The Oromo Community Organization (OCO) of Washington DC Metropolitan Area has planned to hold its annual General Assembly (GA) on Saturday May 25, 2013 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Oromo House.
The main purpose of the GA is to elect new OCO committee members who will serve our community organization during the 2013-2015 budget years. The GA will elect OCO committee members from among individual candidates who have already been identified by OCO’s nominating committee. OCO’s annual activity/performance reports will also be presented to the participants.Furthermore, the GA will discuss on and adopt some of the newly proposed articles of OCO’s Bylaw. Read more…
ULFO Press Release | May 24, 2013
The current ruling party of Ethiopia has intensified yet again its war of ethnic cleaning on the Oromo people. Lately, it has targeted Oromo communities in Eastern Hararge. The communities directly affected in the recent campaign include those who live in the districts of Anniyyaa, Jaarsoo, and Mi’eesoo.
This latest incident of ethnic cleansing that is being perpetrated against the Oromos in Eastern Hararge zone is a continuation of a grand design of the TPLF-led regime of Ethiopia to undercut the demographic weight of the Oromo and the territorial expanse of Oromiya. This design, one which its leaders in many occasions in such a blatant bravado have spoken about, is framed to fulfill its long-term political and economic objectives. Read more…
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Cars have been targeted for several nights in the suburb of Rinkeby
May 24, 2013 (Aljazeera) — Nine cars and two schools torched as fifth night of violence sweeps immigrant-dominated areas of Stockholm.
At least nine cars have been torched and two schools and a police station set ablaze in riots in Stockholm’s immigrant-dominated suburbs for the fifth straight night, police and firefighters say.
Early on Friday, police told Swedish news agency TT that eight people had been arrested so far for the night’s rioting, but no injuries were reported.
Police said on Thursday they would be calling in reinforcements from other parts of the country as they prepared for more trouble. Read more…
By Dany Gaaraa | May 24, 2013
My observation on Meles’s failed tactics that he used to try to soften the Amhara opposition to his/Tigrean rule of the Ethiopian Empire:
Failed Tactic # 1: Meles all of a sudden started talking about the so-called “3000 years of Ethiopia history.” Until 2005, TPLF media and its puppy dog OPDO used to mention Ethiopia’s history as only 100 years, that is, since the Menelik invasion. After 2005 election, Meles, in the interviews he gave to one of the media, unashamedly said that Ethiopia has more than 3000 years history. The Amhara elites seemed pleased with the gesture but remained sceptical doubting it as just another fad. For the Amhara elites Meles was the only Ethiopia leader (oops! didn’t they say he can’t be Ethiopia’s leader) who oversaw and helped the secession of Eritrea and made Ethiopia land locked. They vowed not to forgive him until they ‘feast on his flesh as raw meat’ (oh god! this folks love tire siga even that of Meles’s flesh especially his “brainy” brain) so that his body parts will only come out as human excrement sent down the toilet. They hoped his body will never be buried on sacred Ethiopian soil. Unfortunately, his body rested in the most sacred of places with pomp and ceremony. Did we all hear that the entire Ethiopia, even the Amhara elites had wept and cried after his death? In reality, it was all too obvious that Amhara elites like all other Ethiopians would have liked Meles put to the gallows for his war crimes, nonetheless they are relieved that the monster had gone. Read more…
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May 24, 2013 (VOA News) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Ethiopia for security talks with regional officials and to attend a 50th anniversary celebration for the African Union.
Kerry’s three-day visit begins Friday in Addis Ababa, where the State Department says he will meet with senior Ethiopian officials to discuss “bilateral issues.”
On Saturday, he will join African leaders and other foreign dignitaries at a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union.
Kerry’s visit is expected to include talks on efforts to battle Islamist extremists in countries such as Mali and northern Nigeria.
During recent talks with his Nigerian counterpart, Kerry reaffirmed U.S. support for Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram militants in the north, where a state of emergency has been declared. Read more…
Abdii Boruutiin | Caamsaa 24, 2013
Habashootni, tokkummaa ilmaan Oromoo laaffisuuf, qabsoo bilisummaa saba Oromoo dadhabsiisuuf yoo danda’an sirumaa dhabamsiisuuf halkanii guyyaa shira nurrtti hojjechaa akka turani fi jiran seenaatu ragaa ta’a. Kun dhugaa waliigalaa waan ta’eef, diinarraa wanti biraas waan hin eegamneef, nama hin dinqu. Kan nama gaddisiisu garuu beeknees ta’ee otuu hin beekin; hubannees ta’ee otuu hin hubatin shira diinaa kanaaf qaawwa uumuu, balbala banuu, meeshaa ta’uu, kanaaf of saaxiluu, kan dabrerraa barchuu dadhabuu keenya dha. “Namni yoo quba tokko nama biraatti qabu, qubni sadeen isumatti akka garagalan hin hubatu” akkuma jedhamu, hubannoon kan jalqabu bakkeen ykn iddoon (position) quba sadeenii kun yoo beekamee dha. Wantin jechuu barbaade, dadhabbii keenya otuu hin hubatin yookaanis dhokfachaa Habashaatti quba qabuun gahaa miti. Yoon akkana jedhu ammoo diinatti hin xiyyeeffannu jechuu otuu hin taane, gabaabumatti mee dura haala keenya haa hubannuu jechuun barbaade. Read more…
By Jilcha Hamid
May 23, 203 (Gulele Post) — It has been 5 months since the Liyu Police, security forces in the Somali Region entered the Oromiya region1, expelling the local Oromiya regional administration in the town of Mino and raising the flag of the Somali regional state. Since entering the town of Mino in January of 2013 (and prior to that) their harassment, looting sprees and killings perpetrated against of the Oromo inhabitants of Mayyu Mulluqe county have been reported by numerous sources in the county. It was also reported in a previous article on the Gulelepost2 that there had been no response from officials of the Oromiya Regional state in Finfinne and Adama. Similar appeals made to the Federal Police did not receive any response from the Federal government. Federal Police in the vicinity of Mayyu county made no effort to resolve the issue or protect the civilians from the harassment and killings carried out by the Liyu Police. On the contrary, sources in the region say that they have continued to transport arms to the Liyu Police bases in Oromiya. Up to 37 civilians, including women and elders have been reportedly killed by the militia. Up to 20 000 inhabitants have fled into neighbouring counties such as Burqa. Read more…
May 23, 2013 (Amnesty International) –The state stifled freedom of expression, severely restricting the activities of the independent media, political opposition parties and human rights organizations. Dissent was not tolerated in any sphere. The authorities imprisoned actual and perceived opponents of the government. Peaceful protests were suppressed. Arbitrary arrests and detention were common, and torture and other ill-treatment in detention centres were rife. Forced evictions were reported on a vast scale around the country.
In August, the authorities announced the death of Prime Minister Zenawi, who had ruled Ethiopia for 21 years. Hailemariam Desalegn was appointed as his successor, and three deputy prime ministers were appointed to include representation of all ethnic-based parties in the ruling coalition. Read more…
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May 23, 2013 (Relief Web) — A new era of high and volatile food prices go beyond affecting what people can afford to eat and are causing life-changing shifts in society, experts warn today.
The report, Squeezed*, reveals a global snap-shot of how the failure of wages to keep pace with five years of food price rises is putting a strain on families, communities and society, including increased levels of domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse. Roles and social needs are changing as women who once remained at home are entering the job market and agricultural jobs are being abandoned for more lucrative jobs in an attempt to afford higher food prices.
The research is from international development agency Oxfam and research charity the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and is the first of four annual reports which will assess the wider implications of high food prices and volatility in 23 urban and rural communities in ten countries: Bolivia, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Read more…
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Tokkicha Abbaa Milkii irraa | Caamsaa 22, 2013
Seenaa Sabboonan Oromo T.F ykn Addaamuun ABO barbaacha manaa bayee loltuu Shaabiyaa harka bu’un dabarfame TPDM (Tigry Peoples Democratic Movement) tti kennamuun dararaa cimaa booda kutannoodhan harkaa bayee of bilisoomsee seenessee yoon dubbisu mar’imaantu garaa keessa nagaggaragale.
- Gochaa suukkanneessaa uruu qawweetin deggeramee ilmaan Oromorras ta’e miseensota saba biraa irra gahaa jiru yaaduun waan sammuu nama tuquudha.
- Haala amma deemaa jirruun yoo kan itti fufnu ta’e (yoo raajii wayii huumnee adeemsa keenya saffisiisu baanne) rakkoon keenya xumurri isaa fugug(horizon) caalaa fagaate natti mul’ate.
Yaa sabboonaa Oromo dargaggoo T.F baga waaqni si baasee seenaa kana uummata jaalattun ga’uf milkoofteen jedha. Kana argitee saaxiluun kee qabsoo ummata Oromo keessatti akka waan ga’e kee baatetti waan lakkaawwamuuf ABO tti makamee qabsaa’u hindandeenye jettee garaa si nyaatin. Kuni mataan saa injifannoo (achievement) guddaadha . Read more…
© Marion Cabanes – 04/04/2013
May 22, 2013 (Far From Africa) — “No man is an island” is what I associate with Oromo culture. Oromo?! From where?! Oromia! Where?! It’s when I met Dhabesa, a journalist, from Oromia who is now living in Melbourne that I got to understand more about a not-so known country. Dhabesa and the Oromo community which he works with have the great ambition create the internationally recognized state of Oromia. According to Dhabesa, Oromia is a country located on the current Ethiopian territory but in search of government.
Now, why does Oromo culture make me think of this quote from a British metaphysical poet? When Dhabesa confides in me, he shares amazing principles of his culture that are far from the preconceived African-backward ideas and close to our new Western aspirations for a more harmonious world. In their religion “waaqeffannaa”, Oromo people live in harmony with nature. Read more…