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American writer urges the U.S. to stop promoting fake democracy in Ethiopia

30 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 
(ESAT) — American writer Dr. Helen Epstein, known among many Ethiopians for her hard-hitting article, “Cruel Ethiopia”, which detailed the brutal rule of Meles Zenawi and the TPLF, says that the United States should reconsider promoting fake democracy in countries like Ethiopia.


 
Dr. Epstein said the tyrannical TPLF regime is a roadblock to democratization and progress. She noted cannot be reformed and called upon the U.S. to stop supporting the TPLF regime and its corruption and tyranny.

Dr. Epsten, who recently published a new book, Another Fine Mess, talked to ESAT on a range of issues related politics in the Great Lake region and Ethiopia.
 

Like TPLF-run Ethiopia, Turkey may become Europe’s polarized society!

17 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

I felt a lot of anguish for Turkey, as the public went to decide on constitutional issues the referendum has placed before them.

As citizen of another unfortunate nation, Ethiopia, which has fallen prey to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) repression, misgovernance and banditry, I tried to share with them – as a warning and moments before the referendum – our experiences after change of the 1995 Constitution.
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Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Seen as Tool to Silence Dissent

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Salem Solomon, VOA
 
It’s been six months since Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in response to widespread protests and unrest, and there are no signs indicating when it might end.

Since October, thousands have been arrested and sent to military-style camps where they live in squalid conditions, perform strenuous exercises and get beaten when they falter, according to Befeqadu Hailu, a former detainee.
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US Congressional Hearing: Democracy Under threat in Ethiopia

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Subcommittee Hearing: Democracy Under Threat in Ethiopia
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TPLF’s clampdown on dissent tests ethnic federalism, peace, citizens’ equality & Ethiopia’s stability

9 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison
 

Protests sparked by the arrest of Konso leader Kala Gezahegn underlined growing tensions between Ethiopia’s central government and many ethnic populations

Nothing seemed amiss when an Ethiopian government vehicle arrived to collect the traditional leader of the Konso people for a meeting in March. But instead of being taken to discuss his community’s requests for more autonomy, Kala Gezahegn was arrested.
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Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: TPLF’s Tool to Stifle Dissent

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
A Legal Analysis by International Lawyers*

Oakland, CA — With human rights as the special focus of the 26th Summit of the African Union that gets underway Friday in Ethiopia, the Oakland Institute and the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) released a new report, Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: A Tool to Stifle Dissent. This timely report, authored by lawyers from leading international law firms, provides an in-depth and damning analysis of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation. Building on the substantial number of earlier legal analyses prepared by a wide range of critics of the law, the report examines how the law, enacted in 2009, is a tool of repression, designed and used by the Ethiopian Government to silence its critics.
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#Oromoprotests & Ethiopia’s drought may heighten the end of TPLF’s rule

14 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Kurabachew Duba*

Today, in the 21st century, when mankind marches to form a permanent colony on Mars, Ethiopia is still looking for the breadline. It is shameful but true. Successive Ethiopian regimes have failed the people.
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Oromo students trying to end TPLF’s land grab widen their protests; parents & residents throughout region involved; student casualty stands at 15; many injured & over 500 imprisoned by int’l Human Rights Day, Dec 10!

11 Dec

“The protest is not as usual, they [the students] are not backing away…They are not willing to stop until the demands are met…High-school and university students from across Ethiopia’s most-populous region are protesting to demand the government shelve [the Addis Abeba Master Plan], writes Bloombergquoting Bekele Nega’a, General Secretary of the Oromo Federalist Congress.
 
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