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Archive for March 21st, 2012

ESAT : News 20 March 2012, includes Qeerroo’s one month report

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Posted by admin - 21/03/2012 at 3:02 pm

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Ethiopia: Prof. Andreas Eshete organises High Level Forum on security

Professor Andreas Eshete

March 21, 2012 (debirhan) – Professor Andreas Eshete, CEO and “initiator” of Tana High Level Forum and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Meles with the Rank of a Minister, is organising a high level security forum in Africa called Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa 14-15 April, 2012 in Bahir Dar, Kuriftu Resort , Tana, Ethiopia. As part of the preparations for the Tana High-Level Forum, an experts’ pre-Forum workshop was held on 29 and 30 September, 2011 in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria serves as the first Chairperson of the Forum.

The 2012 Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is set to dwell on two themes: State fragility and the prospects of peace in Africa, with a focus on clusters of protracted conflict and regional response; and Managing diversity to promote peace and stability, focussing on the African Peer Review Mechanism and diversity governance as structural prevention, according to sources. The overarching theme is the question of the “African voice in the global security agenda”.  Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University has been commissioned to act as the Forum’s secretariat. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/03/2012 at 10:32 am

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Migrant students demand ‘Justice for Alem Dechasa’

March 21, 2012 (Migrant Workers Task Force) –  On Sunday March 18th, after news of Alem Dechasa’s death spread, MWTF volunteers and students (migrant workers from different backgrounds) decided to do something different. So far, Lebanese activists have spoken through their blogs, locals in Ethiopia have condemned what happened, and even Ethiopians in the United States have taken a stance. Today, the migrant workers in Lebanon had a message to say, a common voice that ‘enough is enough’.

At Zico House, the class started as usual at noon and everyone got seated. We were a bit more crowded than usual. Rahel Zegeye took the microphone and addressed all the workers. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/03/2012 at 8:14 am

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Invitation to TBOA UK Conference in London

 Organized by Union of Oromo Students In Europe –UK branch
All Oromo’s who live in UK and abroad are invited to this historic TBOA UK conference. It is the right time to come together, talk heart to heart and unite for common cause.
DATE: 28th April 2012 Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm
GUEST SPEAKERS:
Dr. Mohammed Hasssen, Associate professor of History at Georgia State University, Atlanta, America.
Dr. Alemayehu Birru, PhD in political and moral philosophy.. An independent and free scholar from Berlin, Germany.
Place:
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road, Tower Building,
Graduate Centre, London, N7 8DB. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/03/2012 at 7:28 am

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Are Ethiopia and Eritrea heading back to war?

Ethiopia and Eritrea are on opposite sides of the Somalia conflict

March 21, 2012 (BBC News) – Could Ethiopia’s attack on alleged rebel bases over the border inside Eritrea herald the start of a new war in the Horn of Africa?

Ethiopia says it carried out a raid on three camps belonging to a rebel group last Thursday.

A further raid was reported over the weekend, although this has been denied by Ethiopian officials.

These attacks have raised fears that this could spark another border war, similar to the conflict of 1998-2000, which left some 100,000 people dead.

So far, Eritrea appears keen to cool the situation, saying it will not strike back.

Eritrea’s Minister of Information Ali Abdu told the BBC that his country would not retaliate following the Ethiopian raid.

“Those who rush to aggression are those who do not know what the life of people means,” Mr Ali said.

Ethiopian sources suggest Eritrea, increasingly isolated from the international community and short of funds, is in no position to respond effectively. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 21/03/2012 at 7:03 am

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