Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
To All Oromos in Washington DC Metro Region, USA
You are cordially invited to Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation Launching Event
Theme: Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) will commence broadcasting to Oromia
Venue: 1610 Columbia Rd. NW Washington, D.C. 20009
Date: December 14, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On January 1, 2014, the Oromo Voice Radio (OVR) will commence broadcasting to Oromia at the frequency of 17850 KHz in the 16 meter band. The new, independent broadcast will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The broadcast service will be provided in two languages: Afaan Oromo (Oromo language) and English.
The OVR broadcast will include, not limited to, the following major segments: news, news analysis, guest interviews, documentary, and cultural shows. In its English broadcast, OVR will reach out to Oromo neighbors for the purpose of exploring and identifying areas of common interests and common strategies, which are relevant to the survival of the peoples in the Horn of Africa during the 21st Century.
The Oromo Voice media website (www.oromovoice.org) will operate and function as the twin media outlet of this new critical and ambitious outreach to the Oromo nation and its neighbors. The Oromo Voice website, in addition to posting all the contents of the Oromo Voice Radio broadcast, will post other relevant educational materials -in that sense, the website will have more expanded educational services.
OVR and Oromo Voice website are owned and operated by the Madda Walaabuu Media Foundation (MWMF), which was established in October 2013 by a collection of concerned community leaders, human rights activities, feminists, attorneys, journalists and intellectuals.
MWMF is a non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, incorporated and registered in Washington, D. C., USA. It is operated by the board of directors and the administrative staff under the direction of the Executive Director. The MWMF media outlets are run by experienced journalists. It is a membership based organization, which solicits the support and participation of all interested and committed Oromo and all persons of good will who have the desire to empower the Oromo and its neighbors so that that they can face the 21st Century in their own terms.
How can you support the new Oromo Voice media outlets? You can support this new, important initiative in three major ways: First, we wish to invite you to listen to the Oromo voice Radio broadcast. You can also visit our website, http://oromovoice.org on a regular basis. Second, you can give us donations for seed money so that we can get this new media program of the ground. Third, you can become a member and support the success of this new media initiative on a sustained basis.
For further information about the Oromo voice media outlets and the MWMF, please visit our website: http://oromovoice.org.
We thank you and look forward to working with you on this new and exciting educational endeavor.
In a Letter to the Deutsche Welle (DW) Broadcasting Board, Oromo Activist Announced Boycott of DW Amharic Service Over Ethnically-Motivated Biased Program Against the Oromo Nation
Gadaa.com | December 10, 2013
Dear Broadcasting Board
We, the Oromos allover the world, are deeply offended by DW’s Amharic Service racial/ethnic attack aired against the Oromo people of Ethiopia on December 8, 2013. The DW host invited two guests from Amhara ethnic group and one guests from the Oromo of Ethiopia. To make it easy for distorting history, the two Amhara guests were professors of history while the Oromo guest was an economist by profession. The two professors were making inflammatory remarks about the Oromo people. The host journalist, who is also from Amhara ethnic group, clearly took the position against the Oromos and involved in harassing the Oromo guest. What’s more disheartening was the fact that these inflammatory remarks fitted the editor’s one-sided editorial position on praising the controversial king Minilik of Ethiopia who masterminded the chopping off 3000 Oromo women’s breasts and Oromo men’s hands in a single day (Abbas 1995, Hassen, 2002, Jalata 1998 and Bulcha 2006). To put it in relative terms, it is praising Adolf Hitler to Jews community on air. Read more…
As a nation, the Oromo people are at historical transition between the gallant and revolutionary generation of the 70s and the rising leaders of the “Qubee Generation” who are energized to shoulder the responsibility of advancing the Oromo succession.
To carry out this generational inauguration collectively and competently, the time currently calls for a national and international gathering of rising Oromo leaders. Hence an interactive 3-day conference will bring together emerging leaders from diverse and contemporary fields to critically respond to themes of Oromo history, current community status and the future goals anticipated for emerging Oromo leaders of the future. The objectives of the conference are threefold: Read more…
Mourning the Departure of Freedom Icon and African Hero Nelson Mandela While Celebrating His Achievements
Press Release, December 9, 2013
We, the Board of Directors and Staff members of the Human Rights League of Horn of Africa (HRLHA), would like to express that we are deeply saddened by the passing away of our African hero and freedom icon Mr. Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba especially among his funs and lovers. It is everyone’s belief that this icon of freedom, although he is peacefully departing, has left behind an everlasting legacies of hope for the better future, perseverance in the struggle for equality, justice and dignity for all human beings as well as forgiveness. We could say that not only the South Africans but also the rest of African and other global communities are better off because of his priceless sacrifices, democratic achievements, spirits of hope, forgiveness, peace, harmony, and overall human dignity. HRLHA believes that those of us at all ages and generations who are staying behind are expected to take lessons from his legacies and carry on the torch of freedom that this freedom icon has ignited from where he has left it, and make Africa a much better place where political differences are settled through roundtable discussions, negotiations, and reconciliations, and policies are framed based on respect for human rights. Read more…
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By Penny Dale
BBC Africa, Addis Ababa | December 9, 2013
In July 1962, Col Fekadu Wakene taught South African political activist Nelson Mandela the tricks of guerrilla warfare – including how to plant explosives before slipping quietly away into the night.
Mr Mandela was in Ethiopia, learning how to be the commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe – the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).
The group had announced its arrival at the end of 1961 by blowing-up electricity pylons in various places in South Africa.
Then on 11 January 1962, Mr Mandela had secretly, and illegally, slipped out of South Africa.
His mission was to meet as many African political leaders as possible and garner assistance for the ANC, including money and training for its military wing.
And to be moulded into a soldier himself.
During this trip, he visited Ethiopia twice and left a deep impression on those who met him during his stay in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Read more…
Bulcha Demeksa vs debteras | December 9, 2013
December 9, 2013, Nairobi, Kenya (Standard) — MPs Ali Rasso (Saku), Roba Duba ( Moyale) and Mohamud Ali, a former Moyale MP, Sunday claimed Ethiopia was using its military and local militias to hunt down Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels.
Rasso, a former Kenya army colonel, alleged that about 400 militiamen fighting the OLF in Kenya were behind the anarchy in Moyale.
The leaders blamed the attackers for the burning of more than 100 houses in Butiye and Moyale town. Rasso said a gang in full military uniform went on a torching-spree of houses that belonged to senior Borana personalities.
Among the houses burnt on Saturday morning included that of Butiye Ward Representaive Golicha Galgalo and former MPs, Guyo Halake Liban and Mohammed Galgalo. Read more…
Finfinnee, Oromiyaa | Muddee 8, 2013
Gabaasaa Galmee Sabboontota Oromoo Kanneen Bara Tokko Keessatti Hidhaman,Ajjeefamanii fi akka Buuteen Isaanii Dhabamee. (Sadaasa 2012 Irraa Hanga Sadaasa 2013)
Uummatni Oromoo sirna bittaa Wayyaaneef tole jedhee guyyaatti gabrummaa of irratti ilaale hin abu. Uummanni Oromoo diddaa sirna cunqursaa kanaaf wareegama baroota 21 keessatti baase kan akkaawamee dhumu miti. Oromiyaa keessatti sabboontota gaaffii mirgaa kaasan yeroo irraa yerootti mootummaa Wayyaaneen adamfamanii mana hidhaa adda addaa keessatti ugguramuun aadaa ulchiinsa EPRDF ta’uun beekama. Read more…
His Excellency Jacob G Zuma
Republic of South Africa
Dear Mr. President:
It is with feelings of great sorrow that we in the Oromo Liberation Front and the Oromo people at large learned the passing of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the first elected President of South Africa and a true freedom -fighting icon. On behalf of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the Oromo people, I wish to convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to you and the people of South Africa during this time of national mourning. The passing of Former President Mandela is a tremendous loss not only to South Africa and Africa alone but to the whole world. Read more…
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More than 30 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in the town of Moyale in the past week.
December 8, 2013 (Ajazeera) — At least 10 people were killed on Saturday in the town of Moyale, northern Kenya, where troops have been sent to stop a week of fighting between rival ethnic groups.
The latest deaths bring the toll in the town to more than 30 in the past week, as fighting sent thousands of residents fleeing into neighboring Ethiopia.
Officials and aid workers in Marsabit county said several houses in the town had been burned down.
“We are yet to assess the number of people killed and those displaced but I am confident the situation is about to be contained,” said Issiah Nakoru, Marsabit county commissioner. Read more…
December 8, 2013
The Oromo Studies Association is profoundly saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a father, a husband, a statesman, a global hero, an anti-apartheid symbol, an advocate of human rights, and a fearless fighter of discrimination. He fought for the equal right of the black people in Apartheid South Africa, and paid a heavy price for the freedom of his people. He was condemned to a 27 years’ imprisonment. Despite the prison ordeals, he defended his dignity, civility, discipline, principle, and emerged a better human being. Eventually, he led a pariah state to a new chapter of peace with itself and the world. A passionate and forgiving man, he built a common home for blacks and white races- making animosity between the once sworn enemies a matter of history. Today, a rainbow nation is a model for a racial equality and tolerance. Added to his popularity and grace was his decision to limit his presidency to one term, in the continent often incumbents die in the office or removed by coup. Read more…
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By Yaadasaa Dafaa | December 8, 2013
Oromo Nationalists frequently discuss the underlining premises of Orommumaa within the aspirations for promoting the commonly shared spirit of the unique Oromo Nationhood. But not all the resourceful Nationalists approach this fundamental issue from the same angle. Disagreement in concepts and theories at times could be blown out of proportions intentionally or unintentionally. When differing ideas and approaches emerge either under the Odaa tree in Oromia, or discussing at the round tables in Finfinee, Adama, Berlin, Washington DC, Melbourne, or Minnesota, it should have been viewed as positive, and taken as “a teachable moment’ or the “learning moments” from these divers views. But often when differing outlooks and strategies relating to the Oromo Nations issues are debated, it is regularly perceived by different people as a destructive opposition, or totally negative. Discussion habitually leads to the total or partial agreement, and disagreements as well. Read more…
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