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Thursday, January 15, 2015

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In Sidama, baby names are given based on:
1. An event that happens when the baby is born. eg. Jilo: A baby born during feast. Fichcho: A baby/girl born during fichee celebration.
2. A month or day in which a baby is born. eg. Ammajje: A baby born in February. Dikkaashe:A girl born on a day of Dikko.
3. A time that a baby is born. eg. Beeddakko: A girl born during night hours. Agana: A baby born during a full moon time.
4. A wish of parents. eg. Ararso:A baby who arbitrate a dispute between parties. Dureette: a rich, baby girl.
5. Past events: eg. Riqiwa: a baby born after loss of a child.
6. Character or nature of a child. eg. Amalao: A baby that makes trouble. Fayo: a beautiful girl. Danbowa: a tiny baby.
7. Association with things that are loved. eg. Sunkurta: an aromatic fragrant smelling garden plant. Furra: legendary sidama woman.
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The Following are few of native Sidama names, some with their meaning in English. As we go forward, more names and more corresponding name meanings will be added to this site.

Addato(Gender=Male, Meaning=who is bold in his actions (see Addata(v) )
Adula(Gender=Male, Meaning=broker, one who acts as an intermediary)
Agana(Gender=Male, Meaning=The Moon)
Agansa( Gender=Male, Meaning= Shining gentle light/moon light; Agansa(v)(i.e. Xawisa) means to create Moon light-like effect)
Agata (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Aggaaro(Gender=Male, Meaning= Back up)
Aliito (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
ALTO (Gender=Male, Meaning = blessing)
Amajje(Gender=Male, Meaning=February, usually name given to a baby which born in February)
Amalo (Gender=Male, Meaning= Character, usually given to a baby that makes a trouble at young age)
Anato (Gender=Male, Meaning=One who tries to control)
Arfaso (Gender=Male, Meaning=Orginates from a month January, Arfasa. Arfasa is also the name of a highland plant that produce a flower in January)
Araarsso (Gender= Male, Meaning= Peace maker/To arbitrate a dispute between parties)
Araarttu (Gender= Female, Meaning=To arbitrate a dispute between parties )
Arshime (Gender=Female, Meaning=Vigilant )
Ashille (Gender= Female, Meaning= Wealth/Prosperity )
Ashiro Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Atoote(Gender=Unisex, Meaning= Prosperity, Blessing)
Ayyaana (Gender= Male, Meaning= Holiday,feast;grace)
Ayyanttu (Gende=Female, Meaning= Holiday, feast; grace )

Balicha (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Baqaalla (Gender= Male, Meaning=Fall leaf color(color ranging from red to yellow) )
Ba'rrasso (Gender= Male, Meaning= To bring unexpected joy, happiness or treasure )
Betana ( Gender= Male, Meaning= )
Bashshulle(Gender=Female, Meaning= )
Biddiso (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Bimiibessa (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Birammo (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Birru (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Boka (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Bolka (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Boorsammo(Gender=Male, Meaning= One who feels he is outsider, lack of sense of togetherness)
Borodje (Gender=Male, Meaning=Slaves)
Burako (Gender=Male, Meaning=One who sprints in irregular manner)
Butuko (Gender=Male, Meaning=Fraction, a fragment)

Caalttu (Gender=Female, Meaning=Protector;derived from CAALE meaning shade/cover from direct sunlight or heat)


Danchille (Gender= Female, Meaning=Pretty, good mannered )
Dafursa(Gender=Male; Meaning=Challenging to deal with)
Dararittu (Gender= Female, Meaning= Flower, to bloom )
Dararro (Gender=Female, Meaning= Flowers )
Daye (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Denboba (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Duressa (Gender=Male, Meaning= Rich)



Fetto (Gender= Male, Meaning= )

Gabiso(or Gabbiso) (Gender=Male, Meaning= calm,peaceful; derived from gabbisa/gabbi-assa meaning to satisfy or create calmness)
Galalcha(or Galaalcha) (Gender=Male, Meaning=To expect or to hope )
Galfato (Gender= Male, Meaning= Calm/ending storm)
Geramo (or Geerammo)( Gender=Male, Meaning= Defender;one who verbally defends someone or an idea.)


Hamesso (Gender= Male, Meaning= )
Harka/Harqa (Gender= Male, Meaning=Growling in high intensity)
Haroye (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Hillo (Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Hordofa (Gender=Male, Meaning= to chase, to go after someone/something)

Ikkammo (Gender=Male, Meaning=To complete, to make whole(a family).
Ishine( Gender=Male, Meaning=Dirt/weed)


Kambata (Gender=Male, Meaning=)
Kawajjo (Gender=Female, Meaning=)

Laalo(Gender=Female, Meaning=Yield, Harvest )
Ledamo (Gender=Male, Meaning= To be included, to be part of a bigger whole/family)
Leellamo (Genedr=Male, Meaning=To be exposed, to be popular)

Ma'nammo (Gender=Male, meaning=Junior,last born)
Marimo (Gender=male, Meaning= )

Namarro (Gender=Male, Meaning=)



Qixxeessa (Gender=Male, Meaning=To make ready)

Riqiwa (Gender=Male, Meaning=To delegate, to represent)
Rora (Gender=Male, Meaning= greater)

Sambato (Gender=Male, Meaning= of Sunday)
Sasamo(Gender=Male, Meaning= )
Sunkurta /Shunkurta(Gender=Male, Meaning= Green onion/an aromatic garden plant)
Sirriiqa(Gender= Male, Meaning=hocking/gagging by food particle entering air way)

Tuumiicha (Gender=Male, Meaning=)
Tunisiisa( Gender=Male, Meaning=Darkness)
Tura(Gender=Male, Meaning=)



Wodaare(Gender=Female, Meaning=Delicate, soft)
Wojjo (Gender=Male, Meaning=Desire)
Wolassa (Gender= Male, Meaning=To make free,liberate )
Wo'ma (Gender=Male, Meaning=Full, to be full, Whole, Complete)

Xagichcho (Gender=Male/Female, Meaning=Medicine)

Yettera (Gender=Male, Meaning=)

Source: http://sidama-language-level-one.wikispaces.com/Sidama+Baby+Names+and+their+meanings
In November our friend and colleague Erin Schneider visited our partners in the FERRO Cooperative in Ethiopia’s Sidama Department. She was kind enough to document her experiences and insights for us. Below is a summary of her time at FERRO:
The SNNPR (Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region) has fifty-two coffee cooperatives, that cover twelve district woredas (township-sized regions), representing 92,964 farmer members, of which 87,925 are male and 5,093 are female. These include both conventional and organic/fair trade certified coffee co-ops who sell to private market and for export. Among these is the larger SCFCU (Sidama Coffee Farmers Union) and within that the primary cooperative FERRO. SCFCU and FERRO have been partners with Just Coffee for five years now.
Most farms are between 0.5 – 2 hectares (1 hectare is ~ 2 acres) with land that is co-owned by men and women, although the amount of land a farmer might own is allocated and regulated by the government.There are five different certifications for coffee in each zone of the SNNPR (and country-wide) including Utz, FLO Fair Trade, Organic (both European and U.S. Standards), Rainforest Alliance. Most primary cooperatives have 2-3 different types of certification for their coffee.
There are 291 suppliers that sell to the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange Commission. In each woreda, coffee growers take coffee to the local market center where fresh harvest weights (red coffee ‘cherries’) are recorded and reported to regional office in Awassa and these harvest numbers are summarized and reported to Ministry of Agriculture in Addis Ababa. Sometimes the local marketing center is a co-op.
Growers report harvest to the local market center, coffee is then brought to processing (washing, de-pulping) stations. Processing and supplier stations deliver to the specific zone (for example, SNNPR), sell to the Ethiopia Exchange Commision, (for Sidama coffee, this is in Hawassa), where there is a warehouse for storage and adjacent cupping lab for quality control. Coffee is then sold/traded by individual traders who sell on the conventional market. Export quality coffee is not allowed to be sold in local markets.
Most cooperatives who supply to the export market, will process coffee at the primary cooperative level then supply washed/unwashed coffee to the union(s), by-passing processing at the zone level. For example, the SCFCU, in Addis Ababa where it is processed for export market. Quality control is done in the Union’s own separate cupping lab. The unions generally work with buyers on the export market. (See summary of highlights from meeting with Tesgaye Anebo, General Manager with SCFCU, for more information on role of unions). Co-ops in the SNNPR are connected by 5 kebeles (similar to county level government structure in Wisconsin).
Each primary co-op has a farmer committee, which is charged with oversight of co-op finances and strategy and oversees performance of general manager. There are 20 cooperatives that represent a district level forum for each zone/woreda in the
Sidama region and these co-ops will get together for meetings, to share insights and technical/production expertise. Each district has farmer/member representative who represents the cooperatives during the annual meeting with the co-op Union, SCFCU. Country-wide challenges include commodity market price fluctuations the high level of up-front investment and capital needed as well as working capital for green bean processing and transportation.
While Ethiopia boasts over 200 species of coffee from the Arabica genre, there are currently 22 varieties that are formally released to growers by government researchers. In other words, government research staff (similar to Extension Staff) are responsible for testing, growing, and supplying varieties used for production. While farmers will experiment and graft from their own trees, they are required to grow specific varieties for export as adhered to by the government. Often there will be 1 – 2 coffee specialists on staff, who support work with cooperatives on supplying and testing nursery plants. As a result, farmers face some challenges arising from limited selection within varieties; the time it takes for improved varieties to be released further limits options. With good management, coffee plants will produce steady yields for 20 – 30 years, though some growers harvest coffee on 50 year plants. The latter is an issue, both reflective of the challenges with costs of nursery plants, replacing plants in the field as well as the limited selection available to growers.
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Most of FERRO cooperative coffee is first de-pulped then goes through three washings before it is dried and sorted. Pulp is separated out for composting. The water from washing goes through greywater treatment facilitated by a combination of microorganisms inoculated post pulping (microbes are also used as an organic foliar fertilizer and added to compost) and an impressive wetland plant called vectvar (the root system surpasses that of bluestems – i.e. vectvar is like a prairie grass on steroids). The combination of microbes digesting sugars/acids and plants further filtering/absorbing by-products in their root zones, helps regulate pH, and the end water is drinkable, supports a diversity of aquatic life.
The fermentation process lasts between 32 and 72 hours. If the temperature is hot enough, fermentation will finish between 36 and 48 hours. In general, fermentation changes flavor profile, and over-fermenting can be an issue affecting quality. Unwashed/natural processed coffee brings out more aromas and flavors though takes more time (up to 12 days) and more labor.
Coffee grows best in the shade as part of an agroforestry system. I observed coffee interplanted with avocado, mango, and nitrogen fixing trees. Enset is planted as a hedgerow and exhibits amazing water absorption properties in its leaves and cell structure. Often Enset leaves are used as a mulch to both prevent weeds and for retaining soil moisture during the long dry season. The root of the plant is also an important food staple. Interplanted in the understory is tunaye, a plant that is good for digestion and alleviating stomach ailments. In some cases, alley cropped rows of grasses and herbs are planted in the farms. Farmers also extensively use compost provided by primary co-op. Most production challenges are related to labor, the need to do 3 – 5 harvests/season, and the relatively low yields obtained. Yields may be a result of organic practices, delaying replacement and harvesting from older plants (50 plus years), and in some cases disease pressure.
FERRO Cooperative provides its members support with transporting green coffee beans.
Decisions are made by general assembly and by farmer committee. There is co-op to co-op for export, washing resources, free compost to members, technical training in field production and support with some co-op development, profit sharing, participation and member-share in the co-op. Networking, meetings for training and support at the local kebele woreda level as well as
regionally and at the annual membership meeting at the union level in Addis Ababa.
While buyers and coffee consumers are interested in organic and fair trade coffee, the production costs associated with these practices are higher than that of conventional inputs, in part due to the heavily subsidized conventional market for inputs and prices paid to growers. Thus, even in a good year, with a good harvest, if there isn’t a good market and/or the global commodity market for coffee is depressed, farmers will still lose.
FERRO is a lead innovator in the region especially when it comes to water conservation and extensive composting and they have won awards for the cup quality of their coffee. They have piloted co-op restructuring in the region and have a growing membership, especially amongst women members.
In the local market the price of coffee fluctuates, though with export grade coffee and fair trade, organic certification(s), growers are able to get some constancy with premium paid. For example, this year $0.85/kg was paid to each farmer.Farmers will often hire workers to assist with harvest and in some cases help with production/management. Farm workers on average receive 30 ETB ($1.70) for every 1.5 kg of coffee harvested.
70% of profits from coffee sales go back to primary co-ops/individual farmers; Coffee Unions keep 30% for support with washing, marketing, quality control/cupping. For example this past year SCFCU was receiving ~ $4.00/lb, farmer would get $2.80/lb. In general, minimum amount needed is $3.20/lb or $2.24/lb back to the grower.Producers in general appreciate the repayment from the co-op and profit sharing, though profits are not always enough to send kids to school.
(ኤፍ.ቢ.ሲ) በኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒ አስተናጋጅነት የሚካሄደው 30ኛው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ ከነገወዲያ ይጀመራል።
30ኛው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ በመጪው ቅዳሜ በምዕራብ አፍሪካዋ አገር ኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒ እና በኮንጎ መካከል በሚደረገው የመክፈቻ ጨዋታ ይጀመራል።
ከ35 ሺህ በላይ ተመልካቾችን የሚይዘው ባታ ስታዲዮም የመክፈቻ ጨዋታውን የሚያስተናድ ሲሆን፥ አዘጋጇኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒ ውድድሩን ማላቦ፣ ባታ፣ ሞንጎሞ እና ኢብየን በተባሉ ከተሞቿ ታዘጋጃለች። 
የፊታችን ቅዳሜ በሚጀመረው የ2015ቱ የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ አስተናጋጇ ኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒ ከኮንጎ ስትፋለም፥ በዕለቱ ቡርኪና ፋሶ  ጋቦንን ትገጥማለች።
በምድብ አንድ አስተናጋጇ ኢካቶሪያል ጊኒ፣ ቡርኪና ፋሶ፣ ጋቦን እና ኮንጎ የተደለደሉ ሲሆን፥ ከዚህ ምድብ ጎረቤታሞቹ ኢካቶሪያል ጊኒ እና ጋቦን እ.ኤ.አ በ2012 ውድድሩን አሰናድተው ሩብ ፍፃሜ ድረስ መጓዝ መቻላቸው ይታወሳል።
እሁድ ከምድብ ሁለት ዛምቢያ ከኮንጎ ዲሞክራቲክ ሪፐብሊክ የሚጫወቱ ሲሆን፥ ቱኒዚያ በበኩሏ ከኬፕ ቨርዴ ጋር ጨዋታዋን ታደርጋለች።
በምድብ ሁለት ዛምቢያ፣ ቱኒዚያ ኬፕ ቨርዴ እናኮንጎ ዲሞክራቲክ ሪፐብሊክ ሲመደቡ፥ አልጄሪያ የሞት ምድብ በተባለውና ጋና ፣ ደቡብ አፍሪካ እና ሴኔጋልን ባገናኘው  ምድብ ሶስት ውስጥ ተደልድላለች።
በብራዚሉ የዓለም ዋንጫም ጠንካራ የተከላካይ ክፍል እንዳላት ያስመሰከረችው አልጄሪያ ከባድ በተባለው ምድብ ውስጥ መደልደሏ ትኩረትን ስቧል።
በማጣሪያ ጨዋታዎችም በስተመጨረሻ በማሊ ከደረሰባቸው የ2 ለ 0 ሽንፈት በስተቀር ሁሉንም በድል የተወጡት የበራሃ ቀበሮዎቹ፥ በከባድ ምድብ ቢገኙም ከምድብ የማለፍ ቅድመ ግምትን ግን የነፈጋቸው አለ ለማለት አያስደፍርም።
በመጨረሻው ምድብ አራት ላይም አይቮሪኮስት ፣ ማሊ ፣ ካሜሮን እና ጊኒ ተደልድለዋል።
በማጣሪያው ተመሳሳይ ምድብ ውስጥ የነበሩት አይቮሪኮስትና ካሜሮን ዳግም በአፍሪካ ዋንጫው ተገናኝተዋል።
በዚህ የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ የማትሳተፈው ኢትዮጵያ ኢንተርናሽናል ዳኛ በአምላክ ተሰማን በዋና ዳኝነት ወክላለች።
ኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒ የማስተናገዱን ዕድል ያገኘችው ሞሮኮ በምዕራብ አፍሪካ የተቀሰቀሰውን የኢቦላ ቫይረስ በመስጋት ውድድሩ እንዲራዘም ያቀረበችው ጥያቄ በካፍ ተቀባይነት ባለማግኘቱ እንደሆነ ይታወሳል።
ብዙም ያልተወራለት የኢኳቶሪያል ጊኒው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ ምን አዳዲስ ነገሮችን ያሳይ ይሆን የሚለው ግን ውድድሩ ቅዳሜ ሲጀመር ምላሽ የሚያገኝ ጥያቄ ይሆናል?

Free speech alive in France; dying in Ethiopia By Robele Ababya

The French Revolution (1789 – 1799) was preceded by the Age of Enlightenment in Western Europe in which intellectual giants and philosophers like Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, John Locke, Baruch Spinoza, Pierre Bayle, Voltaire, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Cesare Beccaria, Immanuel Kant, and Isaac Newton influenced society by publishing widely read works. Coinciding with the Age of Enlightenment was the Scientific Revolution, spearheaded by England’s Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727). Their noble works fostered the principle of tolerance to diverse ideas and acceptance of multiple religious beliefs to take center-stage in the development of society with which some rulers went along. Voltaire was among these intellectuals of the Enlightenment who gave the world this immortal quote: “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it“; the quote is attributed to the French philosopher Voltaire (1694 – 1778) who died 11 years before the outbreak of the Revolution.
French citizens regardless of their ethnic background, religious creed, social status, political affiliation or ideology came out in demonstration of epic proportion estimated at over 3.7 million participants across France – a number reportedly unprecedented in modern history of France. In Paris alone 1.6 million demonstrators showed up at Republic Square including world leaders representing more than 40 countries. The peaceful demonstration had one and only one singular objective, which is defending freedom of speech guaranteed by the French Constitution in which the values of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity are enshrined. Indeed, as emphatically and unanimously confirmed by the demonstrators, freedom of speech is an indispensable prerequisite for all other freedoms!
The quote by the renowned philosopher Voltaire came to light on 07 January 2015 during the mammoth demonstration underlining the invaluable legacy of free speech remarkably upheld by the French people to this date as witnessed by the Slogan: “I suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) predominantly displayed on placards carried by millions of demonstrators on 07 January 2015. Other slogans in display included:- “I am a Jew”; I am a Muslim”; “J suis La Libertié” – the last one caught my attention in particular in that it aligned with my own conviction that each individual is responsible to claim his/her liberty while respecting the liberty of others under the rule of law. Others carried placards that displayed a pen (Bic) signifying the old adage that “The pen is mightier than the sword”; it did fit the occasion squarely serving as a lesson that journalism is indispensable in the 21st century in enhancing morale rearmament in order to avert the increasingly worrisome regional wars and violence in our global village.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam existed side by side in Ethiopia for centuries in relative harmony. So, the slogans in the above paragraph pertaining to ones’ race or religion are not new to Ethiopians – it is rather a matter of pride to us in that we were the first example of tolerance to freedom of creed.
The right to free speech is alive in France and beyond
The triumphant return of the Charlie Hebdo Magazine is a deadly blow to the terrorists and their mentors. Its courageous editorial staff decided to increase the publication of the Magazine from 60, 000 to 3million copies in response to worldwide demand. This is testimony to the quest for free speech in all its forms tolerated in all genuinely democratic societies. Je suis aussie Charlie! (I too am Charlie!)
Among the demonstrators, I noticed a family who came all the way 40 kilometers north of Paris from Dammartin-en-Goële, where the terrorist Kouachi brothers were captured and eventually killed by the brave French special security forces. The demonstrating father was carrying his child on his shoulder. A seasoned journalist asked him why he brought his entire family including the child. The father responded that it was because his child while watching the event on TV became restive and fearful that war was going on. So, he brought the child to show him that it was a peaceful massive demonstration taking place to condemn the few terrorists. This was an invaluable lesson that will be engraved on his mind as he grows up in the frame of mind that the overwhelming majority of his fellow citizens are gentle and peaceful. This is an example of parental responsibility of doing their share to educate their children.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a glowing tribute at the Synagogue in Paris to a young Muslim from Mali who had managed to escape from the kosher grocery and gave vital information to the police enabling them to raid the grocery and save seven Jewish lives. The congregation in the Synagogue received the news given by the Prime Minister with rousing applause in appreciation of the Black Muslim. I heard the warm applause on the BBC radio broadcast.
Demonstrations were held in London, Germany and U.S.A. in support of the demonstration in Paris. Chancellor Angela Merkel unequivocally declared that Islam is part of Germany; she was overwhelmingly supported by her fellow citizens for that brave declaration. Congratulations to German citizens!
Free speech and all other freedoms dying in Ethiopia – shame on EPRDF
The EPRDF regime is busy on building the personality cult of the late tyrant Meles Zenawi – dubbed by the TPLF top leaders as ‘The Statesman leading Africa’. Under the leadership of tyrant Zenawi, the TPLF/EPRDF regime massively cheated in the successive elections of 2005 and 2010 and criminally kept power by the gun as briefly presented below.
In my Open letter to H.E Chairperson of the AU dated 08 February 2013, I wrote: – Quote “On that historic day of 07 May 2005 before the election on 15 May 2005, a truly mammoth crowd estimated at 2.5 – 3 million inundated the streets and squares of Addis Ababa to support the now defunct Kinijit Party (Coalition for Unity and Democracy). That sea of humanity was acclaimed internationally for its magnificent display of decorum and civility; it ended peacefully without a single incident of violence.
The unprecedented massive support for Kinijit was followed by an unprecedented turn out of massive voters on 15 May 2005 in which the ruling party suffered a humiliating defeat failing to win a single seat in Addis Ababa where the AU Headquarters is located. Tyrant Meles declared a state of emergency and swiftly implemented his plan B that resulted in killing close to 200 peaceful protesters by trained snipers; throwing the victors to filthy prison; incarcerating tens of thousands of opposition supports, mostly young shaving their heads with unsterilized blades without regard to widespread STDs of that time.
What is really shocking is that the African Union which had sent its observers to the above election pronounced the election free and fair and recognized the TPLF party as the winner.
What is even more shocking is that one of the senior diplomats of the AU, Ambassador Patrick Mazimhaka, hailing from Rwanda overstepped diplomatic norms and blamed the opposition in public for the popular unrest in the aftermath of the election. It is a shame that this Rwandan forgot so soon, in the comfort of luxury that dollar-paid diplomats enjoy in Addis Ababa, the close to one million victims of genocide in his country by the Hutu extremists inciting and exacerbating ethnic differences. The TPLF regime used the holocaust as an example in Rwanda to stifle dissent in Ethiopia in the aftermath of election 2005; but the scare didn’t work in a tolerant country, Ethiopia, where unity in diversity had lived in exemplary relative harmony for centuries. Unquote
I went on to say “It is bizarre indeed that Ambassador Mazimhaka sided with the brutal TPLF party in the face of condemnation of the state-sponsored atrocities by esteemed international institutions such as the Congress of the United States and prominent leaders in the United Kingdom including Prime Minister Tony Blair. His bias in favor of the ruling clique, even before the start of an independent investigation promised by Meles to the international community, is confounding and disappointing. “
In the subsequent Ethiopian election of 2010 the ruling party claimed 99.6% ‘win’ of the 547 parliamentary seats. The European Observer Mission decried the election process as neither free nor fair; the White House endorsed the ruling of the Mission. But the AU Observer Team once again declared the election free and fair!!
As if the above gross abuse to democratic principles and values is not enough, the EPRDF regime has already started rigging in advance the May 2015 election with the aim to scoring 100% of all seats by disqualifying strong rival parties under legally and morally inadmissible pretense.
It is a shame that the TPLF is celebrating its so-called 40th anniversary at this time when political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Ethiopia including: – Andualem Aragie, Eskinder Nega, Andargachew Tsige, Abraha Desta, Bekele Gerba, Reeyot Alemu, Haptamu Ayalew, Daniel Shibeshi, Yeshiwas Assefa, Leaders of the Ethiopian Muslims, the 9 bloggers and 3 Journalists, Temesgen Desalegn and tens of thousands others are languishing in filthy jails in Ethiopia. It is a shame to celebrate the anniversary when basic freedoms of expression are blocked and journalism is considered a crime by the repressive regime.
Freedoms of expression have been muzzled by the TPLF/EPRDF regime for the last 23+ years in colonized Ethiopia. All pillars of democracy are under the tight control of the merciless and lawless repressive regime. Political leaders and renowned journalists are either in prison or in exile. In a nutshell, a totalitarian regime scoffing Western democratic values is misruling Ethiopia. One would hope that Western powers, the U.K. and U.S.A. in particular, would rethink their policy of providing political and financial support to regime at the expense of their taxpaying citizens. They have to do so considering the strategic location of Ethiopia bordering the Red Sea in the Horn of Africa that separates her by a short distance from the Middle East in political turmoil of epic proportion probably leading to disintegration of states like Libya, Iraq, and Syria.
Finally, I would like to extend my deep condolences to the families of martyrs who lost their lives as well as to their loved ones, relatives, friends and the entire citizens of France.
President Francois Hollande on 07 January 2015 proclaimed Paris as the Capital City of the World. So be it going forward globally in the spirit of “Je suis aussie Charlie!”
Source: http://www.abugidainfo.com/index.php/23012/