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Can either Ethioindex or one of you innernetz savvy people please, please download the Teddy Afro interview with VOA Amharic? The two-part series was repeated partly on Monday (yesterday).
Seriously, it is nothing short of stunning this kid, Teddy Afro’s, depth of intelligence and sense of decency. His articulation of art and politics, his humor , his insight into what
The thing about political turmoil is that it opens up past wounds and creates new ones. We become susceptible to bombast and create temporary but untenable alliances with “the enemy of my enemy” who all of a sudden becomes our new best friend. I’ve said it before, I will say it again… democracy is not a laxative. (My husband would like it to go on record that he thinks that saying is unbearably garish, even for me. Recorded.) Political turmoil also opens up an opportunity for professional flame fanners who thrive in chaos. Teddy talks gracefully about people with “qn menfess” (crude ETW translation: pure conscious); the challenge for us in the Diaspora is to always associate our efforts with those who have a proven track record of qn menfess. Whether it believes it or not, the EPRDF is on its way out. We can’t have a moral void.
To me, the most effective discourses on civic and moral responsibility still remain Berhanu Nega’s speeches in Stockholm and
Um… I have become a Saddam Hussein Trial junkie. My favorite part from yesterday’s proceeding was when Saddam’s half brother stood up and started bewilderingly screaming, “Down with dictatorship! Long live democracy!” Walk it off, darlin’. Walk it off.
Ethiopian Media Forum has a very interesting interview with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto. That’s clouty. Someone from the Ethiopian press actually having access to the State Department. We’ve come a long way , baby.
The Ethiopia Consolidation Act of 2005 was introduced in the House on November 18, 2005 by none other than gutsy Congressman Chris Smith of, yes, New Jersey. (Sent to me from a million and one readers. Alright awreddi!)
The bill will move through the House in the following order: Starting
Upon passage by the subcommittee, the bill will be sent to the House Committee on International Relations. The Committee on International Relations will most likely deliberate on it in early January 2006. It may make amendments or send it as is to the floor for a vote by the entire House. It is likely that the entire House will vote on it in late January or early February of 2006.
Yadda, yadda… bottom line, here’s what you can do from the comfort of your own home: call all members of the House Subcommittee on
Tuesday, December 6
Congressman Christopher Smith: (202) 225-3765
Congressman Edward Royce: (202) 225-4111
Wednesday, December 7
Congressman Thomas Tancredo: (202) 225-7882
Congressman Donald Paine: (202) 225-3436
Thursday, December 8
Congressman Jeff Flake: (202) 225-2635
Congresswoman Barbara Lee: (202) 225-2661
Friday, December 9
Congressman Mark Green: (202) 225-5665
Congresswoman Betty McCollum: (202) 225-6631
Monday, December 12
Congressman John Boozman: (202) 225-4301
Congressman Brad Sherman: (202) 225-5911
Tuesday, December 13
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry: (202) 225-4806
Congressman Gregory Meeks: (202) 225-3461
Wednesday, December 14
Congresswoman Diane Watson: (202) 225-7084
Mark your calendars. Two phone calls a day. That’s all.
Mr. Rohrabacher’s H.R. 1061, The American Property Claims Against Ethiopia Act of 2005 is all about
The whole bill makes for an interesting read, but even more interesting is Mr. Rochrabacher’s remarks published on the Extensions of Remarks in the November 9 Congressional Record. (For those of you reading this in
Monsieur Rochrabacher, you were saying…?
IT’S TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON
HON. DANA ROHRABACHER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. ROHRABACHER. Mr. Speaker, the international community knows that the May 15 election in
Ethiopian political opposition refused to join parliament because of the rigged election. Many were greeted with live ammunition and gunned down dead like animals. Prime Minister Meles must now step aside and the international community must step forward to decide what to do about the stolen elections. This week thousands came out to protest in front of the White House. Today many Americans of Ethiopian origin are demonstrating at the State Department. Our Nation must support them and democracy in
Continuing business as usual with
Goddman. It’s all the sun in Kalleforniyaa. It makes us rambunctious. You go, Mr. Rohrabacher. Soon, Senator Lugar will be saying the same thing on the Senate floor.
In case you want to compare Mr. Carter’s November 5 statement on the November killings…. Feast your eyes on the second paragraph.
Both government and opposition party supporters must show restraint. Leaders from each side must seek meaningful, constitutional, and peaceful mechanisms for bringing election disputes to a conclusion and allow the country to move forward.
Sounds about right.