What will follow one of Africa’s most successful strongmen?
Aug 25th 2012 | NAIROBI
THE death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister, on August 20th reveals much about the country he created. Details of his ill health remained a secret until the end. A short broadcast on state television, late by a day, informed Ethiopians that their “visionary leader” of the past 21 years was gone. He died of an unspecified “sudden infection” somewhere abroad. No further information was given. In the two months since the prime minister’s last public appearance the only Ethiopian newspaper that reported his illness was pulped, its office closed, and its editor arrested. Further details of Mr Meles’s death surfaced only when an EU official confirmed that he died in a Brussels hospital. Read more…
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Obama spoke by phone late Thursday with Hailemariam Desalegn, who was named acting prime minister this week after longtime leader Meles Zenawi died at the age of 57.
The White House says Obama pledged continued U.S. “partnership” with Ethiopia, which under Meles has been a strong U.S. ally in the war against radical groups such as Somalia’s al-Shabab.
Ethiopians are still awaiting word on when Mr. Hailemariam will be formally sworn in. Parliament was set to install him on Thursday but the session was canceled. Read more…
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The Darkest Legacy of Meles Zenawi: extra-judicial killings,disappearances,arbitrary detention, torture and rape.
(Qeerroo, Adaamaa, 24 August 2012) The Oromia Support Group-OSG has , as of May 2012, reported 4,407 extra-judicial killings and 992 disappearances of civilians suspected of supporting groups opposing the government since 1991.
Most of these have been Oromo people. Scores of thousands of civilians have been imprisoned. Torture and rape of prisoners is commonplace, especially in secret detention centres, whose existence is denied by the government.
The US State Department reports that suspicion of belonging to the OLF is the most common cause for detention in Ethiopia. The report for 2000 states that the Ethiopian government ‘continued to detain persons suspected of sympathizing with or being involved with the OLF’.
Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross visit 10,000 detainees in Ethiopia, nearly all in official prisons. Clandestine human rights organisations in Ethiopia claim that ten times that number are being held in unofficial detention centres. Read more…
By Thomas C. Mountain
Countercurrents.org | 24 August, 2012
The UN’s Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has spent her entire time in office as an active accomplice in the genocide being conducted by the western funded Ethiopian regime against the people of the Ogaden.
A report on the genocide in the Ogaden remains under lock and key in Navi Pillay’s office under her direct order. The investigations this report was based on were conducted by at least two teams sent to the Ogaden in 2007 after the independence war and counterinsurgency being waged there first hit the worlds stage with the killing of a dozen or so Chinese oil workers exploring for oil despite being warned off by fighters from the Ogaden National Liberation Front.
According to persons with first hand participation in the investigation in the Ogaden in 2007 the report contains words such as “murder”, “mass murder”, “scorched earth policy”, “food blockade”, “medicine blockade”, “crimes against humanity” and even “genocide”. Read more…
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August 24, 2012 (Gulele Post) – Two days have passed since Ethiopia’s longest serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was officially pronounced dead. In the short time since I have seen a great deal of reaction from different corners. It was a period filled with arguments of varying emotions, some hailing him as a great leader and others lamenting his dictatorship. His legacy is interpreted sporadically depending on where you are in society and geography. He is a hero in Adwa and a villain in Ambo. He is a visionary from the comfortable view of 10 Downing Street in London but a tyrant in the eyes of Anuaks in Gameblla. My purpose is not to comment on Meles’s death or his legacy. The world will talk about it and millions tune to mourn or reflect. What most don’t realize is the painful memory that lingers in the minds of many due to the innocent lives lost under his reign, some by his direct order. Today I am going to write about one such life, a friend and my hero – Gadisa Hirphasa. For the first time even to many of my friends I will reveal my experiences of a day and night I spent with him in prison. Read more…