Qeerroon Godina Booranaa Araara ABOn Buuse Dergeruun Gumaacha Maallaqaa Taasisan

Sadaasa 29,2012 | Qeerroo

Areeroo:--Qeerroon Godina Booranaa aanaa Areeroo keessatti argaman walitti dhufuun dhimma qabsoo irratti marii jabaa taasisan jiran.Sadaasa 27/2012 Qeerroon aanaa kana keessaa gandoota adda addaa irraa walitti dhufuun dhimmoota QBO irratti marii baldhaa gaggeessanii akka jiran beekame.

Tarkaanfiin Araaraa ABO fudhate hamilee Qeerroo fi qabsaaota duraanii haalaan kan kaasee fi boqonnaa haaraa qabsoo bilisummaa Oromoon gaggeeffamu akka fidu beekamaa dha.Ilmaan Oromoo Addunyaa kana irra jirtan marti gumaata barbaachisaa QBOf akka gumaattan jechuun Qeerroon aanaa Areeroo dhaammatee jira. Qeerroon aanaa kanaas hojii Qabsoo Bilisummaa Oromoof kan tahu qarshii 600(dhibba jaba) tokko tokkoon isaanii qarshii shantama walitti qabatanii jiru. Gumaatni barbaachisaanii fi adda durummaan akka isaan eeggatus dhaamanii jiru.

Kidnapped, detained, tortured - a victim of the Ethiopia’s secret war

29 November 2012  |  Ogaden Online 

Kidnapped, detained, tortured -a
victim of the Ethiopia’s secret war
Ogaden people are one of the few nations that are still under colonial occupation. They are tormented and subjected to immerse sufferings in the hands of their occupier, Ethiopia. The Emotional and mental sufferings they bear, the physical scars and tortures which could be seen on their frail and malnutrition bodies. Mohamed is one of the Ogaden civilians who were brutally tortured by the Ethiopia military, which left him with these physical scars.

When Ogaden Online visited him at his place of residence in Dhadhaab refugee camp, Kenya, he told our reporter that the Ethiopian military captured him while he was tending to his camel at nearby Yoocaale village, near Awaare which is Degahbour Province in Ogaden. The Ethiopian military accused him of being an ONLF supporter and mercilessly tortured him. When asked about some specific types of torture methods that he

Human right violations alarmingly increasing in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Assaman Info)- After the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the late Ethiopian Prime Minister, the number of human right violations committed by the government on members, supporters, and representatives of All Ethiopia Unity Party (AEUP), one of the most important opposition political parties working under the narrowest political landscape of the country, has been alarmingly increasing.  Different reports are indicating that after the death of the Prime Minister thousands of members and supporters of the AEUP have become victims of the brutal human right violations committed by the Ethiopian government just due to their political belief. The victims also include women, children and retired people.

Oromoo Jaarraa 21 keessa gurguramaa jiru

Leellisee Bitimaa irraa | Sadaasa 28, 2012

Duraan dursee Oromoonni kana dubbiftan wantin jechaa jiru kun kanin argee fi qaaman argamee dhaga’e malee oduu jette jettee akka hin taane sirnaan naa hubadhaa.

Akkuma armaan olitti jedhe kana barreessuudhaaf kan na kakaase dhaga’ee oduun osoo hin ta’in biyya dhaqeen ijaan argeen rakkoo keessa gale. Ijaan argeen sammuun ciisuu dide. Akka intala Oromoo tokkootti ufittin gadde. Ufin jibbe, hirriban dhabe. Marrimaantu na boba’e, ufin tuffadhe, guyyaan itti dhaladhen jibbe.

Ethiopia: Official dismissed as wife faces charges

AP /  November 29, 2012

Fired Junedin Sado
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday fired the country’s civil minister, Junedin Sado, whose wife is one of 29 people facing terrorism charges related to protests by Muslims who accuse of the government of meddling in their religious affairs.

Sado published a letter in the country’s independent newspapers in which he defended his wife and criticized the federal prosecutor’s charges.

Adama mayor replaced

November 28, 2012 | Gulele Post

Continuing with the reshuffle within OPDO, mayor of Adama, Guta Lanchore, was suddenly sacked from a post he held for a little over a year. Adama is home for an estimated 300,000 people.  Guta is being replaced by Bakar Shalle, who is leaving his post as State Minister for Government Communications Affairs to take up the new assignment. With the departure of Bakar Shalle from the federal government, cabinet posts held by OPDO’s further dwindles. The official explanation given to the rank and file for change of guard is that the party needs to quell the growing resentment among the town’s dwellers, fueled by the incompetent response of the government to breakdown of the city’s main water pipeline, resulting in loss of water supply for over two months, for which the mayor had to take the wrap.

Ethiopia: Debretsion, Muktar become deputy PMs

29 November 2012 | The Reporter Ethiopia

Tedros to lead Foreign Ministry
Junedine ousted from cabinet

By Yonas Abiye

The House of Peoples' Representatives today approved the appointment of two new Deputy Prime Ministers. Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Debretsion Gebremichael, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and head of the Office of the Prime Minister were both appointed to be coordinators for Finance and Economy Cluster with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister and Governance and Reform Cluster with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister respectively. Muktar was also appointed to be the Minister of Civil Service replacing Junedine Sado.

In-Depth: Imagining the future of migration

JOHANNESBURG, 21 November 2012 (IRIN) -What does the future hold for international migration? By 2030, will we see more people migrating in response to climate change and an increased demand for their labour in Europe? Or will rapid economic growth and development in traditional migrant-sending countries persuade more people to stay put?


27 November 2012 (Oromo Press)The purpose of this piece is to bring into the open a lurking question that is often avoided as a taboo by Oromians to maintain internal harmony. That question  relates to the divisive and self-defeating agenda propagated by Ethiopian nationalists of Oromo descent. The idea of 'Ethiopian nationalists of Oromo origin' is no fiction. They exist and they are taking a toll on our just movement and cause.  Even more than Amharas and Tigires do, the primary concern of this enclave is to maintain one Ethiopia at the cost of belittling and even destroying the long-standing Oromo question for self-determination up to independence. The group masquerades in dubious and faddy ideas of Ethiopianism, Horn of Africanism and internationalism, but they do frequently throw in "Oromo" as a way of adding flavor to their hidden beliefs in Ethiopia. They act like 'House Negros', those  slaves on American plantations who were more concerned for the needs and well-beings of their owners than were the owners themselves.

Qeerroon Yuniversitii Wallaggaa Ibsa Ejjennoo Baafatan.

 24 Sadaasaa 2012 | Qeerroo

Sadaasaa 24,2012 miseensota Qeerroo kan ta’an Sabboontoni Barattoota Oromoo Yuunvarsiitii Wallaaggaa maadhee garaagaraa jalattii ijaaramanii Jiran,Walittii dhufuun dhimmoota haala yeroo qabsoon Oromoo irraa jiru irraatti erga marii’atanii booda Ibsaa ejjennoo qabxii torba dabarsatan.

Ibsa Ejjeennoo Baratootaa Oromoo Yuunvarsiitii Wallaaggaa:

Meles rules from beyond the grave, but for how long?

"Stop sending Ethiopian asylum seeking journalists to Kality" Johan Persson

Johan Karl Persson (born March 3, 1982) is a Swedish photographer who was sentenced to eleven years in prison for the so-called terrorist crimes in Ethiopia on December 27, 2011 by the Ethiopian brutal regime Kangaroo court, but who was later released on 10 September 2012.  He was honorary speaker at the Annual Grand Swedish Journalists Prize ceremony held on 22 November 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. Johan Persson used the platform to inform about the risk of sending Ethiopian journalists to the hands of killer regime in Ethiopia at the moment. Below are the English text of his speech followed by the Video including his colleague, Martin Schibbye's interview.

On Oromos promising prospects and the way forward

By Dawud Ibsa 

The fact that the Oromo fell under occupation 130 years ago should be clear to all Oromos by now. The power holders of the Ethiopian state that succeeded to build this empire and hold on power used massive foreign assistance and control of human and economic resource from subject nations under the Ethiopian state. In this long history of oppressed and oppressor relationship between the Oromo and the Ethiopian ruling elites, the military and civilian bureaucracy was monopolized until today by these ruling elites. The Oromo have served the state as an individual professional in these state structures and most of the time excelling their masters in profession and performance.

WBOn diina irratti injefannoo cululuqaa galmeessuu itti fufe

Madda Oduu ABO/MOA/Sadaasa 24,2012

Humni addaa WBO waraana diinaa makiinaan fe'amee amna irra ture haleeluun waraana diinaa irraa loltoota 62 ol hojii ala taasise. Tarkaanfi Sadaasa 15, 2012 Hararge Lixaa naannoo magaalaa Hirnaa bakka riqicha Meetoo ykn Jaarraa jedhamee beekamutti fudhatame kanaan humna diinaa irraa 25 oggaa ajjeefaman 37 ol madeeffaman. Humni addaa WBO tarkaanfii haxxeen fudhate kanaan humna diinaa gaaga'ametti dabalee makiinaa diinni ittiin sosso'aa tures barbadeessee jira.


Sadaasa 25, 2012

Qabsoo Oromoo yeroo dheeraaf gaggeeffamaa jirutti xumura gochuu hanqachuun , waggoota Qabsoon Oromoo itti gaggeeffamaa ture keessa , waan hawwiine dhabnee , waan ofiif hin hawwiine nu mudachaa jiraachu irraa , Ummata “Maalii abaarsa qabnaayii ?”  akka ofiin jedhu taasisee jira. Qabsoon dheerachuu isaaf, sababaa diinaa irra kan ofii keenyaa ta’u hundatu irratti walii gala. Rakkoo jiru waliin jiraachuun ykn waan har’a ta’aa jiru kana yeroositti qoricha itti barbaachu irra , kabeebsaa deemuun , dheerachuu qabsoo kanaaf sababaa hangafaatii .

Xalayaa Degarsa KY ABO Walhubanoo ABO Lamaanif Baase

Date: 11/23/2012
No.: DAL-kya 18/2012

Akkuma yaadatamu Koreen Yeroo ABO gaafa utubamu ibsa baase irratti jaarmayoon Oromoo kan kaayyoo Bilisummaa fi Walabumaa Oromiyaatti amanaan jaarmayaa ABO jalatti walitti deebi’an rakkoo fafaca’umsa dhaaba keenya mudattef furmaata kenuudhan akka mooraan qabsoo bilisummaa oromiyaa gabbatee tokkumaan qabsoo finiinsan ifa godhee ture. Yaanni kunis akka baka gahu Koreen Yeroo ABO jaarmayoota walabummaa oromiyaatti amanan wajiin yeroo adda addaa marii gegeessa ture amas mariira jira.

Araarri Gurmuuleen ABO Lameen Labsan Qulqullina Kaayyoofi Tokkummaa Fida

Oromo Press: --Biyyarraafi biyya alaarraa ummanni Oromoo tokkummaa gareewwan ABO Qaama Ceehumsaafi ABO-Gumii Sabaarraa Waggaa 11 darbaniif obsa fixannaadhaan ega ture Sadaasa 21/2012 labsiin dhuggoome. Araarri akkasii argamuun isaa waggaa 11 keessatti yaaliiwwan araaraa turanitti xumura laata. Qabsoon Oromoofi addi Bilisummaa tokko qofatu jira yaada jedhu jabeessa.

Keessumaayyuu, garaagarummaa isaanii dhiphisanii Oromiyaa kolonii Habashaa jalaa baasuuf qabeenyafi umna isaanii walitti fiduuf waadaa galuun isaanii, saba biratti mallatoo tokkummaa akka bakkalcha dhahaa odaarraaa ifuuti.  Dhaaba deebisanii tokkoomisuuf waliigaluun mataa isaatiin tarkaanfii daran guuddaa mooraa qabsichaatti haamilee haaraa tolchu ta'uun shakkisiisa miti.

Oromiyaan Places Whose Names Were Changed over the Last 130 Years

Over the last 130 years, the following Oromiyaan places had gotten their names changed forcefully; the list is not comprehensive, but an attempt has been made to include the most known cases.

Original Afaan Oromo Name
Name After Change
Bulee Horaa
Asebe Teferi
Addis alem
Ejersa Gooroo
Addis Ababa
Hara Maayaa

Source: “Maqaalee Kiristinnaa Lafa Oromoo” (Taammanaa Bitimaa, June 2011, Gadaa.com)

እኔ አዉቅልሃላሁ የብልጣብልጥ ጉዞ

በበሪሶ ገዳ* | 11/21/2012

የጥሎ ማለፍ ሩጫ
እሽቅድምድም ወደ ዙፋን መዉጫ
የትም ፍጪዉ ዱቄቱን አምጪዉ
እንደ ምንም አድርገሽ አድርሺኝ ከኮርቻዉ
ወቅቱ የሚጠይቀዉ ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ
አምኖ እንደ መቀበል ያለዉን እዉነታ

Kan dabrerraa haa barannu!

Abdii Boruutiin
Sadaasa 23/ 2012

Waan ta’e fi dalagamee dabre ofduuba garagalanii ilaaluu fi hubachuudhaan, kan dabrerraa barachuun, waan gara fuulduraatti hojjetamuutiif murteessaa ta’a. Mata duree kanaan dhimmoota adda addaarratti yaada koo otuu hin dhiyeessin dura, addaan bahinsa uumamee, bar-kurnee tokkoo ol fudhate booda, ibsa walhubannoo fi araaraa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo (ABO) garee lamaanii, ABO QC fi ABO Shanee Gumii, dhagayuu keenyaaf ilmaan Oromoo baga gammdne jechuun barbaada. Itti aansees, gareeleen kun lamaan baga walhubachuu dandeessan; baga araarri kessan milkaaye jechuun fedha. Walhubannoo fi araarri kun jalqaba waan ta’eef, isa kana fiixaan baasuuf qormaata cimaatu isin eega. Rakkoolee hundaa irra aantanii gara tokkummaa dhugaatti akka deemtan abdiin qaba.

Terror case against 29 Ethiopians unconstitutional

The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA (November 22/2012) — Defense lawyers have told the Ethiopian High Federal Court that terrorism charges against 29 Muslims are unconstitutional.

Federal prosecutors are accusing the 29, which includes prominent clerics, journalists and activists, with terrorism and attempts to create an Islamic state. Tensions have been rising between the government in this mostly Christian country and Muslim worshippers that have led to anti-government protests.

Ethiopia delays appeal of jailed blogger, opposition leader

November 22/2012 (AFP):--An Ethiopian court on Thursday delayed the appeal of blogger Eskinder Nega and opposition leader Andualem Arage who were jailed earlier this year for for terror-related offences.

Judge Dagne Melaku said the Supreme Court needed several weeks to look over the “bulky” case file to review the evidence against them, setting the next hearing for December 19.

Eskinder and Andualem were among 24 people convicted in June under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism legislation. Eskinder was jailed for 18 years, while Andualem was sentenced to life.

Ethiopia Throttles Rights Organisations

By Ed Mckenna
Heinrich Böll Foundation country director Patrick Berg said
the current NGO law makes it impossible  for the foundation
to carry out its mandate to encourage inclusive political
debate.                                          Credit: Ed McKenna/IPS
ADDIS ABABA , Nov 22 2012 (IPS) -The world received contradictory signals about Ethiopia’s human rights record when in the same week it was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a major German charity closed its Ethiopian office in protest against a restrictive political environment.

“If the qualification to be elected to the UNHRC is the human rights record of a country – then Ethiopia should not have been appointed…. the condition of human rights in this country is disastrous,” Endalkachew Molla, director of Ethiopia’s oldest rights organisation, the Human Rights Council (HRCO), told IPS.

Memorandum of Understanding and Agreements Between The OLF Transitional Authority and OLF Shanee Gumii

                     ADDA BILISUMMAA OROMOO                                                          
                     OROMO LIBERATION FRONT                                                             

Date: 20-11-2012                                                       No.: 019/stm-abo/ 2012

It is known that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) was formed in 1973 to struggle for the liberation of the Oromo people from a century old colonial domination and to establish an independent republic of Oromia. Regrettably, a split was created in 2001 in the organization negatively affecting the national struggle.

We the representatives of the OLF Transitional Authority and OLF Shanee Gumii have met from 14 - 20, November 2012 to finalize the talks which have been ongoing for many years and discussed problems which have led to the split of the OLF in 2001; being aware of the importance of unity for the liberation of the Oromo people and the gravity of the situation in which the Oromo nation finds itself, and reaffirming the ideals of the OLF and the objective of Oromo national struggle,we have reached the following solutions and agreements:

Ibsa Walhubannoo fi Araara Qaama Cehumsaa ABO fi Shanee Gumii ABO

                   ADDA BILISUMMAA OROMOO                                                                           
                   OROMO LIBERATION FRONT                                                                               

Gaafa: 20-11- 2012                                                                                      Lakk.: 019/stm-abo/ 2012

Ummanni Oromoo guyyaa kolonii Itiyophiyaa jalatti kuferraa eegalee haga har’aatti, mirga abbaa biyyummaa sarbamee, qabeenya isaa irratti ajajuu dhabee miidhaan siyaasaa, miidhaan dinagdee, kan hawaasummaa fi kan aadaa akasumas midhaan namoomaa irra ga’un isaa beekamaa dha.

Ummata keenya cunqursaa fi saamicha kononeefatta jalaa bilisa baasuuf, bara 1973 irraa eegalee haga har’aatti Addi Bilisummaa Oromoo (ABO) qabsoo hidhannoo, siyaasaa, hawasummaa fi diplomaasii walitti qindeessuun iittifufiinsaan qabsoo hadhooftuu geggeessaa jiraachuu isaa hubatamaa dha.

Between Journalism and Terrorism: the Curious Case of Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson

By Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam | November 20, 2012

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, two Swedish journalists, were detained on 1 July 2011 after they were captured in Ethiopia during a fight between rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and a contingent of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) in Ogaden. The two journalists were charged with violations of the Ethiopia anti-terrorism law and both acknowledged during their trial that they had entered Ethiopia illegally via Somalia accompanied by rebels from ONLF. However, they argued that their contacts with the ONLF were intended to help them enter a region the Ethiopian authorities would not allow journalists to enter. They alleged their purpose was to report on the activities of a Swedish oil company, Lundin Petroleum AB, in the Ogaden as well as allegations of human rights violations. Both of them denied terrorism charges, including claims that they had been given weapons training.They were,however, sentenced in December 2011 by the Third Criminal Bench of the Federal High Court to seven years in prison on the charge of abetting terrorism, which they denied, and another three years and 3 months for entering Ethiopia illegally,a charge to which they pleaded guilty. They were pardoned by the Ethiopian Government on 10 September 2012 and released the next day after serving nine months of their sentences.

Diddaan Barattoota Oromoo Yuuniversity Jimmaa Itti Fufe

Sadaasa 20,2012 Jimma

Gabaasaa FDG, Sadaasaa 17,2012 University Jimmaattii Diddaan Gootota Baratoota Oromoo Jabaatee itti fufuun Lukkeelee Dinaa Raasee! Gototni Barattootaa Oromoo University Jimmaa FDG jabeessuun mootummaa Wayyaanee yaaddoo keessa buusuun gabaafame.

Moraa University Jimmaatti Mummee barnotaa Tekinolojiii [enginering}, Mooraa Kittoo Furdisaa irraa barachaa jiraan Sadaasa 17,2012 galgalaa sa'aa 2:00 irraa egaluun Sirbotaa Warraaqsaa nuti Qeerroon Goota gurbee garaan kee maal sii kajeelee fi walleelee warraaqsaa adda addaa sirbuun Qeerroo moraa yuunversitichaa dammaqsuun diina rifaasisaaa akka bulan beekameera.

Tesfaye Gebreab: The man who created the first Oromo main character in the history of the vast Amharic literature

By Hunde Dhugassa
Author/Journalist Tesfaye Gebreab
Many individuals, journalists, politicians, historians, academicians and leaders from Ethiopia and neighbouring countries, and from different corners of the world have written about the Oromo. This includes its history, politics, ability, value and nature. The time, objective, nature and fact differ from person to person. The objective of this brief note is not to give analysis on the subject matter, but rather to summarize an hour presentation of one of the most famous and controversial writers on the issue of the Oromo.

Any ordinary Oromo from Ethiopia can, without difficulty, name two important non-Oromo authors from its neighbours –who have had a positive contribution on the history and visibility of the Oromo nation: Professor Asmerom Legesse, and author/jounalist Tesfaye Gebreab.

Humni addaa WBO Godina Wallaggaattii Haxxeen Diina Haleele

Madda Oduu ABO/MOA

Sadaasa 17, 2012

Gootichi WBO Sadaasa 13, 2012 Godinaa Baha Wallaggaa Ona Haroo Limmuu bakkaa Gaattiraa Danbii jedhamutti waraana Wayyaanee maqaaa sakattaan ummata dararuuf bobba'e irratti tarkaanfii fudhateen loltoota diinaa 4 oggaa ajjeesu 6 madeessee jira. Ajajaan humna Wayyaanee Taaddalaa Tsiyoon jedhamu kanneen madaa'an keessatti kan argamuu fi haalaan madaa'u gabaasi WBO Godinaa Baha Wallaggaa addeessa.

‹‹ለተቃዋሚዎች ውድቀት የሚታዩና የማይታዩ የኢሕአዴግ እጆች አሉበት›› ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና፣ የመድረክ አመራር አባል

Sunday, 18 November 2012 | By Yemane Nagish

ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና በአዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ የፖለቲካል ሳይንስ መምህርና የመድረክ አመራር አባል ናቸው፡፡

የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ሕልፈትን ተከትሎ በመንግሥት ሚዲያ በስፋት እየተነገረ ስላለው የሥልጣን ሽግግር፣ በአገሪቱ ስላለው ወቅታዊ የፖለቲካ ሁኔታና ተቃዋሚዎች በተለይ ደግሞ መድረክ አማራጭ ፖሊሲ ይዞ ስለመቅረቡ ይናገራሉ፡፡ ወቅታዊ የፖለቲካ ጉዳዮችን አስመልክቶ የማነ ናግሽ አነጋግሯቸዋል፡፡

High time to support our Muslim brothers

By Abebe Gellaw | November 18, 2012

For the last two decades, nonviolent struggle, or civil resistance, appeared to be highly misunderstood and confused in Ethiopia. The resultant effect of this confusion is that so many opportune moments to build a movement for change have been wasted. In fact, a number of leaders failed to provide the necessary leadership to mobilize the oppressed people of Ethiopia to confront their oppressors.

Muslim Ethiopians demonstrating in front of the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, DC. (Nov. 17, 2012).

Meles Zenawi's legacy for the Horn of Africa

 Zenawi's regime will be remembered for holding Ethiopia together as one country even under the centripetal ethnic order.

There is little doubt that Meles Zenawi's
political architecture gave modest advantages
to most ethnic groups in the country who
were the subjects of the empire [EPA]
November 18/2012 (Aljazeera): Any recent visitor to Ethiopia would be struck by the ubiquitous billboards commemorating the late Prime Minister's life, two months after his demise. Meles Zenawi's photo form the backdrop to the TV screens and adorns the streets of all the major towns and villages.

These sights were supplemented by the chorus of Africa leaders that attended the PM's funeral and who lavished praise on this "dedicated son of African soil". He was depicted as the untiring leader who toiled for the upliftment of the indigent peoples of Ethiopia and Africa.

Perpetrators of Human Rights are not Protectors of Human Rights

 The following is a statement from the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA)

HRLHA – November 14, 2012

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) strictly denounces that UN General Assembly elected Ethiopia on November 12, 2012 to serve in the UN human Rights Council for the next three years starting from January 1, 2013.

In the last two decades the Ethiopian Government led by EPRDF/TPLF has been repeatedly condemned by regional and international human rights organizations including US State Department and UN independent experts[1] and UN Special Rapporteurs for its heinous human rights crimes against its citizens.

Abbaan Alangaa Federaalaa Itiyoopiyaa Qabeenyaan Namoota Himatee Haa Dhaalamu Jedhe

Raadiyoo Sagalee Ameerikaa | 15 November 2012

Abbaan alangaa Federaalaa Itiyoopiyaa namoota shororkeessummaa fi himannaa biyya ganiinsaan xumura waggaa darbee himate 24 keessaa qabeenyaan namoota sadii akka dhaalamu mana murtiif gaaffii dhiyeessee jira.

Qabeenyaan obbo Andualem Araagee,kan Iskindir Negga fi obbo Abbebee Belew akka dhaalaman abbaan alangaa dursee gaafatu iyyuu manni murtii federaalaa dhaddachi sadaffaan qabeenyaa gaaffiin irratti dhiyaate irraa dantaa qabna, mirga keenya kanneen jedhan yoo jiraatan akka dhiyaatan beellamee ture.

Sabboontotni ilmaan Oromoo Yuunivarsiitii Arbamnic Guyyaa FDG Qophiilee Garaa Garaan Yaadatan.Bakkoota Kaanittis Itti Fufee Jiraachuun Gabaafame.

Sadaasa 15/2012 | Qeerroo

Yuunivarsiitii Arbaaminc Guyyaan FDG waraqaalee dhaadannoo maxxansuunii fi raabsuun Alaabaa ABO fannisuun yaadatame. Sabboontotni barattoota yuunivarsiitii Arbaaminc Damee hundaa walitti dhufuun guyyaa kana haala addaan yaadatanii jira.Qophiin kun Wareegamtoota gootota ilmaan Oromoof yaadannoon callisaan erga taasifamee kan eegalame yoommuu tahu dungoon diimaa magariisa diimaa qabsiisuunii fi Alaabaa ABO fannisuun yaadatamee jira. Yaadannoo kana irrattis walaloo, baacoo, taphootaa fi barnoottan siyaasaa kennamanii jiran. 

Briefing: Ethiopia’s Muslim protests

Protestors say the government is interfering
in religious affairs
ADDIS ABABA, 15 November 2012 (IRIN) - Tensions have been simmering over several months between Muslims and the government, with thousands holding demonstrations in protest at the government's alleged interference in religious affairs; the government has blamed the protests on a small group of extremists.

Around 60 percent of Ethiopia's 84 million people are Christians; Muslims make up about one-third of the population, according to official figures.

ILO slams five countries, including Ethiopia, for trade union abuses

The Economic Times | November 15/2012

GENEVA: A UN agency on Thursday condemned Argentina, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Fiji and Peru for having the worst record for workers¹ rights out of 32 countries it reviewed.

The five countries singled out constituted "the most serious and urgent cases regarding freedom of association," said the International Labour Organization.

An ILO report looked at the murder of four workers in Argentina during the eviction of staff from a construction site in Mar del Plata in 2009.

Goototni Ummataa fi Biyyaaf Ulfina

Malkaa Caffeetiin

Sagaleen Baqqalaa Garbaa Fuula Yakkamtoota Sanaa Dura Dhaabbatee Gootummaadhaan dhageessise:

1) Yakkamtoota maqaa “Seeraa” tiin Yakkamaa isa fakkeessuuf carraaqaniif Bakakkaa dha.Namootni “Abbootii Seeraa” jedhamanii, fedhiidhaanis haa tahu dirqamanii, fuula Baqqalaa Garbaa fi Olbaanaa Leellisaafaa dura dhaabbachaa turan sunii fi gooftoliin isaanii sagalee rifaasisaa sana yoom illee sammuu isaanii keessaa haquu hin danda’an. Halkan abjuudhaan dhagahanii baaragaa jiraatu.

ኢትዮጵያውያን ስደተኞች በቱኒሲያ

Deutsche Welle | 14 November 2012

የሊቢያው ጦርነት ከመካሄዱ በፊትና በጦርነቱ ወቅት ፤ ከዚያም በኋላ ፣ ወደ ሌሎች ሀገራት ፤ በተለይም ወደ አውሮፓ ለመግባት የሜድትራንያንን ባህር በጀልባዎች ለማቋረጥ ሲሞክሩ ፤ ዘግናኝ ሁኔታ እያጋጠማቸው በመስመጥ ህይወታቸውን ስላጡ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሶማሌዎች ኤርትራውያንና ሌሎችም የአፍሪቃ ሃገራት ዜጎች ባለፉት 2 ዓመታት ገደማ በተደጋጋሚ ዘገባዎችን አዳምጠናል። የከፊሉ ስደተኞቹ እንጂ የብዙዎቹ ችግር እስከዛሬ እልባት እንዳላገኘ ይሰማል። ከሊቢያው ጦርነት ሸሽተው ቱኒሲያ የገቡ ኢትዮጵያውያን እስካሁን በዚያው ድንበር አካባቢ የሚገኙ ሲሆን፤ ትናንት አደባባይ በመውጣት ለ UNHCR ስለወደፊቱ ዕጣቸው አቤት ብለው ነበር። ተክሌ የኋላ ስልክ በመደወል ስደተኞቹን አነጋግሮ ነበር።

Assessing the 2012 UN Human Rights Council Elections: One-Third of Candidates Unqualified for Membership

By Sarah Trister (Manager of Congressional Affairs) | Freedom house 

Executive Summary
The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled on November 12 to vote on 18 new members of the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (HRC).  According to the Council’s founding resolution (60/251), Council members are expected to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” and the election of new members “shall take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments thereto.”  Freedom House’s assessment of the domestic human rights standards of the candidate countries and their voting records on UN resolutions related to human rights indicates that one-third of the candidates fail to meet the United Nations’ own criteria for election to the Human Rights Council.

Human Rights: German NGO pulls out of Ethiopia

November 13, 2012 (DW) — Named after the German Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Heinrich Böll Foundation is an NGO promoting democracy and human rights. It is leaving Ethiopia in protest against restrictions on its activities. 

 “The closure of the office in Ethiopia is a sign of protest by the foundation against the ongoing restrictions on civil rights and freedom of speech” said a statement released by the Heinrich Böll Foundation explaining why they had closed their office in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

የሀይንሪኽ በል ድርጅት ከኢትዮጵያ የመውጣት ውሳኔ

Deutsche Welle | 13 November 2012

መንግሥታዊ ያልሆነው የጀርመናውያኑ የሀይንሪኽ በል ድርጅት ኢትዮጵያን ለቆ እንደሚወጣ እና በአዲስ አበባ የሚገኘውን ጽሕፈት ቤቱንም እስከ ፊታችን ታህሳስ ወር መጨረሻ ድረስ እንደሚዘጋ አስታወቀ።

በኢትዮጵያ ከሚሰሩት ትልቆቹ መንግሥታዊ ያልሆኑት ድርጅቶች መካከል አንዱ የሆነው ይኸው ድርጅት የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ከሦስት ዓመት በፊት ያወጣው የበጎ አድርጎት ተቋማት ሕግ ሀሳብን በነፃ የመግለጽን እና የፖለቲካ ውይይትን የሚገድብ ሆኖ ስላገኘው እዚህ ውሳኔ ላይ መድረሱን በኢትዮጵያ የድርጅቱ ኃላፊ ፓትሪክ ቤርግ ትናንት በበርሊን በሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ አስረድተዋል። ሕጉ በስድሳ ሀገራት የሚንቀሳቀሰውን የሀይንሪኽ በል ድርጅት ከአካባቢ አጋሮቹ ጋ ዴሞክራሲን ለማስፋፋት፡ የፆታ እኩልነትን ለማራመድ እና ዘላቂ ልማት ለማስገኘት የጀመረውን ስራውን ለመስራት እንዳላስቻለው ቤርግ አክለው ገልጸዋል።

Ethiopia: Ogaden Conflict – Things have taken a turn for the worse

William Lloyd-George,IPS | November 13th, 2012

Addis Ababa — Many were hoping that recent peace talks between the Ethiopian government and Ogaden rebels would signal an end to the gruelling 18-year-old conflict. The latest round of talks, however, dashed all dreams of peace between the two sides.

Things have taken a turn for the worse. Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) founder and foreign secretary Abdirahman Mahdi told IPS that he currently cannot see a way for the talks to continue.

Ogaden is a territory in the southeast of the Somali Region in Ethiopia. And ONLF intellectuals have fought for an independent state there since the 1991 fall from power of Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam.

Oromia: It is up to you

By Yaadasaa Dafaa | November 11, 2012

It is natural to ask if an Oromo individual, or a political group to answer the question “Do you honestly or modestly feel that you participated consciously or unconsciously in holding the struggle of the Nation Oromia as a “hostage”? Some times it could be very hard to look at ourselves in the mirror and see what others observe about us. Because, as human beings, we think that we are right most of the time. In pure reality, we could be wrong!!!! But it takes courage and unflinching self-confidence to admit that. Coming back to our struggle, there was a time when all the children of Abbaa Gadaa were united and all of did sing the beauty of the unity and solidarity of the Oromo people. But starting the late 1990s the seeds of mistrust, and outsmarting each other, including demoralizing poisonous agenda began to be spread. The result was/is strange behaviours contrary to the Oromo Nation’s cultural heritage started to erode Orommummaa and manifest it’s shamelessly. It was at that time when the conspiracies of the Oromo Nation’s core enemies and their collaborators within the Oromia’s struggle for independence commenced to take it’s abortive shape within the Oromo community all over the globe. No matter where ever the Oromo communities are, most of the Oromom citizens began to be at odd towards each other in all aspects of life, let alone man made artificial politics. This unfortunate phenomenon within the Oromo communities all over the World have reached the highest level of creating animosity among the people vividly and openly. As a result the genuine struggle for the Independence of Oromia had descended to it’s lowest inspirational power. Once dear comrades are now a days openly despising each than their common enemies. I am not going to insult your intelligence by asking you “who jubilantly is watching this when the Oromo citizens are blackmailing one another, disfranchising the potentials of their collective power and taking each others to foreign Courts of the Law”?

Funny Breaking News: UN elects Ethiopia to the UN Human Rights Council

This news comes as a surprise to most Ethiopians and even the international community that have been asking day and night for Ethiopia to respect human rights. 

It is an absurdity for anyone that would expect an international organisation as big as the UN to develop in such a manner. The absurdity is that  the UN General Assembly elected Ethiopia, along with Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Gabon to represent Africa for membership in the UN Human Rights Council, for the period 2013-2015. 

Unqualified Ethiopia elected and U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council

* Western group is only one that had competitive slate
* Rights groups criticize uncompetitive elections
* U.S. says rights council needs to improve
* Sudan ended candidacy after criticism of rights record
* Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, UAE, and Venezuela- are unqualified for membership
* Brazil, Kenya, and Sierra Leone - were questionable.

Joint Letter to Ethiopia on its Candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council

November 8, 2012

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Dear Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned, are a diverse group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world. With elections to the United Nations Human Rights Council quickly approaching, and with Ethiopia standing as a candidate, we are writing to urge your government to demonstrate its commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.

ኦህዴድ ዉስጥ የተፈጠረዉ ክፍፍልና ልዩነት ስር እየሰደደ ነው

[ግንቦት 7 ዜና]:

ወያኔ ኢትዮጵያን እንዳሻዉ መግዛት እንድችል በአምሳሉ ከፈጠራቸዉ ሦስት ድርጅቶች አንዱ በሆነዉ በኦሮሞ ህዝብ ዴሞክራሲያዊ ድርጅት (ኦህዴድ) ዉስጥ በቅርቡ የተካሄደዉን ከፍተኛ የስልጣን ክፍፍል አስመልክቶ የተፈጠረዉ ልዩነት ከፓርቲና ከክልል አልፎ ዞን ደረጃ ላይ የወረደ መሆኑን የግንቦት ሰባት ድምጽ ዘጋቢ የኦህዴድ የሚገኙ ዉስጥአዋቂ ምንጮችን ጠቅሶ በላከልን ዜና ገለጸ። ዘጋቢያችን ያናገራቸዉና ስማቸዉ እንዳይጠቀስ የፈለጉ አንድ ከፍተኛ የኦህዴድ አመራር አባል እንደተናገሩት በድርጅታቸዉ ዉስጥ የተፈጠረዉ መከፋፈል ከላይ ወደታች ወርዶ ኦህዴድ ዉስጥ ሁለት ቡድኖች መፈጠራቸዉን ሳይደብቁ ተናግርዋል። ከተፈጠሩት ሁለት ቡድኖች አንደኛዉ አሁን በስልጣን ላይ የሚገኘዉን የሀይለማሪያም ደሳለኝን መንግስት ተቀብለን እንሂድ የሚል ሲሆን ሁለተኛዉ ቡድን ደግሞ የኦሮሞን ህዝብ ብዛትና ኦህዴድ በኢትዮጵያ ፓርላማ ዉስጥ ያለዉን መቀመጫ ብዛት ከግምት ዉስጥ ባላስገባ መልኩ የተመሰረተዉን የሀይለማሪያም ደሳለኝን መንግስት በፍጹም መቀበል የለብንም ባይ ነዉ።

Ethiopia woman tells of sex slavery in Saudi Arabia

 Mohammad Awad | 11 November 2012
Ethiopian women face massive hardships, including sexual
violence in Saudi Arabia.

ADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopia woman revealed that she was the victim of sex slavery after she attempted to find work as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia.

For H, who asked that her identity remain anonymous, her ordeal began after she took a boat to Yemen, where after two months she was able to cross into Saudi Arabia and was hired by what she told Bikyamasr.com was a “nice couple” for a “decent salary.”

But that is when her horrific experience began. She continues to look down at her hands, ever moving, as she retells what she was forced to endure at the hands of her Saudi bosses.

Sign the White House Petition and Help Release Baqqalaa Garbaa + over 20,000 Oromo Political Prisoners

Sacrificing myself protesting injustice, discrimination and oppression against the Oromo people is my greatest honor

 —Baqqalaa Garbaa, November, 2012 

Sign the White House Human Rights  petition and help Bakala Garba and over 20,000 Oromo prisoners of conscience get released or heard worldwide! wh.gov/9Xa3 

As you might be aware, the news of Ethiopia’s unjust sentencing of senior Oromian opposition leaders Bakala Garba and Olbana Lelisa of the Oromo Federalist Congress has shocked the conscience of many Oromos in Oromia and the diaspora. Now that you have read all the news and the courageous words that Bakala Garba spoke to the face of his tormentors and jailers,  please take your time and ACT by signing the petition promoted below.  Bakala Garba said to the colonizers: “Sacrificing myself  protesting injustice, discrimination and oppression [against the Oromo people) is my greatest honor.”

How To End Government Intolerance Of Islam In Ethiopia – OpEd

By: Eurasia Review | November 11, 2012  | Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam

The current Ethiopian constitution provides for freedom of religion and requires the separation of state and religion. However the Muslim community in Ethiopia has been, for more than a year now, holding protests at mosques around the country against what is perceived as government interference in religious affairs. The protesters are demanding that the current members of the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (Majlis) be replaced by elected representatives and that elections for Majlis representatives be held in mosques rather than in the Kebeles. Some members of the Muslim community accuse the Ethiopian Government of controlling the Majlis and sponsoring the propagation of Al-Ahbash, a little known sect of Islam. The Ethiopian Government, on the other hand, accuses the protesters of being led by extremists who want to establish an Islamic state in place of the current secular multination federatioThe Ethiopian Government has responded against some protests in 2012 with deadly force, most recently in Assassa in April and Gerba in October, resulting in the death of at least seven protesters, a large number of injuries, and the imprisonment of a number of protesters on terrorism charges.


The world’s wealthy countries often criticize African nations for corruption — especially that perpetrated by those among the continent’s government and business leaders who abuse their positions by looting tens of billions of dollars in national assets or the profits from state-owned enterprises that could otherwise be use to relieve the plight of some of the world’s poorest peoples. A must see

ኃላፊነቱን የማይወጣ ባለሥልጣን እንዲወገድ ፓርላማው ግፊት አደርጋለሁ አለ

Sunday, 11 November 2012 By Wudineh Zenebe

-    መንግሥት ተግባራዊ ዕርምጃ እንዲወስድ እየተጠየቀ ነው

የመልካም አስተዳደር ችግሮችን በሚመለከት በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ጽሕፈት ቤት በቅርቡ በተካሄደው ስብሰባ የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት አፈ ጉባዔ አቶ አባዱላ ገመዳ፣ ችግሮቹን እንዲያርም ተነግሮት ማስተካከል ያልቻለ ኃላፊ ከሥልጣኑ እንዲነሳ ፓርላማው ግፊት እንደሚያደርግ አስታወቁ፡፡

“አስተካክል ተብሎ ማስተካከል ያልቻለ ኃላፊ በመጀመርያ የሥራው ስህተት ለሕዝብ ይፋ ይደረጋል፤ቀጥሎም በጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ አማካይነት ከሥልጣኑ እንዲነሳ የሕዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ግፊት ያደርጋል፤” ብለዋል አፈ ጉባዔው፡፡ አክለውም “ከዚህ በኋላ ይህንን አሠራር ለመጀመርያ ጊዜ ተግባራዊ እናደርጋለን፤” ሲሉ አቶ አባዱላ አስታውቀዋል፡፡

Pressure Ethiopia to release Oromo Prisoners of Conscience, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, Laggese Dhaba, Riqitu and Sisay

Ethiopia has a long history of brutality and human rights violations against civilian populations. Among those persecuted are ethnic Oromo, Sidama, Ogaden, Anuak and Afar.

Oromo constitute 50% of the population, and thus become a major target of Ethiopian military and security. As it stands today, there are more than 20,000 Oromo political prisoners in Ethiopian prisons and torture cells.

Among the many Prisoners of consciences are politicians and civic leaders:
1 Mr Bekele Gerba, Deputy Chairman Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement
2 Mr. Olbana Lelisa, Oromo People's Congress Party
3 Macha Tulama Mr. Laggese Deti Dhaba, Mulugeta Riqit, Sisay Serbesa

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Unwarranted Injustice: Opposing Party Nationals Facing 25 Years

By Eve Pearce
November 10, 2012 (ayyaantuu.com) — On November 1st, the Ethiopian national court convicted nine Oromo nationals, including opposition party leader Bekele Gerba, of crimes related to the sweeping anti-terrorism laws. Gerba was joined by another member of the opposition party, Olbana Lellisa, and seven other Oromo nationals, who were arrested for unknown and unclear reasons. Their sentencing is expected to take place in several weeks.

The Arrests

The case began in August of 2011 when Gerba and Lellisa were arrested after meeting with an Amnesty International delegate, which was afterwards expelled from the country. Gerba, an English teacher at Addis Ababa University and deputy Chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement (OFDM), met with the delegate on August 23, 2011 to exchange information related to human rights abuses within the country. Lellisa, of the Oromo People’s Congress party (OPC) met with the same delegate under similar circumstances three days later, on August 26th. The next day both men were arrested and charged with terror-related offenses; neither of which were publicly supported with evidence.

Oromo Freedom from What and for What, Part 1

By Mekuria Bulcha* | November 9, 2012 

Culture as a Weapon in the Fight for an Independent Oromia
In the three debate articles I have published on this subject in the course of this year, I have argued that history and the current situation speak for Oromo independence assessing the so-called declaration made by a group that split from the OLF positing that the objective of the Oromo Liberation to form an independent state of Oromia is “dropped” in favor of a “new democratic federal republic of Ethiopia”. In the second article I made a call for a declaration of our preferences and for an articulation of a common vision, and above all, a conviction that speaks for the sovereign state which our people deserve and are aspiring for. In the third article I have provided a critical analysis of the arguments being made by other observers against the formation of an independent Oromo state.

Ethiopia abusing religious freedom of Muslims: U.S. body

By Aaron Maasho (Reuters) - ADDIS ABABA | Fri Nov 9, 2012 - A U.S. panel on religious freedom accused the Ethiopian government of trying to tighten control of its Muslim minority amid mass protests, saying it is risking greater destabilization of the Horn of Africa region. 

Ethiopia, which has long been seen by the West as a bulwark against Muslim rebels in neighboring Somalia, says it fears militant Islam is taking root in the country.

However, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) accused the government of arresting peaceful Muslim protesters, noting that 29 of them had been charged last month with what the authorities said was "planning to commit terrorist acts".

መንግሥትና ኢሕአዴግ ለአንደኛ ሴሚስተር ፈተና ይዘጋጁ

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 (ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ)

ከሐዘን በኋላ አዲስ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር በመሾም ጉዞው ከተጀመረ ሰንበትበት ብሏል፡፡ በአሁኑ ጊዜ የታቀደው በሙሉ ተፈጸመ ወይ ብለን አንገመግምም፡፡

ገና ጅምር ላይ ነንና፡፡ ይህ ጥያቄ የሚነሳው በአጠቃላዩ የመልቀቂያ ፈተና ጊዜ ነው፡፡ እስካሁን ድረስ እየተደረገ ያለው ጉዞ ግን የመጀመሪያ ሴሚስተር በመሆኑ፣ ኢሕአዴግም እንደ ድርጅት መንግሥትም እንደ መንግሥት ሊዘጋጁ ይገባል፡፡ ከተዘጋጁበት ፈተናው በጣም ቀላል ነው፡፡ ካልተዘጋጁበት ደግሞ ፈተናው ቀላል ቢመስልም፣ መልስ ለመስጠት ግን አዳጋች ሊሆን ይችላል፡፡

የአሁኑ የመጀመሪያው ሴሚስተር ፈተና ዋነኛው ጥያቄ ኢሕአዴግም መንግሥትም በውስጣቸው አንድ ሆነው፣ በአንድ ልብ እየተወያዩ፣ እየተመካከሩና እየተናበቡ እየተንቀሳቀሱ ናቸው ወይ የሚል ነው፡፡

Kaayoo fi Maqaa ABO tiin Qabsaawuuf Kakuu Kaleessa Seenne Haaroomsuun ABO Tokkomsuuf Ni Qabsoofnna

Ibsa Gurmuu Qabsaawootaa fi Miseensoota ABO

Onkolooleessa 30, 2012

Qabsoon ummanni Oromoo bilisummaa fi walabummaa Oromiyaa godhaa jiru, gadaa shanan darbe bu’aa baayyee argamsiisulee, carraa gaarii yeroo adda addaa argameetti akka barbaachiisutti, dhimma itti bahuu dadhabuun deddeebi’ee qabsichaa fi dhaaba keenya ABO muddateetti jira. Hamma hara’atis, jaarmayni Oromoo tokkolleen, humna damboobaa fi qabsaawaa ta’ee, barattoota, barsisttoota, qonaan bultoota, hayyoota, dubarttootaa fi dargaggoota Oromoo kan biyya fi biyya alaa fagoo fi olla biyyaa jiran mara qabsoof hiriirsee, alagaalee dhimmi siyaasaa naannoo sanii nu galcha jedhu mara gargaarsifachuun, qabsicha injifannoon gahuu hindandeenye.

Ethiopia to possibly be replaced on UN Human Rights Council

The annual din about which countries are fit to occupy seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council will intensify ahead of the General Assembly election for the 18 seats that change hands at the end of 2012. Sudan and Ethiopia are two possibilities for replacements on the 47-seat body, and Syria has been mentioned – scathingly – for a 2014 seat. In an election year, the din from the United States, which many regard as having a questionable human rights record, could be deafening. Washington’s uneasy relations with the council will be recalled along the way.

Oromo : Low Internet Access

With only 0.5 percent of Ethiopia’s population having access to the Internet, the Oromo need to find creative ways to take interest in social media usage as a tool for political and civic engagement. 

Below is an article published by Oromo Press 

Social media usage in political and civic engagement in nations like the United States is at an all-time high, as shown by the high volumes of tweets and Facebook updates during the 2012 U.S presidential debates. The first U.S. presidential debate saw over 10 million tweets, which is the highest of all the debates. During the third debate on foreign policy, the number of tweets fell to 6.5 million posts. The numbers tell us that Americans are using social media to support their most favorite candidate(s) and issues. The competition to tweet more among peers in a network was obviously visible. There were also tens of Oromos in diaspora who cared to tweet about the American presidential debates.

OLF: Remembering the 7th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Popular Uprising in Oromia

The following is a press release from the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) on the remembrance of the 2005 Peaceful Revolt Against Subjugation In Oromia 

Fincilli Diddaa Gabrummaa (FDG) Hanga Bilisummaa Oromiyaatti Jabaatee Itti Fufa
                                          (Ibsa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo)

Gaafa: 06-11-2012                                                                                             Lakk.: 018/stm-abo/2012

Sadaasni 9, bara 2005, labsa Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo irraa dhihaateen guutuu Oromiyaa keessatti fincilli diddaa gabrummaa bifa duraanii caalaatti qindaawaan guyyaa itti labsame dha. Hará Sadaasa bara 2012 irra dhaabbannee waggaa torbaffaa labsii FDG kanaa yaadachaa jirra.

Sadaasa 9, bara 2005 fincilli kun maaliif bifa qindaawaan labsame? Gaafas haala akkamitu ture, hará hoo haala akkamitu harkaa nu qaba? Fuulduraaf hoo maaltu mala? Gaaffiilee kana gabaabsanii deebisuun barbaachisaa taha. Ummanni Oromoo diina irratti kan finciluu eegale akkuma humna qawweetiin cabee jilbeenfachiifameen ture. Fincilli diddaa gabrummaa Sadaasa 9, bara 2005 wayta labsametti Itoophiyaa keessatti oduun belbeltuun dhimma itti baha filmaata wayyaanee bara sanitti geggeeffamee turee ti. Filmaata sana keessatti sagaleen Oromoo ukkaamamaa ture. Sagaleen humnoota siyaasaa filmaata san keessatti aangaée dhagahamaa ture sagalee paartii biyya bituu fi kan dhaaba mormituu barasii ‘Qinijjit’ jedhamuu qofa ture. Bahii filmaataa irratti wal falmiin humnoota kana lamaan gidduu ture QBO waggoota kudhanootaaf geggeeffamaa ture irratti gaaddiddeesse. Gaaffiin siyaasaa Itoophiyaa keessa jiru kanuma humnoota lamaan filmaata irratti hirmatanii qofa akka tahe fakkeesse. Falmaan qabsoo fi sagaleen diddaa ummatoota cunqurfamoo ni ukkaamame.

Afaan Oromoon Dubbachuufi Barreessutti Abbaatu Ulfina Hora

Sadaasa 6, 2012 (Oromo Press): Mataduree armaan olii kana kanan filadheef sababii malee miti. Baroota1990s jalqabee Oromiyaa keessatti Afaan Oromoo  walmadaallii duriin guddina caalmaa agarsiisaa jira. Sadarkaa biyyaatti, sabaahimaaleen walabaa Afaan Oromoo irratti guddisan haadhabaman maleeyyuu, manneen barnootaa keessatti Afaan Oromoo haga tokko dagaagaa jira-galanni kan gootota kufaniifi kan dhaloota haaraa haata'uti.  Namoonni dhuunfaan kitaabolee og-barruu uumaafi miti-uumaa  ittiin katabaa jiru. Sunneen wantoota abdachiisoofi haamilchiisoodha.

Waan abdachiisa sana bira tarree yoo laalle immoo wantoonni moromaa ykn abdachiisaa hintaane nijiru. Guddinni afaanichaa haga barbaadame akka hinutaalle kan godhe dhiibbaa alagaa qofa osoo hintaane, Oromootumti magaalaafi biyya-ambaa keessa jiraatan afaan saanirra afaan alagaan dubbachuufi barreessuuf dirqamu ykn filachuu isaaniti. Afaan keenya qancarsuurratti gahee mataa keenyas dagachuu hinqabinu. Iddoon rakkoo lamaan ogummaa barreessufi dubbisuudha. Dubbachuu eenyumtuu Oromoo ta'ee kan dhalateefi guddate nidubbata.

51,000 Ethiopian refugees to Yemen since July

Yemen's proximity to the eastern coast of Africa has
led to the influx of refugees from embattled African
November 5/2012 (Yemen Times): A new report released by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) found that approximately 51,000 Ethiopian refugees entered Yemen since the end of July.

Yemen has continued to see an influx of refugees from different embattled countries, including Ethiopia. The majority of the Ethiopians enter Yemen illegally by small boats coming from Djibouti, Puntland and Somalia, according to a 2012 report released by the DRC, a private humanitarian group.

Ethiopia air force chief sacked signaling the escalating factional rivalry

November 5/2012 (Gulele Post): In a sign of growing rift between rival factions of the the ruling elites, Ethiopian air force chief General Molla Hailemariam has been fired from his post. He is said to have been replaced by General Mehari Tekele , who is reportedly of Eritrean descent.

The cracks are developing along the old fault-line of Tigreans of Eritrean origin versus those from Tigray (the so called authentic Tigreans).

Such cleavage has been with the organization from the very beginning culminating in 2001 with the departure of Seeye’s camp after accusing Meles of not taking tougher stances on Eritrea because of his blood ties.

Wallaga, Aanaa Anifilloo Keessatti Diddaan Ummataa Jabaatee Daandiin Konkolaataa Cufame

Sadaasa 05,2012 Naqamte (Qeerroo): Gabaasaa Qeerroo Qellem,Anfilloo irraa haaluma arman duraa irraa adda kan taanee haala raafamaa fi sodaa mootummaan wayyaanee ona sana irratti qabuun wal qabsiisee har’a Sadaasa 4 addeessuun sadaasa 1 kaasee dargaggoota fi uummata isaaf amanamoo ta’an walitti waamuudhaan walgayii adeemsisaa turuun akkasuma itti fufee akka adeemsifamaa jiru gabaasaan Qeerroo addeessa.Dhimmi walgayii isaanii kunis haala sochii ABO ilaalchisee biyya keessatti hojii gaggeessa jiru keessattuu kunoo miidiyaa isaaniitiin haala sochii mootummaan keenya qabu kan aanaa keenyaa kana miidiyaadhaan darbaa jira, kun ammoo qaama biroo osoo hin taanee nu keessaa kan ABOdhaaf basaasaa jirutu jira, kana akkamitti qorannoodhaan bira geenya, kana qofa miti kaayyoo mootummaan diriisree jiru ammallee fesheleessuuf sochiin isaanii jabaataa jira haala kana irratti hammam qophii qabdu jedhuun walgayii kana irratti mata duree godhatanii gaggeessaa akka turan gabaasaan addeessa.Itti fufee Sadaasa gaafa 3 ona Anfilloo ganda Suddii jedhamu keessatti nama maqaan isaa Abbush jedhamu loltoota Wayyaaneen qabamee mana hidhaa akka jiru gabaasi nu gahe addeessa.

Fourteen Ethiopian Militants Defected to ONLF

Sunday, November 4/2012: (Ogaden Online)

Reports reaching Ogaden Online service desk from the town of Fiq confirm the defection of up to 14 Ethiopian trained militia known as ‘Liyu police’. Reports add that this militia escaped with all their military gear including some BKM's.

The Fourteen defecting Militias who escaped to ONLF are opposing the Ethiopian regime's racist policy towards Ogaden civilians. They said that the regime is taking harsh measures against civilian population and anyone who violate the order.

Kan Taa’u Hin Gufatu

Malkaa Caffee: Sadaasa 2, 2012 

Qabsoo Bilisummaaf waadaa seente eegdee,
Jireenya dhuunfaa kee kan sanaaf wareegde.

Yaa qabsaawaa haqaa kan sabaaf dhaabattuu,
Hamilee kee hin tuqin gochi ayyaan-laallattuu.

Hanga ergama kee kabajaan raaw’attuu,
Obsaan tarkaafadhu gufuunis baay’attu.

In autocratic Ethiopia, we are all Bekele Garba

By Hassen Hussein
On October 30, 2012, Ethiopia’s kangaroo court convicted nine Oromo nationals, including opposition leader Bekele Gerba, whom Amnesty International calls prisoners of conscience, under that country’s sweeping anti-terrorism law. Their sentencing is scheduled to take place in a few weeks.

The Oromo term roorroo connotes more than its often used English equivalent, injustice. It denotes, in the words of anti-apartheid leader and the greatest statesman of our time, Nelson Mandela, a time "in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight."

Can Ethiopia's Political Conflicts Be Resolved Peacefully?

By Buri Waddesso:  
The collapse of peace talks between the Ethiopian regime and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) last month begs the question; can Ethiopia's mounting political problems be resolved, peacefully, through negotiation?

Zenawi's successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, declared that he would not deviate from the path charted by the "Great Leader" dispelling any notion that the ruling party would open up the political process following the death of its longest-serving leader.