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04-24-2007, 05:25 PM
Including foreign (in this case Chinese) engineers (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24224766.htm). An embarassment for the Ethiopians to add with the recent kidnapping (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article1695461.ece)of British diplomats. Given the ONLF's providence, I think one has to be blind to miss the linkage between this and the ongoing fighting (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6587447.stm)in Mogadishu.
Additional info from NYTIMES (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/25/world/africa/25ethiopia.html?ref=world&pagewanted=print).
06-18-2007, 07:35 AM
18 June NY Times - In Ethiopian Desert, Fear and Cries of Army Brutality (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/18/world/africa/18ethiopia.html?ref=world) by Jeffrey Gettleman.
... This is the Ogaden, a spindle-legged corner of Ethiopia that the urbane officials in Addis Ababa, the capital, would rather outsiders never see. It is the epicenter of a separatist war pitting impoverished nomads against one of the biggest armies in Africa.
What goes on here seems to be starkly different from the carefully constructed up-and-coming image that Ethiopia — a country that the United States increasingly relies on to fight militant Islam in the Horn of Africa — tries to project.
In village after village, people said they had been brutalized by government troops. They described a widespread and longstanding reign of terror, with Ethiopian soldiers gang-raping women, burning down huts and killing civilians at will.
It is the same military that the American government helps train and equip — and provides with prized intelligence. The two nations have been allies for years, but recently they have grown especially close, teaming up last winter to oust an Islamic movement that controlled much of Somalia and rid the region of a potential terrorist threat...
07-22-2007, 09:49 AM
22 July NY Times - Ethiopia Is Said to Block Food to Rebel Region (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/world/africa/22ethiopia.html?ref=world) by Jeffrey Gettleman.
The Ethiopian government is blockading emergency food aid and choking off trade to large swaths of a remote region in the eastern part of the country that is home to a rebel force, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of starvation, Western diplomats and humanitarian officials say.
The Ethiopian military and its proxy militias have also been siphoning off millions of dollars in international food aid and using a United Nations polio eradication program to funnel money to their fighters, according to relief officials, former Ethiopian government administrators and a member of the Ethiopian Parliament who defected to Germany last month to protest the government’s actions...
07-27-2007, 03:10 PM
I wonder how long Ethiopia can hold it together? I have to admit that Meles Zenawi has lasted longer than I ever thought he would. But, it can't last forever and when Ethiopia implodes (or explodes), what happens in the horn?
09-05-2007, 10:29 AM
Aid agency warns of possible starvation in eastern Ethiopia (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/19440.html)- McClatchy, 4 Sep.
A leading relief agency said Tuesday that Ethiopian government forces had blocked relief efforts and food supplies in parts of the rebel Ogaden region, adding the threat of starvation to a rapidly growing humanitarian crisis.
Doctors Without Borders said that Ethiopian forces — which are trying to crush a long-running separatist movement in the eastern region — repeatedly had denied its teams access to two of the worst-affected areas in recent weeks, citing security operations.
Agency staff members who traveled along some main roads in the harsh, rock-strewn Ogaden in June, July and August saw villages burned and abandoned, severe shortages of even basic medicines and widespread signs of malnutrition. They said that at least 400,000 people urgently needed help. Some doctors said Ethiopian troops were enforcing partial food blockades in certain areas ...
04-28-2009, 03:10 AM
Not sure what the policy is on creating new threads, but I didn't see anywhere else to post this.
There's accompanying footage from ETV showing some of the cash and weaponry allegedly seized by the government. I'll provide the link as soon as my computer stops acting up. Also one of the suspects is an active duty BG.
Ethiopia arrests 'coup plotters' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8018731.stm)
04-29-2009, 02:02 AM
sorry I couldn't find a translated version.
ETV News Says - Ginbot 7 Members Arrested (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNrHGOZvcOE)
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