Link: · How to tell the original from the illegal copy of Dr. Berhanu Nega’s new book. Source: Kinijit. Yenetsanet Goh Siked (The Dawn of Freedom) authored by Dr. Birhanu Nega was published in May by MM publishers, Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Berhanu Nega, associate professor of Economics at Bucknell University and the Chairman of the Ethiopian oppo lg sition Movement, Ginbot.

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He was the mayor elect of Addis AbabaEthiopia in the Ethiopian general elections, He is a founding chairman of the Rainbow Ethiopia: He is also the co-founder and Leader of Ginbot 7an anti-government rebel group. Berhanu berhabu born in Bishoftuand attended Addis Ababa University where he participated in the student movement against the ruling Derg government in his freshman year. After a few months, he was released by his captors and crossed into the Sudan where he lived for two years until he was granted political asylum in the United States.

During that time, he became one of berhahu organizers berhznu an annual conference on the ” Horn of Africa ” that debated and analyzed the political, social and economic conditions in the sub-region. For over five years, it served as a forum for intellectual dialogue among political leaders, policy analysts and researchers interested in developments in that part of Africa.

Having completed his PhD studies, he joined the faculty of economics at Bucknell Universitywhere he became a lecturer in economics for three years. Later he founded Imbiltaa bi-monthly magazine focusing on economic, political, social and current affairs in Ethiopia and he was the founding chairman of Ethiopian Economic Association. Berhanu, with his wife and his two children, Noah and Iyassu, returned to Ethiopia in From tohe served as the president of the Ethiopian Economic Association.


He has also served as the head of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institutea non-profit organization that he helped to establish.

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On 8 April Berhanu and Professor Mesfin Woldemariam they held a day-long panel discussion at the hall of the National Lottery on academic freedom which was followed by student riot in the main campus of Brrhanu Ababa University. They have arrested on the allegations that this panel incited a student protest at Addis Ababa University the next day, but released on bail 5 June and neither were ever tried.

During the elections, Berhanu debated Meles Zenawi. Admasu Gebeyehu and Assefa Habtewold were elected Deputy Mayor and Speaker of the city assembly respectively at the same meeting.

Yacob Haile-Mariam and other leaders of the CUD, as well as a number of civil rights activists and independent journalists. They were charged with genocide and treason. Amnesty International and the European Union [ citation needed ] recognized the prisoners as political prisoners and requested immediate and unconditional release.

Ethiopia: Dr. Birhanu’s Book Published

The book, over pages long, was highly popular and was sold out in its first weekend, selling out over 10, copies and garnering a black market with price 5 times its retail – so much so that the government started harassing people found with the book, stopping traffic and searching cars, while the public was selling copies of the book in black market.

More copies were brought in from outside as local publishers were afraid of publishing the book. The elected council members of the party held an election for mayor and elected Berhanu to be the mayor. Then, the ruling party refused to hand in the city and eventually imprisoned all the leaders of the party including Berhanu.

After 21 months in prison along with all opposition leader, Berhanu left the country in and returned to teach at the economics department of Bucknell at Bucknell University.

S, Berhanu announced the founding of a new political group, Ginbot 7, as the old one was dismantled by the government. Ginbot 7, established to pursue civil resistance through an all inclusive means attracted thousands of people in Ethiopia and abroad.


Ginbot 7 now is one of the prominent opposition organizations fighting for liberty and democracy in Ethiopia. The ruling government claimed on 24 April that it had foiled a coup attempt led by members of Ginbot 7 to overthrow the government, arresting 35 people they claimed were part of the plot. In late an Ethiopian court sentenced Berhanu to death, in absentiaalong with four others who were also sentenced in absentiawhile 33 were sentenced to life in prison.

Ethiopia: Dr. Birhanu’s Book Published –

In JulyBerhanu went to Eritrea, to permanently join the “freedom fighters” that have been receiving help from the government of Isayas Afewerki, a long time leader of the Red Sea state. In Januaryhe returned to the United States to “update” his supporters and raise funds for his organization. Berhanu is married to Dr. Nardos Minasse an Ethiopian born American optometrist in They have two children together Noah and Iyasu. His family continues to live in Pennsylvania where his wife, Dr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The New York Times. Retrieved 31 August Freedom in the World Retrieved 1 January American Association for the Advancement of Science. Berhanu Nega publishes book from prison”Addis Capital accessed 20 May Archived May 27,at the Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 20 October Retrieved 6 November C — January 31, “.

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