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Two Sisters with Kidney Disease in need of urgent Financial help

  VOA Tigrigna interview with the mother

The two young sisters named Muluberhan Melaku and Frehiwot Melaku are residents of Adwa town. Doctors from Bethel General Hospital in Addis Ababa have said they need kidney replacements. Their medical treatments, including kidney replacements, have to be done in a foreign country. This creates a huge financial burden which the family cannot afford. As such, they are appealing for people’s generous assistance. The mother of the two sisters is donating one of her kidneys but a second kidney has to be purchased. The mother lost her third daughter to a similar disease last year. The mother has sold her only house. We think this is an opportunity to make a difference, perhaps to save lives in the spirit of the New Year and Ethiopian Christmas! Please keep in mind, time is against us and let us act quickly and donate as much as we can! The sisters are going through kidneys dialysis treatment twice a week.
Doctor letter

Letter from officials in Adwa

Account Information:
· Bank name: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Meskel Adebabay Branch
· Name of Beneficiary: W/ro Gidey Zegeye Wasihun
· Account Number: 01730-1551-1600
· RoutingNumber: CBETETAA

The mother’s mobile phone number is: +251-910211547
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Dear Members and supporters,

Tigrai Development Association will hold its 9th general assembly in Mekelle, at Sematat Hall from January 13-16, 2012.The organizing committee wishes to welcome to all participants and invited guests.
Mean time for any information regarding the general assembly, Please contact:

1-Ato Solomon Meles Tel- +251-911-545152 Addis Ababa
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First thoughts on the Veterans Discussion about TPLF

Lema L. January 9, 2012- First many thanks for sharing their thoughts and I would like to encourage those who organized the forum...

Contemporary Tigrean History in the eyes of veteran former TPLF members.

The dying extremists are trying to rewrite the splendid history of the Tigrean masses and TPLF using handful dubious characters. What the history of Tigrean masses and TPLF tell us is that TPLF victory became a reality due to the tenacity of the individual fighters. The heroes and heroines died knowing there will be millions of promise keepers left behind to keep their history intact. It is with that spirit Diaspora Tigreans and friends of the TPLF gather for online discussion to hear veteran TPLF fighters Bisrat Amare, Col Yitbarek Amare and Guish G/mariam
  part I
   part II   part III   part IV share their experience. The discussion was centered on the book “finote Gedili” by Bisrat Amare.
Jan 07, 2012

Thought for Today!
.. a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation, so that creativity can be liberated. by David Bohm

Who is Ethiopian?

By Sisay G.

Let’s talk the hard talk

With no simile or metaphor

Let’s talk the candid talk

Without sarcasm, satire or anecdote

. . .

ETV News(Amharic)

News, Analysis & Articles

“Red of the sea” Playing a strange game
Amen Teferi Jan 12, 2012, Eritrea is said to derive its name from the Greek word erythrea, meaning ‘red’. Historians tell us that it was coined from the famous Periplus of the Erythrean Sea. And Periplus of the Erythrean Sea is a trade or shipping manual written by a Greek-speaking ...

“የአስመራው ንጉስ” አጣሪ ቡድኑን ምን እያሉት ነው?
ጀማል አብደላ Jan 12, 2012- “… በአደባባይ ዕርቃኑን ወጥቷል፡፡ ሆኖም ዕርቃኑን መሆኑን የተገነዘበው አይመስልም ወይም ሊገነዘበው አይፈልግም—የኤርትራው የአንድ ሰው አገዛዝ…” ይላል ከመሰንበቻው አይጋ ፎረም በተሰኘው ድረ-ገጽ ...

States and Markets: Neoliberal Limitations and the Case for a Developmental State, By Meles Zenawi
Reference: A. Noman, K. Botchwey, H. Stein and J. E. Stiglitz, "Good Growth and Governance in Africa, Rethinking Development Strategies", pp. 140-174, Oxford University Press, Jan 2012, ISBN13: 9780199698561

Ethiopia Sale of State Assets Would Raise $7.6 Billion
Ethiopia’s government would raise 132 billion birr ($7.6 billion) if it sold the country’s five biggest state-owned companies to private investors, Access Capital SC said. The sale of Ethiopian Airlines Enterprises, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest carrier, Ethiopian Shipping Lines, Ethio Telecom, the Ethiopian Insurance Corp. and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia would generate funds...
... sometimes we wonder if the neoliberals or a.k.a "westerners" have already implanted the tools they will use once "disaster capitalism" reaches our country!. Otherwise, it will be interesting to read the full report by access capital to understand their logic! We hope the GTP is not considered our version of "Disaster Capitalism"?

Swedish journalists in Ethiopia to seek pardon
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two Swedish journalists convicted of supporting terrorism in Ethiopia say they will seek a pardon. Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson said "there's a tradition of pardoning and forgiving in Ethiopia and we choose to trust in this tradition."
It is sad but the reality is the pardon process has been cheapened! We are hoping against hope the government is indeed seeing a benefit to the nation by the whole exercise of pardon done over the last few years! We do not!. If the two gentle men had admitted their guilt from the get go,we are sure, the government would have found ways to release them. But they did not, they fought their case in court and lost. Now they want to ask for pardon with out serving the minimum!

Cursed like a Satan- Commentary on the One Man Government in Eritrea(Amharic)
(Mengesha Yohannes Jan 09, 2012)

Ethiopia’s Annual Inflation Rate Falls to 35.9% in December
Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Ethiopia’s annual inflation rate dropped to 35.9 percent in December as some food costs declined, the Central Statistical Agency said. Inflation slowed from 39.2 percent in November, the agency said in an e-mailed statement today from Addis Ababa, the capital. Prices rose 1.7 percent in the month, while food prices climbed 0.2 percent from November, even as the cost of some cereals and pulses eased, it said....
See Also: Ethiopia's state owned mining cooperation says it has discovered what would be the country's largest gold deposits worth more than $4 billion.

Response of Tigray National State Government to "summer wefri_tegaru programme".

The depressing New Year message for Eritreans and the Region
As we have pointed out last week, for the New Year, President Isaias Afeworki gave a lengthy briefing on a wide range of issues to his people. In addition to his marathon lecture on far-flung issues of the world at large, of little or no relevance to Eritreans’...
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A Week in the Horn (06.01.2012)

Bank Stops U.S. Money Transfers To Somalia, Risking Greater Instability
With millions of Somalis still reeling from the 2011 famine, the recent decision by the Minnesota-based Sunrise Community Banks to shut down its Somali remittance service... Sunrise’s decision came about because of fears of violating existent terrorist financing regulations. Even while upholding all compliance requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act –which requires financial institutions to assist with the detection and prevention of money laundering,
See Also: 
NBE to put in place system to combat money laundering, terrorism financing

Fog and complications within OLF raises false hope in Gimboat 7
Dilwenberu Nega 4th January 2012- If folly were grief every OLF supporter would weep. That would be your honest verdict if you had the misfortune of reading blurred and confused statements that was churned out by two groups both claiming to be Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). That the OLF has been on a downhill spiral ever since it walked out from the Transitional Government is an open secret. So, too, has been its relegation to the league of despicable quislings in the service of the fountainhead of terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

የስዊድንያኑ ጋዜጠኞች ቅጣት |ጫጫታ´ መንስዔዎች
ቶሎሳ Jan 4, 2012 - ምን ላይ ተጽፎ እንዳነበብኩት ለጊዜው አላስታውስም - ብቻ ክንዋኔው ከብዙ ዓመታት በፊት የተደረገ ነው፡፡ የደርጊቱ አፅመ - ታሪክም በአዕምሮዬ ማስታወሻ መዝገብ ላይ እንዲህ ተከትቦ ቀርቷል፡፡… |በአንዲት ሀገር ውስጥ የሚኖሩ ሰዎች ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ለመውጣት ይጠራራሉ፡፡

The Old New face of the Eritrean Propaganda Machinery,
Orion Daniel Jan 3, 2012 - Dear Max, Very Happy New Year 2012 and thank you Max and Stacy for being the voices of the voiceless 99%...on Tuesday 27/12/11, I watched the Keiser Report Episode No.228 that was aired at about GMT 21:30. I specifically refer to the interview you had with a certain self appointed "independent journalist" Thomas C. Mountain

Occupy Wall-Street, Two Schools of Liberalism,And The Great Renaissance Dam
Befekadu Wolde Jan 2, 2012 - Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a protest movement which was sparked by a simple call put out last summer by a Canadian group,...

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