Monthly Archives: August 2008

Some past photos of McCain’s VP choice draw attention

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin poses for fashion magazine VOGUE Next photo >> Some of these past photos of Sarah Palin are attracting the blogsphere’s attention. But Obama Campaign is advised not to focus on her, and instead point out McCain’s judgment and “flawed” decision making. Here is how one blogger put it: “John […]

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Video: Ethiopians in DC demand freedom for Teddy Afro

Ethiopians in Washington DC held a protest rally on Friday, August 29, 2008, demanding freedom for popular artist Teddy Afro who is currently languishing in Ethiopia jail on trumped up charges.

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Kenenisa steals the show in Zurich

Kenenisa Bekele speeds to win the 5000 meters competition during the IAAF “Weltklasse Zurich” Golden League meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 [AP Photo/Daniel Maurer] Approaching 9:35 pm in the Letzigrund Stadion on Friday night, Kenenisa Bekele picked up the pace at the front of the field with […]

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Somali Children in Minneapolis Racked with Autism

By Anne Szustek Somali students comprise only 6 percent of the Minneapolis school system, but one-quarter of the children in the city’s early childhood autism programs. Health officials are baffled. Somali Children in Minneapolis Racked with Autism Rates of childhood autism among Minneapolis’ Somali community have been slowly rising over the past several years, say […]

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Italy apologises to Libya for colonial era damage

BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday apologised to Libya for damage inflicted by Italy during the colonial era and signed a five-billion-dollar investment deal by way of compensation. Berlusconi made the apology during a visit to the Mediterranean city of Benghazi for a meeting with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to […]

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Kenenisa Bekele surpreme in Zürich, Switzerland

By Chris Turner, The IAAF Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia speeds to win the 5000 meters competition during the IAAF “Weltklasse Zurich” Golden League meeting at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday, Aug. 29. [AP Photo/Daniel Maurer] Zürich, Switzerland – Ethiopia’s World 5000m and 10,000m Olympic champion and World record holder made a demonstration […]

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Kenenisa improves on his gold medal performance in Zurich

ZURICH (Reuters, Track Profile) – Ethiopia’s double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele improved on his gold medal performance in the 5,000 metres — setting a year’s best time of 12:50.18 — at the Weltklasse Golden League meeting in Zürich, Switzerland Friday night. Competing just a week after completing an historic 5000/10,000m double in Beijing, Kenenisa Bekele […]

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Symposium of ‘Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia’

ANNOUNCEMENT All who are concerned about the future of Ethiopia are invited to a symposium where civil leaders from different organizations will speak on the topic: “Where Do We Go From Here?” Keynote Speaker: Donald Levine Saturday, August 30, 2008 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Place: Unification Church, 1610 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC Sponsored […]

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VIDEO: ONLF attackes Woyanne targets

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The feminist who advised the Lion of Judah

. . . Ken Livingstone’s Venezuelan adventure follows in some surprising footsteps By Graham Stewart “A prophet is not without honour save in his own country,” as the electorally rejected will tell you. Unfortunately, the international transfer market that finds foreign employment for footballers does not really operate for former politicians. After all, one cannot […]

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The international community in Addis turned pessimistic

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr Ohashi, next to Woyanne, you are one of the main troublemakers in Ethiopia who are financing a brutal, repressive regime that is terrorizing Ethiopians and plundering the country. It would be a big favor to the people of Ethiopia if you and your stupid, corrupt World Bank staff just pack up and […]

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The latest Ginbot 7 newsletter is out

Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice and Democracy has released its latest Amharic language newsletter, Voice of Ginbot 7 (Ginbot 7 Dimts), today. The newsletter contains reports about the current rush by Woyanne government officials to move their money outside of Ethiopia; the handing out of fertile Ethiopian farmlands to Djibouti officials; an advise to Woyanne […]

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FIFA cancels Ethiopia v Morocco World Cup qualifier

Ethiopia’s hopes of reaching the next round of 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers suffered a massive blow when Fifa cancelled their game with Morocco. Morocco were due to travel to play Ethiopia for the game next weekend but football’s world governing body has now confirmed that the match has been cancelled. […]

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CPJ site blocked in Ethiopia

By Mohamed Keita/Africa Research Associate (CPJ) — Reliable sources in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa have informed CPJ this week that our site was inaccessible on the servers of the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, the country’s official Internet service provider. A handful of separate Internet users in the country have independently confirmed seeing “The page […]

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Reactions to Sarah Palin’s selection as Republican VP pick

Watch below Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepting her vice presidential nomination: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The selection of a vice presidential candidate is one of the most significant and telling decisions a presidential candidate can make. John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin raises serious questions about his judgment. Why, when the country is fighting two […]

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Gallup Daily: Barack Obama Stretches Lead to 8 Points

(Gallup) PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama moving to an eight percentage point lead over John McCain, 49% to 41%. Obama’s significant lead over McCain almost certainly reflects the effects of the Democratic National Convention. The two presidential candidates were tied at 45% in the last Gallup Poll Daily […]

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Protest rally demanding freedom for Teddy Afro

Friends and fans of Teddy Afro are organizing a protest rally in Washington DC to demand his release from jail. Teddy (aka Tewodros Kassahun) is languishing in jail on a potentially fabricated charge of hit and run. Last month, it was found that the primary evidence used against Teddy to charge him with the crime […]

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Kenenisa Bekele is 'very special' too – Golden League, Zürich

Kenenisa Bekele at the Weltklasse Zürich, ÅF Golden League press conference on Thu 28 Aug 2008 [Photo:Chris Turner] (IAAF) Zürich, Switzerland – In Beijing last week, Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele achieved a feat that even his great compatriot Haile Gebrselassie was unable to match in his illustrious track career. Joining Hannes Kolehmainen (FIN), Emil Zatopek (CZE), […]

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Woyanne exports Ethiopian women to Saudi Arabia

EDITOR’S NOTE: As reports by Human Rights Watch and other rights groups indicate, many of these young girls will be abused and sexually exploited. There is no one to speak out for them. That is why the Saudis prefer Ethiopian girls more than women from Easter Europeans and other countries. Is there any thing left […]

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Ginbot 7 Radio to be launched on Sept. 11

EMF – Ginbot 7 Dimits Radio, a radio broadcast of Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (G7) will start on Thursday, September 11, 2008 (Meskerem 1, 2001 Eth. Cal.), the Movement’s public relations officials told EMF. September 11, also known as Enqutatash, is Ethiopia’s New Year. “It is a new-year-gift for freedom loving […]

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Obama: the view from a Denver Ethiopian restaurant

By John C. Ensslin, Rocky Mountain News DENVER — Barack Obama was the clear favorite among the majority of people dining at the Cafe Africana on East Colfax Avenue in Denver one night last week. None of Ethiopian immigrants interviewed had the right to vote. However, that doesn’t mean they haven’t been paying attention to […]

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Ethiopian filmmaker takes part in the Venice Film Festival

The world’s oldest running film festival opened Wednesday in the Italian coastal city of Venice with a screening of the Coen brothers film ‘Burn After Reading.’ The latest quirky film by the Academy Award winning brothers features Brad Pitt and George Clooney, as well as Academy Award winning actors Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. While […]

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VIDEO: Somali fighters ‘capture Kismayo’

While Somalia’s president and prime minister have been negotiating about how to work together, the opposition has been mobilising. On Friday, fighters took over the key southern port city of Kismayo, after a week of fierce fighting with local clans who had control of the city. Al Jazeera gained exclusive access to Kismayo. Rosie Garthwaite […]

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Kenenisa Bekel off to Zurich

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND — Kenenisa Bekele was philosophical about the lack of publicity given to his own brilliant Olympic double compared to the exploits of Usain Bolt. Bekele 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres victories in the Bird Nest’s stadium in Beijing, both in Olympic record times, saw him become the first athlete to achieve the feat […]

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Jailed newspaper editor released

EDITOR’S NOTE: This seems to be a drama orchestrated by Amare Aregawi’s own party, Woyanne. The company, Dashen Brewery, that sued Amare is owned by the ruling party, Woyanne. Even the car that transported him to Gondar is not a police car. He was taken bay a car owned by the company that sued him. […]

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Philadelphia officials seized 63 pounds of khat

By Isaiah Thompson, citypaper.net Last week, the Philadelphia office for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a proud statement to the press: Agents at a special mail facility in Philly had identified and seized 63 pounds of khat, a “leafy plant … that contains an amphetamine-like stimulant.” The press release included a picture of […]

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Abused foreign maids die each week in Lebanon

Foreign maids in Lebanon are committing suicide to escape cruel employers, says HRW. [Photo: AFP] (AFP) — Foreign maids are dying each week in Lebanon often by committing suicide to escape bad treatment by their employers, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. “Domestic workers are dying in Lebanon at a rate of […]

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Ethiopia welcomes Olympics stars – BBC

Thousands of cheering Ethiopians have lined the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, to welcome home the country’s Olympic gold-medal winning athletes. Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi was at the airport to greet the team, led by Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, both of whom won two golds at Beijing. The team was led from the […]

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Woyanne ‘was not joined at the hip’ with Somali govt – Meles

By Barney Jopson, Financial Times ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia Woyanne would be prepared to withdraw its troops from Somalia even if the interim government they were sent in to install 20 months ago were still not stable or functioning, the country’s prime minister dictator has said. Meles Zenawi told the Financial Times that Ethiopia was […]

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EPPF unit targets a high level Woyanne security official

An unit of Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) had carried out a military operation last night in city of Gondar. During the attack, a high level Woyanne security official named Ato Asemahegn Woldegebriel was hit several times with bullets and is critically wounded. He is currently in a hospital. Ato Asemahegn is a chief Woyanne […]

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Financial Times interview with dictator Meles Zenawi

Meles Zenawi, the prime minister dictator who has led Ethiopia since the rebel movement he belonged to overthrew dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991, spoke to Barney Jopson, the U.K.-based Financial Times (FT) East Africa Correspondent, at his office in Addis Ababa on August 21, 2008. The following is a transcript of the interview. Financial […]

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Ethiopian athletes return to rapturous welcome

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — The Ethiopian Olympic team arrived home to a hero’s welcome Wednesday, as thousands of ecstatic fans lined up the capital’s streets to greet the track stars. The team, led by double gold medallists Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba, was greeted by Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi and other government officials […]

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Ethiopian managing editor arrested

NEW YORK — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Amare Aregawi, managing editor of the English- and Amharic-language newspaper Reporter, who has been detained since August 22 in northern Ethiopia. Policemen from Ethiopia’s former capital of Gonder arrested Aregawi at his office in the capital, Addis Ababa, at 2 p.m. […]

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East African thugs meet in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA — The 10th east Africa police chiefs thugs cooperation organization (EAPCCO), annual meeting kicks off in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The meeting is discussing on ways of joint police cooperation to prevent from possible cross border crimes, terror acts, arms smuggling, drug and child trafficking and organized crimes along borders. [These thugs […]

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Ethiopia can earn $100 million from khat export, minister said

Ethiopia roped in 108.3 million U.S. dollars from the export of khat, a locally grown ’refreshment’ herb, during the past ten months, Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry officials announced on Monday. Khat is mainly grown in eastern and southern Ethiopia and is widely believed to reactivate human memory. However, a number of European countries […]

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Ethiopian community in Dallas presents Mahmoud Ahmed

The Ethiopian Community in Dallas, in association with Abyssinia Entertainment and Ahnam Production presents an extravagant night of music with the legendary artist Mahmoud Ahmed. Also featuring Dereje Dubale, Eleni, Moges (sax), Mathias (keyboard), Alemeseged (bass), Tefere (drum), and DJ Max. Date/Time: Sunday, August 31, 2008, from 9:00 PM Place: The Mansion, Event Center Address: […]

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Puppet Somalia government leaders agree to cooperate

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) Somalia’s President Abdullahi Yusuf and his prime minister signed a deal on Tuesday to work together after a weeks-long rift that threatened to wreck their interim government. Yusuf fell out with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein earlier this month after Hussein sacked Mogadishu’s powerful mayor, who was a key ally of the […]

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Newspaper editor Amare Aregawi arrested

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that Amare Aregawi, the editor of the big-circulation weekly Reporter, was arrested on 22 August in Addis Ababa and was then illegally transferred to a prison in Gondar, 750 km north of the capital, in connection with a libel case brought by the Gondar-based Dashen brewery. “The […]

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Gotta know when to fold’em

By Alemayehu G. Mariam The Sisterhood of Misfortune Pakistan and Ethiopia are sisters in misfortune. First, for much of their modern political history, they have been the playgrounds of autocrats and tinhorn dictators. For over one-half of its 61 year existence as a state, Pakistan has been ruled by iron-fisted generals, including Mohammad Ayub Khan […]

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Titan Resources sign petroleum exploration agreement in Ethiopia

RENO, NEVADA — The Ministry of Mines and Energy (“MME”) and Titan Resources Corporation (“Titan”), a US-based oil and gas energy company chaired by Nelson “Bunker” Hunt, signed two separate Production Sharing Agreements covering acreage in the Ogaden and Abay Basins in Ethiopia for the purpose of petroleum exploration and development. The acreage awarded in […]

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Discussion with EPPF chairman Meazaw Getu

EthiopianReview.com holds a discussion with Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), Ato Meazaw Getu, who is currently in Asmara on a working visit. The discussion includes EPPF’s current activities, recent organizational restructuring, cooperation with other opposition parties, relation with the government of Eritrea, support from Ethiopians in the Diaspora, the mission of a high-level delegation that […]

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Ethiopian Olympic Committee failed our athletes and country

By ER reader What a beautiful joy to see our athletes wining their race and representing our Ethiopia in the international venues such as Beijing where the world is focusing for the last two weeks, their effort s presented to the world the other side of our Ethiopia than the poverty, famine or hunger (though […]

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Kenenisa Bekele runs into a rarefied territory

By Rajeev K, DH News Service BEIJING — Kenenisa Bekele won the 5000M gold medal to add to the 10000M gold he won last Sunday, becoming the first in 28 years to achieve the long distance double… Despite his string of achievements, Kenenisa Bekele has remained largely under the huge shadow of his illustrious compatriot, […]

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Ethiopian Olympic team somewhat disappointing

(Aqumada) — The Ethiopian team has been somewhat disappointing. The ‘usual suspects’, Keneinsa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba have won gold in their specialties. Seleshi Sihine, as usual, has taken the silver in the 10k. Although not the color we expected, Meseret Defar has also grabbed a medal. The rest of the team, however, has performed […]

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Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede wins bronze in Beijing Marathon

By BOB BAUM BEIJING (AP) — Samuel Wanjiru already had made a name for himself in the heady world of Kenyan distance running. Now he stands alone. He pulled away over the final few miles Sunday to become the first Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon — and he did it faster than anyone ever […]

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Tirunesh Dibaba to marry Olympic silver medalist Sileshi Sihine

Tirunesh Dibaba, the humble champ [Photo: tadias.com] Tirunesh Dibaba had modest ambitions when she arrived in Beijing she just wanted to compete well in her two events here… But then, in Dibaba’s parlance, competing well simply means winning well. The results tell the story: gold in 10000M, gold in 5000M. Two out of two, meaning […]

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VIDEO: Addis Ababa residents celebrate as Kenenisa wins

(fiftyeight.net) — It was a great spontaneous Ethiopian “Fanfest”. Drivers of trucks, buses and private vehicles joined pedestrians and local residents in cheering their national hero. Traffic came to a complete standstill when hundreds of people gathered at Meskel Square in the center of Addis Ababa to watch the 5000m race Saturday afternoon. The cheering, […]

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Barack Obama chooses Senator Biden as a running mate

Aides Say Obama Chose a Partner in Leadership By JEFF ZELENY and JIM RUTENBERG, The New York Times WASHINGTON — In the beginning, Senator Barack Obama was not entirely sold on Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. And Mr. Biden told friends that he was pessimistic of his chances of becoming Mr. Obama’s Democratic running mate. […]

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Meseret Defar carries the real Ethiopian flag

Thank you Meseret and all Ethiopian athletes for representing your country well in the Olympics despite all the hardships of living under a fascist regime.

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Kenenisa outsprinted his rivals with a stunning last lap

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele outsprinted his rivals with a stunning last lap to win the 5,000 metres on Saturday and become the first man to complete the Olympic long-distance double since 1980. The 26-year-old, who retained his 10,000 title last Sunday, raced home in an Olympic record time of 12 minutes 57.82 seconds […]

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Kenenisa Bekele storms to Olympic double

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele crushed the opposition as he cruised to 5,000m gold on Saturday, adding to the 10,000m title he won eight days ago. Bekele led all the way and sprinted to a new Olympic record time of 12 min 57.82 sec to beat Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi. It is the first […]

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Kenenisa Bekele wins Olympic 5k; sets an Olympic record

Kenenisa Bekele. Call him the emperor, call him the King. Maybe just call him magnificent. Magnificent Bekele was in the Bird’s Nest stadium Saturday, winning the 5000 metres in an Olympic record 12 minutes 57.82 seconds to become the first man to achieve the Olympic distance double since one of his great Ethiopian predecessors, Miruts […]

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Kenyans plot Kenenisa Bekele’s downfall in 5,000m

By Omulo Okoth, (The Standard) — Another titanic battle is on the cards Saturday Edwin Soi, Kenya’s only hope to stop Kenenisa Bekele [photo: NBC] BEIJING — National champion Edwin Soi is the man billed to stop Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele from a double act. When the 5,000m final starts at 8pm tonight (3:10pm Kenyan time), […]

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Men’s 5,000 meters preview

(roocha.net) — This race is not getting the same level or hype as the Women’s 5000. Had Legat won the 1,500, the hype around this race would be incredible. Nonetheless, it should be a thrilling and wide open race. Anyone of five runners, Kenenisa Bekele, Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Moses Kipsiro(UGA), Edwin Soi (KEN) and Bernard […]

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Somali insurgents seize the port town of Kismayo

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just two days ago, Woyanne foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin was telling the media that the insurgents “had been critically weakened.” He said: “They cannot sustain their own activities, let alone disband the government.” MOGADISHU (AFP) — Somali insurgents wrested back control of Somalia’s southern port of Kismayo on Friday following three days of […]

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Queen Tirunesh has conquered Beijing – Video

By Tedla Asfaw The Beijing Bird’s Nest was rattled tonight and the push and shove seemed an incentive for Ethiopian athletes to let the birds fly. Into the 14th minutes of the 5,000m it all became obvious who are going to be the winners and the question was who will conquer Beijing and the battle […]

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Ethiopia’s Tirunesh outkicks rival to historic victory

By JERÉ LONGMAN, The New York Times BEIJING — The women’s 5,000 meters has become less of an open race than a personal tug of war between Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar. The women are neither enemies nor friends, but they are rivals. They trade Olympic gold medals and world records. They are in […]

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Video: Ethiopian women sweep the Beijing 5,000m

Ethiopia’s Tiruneh Dibaba, Meseret Defer, and Turkey’s Ethiopian-born Elvan Abeylegesse sweep the women’s 5,000 meter race in Beijing today. Watch the thrilling race on video below. Ethiopia @ Yahoo! Video (AFP) BEIJING – Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba produced another astonishingly fast final lap to win the women’s 5000m gold at the Beijing Olympics on Friday for […]

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Thousands displaced by flash flood in western Ethiopia

Three rivers in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia have burst their banks following torrential rains that fell in the area for three consecutive days, government officials in the area said. “We have not yet finalised our assessment, however, an estimated 10,000 to 11,000 people have been displaced,” Akway Abala, team leader for the Disaster […]

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The new empress of distance running – Tirunesh Dibaba

(The Sydney Morning Herald) — Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie may not yet have quite settled the issue as to who is the current emperor of Ethiopian distance running; but the matter of who is the empress is settled. All hail empress Tirunesh Dibaba. Last night she kept her cool in a race that was […]

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Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia wins the 5,000m final in Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won the 5,000 meters to complete an unprecedented women’s Olympic distance double. Tirunesh, the world record-holder, won the 5,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 41.40 seconds on Friday night. It’s her second gold of the Beijing Games after her triumph in the 10,000. The 23-year-old Tirunesh also won […]

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Tirunesh Dibaba wins 5,000m – watch video

BEIJING (AP) — Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won the 5,000 meters to complete an unprecedented women’s Olympic distance double. Watch video here. Tirunesh, the world record-holder, won the 5,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 41.40 seconds on Friday night. It’s her second gold of the Beijing Games after her triumph in the 10,000. The 23-year-old […]

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Historic Ethiopian Concert in New York

New York (Tadias) – Wow, what an event! On Wednesday (Aug. 20) evening, Damrosch’s Park was packed with Ethiopiques enthusiasts and curious New Yorkers who were treated to an astonishing concert of fusion rock, jazz and Ethiopian music. Click here to listen: [podcast]http://www.ethiopianreview.info/audio/lincoln_center_new_york_aug_20_2008.mp3[/podcast] The historic event at the Lincoln Center’s out of doors concert, one […]

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8th Anniversary of Tayitu Entertainment celebration in DC

Tayitu Entertainment invites you to come and celebrate its 8th Anniversary. Come and be entertained, inspired and support as we look back the 8th year of achievement and beyond.

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Ethiopia-Sudan Border Committee public meeting in Ohio

The Ethiopia-Sudan Border Affairs Committee will hold a public meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Guest speakers: Dr Daniel Kindie and Ato Obang Metho Place: 4801 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43213 Date/Time: Saturday, August 23, 2008, at 2:00 PM More info: (614) 354-9515

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Paved road linking Kenya to Ethiopia is no longer a mirage

By C. Bryson Hull, Reuters NEAR ISIOLO, Kenya — After a century of broken promises, a paved road linking Kenya to Ethiopia is no longer a mirage for a desert region choked by remoteness. Hurling up a cloud of blinding white dust, Chinese road engineers are helping to lay down the first kilometres of tarmac […]

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Sileshi Sihine biography

Olympic return Sileshi Sihine of Ethiopia will make his second career Olympic appearance in Beijing this summer, where he figures to contend for gold medals in both distance races. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Sihine won a silver medal in the men’s 10,000m. Building toward Beijing Sihine had a strong showing during 2007 and […]

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No wifely distractions for Kenenisa Bekele’s bid

By Catherine Bremer BEIJING (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Olympic champion distance runner Kenenisa Bekele has left his actress wife at home to avoid any distractions as he seeks double gold in Beijing. Bekele, who generated one of the biggest roars yet in the Bird’s Nest after holding on to his 10,000 metre Olympic title, said at […]

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Ethiopian legends at the Lincoln Center – a spectacular show

Gétatchèw Mèkurya, The Ex, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alèmayèhu Eshèté & The Either/Orchestra played NYC Photos by heartonastick LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK — Well, we here at the station are still riding on the high of WFMU’s broadcast from Damrosch Park last night, really one spectacular show all around. Hope you all caught it either in person […]

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Draft law threatens to criminalise Ethiopian civil society

(civicus.org) — Under a draft law, Ethiopia could see severe restrictions on civil society and even closures of organisations working on contentious issues, such as human rights and governance, cautions CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation in a recent analysis. “We appeal to the government to stop the introduction of the bill in its current […]

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Ethiopia targets women’s 5,000m sweep in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) — Defending champion Meseret Defar, 10,000 metres winner Tirunesh Dibaba and African champion Meselech Melkamu are bidding for an Ethiopian sweep of the medals in the Olympic women’s 5000 final tomorrow. ”We’ve done good preparation and we came to win,” Melkamu told Reuters. The trio were part of Ethiopia’s sweep of the first […]

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Woyanne troops bomb Somali civilians at mosque – CNN

MOGADISHU, Somalia (CNN) — Heavy shelling struck Somalia’s capital city on Thursday, leaving pools of blood around a neighborhood mosque, a devastated market and 11 civilians dead, according to witnesses and a local journalist. Many of the dead were preparing for prayers at the Abu Hureyra mosque, which was packed with worshippers, according to Sheikh […]

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Texax-based company signs oil exploration agreement in Ethiopia

By Jason McLure, Bloomberg Titan Resources Corp., owned by U.S. billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt, won agreements to explore two areas in Ethiopia for oil and gas, the Mines Ministry said. The Dallas, Texas-based company will invest as much as $60 million to explore tracts of Ethiopia’s eastern Ogaden basin and the northern Blue Nile basin, […]

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Woyanne foreign minister blasts Somalia's leaders

By Barney Jopson, Financial Times Ethiopia Woyanne has expressed frustration with “internal squabbles” within the Somali government, as Addis Ababa hosted talks between the country’s president and prime minister in an attempt to heal the rift between them. Thousands of Ethiopian Woyanne troops helped reinstall an interim government headed by president Abdullahi Yusuf, but it […]

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Insurgents attack Somali president’s house

MOGADISHU (AFP) — Somali insurgents attacked the president’s residence in Mogadishu on Thursday, sparking fierce exchanges with Ethiopian Woyanne and government forces in which six civilians were killed, witnesses said. Two mortar shells landed in the compound of President Abdullahi Yusuf, who is currently in Ethiopia. Mortar also smashed into houses in the capital’s heavily […]

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Rich states look beyond their borders for fertile soil

Meles Zenawi, the prime minister of Ethiopia the butcher of East Africa, is also enthusiastic. After welcoming a Saudi agriculture delegation two weeks ago, he said: “We told them [the Saudis] that we would be very eager to provide hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land for investment.” By Javier Blas and Andrew England, […]

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Beijing: Ethiopia’s chances at the Women’s 1500 meter

(Roocha.net) — Unlike the men, two qualification heats (heats and semi-finals), the women have to pass though just one qualification heat. Ethiopia had entered four runners (three runners and an alternate) but just two will be running in the heats.Gelete Burka and Meskerem Assefa. The other two entries were steeplechase runners, Mekdes Bekele and Zemzem […]

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Ginbot 7 to launch a major fund raising campaign

(EMF) — Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy (Ginbot 7) is about to launch a fund raising campaign, its public relation official told EMF. According to the official, the fund will be used to carryout opposition activities in Ethiopia. In addition to its online fund-raising program using PayPal.com (an online payments service), funds […]

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Bekele brothers aim for 5000m gold

BEIJING — Matthew Tegenkamp of the United States has run the fastest time in the preliminary round of the Men’s 5000m at the National Stadium. Tegenkamp’s time of 13:37.36 minutes put him ahead of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge at 13:37.50 and Ethiopian Tariku Bekele who ran in 13:37.63. Kipchoge is renowned for performing on the big […]

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Kenenisa Bekele remains on course for Olympic double

BEIJING (AFP) — Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele on Wednesday cruised into the final of the men’s Olympic 5000 metres to keep his bid for an elusive long-distance running double on course. Bekele finished third in his heat and advanced to Friday’s final where he will seek to emulate the 5000/10,000m double last achieved by compatriot Miruts […]

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Southern Ethiopia: Tragedies and Small Miracles

(Doctors Without Borders) — Mumishene was not yet two years old. The doctors in the intensive nutrition center at Shinshicho had struggled long and hard, even resuscitating him several times. But on a Sunday morning, as day broke, this little boy died. A low keening funeral song surrounded the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) […]

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The biggest solar power project in East Africa installs 2,000 systems

By Getachew Teklemariam Alemu, PM Forum ADDIS ABABA — The biggest solar power project in East Africa, which is being implemented by a German Solar Energy Foundation, is achieving its milestones by installing 2,000 solar systems in/around Rema village in Ethiopia. The project has realized a supply of power to 5,500 residents in the country. […]

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4 Woyanne mercenaries killed in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — Fourteen people including four Ethiopian soldiers Woyanne mercenaries were killed and 20 others wounded on Wednesday in separate clashes between insurgents and Somali government forces and foreign forces in south and central Somalia, witnesses and local media reports said. Somali insurgents launched an attack on the Ugandan contingent of the African Union […]

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From beauty queen to AIDS activist

Bellissima’s owner, Hayat Ahmed [Photo: Tesfalem Woldes/IRIN] ADDIS ABABA (IRIN) — Bellissima, on bustling Gabon Street in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, could be just another upmarket café, except that each order comes with a packet of ‘Sensation’ condoms, and is served in ‘Sensation’ cups by staff wearing ‘Sensation’ T-shirts. “I wanted to link business […]

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U.S. refugee program halted as DNA tests show fraud

By Miriam Jordan, The Wall Street Journal The State Department has suspended a humanitarian program to reunite thousands of African refugees with relatives in the U.S. after unprecedented DNA testing by the government revealed widespread fraud. The freeze affects refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Guinea and Ghana, many of whom have been waiting years to […]

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Nokia Customising Phones for the Ethiopian Market

Nokia is customising a range of handsets, including some 3G models for the Ethiopian market by adding Ethiopic text capabilities to their phones. BravoCom, the local distributor for Nokia has ordered the handsets following a surge in sales of PrePay SIMS by the monopoly phone operator, Ethiopia Telecommunication Corporation (ETC). There has also been a […]

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The Red Cross revised its emergency appeal for Ethiopia

GENEVA (AFP) — The Red Cross on Wednesday revised its emergency appeal for Ethiopia to five million euros (7.9 million dollars) as the situation in the drought-hit south of the country got worse. “Over the past two months the situation has worsened and living conditions have deteriorated. People have exhausted all their resources and are […]

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UN warns of food ‘neo-colonialism’

By Javier Blas, Financial Times The race by food-importing countries to secure farmland overseas to improve their food security risks creating a “neo-colonial” system, the United Nations’ top agriculture official has cautioned. The warning by Jacques Diouf, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, comes as countries from Saudi Arabia to China plan to lease […]

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Defar Vs Dibaba: A 5000-meter Clash of the Titans

By Elshadai Negash, Runners World A day after the women’s 5000m semi-finals, Ethiopia’s defending Olympic and world champion Meseret Defar and the country’s world record holder Tirunesh Dibaba both say they are still very tired. Dibaba has run two races in the space of four days–the first, the second-fastest 10000m race in history as she […]

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Ethiopia grain harvest 334,000 tons smaller than forecast

By Jason McLure (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s grain harvest from last year’s long rainy season was 334,000 tons smaller than forecast, the Central Statistical Agency said. The Horn of Africa nation produced 16.1 million metric tons of grain during last year’s September to November harvest, compared with the 16.5 million tons forecast by the agency in […]

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Beijing Women’s 5000m – Round 1

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF It’s official: one of the fiercest rivalries in the sport will take centre stage when the guns sound the start of the women’s 5000m on Friday evening, August 22. Tirunesh Dibaba, the recently minted Olympic 10,000m champion will square off against Meseret Defar, the reigning 5000m champion. On Tuesday, both […]

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Another famine, another avoidable disaster

Population explosion and a misguided land policy – two reasons why Addis Ababa is the architect of its own misery By Rosemary Righter, TimesOnline It was at a railway crossing near Dire Dawa, the provincial capital in the Ethiopian Ogaden desert, that I saw them: small children’s hands, blackened by sun, clutching at the slats […]

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Toronto-based group offers scholarships to Ethiopian Israelis

By RITA POLIAKOV, CJN From left are Jason Rubinoff and Elyse Lackie, co-founders of Investment Program Ono (IPO); students Kinneret Sahalo, Orly Sahalo and Maor Sanvete; and David Schlesinger, IPO recruitment chair. TORONTO — After visiting the Ethiopian community in Israel, Jason Rubinoff and Elyse Lackie realized that something needed to be done to help […]

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Barack Obama narrows down vice presidential contenders list

An announcement is expected in the next few days By NEDRA PICKLER, AP CHICAGO — Barack Obama will publicly disclose his vice presidential choice in the coming days, though the Democrat is keeping most aides who are preparing for the announcement in the dark and is giving away nothing to voters as he campaigns. The […]

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Kenenisa Bekele continues to torment Kenyans

Photo: REUTERS By ELIAS MAKORI, Daily Nation BEIJING — If Kenyans thought Kenenisa Bekele was done and dusted, then the bad news is that the unstoppable Ethiopian will reappear today when he competes in the 5,000 metres qualifiers in an attempt to clinch a double after winning the 10,000m gold on Sunday. The Kenyans out […]

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Now playing – Ethiopian legendary singers in New York

Now playing. Click here to listen If you didn’t catch one of the two Chicago performances by the Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria with the Ex — last night’s gig at the Logan Square Auditorium was really something else — you’ve got one more chance, sorta. On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the free-form New Jersey radio station […]

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Woyanne forces bomb civilian homes in Mogadishu – AFP

MOGADISHU (AFP) — Two Somalis were killed and at least ten were wounded Tuesday when Ethiopian Woyanne forces riposted with mortar shells after an Islamist insurgent attack at Mogadishu’s main market, witnesses said. “I saw two dead bodies and three women injured by mortar shells that crashed onto their house,” said Faisal Ali, a resident […]

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The grammar of dictators

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Monologue of Deceit On August 7, 2008, Zenawi gave an interview to Time Magazine in which he flatly denied the existence of famine in Ethiopia: “We have pockets of severe malnutrition in some districts in the south and an emergency situation in the Somali region,” he explained, “but it is a […]

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What Washington is willing to spend in Africa

By Scott A Morgan October 1st begins the new fiscal year in the United States. This year FY 09 marks the end of the Bush Presidency. So in what is his final budget submitted to the Congress how much money does He want to send to Africa? The Amount of money that both the State […]

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