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Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

Written by Prof.Alemayehu G. Mariam

Portrait of A Poor Country

AlemayeguLately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of  Ethiopia painted in a recent broadcast of a fear-mongering three-part propaganda program entitled “Akeldama” (or Land of Blood) on state-owned television. The program aired on November 26-28 was intended to be a moral, and to some extent legal and political, justification of dictator Meles Zenawi’s “anti-terrorism law”. The program begins with a doleful narrator setting a doomsday scenario:

Terrorism is destroying the world. Terrorism is wrecking our daily lives, obstructing it. What I am telling you now is not about international terrorsim. It is about a scheme that has been hatched against our country Ethiopia to turn her into Akeldama or land of blood. For us Ethiopians, terrorism has become a bitter problem. In this regard, I have three consecutive programs prepared for you my viewers.Displaying photos of alleged terrorist carnage and simulated blood droplets falling from the title of the program — dead bodies of babies and little children lying on the ground, fly-infested corpses of adults oozing blood on the asphalt, severed limbs scattered in the streets, burned vehicles, bombed buildings, doctors treating injured victims, a crowd of wailing women mourning at a gravesite, an old man crying his eyes out over the death of his wife at the hand of “terrorsits” and footage of the imploding Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2011 and on and on — the narrator accuses “ruthless terrorists” for having “destroyed our peace” and “massacring our loved ones”. In a plaintive tone the narrator  exhorts: Read more →

‘Lundin may have led Bildt to the heart of darkness’

Written by The Local Sweden`s NEWS in English

Swedish Jornal

After two Swedish journalists claiming they were investigating the presence of the Lundin Group in Ethiopia were found guilty of terror crimes on Wednesday, Swedish investigative journalist Leo Lagercrantz takes a closer look at the Swedish company and foreign minister Carl Bildt‘s involvement with it.

Ethiopian Muslim organisation calls for release of arrested journalists

Written by Sudan Tribune

December 20, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – An exiled Muslim organisation, Badar Ethiopia, has called on Ethiopian authorities to immediately release jailed Muslim journalists who published a local magazine on the affairs of country’s MuslimAccording to some Ethiopian opposition websites, the three journalists Ahmed Din Jebel, Akmel Negash, and Ishaq Eshetu were arrested on 16 December.

The monthly Ye Moslimoch Gudai publication is considered as the foremost voice of Muslim society in the dominantly Christian Ethiopia.The magazine is known for publishing critical analysis of the conditions of Muslims in Ethiopia.

There is no any confirmation from government officials over the alleged arrests or why if made but the US based organization, Badar said the arrests is politically motivated. Read more →

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