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Oromo – Seife Nebelbal Radio Program, June 1, 2012

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“Our Enemy’s Brutality is a Positive Factor for the Oromo People’s Struggle”, Professor Mekuria Bulcha

Join TASSC International in June to Commemorate Survivor Week

May 31, 2012

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION: JOIN US FOR A WEEK OF ACTIVITIES IN JUNE

This June will mark the 15th anniversary of TASSC International’s June Survivor Week. We invite you to participate in our activities during the week, and to organize a local commemoration on June 26 in recognition of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. During the week, survivors will participate in a three day human rights training, visit Congress, speak on different panels, and vigil in front of the White House.

Schedule of activities for the Washington DC Metropolitan area include the following public events:

Tuesday, June 19: Rebuilding a Life After Torture

9 am – 5 pm, Catholic University, Pryzbala Center

11:15 am – 12 noon: VOICES OF SURVIVORS

Survivors will share their stories of rebuilding a life after torture.   Stories will highlight the pre asylum/ post asylum life, why torture occurs, and ongoing human rights violations worldwide including inside U.S. detention centers. Read more…

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Posted by jiruu - 31/05/2012 at 8:28 pm

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Muslims accuse Ethiopian government of meddling in mosques

By William Davison, Correspondent | May 31, 2012
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (The Christian Science Monitor)

Ethiopia’s Muslims have been protesting ‘state interference’ in their affairs for the past six months. Could government accusations of Muslim extremism risk greater tension?

Protests at mosques in religiously-diverse Ethiopia have stretched into their sixth month as Muslims object to what they see as unconstitutional government interference in their affairs.

Since December, worshipers at Friday prayers nationwide have been criticizing the state’s alleged attempts to impose the al Ahbash, a moderate sect of Islam, on the community via an unrepresentative, politicized Islamic Supreme Affairs Council. Officials deny any interference.

The protest movement in most major cities among the nation’s 30 to 40 million Muslims – about one-third of Ethiopia’s population – has been largely peaceful and contained to mosque compounds.

The government is trying to dominate influential mosques to gain wider political control of the country, says Ethiopian political analyst Jawar Mohammed. To solidify Western support, it’s playing up an Islamist threat – Ethiopia is widely perceived by strategists as a bulwark against Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic terrorists across the border in Somalia and in the Middle East and North Africa. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 3:28 pm

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The Ormia state and its institutions are highly mobilized for the upcoming mapping and boundary demarcation between its state and neighboring Somali state of Ethiopia

Note: The TPLF regime in Finfinne is preparing to instigate border violence between the Oromo and Somali Regional States. Border conflict between the two states started immediately after TPLF assumed power in 1991. Since then many lives lost from both sides. Thanks to elders’ tireless reconciliation effort, from both communities, the conflict died down some years back. Now, the TPLF regime has ordered the OPDO, once again, to work on boundary demarcation between the states.

Read the following and have your comments. It is appreciable if you comment in this triage form: how do you define this problem, how do analyse it and what solution(s) do you recommend with possible implementation strategy.

Jigjiga, May 31, 2012 ( WDN) – Reliable news from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, report that the Ormia state and its institutions are highly mobilized for the upcoming mapping and boundary demarcation between its state and neighboring Somali state of Ethiopia.  There are several technical and advisory committees set up on behave of the Oromia region in order to achieve favorable results from said demarcation.

On the Somali side, reports from Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali state in Ethiopia, show signs of disorganization and complete absence of any sense of urgency regarding this matter.  In the past, Somali leaders in Region five were not prepared at all to engage their neighboring region of Oromia on the task of boundary demarcation. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 1:14 pm

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Ethiopia powers on with controversial dam project

May 31, 2012 (CNN) – The waters of the Blue Nile have for millennia flowed down from the Ethiopian highlands enriching the countries on its banks.

The rocks that make up its riverbed have been eroded by Ethiopia’s past and now that the construction of Africa’s largest hydro-electric dam has begun, these same rocks are helping to build the country’s future.

The Grand Renaissance Dam project was announced last year by the Ethiopian government, in a unilateral move that is not sitting very well with its upstream neighbors. Egypt and Sudan say Ethiopia is threatening their greatest natural resource.

What’s undisputed though is the sheer size of this undertaking close to Ethiopia’s border with Sudan.

“It’s not very easy to build a project of this magnitude in a remote area,” explains Francesco Verdi, who oversees this project for Salini, the Italian construction firm that has been contracted by the Ethiopians to build the dam.

According to Verdi, 10% of the dam has been completed so far and teams are working day and night to stay on schedule. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 10:26 am

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Ethiopian migrant hunting, smuggling on Yemen-Saudi border

Ethiopian migrants gather outside a transit center where they wait to be repatriated, in the western Yemeni town of Haradh, on the border with Saudi Arabia March 28, 2012. Plagued by sandstorms, drought, gun runners and drug smugglers, the 1,800-km (1,100-mile) strip of land along the Yemeni-Saudi border has long been a desolate, dangerous place. But crumbling government control and a surge of migrants, driven out of the Horn of Africa by poverty and persecution, have turned it into a kind of hell where criminal gangs roam freely, trading migrants like commodities.

May 31, 2012, HARADH, Yemen(Reuters) – Unfastening his grubby sling, Ali Yusef let out a gasp as his mangled forearm dropped limply to his side. Jumping out of a speeding pick-up truck to evade kidnappers last week, the young Ethiopian was lucky to get away with only a broken arm.

Yusef is one of thousands of Ethiopians lured by the promise of a better life in wealthy oil-rich Gulf Arab states who have found themselves trapped in a lawless and violent stretch of territory on the Yemeni side of the border with Saudi Arabia.

“It (jumping) was worth the risk,” said Yusef, showing the blisters on his palms. “I’d rather die than let them catch me.”

Plagued by sandstorms, drought, gun runners and drug smugglers, the 1,800-km (1,100-mile) strip of land along the Yemeni-Saudi border has long been a desolate, dangerous place.

But crumbling government control and a surge of migrants, driven out of the Horn of Africa by drought, poverty and persecution, have turned it into a kind of hell where criminal gangs roam freely, trading migrants like commodities. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 6:20 am

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Ethiopia lecturing Ghana about Election? Please!

Ethiopian Ambassador to Ghana Gifti Abasiya Ababulgu

May 31, 2012 – Ethiopia’s autocratic regime has no shame, and certainly no respect for Ghana. According to Ghanian media, Ethiopian Ambassador to Ghana told Ghanians “to exhibit decency as the country approaches an election in December 2012″. Ambassador Gifti Abasiya Ababulgu was Speaking at a reception at her residence in Accra to commemorate the 21st anniversary of TPLF/ERPDF in power.

It’s an absolute insult to the people of Ghana to be lectured about democracy and good governance, by one of the most repressive regimes in the world. For starters, Ethiopia’s diminutive dictator Meles Zenawi, has been a constant presence in the annual publication of the world’s nastiest dictators for the past decade. And Ethiopia ranks at the bottom of the index for good governance. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 5:25 am

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Magaazinni Kuufama Meeshaa Wayyaanotaa Goorootti Argamu Guutummatti Barbadaaye

Caamsaa 31,2012 Gabaasa Qeerroo Finfinnee

Ummanni onneen isaa gabrummaan madaaye mirga isaa falmachuu fi qabeenya ofiif qabsaawuun gonkumaa hin dhaabbatu.Haala kanaan guyyaa Wayyaanonni ayyaana Gimbot 20 jechuun magaalaa Finfinee keessatti qophiitti jiran irratti humni hin beekamiin tokko qabeenya Investera Tigray kan ta’e magaazina kuufama meeshaa Wayyaanootaa guddaa naannoo Finfinnee lafa Gooroo jedhamutti kan argamu irratti tarkaanfii fudhatameen magaazinichi guutummaatti barbadaayee jira. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 5:11 am

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Ethiopia: A Battle for Land and Water

Watch Ethiopia: A Battle for Land and Water on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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Posted by admin - 31/05/2012 at 4:53 am

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Almost forgotten has been the case of more than 100 Oromo political activists

(Oromedia, 30/05/2012) – Ethiopian Govt Spokesperson Says Oromo Political Prisoners Shouldn’t Be Called “Oromo”.

Referring to the the case of more than 100 forgotten Oromo political prisoners in Oromiyaa, VOA’s Peter Heinlein reports on his May 17, 2012 coverage that  “in Ethiopia, a series of high-profile trials is being closely watched as a test of recently-enacted anti-terrorism legislation.”

A three-judge federal panel is hearing the trials of as many as 150 people arrested on terrorism-related charges last year, including prominent politicians and journalists.Almost every week for the past few months, a small group of journalists and diplomats has  gathered at Addis Ababa’s Lideta federal court complex to attend terrorism trials. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/05/2012 at 1:02 pm

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Africa Day celebration event in Ireland made it clear for many that Ethiopia is not Oromia and Oromia is not Ethiopia

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May 30, 2012 (Oromo Community Ireland) – The African Day was celebrated colourfully on 26 and 27 of May 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. Many African embassies and communities across the country came together in open space to show of their culture, identity and the best of their community, their country and their continents at large. Association of Oromo Community in Ireland was not only one of these communities on the event but also the shining star of Africa and its people. Starting from the first day of the event, the community’s members and leaders were there at the event and were very busy in explaining, demonstrating and participating on different competition on the event. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/05/2012 at 9:57 am

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Saudi Star Offers Jobs to Overcome Criticism of Ethiopia Project

Saudi Star is owned by billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi.

May 30, 2012 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) – Saudi Star Agricultural Development Plc, owned by Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi, said it plans to overcome local opposition to its Ethiopian rice project by offering jobs and training, a month after five people working on it were shot dead.

Criticism by residents may subside when the 10,000-hectare (24,711-acre) plot is developed and 5,000 jobs are created on the farm in the southwestern Gambella region in about two years, Saudi Star Chief Executive Officer Fikru Desalegn said in an interview yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

Ethiopia is leasing 4 million hectares of land to foreign investors in regions including Gambella as part of a commercial-farming drive. Advocacy groups such as the U.S.-based Oakland Institute have said the program has resulted in rights violations and forced the relocation of more than a million people. The government says resettlement has been voluntary and unrelated to the investment program. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/05/2012 at 8:37 am

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Uganda’s President Museveni arrives in Asmara

President Isaias (left) and President Museveni on May 29, 2012 in Asmara

May 29, 2012 (EastAfro) – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni arrives in Asmara on official visit Asmara, 29 May, 2012 – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda arrived in Asmara today on a three-day official visit to Eritrea. On arrival at Asmara International Airport, the Ugandan leader was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki. The welcoming ceremony also involved salute of the Guard of Honor. During his stay, he would hold talks with President Isaias as regards enhancing bilateral relations and on regional and international issues of mutual interest to both countries.

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Posted by admin - 29/05/2012 at 7:16 pm

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Hiriira Nagayaa Torontoi Canada May 2012

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Posted by admin - 29/05/2012 at 10:11 am

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Oromia: Aaduu Abbee fi Miixuu Mallee

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Caamsaa 29, 2012 (Oromedia) - ‘Bishaan ciisu; bishaan deemu kaasa,’ mammaaksa jedhu, eessatti akkan dhagaye hin yaadadhu. Garuu, gidduu kana waan biyya Ameerikaatti Ob Mallas Zeenaawwii, Ministeera Muummee fi Ajajaa Olaanaa Ittisa Xoobiyaa mudate, akkuma argeenan mammaaksa kana yaadadhe. Yeroo dubbiin hin yaadamne mana keessaa isatti darbatamte, Ob Mallas waltajjii qabatee dubbataa jira; dhimma wabii nyaataa irratti dubbii gochaa jira. Dubbiin bahaa jiru garuu waan isa duubaan dhufu waan hin beekneef walduraa duubaan bahuuf sammu Mallee keessatti, tarree galanii yeroo isaanii eegachaa jiran. Read more…

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Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska dashes ahead of Bolder Boulder women’s field once again

Ethiopia's Mamitu Daska extends her lead during Monday's race. She won the women's elite division for the third time in four years.

May 29, 2012, BOULDER (denverpost) — Mamitu Daska has participated in the Bolder Boulder enough to know exactly what she’s doing on the course.

Monday, the 25-year-old Ethiopian looked quite comfortable in cruising past the rest of the field to win the women’s professional race for the third time in four years.

“This is how I’m doing it — it’s my strategy to win,” Daska said through a translator.

Daska also won in 2009 and 2010, while finishing second a year ago. She helped Ethiopia win the International Team Challenge for the fourth consecutive year.

Daska said this is a race she wants to win, and it showed. She pulled way out in front from the start and never looked back. She finished in 33 minutes, 6.5 seconds, the slowest winning time since 2007.

“It was a very fast, aggressive pace from the very start, and I knew she would be a force to be reckoned with, with her performances on the road recently,” said American Deena Kastor, who was third. “I didn’t have any delusion that she would be coming back to us in the race.” Read more…

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