“ሞት የዘመኑ ዕለት እንጅ የመነኑ ዕለት አይደለም” – ከበልጂግ አሊ

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“ሞት የዘመኑ ዕለት እንጅ የመነኑ ዕለት አይደለም” – ከበልጂግ አሊ

  መነገር ያለበት ቁጥር 8 "ሞት የዘመኑ ዕለት እንጅ የመነኑ ዕለት አይደለም" “ከመሸ ተነሳሁ ከተፈታ በሬ፣ “                                                                        .....

Beyond Anger and Grief

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Beyond Anger and Grief

Beyond Anger and Grief—A Call for Global Action Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians, (GARE) joins the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians at home and in the Diaspora who were shocked and saddened by the savage beheading and heinous murder of 30 Ethiopian.....

Remembering the Armenian Genocide

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Alemayehu G Mariam Author’s Note: The Armenian Genocide which began one hundred years ago this week inside present-day Turkey will be remembered worldwide on April 24. That Genocide began with a roundup of Armenian intellectuals, clergy,  educators, writers, community leaders and other notable members of the Armenian community in Constantinople, (renamed.....

U.S. outraged over IS atrocity against Christians in Libya

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U.S. outraged over IS atrocity against Christians in Libya

By AFP April 20, 2015  

 Tripoli (AFP) - The United States condemned the "brutal mass murder" of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya following a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showing their execution.

The 29-minute IS video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan decried the killings and called for stability in Libya, which has been mired in political chaos and unrest since the 2011 uprising that toppled former strongman Moamer Kadhafi.

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal mass murder purportedly of Ethiopian Christians by ISIL-affiliated terrorists in Libya," she said, using another name for IS.

"This atrocity once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya to empower a unified Libyan rejection of terrorist groups."

Ethiopia said its embassy in Egypt was trying to verify the video to ascertain if those murdered were indeed its nationals.

"We strongly condemn such atrocities, whether they are Ethiopians or not," Communications Minister Redwan Hussein told AFP.

The video portrays a masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol, who makes a statement threatening Christians if they do not convert to Islam.

The video then switches between footage of one group of about 12 men being beheaded by masked militants on a beach, and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.

It was not immediately clear who the captives were or how many were killed.

Before the killings, the video shows purported footage of Christians in Syria, saying they had been given the choice of converting to Islam or paying a special tax, and had decided to pay.

The video bore the logo of the IS media arm and was similar to past footage released by the jihadists, including of 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on a Libyan beach in February. Several Libyan jihadist groups have pledged allegiance to IS.

Addis Ababa says IS, which has seized chunks of Syria and Iraq and won the support of jihadist groups across the region, has also gained a foothold in Ethiopia.

"There are elements of IS around Ethiopia who are already carrying out operations, even though under a different name," said Redwan, referring to the Shebab group.

"We will keep on fighting them."

- Fears for Christians -

Since the 2011 revolt, Libya has been awash with weapons, has rival governments and parliaments, and is on the edge of all-out civil war as armed groups battle to control its cities and oil wealth.

Officials have repeatedly warned that Libya could become a jihadist haven on Europe's doorstep unless the violence stops and a national unity government is formed.

And waves of would-be immigrants including Ethiopians have been using Libya as a stepping stone to embark on perilous sea crossings to Europe. More than 700 people are feared drowned in the latest disaster.

On Sunday, UN envoy Bernardino Leon said after weeks of brokering talks between rival Libyan factions that they had reached a draft accord which is "very close to a final agreement".

Speaking to reporters in Morocco, Leon also said preparations were under way for armed groups to hold direct talks to end the conflict.

Referring to the IS video and fighting in Libya, Leon said: "We know that the enemies of peace, the enemies of the agreement, will be active and be even more active in the coming days and weeks."

The IS execution of Copts in February prompted retaliatory air strikes from Egypt, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pushing for the creation of a joint Arab military force to battle jihadists.

Arab military chiefs will meet on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss how the force will be created, its role and financing, an Arab League official said.

A US-led coalition of Western and Arab nations is already waging an air war against IS in Syria and Iraq.

IS has carried out atrocities against minorities -- including Christians and Yazidis -- sparking fears for the fate of vulnerable communities in mostly Muslim nations.

 

What’s behind xenophobic attacks in South Africa?

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What’s behind xenophobic attacks in South Africa?

  (CNN) – Shops looted and set ablaze. Terrified foreigners hiding in police stationsand stadiums. Machete-wielding attackers hacking immigrants to death in major cities in South Africa. As attacks against foreigners and their businesses rage on, killing at least six people this week, other nations in the continent are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from South Africa. But this is not the first time xenophobic violence has exploded in a country that tries to portray itself as a diverse “rainbow” nation.

What triggered this week’s attacks?

They started after Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini said at a recent gathering that foreigners “should pack their bags and go” because they are taking jobs from citizens, local media reported. Shortly after his comments, violence against immigrants erupted in the port city of Durban. His office has denied he made the comments, saying journalists misquoted him. While kings are mostly ceremonial figures in the nation, they are influential in their communities. But the United Nations said the attacks started in March after a labor dispute between citizens and foreign workers.

Why are immigrants targeted?

Some citizens have accused African immigrants of taking their already scarce jobs, undermining businesses owned by locals and contributing to a high crime rate. The nation’s unemployment rate is about 25%, according to government figures. But resentment over porous borders, growing crime rates, poverty and corruption are also a major concern, analysts say. President Jacob Zuma has said his government is addressing the social and economic concerns. But he said immigrants contribute to the nation’s economy and bring skills that are in demand, and should not be stereotyped as criminals. “While some foreign nationals have been arrested for various crimes, it is misleading and wrong to label or regard all foreign nationals as being involved in crime in the country,” Zuma said.

How many immigrants are in South Africa?

The nation has about 2 million documented and undocumented immigrants, which is about 4% of the total population, according to a study by the University of the Witwatersrand. Zimbabweans make up the largest group of immigrants. Also, South Africa is a top travel destination for wealthy Africans because of its proximity and developed infrastructure.

Has South Africa had xenophobic attacks before?

Yes. This is the latest in a series of attacks that date back years. In January, looters burned businesses owned by foreigners in another wave of xenophobic attacks. In addition, there were other incidents of violence last year, Human Rights Watch said. Seven years ago, Johannesburg was the epicenter of more anti-immigrant tensions that left dozens dead in attacks that later spread to Cape Town. Most of the victims were Zimbabweans who had fled repression and dire economic circumstances. In those attacks, police arrested more than 200 people on various charges, including rape, murder, robbery and theft. In 2006, xenophobic violence broke out again for several months in Cape Town.

What are other African nations doing about it?

Victims of xenophobic attacks have been from various African nations, including Nigeria, Somalia and Ethiopia. African nations have condemned the attacks. Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe are just a few of the countries evacuating their citizens from South Africa. In Zambia, local radio station QFM said it will not play South African music in solidarity with the victims. And in Mozambique, South African energy and chemical giant Sasol sent about 340 South African nationals home. The company said Mozambican employees voiced concern about reported violence against their nationals and protested the presence of South African employees in Mozambique.

Is inequality a contributing factor?

Most of the attacks have erupted in poor and marginalized areas. Despite the progress the nation has made since its apartheid days, inequality between blacks and whites still remains a major concern, according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “It is up to the present and next generations to take up the cudgels where you (Mandela) have left off. It is up to them, through service to deepen our democracy; entrench and defend our constitution; eradicate poverty; eliminate inequality; fight corruption, and serve always with compassion, respect, integrity and tolerance,” the foundation said in a statement. “Xenophobia, racism and sexism must be fought with tenacity, wisdom and enlightenment.” As fears of more attacks grow, South Africans have taken to social media and the streets to protest xenophobia and violence.
 

በደቡብ አፍሪካ እየተፈጸመ ያለውን ስደተኞችን የማጥቃትና ማሳድድ ወንጀል በመቃወም ሰልፈኞች ድምጻቸውን ሲያሰሙ ዋሉ

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 Amharic News0 ኢሳት ዜና :- በደቡብ አፍሪካ የውጪ ሀገር ዜጎች ላይ የተፈጸመው ጥቃት ያስቆጣቸው በርካታ ደቡብ አፍሪካውያን ደርጊቱን ለማውገዝ በደርባን ታላቅ ሰልፍ ማድረጋቸውን የአገሪቱ የመገናኛ ብዙሃን ዘግበዋል። በ10 ሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ ደቡብ አፍሪካውያን እና የውጭ አገር ዜጎች በሰልፉ ላይ ተገኝተዋል። “የውጪ ሀገር ዜጎችን ማጥቃትና ማሳድድ ይቁም!” የሚል መፈክር ያነገቡት የደርባን ነዋሪዎች፤ በጥቃት ፈጻሚዎቹ.....

Ethiopians Break their Silence Against Government Repression and Forced Displacement By Oakland Institute April 14, 2015

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Ethiopians Break their Silence Against Government Repression and Forced Displacement  By Oakland Institute  April 14, 2015

Oakland, CA – We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia, a landmark report from the Oakland Institute documents testimony from members of several ethnic groups from different areas of the country,1 bringing forward the voices of those most directly impacted by land.....

Renowned Ethiopianist Prof. Donald N. Levine passes away

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Renowned Ethiopianist Prof. Donald N. Levine passes away

Sunday, April 5, 2015 @ 08:04 AM ed His son, Bill Levine announced this morning that “Gash Liben, Ethiopian scholar, lover of Ethiopia, founder of the Aikido Ethiopia Project has passed away today at 1pm.” Professor Donal Levine was the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology and former dean of the College.....