Archive for September 2nd, 2012

Nigeria: Keeping It Real With Adeola – Ethiopia Criminalizes Skype – June 2012

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Posted by admin - 02/09/2012 at 6:54 pm

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Zenawi’s Funeral Live-Screening Cancelled in Melbourne

Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria Inc.

“Committed to facilitating community development and growth,
while maintaining the rich cultural heritage of the Oromo people”

Media Release

Monday, 3 September, 2012

The Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria (AOCAV) welcomes Victoria Police’s decision to prevent live screenings of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s funeral at Federation Square, yesterday afternoon. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/09/2012 at 5:52 pm

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Tough challenges for Ethiopia’s new leader Hailemariam

A series of domestic and foreign challenges will likely face Ethiopia’s new leader Hailemariam Desalegn following the death of his predecessor Meles Zenawi

AFP , Sunday 2 Sep 2012

Hailemariam Desalegn attends the Joint Political Committee meeting between Sudan and Ethiopia in Khartoum December 24, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

New Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn, relatively little-known and long overshadowed by his late mentor Meles Zenawi, faces tough challenges at home and in the volatile Horn of Africa.

In a rare peaceful handover of power for Ethiopia, former water engineer Hailemariam, 47, takes over as interim leader from Meles, who had ruled with an iron fist since toppling dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

In a country long dominated by its major ethnic groups — most recently the Tigray people, like Meles — Hailemariam notably comes from the minority Wolayta people, from the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, where he was president for five years. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 02/09/2012 at 2:21 pm

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“Respond Quickly and Powerfully”


The Honorable Senator John Kerry

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman,

Your Excellency,


Subject: Talking to the American People


I am writing to you in response to your Excellency’s E-mail “Respond Qucikly and Powefully.” I am so honored to get the opportunity to talk to your Legislative Aid few years back about the severe torture I have endured in the notorious prison cells of Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. After our testimony, your aid said, “I have never doubted the wisdom of my father. He always says, don’t expect the regular diplomats as the best diplomats. Usually, ordinary citizens are more diplomatic than the regular diplomats. That is what you have proved to me today.” I wanted to study politics at college but studying politics for an Oromo was a very risky business. My friends advised me to choose another field. One of them said, “For people of our caliber, we can read and understand politics.”

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Posted by jiruu - 02/09/2012 at 11:18 am

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