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Blogging Zenawi's Spurious "Speech"

Thomas Rhiel and Ben Cotton of Columbia Spectator, the latest victim of Ethiopia’s censorious press law (the website is reportedly blocked in Ethiopia), blog live the absolute Dictator of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi’s, speech at Columbia. He spoke for less than 20 minutes. According to the bloggers, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a man who is believed to have played a big role in inviting the dictator and embarrassing the Forum, introduced the Crime Minister reiterating the disguise about dialogue and free speech.

Ethiopian Activists head for Columbia

EthioMedia.com reports that four buses load of Human Rights Activists are headed to Columbia University to Protest Meles Zenawi's invitation by World Leaders Forum. The International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) and Oromo communities in the tristate and Washington DC area are also organizing a similar protest rally infornt of the venue where the dictator was scheduled to speak.

Yesterday, the college's daily, Columbia Spectator, reported that the organizers have moved the speech to another location. It is not clear how much the move will affect the activists effort to confront the most ruthless Dictator in Town.

OSAs Protest Letter Columbia University

Dear President Bollinger, I am writing this letter on behalf of the Oromo Studies Association (OSA), a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, non-profit international organization, established to promote studies on issues relevant to the Oromo who not only constitute over 40% of the Ethiopian population but also resides in other East African countries with a total of over 50 million people.

IOYA calls PEACEFUL Protest at Columbia University

Please join us, the International Oromo Youth Association, in a protest against the dictator of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi. We are all aware of the flagrant human rights abuses and injustices that Zenawi and his regime are responsible for. Therefore, we need to stand up for our brothers and sisters and voice our concerns in this very unique chance to confront one of the worst tyrants in this world. Below are the logistic details. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested and plan to attend.