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Have you noticed that the Ethiopian Currency does not have a symbol? Then it is about time we have one.
Please read the description and see the proposed symbol at the following link and vote as necessary.
Link ----- http://goo.gl/uaBgQ
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“A pregnant woman who only gave birth to a child during the night was thrown out on the street the following morning along with her mattress and child who is just a few hours old (neonate). Pregnant Amara women have been forced to flee their homes. Many children as young as 8 months of age have been locked up in prison along with their lactating mothers and they have nothing to eat or drink thereby suffering from hunger. A farmer who individually was able to own as many as 3000 tree plants of coffee, avocado, mango, papaya and banana has been forced to leave behind everything and flee. Those farmers who had many bee hives and had engaged in poultry and dairy farm had to leave behind all their wealth. All these Amara farmers were told by the local authorities, "you cannot take along with you anything". Armed government officials threaten the Amara farmers with imprisonment on false charges. After confiscating and tearing into pieces identity cards of these Amara farmers, the local government authorities have subsequently accused these Amara farmers of travelling without an identity card and roughed them up and subjected them to suffering”.
Excerpt taken from appeal letter (dated 27 March 2012) written by the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) chairman Hailiu Shawel to prime minister Meles Zenawi regarding the forced eviction and deportation of 78000 Amharas from Bench-Maji in southern Ethiopia.
Hereafter I reproduce personal Testimony of an Amara who has been forcibly displaced in a draconian measure that amounts to ethnic cleansing from Gura Ferda district in southern Ethiopia. It is based on an interview a VOA (voice of America) reporter conducted with the victim by telephone.
“Amaras have been put or squeezed into a grain sack and subsequently beaten by the local officials. These Amaras were forced to feed on sand. They were yoked like draught animals and subsequently beaten. One person who was beaten in such manner has been incapacitated so much that he cannot stand anymore and he is now under treatment in hospital”.
The houses of the displaced people, along with all belongings of the displaced Amhara peasants, were set on fire by the TPLF regime on the eve of the Ethiopian Easter so that these peasants may not have any reason to return to their houses by way of collecting or selling their properties.
Ethiopia’s ruler Meles Zenawi recently sentenced foreign and domestic journalists to harsh and long-term prison with tramped up charges and tailor-made ‘anti-terrorism’ laws meant to stifle opposition.
Unless the process is stopped, Yidnek Haile - a student currently studying at the University of Manchester - will be deported from the UK on Thursday 22 December 2011, spending this Christmas and many Christmases to come in the brutal environment of an Ethiopian jail. His crime? Using Skype.
Yidnek was a student leader in Ethiopia, and came to the attention of the government in 2004 after leading protests against university authorities about the poor treatment of students.
Since that time, he has been arrested three times and suffered serious physical mistreatment. On the most recent occasion, a police informer came into the Internet café where Yidnek works. He saw Yidnek using Skype, and showing others how Skype works.
Although many people working for the government use Skype with impunity in Ethiopia, the police used the country's draconian telecommunications laws to claim that Yidnek was running an illegal phone service that sought to compete with the state's monopoly.
Learning that the police were going to proceed with this prosecution and would ensure a lengthy jail sentence for him, Yidnek claimed asylum while attending a conference in the UK.
While awaiting the outcome of his asylum application, Yidnek lived in an asylum hostel in Salford and has been undertaking voluntary work with his local church, with an HIV/AIDS charity, and with a refugee support charity. In September 2011, he began studying part-time for a Masters degree at the University of Manchester, helped by a scholarship that waived fees in recognition of his situation.
He has been living on £35 per week of food vouchers; walking the four miles from his home to attend his lectures because he cannot afford the bus fare. On 14 December, he was detained by the UK Border Agency, told his asylum application (Home Office ref: H1221584) was refused, and transported to Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre, with his deportation flight already arranged.
Yet additional evidence is still being produced to support his claim; the latest of which was a medical examination in respect of his mistreatment while in custody in Ethiopia.
This is a response of adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, adoptees, and others with an interest and concern in the international adoption programs with Ethiopia to the formal statement issued by the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) on their web site on March 7, 2011 and their launch of a “Emergency Campaign” on their blog on March 8, 2011.
Last week the Ethiopian Ministry of Women’s, Children's, and Youth Affairs announced their intention to reduce intercountry adoptions by 90% beginning March 10, 2011.
The Ministry’s plan for a dramatic reduction is apparently based on two primary issues;
1) the assumption that corruption in intercountry adoption is systemic and rampant and;
2) the Ministry’s resources should be focused on the children for whom intercountry adoption is not an option.
Please make sure you check out our full campaign at http://betheanswerforchildren.wordpress.com/.
Ethiopia is an historical place & it is a place of d/t nations & nationalities... but it has lost many things including its productive population by the 1930's Italian trial of colonization, but thanks to our hero's the attempt is not successful.... but during this time Italy harmed many things so it should compensate that loss now.
For years, the Ethiopian government has perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity against Somalis living in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia under the pretext of cracking down on the Ogaden National Liberation Front and fighting terrorism. Please consider signing this petition to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to use her influence to help bring an end to these egregious human rights crimes against the Ogadeni people. Please include your full name, city, and state.
This petition is being circulated by the Horn Institute of Peace and Social Justice in St. Paul, Minnesota.
For years, the Ethiopian government has perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity against Somalis living in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia under the pretext of cracking down on the Ogaden National Liberation Front and fighting terrorism.
Please consider signing this petition to Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, demanding an end to these egregious human rights crimes against the Ogadeni people. Please include your full name, city, and country, and if you live in the United States, please also include your state.
This petition is being circulated by the Horn Institute of Peace and Social Justice in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Children Of Ethiopia are in trouble. Ethiopia, one of the poorest country in the world is failing its orphans and poor children.
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website encapsulates the whole adoption problem in Ethiopia in detail and backed by facts and numbers.
Well-informed sources have told the Schuster Institute that recent trends in Ethiopia’s international adoptions strongly suggest an increase in corruption. In the past, these have been signs that a country’s adoption system is shifting from “white” to “gray”—that is, from a well-regulated humanitarian effort dedicated to the children’s welfare, to a business that is taking children from living families in order to gain profits from Western adoption fees.
These signs include:
Rapidly expanding numbers of children being adopted internationally. For Ethiopia, the numbers of children sent in adoption climbed from a total of 262 in 2002 to more than 2520 in 2007—a tenfold expansion in five years.1 Similar increases have been seen in adoptions to other Western nations. This expansion outpaces regulators’ ability to oversee the system.
More than a dozen Western countries and several thousand prospective families waiting for Ethiopian children. Such high “demand,” combined with the possibility of earning a year’s income in adoption fees per child, can tempt unscrupulous locals to procure children for adoption at all costs.
Rapidly increasing numbers of adoption agencies working in the country, including: agencies that don’t have longstanding ties to the country or its child welfare efforts, and agencies not licensed by the Ethiopian government (as required) that are partnering or “umbrella’ing” with other agencies to serve clients.
Change in demographic profile of the children being adopted from the older children orphaned by their parents’ AIDS, TB, malaria, or other illnesses (the profile of the orphaned children already in the Ethiopian child welfare system); and
to healthy young female infants (who often turn out to have been solicited for the birth families specifically for the adoption trade).
In 2007, according to the DHS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics Table 12, of the 1200 orphan visas from Ethiopia issued by the US, one-third—396—were for infants under one year of age, who are statistically less likely to be orphaned. Another one-third, or 430, were between the ages of one and four years.
Fraud on the children’s documents about such facts as their real ages and whether they were abandoned or relinquished by families.
In other countries, all these have been signals that children were being bought, defrauded, coerced, or kidnapped away from their birth families.
FLY AWAY CHILDREN
A powerful documentary exposing the dark side of adoption presented by Mr Adrew Gehogen , a reporter for Foreign Correspondent a ABC Australia TV Network popular program.
According to the documentary:
Some adopting parents suspect or discover the new child they’ve taken in is not an orphan as they’d been assured. The child may also have a litany of health problems that has been covered up by corrupt officials.
Also many ‘relinquishing’ Ethiopian parents or carers may have been duped into giving up their children through a heartless process called ‘harvesting’ and can’t hope to re-establish contact with them. A group of grieving mothers who have given up their children for international adoption gather at an orphanage to tell their stories. All claim they were told by adoption agencies they would receive regular information about the whereabouts and well being of their children, but have heard nothing.
This petition is for the attention of:
US State Department
Hope For Children
Human Capital Foundation
Christian International Adoption Agency
NAIROBI, 10 June 2009 (IRIN) - At least five Somali journalists have been killed and dozens more have left the capital, Mogadishu, this year, after receiving death threats - creating the spectre that some, if not all, independent media may close down due to lack of staff. There are 11 independent radio stations and two TV stations in the city.
"We are in a very difficult and dangerous situation. We are being forced to choose between reporting on what is happening and our lives," Hamdi Kadiye, an executive member of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUJOS), told IRIN.
The killing on 7 June of the Radio Shabelle director Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe has added to pressure on journalists in the capital.
"All we do is cover the story. We don’t side with any group, but the fighting groups want to silence us to make sure no one hears or sees the suffering they are causing," she added.
She said many journalists had left because "they no longer felt they could carry out their duties".
She admitted that Somalia's story may be lost in the process, but said: "You cannot ask someone to continue when you know their life is in serious danger."
Since late 2006, when Ethiopian troops backing the Transitional Federal Government ousted the Union of Islamic Courts, dozens of Somali journalists have been killed, five of them this year alone, or forced into exile due to the ongoing fighting in the capital.
Ali Sheikh Yassin, deputy chairman of the Mogadishu-based Elman Human Rights Organisation (EHRO), told IRIN that journalists were in even "more danger now than at any time in the past".
He said harassment and intimidation of journalists had increased this year. "We get reports of journalists getting anonymous calls and SMSs [text messages] threatening them."
Residents of Mogadishu who have been affected by the recent fighting....
If this trend of journalists being killed or forced to flee continued, many independent media would be shut down, he added.
"Unfortunately, many of the radio stations and even the TV stations will close for lack of staff. There is a real danger that the independent media will be no more," said Yassin.
That would be a catastrophe for the Somali people and particularly for the people of Mogadishu, he said, adding that the fighting groups could achieve their aim. "They are keen to keep the world from knowing the crimes being committed and the humanitarian disaster their actions and activities are creating."
A civil society activist, who requested anonymity, told IRIN that both sides in the conflict were worried and afraid that the media reports would be used against them "if they are made to appear in court to answer to their actions".
He added: "Thousands have been killed or maimed. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes. Someone has to eventually take responsibility for that."
If journalists left and the independent media ceased to exist, there would be no one to tell the story of those suffering in the camps, in their homes and in hospitals, he said. "They are not only killing and starving the people, now they will make sure no one knows about it."
Ogaden; people without hope, who have been maimed by oppressed regimes of Ethiopia in last 2 centuries. Ogadenis who live in the horn of Africa were ceded to Ethiopia's haile salase by British colony in 1942-48. FROM THAT TIME they are denied their basic life.
Below is attached a brief documentation on cultural relations between Mexico and Ethiopia:
"In the collective memory of the Mexican people, still on remeberance the historic visit that the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I made to Mexico in June 1954, gaining the affection and admiration of all who had the opportunity to meet him personally.
This friendly relationship between the two nations came when Ethiopia was attacked by the the Benito Mussulini's fascist forces in 1935, Mexico remains one of the few countries
standing up in the Ethiopia's cause within the congress then called the League of Nations, all this under the legal representation of the Mexican diplomatic Isidro Fabela.
At that time, the Mexican nation ruled by Lázaro Cárdenas ,who showed under him at the time, the firm stance of the nation over the defense of human rights and world peace.
Since that historic visit, between Mexico and Ethiopia, relations were established not only fiendly relationship, but as well as cultural exchanges caried out by the Ethiopian-Mexican Relation Institute. In adition a puclic school was created with name Ethiopia, aslo build was The Ethiopia Plaza, now reduced to a station on the Line 3 of the Mexico City Train Service, wherein June 22 1954 the Emperor unveiled a plaque, that for some strange reasons the where abouts are unkonw at this present time. "(Pive Dread)
Thank EU For Helping Our Country Eritrea. We really are Happy and thank the EU For Helping Our Country Eritrea.
The European Commission is considering giving Development Aid to Eritrea.
For this to happen we urge all Eritreans and Eritrea Loving People to show their support.
We, Oromo and other citizens of Ethiopia, demand that the Ethiopian government allow Jimma Times to have license for its independent Afaan Oromo newspaper in Ethiopia.
We are very disturbed about rumors and stories in Finfinne that Jimmaa Times has not been given license despite filing application for many months. The fact that the only Afaan Oromo newspaper in Ethiopia is still the government controlled “Bariisaa” newspaper once again shows how Oromo people CONTINUE to be marginalized and oppressed in the country!!
According to the habesha/Orthodox calendar, it was in the year 1999 that oppressed people of the country saw the Jimma Times website become a rare Ethiopia-based media that is independent, allowing diverse views and news. It would be another BIG mistake by the Ethiopian regime to ban the country’s first independent newspaper that would also distribute News in the ONLY language 35 million Oromo people understand.
Unlike some other newspapers in Ethiopia that are established by politicians, all friends of the newspaper know that the Jimma Times newspaper is owned by NON-Political businessmen and philanthropists. Despite the undemocratic and restrictive nature of the country’s “Press Law,” it is more depressing to witness even newspapers planning to obey the “Press Law” are being denied license by the government!
We, the undersigned, demand the regime to stop denying the Jimaa Times workers their basic rights and to grant them their license as soon as possible!
Ethiopia is one of the horn of africa countries that has encountered great political animosity with somalia since immorial. infact there is great enemity of history between somalia and ethiopia.
In that respect the presence of ethiopian troops in somalia will not cure the problem of somalia but inrease the political turmoil in the country.
This millennium petition is inspired by the unity of Ethiopians following the massacre of 65 Ethiopians by the ONLF rebels and by our courage to face numerous other rebels who are ready to massacre Ethiopians instead of joining the peaceful opposition parties inside the current Ethiopian parliament.
This petition is motivated by a dwindling but surviving hope that international watch dogs are able to one day re-evaluate what role they are playing in the progress of democracy and freedom of press in Ethiopia.
19. Free the Ogaden
A petition concerning the killing of Ogaden people and their rights for freedom.
Please visit ogaden.com for more info.
Five Europeans who were touring the northern remote region, along with eight Ethiopians, were kidnapped 12 days ago and now some of them are found in the neighboring country- Eritrea. The Europeans worked in the British embassy in Ethiopia and after a threat of diplomatic isolation against Eritrea; the Eritrean government has finally freed the European hostages.
Twelve days after the regional officials indicated that Eritrean soldiers kidnapped and took the hostages to an Eritrean military camp; fortunately, the release of the five Europeans became a successful campaign on March 13 and the hostages were found in Eritrea. But sadly, the eight Ethiopian civilians are STILL being held. It is the duty of everyone to be the voice of the voiceless Ethiopian hostages and help them get free.
Sources of the kidnapping;
As the two countries have already had a devastating war that killed more than 70,000 people between 1998 and 2002, it is extremely important that we avoid another war and demand for the peaceful release of the Ethiopian hostages. Let us not keep quiet as another dangerous war threatens the two nations. We need a peaceful solution for this disaster. Please appeal to the Eritrean government to release the rest of the hostages and free the Ethiopians!
ALL ETHIOPIANS worldwide and those concerned please JOIN the British citizens in Ethiopia who are planning to hold a night vigil on Thursday March 15, 2007 for the release of the Ethiopian hostages.
Also please organize vigil night for the innocent Ethiopians in your neighborhood on Saterday night March 17 and also contact local authorities to pressure for the release of Ethiopians. The life & safety of our Ethiopian brothers and sisters should be treated equal to any European hostages and be freed as soon as possible.
The Unites States has broken its diplomatic relations with Eritrea as a punishment for the Eritrean government’s assistance to terrorist organizations in Southern Somalia. So please contact the Eritrean embassy in OTHER countries or contact your local papers & leaders to plea for innocent hostages’ release and safety.
This petition is not for ANY political party in Ethiopia, in Eritrea or in anywhere. In fact, this petition REJECTS the use of politics on the lives of innocent Ethiopian hostages who were just doing their jobs for the embassy & as tour guides. Politics was AVOIDED for the sake of the European hostages' safety, now we ask for the SAME careful treatment of our people as the innocent Ethiopians are EQUALLY valuable to all Ethiopians around the world. We demand that all sides avoid dangerous politics and avoid risking the safety of innocent Ethiopians.
We, the undersigned, call on the UN to help Release Our leaders Now.
June 10, 2006
The Da Vinci Code movie presents as the historical Jesus someone who is not recognisable in the Biblical record.
In essence, it is attempting to undermine the authenticity of that very record, and the judgement of those who received it. Remarkably, the Graeco-Roman dominant Church of that day elected to view itself as descended from the 'barbarian' heritage of Israel rather than from its own European heritage.
Just as Marcion sought to establish a Euro-centric canon of Scripture by excluding texts which he saw as full of 'barbarian' (non-European/Hebrew) influences, so the Da Vinci Code is a neo-Marcionite attempt to promote the Euro-centric (Hellenist rather than Hebrew) neo-Gnosticism that is always fashionable among those who consider themselves the children of Athens rather than of Jerusalem.
The true message of the canonical Gospels is that Jesus Christ is at once God and Man, eternal and temporal. A Gnostic faith may indeed deny the significance of the temporal in order to excuse deeds done in history that orthodoxy would label as sins. St. Paul addresses this matter in Romans chapters 5 through 8.
It seems as though the Western world is seeking some kind of metaphysical ground for what it has already accepted in practice: freedom from the bounds of the moral wisdom that has been promoted in the church for centuries.
Stop the Crackdown on Democracy by the Ethiopian Government!