“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
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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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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Watch Ethiopia: A Battle for Land and Water on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
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…
Africa Day celebration event in Ireland made it clear for many that Ethiopia is not Oromia and Oromia is not Ethiopia
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…
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…
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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