With Birtukan gone, smooth sailing for Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi(blog)

Ethiopia’s opposition UDJ party, completely wiped out at last year’s disputed election, says it is regrouping. At a recent news conference, it announced it plans to rebuild its depleted ranks with young... Read more »

Ethiopia’s Best-Known Opposition Leader Birtukan Mideksa Quitting Politics and Travel to United States

(VOA): Ethiopia’s best-known opposition leader has announced she is quitting politics, at least temporarily, and is going to the United States. Birtukan Mideksa’s departure will leave Ethiopia without a prominent female politician.... Read more »

Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas wins Sakharov human rights prize

Guillermo Farinas, the Cuban dissident who held a 135-day hunger strike earlier this year, has been awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov human rights prize. The 48-year-old journalist and psychologist has often used... Read more »

Birtukan Mideksa chosen for Sakharov Prize 2010 three finalists ‎

Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa , Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence and Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas  are the three shortlisted finalists for the 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The winner... Read more »
Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa with press

Ethiopian Opposition Leader’s Release: For Show?

Over the past several years, Ethiopia’s government, which cherishes its role as a U.S. ally in the volatile Horn of Africa, has steadily chipped away at political freedoms, arresting the opposition and... Read more »


Ethiopian opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa has been freed from jail. Her release comes four months after the government’s landslide win in elections. She was one of several opposition leaders imprisoned for life... Read more »