The Ethiopian government, once again, found itself embarrassed in front of the whole world after the unedited raw video material it staged to use as evidence against two Swedish journalists with terrorism charges has landed at the hands of a Swedish Television Network – SVT.
The Addis Ababa based Opposition leader Dr. Merera Gudina called Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi’s latest “terror list” a joke and unconstructive for solving the nation’s political problems.
Zenawi’s list has five militant groups: Somalia’s al-Shabab, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), the Diaspora based Ginbot 7 and the international radical group al-Qaeda.
As the U.N. famine warning center issues urgent reports that millions of Ethiopians are once again starving in the Somali populated Ogaden, the International Committee of the Red Cross publishes a statement that the Ethiopian government has denied the Red Cross an operating permit to carry out relief work in the region.
Blocking the Red Cross from relief work somewhere is almost unheard of yet, when it comes to Ethiopia – headed by the G-20 “statesman” Meles Zenawi – this is business as usual.
For the past four years all aid agencies, including the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and U.N. relief agencies, have been blocked by the Ethiopian military from feeding starving people in Ogadenia. There are millions of starving people, maybe as many as 6 million, though no one can say for sure because no one is allowed into the region. Continue reading West Funds Full Blown Genocide in Ethiopia→
A joint undercover investigation by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered evidence that the Ethiopian government is using billions of dollars of development aid as a tool for political oppression.
Posing as tourists the team of journalists travelled to the southern region of Ethiopia. There they found villages where whole communities are starving, having allegedly been denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
The investigation has also gathered evidence of mass detentions, the widespread use of torture and extra-judicial killings by Ethiopian government forces. Yet Western donors including Britain – which is the third largest donor to Ethiopia – stand accused of turning a blind eye by continuing to provide aid money despite being warned about the abuses. Continue reading Ethiopia Using Aid as Weapon of Oppression→
In a statement, the group said the historic moment that had fulfilled the dreams of the South Sudanese people was the outcome of their determination and struggle.
“The people of Ogaden have followed closely the legitimate struggle of the people of South Sudan and welcome the birth of the South Sudan Republic as a positive event in Africa’s history. The struggle of the people of South Sudan was not easy. It required patience and sacrifice”, it said.