Obbo Mohammed Xayyib and Obbo Gaddisa Hirphasa were recently murdered by the Ethiopian government. Obbo Gaddisa Hirphasa was killed for being a member of Maccaa-Tuulama Self-Help Association on March 28, 2006. The killing of our children will not be forgotten!! One day, the Oromo nation will have justice.
Congratulations to Obbo Gurmessa Kumsa on his win of the national half-marathon!!
Obbo Gurmessa won the half race on March 25, 2006. His time was 3 minutes better than was expected. Here is NBC4 link regarding the Marathon winners.
14 killed in Kenyan military plane crash
AP: NAIROBI, Kenya - A Kenyan military plane carrying politicians to a peace conference crashed while attempting to land Monday in northern Kenya, killing a Cabinet minister, six other politicians and at least seven other people. Four of the 17 people on the plane were pulled from the fiery wreckage alive and flown to the capital Nairobi for treatment, witnesses said. But one of the survivors apparently died on the way to Nairobi.
THE IMPACTS OF ETHIOPIAN STATE TERRORISM AND GOBALIZATION ON...
THE IMPACTS OF ETHIOPIAN STATE TERRORISM AND GOBALIZATION ON THE OROMO NATIONAL MOVEMENT: Today the Oromo people are facing state terrorism, massive human rights violations, and hidden genocide from the Tigrayan-led Ethiopian government because of their economic resources and their struggle for national self-determination and democracy. - Dr Asafa Jalata
Companies want access to Ethiopia’s gas fields
Addis Ababa - The ministry of mines and energy’s invitation for expressions of interest in the Hilala and Calub gas fields has brought 19 potential bidders to the table.
Ethiopia's Bati wins women's 4km world cross country race
Last year's junior champion Gelete Burika Bati graduated to senior champion when she won the women's four-kilometer race at the world cross country championships on Sunday.
Ethiopia's Bekele & Dibaba wins world cross country course
Heavily favoured Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has triumphed at the world cross country championships in Japan, the first half of their double gold medal defense.
The popular Oromo People’s uprising added a new dimension
The popular Oromo uprising that has counted more than four months continued with more commitment and a new dimension. The Oromo people’s struggle is now incorporated withholding any trade exchange with the government and its agents.
Drought devastating to farmers in Borana
CHINA National Complete Plant Import & Export Corporation received a contract to study the potential of coal reserves in southern Ethiopia, its management said yesterday in Addis Ababa. The contract was signed between the company and the project office for coal phosphate fertilizer under the Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday, said Xu Wanhua, chief representative of the firm's Ethiopia office.
Mar 8, 2006 Oromo-nation of population over 40 million in the Horn of Africa to whom democracy was/is inalienable was deprived of its right to self-determination due to the successive yokes of repressive regimes of Ethiopia almost all sustained by westerns’ support.Though , repression of successors have been aggravated, Oromo nation is escalating its demand for natural, human and democratic rights stipulated in international documents ratified by the EPRDP/ TPLF regime including:
(1) Respect of basic human right for Oromos! (2) Lasting Solution for nations’ national questions for self -determination ! (3) Stop killing , massacring, imprisoning ,torturing and inhumanely treating Oromos! (4) Immediate and unconditional release of leaders of the venerable Oromo association- Macha-Tulama self-help Association(MTA). (5) Allow with out precondition ,MTA resume its office! (6) Immediate and unconditional release of all Oromo political prisoners and innocents allegedly imprisoned! (7) As Oromo is not represented ,EPRDP/TPLF is illegitimate regime to Oromos and other oppressed Nations! (8) Stop Camouflaging passionate to Oromos by miscellaneous self-deceptive reforming which never solve Oromos cause! (9) Oromos cause can only be solved by Oromo’s Venerable political party -Oromo Liberation Front(OLF) ,thus stop labeling OLF ‘anti-peace’, rather convene way to reinstate its office! For Oromos OLF is beyond concept of party as it is the sole bearer of their whole hearts feeling , identity and real cause!
Mar 7, 2006 Some months ago, I offered my arguments and reasoning, on the subject, on one of the Oromo Discussion Forums. My greatest concern is this notion that Amarigna should remain the national language of Ethiopia in consideration for appeasing Oromos by making Affaan Oromo a "national language" as is being pandered by some. There are serious ramifications to Oromos and one need not conduct a study to understand the implications of unilaterally mandating and imposing one’s language and culture on others.
Mar 4, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) The Chinese petroleum company, Zhonguan Petroleum Exploration Bureau (ZPEB), last week started drilling the first exploration well in the Gambella basin, west Ethiopia.The Ethiopian Minister of Mines and Energy, (MME), Alemayehu Tegenu, and Abiy Hunegnaw, head of the petroleum operation departmnt with the ministery, last Friday visited the oil exploratin project in the Gambella Basin.
The officials attended the launching of the drilling on the first exploration well (wild cat well) in the region.
Addis Ababa - An Austrian civilian member of the UN mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) was shot and wounded by an Ethiopian soldier Saturday while jogging in Addis Ababa, diplomats said. The man was hit by a bullet in the thigh while exercising near an Ethiopian military base and taken to the government military hospital in the capital, where "he is in good condition," Austrian Ambassador Brigitte Ottinger said.
The morning shooting took place in the Old Airport district to the south-west of Addis Ababa, she added, saying that the first incident of its kind appeared to have been an accident.
The UNMEE forces, civilian and military, were deployed in the neighbouring Horn of Africa countries after a border war between May 1998 and May 2000 that claimed scores of thousands of lives.
Another diplomatic source, who asked not to be named, said "there was no warning sign in the area saying (the Austrian) was not allowed to be there" and that Ethiopian authorities had subsequently arrested the soldier involved.
Ethiopian officials could not be reached to comment on the incident. - Sapa-AFP
Jimma, March 3, 2006 (WIC) - Farmers in Limu Seka woreda of Jimma zone in Oromia state have earned 15 million birr from oil seeds they sold during the past harvest season, the Woreda Information and Public Relations Office said. Public Relations expert with the Office, Getachew Bodena,told WIC yesterday that the 23,000 farmers in the woreda obtained the stated amount of money from peanuts, sesame and nigger seed.
He said the farmers were able to improve their livelihood by utilizing the income they earned from the oil seeds produced on over 12,300 hectares of land.
According to Getachew, the farmers who used to live in thatched cottages have managed to construct better houses and bought milk cows and oxen.
The Dendi Woreda Agriculture and Rural Development Office in West Shoa Zone of the Oromia State said that 3,200 family head farmers in the Woreda have been cultivating 695 hectares through irrigation.
Kabbadaa Badhaasee abbaa isaa obbo Badhaasee Irkoo fi haadhaa isaa aaddee Maammee Tulluu irraa bara 1984 A.L.O tti caamsaa 23 godina Shawaa Lixaa Aanaa Xuqur Incinnii Ganda Qonnaan bulaa Naannoo Jidduutti dhalate.Kabbadaan Dhalatee kan guddate maati
Signs of avian flu have been observed in Endibir woreda district of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s (SNNP) State, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development disclosed.
Many people even if they are educated search the opportunities to go out of their country and to do any kind of work abroad.
1. Gaafiin uummata keenyaa gaafii keenya waan ta`eef hanga gaafiin kun deebii argatutti ummata keenya wajjiin ni qabsoofna
2. Qotee bultoota barattootaa fi lammiin kan qabsoo kanaaf hidhame murtii haa argatu
3. Warri diddaa kana irratti wareegaman martii isaaniitiif beenyaan haa kafalamu
ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet)
The humanitarian situation in southeast Ethiopia continues to deteriorate, with increasing livestock deaths, serious shortage of water and high levels of malnutrition, a UN aid agency said on Monday.
Feb 26, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) Ethiopian authorities arrested opposition members accused of subversive activities in western Ethiopia. The Ethiopian TV said the “anti-peace forces” collaborated with the Ormo rebels and the Eritrean government.
The term "anti-peace forces" is often used by the government to refer to members of the main opposition political party, the Coalition for United and Democracy (CUDP), which claims elections last year were rigged.
Feb 22, 2006 (WASHINGTON) The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Ethiopian government’s charges against five Voice of America (VOA) Horn of Africa broadcasters as "a blatant attempt to criminalize freedom of the press" and calling upon that country’s government to drop the charges without delay.
The BBG resolution further states, "The people of Ethiopia deserve unfettered access to accurate, balanced and comprehensive information. For the past 24 years, the Voice of America has provided them with precisely that, and will continue to do so."
The Oromia State Investment Commission disclosed that entrepreneurs with an aggregate capital of over 5.8 billion birr have been licensed during the last six months. Investment Commissioner, Alemu Simie, told WIC Monday that the 500 licensed investors would engage in meat processing, farming, forestry development, industry, hotel and tourism, bottling mineral water and floriculture. He said most of the investment projects are currently at either construction or pre-production stages.
By Mike Clough, Michael Clough has worked on U.S. Africa policy for nearly three decades. Most recently, he was the Africa advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. ETHIOPIA IS edging toward renewed conflict with Eritrea that could result in tens of thousands of deaths and spark a civil war that would claim many more lives. But the Bush administration, a strong supporter of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, appears to have neither the vision nor the will to avert catastrophe.
Feb 21, 2006 (ADDIS ABABA) Ethiopia’s police denied media reports on the killing of two students during a riot in Oromia state, the official ENA reported. A news story filed by Voice of America (VOA), Deutsche Welle and Eritrean radio alleging that two students were killed during a riot that occurred in Gebre-guracha Comprehensive Secondary School in North Shoa Zone, Oromia State was far from the truth, the students who were reported to be dead disclosed.
By Ross Brewster: THREE Keswick Fair Trade campaigners have returned from a tour of Ethiopian coffee farming co-operatives. Their two-week visit has strengthened their resolve to spread the message of Fair Trade in this country and, in the future, to try and establish closer ties between Cumbria and the coffee producing area.
Ethiopia's southwestern city of Jimma, commonly known as the birthplace of coffee, is for the first time in its history braced to host a beauty contest, it was learned Sunday. Cleopatra Promotion, a private local company, will organize the beauty pageant on March 24, at Jimma's prestigious Gojeb Minch Hotel.
A two star hotel established by the two-time Olympic gold medalist Derartu Tulu was inaugurated on Saturday. The hotel that rests on 4,500 sq. meters in Asella town, Arsi Zone of the Oromia State, was constructed at a cost of over US$ 721,643.
Black Gold, a documentary film revolving around the plight of Ethiopian coffee growers, triggered individuals in the United States to offer donations to coffee farmers in Oromia region, Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union General Manager Tadesse Meskela told The Daily Monitor.
Produced by British filmmakers Nick and Marc Francis, Black Gold is currently screened at various cinema halls in the US where it has attracted attention from the audience, after its launching late January at the United States' Sundance Film Festival.
Feb 15, 2006
The popular uprising that has been raging throughout Oromia since Nov. 9, 2005 is unprecedented in the history of the Oromo people and is marking a new chapter in the struggle for freedom and democracy. The basic demands remain the same: respect for human dignity and basic freedoms, justice through an impartial court of law, implementing the right to self-determination enshrined in the constitution and making it functional and meaningful, the release of all political prisoners, the reinstatement of the Mecha Tullama self-help Association and addressing the grievances of the Oromo people through a peaceful political means rather than through repression. The continuation of these protests despite the harsh response from the regime and the overwhelming support of the people for their vanguard organization, the OLF, have further frustrated the Meles government. However, rather than seeking a political solution as the situation demands, the regime is irresponsibly continuing with its ruthless action of summary and indiscriminate executions, torture, abductions, and unlawful imprisonment of peaceful protesters and innocent people who have not taken part in the protests. Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), and Associated Press (AP) have confirmed the intensification of intimidation, harassment and arbitrary detentions.
Dear Prime Minister,
The intervention and the clear condemnation by the Right Honorable Hon Hilary Ben, MP, British Secretary of State for International Development, concerning the Human Rights abuses in Oromiyaa, suspension of direct aid, and the demand for an international investigation amid these concerns was welcome news to the Oromo Communities around the world. The Oromo Communities seized the opportunity to confirm and highlight the atrocities being suffered upon innocent, defenseless and leaderless Oromos, in the form of Petitions to Her Majesty’s Government. [Demand Respect for Human Rights in Oromiya Regional State of Ethiopia http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/968404168
The Oromo Communities further welcome the confirmation by the Right Honorable Prime Minister of the commitment by Her Majesty’s Government to resolve outstanding political and Human Rights issues in Ethiopia. However, we wish to equally express our growing anxiety over statements by the Right Honorable Pprime Minister, which appear to defend and deprecate the cries of the Oromo People for international attention by characterizing the facts and degree of human rights violations and oppression in Ethiopia as an "over-reaction, which often happens." [UK PM targets Ethiopia at summit, Sunday, 12 February 2006, By Peter Biles BBC southern Africa Correspondent, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4707232.stm
Ethiopia's Ambesse Tolossa raises his arms as he crosses the finish line to win the Tokyo International Marathon at Tokyo's National Stadium Sunday. Tolossa won the race in two hours eight minutes and 58 seconds. (Reuters)
Ethiopia's Ambesse Tolossa won the Tokyo International Marathon on Sunday, edging second-place Toshinari Takaoka by less than a minute to rob the Japanese runner of repeat victory before a home crowd.
Jeneraal Waaqoo Guutuu 1924 - 2006
Jen. Waaqoo Guutuu eenyuu turan?
Abba isaani Obbo Guutuu Usuu Camaarrii fi Haadha isaani Adde Dhuullo Alii Hasan irra 1924 dhalataan. Obbolaa Dhiira Kudhaanii fi Dubartii Sagal qabu. Haadha mana torba (7) irra ilmaan afurtamii sagal (49) horaan, lubbuun kan jiran dhiira kudhanii sadeetiif(18) fi dubartii Kudhanii ja’a (16)
The United States is to provide Ethiopia with over 84 million dollars to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and to provide treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, according to an agreement signed in Addis Ababa on today. The agreement provides for the two countries to work together to advance HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment activities under the aegis of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Nekempt, February 6, 2006 (wic) - Primary school education coverage in East Wollega zone has reached 94 percent, according to the zonal Education Office. Education Planning and Operation expert with the office, Regassa Gobesho, told WIC today that out of the 365,638 school age children in 26 woredas of the zone, 346,574 are attending primary schools.
Kanneen Wallaggaa Bahaatti argaman anaalee ollaa lamaan keessaatti torbaan kana keessaa humnoota mootumaa fi barattoota, akkasumas uummattootaa naannoo giddutti walitti bu’insa uumameen, poolisoota keessaa namni lama, barattoota keessaa moo tokko d (Read more...)
The pain of losing as little money as Sh100 was too painful for Kula Wako. Not that it was the only cash she had to lay a plate on the table for her children. Rather, it was the pain of losing what she had paid the money for; a rare commodity, which she had 'imported' from a neighbouring country. When she woke up at 5am on January 16, like the rest of northern Kenya residents, she was set to cross over to the other side of the fence where the grass is, almost literally, greener. She loaded four 20-litre jerricans on her only donkey and left Moyale town for the Kenya-Ethiopian border.
Amnesty International expressed its serious concern on Monday about the conditions of 11 university students from Oromia region who were being held incommunicado. In a press release dated January 30, 2006, Amnesty feared those being held incommunicado were at the risk of facing torture or ill-treatment, and called for investigations into 'several killings' at Ambo Palace prison and Senkele police training centre near Ambo.
Ethiopian government on Monday indefinitely banned the export of all grain products in a bid to stem huge price hikes blamed on political instability, smuggling and the rising cost of transportation and fertilizer. "The export of indigenous grains, including the staple grains, like teff, maize, sorghum and wheat will be suspended indefinitely," the Ministry of Trade and Industry said.
News24, South Africa - January 23, 2006
Halima Abdullah Aden was just a teenager when she watched her father and two brothers die during the last famine that hit Ethiopia's remote southeast Somali state six years ago.
Text of report by The Reporter as posted on Sudan Tribune: 21 Jan 06
The British Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn announced that Ethiopia Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has accepted to probe the alleged human rights violations in Oromia region.
Sudan Tribune, Sudan - January 21, 2006
The Oromo people have continued the popular uprising that started on Nov. 9, 2005 in protest to the Ethiopian regime’s gross violation of fundamental human rights. To date we have issued four reports detailing the atrocities perpetuated against peaceful demonstrators by the government. This fifth one is an update on the continued suppression of human rights, the basic freedom of the Oromo and other peoples of Ethiopia, and the ruthless measures Meles’ government is taking to stifle the popular uprising ...
Gambella, January 14, 2006 -
On January 9-10, 2006 EPDRF’s government deployed 6000 forces to Itang and Jikaw districts to continue the unfinished business of December 13 -15, 2003 genocide of Anuaks. At this time the operation was not successful as it was in 2003 since Gambella People Liberation Movement/Front (GPLM/F) who was enraged of the evil act of tyrant regime of Meles Zenawi, could not allow the government forces to move inches from Gambella town to carry out its genocide mission as usual.
Jan 6, 2005 (WASHINGTON)
The United States said Friday it was gravely concerned about Ethiopia’s treatment of hundreds including five Voice of America journalists charged for their roles in political protests.
Jan 5, 2006 (AL-GADARIF, eastern Sudan)
The armed forces in Al-Gadarif State have taken up position in agricultural areas on the border strip east of Al-Atbarawi River in the areas south of Daglash Mountain and east of Sundus and Al-Allaw.
The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM) said gross human rights violations and harassment of thousands of opposition party supporters was taking place in Oromia amidst growing instability in the region.
05/01/2006 20:08 - (SA) Addis Ababa -
The United States has barred the sale of Humvee military vehicles to Ethiopia after they used previously purchased cars to quell political protests in violence that killed at least 85 people, says a senior US diplomat on Thursday. Vicki Huddleston, the charge d'affairs at the US embassy in Addis Ababa, said they had been disappointed to see that several of 20 Humvees sold to Ethiopia in the past had been misused to "disperse demonstrations" and that future sales had been cancelled.
Jan 1, 2005 (ADDIS ABABA)
As student protests against the Prime Minister Meles-led regime intensify, in Oromiya, opposition MPs who have joined the 547-member parliament from the United Ethiopia Democratic Forces (UEDF), the Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), the independent Dr Negaso Gidada [former president of Ethiopia] and those from the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), tried in vain to table an issue on the agenda of the house.
According to Gebru Gebremariam of ONC/UEDF, the MPs were forced to present the request to the special government representative, Shiferaw Jarso, as the Speaker of the House, Ambassador Teshome Toga, refused to allow the subject to be discussed. "Nevertheless, we were met with the same refusal from Ato Shiferaw," Gebru said.
Dec 29, 2005
Oromo Liberation Front
The Ethiopian regime, faced with a growing popular discontent inside the country, and reproaching the large number of refugees in the neighboring countries especially in Kenya for the crisis inside the country, is now reinforcing its foreign-based security traps.
By Cathy Majtenyi
28 December 2005
Kenyan police are investigating allegations that Ethiopian government agents are kidnapping and harassing Ethiopian refugees of Oromo-origin living in Kenya, a charge the Ethiopian government denies.
Sunday 25 December 2005
Three Oromo students have been killed and five others have been seriously wounded by the Ethiopian soldiers in Kiltukara town in the district of Sibu, West Welega zone in western Ethiopia.
Despite the repressive action taken by the Ethiopian government in an effort to quell the uprising launched by Oromo students and people, the resistance has even grown bigger, the opposition Voice of Oromo Liberation (VOL) said.
Tuesday December 13, 2005 11:16 PM
By AMY WESTFELDT
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - China, Cuba, Eritrea and Ethiopia kept the most journalists in jail this year, together accounting for two-thirds of the 125 editors, writers and photojournalists imprisoned around the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.