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House Endorses Bill Governing NGOs, Civil Societies

UDJ at a Cross Road:Issues to ponder and be informed.

Addis Ababa, January 6, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - The House of Peoples Representatives endorsed a bill providing for the registration and regulation of charities and civil societies organizations in its regular session held here on Tuesday.
Major NGOs said they see no problem with this bill and it is business as usual. They will work with the governemnt.


The justice minister in a recent interview said UDJ Chairwoman Birtukan Medekssa was sent back to prison according to the law of the land. The next question is would UDJ insist to have a convicted person serving in jail as its chairwoman or elect a new one? Would the Ethiopian law allow the organization to have a convicted person as its chairman/woman if UDJ insists to keep Birtukan as its leader? IS UDJ in peril too?

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Thought for Today

It’s not that we need to form new organizations. It’s simply that we have to awaken to new ways of thinking. I believe it makes no sense to spend a lot of time attacking the current realities. It is time to create the new models that have in them the complexity that makes the older systems obsolete. And to the extent that we can do that, and do that quickly, I think we can provide what will be necessary for a major breakthrough for the future. By Dr. Don Beck



Isayas Afeworki analysis of hardship! He calls it "Kintot"
In Eritrea one can not trade with cereal, only the state can! This is what Eritrea has become


EPRDF Supporters Forum Interview with Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie.   Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, the Consul-General in Los Angeles who was former member of the Constitution Commission of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia detailed the process of drafting the constitution, articles that were controversial and the depth of public participation in the process. The Ambassador commented also on the pardon process in regard to Miss Birtukan case. The interview was done at Ye Ethiopia Hedase Discussion Forum voice room (pal talk)
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Exemplary work! Viva Ethio Tigray on line voice discussion forum was able to raise funds to provide books and other necessary materials for 4 libraries in Tigray and to feed the homeless kids on Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas (Lidet) day.
for more listen to VOA report
Thank you Viva Ethio Tigray members!



In today's Deuche welle report, (02-01-2009), the shaebya government is accused of by Israel being a corridor in smuggling heavy amunition that the Palestinians are launching at Israel. You can hear it in here
 (news)
Shaebya has also released a press condemning Israel for the recent conflict in Gaza.
(reader forwarded )


Civil Society Fumbles on the Fundamentals

Contrary to what many in the civil society advocate, there is little evidence to support the claim that the state is out to rob citizens of their right of association, whether or not they would want to be advocates of human or other rights. But the authors of the bill are keen to make a distinction between a right the constitution granted to citizens, and privileges the state has the prerogative to grant or deny to non-citizens. Frankly, it is hard to prove them wrong....

Addis Furtune Editorial

Demystifying Democratic Developmental State
Is South Africa Democratic? How about a Developmental State? Does Developmental State mean one party hegemoney? Good thing to ponder.

A Democratic Developmental State in Africa? The Emerging South African
Democratic Developmental State
and the People’s Contract

Ethiopia Leaves Somalia With Many Questions Unanswered
(VOA):-Did Ethiopia accomplish anything significant during its occupation? Shinn says, “At the very beginning, it probably prevented or at least reduced some pretty horrible killings and a situation of chaos in Mogadishu...
See Also:  Mission Accomplished: Ethiopian National Defence Forces Start To Pull Out Of Somalia.
(MoFA) Jan 04 2009:-It is to be recalled that the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) moved into Somalia two years ago to foil the clear and present danger created by extremist forces in Somalia that had repeatedly declared Jihad against Ethiopia. The major mission of the ENDF which was to remove the threat posed to our country was completed immediately and in no time

Report By PM Meles Zenawi At The Sixth Summit Of The Sana'a Forum For Cooperation

Report By H.E. Ato Meles ZenawiPrime Minister Of The Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia At The Sixth Summit Of The Sana'a Forum For Cooperation

A week in the Horn
2.1.2009

_The sixth summit of Sana’a Forum in Khartoum
_Eritrea and the Sana’a Forum for Cooperation
_When is ICG to do justice to the cause of peace?
_AU Peace and Security Council on Guinea

ETC to provide NGN-services to all rural kebeles


Zemen Bank management and the board of directors are happy to announce the opening of the Bank at Casainchis...
Comment Building the Nation's economy one Bank at a time! We wonder what reason(s) our Diaspora economist the likes of Dr. Said Hassan will give to all the profitable banks in Ethiopia today!

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Call for Ethiopian-Canadian health professionals with clinical and/or academic expertise to volunteer at medical faculties in Ethiopia for 3-6 weeks in spring/early summer 2009


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