Ethiopia in Crisis: Ethiopian-American Council Organizes Summit on Ethiopia

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Ethiopia in Crisis: Ethiopian-American Council Organizes Summit on Ethiopia

Stanford, Calif., November 25 – Ethiopia is reeling from extreme social and political turmoil unlike any that the Ethiopian people have experienced in decades. The nation is awash with tears, oppression, poverty, blood, and death under the heavy hand of a plutocratic and murderous regime – the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) – propped up by the government of the United States of America and many of its European and Asian allies.

In response to this crisis, the Ethiopian-American Council (EAC) is planning a forum wherein concerned advocates can address the fundamental issues confronting the people and exiles of a proud, ancient nation now in the throes of fighting for the existence of a free populace under the cruel rule of the EPRDF.

From this consortium, EAC hopes that some guidelines can be established to help the U.S.A., other nations, particularly in the European Union, and other political entities worldwide, to address the many social and political problems being thrust upon the people of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian diaspora, and even Ethiopian-Americans. The EAC is gathering concerned voices to assist in plotting a new path for a terror-free, peaceful, secure, and truly democratic future for all Ethiopian peoples.

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Stanford University Venue, Internationally Renowned Advocates:

The convocation regarding the future of Ethiopian people will take place January 21-22, 2017, at the Stanford University campus in California. EAC has extended invitations to an international community of renowned scholars, human rights advocates, politicians, and media representatives. Among others, invitations include these individuals and organizations, listed in no particular order:
 Noted author and political sociologist; leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies, with a focus on Africa; senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
 A Professional Staff Director for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operation and adviser to the Chairman on Africa policy
 Opposition Parties – Activists who have taken a good strong step to unite the beleaguered opposition political parties of Ethiopia.
 Lawyers and Professors at different Human Rights Institutes. They will be discussing the Ethiopian Human Rights and justice system.
 A Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s he will be discussing development with a focus on land and agricultural policies in Ethiopia
 Oromia Media Network (OMN) – Media outlet with a thumb on the pulse of breaking news and social media flux.
 A Professor Department of Geography East Carolina University, Greenville, NC will present the Ethiopia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity
 The Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio Services (ESat) – Responsible journalism and information from a non-partisan network.
 Founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute; international expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture.
 A Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa, Human Rights Watch will be discussing telecom and internet surveillance in Ethiopia.

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As the summit agenda evolves over the coming weeks, other speakers and advocates will be on board. Because of the bloody unrest in Ethiopia, this summit is generating much interest from the international community.

Summit Objectives
This list is not exhaustive; speakers will be addressing pertinent issues regarding Ethiopia:
 The quest for peace and security in Ethiopia and East Africa.
 The constitutional issues regarding the nation’s governance and other legal dilemmas, such as striking down the so-called anti-terrorism laws used to squelch dissent.
 The hope for true democracy and true regard for human rights by the nation’s lawmakers.
 The need for uninhibited freedom for all media – printed, internet, radio, TV, social outlets – to provide responsible journalism and information for the Ethiopian public.
 The role of the diaspora-friendly media during the transition to a democratic Ethiopia.
 The guidance needed for the various Ethiopian political parties to cooperate in fomenting beneficial social, legal, and political change.
 The need for economic development that benefits all citizens of Ethiopia.
 The demand for land reform wrought by mass illegal land seizures and the eviction of citizens from acreage that they have held for generations.
 The participatory role of Ethiopian-Americans in the transition to true democracy for the African nation.

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Ethiopian People Weary of Tyranny
Over the last year, hundreds of Ethiopian citizens have been killed, hundreds wounded, and thousands imprisoned, because they raised their voices for social, political, and economic justice. The ruling regime, EPRDF, does not understand that history repeats itself. Tyrannical regimes with no regard for the people they rule always fail. This convocation will be one more step to that end.

As the summit agenda progresses, the Ethiopian-American Council will release more information.

Ethiopian American Council
1659-D W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95128
Phone: 408.753.1314;
Email:; Website:


  1. The ever growing income inequality in the cities within Ethiopia need to be addressed as the fundamental issues confronting the people. Income inequality doesnot bring the people to produce more as TPLF claims it does. The effect of Income inequality need to be something all should openly discuss and we need to let TPLF know that income inequality is the root of al the problem.

    Unless TPLF works on reducing the income inequality in the cities the Population growth, which is anticipated for the cities will further entrench the current inequalities in Ethiopia . It is official the city of Addis Ababa is currently said to be having the biggest income inequality of all big cities in Afirca and the gap is widening more and more each day with noone from the government admitting yet that it is out of control. The income gap between rich and poor has increased steadily in line with economic progress, but only recently, with unemployment , famine and austerity measures hitting the poor and “squeezed middle” the most, has public resentment against inequality reached a peak. How the rise of an increasingly wealthy elite at the top and a growing pool of low-income consumers at the bottom is affecting household expenditure patterns, and how this will impact marketers is something that all residents need to be aware of since City size remains the key explanatory factor for income inequalities in Addis Ababa. With greater disparities in income in Addis Ababa we are seeing segregation, higher crime rates that is forcing the city to remain in a martial law for months , suffer lower average life expectancy and experience acute health problems. For Addis Ababa’s city planners, it is almost impossible to design policies that integrate the communities of poor inhabitants and ensure balanced development of the city while TPLF is in power. To make things worse the Addis Ababa Airport got no room to expand due to the fact all luxury residential houses and hotels are built around it. If poor Ethiopians had houses around the airport the city planers would have demolished the houses to give more room to the airport. Since it is mostly the elite rich living around the airport they are not even considering demolishing the houses..

  2. TO Adhari Adheren

    You are so right, city size increase at this rate is the problem for Addis Ababa’s income inequality or shall we say for the problem countless people with no income and few people with all the income within the city .
    When you further investigate the issue the city size / population increase happened deliberate action of TPLF since TPLF took power and wanted the Tigrayans support in the capital .
    Tigrayans with guaranteed wealth continued to migrate to Addis Ababa and got rich overnight while all other ethnicities stayed with no job or income. Many Addis Ababa residents that had properties in Addis Ababa sold their homes and moved out of the city since TPLF wanted it’s clan in the city . So it all comes down to the unbeielevable craving TPLF got to hold on to power which is the real cause of Addis Ababa’s master expansion plan conflict that started all these . TPLF’s power addicton is getting to be labeled as a sickness because it is too much they are wiling to put the country go through just so they stay in power.

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