London International Oromo Culture & History Workshop (July 7th, 2007)
The purpose of the workshop is, thus, to illuminate the History of the Oromo Nation and more importantly [to] bring together scholars and researchers in Oromo Culture and History to share their knowledge and expertise with the audience to enhance the knowledge of the Oromos [and others] about their cultural heritage and history. Full Text
OSA Must Continue to Function as an Independent Scholarly ... - A Follow Up
Given the full determination of a well financed dubious political group to keep the association [OSA] under its control, the odds that OSA can be reinstated back to its scholastic stature any time soon, unless we rally genuine OSA scholars to intervene is virtually impossible. For us personally and as we declared before, membership in OSA remains no longer an option so long as the association lives outside the limits of universally accepted code of scholarly conduct. Full Text
OSA Must Continue to Function as an Independent Scholarly ...
To members of Oromo Studies Association (OSA)
We the undersigned members of the OSA and past officers would like to inform members at large, and other genuine Oromos, and friends of the Oromo about a very ominous concern over the path which our Scholarly Association has taken during the past one year. This tragic episode has severely compromised the credibility of OSA as a scholarly association. This statement is intended to provide you with evidences in order for you to take necessary actions and join us in the struggle to reinstate OSA as a scholarly Oromo organization. Full Text
The Oromo People and Acts
of Genocide Against Them
"The recurrent famine in Oromia is a consequence
of the ruling Ethiopian regime's policy of genocide against
the Oromo people. The TPLF regime has been pursuing environmentally
harmful policies in Oromia since it seized power in 1991.
With total disregard for the long-term environmental consequences,
the government has been awarding contracts to investors. These
investors are undertaking unregulated mining and mechanized
farming in ecologically sensitive and vulnerable areas. The
regime has also adopted from its predecessor, the Dergue,
the policy of massive resettlement on Oromo land with wanton
disregard for the ecosystem."
whom it may concern: Letter from expelled Finfinnee (A.A)
University students (Feb.
" They wanted to demonstrate that Oromos, and their
children are against the law and irresponsible. In the history
of this country, Oromos and their children never had a propensity
to damage public property let alone publicly declaring that
they do such act as the Government media has tried to portray
us. No group in Ethiopia can legitimately claim to be more
protective of the property of Ethiopian people than Oromo
people and its children. The Oromos are known in this country
as the most law-abiding and tolerant citizens." Full
Praise of Mother Earth: Traditional Oromo Poem
the Oromo People For Stability, Peace, and Development In
the Horn of Africa - A lasting peace, stability and
development cannot be achieved in the Horn of Africa until
and unless the tyranny of current Ethiopian regime is brought
to an end. Full Text
System of Domination and Consequences
Analysis by Abiyu Geleta:
Just as Haile Selassie's regime used modernization
as a code word for consolidation of Menelik's empire, and
the Dergue regime tried to use Marxism-Leninism to maintain
Abyssinian domination, the TPLF regime found democratisation
to have a useful currency as a code word for its agenda of
Aggression on the border town of Moyale, Kenya - The
Borans of Kenya have been victims of widespread harassment,
murder, torture, and detentions without trial and unexplained
disappearances at the hands of Ethiopian government soldiers.
recurring incidents have convinced many Boran leaders in Kenya
that the Ethiopian agents are after the elimination of Borans
both in Kenya and Ethiopia. Full
the Oromo Factor in the Ethiopian-Eritrean War
Comment by H.Q. Loltu:
For people who think that Ethiopia has become a democracy
in the years since the Tigray have come to power, Ethiopia’s
behavior in the current war with Eritrea is completely baffling.
Recent press releases have quoted the mediators who were sent
to broker a peace agreement as calling it "stupid"
and saying that it is "Africa's most senseless war."
There are many aspects that do not seem to make sense. Full
for the Ethiopian-Eritrean war
Comment by Nagawo Taabor:
"After the dust of the war settles, after jingoism wears
out, after adrenaline drops to its normal level, and after
all the cost of the war -- both in terms of human life and
material destruction are accounted for -- there will even
be more questions of accountability that those who led all
of us to this abominable state of affairs will have to answer."
Oromo People in Search of Just Peace
The Oromo constitute the largest Cushitic group in all of
Africa. Their population is estimated at some 30 million,
a good half of the total population of the Ethiopian state.
Despite policies persistently followed by successive autocratic
governments of Ethiopia in the past to change the demographic
composition of regions through resettlement schemes and forced
assimilation, each national group has maintained a distinct
cultural identity of its own with its own language and its
own separate and well-defined territory throughout the millennia.
from the Oromo Communities in North America to H.E. Mr. Kofi
Anan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
TPLF soldiers are the law unto themselves. In short, there
is no rule of law in Oromia where our people are subjected
to arbitrary arrests, prolonged detention without trial and
due process of law and frequently subjected to extrajudicial
execution. Full Text