Archive | December, 2016

UN chief welcomes resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’

UN chief welcomes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’ 23 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law […]

How President Barack Obama Failed Black Americans

How President Barack Obama Failed Black Americans The country’s first black president never pursued policies bold enough to close the racial wealth gap.(The Atlantic) — Born in 1953, I am a child of the waning years of legal segregation in the United States. My parents, on the other hand, spent about 40 years of their […]

Hof-Land: Refined in their own country – Frankenpost, Germany

Hof-Land: Refined in their own country Persecuted, fled and taken. In Oberkotzau a group of young people of the Oromo ethnic group from Ethiopia meet regularly. Oberkotzau (Frankenpost – Google Translation) – A large, colorful group of young people have been a guest in Oberkotzau this week. Head Peter Braun had learned that the group of […]

A state of emergency has brought calm to Ethiopia. But don’t be fooled

A state of emergency has brought calm to Ethiopia. But don’t be fooled By Paul Schemm METI, Ethiopia (The Washington Post) — Earlier this month, hundreds of high school students in the small Ethiopian town of Meti gathered for a demonstration. They were supposed to be celebrating the country’s Nations and Nationalities day, which commemorates […]

UNHCR Envoy for Somalia urged int’ll community to pay attention

UNHCR Envoy for Somalia urged the int’ll community to pay close attention to deteriorating conditions of the Somali Refugees in Yemen By Ahmed Abdi UNHCR Envoy called on the international Community to pay attention to find a sustainable solution to what he called a humanitarian crisis in Yemen on Thursday, December 22, 2016. The Special […]

Two young native of Ethiopia murdered in Fairfax, VA

Two killings hours apart in Fairfax, VA, USA may be related, police say PRINGFIELD, Virginia, (The Washington Post) — A man and woman were found slain in Fairfax County, Va., hours apart, and police said they think the killings are linked. Henok G. Yohannes, 22, was discovered dead at his home in the 6400 block of Blarney […]

ASCL worried about Ethiopian political scientist Dr Merera Gudina

ASCL worried about the arrest of Ethiopian political scientist Dr Merera Gudina (African Studies Centre Leiden) — The African Studies Centre Leiden has noted with concern and astonishment the recent arrest on 1 December 2016 of Dr Merera Gudina, political scientist and chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress in Ethiopia, a legal opposition party. Dr […]

Ethiopia Frees Thousands of Detainees – Human Rights Watch

Ethiopia Frees Thousands of Detainees – Human Rights Watch End Emergency Restrictions and Address Protester Grievances Felix Horne Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa (HRW) — It’s good news that Ethiopia’s government has announced the release of 9,800 people detained for their participation in anti-government protests. But they represent fewer than half of the 24,000 people […]

Family: Ethiopian Running Legend Miruts Yifter Dies at 72

Family: Ethiopian Running Legend Miruts Yifter Dies at 72 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (kichuu) –ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebreselassie, has died in Canada at age 72, his family and Ethiopian Athletics Federation officials told the Associated Press on Friday. The athlete known widely […]

Vision Ethiopia vs. Vision Oromia: Good for Who?

Vision Ethiopia vs. Vision Oromia: Good for Who? By Rundassa Eshete Hunde Anyone who can explain what is the underlying concerns of the Oromo and other colonized people in empire Ethiopia can recommend the best solution for the political and economic dilemmas that our people are facing today.   In order to figure this underlying concerns, […]

Yadessa Bojia: “Where There is Pain There is a Loud Noise”

YADESSA BOJIA: ON ART AND ACTIVISM -“WHERE THERE IS PAIN THERE IS A LOUD NOISE” (kichuu) — Yadessa Bojia is a Seattle based Graphic Designer, Fine Arts painter and the Designer of the African Union (AU) Flag. Describing himself as a husband, parent and a brother, Yadessa uses his art as a “tool to create […]

Ethnic tensions in Gondar reflect the toxic nature of Ethiopian politics

From uneven development to authoritarian government, the morass of issues facing the city of Gondar offer a snapshot of Ethiopia’s wider problems (The Guardian) — In Gondar, a city in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, a lone tourist pauses to take a photo of a fortress built more than two centuries ago. Nearby, past a row of […]

US aid to Africa expected to decline under Trump

(The Citizen) — Ethiopia is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump’s presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world’s largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and […]

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ARDUF: TPLF’s Survival Depends on Its Never-Ending Ploys

ARDUF PRESS RELEASE – TPLF’S SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON ITS NEVER-ENDING PLOYS The brutal minority regime of Tigray People’s Liberation Front’s (TPLF) retaliations to the yearlong protests in the Oromia, Amhara and other parts of the country have been extra-judicial killings, throwing thousands of innocent civilians in jail, blocking access to social media. In short untold […]

Stop Your madness with Master Plan and Resolve the Master Problem

Stop Your madness with Master Plan and Resolve the Master Problem FB: Jawar Mohammed The TPLF state media has announced Addis Ababa Master Plan will be implemented soon. I have seen documents pertaining to this matter. Here is my take: 1) The regime claims this master plan is for Addis Ababa city only. That is the […]

Ethiopia ‘to free nearly 10,000 detainees’ – Most of them are Oromo

Ethiopia ‘to free nearly 10,000 detainees’ – Most of whom are Oromo Mary Harper Africa editor, BBC World Service (BBC Highlights, Dec 21) — Ethiopia says it’s releasing nearly 10,000 people detained under the state of emergency imposed in October. Another 2,500 will be charged with crimes related to unrest. The authorities say those released […]

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The Year in Human Rights Videos – Oromo Protesters at the top

The Year in Human Rights Videos – Oromo Peaceful Protesters at the top Amy Braunschweiger Senior Web Communications Manager (HRW) — The gunning down of peaceful protesters in Ethiopia. Animations depicting the devastation of Saudi Arabia’s male ‘guardianship’ system on women’s lives. From these to child brides and LGBT rights, here are the year’s most-watched […]

Ethiopia unrest and ‘depressed demand’ give leather firm a hiding

Leather goods firm Pittards has warned that falling demand and political unrest in Ethiopia will result in a hit to its full-year performance. (Belfast Telegraph) — The Somerset-based firm said a state of emergency in the African country has affected the company’s tannery in East Shewa, where some production has been lost. The company said: […]

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of plastic rice smuggled

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “ plastic rice ” smuggled Nigeria (BBC News) — has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says. Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season. He said […]

Ethiopia says Oromo leader detained for meeting terrorist group

Ethiopia says Oromo leader detained for meeting terrorist group in Brussels (Africa News) — Ethiopian authorities have clarified that leading opposition figure and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Dr Merera Gudina is in detention for flouting state of emergency rules. The specific provision he is said to have flouted related to an alleged […]

Tanzania Adopts New Policy To Curb Land Grabbing By Foreigners

(African Globe) – Tanzania has adopted a new national land policy which, among others, lowers the ceiling under which foreign investors can lease land from the current 99 to 33 years. The new policy comes barely months after the East African nation embarked on a campaign to seize “idle” land and deter “rogue investors” from […]

Federal High Court Found Kedir M. Yusuf et.al ‘Guilty of Terrorism’

Federal High Court Found Kedir Mohammed Yusuf et.al Guilty of Terrorism, Violating Penal Code Addis Abeba Dec. 21/2016 (Addis Standard) – The federal High Court 19th criminal bench has today found 20 defendants, including two journalists, guilty of terrorism related charges and violating the country’s penal code. The court has adjourned the sentencing until 3 […]

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