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African Leadership Fight Hampers Continent’s Peace Effort

By Franz Wild and William Davison  | July 14, 2012

AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping will face South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a vote by Africa’s 54 states at a summit that begins July 15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/AFP/Getty Images

(Bloomberg) – A fight for the African Union’s top position has split its members and undermined its ability to deal with crises in nations such as Mali, Sudan and Somalia, said former Nigerian and U.S. envoys to the region.

AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping will face South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a vote by Africa’s 54 states at a summit that begins July 15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. While Ping, 69, led the last election in January, he failed to win the required two-thirds majority, prompting the African Union to extend his term until this month.

AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping will face South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a vote by Africa’s 54 states at a summit that begins July 15 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.

“This impasse, unless it’s resolved, is really going to continue to make the African secretariat a lame-duck organization,” Olusegun Akinsanya, a former Nigerian ambassador to the African Union, said in a July 10 interview in Addis Ababa. Read more…

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Ethiopian Muslims clash with police before AU Summit meeting

By William Davison

July 14, 2012 (Bloomberg) — Hundreds of people were injured and arrested when Ethiopian police clashed with Muslims in the capital, Addis Ababa, where African leaders are gathering for a summit, and one person may have died, an Islamic committee said.

The violence yesterday, which involved guns, sticks and tear gas, occurred in five areas of the city after federal police broke into the city’s Awalia Mosque compound in order to disrupt preparations for a meeting tomorrow, Ahmedin Jebel, representing a mosque community group, said today in a phone interview.

“They broke the door and entered and started shooting at Muslims,” Ahmedin said from the capital. “Many were attacked and they arrested almost all of those there.” After a call to prayers, Muslims who gathered in response to the incident were involved in further clashes, he said. Read more…

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Ethiopia: Muslim leaders consider general strike

July 14, 2012

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Ethiopia: Meles misses NEPAD meeting due to health reason

July 14, 2012 (The Ethiopian Reporter) – Meles Zenawi who was expected to attend the NEPAD meeting  at AU for today this afternoon was unable to be available due to deteriorated health condition.

As the current chairperson of NEPAD, Prime Minister Meles is expected to deliver a report to 27th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) ahead of the 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) to  be kicked off tomorrow here in Addis Ababa.

On behalf of Meles, Senegalese President, Macky Sall opened the meeting and he wished Meles to recover soon. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 14/07/2012 at 2:55 pm

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Baale Aanaa Kokosa Woreda Keessatti Basaasa TPLF Tokko Arraba Irraa Muran, Sochiin Qeerroos Jabaate

Qeerroo, Adoolessa 14, 2012, Kokosa, Oromia.

Gabaasaa godina Baale Ona Kokosa Woreda, magaalaa Aanaa kanaatti kaleessa Adoolessa 13, 2012 barattoonni Yuuniversity fi Koollejjii irraa galan walitti dhufanii Qeerro jiraataa naannichaa waliin walgahii fi sosso’iinsa warraaqsaa gochaa akka jiran gabaafame. Sochii barattooti godhan kana keessatti tiki Wayyaanee nama OPDO ta’e sochii keessa ruuqatee ykn kaayyatee basaasisaa akka jiru Koreen Qeerroo godinichaa beeksisan. Nami barattoota keessa ta’ee Wayyaanee basaasu maqaan Nugusee Dhaabaa kan jedhamu kun barataa fayyaa yuuniversity Adaamaa, dame Asallaa kan ta’e yeroo ta’u sabboontota barattoota Oromoo kanneen warraaqsa bilisummaa Oromoof sosso’an jedhee bakka teessuma ykn walitti dhufeenya Qeerroo jala bu’ee waajjira Tikaa Wayyaaneetti saaxiluuf yoo deemu, humni hin beekamiin haala kanatti dammaqe dargaggoota Oromoo hammeenya diinaa irraa baraarsuuf jedha namticha basaasa ta’e kana irratti tarkaanfii fudhachuun akka barnoota warra kaaniif ta’uttis arraba isaa irraa muruun diinaaf akka hin basaasne akeekachiisa aayyiin irraan gahan. Read more…

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Ethiopia: Police kill at least 4 Muslims, crackdown underway

ADDIS ABABA (July 14) – At least four Ethiopian Muslims were shot to death and scores of others arrested Friday night when police and security forces broke into a mosque where the faithful were preparing food and drinks for a city-wide Sunday program called Sedeqa.

Addis was partially thrown into chaos and darkness when power blackout hit the capital and a burst of gunfire at mosques broke the silence of the night. Police have used teargas and many people have been admitted to hospitals.

Millions of Ethiopian Muslims have been peacefully demanding for nearly one year that the government remove the un-elected Majlis (governing council) as well as stop the state-sponsored imposition of a new Lebanon-imported religion called Ahbash. Read more…

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July 13: Finfinne Day (Guyyaa Finfinnee)


July 14, 2012 (Gadaa) – To commemorate the historic fight for the Oromiyaan capital, Finfinnee, and in honor of all those martyred Oromos while defending their homeland from alien colonial invasions (in the 19th century against Atse Menelik’s army, and in the 21st century against Atse Meles Zenawi’s army.) Lest we forget. Read more…

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Ethiopia: verdict and leader’s illness ratchet up political heat

July 13, 2012, New York, NY (Opride)– Ethiopia is gripped by two developments, one expected and the other unexpected. Notwithstanding the severity, the sentencing of Eskinder Nega, the recepient of Pen America’s 2012 Freedom to Write Award, was widely expected. By so doing, the Ethiopian judiciary, long criticized for its lack of independence, has unmistakenly equated writing critical of the government not only to treason but to “terrorism.”

 The other news pertains to Ethiopia’s leader, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Unconfirmed reports of his terminal illness, or worse untimely death, has Ethiopian diaspora blogs, paltalk, and chat rooms buzzing. Why is the rumor machine in an overdrive? Read more…

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