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July 2015

Eritrea sees UN scrutiny, migrant exodus as part of “conspiracy”

By Tom Miles, Reuters July 9, 2015 GENEVA (Reuters) – A top Eritrean diplomat said human traffickers, not rights abuses, were driving people to leave the impoverished African country, after a U.N. body accused the government of presiding over forced labour, torture and other rights violations. Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu told Reuters in Geneva on Tuesday […]

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Is Democratic Change through Electoral Process 100% Dead in Ethiopia?

TPLF’s ‘democratic election’ an oxymoron By Alem Mamo “It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.” – From Tom Stoppard’s philosophical play Jumpersfirst produced in 1972* * * “It doesn’t matter who votes; it matters who counts the votes.” – Joseph Stalin * * * “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent

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The First Ethiopian Television Network in the Diaspora launched 24 years ago

09/07/ 2015 Today there are Ethiopian Diaspora media outlets in almost every state and country in the US and Europe. But 24 years ago this was not thinkable. Probably, the first Diaspora Ethiopian media outlet, Ethiopian Television Network has been launched by Dr. Fikre Tolosa. Although the presentation and the programming would be considered amateurish

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A Teachable Moment for Ethio-Americans on July 4, 2015 – By Alemayehu G. Mariam

My topic for my Monday Commentary this week was not about a teachable moment for Ethiopian-Americans.  I dropped my intended topic and wrote this piece because I was madder than a nest of hornets. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) entitled, “Journalists Assaulted While

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Eritrean pair Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot set to make Tour de France history

Agence France-Presse July 4, 2015 A year after Ji Cheng captivated Tour de France fans, it is the turn for Merhawi Kudus and Daniel Teklehaimanot to take their own place in the history books. Eritreans Kudus and Teklehaimanot are the first black Africans to take part in the world’s most prestigious bike race, just as

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TPLF/EPRDF Makes a Mockery of Judges’ Decision to Release Semayawi Youth by Over-riding Court Verdict

PRESS RELEASE. June 30, 2015. Washington, DC, Not only are Ethiopian elections a farce—reconfirmed by recent regime claims of a 100% victory in the May 24, 2015 national elections—but so is the independence of the judicial system. This mockery of justice was shown when police re-arrested four young members of the Semayawi opposition party [Blue

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