Berhanu Nega
Ethiopian politician
Berhanu Nega
Berhanu Nega was elected as mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the Ethiopian general elections, 2005. He is a founding chairman of the Rainbow Ethiopia: Movement for Democracy and Social Justice and a Deputy Chairman of Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), for whom he served as chief election campaign strategist. He is also the co-founder of Ginbot 7, an opposition party.
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Feature: Once a Bucknell Professor, Now the Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army
NYTimes - 6 months
Why Berhanu Nega traded a tenured position for the chance to lead a revolutionary force against an oppressive regime.
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When the 'Titans” (the oppositions) clash, it is the Ethiopian people who get ... - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
The speakers of the meeting were Dr. Berhanu Nega of G7, Dr Nuro Dedefo of OLF and Dr. Getachew Begashaw (as an independent). I watched this meeting on YouTube and felt uncomfortable by Dr. Getachew Begashaw's appreciation of OLF and ONLF flying flags
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Forced indoctrination -By Tesfay Atsbeha - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
I was invited to participate in a discussion, but Schadomsky ordered the journalist who invited me to reverse the invitation and he (Schadomsky) further remarked that he would not let Dr. Berhanu Nega participate, even though the latter is an economist
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Reflections on BBC's Media Onslaught - Walta Information Center (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
They also forgot to inform readers that Ana Gomez officially backs 'Ginbot 7', led by Berhanu Nega (PhD), which, along its allies OLF and ONLF, is recently proscribed a terrorist group by the regional inter-governmental body IGAD
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Ethiopia: Negasso and EPRDF: The Inside Story - Nazret.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Berhanu Nega's take on Ethiopia's politics in 2006, written, smuggled out and published while he was still in prison, was unavoidably a runaway success. Seye Abraha's book was also successful but could have done better had less space been devoted to
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Ethiopia: VOA is Not Voice of Zenawi (VOZ)! - Nazret.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
VOA should have banned opposition leader Dr. Berhanu Nega because he said, “So, what happened in North Africa would gradually but inevitably happen in other African countries because freedom is a basic need of all humans…
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VOA and Ethiopia: Challenges and Danger By Eskinder Nega - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
One could reasonably expect Dr Berhanu Nega, leader of outlawed Ginbot-7, and Dr Beyana Soba, spokesperson of outlawed OLF, to be on any blacklist the EPRDF would have. But what, if not hysteria, explains the inclusion of even Dr Beyene Petros,
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Arrival of the Ethiopian Spring. By Yilma Bekele - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
Thus it was a breath of fresh air to see Dr. Berhanu Nega of Ginbot7 and Dr. Nuro Dedefo of OLF on the same stage discussing the future of our country. It was a direct contradiction of the concept of Kilil. It was an affirmation of the commonness of
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VOA embroiled in fresh censorship row By Abebe Gellaw - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
Ginbot 7 Chairman, Dr. Berhanu Nega, emphasized on his part the uniqueness and importance of the public meeting and said that VOA had an obligation to cover the event. “I was shocked to hear that a decision was made to ban the report from reaching the
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Washington DC Held a Succesful Public Meeting - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
During the meeting, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Ginbot 7 and ALEJE, Dr. Nuro Dedefo, Executive Committee member and Head of Legal Affairs of OLF, and Dr. Getachew Begahsaw, professor of Economics and a public intellectual addressed the audience on
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Horn of Africa chief suspended over critical comments By Abebe Gellaw - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
Beyene Petros, Dr. Merera Gudina, Getachew Metaferia, Dr. Berhanu Nega, Girma Mogess, former Minister of Defense Seye Abraha and the Eritrean Minister of Information, Ali Abdou. “The list goes on,” Arnold told VOA Amharic. He had said that the mission
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A Few Points on Democracy vs. Development By Wondemhunegn Ezezew - Abugidainfo
Google News - over 5 years
This aspect of the problem is best captured by Dr.Berhanu Nega: There is also another peril associated with EPRDF's ethnically-oriented politics when viewed from the perspective of building a democratic system [in Ethiopia]. This problem arises from
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High School Boys Track: Lewisburg relay team, Seals' Kerstetter gain top honors - Danville News
Google News - over 5 years
Berhanu, son of Berhanu Nega and Nardos Minasse, is headed to Carnegie Mellon University, but is not planning to compete in track or cross-country. For Berhanu, the relay team's success was about trust as much as talent. Berhanu, who ran the first leg,
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Ethiopie: Trois mouvements inscrits sur la liste des groupes terroristes - atlasinfo.fr
Google News - over 5 years
Selon le gouvernement, ce "complot" a été ourdi par Berhanu Nega, un opposant en exil depuis 2007 aux Etats-Unis. Au total 46 personnes, dont 14 sont à l'étranger, avaient été formellement mises en accusation dans cette affaire sous cinq chefs
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The Impact of the Arab Spring on the Horn of Africa - Oromsis
Google News - over 5 years
The leader of Ginbot 7, Bucknell University professor Berhanu Nega, recently announced that he is planning to trigger a Tunisia-style revolution against the EPRDF. There is little evidence so far that opponents of the EPRDF, especially those in the
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No deal between rival OLF factions - Africa Intelligence
Google News - almost 6 years
The breakdown of these negotiations makes the efforts of Ginbot 7 leader Berhanu Nega even more complicated. He wants to form a united Ethiopian opposition, declaring to all and sundry that he had persuaded Daoud Ibsa's OLF to change over and join his
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Dr. Berhanu Nega says he is plotting revolution in Ethiopia - Jimma Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Current leader of the exiled Ethiopian opposition group “Ginbot 7” and the former Mayor-elect of Addis Ababa city Dr. Berhanu Nega said he is planning to trigger Tunisia-style revolution against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. “We are doing everything we
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The Quest for an Ethiopian Peaceful Uprising is an Existential and Political ... - Abugidainfo
Google News - almost 6 years
I assure my readers that my cause will be pursued until after a genuine radical democracy is planted in Ethiopia, as Dr.Berhanu Nega put it in a recent interview with Ethiotube. I salute him for an eloquent and courageous interview,
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Ben of EthiopiaFirst's Plea to the Government: Don't let in The Diaspora ... - Abugidainfo
Google News - almost 6 years
He rebuked Dr. Berhanu Nega and; in every possible venue he was quick to scold and ridicule Mrs. Birtukane Midekissa. That has continued even after she was released from prison the second time. The payback time from his masters has come down too
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Ethiopia: Berhanu's G7 lost opportunity - Gadaa - Jimma Times
Google News - almost 6 years
On the other hand, the chairman of G7, Dr. Berhanu Nega, fell short of directly addressing the concerns and fears of Oromos; namely, whether or not G7 fully accepts Oromia as the homeland of Oromos, or is it working to dismantle Oromia?
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Berhanu Nega
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 56
    In July 2015, Berhanu went to Eritrea, to join the "freedom fighters" that have been receiving help from the government of Isayas Afewerki, a long time leader of the Red Sea state.
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    Berhanu became a full professor at Bucknell University on spring of 2015.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    As the continuation of this practice, in late 2009 an Ethiopian court sentenced Berhanu to death, in absentia, along with four others (who were also sentenced in absentia), while 33 were sentenced to life in prison.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    After 21 months in prison along with all opposition leader, Berhanu left the county in 2007 and returned to teach at the economics department of Bucknell at Bucknell University.
    More Details Hide Details While in the U.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 2009 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. Those arrested included General Tefera Mamo, Berhanu's cousin Getu Worku, and Tsige Habte-Mariam, the 80-year-old father of another well-known opposition figure at the time in exile, Andargachew Tsige. Ginbot 7 has denied this allegation as part of the governments overall suppression of dissent by accusing its opponents of illegal activities and sentencing them in a kangaroo court. This common practice of using the court system as an instrument of oppression including political parties and journalists has been documented repeatedly by international human rights organizations everywhere and details can be found in the annual reports of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the state department of the United States.
  • 2006
    Age 47
    While in Kaliti Prison, Berhanu wrote and published a book Yenetsanet Goh Siked ("The Dawn of Freedom"), which was published in Kampala, Uganda by MM Publishers in May 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The book, over 600 pages long, was highly popular and was sold out in its first weekend, selling out over 10,000 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. Berhanu's CUD party won 137 seats of the 138 seats in the Addis Ababa city council. 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.
  • 2005
    Age 46
    During the 2005 elections, Berhanu debated Meles Zenawi.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the post-election political impasse, CUD met on 20 August and elected Berhanu mayor of Addis Ababa. Dr. Admasu Gebeyehu and Assefa Habtewold were elected Deputy Mayor and Speaker of the city assembly respectively at the same meeting. However, the October riots led to Berhanu's imprisonment, along with CUD chairman Hailu Shawul, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, and Former Senior UN Prosecutor Dr. 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 recognized the prisoners as political prisoners and requested immediate and unconditional release.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    On 8 April 2001 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 Addis Ababa University.
    More Details Hide Details They were 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 37
    From 1996 to 2000, he served as the president of the Ethiopian Economic Association.
    More Details Hide Details He has also served as the head of the Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, a non-profit organization that he helped to establish. He also did consulting work for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    Berhanu, with his wife and his two children, Noah and Iyassu, returned to Ethiopia in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Berhanu became an entrepreneur and founded the Ethiopian Agro-Maize, a fertilizer producing company, and Addis Village Family Home Builders. Berhanu has also served as a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University, Department of Economics.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Berhanu married to Ethiopian born American optometrist Dr. Nardos Minasse.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 18
    Born in Bishoftu, Berhanu attended Addis Ababa University where he participated in the student movement against the ruling Derg government in his freshman year. When the government acted against political dissidents in 1977, Berhanu with other radical student activists fled to Mount Asimba in northern Ethiopia.
    More Details Hide Details After a division within the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party (EPRP), he was detained for openly criticizing killings within the EPRP. 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. He did his undergraduate degree in economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz and got his PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research, in New York City. During that time, he became one of the organizers of 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on December 6, 1958.
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