Arena opposition members attacked while campaigning in Adigrat

ADIGRAT – TPLF mobsters in the norther town of Adigrat on Friday attacked opposition members who were campaigning publicly ahead of a Sunday public gathering.

Arena opposition figure Asgede Gebreselassie was among the victims of the TPLF-organized mob violence in Adigrat town on Friday (Photo: Ethiomedia

Abraha Desta, an instructor at Mekelle University widely known to Ethiopians via his dissenting views on FaceBook as well as veteran opposition figure Asgede Gebreselassie and Amdom Gebreselassie were attacked by TPLF gangsters.

Earlier, two Arena opposition party members, Amdom and Gebrecherkos, were detained by police for about two hours before they were released with a warning to cancel the meeting.

The opposition members continued to campaign despite attacks by TPLF-sent youths as young as 12.

“The mobsters were following us everywhere, throwing stones at us, pestering us with all sorts of nuisance, and often trying to hit us and they were doing it in front of the police and TPLF officials,” said Asgede, who was veteran of the war TPLF waged for 17 tears to topple the Derg in 1991.

He said government agents were following them everywhere, and when they retired to their bedroom as night fell, police came in and searched their rooms. 

The officials have also called for parallel and mandatory public meetings on Sunday for various TPLF-affiliated associations like youth, women’s, workers’, teachers’, farmers’, etc in order to deter anyone going to the Arena opposition meeting, Asgede said.

Observers say the people of Tigrai, as the rest of the Ethiopian people, are fed up of TPLF misrule, and support for the opposition has been gaining momentum. Wary of political change, TPLF heavily relies on fostering violence, such as deploying spies whose round-the-clock job is to hound members of the opposition and anyone suspected of harboring anti-TPLF views.

“The climate in Adigrat is dismal,” the usually bold Asgede said with an air of sadness. “They rule by the threat of force.”


The Ethiopians and their past by Yilma Bekele



We love to visit the past. There is no one like us that digs deeper, travel further to harvest the bounty of our rich past. To say we dwell on the past is definitely an understatement. I would not be surprised if scientists after mapping our brain find a special pocket where we store ugly little tidbits of the past to fuel our anger. To claim we live in the past is not far from the truth.

Compared to others what makes our situation a little different is how we use the past to explain or understand the situation in the present. We are beyond unique on how we use a wrecking ball to smash our past to pieces and are surprised when we are unable to build the future because there is nothing to stand on. How in the world can you build without a foundation?

From what I can see compared to us others use their past in a completely different manner. Let alone a country even a family weaves a rich history to put the ancestors in a good light and favorable condition. Countries are notorious for spinning such tales they put little Rumpelstiltskin, the weaver of straw into gold to shame. All are the ‘exceptional, the Middle kingdom, where the sun never sets, the Motherland etc. etc. If they are rich and strong they like to assure us that it has always been like that and if they are poor and weak they will invite us to sit down so they can tell us of the times when they were a great empire with ships in all the seven seas.

As I said earlier we are a little different. Sometimes it is a little bizarre when others say all those good things about us and we are too busy to notice since we are trashing the past. The joke is on us I guess. I brought all this up because lately we have been going thru one of our periodic self flagellation exercise. Every Tom Dick and Harry has been picking on my motherland. You notice the names, of course I could have given them Abesha names but I just don’t want diversions. Tom Dick and harry should do. Every little narrow nationalist village idiot with a keyboard has been dumping on my glorious past.

We celebrated Christmas and welcomed a new European New Year. December and January are times of renewal and in our area we celebrated like never before. Among other things the visit by Chairman Yelekal of Semayawi party was a memorable moment. It is refreshing to see our country is still capable of producing such a young and courageous person that dares to demand justice for his people. We also held a fund raising for ESAT and were entertained by our children playing traditional music using modern instruments. Chairman Yelekal comes across the ocean to bring us ‘determination’ from home and the young ones born here showed us the bond is still strong.

This month happens to be the 100 year anniversary of King Minilik’s death. King Minilik is the father of modern Ethiopia. He is also a figure of such historical importance and is included in all historical books as a leader of an early kingdom called Ethiopia. He took nation building to be his primary task and accomplished that in a spectacular manner. Force was used sparingly. Marriage, title, recognition were his favorite tool.

His fascination with technology is legendary. His diplomatic skills not only united Ethiopia but forced others to recognize him as an equal. When you consider this was the period referred to as ‘the scramble for Africa’ by the European powers we were lucky to have such a skilled leader. You know what happened to the rest of Africa. We stayed independent and never kowtowed to any foreign devil.

King Minilik of Ethiopia is also an International hero to all black people. The battle of Adwa fought one hundred eighteen years ago between Italy and Ethiopia is the first instance where a European power was defeated by an African Army. In the scheme of human history historians claim it is a big deal. I have no reason to disagree.

To celebrate the centennial of his death EHSNA (Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America) is holding a commemoration in Silver Springs, Maryland. All Ethiopians are invited to attend and get in touch with their past.

It was also a delight to see the lecture at Harvard University by Raymond Jonas a historian from the University of Washington discussing his book ‘The Battle of Adwa- African Victory in the Age of Empire.’ He has no axe to grind. His perspective is purely as a professional and his conclusion is music to our ears. After careful study the good professor gave credit to our King for his leadership skills in amassing such a force in a short notice to bring the invader to their knees. It showed that when we feel threatened we come together. That is because like it or not Ethiopia is part of our DNA. It cannot be deleted, erased, written over or corrupted without consequences. Split personality is one of the symptoms that foolishly question their identity.

As I said before, we Ethiopians are a little different. Some of our supposedly learned friends with papers from the most prestigious universities decided to reinterpret history in a layman’s manner. It was without shame they went out in public to insult, condemn and treat our history as nothing but a Hollywood fiction. They were following on the footsteps of the dead warlord from Adwa that rose to prominence using force and treachery and declared our flag to be nothing but a piece of cloth as he entered Minilik’s palace. Today his underlings are continuing that path of revising our glorious past.

As if the assault by the ethnically challenged is not enough we have another lost soul from the past trying to get our attention. It is no other than Captain Prime Minster Fekre Selassie Wegderes out with a book trying to put his own spin on what happened yesterday. To be honest I do not think I want to read his book. Reading a book by a convicted mass murderer is not one of my priorities. In all sincerity I was debating whether to buy the book or not when I came across his interview.

Based on that interview I am sure to stay away from this work of fiction. What exactly did we do to deserve such individuals instead of remorse and begging for forgiveness show up to tell us the survivors how great they were and how they could teach us today where we are going wrong.

This convicted criminal instead of coming clean with the truth now is trying to feign ignorance for the crimes that were committed when he was part of the group. I have no idea why he came on the interview if he was not going to shed light on the ugly things he did and answer questions in a direct way since there is nothing to hide. But that was not his style. He said he was here to set the Derg era straight which he referred to a major part (telek akal) of our history. How delusional can one get? Our country is three thousand years old and he considers his twenty years romp as major event? It is sad all those years in prison did not help him accept his crimes and come to terms with his weak and cruel personality. You think he still feels bullied and is afraid of the Colonel? Too bad he is trying to profit from his crimes at the same time white wash history and we are letting him do that. I told you we are unique.

It is another instance where our past becomes an impediment to progress. It is not accidental. They are deliberate insertions by the regime to create diversion. We so much dwell on the past that we have no time to create the future. They know that just like a bee is attracted to a flower we will flock over to this kind of sensational news and activity. The regime with its unlimited resources is creating news for us and we react.

There are eighty million of us. I am sure there are plenty with rich and wonderful stories that can elevate our spirit and mend our broken hearts. Both inside Ethiopia and in the Diaspora there are thousands that are working in all kinds of different ways to improve the spiritual, financial, health and family concerns of their people in a positive manner. Instead of bringing out the best in us we seem to prefer to sink to the bottom and feed on sludge and toxic garbage.

They call it freedom of expression. I call it groping in the dark. The ethnic based regime is doing all it can to instill fear, destroy our self worth, divide us into ethnic and religion based Bantustans and we the supposedly free souls are cooperating by trashing our past and elevating criminals as historians and someone worthy of a conversation. It is not a winning strategy. It will not help us secure our freedom, help our people lead a better and fruitful life and lay the foundation to build a country our children would be proud of. It is never too late to learn from the past and use it to construct the Ethiopia that is destined to shine like the North Star. We can start today by saying no to peddlers of hate convicted criminals.


Source : Ethiopian review by Yilma bekele

US Congress Takes a Historic Stance Against Land Grabs-Related Forced Evictions in Ethiopia | January 27th, 2014

Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia.

The bill prevents US assistance from being used to support activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions. It further requires US assistance in these areas be used to support local community initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods and be subject to prior consultation with affected populations. The bill goes further and even instructs the directors of international financial institutions to oppose financing for any activities that directly or indirectly involve forced evictions in Ethiopia.

According to Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, “We welcome this move as it aims to address one major flaw of US assistance to Ethiopia. The step taken by the US Congress is very significant, as it signals to both the Ethiopian government and the US administration that turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in the name of development is no longer an option.”

Several reports from the Oakland Institute have raised alarm about the scale, rate, and negative impacts of large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia that would result in the forced displacement of over 1.5 million people. This relocation process through the government’s villagization scheme is destroying the livelihoods of small-scale farmers and pastoralist communities. Ethiopian security forces have beaten, arrested, and intimidated individuals who have refused to relocate and free the lands for large-scale agricultural plantations.

Ethiopia’s so-called development programs cannot be carried out without the support of international donors, primarily the US, one of its main donors. Oakland Institute’s on-the-ground research has documented the high toll paid by local people as well as the role of donor countries such as the US in supporting the Ethiopian policy.

With this bill, USAID, the State Department, as well as the World Bank, will have to reconsider the terms and modalities of the support they provide to the Ethiopian government. According to Frederic Mousseau, Oakland Institute’s Policy Director, “This is a light of hope for the millions of indigenous people in Ethiopia who have sought international support from the international community to recognize their very destruction as communities and people.”
For more information see:

Development Aid to Ethiopia: Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression

Ignoring Abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley

Omo: Local Tribes Under Threat

Lower Omo: Local Tribes Under Threat (video)

የህወሃት/ኢህአዴግ የሃይል መንገድ የሚያሳየን ድርጅቱ የሐሳብ ምክነት እንዳለበት ነው::

የህወሃት/ኢህአዴግ የሃይል መንገድ የሚያሳየን ድርጅቱ የሐሳብ ምክነት እንዳለበት ነው በአንድነት ፓርቲ የሶስት ወራት ህዝባዊ ንቅናቄ ላይ መሳተፍ መቻሌ አገሪቱን በመምራት ላይ ስለሚገኘው ጡንቸኛው ድርጅት ብዙ ነገሮችን በቅርበት ለማወቅ አስችሎኛል፡፡ወደ ደቡብ ክልል በማቅናት በወላይታ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ ለማድረግ የከፈልነው መስዋዕትነት መሪዎቻችን ምን ያህል የፓርቲዎችን ከህዝብ ጋር መገናኘት እንደሚፈሩ እንዳውቅ አድርጎኛል፡፡ ሹፌራችን ምንም በማያውቀው መንገድ ‹‹ፖለቲከኞቹን ወደዚህ ያመጣህው አንተ ነህ ››ተብሎ ተደብድቧል፣ጄኔሬተር የሸጠልን ነጋዴ ከሁለት መቶ ሜትር በላይ በሩጫ ተከትሎን እንደ ህጻን በሁለት ጉንጮቹ መንታ መንታ እያነባ የሸጠልንን ጄኔሬተር እንድንመልስለት ይህንን ባናደርግ ግን ንግዱ ተዘግቶ


የህወሃት/ኢህአዴግ የሃይል መንገድ የሚያሳየን ድርጅቱ የሐሳብ ምክነት እንዳለበት ነው በአንድነት ፓርቲ የሶስት ወራት ህዝባዊ ንቅናቄ ላይ መሳተፍ መቻሌ አገሪቱን በመምራት ላይ ስለሚገኘው ጡንቸኛው ድርጅት ብዙ ነገሮችን በቅርበት ለማወቅ አስችሎኛል፡፡ወደ ደቡብ ክልል በማቅናት በወላይታ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ ለማድረግ የከፈልነው መስዋዕትነት መሪዎቻችን ምን ያህል የፓርቲዎችን ከህዝብ ጋር መገናኘት እንደሚፈሩ እንዳውቅ አድርጎኛል፡፡ ሹፌራችን ምንም በማያውቀው መንገድ ‹‹ፖለቲከኞቹን ወደዚህ ያመጣህው አንተ ነህ ››ተብሎ ተደብድቧል፣ጄኔሬተር የሸጠልን ነጋዴ ከሁለት መቶ ሜትር በላይ በሩጫ ተከትሎን እንደ ህጻን በሁለት ጉንጮቹ መንታ መንታ እያነባ የሸጠልንን ጄኔሬተር እንድንመልስለት ይህንን ባናደርግ ግን ንግዱ ተዘግቶ ልጆቹ እንደሚበተኑ ተማጽኖናል፡፡ታርጋ ባልለጠፈ ሞተር ሳይክል እላዬ ላይ ሊከመር ከነበረ ባለ ሞተር ያመለጥኩትም ሱቅ ውስጥ ዘልዮ በመግባቴ ነበር፡፡የከተማውን ፖሊስ ጣብያ የሚመሩ ሻለቃ ‹‹ከአቅሜ በላይ የሆነ ነገር ሊፈጠር እንደሚችል መረጃ ደርሶኛል በፍጥነት ከተማውን መልቀቅ አለባችሁ›› በማለት በመኪናቸው በማጀብ ሸኝተውናል፡፡ እኛን በመተባበር ቅስቀሳ ላይ የተሰማሩ የአካባቢው ተወላጅ ዩኒቨርስቲ የሚማር ልጃቸው በምሽት ተጠልፎ ተወስዶባቸዋል፣በፍቼ ሁለት የአንድነት አባላት በአስራ ስድስት ሰዎች ተቀጥቅጠዋል፡፡አስገራሚው ነገር ይህንን ቅጥቀጣ የመሩት የአካባቢው የፍትህ ጽ/ቤት ኃላፊ የሆኑ ሰው…

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ፖሊስ ያስደመጠን አንድ ዜና በጣሙን ልብ የሚነካ ድርጊት

ፖሊስ ያስደመጠን አንድ ዜና በጣሙን ልብ የሚነካ ነበር፡፡ ታሪኩ እንዲህ ነው… ድርጊቱ የተፈጸመው በአዋሳ ከተማ ቴሶ ቀበሌ
ውስጥ ሲሆን…ዮሀንስ ለታና ወርቄ ዳኜ በመሰረቱት ትዳር ሁለት ሴት ልጆች አፍርተዋል፡፡
ከዚህም በተጨማሪ ጥንዶቹ የአንድ ዘመናዊ ቤት ባለቤት ናቸው፡፡ ብዙም ሳይቆይ ግን አባወራው ህመም ያሰቃየው ጀመር፡፡

እየተባባሰ የመጣበትን ህመም መቋቋም ያልቻለው ዮሐንስ ለታ “ራሴን ያጠፋሁት የህመሜን ስቃይ መቋቋም
ባለመቻሌ ነው፣ በኔ ሞት ማንም ተጠያቂ መሆን የለበትም” የሚል ማስታወሻ ኪሱ ውስጥ ይዞ ራሱን አጠፋ፡፡
ከባሏ መሞት በኋላ ብዙም ሳትቆይ አልጋ የያዘችው ወርቄ ዳኜም ከሁለት ዓመታት በኋላ ሁለት ልጆቿን ጥላ እሷም
አሸለበች፡፡ ሁለቱን ህጻናት የማሳደግ ሀላፊነት የተሰጣት የህጻናቱ አክስት ግን እጅግ አሰቃቂ ድርጊት ነበር ሁለቱ ህጻናት ላይ
የፈጸመችው፡፡ የሁለቱን ህጻናት ወላጆች መኖሪያ ቤት በ600 ብር ያከራየችው አክስት ሁለቱን ህጻናት ቤቷ ይዛቸው ሄደች፡፡
ምግብም ሆነ ትምህርት የተነፈጉት ሁለቱ ህጻናት እጅግ ዘገናኝ ጭካኔ ተፈጸመባቸው፡፡ መከራ የበዛባት ትልቋ ልጅ ከቤት ጠፍታ
የጎዳና ተዳዳሪ ስትሆን ትንሿ ልጅ ደግሞ የአልጋ ቁራኛ ሆነች፡፡ በዚህ መሀል አክስት የራሷን ልጅ የዮሐንስ ለታ ብቸኛ ልጅ ነው
ብሎ እንዲያስመሰክር አድርጋ ቤቱን ሸጠው ይካፈላሉ፡፡ ትልቋ ልጅ እህቷን ለማየት ስትመጣ በአጥንት የቀረችውን ታናሽ እህቷን
ታገኛለች፤ ቤታቸው መሸጡን ትረዳለች፡፡ ከቀድሞ ጎረቤቶቻቸውና ከከተማው ሴቶች፣ ህጻናትና ወጣቶች መመሪያ
ሰራተኞች ጋር በመሆን ልጅቷን ለማየት ሲሄዱ በሞት አፋፍ ላይ ያለችውን በአጥነት የቀረችውን ልጅ ያገኟታል፡፡
ልጅቷ የህክምና ዕርዳታ ቢደረግላትም ጉዳቷ ከባድ ነበርና ብዙም ሳትቆይ አርፋለች፡፡ የልጆቹ አክስትና ልጇ ተይዘው
የፖሊስ ምርመራ ቀጥሏል፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ሙስሊሞች ዛሬ የተቃውሞ ድምጻቸውን ሲያሰሙ ዋሉ

(ዘ-ሐበሻ) የእፎይታ ጊዜ ወስዶ የነበረው የኢትዮጵያ ሙስሊሞች እንስቃሴ ዛሬ በኢትዮጵያና በአንዳንድ የዓለማችን ክፍሎች ቀጠለ። ‹‹730 ቀናት ለሃይማኖት ነጻነት›› በሚል ለዛሬ የተጠራው የአርብ (ጁምዓ) መርሀ ግብር በአዲስ አበባ የአንዋር መስጊድ ቁጥሩ በ100 ሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ሙስሊሞች ተገኝተው ድምጻቸውን ሲያሰሙ ውለዋል። ይህ የኢትዮጵያውያን ሙስሊሞች “የ730 ቀናት የሃይማኖት ነፃነት” እንቅስቃሴ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሙስሊሞች በሚገኙባቸው የዓለም ክፍላት የሚቀጥሉ ሲሆን በሚኒሶታ ሴንትፖል ከ11:30 ጀምሮ እንደሚደረግ ለዘ-ሐበሻ የደረሰው መረጃ ያመለክታል።

ድምፃችን ይሰማ ለዘ-ሐበሻ እንደላከው መረጃ ከሆነ ዛሬ በአንዋር መስጊድ የተደረገው እንቅስቃሴ ከመቼውም ጊዜ በላይ የሕዝብ ወኔ የታየበትና ጥያቄውም እንደሚቀጥል የሚያሳይ ነው።

ኢትዮጵያውያን ሙስሊሞች እስር ቤት የሚገኙት ኮሚቴዎቻቸው እንዲፈቱ ቢጠይቁም፤ ከመንግስት በኩል የተሰጠ ምንም ምላሽ የለም። በሚሊዮኖች የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሙስሊሞች በአደባባይ ድምጻቸውን እስከዛሬ ድረስ ቢያሰሙም መንግስታዊ ሚድያዎች “የሃይማኖት አክራሪነት ወንጀል ነው” የሚሉ ቪድዮችን ከማሳየት ውጭ አንዳችም ቀን ጥያቄያቸውን ዘግበው አለማወቃቸው ሙስሊሞቹን እያስቆጣ የሚገኝ ጉዳይ ነው ተብሏል።በዛሬው የሰደቃ እና ዱአ መርሀ ግብር በተለያዩ የአገሪቱ ክፍል በብዙ ሺ የሚቆጠሩ የሚገኙ ሙስሊሞች በእስር ላይ የሚገኙ የመፍትሄ አፈላላጊ የኮሚቴ አባላትን አስበው ውለዋል። እጆቻቸውን ወደ ላይ በማንሳትም ለፈጣሪያቸው ተመጽኖ አቅርበዋል።
በአዲስ አበባ በታላቁ አንዋር መስጊድ በመቶሺዎች የሚቆጠር ህዝብ ተገኝቶ ድዋ አድርጓል። መንግስት የሙስሊሙን እንቅስቃሴ ተቆጣጥሬዋለሁ በማለት መግለጫዎችን ሲሰጥ ቆይቷል። የተለያዩ ፊልሞችን በመስራትም የሙስሊሙን ተቃውሞ ከሽብርተንነት ጋር ለማያያዝ ሙከራ እያደረገ ነው። የዛሬው ተቃውሞ በመንግስት ሊመቀርበው የቅስቀሳ ፊልሞችና በ ቃሊቲ የሚገኙት አስተባባሪዎች ሙስሊሙ ትግሉን እንዲቀጥል ላቀረቡት ጥሪ የተሰጠ ምላሽ ይመስላል።


በአንዋር መስጊድ የነበረውን በትንሹ በቪድዮ ለማየት Video banned by youtube

ዝምታው ተሰበረ! yezarewu anwar mesjid Muslim demonstration 24/1/2014


Man accused of spying for ESAT sentenced to four years in prison

Mikiyas Nigatu of the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise’s Gambella Airport Security personnel, who was charged by the federal prosecutor for delivering sensitive information to the ESAT journalist named Fasil Yenealem for 4,460 Br is sentenced to four years in prison by the Federal High Court’s Fourth Criminal Bench on January 20, 2014. 

Mikiyas who has failed to defend himself against a 10 page written document from his e-mail and three pictures from his cell phone has been giving various information to the ESAT television station which was deemed by the Ethiopian government as “a media outlet for the terrorist group Ginbot 7” The charge indicates that Mikiyas has provided information about foreign investors who were killed in the Gambella region and other very sensitive security related materials.