March 3, 2014, Finfinnee (Addis Standard) — Oromia Media Network (OMN), explained by its founders as “an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit news enterprise whose mission is to produce original, impartial, citizen-driven reporting,” was inaugurated on March 1st 2014.
OMN is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the largest and most active Ethiopian origin ethnic Oromo Diaspora lives. “The goal of this network is to create multilingual news and programs that will serve as a reliable source of information in the greater horn of Africa region,” reads a statement from the founders that include Dr. Hamza Abdurezak , Chairman of Board of Trustees and Girma Tadesse, Executive Director. Read more…
Saudi campaign to expel undocumented foreign workers comes after decades of lax immigration enforcement [EPA]
March 3, 2014 (Aljazeera) — Officials say that one was killed and nine others injured when chaos broke out at a deportation centre in Jeddah.
A migrant has died and nine others have been wounded in a stampede during a riot at a Saudi detention centre in the west of the kingdom, police have said.
Police said on Monday that they had attempted to restore calm on Sunday evening at al-Shumaisi detention centre in the Red Sea city of Jeddah where undocumented migrants of various nationalities are held pending deportation.
Detainees “tried to cause chaos… resulting in damages to the centre,” Mecca police spokesman Commander Ati al-Qurashi told AFP news agency. Read more…
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March 3, 2014
It is with great sadness that the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) informs the Oromo and friends of Oromo about the passing away of Dr. Paul Baxter on March 2, 2014. He was 89. Dr. Paul Baxter was a distinguished British anthropologist who devoted his life to Oromo studies. He is one of the finest human being, who contributed immensely to the development of Oromo studies at the time when the scholarship on the Oromo people was extremely discouraged in Ethiopia. His death is a significant loss for his family, all those who knew and were touched by his humanity and kindness, and for the students of Oromo studies. Dr. Paul Baxter is survived by his wife, Pat Baxter, his son, Adam Baxter, and his three grandsons and their children. Read more…
By Leenjiso Horo | March 3, 2014
The purpose of this article is two folds. On the one hand, it is to make a distinction among the forms of federalism, and on the other, to underscore that federalism is a wrong political answer to a colonial question. Hence, from the outset I would like to state that empire federalization is against the right of colonized nations to self-determination and so it is against the colonized people’s legitimate yearning and aspirations for freedom, national independence, and statehood. Federalism of Empire state of Ethiopia is hostile to the necessity of establishing independent democratic republic of Oromiyaa. Hence, to suggest Ethiopian empire federalization including colonized Oromo people in it is tantamount to a road-block in the path of Oromo struggle for national liberation. Read more…
March 2, 2014
በኦሮሚያ ክልል በምዕራብ ሃረርጌ በጭሮ ከተማ በሚገኙ ከተለያዩ ወረዳዎች በፖሊስ ተይዘው በጭሮ ከተማ ማረሚያ ቤት ለረጅም ጊዜ ታስረው ለህክምና ወደ ቃሊቲ ማረሚያ ቤት እንዲዘዋወሩ ከተደረጉት ታሳሪዎች መካክለ ሼህ ሃሰን በቂ ህክምና ባለማግኘታቸው ሂወታቸው ማለፉን ምንጮች አስታወቁ፡፡
በጭሮ ከተማ ከተለያዩ ወረዳዎች በጭሮ ከተማ ማረሚያ ቤት ታስረው ባደረባቸው ከፍተ|ኛ ህመም ምክንያት ማረሚ|ያ ቤቱ ከአንድ አመት በፊት ወደ ፌደራል ማረሚያ ቤት ወደሆነው ቃሊቲ ማረሚ|ያ ቤት ሪፈር በመፃፍ ወደ አዲስ አበባ ሄደው እንዲታከሙ ለማድረግ ሞክሮ ነበር፡፤ ሆኖም ታሳሪዎቹ በቃሊቲ ማረሚያ ቤት በዞን 3 ታስረው የሚገኙ ሲሆን ምንም የረባ ህክምና ሳያገኙ በከፍተኛ ህመም እየተሰቃዩ እንደሚገኙ ምንጮች አስታውቀዋል፤፤
ከምዕራብ ሃረርጌ ጭሮ ከተማ ማረሚያ ቤት ወደ ቃሊቲ ማረሚያ ቤት ከአመት በፊት የተዘዋወሩት ታሳሪዎቹ ስም ዝርዝር እንደሚከተለው ይቀርባል Read more…
March 2, 2014, UKRAINE (Huffington Post) – Military pressure on Ukraine has never been this strong, but cannons aren’t Moscow’s best weapon. With the growing Crimea issue — a pro-Russia Ukrainian region — gas appears as a threat in the resolution of the crisis. Ukraine highly depends on Russian energy. Rising gas prices decided by Moscow could lead, at any moment, to the country’s collapse. Read more…
Journalist Woubshet Taye is incarcerated in Ethiopia over his works
March 2, 2014 (Premium Times): “Discussing these types of issues is forbidden,” said the warder rudely and added, “You are only allowed to discuss family matters”. You might suspect that these words were spoken by one of our beloved mother Ethiopia’s prison officers. However, they are actually taken from Maxim Gorky’s 1906 story Mother (page 102). The story was written 108 years ago – so very long ago! But it doesn’t seem so long to us – why? Because what we are living through now is even worse. And it is worrying how fast things are deteriorating.
Prison is now where everything leads. Every day we are told by the media that what is needed is “strong measures; measures to ensure it won’t happen again; measures to remove etc”. These words are not legal principles but are spoken in hate. These statements, which are only a fraction away from a declaration of systematic state terror, are especially damaging for those of us who are held in Ethiopia’s prisons. Read more…
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Bazu Worku winning at the 2014 Lake Biwa Marathon
March 2, 2014, Tokyo (IAAF) - Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku broke away from Kenya’s defending champion Vincent Kipruto with less than two kilometres to go to win the 69th edition of Lake Biwa Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in 2:09:10 on Sunday (2).
It was Worku’s fourth marathon win in five outings since the start of last year, having also won in Houston both in 2013 and in January this year, as well as the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, USA, and he also finished second in the Marathon Eindhoven in October.
No less than 62 runners were in the lead pack at 5km, reached in 15:10, and this big group was down to 40 men by 10km, passed in 30:07.
The leading pack was whittled down further to 28 runners by 15km, reached in 45:03. At that point, potential podium contenders, Kenya’s James Mwangi, Morocco’s Hafid Chani and Japan’s Noritaka Fujiyama had already fallen away.
Just before 20km, which was reached in 1:00:04, the big surprise was that Kenya’s’ Joseph Gitau, the 2012 Fukuoka Marathon champion in 2:06:58, has also fallen off the lead pack. After the Japanese pair of Yuki Kawauchi and Yoshinori Oda also left the lead pack in the next few kilometres, by 26km only nine runners including two pace makers were left at the front. Read more…
A farmer shifts dried teff crop to separate seeds from stalks at Ada village in Bishoftu town, Oromia region of Ethiopia, February 21, 2014 (AFP, Solan Gemechu)
March 2, 2014, Bishoftu (AFP): Under a searing midday sun, a herd of cattle circles atop a pile of golden teff, thrashing the wheat-like grain, a method that has been practised by Ethiopian farmers for centuries.
The crop, mostly grown in the Horn of Africa, is a key part of the country’s heritage and a crucial food staple, but is also gaining increased interest abroad among health afficionados seeking a nutritious, gluten-free alternative to wheat.
“Ethiopians are proud of the crop because it is almost our identity,” said Solomon Chanyalew, director of the Debre Zeyt Agricultural Research Centre, a teff research hub.
“But these days, teff is getting global attention,” he said.
Relatively unknown outside of Ethiopia — for now — the cereal is predicted to replace quinoa as the latest global “super-food”. Read more…
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by Rundassa Asheetee Hundee | March 2, 2014
Convincingly, the Amharas had been the elites of empire Ethiopia, particularly, hateful men like Getachew Haile and the like were considered as senior civil servants who retained much power and influence well into the 1970s. Now this insane thug promotes unequivocally racist ideology targeting specifically the Oromo people by labeling them as uncivilized bad people not understanding that framing the nation state by having his tribe above every ethnic group in empire Ethiopia adds to the political turmoil that is engulfing the already sick empire.
To deny the existence of the Oromo people, Getacho Haile, a fluent afaan Oromo speaker and the citizen of Oromia, intentionally avoided the mention of name “Oromo” while listing the names of the Oromo tribes and clans whom he called the “Oromo speaking people.” By using term “Oromo speaking people” Getacho has tried to do what his friend Dr. Asrat, who denied the existence of the Amhara people in 1991 did. All these efforts are made to justify their claim that the Ethiopians are ONE people who share Amharic and the Amhara culture. Read more…
March 1, 2014
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