Category: "Action Alert"

Ethiopia - Third Annual Fistula Fundraising Event

December 2nd, 2007

Ethiopia - Third Annual Fistula Fund raising Event

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9,2007
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm
Crystal Gateway Marriott -
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy -
Crystal City, VA

Click here for more information (PDF)

Ethiopia - STOP THE GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

August 23rd, 2007

Link: http://www.eacamoveon.org

Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC August 20, 2007
The Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) calls upon the international community to demand for the immediate halt to the atrocious and gross human
rights abuses taking place against Ethiopian civilians in the Ogaden by the Ethiopian authoritarian regime.
The Ethiopian military continues to attack and forcibly displace thousands of civilians in
Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region. The regime’s troops continue to burn homes and property, including the harvest and other food stocks, are confiscating livestock, and in many cases, detain and open fire on, and kill fleeing civilians.
To stop the spreading of humanitarian crisis and the deteriorating region-wide instability, EACA urgently appeals to the international community to pressure the Ethiopian government to act in accordance to the country’s constitution and United Nation treaties
to respect its citizens’ fundamental freedom and rights.
About EACA
The Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) is a US based, non-profit, non-partisan community-based civic organization striving to empower Ethiopian-Americans and Ethiopians to fight for the respect of human rights, promote democratic governance, and
demand donor accountability in Ethiopia. For more information about EACA, please contact:
Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA)
Phone: (703) 665-4042
PO.Box 1292
Lorton, Virginia 22199-1292
USA
http://www.eacamoveon.org
eacadvocacy@gmail.com

Request a Senate Hearing on the Ethiopian Ogaden Crisis: The Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy calls upon the pro-democracy community to demand the immediate halt to the atrocious and gross human rights abuses taking place against civilians in Eastern Ethiopia by the government. The atrocities against poor rural civilians in Eastern Ethiopia
are reaching troubling proportions. Senator Russ Feingold, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, has repeatedly expressed his concern about the government atrocities. A senate hearing would initiate policy action on this crisis, and bring much needed attention to Ethiopians' suffering under government abuses. Please
ask Senator Feingold to call for a hearing. ...
Act Now!
http://www.eacamoveon.org/eaca_send_letter.php?letter_id=67

Please vote for the passage of HR 2003

August 14th, 2007

Please vote for the passage of HR 2003 at http://www.washingtonwatch.com Supporters of the Meles regime are mass clicking to skew the vote as if many Ethiopians are 'against the bill'. The website administrators of washingtonwatch.com are looking for any evidence of tampering with the voting system. The system at Washingtonwatch.com will only allow you to vote once from the same computer, so please forward to many others as well. Such tallies are examined by staffers in Congress engaged on or interested in public opinion about this bill.

ETHIOPIA - The Grand Ethiopian Millennium Celebration in North America

August 14th, 2007

Link: http://www.ethiopianmillennium2000.com

Celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium
Phone: 240-460-3579 202-386-3037
Fax: 952-746-1982
Web Address: http://www.ethiopianmillennium2000.com
Address: 1115 U street N.W, Washington DC, 20009
E-mail: info@ethiopianmillennium2000.com

August 13, 2007

Let us celebrate The Ethiopian Millennium in the Sprit of Love and Unity!

CCEM Press Release

As the countdown to the Ethiopian millennium approaches, representatives of Ethiopian civic and political organizations as well as those from the Business community in the Washington DC area are organizing one of the most festive and reflective celebrations to mark this important historic event from September 7 to 12, 2007.

The council for the Celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium in Washington DC (CCEM) has reached out and invited various individuals, local and national government officials, and friends of Ethiopia to join our community in the celebration of this historic occasion. We have had the privilege of organizing a dinner party inside one of the Halls of US Congress , with the support of the Honorable Congressman Donald Payne, a true friend of Ethiopia and a champion of the cause of our people. We were able to raise a modest fund from the business community and individuals for the celebration and introduction of the Council’s objectives.

The Honorable Adrian Fenty, the Mayor of Washington DC, was also gracious enough to declare September 12, (Meskerem 1) as "Ethiopian Millennium Day". Mayor Fenty, who thanked our community for being a wonderful addition to the multicultural beauty of the City of Washington DC, has also requested the residents of the city to join the Ethiopian community in celebrating this important historic date.

The Council for the Celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium in Washington DC has set out elaborate programs for the celebration which include the following:

On September 7, 2007, Ethiopian Information Technology (IT) professionals in the US will gather at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington DC and connect with IT professionals in London and Addis Ababa to confer on the future of IT for Ethiopia. The discussion, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will explore various opportunities and challenges for bringing Ethiopia into the information age and make her the beneficiary of this rapidly growing technology;

On September 8 and 9, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on each day, scholars and professionals of diverse disciplines will present papers at a symposium to be held at Howard University, Washington D.C.. The symposium would cover various issues on Ethiopia including history and culture, the arts and literature, politics and governance, economics and ecology, health and education;

On the evenings of September 8, a grand cultural show of Ethiopian music and dance will be featured at Stadium Armory in Washington DC. More than thirty Ethiopian prominent Artists from Ethiopia and Diaspora will participate in this grand Millennium Cultural and Musical show.

On September 10 and 11, we will be having an exhibition of Ethiopian arts and photography organized by the Ethiopian Artists. In the evenings, there will be film and theatre shows on Ethiopia.

On September 12, (Meskerem 1) Ethiopians will welcome their new year and their new millennium. Activities will include a parade called the "March for Democracy" that will start from the US Congress. The parade will celebrate our unity in diversity; express our determination to see Ethiopia as a united democratic country, free of oppression and poverty. Ethiopians will express their earnest desire and wish for Ethiopia where there is democracy, good governance, and rule of law and where the human rights of all Ethiopians are respected.


Ethiopians of all religions and ethnic backgrounds will join hands and demand that the new millennium should be one where human rights violations against our people will not be tolerated anymore. On this parade, African Americans, Jamaicans and Africans from other African countries and all friends of Ethiopia will join us. The Jamaican friends will have special performance for the occasion.

On September 12, (Meskerem 1), after the completion of the parade, starting from the late afternoon, Ethiopians will gather at the west side of the Potomac River by the Washington Monument for an evening of festivities, cultural and musical show.

The Council for the Celebration of the Ethiopian Millennium (CCEM) is committed to make the millennium celebration the most memorable. We call on all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia in the USA and elsewhere to join us to celebrate the passing of the old and Ethiopian Millennium the beginning of the new as an occasion for renewed hope and optimism for the progress of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Let us celebrate together this great milestone and unique moment in our country’s age and transition to a new century and a new millennium with confidence and hope, to build a better future.

The Council for the Celebration of Ethiopian Millennium, Washington DC

Joint summit by European Parliament & U.S. Congress

June 3rd, 2007

Joint summit by the European Parliament and U.S. Congress

Coalition for H.R. 2003 would like to encourage and urge all Ethiopians living in the Washington Metro area to attend an important Joint Summit on Africa titled "Africa Matters" with Members of the European Parliament and U.S. Congress.

This important Summit will be held on Friday June 8, 2007

Place: U.S. House of Representatives,
2172 Rayburn Building
Washington D.C.

Time: 10:00a.m.

Speakers on Ethiopia:

Honorable Ana Gomes, European Parliament Member and other Members of the EU Parliament

Congressman Donald Payne and Other Members of Congress

Ethiopia - Sudan to celebrate Ethiopian Millennium

May 24th, 2007

Sudanese ambassador to Ethiopia has expressed his country's readiness to celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium along with the Ethiopian people.

Ambassador Mohleldin Salim said the decision passed to celebrate the Ethiopian Millennium as an African Millennium would create a good opportunity to promote the good features of the continent.

The ambassador was speaking at a consultative meeting with officials of the Addis Ababa Millennium Office here yesterday.

The ambassador said Ethiopia and Sudan have long-standing relations.

He further indicated that the millennium would be an era in which utmost efforts would be made to enhance the cultural and economic ties between the two countries.

Ethiopia - KIL Press Release May 15 2007

May 16th, 2007

Ethiopia - 5K-Walk Kinijit DC Metro Support Chapter

May 7th, 2007

5 ኪሎ ሜትር የግር ጉዞ

ለመብት፤ ለዲሞክራሲ፤ለAንድነትና ለሠላም
ከዱፖን ሰርክል Eስከ ፍሪደም ፕላዛ (14ኛውና ፔን)
ቅዳሜ ሜይ 12 ቀን 2007 ዓ/ም
ከጧቱ 9 ኤኤም—12 ፒኤም (ዋሺንግተን ዲሲ)


5K-Walk
4
Ethiopia
Human Rights. Democracy. Unity. Peace
From Dupont Circle to Freedom Plaza 14th and Pennsylvania
Av Washington DC
May 12, 2007 9am -12pm


Kinijit DC Metro Support Chapter
766 Rock Creek Church Road NW
Washington DC 20001
(202) 541-0556 kinijitdc@kinijitdc.org
Kinijitdc.org


5K-Walk Kinijit DC Metro Support Chapter

"All exits blocked for Ethiopia" [by] Dr. Michael A. Weinstein

April 13th, 2007

Link: http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=639&language_id=1

12 April 2007
Somalia Seized with Stasis
uring the third week of March and into April, Somalia plunged into political crisis with the appearance of a full-fledged insurgency against the Ethiopian occupiers of the country's official capital Mogadishu and forces of the weak Transitional Federal Government (T.F.G.).

Having decided to forcibly disarm their opponents -- the regrouped militias of the militant wing of the Islamic Courts Council (I.C.C.) and militias formed by sub-clans of Mogadishu's dominant Hawiye clan family -- the Ethiopians and government forces met with determined resistance, leading to two waves of urban warfare that was the most intense that Somalia has experienced since the chaotic period in the early 1990s after the overthrow of the country's last central government, led by the dictator Siad Barre in 1991. At least 400 and probably more than 1,000 people were killed in the violence, and more than 10,000 residents fled the city, bringing the number of refugees since February to 125,000; prices of food rose more than 50 percent; health services collapsed and businesses were shuttered.

The contingent of 1,200 Ugandan peacekeepers -- the only force of the African Union's (A.U.) planned 8,000 troop deployment on the ground -- were not mandated to intervene in the conflict and stood by, suffering their first combat death in an artillery attack on their positions guarding the presidential palace.

The decision by Addis Ababa and the T.F.G. to pursue forcible disarmament despite clear signs that the effort would encounter intense armed opposition and warnings against the initiative from external actors was impelled by the prior decision of the T.F.G. -- under international pressure -- to hold a reconciliation conference in Mogadishu in mid-April. It was also impelled by Ethiopia's desire to withdraw its forces from the country, estimated at 40,000 in Somalia with 10,000 of them in Mogadishu.

Rather than fulfilling its aims, the disarmament initiative achieved the opposite results. On April 5, T.F.G. Foreign Minister Ismael Hurreh announced that the reconciliation conference had been postponed until mid-May, and through the first week of April Ethiopian troops were reported to have entered Somalia in order to reinforce Addis Ababa's embattled forces.

As the situation in Mogadishu deteriorated, external actors remained on the sidelines until April 3, when the Contact Group (C.G.), which was inspired by Washington and includes European powers, Tanzania and Kenya, with participation of the African Union, Arab League (A.L.), European Union and United Nations, met in Cairo, issuing a communiqué supporting the T.F.G. and appealing for reconciliation. On April 7, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer made a surprise visit to Somalia's transitional capital Baidoa where she met with T. F.G. President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and T.F.G. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi. After the meeting, Frazer announced that Yusuf and Gedi had agreed that "the reconciliation process should be open to all Somalis who eschew violence, extremism and terrorism."

As the second week of April began, a fragile truce between the Ethiopians and the Hawiye sub-clans was holding tenuously, as both sides mobilized reinforcements and hardened their positions, with the insurgents setting up barricades and digging trenches in preparation for the next round of fighting.

Somalia is Seized with Stasis

As PINR forecast in its March 19 report on Somalia, the country has fallen more deeply into a cycle of devolution characterized by a retraction of loyalties to its clan structure and a consequent fragmentation that makes the prospects of an effective central authority progressively dimmer.

Devolution got underway after the Washington-supported Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in late December 2006, which succeeded in ousting the I.C.C. from its strongholds and propping up the T.F.G., but had opened up a security vacuum and had not provided for a political process that would hold out an attractive formula for national unity.

Over time, it became apparent that the Ethiopian occupation was increasing insecurity and that the T.F.G. executive was unwilling to engage in an open and inclusive reconciliation process, leading to half-hearted efforts by the Ethiopians and T.F.G. to disarm their clan and Islamist opposition, and unremitting attacks on their positions that were answered by artillery barrages that fell into residential neighborhoods and caused scores of civilian casualties.

The conflict reached a tipping point with attempts at forcible disarmament on March 21 and March 28, which were aimed at turning the situation around, but have proven to be a serious miscalculation. At present Somalia is in the throes of a tension-filled stasis that proceeds from decisions that domestic and external actors have previously made, trapping them in positions out of which they find it difficult to break.

Determined to retain its power intact, the T.F.G. executive finessed demands by international organizations and Western donor powers for a reconciliation process that would include conciliatory elements of the I.C.C. by initiating its own clan-based reconciliation formula that has been repudiated by the I.C.C. and by the Hawiye leadership that backed the I.C.C. during the period from June to December 2006, when the I.C.C. controlled most of Somalia south of the breakaway mini-state of Puntland.

Having put plans for its National Reconciliation Conference (N.R.C.) into effect, the T.F.G. was constrained to try to secure Mogadishu on pain of losing its slim credibility. Forcible disarmament, with the help of the Ethiopians, was a long shot, but it was the only course that the T.F.G. could pursue as long as it remained adamant against genuine power-sharing and was not content to see the little power it had left vanish. Now the T.F.G. is trapped in its position with even less credibility than it had before.

Ethiopia's situation was described incisively by Djibouti's president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, on March 30. Guelleh noted that Ethiopia lacks the financial resources to "sustain an occupation" and would eventually have to pull out of Somalia. Ethiopia's prime minister, Meles Zenawi, had counted on the A.U. peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) to replace his forces, but -- given the conditions on the ground -- only Uganda has been willing to deploy, leaving Zenawi subject to Washington's pressure to stay, even though Addis Ababa would be satisfied with a fragmented Somalia. Zenawi saw forcible disarmament as a last-ditch measure to extricate Ethiopia from its compromised situation, but has ended up having to augment the occupation and presently finds all exits blocked.

Considering the T.F.G. an illegitimate entity dominated by the Darod clan and the Ethiopians enemies, the Habr Gedir branch of the Hawiye clan family -- particularly the Ayr sub-clan -- stepped to the forefront of opposition to the occupation, issuing official statements, presenting lists of demands, brokering uneasy truces with the Ethiopians, organizing resistance and refusing to negotiate with the T.F.G. or to participate in the N.R.C. Now that the international spotlight is on Addis Ababa's harsh bombardments, the Hawiye have no interest in conciliation -- they have, for the moment, nullified the disarmament initiative, are gaining the advantage in public opinion and are well stocked with arms.

The I.C.C.'s militant wing, reorganized as the Popular Resistance Movement in the Land of the Two Migrations (P.R.M.) and spearheaded by the well-disciplined al-Shabaab militia led by Afghanistan-trained Adan Hashi Ayro, rejects reconciliation and retains the goal of transforming Somalia into an Islamic state. The P.R.M. has fought against the Ethiopians and T.F.G. forces alongside the Hawiye militias and has gained legitimacy from the nationalist backlash against the occupation. It is not likely that the P.R.M. will abandon its rejectionist position now that its insurgency is in place and it has gained allies, at least tacitly and temporarily.

The I.C.C.'s conciliatory wing led by the former chair of its Executive Council, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who most recently has been based in Qatar and was in Eritrea on April 9, insists on the Courts being represented as a political entity in any reconciliation process, which runs against the N.R.C.'s clan-based formula. Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Adow, the former foreign minister of the I.C.C., has stated that the Courts are demanding that a reconciliation conference be held outside Somalia "under the auspices of a neutral body, or a group of impartial nations," and said that it would have to be "preceded by a clear and fixed timetable of withdrawal of Ethiopian forces." He added that the I.C.C. was not attempting to regain power and was in favor of a "broad-based government in which all contending forces committed to peace will be included."

Given the reversals suffered by Addis Ababa and the T.F.G. as a result of their forcible disarmament initiative and its violent aftermath, the I.C.C.'s political wing will see no reason to moderate its position.

The major external actors in Somalia's conflicts are similarly trapped by the decisions that they have made. The country's neighbors, grouped in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (I.G.A.D.), have been compromised by the Ethiopian invasion and the effects of its occupation.

Uganda, whose president, Yoweri Museveni, cultivates strong ties with Washington for their diplomatic and economic advantages, has been the only enthusiastic supporter of AMISOM and the only contributor of troops to the mission thus far. Museveni had counted on the Western donor powers to persuade other African states to contribute and deploy, but only Burundi, Ghana and Nigeria have made pledges, and they have yet to come through on the ground. Left alone with its contingent of 1,200 troops, Kampala is now faced with its worst-case scenario -- the Ethiopians have not withdrawn, an insurgency against them has arisen, and the Ugandans have been identified with the Ethiopians as occupiers, have been attacked several times and have already incurred a combat death, even though they have stayed on the sidelines.

Museveni has responded to the deteriorating situation by appealing for deployment from the states that have pledged forces to AMISOM and for material support from the donor powers. He has alternated between confident rhetoric -- declaring that AMISOM can pacify Somalia and need not be replaced by a contemplated United Nations mission -- and expressions of doubt and concern -- stating the he was "reviewing" the deployment.

On the diplomatic front, Museveni visited Eritrea's president, Isaias Afwerki, and tried to persuade him to drop his support of the I.C.C. and to give his backing to AMISOM. Afwerki remained adamant in his view that Kampala should have thought through the "dire" consequences of leading the mission and rebuffed Museveni's request. On the ground, Ugandan commanders pursued force protection by negotiating with Hawiye leaders and promising them that AMISOM would play no part in the armed conflict between the Ethiopians and the insurgent forces. Local and international media reported that the Ugandans had mainly withdrawn to their barracks. Backed into a corner, Museveni is locked into place in a weak position, at the mercy of what the major players do.

Like Uganda, Kenya, which has traditionally attempted to keep an "equidistant" position in Somalia's conflicts and to serve as an honest broker, faces a deterioration of its standing. Having been pressured by Washington to cooperate with its efforts to neutralize the militant elements of the Courts during and after the Ethiopian invasion, Nairobi suffered a severe reaction from its own ethnic Somali community against its treatment of refugees, alleged police harassment of Kenyan Muslims, adoption of Washington-inspired "counter-terrorism" policies and, most importantly, its rendering alleged terror suspects -- some of them Kenyan citizens -- to Somalia for transfer to Ethiopian prisons, where they have been interned and interrogated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency. On April 10, Addis Ababa admitted the detentions and interrogations, but said that they were justified by the "war on terrorism."

It is arguable that Nairobi, among all the players, has suffered the greatest losses to its position. Its decision to cooperate with Washington and Addis Ababa has destroyed its credibility as an honest broker, forced it to cope with a new infusion of refugees and to take major measures to secure its borders, and provided the occasion for longstanding grievances over inequitable treatment among its ethnic Somali population to come to the surface in militant political opposition. In addition, its reputation as a democratizing state has been sullied by its periodic refusals to accept refugees and its participation in extra-judicial renderings.

Nairobi is blocked from regaining its previous stature and has been pushed into a corner where it is constrained to deal with the collateral political damage that it has incurred.

Eritrea, which has a hostile relationship with Ethiopia due to a border dispute and is the only state that openly backs the I.C.C., refuses to recognize the T.F.G. as legitimate and does not -- at least rhetorically -- support AMISOM, has dug into its position in the face of severe criticism from Washington. Afwerki is reportedly harboring I.C.C. leaders and members of the pro-Courts faction of the transitional parliament. On April 9, the I.C.C.'s Ahmed reportedly met in Asmara with T.F.G. Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Aidid, who has broken with Yusuf and Gedi, and with the dissident faction of the transitional parliament led by Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan to form an opposition coalition. Aidid is reported to have split with the T.F.G. executive over his removal from the post of interior minister and his objections to the Ethiopian occupation.

Asmara has no incentive to alter its hard-line position; the Western donor powers have chosen to ally themselves with Ethiopia and the T.F.G. is dependent on Addis Ababa. Asmara benefits from Addis Ababa being tied down and depleted in Somalia, and believes that it can weather Washington's attempts to isolate it diplomatically.

As Somalia devolved into contentious fragmentation from January through mid-March, the Western donor powers stayed on the sidelines trapped in their common position of backing the T.F.G., supporting AMISOM to protect it and to allow the Ethiopians to withdraw, and urging it -- without effect -- to undertake "all-inclusive" reconciliation talks.

After the Ethiopian-T.F.G. attempt at forced disarmament collapsed into armed confrontation and an insurgency erupted, the Western powers remained frozen until April 3, when the C.G. met in Cairo, along with regional and international organizations to respond to the deteriorating situation in Somalia.

The communiqué released after the meeting reiterated the previous position of the Western powers and authorized no concrete measures, but conceded to the T.F.G. by "looking forward" to Yusuf's N.R.C., while urging the T.F.G. to "reach out to all parts of Somali society" and calling for the formation of a "broad-based" administration in Mogadishu.

The failure of the C.G. to come up with any more than a general declaration that did not address the Ethiopian occupation and did not prescribe steps to achieve "inclusive and genuine" reconciliation was rooted in divergences of interest among its members. The European Union and European donor powers have made their aid contingent on the T.F.G. inviting conciliatory elements of the I.C.C. to the table, whereas Washington backs Yusuf's plan and says that members of the Courts movement should participate through their clans or civil society organizations.

The fact that Washington's resistance to putting pressure on Addis Ababa and the T.F.G. was responsible for the weakness of the C.G.'s communiqué became evident on April 7, when Frazer met with Yusuf and Gedi, and claimed that Somalia had become a "haven for terrorists," blamed Eritrea and the "global jihadist network" for supporting the insurgency and said that she had gotten the T.F.G. to agree on the need for an "open" reconciliation process -- without further specification. In contrast, at the Cairo meeting, European, Arab and U.N. representatives had stressed the need for an Ethiopian withdrawal and a reconciliation process that would include the I.C.C., and had underlined the imprudence of efforts at forced disarmament.

In the wake of the C.G. meeting, Washington and Brussels experienced blowback in revelations that the former had acquiesced in Ethiopian purchases of North Korean weapons and had interrogated rendered terrorism suspects in secret Ethiopian prisons; and that the latter had been warned by its senior security adviser that the European Commission might be in violation of human rights laws by providing aid to Addis Ababa and the T.F.G., which had probably committed war crimes by bombarding residential neighborhoods in Mogadishu and attempting forced displacement of those neighborhoods' inhabitants.

Conclusion

The conflict in Somalia is seized with a tense stasis, as domestic and external actors are trapped in the consequences of decisions that have brought about the present and unintended configuration of power and interest.

Having engineered the conventional military defeat of the I.C.C., Addis Ababa and Washington now face a militant Islamist insurgency, an overt Hawiye opposition and an I.C.C. political wing backed by Eritrea. The T.F.G. remains weak and unpopular, the Europeans are becoming disenchanted with the T.F.G., Uganda is out on a limb, Kenya is out of action, potential contributors to AMISOM are lying back, and the regional and international players are divided on the definition of reconciliation and the advisability of an Ethiopian withdrawal. There are no honest brokers -- every actor is compromised -- and the domestic players will only pursue reconciliation on their respective terms.

That Addis Ababa and the T.F.G. attempted forced disarmament testifies to the deterioration of their positions. That their effort failed reveals both the deep cleavages in Somalia's political community and a broad support of resistance against foreign occupation.

The stasis that has followed the two waves of armed conflict in Mogadishu is tense and precarious. When the actors in a conflict are frozen into hostile positions, one of them eventually makes a move to break out with unforeseen consequences. Although it is impossible to forecast when the next big move will come and who will make it, it is clear that the twin pillars of the Western powers' policy -- "genuine" reconciliation backed by military protection of the T.F.G. by AMISOM -- are crumbling. Yet without those supports, the Western powers -- now more divided than before -- face a policy void, leaving Somalia to continue to devolve and fragment, and regional actors backed into corners of their own making.

Report Drafted By:
Dr. Michael A. Weinstein

The Power and Interest News Report (PINR) is an independent organization that utilizes open source intelligence to provide conflict analysis services in the context of international relations. PINR approaches a subject based upon the powers and interests involved, leaving the moral judgments to the reader. This report may not be reproduced, reprinted or broadcast without the written permission of enquiries@pinr.com. PINR reprints do not qualify under Fair-Use Statute Section 107 of the Copyright Act. All comments should be directed to comments@pinr.com.

Ethiopia - Sign the petition

April 11th, 2007

We humbly ask you to help us to let
everyone sign this petition and we will make sure the petition
received by the congressman, congresswomen, and to the senator of each
person who sign the petition.

www.eacamoveon.com

http://www.eacamoveon.com/select_action.php

Meles Zenawi believes he can imprison civil society and opposition
party leaders at will and suppress dissent, thinking we will all be
silent. We will not!

Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) website
EACA demands that all political prisoners in Ethiopia be released
urgent petition

Ethiopia - Rally in front of US Embassy in London March 22 2007

March 19th, 2007

Ethiopia - Rally in front of US Embassy in London March 22 2007

Organizers

Announcements - Event on Somalia in Washington

February 23rd, 2007


THE FIGHT FOR MOGADISHU:
The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Courts
Presenter:

Alisha Ryu
Correspondent, Voice of America
Discussant:
Ambassador David Shinn
Adjunct Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location:
The Jamestown Foundation
7th Floor Board Room
1111 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


In late December, Ethiopia launched a large-scale offensive in Somalia and unseated the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) from power. Shortly after Ethiopia's intervention, the United States in January launched air strikes against suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in southern Somalia who were linked to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa. While Ethiopia installed the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) into power in Mogadishu, the situation on the ground remains fluid and chaotic. In recent weeks, there have been sporadic attacks against Ethiopian and TFG soldiers by former Islamist fighters and other disaffected Somalis. It is difficult to determine the course of this conflict and whether the TFG will be able to retain power. Even more difficult is obtaining access to first-hand information about the situation inside Somalia.
The Jamestown Foundation is delighted to introduce Alisha Ryu, a correspondent for the Voice of America who has been monitoring events in Somalia for the past five years. Based in Nairobi, she regularly travels to Mogadishu and Baidoa in order to report on the chaotic situation in this anarchic Horn of Africa country. Ms. Ryu was the only Western journalist to witness and report on the ferocious fighting between Islamist forces and a U.S.-backed, anti-terror coalition of warlords last May and June in Mogadishu. She subsequently interviewed top leaders of the ICU, including Hassan Dahir Aweys, who is on the U.S. list of individuals with suspected ties to al-Qaeda.
The Jamestown Foundation is also proud to have Ambassador David Shinn, an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, as a discussant. Ambassador Shinn served for 37 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and was the Director of East African Affairs (including Somalia) from 1993-1996 and the U.S. ambassador to neighboring Ethiopia from 1996-99.

As space is limited, reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to: rsvp-feb28@jamestown.org.

Ethiopia: Peaceful Resistance and Civil Disobedience - Panel Discussion

January 31st, 2007

Link: http://www.qalitiqalkidan.org/Press_Release/020807__Ethiopia_Panel1.pdf

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

& Amnesty International USA

Present:

“Peaceful Resistance and Civil Disobedience as Treason: Sustained Crackdown on Dissent in Ethiopia”

In 2005, 26 million Ethiopians voted in federal and regional parliamentary elections. The ruling party declared victory before votes were counted.

Massive protests erupted throughout Ethiopia. In response, government security forces opened fire, killing and wounding many, incarcerating even more. In the months to follow, members of an independent Inquiry Commission responsible for the publication of a report exposing the extreme use of force of Ethiopian troops became victims of harassment and intimidation themselves.

All are welcome at a panel discussion featuring:

Judge Frehiywot Samuel Chairman of the Ethiopian Inquiry Commission

Ato Mitiku Teshome, Ethiopian Inquiry Commission

Prof. and Attorney Al Mariam, California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Meqdes Mesfin, Cambridge Health Alliance - Victims of Violence and Political Trauma Survivors Program

MODERATOR: Joshua Rubenstein Northeast Regional Director – Amnesty International, USA

Thursday, February 8, 5pm

Nye ABC (Taubman Building, Fifth Floor)

Kennedy School of Government

[See the original Press Release]

[View video excerpts of the Ethiopian Inquiry Commission deliberations]

List Prisoners of Conscience

December 24th, 2006

List Prisoners of Conscience
Leaders of Kinijit and other political prisoners who have been thrown
Into jail since November 1 2005, on trumped up charges of treason
and genocide.
1 Dr Yaekob H/Mariam-
2 Ato Aschalew Ketema-
3 Dr. Tadewos Bogale
4 Ato Gebretsadik H/Mariam-
5 Ato Assefa H/wold-
6 Ato Beruk Kebede _
7 Ato Tamrat Tarekegne –
8 Cap. Alemayehu Yeneneh-
9 Ato Habtamu G/Hiwot –
10 Ato Asrat Tase
11 Col. Tamru Gulilat –
12 Ato Bekele Girma –
13 Ato Melaku Fentaye-
14 Ato Tadewos Beyene-
15 Cap. Girma Amare-
16 Ato Alemayehu Mesele –
17 Ato Wosenseged G/kidan –
18 Ato Andualem Ayele-
19 Ato Wonakseged Zeleke –
20 Ato Nardos Meaza-
21 Ato Dawit Fasil –
22 Ato Zekarias Tesfaye-
23 Ato Mesfin Tesfaye-
24 Ato Dawit Kebede-
25 Ato Mesfin Debisa-
26 W/t Kidist Bekele-
27 Ato Waltanigus Asnake-
28 Ato Mulu Gashu-
29 Ato Anteneh Getnet-
30 Ato Mamushet Amare
31 Ato Alemayehu Yeneneh
32 Capt. Getachew Mengistie
33 Ato Abayneh Birhanu
34 Eng. Gizachew Shiferaw
35 W/t Birtukan Midekssa
36 W/o Nigist G/Hiwot
37 Ato Sileshi Andargie
38 Dr. Befikadu Degifie
39 Colonel Tamiru
40 Ato Bediru Adem
41 Ato Debebe Eshetu
42 Ato G/Tsadik H/Mariam
43 Ato Muluneh Eyuel
44 Dr. Hailu Araya
45 Prof. Mesfin W/Mariam
46 Ato Eskindir Nega
47 Ato Hailu Shawel
48 Dr. Berhanu Nega
49 Ato Tamrat
50 Ato Melaku
51 W/t. Seblework
52 Ato Sisay Agena
53 W/o Serkalem Fasil
54 Ato Dereje Habtowolde
55 Ato Seleshi Tena
56 Ato Yeneneh Mulatu
57 Ato Anteneh Mulugeta
58 Ato Feleke Tibebu
59 Ato Dawit
60 Ato Fasil Yenealem
61 Ato Wonakseged Atnafu
62 Ato Daniel Bekele
63 Ato Netsanet Demssie
64 Ato Kassahun Kebede
65 Ato Andualem Aragie
66 Ato Berhane Moguessie

Sign the petition

November 28th, 2006

Link: http://www.qalitiqalkidan.org/


Click here to Sign the petition

f Representatives

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!!

On November 16, 2006, Representatives Donald Payne of New Jersey and Michael Honda of California held a historic briefing in the United States House of Representatives to expose the truth about the massive human rights violations in Ethiopia. All Ethiopians deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts of Representatives Payne and Honda and their outstanding staff in coordinating this briefing. We are deeply grateful for their commitment to the cause of human rights and democracy in Ethiopia.
We are proud of the three members of the Inquiry Commission who risked their lives and welfare of their families to ensure the truth about the massive violations of human rights in Ethiopia. We are grateful and indebted to them for doing a thorough investigation of the facts in the massacre of peaceful demonstrators under the most difficult circumstances, for their impartial and relentless pursuit of the truth, for their resistance of extreme pressures and threats, intimidations and offer of riches to distort and color the truth and for preserving and safekeeping of evidence on crimes against humanity and for setting personal examples of supreme courage under tyranny and for their unflinching commitment to the truth come what may.
We thank members of the international human rights community for championing the cause of human rights in Ethiopia and for taking swift action to demand release of political prisoners and restoration of human rights in Ethiopia.
It is now time for us Ethiopians in America to show our gratitude and appreciation to members of the Inquiry commission and our supporters in Congress and the international human rights community by engaging in concerted and collective action to:
„X Disseminate the information and facts by the commissioners
„X Demand the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia;
„X Seek legal means to bring to justice all individuals engaged in gross violations of human rights, including public officials and political leaders;
„X Engage the international human rights community to undertake further investigation of continuing human rights violations;
„X Support legislation in the United States Congress to ensure that American economic and military aid is not provided to the regime until such time as the regime observes international human rights conventions and agrees to human rights monitoring inside the country.
In signing below, I solemnly affirm that I will do my best to advance the foregoing objectives in the advancement of freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.

http://www.qalitiqalkidan.org/

Ethiopia: Civil Disobedience Calendar

November 15th, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/Calender.pdf

I am fighting to FREE my leader.
How about you?


WITHOUT RISKING GOVERNMENT RETRIBUTION, JOIN ME IN IMPOSING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS TO GET OUR POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED

1. Gradually, withdraw your funds from Ethiopian government and EPRDF private banks and deposit in private banks that are not associated with government agencies or agents

2. Break your existing relationship with EPRDF government or EPRDF party insurance agencies and deal with private, not government, agent insurance institutions

3. Use fliers and posters and graffiti to communicate slogans and messages in various parts of Ethiopia without risking your well being

4. Write letters and emails and make phone calls to EPRDF government officials to inform them of the agony they are creating and to plead with them to stop. Share contact information to government officials.

5. Use whatever safe means you find to expose and report government’s abuse of its power and its cruelty to the Ethiopian people including: human rights violation, extortion of country’s resources for personal use, embezzlement, unfair and heavy taxation on private industries, unfair competition with private industries, unfair practices in trade and legal system, heavy intimidation, etc. Please report your findings and facts to

kinijitcener@yahoo.com

6. Refrain from attending EPRDF government meetings. If you are forced to do so, do not participate or speak to demonstrate your opposition

7. Refrain from working for the illegal EPRDF government

8. Do not associate socially or professionally with federal or local government agents who are agonizing the Ethiopian people; plead with them to abstain from their cruel and abusive actions. The exclusion shouldn't be based on ethnic, religious and/or gender lines.

9. Do not use products and services made by EPRDF government and its agencies such as: Dashen Beer, Pepsi products, Addis Tea, NOC gas station, Mega book store, etc

10. Do not buy or use print and television media produced by EPRDF government and government related agencies such as: Reporter, Eftein, Fekat, The Reporter, Ethiopian Television and Radio News, various programs by Zemi connection (Mimi Sebhatu), EPRDF government officials question and answer sessions

11. Those who work for EPRDF government factories and industries, cooperate with our peaceful struggle by participating in industrial actions

12. Report on individuals and organizations that are doing business with TPLF trading agencies

13. Report individuals that are making their living through extortion of Ethiopia’s resources and abuse of the Ethiopian people. You can email your findings to kinijitcenter@yahoo.com

14. Plead with foreign embassies, diplomats and governments for the release of political prisoners through letter writing campaigns

PS: The pictures on the Calendar are that of:
a. Engineer Hailu Shaul, Chairman, Kinijit
b. Ato Muluneh Eyauel, Secretary, Kinigit
c. Prof. Mesfin Weldemariam, Kinigit founder and human rights advocate
d. Ms. Birtukan Mideksa, Vice Chairman, Kinigit
e. Dr. Berhanu Nega, Mayor, Addis Ababa
f. Engineer Gizachew Sheferaw, Kinigit high commissioner


Civil Disobedience Calendar

October 5th, 2006

October 4th, 2006

Ethiopian Americans Get Out the Vote Project

October 3rd, 2006

LET'S GET OUT THE VOTE!

Be part of the Effort to
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote!

We marched and demonstrated our power—But the fight for Immigration Reform is not over until we win!

For those who can’t vote we can motivate those who can vote to vote Pro-Immigrant. Nobody else will do it for us!

For those who CAN VOTE, your Pro-Immigrant Vote can help support your family and your community!

Help get Ethiopian and

Latino Voters out to the Polls!

Big Kick-Off: Saturday, October 7th

And every Saturday until November 7th! (October 14, 21, and November 4th)

8:30am-1:00pm

at CHIRLA

2533 W. 3rd Street, Ste 101

Los Angeles, CA 90057

This is a CHIRLA project in collaboration with the Ethiopian American Advocacy Group

Childcare provided free of charge. Light Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

For more information please call:

213.201.4451 or email xcorpen@chirla.org

Every Saturday we will:

Get trained on this Nov. 7th Election
Go and walk our neighborhoods and educate voters!

Poem: For those I love By Leoul Mekonen

October 1st, 2006

For those I love
By Leoul Mekonen

Oh! God! Almighty God!
The creator of earth and sky
The author of the universe!
Do not abandon me when I cry
I need your help, open your ears!

The father of Adam, the Almighty
Who gave your only Son
For those you love!
Embolden me to fight the dragon
For the innocent stand helpless
The beast devours them one by one!

Breathing fire through his mouth
The dragon flamed many homes
Many women become widows
And children lost care-givers
Wandering alone as orphans!

Fathers are no longer fathers
To protect their families
Mothers are no longer mothers
The youth are locked up in dungeons!
Men are not men any more
To protect their wives!

Like Lucifer his father
It spits fire everywhere
Protest is our death-warrant
Ethiopians are drowned in fear!

Ruling with a rod of iron
He spits fire on everyone!
He is tyrannical by nature
Spreading terror is his weapon!

Then,
For how long you tolerate, God?
For how long they bear humiliation?
Tears turned to blood when they call
The tide of terror hits them all!

To neutralise the terror
To lift the yoke of misery
Allow me to offer myself
For the oppressed to be free!

I plead to you God, I cry loud
Give me the courage, the Almighty!
For those I love to be free!
Let me be selfless to offer
To give back the breath, that once you gave me!

Like St. George the martyr
God-fearing, brave warrior
Who rid on horse of faith,
Let me use your word as spear
Let me pierce the beast face to face!



This poem is dedicated to freedom fighters who tirelessly struggle to alleviate a tyrannical rule with faith, hope, love and above all with the sense of duty to be “the keepers of brothers and sisters”.

Toolkit for Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans visiting their congress members

September 27th, 2006

CALL FOR PEACEFUL RALLY

September 26th, 2006

CALL FOR PEACEFUL RALLY

CAPITOL HILL WEST FRONT- U.S. CONGRESS

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 9:00 a.m.

H.R. 5680, ALSO KNOWN AS “THE ETHIOPIA FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACT OF 2006”, IS CURRENTLY AWAITING ACTION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.

IN SUMMARY, H.R. 5680 HELPS:

ETHIOPIA BUILD STRONG DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, PROCESSES AND PRACTICES;

ETHIOPIANS ENJOY HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES;

ETHIOPIA BECOME A JUST SOCIETY BY REQUIRING THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS WHO ARE JAILED UNLAWFULLY;

ETHIOPIA PROFESSIONALIZE AND MODERNIZE ITS JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW;

ETHIOPIA STRENGTHEN ITS TIES TO THE UNITED STATES AND FORGE AN EFFECTIVE ANTI-TERRORISM PARTENERSHIP IN AFRICA;

AND

ETHIOPIA BY PROVIDING $20 MILLION OVER TWO YEARS TO COVER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL.

ALL ETHIOPIANS, ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS, AND FRIENDS OF ETHIOPIA ARE INVITED TO FULFILL THEIR CIVIC DUTY OF SUPPORTING H.R. 5680 BY ATTENDING THIS PEACEFUL RALLY

ETHIOPIAN-AMERICANS FOR H.R. 5680

Special message for Ethiopian-Americans in Illinois

September 20th, 2006

Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam’s

Special Message

to Ethiopian-Americans in Illinois and in

the 14th Illinois Congressional District

My friends and fellow Ethiopian-Americans in Illinois, and those of you particularly in the 14th Illinois Congressional District:

I thank you for inviting me to join you in discussing the fate of H.R. 5680, and what you can do to help it get to the floor of the House for a vote.

I regret that I am unable to accept your invitation now due to prior commitments.

I thought, given the running clock on H.R.5680, I would share with you in this open message a few thoughts about what you can and should be able to do in getting H.R. 5680 to the House floor for a final vote.

Let me first say that, without any action on your part, Ethiopian-Americans in Illinois and in 14th Illinois Congressional district have been dealt a historic role in determining whether our people in Ethiopia will have freedom, democracy and human rights, or continue to swelter with the heat of injustice and oppression.

I am not sure if you would have voluntarily welcomed such a historic responsibility, but I am afraid, being the constituents of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, that responsibility has now been thrust upon you.

And so, you must now lead the charge to get H.R. 5680 to the floor.

But as I ask you to take up the mission of rescuing H.R. 5680 from captivity in the office of your representative from Illinois, and delivering it to the House floor for a free debate and vote, I must share with you my own personal and profound sadness.

Your representative, Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has abandoned Ethiopia.

And forgive me if I offend you, but he has abandoned you as well.

I am not sure why he has abandoned Ethiopia, but you must find out why he has abandoned you!

I have a few thoughts why the Speaker may have abandoned Ethiopia, if you would like to know.

Perhaps the mighty lobbying firm of DLA Piper has something to do with it.

Perhaps Richard Armey, the former House majority leader and right hand man of the Speaker, has a lot do with it.

Perhaps $600,000 paid to a lobbyist has done it!!

But it does not matter. Whether it is 30 pieces of silver or $600,000, your congressman, Dennis Hastert, has chained H.R.5680 to the floor of the International Relations Committee, and will not let it get to the floor of the House.

And as his constituents, you have to hold him accountable. He has betrayed your trust.

As voters in Illinois and his constituents in the 14th Congressional district of Illinois, you have a special covenant with your representative, Dennis Hastert.

It is a covenant of trust.

You trust Mr. Hastert will represent you first and foremost in Congress. Not Richard Armey, the DLA Piper lobbying firm or a foreign government.

You trust that he will be your voice in Congress. Not turn a deaf ear when you plead for his assistance, while listening attentively to the whispers of Richard Armey.

You trust he will serve you as his constituents, help you in whatever way possible when you need help, when you request for help. Not abandon and ignore you, and your plea for help.

But I am afraid, your trust has been betrayed. Dennis Hastert has placed his trust with others, those who can flash crispy notes of $600,000.

And so, I call upon you to undertake a rescue mission to save H.R. 5680.

It is a historic mission that will write a glorious chapter in the annals of Ethiopian Diaspora.

What can you do? What can you do as Speaker Hastert’s constituents? What can you do to restore your faith in him and reaffirm the covenant? What can he do to earn your trust again?

First, you have to demand that you want to be heard while Mr. Hastert sits in his office in Washington, and when he comes back to the district for the midterm elections.

Richard Armey was heard. Loud and clear. And the Ethiopian government was heard. Loud and Clear.

And neither Armey nor the Ethiopian government live in Illinois or in the 14th congressional district. They don’t vote there.

You have a right to be heard!!

You have a right to be heard over the telephone, by mail and by email, by fax and in person.

You need to tell Mr. Hastert that you are concerned, deeply worried about what can happen to your mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives if H.R. 5680 does not make it to the floor.

You need to tell him that H.R. 5680 will bring freedom, democracy, human rights and economic development for those you have left behind.

He needs to know that there is not a single provision, not one, in the bill that will harm to any person or entity in Ethiopia.

You need to tell him that, but for its arrogance and hubris, the Ethiopian government could use H.R.5680 to live out the true meaning of its public declarations that “Ethiopia is a democracy. Human rights are protected. And the rule of law reigns supreme in Ethiopia.”

You need to tell him that Chairman Christopher Smith is not a person of rash judgment, and when he introduced H.R. 5680, and previously H.R. 4423, he had done his homework. He begged and pleaded with the Ethiopian government to observe human rights standards, ensure fair and honest elections, accept the judgment of the people in the elections, investigate the killings of peaceful protestors, and work with opposition groups in the spirit of unity and common purpose.

When his pleas fell on deaf ears, then, and only then, did he introduce H.R. 5680.

And you need to tell Mr. Hastert that it is not fair, not fair at all, for him to chain the hopes and aspirations of an entire nation based on the whispers and insinuations of Richard Armey.

Richard Armey is a hired hand. He does not care about your mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives. You could probably say the same about his clients.

Armey cares only about his fees.

Then you need to ask Mr. Hastert to take a stand:

Is he with you or with the notorious human rights violators, whose flagrant violation is recorded in the annals of the U.S. State Department Human Rights Reports, year after year?

Is he with you or with the jail keepers of Qaliti prison? Killers of peacefully protesting children? And practitioners of state terror?

Is he with you as he is with the Armenian victims of genocide whose cause he

champions as we speak, and whose cause he champions and has promised to bring

(H.R. 398) to the House floor before the end of September?

Does he believe our human rights cause is as important as the human rights cause of

others?

But you can not carry out this mission alone, and you need not carry it alone.

You have allies.

You have allies in people of faith in the Illinois and the 14th Illinois congressional district. I know some of them. They are good moral and God-fearing Americans. They will help you.

Go to the churches and ask church members to help you call Mr. Hastert’s office and ask him to release H.R. 5680 to go to the floor.

Use civic organizations and others in your community including local lawyers and the legal community, human rights groups, branch offices of the NAACP, ACLU, Rotary and Lion’s clubs, fraternal associations, voter groups, and even city council and aldermen’s offices. They are all there for you, and all you need is ask for their help.

And by no means overlook your American friends, co-workers, parents with whom you associate on the soccer and baseball fields.

Ask them to help you. And they will. That is the American way!

But we are running out of time on H.R. 5680, but not out of hope.

Yes, we have 2 weeks left to save H.R. 5680. And we must put out our best efforts.

But two weeks is a lot of time to do good things; to show your Mr. Hastert that may be he did not get a chance to carefully study the bill, that may be he relied on the briefings of his staff.

May be if he took a second look, he may change his mind; once he made sure that H.R. 5680 is concerned only with freedom, democracy and human rights.

I believe that if Mr. Hastert took a careful look at the bill, he will change his mind and let the bill go to the floor. Often times, people in Mr. Hastert’s leadership position do not get a chance to read over every piece of legislation that comes to the floor. That is understandable.

And so you will need to encourage him to take a second look and make up his mind.

You should praise him for changing his mind, if he chooses to do so.

But choices always include alternatives.

You and your fellow American helpers -- from the churches to the soccer fields -- you will all have a chance to be heard again on November 7.

H.R. 5680 may have 2 weeks left on it, but November 7 is a long way away.

You will have a job to do as proud members of a democratic society.

I am confident you will do your jobs then, and in the days preceding November 7.

So, onward with your historic mission.

Unshackle H.R. 5680 from your Congressman’s office.

Work together with your fellow Americans hand-in-hand and shoulder-to-shoulder, and deliver H.R. 5680 to the floor of the House of Representatives.

God Bless you. God bless Ethiopia. God bless America.

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Additional information available at: www.hr5680.org

Letter to The Speaker

September 19th, 2006

Please copy the following, print, sign and fax to 202/225-0697

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker,
U.S. House of Representatives
The Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I am writing to respectfully ask you to allow H.R. 5680 (Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006) to proceed to the House floor for a vote. This bill was recently passed unanimously by the House International Relations Committee and is designed to promote human rights and democracy in Ethiopia.
I am distressed by recent information suggesting that H.R. 5680 has been delayed from a floor vote because of your opposition, or lack of support for it. I am deeply troubled by this development, if true.
As Chairman Chris Smith of the Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations Subcommittee and author of H.R. 5680 has accurately observed: “Freedom and human rights in Ethiopia have seriously deteriorated under Prime Minster Meles Zenawi” of Ethiopia. Chairman Smith has further found in his legislative investigations that “hundreds of elected officials, party activists, journalists and human rights defenders have been thrown into jail on trumped up charges. Violence against dissidents has increased significantly and yet there have been no credible accounts for the slaughter of protestors in the streets of Addis Ababa last year.”
H.R. 5680 is intended to help Ethiopia develop democratic institutions preserve and protect human rights. Specifically, the bill requires release of political prisoners in Ethiopia, facilitates the establishment and functioning of human rights, provides training civil society groups and government officials to effectively perform electoral activities, promotes the growth of an independent judiciary, protects freedom of the press, and enhances the collaboration of Ethiopia and the U.S. the global war on terror.
The bill also provides $20 million to help Ethiopia implement these requirements. It may be that opponents of the bill may have misrepresented its value to advance human rights and democracy in Ethiopia. I am not surprised by such distortions, but I ask that you to review the bill independently. I am confident that you will conclude that this bill will help Ethiopia achieve democracy and enable Ethiopians to enjoy basic human rights shared by all free peoples.
I have always believed that you are a great supporter of human rights and democracy throughout the world. Just this week, you pledged to bring the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.R. 398) to a vote on the House floor before the end of September.
Would you also allow H.R. 5680 (Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006) to come to the floor before the end of September as well?
I will call your office to follow up on this request. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tel. #

Action Alert from HR 5680 Taskforce

September 18th, 2006

For Immediate Release

COALITION FOR H.R. 5680
http://www.hr5680.org
e-mail: passhr5680
@hr5680.org
Tel# 323-988-5688
Fax# 323-924-5563

September 18, 2006

CRITICAL UPDATE ON H.R. 5680

The Coalition for H.R. 5680 is providing the following resource to supporters of H.R. 5680.
The Coalition has learned that the Speaker’s office has received only hundreds of calls in the first few hours of Monday, September 18. Every one needs to call the Speaker’s office as many times as necessary to get the message across.

Contact Speaker Hastert at the following numbers:

Phone: 202-225-2976 or 202-225-0600
Fax: 202-225-0697

E-mail: speaker@mail.house.gov

When a call is made to the Speaker’s office, a receptionist will answer and ask the caller what message he/she wants to tell the Speaker:

The Coalition suggests use of the following statement as a message to the Speaker.

*** PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL, COURTEOUS AND APPRECIATIVE WHEN YOU CALL THE SPEAKER’S OFFICE.***

Read the following message to the receptionist:

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETELY READ YOUR MESSAGE TO THE RECEPTIONIST BEFORE HANGING UP THE PHONE.

======================================================

Mr. Speaker: I am distressed by recent information suggesting that H.R. 5680 has been delayed from a floor vote because of your opposition, or lack of support for it. I am deeply troubled by this development.

Mr. Speaker: Even though I am not in your district, you are a leader of our nation. You are the third highest official of our national government, and so I appeal to you not as your constituent but as an American, an Ethiopian-American.

Mr. Speaker: As Chairman Chris Smith of the Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations Subcommittee, author of H.R.5680 and a republican and a global champion of human rights, has accurately observed: “Freedom and human rights in Ethiopia have seriously deteriorated under Prime Minster Meles Zenawi” of Ethiopia.

Mr. Speaker: Chairman Smith has found in his legislative investigations that “hundreds of elected officials, party activists, journalists and human rights defenders have been thrown into jail on trumped up charges. Violence against dissidents has increased significantly and yet there have been no credible accounts for the slaughter of protestors in the streets of Addis Ababa last year.”

Mr. Speaker: H.R. 5680 is intended to help Ethiopia develop democratic institutions preserve and protect human rights. Specifically, the bill requires release of political prisoners in Ethiopia, facilitates the establishment and functioning of human rights, provides training civil society groups and government officials to effectively perform electoral activities, promotes the growth of an independent judiciary, protects freedom of the press, and enhances the collaboration of Ethiopia and the U.S. the global war on terror. The bill also provides $20 million to help Ethiopia implement these requirements.

Mr. Speaker: If democracy rises in Ethiopia, America will benefit because a democratic Ethiopia can best defend against the evil forces of terrorism in the horn of Africa and the Middle East. If Ethiopians have their human rights and civil liberties respected, they will be the best defenders of American values in East Africa and the Middle East. That is all H.R. 5680 does.

Mr. Speaker: I would like for you to know that H.R. 5680 is not a bill that is intended to punish the Ethiopian government, or harm Ethiopia. Quite to the contrary.

Mr. Speaker: To be truthful, the Ethiopian government claims to be a democratic government, and its prime minister claims to be a champion of freedom and human rights. H.R. 5680 will help the Ethiopian government live out the true meaning of its public pronouncements and declarations.

Mr. Speaker: I am confident that you will conclude that this bill will help Ethiopia achieve democracy and enable Ethiopians to enjoy basic human rights shared by all free peoples.

Mr. Speaker: I have always believed that you are a great supporter of human rights and democracy throughout the world. Just last week, you pledged to bring the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.R. 398) to a vote on the House floor before the end of September.

Mr. Speaker: Would you also allow H.R. 5680 (Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006) to come to the floor before the end of September as well?

THANK YOU.

Premiere of 'Betrayal of Democracy in Ethiopia'

September 13th, 2006

H.R.5680 Task Force

Presents

The Premier of
Betrayal of Democracy in Ethiopia

betryal
Betrayal of Democracy in Ethiopia is a must-see documentary that depicts the brutal repression of the people of Ethiopia by the ruling EPDRF party.

Betrayal of Democracy features interviews with:

Madam Ana Gomez, Chief of the European Union Parliament Election Observers Team for the elections held in Ethiopia in May 2005.

Renowned Ethiopian academicians such as:

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam

Professor Paulos Milkyas

Elilzabeth Nega, M.D., sister of Dr. Berhanu Nega, mayor-elect of Addis Ababa, and political prisoner at Qaliti Prison

Produced by: University of Saskatchewan (Canada) in collaboration with the Anuak Justice Council.

Guest Speaker: Alemayehu G. Mariam, Ph. D., J.D. (Esq.) Professor of Political Science and Attorney at Law

Mr. Obang Methos - Anuak Justice Council

Location: UCLA Ackerman Union Hall 2nd Floor

308 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90024



Date: Saturday, September 16, 2006

Time: 6:00pm

Nearest Parking is: Lot 6

Donation: $10 Light refreshments will be served

For more information Call 310-256-9368 or 306-933-4346


Coalition for HR5680 launches website

Dear Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans

September 13th, 2006

Dear Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans!

On 5 September Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) posted through Nazret.com & Ethiomedia the first sets of sample letters that can be used to write your senator or House representative to urge them to vote YES on HR 5680.

Herewith EACA is posting the 2nd set of sample letters. Please see the previous posting for ‘frequently asked questions’ on writing your Congressperson. Based on reactions to the first set of letters, we include below a few additional remarks:

Contact both your senator as well as your representative in the House now!

While the bill must first pass on the House floor before it proceeds to the Senate, it is imperative not to await the House passage before making your voices heard in the Senate as well. For more details on how the legislative process affects HR 5680, see Prof. Alemayehu Mariam’s remarks.

How to use EACA’s sample letters

The sample letters EACA composed are just that, samples. Please feel free to adapt, modify, keep as is, or write a completely different letter. The most important thing is that your voice gets heard! The letter should to be sent in your name (not in the name of EACA or any other organisation, unless you are positioned to speak on behalf of that organisation). The name and address of the sample lauthor on the letter should be replaced by your name and address.

Similarly, the address of the congressperson are only samples, these should be replaced by the address of the House member who represents your constituency (in the case of a letter to your House representative) or by the address of one of the senators for your state (in the case of a letter to your senator).

Here find a version of the second sample letter for a “liberal”1 and a for a “conservative”2 congressperson.

Whom should I write to?

There are three individuals in the United States Congress who represent you:

- Your Two Representatives in the Senate: Go to www.senate.gov ; click on “Senators”, From the drop down menu, choose your state. You will find displayed either a web form or an email address by which to contact your two senators. To learn more about the senators (the issues they defend, their voting record, etc.), click instead on their name.

- Your Representative in the House: Go to www.house.gov , and in the first box enter your 5-digit zip code, then click on “Go”. This will give you a link to your representative’s website. To find the address or the webform to contact your House member, go to www.house.gov/writerep , choose your state, enter your 5-digit zip code, and click on “Contact My Representative”.

Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy

EACAdvocacy@gmail.com

(703) 665-4042

1Sample letter to liberal member of Congress
2Sample letter to conservative member of Congress

Kinijit Press Release September 07 2006

September 7th, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/kinijit_pr_090706.pdf


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AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR ALEMAYEHU GEBRE MARIAM ON H.R. 5680

September 6th, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/interview_gmariam.pdf


Interview with Prof. Alemayehu Gebre Mariam (PDF)
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AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSOR ALEMAYEHU GEBRE MARIAM ON H.R. 5680

Interviewer’s Note: Prof. Alemayehu has written various pieces on H.R. 5680, most recently, a widely read analysis entitled “Could the Somali Crisis Affect Passage of H.R. 5680.” The H.R. 5680 Task Force recently caught up with him to get his insights and sense of the legislative process on H.R. 5680 as members of Congress gear up for the midterm elections.

Here are snippets of some of his thought-provoking observations.

On the Ethiopian government’s opposition to the bill:

“Meles and the Ethiopian government have been proclaiming for years that they support human rights, democracy, the rule of law,…I would have thought that they would be leading the parade in trying to get this bill passed since it would help them practice what they preach and give them the international legitimacy they so desperately crave.”

On chances of passage of H.R.5680 this legislative session:
“I think the chances of passage in the House are very good,… My concerns are really about what could happen in the in the Senate.”

On the time pressure to get the bill to the Senate floor before the midterm elections:
“When we look at the few weeks left in this session of Congress altogether and the October recess and all of the other pressing issues vying for Congressional attention,… I am very concerned about the fate of the bill in the Senate.”

On his special concerns about what could happen in the Senate:
“My main concern is the possibility of the government’s lobbyist persuading a senator to put a secret hold on H.R. 5680, and running the clock on it so that it will not get to the Senate floor for a vote this legislative session…. In other words, one senator can block H.R. 5680 from coming on the floor for a vote and keep his or her identity secret. This is something that causes me great concern.” On the political power of Ethiopian Americans: “For the past three decades Ethiopians have not registered on the American legislative or political radar. With H.R. 5680, formerly H.R. 4423, they have opened their eyes to the kinds of political power and influence they can exert in the American political system to help the country of their birth.”

On the lobbying fees paid by the Ethiopian government to DLA Piper:
“It is an outrage,… that a country on the list of the top ten poorest countries in the world should spend such an enormous sum on lobbying firms, and then turn around and beg for international handouts to support public services and projects because they do not have money. In this case, it is criminal for the Ethiopian government to spend over $600,000 a year to make sure that it will not get the $20 million designated for implementation of H.R.5680.” On the work of the government’s lobbying firm: “The lobbying firm has another important job as well, and that is repairing the badly tarnished image of Mr. Meles in the U.S. Congress and the American media. For some time, Mr. Meles has been successful in maintaining the image that he was a leader in the pack of a new breed of African leaders dedicated to democracy, human rights and so on…. But his actions after the May, 2005 elections have shown him to be just another ‘two-bit dictator’ in the African continent.” On the strategy of the government’s lobbyists: “The DLA Piper lobbyists know all too well that there are just a few weeks left to this session of Congress, and if they can delay action in either or both houses, they would win without fighting.” On what immediate steps should be taken by Ethiopians in the U.S.: “If you really look at what needs to be done objectively, it is really very simple. There are only 2 senators from each state. It takes may be ten minutes to contact their senatorial offices and bring up the issue. The rest is follow up by letter, email, and telephone call. So, the real question is can we spare 10 minutes for the country and people that have given us so much.”

INTERVIEW

Meron Ahadu: Prof. Alemayehu, thank you for doing this interview. We appreciate the time you have taken to talk to us.

Prof. Alemayehu: It is my pleasure. Thank you for the opportunity to discuss H.R. 5680 with you.

Meron Ahadu: Let me start by asking you to briefly summarize the purposes and main elements of H.R. 5680?

Prof. Alemayehu: I think the alternate description, “Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006” best captures the essence of the bill. H.R. 5680 is intended to achieve certain clear objectives, that is, advance specific goals that will help Ethiopia become a thriving and stable democratic society functioning under the rule of law. These goals include the immediate release of political prisoners, institutionalization of democratic practices and processes, protection of human rights, including protections for free speech and press, and local and international groups involved in human rights work, improvements to the court system and judicial process, and insulating judges from political pressure or interference, economic development with emphasis on water resources development and improvements in the management of economic institutions, and strengthening the Ethiopian American partnership in the fight against international terrorism. The bill provides $20 million USD to cover the cost of technical training and support, and other expenses related to the implementation of these efforts over a two year period.

Meron Ahadu: How did this bill come about?

Prof. Alemayehu: The bill was authored by Representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey, who is also the chairman of the House Committee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations. Later it was co-sponsored by numerous members of Congress, including such prominent democrats as Donald Payne, former chairman of the Black Caucus and Africa expert, and Tom Lantos, founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
In public statements, Chairman Smith has explained that he decided to introduce the bill after he became aware of disturbing facts following the May, 2005 elections. He stated that the human rights situation in Ethiopia deteriorated significantly after the elections, marked by the killing of scores of demonstrators by government security personnel. He was distressed by the arrest and detention of tens of thousands of government opponents, including opposition political leaders, human rights activists, community leaders, journalists and youth. He traveled to Ethiopia to investigate the situation and had an opportunity to meet with Mr. Meles Zenawi to discuss the disturbing developments. When his efforts to address these issues with the Ethiopian government proved futile, he introduced the bill, which was designated as H.R. 4423 while it was in his subcommittee.

Meron Ahadu: Is this the first time such a bill has been drafted or enacted by the U.S. Congress?

Prof. Alemayehu: Hardly. It is important to understand that this is not a bill that singles out Ethiopia for unfair treatment or punishment, or designed with the intention of undermining Ethiopia’s sovereignty. There are many precedents where the U.S. government has made grant of economic and military assistance to other countries contingent upon the recipient country’s compliance with human rights standards and democratic practices. For instance, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the International Security and Arms Export Control Act of 1976 require termination or suspension of U.S. aid to any country that is involved in gross violation of the human rights of its citizens. These two laws are based on the idea that the U.S. can not proclaim and preach democracy throughout the world while supporting tyrants and dictators with the tax dollars of the American people. Congress felt that the U.S. as a constitutional democracy was obligated to put into practice overseas the same principles it claimed to hold dear at home. H.R. 5680 is consistent with longstanding U.S. law and policy on human rights.

Meron Ahadu: Are there examples where the U.S. has cut off, threatened to cut off or made U.S aid contingent upon improvements in the human rights records of aid recipient countries?

Prof. Alemayehu: Yes, there are many examples. Cutoff of U.S. aid to countries with a record of gross violations of human rights is common. Recently, the U.S. cut $18 million in military and economic aid to the government of Uzbekistan because it failed to implement measures to improve its human rights record. In the past few years, similar actions have been taken against the governments of Colombia and Indonesia, among others.

Meron Ahadu: If H.R.5680 is about human rights, democracy and economic development, why do you think the Ethiopian government is fighting “tooth and nail” to defeat it?

Prof. Alemayehu: And, let’s not forget, the release of political prisoners. It is stupefying to think of the reasons why the Ethiopian government would even consider opposing this bill, let alone expend thousands of dollars on lobbyists to defeat it. Mr. Meles and the Ethiopian government have been proclaiming for years that that they support human rights, democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech, press and so on. I would have thought that they would be leading the parade in trying to get this bill passed since it would help them practice what they preach and give them the international legitimacy they so desperately crave, in addition to a cool $20 million over two years to implement provisions of the law.
But your question raises intriguing possibilities, particularly in light of the manifest benefits and advantages to Ethiopia if the bill were enacted into law. I suspect there are several reasons why the government is spending well over a half million dollars to defeat the bill. Clearly, if the bill should be enacted into law, it would amount to an indictment of the Ethiopian government, particularly for its gross and consistent violation of human rights as documented in the annual U.S. human rights report and other reports over the past decade. I suppose the Ethiopian government desperately wants to avoid the judgment of the U.S. Congress. There is also accountability in the bill for the Ethiopian government with sanctions for failure to implement steps to improve human rights. I don’t think the Ethiopian government or its top leaders particularly like or are accustomed to the idea of accountability. The government has also claimed that H.R. 5680 is a product of individuals and groups in the United States opposed to it. If the bill should pass, that would be a clear victory for the Diaspora opposition. I don’t believe the Ethiopian government wants to see such an outcome, or see an awakened and emboldened Ethiopian community in America working together through the American political system to apply pressure on them on other issues as well. They probably want to “nip in the bud” any sense of political empowerment by Ethiopians in America. But in all candor, I do not know why the government is fighting to defeat the bill. I would love to see an official government analysis or position statement on H.R.5680.

Meron Ahadu: Are you suggesting that Ethiopians in America can use their new found political empowerment to work for change in Ethiopia?

Prof. Alemayehu: Positive change, yes. For the past three decades Ethiopians have not registered on the American legislative or political radar. With H.R. 5680, formerly H.R. 4423, they have opened their eyes to the kinds of political power and influence they can exert in the American political system to help the country of their birth. And this is nothing new. There are thousands of groups and organizations in the U.S. advocating on behalf of their countries of national origin in the U.S. Congress and the executive branch. We are just getting to the game a little late. The difference between us and other groups, I suppose, has to do with the level and quality of participation. I think those of us eligible to vote should register and vote. We should make contributions according to our abilities to the candidates of our choice, and volunteer to provide non-monetary support such as campaign work, and maintain linkages with our representatives at the national level. That’s how the game is played in America. You must participate to get the benefits. It can’t be done from the sidelines.

Meron Ahadu: What is the current status of H.R. 5680?

Prof. Alemayehu: As you may recall, the bill passed with the unanimous support of the members of the House International Relations Committee in late June, and is now awaiting floor action; that is a final vote by the full House before referral to the Senate for further action. Hopefully, by mid-September, it will be sent to the floor for a final vote, and expedited along to the Senate for consideration and vote before the October recess; that is before members go back to their districts to do final campaigning before the November midterm elections.

Meron Ahadu: What is your sense of the chances of passage of this bill this legislative year?

Prof. Alemayehu: Well, before H.R.5680 is enacted into law, it requires separate action by the House of Representatives and the Senate. I think the chances of passage in the House are very good; and I say that based on the facts that H.R. 5680 is a non-controversial bill for the House, that it is authored by Chairman Chris Smith, who is highly respected inside and outside Congress for his work on global human rights, that the bill has been co-sponsored by numerous members of Congress, including Donald Payne, regarded to be a policy specialist on Africa and the former chairman of the Black Caucus, and Tom Lantos, the founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and that it was reported out of the International Relations Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. My concerns are really about what could happen in the in the Senate. But the bill has yet to clear the House, and so there is a critical timing issue in both the House and Senate.

Meron Ahadu: When you say a “timing issue,” do you anticipate problems in the congressional legislative process in getting timely action on the bill?

Prof. Alemayehu: I do have serious concerns about timely legislative action in the Senate, but to a limited extent in the House as well. There are just too many hot political issues that compete for congressional attention before the November elections such as immigration reform, national security issues, Pentagon and domestic security bills and so on. Also, Congress will be taking another recess before the middle of October. So, time is of the essence for the bill.

Fortunately, H.R. 5680 is not a hot political issue in the House. It is one of those bills they call “non-controversial.” I expect it will be sent to the House floor by a procedure called “suspension of the rules” because it is a “non-controversial” bill. If this happens, floor debate on the bill will be limited to a maximum time of 40 minutes, no floor amendments will be allowed and a favorable vote by a two-thirds majority is required to pass the bill. My guess is that Chairman Hyde of the International Relations Committee will bring the bill to the floor as a “suspension” before the middle of September for a final vote.

Meron Ahadu: And what are the timing issues in the Senate?

Prof. Alemayehu: Well, the Senate can not act on the bill until it is first acted upon in the House. An equivalent bill was not introduced in the Senate, and so the House must have a final vote before the bill is taken up in the Senate. When we look at the few weeks left in this session of Congress altogether and the October recess and all of the other pressing issues vying for Congressional attention and the rather lax Senate procedures, and so on, the timing issue for the bill takes a dimension of its own. That is why I am very concerned about the fate of the bill in the Senate.

Meron Ahadu: What is your analysis of the Ethiopian government’s overall legislative strategy to defeat H.R. 5680?

Prof. Alemayehu: This is a somewhat difficult question to answer definitively as neither the Ethiopian government, its lobbyists nor local supporters have articulated their reasons for opposing the bill. But one can make logical inferences from the available evidence. The government has hired DLA Piper, Rudnick, Cary, one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the United States at an annual cost exceeding $600,000 USD. It has mobilized its supporters in the United States who have been lobbying members of Congress to defeat the bill principally based on the argument that the bill is the product of former Derg members, ethnic malcontents, elites and others who have an axe to grind, and showcasing the Somalia-cum-terrorism argument. There is also evidence that recently parliamentary representatives have been sent under assumed covers to supplement the lobbying effort.

Meron Ahadu: You indicated that the government’s lobbying firm will be paid over $600,000 per year for their work to defeat H.R. 5680. What could the lobbyists possibly do to earn such a huge sum for one simple bill?

Prof. Alemayehu: It is an outrage, and personally distressing to me, to see that a country on the list of the top ten poorest countries in the world should spend such an enormous sum on lobbying firms, and then turn around and beg for international handouts to support public services and projects because they do not have money. In this case, it is criminal for the Ethiopian government to spend over $600,000 a year to make sure that it will not get the $20 million designated for implementation of provisions of H.R.5680. But such ghastly expenditures for political influence are not uncommon among tyrannical governments. Mr. Meles’s government would be upholding a longstanding tradition among dictatorships. The apartheid government in South Africa, Ferdinand Marcos of the Phillipines, Mobutu of Zaire (Congo), Anastazio Somoza of Nicaragua and many other dictators have used powerful lobbies and spent such vast sums in their efforts to maintain influence on the U.S. Congress.

Meron Ahadu: And for what services do you think the DLA Piper lobbyists are getting $600,000?

Prof. Alemayehu: That is rather difficult to quantify. I believe the work of the lobbying firm is made more difficult by the leadership role taken by Chairman Smith who has a stellar reputation for human rights globally and the co-sponsorship of influential democrats such Donald Payne and Tom Lantos, whom I mentioned earlier. I doubt the government’s lobbying firm, DLA Piper, will try to attack the bill head on. Their likely strategy will be to use the old “run-the-clock” trick and rehabilitate the tarnished image of Mr. Meles. The DLA Piper lobbyists know all too well that there are just a few weeks left to this session of Congress, and if they can delay action in either or both houses, they would win without fighting. I suspect they will try to get their congressional members to use whatever available procedural techniques and tricks to keep the bill from getting to the floor of either house for a vote.
But I don’t think they will put all of their eggs in just one basket. The lobbying firm has another important job as well, and that is repairing the badly tarnished image of Mr. Meles in the U.S. Congress and the American media. For some time, Mr. Meles has been successful in maintaining the image that he was a leader in the pack of a new breed of African leaders dedicated to democracy, human rights and so on. He has been able to dupe many European governments, and to some extent has successfully hoodwinked the U.S. government as well, that he is Ethiopia’s savior. This despite the fact that the U.S. Department of State Human Rights reports for the last ten years have shown him and his government to be among the elite group of gross violators of human rights. But his actions after the May, 2005 elections have shown him to be just another “two-bit dictator” in the African continent.

Meron Ahadu: But how will the lobbyists present the Ethiopian government’s case to Congress?

Prof. Alemayehu: Well, I suppose DLA Piper has a dual task, one of presenting an opposition to the bill on the merits and another one, as I indicated, rehabilitating Meles’and his government to members of Congress. I don’t believe the lobbyists can make a persuasive argument to members of Congress on the merits of the bill. The bill speaks for itself, and has legitimacy on its face by virtue of the fact of the stellar reputation of its author and co-sponsors. I think the lobbyists will focus their efforts in Congress on rehabilitation of Mr. Meles as a strong leader, and his party as the best alternative for Ethiopia under the present circumstances for U.S. policy in the Horn.
I suspect they will try an argument that will portray Mr. Meles as a victim of internal and external circumstances; that he is really a progressive guy who wants to change and help Ethiopia transition into democracy. They will likely point to the fact that Mr. Meles allowed for free and competitive elections, free press, and so on. That he is willing to release the prisoners if they would agree to join the parliament as some of their counterparts had done, and the ones that remain in jail are really street criminals, and other similar nonsense. Members of Congress will probably be told that Mr. Meles has been victimized by extremist members of his own party who do not want to liberalize or achieve a negotiated settlement with the opposition. On the other hand, the opposition, including those in the U.S., will be accused of being uncooperative, uninterested in negotiation and hellbent on destroying the regime and the country, and so on.
The second part of their work is likely to be along the lines of the old adage: “It’s better to deal with a devil you know than an angel you do not know.” They will try to persuade members that the opposition is disunited, disorganized and will plunge the country into chaos and anarchy. They will probably try to convince members that Mr. Meles is America’s best ally in the region in the war against terrorism. They may try to emphasize that given the rise of Islamists in Somalia, Mr. Meles is America’s best bet. Just the same old tired arguments. For the record, I’d rather deal with an angel I don’t know than the devil I know.

Meron Ahadu: Do you believe the government’s lobby will succeed in defeating the bill?

Prof. Alemayehu: Well, as you know, in the American federal system, a bill must be passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate, and signed by the president before it becomes law. I do not think the Ethiopian government lobbyists and local opponents of the bill can defeat the bill on the floor of the House when it comes up for a vote, hopefully in the first half of September, for the reasons I have previously stated. My concerns are really about what could happen in the Senate.


Meron Ahadu:
You have repeatedly indicated that you have concerns about the fate of the bill in the Senate? Could you be more specific about your concerns?

Prof. Alemayehu: Gladly. My anxiety about the Senate reflect more tactical than strategic concerns. What I mean is that but for the abbreviated congressional session, the November midterm elections and so on, the strategic outcome of enacting H.R. 5680 into law would not present any insurmountable problems. My concerns are tactical in the sense the government lobbyists will try to use delaying tactics in the legislative process so that the legislative session will run out before the bill is presented for a vote in the Senate. That is my principal concern, delaying tactics in the Senate to prevent consideration of the bill. I also think that the government is using the old “rope-a-dope” tactic to tire out H.R. 5680 supporters, and deliver the coup de grace, that is, the death blow in the Senate.

Meron Ahadu: Could you explain a bit more about how you think the Ethiopian government will use what you referred to as “rope-a-dope” tactic?

Prof. Alemayehu: Rope-a-dope is a tactic used by boxers in the ring. During a fight, a boxer using the rope-a-dope tactic would lean against the ropes defensively and roll with his opponent’s punches. He would let his opponent exert all of his energies throwing ineffective body blows and tire himself out. In the latter rounds, the defensive boxer would apply the energy he has conserved on the rope against the exhausted opponent. I am using the phrase metaphorically to show that the government probably knows that it does not have much of a chance to defeat the bill in the House, but will pretend to fight the battle in the House to the bitter end on the House floor. Yet, its lobbyists are laying the knockout punch in the Senate. I don’t want to see H.R.5680 supporters lead decisively by points and suffer a technical knockout in the Senate in the 15th round.

Meron Ahadu: Do you feel that H.R. 5680 supporters are tiring after the House International Relations Committee passed the bill?

Prof. Alemayheu: Not quite, but I am somewhat concerned that supporters of H.R. 5680 may be taking out too much time to “regroup” after their victory in the International Relations Committee. What I am saying is that H.R. 5680 supporters need to re-energize themselves for the final battle in the Senate. They should be prepared to deflect the government’s planned knockout punch in the Senate by careful planning and tireless work with the offices of their senators. If you will allow me to be candid, I am not sure supporters of H.R. 5680 are ready for the government’s offensive in the Senate; and I am not sure if they are showing signs of fatigue after swinging so many solid punches in the House.

Meron Ahadu: When you say “offensive in the Senate,” what are you referring to exactly?

Professor Alemayehu: Well, it is important to understand that the U.S. Senate is a very unique institution. It has only one hundred members, unlike the 435 in the House of Representatives. Senate rules, practices and traditions give the individual senator enormous power. For instance, there is a special procedure called “filibuster” that allows a single senator or few senators to block a vote on a proposal or delay consideration. There is another procedure called “unanimous consent” which allows an individual senator to request the permission, that is the unanimous consent of all members to expedite or delay proceedings. These tactics allow an individual senator to control the fate of a piece of legislation. My main concern is the possibility of the government’s lobbyist persuading a senator to put a secret hold on H.R. 5680, and running the clock on it so that it will not get to the Senate floor for a vote this legislative session.

Meron Ahadu: I do not think many Ethiopians are familiar with the Senate practice of putting a secret hold on legislation. Could you explain more?

Prof. Alemayehu: Sure. A secret hold is one of those quirky traditions in the U.S. Senate. Just a few days ago, in a highly publicized event, one or two senators put a secret hold on legislation that promoted government transparency and accountability in U.S. government contracting practices. A secret hold is basically a one-senator veto. That is to say, a single senator can inform the Senate majority leader of his or her desire to place a hold on any voting on a bill, while keeping his or her identity a secret. According to Senate rules, a bill with a secret hold will never come to a vote as long as the hold continues. In other words, one senator can block H.R. 5680 from coming on the floor for a vote and keep his or her identity secret. This is something that causes me great concern.

Meron Ahadu: If such a hold is possible and the identity of the Senator is kept secret, what can really be done to save H.R. 5680 in the Senate?

Prof. Alemayehu: There is quite a lot that can be done. The first and immediate step that can be taken by H.R. 5680 supporters is to engage their senators in every state in the United States. What I mean is that supporters should take immediate steps to contact their senators and their staffers, and get a commitment, preferably in writing, that the particular senator will not put a secret hold on H.R. 5680. Second, of course, is to ask their senators to support H.R. 5680 and vote for its passage when it comes to the floor for action. Let me just add that supporters should understand that they are up against DLA Piper, one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the world. If they are not prepared and ready to carry on the fight in the Senate, they will surely be steamrolled by DLA Piper. I hope supporters will not underestimate the immense power and influence of the Ethiopian government’s lobbyists.

Meron Ahadu: Is there a way to find out the identity of a senator who has put a secret hold on a bill?

Prof. Alemayehu: Yes, but it is not going to be easy. That is why it is important to be proactive and “head off the lobbyists at the pass.” When I say supporters should be proactive, I mean to suggest that they should act before the situation becomes a crisis. There is no point in gathering forces in October to find out the identity of a senator who may have put a secret hold on H.R. 5680. It would be too little,too late then. The time to act is now, that is get senators to commit their support for H.R.5680, and promise not to put a secret hold on it.

Meron Ahadu: What can grassroots organizations and advocacy groups do to counter the power of the DLA Piper lobby?

Prof. Alemayehu: Well, I suppose H.R.5680 will set the stage for the battle between David and Goliath in the Senate. DLA Piper is formidable lobbying organization with tremendous power and influence in Congress. Supporters of H.R. 5680 consist of individuals and groups, principally Ethiopian Americans, who want to see democracy flourish in their motherland and the human rights of their countrymen and women respected. If H.R.5680 supporters are to win against the might lobbying army of DLA Piper, they would need to work in coalitions, pool their meager resources and avoid duplicating each other’s efforts. As David slew Goliath, I believe H.R.5680 supporters will win in the end because their cause is a righteous one, and history and truth is on their side. There is a difference when you work for a “few pieces of silver” or labor improve the lives of your brothers and sisters and countrymen and women. DLA Piper does not care about Ethiopia or Ethiopians. It cares only about its lobbying fees.

Meron Ahadu: What kind participation or support has been shown to H.R.5680 by Ethiopians living in America? Do you think the level of participation by Ethiopians in support of H.R. 5680 has been sufficient?

Prof. Alemayehu: The support for H.R. 5680 in the U.S. has been enormous, and let me underscore that participation has been across-the-board. There are individuals and groups from academia, there are private business owners, physicians, engineers, students, young professionals, transportation workers, those in the personal services sectors and others who actively support H.R.5680. These individuals, groups and organizations have been active with their members of Congress writing letters, sending emails, making telephone calls, arranging personal meeting in Washington and the local district offices and so on. I am really proud of the work my Ethiopian brothers and sisters have done on this bill.
I think it is important for Ethiopians living in America to understand that we can play a positive role in improving the lives of our people in Ethiopia. But some of our people have difficulty seeing the value of their participation and take a defeatist attitude. All I can say is that President Bush won the 2000 presidential elections by 537 votes in the swing state of Florida. So, the participation of each and every Ethiopian in the United States is vital and critical to passage for H.R.5680. But we do not need to “go it alone.” We have our American friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates, church members, professional associations, and so one who are willing to help us advocate for 5680. They will only be too glad to help, but it is our duty to ask them to help us.

Meron Ahadu: Is there a coalition of Ethiopian groups and organizations working to pass H.R.5680?

Prof. Alemayehu: I’d say there is a loose coalition of various groups and organizations. What is needed is a more formal kind of arrangement that will help the various groups avoid duplication of effort, achieve greater coordination, pool their resources and have a cumulative impact on the legislative process. I think an effort to achieve such purposes is underway and will likely be made pubic soon.

Meron Ahadu: Some critics of H.R. 5680 have suggested that the bill was the product of a small group of elite Ethiopians in the U.S. and that their purpose is to wreak havoc in Ethiopia and not promote democracy, human rights or any other positive outcome. What do you think of this criticism?

Prof. Alemayehu: It is not much of a criticism. It is the old smoke and mirrors trick. To argue that a human rights bill is drafted by former Derg loyalists, Amharas who lost their power under the current regime, elites and opposition elements is not to argue the merits of the bill. Since neither the government nor its supporters could articulate or defend their position on H.R. 5680 publicly, they’d have to look for distractions. The questions we should all ask, regardless of who is behind the bill, is what is wrong with protecting human rights in Ethiopia, or helping establish democratic institutions, or promoting freedom of speech and press, or insuring equal protection of the laws of all citizens. We should be careful not to fall into this trap, get distracted and engage in irrelevant personalized recriminations.

Meron Ahadu: Is there anything you’d like to add?

Prof. Alemayheu: Well the only thing I would add is to urge H.R. 5680 supporters to intensify and redouble their efforts in the Senate. They have all worked so hard for so long, it will be a shame for them to let victory slip from lack of attention or overconfidence. If you really look at what needs to be done objectively, it is really very simple. There are only 2 senators from each state. It takes may be ten minutes to contact their senatorial offices and bring up the issue. The rest is follow up by letter, email, and telephone call. So, the real question is can we spare 10 minutes for the country and people that have given us so much. The answer to this question is something we need to face in the privacy of our individual conscience. So, let me just say to the supporters of H.R. 5680, “Remember the Senate!”

Meron Ahadu: Thank you for giving us this interview. We appreciate your time.
Prof. Alemayehu: It’s been a real pleasure talking to you. Thank you.

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Interviewer’s Note: A complete discussion of the issues raised in this interview as well as other grassroots advocacy materials can be accessed online under the title, “Could the Somalia Crisis Affect Passage of H.R. 5680?” The analysis is also available online at Prof. Alemayehu’s blogsite: http://almariamforthedefense.blogspot.com/
Contact information for members of the U.S. Senate are listed at:
http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Ethiopian New Year Message from Kinijit leadership

September 5th, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/kinijit_090506.pdf

Kaliti: Ethiopia

Kaliti Prison: Photo AddisFerenji

"Dear All

Here again an inspiring message from our leaders, They are all for the struggle to freedom and democracy to the Ethiopian People.
Their wisdom, baldness and strength should jolt us to go forward
May God give us their strength!"


Message from The CUD leadership behind bars in Kaliti Prison

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Write to your Congressional Representative!

September 2nd, 2006

Dear Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans!

As you will know from the many postings on Ethiopian websites, HR 5680 is likely to be voted on in the full House of Representatives soon after the House comes back to session after Labor Day. This is, therefore, the most critical time for you to contact the Congressperson in your constituency to press him or her to vote "YES" on HR 5680. This is the time you can have a substantial impact on the collective Ethiopian effort to see this important bill passed, by making one single phone call or writing one simple letter to your elected representative!

As many may be hesitant to write a letter to their Representative, either because they may be busy, or because they have not written to Congress before, Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy (EACA) has produced a series of sample letters that can be freely used as is, adapted, or modified as needed. Please feel free to make use of these sample letters as desired, and please write your representative now to make HR 5680 happen!

We have prepared 5 variations on a sample letter from which you can feel free to choose. Each letter will touch upon a slightly different theme that concerns the pro-democracy movement and that is also presented in a way that is relevant to the US and therefore to your representative. For each of these themes, we have prepared a version for a "liberal" and a for a "conservative" congressperson. Please find the set of sample letters here:


Sample letter to liberal members of Congress,
Sample letter to conservative members of Congress.

Here are some answers to key questions:

Whom should I write to?

It's easy to find out who is the Congressperson that represents your constituency: go to www.house.gov , and in the first box enter your 5-digit zip code, then click on "Go". This will give you a link to your representative's website.

How do I know whether (s)he is liberal or conservative?

Firstly, the above mentioned link will indicate whether the representative is republican (R) or democratic (D). Secondly, when you go to his/her website, there will usually be a link called "Issues" or "Issues and Views". Going there, you can discern his/her views on the topics that relate (or are perceived to be related) to HR 5680, e.g.: Human rights, International Affairs, War on terror and national security, etc.

It would be most convenient for me to sent my letter online. Can I do that?

Yes! Go to www.house.gov/writerep , choose your state, enter your 5-digit zip code, and click on "Contact My Representative". You will see both an online form into which you can paste your letter, as well as a postal mail address for the representative if you prefer to mail out the letter by post.

In any case let others know that you have accomplished your civic duty or the responses you got so that others can follow your exemplary action. Please leave your comment below.

Please note: If you are sending the letter online, you may not be able to attach documentation. However, you can provide links to international media articles that pertain to the repression in Ethiopia. Such links may be found by identifying appropriate articles from Ethioindex. EACA is in the process of compiling the most compelling and relevant international documents and articles that are in the public sphere. This task is not yet completed, but once it is, the compilation will be made available on the web for anyone to use).

Ethiopian American Civic Advocacy

EACAdvocacy@gmail.com

Sample Letter to Congress_1

September 2nd, 2006

Hewan Zerfu
532 Wellison Pl., Apt 513
Rockville, MD 20850

1 September, 2006

Honorable Chris Van Hollen
United States House of Representatives
1419 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Re: Please vote "Yes" to HR 5680, a bill supporting freedom in Ethiopia!

Dear Congressman Van Hollen,

As an American residing in your constituency, I have observed and admired your unwavering commitment to democracy, freedom, and human rights, at home and abroad. It is for this reason that I am writing to urge you to Vote “Yes” on HR 5680. This bill, called ‘The Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006’, is expected to go to the floor of the House of Representatives likely this month. HR 5680, which passed the House International Relations Committee with unanimous and bi-partisan support, is a strong and powerful _expression of true American values: If passed, it would promote human rights and democracy in Ethiopia.

As an American of Ethiopian descent, I am distressed by the overt brutality and open disdain of basic human rights which the regime controlled by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has displayed, most bluntly since May 2005. The wording of HR 5680 makes this clear. Over 40,000 people, arbitrarily swept from the streets during pro-democracy demonstrations, have been detained and many tortured in malaria-infested military camps. The entire opposition party leadership, along with NGO workers, human rights defenders, and journalists are now in prison and face ridiculous charges of treason and attempted genocide that can carry the death penalty. All this and more is well documented by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the US Department of State, and the international media. Please see the attached documentation. This internal violence and instability is starting to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, with a possible outbreak of war between Ethiopia on the one hand, and both Eritrea and Somalia on the other.

Ethiopia is perhaps the starkest and strongest manifestation of a statement I strongly believe in: The path to national and international security ultimately passes through the promotion of freedom and democratic rights in other countries. Security cannot be won – and in fact will be heavily compromised, as we see in Ethiopia! – by supporting dictators which put on a sham façade of being an “ally” on the war on terror. In this spirit, I am hopeful and confident that you will stand with your fellow congressmen and women of the House International Relations Committee who passed HR 5680 unanimously.

Sincerely,

Hewan Zerfu

Sample Letter to Congress_2

September 2nd, 2006

Girma Workneh

980 Walter St.

Rochester, MN 55901

1 September, 2006

Honorable Gil Gutknecht

United States House of Representatives
425 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Re: Please vote “Yes” to HR 5680, a bill supporting freedom in Ethiopia!

Dear Congressman Gutknecht,

As an American residing in your constituency, I have admired your unwavering commitment to values that President Bush and our administration holds dear: the values of democracy, freedom, and a free private enterprise. It is for this reason that I am writing to urge you to Vote “Yes” on HR 5680. This bill, called ‘The Ethiopia Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights Advancement Act of 2006’, is expected to go to the floor of the House of Representatives in September. HR 5680 was initiated by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and last month passed the House International Relations Committee with unanimous and bi-partisan support. This bill is a strong and powerful _expression of true American values: If it becomes law, it would promote democracy and economic and political freedom in Ethiopia.

As an American of Ethiopian descent, I am deeply disturbed by the overt brutality and open disdain of basic human rights which the Marxist-oriented Ethiopian regime under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has displayed, most bluntly since May 2005. The wording of HR 5680 makes this very clear. Over 40,000 people, arbitrarily swept from the streets during pro-freedom demonstrations, have been detained in malaria-infested military camps. The entire pro-Western opposition party leadership faces ridiculous charges of treason and attempted genocide that may carry the death penalty. All this and more is well documented by the US Department of State and the international media. Please see the attached documentation. This internal violence and instability is starting to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, with a possible outbreak of war between Ethiopia on the one hand, and both Eritrea and Somalia on the other.

Ethiopia is perhaps the starkest and strongest manifestation of a statement I strongly believe in which President Bush made in a speech at the National Defense University in March 2005: “Our strategy to keep the peace in the longer term is to help change the conditions that give rise to extremism and terror. […] To draw attention away from their social and economic failures, dictators place blame on other countries and other races, and stir the hatred that leads to violence. This status quo of despotism and anger cannot be ignored or appeased, kept in a box or bought off.” It is in this spirit that I deeply hope that you will vote Yes on HR 5680.

Sincerely,

Girma Workneh

Addis Dimits Radio Fundraising

August 25th, 2006

የሰሜን አሜሪካ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች፤

August 21st, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/kinijit_082106.pdf


Press Release August 21 2006

የሰሜን ሜሪካ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች፤
Aስቸኳይ ጠቅላላ ጉባዔ በተሳካ ሁኔታ ተጠናቀቀ

ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ

ከ25 ልዩ ልዩ የAሜሪካ ክፍለ ግዛቶች የተገኙ የሰሜን Aሜሪካ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች፤ Oገስት 19
Eና 20፣ 2006 ዓ.ም ከቅንጅት Aለም Aቀፍ Aመራር ጋር በስፋትና በጥልቀት ከተወያይዩ በኋላ
የሚከተለውን የAቋም መግለጫ Aውጥተዋል።

1- በEስር የሚገኙ የቅንጅት መሪዎችን ጉዳይ በማስቀደም በውጭ Aገር የሚደረገውን
የዲፕሎማሲ ትግል Eና Eርዳታ ይቀጥላል።

2- በቅንጅት Aለም Aቀፍ Eና በድጋፍ ሰጪ ድርጅቶች ስላለው ግንኙነት፤ Eንደዚሁም የAለም
Aቀፉን Aመራር ተጠሪነት፣ የድጋፍ ሰጪ ድርጅቶች Aደረጃጀትና ሌሎችም በርካታ ነጥቦች ተነስተው
ዲሞክራሲያዊ የሆኑ ክርክሮች፣ ውይይቶችና መስማማቶች ላይ ተደርሷል። ገንቢ ሃሳቦችም ወደ ስራ
የሚተረጎሙበትን፣ ጥያቄዎችም በሂደት መልስ ማግኘት የሚችሉበትን ሁኔታ Aመቻችቷል።

3- የቅንጅት Aለም Aቀፍ Aመራር ትግሉን በስፋት ለማራመድ ያስችለው ዘንድ ለሚደረገው
Eንቅስቃሴ Aስፈላጊውን በጀት የሰሜን Aሜሪካ Aመራር ይመድባል፤ የፋይናንስ ድጋፍ ያደርጋል።

4- ጉባዔው የAስተዳደርን Eና የፋይናንስን ጉዳይ በተመለከተ የተሟላ ጥናትና ሪፖርት በ60
ቀናት ውስጥ የሚያቀርብ ሰባት Aባላት የሚገኙበት ኮሚሽን Aቋቁሟል። በተለይም በፋይናንሱ በኩል
ከቀድሞ የድርጅቱ Oዲተር የቀረበለትን የቃል Aስተያየት Aድምጧል፤ ውይይትም Aድርጓል። ተጨማሪ
ህጋዊ የሆነ Eና ጥልቀት ያለው ሪፖርት Eንዲያቀርብ ለኮሚሽኑ ሃላፊነት ተሰጥቶታል።

5- በሰሜን Aሜሪካ ቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች ስር ይተዳደር የነበረው የቅንጅት ድረ ገፅ፤
Aስተዳደሩ በቅንጅት Aለም Aቀፍ የፖለቲካ Aመራር ስር Eንዲሆን ተወስኗል።

6- በAጠቃላይ ጉባዔው የIትዮጵያ ህዝብ፤ በውጭ ሃገራት የሚገኙትን ሃገር ወዳዶች፤ ለትግሉ
የሚያደርጉትን AስተዋጽዋO በከፍተኛ Aድናቆት የሚመለከተውና ይኸው ድጋፍ ወደፊትም ተጠናክሮ
Eንዲቀጥል ጥሪ Aቅርቧል። ይኽንንም የህዝብ ፍላጎትና ድጋፍ በAግባቡ በመጠቀም የጎደለውንም
Aሟልቶ ትግሉን ውጤታማ ለማድረግ Eጅ ለEጅ ተያይዞ በAንድነት ለመስራት ቃል ኪዳን በመግባት
ስብሰባው በተሳካ ሁኔታ ተጠናቋል።

የቅንጅትን መንፈስ Aንግበን Eንነሳ!
የIትዮጵያ ህዝብ ያሸንፋል!
የሰሜን Aሜሪካ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች ጠቅላላ ጉባዔ
Aርሊንግተን፣ ቨርጂኒያ (Oገስት 2006)

Date - August 21, 2006
የሰሜን Aሜሪካ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች፤
ጠቅላላ ጉባዔ
General Assembly of Kinijit’s North America Supporters


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We have attempted to post the amharic text inline and some of the characters are not being displayed correctly. Unicode compliant fonts do show properly here but for some reason አ ኡ እ እ ኦ ኢ ኣ are not displayed correctly when copied from the PDF. In any case, we have the original PDF file from Kinijit here.

North West Ethiopian Soccer Tournament in Vancouver ,Canada ( September 2-3, 2006 )

August 21st, 2006

North West Ethiopian Soccer Tournament in Vancouver ,Canada (September 2-3, 2006)

Dear Sir/Madam:

Ethio Tekure Anbessa Soccer Club and Ethio Can Children's Soccer Club is preparing the annual
soccer tournament on September 2-3, 2006 at New Westminster Secondary High School in
( Mercer Stadium ) New Westminster, BC. Google Map - Directions to Mercer Stadium
On this event a total of ten teams from Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary,Manitoba, Saskatchewan,

The states of Washington and Oregon will participate. We believe this event will be open to all

Canadians who would like to participate and enjoy the opportunity in the long weekend of Labour Day.

On this event, various sport activities like soccer and athletics for adults and kids will be available.

On both night 9:00pm To 2:00 pm Tsehay Kassa The famous Ethiopian singer Washington DC is ready to entertain you at the following location

Polish Veterans Hall 1134 Kingsway Vancouver 2 blocks west from Kingsway & Clark (September 2 ) 1134 kingway Google Map
Capri Hall 3925 Fraser Street. Vancouver. Fraser & 24th (September 3 ) 3925 Fraser Street. Google Map

Therefore, we are cordially inviting you to participate in the opening ceremony and throughout the activities and enjoy the public event with us.

Sincerely,

Ethio Tekure Anbessa Soccer Club & Ethio Can Children's Soccer Club

Note: For further information or elaboration, please contact, 778-896-3035 or 604-781-4106.

northwest game

Ethiopians in Lebanon

July 24th, 2006

Just made a call to Red Cross in Lebanon I found out that
UN has office for migrant workers this office is organizing convoys
for foreign citizens who are left out by their government

person in Charge is

Mr Vincent Hover Tel 011 962 79 62228955
his associate
Mr Osman Tel 011 961 70 972520

Red Cross


UNHCR

Ana Maria Gomes coming to LA

June 12th, 2006

"Protecting the Democratic rights of the Ethiopian People: Reflection and Next Steps"

Plan ahead of your July 4th weekend to attend a unique forum
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend a unique forum being organized for
Sunday July 2nd 2006 in Los Angeles CA.
Location to be announced???

Keynote speaker Honorable Ana Maria Gomes
Member of the European Parliament
“Reflections on the 2005 Ethiopian Parliamentary Election”


Professor Al Mariam
Professor in the Department of Political
Science at California State University, San Bernardino
“ Engaging Ethiopian Americans in U.S politics: Awakening a sleeping Giant”


We have three other speakers who will be announced very soon



As part of its effort to promote issues that are germane to the Ethiopian Americans community by providing a forum, the Ethiopian Americans Council (EAC) will be hosting a town hall meeting in Los Angeles California during a week long annual Ethiopian soccer tournament



General information about the meeting arrangements will be posted at: www.eacouncil.org or you can contact us via ethioamericans@walla.com

We will never forget our Martyrs

June 8th, 2006

We will never forget our Martyrs

Kinijit Washington DC Chapter and our community in the Washington DC Metro area remember the martyrs of June 8 who were gunned known by the brutal Agaazi army in Addis Ababa under the orders of Meles Zenawi.



Date: Thursday June 8, 2006
Place: Lafayette Park, (in front of the White House)
Time: Starting at 8:00 PM Sharp

We will have candle light vigil, speeches from human rights activists and community leaders. We will share the memory through slide and film shows of the agony of our people and the cruelty of the beasts ruling our country. We will hear from families of victims as well as surviving victims. We will sing songs honoring our heroes.

We will never forget the young and the old, mothers and fathers sisters who were killed in cold blood.

Let’s come out and celebrate the bravery and heroism of our fellow Ethiopians who died fighting a regime armed to its teeth with empty hands.

We have to remind the hypocrisy of Ethiopia’s donors who give lip service to human rights and democracy and yet keep supporting one of the most brutal dictators on the continent of Africa

Ethiopia shall soon be free for all its children!
Our heroic compatriots have not died in vein!

For more information please call: 202-541-9507

Kinijit Ethiopian Cultural and Relief Association in Vancouver

May 31st, 2006

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ

የድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ በቫንኮቨር

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ዓለም አቀፍ አመራር በመመሥረቱ የተሰጠ የድጋፍ መግለጫ

እኛ በቫንኮቨር ከተማ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ አባላት ባደረግነው ስብሰባ በእስር ቤት ውስጥ ከሚገኙት መሪዎቻችን ሜይ 14 ቀን 2006 የተላለፈውን መመሪያ ተቀብለናል፡፡ ይህ መመሪያ በተፈጠረው የፖለቲካ አመራር ክፍተት ላይ ያነጣጠረ፤ ወቅታዊና አማራጭ የሌለው እንደሆነ በመገንዘብ ድጋፉችንን ለመግለጽ እንወዳለን፡፡ የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ዓለም አቀፍ አመራር አስፈላጊነቱን ከልብ የምናምንበት በመሆኑ የዚህ የታላቅ ተግባር ሃላፊነትና አደራ የተጣለባቸው ሁሉ ሥራቸው የተሳካ እንዲሆን ምኞታችን ነው፡፡

ተከታዮችና ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች በመሆናችን የመሪዎቻችንን መመሪያ መከተል፤ የማያቋርጥ ድጋፍ መስጠትና ትግሉን ውጤታማ ማድረግ ድርሻችን መሆኑን በጽናት እናምንበታለን፡፡ ስለዚህ ትግላችን የታለመለትን ግብ ተግባራዊ እስከሚያደርስ ድረስ ከዓለም አቀፍ አመራሩ ጎን በመቆም በሚቻለው ሁሉ ለማገዝ የተነሳሳን መሆናችንን በደስታ እንገልጻለን።

ድል ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ በቫንኮቨር

ግንቦት 22 ቀን 1998 ዓ.ም

Kinijit Ethiopian Cultural and Relief Association in Vancouver

May 31st, 2006

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ

የድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ በቫንኮቨር

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ዓለም አቀፍ አመራር በመመሥረቱ የተሰጠ የድጋፍ መግለጫ

እኛ በቫንኮቨር ከተማ የቅንጅት ድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ አባላት ባደረግነው ስብሰባ በእስር ቤት ውስጥ ከሚገኙት መሪዎቻችን ሜይ 14 ቀን 2006 የተላለፈውን መመሪያ ተቀብለናል፡፡ ይህ መመሪያ በተፈጠረው የፖለቲካ አመራር ክፍተት ላይ ያነጣጠረ፤ ወቅታዊና አማራጭ የሌለው እንደሆነ በመገንዘብ ድጋፉችንን ለመግለጽ እንወዳለን፡፡ የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ዓለም አቀፍ አመራር አስፈላጊነቱን ከልብ የምናምንበት በመሆኑ የዚህ የታላቅ ተግባር ሃላፊነትና አደራ የተጣለባቸው ሁሉ ሥራቸው የተሳካ እንዲሆን ምኞታችን ነው፡፡

ተከታዮችና ድጋፍ ሰጪዎች በመሆናችን የመሪዎቻችንን መመሪያ መከተል፤ የማያቋርጥ ድጋፍ መስጠትና ትግሉን ውጤታማ ማድረግ ድርሻችን መሆኑን በጽናት እናምንበታለን፡፡ ስለዚህ ትግላችን የታለመለትን ግብ ተግባራዊ እስከሚያደርስ ድረስ ከዓለም አቀፍ አመራሩ ጎን በመቆም በሚቻለው ሁሉ ለማገዝ የተነሳሳን መሆናችንን በደስታ እንገልጻለን።

ድል ለኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ

የቅንጅት ለአንድነትና ለዲሞክራሲ ድጋፍ ሰጭ ኮሚቴ በቫንኮቨር

ግንቦት 22 ቀን 1998 ዓ.ም

ACT NOW - Let the world know that WB and donors have reneged on their promises

May 27th, 2006

Dear Nazret.com readers,
Let the world know that World Bank & donors have reneged on their promise of not disbursing any funds to Ethiopian authoriities.
"...The government committed what I think were serious human rights abuses last year; killing and arresting people, and detention of the opposition just after the recent elections - bad in themselves, but also a breach of trust in our relationship.." said United Kingdom's International Development Secretary Hilary Benn's during a speech to London-based Royal African Society under the theme 'political governance, corruption and the role of aid' in March 2006.
Late last year, the World Bank, together with other major donors such as United Kingdom's Department For International Development, decided to withhold about $375 million in direct support for the central government's budget and expressed their intention to channel/redirect the aid through humanitarian agencies or leading NGOs working in Ethiopia.
Reneging on their statements made late last year and earlier this year, the World Bank and donor countries have just approved aid package which would channel funds to the Meles Zenawi administration through regional/local governments. International Development Secretary Hilary Benn announcing the resumption of aid to Ethioipia said on May 26, 2006:
"Because of our concerns over governance, human rights and the ongoing detention of opposition, media and members of civil society, I announced in January that the UK could no longer provide direct budget support to Ethiopia."
"But as I said at the time, I do not believe that the poor people of Ethiopia should be made to suffer because of these political problems."
"The protection of basic services grant that we have developed along with the World Bank and other donors will mean that education, water, and health care, continue to be delivered at the local [government] level. The measures on tight financial reporting, and strengthening local accountability, will help to ensure that this funding reaches the poorest people."

For the statemnt in full read the press release from DFID at http://www2.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/pressreleases/pbs-ethiopia.asp

The same Hilary Benn answering to questions of BBC Online readers about aid to Zimbabwe had said:
"You are right to highlight the terrible situation facing ordinary people in Zimbabwe, where up to two-thirds of the population have needed international food aid and the country's enormous crisis of HIV/Aids leads to over 3,200 deaths per week. DFID has provided over Ј120m of humanitarian assistance to poor people in Zimbabwe during the last five years. A great deal of effort, which we believe has been successful, has gone into ensuring that our assistance reaches the most poor and vulnerable people for whom it is being provided. In doing so, DFID has been working with other donors to channel resources through UN agencies and non-governmental organisations. We will not give any funds directly to government unless things change significantly. Sadly, there's no sign of this happening currently.

For full question & answer click on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5019522.stm

Now the central Ethiopian government is assured that expenses at the local level for education, health & basic services are going to be footed by World Bank and donors' money, hence the money the central government saves due to this scheme will be reallocated to its other priorities such as consolidate its grip on power by stiffling opposition & civil society etc. The tough talks and demands to Meles Zenawi's regime by EU and U.S. (which together provided some US $1.3 billion in aid to Ethiopia in 2005) - including to lift restrictions on opposition leaders, free all political detainees, release the names of people in detention and reopen the private media are replaced now with watered down & Lukewarm statements & appeals for "..prompt, fair and open judicial process for those currently facing serious charges, but the only way forward for Ethiopia is through inclusive political dialogue."

Dear readers,
We encourage you to send letters in response to the Washington Post article below or to similar stories in Western media just to get the attention of the editors so that we can tell the world how the board's decision goes contrary to the donors' assertions late last year or earlier this year that the money would be channeled through credible NGOs as well as international agencies and the double standard they have applied in the case of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
Writing one well written Letter-to-the-editor might not be enough. No matter how well written is the letter, editors often do not publish letter-to-the-editor they receive from their readers if they believe few people care about it as they do not like to use precious LTTE space for an issue no one cares about.
In order to maximise the chance your letters are published/printed:
-It is recommended that few handful of letters should be sharp, concise, and intelligent to complement the masses of letters we write to express our outrage.
-It is also important that all letters should be polite, not a personalised attack on the reporter or the editors.
A good chance our letters would be printed is NOW
while the news story is fresh. SO LET US ACT NOW.

World Bank Resumes Ethiopian Assistance
World Bank approved loans and grants of up to $1.05 billion for Ethiopia

World Bank Resumes Ethiopian Assistance
Aid Package Will Bypass National Government, Multilateral Institution Says

By Paul Blustein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 26, 2006; D05

The World Bank yesterday approved a new package of loans and grants of up to $1.05 billion for Ethiopia, just a half year after cutting off direct aid to the African nation's government in response to a brutal crackdown on opposition supporters.

By giving the aid, the bank overrode critics who view the move as contrary to the democratic ideals espoused by bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz.

The aid proposal has presented Wolfowitz with one of the thorniest dilemmas he has faced in the year since he took the World Bank's helm. As a top Pentagon official in the Bush administration, he was a prime advocate of using U.S. power to spread democracy. Although he has said the bank cannot use political criteria in granting assistance, he has stated repeatedly that he believes open and accountable governments offer the best hope for reducing corruption and improving living standards in developing countries.

Ethiopia, a nation of 75 million, was one of the favorites of aid donors until its recent crackdown on dissidents. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has led the country since overthrowing its Marxist dictator in 1991, was widely regarded as a visionary leader and was even appointed to a British government commission on reducing poverty and promoting democracy in Africa. The economy has grown at a healthy clip in the past two years, offering some hope for lifting Ethiopians from the ranks of the continent's poorest people. More than half of the population lives on less than $1 a day.

But disillusion with Meles set in following elections in May 2005 that spawned violent clashes between civilians and government security forces. Although opposition groups gained a substantial number of parliamentary seats, they contended that the government had used electoral fraud and rule changes to maintain its grip on power. Security forces fired on protesters, killing scores of people, and thousands more were arrested including journalists, top opposition leaders, and intellectuals. Groups such as Human Rights Watch have accused the government of using intimidation and arbitrary detentions to squelch legitimate dissent.

Late last year, the World Bank, together with other major donors such as Britain's Department for International Development, decided to withhold about $375 million in direct support for the central government's budget. (The U.S. Agency for International Development does not provide such assistance to Ethiopia.)

Now the bank and the donors are re-engaging with Ethiopia but providing a much different form of assistance than before, on the theory that they can continue to aid the country's poor while refraining from bolstering the Meles regime. Instead of lending to the national government as it usually does, the bank will provide $215 million of its new aid to hundreds of local governments, mainly for basic services such as water, health and education.

"It's not a magic solution. It's just a completely different way of doing business," Ishac Diwan, the World Bank's country director for Ethiopia, said in an interview.

The bank's claim to bypass the national government did not impress groups opposed to Meles, who are heavily represented by members of the Ethiopian diaspora in the Washington area. In anticipation of yesterday's decision, Web sites run by opposition groups have denounced Diwan and the bank for ignoring repression that, they say, worsens the plight of the poor -- an example being local officials refusing to give fertilizer to farmers who are believed to be opposition sympathizers.

"The fact that they won't channel the money through the central government doesn't change anything," said Almaz Zewde, a professor of African Studies at Howard University. "The central government is everywhere; the local officials are their appointees. . . . In terms of the World Bank's objectives of creating good government, and trying to assist the struggle for human rights and democracy, they are working against that."

She added that although she appreciated being invited to the bank to discuss the issue along with other Meles critics, "it's regrettable that we are not heard."

Diwan said, however, "we truly put good governance at the center" of the aid program. Quarterly reviews will assess whether money is being disbursed regardless of beneficiaries' political affiliations, he said, and the government has agreed to release an unprecedented amount of information about how it is spending money at all levels, "so people can lobby for good services."

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Related Links

Britain, World Bank give $447 mln to Ethiopia (Reuters)

World Bank Group Approves Plan To Protect Basic Services, Improve Governance (World Bank)

UK promises new Ethiopia funding (BBC News)

Washington Update - Contact your congressional representative

May 20th, 2006

Washington Update

May 19, 2006

Rep. Chris Smith continues to push for enactment of HR 4423, the Ethiopian Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy Act and will held meetings with members of the International Relations Committee to gain consensus on the legislation soon. Smith has lined up 18 cosponsors for HR 4423:

Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 3/7/2006

Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10] - 3/7/2006

Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-40] - 3/7/2006

Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] - 3/7/2006

Rep Tancredo, Thomas G. [CO-6] - 3/7/2006

Rep Sabo, Martin Olav [MN-5] - 3/7/2006

Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 3/7/2006

Rep Boyd, Allen [FL-2] - 3/7/2006

Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] - 3/14/2006

Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] - 3/14/2006

Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. [GA-4] - 3/14/2006

Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] - 3/30/2006

Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 3/30/2006

Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 4/4/2006

Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 5/3/2006

Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 5/3/2006

Rep Kennedy, Mark R. [MN-6] - 5/3/2006

Rep Scott, Robert C. [VA-3] - 5/3/2006

If your member of Congress is not on this list, it is important that you contact him or her to express your strong support for the legislation and to urge them to co-sponsor and vote for HR 4423. If your member of Congress is on the list of co-sponsors, call and express your thanks. It is essential for the Ethiopian community to mobilize to tell Congress that human rights and democracy in Ethiopia are important to them. You cannot expect members of Congress to act on this unless they hear from their constituents. Rep. Smith has gone well beyond what could be expected, especially in regard to an issue that is not on the front pages of American newspapers. Politicians will not be passionate about Ethiopian human rights and democracy unless they learn that Ethiopians in America are passionate about these issues. Now is the time to focus intensely on getting Congress to act, meet your member of Congress when he or she comes home or holds town hall meetings. It is especially important to contact members of the International Relations Committee (see http://wwwc.house.gov/international_relations/fullmem.htm for a list of members). Lets focus on the big picture. Ethiopian people are suffering, they are doing their part, we in the Diaspora must do our part. Channel your activity in positive directions. Contact Congress, contact your local newspaper.

In contacting members of Congress and the media, mention the recent statements by UN officials who denounced the human rights situation in Ethiopia. You can mention that the Washington Post recently listed Meles as one of the world’s worst dictators. Mention that the European Union Parliament has condemned the Meles regime’s human rights record. Emphasize that this is about human rights and democracy, about freeing elected political leaders who have been arrested on ridiculous charges of genocide and treason, are being held in despicable conditions and face the death penalty.

!!!!!! IMMEDIATE ACTION!!!!!!

May 20th, 2006

Hi All,
We need immediate action to respond to this intimidation. EPRDF is lobbying harder to get money from the world bank and they are succeeding and most probably the money will be approved by May 25. As you all know they block all the weblogs and some web sites. Now they are trying to block VOA and Deutsche Welle radios. Call your congressional representative and senator and tell them what the government is trying to do. Let them know that the only free media in the country is VOA and Deutsche Welle radios.

Sat, May 20, 2006 Edition.
Ethiopia delivers petition against VOA, Deutsche radios
Saturday 20 May 2006.
May 19, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) — In a bid to manifest disapprobation of the unfavourable press reports aired by the VOA and the Deutsche Welle, Ethiopian government will transmit protest petitions collected by the parliament to the US and German legislatures.
Documents of petition collected in opposition to “unbalanced and destructive” reports on Ethiopia by the Amharic services of the Deutsche Welle and Voice of America (VOA) services were handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for delivery to the legislatures of the countries hosting the two media organizations, the Ethiopian radio reported.
Ethiopia had charged five VOA Ethiopian journalists of treason, genocide, conspiracy, causing armed uprising and trying to overthrow the constitution. But authorities under external pressures dropped these charges against VOA staff.
In a press release issued on 22 March, CPJ said US diplomatic pressure may have played a part. VOA, which is funded by the US government, broadcasts into Ethiopia in the local language, Amharic.
The foreign defence and security office, as well as the culture and information office standing committees of the House of People’s Representatives documented the petitions collected and appended their resolutions with the documents.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will ensure the delivery of the petition documents to the countries in question through their embassies here.
Chairman of the culture, information office standing committee, Dawit Tefera said at the handover of the documents that the Amharic service of Deutsche Welle and VOA have been disseminating reports aimed at smearing the image of Ethiopia and marring the ongoing democratization process.
Dawit said the petitions had been collected by various sections of the society across the nation and submitted to the House, which in turn assigned the task of formalizing the petitions to the two standing committees.
He said the petitions strongly oppose the propaganda being broadcast by the state media organizations. He also said the two committees investigated the issue and proved that the stated radio services have operated in violation of their own charters.
The government cracked down on the private press after opposition demonstrations in November 2005 against alleged poll rigging in May elections that returned Meles to power.
At least 46 people were killed in the November clashes with security forces, international news agencies reported. In similar protests in June, at least 42 people died.
Dawit said the documents urged the governments of the respective countries to inquire into the matter and keep the services from being vehicles to further individual and political party whims and to produce unbiased and balanced reports.
Adviser with the American and European affairs directorate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kasa Gebreyohanes said, after receiving the documents, that the mentioned radio services have been engaging in activities aimed at pulling back the democratization process in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia expelled Anthony Mitchell, a British journalist working for the US news agency Associated Press, for allegedly "tarnishing the image of the nation" in his reports from the Horn of Africa nation.
The crackdown has sparked international concern about the state of democracy in Ethiopia and several leading donors have withheld millions of dollars in direct aid to the government, reprogramming it to humanitarian relief.

Attention U.S. Tax Payer!

May 15th, 2006

Your money is being used to reward a brutal regime
The World Bank is giving a quasi-blank check to the Ethiopian government,
supposedly to help the country’s poor population.
Here are just some of the Ethiopian government’s accomplishments in the
past 14 years:
• Committed genocide against a small and marginal ethnic group, the Anuak of Ethiopia, by raping Anuak women, and torturing and killing educated Anuak men in front of their family
• Massacred over 200 innocent civilians for conducting peaceful demonstration in Awasa
• Gunned down in broad daylight over 100 innocent civilians in June and
November of 2005, for peacefully demonstrating against election irregularities
• Shot a mother and wife in front of her husband and daughter for crying and pleading with a soldier not to arrest her husband, an elected government official
• Threw over 40,000 innocent civilians into military camps in remote parts of Ethiopia heavily invested with malaria. Shaved detainees heads using single razor blades, thus subjecting them to the risk of HIV/AIDS
• $21 BILLION dollars of your and other Western country citizens’ tax dollars given in foreign aid over in the last 14 years, and Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries in the world.
Sadly, the World Bank has a history of financially supporting governments run by ruthless dictators. Not only disregarding the lives of the poor but also that of their own staff: “In late 1970’s a Zairian army unit attacked uncooperative resident representative of the IMF and World Bank. The soldiers beat him up and raped his wife and daughters with strong sign of complicity. The two institutions nevertheless kept lending.”
-William Easterly, The White Man’s Burden, p. 149
The World Bank, which provided $18.5 billion in aid in 2003, should withhold money from governments that are antidemocratic, or that violate their people's human rights. To lend money to tyrants is to strengthen them and to become complicit when they stamp on their people's rights, especially the rights of their impoverished citizens. To lend money to one-party states is to lock in their hegemony, and to ridicule the dignity of people outside the party. To lend money to well-kept dictators.
is to enslave their citizenry, who even after the dictator is gone must repay principal and interest — to the bank.
-Shirin Ebadi, a law professor at the University of Tehran, won the Nobel Peace Prize
for 2003.
-Amir Attaran is a professor of law and population health at the University of Ottawa
- New York times June 16, 2004
What Can I do? There is a LOT you can do to avoid your tax money being used to coddle the Ethiopian dictator!!!
1. Call World Bank representatives listed below and demand that all your tax dollar money for Ethiopia should be spent directly on investment projects only rather than budgetary support which is basically a blank check to the Ethiopian Government.
The World Bank is now distributing the money through regional government offices indirectly to the government budgetary accounts.

•Lead Economist
Trina Haque
Tel: (202) 458-5775
Fax: (202) 473-8107
thaque@worldbank.org

•Country Programme Coordinator
Jill Armstrong
Tel: (202) 473-8471
Fax: (202) 473-5453
jarmstrong@worldbank.org

•Country Director
Ishac Diwan
idiwan@worldbank.org


For more information E-mail:
ETHIOPIAN AMERICAN CIVIC ADVOCACY Ethiopiacivicadvocacy@yahoo.com

Ethiopian Democracy Day...Vancouver

May 12th, 2006

Link: http://www.kinijit.org/static/member_upload/Ethiopian%20Democracy%20Day%20-%20Vancouver.pdf

Ethiopian Democracy Day
Vancouver Kinijit Support Group is celebrating May 15th, 2005, as a
"Democracy Day" for Ethiopians. It is the day on which Ethiopians of
all denominations voted for Kinijit in the presence of international observes.

Yes we celebrate May 15th because it is the day of victory for Ethiopians
and the day of defeat to the tyrant regime of EPRDF or Meles.

Kinijit Support Group is organizing a special event to celebrate the
Victory and Democracy day, on May 13th, 2006.

DATE & TIME : Saturday, May 13, 2006 , 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

PLACE : Chilean Community Center
3390 School Avenue, Vancouver
(School Ave & Tyne by Safeway on Kingsway

FORMAT : Get together and dialogue.

All those who would like to share the Victory and Democracy Day are
cordially invited to join and celebrate the day with us.


Ethiopia will prevail
Vancouver Kinijit Support Group

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Vancouver Abate Kassa Kinijit Seminar May 6.2006

May 1st, 2006

Link: http://www.ethiomedia.com/carepress/abte_kassa_series.html

Kinijit for Unity and Democracy
Vancouver Kinijit Support Group

ETHIOPIANS IN VANCOUVER
ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A KINIJIT SUPPORT SEMINAR

TOPIC:
“Kinijit Is The Way!”

SPEAKER:
Ato Abate Kassa, a veteran Ethiopian social activist, holds degrees in economics and political science. He served for several decades as a practitioner, consultant, and educator in business management. He is President of his own consulting and management training business, established in New York in 1973.

FORMAT:
Presentation, Dialogue, and Action Plans

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, May 6, 2006 3:00 pm– 7:00 pm

PLACE:
Chilean Community Center
3390 School Avenue, Vancouver
(School Ave & Tyne by Safeway on Kingsway)

For a good appreciation of Kinijit’s Vision and Mission, we recommend
that you visit www.kinijit.org and read Kinijit’s Election Manifesto.

If you wish to make a difference by supporting Kinijit for Unity and Democracy,
this is a Seminar you don’t want to miss!
Let us organize for victory over tyranny and poverty!

Fundraising Program for Mr. Belayneh Webete

April 27th, 2006

Fundraising Program for Mr. Belayneh Webete

We, friends of Belayneh Webete, would like to extend our warmest greetings on behalf of our dear friend. We are writing this memo to introduce the plight of Mr. Webete to those who don’t know about his need, and to solicit support to cover alleviate his suffering.

Belayneh is a 34 years old man who came to the United States from Ethiopia about four and half years ago. Since he arrived in the Boston area, he had been gainfully employed and worked hard to support himself. He was also a caring young man who was the main support, pride and hope of his single mother and three sisters who reside in Ethiopia . His warm smile and lovable personality touched many of the people who have been privileged to know him.

About seven months ago, Belayneh started feeling pain on his right shoulder. After consulting with the doctors at Mass General Hospital in Boston, he was informed by doctors that he needed to undergo a surgical procedure to take out a tumor from his right armpit, in order to eliminate the possibility of it becoming cancerous in the future. Heeding the advice of the doctors and hoping to avoid the risk of possible cancer in the future, which may cost him his right arm, he agreed to undergo the proposed surgical procedure and was admitted to the hospital.

Unfortunately, the outcome of the surgery was not what was anticipated by both Belayneh and the surgeons. The operation ended in severe complications, leading to an irreversible blindness and eventual amputation of his right arm from his shoulder. Seven months ago, Mr. Webete was a vibrant, happy, and hard workingman. After the surgery, he has become a man who needed assistance twenty-four hours a day. Since that day, he has not been able to eat his food without needing assistance. Currently, Mr. Webete is undergoing therapy at North End Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston getting trained on how to lead the rest of his life as a blind person and with out an arm.

Even though Belayneh is at a rehabilitation center where there is day and night supervision, we his friends have been staying with him taking turns every evening. In the course of our time with him, we have noticed that he still needs additional support over and above what he is getting from the hospital nurses and aid workers. It is our hope to augment the assistance he is getting by hiring extra help a few hours per week.
We are grateful for all the love and support many have bestowed upon Belayneh thus far. We hope that it would continue in the coming days as Belayneh continues to recover. We are committed to helping him manage his day-to-day personal as well as hospital needs.
In order to offset the anticipated expenses, at the request from many people who would like to support him financially, we have planned a fund raising cocktail party scheduled for May 7th, 2006 from 2:00PM – 6:00PM at the Holy Trinity Church Cultural Center, 146 Brattle St, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

If you would like to give money ahead of the cocktail party or you are unable to attend the party and would like to help, you may send your donation using the following options.
You may mail your checks to: Belayneh Webete, P.O.Box 51869, Boston, MA 02205-1869 (Please make your checks out to Belayneh Webete Trust Fund).
You may go to any bank and transfer money to

Bank of America
Belayneh Webete Trust Fund
Account Number: 004 602 064 657


For those living around Boston you may give donations at the following locations

Addis Red Sea Restaurant, 544 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02205

Ethiopian Community Office, 552 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

South End Food Emporium, 469 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116

The fund raising party will be held at Holy Trinity Church Cultural Center, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
The entrance is via the Spark Street side of the building.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact Mr. Webete’s legal guardian, Mr. Anteneh Mitiku.
With many thanks.


Driving Directions
From Boston side:
1. Get onto STORROW DR West – go 1.9mi
2. STORROW DR becomes SOLDIERS FIELD RD – go 1.5 mi
3. Take ramp towards HARVARD SQ. CAMBRIDGE – go 0.2 mi
4. This brings you to KENNEDY ST – go 0.3 mi
5. Make a Sharp Turn on BRATTLE ST RT-2A – go 0.7 mi
6. Arrive at 146 BRATTLE ST, CAMBRIDGE.

From Porter Square area:
1. Get onto MASSACHUSETTS AVE – drive towards Harvard Square direction.
2. When you get close to Harvard university, Make a Hard Turn on GARDEN ST - go 0.2 mi
3. Turn on MASON ST - go 0.1 mi
4. Turn on BRATTLE ST - go 0.4 mi
5. Arrive at 145 BRATTLE ST, CAMBRIDGE

To come to the Hall by train
1. Take the train to Harvard station T stop.

2. When you get to the pay booth and come out of the revolving entrance/Exit way, you will see an EXIT stairs on the right side and will bring you out to the streets.

3. This exit will bring you to CHURCH Street.

4. Walk down on Church Street for a few minutes and it will intersect with BRATTLE ST. Take right turn on Brattle Street and walk for about fifteen minutes to get to the Holy trinity Church at 145 Brattle Street.

Reminder:
Would you please print the attached letter and inform the people you know about this fund raising program.
Cocktail foods and refreshments will be served during the party.

Activists will protest Outside the Ethiopian mission to the U.N

April 19th, 2006

Link: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=64210



More than 1,000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states will converge in New York City on April 21 for a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (U.N.) missions to protest human rights abuses in Sudan, China, Guatemala and Ethiopia
.

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor

Contact: Carrie Kabat, 603-799-7563, or Ann Corbett, 617-501-4346, both of Amnesty International

News Advisory:

More than 1,000 Amnesty International activists, primarily students, from more than 10 states will converge in New York City on April 21 for a series of demonstrations at foreign consulates and United Nations (U.N.) missions to protest human rights abuses in Sudan, China, Guatemala and Ethiopia. The demonstrations are part of the 11th annual "Get on the Bus" GOTB , organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133, of Somerville, Mass.

At the Sudanese mission to the U.N., activists will bring attention to the ongoing conflict in Darfur -- which has included systematic and wide-scale murder, rape, abduction and displacement -- and demand that the Sudanese government provide protection for civilians in Darfur and allow unfettered access to humanitarian relief. At the Chinese Consulate, activists will protest Internet censorship by the Chinese government and highlight the case of Shi Tao, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after sending a single message from his Yahoo! e-mail account. Amnesty International considers Shi Tao to be a prisoner of conscience.

At the Guatemalan consulate, the demonstration will highlight the failures of authorities there to adequately investigate the murders of more than 1,900 young women, or to bring their killers to justice. Outside the Ethiopian mission to the U.N., activists will protest that government's brutal political crackdown on the opposition and human rights activists following the May 2005 election.
The day will start with a panel of experts speaking on each of these issues. In the afternoon, Amnesty International will also celebrate a piece of good news: a small delegation of anti-death penalty activists will present a certificate of appreciation to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his opposition to restoring the death penalty in New York.

WHO: Amnesty International activists from across the Northeast

WHEN: Friday, April 21

WHAT: Speakers' panel, St. Bartholomew's Church, 109 East 50th St., 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Demonstrations at:

-- The Sudanese mission to the U.N., 305 East 47th Street, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

-- The Ethiopian mission to the U.N., 866 2nd Avenue, 2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

-- The Guatemalan consulate, 57 Park Avenue, 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

-- The Chinese consulate, 520 12th Avenue, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

http://www.usnewswire.com/

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Kinijit Is The Way ( Abate Kassa)

April 15th, 2006

Kinijit for Unity and Democracy
Vancouver Kinijit Support Group

ETHIOPIANS IN VANCOUVER
ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A KINIJIT SUPPORT SEMINAR

TOPIC:
“Kinijit Is The Way!”

SPEAKER:
Ato Abate Kassa, a veteran Ethiopian social activist, holds degrees in economics and political science. He served for several decades as a practitioner, consultant, and educator in business management. He is President of his own consulting and management training business, established in New York in 1973.

FORMAT:
Presentation, Dialogue, and Action Plans

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, May 6, 2006 3:00 pm– 7:00 pm

PLACE:
Chilean Community Center
3390 School Avenue, Vancouver
(School Ave & Tyne by Safeway on Kingsway)

For a good appreciation of Kinijit’s Vision and Mission, we recommend
that you visit www.kinijit.org and read Kinijit’s Election Manifesto.

If you wish to make a difference by supporting Kinijit for Unity and Democracy,
this is a Seminar you don’t want to miss!
Let us organize for victory over tyranny and poverty!

African Youth Worker - job posting ( Immigrant Services Society of B.C.)

April 6th, 2006

NOTICE OF JOB VACANCY (Posted: April 4th, 2006)

Position: YOUTH WORKER (TARGETTING YOUTH FROM AFRICAN COUNTRIES)
Family and Youth Services
(This term position is for 21 hours/week from April 25th, 2006 to December 22nd, 2006)

Position Purpose:
Under the supervision of the Program Manager of the Family and Youth Services, the Youth Worker implements/facilitates various social, recreational and academic support programs and activities targeting youth from various African countries. The Youth worker will create opportunities to engage, motivate, and work with primarily high school students in the East Burnaby Area, with the overall goal of enhancing their support networks, general well-being and connection to the broader community. The worker will also work with youth to design specific summer programming that meets the interest and needs of youth and their parents/guardians. A flexible schedule with some evening and weekend work will be expected.

Qualifications:
• A diploma in youth services/related field and /or a minimum of 3 year experience in working with teenagers;
• Experience working with youth from various African countries is preferred;
• Excellent understanding of the issues affecting youth from various African countries;
• Good understanding of existing youth resources including other youth programs, the BC education system, parks and recreation system, etc;
• Excellent spoken and written English;
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills for dealing with youth, parents/guardians and school based personnel;
• Organized and able to implement ideas into actual programs while working under minimal supervision; a self starter/motivator;
• A second language is an asset such as Arabic or French;
• A criminal record check will be required.

SUBMIT RESUMES TO: Human Resources Coordinator
Immigrant Services Society of B.C.
#501 - 333 Terminal Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2L7
Fax: (604) 684-2266

CLOSING DATE: April 19th, 2006 – 5:00pm

SALARY RANGE: $16.30 per hour (Level 14, Entry Step),
Plus mandatory payroll deductions

* * MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN CANADA * *
* * ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED * *

I.S.S. is an equal opportunity employer

Atlanta Regional EPRP Committee Meeting

April 3rd, 2006

Link: http://www.nazret.com/docs/eprp.pdf

The Atlanta Regional EPRP Committee has organized a public meeting for all Ethiopians around Atlanta. The agenda for the meeting is discussing the current political situation of Ethiopia and how we should struggle to bring democracy and freedom to our country.


Date: April 15 2006 1:00 PM
Place: Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345 USA


For more information Call
(404)732-8312,(404) 290-0178,(678) 907-6326


ታላቅ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ በAትላንታ
የAትላንታ የIህAፓ ኮሚቴ በከተማችን በAይነቱና በጥራቱ ልዩ የሆነ ህዝባዊ ስብስባ ለApril 15, 2006 በማዘጋጀት ላይ ይገኛል፤፤ የዚህ ህዝባዊ ስብሰባ ዋና Aላማ ወያኔ/IህAደግ በህዝባችን ላይ Eያደረሰ ያለውን ጭፍጨፋ፤ Eመቃና ማንገላታት ተወግዶ የህዝባችን መብት የሚከበርበት ሉAላዊት ሃገራችንን Eንዴት ማዳን Eንደምንችል ለመወያየት ሲሆን በዚህ ስብሰባ:
1. የIህAፓ ከፍተኛ Aመራር ቡድን Iትዮጵያውያን በመተባበር Eንዴት ትግሉን ለውጤት ማብቃት Eንደሚችሉ የIህAፓን ራEይ በስፊው ማብራሪያ ያቀርባሉ፤
2. በወጣትነታቸው የጣሊያንን ወረራ በጀግንነት የተዋጉት Aባት ፤ ከዚያም የነበረውን ሗላ ቀር የAጼ ስርAት ብሎም የደርግን Aምባገነናዊ Aገዛዝና የወያኔ/IህAደግን የጎጠኞች ቡድን በጀግንነት የታገሉና በመታገል ላይ ያሉ Aባት ምን መደረግ Eንዳለበት የሚያቀርቡት ምክር ይኖራል፤
3. የሴቶች ተሳትፎ Eንዴት ለውጤት ሊበቃ Eንደሚችል በወያኔ Eስር ቤት የተስቃዩት Iትዮጵያዊት ወ/ሮ የሚስጡት ትምህርት ይኖራል፤
4. የወያኔ/IህAደግን Aገዛዝ በተለያዩ መስኮች በጀግንነት የታገለ ወጣት በዚህ ስብስባ ተገኝቶ የወጣቱን የትግል Aቅጣጫ በተመለከተ ማብራሪያ ይስጣል፤
5. ይህ ትግል ለውጤት Eንዲበቃና ብሩህ ዘመን Eንዲመጣ ሙሁራን ምን Aስተያየት Aላቸው የሚለውን Eንዲያብራሩልን Aንድ ታዋቂ ምሁር ጋብዘናል፤፤
በዚህ በAይነቱና በጥራቱ ልዩ የሆነ ስብስባ ሃገርና ወገን Aፍቃሪ የሆነ ወገን ሁሉ ተገኝቶ በውይይቱ Eንዲሳተፍ በAክብሮት ተጋብዘዋል፤፤ ማንኛውም Iትዮጵያዊ በዚህ ስብሰባ በመገኘት ጥያቄ በመጠየቅ፤ ሃሳብ በመስጠት፤ የጋራ መፍትሄ በመሻት በኩል ሙሉ ተሳትፎ Eንዲያደርግ Aገራዊ ጥሪያችንን Eናቀርባለን፤፤
ቦታ: Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30345 USA
ቀንና ሰAት: Saturday, April 15, 2006 1PM
የህዝብ ድምፅ ይከበር!!!
መብትና Aንድነታችንን በትግላችን Eናስከብራለን!!!
ሁሉም የፖለቲካ Eስረኞች ያለምንም ቅድመ ሁኔታ ይፈቱ!!!
ለበለጠ መረጃ በሚከተሉት ስልክ ቁጥሮች ይደውሉ:
(404)732-8312,(404) 290-0178,(678) 907-6326
በAትላንታ የIህAፓ ኮሚቴ

Driving Directons
Travel Interstate 85 North to Clairmont Road (Exit 91),
Turn left onto Clairmont Rd,
At third traffic light
turn right onto Century Blvd.


Flyer in Amharic

Teenage Prisoner Goes Home

March 31st, 2006

Link: http://www.addisfortune.com/Teenage%20Prisoner%20Goes%20Home.htm

By TESFALEM WALDYES
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Contrary to his previous appearances in court along with the CUD officials, teenager Binyam Tadesse seemed changed and more confident. This showed in his shaking the hand of Berhanu Nega, Hailu Shawel and Muluneh Eyiol. His jovial smiles were something not previously observed during the other hearings.

Binyam certainly had cause to smile as he and 17 other defendants had the charges brought against them dropped during the hearing that took place on Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Binyam, Abraham Abeyiu, 17, and Gebremedhin Teferi, 19, and five other detainees had been charged with four alleged crimes of outrage against the constitution and constitutional order, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of constitutional power and genocide. The five VOA journalists and four self-exiled defendents were charged with outrage against the constitution or the constitutional order. However, the other detainee, Wondosen Tsega, a member of the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP), had been charged with all seven charges.

Binyam had refused to be represented during the previous session when he and five other defendants had appeared before the court. Judge Adil Ahmed addressed his case after asking for responses, concerning the prosecution continuing to withhold the witness lists, from the other defendants when the court session began at 10:10am.

Hailu Shawel gave the first response by saying, “No answer.” The judge then opened the floor to anyone who wanted to respond. Hailu then stood and explained on behalf of all the others that they would not respond as they objected to the withholding of the witness lists.

Birtukan used the next opportunity that was offered and stated that they did not want to participate in the trial process. She questioned the judge’s repetitive demands for their response. She also stressed the united stand of the defendants not to respond to any question be they about the witness lists or any cross-examination. The court disregarded her statement asserting that the power of the judiciary does not require the consent of the defendants.

When Judge Adil called Binyam’s name, prosecutor Seid Mohammed interrupted him and made a surprising announcement that the charges brought against Binyam and some other defendants had been dropped.

The eagerness to know the names of the defendants that would be going home was palpable and numerous people asked the quietly spoken Seid to speak up. When the prosecutor read the list of names more amusement was raised when the name Addisu Abebe, one of the five VOA journalists, was announced.

Judge Adil called a 10-minute recess after announcing that the defendants that had been granted their freedom by the prosecution be placed in separate seating. When the judges returned after 50 minutes, they went directly to the issue of whether the witness lists should be withheld or not. Judge Adil pointed out that other than the three defendants being legally represented, the others did not object. The court then ruled that the defendants should be given more time to prepare their defence.

The presiding judge added that if the defendants decided to present a defence against the charges, they should file their witness lists and evidence before the next session.

The prosecution’s request to amend the charge of the alleged crime of genocide to attempted genocide was denied by the court. The judge said that any amendment to the charge had to be properly processed and until then the court would not accept the addition of the word ‘attempted’.

The court then ruled that the prison administration should release the defendants whose charges had been dropped and that the prosecutors should be prepared for consecutive witness hearings that would be conducted without interruption. The court then adjourned for May 2, 2006. Birtukan rose and said that she had a complaint to make to the court, but Judge Adil did not give her the opportunity to speak.

Some of the defendants indicted to Fortune that they had refused to attend the session but had been forced to come by the police. The same people also said that all they had wanted only of the women defendants to appear in court. They added the allegation that when Birtukan had refused to come she had been beaten by the police.

Binyam is now a popular young man, not just among those who have been following and participating in the trial, but also among his friends. The day after his release, the two-roomed house where he lives with his grandmother was packed with well-wishers and friends. They listened to him intently as he told them how scared he was when he first appeared in court.

His mother, Marta Tadesse, who had not been in the courthouse to hear the fate of her son because she had not collected a new entrance badge, was at home after having spent the whole night with him. She had sat outside Yekatit 12 Hospital, in front of the courtroom compound, waiting to hear what had happened. An observer recognized her and told her the good news.

Marta told Fortune that she could not believe her ears and repeatedly asked observers what had happened as they left the courthouse.

“I finally just broke into tears, I was so happy, I did not know what to do with myself,” she said.

She rushed to her mother’s house in Cherkos, where Binyam lives to spread the good news. Although her mother and sisters did not believe her, she left them in their stupor and rushed to Kerchele, where her son was being held. When she arrived she was told to come back the next day.

The unexpected release of her son brought joy not only to her but also to the observers present in the courtroom. When the announcement was made that he would be going home, he received hearty handshakes and kisses from the CUD leaders.



kinijit-formation in Vancouver

March 27th, 2006

Kinijit Canada

Kinijit Canada is holding a meet in Vancouver BC on April 1st 2006.

Presentation on what Kinijit stands for, including its key principles and objectives. Kinijit’s visionary and inclusive platform sets a significant paradigm shift in the Ethiopian political landscape. In the face of a government that is engaged in mass and indiscriminate arrests and other gross human rights violations, Kinijit’s path of peace, reconciliation, and harmony has become a rallying movement to save Ethiopia. and to emphasizing the crucial role of the and Ethiopian Diaspora in the struggle to bring about democratic changes in Ethiopia

This meeting will eventually form kinijit-supporting committee in Vancouver. Kinijit representatives from kinijit all over Canada and Seattle will be invited for the meeting.

Guest speaker Taye Mulugeta (Kinijit Calgary)
Demelash kelekele (Kinijit Toronto)


All Ethiopian living in Vancouver and around Vancouver are all invited to attends this meeting

Date April 1st 2006
Time 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place Collingwood community center (Map attached)
5288 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC


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