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Made in China: Once known for cheap knockoffs, Chinese companies are now the world’s innovators — Quartz October 30, 2016

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Most of us use products made in China every day and are aware of its growing economic power as a factory to the world. But China intends to become a developed nation by mid-century, and integral to this ambition is its intense focus on innovation. In a few decades, Chinese companies have evolved from imitators…

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Ethiopia: The Fascist regime’s (TPLF/EPRDF) Crimes Against Humanity in Oromia Escalate After the State Of Emergency is Declared October 30, 2016

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Ethiopia: TPLF/EPRDF Crimes Against Humanity in Oromia Escalate After the State Of Emergency is Declared

HRLHA’s Appeal to the International Community

October 30, 2016

Crimes against humanity against the  Oromo nation have escalated after the State of Emergency was declared on October 8, 2016 by the TPLF.  The Tigray People’s Liberation Front blocked  all means of  communication in order to hide the  heinous crimes it perpetrated all over the Oromo and Amhara regions. According to the unconfirmed information  obtained in Oromia regional state, over 1000 Oromos have been killed and about 40,000 Oromos detained in different places from October 8 – 30, 2016. The HRLHA  has received  a partial list of those killed and detained in the South Oromia Zone in West and Arsi Zones. According to our informants, from October 8 – 30, 2016 , 248 have been killed and 3706 were detained. Most of these were youths.



The following are the names of Oromos among the detainees in Munessa and Digalu districts of Arsii Zone , Oromia


International attention on Ethiopia has been in a continuous ebb and flow since the outbreak of the mass movement that began in November 2015 in Oromia Regional State. Lethal force has been used against the protestors. The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa and other international human rights agencies such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have repeatedly reminded the International community to stop the vicious human rights abuses in Ethiopia. However the world community has abstained from taking concrete action.

The HRLHA again calls upon the international community to act collectively in a timely and decisive manner – through the UN Security Council and in accordance with the UN charter on a case-by – case basis to stop the Ethiopian government’s assaults on its own citizens before it is too late.The International community has a responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic,humanitarian and other means to protect populations from crimes. If a State is manifestly failing to protect its population, the international community must be prepared to take collective action to protect populations,in accordance with the UN Charter.

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Situation in Ethiopia October 30, 2016

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The current situation is based on the build up of years of frustration from ethnic groups who have felt marginalized by the government. Ethiopia is made up of about 80 different ethnolinguistic groups with the Oromo nation comprising the largest ethnic group in the country. The communist regime was overthrown in 1991 and the current government, which acts essentially as a single-party, has been ruling as an authoritarian regime since that time.Throughout the years, there have been varying degrees of unrest and protest, the biggest and until now occurring in 2005 during the country’s heavily contested elections. The results of that election, which sustained the ruling party’s power (the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)), was considered fraudulent by both the opposition as well as outside observers. Now, the country’s two largest regions – Oromia

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Al Jazeera: Ethiopia ‘ruthlessly targeted’ Oromo ethnic group, report finds. #OromoProtests #OromoRevolution October 30, 2016

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Former detainees describe beatings, electric shocks and gang rape, according to Amnesty International report

Ethiopia has “ruthlessly targeted” and tortured thousands of people belonging to its largest ethnic group for perceived opposition to the government, rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

The report, based on over 200 testimonies, said at least 5,000 members of the Oromo ethnic group, which has a distinct language and accounts for over 30 percent of the country’s population, had been arrested between 2011 and 2014 for their “actual or suspected peaceful opposition to the government.”

“The Ethiopian government’s relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent among the Oromo is sweeping in its scale and often shocking in its brutality,” said Amnesty International researcher Claire Beston.

The rights group said those arrested included students and civil servants. They were detained based on their expression of cultural heritage such as wearing clothes in colors considered to be symbols of Oromo resistance – red and green – or alleged chanting of political slogans.

Oromia, the largest state in Ethiopia, has long had a difficult relationship with the central government in Addis Ababa. A movement has been growing there for independence. And the government has outlawed a secessionist group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which has fought for self-determination for over 40 years.

Since 1992, the OLF has waged a low-level armed struggle against the Ethiopian government, which has accused the group of carrying out a series of bombings throughout the country.

Amnesty said that the majority of Oromo people targeted are accused of supporting the OLF, but that the “allegation is frequently unproven” and that it is “merely a pretext to silence critical voices and justify repression.”

“The report tends to confirm the claims that diaspora-based Oromo activists have been making for some time now,” Michael Woldemariam, a professor of international relations and political science at Boston University, told Al Jazeera. “What it does do, however, is provide a wealth of detail and empirical material that lends credibility to claims we have heard before.”

Missing fingers, ears, teeth

Former detainees – who fled the country and were interviewed by Amnesty in neighboring Kenya, Somaliland and Uganda – described torture, “including beatings, electric shocks, mock execution, burning with heated metal or molten plastic, and rape, including gang rape,” Amnesty said.

Although the majority of former detainees interviewed said they never went to court, many alleged they were tortured to extract a confession.

“We interviewed former detainees with missing fingers, ears and teeth, damaged eyes and scars on every part of their body due to beating, burning and stabbing – all of which they said were the result of torture,” said Beston.

Redwan Hussein, Ethiopia’s government spokesman, “categorically denied” the report’s findings. He accused Amnesty of having an ulterior agenda and of repeating old allegations.

“It (Amnesty) has been hell-bent on tarnishing Ethiopia’s image again and again,” he told Agence France-Press.

The report also documented protests that erupted in April and May over a plan to expand the capital Addis Abba into Oromia territory. It said that protests were met with “unnecessary and excessive force,” which included “firing live ammunition on peaceful protestors” and “beating hundreds of peaceful protesters and bystanders,” resulting in “dozens of deaths and scores of injuries.”

Oromo singers, writers and poets have been arrested for allegedly criticizing the government or inciting people through their work. Amnesty said they, along with student groups, protesters and people promoting Oromo culture, are treated with hostility because of their “perceived potential to act as a conduit or catalyst for further dissent.”

Al Jazeera and wire services. Philip J. Victor contributed to this report. 


Oromia: Gadda: Wallisaa beekaman Oromoo Dabalaa Damee du’aan addunyaa kana irraa Boqote. Biyyoon isatti haa salphatu. October 30, 2016

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The beloved and one of the greatest Oromo  musicians, actors and poets, Dabalaa Damee died on 29 October 2016. He was highly talented and gifted artist and selfless. He dedicated all his life to develop the suppressed Oromo art music  and culture. He was very incredible.  He lived a life as an artist, activist and selfless human being. he was advocating for equality, peace, justice and freedom for Oromo people and all oppressed people.

Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace!


Artist Dabalaa Damee Onkoloolessa 29 bara 2016 du’aan addunyaa kana irraa Boqote.
Dabalaa Damee nama walleef artii Afaan Oromoo keessatti bakka guddaa qabudha.
Jireenya isaa guutuu artii saba kanaaf hanga dhumaatti nama cichaa turedha.  Kuusaa artii Oromoo nama jabaa tokko dhabneerra har’a. Biyyoon isatti haa salphatu. Maatii saaf Oromo maraaf  immoo rabbi jajjabina haa kennu.  

OBS: Weelluuwwan Oromoo weellisuu fi weellistoota birootiif sirboota aadaa barreessee kennuun guddina Aartii Oromoo keessatti gaheesaa bahaa kan ture Weellisaa Dabalaa Damee Addunyaa kanarraa du’aan boqote.TV’n OBS du’a Artistii keenyaatiin gadda guddaa itti dhahame ibsaa,maatiisaa fi qooda-fudhattoota Aartii maraaf jajjabina hawwina.
Weellisaa Dabalaa Damee bara [2016] keessa dhukkubsachuun isaa dhagahamnaan,gareen TV OBS bakka inni dhukkubsatee ciise qorachuun karaa Abbaa Qabeenyaa Obbo Dinquu Dayyaasaatiin Hospitaala Riifti Vaaliitti wal’aansa bilisaa fi gargaarsa birrii 100,000 gumaachuun niyaadatama.