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The Oromo and the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

 The Oromo are Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, 30 million, and their language is the fourth most spoken in Africa. Yet they are an invisible ethnicity in the eyes of the world.

The Oromo community do not want independence but to be treated as citizens of the state
The Oromo community do not want independence but to be treated as citizens of the state

By Akbar Ahmed and Frankie Martin,

In August 2011, Bekele Gerba, an English teacher at Addis Ababa University and prominent politician, met with a delegation from Amnesty International to discuss the human rights situation in Ethiopia. Gerba, a vocal activist on behalf of his largely Muslim Oromo people, was deputy chairman of the opposition party Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) and a member of the executive committee of Medrek, the country’s main opposition coalition.

To the Ethiopian government, however, Gerba was a terrorist. Four days after the meeting, he was arrested. In November 2012 Gerba was convicted and imprisoned under Ethiopia’s 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation for association with the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which the government has asserted is linked with al-Qaeda affiliated entities.  Continue reading The Oromo and the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa

State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

Forget Democracy. In Ethiopia today, there is a Thugocracy: a government of thieves, for thieves, by thieves

By AIM,

The U.S. government on Friday commended activists, citizens  and journalists for their courage in advocating for universal human rights and expressed concern over the heightened crackdown on civil liberties, rebuking several countries for shrinking the space for journalists and activists.

In its 36th annual report of human rights practices around the world, the State Department criticized the increased suppression of freedoms of expression, assembly, association and religion. The report said governments continued to repress or attack the means by which individuals organize and “demand better performance from their rulers” by instituting new impending laws throughout 2012.  Continue reading State Department Slams Ethiopia on Human Rights

US Already Looks to Post Meles Zenawi: ION

The unreserved political and financial support by the US government to a minority regime that ultimately destined to fail will soon to come to its end

All is well that ends well.... just let's wait and see!

By The Indian Ocean Newsletter,

Some Ethiopian opponents are convinced that the United States may have already begun to discuss the succession of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

The United States has already reportedly begun to check two options for what could follow after Prime Minister Meles Zenawi:

He could either rapidly designate his own successor to prepare him for his role, or He could establish government of national unity before the end of his termContinue reading US Already Looks to Post Meles Zenawi: ION

UN Monitoring Report on Eritrea vis-à-vis the Goldstone Report

Judge Richard Goldstone retracted several conclusions of his UN Investigative report that accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza due to some flaws in the report and the enormous pressure that followed from influential lobbying groups

By Kiflu Hussain,

Long before the Wikileaks cable came out to disclose further information to the gullible world including about the diabolical nature of the regime of Meles Zenawi, I maintained that the regime is capable of bombing its own people and blame it on phantom ‘terrorists’ for two purposes: To crackdown on legitimate opposition groups, critiques and dissidents; as well as by posturing as an ally on the “war on terror”, to sought and got favor from the west.

One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to arrive at this terrible conclusion. Nor was there any need for an elaborate scheme of espionage that led to “clandestine reporting” as Vicki Huddleston, an American diplomat in Ethiopia at the time, had it, according to Wikileaks. However, the regimes behavior of planting bombs and blaming its opponents was an open secret between Ethiopians. Continue reading UN Monitoring Report on Eritrea vis-à-vis the Goldstone Report

The Two Wiki Files that Froze the Zenawi Regime’s Spine

Zenawi's contempt for Ethiopian lives and his deceptive nature exposed in Wiki files

By TesfaNews,

Here we go again, on another eye boggling denials by the shameless minority Ethiopian regime after embarrassed by a series of revelation from a secret US Embassy cables released by the whistle blower website Wikileaks.

Yesterday, they issued a frantic ‘press statement’ with the usual denials and full of amature diplomatic languages concerning ‘two issues‘ raised on the Ethiopia Wikileaks files.

The first issue that hits the nerve of the Addis Ababa junta was the release of the file that exposes the pattern and behavior of the Ethiopian security forces on how they plant bombs in the city then later blame on the opposition and neighboring Eritrea. Continue reading The Two Wiki Files that Froze the Zenawi Regime’s Spine

Wikileaks Exposes How Ethiopia Bombs Itself and Blames Eritrea and Oromos

Such revelation raises serious questions on the credibility of the UN Monitoring Group report which identically blames Eritrea and OLF for the January bombing attempt at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa

By Thomas C. Mountain,

Recently released Wikileaks Ethiopia files expose how Ethiopian security forces planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raises serious questions about the claims made about the bombing attempt against the African Union summit earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In a report from 2006 marked “Secret ; Subject: Ethiopia: Recent Bombings Blamed on Oromos Possibly the Work of GOE [Government of Ethiopia]…by: Charge [d’Affairs] Vicki Huddleston”, “An embassy source, as well as clandestine reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been the work of the GoE security forces.” Cable reference id: #06ADDISABABA2708 Continue reading Wikileaks Exposes How Ethiopia Bombs Itself and Blames Eritrea and Oromos