Sunday, April 29, 2007

Red Cross: 7 Chinese, 2 other oil workers captured in eastern Ethiopia have been released.

Seven Chinese oil workers and two African civilians were released Sunday by an Ethiopian rebel group that attacked a Chinese oil exploration facility last week, a Red Cross spokesman said.

Patrick Megevand, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ethiopia, said the men were released at 2:30 p.m., but declined to provide any other details.

"They've been handed over to the ICRC," he said. The Red Cross was still in the process of transporting the men to a safe location to be turned over the Ethiopian and Chinese authorities, he added.

Officials at the Chinese embassy to Ethiopia said they could not provide any immediate information on the report. Ethiopian officials did not answer repeated phone calls.

The rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front, said last week that the group's leaders were in contact with the Red Cross to negotiate a handover of the workers. Rebel leaders were not immediately available for comment and usually provide statements by e-mail.

The front claimed responsibility for an attack on the Chinese-owned oil exploration field in eastern Ethiopia on April 24, killing 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese. The group said in a statement that six other Chinese workers "were removed from the battlefield for their own safety." Ethiopian and Chinese officials said seven Chinese workers were missing and there was no immediate explanation for the difference in numbers.

The ONLF said it would resume fighting after the Chinese workers were transferred to the Red Cross.

The rebels said again that no foreign company should try to work in the Ogaden region, a large state along the Somali border. The group says it is fighting for the region's right to self-determination.

The Chinese government has condemned Tuesday's attack and rejected the group's warning.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ethiopia attack 'leaves 74 dead'

Unidentified gunmen have killed at least 74 people in an attack on an oil field in Ethiopia's Ogaden region, the adviser to Minister Meles Zenawi, told AFP news agency..

Sixty-five Ethiopians and nine Chinese oil workers were killed in the incident early on Tuesday, an adviser to the prime minister told the BBC.

Besides those killed, seven Chinese workers were taken captive, he said.
The attack took place at an oil field in Abole, a small town about 120km from the state capital, Jijiga.

He accused the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), of being behind the attack.
There was no word from the group.

Fire fight

A Chinese oil worker said about 200 gunmen attacked the field.

The workers were employed by the Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, part of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Gunmen briefly took control of the field after a 50-minute fire fight with more than 100 soldiers protecting it, Mr Xu told the agency.

In recent years, China has been working to increase its influence and investment in Africa as it looks to secure energy supplies for the future.

No group has yet said it carried out the attack but the area is known for its often violent clan politics, the BBC's Amber Henshaw reports from Addis Ababa.

The ONLF has in the past made threats against foreign companies working with the Ethiopian government to exploit the region's natural resources.

The ONLF has been waging a low-level insurgency with the aim of breaking away from Ethiopia.

The incident will also step up tensions in the region which borders Somalia - where there are often clashes between Ethiopian troops and Islamists, our correspondent adds.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Milosevic and Melesovic: Parallel lives of the Serb and the African Tyrants

Milosevic and Melesovic: Parallel lives of the Serb and the African Tyrants

Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

April 15, 2007

If Plutarch lived in our days, he would not compose the Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, which gained immortality under the shorter title form of ‘Parallel Lives’; he would rather write a treatise on the Lives of the Lead European and African Tyrants, humiliating the entire Mankind for tolerating such criminals for too long.

Certainly his best couple of literary / political comparison would be formed by Slobodan Milosevic of the defunct Yugoslavia and Meles Zenawi of the dysfunctional, relic –like, ailing bogus ’Ethiopia’. Anticipating events and literary compositions, the oppressed peoples of today’s Abyssinia, the Oromos, the Sidamas, the Afars, the Ogadenis, and others, demand intellectual property rights as regards this thought.

Not well known beyond the borders of the Cemetery of Peoples – Ethiopia, the comparison is in common use in Finfinne, Awasa, Harar and other cities and villages of Abyssinia. There, all the people call Meles Zenawi as Melesovic, slightly altering the condemned Serb dictator’s name. Melesovic instead of Meles is not a figure of speech. It testifies to the total rejection of the criminal African tyrant by the entire population, the tyrannized masses of this vast Cenotaph.
At the same time, this attitude expresses their hope that the International Community will demonstrate the same concern for Humanity, the same sensitivity for Human Rights’ violations, the same reaction to inhuman practices as the International Court of Justice did in the case of the ruthless Serb. They still believe that allover the world Life has the same price, the same value, and the same principles.

I want to give space now to an Original African, a Great Oromo Intellectual, who reveals, through the lines of his Description, to readers from allover the world the deep feelings of anger and indignation shared by all Oromos, by all the oppressed peoples, throughout the Melesovic realm of dehumanizing criminality. Listen to Rundassa Eshete, Chairman of the US-based Oromian National Academy, and react!

Every moment Meles Zenawi, the so called African Melesovic, stays in power is a moment closer to Africa’s control by Ossama Bin Laden. Stop it!

Description of Meles Zenawi’s inhuman plans for Oromia

Dear Dr. Muhammad,

The Ethiopian wordsmith mostly resides in Amhara/Tigre, and has been adroitly itching them any time the issue of Oromo and Oromia comes up, regardless how much we the Oromians find their vocabularies irksome.

Not only us the Oromians, but the entire world knows that these two tribes of Habasha (Abyssinian) origin do not only control our countryside, our capital city Finfinnee, and numerous large cities such as Dirree Dhowa, Harar, Adama, Bishoftu, Ambo, Gobbaa etc but they also oppress our lives, our culture, our emotions and our entire national and physical entity, via their twisted politics and tricky nature.

So, regardless of how much some of us, the Oromians, attempt to contain our disgust against the Abyssinian colonization by remaining unmindful and unconcerned about all the jailing and the murder, which they have been committing against our own sisters, brothers and families, we always end up weakened by their usual deceitful practices in the face of those who do not know the nature of the Abyssinian cunning.

Here enters the “Tigre specialist in Cunning", roaring to the fray of this booty; as a the beast in the political landscape, he tells us in the same Abyssinian way that the Oromians are so happy because their language is spoken everywhere in Oromia. He does so, as if they gave us the right to speak our language, afaan Oromo, ever since they colonized our country Oromia in 1991.
The truth is that we, the Oromians, had our own language before the Abyssinian tribe, the Habashas, crossed the Red Sea into Africa, and we did practice Gadaa, our unique democratic system, until they came and destroyed it.

Hence, Tigre and Amhara are not in a position to give us the right to speak afaan Oromo or to live in Oromia; contrarily to their assumptions, they should humbly apply for citizenship in Oromia. We, the Oromians, did not invade the Tigre region, and we did not even think of preventing the Tigrians from speaking Tigrinya; nor did we go to Gondar, that smelly Amhara settlement, to prohibit Abyssinians from speaking their idiom that they have great difficulty in writing down. It is them who control Oromia and its entire cities; it’s them who extract and usurp our valuable resources, including diamonds, goldmines, coffee etc. How have they financed the Tigre Agazi army that keeps massacring the Oromo youth, while building at the same time immense jails and labyrinth-like prisons allover our soil?
Besides, it is them who shamelessly rob all our natural resources shipping them to their region, Tigre. How do they dare tell us that we must be happy with the right they assumed they gave us to speak afaan Oromo? The truth is, they should be happy and grateful every time their beggars in Finfinnee receive a coin from an Oromian.

We, the Oromians, were optimistic that some day the Abyssinians will realize that the world is about to become free, getting rid of tyrannies in the same way as the Czechoslovakians, and other Eastern European nations. It is true that around the world many peoples have guardedly become masters of their homelands without a war taking place. Unfortunately enough, our Tigre rulers dream of going further on; even beyond occupying Oromia, they intend to control Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti, and Eritrea. The reason for this is that Christian America and Britain are behind them, helping them repeat and extend what they have done over the past 130 years.
Our Abyssinian tribesmen could not get inspired by Mandela’s great decision to step down from power and let the nation elect whom ever they wanted to. What they are able to deliver is murder of thousands of people, and imprisonment of tens of thousands of people. As they fear the occurrence of the Rwanda type of massacres in this so-called Ethiopia, they are presently panicked. Under normal circumstances, anyone fearing to face mass massacres’ consequences has to definitely refrain from jailing, killing and ethnic cleansing. This rule however does not apply in the paranoid case of the Abyssinian tribe of Tigre.

These mischievous and evil-minded people reiterate their concerns for the Abyssinian refugees, but it is them who drove millions of Oromian refugees out of their homes, settlements, hamlets, villages, towns and cities; it’s them who put us at gunpoint. They talk about ‘Unity’ and ‘Nation-building’ but they represent 2% population of Tigri origin, ruling over 40 million Oromians. Worse, by massively exterminating the Oromo youth, they plan to reduce the overall Oromo population, and by dispossessing Oromian entrepreneurs from their businesses, they carry out an economic extinction program. Furthermore, they implement the old colonial ‘Divide et Impera’ prescription by creating a rift between parts of the Oromo nation, namely the Borana, the Guji, and the Karayyu and other oppressed nations of Abyssinia as the Afars.

Bear in mind that these mendacious and mean people dare claim that they gave the Oromo people the right to TV programs in afaan Oromo, when all people know that these programs are totally controlled by some scarce collaborators who act as their puppets. In fact, all radio and TV stations use Amharic as means of communication for no less than 99% of their emissions’ time. When falsely claiming that Oromos can speak afaan Oromo in today’s Abyssinia, they seem to forget that Oromians fear speaking afaan Oromo in Finfinnee today as m uch as they did during the Haile Selassie and Mangistu tyrannies.

The only difference that exists between the Haile Sslassie and the present Tigrian ruler is that Haile Selassie stole US $ 11 billion, safely storing them on his Geneva bank account, whereas an Meles is currently looting the entire Oromia; along with his fellow tribesmen, they pinch all booty they can from Oromia to build hospitals, universities, and even an international airport back in the wasteland of their Tigre region.

True, during Haile Selassie era, no one heard of the term Oromia; today we do hear the name, yet this is a premeditated trickery. The term " Oromia" is only used by the Tigrians to outset their Amhara rivals from power, and this occurred when the Tigre regime allowed Oromians’ emotion to surface for a while, so the the Tigre regime benefits targeted temporary gains. This was a tactics initially used by the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic – and for this reason we prefer to rename Meles Zenawi, our dictator, as Melesovic!

So, the egg shell of the current Tigre dictatorship in Ethiopia simply burst open at a breakneck speed, making of them the most discredited liars of the 21st century. In any event, the twisting and the lie about how much the Abyssinians love us, the Oromians, is nothing new in the never ending shifting of global politics under which they have had to prostitute themselves solely to control the Oromo nation.

In what seemed to be a wink of an eye, all those who colonized the Oromo Nation and Oromia, can change their words and this is how we recognize that they are Professional Liars; they can even arrange a ceremony out of it and even receive honorary degrees from their partners’ university the supposedly academic and impartial "Harvard".

Furthermore, the West not only helps them, financing their bullets that they use to kill innocent school kids, but also advices them how to become perspicuously devilish politicians able to deal with any internal and external problems by circumspectly analyzing the situation.
And, indeed, who could deny the fact that politics requires lying, jailing, and murdering? Nonetheless, this lightening-sped scenery of political maneuvering reduced dramatically the Abyssinian collective memory, as they seem to have forgotten their long-lasting starvation over the 1980s to duly enjoy the lavish, ceremonious gala reception offered in honour of Melesovic’s daughter upon the accomplishment of her Secondary Education studies! This was part of the ‘politically correct’ for a starving and oppressed country ruled by the Abyssinian dictator.
As it happened at the times of Haile Selassie’s generals, an Oromo turned collaborator and butcher of other Oromos may still be rewarded and promoted to General. This is true, and reflects the way the Abyssinian rulers thank an apostate who may have executed numerous criminal tasks against his own nation. This guy may even wave a stick in his hand with pride, while the emotionally inebriated Tigrians in Oromia lift him up in the air in earnest, much like what people do in America during the Super Bowl Sunday to the coach of the winning team! But this does not mean that the Oromians are free of Living Death and Jailed life that the Tigre invading tribe brought upon them.

Incidentally, what we are watching in Abyssinia is this American Sunday impending football ritual described above live on TV, in action. And, of course, this happens to be the day when the raging hormones and all the male adrenaline are rushed to be unloaded towards their female counterparts in the form of physical and sexual abuses, so say the experts. But that is totally a different story for another day.

As I attempted to describe what inhuman plan Melesovic and his tribe are carrying out in Oromia, it can be easily deduced that it is not about bringing Democracy and Justice to anyone; it rather consists in the drawing of a better marked line between them and the rest of us, so that they feel free to retaliate and kill without reason. It is all about addressing bestial emotions’ needs.

These Abyssinian circles are so intertwined with Hate, concepts of Tribal Superiority, and Ambition for Domination that anyone suspected to go against them is immediately enmeshed; consequently, the objective analysis of any political event becomes a very difficult task, as the events are hard to discern and penetrate.

In fact, we need no one to tell us about the honeymooning practices of Melesovic and Hitler whose savagery actions were both abruptly blown out of proportion, with the only exception that the latter were carried out in 1930s - 40s Germany, whereas the former are currently underway in Oromia, Eastern Africa.

Finally, whenever I encounter any Abyssinian telling the world that they love the Oromo Nation, finding this attitude as insulting and deceitful, I shudder to reflect to my listeners my apprehension about their sincerity.

Knowing how angry the Oromians are, I hope they will get rid of their oppressor soon, forming their independent state of Oromia that will be governed by their own traditional African democratic system, the Gadaa.

Rundassa Eshete

Chairman of the Oromian National Academy

"Today, there is no peace, stability, democracy and rule of law in Ethiopia"

Ethiopian MP calls for intl probe on human rights situation in Oromia

April 12, 2007

To: European Union, UNO, USA Congress, Human Rights Watches, Amnesty International, ICRC, and UNHCR.

Dear Sirs:

I am writing you behalf of the Oromo Parliamentary Group. The Oromo Parliamentary Group (OPG) is made up of Oromo members of Ethiopia federal parliament and the parliament of the regional sate of Oromia and as representative of Oromo people and Ethiopian people as whole. We had high hopes and aspiration that by participating in the legal political forum of Ethiopia we would contribute to the democratisation process and bring stability, peace and development. It was with strong belief that the constitution will be respected and supremacy of law will prevail, that we decided to join the legal political system.

Following assurances by the international community, particularly the European Union and USA government. We took this courageous decision of trying to secure the legitimate rights of our suffering population through the ballot box mostly because of the urging of the international community.

Although we were discouraged by the experience of gross violations of human rights that we witnessed on the ground, we belied the advice of the international community that participation in the legal political process offered the best way to win the rights of our population who have been facing massive violations of human rights.

Our hope was that we would be able to use our presence and position in the parliament to speak against violations of the political, economic, and social rights of our population. Although many of the ordinary citizens who spoke against these violations ended up in detention, where they routinely faced torture, we believed our parliamentary immunity would spare us from facing a similar fate.

Today, there is no peace, stability, democracy and rule of law in Ethiopia. The regime carried out mass killing of civilians, thousands are detained for long period without charges and tortured, tens of thousands are forced to flee their country fearing harassment and intimidation. An elected member of the federal parliament was killed in Arsi Nagell, the others are tortured, and 10 of Oromo parliamentarians are forced to flee the country Dr. Getachew Jigi, Abiyot Kabada, Tshome Badhasa, Gizanyi Baqala, Tafara Legasa, Caala Baqala, Labata Fufa, Siraji Husen, Akasa Keesi, Ms. Sara Mamo.

The international community that gave us assurances to partake in the election is today not ready to defend us now when we are clearly become victim of so called democracy. Our families live under constant terror.

Having no means to provide them the support they need, with out any defence from world community for there lives. As a result the millions of voters who voted us into parliament and tens millions our supporters are being disenfranchised. The people in Ethiopia believed in Western pronouncements about respect for human rights, democracy, good governance, and accountability. But as these ideals are flagrantly violated in broad daylight, the international community remains silent.

I am appeal to you to kindly request your assistance in facilitating the holding of a hearing at the European Union, UNO, USA congress, Human Rights Watches, Amnesty international to look into the desperate situation of Oromo parliamentarians and the human rights situation in Ethiopia in general and in Oromia regional state in particular. It is my sincere hope our appeal will be favourably received.


Dr. Getachew Jigi Demeksa MP, Chairman of Oromo Parliamentary Group

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Guyyaa Gootota Oromoo Caamsaa15 ilaalchisee ibsa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo Irraa darbe.

Guyyaa: 14 Caamsaa 2007 Lakk: 02/ABO/07

Guyyaan gootata Oromoo calaqqisa kaayyoo bilisummaa, tokkummaa fi qabsoo Oromooti.

Caamsaa 15, guyyaa goota Oromoo, barana yeroo 24ffaaf kabajanna. Addi Bilisummaa Oromoo,
guyyaa burqaa mallattoo murannoo saba keenyaa fi hamilee sabboonummaa ta’e kana kabaja
ol’anaan simata. Qabsaawotaa fi ummata bal’aa Oromootiinis baga geessan jedha.

Caamsaan 15, guyyaa gootota Oromiyaa, walabummaa Oromiyaa mirkaneesuuf wareegamaniiti.
Kanaaf guyyaa kayyoo kanas walumaan itti yaadannuu fi itti wal yaadachiifnu, akkasumas, balaa
irraa ittisuuf itti of qopheessinu.

Kana qofaa miti, guyan kun guyyaa calaqqisa sabbonummaa Oromooti. Guyyaa Ilmaan
Oromiyaa daangaa garaagarummaa diinootni dura danqaran caccabsanii akeekaa fi biyya tokkichaaf walii wajjiin xoofoo du’aa itti unatanidha . Kanaaf, guyyaa nutis faana isaanii buunee gurmuu tokkummaa Oromoo tiksuuf qooda nu irra eegamu bahuuf kakuu keenya haaromsinudha.

Tarees, guyyaa hammeenya sirna bittaa alagaa nu yaadachiisuu. Qabsoo malee bilisummaan,
wareegama malee injifatnoon, karaa qaxxaamuraan dhufu matumaa akka hinjirre jabeessee nu
qalbifachiisa. Kanaaf guyaa, biyya abbaa keenyaa qabsoon deeffachuuf falmaa seenne ciminaan
ittifufuuf caalaatti itti wal hamilchinu.

Akkanaan, guyyaa yaadannoo waggaa kanaa kan kabajannu , dhugaalee olitti tuqataman irratti
hundoofnee, akeekni goototni keenyaa arsaa ta’aniif akka bakka gahuuf har’as akkuma kaleessaa, Oromiyaa Walaba !, Qabsoo ! , Tokkummaa ! sagaleellee jedhan ol fuunee dhageessisuun ta’a.

Addi Bilisummaa Oromoos dhadannoolee kana qabatee, har’as Oromiyaa bilisa Mirkaneessuuf,
tokokkumaa Oromoo cimsuuf, qabsoo sirna bittaa kolonummaa ittifufuuf, waadaa seene guyyaa
haromsu dha. Gucci bilisummaa Oromiyaa goototni keenya qabsiisan hanga galma gahutti akka
hin dhaamne arsaa feesisu basuufis qophii ta’uu hubachiisa. Miseensootni isaa fi ummatni bal’aan Oromoos, galatni gootota keenyaa akka hin badne, wareegamni isaanis akka ija godhatu qabsoo itti jiran jabinaan akka ittifufan waamicha dabrsa.

Qabsoon Ittifufa! Injifatnoon Ni Dhufa!

Oromiyaan Ni Bilisoomti!

Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo

Friday, April 13, 2007

Ethiopia in Somali 'genocide' row

By Robert Walker BBC News

A member of Somalia's transitional government has accused Ethiopian troops in the capital Mogadishu of committing genocide since arriving in December.

Ethiopia dismissed Mr Aideed's comments as an absolute fabrication.
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands forced to flee since Ethiopian troops arrived in Mogadishu.

The Ethiopians arrived at the request of the transitional government, to oust the Islamist militia that was then in control.

Swelling ranks

The comments of Hussein Aideed underline not only the deep divisions within Somalia's transitional government but also the strength of opposition in the Somali capital to the Ethiopian forces backing it.

Mr Aideed is a former warlord and an influential member of the Hawiye clan - the dominant clan in Mogadishu.

His comments calling on the Ethiopians to leave signal his effective defection from the government to join the swelling ranks of the opposition.

Ethiopia sent its troops into Somalia last year to help the interim government drive out the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) - the Islamist movement that had taken control of the capital and much of the south of Somalia.

But the armed opposition to Ethiopian forces now goes beyond the remnants of the UIC.
It includes militias from the Hawiye clan - and they are supported by a groundswell of popular anger towards the Ethiopians.

Many in Mogadishu are opposed to any foreign military presence - and view neighbouring Ethiopia in particular as a longstanding rival.

An offensive by Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu last month has only increased that opposition.
Hundreds were killed and tens of thousands more were forced to flee in some of the heaviest fighting since the central government collapsed 16 years ago.

Source:BBC News

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ethiopia admits terror detentions

By Amber Henshaw BBC News, Addis Ababa

Ethiopia's government has admitted that it detained 41 "terror suspects" who were captured in neighbouring Somalia.

The ministry of foreign affairs said the detainees were from 17 countries including America, Canada and Sweden.

It is the first time the government has admitted that it is holding the foreigners, defending the action as part of the "global war on terror".

Ethiopia denied the detainees had been held incommunicado. It says five have been released, with 24 more to follow.

US ally
Some of the detainees were picked up in Somalia by Ethiopian troops fighting alongside Somalia's transitional government against a radical Islamist group at the end of last year.
Others were deported from Kenya, where many Somalis have fled continued fighting.

"This real and concrete struggle is being conducted against local and international terrorism in Somalia... in the course of this confrontation, suspected international terrorists have been and are still being captured by the joint forces of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and Ethiopia," the ministry said in a statement.

Last month, Human Rights Watch accused Kenya of secretly expelling people, Ethiopia of making dozens "disappear" and US security agents of routinely interrogating people held incommunicado.

In recent years, Ethiopia has been a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda, which has been trying to sink roots among Muslims in the Horn of Africa.

In a statement, the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs said 12 of the 41 people would remain in custody and would appear before court on 13 April.

Human rights fears

One of those is a 24-year-old American, Amir Meshal.
His lawyer, Jonathan Hafetz, told the BBC Mr Meshal had not had access to legal advice in Ethiopia.

He is concerned about Mr Meshal facing court in Ethiopia, which he said had a horrific human rights record.

Mr Hafetz said his client should be freed and sent home immediately.

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Ethiopia said it had not been granted access to any of the detainees, despite having tried for the last month.

The Ethiopian government denied that any of the people had been held in secret jails or incommunicado.

"Nothing has been done in secret," the statement said. "All legal procedures are being followed, and the suspected terrorists have been allowed to appear before the relevant court of law."

Source:BBC NEWs

Saturday, April 07, 2007

War-crimes claims emerge against Ethiopia, Somalia govt.

European diplomats said Thursday that they were investigating whether Ethiopian and Somali government forces committed war crimes last week during heavy fighting that killed more than 300 civilians. In some of the country’s bloodiest fighting of the past 15 years, Ethiopian and Somali forces clashed with bands of rebels. It reduced blocks of buildings in Mogadishu to smoldering rubble. Many residents have complained to human-rights groups, saying the government used excessive force and indiscriminately shelled their neighborhoods.

In the past week, human rights groups have been urging someone to look into the issue of civilian casualties. The Somali Diaspora Network, an American-based advocacy group, accused the transitional government and Ethiopian forces of “collective punishment” and genocide.

Several analysts said they believed Ethiopian forces overreacted in the fighting last week.
A war crimes case could fracture the thin veneer of legitimacy bestowed upon Somalia’s interim government by the United Nations and African Union. Ever since the provisional authority took control of Mogadishu with Ethiopian and US help in late December, it has struggled to pacify the city and win popular support. But so far, the government has failed to deliver the same level of stability that an Islamist administration brought during its brief reign last year.

Main Source: New York Times