Cirque d’Afrique: 2014 U.S-Africa Leaders Summit By Alemayehu G Mariam

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Cirque d’Afrique: 2014 U.S-Africa Leaders Summit By Alemayehu G Mariam

The African Circus is coming to town. It is officially called “U.S-Africa Leadership Summit” (not Ringling African Brothers). It is scheduled to be held on August 5-6 in Washington D.C.  The theme of the “Summit” is “INVESTING in the Next Generation”. According to the pre-Summit hype, in the first ever “U.S.-Africa Leaders.....

California Congressman Demands the Release of Andargachew Tsige

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California Congressman Demands the Release of Andargachew Tsige

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Monday urged Ethiopia’s prime minister to release Andargachew Tsige, a native-born opposition leader with British citizenship who last month was extradited to the African nation from Yemen under questionable circumstances. In a letter to Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn, the California Republican wrote: “Mr. Andargachew is.....

An Open Letter to : President Obama, Prime Ministers Cameron and Harper, Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Dr Kim, World Bank, Dr Donald Kaberuka, African Development Bank

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An Open Letter to : President Obama, Prime Ministers Cameron and Harper,  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Dr Kim, World Bank, Dr  Donald Kaberuka, African Development Bank

When Will the USA and the International Community Cease Being Complicit with the Ethiopian Regime’s Tyranny? The Government of the United States will convene a high level conference of African leaders in Washington from August 4-6, 2014, with President Obama hosting a dinner for African heads of government and state at.....

Turning Ethiopia Into China’s China

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Turning Ethiopia Into China's China

Global Economics By Kevin Hamlin, Ilya Gridneff, and William Davison Ethiopian workers walking through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa in June chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked. The company’s president, just arrived from China, spotted them through the window, sprang up, and ran outside. Zhang Huarong, a.....

Ethiopia in the Twilight Zone (9) of Fear

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 Ethiopia in the Twilight Zone (9) of Fear

By Alemayehu G Mariam July 21, 2014  (Author’s note: In this commentary, I take a literary approach to reflect on the counter-productive and self-defeating actions the regime in Ethiopia has taken recently to punish its perceived opponents and critics. I am both amused and perplexed by the regime’s comedy of errors (bungling.....

U.S. State Department deeply concerned about charges on Zone 9 Bloggers

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U.S. State Department deeply concerned about charges on Zone 9 Bloggers

Africa: Zone 9 Bloggers Charged by Ethiopian Court for Terrorism Zone 9 Bloggers Charged by Ethiopian Court for Terrorism Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2014 The United States is deeply concerned by the Ethiopian Federal High Court’s July 18 decision to press charges against six bloggers and three independent journalists under the.....

Ethiopia charges journalists with ‘terrorism’

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Ethiopia charges journalists with 'terrorism'

A group of Ethiopian bloggers and journalists held in jail for nearly three months have been charged with terrorism for having links to an outlawed group and for planning attacks, a judge said. The seven members of the blogging collective Zone Nine and three journalists were arrested in April, prompting an.....

Ginbot 7 leader shown on TV

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Ginbot 7 leader shown on TV

  Andargachew Tsege on ETV: "I'm at peace with myself"
 

(BBC) Opposition leader Andargachew Tsege has appeared on Ethiopian state television, following his disappearance from Yemen last month.

His UK-based wife Yemi Hailemariam told the BBC she was shocked to see him on television. Yemen arrested Andargachew while he was in transit at Sanaa airport, and secretly handed him to Ethiopia. In 2009, Andargachew was sentenced to death in absentia for planning to assassinate government officials. Andargachew, a UK national and secretary-general of Ethiopia’s banned Ginbot 7 movement, denied the charge. Amnesty International last week warned he was at risk of being tortured while in Ethiopian custody.Ms Yemi said it was difficult to see footage of her husband. “I switched it off quickly. I couldn’t watch it,” she said. Ms Yemi said the UK should demand the immediate release of her husband. “If they want to try him, they must go through the proper channels,” she told the BBC. Ginbot 7 says Andargachew had been on his way from the United Arab Emirates to Eritrea when he was detained at Sanaa airport on 24 June. Ginbot 7 (15 May) was named after the date of the 2005 elections, which were marred by protests over alleged fraud that led to the deaths of about 200 people.