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Rethink US policy perhaps, but forget the analysts-Continued

One way any media employs to send a message home while maintaining a semblance of objectivity is to use all the most sublime aspects of language in a manner that hardly betrays an element of bias. Not all the political manipulation of language is done by the media, however. A lot of it also has come—and still does—from people who think of themselves as good and virtuous: Academics and so-called pundits.

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The History & Progress of Free Press in Ethiopia - Part 1

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Book Review

To order your own copy call Aite Kassahun at (914 300 675)

By the spring of 1991, the battle between Ethiopia’s ruling military junta known as the Derg and the rebels was drawing to a close. The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF, የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝቦች አብዮታዊ ዲሞክራሲያዊ ግንባር) forces were sweeping through Ethiopia. These events sprinkled much needed hope and rekindled a sense of freedom for all political prisoners who were under brutal prison system of the Derg. One of the political prisoners to walk scot free from Addis Ababa Prison was the author of a book title ምስትያት (Mistyat, a Tigrigna word meaning Mirror).
Arguably Kassahun was one of the finest artists (Tigrigna song writer and singer) to come out of Adigrat, Tigray....
[Halefom Belay 08/17/09]

Thought for Today

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

Knowledge and Skill Transfer Program at Ethiopian Universities

An invitation from The Expatriates Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all Ethiopian University Professionals in the Diaspora
(Ethiopian Consulate LA)

News & Analysis

UDJ in unsurmountable dilemma!

For all it is worth we appreciate UDJ for choosing the legal option to bring change in Ethiopia. Unlike girigir 7, the UDJ folks have chosen Addis over Asmara to wage their campaign. However, UDJ is having hard time managing the growing pain any political organization goes through in its infancy. The internal bickering has been simmering for a while now! It seems the simmering has turned a notch up and it is now roasting from inside. While Prof Mesfin is accusing the leadership for gross violation, Gizachew is ridiculing (  listen) Debebe Eshetu whom we thought was a key figure in UDJ! Apparently Debebe is not even a member of UDJ according to Gizachew! But Debebe says otherwise! (  listen)

We read UDJ complaint after complaint about the narrowing of democratic space in Ethiopia blaming the EPRDF government. The question we have is shouldn’t UDJ fix its house before it invites the EPRDF for a fight? Who is advising this organization to use EPRDF as a scapegoat? Shouldn't they deal with their dysfunctional leadership that has a blurred vision? Can anyone clarify why UDJ is joining MEDERK?
See Also:    Dr Yacob vs Debebe

Washington DC Aug 18 (Aigaforum) On the occasion of Tigrai Development Association (TDA) 20th anniversary celebration president Tsegay Berhe of Tigrai Regional state Ethiopia met and briefed Ethiopians over a two day conference on a wide range of topics. The high level delegation included Aite Tewodros Hagos TPLF politburo and head of the political organization in Mekelle, Aite Kiros Bitew head of the Tigrai regional state capacity building department and TDA International Board Chair DR Wolday Amaha and TDA Execuitive Director Ambassador Tewolde Gebru.
Nugussie Woldemariam of Hagerfikir Radio Interview with President Tsegay Berhe on the occasion of TDA 20th anniversary-Washington DC August 2009.

Betereseltan of VOA Tigirgna Interview with Tewodros Hagos TPLF Politburo Member.
  part 1

U.S. Africa Command Academic Symposium Begins in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug 19, 2009 — Opening ceremonies were held August 18, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa for the second U.S. Africa Command Academic Symposium. Thirty-seven academics from Africa, Europe and the United States have come together....

Press Statement
On the Final Award Issued By the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission

It is to be recalled that Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, established pursuant to Article 5 of the Algiers Agreement concluded between Ethiopia and Eritrea in December 2000, determined that Eritrea: “… violated Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Charter of the United Nations by resorting to armed force on May 12, 1998..."The Commission has now ended its work by issuing the Final Damages Award. Its final award, rendered on 17 August 2009, contains a number of technical matters. What should be highlighted at this stage are its main parts....
[Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Ethiopia 18 August 2009 ]
See Also:  Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission

Ethiopia: Electronic Project Spurs Assembly
The Electronic Ethiopia Project will release into the market in September 2009, 400 units of six types of electronic products which will be assembled in Ethiopia for the first time. This project runs under the Engineering Capacity Building Program (ecbp), which is a joint venture scheme between the governments of Ethiopia and Germany. The programme wants MIT to set an example of best practices. The programme is, however, also undertaking capacity building for MIT, Adama University and Technical and Vocational educational Training (TVET) schools.

The 120th Anniversary of the Battle of Metema was Commemorated
We are very much pleased to inform you that Sheba University College and associates took the initiative to commemorate the 120th Anniversary of the Battle of Metema (1881 -2001 E.C) on Saturday August 16,2009 at the Martyr’s Hall in Mekelle.
The reign of Yohannes IV in Ethiopia coincided with the most turbulent period of the history of Africa which followed the decisions made by the then European powers through the Berlin Conference during the second half of the 19th Century.


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To all Bay Area Tigreans!!!

You are invited for a meeting with Aite Tewodros Hagos
For more info

(UTNA Bay Area)

CD Release Party

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Agazi Operation, a Hyper Film Production

  • AUG 23---4:00PM----ATLANTA GA

  • AUG 30----7:00PM ----DENVER

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