to preach to the peaceful people of Ethiopia that their elected representatives want to "change the democratic system of our country by force."  Indeed the Ethiopia people have made a huge sacrifice - their children facing down, with bare hands, a tyrannical regime armed to the tilt.

ERITREA: Flight Restrictions To Affect Border Monitoring (irinnews.org, 10/7/05) "ASMARA, 7 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The decision by the Eritrean government to restrict United Nations helicopter flights will significantly reduce the organisation's ability to monitor the situation on the border with neighbouring Ethiopia, the top UN military commander in the region said. "Our surveillance and monitoring of the border - of the Temporary Security Zone - was dependent to a very large degree on aerial surveillance," Maj-Gen Rajender Singh, commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) peacekeeping force, said."

AP Photo: Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei

U.N. Nuke Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize (news.yahoo.com  -AP- 10/7/05) "OSLO, Norway - Mohamed ElBaradei and theInternational Atomic Energy Agency won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their drive to curb the spread of atomic weapons by using diplomacy to resolve standoffs withran andNorth Korea over their nuclear programs. The Nobel Committee's decision lent support to negotiations and inspections, not military action, as the best way to handle volatile nations.  It also was seen as a message to the Bush administration, which invaded Iraq after claiming U.N. efforts to eradicate Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions had failed and which opposed ElBaradei's appointment to another term."
Ex-Chad Dictator Indicted In Belgium: Hissène Habré to Face Extradition to Belgium for Human Rights Atrocities (hrw.org, 9/29/05) "(Brussels, September 29, 2005)—A Belgian judge has issued an international arrest warrant charging Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré with atrocities during his 1982-90 rule. Habré, known as an “African Pinochet,” lives in exile in Senegal, where he was indicted five years ago before courts ruled that he could not be tried there. Belgium is now formally seeking Habré’s extradition from Senegal to stand trial."
" This is a great day for Habré’s thousands of victims and a milestone in the fight to hold the perpetrators of atrocities accountable for their crimes. "

Reed Brody, special counsel for prosecutions

EDITORIAL NOTE: A lesson for Ethiopian patriots: Keep Up The Fight For Freedom! Never Give Up! Justice Will Be Done!

Anuak/Ethiopia – Negotiations to End Ethnic Cleansing "PILPG is advising the Anuak of Ethiopia during their negotiations with the Ethiopian government to prevent further crimes against humanity and to structure mechanisms of local self government to which governing powers may be devolved. PILPG is also working with the Anuak to file a provisional complaint with the International Criminal Court."

UN Blasts Eritrea Helicopter Ban (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/5/05) "The United Nations Security Council has called on Eritrea immediately to reverse its decision to ban all helicopter flights by UN peacekeepers. Eritrea announced on Tuesday that it was banning the flights, which are used to supply peacekeepers, to move troops and to carry out monitoring." New York, 5 October 2005 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ethiopia/Eritrea

Getty Photo   No one knows when the new moon appears -so scientists want your help to spot it.

HAPPY RAMADAN The Mystery Of The Moon (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/5/05) "No-one knows exactly when the new Moon appears as it changes in different parts of the world - particularly important if you want to know when Ramadan starts. So this month, scientists are asking the public to help refine the lunar calendar. For thousands of years, man has looked to the heavens for spiritual solace. Many religions also rely on celestial bodies to determine the timings of their most important annual festivals."

ERITREA: Gov't Urged To Reverse Restrictions On UNMEE Flights (irinnews.org, 10/5/05) "NAIROBI, 5 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The United Nations Security Council has called upon the Eritrean government to reverse a decision to restrict within its airspace helicopter flights used by the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea [UNMEE]. "The Security Council calls upon the government of Eritrea to immediately reverse its decision and provide UNMEE with the access, assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties," Mihnea Ioan Motoc, the current president of the Council, said in a statement on Tuesday."

Ethiopia, Eritrea Warned On Reigniting War (news.yahoo.com -AP- 10/5/05) "UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council late Tuesday warned Ethiopia and Eritrea against reigniting their border war and urged Eritrea to immediately reverse its ban on all helicopter flights by U.N. peacekeepers. In a tough statement approved by all 15 council members and read at a formal meeting, the council called on both countries "to show maximum restraint and to refrain from any threat of use of force against each other."

Ethiopian Opposition Says Dialogue Initiated By Mediators Not PM (sudantrinube.com, 10/5/05) "Oct 4, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) says it retracts its statement made on October 3, 2005 which makes it seem that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi initiated the dialogue. In a press statement issued today the CUD says, "we wish to clearly state our commitment to our Saturday, 1 October 2005 statement and retract the statement made on 3 October 2005 that the prime minister initiated the dialogue, rather it was initiated by the international community."

San Francisco Crowd Protests Cruelty In Ethiopia: Demonstrators from around Bay Area condemn killing, detention of innocents (insidebayarea.com, 10/4/05) "SAN FRANCISCO — A quiet protest outside the San Francisco federal building against the Ethiopian government for the way it treats civilians turned loud by the lunch hour Monday. As many as 150 residents from the Bay Area — including Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco — took off from work, school and other obligations to show up with flags and banners to condemn the killing and detention of civilians in the African country. The protest started with a prayer by Orthodox Church Archbishop Abune Melke Tsedik to remember 44 civilians who were killed and the thousands detained in Ethiopia following an election in May."

©  Jamal Abdi/IRIN  Somaliland voters lining up to cast their ballots during the recent polls.

SOMALIA: US commends Somaliland On Polls (irinnews.org, 10/4/05) "NAIROBI, 4 Oct 2005 (IRIN) - The United States has welcomed the recent legislative elections in the self-declared republic of Somaliland as an example to the rest of Somalia, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Monday. "We congratulate the people of Somaliland on holding peaceful elections with significant voter turnout," McCormack said in a statement. "The United States calls on all political parties to work together peacefully during the post-election period to strengthen the democratic transition in Somaliland and serve as an example for greater Somalia." EDITORIAL NOTE: Once again African women affirm that they are the brightest shining light in the fight for democracy and freedom in spite of all obstacles thrown in their path by tyrants. (fettan.com, 10/4/05)

 

US Circulating UN Resolution To Have UN Troops Arrest Charles Taylor (voanews.com, 10/4/05) "-- The United States reportedly is circulating a resolution that calls on UN peacekeepers in Liberia to arrest former president Charles Taylor should he return home. Mr. Taylor has been living in exile in Nigeria since august 2003 but has been indicted on war crimes charges by the UN-backed special court in Sierra Leone. The Associated Press reports the resolution calls on the peacekeepers to then turn Mr. Taylor over to the special court." De Capua interview on Charles Taylor mp3
De Capua interview on Charles Taylor ra
EDITORIAL COMMENT: Meles Zenawi, Bereket Simion, Sebhat Nega, Seyoum Mesfin, Abay Tsehaye and cohorts must eventually be brought to court, regardless of the disinformation campaign being waged by Abraham Yayeh, the Shaibia agent and turncoat Woyane propagandist. These gangsters are currently engaged in a futile effort to derail the democratization process undertaken by the Ethiopian people. They have taken the law into their own hands and denied the population the right to peaceful assembly, free expression of opinion and freedom to elect lawful representatives. These acts are committed on top of their heinous crimes recorded first in Tigray and later in the rest of Ethiopia during the last 40 years. We urge the UN Special Courts to pay attention to this urgent matter. (fettan.com, 10/4/05)
Lunar eclipse by gallery.hd.org

Shadow & Substance: A website to display popular astronomy both visually and entertainingly (shadowandsubstance.com)

Lunar eclipse: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (en.wikipedia.org)

Mr Eclipse: The Ultimate Resource For Eclipse Photography (mreclipse.com)

Eclipse Is Super Or Superstitious: Some were thrilled and some chilled as the sky darkened over Iberia and Africa in a rare event (newsday.com -AP- 10/4/05) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- From northern Portugal to the heart of Africa, crowds gathered Monday on roofs, hills and in city squares for a rare chance to see a solar eclipse. In this African capital, people prayed when the moon masked the sun like a black plate, leaving a bright rim. In Madrid, cheers went up at Spain's first sight of an annular eclipse in more than two centuries."

Press Release Issued By The United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF): Political negotiations undertaken behind the people's back will lead to eventual submission to the adversary (Amharic pdf, 10/2/05)

VOA Report On Discussions Between the Coalition For Democracy (CUD) And The Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Forces (EPRDF) Regime: Interview with Bertukan Demeqssa, CUD First Vice President (curtsey  VOA Radio 10/3/05) CUD Statement  released by CUD (Amharic pdf) VOA Report On Worldwide Demonstration in support of the Ethiopian people and the political opposition parties. (curtsey  VOA Radio 10/3/05)

Nelson Mandela AFP Photo

Mandela Wins BBC's 'Global Election' (news.bbc.co.uk, 10/3/05) "Former South African President Nelson Mandela has topped a BBC poll to find the person most people would like to lead a fantasy world government.  1 - Nelson Mandela; 2 - Bill Clinton; 3 - Dalai Lama; 4 - Noam Chomsky; 5 - Alan Greenspan; 6 - Bill Gates; 7 - Steve Jobs; 8 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu; 9 - Richard Branson; 10 - George Soros; 

Ethiopia's Government Meets Opposition After Strike Cancelled (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 10/2/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - After a tense week of antagonism and threats, Ethiopia's government and opposition leaders held their first face-to-face talks in months in an internationally-mediated bid to defuse a volatile political fracas. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi agreed to meet the Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) and the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) after the two parties undertook to abide by the constitution and withdrew their appeal for a three-day strike to start Monday in protest against a ban on a demonstration scheduled for Sunday."

Ethiopian Opposition Cancels Strike, Set To Begin Talks With Zenawi (sudantribune.com, 10/2/05) "Oct 2, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s two main opposition groups on Sunday called off a three-day general strike they had planned to protest the parliamentary election results and arrests of opposition members and to press for the formation of a national unity government. The Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Force (UEDF) made the announcement after a late-night meeting with six diplomats, including European Commission delegation head Tim Clarke and U.S. embassy Charge D’Affaires Vicky Huddleston, during which they agreed to hold talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Sunday."

Do You Really Know Who Meles Zenawi Is? Listen to Ethiopian National United Front's  Ethiopian People's Voice Radio (10/2/05 Amharic broadcast) for an answer. The radio program is broadcast to Ethiopia twice a week - Fridays and Sundays,  8:00 pm  - 9:00 pm Ethiopian local time. Tune to shortwave 48 Meter Band, channel frequency 12120 kHz. The broadcast is powered by 250 kw and heard in Europe, the Middle East, Africa -down to Madagascar, and Australia. Visit ENUF web site www.enufforethiopia.org to listen to previous broadcasts.

Ethiopian Opposition Cancels Protest Rally (voanews.com, 9/30/05) "Ethiopia's opposition parties are mulling their options following the cancellation of Sunday's rally to protest election results. Sunday's demonstration, organized by the Coalition for Unity and Democracy and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces, was to have pushed for the formation of a transitional, unity government to oversee new polls." Majtenyi report - Download 376k
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ETHIOPIA: Main Opposition Coalition Merges To Form Party (irinnews.org, 9/29/05) "NAIROBI, 29 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - The four parties that make up Ethiopia's largest opposition alliance, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) have merged to form one party, an official of the coalition said on Thursday. The All Ethiopia Unity Party, the Union of Ethiopia Democracy Party, Rainbow Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Democratic League announced their unification on Saturday. It elected Hailu Shawel to continue as chairperson of the new party and Birtukan Mideksa to serve as vice-chair. "This merger means a strengthening of the opposition, added force to the opposition," Hailu Araya, CUD spokesman, told IRIN."

VOA Radio Report On Meles Zenawi Regime's CUD And UEDF Members Arrest. The opposition leaders denied that these individuals committed any crimes but were arrested on "fictitious" grounds in an effort to thwart the scheduled October 2, 2005 demonstrations.  Most of the arrests took place  in the northern and southern parts of the country. RELATED STORY: VOA Radio Interview With Taye Wolde Semait  Wolde Semait  indicated that the Forum that he heads, Ethiopian Civic Organizations Joint Forum, given the serious disagreements on the results of the May 15, 2005 polls, has called on the EPRDF and opposition parties to participate in discussions to peacefully come to an amicable agreement that upholds the electoral decisions of the population. He expresses his grave concern about the extremely tense political atmosphere that may lead to Rwanda type ethnic conflict. He pleads with the international community to pay serious attention to this potentially explosive situation. (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 9/28/05)

ETHIOPIA: Opposition Members Arrested Ahead Of Planned Demo (irinnews.org, 9/28/09) "NAIROBI, 28 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - An unknown number of opposition party supporters have been arrested in Ethiopia ahead of a planned demonstration scheduled for Sunday in the capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the results of the 15 May general election. "I can't give you a precise figure, but the number of those arrested in several regions runs into hundreds," Merera Gudina, first vice-chairman of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), said. "Several opposition offices have also been closed." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Police Raids Thwart Resistance (int.iol.co.za, 9/28/05) "Addis Ababa - Police in Ethiopia's south-central Oromia region have arrested 84 people on weapons charges following raids near the Ethiopian capital before a planned opposition rally, the local press reported on Wednesday,"

80 Arrested In Ethiopia’s Oromia Regions After Coup Plot Allegations (sudantribune.com -AFP- 9/28/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Sept 27 (AFP) — Ethiopian police have arrested more than 80 people and seized weapons amid government allegations that opposition groups are plotting a coup d’etat, the state-run news agency said Monday. Just one day after reporting that 43 opposition members had been detained for alleged subversion in northern Tigray state, the official Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said 80 people had been arrested on similar charges in southern Oromia state and another three south of the capital. In a brief item that offered few specifics, the agency quoted Oromia police as saying they had arrested 80 people believed to be opposition supporters had seized 160 illegal weapons in raids in the towns of North and East Shoa." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Police Says Detained 32  Perpetrators Of Addis Ababa Violence (sudantribune.com, 9/27/05)

Washington Confirms It Will Leave Uzbek Base (news.yahoo.com -Reuters- 9/27/05) "TASHKENT (Reuters) - Washington confirmed on Tuesday it would leave an Uzbek airbase Tashkent asked it to quit after the United States criticized Uzbekistan's human rights record." "...Witnesses say 500 protesters were killed by security forces in clashes in the eastern Uzbek town in May. The government puts the death toll at 187, mostly foreign-backed "terrorists." "Our interests in security and our interests in democracy are indivisible," Fried said after meeting President Islam Karimov." (emphasis added.) RELATED STORY: U.S. Forces "Waging Peace" in Horn of Africa, Commander Says: General's weapons are doctors, veterinarians, well drillers, civil engineers (jwar.org.uk, 9/22/05) "Washington -- The commander of military forces in the Horn of Africa says his task is to promote stability on the African continent. Marine Major General Timothy Ghormley, commander of Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa for the U.S. Central Command, briefed journalists at the Pentagon September 21 on what he and 1,400 joint U.S. forces are doing in an area five times as large as Iraq and Afghanistan combined, and with a total population of 123 million." EDITORIAL COMMENT: These related stories, in our judgment reflect positively US President George W. Bush's current policy on balancing US geopolitical interests (stability) against local and regional peoples' quest for democratic governance (freedom, peace, justice, and personal and collective prosperity.) The Ethiopian people are determined to make sure that the democratization process that they fought for valiantly will succeed. We hope and pray that the US government will affirm its stated principles by not siding with the MLLT/TPLF dominated tyrannical regime in Ethiopia, under the guise of fighting terrorism. Where there is no democracy, there will not be any stability. (fettan.com, 9/27/05)

Ethiopian Opposition Denies Government Allegations Of Fomenting Violence (voanews.com, 9/27/05) "Over the past few days, the Ethiopian government has arrested scores of opposition supporters, accusing them of planning a coup. But the opposition denies the charge and is planning to hold nationwide demonstrations next Sunday to protest what it says were fraudulent parliamentary elections last May.  Those polls gave the ruling party and its allies a majority in the 547-seat legislature.  The opposition wants talks with the government to correct what it regards as election irregularities.  As an alternative, it proposes a transitional government of national unity that would usher in new elections." Listen to interview with opposition politician Berhanu Nega

The controversial former leader of Ghana Jerry Rawlings   BBC Photo

"I am sorry I killed but I had to do it for the sake of my people."   

Democracy In Africa (news.bb.co.uk - HARDtalk-  9/22/05) "During twenty years in power Jerry Rawlings went from being military head of state, to benevolent dictator and finally for the last decade a democratically elected president. As part of the "Who Runs Your World?" series, HARDtalk speaks to Jerry Rawlings, one of Africa's most [colourful] and charismatic leaders. Zeinab Badawi asks him about his time as Ghana's leader, democracy and human rights abuses in Africa." EDITORIAL NOTE: EXCUSES! EXCUSES! EXCUSES! Brutal dictators the likes of Jerry Rawlings,  Mengistu H. Mariam, Isayas Afeworki, and Meles Zenawi, having washed their hands with blood, think they have mastered the art of portraying themselves as guardian angels of justice and democracy. Pay attention to the self-righteous anger. Ethiopians must not let Meles get away with it! Fourteen years of terror and butchery is more than enough! (fettan.com, 9/26/05)

VOA Radio Reporters (9/26/05) in Addis Abeba describes the tense political environment in Ethiopia following Meles Zenawi's threats against the opposition parties and their supporters. More than 40 CUD leaders in the "Amhara ethnic regions" have been rounded up and jailed "for plotting to incite rebellion."  A second report surrounding the annual "Meskel"  Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church celebration today describes how the event was spontaneously turned into an anti-EPRDF and anti-pro-Woyane Patriarch Paulos demonstration. The crowd shouted 'thief" (for stealing the election) when Paulos and President Girma wolde Geiogis attempted to speak and, the protest was disrupted when police forcefully dispersed the celebrants. In a related interview, Merera Gudina, Chairman of UEDF describes the situation as a futile attempt by the EPRDF to arrest the democratization process. (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 9/26/05) RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Opposition Members (voanews.com, 9/26/05) "Ethiopian authorities have arrested 43 opposition members, accusing them of planning to overthrow the government. Minister of Information Bereket Simon tells VOA, the opposition members arrested in the Amhara region Sunday were gearing up for an attack against his government."

ኢህአዴግ የመስከረም ወር ዕቅድ በሚል በምስጢር ወረቀት በተነ (ከአባይ፣ መስከረም ፲፬ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) በጠ// መለስ ዜናዊ የሚመራው የኢህአደግ ቡድን የተቃዋሚ ኃይላት መስከረም ፳፪ ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም. የጠሩትን ሰልፍ በማስመልከት አባላቱን «የመስከረም ወር እቅድ» ያለውን ባለ አስራ አራት ገጽ መመሪያ ሰሞኑን በትኗል፤ ጳጉሜን ፬ ፲፱፻፺፯ የተፃፈው ይህ አስራ አራት ገፅ ፅሁፍ በሶስት ግቦችና በዝርዝር ተግባራት የተሞላ ነው፤ በዚህም «አድማና አመፅ የሚቀሰቅሱ ቀንደኛ ግለሰቦችንና የቡድን መሪዎችን በመኖሪያ አካባቢያቸውና በስራ ቦታዎች መለየት፣ ተቃዋሚዎች በተናጠልና በቡድን የሚያደርጉትን እንቅስቃሴ የሚከፋፍልና የሚያዳክም ኃይል በየአካባቢው መፍጠር፣ ኢንፎርሜሽን የሚያቀርቡ ቡድኖችን መፍጠርና የመረጃ መረብ መዘርጋት፣ በድርጅት ልሳናት በአዲስ ዘመን እና በሌሎች ተመሳሳይ ምንጮች የሚወጡ ተቃዋሚ ፅሁፎችን እየመረጡ በሚገባ ማንበብ» የሚሉና ሌሎች ነጥቦችን አካቷል። Code Named 'September Plan' EPRDF Project Designed To Sabotague Opposition Protests On October 2, 2005 (Abay, 9/24/05) "A fourteen page directive dated 9/9/05, and addressed to EPRDF cadres was distributed to selected party members, security and police forces instructing them to target opponents by: a) identifying them at work and residence; b) creating strike groups to cut them down; c) developing data bases and information networks; and d) carefully reviewing disinformation/propaganda articles to be published in the EPRDF daily media ( like Addis Zemen etc.). This information was obtained through police officers who are currently undergoing intense training to assault the demonstrators. Most of these trainees are members of the military forces brought in from other regions, and camouflaged in police uniforms." (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com, 9/26/05 Amharic pdf)

Ethiopia Opposition Members Held (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/26/05) "Ethiopian police have reportedly arrested 43 opposition members, for allegedly plotting against the government. The official Ethiopian news agency reported the arrests took place in the central Amhara region. The main opposition movement, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, confirmed that a number of its branch offices had been raided. The opposition is planning a large demonstration on Sunday."

Eritrean Armed Opposition Unites (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/26/05) "Eritrean opposition organisations say they will unite their military wings to form a single armed unit. At a meeting in Khartoum, the 16 political parties in the Eritrean Democratic Alliance endorsed all forms of opposition to the government. Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 and operates as a single party state. President Isaias Afewerki has been [criticised] for failing to implement democratic reforms."

«የአማራና የኦሮሞን ሕዝብ በማጣላት ስልጣን ማራዘም አይቻልም» ኦነግ (ከነፃነት  መስከረም ፲፪ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) "ከደርግ አገዛዝ ውድቀት በኋላ በኢትዮጵያ የተቋቋመውን የሽግግር መንግሥት ከመሰረቱት የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች መካከል ዋነኛ የሆነው የኦሮሞ ነፃነት ግንባር (ኦነግ) ከጠ/ሚኒስትር መለስ የቀረበለትን የእንደራደር ጥሪ ውድቅ አድርጓል። የኦሮሞ ነፃነት ግንባር ከጠ/ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ለቀረበለት ያለ አንዳችም ቅድመ ሁኔታ የእንደራደር ጥሪ ምላሽ በሰጠበት ወቅት ኢሕአዴግ በኦሮሞ ዝብ ዘንድ መጠላቱን በማውሳት ገዥው ፓርቲ ስልጣኑን ለማራዘም የኦሮሞን ሕዝብ ከአማራው ጋር ለማጋጨት የጥላቻ ዘመቻ መክፈቱን አውግዟል።" "Impossible To Hang On To Power By Setting Amharas And Oromos Against Each Other -OLF" (Netsanet, 9/22/05) "The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) has categorically rejected Meles Zenawi's offer for unconditional negotiations. The OLF branded the ploy as a Woyane ethnic supremacist plot to denigrate Oromo people who have been victimized by the Meles regime and denounced it as small minded attempt to remain in power by turning Oromos and Amharas against each other. The OLF suggested that negotiations have to involve all political, civic and others concerned about the future of the country." (abbreviated translation by fettan.com.) Amharic pdf) RELATED STORY: Pitting Innocent People Against Each Other Is Crime Against Humanity (oromliberationfront.org, 7/15/05) EDITORIAL NOTE: Congratulations to the OLF leadership for not biting the poison pill offered by Meles Zenawi and Abraham Yayeh. We shall in due time return to an article being circulated by Abraham designed to achieve the same objective. Narrow minded, vindictive  Tigray-Tigrign inferiority complex  paraded as invincibility and bravado. Abraham's goal is to turn Amharas and Tigres on each other, and his core message to the opposition is bow your head, take your seats in parliament or else you will face the mighty TPLF and Tigrean people's forces (who defeated a superior fire breathing enemy with bare hands  p.15) and their allies on the ready! We shall see! (fettan.com, 9/25/05) Hailu Shawel Of CUD Responds To The Bravado (tensae Radio Interview)

ሕዝባችን፣ የሰላማዊ ትግል ጥሪያችንን ነቅተህ ጠብቅ! (ከኅዳር መስከረም ፲፪ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም) "ቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ እንዲሁም የኢትዮጵያ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ኃይሎች ሕብረት በሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ መንግሥት የሕዝቡ ትግል እየተጠናከረ በመምጣቱና ሊገድቡት ባለመቻላቸው ትግሉን እየመሩ ያሉት ድርጅቶች ለማፍረስና ጥገኞችን አደራጅቶ የስልጣን ዕድሜ ለማራዘም ከፍተኛ ውንብድና እየተሰራ መሆኑን ገልፀዋል።The Coalition For Democracy (CUD) And The United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) Call for Vigilance (Hidar, 9/22/05) "The two opposition political organizations have issued a joint statement urging the population to remain vigilant in the face of the Meles Zenawi regime's resort to violence in futile attempts to divide and conquer the opposition by creating surrogate splinter groups out of thin air. The Oromo National Congress and the All Ethiopia Unity Organization have so far been the main targets." (Abbreviated translation by fettan.com Amharic pdf)

Meles Zenawi Threatening

Bereket Simion and the Agazi forces to continue the killings

Ethiopia’s Zenawi warns opposition about mass rally (sudantribune.com, 9/24/05)

Meles Zenawi And Bereket Simion Panic Striken (waltainfo.com, 9/24/05) "...The government of the FDRE is aware of the fact that the political parties in the opposition who participated in the [3 rd] national elections had officially adopted an anti-constitutional stance and have the ambition to overthrow the government by violence."...The opposition political parties were attempting to incite violence with the allegation that the elections were rigged, while in reality they were not." "...In defiance of all the facts on the ground, the leaders of the opposition are refusing to accept the party that has won in the elections as declared by the NEBE. Instead they are demanding for the formation of national unity government. If that does not happen they are threatening to stage a demonstration on 2 October 2005 with the intention of bringing the government down. They are also stating that they would not be accountable for any harm or damage that may occur during the demonstration." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: "The mighty MLLT/TPLF armed forces that once boasted of liberating the Tigrean people after having defeated a ferocious enemy armed to its teeth with bare hands, is now being thrown into paranoid schizophrenic episodes terrified "about disturbance that may erupt in the streets following the scheduled October 2, 2005 anti-EPRDF peaceful and legal - opposition led demonstrations." The Ethiopian people have already achieved victory without raising a protest banner! Long live Ethiopia! (fettan.com, 9/24/05)

Third Day of Popular Bloody Uprising in Ethiopia: 

Ethiopian Opposition Leader Lidetu Ayalew Detained in His Office, Building Surrounded by EPRDF Police and Security Agents :  An Eye Witness Pleas for Justice   June 8, 2005

WOYANE SPECIAL FORCES, POLICE AND TROOPS Used their military and intelligence apparatus to cut down Ethiopian young unarmed demonstrators in Addis Abeba and other cities: June 8, 2005 will live in infamy. Three Photos below curtsey tensae.com

A young Ethiopian is beaten and taken away by police.       AFP Photo, 6/8/05)
At Least 22 Killed in Ethiopian Election Protests (afp.com, 6/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - At least 22 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in Addis Ababa as Ethiopian police battled demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month's disputed elections, hospital sources told AFP. Doctors at three hospitals in central Addis Ababa said 22 people had either been brought to their facilities dead or died shortly after arriving following clashes in the downtown area between security forces and protestors. A human rights official, Abebe Terfe, executive secretary of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO), meanwhile, said at least 20 people had been killed but this figure could not be confirmed by AFP."

Demonstrator shot, Reuters Photo 6/8/05) 

24 Killed in Political Unrest in Ethiopia (washingtonpost.com, 6/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Security forces opened fire on stone-throwing demonstrators Wednesday in Ethiopia, leaving at least 24 people dead in a third day of protests over election results, hospital officials said. Dozens of people _ mostly young men _ were wounded by gunfire." 24 Killed in Political Unrest in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -AP-, 6/8/05)

Ethiopia Death Toll Rises to 18-Hospital Sources (alertnet.org -Reuters-, 6/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 8 (Reuters) - At least 18 Ethiopians have died and more are feared dead from clashes with security forces on Wednesday, the worst violence to hit the capital Addis Ababa in four years, hospital sources said." "...Sources at the Black Lion hospital told Reuters that 11 people had died from gunshot wounds, while sources at St. Paul's hospital said they had seven dead bodies with bullet wounds. The sources and Ethiopian families at the hospitals said they fear many more had been killed and were at other clinics." "...There are reports that tension is also spreading to other towns in Ethiopia. You should be prudent and listen to news reports. Remain vigilant in public places and avoid public demonstrations and crowds," the Foreign Office said in a statement."

Listen to VOA Radio Report, 6/8/05) by Cathie Majtenyi

   

  

AP Photo: A man pushes a wounded protester into the emergency room at the Black Lion Hospital,...

Ethiopia Political Unrest Leaves 22 Dead (news.yahoo.com -AP- 6/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopian security forces opened fire Wednesday on protesters angered by election results, leaving at least 22 people dead in the capital, while European observers said some opposition politicians were placed under house arrest."

Ethiopians Killed in Election Protests (abc.net.au -AFP-, 6/8/05) "At least nine people were killed in Addis Ababa and more than 100 were wounded, as Ethiopian police battled demonstrators protesting against alleged fraud in last month's disputed elections. Hospital sources say the bodies of eight people were taken to the Black Lion Hospital in the centre of the capital after the clashes were reported. One doctor says a ninth person suffering from a gun shot wound to the head has since died on an operating table."

Eight Shot Dead, Many Injured in Ethiopia Violence (reuters.co.za, 6/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - At least eight Ethiopians were shot dead and scores more injured on Wednesday during clashes with security forces on a third day of unrest over last month's disputed elections." "...We have sent an appeal to the public to stay calm and the strike was not our call. The people said 'enough is enough' and they told us they have their own mind that guides them to their freedom," CUD spokesman [D]ebebe Eshetu said."

Second Day of Violence in Ethiopia Poll Protest (news.yahoo.com, -reuters-, 6/7/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian security forces beat rock-throwing students protesting against the result of the May 15 parliamentary election they say was rigged, opposition parties and students said on Tuesday. A second day of demonstrations turned violent after protests on Monday at Addis Ababa University left on person dead and saw more than 500 arrested." "...Ethiopia's state television said the ministry of information had on Tuesday revoked the licenses of five Ethiopian journalists working for the Voice of America and Deutsche Welle for writing "unsubstantiated and unbalanced" stories about the election."

RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia's Police Clash With Students, Workers on Second Day of Protests (uastoday.com, -AP- 6/7/05)   Violence on Second Day of Ethiopia Poll Protests (sabcnews.com, 6/7/05) Second Day of Violence in Ethiopia Poll Protest (abcnews.go.com, 6/7/05) Ethiopia's Police Clash With Students, Workers on 2nd Day of Protests (680news.com -AP-, 6/7/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Students throwing stones and police swinging clubs clashed for a second day in Ethiopia's capital on Tuesday as authorities struggled to keep a lid on anger over what the opposition says was widespread rigging during last month's elections. At a technical college - the epicentre of Tuesday's violence - police dragged bloody students from buildings, prompting construction workers and passersby to join the melee. At least one student was shot and hospitalized in critical condition with a stomach wound." 

Ethiopian policemen look at students demonstrating at a campus of the Addis Ababa university, Ethiopia AFP photo, 6/7/05)

Joint Press Release Issued Regarding Student Demonstrations in Ethiopia by the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) and Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) (6/6/05) Amharic Version pdf English Versition pdf

Fraudulent and Violent Voting Processes Must Be Legally Resolved: Statements Recently  by the United the UEDF (5/30/05) Amharic pdf.

Students Police Clash Again in Ethiopia (edition.cnn.com,-AP- 6/7/05) 

Ethiopia Police, Students Clash Over Vote (news.yahoo.com -AP- 6/7/05)"ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Police raided a technical college Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital, firing rubber bullets and beating up students defying a government ban on protests.

AP photo, 6/7/05

Ethiopian students demonstrate outside Addis Ababa Tegbareed Industrial College in the capital's Mexico area., Tuesday, June 7, 2005. Police raided a technical college in Ethiopia's capital Tuesday, beating up students and firing rubber bullets on the second day of defiance of a government ban on demonstrations.

AP photo, 6/7/05

Ethiopian policemen look at students demonstrating at a campus of the Addis Ababa university, Ethiopia. A high school girl was killed and more than 500 people arrested as Ethiopian police clashed with students protesting last month's disputed general elections in defiance of a government ban on demonstrations....

AFP photo, 6/7/05)

Ethiopia's Police Arrest Hundreds Election Results Protesters (gazettetimes.com, 6/7/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Clashes between police and student demonstrators left one girl dead and hundreds arrested in protests Monday against disputed Ethiopian election results, police said. Students at Addis Ababa University campuses had defied a government ban against demonstrations. Police charged into crowds to grab protesters and beat some with batons during the first public protest against the May 15 legislative elections in which the ruling party retained power." 

Ethiopian Students and Police Clash Over Disputed Election Results (nytimes.com, -AP-, 6/7/05) " ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 6 (AP) - Student demonstrators clashed with the police on Monday over disputed Ethiopian election results, a police statement said. The violence killed one person, injured seven and led to hundreds of arrests. Students at Addis Ababa University campuses had defied a government ban against demonstrations, holding the first public protest against how legislative elections on May 15 were conducted. The police charged into crowds to grab protesters, beating some with riot sticks."

Relatives of detained students cry out after being turned away from the Addis Ababa University campus on Monday. Hundreds of students have been taken away- bbc.co.uk photo

 

 

Arrests For Ethiopia Poll Protest (bbc.co.uk, -AP- 6/6/05) "Hundreds of Ethiopian students have been arrested in the capital, Addis Ababa, after staging protests over last month's elections. Baton-wielding police stormed the two university campuses which the students had occupied. They had accused the ruling EPRDF party of fraud. 

Ethiopian Police Arrest Election Protesters (reuters.co.uk, 6/6/05)

Police Surround Ethiopian Campuses As Students Defy Post-election Demo Ban (reliefweb.int, -AFP-6/6/05)

Students Protest Poll Results (news24.com, 6/6/05)

 

An Ethiopian police officer hits a university student with the butt of his assault rifle in Addis Ababa - VOA photo

Eritrea: Special Report - Coping With Economic Hardships (IRINNews.org, 5/19/05) "ASMARA, 19 May 2005 (IRIN) - Meaza, a mother of two young children, works as a cleaner in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, and spends half her monthly salary of 400 Nacfa (US $26.60) on rent for her single room in Abashawl, a poor neighborhood in the downtown area of the city. "My husband is in the military. He used to pay the rent, but now this has stopped as we are divorced," she told IRIN. "Usually we eat twice a day, mostly shiro [beans]. Sometimes when we are hungry we visit our relatives who are a bit better off."'

Junk from the independence war piled up in Asmara. IRIN photo

An Eritrean mother with a malnourished child in Goluj, Gash Barka province. IRIN photo

IDP camp in Senafe, Debub province. IRIN photo

Trucking scarce water in Omhajer town, southwestern Gash Barka, near the Ethiopian border. IRIN photo

Asmara Skyline Eritrea Daily photo

Big Gains for Ethiopia Opposition (news.bbc.co.uk, 5/19/05) "Ethiopia's ruling party and opposition are both claiming victory in Sunday's parliamentary election.   The ruling party has acknowledged the two main opposition groups have won about one-third of the 547 seats. "

The EPRDF 'Bee' (party symbol) Milked Almost 6 Trillion Birr out of Ethiopian Treasury for personal Enrichment by the Woyane Leadership and Extended Family members (table by fettan.com - below). Also see the details in the 'alsemen_sima_belew' pdf file: click here.  (Document released by Coalition for Unity and Democracy, 5/18/05))

Owned/Operated by TPLF/MLLT Politburo Amount Plundered out of Ethiopia Treasury and Allocated Number of Corporations or Projects
Nation Wide Birr 2,546,000,000 32 Multi-industry Nationwide
Tigray Ethnic State Gov't Birr 3,222,735,980 347 Development projects in Tigray 
Key Corporate Board Chairmanship of the 32 corporations established between 1992 and 1997: Abdi Zemu (6);Arkebe Oqbay (4); Sebehat Nega (2); Yohannes Kidane (2); Atkilti Kiros (2); Shimelis Kinde (2)

Ethiopian Gov't Claims Election Victory (phillyburbs.com (AP) 5/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The government of Ethiopia said late Monday it had won a majority of seats in parliament, while acknowledging that the opposition had won in the capital, Addis Ababa." "...In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said that, if substantiated, the opposition claims of election harassment and intimidation "would raise question about the government's commitment to real democratic reforms and the development of true democratic institutions. "We are concerned about a decision by the government of Ethiopia to ban post-election demonstrations, and our embassy is monitoring that situation closely," Boucher said."

Members of the National Election Board of Ethiopia

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AFP Photo: Ethiopian students check the results of the general elections, in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Ruling Party Declares Victory in Elections (news.yahoo.com, (AFP), 5/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia's ruling party said it had won hotly contested weekend general elections and offered an olive branch to the opposition which made significant gains in the 547-seat parliament. While conceding it had lost all of Addis Ababa's 23 parliamentary seats as well as the capital's city council, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) said it would soon form a new government with a parliamentary majority."

Ex-US President Carter Defends Ethiopian Demo Ban, Lauds Election (sudsntribune.com, 5/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, May 16 (AFP) -- Former US president Jimmy Carter said Monday that a month-long ban on all post-election demonstrations in the Ethiopian capital was "not excessive" and lauded the conduct of the weekend vote. Carter, here at the head of a 50-strong team of election monitors, said his mission had not found any evidence of opposition claims of widespread fraud and that the few irregularities uncovered would not tarnish Sunday's polls.

The ex-US leader said he had been satisfied by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's personal explanation of his decision to ban public demonstrations in Addis Ababa for the next 30 days, a move questioned and criticized by many."

Ethiopia's Opposition Claims Major Gains (washingtonpost.com, 5/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Ethiopia's opposition claimed major gains Monday in an unprecedentedly open parliamentary election that drew a turnout of 90 percent, reflecting voter optimism their nation was heading toward greater democracy." "...A Western diplomat told The Associated Press that initial results from rural areas showed that the opposition was doing better than expected there. An electoral board official confirmed the diplomat's impression, adding that the opposition was making significant gains countrywide."

Ethiopian Opposition Leader Rejects Vote (story.news.yahoo.com, 5/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The leader of Ethiopia's main opposition party called for his coalition to reject the results of Sunday's election before balloting was even over, saying there were massive irregularities that made it impossible for the vote to be free and fair. Hailu Shawel, the leader of the main opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy, said the four political parties that make up the group will meet later Sunday to make a final decision." Ethiopia Vote 'May be Rejected' (bbc.co.uk, 5.15.05) "...Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has rejected this and ordered a month-long ban on demonstrations in the capital."  

100s of Opposition Members Arrested in Ethiopia (jpost.com, 5/14/05) "Opposition parties said Saturday that hundreds of their candidates and observers were arrested 12 hours before Ethiopians go to the polls. Opposition leaders demanded their release." "...Ana Gomes, the top European Union election observer, said that she has dispatched observers to investigate the opposition complaints."

Ethiopians Vote Amid Opposition Charges of Widespread Fraud (voanews.com, 5/14/05)
Former US President Jimmy Carter was one of hundreds of international observers to monitor Sunday's parliamentary elections." Ethiopian Human Rights Group Criticizes International Assessment of Electoral Process (voanews.com, 5/14/05)

Ethiopians have flocked in numbers to cast their ballots in an election which is being regarded as a crucial test of the country's fledgling democracy. (AP Photo)

Ethiopian Orthodox priest left lines up with others to vote at polling station in Addis Ababa 15may05 (AP Photo)

 

A shopkeeper shows a badge of the main Ethiopian opposition party CUD (Coalition for Unity and Democracy) 14 May 2005 in the old Mercato (market) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AFP).

 

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Ethiopian opposition leader for the Coalition of Unity and Democracy (CUD) Hailu Shawel, casts his vote at a polling station in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa May 15, 2005. (Reuters photo). Mr. Shawel said there were massive irregularities

 

An Ethiopian woman casts her vote at a polling station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, May 15, 2005 during the third democratic elections in Ethiopia's 3,000-year history. (AP Photo).

Members of the National Election Board of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Opposition Renews Threat to Reject Election Results (sudantribune.com, 5/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, May 15 (AFP) -- Ethiopia's two main opposition groups renewed threats to reject the results of Sunday's election, insisting widespread fraud and intimidation was rampant despite doubts from international observers." Ethiopian PM Says Will Accept Defeat if Rejected by Voters (sudantribune.com, 5/15/05)

Ethiopians Vote Heavily  in Test for Democracy (reuters.co.uk. 5/15/05) "DUKEM, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- Ethiopians turned out in their millions on Sunday to vote in elections seen as a test of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa's second most populous nation. The parliamentary poll, only the second real multi-party contest in Africa's top coffee producer, is expected to hand a third term to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who toppled dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991 ending 17 years of Marxist rule."

Ethiopians Vote in Key Election (bbc.co.uk, 5/15/05) "Ethiopians are going to the polls on Sunday for an election which is being regarded as a crucial test of the country's fledgling democracy. "...Gizachew Shiferaw, spokesman for the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), went further. "The harassment and the abduction, extra-judicial killing, massive arrest is going on currently all over Ethiopia," he said."

Former U,S, President Jimmy Carter with Mr. Kemal Bedri, Chairman of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia

AP Photo 5/14/05

Ethiopian Human Rights Group Criticizes International Assessment of Electoral Process (voanews.com, 5/14/05) "Less than a day before Ethiopia holds its third parliamentary elections in 14 years, a domestic human rights group says it strongly disagrees with reports by European Union and American observers that say the electoral process has been mostly fair and transparent."    "... Mr. Carter said that, based on preliminary evidence, he found the National Election Board to be honest and fair. On Saturday, Ethiopian Human Rights Council chairman, Andargatchew Tesfaye, angrily challenged the former president's views. "He has been here how many hours? It is not just Mr. Carter, but others also. [They] arrive in the morning. They see officials in the afternoon and they claim that everything is okay. But it has not been okay. I wish they would leave it to us or go around and investigate the situation thoroughly," he said."

Ethiopian Opposition Threatens Not to Accept Poll Results (sudantribune.com, 5/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (AFP) -- On the eve of general elections, Ethiopia's two main opposition groups on Saturday accused the government of arresting hundreds of their poll monitors and threatened not to accept the results unless they were freed." 

Ethiopia's Election at a Glance: A Look at the Main Political Alliances Competing in Ethiopia's Election (wvgazete.com (AP), 5/14/05) "The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition is led by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and holds 519 seats in the 547-seat parliament. The coalition toppled the former military regime in 1991 and has held power ever since. They promote ethnic federalism, whereby power is divided along ethnic lines at the national level. The country is already divided into nine states along ethnic and linguistic lines, each with a measure of autonomy."

Ethiopia Set for Key Test of Democracy (news.yahoo.com (AP), 5/14/05) "For the first time, international observers will monitor the balloting, which marks the end of a race that has tested the tolerance of a sometimes authoritarian regime that has ruled the nation since 1991. Almost everyone in the country considers Sunday's election a test of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's pledge to introduce greater democracy in the country of 70 million."

 

BBC Photo

Terror talks CIA Agents In Sudan To help East Africa Fight Terrorism (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/22/05) "There can be few more surprising places in the world to see CIA officials openly discussing terrorism than here in Sudan, but the new geopolitical framework since 9/11 has made strange bedfellows. Osama bin Laden was based in Khartoum for several years in the 1990s, and in 1998 the United States launched a cruise missile strike on what the US said was a chemical weapons facility, but which Sudan has always claimed was a pharmaceutical plant. 

ዶክተር መረራ ለኦሮሞ ሕዝብ ጥሪ አቀረቡ (ከኢትኦጵ፣ መስከረም ፲፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) "ከተመሰረተ ዓመታት ባስቆጠረው እና በዶ/ መረራ ጉዲና በሚመራው ኦብኮ ላይ ኢህአዴግ የከፈተውን ዘመቻ ቀጥሏል። በስነ-ምግባር ብልሹነት የተባረሩ ጥቂት ግለሰቦችን በማስቀደም፣ በወጣቶች ማህበራት የተደራጁ ልጆችን በማካተት፣ በኢህአዴግ የገንዘብ ድጋፍ ፀረ-ኦብኮ ግለሰቦች፣ በኦብኮ ስም የተጠሩት ስብሰባ በትናንትናው ዕለት በአዲስ አበባ ኢዲዮ ሆቴል (እንጦጦ መዝናኛ) ተካሂዷል። ይህንን የኢህአዴግ መንግሥት ርምጃ ታዛቢዎች የኢህአዴግ የከተማ ሽፍትነት በማለት የገለፁት ሲሆን፣ የኦብኮ ሊቀመንበር / መረራ ጉዲናም ጥሪ አቅርበዋል።" Professor Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo National Congress (ONC) appeals to the Oromo people to support his organization in the face of EPRDF inspired urban  banditry carried out by former members dismissed by the organization. (Ethiop, 9/21/05 Amharic pdf)

የዓለም ባንክ በኢትዮጵያ ድህነት አለመቀነሱን በጥናት አረጋገጠ (ከሪፖርተር መስከረም ፲፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) "በኢትዮጵያ ከ፲፱፻፺፫ . ወዲህ ድህነት አለመቀነሱን፣ እንዲያውም በከተሞች አካባቢ መጨመሩን የዓለም ባንክ አስታወቀ። የባንኩ ከፍተኛ ኢኮኖሚስት / ሉክ ክፊስቲ ያንሰን ትላንት በሸራተን ሆቴል ባቀረቡት ጥናታዊ ፅሑፍ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከሚሸጡት የበለጠ እህል እንደሚገዙ፣ በገጠር ከሚኖሩ ቤተሰቦች መካከል ከአምስቱ ውስጥ አንዱ ያለው የመሬት ይዞታ 0.0 ሄክታር በታች መሆኑን፣ ይኽ መሬት ደግሞ ለአንድ ሰው በቀን ከሚያስፈልገው መጠን ማስገኘት ጨርሶ የማይችል መሆኑን በመግለፅ የድህነቱን አስከፊነት ደረጃ አመላክተዋል። በከተሞች አካባቢ ከጊዜ ወደ ጊዜ ድህነት እየጨመረ መጥቷል ያሉት / ሉክ በገጠርም ቢሆን የድህነት መጠኑ የቀነሰ ከሁለት በመቶ እንደማይበልጥ ጠቅሰዋል። A World Bank Study Confirms that there has not been any reduction in the poverty rate in Ethiopia since 1998 and, in fact there has been an increase in poverty in urban areas. (The Reporter, 9/21/05 Amharic pdf)  Click Here To Review The WB Poverty Monitoring Systems

Seven Gold Miners Killed In Northwest Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 9/23/05) "Sept 23, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) Seven traditional gold miners were killed in northwest Ethiopia after a pit which they were working in collapsed and buried them alive, a district spokesman said Friday. The seven were among eight people who were excavating for gold in Tigray Shire district, some 1,150 [kilometres] (715 miles) northwest of the capital on Thursday, spokesman Hirut Abreha told reporters. The eighth miner was rescued from the pit by colleagues, Hirut added."

Ethiopian Opposition Political Party Leaders And Political Experts Debate Current Affairs In Ethiopia :VOA Radio Amharic Program moderator facilitates the discussion (VOA Radio anchor indicated that this Part II discussion was recorded the week of September 12, 2005 (Broadcast 9/22/05) 

ETHIOPIA: Six Million At Risk Of Malaria Epidemic (irinnews.org, 9/22/05) "NAIROBI, 22 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Some six million Ethiopians, most of them children, are threatened by a potential malaria epidemic, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) cautioned. In its latest update on Ethiopia, the agency said it needed close to US $22 million to prevent tens of thousands of additional deaths. "UNICEF urgently needs $21.9 million to fight Ethiopia's looming malaria epidemic, fund a nationwide polio immunization drive and reach 963,855 people in critical need of water," it said. "While polio is continuing to spread, a UNICEF-supported nationwide vaccination campaign planned for October and November is badly [underfunded]."

Eritrea Warns Of Renewed Conflict (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/22/05) "Eritrea has warned it might re-start its war with Ethiopia if the United Nations fails to resolve a border dispute between the two [neighbours]. Ethiopia is occupying the town of Badme, which an independent commission awarded to Eritrea under the terms of a peace accord in December 2000. Both countries had agreed to accept the commission's findings on where their border should lie." EDITORIAL NOTE: The Meles Zenawi, Isayas Afeworki and Bereket Simion cheap plots and childish tantrums are so elementary, that they are so predictable and demonstrative of a throwback to the Ethiopian feudalist princes era: nearly a century ago. Read our urgent appeal predicting these types of behaviors posted on September 17, 2005 and how the apostles of terrorism (Sudan, Eritro-Ethiopia and Somalia ethnocentric supremacists) camouflage themselves as anti-terrorists (fettan.com, 9/22/05)

VOA Interview With Hailu Shawel On Coalition for Unity And Democracy Position On Coalition government (VOA Radio Amharic Program Interview, 9/21/05)  RELATED STORY:  VOA Report On CUD And UEDF Joint Statement On Current Events And October 2, 2005 Demonstration in Addis Abeba (VOA Radio Amharic Program Report, 9/21/05)

Professor Donald Levine and EPRDF Ambassador Kassahun Ayele Interview on Chicago Public Radio Jerome McDonell moderates the debate between the two. Ayele denounces the EU-EOM, fabricates facts, lies through his teeth, and accuses Professor Levine of bias. He even goes on to pretend that EPRDF invented democracy in Ethiopia.  But Levine disagrees by citing Ethiopian democratic traditions and goes as far as saying that "I wish that the US Congress operates as democratically as the Oromo Gommo Gayoo System." (fettan.com 9/20/05)

‘Just Give Him To Avoid Bloodshed’ (monitor.co.ug, 9/22/05) "VeteraN politician Boniface Byanyima has warned Ugandans that the country could be plunged into war if President Museveni was not allowed to rule for another term. “I can see the elections next year are going to be bloody, I don’t know what you people will do - either you will have to let him (Museveni) rule or fight him,” said 84-year-old Byanyima. Byanyima, a father figure to Museveni during the President’s childhood, told Daily Monitor in an exclusive interview at his home in Ruti, four miles outside Mbarara town on Kabale Road, on Tuesday that Ugandans could be left with only one choice - to let Museveni rule. Mr Museveni, whose last term expires next year, is suspected by some people of wanting to seek power again."  EDITORIAL NOTE: The Marxist Leninist revolutionary democrats employ some disingenuous tactics to stay in power.  Meles Zenawi used his side kick Kifle Wodajo to stage a "constitutional" show and lacteally  Girma Woldegeorgis the buffoon to bless the results of the 2005 elections. Boniface Byanyima of Uganda is playing a similar role to threaten the people of Uganda and tighten Musevini's grip on power. Africans must united and jointly struggle for their freedom and liberties by getting rid of these clowns blessed (self-servingly mislabeled) by external forces as "beacons of hope" and democracy.  (fettan.com 9/21/05)

New Unity Government For Sudanese (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/21/05) "Sudan's President Omar Bashir has announced the formation of a unity government as part of a peace deal signed with former southern rebels. It was delayed by a row over who runs the energy portfolio - with control of the vital oil industry - but it remains in the hands of the president's party."

አቶ በረከት ተቃዋሚዎችን ሠልፍ እንዳያስቡ አስጠነቀቁ (ከሪፖርተር መስከረም ፱ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ ዓ.ም.) "ተቃዋሚዎች መስከረም ፳፪ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፰ . ለመጥራት ያሰቡት ሠላማዊ ሰልፍ ሕገመንግሥታዊ ሥርዓቱን በኃይል ለመናድ ያለመ በመሆኑ ኢሕአዴግ በቸልታ አይመለከተውም ሲሉ አቶ በረከት ስምኦን አስጠነቀቁ። የኢትዮጵያ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ኃይሎች ኅብረት እና ቅንጅት ማስጠንቀቂያውን አልተቀበሉትም። Bereket Simion, EPRDF Minister of Information and Propaganda Chief says the public demonstration planned for October 2, 2005 by the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) will not be allowed (The Reporter, 9/19/05) In an interview he gave to Radio Fana, Mr. Simion indicated that the purpose of the demonstration is to demolish the constitutional order through violence. The EPRDF will not under any circumstance overlook this plot." Asked about the demonstration, Dr. Hailu Araya, Public Relations Office for the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) said, his organization will play a role in the demonstration. (Abbreviated summary by fettan.com, 9/19/05)

Voice of America Reports That a Renegade Faction Has Claimed Take Over of ONC (VOA radio Amharic Program report broadcast 9/20/05) "A VOA reporter out of Addis Abeba indicated that the EPRDF radio in its mid-day broadcast announced that an Oromo National Congress (ONC) general assembly has elected new leadership after denouncing the old leadership as "made up of 'Neftegna'" subservients serving the interest of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) and not that of the Oromo people.  An individual who claims to represent the new leadership was interviewed by VOA. Dr. Merera Gudena was asked about the coupe de'tat in his absence, and he affirmed that it was an illegal work of the EPRDF leadership and security forces designed to derail the democratization process. He vowed that his organization will continue to engage in a peaceful struggle along with the other oppositions parties to uphold the will of the Ethiopian people as expressed in the May 15th, 2005 polls. (Abreviated transcription and translation by fettan.com, 9/20/05)

Hailu Shawel casting ballot on May 15, 2005 in Addis Abeba. (Reuters Photo)

Rwanda Ex-ministers On Trial For Genocide (cnn.com -AP- 9/19/05) "ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) -- Three former Rwandan Cabinet ministers went on trial Monday for their alleged roles in their country's 1994 genocide, and a fourth convicted earlier heard his appeal had been rejected. In addition to being Cabinet ministers, the three who went on trial Monday were leaders of the former ruling party that presided over the 100-day slaughter in 1994 at least half a million members of the Tutsi ethnic minority and political moderates from the Hutu majority." 

EDITORIAL COMMENT: A lesson for Ethiopian patriots. Meles Zenawi and company also will not get away with the crimes they committed in Ethiopia. According to our sources who attended a meeting in Washington DC called by Hailu Shawel, President of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), on September 18, 2005, Mr. Shawel told the gathering of CUD supporters that the CUD parliament-elects will not participate in the illegal EPRDF parliament. Instead, the organization will support the national call for the resignation of the illegitimate Meles Zenawi regime. We applaud the decision of the CUD and support  the Ethiopian people's determination to assert their freedom and quest for justice. Those who committed crimes against Ethiopians during the 2005 elections campaign and the last thirty-one years must be brought to justice and persecuted in a court of law. (fettan.com 9/19/05)

VOA Conforms That CUD Will Not Take Seats In EPRDF Parliament. Hailu Shawel, President of Coalition for Unity and Democracy told the VOA that given the reports of international election observers and respectful of the EU and US government encouragements to do otherwise, the CUD has decided not to partake in the new parliament. Mr. Shawel  will speak at the National Press Club in Washington DC on 9/20/05. (voa radio news, 9/19/05)

ERITREA: Rights Body Asks Gov't To Account For Detained Journalists (irinnews.org, 9/19/05) "NAIROBI, 19 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - A media-rights watchdog has asked the Eritrean government to account for 15 journalists the [organisation] said have been held - some in secret prisons - since authorities banned the private media and independent reporting more than four years ago. "Holding these journalists incommunicado without due process is a gross violation of human rights," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in a statement on Friday."

Ethiopian Opposition CUD Finalizes Merger Process (sudantribune.com, -The Reporter- 9/18/05) "Sept 17, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — The Ethiopian opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) finalized the merger process of its constituent parties that started a few months earlier. The four parties have now become one party following a pre-merger phase that took around three months. The merged party will be officially declared on September 24 following a meeting of 400 council members. The council is supposed to designate the Upper Council and the Executive Committee of the merged party."

US Urges Ethiopia To Avoid Violence (int.iol.co.za -AFP- 9/17/05) "Washington - Five months after Ethiopia's contested parliamentary elections that prompted bloody protests, the United States on Friday hailed the polls as a "milestone" for the impoverished African state. The State Department delivered its judgment a day after former president Jimmy Carter, who led a team of observers at the May 15 polls, said they essentially represented the will of Ethiopians. "These elections stand out as a milestone in creating a new, more competitive multi-party political system in one of Africa's largest and most important countries," said spokesman Sean McCormack."

Carter Gives Qualified OK On Ethiopia Vote (news.yahoo.com -AP- 9/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter has expressed qualified support for Ethiopia's parliamentary elections but said it was up to the opposition to decide if they accepted the results." "..."The election process demonstrated significant advances in Ethiopia's democratization process, including most importantly the introduction of a more competitive electoral process," Carter said Thursday night during his visit to Ethiopia." EDITORIAL COMMENT: Please read the article in the next column and the embedded article by Professor Desta  Damtew.

AN URGENT APPEAL TO PREVENT ETHNOCENTRIC VIOLENCE AND STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM IN ETHIOPIA       by Bekele Molla September 17, 2005 

This is a follow up to the appeal that I made on February 17, 2005. If you have been following the recent political and military developments in Ethiopia, I am sure that you have been concerned, like I am, about the likelihood that Meles Zenawi (MLLT) and Isayas Afeworki (EPLF) may indeed trigger a fratricidal war that may lead to bloodshed similar to the one that occurred between 1998 and 2000.

Ethiopia Seeks Somalia Disintegration - Minister (sudantribune.com, 9/18/05) "Sept 17, 2005 (MOGADISHU) — The minister of trade of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, Muse Sudi Yalahow, has said that Ethiopian was opposed to restoration of peace in Somalia. According to the Somali independent Shabeelle, He further said that the Ethiopian government was making efforts on how the Somali Federal Government could be disintegrated, since it was opposed to peace in Somalia."

UN Summit Ends As Document Adopted (scotsman.com, 9/17/05) "World leaders at the UN summit in New York have agreed to adopt a 35-page document committing governments to achieving various goals on tackling poverty, genocide, war crimes and other key issues. History's largest gathering of world leaders fell far short of completing the bold changes UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had sought on terrorism, human rights abuses and reform of the world body itself -- but the leaders took a first step." RELATED STORIES BELOW:

Adoption Of 2005 World Summit Outcome Hailed As Historic Step Towards UN Reform (un.org, 9/16/05) "16 September 2005 The co-chairs of the largest-ever gathering of heads of State and government this evening hailed the adoption of the 2005 World Summit Outcome as an historic step and urged that its words be translated into concrete actions." "...Goran Persson, the Prime Minister of Sweden, said the Outcome document takes decisive steps in strengthening the UN and the collective security system. At the same time, he called for continued actions to combat poverty, climate change and terrorism. The Summit's failure to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction "leaves us with a crucial task ahead." he said."  UN World Summit Adopts Landmark Outcome Document On Raft Of Crucial Issues (un.org, 9/16/05) "16 September 2005 Culminating the largest-ever gathering of world leaders, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a historic outcome document encapsulating a unified stance by the international community on a broad array of crucial issues, from concrete steps towards combating poverty and promoting development to unqualified condemnation of all forms of terrorism along with the acceptance of collective responsibility to protect civilians against genocide and other crimes against humanity."

United States Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal joined Oromia Regional State President Ato Juneidi Sado 8/18/05 

US Embassy Photo

Latest Headlines From the US Embassy in Addis Abeba (addisababa.usembassy.gov, 9/15/05) "....United States Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal joined Oromia Regional State President Ato Juneidi Sado on Thursday, August 18, to sign a grant that will make possible the conservation and consolidation of the historic Sheikh Nur Hussein Shrine in Anajinia, Bale Zone.  The grant, in the amount of $25,600, was provided through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, an annual competitive program of the U.S. Department of State. (more)"

Donors Urge Ethiopian Opposition To Drop Boycott Threat (mg.co.za, 9/15/05) "Western donors on Thursday urged the Ethiopian opposition parties to drop their threat of boycotting Parliament as a protest for alleged widespread fraud and irregularities in the May elections. "We urge all parties to take their seats in the national assembly with goodwill and mutual respect to express the interests and views of all Ethiopians in a vibrant multi-party Parliament," said a statement signed by 24 missions in Ethiopia." Ambassadors’ Donor Group Statement (addisababa.usembassy.gov, 9/12/05)
EDITORIAL NOTE: The message to the Ethiopian people and opposition parties is loud and clear!

Final Statement on The Carter Center Observation of the Ethiopia 2005 National Elections, September 2005 (cartercenter.org, 9/15/05) "...The Carter Center’s assessment of the elections suggests that the majority of the constituency results based on the May 15 polling and tabulation are credible and reflect competitive conditions. However, a considerable number of the constituency results based on the CRB and CIP processes are problematic and lack credibility. Within the universe of seats impacted by the complaints process, many of these cases lacked sufficient evidence to warrant challenging the result. However, serious problems were found in parts of the CRB process and in a considerable number of the CIPs. In addition, there were problems in some of the re-election constituencies." EDITORIAL COMMENT: Once again Mr. Carter has shown his blemished hand when it comes to his love affairs with the MLLT/TPLF and the EPLF. He is recommending that the Ethiopian people take their complaint about their stolen votes to the EPRDF High Court (headed by Kemal Bedri -the same individual who served as chairman of the NEBE- and handed the tainted and fraudulent elections to Meles Zenawi.) It is to be recalled that Jimmy Carter made a statement on May 16, 2005 (sudantribune.com) regarding elections in Ethiopia. He said "his mission had not found any evidence of opposition claims of widespread fraud and that the few irregularities uncovered would not tarnish Sunday's polls."

We also stand by our previous assertion in May 2005 that Jimmy Carter is a Biased Observer of Ethiopian Election (fettan.com, 9/15/05). The Ethiopian people shall not be distracted by his false testimony on behalf of a violent and tyrannical mercenary regime. Justice and democracy will prevail!

REPORT OF THE AFRICAN UNION OBSERVER TEAM ON THE ETHIOPIAN NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMPLAINTS INVESTIGATION PANELS JUNE 29-JULY 20, 2005 (afric-union.org, 9/14/05) "... 13. Furthermore, the check list sought to assess whether or not the spirit of trust and conciliation demonstrated so far in the process, would transcend the current crisis. The team realized that particular cases under review may not be adjudicated to the satisfaction of all; in fact, even as the process began, [inbuilt] shortcomings were experienced. It is evident that pitting a well resourced and established ruling party against newly established and basically struggling opposition parties in legal matters would clearly stretch the resources of the latter to the limits, both human and financial. Consequently, it is more likely to end up with one party gaining the upper hand evidently for no other reason than that it had adequate resources to support and win the complaints lodged against the Party." EDITORIAL NOTE: Regardless of the above caveat, the African Ambassadors failed to "uphold the trust the stakeholders placed in them" and gave a ringing endorsement to the manner in which their brothering in power conducted the 2005 elections. As an Ethiopian idiomatic illustration suggests, this fallacious endorsement is tantamount to "the mole providing testimony on behalf of the rat." The is no democracy in Ethiopia today and as the EU-EOM stated, the election process did not meet accepted international standards.

Eritrea Arrests Two US Embassy Staff For Alleged Human Trafficking (voanews.com, 9/15/05) "Eritrean authorities say they have arrested two locally-hired employees of the U.S. Embassy in the Eritrean capital of Asmara on charges of human trafficking. Eritrea's Information Ministry said Thursday the two employees, Eritreans hired by the U.S. Embassy, would be held accountable for illegal activities related to human trafficking."

HAPPY ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

Click Here To Listen To Thewodros Kasahun's Song 'Yasteseryal' that is driving Meles Zenawi and Bereket Simion up the wall. No one can hide the truth! The Eritrean tyrants issued orders preventing Teddy from appearing at a new year's eve celebration at Sheraton Addis on September 10, 2005 because he insisted on singing his signature song 'Yasteseryal'. (fettan.com, 9/12/05)

Eritrea Slams ’Pathetic’ UN Resolution On Border (sudantribune.com, 9/15/05) "Sept 14, 2005 (ASMARA) — Eritrea on Wednesday denounced as "toothless, meaningless (and) pathetic" the latest UN Security Council resolution on its festering border tensions with neighboring Ethiopia. "This resolution is toothless, meaningless, pathetic and extremely disappointing," said Yemane Gebremeskel, the director of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki’s office. "We will continue to appeal to the international community to push for the enforcement of the Algiers agreement," he told AFP, referring to the pact signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000 to end a bloody two-year border war."

Sweden's Jan Eliasson, President of the sixtieth session, right, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan preside over the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005 AP Photo

Stage Set For UN Anniversary Summit (voanews.org, 9/14/05) "It may be the largest gathering of kings, presidents and prime ministers in history. Heads of state and government from roughly 150 countries will be in the General Assembly hall Wednesday when the three-day U.N. anniversary observance begins."

"The host of the gathering, Secretary General Kofi Annan had hoped to have the gathering endorse a far-reaching series of U.N. reforms as well as measure to alleviate world poverty."

"But after weeks of often-bitter debate, the final document being presented to the summit is lacking much of Mr. Annan's ambitious agenda."

Mission In Ethiopia, Eritrea Extended By Security Council Until Next March (un.org, 9/13/05) "13 September 2005 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission monitoring the Temporary Security Zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea until mid-March, but it expressed concern about the high concentration nearby of troops from the two countries, which waged a two-year border war. In a unanimous vote on the five-year-old UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), the 15-member Council also increased by 10 the military observer force, numbering 214 as of the end of July, and called on both Governments to implement without delay and completely the 2002 border decision of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission and to create the conditions for expeditious demarcation."

Ethiopia's starving children: Legacy of Meles Zenawi and Isayas Afeworki      BBC Photo

Ethiopia Strives To Feed Itself (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/13/05) "As the United Nations gathers to discuss anti-poverty measures, the BBC News website assesses how Africa could meet the Millennium Goals in 10 years' time. Here, Mohammed Adow investigates whether Ethiopia will ever be able to feed itself. Hundreds of hungry farmers line up at a relief food distribution centre in Boricha district, southern Ethiopia to receive their monthly ration. "I've a family of four and I used to support my family by tilling the land. Because of the drought I don't have anything to harvest from my land," says 66-year-old farmer Waricha Chema, who like many in Ethiopia entirely survives on food relief from the government and aid agencies."

Eritrean girls selling cactus fruit that grows in the wild.

Isayas Afeworki and Meles Zenawi -Eritrean liberators- have finally achieved what they envisioned 45 years ago.   BBC Photo

Photo journal: The daily life of an Eritrean girl who picks wild cactus fruit (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/13/05) "In the latest in our series on people's daily lives, Marta Deriba, 15, from Eritrea (back, right) explains how she picks and sells cactus fruit. I live with my family in the village of Arbe Rebo on the steep mountain road that goes from the capital, Asmara, down to the sea. My mother's name is Letegebrial, and I have five brothers and sisters - Selam, Tesfankiel, Haftamu, Merhawi, and Hewan, who is holding Sirak the cat in this picture." BBC Photoes by Ed Harris. It grows all over the place, even on the top of walls. For about four months every year, the cactus gives an enormous amount of fruit, the prickly pear. We call it "beles". It’s like a gift from heaven."  RELATED STORIES: Situation Worsens In Eritrea (totalcatholic.com, 9/9/05) Eritreans Fleeing ’Repression’ Continue Entering Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 9/14/05)

EDITORIAL NOTE: Isayas Afeworki's legacy of deceit, treachery, thievery, barbaric brutality and abject poverty!

Ethiopia PM Reaches Out To Oromos (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/13/05) "Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says he is willing to open talks with the main guerrilla movement fighting his government, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). In an interview with the BBC, he indicated that initial contacts had been made. This is a reversal of the government's previous position which was to refuse to deal with the OLF until it laid down its arms."

USA: VOA Launches Expanded Programming, Time Changes For The Horn Of Africa (rednova.com -VOA- 9/12/05) "The Voice of America (VOA) has doubled its Amharic language broadcast and moved the time and frequencies for Afan Oromo and Tigrigna language broadcasts in response to audience requests. Beginning today, VOA's Amharic language broadcast expanded to a full hour every day from 1800-1900 gmt (9.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. locally / 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. EDT [Eastern Daylight Time]). The half-hour expansion will allow VOA to provide new programmes, including a Saturday audience request music show and other features designed especially for young listeners"

Blair To Ask UN For Crackdown On Incitement (guardian.co.uk, 9/12/05) "The United Nations security council is set to adopt on Wednesday a British-sponsored resolution for a worldwide crackdown on incitement to terrorism. Tony Blair, who proposed the move after the London bombings, is to press the case in person during a three-day summit at the UN headquarters in New York. The UK plans to act unilaterally against British-based advocates of violence but wants such measures to be adopted worldwide. A source close to negotiations said there was almost no opposition on the 15-member security council."

ቴዲ አፍሮ በሸራተን አይዘፍንም (ከአባይ፣ ጳጉሜን ፭ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) በቴዲ አፍሮና በሸራተን መካከል በአስታራቂነት በገቡ ወገኖች በተደረገው ጥረት ድምፃዊው ለአውደ ዓመት ዋዜማ በሚደረገው የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርት ላይ ለመዝፈን ተስማምቶ ባለፈው ሳምንት በሆቴሉ ልምምድ ሲያደርግ ከቆየ በኋላ ከትላንት በስቲያ ስምምነቱ እንደገና መፍረሱ የታወቀ ሲሆን በነገው እለት በዱባይ ለመዝፈን ወዲያው ተጉዟል።Teddy Afro Prevented by EPRDF Censors From Singing At Sheraton Addis On Ethiopian New Year's Eve (Abay, 9/10/05) Amharic pdf.  Click Here To Listen To Thewodros Kasahun's Song 'Yasteseryal' that is driving Meles and Bereket up the wall. No one can hide the truth!

ETHIOPIA: UNICEF Receives Sweden's Donation For AIDS Orphans (irinnews.org, 9/12/05) "NAIROBI, 12 Sep 2005 (IRIN/PLUSNEWS) - Sweden has donated nearly US $5 million to the UN children's agency (UNICEF) to strengthen the organisation's capacity to deal with the growing number of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia. UNICEF and its partners in the Orphans and Vulnerable Children National Task Force had asked for $11 million to implement the first phase of Ethiopia's National Plan of Action for children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The [programme] will address the needs of 56,000 orphans initially, the agency said in a statement issued on Friday." EDITORIAL NOTE: We at fettan.com say thank you to the Swedish government, on behalf of the Ethiopian people, for not depositing the aid funds directly into the MLLT/EPRDF coffers. UNICEF must make sure that the money is spent on projects for the oppressed poor. The down trodden ought to be taken care of until the Ethiopian people establish their own democratic government. (fettan.com, 9/12/05)

Tax Avoidance 'Keeps Developing World Poor' (guardian.co.uk, 9/12/05) "Multinational companies operating in the world's poorest countries are "dodging" around £270bn a year in tax, anti-poverty campaigners claimed today. By not paying the taxes, rich businesses are depriving developing countries of much needed revenue, according to a report by Christian Aid." "...Tax avoidance by wealthy people and multinational companies is one of the main causes of this. Corrupt leaders, criminals and terrorists are hiding away their ill-gotten gains by piggybacking on the systems set up for tax avoidance."

11 Migrants Drown, 143 Captured After Boat Discovered Off Sicily (guardian.co.uk, 9/12/05) "Eleven people died on the coast of Sicily yesterday as they were being smuggled into Italy. It was the latest in a string of tragedies in an area by migrant traffickers for landing their human cargos. Seven men suspected of organising the operation were arrested, accused of manslaughter, the carabinieri said. The bodies of the dead were found on a beach and in shallow waters near the town of Gela, on the south of the island. The local coastguard chief, Raffaele Macauda, said all the dead had drowned. Another 143 people were found ashore or on the boat that had carried them across the Mediterranean. Survivors said they were Eritreans and had set off three days earlier from the coast of Libya. Last night, the carabinieri were still looking for six migrants who were believed to have escaped after reaching the shore."

Ethiopia's Opposition Proposes Unity Government (alertnet.org -Reuters- 9/10/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's main opposition party on Saturday proposed a unity government it said could forestall more political unrest, but the victorious ruling party rejected it as unconstitutional. The Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) said its proposal might heal rifts that cracked open after May 15 parliamentary elections, which led to street protests in which 36 died when police opened fire on demonstrators. "We believe that a government of national unity would be a solution to the very dangerous situation building up in the country which has been very badly fractured," CUC official Yacob Haile Mariam told a press conferernce."

USA Calls For Formation Of Unity Government In Ethiopia (sudantribune,com, 9/10/05) "Sept 8, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — A spokesperson for the US State Department yesterday reiterated that a new government, that embraces a just representation of all opposition political parties with popular votes, must be urgently established in Ethiopia. According to the Ethiopian independent newspaper Netsanet, the spokesperson, Sean McCormick, a new government that embraces all opposition political parties in a just and fair representation, should be established urgently. He also urged the Ethiopian government to show commitment in facilitating this condition." RELATED STORY: White House Seeks Peaceful Ethiopia Tactic newsday.com -AP-  9/6/05) "WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Tuesday made a strong pitch to Ethiopia's governing party and its opponents to try to resolve their differences peacefully." "..."We expect all political parties to work through any future phases of this process, including the formation of a new government, in a peaceful, transparent and democratic manner," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.""

World Summit On UN's Future Heads For Chaos (guardian.co.uk, 9/10/05) "The British government is mounting a huge diplomatic effort this weekend to prevent the biggest-ever summit of world leaders, designed to tackle poverty and overhaul the United Nations, ending in chaos. The Guardian has learned that Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, has made a personal plea to his American counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, for the US to withdraw opposition to plans for wholesale reform of the UN. He has asked Ms Rice to rein in John Bolton, the US ambassador to the world body." EDITORIAL NOTE: Melese Zenawi will attend the summit and address the meeting on September 15th. The Ethiopian community in New York City will lead a demonstration against Meles and his dictatorial regime on the same date at the UN headquarters. We encourage everyone concerned to participate.

Mubarak Rival Disputes Vote Count (cnn.com, 9/10/05) "CAIRO, Egypt (Reuters) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's main rival in presidential elections, Ayman Nour of the liberal Ghad (Tomorrow) Party, said on Saturday the official vote count was fraudulent. The country's biggest human rights groups estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the votes assigned to Mubarak were fraudulent but this would not affect his election victory, announced by the Presidential Election Commission on Friday." 

RELATED STORY: Mubarak Wins Easily, But Vote Fails To Engage Egypt (washingtonpost.com, 9/10/05) "....Friday night, Mamdouh Marie, the government's handpicked head of the constitutional court who also directed the Presidential Election Commission, announced the election results in a hotel room draped with the red, white and black colors of the Egyptian flag. Speaking in classical Arabic, he intoned: "The people of this country have chosen by their will, through a direct election, a president." Applause burst out from ruling party supporters in the hall when he read Mubarak's vote. There was no applause for the turnout.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Notice the similarities in duplicitous authority between the MLLT/EPRDF election board (NEBE) and the Egyptian military dictatorship's Presidential Election Commission." Kemal Bedrie must have copied electioneering schemes from  Mamdouh Marie and/or vice versa. Of course "....U.S. officials in Washington have endorsed his [Mubarak] go-slow approach to altering Egypt's political system." Also recall Jimmy Carter's statement on May 16, 2005 (sudantribune.com) regarding elections in Ethiopia. He "said his mission had not found any evidence of opposition claims of widespread fraud and that the few irregularities uncovered would not tarnish Sunday's polls."  White House Says Egypt Vote A Step To Free Elections (washingtonpost.com, 9/10/05) (Emphasis ours. fettan.com 9/10/05)

Swiss Banks Returning Abacha Cash (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/9/05) "Banks in Switzerland have returned $290m (£158m) of money found in accounts linked to the former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha. Another $170m will follow once the assets have been converted into cash. Once the payments are made, Switzerland will have returned all of the funds it found with a connection to Mr Abacha."

Ethiopian Police Briefly Detain 5 Journalists (sudantribune, -AP- 9/9/05) "Sept 9, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s police briefly detained five journalists Friday for questioning over articles that were critical of disputed legislative elections. The journalists were later released on bail after officials said some of the articles - that said the opposition may have won the May 15 legislative elections - had false information, Kifle Mulat, head of the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists Association, said."

African Countries Pledge To Improve Rural Education (education.guardian.co.uk, 9/9/05) "Officials from 11 African countries today pledged to make education in rural areas a top priority in their efforts to meet UN targets to eradicate poverty. The decision was taken by ministers of education, agriculture, fisheries and rural development at the end of a three-day conference in Ethiopia. Marcela Villarreal, who heads the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) gender and population division, said that enhancing education for people living in rural areas would help combat food shortages and poverty and was "an important step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals."

Somali President Denies Rising Tension, Foreign Troops (voanews.com, 9/9/05) "Somalia's president is eager to play down fears of a surge in fighting, a day after U.N. aid workers were evacuated from parts of the country amid threats by militia leaders. He is also denying the presence of heavily-armed Ethiopian troops in the country. Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed blames extremists within his country for stoking fears of renewed violence after a religious leader in Mogadishu issued a threat against foreign aid workers."

OFDM Wins Partial Verdict Against NEBE (allafrica.com, -The Daily Monitor- 9/8/05) "The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) won a partial verdict over National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) at the Federal High Court on Tuesday. It is to be recalled that OFDM had filed five charges against NEBE demanding a Court order for re-election in five constituencies."

CUD Says Rights Being Stifled (allafrica.com, -The Daily Monitor- 9/8/05) ";;;;"The May 15/2005 election has brought out four truths. First, the people are ready for change and are determined to have a peaceful transition to democracy. Second, the people have deep faith in the leadership of the opposition parties. Third, EPRDF has no popular support. Fourth, the ominous saying that "if there is no EPRDF, Ethiopia would disintegrate" has been proven false. These truths have been recognized not only by the Ethiopian people but also by the international community." Engineer Gizachew Shiferaw of the CUD said."

Somali Militia Back The President news.bbc.co.uk, 9/8/05) "Hundreds of militiamen loyal to Somalia's President Adullahi Yusuf have arrived in his temporary base of Jowhar, the government has confirmed. This has prompted warlords in the capital, Mogadishu, to accuse him of plotting a military assault on them."

ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Annan Recommends Extension Of UN Mission's Mandate (irinnews.org, 9/8/05) "NAIROBI, 8 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the UN Security Council extend the mandate of the peacekeeping mission on the Ethiopia-Eritrea border until March 2006 and has stressed the need for both governments and the international community to do their utmost to ensure the border stalemate is resolved, as it "inherently destabilizing". RELATED STORIES: Annan Recommends Extending Mission Mandate In Ethiopia, Eritrea Until Next March (un.org, 9/7/05) "7 September 2005 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council extend the mandate of the peacekeeping mission stationed between Ethiopia and Eritrea until mid-March and has called on the international community to intensify its effort to bring the two Governments together after their border war. Kofi Annan's Latest Report To The Council On The UN Mission In Ethiopia And Eritrea (UNMEE).

Mubarak Wins Egypt Election In Landslide (news.yahoo.com, 9/8/05) "CAIRO, Egypt - President Hosni Mubarak won Egypt's first contested presidential race, according to a preliminary count Thursday, an expected victory in a vote that was crucial to his claims of democratic reform but was marred by allegations of irregularities. Mubarak took 78 percent to 80 percent of Wednesday's polling and opposition candidate Ayman Nour took 12 percent — a respectable showing for a relative unknown and one that could propel him to greater political prominence." EDITORIAL NOTE: Here we go again! African despots following in the foot steps of Ethiopian tyrants. Read what Egyptians said after the voting: "In Beni Suef, 60 miles south of Cairo, party officials threatened to cut some people's monthly pensions if they didn't vote for the president, the group said. It said a party official in a poor Cairo neighborhood gave women nearly $10 each to vote for Mubarak. In the southern town of Luxor, 300 miles from Cairo, university student Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Ali said a poll worker told him he had to vote for Mubarak."

Somalia remains in the grip of gunmen       AFP Photo
Ethiopian-Trained Militia Enter Somali Capital, Spark Fear  (sudantribune.com, 9/7/05) "Sept 7, 2005 (MOGADISHU) — Heavily armed militiamen have entered the Somali provisional capital of Jowhar from neighbouring Ethiopia to back the embattled government of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, officials said Wednesday while fears of a fresh conflict mounted." RELATED STORY: Somali Leader Plans War, MPs Say (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/11/05) "Somalia's president is planning to start an internal war with Ethiopian help, a group of rebel MPs has said. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has just returned from a trip to Ethiopia, his long-time ally, but officials have denied that he sought military assistance there."
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Ethiopian Tells Of Migrant Ordeal (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/7/05) "An Ethiopian woman has gone public with her harrowing story about being trafficked to work in Bahrain, hoping this will serve as a warning to others. "I believed the lies of a trafficker and a family friend whom I thought I could trust," says Alem Teklu, 29. I ended up being abused, exploited, and held against my will. "My employer refused to pay my salary of more than six months and wanted me to forcefully marry her brother."

The picture story is being given to Ethiopians when they pick up their passports. Photo:  courtesy bbc.com

White House Seeks Peaceful Ethiopia Tactic (washingtonpost.com, 9/6/05) "WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Tuesday made a strong pitch to Ethiopia's governing party and its opponents to try to resolve their differences peacefully. The governing party, which rose to power by overthrowing a brutal junta more than a decade ago, on Monday was declared the winner of May elections that drew allegations of vote stealing and touched off violent street protests."
Opposition To Announce Decision To Join Or Boycott Parliament In Two Weeks (allafrica.com -The Daily Monitor- 9/6/05) "Opposition parties will announce their final decision either to join or boycott the parliament within the coming two weeks. The opposition parties, particularly the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) are expected to make their final announcement in mid of September 2005." "...Asked about their supporter's response on the ongoing forums, the officials said that their supporters have given them a mixed opinions on the matter."  EDITORIAL NOTE: The Ethiopian people who voted against the EPRDF told the opposition parties at last week's gatherings, in no uncertain terms, not to participate in any act to accept the results of the 2005 elections. The allafrica.com story suggesting an equivocal assertion by an anonymous opposition party official, like we said in a previous editorial, is tantamount to using subterfuge to submit to the MLLT/EPRDF and escape responsibility in betrayal of the people of Ethiopia. (fettan.com, 9/6/05)

About 800,000 people died in Rwanda's 100-day genocide in 1994  AP Photo

 

Genocide Arrest of Rwanda General (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/6/05) "An army general has been arrested at the order of a Rwandan local 'gacaca' court collecting evidence about the 1994 genocide, a court official says. Maj-Gen Laurent Munyakazi denies accusations by witnesses that he was involved in killing people taking refuge at churches in the capital. Domitille Mukantaganzwa confirmed his detention for war crimes and said he would appear before a court martial. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in the genocide." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: A lesson for Ethiopian patriots. It is the duty of every citizen to make sure that Meles Zenawi DOES NOT ESCAPE from being held accountable for the genocidal crimes that he committed beginning in 1975, first in Tigray and Eritrea and the rest of Ethiopia since 1991. Ethiopians in the legal profession have a special calling to meticulously gather the sordid evidence and challenge Meles in the court of law. He must be stopped before he inflicts further damage. (fettan.com, 9/6/05)

Isayas Afeworki (above) and Meles Zenawi waged genocidal wars against the Ethiopian people since 1961 and now they want the Ethiopian people to compensate them for money they stole from Ethiopia's treasury and spent during the carnage. This is revolutionary democracy at its best! (fettan.com, 9/6/05)

Lawyer: Eritrea May Claim $500 Million From Ethiopia (cnn.com, 9/6/05) "ASMARA, Eritrea (Reuters) -- Eritrea is likely to claim more than $500 million from Ethiopia for damage done during their border war, a lawyer representing the small Red Sea state said. That would be equivalent almost to Eritrea's national wealth as measured by annual gross domestic product, estimated by the Economist Intelligence Unit at about 9.0 billion nakfa ($600 million) in 2002." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: More potential evidence to corroborate Meles Zenawi's crimes committed related to not only the 25 years he spent fighting as an Eritrean liberator against Ethiopia, but the damage he caused to settle his personal tit-for-tat with Isayas Afeworki since 1998. The integrity of Mr. Kofi Annan and the Security Council of the UN  must also be questioned for their collaboration with Meles Zenawi and Isayas Afeworki in betrayal of Ethiopia (a conspiracy to tear her apart), a member of the former League of Nations and founding member of the UN and the former Organization of African Unity (now African Union) (fettan.com, 9/6/05)

ETHIOPIA: Ruling Party Named Winner In Final Result Of Disputed Poll (irinnews.org, 9/5/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 5 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's ruling party has retained power after winning a majority of seats in national elections marred by violence and alleged fraud, according to final results released by the election board on Monday. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's ruling coalition, which has held power for 14 years, took 327 seats, winning another five-year term, the National Election Board of Ethiopia said." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia's Ruling Party Wins Repeat Polls (voanews.com, 9/2/05) "Ethiopia's ruling party won all the seats in repeat polls, Ethiopian election officials announced Friday. The second round of polling was held August 21 after claims of voter fraud by the country's ruling party and opposition groups." NEBE Announces Official Results Of Re-run Elections, Somali State Polls (waltainfo.com, 9/5/05) "Addis Ababa, September 05,2005 (WIC) - The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) today announced official results of 31 constituencies where re-run elections were held, and 22 of the 23 constituencies in Somali State where elections were held on 21, August. Accordingly, EPRDF has won the re-run elections in all the 31 constituencies, while the Somali Peoples' Democratic Party (SPDP) won elections in the State securing all the 22 seats in the House of Peoples' Representatives and 161 of the 182 seats in the regional council." 

EDITORIAL COMMENT: The facade of 'democracy' has been unveiled and discarded. Meles Zenawi and Bereket Simion have the audacity to formally announce the results of the sham elections and proclaim themselves as victorious.  EU-EOM, Herman Cohen, (the MLLT/EPLF God father), Donald Levine, Ethiopian Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, the international and Ethiopian "free press" reports and opposition parties' incriminating testimony aside; the Ethiopian people told opposition parties this past week that they WILL NEVER accept the daylight robbery of their votes and violations of their human and constitutional rights. 

Meles on his part has fired the "dare you" shots. He has rejected all peaceful overtures by the opposition and mediators. He has reclaimed (through the barrel of the gun - via re-election charade) all 31 seats that his organization lost on May 15th. His collaborators 'won'  99.9% of the Somali local and national seats by running against themselves.  He publicly insulted the European Union because the EU-EOM preliminary report was unpalatable to him. He has already taken over the Oromo National Congress's offices and began hunting down and killing opposition parliament-elects. (Read the story above and listen to the VOA 9/2/05 Amharic language broadcast.) 

The main question then is, will the Ethiopian people rise up in unison to throw off the yoke of a dictatorial military occupation and subjugation imposed by a mercenary paranoid gang of thugs?  And, will the people stop Meles from fermenting ethnic hatred and continuing to implement his fratricidal ethnic genocide polices before it is too late? Will the international community look the other way as it did in Rwanda? Will powerful nations allow the tinder box (as Tim Clarke described the situation in his BBC interview) to catch fire? We hope and pray Meles will not be allowed to succeed. (fettan.com, 9/5/05)

Robin Blunt, an evacuee from New Orleans, prays during a worship service Sunday at a shelter in Texas. AP Photo

Editorial Blasts Federal Response (cnn.com, 9/4/05) "NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- The Times-Picayune of New Orleans printed this editorial in its Sunday edition, criticizing the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina and calling on every FEMA official to be fired: An open letter to the President,  Dear Mr. President:,  We heard you loud and clear Friday when you visited our devastated city and the Gulf Coast and said, "What is not working, we're going to make it right." Please forgive us if we wait to see proof of your promise before believing you. But we have good reason for our skepticism.

Katrina Response Prompts Questions Of Race In U.S (today.reuters.co.uk, 9/5/05) "HOUSTON (Reuters) - Despite strenuous official denials, delays in helping victims of Hurricane Katrina have fed African-American suspicions the government cares more about the lives of wealthy white people than poor blacks. In a country where a recent survey indicated many blacks were probably predisposed to believe the government was out to get them, many have asked if the race of most of the victims was a factor in the painfully slow relief effort and the lack of preparation to prevent the disaster."

Evacuation at last, but why so late? AP Photo
Multiple Failures Cause Relief Crisis (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/5/05) "The breakdown of the relief operation in New Orleans was the result of multiple failures by city, state and federal authorities. There was no one cause. The failures began long before the hurricane with a gamble that a Category Four or Five hurricane would not strike New Orleans. They continued with an inadequate evacuation plan and culminated in a relief effort hampered by lack of planning, supplies and manpower, and a breakdown in communications of the most basic sort."

Somalis Drown On Yemen Crossing (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/4/05) "At least 58 migrants have drowned and many more are feared to have died on an illegal boat crossing from Somalia to Yemen, a Somali official has said. Survivors said 250 people on board two boats were ordered at gunpoint to swim several [kilometres] to Yemen, the official, Hussein Hadji Ahmed, said. Only 37 of the migrants are known to have survived." "...Earlier this year, more than 100 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia, including women and children, are believed to have drowned while trying to reach Yemen."

Egyptian Poll Monitors 'Banned' (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/4/05) "Egypt's electoral commission says it will not allow independent groups to monitor Wednesday's presidential election, defying a court ruling. The commission said only supervisors, candidates and their representatives would be allowed in polling stations. The decision has fuelled fears of vote rigging in the country's first multi-candidate presidential poll."  EDITORIAL NOTE: Lessons learned from the MLLT/EPRDF - agree to participate in democratic elections, but never loose your grip on power. "Opposition parties say the multi-candidate elections severely restrict independent candidates and overwhelmingly [favour] Mr Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP)."

AIDS Threatens Agricultural Production In Ethiopia (angolapress-angop.ao, 9/3/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 09/03 - The HIV/AIDS pandemic poses a serious threat to agricultural production in Ethiopia and farmers need to be rescued from the scourge, an agricultural expert in the country has warned. "Agricultural professionals should come to the rescue of the farmers from the virulent disease because they are at the core of the country`s economy," said Abera Deressa, deputy director of Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO). "An increasing number of the rural population are being affected by the pandemic", Deressa told a symposium organized by the Union of Ethiopian Agricultural Professionals to address challenges of rural development."

Storms Claim At Least 12 Lives In Ethiopia (mg.co.za, 9/2/05) "At least 12 people across Ethiopia have died in storms that have also destroyed harvests in some areas, the local media reported on Friday. Seven female farm labourers were killed by lightning on Wednesday in Tigrai state in northern Ethiopia, where flooding caused by heavy rains also destroyed 175ha of barley and wheat crops, the state Addis Zemen daily said."

ሠራዊቱ ጥያቄ አነሳ (ከኢትኦጵ፣ ነሐሴ  ፳፭ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ .. ) "በሀገሪቱ የሰፈነውን ውጥረት ተከትሎ በጠ// መለስ ዜናዊ የተዘጋጀው ፅሁፍ በካድሬዎች አማካይነት በሰራዊቱ ውስጥ ውይይት እየተደረገበት ሲሆን፣ የአውሮፓ ኅብረት መግለጫ ካወጣ በኋላ በየስብሰባው አዳራሽ በኢሕአዴግ መንግሥት ላይ ጠንከር ያሉ ጥያቄዎች መነሳት ጀምረዋል። «እኛ የምንጠብቀው ሕገ-መንግሥቱን ነው ወይንስ ኢሕአዴግንየሚለው ጥያቄ በሰራዊቱ የውይይት መድረኮች በስፋት የተስተጋባ ሲሆን፣ ኢሕአዴግ በምርጫው ከተሸነፈ ስልጣኑን የማይለቀው ለምንድን ነው? የሚሉ ጥያቄዎችም ተነስተዋል። በጠ// የተዘጋጀውን መፅሐፍ ይዘው ውይይቱን የመሩት ካድሬዎች ያጋጠማቸውን ተቃውሞ መቋቋም እንዳቃታቸው፣ በሰራዊቱ በኩል ምርጫውን በተመለከተ የሚነሱ መከራከሪያዎችን ለማሸነፍ መቸገራቸውን የመጣው ዜና ያብራራል።" Armed Forces Raise Serious Questions On EPRDF Policies After The Release Of EU Report (Ethiop, 8/30/05) A series of meetings designed to wage  propaganda campaigns against EU-EOM turned into challenges to the EPRDF. Most of the members of the armed forces asserted that "our responsibility is to defend the constitution and not EPRDF." "If the EPRDF has lost the 2005 elections, shouldn't it give up power peacefully?" (Amharic pdf)

Ethiopia's Ruling Party Wins Repeat Polls (voanews.com, 9/2/05) "Ethiopia's ruling party won all the seats in repeat polls, Ethiopian election officials announced Friday. The second round of polling was held August 21 after claims of voter fraud by the country's ruling party and opposition groups. Ethiopia's ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, took all 31 seats in the parliamentary districts where the country's electoral officials found voting irregularities."   RELATED STORY: Ethiopia Ruling Party Wins Repeat Polls (abcnews.go.com -AP- 9/2/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Sep 2, 2005 — Ethiopia's ruling party won all 31 seats being contested in repeat elections following fraud allegations, according to provisional results released Friday. Even before Friday's announcement, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front had claimed the right to form the next government following elections for the 547-seat parliament that were fraught with post-poll violence and fraud allegations."

ETHIOPIA: Sharp Rise In Reported Polio Cases (irinnews.org, 9/2/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 2 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - The number of reported polio cases in Ethiopia has risen sharply from two to 16 this year, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported. The first two cases were children living close to the border with Sudan, where a polio outbreak was reported in December 2000."

ERITREA: Concerns Over Impact Of Possible USAID Withdrawal (irinnews.org, 9/1/05) "ASMARA, 1 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - Humanitarian officials in Eritrea have expressed uncertainty about how the probable departure of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) would affect food security in the aid-dependent Horn of Africa state. In July, Eritrea, one of the world's most food aid-dependent countries, asked USAID - its largest donor of food aid - to stop operations, saying it was uncomfortable with the agency's work. No more detailed explanations have yet been made available."

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Just who does this woman think she is? I will show her who I am! Meles Zenawi 

Ethiopian PM Attacks EU Monitor (news.bbc.co.uk, 9/1/05) "Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accused the chief European election monitor, Ana Gomes, of acting like "a self-appointed colonial viceroy". Last week, an EU report said the 15 May parliamentary elections failed to meet international standards and complaints were not handled well. "...The good lady can apparently not take 'no' for an answer from the natives," he wrote. "...An election observer, turned self-appointed colonial viceroy hell-bent on twisting the arms of the government to force it to accept her dictates...."

EU Commission Proposes New Asylum Rules (news.yahoo.com -AP- 9/1/095) "BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Commission proposed new rules Thursday for the 25  European Union nations to establish common standards on immigration and asylum. To take effect, the measures must be approved by the EU governments, who have been reluctant to replace national rules on immigration with European regulations. The EU says the common rules are needed to keep illegals from taking advantage of big differences in procedures to slip from one nation to another."

U.S. State Department Briefing (allamericanpatriots.com, 8/31/05) "U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack briefed the press on the following issues: Baghdad bridge tragedy, Foreign nationals affected by Hurricane Katrina, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Uzbekistan, Iran, China, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, India, Pakistan.  Following is the transcript of the State Department briefing on Ethiopia:

የከዱ ፳፭ የፌደራል ፖሊስ አባላት ከነመሣሪያቸው መሰወራቸው ተገለፀ (ከአዲስ  ዜና  ነሐሴ ፳፬ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) "ነሐሴ ፲፰ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.  በልደታ ክፍለ ከተማ የሚገኘው የአዲስ አበባ ፍርድ ቤት በዋለው ችሎት የጠፉት ፳፭ቱ የፌዴራል ፖሊስ አባላት በተገኘበት ተይዘው ለፍርድ እንዲቀርቡ ፍርድ ቤቱ መወሰኑን ለጉዳዩ ቅርበት ያላቸው ሰዎች ለዝግጅት ክፍላችን ገለፁ።" 25 Armed Federal Police Members Disappeared (Addis Zena, 8/30/05) Court has issued orders for arrest. (Amharic pdf)

Premier Holds Talks With US Delegation (waltainfo.com, 8/30/05) "Addis Ababa, August 30,2005_Prime Minister Meles Zenawi yesterday held talks with a delegation led by Commander of US Special Operation Force, General Bryan-Brown on military and security [cooperations] between Ethiopia and America. The Prime Minister and the delegation discussed particularly security situations in eastern African countries and other related issues, a senior government official who attended the talks said."

EU elections chief observer, Ana Gomes ©IRIN Photo

THANK YOU ANA  GOBEZ

The Ethiopian people knew all along what you have uncovered! Just make sure that your bosses read the report. God Bless You.

Ethiopia Attacks EU Poll Criticism (guardian.co.uk, 8/30/05) "Ethiopia's prime minister launched a blistering attack on the European Union yesterday, condemning as a "pack of lies" a report critical of the country's elections this summer. The EU, which sent observers to 1,000 constituencies, said last week that key aspects of the vote failed to meet international standards. Ana Gomes, the chief observer, reported widespread human rights abuses, with opposition members arrested and witnesses to election violations intimidated.  At a press conference, the prime minister, Meles Zenawi, said: "The statement in my view shows that the [EU] mission has turned out to be something worse than a farce"  

EDITORIAL COMMENT: We at fettan.com would like to suggest that Ana Gomes be renamed, as Ana "Gobez"Gobez, an Amharic language word, literally means brave, but carries with it an Ethiopian cultural connotation of truthfulness, integrity, bravery, fortitude, and ingenuity. She and her team have meticulously uncovered the hyena's den and pulled out all the human bones discarded after the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray and its cohorts devoured the flesh and soul of Ethiopian citizens in broad daylight. The politburo gangsters thought they could get away, once again, with what they have routinely been doing during the last 40 years. The questions now is what will the EU, the UN, and other powers do about the crimes committed and the fraud perpetrated? The Ethiopian people will be vigilant and defend their human and constitutional rights. Ethiopia will not be torn apart based on ethnically divisive policies and narrow minded vindictiveness. Meles Zenawi must be removed now to stop his tribal genocidal projects and destabilizing programs. More than 100,000 lives have been lost to war during his administration and tens of millions are suffering from hunger, starvation, disease and state sponsored terrorism. (fettan.com, 8/30/05)

የአና ጎሜዝ ሪፖርት ተቃዋሚዎችን ሲያስደስት ኢሕአዴግን አስቆጣ (ከአዲስ አድማስ፣ ነሐሴ ፳፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) "የምርጫው ሂደት ከድምጽ ቆጠራው ጀምሮ እየተበላሸ መምጣቱን የተናገሩት የአውሮፓ ኅብረት የምርጫ ታዛቢ ልዑክ መሪ አና ጎሜዝ፣ የቆጠራው ግልጽነት ማጣት፣ የአቤቱታ ምርመራው ሁነኛ መፍትሄ አለመስጠቱና፣ የሶማሌ ክልል ምርጫ በጉድለቶች መዘፈቁን በመጥቀስ ምርጫው ዓለም አቀፍ መመዘናዎችን እንደማያሟላ ገለፁ።ሪፖርቱ ጥሩና ቀና እንደሆነ የቅንጅት የምርጫ አስተባባሪ / ብርሃኑ ነጋ ጠቅሰው፤ ከመንግሥት ጋር ድርድር ለማካሄድም እንደሚጠቅም ሲገልፁ፤ የኢሕአዴግ የሕዝብ ግንኙነት ሃላፊ አቶ በረከት ስምዖን በበኩላቸው፣ ታዛቢዎቹ ከተቃዋሚዎች ጋር በመወገን እውነታን በመሸፋፈን ለግጭት አስተዋጽኦ አድርገዋል ብለዋል።" Ana Gomes' Report Well Received By Opposition But Angered EPRDF (Addis Admas, 8/27/05 Amharic pdf)

Ethiopia Official Condemns EU Report (news.yahoo.com -AP- 8/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia's prime minister on Monday dismissed a European Union report critical of his nation's parliamentary elections as a "pack of lies" and said it could affect relations with the bloc. The EU's chief election observer, Ana Gomes, on Thursday said key aspects of Ethiopia's May 15 parliamentary elections won by the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's party failed to meet international standards. She reported widespread abuses with opposition members arrested and witnesses to election violations intimidated."

Meles Zenawi Upset Over EU Report On Polls (news24.com, 8/29/05) "Addis Ababa - Prime Minister Meles Zenawi condemned in strong language on Monday an European Union (EU) report critical of Ethiopia's post-election period and said it would affect relations between his country and the European Union. The EU's chief election observer, Ana Gomes, said on Thursday that key aspects of Ethiopia's May 15 parliamentary elections failed to meet international standards. She reported widespread human rights abuses with opposition members arrested and witnesses to election violations intimidated."

''Easy to Remove The Garbage That Has Covered Lumps Of Truth'',  PM Meles (waltainfo,com, 8/29/05) "Addis Ababa, August 29,2005 (WIC)-Prime Minster Meles Zenawi said that the EU-EOM Preliminary Statement on the Elections appeals process, the Rerun of Elections and the Somali regional election could not manage to hide the big truth under trivia." 

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Letter To The Ethiopian Herald (waltainfo.com, 8/29/05) "Dear Editor,...I have, in the past, never felt the urge to publish anything in my name. My party has the tradition of publishing materials that explain its views on all issues of relevance. As your readers might guess, I normally agree with those views and therefore had nothing interesting and/or different to say. Hence, I had neither the rationale nor the urge to publish anything in my name." EDITORIAL NOTE: Incoherent ramblings of an exposed angry tyrant. White lies can't cover up the truth by trivializing substantiated evidence of fraud. (fettan.com, 8/29/05)

Ethiopian Patriots must continue to contact Yara Corporation and the Norwegian government and denounce this over the table bribe to Meles Zenawi. We would like to applaud the actions of the Anti 2005 Yara Award Committee in Norway. (fettan.com, 8/29/05) Read about the actions that your compatriots in Norway have been taking and please lend your support.

The Yara Price committee:

Dr. Thorleif Enger, President and CEO of Yara International ASA, Oslo.

Professor Pedro Sanchez, Director of Tropical Agriculture, the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Marco Quiñones,  Regional Director for Africa, Sasakawa Global 2000, Addis Ababa. 
Joan Holmes, President, The Global Hunger Project.
Dr. Peter Hartmann, Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.
Arne Cartridge, Media Relations                           
Telephone    (+47) 24 15 73 01                                             
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Ingegerd Rafn, Media Relations
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ETHIOPIA: Electoral Body Hits Back At EU (irinnews.org, 8/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 29 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's electoral body hit back at the EU observer mission on Monday, rejecting its claim that the recently concluded national polls were not free and fair. "This is totally unfair," Kemal Bedri, head of the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia, said. "I am disappointed and surprised at the vehemence directed at the electoral board by the European Union election team." Listen to BBC Networkafrica Radio Interview of Berhanu Nega and Bereket Simion

ERITREA: Foreign Minister Dies Of Heart Attack (irinnews.org, 8/29/05) "ASMARA, 29 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Eritrean Foreign Minister Ali Said died of a heart attack on Sunday, Eritrean Minister of Information Ali Abdu said. "It's a great loss for this country," he said on Sunday in Asmara, the Eritrean capital.  Abdu said he died in his sleep at 0600 a.m. (0300 GMT). In 1965, Said, the son of a Muslim shepherd, received medical and military training in Syria before going to the field with the Eritrean Liberation Front, one of two groups fighting for independence from Ethiopia."

UK is Urged To End Ethiopia Aid Freeze (guardian.co.uk -AP- 8/29/05) "Britain should lift the suspension of new aid to Ethiopia, despite the disputed elections and political violence there that has left 42 people dead, a United Nations envoy said yesterday. Martti Ahtisaari, special envoy for the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, said nations should continue to support the government in Addis Ababa. He said up to 8 million people in Ethiopia would depend on foreign aid this year for survival."

ኢሕአዴግ በውስጣዊ ቅራኔዎች ተወጥሯል (ከልሳነ ሕዝብ ነሐሴ ፳ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) "አዲስ አበባ ላይ ከየክልሎች የተመረጡ ካድሬዎችን፣ በየክልሎች ደግሞ የድርጅቱ ካድሬዎች ባሉበት በወቅታዊ ሁኔታ ላይ እያወያየ የሚገኘው ወያኔ/ ኢሕአዴግ ከሕወሓት ውጭ ባሉ አባል ድርጅቶች ካድሬዎች አቋም፣ በመከላከያ ሠራዊቱ አቋሞችና ጥያቄዎች ተወጥሮ እንደሚገኝ ለጉዳዩ ቅርበት ያላቸው የልሳነ ሕዝብ አስታወቁ።"                   EPRDF Beset By Internal Conflict (Lisane Hizb, 8/26/05 Amharic pdf)  Informed sources indicated that the EPEDF has been conducting marathon meetings of select cadres in Addis Abeba and in ethnic administrative regions. The EPRDF is conflicted with divergent positions taken by EPRDF and non-EPRDF collaborating organizations; and conflict ridden questions raised by members of the national defense forces. Other daunting items on the agenda include whether the EPRDF should continue pursuing its theory of revolutionary democracy or switch to liberal democracy; how to quell the expected continuing popular uprising; and how to settle the simmering squabble regarding power sharing arrangements among EPRDF member parties. (abbreviated summary by fettan.com)

"Ana I told you to stay out of this and now you too will pay the price" Meles Zenawi, Reuters Photo

Ethiopia Blames EU For Protests (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/27/05) "The Ethiopian government has accused EU observers of contributing to post-election violence during which about 40 people died. It said the EU mission "illegally and secretly leaked information" to the opposition, prompting protests in June. The statement was issued days after an EU report said the 15 May polls failed to meet international standards."

The Factual Truths of Election 2005 could not have become concealed by Hate and Deceptive Favorism (Ministry of Information)    EDITORIAL NOTE:  Bereket Simion issued a statement under the above title attacking the EUEOM after the EU team issued a preliminary unfavorable report on the May 15, 2005 "parliamentary and regional elections." The story has been removed (broken link) from the Walta website. You may have to speculate why Bereket was forced to retract his threatening statement. (fettan.com, 8/27/05)  RELATED STORIES: EU EOM Reports Contradictory: NEBE (waltainfo.com, 8/26/05) "Addis Ababa, August 26,2005 –The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) says the report presented here yesterday by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) contained contradictory remarks."

Minister Of Iinformation Says EU-EOM Deals With Issues Against, Beyond Its Scope Of Mandate (waltainfo.org, 8/27/05) "Addis Ababa, August 27 (WIC)- The Ministry of Information said that the EU Elections Observation Mission has included various issues that are against and beyond the scope of its mandate and task in the report it released on the 26 of August."

Bekele Sets World Mark In 10,000 Meters (newsday.com -AP- 8/27/05) "BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele set a world record in the 10,000 meters at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday, while American sprinter Justin Gatlin fought back from a slow start to win the 100. Running on his own for almost half the race, Bekele finished the race in 26 minutes, 17.53 seconds, faster than his time in Ostrava in June 2004 by 2.78 seconds."

Farewell Speech by Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal (waltainfo.com, 8/23/05) "...This is my final speech in Ethiopia, as I have come to the end of my three-year tour. In thinking about what to say today, my heart and mind said, “Go back to your roots growing up in Atlanta, Georgia.” As a diplomat and ultimately as an Ambassador, I have frequently reflected on my childhood days and how valuable they were to me.  At home I received knowledge about and an appreciation for African–American culture, which has been a bedrock of inspiration, motivation, and strength as my work unfolded.  Then, as now, I particularly liked what was called, when I was a child, Negro Spirituals.  One song in particular, “Done Made My Vow” by African-American composer Adolphus Hailstork, is particularly meaningful.  Learning about this song from my cousin Brazeal Dennard – himself, I am proud to say, a distinguished conductor and composer – I was drawn to the text and to the emotional content of the music."

Eritrea Church Leader 'Dismissed' (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/26/05) "The spiritual head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Patriarch Antonios, has reportedly been removed from his post by the Eritrean government. Diplomatic sources have confirmed an opposition website report that the patriarch was replaced following a meeting with government officials." EDITORIAL NOTE: Isayas Afeworki and Meles Zenawi not withstanding, Ethiopian history was built on her people's faith, proud history, diverse culture, traditions and customs. The two pseudo-communists and neo-fascists will not be able to shake this foundation. Ethiopia is more than three millennia old.

Eritrea Suspends US Aid Efforts (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/26/05) "The United States ambassador to Eritrea has confirmed that Eritrea has asked the US international aid agency, USAid, to cease operations in the country. "The government has told us they are uncomfortable with the activities of USAid," Ambassador Scott DeLisi said."

   The Orthodox Church has been in Eritrea for 1600 years,  BBC Photo

EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi who told the Libyan dictator that he (Meles) is of Yemeni Arab decent is also busy tearing down Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Churches and building mosques at an alarming rate never before seen in Ethiopian history.

AP Photo: The image of the ancient sacred Black Madonna revered by Polish Catholics.

Black Madonna Gets New Covering In Poland (news.yahoo.com -AP- 8/26/05) "WARSAW, Poland - Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics gathered at Poland's holiest shrine Friday to pray as the revered Black Madonna of Czestochowa icon was given a new covering, including gold crowns donated by the late Pope John Paul II, as well as amber and diamonds. The Polish-born pontiff's secretary, the Rev. Stanislaw Dziwisz, presided over a Mass and other ceremonies at the Jasna Gora shrine in the southern city of Czestochowa. In attendance were dozens of church leaders, including Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, Germany, Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit and Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston."

ETHIOPIA: Rampant Inter-Communal Clashes In The South And East (irinnews.org, 8/26/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 26 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Clashes between communities in southern and eastern Ethiopia have so far killed 73 people this year and forced more than 85,000 to flee their homes, a human rights group said on Wednesday. 
The Ethiopian Human Rights Council said in a report that fighting over cattle and grazing land had erupted in March and June between the Oromo and Somali communities. Some 45 people were also wounded as the rival groups, armed with assault rifles - a legacy of the wars that have scarred the Horn of Africa region - launched attacks on each other."    EDITORIAL NOTE: (revisit our August 1, 2005 note) Meles Zenawi's theory and legacy of ethnic socialist republic conflagration at work: Fratricidal pillage and plunder until a Tigrean -Tigrign super ethnic state emerges on top. Tigriya > Eritrea > Afaria > Oromiya > Gambelliya > Somalia ad infinitum. Once these ethnocentric republican nationalities "self-determine" their future as socialist democrats, perhaps their independent social democracies will flourish, rejuvenate and reunite as Union of Abyssinian Socialist Republics. A peasant and proletarian heaven will be realized on East African soil. Meles Zenawi has a vivid imagination! (fettan.com, 8/26/05).

Preliminary Statement On The Election Appeals' Process, The Re-Run Of Elections And The Somali Region Election. August 25, Addis Ababa (PDF) (et-eueom.org, 8/25/05) EDITORIAL NOTE: The infamous Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT) propaganda machine derailed. It appears that Ana Gomes and Tim Clarke have not been fooled (as we suspected) by the mirror and smoke show in the Jubilee Palace. What next Mr. Bair?  Will you throw a life saving rope to Meles Zenawi or would you let him sink and allow the Ethiopian people to peacefully take over and elect a democratic government? (fettan.com, 8/25/05)

Ethiopia Elections Concern EU Official (newsday.com -AP- 8/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Key aspects of Ethiopia's parliamentary elections failed to meet international standards, the European Union's chief observer said Thursday. The May 15 voting included widespread human rights abuses such as arrests of opposition members and witness intimidation, Ana Gomes said."       RELATED STORY: EU Calls Ethiopian Elections Unfair (voanews.com, 8/25/05) "The head of the European Union's election observer team in Ethiopia says the country's parliamentary elections, which took place May 15, fell well short of international standards."

EU [Criticises] Ethiopian Elections (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/25/05) "The European Union's chief election observer in Ethiopia has said recent elections failed to meet international standards in several key respects. Ana Gomes [criticised] the way charges of electoral fraud were dealt with after the parliamentary elections. "Solid evidence" of irregularities presented by the opposition had been dismissed, she said." "....She especially [criticised] the elections in the Somali region, saying they were "poorly organized, full of irregularities, including ballots being sold in the black market."" EDITORIAL NOTE: See our editorial note on 8/23/05. We proposed what and why the MLLT politburo gang will do after it became privy to the draft of the EU report. It staged a preemptive disinformation campaign before the official report was released.  Mr. Tony Blair must now accept full responsibility for propping up a totalitarian terrorist regime under the pretense of promoting democracy. There cannot be democratic processes where there is no democracy. Ana Gomes and Tim Clarke are witnesses to this drama. The removal of the tyrant, Meles Zenawi is the first key step to nurture a relatively free Ethiopian society. The Ethiopian people have clearly demonstrated that they want democracy and showed examplenary civility during the so called elections. But Bereket Simion used the barrel of the gun to take back the seat that he lost to Mr. Desta Kassie in May. (fettan.com, 8/24/05)

EU elections chief observer, Ana Gomes ©IRIN Photo

EU Lauds Ethiopia's Electoral Board, Urges Rival Parties To Respect Rules (eubusiness.com, 7/29/05) "The European Union (EU) on Friday lauded Ethiopia's electoral panel for conducting investigations into alleged electoral fraud in a professional manner despite accusations that it favoured the ruling party."

Preliminary Statement on the Election Appeals' Process, The Re-Run of Elections and the Somali Region Election. August 25, Addis Ababa (PDF)

ETHIOPIA: EU Defends Observer Chief Against Allegations Of [Favouritism] (irinnews.org, 8/24/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 24 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The European Union (EU) has defended its chief election observer, Ana Gomes, against accusations in the Ethiopian state media that she [favoured] opposition parties. In a statement released on Monday, the EU also backed the head of the European Commission in Ethiopia, Tim Clarke, who was also [criticised] in the article. The article, which appeared in the state daily, The Ethiopian Herald, and on the pro-government Walta Information Centre website, accused both Gomes and Clarke of becoming close to opposition leaders in the country." 

RELATED STORIES: Gomes, Clarke: Neutral Observers Or Hidden Dealers? (waltainfo.com, 8/20/05) CUD Chairman Says EU Draft Election Report Falls Into His Hands, Downgrades AU Report (waltainfo.com, 8/21/05)  

EDITORIAL NOTE: Read the above fabricated stories to get insight into why the MLLT/EPRDF launched attacks on international observers. It is a calculated preemptive strike. The totalitarian regime has now recaptured by force the seats it lost on May 15th. The observer teams are on notice not to interfere. The CUD and UEDF are also involved in subterfuge (We have taken the mayor's seat but may refuse to accept the parliamentary seats.) to confuse and disenfranchise the Ethiopian people. (fettan.com, 8/23/05)

AFRICA: Continent Needs "Home-Grown" Democracy - Mkapa (irinnews.org, 8/25/05) "KAMPALA, 25 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The African continent must discard the political systems it inherited from its colonial masters and develop a "home-grown" democracy that would better reflect conditions on the continent, outgoing Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa said on Wednesday."

ETHIOPIA: Three Million In Need Of Emergency Food Aid - WFP (irinnews.org, 8/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 25 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - More than three million Ethiopians face food shortages this year unless they receive emergency food aid, the UN World Food [Programme] (WFP) said on Wednesday. "Ethiopia has had five major droughts in just two decades, causing untold deaths, suffering and hardship," Mohamed Diab, head of WFP in the capital, Addis Ababa, said."

Britain Unveils New Plan To Help Deport, Bar Hardline Islamists (news.yahoo.com, -AFP- 8/24/05) "LONDON (AFP) - Britain finalized a new plan to help deport or bar Islamic radicals who promote terrorism in the wake of last month's London bombings and said it would be implemented within days."

DEVELOPMENT-AFRICA: Water, Water Everywhere (news.yahoo.com -IPS- 8/23/05) "STOCKHOLM, Aug 23 (IPS) - The crisis-weary African continent, which has two of the world's longest rivers -- the 6,400-kilometre Nile River and the 4,370-kilometre Congo River -- is suffering from a virtual economic paradox: a shortage of water amidst potentially plentiful supplies." "...The Nile and its tributaries flow through nine countries: Egypt, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. The Congo, the world's fifth longest river, flows primarily through DRC, People's Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and partially through Zambia, Angola, Cameroon and Tanzania."

Ethiopia's Disputed Polls Usher In Democracy (nationmedia.com -The East African- 8/22/05) "The highly-disputed elections in Ethiopia have spawned significant democratic gains in a country that has been more familiar with dictatorship than democracy. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) won nearly 300 seats in the 547-seat federal parliament. But the phenomenal gain by the opposition of over 200 seats in the June poll promises one of the most vibrant parliaments in the country's history. The opposition held only 20 seats in the previous parliament. Full results are yet to be declared three months after the elections, which were marred by allegations of rigging and claims of victory by both sides. Joseph Nur, a member of an opposition party showed the press samples of stolen voter cards in Addis Ababa."

Ethiopia Announces Peaceful Conclusion Of Vote Counting Of Re-run Elections (english.people.com.cn -Xinhua- 8/23/05) "The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) announced Monday that vote counting in the parliamentary election in Somali state and the re-run elections in various parts of the country was concluded peacefully. A total of 48 international election observers were deployed in the Somali state and re-run elections. NEBE deputy head Tesfaye Mengesha told journalists that vote counting was concluded on Sunday in Somali state and in various polling stations in 31 constituencies, where re-run election was conducted."

Suspect Of Ethiopia's Oil Depot Explosion Attempt Confirmed As Opposition Member (news.xinhuanet.com, 8/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Ethiopian police confirmed Monday that one of the two suspects arrested late Saturday while attempting to explode a bomb at the main depot of Mobil oil in the capital was a member of the opposition All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP). Police said the two suspects, who were under custody, are brought to court on Monday in accordance with the federal constitution." EDITORIAL NOTE: Don't take this one seriously - because it patently symbolizes that the Chinese communist party is coming to the rescue of its sister organization, the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray - by spreading malicious propaganda to set the stage for criminal persecution of members of the CUD who resoundingly defeated the MLLT/EPRDF at the polls. This is how socialist revolutionary democracy works in China and today's Ethiopia."

US To Train East African Counter-Terrorism Troops (voanews.com, 8/22/05) "The United States is set to begin counter-terrorism training for hundreds of soldiers from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in Nairobi next week as part of a wider effort to improve anti-terrorism measures in East Africa. About 250 troops as well as police and immigration officials from across East Africa are taking part in the two-week, U.S.-sponsored anti-terrorism training program starting next week. The point of the program, code-named "Trend Marker," is to upgrade security measures of the three East African nations to better identify potential terrorist threats."

Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan's Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa UN Photo

UN Humanitarian Envoy Starts Trip To Eritrea And Ethiopia (un.org, 8/22/05) "22 August 2005 The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa today started a two-day fact-finding visit to Eritrea, which has been hit by five years of drought, the lingering effects of its two-year border war with Ethiopia and the challenges of resettling thousands of refugees. The envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, will met with senior Government officials, representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the capital, Asmara, to exchange views on how best to supply the country’s humanitarian needs for the rest of 2005 and in 2006."

UN Negotiations Underway On Genocide Agreement (voanews.com, 8/22/05) "At the United Nations, negotiations got underway today on a proposed agreement calling for quick international action to stop genocide. The final document will be presented for approval at the UN summit in September. A number of countries oppose the measure, while others want to change its provisions. Among the groups calling for the genocide agreement to remain unchanged is the aid agency OXFAM."

An Ethiopian federal policeman stands guard in front of women lined up to cast their ballots at a polling station in the Somali region's capital city of Jijiga.    AP Photo

Stormy Election Concludes In Ethiopia (cnn.com, 8/21/05) "JIJIGA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Voting in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region ended peacefully Sunday, but the delayed elections, which have been denounced by a separatist group, were dogged by chaos and irregularities, officials said. Voters in the mostly ethnic Somali region, some of them armed with assault rifles, gathered at sunrise at polling stations to elect 23 federal lawmakers and 168 regional legislators. Some voters said they hoped the election would bring a way out of poverty for the region. Voters in the mostly ethnic Somali region, some of them armed with assault rifles, gathered at sunrise at polling stations to elect 23 federal lawmakers and 168 regional legislators. Some voters said they hoped the election would bring a way out of poverty for the region."

Ethiopia In Partial Vote Re-Run (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/21/05) "Voters in Ethiopia are casting their ballots in a partial re-run of the disputed general election held in May. Voting is taking place in 30 seats where there had been complaints of fraud or other irregularities during the initial poll."

Ethiopia Orders Re-Election At 6 Polling Stations (alertnet.org -Reuters- 8/20/05) "ADDIS ABABA, May 20 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will hold re-elections on Sunday at six polling stations where ballot boxes were stuffed or votes were otherwise held improperly, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said on Friday. The Ethiopian Election Board also said it was investigating charges of major voting fraud levelled by both the ruling party and the opposition parties. Since May 15's parliamentary election, Ethiopia's opposition coalition and the ruling party have claimed victory, putting the two sides on a collision course over who has the mandate to govern."

Do Rebels Make Good Leaders? (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/19/05) "This week on Africa Live we are discussing rebels turned presidents. How do former rebels act when in power? Former rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza will be sworn in as president of Burundi next Friday, following his movement's victory in both municipal and parliamentary elections earlier this year. We want you to assess how the many presidents across Africa who used to be rebels, both past and present, shape up once they gain power constitutionally." EDITORIAL COMMENT: A very interesting unscientific survey of what people think about rebel leaders. The resounding answer is these people do not make good government leaders because of their tunnel (cave) vision, narrow views, insatiable need for self-aggrandizement, distorted perception of persecution coupled with thirst for revenge, cantankerous and inflexible attitude on what is right and wrong, greed, and usually under the influence of "things" beyond their control. Meles Zenawi  and Isayas Afeworki fit the bill. Nelson Mandela has been and is a visionary fighter for freedom (against indisputable crimes against humanity) and a great statesman who is not vengeful (despite 27 years under torture), and who gave up power of his own will, and has been working hard to heal bruised egos. Paul Kagame is NOT MANDELA.

Congressman Completes Visit to Ethiopia, Travels to Sudan: Representative Chris Smith meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles.  (usinfo.state.gov, 8/19/05) "Washington -- U.S. House of Representatives Africa Subcommittee Chairman Chris Smith (Republican of New Jersey) wrapped up a four-day official visit to Ethiopia August 17, urging Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to launch an investigation as soon as possible into post-electoral violence, and later visiting a clinic dedicated to women's health. After his meeting with Meles, Smith also spoke to leaders of the political opposition, urging them to avoid boycotting Parliament as a protest of Meles' delayed investigation of the June violence that followed national elections."

ETHIOPIA: Opposition Parties Seek Injunction In Sunday Polls (irinnews.org, 8/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 19 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's main opposition began legal action on Friday against the election board to suspend re-runs of polls in 31 constituencies, officials said. The vice chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, Berhanu Nega, said lawyers had filed an injunction at the federal high court to halt the poll. They want the re-elections -scheduled for Sunday - to be put on hold until they have seen documents from the election board explaining why re-runs are taking place."

ETHIOPIA: Mixed Signals Ahead Of Somali Region Poll (irinnews.org, 8/19/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 19 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's remote, desert-like eastern Somali region has suffered years of conflict and political instability, and is gripped with tension ahead of Sunday's polls. Some 1.5 million people are preparing to elect representatives for 23 federal and 168 regional seats, after a campaign marked by distrust between rival political groups."

Other Great Ethiopian Female Athletes

Berhane Adere (ETH) celebrates winning the 10,000m final World 2003 Championship in Paris (Getty Images)

Adere Almighty! (iaaf.org, 8/23/03)

CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCES:

World Athletics:  

2001 Silver 10000m 

2003 Gold 10000m, 

2005 Silver 10000m.

Athletics-Heroes.net (sporting-heroes.net 7/21/2003)

Worknesh Kidane (Silver) & Berhane Adere (Gold) World 2003-Paris Champions  (BBC Photo)

Adere Heads Ethiopian Double (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/23/2003)

IAAF Awards Berhane Adere Special Gold Medallion recognition of her performance in various races ranging from 1,500 meters to half marathon. in 2002

Derartu  TULU (Olympic Photo)

The First Black African Woman Olympic Champion  (olympic.com)  VIDEO GALLERY (olyompic.com)

Derartu Tulu: Achievements (wikimedia.org)

Gete Wami and Derartu at Sydney Olympics 2000. (Getty Images)

 

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the 5000m (Getty Images)

Adulation For Dibaba's Double (thestar.co.za, 8/17/05) "Helsinki - After becoming the first athlete to clinch the 5 000 and 10 000 metres double at a World Championships, Tiru-nesh Dibaba can expect a hero's welcome when she returns to Ethiopia today. Dibaba led an Ethiopian sweep in both events and the team's achievement in Helsinki has sparked celebrations at home. "More and more people keep telling me 'you are the first to have done this in the distance races,' and it makes me even happier," Dibaba said. RELATED STORY: Gatlin and T. Dibaba close in on Overall Leaders following Helsinki doubles in latest IAAF World Rankings (iaaf.org, 8/16/05) "Tirunesh Dibaba was crowned World champion in both the Women’s 5000m - 14:38.59 (1529 points) - and 10,000m - 30:24.02 (1547 points)."

IAAF World Championships Medal Tally (wcsn.com, 8/16/05)

UNICEF Says It Still Lacks Sufficient Funds For Ethiopia (mtv.com, 8/17/05) "The United Nations Children's Fund said on Wednesday that it is still in dire need of funds to aid thousands of people in Ethiopia, despite a $5 million donation by Japan to combat malaria and polio in the impoverished country."

NJ Congressman Criticizes Delays In Probing Ethiopia's Violence (newsday.com -AP- 8/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Delays in investigating the killing of dozens of Ethiopians who were protesting against alleged electoral fraud may lead to loss of evidence and testimony from victims and witnesses, a congressman from New Jersey said Wednesday. Prime Minister Meles promised an independent inquiry into three days of deadly protests that started June 6 against alleged fraud in May's parliamentary elections. Security forces shot at demonstrators, killing at least 36."

ETHIOPIA: Interview With Congressman Chris Smith (irinnews.com, 8/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 17 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - United States Congressman Chris Smith has spent four days in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, holding high-level talks with government and opposition leaders regarding the recently concluded parliamentary elections. In an interview with IRIN on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Smith, who is the chairman of the US House of Representatives sub-committee on Africa, discussed the disputed 15 May elections. Below are excerpts: QUESTION: Why is America concerned about elections and election results in Ethiopia? 
ANSWER: We have a generic concern about democracy and free and fair elections everywhere, particularly in fledgling democracies, trying to ensure there are poll watchers - people who can judge whether or not it is free and fair - in sufficient numbers to do so."

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith during his visit to Addis Ababa said "friends don't let friends commit human rights abuses."    AP Photo

Food Crises Unaddressed Throughout Africa (news.yahoo.com -AP- 8/17/05)  "GAO, Mali - To get a sense of Africa's unrelenting hunger, look no further than the fever-bright eyes of 17 severely malnourished infants languishing in a west African hospital." "...In eastern Africa, five years of lower-than-normal rains have led to a prolonged drought in Eritrea and Ethiopia that has seen an upsurge in those needing food aid. In Ethiopia, 5 million of the country's 70 million people are termed by experts as chronically hungry, surviving on emergency food aid and a work-for-food or cash program. Further, some 4 million other Ethiopians have needed food aid due to the prolonged drought."

Engineer Dr. Kitaw Ejigu,  ENUF Chairman            ENUF Photo (www.enufforethiopia.com)

Listen to ENUF Radio 8/19/05 Broadcast

Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF) Toronto, Canada Branch Held a Successful Meeting on July 23, 2005 (tzta.ca, 8/13/05, No. 13,Aug. 8 - 24 2005) "Engineer. Dr. Kitaw Ejigu, ENUF Chairman talked about the party's goals, objectives and multi-pronged strategies. The gathering was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of ENUF members, supporters, religious and community leaders. The meeting was opened and closed with prayer. 

The following day Dr. Kitaw and party leaders met with a Canadian Member of Parliament and explained about the danger that the Ethiopian people are confronted with following fraudulent elections and subsequent killings by the tyrannical ethnocentric regime prone to violence. Click here to read newspaper coverage (Amharic pdf)  or Microsoft Word version. In April 25-28, 2005 ENUF Chairman led a delegation to London and Stockholm. Documents were submitted to key members of the British Parliament and a joint meeting was held with Swedish high level SIDA and  foreign top officials. These meetings resulted in very positive outlook for ENUF and the Ethiopian people. 

Politician Joseph Nur says the pink cards are stolen voter cards AP Photo

Ethiopian Parties Threaten To Boycott Election (mg.co.za, 8/16/05) "Three Ethiopian political parties on Tuesday threatened to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections in the remote eastern Somali state, citing a litany of complaints about ruling party conduct. The Western Somalia Democratic party, the Coalition of Somali Democratic Forces and Dall-Wabi Peoples Democratic Movement said they would not take part in the August 21 polls unless immediate "corrective measures" were taken." RELATED STORIES: Boycott Threat For Ethiopia Poll (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/16/05) "Three opposition parties in Ethiopia say they will boycott the forthcoming election in the Somali region. They say their supporters have been harassed and thousands of voter cards stolen. Election officials have denied the accusations."  Ethiopia Opposition Boycotts Poll in Somali Region (voanews.com, 8/16/05)   Ethiopia's Political Unrest (news.yahoo.com,  AFP Photo gallery 8/15/05)

Worm Strikes Down Windows 2000 Systems: Problems reported in three continents (cnn.com, 8/16/05) "WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday attacked computer systems using Microsoft operating systems, shutting down computers in the United States, Germany and Asia. Among those hit were offices on Capitol Hill, which is in the midst of August recess, and media organizations, including CNN, ABC and The New York Times. The Caterpillar Co. in Peoria, Illinois, reportedly also had problems."

US Lawmaker Urges Ethiopian Opposition Not To Boycott Parliament (sudantribune.com, 8/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug 15 (AFP) — A leading US Congressman urged Ethiopia’s opposition not to put into effect threats to boycott parliament in protest against alleged fraud in May’s general elections. Visiting Republican representative Chris Smith said the opposition would be better off voicing its views within the parliamentary system than from the outside, the state-run news agency and opposition officials said."

Oromo Rebels Claim Victory Over Ethiopian Forces (sudantribune.com -Radio Voice of Oromo- 8/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug 14, 2005 (Radio Voice of Oromo) — In their recent military operation against Ethiopian forces, Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) —armed wing of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) — forces operating in Bale Zone, southeastern Oromiya in southern Ethiopia, has put 41 enemy soldiers out of action and captured a variety of materials"

ETHIOPIA: Malaria Campaign Launched Amid Fears of an Epidemic (irinnews.org, 8/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 15 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia has launched its largest ever fight against malaria amidst warnings of a looming epidemic in the country, with infection rates up to 10 times the normal levels, officials said on Monday. More than two million chemically treated mosquito nets and 600,000 rapid test kits to diagnose the disease were being distributed around the country." RELATED STORY: Officials: Ethiopia Fears Malaria Epidemic (cnn.com, 8/15/05)

Ethiopian PM Rules Out Coalition Government (sudantribune.com -The Reporter- 8/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug 13, 2005 — Meles Zenawi, the prime minister and chairman of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), on Thursday ruled out the possibility of setting up a coalition government with oppostion parties and urged the latter to officially commit themselves to conducting their businesses in a legal and peaceful manner."

Sister Act The pride of Ethiopia: Tirunesh Dibaba earns second 
long-distance gold
(thestar.com, 8/14/05) "HELSINKI—Ethiopians endure. A country beggared by poverty, wracked with ethnic violence, sporadically at war with neighbouring Eritrea, gutted by AIDS.  Yet it is one of the oldest civilizations on earth. And, sometimes, there are even things to cheer. Sports enoble them. 

Theirs is the most uplifting story at the world track and field championships. Because a country that so often must go cap in hand for food, beholden to the kindness of strangers, is a golden colossus in the most grueling of athletic disciplines.

My God, they can run. And they absolutely dominate the endurance events."

Left to right: Ejigayehu Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meselech Melkamu (Berhane Adere-not in picture, won Silver in 10,000m) (IAAF Photo) 

Note: This glorious team made a clean sweep of the top four ranks of the 2005 World 10,000m and 5,000m races. Kenenissa Bekele won the men's 10,000m, earning Ethiopia a total of 9 medals and 3rd overall ranking, just behind U.S.A. and Russia.

Tirunesh Dibaba  World 10,000m and 5,000m Double Champion 2005 AP Photo

Dibaba Storms To Historic Double (news.bbc.co.uk 8/13/05) "World 10,000m winner Tirunesh Dibaba successfully defended her 5,000m crown on Saturday to become the first woman to clinch the historic double. 

The Ethiopian set a new championship record of 14 minutes 38.59 seconds.Dibaba's team-mate and Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar took silver and her elder sister Ejegayehu got bronze. 

Meselech Melkamu was fourth, sealing only the second one-two-three-four in history - the feat was also achieved by America in Thursday's men's 200m final."

Report: Major Changes Needed To Tackle African Hunger (cnn.com, 8/12/05) "NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Tens of millions of Africans will continue to go hungry over the next 20 years unless major changes in trade and aid policies are enacted, a research institute has said. More than 38.3 million children will suffer from malnutrition in 2025 if trends continue, and current policies will do little to improve long-term prospects, the International Food Policy Research Institute predicted in a report."

N.J. Rep. Chris Smith To Visit East Africa: Human Rights Issue (app.com -AP-  8/12/05) "WASHINGTON: New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith will travel to Ethiopia and Sudan this month to address human rights issues, the congressman's office said Thursday. Smith, a Republican from Robbinsville, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations. He will visit the two countries from Aug. 14-20."   RELATED STORY: Rep. Smith To Visit Sudan, Ethiopia Regarding Human Rights Issues (phillyburbs.com -AP- 8/11/05) "WASHINGTON - New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith will travel to Ethiopia and Sudan this month to address human rights issues, the congressman's office said Thursday."

Ethiopian Opposition Calls For Provisional Government Of National Unity (voanews.com, 8/11/05) "In a news conference today, Ethiopia’s opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy, CUD, called for the ruling party to form a “caretaker” government of national unity that would last no longer than one year.  Listen to interview with Engineer Gizachew Shiferaw

ETHIOPIA: AU Urges Political Parties To Work For Unity (irinnews.org, 8/11/05) "NAIROBI, 11 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The African Union (AU) has urged political parties in Ethiopia to work together in the national interest following the conclusion of the disputed 15 May legislative elections. "The African Union commends the people of Ethiopia and all political parties for demonstrating maturity and responsibility by participating in the multi-party democratic elections," an AU statement issued on Wednesday added.  However, it urged the parties to "pursue any outstanding issues through due processes of the law and agreed mechanisms including dialogue""

Ethiopia Opposition Warns Of A Return To Dark Days (sudantribune.com -Reuters- 8/11/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s opposition, which has rejected election results giving the ruling party victory, warned on Thursday of a return to the dark days of the Derg military dictatorship under Mengistu Haile Mariam. The opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) has said it would challenge the results from the May 15 poll in the courts and urged a government of national unity to be formed. "There is a clear and distinct danger that the country may return to the dark days of the Derg regime where the use of force becomes the chosen means of suppressing political dissent or political opposition," the CUD said in a statement."

ምርጫ ቦርድ የኢሕአዴግን አሸናፊነት አወጀ (ከሪፖርተር፣ ነሐሴ ፬ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም) "የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝቦች አብዮታዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር (ኢሕአዴግ) መንግሥት ለመመስረት የሚያስችለውን አብላጫ ድምፅ ማግኘቱን አስታወቀ።" The NEBE Declared That The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Has Won The 2005 Elections. (Amharic pdf) The EPRDF Also said it has won the  elections and would form a new government. (Reporter - ENH - 8/10/05)

Ethiopian Opposition Rejects Final Election Results (sudantribune.com -AFP- 8/10/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Aug 9 (AFP) — One of Ethiopia’s two main opposition groups said on Tuesday it will challenge in court the official results from the disputed May elections which gave victory to the ruling party. Beyene Petros, vice president of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), said the returns were flawed and the result of a conspiracy between the national election board and the ruling party to ignore opposition allegations of widespread fraud in the May 15 polls. "We have tested the (election board), which has failed to do its job and now with all the evidence and witnesses we have, we are going to challenge the (board’s) official announcement of the winner and the result in the court," he told AFP."

Execution For Ethiopia Torturers (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/10/05) "Two senior members of Ethiopia's former military government have been sentenced to death after an 11-year trial. Former Security Minister Tesfaye Woldeselassie and ex-police chief Legesse Belayneh were found guilty of torturing thousands of dissidents."

EPRDF Says It Will Form Federal And Four Regional Governments (ena.gov.et, 8/9/05) "The Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) said it would form a federal and four regional governments. In a statement it sent to ENA on Tuesday, the Secretariat of the Council of EPRDF said the Front would form the federal and four regional government as it had won majority votes both in the elections for seats in the federal and regional parliaments in Amhara, South Peoples, Oromia and Tigray States. 
According to the national constitution, only a party, which wins a majority vote, can form government, it said." RELATED STORY: A Proposal To Solve The Current Political Impasse In Ethiopia - (English pdf) (kestedemena.org, 7/15/05). EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles says no to National Unity Government proposal jointly submitted by CUD and UEDF to EPRDF/TPLF  The beginning of the end of Kenejit (CUD) and its partner Hebret's (UEDF) quest for political power via socialist revolutionary democracy! The height of hypocrisy and the betrayal of the Ethiopian people unmasked!

በአቶ ልደቱ አያሌው አስተያየት ላይ ቅንጅቱ ዛሬ መግለጫ ይሰጣል (ከሪፖርተር፣ ነሐሴ ፬ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም) "ቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዴሞክራሲ በአቶ ልደቱ የሰሞኑ አስተያየት ላይ ዛሬ መግለጫ እንደሚሰጥ አስታወቀ። የቅንጅቱ አመራር አባል የሆኑ አቶ ልደቱ አያሌው ሰሞኑን ቅንጅትና ኅብረት ለጠ/ መለስ ዜናዊ የጻፉትን ደብዳቤ በቅንጅት ወይም በኢዴፓ - መድኅን በኩል የማይታወቅ መሆኑን መግለጻቸውን ተከትሎ ሁኔታውን ግልፅ ለማድረግ መግለጫው እንደሚሰጥ / ብርሃኑ ነጋ ለሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ ገልጸዋል።" Ayalew Lidetu Said His Party -UEDP-Medhin Is Not Privy To The National Unity Government Proposal (Amharic pdf) (Reporter, 8/10/05) Berhanu Nega of the CUD said his coalition will issue a statement regarding this matter today.

Foreign and local Journalists were attacked by MLLT/TPLF police at the opposition leader's home during the June 2005 anti- fraud demonstrations in Addis Abeba  AFP Photo

EPRDF Charged Tensae - Ethiopia Radio   (tensae.com, 8/9/05) "The EPRDF/TPLF regime has filed false libel charges in a US court against "producers of Tensae Radio" - an Amharic language one hour program that is broadcast to Ethiopia every day.  EDITORIAL NOTE. Ethiopian patriots must rally behind these gallant individuals who have been exposing the crimes committed by the MLLT/TPLF crime gang in Ethiopia and other states. The Albanian communist inspired Marxist league, having failed to shut down the local free press, is attempting to stretch its poisonous tentacles to silence the free press abroad. Please call Tensae Radio at Call 206-666-6248 or write to: Tensae Ethiopia,  P.O. Box 2945, Washington, DC, 20013, USA and offer your support.

Ethiopian PM Wins Disputed Poll (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/9/05) "Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has won May's bitterly disputed elections, official results show. His Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front gained 296 seats out of 547, enough for a working majority."

British Officials Question Bomb Suspect (news.yahoo.com, 8/9/05) "ROME - A suspect in the July 21 London mass-transit attacks told British investigators Tuesday that his backpack bomb — made from nails, flour and a liquid hair product — was meant to protest wars including Iraq but not to kill anyone, his lawyer said."

ETHIOPIA: More Malaria Cases Reported In Several Regions (irinnews.org, 8/8/05) "NAIROBI, 8 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The number of reported malaria cases in Ethiopia has risen sharply amid fears it could get worse during the "malaria transmission season" which runs from June to October, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. "A total of 77 kebeles [administrative zones] were affected by malaria epidemics in May and June, with 18,911 cases and 42 reported deaths," OCHA said in a humanitarian update on Monday."

Garang Foes May Lose In Salva Kiir's Regime (nationmedia.com, 8/8/05) "With the exit of Garang from the scene, the power equations within the Sudan People's Liberation Movement are likely to change in major ways. In terms of profile and seniority, one would say that the next in the hierarchy after Salva Kiir is Dr Riek Machar. Yet the truth of the matter is that Machar, like the other warlords, such as Dr Lam Akol and Theophilus Ochieng, who confronted Garang militarily, will be viewed with suspicion by SPLM stalwarts who dismiss them as recent converts."

Board Postpones Reults Final Again (allafrica.com, 8/8/05) "The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has again [posponed] the [annoncement] of the final results of the election. On Friday the board said that it has postponed announcing the final results of the 74 contested constituencies." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia to Rerun Elections In 14 more Districts (mg.co.ga, 8/6/05)

ETHIOPIA: More Malaria Cases Reported In Several Regions (irinnews.org, 8/8/05) "NAIROBI, 8 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The number of reported malaria cases in Ethiopia has risen sharply amid fears it could get worse during the "malaria transmission season" which runs from June to October, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. "A total of 77 kebeles [administrative zones] were affected by malaria epidemics in May and June, with 18,911 cases and 42 reported deaths," OCHA said in a humanitarian update on Monday."

Suspected Suspected Would-be Bombers Remanded After London Court Appearance (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 8/8/05) "LONDON (AFP) - Three suspects behind a failed copycat bombing in London last month were remanded in custody, as prosecutors mulled whether to slap treason charges on hardline Islamist clerics."

Angry Outsiders Boosting al-Qaida's Ranks (news.yahoo.com -AP- 8/8/05) "LONDON - They had roots in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Jamaica: the suspected al-Qaida foot soldiers in Britain were immigrants or were children of immigrants — a new breed of recruits that underscores the changes in the organization since the Sept. 11 attacks, say experts studying the London bombings."

More Men Charged In Botched London Bombings (cbc.ca, 8/7/05) "British police have charged two more suspects with attempted murder and conspiracy to murder in the failed attempts to bomb London's transit system on July 21." "...Six other people have been charged earlier with failing to disclose information about a suspect in the July 21 attacks. Among those being detained under Britain's Terrorism Act 2000 are Issac's wife, Yeshshiembet Girma, 28, and her sister Muluemebet Girma, 21." 

Radcliffe Well Beaten In 10,000m (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/6/05) "Paula Radcliffe failed in the first part of her World Championship double as she finished ninth in the 10,000m. Tirunesh Dibaba led home an Ethiopian one-two-three as she out-kicked Berhane Adere and her sister Ejegayehu Dibaba on a blistering last lap. 

Radcliffe led at the halfway stage and got back in front with four laps to go, but failed to drop her main rivals. Her focus now turns to the marathon in eight days time, for which she will begin as gold medal favourite. Radcliffe said: "It was tough. I lacked a bit of 10km training and it showed in the last kilometre."

"Tirunesh Dibaba led home an Ethiopian one-two-three" AP Photo

What does it take to be a winner? BBC Africa Live wants to know if winners are born or made?

"Ethiopia's great athletes such as Kenenisa Bekele, Silesh Sehen, Haile Gebrselassie, Tirunesh Dibaba, Worknesh Dibaba, Berhane Aderie, Elfnesh Ejigu all will be winners. I thank them for their dedication.
Sisay, Ethiopia"

Ethiopians dominate in Helsinki - bbc sport photo

African Leaders Discuss U.N. Role (cnn.com -AP- 8/4/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Leaders from across Africa debated how best to secure their continent a greater role on the U.N. Security Council Thursday at an African Union summit, with Nigeria's president calling for compromise. "The main issue before us is to decide either that Africa will join the rest of the world, or the majority of the rest of the world, in bringing to a conclusion a demand for U.N. reform," Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said. "Or if Africa will stand on a non-negotiable position which will certainly frustrate the reform efforts."" RELATED STORY: African Leaders Reject Compromise On UN Security Council Expansion (voanews.com, 8/4/05)

Is G8 Debt Cancellation Deal In Jeopardy? (voanews.com, 8/3/05) "There’s word today that an internal World Bank report is highly critical of the G8 debt cancellation plan for poor countries. The plan was announced last month at the Gleneagles summit in Scotland. Reuters says the report calls for substantial changes in the plan."

East Africa's Terror Ties (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/3/05) "The news that three of the suspects held in connection with the failed London bombings on 21 July were born in East Africa has once again put the region in the spotlight. They are not being linked to any militant activities in their countries of birth, but connections between East Africa and Al-Qaeda have long been established there. There are frequent reports of terror cells operating in East Africa, especially in Somalia, a fiercely Muslim country with no functioning government."

Bombing Suspect's Brother 'Shocked' (theglobeandmail.com, 8/3/05) "TORONTO -- Hamdi Issac, in custody in Rome accused of mounting a terrorist strike on London, is a "very nice" and "smart" young man who suddenly showed up in Italy after the attack telling his siblings there he was on vacation, according to his Canadian brother." RELATED STORIES:  From Refugee To Thug To Suspect In London Plot (washingtonpost.com, 8/4/05). Italy Court Date For Bomb Suspect (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/4/05)

Kenenisa Bekele beats Craig Mottram over 5000m - London (Getty Images)

Isinbayeva And Bekele Were The Best Performers In July - IAAF World Rankings (iaaf.org, 8/3/05) "The TDK Golden League series marked the first day of July in 2005, and also the best performance of the entire month. Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele wasted little time before running the fastest 5000m of the year; 12:40.18 (1464 points). Only Asafa Powell’s World 100m record has earned more points so far this year (9.77 – 1482 points), and Yelena Isinbayeva turned in the most points for a female athlete in 2005, when she set yet another World record in the Pole Vault, this time clearing 5.00m (1450 points) in London. Bekele’s compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba was the best women on the track in July. Dibaba’s performance came from her 5000m win at the Rome Golden Gala with 14:32.57 on the clock, (1411 points), while Ukraine’s Andriy Sokolovskiy also won in Rome with a 2.38m High Jump (1406 points) and therefore had the best Field Event performance among men in the past month."

European Union Election Observation Delegation Head Ambassador Tim Clarke Letter of Protest to EPRDF Minister of Information (Tim Clarke, Ambassador, 8/1/05) "I have been disturbed by some of the misreporting in the press of last Thursday's meeting between PM Meles and opposition leaders. I personally have been misquoted in some cases, causing confusion and misunderstanding."

First Suspect In July 21 Bombings Charged (news.yahoo.com -AP- 8/3/05) "LONDON - British police filed their first charges in the London terror investigations Wednesday, accusing a 23-year-old man of withholding information about the July 21 transit bombers. Police say that in the week after the attack, Ismael Abdurahman of southeast London had information he knew might help police capture suspects involved in "the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism."

Gangs Rampage In Sudan's Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 8/3/05) "Violence is spreading across Sudan's capital, Khartoum, as riots which began after ex-rebel leader John Garang died have turned into retaliatory attacks. Tear gas has been used and a military helicopter is flying low over the city centre, where gangs of men with clubs and automatic weapons are roaming."

Norwegian Foundation Regrets Decision To Award Ethiopian PM (sudantribune.com, 8/2/05) "OSLO, Aug 1, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) — After a series of pressure campaigns and bad publicity following the decision of the Yara Foundation to award “the first African Green Revolution Prize” to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, known more for his brutality than his commitment to development, the parent company is considering to revise the award criteria. A senior executive at one of Norway’s biggest international companies, Yara International ASA, who spoke on condition of anonymity, admitted: “ We regret this has happened. There was a mistake somewhere in the selection process. It is embarrassing the board ended up awarding a despot who has been killing and torturing his own people. That was never the intention of the award." EDITORIAL NOTE: On July 21, fettan.com pleaded with Ethiopian patriots to rally against Yara International ASA's transparent bribe money offered to Meles Zenawi, the TPLF merchant of death. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved for the exposure of the tyrant for what he is, and the reversal of the unwarranted reward! Long Live Ethiopia.

KENYA: Conflict Over Resources In Border Areas (irinnews.org, 8/1/05) "MANDERA, 1 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The recent killing of 70 people in northern Kenya's Marsabit district demonstrates a frequent pattern of conflict between communities living in arid areas over scarce resources and inter-communal animosity exacerbated by political rivalry, an analyst said. On 12 July, hundreds of armed raiders believed to have been members of the Borana ethnic group attacked villages inhabited by the Gabra community in the Turbi area of Marsabit, near the Kenya-Ethiopia border. Some 70 people were killed, including 22 children." EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi's theory and legacy of ethnic socialist republic conflagration at work: Fratricidal pillage and plunder until a Tigrean -Tigrign super ethnic state emerges on top. Tigriya > Eritrea > Afaria > Oromiya > Gambelliya > Somalia ad infinitum. Once these ethnocentric republican nationalities "self-determine" their future as socialist democrats, perhaps their independent social democracies will flourish, rejuvenate and reunite as Union of Abyssinian Socialist Republics. A peasant and proletarian heaven will be realized on East African soil. Meles Zenawi has a vivid imagination!

Bush Sidesteps Senate, Installs Bolton As U.N. Envoy (washingtonpost.com, 8/1/05) "President Bush sidestepped the U.S. Senate on Monday and installed controversial nominee John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations, saying the post was "too important to leave vacant any longer." Speaking at the White House, Bush said he was sending Bolton, a 56-year-old lawyer, to the United Nations with his "complete confidence." RELATED STORIES: Reaction to Bolton's U.N. Appointment (guardian.co.uk, 8/1/05) "Reaction to President Bush's recess appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations:"  Annan: Bolton Must Cooperate With Envoys (newsday.com -AP- 8/1/05)

Garang Death A Great Loss To Sudan (sudantribune.com, 8/1/05) "NAIROBI, Aug 1, 2005 — Women wailed and men cried silently as news reached exiles of the death of former southern Sudanese rebel leader John Garang. Garang’s January peace deal with the government he had fought had raised hopes of returning home among the thousands of southern Sudanese living in Kenya, where Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement had long been based. Monday, grief and uncertainty vied with that hope —among leaders in the region as well as among the Sudanese."

SUDAN: Garang Death A "Terrible Blow" To Peace Process - Analyst  (irinnews.org, 8/1/05)

Sudan Turns Violent After Garang's Death (newsday.com -AP- 8/1/05) "KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Rioters burned cars and threw stones in Sudan's capital Monday after a helicopter crash killed the country's vice president, who until recently was a southern rebel leader. Sudanese leaders appealed for calm and said the nation's peace process would remain on track. But some southern Sudanese were suspicious about the circumstances of the death of John Garang, who was a key figure in the fledgling peace deal between the predominantly Arab Muslim government and the Christian south." 

John Garang , leader of Sudan ’s People’s Liberation Army gestures as he talks after signing the Sudanese reconciliation accord between the Sudanese government and the National Democratic Alliance, an umbrella opposition grouping, Saturday, June 18, 2005 in Cairo . (sudantribune.com) AP Photo

Economist Blames Aid for Africa Famine (news.yahoo.com, 7/31/05) "DAKAR, Senegal - In Niger, a desert country twice the size of Texas, most of the 11 million people live on a dollar a day. Forty percent of children are underfed, and one out of four dies before turning 5. And that's when things are normal. Throw in a plague of locusts, and a familiar spectacle emerges: skeletal babies, distended bellies, people too famished to brush the flies from their faces." EDITORIAL COMMENT: We concur with economist James Shikwati that the scrounge of poverty, disease and ethnic conflict is invented, nurtured and promoted by colonial and modern day economic and military powers. In the past home grown mercenary military tyrants were used to implement external interests. Today Non Governmental Organizations and bankrupt political agents blaze the trail. The policy was and is designed to weaken the resolve of African citizens to build their nations based on their own history, culture, traditions, customs and technology. No wonder then that Mr. Clarke of Britain and EU is interested more in providing 'legalistic cover" for Meles Zenawi's ethnocentric Marxist dictatorship than assuring justice for the Ethiopian people. Cartergate, we prefer to call it, is a process of disenfranchising Africans. It is a modern version of slavery. Hence, Africans must focus on shaking these agents off their backs and resolve not to be used as pauper's bags.

Ethiopian PM Warns Opposition Against Electoral Process Withdrawal (sudantribune.com -AFP- 7/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 29 (AFP) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi warned the country's opposition leaders on Friday against making good their threat to pull out of a panel investigating alleged fraud in the May 15 elections as well as boycotting parliament. In the first-ever face-to-face meeting since the polls, Meles told leaders of the two main opposition parties that they would "face the consequences," if the pull out from a panel investigating the alleged fraud, according to Tim Clarke, the head of the EU delegation here."

Ethiopia's PM Meets Poll Rivals (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/29/05) "Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has met opposition leaders for the first time since May's disputed polls. The talks were designed to ease tensions after the opposition parties rejected the latest results which move Mr Meles close to victory. "This is a major breakthrough," said Tim Clarke, the head of the European Union mission in Ethiopia." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: Prime Minister Meets Opposition Leaders (irinnews.org, 7/29/05)

Eritrea Reportedly Detains Relatives Of Military Service Evaders (voanews.com, 7/29/05) "Amnesty International is accusing the Eritrean government of arresting several hundred relatives of people who have evaded or deserted military service.  Amnesty says they are being held incommunicado in harsh conditions.  The government, in the past, has denied any human rights violations.De Capua interview with Amnesty International mp3 De Capua interview with Amnesty International Listen to De Capua interview with Amnesty International

All 4 London Bomb Suspects Held (cnn.com, 7/29/05) "LONDON, England (CNN) -- All four men suspected of planting failed bombs on London's transit system on July 21 are in custody, according to sources in London and Rome. Two bombing suspects were picked up during a raid at a government-subsidized apartment building in West London, sources close to the investigation told CNN." RELATED STORY: London, Rome Arrest Suspected 7/21 Bombers (news.yahoo.com, 7/29/05)

Crucible For Islamic Extremism (nzherlad.co.nz, 7/29/05) "NAIROBI - Two of the July 21 suspects come from the Horn of Africa, a region the United States has long seen as a crucible for al Qaeda. Yasin Hassan Omar was born in Somalia, a country whose previous government collapsed in 1991. Since then, it has been ruled by an anarchic collection of feuding clans, radical Islamist groups and militiamen."

Ethiopia A 'Man-Made Disaster' (news24.com, 7/28/05) "Addis Ababa - A government study made public on Thursday has condemned a much-heralded $200m a year aid programme aimed at ending perennial hunger in Ethiopia for failing to meet its targets and causing "a man-made disaster"." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia Feeding Programme Still Having Trouble (alertnet.org,-reuters- 7/28/05)

Ethiopia Election Rows Resurface (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/28/05) "Ethiopia's two main opposition parties have rejected the latest parliamentary election results, which have inched the ruling party nearer a majority of MPs. Ethiopia's ruling coalition is now 11 seats short of a majority, according to officials results from disputed polls."

Ethiopia's Opposition Parties Reject Latest Election Results (english.people.com.cn, 7/28/05) "Ethiopia's two major opposition parties said Wednesday they will not accept the latest parliamentary election results from the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), which puts the ruling party near victory. "If the people's voice is to be respected and peace and stability are made to prevail, the contested constituencies must be re-examined by a neutral body or there should be a re-election in the 299 contested constituencies," the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) said in a joint press statement."

ETHIOPIA: Ruling Coalition Close To Winning Disputed Polls (irinews.org, 7/27/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 27 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's ruling coalition was on Tuesday just eleven seats short of a majority that would enable it to form a new government, according to official results of the disputed 15 May elections. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and allied groups had won 263 of the 435 seats announced by the National Election Board, officials said."

More Injured In New Eastern Ethiopia Explosion (alertnet.org, -reuters-7/27/05) "NAIROBI, July 25 (Reuters) - Another explosion in an area of eastern Ethiopia where five people died in weekend grenade attacks has injured at least four people, non-governmental organisations in the region said on Wednesday. Ali Mohamoud, from Hope for the Horn, said the Tuesday night blast at a restaurant in Jijiga town in the Somali region of Ethiopia, was being linked by locals to separatist rebels." RELATED STORY: Violence In Ethiopia's East Draws Attention To Somalis' Plight (voanews.com, 7/27/05)

Failed Hit In London Tied To East Africans (washingtontimes.com, 7/27/05) "LONDON -- Police investigating last week's failed bomb attacks said yesterday the devices were built and laid by a sleeper cell of East Africans and that they believe the men were acting on instructions from al Qaeda. Authorities are combing through the records of thousands of asylum-seekers and refugees within the Somali, Kenyan, Eritrean and Ethiopian communities in the British capital. It would be the first time Islamic militants from East Africa have played a conspicuous role in terror cells in Europe."  RELATED STORY: Terror Arrests In London (1:56) (cnn.com, 7/27/05)

ERITREA: Drought A Major Cause Of Hardship (irinnews.org, 7/27/05) "ASMARA, 27 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Of all the natural disasters that strike communities and environments, a drought can be the most devastating. If it develops into a full-blown famine or forces people to leave their homes or become dependent on external food aid, drought becomes a humanitarian crisis. Unlike the more dramatic "acts of God", such as volcanoes, earthquakes or tsunamis, the full impact of a drought is more closely related to a country’s ability to respond or mitigate the failure of rains."

Bus Bomb Suspect Family's Shock (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/26/05) "The family of suspected would-be bomber Muktar Said Ibrahim have said they were "shocked" to discover he was being hunted over the 21 July London attacks. Ibrahim is wanted in connection with a blast on a No 26 bus in Hackney Road. In a statement, the family of the 27-year-old said that as soon as they saw his picture on news reports they contacted police."

Ethiopian Ruling Party, Allies Short Of Majority For Govt (sudantribune -AP- 7/26/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 26, 2005 (AP) -- Official election results counted for more than three-quarters of the seats in parliament show Ethiopia's ruling party and its allies are 11 seats short of the majority needed to form government, a senior election official said Tuesday. The uncontested results of 435 seats of the 547-member lower house of the legislature gave 242 seats to the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front while smaller, allied political parties have 22 seats, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity since the results have yet been officially released. The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and its allies need at least 274 seats to form Ethiopia's next government. Ethiopia's main opposition group, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, has won 108 seats while another opposition group, the United Ethiopian Democratic Front, has won 50, the official said."

Ethiopia, Malaysia's PETRONAS Sign Petroleum Exploration Agreement (sudantribune -xinhua- 7/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 25, 2005 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines and PETRONAS, the Malaysian oil firm, on Monday signed a four-year exploration and production agreement to enable the latter explore and produce petroleum in Ethiopia. According to the agreement signed here by Ethiopia's Minister of Mines Mohamoud Dirir and PETRONAS President Mohammad Hassen, the Malaysian oil firm will undertake exploration and production of petroleum around Kelafo, Welwel-Warder and Genale localities in east Ethiopia's Somali state."

Blasts Kill Five In East Ethiopia (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/25/05) "At least five people have been killed after grenades were thrown at a night-club and official residences in Ethiopia's Somali region. More than 30 people have been wounded in the blasts in regional capital Jigjiga and the nearby towns of Dhagahbuur and Fiiq."

ETHIOPIA: Elections To Be Repeated In 20 Constituencies (irinnews.org, 7/25/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 25 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia is to repeat elections in at least 20 of the 524 constituencies contested in the disputed 15 May polls, the chairman of the National Election Board (NEB) said on Monday. Kemal Bedri said the fresh vote would take place in mid-August. Investigators, he added, had found evidence of abuses in more than 100 polling stations in these constituencies."

Police Concede Slain Suspect Not a Bomber (newsday.com, 7/24/05) "The man shot on the Underground was a Brazilian electrician. Scotland Yard won't say whether two in custody are among those sought. Nonetheless, young, dark-skinned men may feel they're caught between the dangers of bombers and of being mistaken for one, said Shamen Miah, 21, an engineering student of South Asian descent." "...Neighbors living in and around Corfe House, a five-story project with weathered brick walls, said they thought a man who was arrested at gunpoint in a top-floor apartment Friday resembled one of the wanted photos printed in London's newspapers — but there was confusion about which photo. Neighbors said an Ethiopian or Eritrean family lived in the raided apartment." RELATED STORY: UPDATE 5-Police arrest man over London bombs, defend tactics (today.reuters.co.uk, 7/24/05) "...The Observer newspaper also said two properties that police raided on Friday were linked to people with family connections in Somalia and Ethiopia."

ፌዴራል ፖሊስ ለፍ/ቤት አልታዘዝ እንዳለ ፋይሉ ተዘጋ (ከሪፖርተር  ሐምሌ ፲፯  ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.)   "ፌዴራል ፖሊስ ለፍርድ ቤት የበላይ አካል በሆነው ፌዴራል ጉዳዮች ሚኒስቴር ቢታዘዝም ፍርድ ቤቱ ይህንን ጉዳይ ሳይመለከት የክሱ ጭብጥ ጠፍቷል በሚል ፋይሉ እንዲዘጋ ወሰነ። Woyane Kangaroo Court Tragic-Comedy. (Reporter, 7/23/05). Attorney for illegally arrested and jailed students gets arrested on his way home for challenging a corrupt federal judge."

Eritrean Leader, US General Discuss Regional Peace, Terrorism (sudantribune.com, 7/22/05) "ASMARA, Eritrea, July 22, 2005 (Shabait.com) -- President Isaias Afwerki said today that the US government's non-fulfillment of its responsibility to promote the implementation of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) ruling is posing an obstacle to Eritrean-American cooperation."

Ethiopia Urges Patience For Decision On Election Investigation (angolapress-angop.ao, 7/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 07/22 - The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Wednesday urged citizens to await with patience the decision of the board regarding the investigation of complaints on the country`s parliament election. It also urged people not to be "misguided" by statements of opposition parties aimed "disrupting" the peaceful investigation of complaints. The Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), the country`s two major opposition parties, issued a joint statement on Tuesday which " misleads" the public regarding the investigation of complaints at a time when in fact the investigation has not been finalized and the board did not gave final decision, it said."

ETHIOPIA: Waiting For Election Results (irinnews.org, 7/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 22 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Two months after more than 25 million Ethiopians went to the polls in the country's third ever national election on 15 May, it is still not clear who won or lost the ballot. As each day passes, claims and counterclaims emanate from rival political parties, the tone and rhetoric causing anxiety across the country."

Ethiopia To Rerun Elections In 20 Of 523 Constituencies (sudantribune.com -AP- 7/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 22, 2005 (AP) -- Ethiopia will rerun parliamentary elections in at least 20 of the 524 seats contested during fiercely disputed polls, the chairman of the National Election Board said Friday. Kemal Bedri said a new vote would be held in August. He said investigators have found evidence of irregularities at more than 100 polling stations in those constituencies, and the number of re-elections could go up as probes are carried out in 40 other constituencies." RELATED STORY:  Ethiopia To Rerun Elections In Some Areas (mg.co.za, 7/22/05)

Ethiopian Electoral Board Says Investigations To Be Finalized Next Week (sudantribune.com -ENA - 7/21/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 21, 2005 (ENA) -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) says 18 Complaint Investigation Panels (CIPs) assigned in the second round by NEBE to probe alleged election frauds would be deployed to constituencies on Friday. NEBE deputy head Tesfaye Mengesha told ENA on Thursday that 13 CIPs would head to the Amhara State while three CIPs to the South Ethiopia Peoples' State. He said one CIP would probe alleged election irregularities in three constituencies in the Oromia State."

የፖሊስ ኮሚሽነሩ ተሰወሩ ይባላል (ከጦቢያ፣ ሐምሌ  ፲፬ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) EPRDF Federal Police Commissioner Workineh Gebeyehu Has Disappeared (Tobia, 7/21/05) Amharic pdf.  "በሻሸመኔ የምርጫ ወረዳ ተወዳድረው የተሸነፉት የፌዴራል ፖሊስ ኮሚሽን ኮሚሽነር ወርቅነህ ገበየሁ ካለፈው ሳምንት ጀምሮ የደረሱበት አለመታወቁን ምንጮቻችን ገለጹ።"

'Feeling Is Not Good' After Ethiopia Vote (usatoday.com, 7/20/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Regulars at the Crocodile, a coffeehouse in the Ethiopian capital, pored over copies of an independent newspaper called Nestanet, which means "freedom" in the local Amharic language. "Everyone is waiting for the result of the election," said Kebede Lema, as he sipped bitter coffee. "The feeling is not good."

ETHIOPIA: Election Fraud Investigations a "Failure" - Opposition (alertnet.org -irin- 7/20/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 20 July (IRIN) - Ethiopia's two main opposition parties on Tuesday branded investigations into election fraud a "complete failure", and said their observers had been arrested, beaten and even killed. The vice chairman of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), Berhanu Nega, said the government and the election board had, from the start, rigged the probe into alleged malpractices." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia Opposition Say Unfair Probes Favour Govt (za.today.reuters.com, 7/19/05)

HORN OF AFRICA: 18 Million Facing Food Shortages (irinnews.org, 7/21/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 20 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - At least 18 million people are facing serious food deficits in the greater Horn of Africa, with more half of them in Ethiopia, a famine early warning network said on Tuesday. Poor rains and high crop prices have sparked the shortages, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Network (FEWS Net), which urged the international community to address the perennial hunger crisis in the Horn by improving the livelihoods of people to make them less dependent"   EDITORIAL COMMENT: Yara International ASA a Norwegian Agriculture Group Awarded Meles Zenawi $200,000,  the first Yara Prize "for his contribution to improved food security and human nutrition in ways that also protect the environment," the prize committee said Tuesday. Shame on the Norwegian government for looking the other way when such a preposterous propaganda is being carried out by a fertilizer merchant against the Ethiopian people who are victims of Zenawi's terrorist regime. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi awarded the (2005-07-19)
Ethiopian Patriots must contact Yara Corporation and denounce this over the table bribe to Meles Zenawi!

The Yara Price committee:  

 
Dr. Thorleif Enger, President and CEO of Yara International ASA, Oslo.
Professor Pedro Sanchez, Director of Tropical Agriculture, the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Marco Quiñones,  Regional Director for Africa, Sasakawa Global 2000, Addis Ababa. 
Joan Holmes, President, The Global Hunger Project.
Dr. Peter Hartmann, Director General of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.
 
Arne Cartridge, Media Relations                           
Telephone    (+47) 24 15 73 01                                             
Cellular        (+47) 47 900 900                                               
E-mail         arne.cartridge@yara.com                                  
 
Ingegerd Rafn, Media Relations
Telephone       (+47) 24 15 72 46
Cellular            (+47) 91 84 06 20

Ethiopia Denies Illegal Conduct In Election Fraud Probe (english.people.com.cn, 7/20/05) " The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) on Tuesday accused opposition parties of trying to undermine electoral investigation process, saying there was " nothing illegal" in the process. NEBE deputy head Tesfaye Mengesha told a press conference the board had been conducting the investigation in accordance with the rules and regulations agreed upon by the parties. "There is nothing that has been done in disregard of the rules and regulations," he said."

Djibouti Deports Ethiopian Pilots (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/19/05) "Djibouti has confirmed that two Ethiopian airmen who defected there in June have been returned to Ethiopia. Interior Minister Yassin Elmi Bouh told the BBC the pilots were handed over last week after agreeing to go home. A third man, their flight engineer, did not want to return and is still in Djibouti, he said."

ETHIOPIA: Ogaden Rebel Group Offers To End War (alertnet.org -IRIN- 7/19/05) "The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) offered peace talks in a neutral country to try to bring an end to the fighting that has plagued this arid region. The decision was announced in a statement following the exchange of letters between Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Ogadeni clan elders in an attempt to secure peace in one of the poorest and most remote parts of the country."

Despite Good Rains Many Remain Hungry In Ethiopia (angolapress.angop.ao, 7/19/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 07/19 - Despite the markedly eased food insecurity trends in Ethiopia, many at-risk pastoralists and vulnerable subsistent peasants would require food assistance until the end of the year, according to local and UN agencies monitoring the situation. Improved rainfall, increased food distributions and non-food aid pledges over the past months have helped ease extreme conditions, the agencies said in their latest Food Security Update on Ethiopia. According to a pre-harvest preliminary assessment, based on the current rainy season, the number of people in need of emergency assistance may increase by between 2.5 and 3 million in the second half of 2005."

New Swedish Election Observers To Ethiopia (reliefweb.int, 7/17/05) "Sweden is sending additional election observers to Ethiopia. During the election of 15 May Sweden contributed six election observers to the joint EU election observation mission. In response to a request by the EU Commission, Sweden is now sending an additional four Swedish election officials to Ethiopia to observe the process concerning appeals against the election results in certain election districts and the new round of elections expected to take place in August. "The Government has followed developments in Ethiopia following the general election on 15 May with deep concern. The violence, the deaths and the large number of arrests in the wake of the demonstrations protesting the way the government handled the aftermath of the election deeply regrettable," Minister for Foreign Affairs Laila Freivalds states. "It is therefore of the utmost importance that follow-up of the election in Ethiopia is carried out in good democratic order, showing respect for human rights. By sending additional Swedish election observers, we wish to contribute to this important process at what is a sensitive point in time for Ethiopia," Ms Freivalds continues." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: We at www.fettan.com wish to thank the Swedish government for the strong position it has taken in defense of the human rights of the Ethiopian people and the establishment of a democratic order in Ethiopia.  We also want to warn the Swedish government that information we received on July 18, 2005 indicates that the EPRDF regime has been intercepting and preventing opposition party observers and leaders from reaching the election investigating team sites and telling international observers that the opposition has failed to appear. We hope that the Swedish delegation will exercise it mission with the utmost care and diligence.

We urge Ethiopian patriots to express gratitude to the Swedish government  and people via the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses below:

Lars Georgsson
Press Secretary
+46 8 405 57 39
+46 70 677 36 86
lars.georgsson@foreign.ministry.se

Agneta Johansson
Desk Officer
Africa Department
+46 8 405 55 24

ETHIOPIA: NGO Body Threatened With Ban For "Political Bias" (irinnews.org, 7/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 18 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - An umbrella body representing more than 250 international and local charities in Ethiopia has said the government threatened on Saturday to ban it because of alleged "political bias". The Christian Relief and Development Association (CRDA) said it was accused of "illegal and destructive activities" after voicing concerns over post-election violence. "We are very alarmed by this threat because it means any criticism being made within the country is being stifled," Semira Alhadi, deputy director of the body, told IRIN."

Nelson Mandela with sketch for comic book

Nelson Mandela at 87. A comic book is planned to document Mr Mandela's life. AFP Photo

HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I. Father of African Unity. AP Photo

South Africa Marks Mandela Birthday: Celebrations are taking place in South Africa to mark Nelson Mandela's 87th birthday.(news.bbc.co.uk, 7/18/05) "They started in Mr. Mandela's former prison cell on Robben Island with the lighting of a torch. This will be carried across South Africa to raise awareness about HIV-Aids. The former president will spend his birthday at his family home at Qunu in Eastern Cape province, hosting a party for orphaned and vulnerable children. The torch will be carried from Robben Island, near Cape Town, to Johannesburg where it will be used to light candles on a birthday cake for Mr Mandela at Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday." 

RELATED STORY: Mbeki Thanks Madiba On His Birthday (iol.co.za, 7/18/05) "South Africans should use former president Nelson Mandela's birthday to "rejoice in the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity", President Thabo Mbeki said on Monday."

EDITORIAL NOTE: President Mandela and the late Emperor Haile Selassie I served as icons of national unity. Woyane and Shaebia tyrants in Ethiopia serve as  symbols of Ethnic conflict. We wish Mr. Mandela a happy 87th birthday. God Bless him. We urge Ethiopians to come out and celebrate Emperor Haile Selassie's birthday on July 23, 2005.

Sabriya Abdulla, a widow and mother of five who lives in the Niger River delta, said police entered her village, detained women and stole wheat after a dispute with the landowner. The village "will never be the same," she said. (By Daniel Williams -- The Washington Post). Washington Post Photo
In Egypt's Countryside, Farmers' Anger Seen As 'Silent Time Bomb': Recent Revolt Over Rent And Evictions Draws Support Of Mubarak Opponents (washingtonpost.com, 7/17/05) "SARANDO, Egypt -- Tractors are a rare sight in the Nile River delta, where tenant farmers still labor with hand and hoe, so the arrival of three loud machines in early March created a stir in an already volatile community. Sarando peasants had been feuding bitterly with a landlord over rents and evictions. Were the tractors there to destroy crops? they recalled wondering. To plow fields on disputed land? Who were the brawny strangers who said the landlord had sent them? No one waited to find out. Within a few hours, fighting with fists and rifles had broken out, one visitor was dead, farmers had fled in fear of the law and police had placed Sarando under a six-day siege." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Notice the similarities in behavior and attitude between Egyptian feudal landlords and MLLT feudalist cadres.  When will Ethiopian farmers chase out Meles' TPLF landlords and reposes land taken away from them by Mengistu the Leninist and Meles the Stalinist? When will forced resettlements end?

UNHCR Concerned For Missing Ethiopian Pilots (voanews.com, 7/15/05) "The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, says it’s concerned about three Ethiopian pilots who reportedly defected to Djibouti last month. It’s asking the Djibouti government to release information on their whereabouts. Ron Redmond is a spokesman for the UNHCR.  From Geneva, he spoke to English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about the incident." RELATED STORY: Fears For Missing Ethiopia Pilots (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/15/05) Listen to De Capua interview with UNHCR mp3
De Capua interview with UNHCR ra
Listen to De Capua interview with UNHCR ra

Ethiopian Opposition Accuse Government Of Endangering Poll Probe (sudantribune.com -The Reporter- 7/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 16, 2005 (The Reporter) -- Although the conduct of the 15 May national election is now almost two-month long, the end of the whole process and the disclosure of final results of all constituencies does not seem to be near at hand."

U.N. Seeks Ethiopian Airmen Who Defected To Djibouti (sudantribune.com, 7/15/05) "GENEVA, July 15 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday called on Djibouti to clarify the fate of two Ethiopian military helicopter pilots and their flight engineer who reportedly defected and may have been deported home. The trio is believed to have flown their craft around June 10 to the tiny [neighbouring] Red Sea state, but U.N. officials have failed to gain access to the airmen to determine whether they deserve refugee status. "We still have not seen them and we are growing increasingly concerned that the pilots might have been returned to Ethiopia against their will," Ron Redmond, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters."

ETHIOPIA: Political Parties Urged to Renounce Violence (irinnews.org, 7/15/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 15 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - The European Union and the United States appealed on Thursday for the peaceful resolution of disputes stemming from the 15 May national elections in Ethiopia. "All parties should renounce all use of violence, inflammatory, defamatory or ethnic hate messages via the media or Internet, and any other action that is likely to further increase tension in Ethiopia," they said in a statement. "The European Union and the United States expect all political parties and the government to abide by the political process through parliamentary and constitutional means to resolve this election crisis," the statement added."

EU, US Call For Respect Of Human Rights In Ethiopia (angolapress-angop.ao, 7/15/05) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 07/15 - Pledging to assist Ethiopia in meeting its new democratic challenges, the European Union and the United States on Thursday cautioned the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to respect international principles of human rights. Citing the recent street violence and arrests that followed the 15 May 2005 parliamentary polls, the EU and the US urged Ethiopian leaders to work together towards reconciliation and a commitment to peace and non-violence."

ፓርላማው ያወጣውን አዋጅ  የቅንጅቱ መሪዎች አንቀበለው አሉ (ከኢትኦጵ  ሐምሌ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) "ላለፉት ዓመታት በስራ ላይ የነበረው የሕዝብ ተወካዮች /ቤት የ፭ ዓመት የሥራ ዘመኑን ባሳለፈው ሐሙስ አብቅቷል። ፓርላማው የስራ ዘመኑን ባበቃበት ወቅት በቀጣዩ ዓመት ስራ የሚጀምረው ፓርላማ የሚመራበትን የሥነ ምግባር አዋጅ አውጥቷል። ብዙዎቹ ፓርላማውን «በድን» የሚያደርግ ሲሉ የጠቀሱትን አዋጅ በተመለከተ የቅንጅቱን መሪ ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ሻውልንና የፓርላማ አባል የሆኑቱን አቶ በድሩ አደምን አነጋግረናል።"

Kenyans Hunt For Killers In Massacre (cnn.com, 7/15/05) "NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- Kenyan security personnel in armored cars and helicopters pursued bandits Thursday in a lawless northern region where at least 75 people have died in a cycle of grisly revenge killings this week. Police said 26 children were among those shot and hacked to death in one massive attack and several reprisal strikes in the Marsabit district south of the Ethiopian border."

Miss Ethiopia Quarantined For Not Having Medical Certificate (thestar.com.my, 7/14/05) "KUCHING: Miss Ethiopia Dina Fekadu Mosissa was put under a four-day quarantine after she failed to produce a yellow-fever card on arrival at the KL International Airport yesterday. The 21-year-old beauty will miss the Miss Tourism pageant’s preview dinner show here tonight.  Pageant [organiser] Alaric Soh said health officials at the airport had refused Mosissa’s entry despite his plea."

Miss Ethiopia Dina Fekadu Mosissa   The Star Photo

ANALYSIS-African Giant Ethiopia Frets Over Poll Uncertainty (alertnet.org, -Reuters- 7/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Post-election Ethiopia stands on the threshold of a new political era, but many in this giant African country are uncertain whether the future is one of more democracy or increasing authoritarian rule. Sub-Saharan Africa's second most populous nation after Nigeria is still awaiting final results two months after its freest elections raised hopes of greater political tolerance after generations of feudalism and dictatorship. Those hopes were damaged by a subsequent police crackdown."

"The situation is very sad on the ground, everybody is mourning the dead" Bonaya Godana, Former Kenyan foreign minister AFP Photo

In pictures: Kenya massacre      Raid survivors' tales

Kenyans Fear Further Killer Raids (bbc.co.uk, 7/14/05) "Kenyans are fleeing the area where a massacre was carried out in the north-east village of Turbi in which 76 people died, fearing further attacks. A truck-load of villagers arrived in the nearest large town, Marsabit, saying they feared more unrest." "...Kenyans say the killers have fled north, towards Ethiopia." RELATED STORY: Marauding Bandits From Ethiopia Raid Kenyan Village, Kill 45, Seize Livestock (suntimes.com, 7/14/05)  Kenyan president appeals for calm as deadly clan conflict smothers 76. (news.yahoo.com, 7/14/05) 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi's wish comes true: the dawn of ethnic/clan based union of socialist republics stretching from Kenya to the Sudan with Tigrai-Tigrign super state at the center of the empire. The seed of intrahamwe has been planted and nurtured for the last 14 years. Consequences of blind quest for ethnic supremacy! 

Ethiopia: Two More Journalists Arrested (sudantribune, 7/15/14/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 13, 2005 (Sudan Tribune) -- Ethiopian police arrested Fassil Yenalem, editor-in-chief of "Addis Zena" newspaper, on Monday 11 July 2005 at 2.30 p.m. (local time). According to a press release by Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association, Yenalem is expected to appear in court on 12 July. It is not known if he is up on any charges or if he will be eligible for release on bail."

Group: Dozens Killed In Ethiopian Election Protests (cnn.com 7/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Independent investigators have confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 74 others were shot and wounded by police during last month's protests against suspected electoral fraud in Ethiopia, a human rights group said Wednesday. Seventeen people are missing after the three days of protests that started on June 6 as officials released provisional results of May's parliamentary elections, said Adam Melaku, executive secretary of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council."

Ethiopia Plans To Lift Protest Ban This Week (alertnet.org -reuters- 7/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 13 (Reuters) - Ethiopia will lift a ban on demonstrations in Addis Ababa this week because "emotions have run out of steam" following bloody post-election protests, the government said on Wednesday. "It is not going to be renewed," Information Minister Bereket Simon told Reuters, adding the ban was "definitely" due to run out this week. The government first imposed the month-long ban in the capital, an opposition stronghold, on May 15 a few hours after general election polls closed."

ETHIOPIA: Emergency Payments To Stave Off Hunger (irinnews.org, 7/13/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 13 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia has ordered an emergency cash payment to vulnerable families to offset delays in the flagship safety nets scheme, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday. The safety nets [programme], launched in January, is the cornerstone of the famine prevention strategy in Ethiopia, a country where even during good harvests, some five million people face serious hunger." EDITORIAL COMMENT: Meles Zenawi's bankrupt and inept regime is incapable of distributing funds provided by foreign donors to prevent starvation of the poor. Meles is busy scheming on how to transfer the funds to his Bank of Malaysia personal account. G8 funds will be similarly mishandled unless the Ethiopian people manage to get rid of Zenawi's tyrannical terrorist regime.

UN Security Council Discusses Options For Ending Ethiopia-Eritrea Stalemate (un.org, 7/11/05) "11 July 2005 With no bilateral agreement on the boundary demarcation between Ethiopia and Eritrea so far, the United Nations Security Council today said its options for resolving the stalemate included a meeting of the witnesses to the relevant peace accords and a possible Council visit to both Horn of Africa countries."

UN Pressures Ethiopia To Accept Border Decision (sudantribune.com -Reuters- 7/12/05) "ASMARA, July 12 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council has urged Ethiopia to accept a binding ruling on its border with Eritrea, the root of an increasingly hostile stalemate between the two foes since a 1998-2000 war."

ETHIOPIA: Government Rejects Criticism Over Media (irinnews.org, 7/12/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 12 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia has rejected accusations of cracking down on independent media after the disputed elections, insisting that it is upholding the law of the land. Authorities also criticized international media watchdogs, saying they were ill-informed about what was actually taking place in Ethiopia."

ETHIOPIA: Partial Election Results Promise Close Race (irinnews.org, 7/11/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 11 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Ethiopia's ruling party and opposition groups were virtually neck and neck after the first partial official election results were released on Friday. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party won 139 seats and other groups allied to it held 20, bringing the total number of seats for the government to 159 with just over half the results released." Latest Official HPR Results For 307 Constituencies Released by the NEBE (Amharic pdf).

Ethiopian Coffee Gets Top Bids In Internet Auction (reuters.com, 7/12/05) "NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ethiopia, widely considered the birthplace of coffee, has attracted top bids from around the world for its premium Java in a premier Internet auction for African coffees, according to ECAFE Foundation, a nonprofit group organizing the event. CAFE, which aims to help the agricultural and economic development of farming communities, had sourced coffee from 150 farming coops in eight regions across the African country to identify high quality coffees."

Al Qaeda-Linked Cell In Somalia (cnn.com, 7/11/05) "NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A new and ruthless cell with links to Al Qaeda has grabbed a foothold in Somalia's capital, according to a report released Monday that dovetails with other analysis showing the lawless country could become a haven for international terrorists."

Ethiopia's opposition leader Beyene Petros of the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces. Reuters Photo

Ethiopian Opposition Parties Reject Partial Poll Results (sudantribune.com -the reporter- 7/10/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 10, 2005 (The Reporter) -- The opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the opposition United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) have described as inappropriate the announcement the day before yesterday of only 307 election results by the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE).UEDF Deputy Chairman Beyene Petros told The Reporter that he did not support the irresponsible manner in which the NEBE announced partial election results at a time when all parties had agreed to accept a final result after investigations were conducted. Describing the results as meaningless, Beyene said "how can we accept it? It does not even indicate whether I myself have won in the elections."

 African Head Defends G8 Agreement (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/9/05) "A key African leader has praised the decision by G8 nations to boost aid to poorer countries by $50bn (£28.8bn). Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who heads the African Union, said the summit was a success and African issues were being tackled "realistically"."

Ethiopia Gov't Ahead In Count From Disputed Poll (alertnet.org -Reuters- 7/8/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 8 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government led the main opposition parties in partial results released on Friday from a contested May 15 poll that sparked fraud claims and protests killing 36 people. In long-awaited official results, Meles' ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) took 139 out of 307 seats counted so far, compared with 93 for the main opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD)." RELATED STORY:   First Ethiopia Poll Results Drawn (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/8/05)

Ethiopian Opposition Leader Denies Plans to Quit Group Investigating Vote Fraud (voanews.com, 7/8/05) "listen to Gizachew interview Ethiopia’s opposition denies that it may withdraw from an investigation of the May 15th vote.  The electoral board has set up panels to carry out the investigation.  This past week, some news outlets said the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy, or CUD, had withdrawn -- or was threatening to withdraw.  The news reports said it was because of threats against members of the CUD in various parts of the country." Read CUD Statement (Amharic pdf.)

European Parliament Resolution On The Situation In Ethiopia (europarl.eu.int, 7/7/05) "MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure by Margaret Auken, Raul Romeva, Marie Hélène Aubert and Frithjof Schmidt on the situation in Ethiopia: ... Condemns the government security forces for the violent repression against civilians and opposition leaders and supporters and for the killing of at least 36 persons,"

Oromo Political Parties Merge (allafrica.com, 7/7/05) "Five Oromo political parties namely the Oromo Abbo Liberation Front, Oromo Liberation Unity Front, Oromo Liberation National Party, Geda System Party and Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement signed yesterday an agreement for their merger and formation of one party-Front for the Forces of Oromo Struggle (FFOS). Yesterday's announcement comes a day after members of another opposition party the Coalition for Unity and Democracy CUD announced a similar move."

Africa '05 - Hailu Shawel (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/5/05) "In a "HARDtalk interview on July 5th, Stephen Sackur talks to the Chairman of Ethiopia's CUD party, Hailu Shawel. Who won Ethiopia's parliamentary election in May? The opposition says the Government is trying to rob them of a victory."

 

Stephen Sackur spoke to Hailu Shawel in Addis Ababa. AFP Photo

Click here to watch the full interview

Tony Blair Talks With Christiane Amanpour About Aid to Impoverished Africa.(cnn.com, 7/5/05)
Africa '05 - Meles Zenawi (news.bbc.co.uk, 7/4/05) "In a HARDtalk interview on July 4th, Stephen Sackur talks to Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. As world leaders gather in Scotland for the G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Africa will be the main issue on the agenda." "...Anti-government protestors were shot dead by riot police and now many Ethiopians fear for their country's future."

Can Prime Minister Meles Zenawi maintain stability in Ethiopia until the election results are announced?  AFP Photo  "None of our development partners [Tony Blair] complained about the actions we took [marshal law and killing of unarmed demonstrators.]" Meles Zenawi

©  IRIN Photo  Prime ministers Meles Zenawi of EPRDF/MLLT, left, and Tony Blair of Britain. 

Africa's New Best Friends (guardian.co.uk, 7/5/05) "I began to [realise] how much trouble we were in when Hilary Benn, the secretary of state for international development, announced that he would be joining the Make Poverty History march on Saturday. What would he be chanting, I wondered? "Down with me and all I stand for"?" "...At the Make Poverty History march, the speakers insisted that we are dragging the G8 leaders kicking and screaming towards our demands. It seems to me that the G8 leaders are dragging us dancing and cheering towards theirs." EDITORIAL NOTE: A sobering (after July 4th) reminder to Ethiopians as to why Tony Blair wants his God-Son Meles Zenawi stay put. The 21st century version of the 1950s British East African UN Mandate brilliantly kicked off by Ms. Berhan Woldu (MLLT Poverty Queen) and Sir Bob Geldof. Ms. Woldu was saved by British nuns associated with a charity in 1986, but more than 130 Ethiopian young demonstrators protesting a fraudulent election were slaughtered by MLLT shock troops in the streets of Ethiopia on June 8, 2005.

Ethiopia 'Right' To stop Protests (bbc.co.uk, 7/6/05) "Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has defended the use of force against protesters in Addis Ababa last month. Thirty-six people are believed to have died when the security forces opened fire on demonstrators angry at the alleged rigging of May's elections."

Ethiopian Media Crackdown Continues, 11 Journalists Now Facing Charges (sedantribune.com, -AFP-7/6/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 5 (AFP) -- A crackdown on independent media in Ethiopia begun after deadly post-election violence last month has continued with 11 journalists now facing various charges and the credentials of five others revoked, officials said Tuesday. In the last one week, the country's police have arrested 11 journalists working for private Amharic-language weeklies but were been released on bail pending a decision from the prosecutor whether to charge them with defamation on complaints from the [defence] ministry."

ከትናንት በስቲያ አመጹት የመከላከያ ሠራዊት አግዚ /ጦር ከቧቸዋል (ከአዲስ ዜና፣ ሰኔ ፳፰ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. ) ከፍቼ ኪሎ ሜትር ያህል ርቆ በሚገኘው የጦር ካምፕ የሚኖሩ የሰባተኛና የአስረኛ ዙሩ አባላት ከትናንት ወዲያ አመፅ አድርገው በርካታ መኪናዎችን አግተው መዋላቸውን በሥፍራው የተገኘው የአዲስ ዜና ዘጋቢ ገልጿል። Ethiopian Troops That Staged A Mutinous Highway Blockade Three Days Ago Are Surrounded by TPLF Agazi Shock Units (Addis Zenna, 7/5/05) Amharic pdf.

አፈሳ   በድጋሚ  ተጀመረ (ከአዲስ ዜና፣ ሰኔ ፳፰ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. ) ምንጩ ባልታወቀ ሁኔታ ሐምሌ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ. በመላው አገሪቱ ይደረጋል እየተባለ ለሚወራው የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ በመስጋት መንግሥት ከሰኔ ፳፭ እስከ ሰኔ ፳፱ ቀን ድረስ በከተማው የሚገኙ ወጣቶች እንዲታፈሱ ትዕዛዝ መሰጠቱን ከፖሊስ ያገኘነው መረጃ ያስረዳል።The EPRDF/TPLF Regime Has Issued Orders To Roundup Youth Now And On The Eve of July 8th To Prevent Peaceful Demonstrations. Regime Cadres have been given lists of people to be arrested, most of whom are individuals who were previouslt targeted for voting for the opposition.

Charity In Vogue, Ethiopia Its Queen (theaustralian.news.com.au, 7/5/05) "POVERTY is by far the biggest business in Africa. Now, thanks to Tony Blair and Bob Geldof, it is boom time again. Whatever happens at this week's G8 summit, one thing is certain - a flood of fresh money is about to come rushing down the aid pipeline. The "aid business" is waiting with open arms."

BBC Grills Meles To Embarrassment, OK's New Voting (eritreadaily.net, 7/4/05) "4 July 2005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (BBC): In an interview on July 4th with BBC radio show, HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur, the host, grilled PM Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia to the extent of embarrassment and infantile lies and secured consent to new elections."

ETHIOPIA: Editors Held As Army Warns Newspapers (irinnews.org, 7/4/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 4 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Five editors of independent Ethiopian newspapers were arrested and later released on bail for their coverage of post-election violence, a local media watchdog said on Friday. The Ethiopian army, in a separate statement published in the state-run media on Friday, warned newspapers against printing "defamatory and baseless" articles. The newspapers, it added, had breached the country's press laws." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA: Editors held as army warns newspapers (alertnet.org, 7/4/05)

At African Summit, Annan Announces Creation Of 'Democracy Fund' (un.org, 7/4/05) "4 July 2005 Addressing leaders of the African continent meeting today in Libya, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the launch of a new initiative to financially support States undergoing the democratization process."

Ugandan Leader Shows Signs Of Backsliding (newsday.com, 7/4/05) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Former President Clinton called him a new kind of African leader and international donors tripped over themselves in granting him cash and praise. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said all the right things and brought stability to one of Africa's biggest problem countries. Now, however, the reformist appears to be setting himself up as president-for-life, his critics charge." "...Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has struck a decidedly authoritarian stance and a recent crackdown on the opposition in Ethiopia has placed Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's democratic credentials in question. Eritrean President Isiayas Afwerki, who was also praised by Clinton along with Museveni and Meles, has thrown all independent journalists in jail, banned all but five religious groups and cracked down on dissent."

የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ንድነት ግንባር (ኢብአግ) የሕዝብ ድምጽ ራድዮ፦ የሰኔ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. ፕሮግራም ዘወትር አርብና እሑድ በኢትዮጵያ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከምሽቱ ፪ እስከ ፫ ሰዓት በ፲፱ ሜትር ባንድ - ፲፪፼፩፻፳ አጭር ሞገድ ያዳምጡ። Join ENUF in it's struggle to save Ethiopia.  Write to: ENUF  P.O. Box 2206,  Washington,  DC  20013. www.enufforethiopia.org  email:info@enufforethiopia.org

Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF) People's Voice Radio --  July 3, 2005 Program  Click Link to Listen Program-- Broadcast to Ethiopia on 19 meter band, Frequency 12120 khz, 250 kw power, Fridays and Sundays 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Ethiopian local time. (Posted 7/3/05) 

Ethiopian Soldiers Block Roads To Protest Pay (cnn.com -AP- 7/3/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- About 150 Ethiopian soldiers blocked motorists from entering a northern Ethiopian town to protest delays in getting their pay, a witness said Sunday, while a government spokesman only acknowledged there was a pay dispute without giving details. The soldiers set up a roadblock outside Fetche, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital, Addis Ababa, stopping motorists from entering the town and temporarily seizing their vehicles, said a witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation."  RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Peacekeepers Stage Six Hour Demo To Demand Pay (sudantimes.com -AFP- 7/4/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 3 (AFP) -- More than 100 Ethiopian peacekeepers on Sunday blocked traffic for more than six hours at a major highway north of the capital Addis Ababa demanding to be paid their peacekeeping benefits, officials and witnesses said. The peacekeepers, who arrived in the country last week from a mission in Liberia, caused a major traffic snarl-up on the main road linking the capital to the northern town of Gojjam."

Canadian Press Photo: An Ethiopian malnourished child is checked by a doctor in Yirba, Ethiopia, Wednesday. (AP 5/5/05)

U.N.: Ethiopia Faces 300,000 Malnutrition Deaths (cnn.com, 5/4/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- As many as 300,000 Ethiopian children will die from malnutrition this year if donors do not come forward with food aid and money, a U.N. official said Wednesday. The U.N. children's agency urgently needs $13 million (€10 million) in the next 60 days to feed about 170,000 children close to starving to death, said Bjorn Ljungqvist, the agency's head in Ethiopia. He said "300,000 children are dying every year from poor nutrition or nutrition-related" causes in Ethiopia." UN Says 300,000 Ethiopian Children in Danger of Dying From Starvation (news.yahoo.com (AP), 5/4/05)

Live 8 Rocks The World, But Will It Help The Poor? (reuters.co.uk, 7/3/05) "LONDON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - After a galaxy of stars rocked the world in the largest live concert ever held, politicians said on Sunday people power could make a difference as world leaders prepared to meet to relieve poverty. Over a million people listened to rock and pop musicians at venues across four continents on Saturday to demand that the Group of Eight wealthy nations cancel the debts of poor African countries and boost aid at a summit in Scotland on Wednesday." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: "Throwing money at African governments is not the answer," the brother of South African President Thabo Mbeki wrote."  We concur. While Mr. Bob Geldof is exploiting Berhan Wordu's fortune, perhaps 20 million Ethiopian starved to death since 1986. The carnage continues. All the money that Live Aid raised (as will that of Live 8 or Tony Blair's debt relief) went into the the pockets of Meles Zenawi and the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray politburo gang. Read the information at this link. The region that Berhan hailed from was the gorilla base that Meles zenawi used to launch his tyrannical regime, of course using Geldof and BBC footages for propaganda. More Ethiopians are dying today from HIV/AIDS, malaria, starvation, war/violence and misguided government policies than did in 1986. We would like to advise Misters Geldof, Blair and Zenawi to really, really, really grow up. 

UK Aid Funds Iraqi Torture Units (guardian.co.uk, 7/3/05) "British and American aid intended for Iraq's hard-pressed police service is being diverted to paramilitary commando units accused of widespread human rights abuses, including torture and extra-judicial killings, The Observer can reveal. Iraqi Police Service officers said that ammunition, weapons and vehicles earmarked for the IPS are being taken by shock troops at the forefront of Iraq's new dirty counter-insurgency war." EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask yourselves - Were UK and Africa Commission/EU funds used to finance and train the MLLT Agazi Commando shock troops (and US counter-terrorism joint forces in the Horn of Africa) to massacre Ethiopian peaceful demonstrators on June 8, 2005 in Addis Abeba and other cities?

Eritrea Row Threatens De-miners (bbc.co.uk, 7/3/05) "Aid donors in Eritrea are threatening to cut millions of dollars of funding for de-mining projects, diplomatic sources have told the BBC. They have been in talks with de-miners to see how the government resolves the suspension of a major project.  The work has been suspended because all the cars of the de-mining project have been impounded by the government." RELATED STORY: Petrol Prices Hit Two Dollar a Litre in Eritrea (sudantribune.com, 7/3/05)

Twenty Years On, Why Are Things So Bad In Ethiopia? (timesonline.co.uk, 7/2/05) "Ethiopia, the third poorest country in the world, is one of the clearest examples in Africa today of how aid has failed to pull the country out of poverty.  ZENE GEMECHO’s only important possession is a scrawny goat. She is dressed in rags, and drags it by a string, tethering it to a bush outside her home, a mud and wattle hut on the outskirts of this dirt-poor village in central Ethiopia." EDITORIAL NOTE: Please read the articles at these links if you are not a Tony Blair and want to know the truth!

Ethiopian PM Warns Opposition From Dreaming To Overthrow Govt (sudantribune, 7/2/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 1, 2005 (Ethiopian TV) -- Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has warned those who attempt to over throw the government in unconstitutional manner to stop from their futile attempt. In an hour-long exclusive interview with the Ethiopian radio and television, the premier said the Ukraine and Georgia-style orange revolutions will not be repeated in Ethiopia." RELATED STORY: Bank Security Guards Say There Were No Attempts to Rob Banks During Anti-Meles Demonstrations June 6-8, 2005 (Lisane Hizb, 7/1/05) Amharic pdf

Ethiopian Parish Blessed With Church (news14charlotte, 7/2/05) "MINT HILL, N.C. -- Six years after its founding, the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church will finally have a place to call home. Since its founding in 1999 with only a few members, the parish has grown to include 125 families. After years of dreaming, the parish decided it was time to find a way to obtain its own church."

Ethiopian Police Detain Five Editors For Alleged Defamation (sudanrtibune.com, -AFP- 7/1/05) "ADDIS ABABA, July 1 (AFP) -- Ethiopian police this week detained five editors for several hours for their coverage of post-election violence earlier this month that left dozens dead, the country's media watchdog said. Ethiopian Free Press Journalists Association (EFJ) said the editors from three Amharic-language newspapers were arrested and questioned on Thursday for coverage that allegedly defamed the country's police force. Police confirmed the arrests."

Donors Urge Ethiopian Parties To Support Fraud Probe (alertnet.org -Reuters- 6/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 30 (Reuters) - Donor countries appealed to Ethiopia's political parties to respect a committee probing allegations of fraud in May 15 polls, which triggered protests that killed at least 36 people. Investigation teams, including foreign observers and lawyers deployed across the vast Horn of Africa country on Wednesday to begin investigations into irregularities in 135 out of 527 constituencies. We expect all sides to live up to their commitment to support the complaints investigation panels so as to allow them complete their work," a joint donor statement said."

የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ንድነት ግንባር (ኢብአግ) የሕዝብ ድምጽ ራድዮ፦ የሰኔ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. ፕሮግራም ዘወትር አርብና እሑድ በኢትዮጵያ ሰዓት አቆጣጠር ከምሽቱ ፪ እስከ ፫ ሰዓት በ፲፱ ሜትር ባንድ - ፲፪፼፩፻፳ አጭር ሞገድ ያዳምጡ። Join ENUF in it's struggle to save Ethiopia.  Write to: ENUF  P.O. Box 2206,  Washington,  DC  20013. www.enufforethiopia.org  email:info@enufforethiopia.org

Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF) People's Voice Radio --  July 1, 2005 Program  Click Link to Listen Program-- Broadcast to Ethiopia on 19 meter band, Frequency 12120 khz, 250 kw power, Fridays and Sundays 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Ethiopian local time. (Posted 7/1/05) 

AIDS orphan Tadeau Abera with a meal in her Ethiopian home.
Photo: Reuters

Spotlight On Stark Poverty Divide (theage.com.au, 7/2/05) "In the foothills of a towering mountain range in a sprawling city named after a new flower, two girls were born two years apart, destined to lead very different lives. One has lost both her parents, orphaned by HIV/AIDS just like a million other children in her country, leaving her to raise two younger siblings in a shantytown on the edge of the city. The other used to live nearby, but has since followed her father around the world to a quiet eastern suburb in Melbourne, where she initially found the weather as baffling as the language." "...Sena's father, Malka Deressa, was taken from work at gunpoint. "The police ask me why I support the OLF and I explain that under the Ethiopian constitution I can support any political group," Mr Deressa says. "Then they torture me, beat me with electric wire and put me in prison." After about six months in jail, he escaped to Kenya, where he eventually secured a humanitarian visa to Australia in 2000.

FEATURE-Ethiopian Orphans Fend For Themselves (alertnet.org, 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 29 (Reuters) - Tadeau Abera wants to be like the other children chasing through the rain-splashed alleyways of her shanty town on the edge of Addis Ababa. Instead, the 13 year-old wakes at dawn to prepare breakfast for her siblings, fetch the water, wash their clothes and clean their one-roomed home.  Once the chores are finished, she slings a white satchel across her back and heads to school. Like more than one in 10 Ethiopian children, Tadeau is an orphan and for four years she has played mother to younger brother Endashew, 11 and sister Yeshiwork, 8.

Sena Kinati, 11, left Ethiopia for Melbourne when she was eight.
Photo: Nicole Emanuel


 

Donors Demand Full Probe Into Post-election Deaths (irinnews.org, 6/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 30 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Western donors have pressured the Ethiopian government to fully investigate the deaths of at least 36 people reportedly shot dead by police during post-election violence in mid-June. In a statement on Wednesday, they also called for the release of prisoners who were rounded up during and after the protests over the 15 May polls, 3,000 of whom have been released so far."

The Somali refugees in Ethiopia ©  IRIN Photo

UNHCR Close To Phasing Out Operations In The East (irinnews.org, 6/30/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 30 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, shut down a camp in eastern Ethiopia on Wednesday after repatriating the last of its residents to Somaliland." "..."This milestone brings us one step closer to phasing out our operations in eastern Ethiopia, an area which, 15 years ago, was the largest refugee-hosting area in the world," said Fernando Protti Alvarado, the UNHCR’s deputy regional, representative."

Annan Urges Action Against Delays In Safety-nets Programme (irinnews.org, 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 29 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Urgent action is needed to tackle delays in families receiving food or cash in Ethiopia’s flagship safety-nets programme, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday."

Ethiopia Begins Fraud Poll Probes (bbc.co.uk, 6/30/05) "Teams of fraud poll investigators in Ethiopia have begun visiting the 135 constituencies where the result of May's election is fiercely disputed.  At least 36 people were killed and thousands arrested in protests over the poll, won by the governing party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Opposition parties say many of their members are still in prison."  RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi ‘s Response to Members of US Congress (mfa.gov.et, 6/28/05) "...All credible domestic and international observers have declared that the elections, including the processes of the election day have been free, fair and transparent by any standard and not just by Ethiopian or African standards. The bulk of the opposition had all along publicly declared that its interest was not to win seats in parliament, but to use the electoral process to remove the constitutional order through extra-constitutional means"

AP Photo: - Etienne Nzabonimana is seen during a court appearance at the Palace of Justice

Rwandans Get 10, 12 Years For War Crimes (news.yahoo.com -AP- 6/29/05) "BRUSSELS, Belgium - Two Rwandan businessmen were sentenced to 10 and 12 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted for helping Hutu militias who killed thousands during the 1994 Rwanda genocide." "...The two were convicted of participating in plans to massacre people at a church and a nearby municipal hall where Tutsis and moderate Hutus met. The prosecution said the two offered transport for the killers and helped arrange for weapons." "...The court handed down a 12-year sentence to Etienne Nzabonimana, 53, who was convicted Tuesday on 56 counts of aiding and abetting in the slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Kibungo, southwest of the Rwandan capital, Kigali. His half-brother Samuel Ndashyikirwa, 43, was given 10 years in jail after being found guilty on 23 counts." EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi's twin brothers got away with a slap on their hands. These sentences are a betrayal of the people of Rwanda. The Ethiopian people ought to do much better than this when it comes to Meles' trial.

Some of Ethiopia's private newspapers. ©  IRIN Photo

Ethiopia Arrests 8 Reporters Over Polls - Group (reuters.co.za, 6/2/05) 

Ethiopia Arrests Four Newspaper Editors (guardian.co.uk -AP- 6/29/05)

EPRDF REGIME'S FUTILE ATTEMPTS TO MUZZLE THE FREE PRESS

Ethiopia Charges Editors Who Criticized Crackdown (alertnet.org -Reuters- 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 29 (Reuters) - Ethiopia has charged four newspaper editors with "slurring" the security forces after criticising a recent crackdown in which police shot dead dozens of protesters alleging election fraud."

Four Editors Arrested, Released On Bail (cpj.org, 6/28/05) "New York, June 28, 2005—Police arrested four editors of private Amharic-language newspapers today in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, CPJ sources said. The arrests stem from reports in the weeklies about Ethiopian air force pilots who allegedly defected during a training program in Belarus last week, one source said."

ETHIOPIA: Editors Held On Defamation Charges (irinnews.org, 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 29 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Four editors of private newspapers in Ethiopia were on Tuesday held by police for hours on charges of defaming the air force, a global media watchdog reported. The arrests occurred following reports that eight pilots had sought political asylum in Belarus after recent election violence.  Befekadu Moreda, editor-in-chief of Tomar; Zelalem Gebre, editor-in-chief of Menilik; Dawit Fassil, editor-in-chief of Asqual; and Tamrat Serbesa, editor-in-chief of Satenaw, all Amharic weekly newspapers, were detained for seven hours and later released on bail of 2,000 birr each (about US $228), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said." 

Some Ethiopian Constituencies Likely To Have Election Reruns (voanews.com, 6/29/05) "Ethiopia's National Electoral Board says it is likely that there will be reruns of the May 15 elections in some constituencies where there have been complaints of election fraud. The country's Supreme Court has also overturned a lower court decision barring the board from announcing provisional election results."

Western Diplomats Devising Coalition Gov't In Ethiopia - Report (sudantribune.com -Addis Zena- 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 28, 2005 (Addis Zena) -- Western diplomats have started exerting efforts to devise a structure to the new government, believing that the new structure will enable Ethiopia to come out from the agony it is in now. Some American experts have suggested the formation of a coalition government between the ruling coalition Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the opposition and holding of a conference that allows the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), Ethiopian People's revolutionary Party (EPRP), both organizations did not take part in the recent elections, because the Ethiopian constitution doesn't allow organizations that are engaged in armed struggle, and other opposition parties to take part."

Ethiopia's Supreme Court Rejects High Court's Ruling On Electoral Results (sudantribube.com, 6/29/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 28, 2005 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled out a decision passed by the Federal High Court obliging the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) not to announce provisional results of the May 15 parliamentary elections. The Federal Supreme Court said in a ruling that after looking into the call the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy ( CUD) had made against provisional result announcements and into a verdict the Federal High Court passed in favor of the CUD's request, it accepted NEBE's petitions and rejected the Federal High Court's ruling."

Ethiopian Students In Canada At Risk (rabble.ca, 6/28/05) "From June 6 to 8, a student demonstration at the Addis Ababa University campus resulted in police opening fire on students and arresting over 1,500 students who many fear are at risk of torture. The students were protesting the announcement of the provisional results from the parliamentary elections of May 15 and supporting demands for an investigation into alleged voting irregularities, including reported killings, arrests and beatings of opposition candidates."

የትም/ሚንስትር ገነት ዘውዴ ከአገር ወጡ (ከአዲስ ዜና፣ ሰኔ ፳፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም.) EPRDF Minister OF Education, Genet Zewdie Left Ethiopia (Addis Zena, 6/28/05). It is to be recalled that she lost her seat in the EPRDF parliament to Lidetu Ayalew, CUD Public Relations Officer in the May 15, 2005 elections. Amharic pdf EDITORIAL NOTE: Genet Zewdie (who now resides in London) must be hunted down and taken to court for the genocide she committed against university students: Related Stories: Rwandan Accused In Genocide Must Quit Canada -Court (news.yahoo.com -Reuters- 6/28/05) "OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Rwandan man accused of inciting murder, extermination and genocide should be deported from Canada, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Tuesday." Canada And War Criminals: A Timeline (cbc.ca, 6/28/05) "....2004:The federal government reports that in the first five years of its War Crimes Program, 2,011 people were denied entry to Canada on suspicion they were involved in war crimes. Only 34 were turned away in the 1997-1998 fiscal year, when the numbers were first tracked."

Secretary-General Calls On Security Council To Visit Eritrea And Ethiopia (un.org, 6/28/05) "28 June 2005 – Expressing concern over shooting in the security area separating Eritrea and Ethiopia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the Security Council to advance the resolution of the boundary dispute by visiting both Horn of Africa countries. "The ongoing stalemate in the peace process is not sustainable in the long term," he says in a report to the Security Council. "I would like, therefore, to renew my recommendation to the Security Council to undertake a mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea in order to reassure the two countries of the Council's unflinching commitment to the peace process." EDITORIAL NOTE: Another Meles Zenawi/Isayas Afeworki and Kofi Annan ploy to distract the global community's attention from the neo-fascist atrocities being committed in Ethiopia by the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray and its Secretary-General. Tony Blair and  Kofi Annan are busy preparing escape routes from a democratic electoral victory that the Ethiopian people achieved! We say no to war mongering! The Ethiopian people must stay focused and vigilant! The primary objective continues - the removal of a tyrannical regime defeated at the polls on May 15, 2005.

United States Says It Has Met Its Initial AIDS Treatment Goal In Africa (canada.com, 6/28/05) "GENEVA (AP) - A U.S. plan to treat HIV-infected people in poor countries is on target, but the much higher United Nations goal will need greater commitment from donors and recipients alike, the U.S. global AIDS co-ordinator said Tuesday. "There aren't going to be any magic answers, and there's going to be some pained stretching involved to come up with the economic resources to address this," said Randall Tobias."

ከኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ አንድነት ግንባር ሠራዊት (ዓለት) ቢሮ የተላለፈ አስቸኳይ ኢትዮጵያዊነት ጥሪ ግንቦት ፴ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF) Forces Central Command Urgent Call to Defend the Motherland - June 7, 2005. Amharic pdf.

13 Members Of The United States Congress Wrote A Letter To Meles Zenawi 6/20/05 "The Congress of the United States has watched with concern the growing unrest in your country in the aftermath of Ethiopia's May 15 legislative elections. Our concern has increased considerably due to the violence stemming from the arrest of students protesting the continued uncertainty over results several weeks after balloting, as well as the arrest and home detention of officials from the political opposition."  RELATED STORY:   Prime Minister Meles Zenawi ‘s Response to Members of Congress (mfa.gov.et, 6/28/05)

Ethiopia Results Delayed Again (news24.com, 6/27/05) "Addis Ababa - Electoral authorities may delay releasing the results for disputed elections that sparked deadly clashes in Ethiopia, an official said on Monday. He cited incomplete investigations into voting irregularities in a quarter of the seats. During three days of protests that started on June 6 against alleged electoral fraud in last month's parliamentary elections, police shot at demonstrators, killing at least 36 people."  RELATED STORY: Official Ethiopian Election Results Could be Delayed (voanews.com, 6/27/05)

Ethiopia's Messy Political Reform (news.yahoo.com -CSM- 6/27/05) "ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian elections last month were supposed to solidify the country's move toward democracy. The ruling party held on to power, but opposition parties made huge gains in parliament. Election monitors, including former US President Jimmy Carter, hailed the vote as the freest and fairest in this nation's history."

Live 8 Concerts Could Be World's Largest Broadcast (reuters.co.uk, 6/27/05) "Organisers said on Saturday they were confident they could beat that figure after attracting 140 television networks around the world to show next week's anti-poverty concerts. They said millions would also watch the likes of U2, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow via the Internet. Twenty years ago, Geldof organised the Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia, which raised more than $100 million (55 million pounds) to help fight famine in Ethiopia and attracted an estimated 1.5 billion viewers."

«ኢሕአዴግ በተሸነፈባቸው፤ ምርጫ ለማስደገም ቅስቀሳ ጀምሯል» (ከአዲስ አድማስ፣ ሰኔ ፲፰ ቀን ፲፱፻፺ ዓ.ም.) The EPRDF Is Mobilizing Its Cadres To Demand Re-election In Districts That It Lost (Addis Admas,6/25/05) Amharic pdf.

Cruel To Be Kind? (guardian.co.uk, 6/24/05) "Live Aid forced the world to confront the Ethiopian famine and raised more than £50m. But as Bob Geldof prepares his Live 8 reprise, aid expert David Rieff argues that guilt-stricken donations helped fund a brutal resettlement programme that may have killed up to 100,000." "...For Oxfam, and Geldof, there was no political dimension to the famine.  Buerk's original report had spoken of the famine as "biblical". The hunger was thus an affliction, the result of age-old poverty and of a drought that was the product of nature, not human beings. In this, the rhetoric of Live Aid in 1985 was uncannily like the rhetoric of the Asian tsunami in 2004."

Anger As Ethiopia Election Probes Are Dropped (blackbritain.co.uk, 6/24/05) "The recent elections in Ethiopia have rapidly been affected by the recent drop in investigations on alleged election fraud in last month’s parliamentary elections. The opposition, known as the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF) received an overwhelming amount of support in the capital, Addis Ababa, taking a huge majority of constituencies’ areas thorough out Ethiopia." "...A huge majority of Ethiopians will expect justice over the election probes, which sparked off wide spread violence, leaving nearly 40 people dead."

GREAT LAKES-HORN OF AFRICA: Centre Established to Combat Illicit Arms Proliferation (irinnews.org, 6/24/05) "NAIROBI, 24 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Countries in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa regions have signed an agreement setting up a centre on small arms to combat the proliferation and use of illicit light weapons and strengthen cooperation in the region. The accord establishing the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (RECSA) - which will be based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi - was signed on Tuesday at the end of a two-day meeting of foreign ministers from the two regions."

High Stakes in Ethiopia Stand-off (news.bbc.co.uk, 6/23/05) "Ethiopia has for the first time allowed foreign diplomats to visit a prison in which thousands of political prisoners are being held. Irish, Swedish and American diplomats saw about 2,000 prisoners who were picked up during the violent protests that followed last month's elections."

Eight Ethiopian Pilots Seek Asylum in Belarus (sudantribune.com, -AFP-6/23/05) "MINSK, June 22 (AFP) -- Eight Ethiopian pilots, on a training [programme] in Belarus, have asked for political asylum in the former Soviet republic, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Wednesday. The processing of an asylum application by the interior ministry could take up to six months. The UNHCR is unable to get involved because of local asylum legislation, a UNHCR official said."

AFP/File Photo: Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns (L) and US President George W. Bush

Washington to Release 500,000 Tons of Wheat to Africa (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 6/22/05) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington is releasing half a million metric tons of wheat to help African nations fight hunger, with special focus on Ethiopia and Eritrea, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement.  "I am pleased that USDA can be part of the compassionate and generous response of Americans in this time of need," said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns."

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Row As Ethiopia Drops Poll Probes (news.bbc.co.uk, 6/22/05) " Ethiopia's main opposition coalition has reacted angrily to the dropping of more than half of the investigations into alleged election fraud.    The Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) says that most of its complaints have been dropped, while those of the ruling party have been retained."

Western Diplomats See Ethiopian Violence Prisoners (alertnet.org -Reuters- 6/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, June 22 (Reuters) - Western diplomats were allowed into Ethiopia's main jail on Wednesday to see conditions for hundreds of prisoners rounded up during violence over disputed elections in which at least 36 people were killed."

Sudanese Refugees Face Malnutrition in Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 6/22/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 21, 2005 (PANA) -- Critical malnutrition levels have been found in Bonga and Fugnido camps in western Ethiopia's Gambella Region where an estimated 50,000 Sudanese refugees are living."  Related Stories: Relief Bulletin: Weekly Humanitarian Highlights in Ethiopia (reliefweb.int, 6/20/05) Critical Malnutrition Found in Ethiopian Refugee Camps – UN (un.org, 6/21/05)

Bangalore Likely to Take Path of Ethiopia, Says Na D’souza (deccanherald.com, 6/22/05) "The chief minister has been warned that Bangalore will soon become another Ethiopia if the green cover is drastically reduced. Chief minister Dharam Singh seems to be in a hurry to convert Karnataka into another Ethiopia, writer Na D’souza said. He was speaking after inaugurating the 'Hasire Usiru Parisara Jagruthi Vedike' in Shikaripura town on Monday."

Ethiopian After The Election (voanews.com, 6/21/05) "The final results of Ethiopia's May 15th parliamentary elections are expected to be announced July 8th. According to news reports, provisional results indicate that all three major coalitions won seats in the Parliament, but the results in two-hundred-ninety-nine out of five-hundred-twenty-four constituencies are being contested."

Kidnapped Girl 'Rescued' by Lions (bbc.co.uk, 6/21/05) "A pride of lions has rescued a girl from her kidnappers in rural south-west Ethiopia, according to police. A 12-year-old girl was snatched by four men on her way home from school early in June. A week later, kidnappers were moving her with police in pursuit when three lions encountered the group and chased the men off, local police said."  Police: Lions Free Kidnapped Girl (cnn.com -AP- 6/21/05)

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The lions stayed with the girl without harming her, before departing as police searching for her came near. bbc.co.uk Photo. EDITORIAL NOTE: Ethiopian lions save lives while Meles Zenawi devours many.

Ethiopia to Probe Election Fraud Allegations (reuters.co.za, 6/20/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian election authorities pledged on Monday to investigate allegations of election fraud that fanned violence earlier this month killing at least 36 people in the capital Addis Ababa. But the Ethiopian Election Board said its review panel would only investigate alleged irregularities in 136 of the 299 constituencies where opposition parties are complaining of fraud by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government. Meles, feted by Western leaders and once hailed by U.S. President Bill Clinton as part of "a new generation" of African leaders, is under pressure to demonstrate transparency."

Anguish Over Ethiopia's Disappeared (news.bbc.co.uk, 6/20/05) "Tigist Shiferow (not her real name) last saw her husband on 8 June. He was arrested a few minutes after he left their family home in Addis Ababa at 1700 that day, and he has not been seen since. He was one of the thousands arrested after post-election demonstrations that left at least 36 people dead. The unrest in the city was sparked over alleged irregularities during the country's general elections on 15 May. In total about 3,000 people were arrested in Addis Ababa, according to the Minister for Information, Bereket Simon." 

Key African leaders want a debt deal (news.bbc.co.uk) AFP Photo

Call For Africa-wide G8 Debt Deal (news.bbc.co.uk, 6/20/05) "Six African leaders meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, have called for rich countries to cancel all of Africa's debts at the G8 summit. The G8 group of leading industrial nations will focus on development in Africa when it meets on 6-8 July. Two weeks ago, finance ministers agreed to full debt relief for 18 countries, including 15 poor African countries. The presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda and South Africa are among those who took part in Sunday's meeting." "...But progress on good government and corruption is seen as essential if the West is to agree to increased aid."

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Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF) People's Voice Radio --  June 17, 2005 Program  Click Link to Listen Program-- Broadcast to Ethiopia on 19 meter band, Frequency 12120 khz, 250 kw power, Fridays and Sundays 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Ethiopian local time. (Posted 6/18/05.) 

ቅንጅትና ኅብረት የክልል ምርጫ ውጤት ሕገወጥ ነው አሉ (ከአዲስ አድማስ፣ ሰኔ ፲፩ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፯ ዓ.ም. CUD and UEDF Said Kilel Election Results Illegal ( Addis Admas, 6/18/05 )

Eritrea Says International Inaction Responsible For Tension With Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 6/20/05) "ASMARA, June 20 (AFP) -- Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Monday accused the United Nations and the international community more broadly of fanning instability in the Horn of Africa by treating rival Ethiopia with kid gloves."

A Prayer for Ethiopia: Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life (csmonitor.com, 6/20/05) "Ethiopia's recent elections, in which the opposition showed surprising strength, appear to have caught all observers off guard. The subsequent action by the government has contributed to dozens of deaths, and led to hundreds of arrests that seem to be inconsistent with the rule of law, and to many demonstrations in capital cities outside the country. Once again, it seems, "Great pain shall be in Ethiopia" (Ezek. 30:4) Does this ancient and beautiful land have to remain stuck in a cycle of misery, poverty, and death? The Bible says no."

Ethiopian Opposition Links Protests to Government Media Monopoly (voanews.com, 6/19/05) "Ethiopia's opposition says it’s fighting to gain access to the national media – which is controlled by the government.  The deputy chairman of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy – Admasu Gebeyehu– says since last month’s elections, the government has reasserted its monopoly over news and information."

Ethiopia May Lose Aid if Debt is Unpaid (presstelegram.com, 6/19/05) "WASHINGTON — U.S. development aid to Ethiopia could dry up unless the country pays a tab that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher believes is owed to the family of one of his surfing buddies. The Ethiopian Embassy is criticizing the Huntington Beach Republican's quest as deeply destructive to the war-torn nation. Foreign policy experts also questioned the wisdom of withholding an entire nation's funds based on the plight of a single family."

Dublin Blames Tony Blair for EU Chaos (timesonline.co.uk, 6/19/05) "French row spells big trouble for UK presidency, report Stephen O’Brien, Andrew Porter and Matthew Campbell. Irish officials yesterday blamed Britain for the European Union budget crisis. As the leaders of France and Germany branded Tony Blair “selfish” and “stubborn”, Irish sources say they were perplexed at the attitude the British government took in the talks. One senior official said: “We saw their strategy as very short term and very small-minded. They simply came here with no intention of doing business.” EDITORIAL NOTE: We would like to amend that Mr. Blair's policy towards Ethiopia and her people is short-sighted and narrow-minded.

WHO Donates Vaccine Cold Storage Rooms to Ethiopia (angolapress-angop.ao 6/18/05)) "Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 06/18 - The UN World Health [Organisation] (WHO) has donated three cold storage rooms worth US$170,000 to Ethiopia to enhance its vaccine storage capacity. The WHO representative here, Dr Olusegun Babaniyi, delivered the facilities to State Minister of Health, Dr Tedros Adhanom, saying that the UN agency was committed to the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases. "WHO will continue to support the most effective strategies to increase [immunisation] coverage, both through supplemental campaigns and, most importantly, through the routine [immunisation programme] to ensure that children are protected," Babaniyi added."

Disgusting Propaganda: Editorial (allafrica.com -Addis Tribune- 6/17/05) "THERE HAS always been something inherently sinister with the body politic in this country for generations on end. Let us, for instance, consider the end for the attainment of which the Ministry of Information was established over sixty-four years ago now. It is to be recalled that, until only the early 1960s, what we now call the Ministry of Information was better known to the public as the "Department of Propaganda".

Hundreds of Eritreans Flee to Ethiopia - State Radio (reuters.co.za -Reuters- 6/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - More than 600 Eritreans have crossed into neighbouring Ethiopia in the last nine months seeking political asylum, state radio reported on Friday. Up to 634 Eritreans opposed to the rule of President Isayas Afewerki, had crossed the border, the radio quoted police in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as saying. It said 117 were women while the rest were Eritrean soldiers, trainee soldiers or university students. Eritrea said the report exaggerated the number who had left and accused Ethiopia of raising the issue to divert attention from tensions at home over its disputed May 15 elections." EDITORIAL NOTE: It is very likely that most of "these asylum seekers" are Eritrean assassins on loan to Meles Zenawi to support the Agazian killing MLLT squad. But deceptive Meles is at his old tricks again. He says he captured Eritrean spies (monstersandcritics.com, 6/16/05). Hog wash! 

Crackdown on Dissent in Ethiopia (democracynow.org, 6/16/05) "Following last month's elections, Ethiopian security forces are cracking down on protests against alleged fraud. We speak to Human Rights Watch about police violence and a peace agreement that aims to address election-related complaints. [includes rush transcript]Listen to Segment || Download Show mp3     Watch 128k stream       Watch 256k stream           Read Transcript Help      Printer-friendly version       Email to a friend      Purchase Video/CD

Ethiopia Frees 336 Detained During Unrest (news.yahoo.com, -AP-6/17/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia has freed 336 prisoners seized in a crackdown after clashes with police over elections left 36 people dead, officials said Friday."

©  IRIN Photo  Prime ministers Meles Zenawi of EPRDF, left, and Tony Blair of Britain. 

EDITORIAL COMMENT REVISITED:   Mr. Blair's hands and that of the British government have now been stained with Ethiopian blood (just like we said will happen on April 6, 2005. Mr. Blair wants "to hold on to see how the situation develops." That is, he wants to see more blood shed! There is nothing more important to him than his mentee.

Britain Freezes Aid Over Civil Unrest (irinnews.org, 6/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, 16 Jun 2005 (IRIN) - Britain has frozen 20 million pounds sterling (US $36 million) in aid to Ethiopia due to last week's civil unrest that left some 36 people dead, a senior UK government official said on Wednesday. "I am putting on hold the planned increase in direct budget support that we were looking at, which was 20 million [pounds]," Hilary Benn, Britain's development minister, told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa. "In my view, it is sensible to hold on to that to see how the situation develops," he added." Britain suspends planned aid increase to Ethiopia after deadly unrest (news.yahoo.com -AFP- 6/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Britain has suspended a planned increase in direct budget support to Ethiopia after deadly clashes in the capital last week during protests over disputed elections. The announcement from British International Development Minister Hilary Benn was the first by a foreign donor that the unrest in which at least 36 people were killed and the ensuing police crackdown would affect assistance on which impoverished Ethiopia depends heavily."

Ethiopian Election Board Probes 200 Parliamentary Races (sudantimes.com, -AP- 6/16/05) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 16, 2005 (AP) -- Ethiopia's electoral board has launched investigations into the results of almost 40% of parliamentary races following complaints of irregularities, the National Electoral Board chairman said Thursday. The decision follows 36 deaths last week in demonstrations by opposition supporters angered that the government had claimed victory based on provisional results. Wednesday, the U.K. froze GBP20 million of aid because of the unrest."</