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These Swedish Reporters Spent 438 Days in an Ethiopian Prison for Their ‘Terrorist’ Journalism

By Oscar Rickett From: In 2011, two Swedish journalists came face to face with the shady reality of geopolitics in a series of terrifying events. Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson traveled to Ethiopia, where they ended up being shot, kidnapped, mock executed, and then imprisoned for over a year by the Ethiopian authorities. … Continue reading

Taste of Ethiopia in Denver features food, music and culture

By Colleen O’Connor The Denver Post At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, a volunteer team of Ethiopian cooks will gather in a commercial kitchen to make eight dishes traditional to their East African culture, enough to feed about 2,500 people. Surrounded by mounds of ingredients — including 300 pounds of onions, 300 pounds of beef, and … Continue reading

በረከት ስሞን (Bereket Simon): It might be his turn

የበረከት ስሞን በህይወት መኖር እያጠራጠረ ነው! መሞቱን የሚናገሩም ኣሉ በረከት በህይወት የሉም ! በጅዳ የሚገኘው« ብግሻን» ሆስፒታል የምርመራ ውጤት። ኢትዮጵያ ሃገሬ ጅዳ በዋዲ ጅዳ ሳውዲ አረቢያ ለህክምና በድብቅ ገብተው የልብ በሽታ ህክምና የተደረገላቸው የመንግስት ከፍተኛ ሹም በህይወት መኖራቸውን እንደ ሚጠራጠሩ ከሆስፒታሉ የሚወጡ ምስጢራዊ ምንጮች አረጋገጡ፡፤ በልብ በሽታ የሚሰቃዩት አቶ በረከት ለህክምና ጅዳ ሳውዲ አረቢያ የሚገኝ … Continue reading

Obama’s Trip To Africa Fails To Secure Human Rights Commitments

by Sahara Reporters, New York (Sahara) Despite these meetings, Mr. Obama left Africa without securing any human rights commitment from Ethiopia. In addition, the critiques of various human rights groups who claim Obama’s visit legitimizes the oppressive governments confirm that these past five days in Africa were a trivial international exercise. On Tuesday, United States … Continue reading

Ethiopian opposition urges Obama to keep up pressure

Source: Addis Ababa (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, which saw him speak out against democratic restrictions, was positive but Washington must maintain pressure on the government, an Ethiopian opposition figure said Wednesday. “I was not in favour of his coming, but (the visit) exposed Ethiopia and its government,” said Merera Gudina, … Continue reading

Obama’s message to the Ethiopian government – We do not want to have a fake democratic system in Ethiopia

President Obama on Monday and  Tuesday implored  Ethiopian and African leaders to build strong economies and education systems to provide opportunities for Africa’s rapidly growing youth population, and warned that ignoring these priorities could lead to instability years down the road. Several human right groups and activists criticized president Obama  since he twice called the government … Continue reading

ለህወሃት/ኢህአዴግና መሰል የአፍሪካ አምባገነኖች የባራክ ኦባማ መልዕክት

በቅድሚያ ለህወሃት/ኢህአዴግ “የአንድን አገር (ኅልውና በማስጠበቅ) አንድ አድርጎ ማቆየት የሚችለው መሪው (ወይም በኢህአዴግኛ ፓርቲው ወይም ግምባሩ) እርሱ ብቻ እንደሆነ የሚናገር ከሆነ ያ መሪ (ፓርቲ ወይም ግምባር) አገሩን ከመገንባት ከሽፏል ማለት ነው … ማንም ሰው (ፓርቲ/ግምባር) ዕድሜልኩን መሪ/ፕሬዚዳንት መሆን የለበትም፤ አዲስ ሃሳብና ትኩስ ኃይል ወደ ሥልጣን ሲመጣ ያቺ አገር ከቀድሞው እየተሻለች ትሄዳለች፡፡” ቀጠሉ – “ሰዎች ለረጅም … Continue reading

Reeyot Speaks: Press freedom in the spotlight on Obama’s Ethiopia visit

(France24) The release of columnist Reeyot Alemu is living proof that Barack Obama can bring some change to Ethiopia, with the US president urging more freedom for the press on a visit to the east African country. Alemu, 35, is one of three journalists and two bloggers freed just three weeks before Obama’s arrival in … Continue reading

ኦባማ የአፍሪካን ገዢዎች እያዋዛ ደቆሳቸው!

ፕ/ር መስፍን ወልደ-ማርያም ኦባማ በአፍሪካ ኅብረት ያደረገው ንግግር ብዙ ጥያቄዎችን መልሷል፤ የኦባማ ጉብኝት ያስከተለው ጫጫታ ሁሉ መልስ አገኘ፤ የሰው ልጆች በመሀከላቸው ምንም ዓይነት የአድልዎ ልዩነት ሳይደረግባቸው በሰውነታቸው ብቻ በተፈጥሮ ያገኙትን ክብራቸውንና ሞገሣቸውን አስከብረው መኖር እንዳለባቸው በአጽንኦት ተናገረ፤ ዛሬ የአሜሪካኑ ፕሬዚደንት ያደረገው ንግግር ከፕሬዚደንትና ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ጀምሮ እስከ ፖሊሶች፣ መርማሪዎችና አዛዦቻቸው፣ እስከጦር ኃይሉና አዛዦቻቸው፣ አስከዓቃብያነ ሕግና … Continue reading

Congo opposition plans resistance to Sassou’s third-term ambition

Republic of Congo opposition parties on Wednesday called on the population to resist attempts at constitutional reform that could pave the way for President Denis Sassou Nguesso to seek a third term in next year’s presidential election. The country’s opposition parties and some civil society groups convened an alternative meeting in the capital after boycotting … Continue reading

Obama visit to Ethiopia highlights human rights and media clampdown

Source: The Irish Times Irish and US governments ignore how human rights have been traded off in the interests of “development” and security. On the last leg of his visit to Kenya and Ethiopia President Obama spoke out on behalf of journalists and human rights defenders. “When journalists are put behind bars for doing … Continue reading

‘Nobody Should Be President for Life,’ Obama Tells Africa

Source: The New York Times: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama jabbed at the power structures of Africa on Tuesday by calling for long-entrenched leaders to step down, using off-the-cuff remarks about his own political standing and his stature as the first American president with African roots to try to reshape the continent’s politics. … Continue reading

“Ethiopia must be changed. I must do something,” Reeyot Alemu

Source: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Three Ethiopian journalists were released from prison three weeks ago, ahead of President Obama’s visit to the African nation. They are just some of victims who dared to criticize their government and went to prison for it. Now, the three are speaking about that repression and one is willing to risk everything to have her voice heard, … Continue reading

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

Bianca Hall,Reporter for The Age Yeshiwork Abrha’s​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can’t find the words. Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf. “There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government … Continue reading

Obama Called Ethiopia a Democracy. It Is Not.

By Joshua Keating In the first ever speech by a U.S. president to the African Union, Barack Obama criticized African leaders for clinging to power, saying “nobody should be president for life,” (though he joked he could win a third term if the U.S. constitution would allow it). He also denounced countries that institute “democracy … Continue reading

Ethiopia Promises Reform, But Has a Long Way To Go on Civil Liberties-EFF

By Sarah Myers West Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn praised the value of the press in his remarks after a state visit with Barack Obama, saying “as far as Ethiopia is concerned, we need journalists.” But almost in the same breath, he called for limits on free expression, suggesting Ethiopia’s domestic journalists work with violent … Continue reading