Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is It a News that Ethiopia Finds its Innocent Citizens Guilty?

I was shocked as many of you might have been, when I read the news on the internet about the guilty verdict passed by Meles Zenawi's court on 24 innocent Ethiopians yesterday ( June 27/2012), as if this happened out of blue. What's shocking or saddening more than the news itself is that how all of us become victims of short term memory syndrome. Impunity has been the hallmark of the regime at Arat Kilo ever since its inception; but how we reacted to the "news" ( I don't think this should be considered as a news since it has been done over and over for decades) shows how gullible we are to the actions of Meles Zenawi & Co. For example Amnesty International Wrote this headline on its website: 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Just in case you wonder why I used these words as the title of my article; they are the mottoes coined by organizers of No Border Camp, a rotating anti-deportation activists' event held in different towns of Europe. Here's excerpt from the No Border Camp's website ''No Border is no organization but a concept, an idea. It is about fighting for a world without borders, where everyone has the possibility and no one is restricted from moving freely across the globe without ever being called illegal”. I was able to have a first hand information about this week-long ( June 17th - 24th 2012) event which is going on at a suburb of Stockholm called Akalla. When one of the organizers invited me to have a look at the camp, I didn't take it seriously and was skeptical after what happened to me a few months ago with the I Accuse Europe (Tribunal 12) organizers, nonetheless I went there. Interestingly, on my first visit I went back home after spending over an hour to find the camp in vain. When I went back for the second time,

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

እቺም ጦማር ሆና ታገደች

የቅርብ አለቆቹ በጣም ሲያቸግሩት "ኢችም እንጀራ ሆና ሚጥሚጣ በዛባትይል ነበር አንድ ኤርሚያስ/ዩሱፍ የሚባል ጋምቤላ ከዓመታት በፊት ለመምህርነት በሄድኩበት ወቅት የተወዋወቅኩትና አሁን በህይወት የሌለ መምህር አፈሩ ይቅለልትና። በስንት ዘመኔ የረሳኋትን ተረት ለዚህ ጽሁፍ መግቢያ እንድጠቀም ያነሳሳኝ ባለፈው ሳምንት መጨረሻ ላይ አንድ የጦማሬ ተከታታይ በኢትዮጵያ የጦማሬን እንዳትጎበኝ የመታገዷን ዜና እንኳን ደስ አለህ ብሎ ስላበሰረኝ ከዚህ ብስራት ጋር በተያያዘ ለመጦመር በማሰብ ነው። ለነገሩ ጦማሬ እንዲህ ዓይነት እጣ እንደሚጠብቃት ባስብም፡በትክክል እገዳው እንደተጣለባት ማረጋገጫውን እንዲሰጠኝ ጠይቄው እነሆ ዛሬ ይሄ እገዳ በትክክል እንደተደረገ ከላከልኝ ማስረጃ ለማወቅ ችያለሁ። እንዲዚህ የ የጦማሬ ተከታታይ  ገለጻ ከሆነ ማንም ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የሚኖር የኢንተርኔት ተጠቃሚ የጦማሬን የድረ ገጽ አድራሻ በመጻፍ ለመግባት ሲሞክር የሚከተለው የእገዳ መልእክት ይደርሰዋል።

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ይሄ እገዳ በትክክል ስራ ላይ የዋለው መቼ እንደሆነ በትክክል ባላውቅም ይህ ግለሰብ ጦማሬን ለመጎብኝት ባለፈው ዓርብ ሰኔ 1 2004 ዓ᎐ም᎐ ሞክሮ ሊሳካለት ባለመቻሉ ጦማሬን ለመጎብኘት ሌላ ህብኡ (ፕሮክሲ ሰርቭር) ለመጠቀም እንደተገደደ ገልጾልኛል። እኔም እገዳው በትክክል መፈጸሙን ለማረጋገጥ ባደረግኩት ማጣራት የሚከተለውን ውጤት አግኝቻለሁ። በጦማሬ ላይ በኢትዮጵያ የደህንነትና መረጃ መ/ቤት ከመጣሉ በፊት ባሉት ቀናት/ሳምንታት እና ወር ጦማሬን ከኢትዮጵያ የጎበኙት ሰዎች ቁጥር ዝርዝር ይሄን ይመስላል። ባለፈው ሳምንት

Monday, June 4, 2012

በ2012 የስቶክሆልም ማራቶን ውድድር ኢትዮጵያውያን ሯጮች ድል ቀናቸው

ባለፈው ቅዳሜ ሰኔ 2 2004 ዓ᎐ም᎐ እዚህ ስቶክሆልም ከተማ ለ34ኛ ጊዜ በተደረገው የASICS ማራቶን ውድድር ኢትዮጵያውያን ሯጮች  ድል ቀናቸው። በሴቶች ምድብ ድርቤ ጎዳና 2 ሰዓት 40 ደቂቃ 19 ሰከንድ በማስመዝገብ አንደኛ ስትወጣ እሷን ተከትላ የገባቸው የራሺያ ተወዳዳሪ የሁለተኝነትን ደረጃ ስታስመዘግብ ሶስተኝነት በመሆን ውድድሩን ያጠናቀቀችው ደግሞ በላይነሽ ጂዳ ነበረች። በወንዶች ምድብ ደግሞ በውድድሩ  ገፍተኛ ግምት ተጥሎባቸው የነበሩት ኢትዮጵያውያን ሯጮች ደረጀ ደበሌ ቱሉ እና ሳህሌ ዋርጋ ቤቶና ሁለተኛ እና ሶስተኛ በመውጣት ውድድሩን ሲያጠናቅቁ የዮርዳኖሱ ሯጭ 2᎐19᎐16 ሰዓት በማስመዝግብ አንደኛ በመሆን  ውድድሩን አጠናቋል። እንደ ኢትዮጵያውያኑ ሁሉ በውድድሩ አዘጋጆች ከፍተኛ ግምት ተጥሎባቸው የነበሩት ኬንያውያን ሯጮች በእለቱ የነበረው እጅግ መጥፎ የአየር ሁኔታ ሊቋቋሙት ባለመቻላቸው  ምርጥ ሃያ ከሚባለው ምድብ ውስጥ እንኳን ሳይገቡ ውድድሩን አጠናቀዋል። በዚህ ዓመቱ የስቶክሆልም ማራቶን ውድድር 15᎖ 986 ከመላው ዓለም ከተወጣጡትና ውድድሩን ከጀመሩት መካከል 14᎖686ቱ ሯጮች ውድድሩን አጠናቀዋል። የዚህ ዓመቱን ማራቶን ለየት የሚያደርገው ከ84 ዓመት በኋላ በስቶክሆልም የአየር ንብረት ታሪክ በእለቱ የተመዘገበው ከፍተኛ የሆነ ብርድ፡ዝናብ እና ንፋስ ሲሆን በዚህም የተነሳ ኢትዮጵያውያኑም ሆነ ኬኒያውያን ሯጮች እንደተጠበቀው ጥሩ ውጤት ሊያስመዘገቡ አልቻሉም። 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hurrah, Ethiopia Officially Blocked My Blog Today!

One of my follower from Ethiopia expressed his enkuan adresh (congrats message) over the blockage of my blog in Ethiopia. Hmm, I am not shocked but I'm a bit surprised Shimeles Kemal & co tolerated my tiny-mini, shabby, messy "blog" this long; provided many of my visitors have been from Ethiopia. I checked the traffic to my blog a while ago and I found out that my blog is officially blocked today. According recent overview the traffic to my blog, there were over 140 visitors from Ethiopia from May 3th 2012 till May 31st 2012. There were only 14 visitors during the week and today there was only 1 visitor whom I guess was my follower who told me about the blockage and visited my blog via proxy website. This follower got the following "error" message last week while trying to access my blog in Ethiopia. 

Me, Melodifestivalen and my confusion

Hello everybody,
I hope everybody “enjoyed” this special weekend in Sweden. Just in case you missed it, Sweden won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC ), otherwise locally known as Melodifestivalen (for some, it's just a different version of the American Idol). No offense to some of the die-hard fans, but honestly, ESC is alien to me and I didn't know about its existence until I came to Sweden. I grew up listening different music genres and it was a big culture shock back in 2004/2005 (time flies!) when I used to go out to discotheques while I was studying at the Örebro University. I remember that there was always this boom-boom monotonous music all night long every time I went to the clubs on weekends. Every now and then I would try different clubs, but they all played the same rhythms; then I started to ask around. So, somebody told me that there is this music genre called Shlager (Hits songs mainly from ESC) that almost every nightclub in that small town was playing. After a while, I stopped going to the clubs thinking it was such a waste of time and money for something that one didn't enjoy at all. Well, these days, I don't enjoy either those genres