By Oromsis Adula*
The Institute for Horn of Africa Studies and Affairs (IHASA*) held its annual conference in Minneapolis from June 18th to 20th, 2010. The conference was designed to address “the crucial international crisis facing the Horn of Africa region” with much of the focus devoted to the Conflicts in the Somali Region (also called the Ogaden). Themed, “Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Somali Region (The Ogaden) in the 21st Century”, the first IHASA conference was co-hosted by the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota.
I felt sad hearing about students who have the knowledge, ability, and passion for education but lack the means to do so. It was devastating to know that someone actually went through what most of these students did to only end up on the streets or go back to farming. If it was me, I would have probably given up. So I figured if my one dollar can change someone's life, so why not. Besides, serving in the board motivates me to do more in school and life. And now, I realize that there are better things in this world I could do than just working on my own personal goals - Lalese Dawano
In Associated Press story dated May 26, 2010, Anita Powell, quoted the premier saying, "quite a few people in Washington were more interested in the outcome than the process…If (the U.S.) feels the outcome of the elections are such that we cannot continue our relationship, that's fine and we can move on."
By Oromsis Adula*
Blogging: the Next Frontier as Ethiopians Grapple with Repression
The Ethiopian regime, in power for two decades, took, in the words of the smooth talking and Machiavellian Prime Minister, "a calculated risk" during the 2005 election. In the same interview, Mr. Zenawi went on to add, "one of the most enduring qualities of our party is never ever to make the same mistake twice." This time around EPRDF took no chances and no déjà vu.