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)