Monthly Archives: September 2008

A group of 105 doctors and nurses arrive in Ethiopia to provide care, training

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (IOM) – A group 105 doctors and nurses, many of them members of the Ethiopian diaspora in North America, are this week travelling to Ethiopia to provide vital medical care in four hospitals in the capital, Addis Ababa. They will also share their knowledge with local health care professionals. A group of […]

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Ethiopian theater company gives presentation in San Francisco

By Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle Founding members of the Awassa Children’s Project, a gutsy Ethiopian street-orphan theater company, will give a presentation of their street theater techniques 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Project Artaud Theater. Tesfaye Biche, Migbar Kassa and Antenah Hameso, now adults, were street orphans in the war-torn, AIDS-ravaged city of Awassa […]

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Pirates die strangely after taking Iranian ship

By Andrew Donaldson, The Times A tense standoff has developed in waters off Somalia over an Iranian merchant ship laden with a mysterious cargo that was hijacked by pirates. Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill “within days” of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died. Andrew Mwangura, the […]

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Ending Somalia piracy requires law and order on land

By David Axe, WIRED In the wake of last week’s Somali pirate raid that nabbed a Ukrainian ship laden with weapons, an international naval flotilla is assembling to protect commercial shipping. But the roughly dozen warships slated to patrol the Horn of Africa in coming months are spread thin. “We’re not always there” when pirates […]

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Somali pirates deny shootout on hijacked Ukrainian ship

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali pirates holding a Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks reiterated their demands for a $20 million ransom on Tuesday and denied three of their number had died in a shootout. A maritime group monitoring the situation had earlier said three pirates were killed in a shootout between rival gunmen […]

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UN envoy likens piracy off Somalia to ‘blood diamonds’ trafficking

UN News Center NEW YORK – Rampant piracy off the Somali coast, demonstrated by the latest hijacking of a Ukrainian ship carrying heavy weapons, can be likened to so-called ‘blood diamonds,’ the illicit trafficking in gems used to finance civil wars in West Africa in recent years, the top United Nations envoy for the strife-torn […]

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Woyanne calls for UN peacekeepers in Somalia

The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS: Ethiopia’s Woyanne foreign minister on Monday called for the U.N. to deploy peacekeepers to neighboring Somalia, where Islamic militants appear to be gaining strength. Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin’s comments came just days after an attack on an African Union peacekeepers’ base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killed at least 11 […]

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Ethiopian Muslims celebrate Eid-ul Fitr

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – Millions of Ethiopian Muslim are celebrating this year’s Eid-ul Fitr with a mass gathering prayer ceremony at the Addis Ababa stadium. Around one million Muslims gathered early on Tuesday at the stadium and the surrounding area. The head of the development and relief affairs of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme […]

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ISOC Conference on “Broad and equitable access to the Internet” – October 2008, Senegal

Contributed by Frédéric Donck The Internet Society (ISOC) is organizing a high level policy meeting on “Broad and equitable access to the Internet”, which will take place on 16 October 2008 in Dakar, Senegal. This event, which is specifically addressed to high level policymakers, is organized by ISOC in collaboration with ISOC Sénégal and the […]

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Ethiopia's Mulu Seboka smashes course record at the Toronto

RennersWeb.com TORONTO, September 28th. Ethiopia’s Mulu Seboka didn’t let humid and breezy conditions slow her down as she set a new personal best of 2:29:06 to convincingly win the 9th Annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Her performance smashed the previos course record by more than four minutes, set last year by compatriot Asha Gigi, who […]

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Manager of Meskerem Restaurant in DC shot, wounded

ABC 7 News A popular restaurant manager shot by a longtime friend Sunday night says he has no idea what provoked the attack. According to witnesses, the gunman entered Meskerem Ethiopian restaurant as usual and greeted the manager, Muhaba Mohamed, with a hug. Everything seemed normal between the longtime friends, according to people who knew […]

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Shooting inside an Ethiopian restaurant in DC, one dies

By Elissa Silverman and Martin Weil The Washington Post Two people were shot, one of them fatally, inside a popular Adams Morgan restaurant late last night. A few hours earlier, two other men were shot and seriously wounded not far away in a separate incident in a part of Northwest where gunfire also seemed unexpected. […]

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Ethiopian to commence new flights to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will commence new flight services to Ouagadougou effective 26 October 2008. With six weekly flights, Ethiopian will link Ouagadougou to all the major capitals of Asia, as well as the cities throughout Africa. Ethiopian will operate Boeing 757-200 aircraft to Ouagadougou, offering a total capacity of 160 seats – […]

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Video: Governor Palin and Katie Couric get real and adorable

Palin’s Perils By Kate Phillips The New York Times Add Mitt Romney’s voice to those expressing at least a modicum of dissatisfaction about the rollout of Gov. Sarah Palin in her first month as the Republican vice-presidential nominee. He expressed confidence that Ms. Palin would be able to “hold her own” in the debate this […]

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A Tale of Two Countries

Alemayehu G. Mariam The Strange Career of Democracy in Africa What is the difference between South Africa and Ethiopia? Simple. South Africa is a democracy (government of the people, by the people, and for the people). Ethiopia is a pluto-kleptocracy (a government of rich thieves, by rich thieves and for rich thieves). Two weeks ago […]

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Major Ethiopian forum clarifies position on relation with Eritrea

Ethiopian Current Affairs Discussion Forum (ECADF), a major Ethiopian discussion group with several hundred active members, has published an editorial today clarifying its position on the relation between Ethiopian opposition parties and the Government of Eritrea. After several months of heated debates, ECADF has said today in its editorial that Ethiopians who wish to remove […]

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New power transmission connection from Ethiopia to Sudan

Hifab Oy has signed a new agreement with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCO) for the supervision of construction of a new power transmission connection from Ethiopia to Sudan. The main benefit of this interconnection is the possibility to transfer excess Ethiopian hydro power to the neighbouring country, thus replacing expensive oil-based thermal generation in […]

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American investors express interest in agriculture, Manufacturing in Ethiopia

The Daily Monitor By Fikremariam Tesfaye ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – A team of American investors, including a leading stockbroker and several hedge fund managers from Wall Street, USA, divulged on Thursday interests to invest in agriculture and manufacturing sector in Ethiopia. The delegation consists of seven investors, who own investment companies over $100 million in […]

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Please put Sarah Palin out of her agony – Newsweek

Palin Is Ready? Please. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, that is simply not true. Fareed Zakaria, NEWSWEEK Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, […]

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Forum on African agriculture kicks off in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – A five-day African forum on agriculture opened Monday in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, and will discuss the challenges facing agricultural production on the continent. The 12th forum which is attended by African ministers of agriculture is being held under the theme “Making agri-business work for rural livelihoods”. Ethiopian State Minister of […]

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U.S. Navy says hijacked arms headed to Sudan, not Kenya

By BARBARA SURK DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy spokesman says a weapons shipment on a Ukrainian ship hijacked by Somali pirates was headed to Sudan, not Kenya. Lt. Nathan Christensen, a deputy spokesman for the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, says the buyers in Sudan are unknown. A 5th Fleet statement […]

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Video: More Woyanne soldiers defect to Eritrea

Also EPPF and TPDM fighters send a message to Ethiopians. Alliance for Reliberation of Somalia (ARS) chairman gives a press conference from Asmara. Woyanne troops target civilian in Mogadishu and kill more than a 100 people. Watch the video below:

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Kenya secret tank deal shows misplaced priorities

Nairobi Chronicle A secret tank deal by Kenya’s Army would have gone unnoticed if Somali pirates hadn’t hijacked a Ukrainian ship ferrying the 33 tanks to the port of Mombasa. diesel, benzene and kerosene. Its not clear when the Department of Defence placed an order for T-72 tanks from Russia. The Army has not explained […]

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The Afar Conference In Brussels October 17-19, 2008

The Afar Forum is inviting everyone to the Afar Conference In Brussels October 17-19, 2008. Afar regions face daunting challenges: among others in health, education, infrastructure, recurrent draught due to environmental degradation, political mismanagement (lack of good governance), inter and intra-tribal conflicts in the Regions. We believe that the regional government cannot alone cope with […]

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ENC will hold its 6th congress in Columbus, Ohio

PRESS RELEASE THE ENC, Ethiopian National Congress, will hold its Sixth Congress, in Columbus Ohio, between October 24 and 26, 2008. The ENC plans to asses its strength and weaknesses, revise its constitution and elect a new executive committee. Since our last congress, the political situation in our country has gone through a tremendous change. […]

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Ramadan, Meskel with Bahir Dar Community

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – United States Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Yamamoto traveled to Bahir Dar on September 26-27 to celebrate Ramadan and Meskel. The Ambassador’s visit was part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing outreach to faith communities, which play an important role in bringing development and a better tomorrow to Ethiopia. On the evening of […]

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USAID signs loan agreement with two Ethiopian private banks

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Two new loan guarantee agreements signed today between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Abyssinia Bank and NIB will allow these two banks to offer more short and medium term loans to entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing, services, trade, export and agricultural related activities. The agreements reduce collateral requirements […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Christians observe founding of True Cross

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – Millions of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians at the weekend celebrated the founding of the true cross where Jesus Christ was believed to be crucified. The cross on which Jesus crucified is found in one of Ethiopian monastries while the other part is believed to be in Israel. On Friday, the celebration […]

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Flight ET900 returns to Lagos after air conditioning failure

By Simon Hradecky, The Airline Herald An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300, flight ET900 from Lagos (Nigeria) to Addis Abeba (Ethopia) with approximately 200 passengers, returned to Lagos after the air conditioning system failed and the airplane could not pressurize following the departure at 1:45pm. Repair works did not succeed until the following Sunday late evening, […]

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Somali insurgents to unload heavy weapons from hijacked ship

By Rob Crilly, Times Online NAIROBI – Somali insurgents prepared last night to unload rocket-propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns from a Ukrainian freighter seized by Somali pirates even as foreign warships surrounded the vessel. A US destroyer and submarine from an international taskforce set up to patrol the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and […]

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Ethiopia rebels deny behind hotel blast

Reuters ADDIS ABABA, – Ethiopia’s Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels denied on Monday they were behind a weekend explosion that killed four people at a hotel. “ONLF firmly believes that the Ethiopian Woyane security forces or its cronies in the region are behind such an act which is intended to tarnish the legitimate national […]

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Video: Haile Gebrselassie breaks world marathon record again

BERLIN: Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie was delighted to put his recent calf injury behind him to break his own world record on Sunday, September 28, 2008, at the Berlin Marathon for the second consecutive year in the German capital.

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Ethiopian wins Warsaw marathon

Twenty year old Alemayehu Shumye of Ethiopia won the Warsaw Marathon, Sunday, an event which attracted around 3,000 runners from many countries. It was the 30th edition of an annual event launched in 1979. Seventeen runners have taken part in all 30 marathons. The oldest of them – Albin Czech – is 76. The oldest […]

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Explosion kills 3 in Ogaden, eastern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – An explosion at a hotel in Ethiopia’s southeastern Somali region killed three people and wounded 20 on Sunday, and police said they suspected the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) was responsible. Police spokesman Densash Hailu said an explosive device had been placed in a dustbin in front of the hotel […]

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Letter to Ethiopians Concerning Starvation

By Obang Metho Are we so absorbed in our own lives or groups or in competition with others that pity for the less fortunate has disappeared from our souls? Dear Ethiopian: I am addressing this letter to every Ethiopian, especially those in the Diaspora. A huge and urgent food crisis is endangering the lives of […]

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Ethiopian Airline Abandons 185 Passengers at Lagos Airport

By Chinedu Eze: Thisdayonline.com About 185 passengers scheduled to travel on Ethiopian Airline flight ET900 to Addis Ababa from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos with connecting flights to Dubai and New Delhi  were abandoned at the weekend. There was no indication, as at yesterday evening,  that the passengers would be departing Lagos to […]

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Obama bested McCain 48%-34% after first presidental debate

By Nadine Elsibai, Bloomberg Viewers of the first presidential debate said Barack Obama did the better job during the event two nights ago, with 48 percent choosing the Democratic candidate compared with 34 percent for his Republican rival John McCain, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. The nationwide telephone poll, conducted Sept. 27, showed results […]

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Gallup: Obama moves to 50% to 42% lead

Obama registers strong performance over Thursday-Saturday time period PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama leads John McCain, 50% to 42% among registered voters in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — just one point shy of his strongest showing of the year. These results, from Sept. 25-27, span the time […]

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Haile Gebrselassie breaks marathon world record in Berlin

By GEIR MOULSON BERLIN (AP) — Haile Gebrselassie smashed his marathon world record by 27 seconds Sunday, winning the Berlin Marathon in a city where he has had so much success. The 35-year-old Ethiopian took advantage of excellent conditions on a flat course to finish in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 59 seconds. Despite an ailing […]

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Woyanne troops leave key Somalia region

BELETWEIN (Garowe Online) – Ethiopian Woyanne forces deployed in central Somalia withdrew from a key region Friday, Radio Garowe reported. A contingent of Ethiopian Woyanne troops driving 29 army trucks left the Jante Kundisho military camp in the outskirts of Beletwein, the capital of Hiran region. The troops were reported to have headed for the […]

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ICC chief vows to pursue al Bashir over war crimes

BBC NEWS The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor has told the BBC he will continue to push for Sudan’s leader to be charged with war crimes. Luis Moreno Ocampo said there was strong evidence that President Omar al-Bashir was behind attacks on civilians in Darfur province. The Sudanese government has rejected the allegations, saying […]

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Somali pirates seize a Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi said on Saturday he was concerned by the seizure of a Ukrainian ship off Somalia carrying military supplies and feared they would be used to further destabilize the region. Speaking before a meeting in New York with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Meles said […]

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Oromo TV shutdown raises fierce anger

ADDIS ABABA (ST) – The state owned Ethiopian radio and TV agency (ERTA) reduced drastically earlier this month the majority of airtime of the Affaan Oromo TV program. The decision left some 60 Oromo journalist jobless and raised anger. The Tigriga and the Afaan Oromo TV programs, which were run through the federal TV on […]

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It’s Haile against the clock at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday

Photo by Photo Run courtesy of the real – Berlin Marathon By David Monti, RaceResultsWeekly.com He’s already the world record holder for the standard 42,195m marathon distance and has the two fastest times ever to his credit, but Haile Gebrselassie will be back at Berlin on Sunday hoping to shave yet another few seconds off […]

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Lecture: Dr Mehret Mandefro on Digital Media in Public Health

Please Join Us… at Drexel University School of Public Health Grand Rounds with Mehret Mandefro, MD, Director of Truth Aids Physician, Medical Anthropologist, Filmmaker “The Use of Digital Media in Public Health” Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, 4:30 PM Geary Auditorium A (245 N. 15th St., First Floor, Philadelphia, PA) Mehret Mandefro is a physician, medical […]

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Meeting with exiled Kinijit MPs in Frankfurt – Live

There will be a very important public meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, September 27. The meeting is expected to revive mobilization of support for Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) by launching the newly restructured EPPF International Council. The delegates, Ato Leuel Qeskis and Ato Assefa Hailu, both of whom sent by the EPPF leadership to […]

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In a week of awards for Ethiopia Olympic heroes

Elshadai Negash, IAAF Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- The list of honours Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba has earned in her short, but illustrious career already has many of her rivals running for minor positions when they line up against the double Olympic 5000m/10,000m champion: double World 5000m and 10000m champion; world indoor and outdoor 5000m record holder; […]

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Ethiopians in Seattle forced Woyanne event to be canceled

Concerned Ethiopians in Seattle have forced the cancellation of an event at the Seattle University where Woyanne ambassador and full time drunkard Samuel Assafa was scheduled to speak. It was rumored dictator Meles Zenawi might also appear at the event. The event, which was named “Understanding Ethiopia,” was scheduled to coincide with the exhibition of […]

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Somalia crisis stalemated by the Meles regime in Ethiopia

ANALYSIS By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — After nearly 20 years of violent chaos, Islamic extremism and failed peace talks, impoverished Somalia might seem to have hit rock-bottom. But things are getting worse. The crisis is exceeding even the direst scenarios laid out nearly two years ago, when troops from neighboring Ethiopia arrived […]

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ICC to hold a hearing on the case of al Bashir next week

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Judges at the International Criminal Court have summoned the chief prosecutor for a first hearing next week on his request to charge Sudan’s president with genocide in Darfur, the prosecutor said. In July, ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo accused Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of launching a campaign […]

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The Marxist roots of Ethiopia’s suffering

By Geoffrey Clarfield, National Post Once again, the twin spectres of drought and starvation stalk the land of Ethiopia. UN sources suggest that four million Ethiopians now need what they call “emergency assistance,” while another eight million need what is more vaguely described as “food relief.” Already, thousands of people are dying. The first to […]

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UDJ press release

UNITY FOR DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE Press Release Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), the heir to the former CUDP, wishes to announce to the local and international media community that it is officially ready to operate as a duly registered national party and to launch its programme of activities for the year 2001 (E.C). […]

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Revisiting HaileSelassie’s leadership

Current Ethiopian political leaders can learn a lot from Atse HaileSelassie. By Prof. HG Marcus Much has been written about HaileSelassie’s style of political leadership. We have been told about his ability to balance various courtly factions, and about the “capacious bins of memory,” which the emperor used for reference. We have been regaled about […]

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Japanese aid worker taken hostage in Ethiopia

By Shiomi Kadoya, Yomiuri Shimbun JOHANNESBURG – Two aid workers, believed to be a Japanese woman and a Dutchman, working for the nongovernmental organization Medecins du Monde, were abducted Monday afternoon in the eastern region of Ethiopia, the group said Wednesday. An armed gang is suspected to have kidnapped the two in the Ogaden region, […]

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Video shows Sarah Palin in anti-witchcraft prayer

By Ewen MacAskill The Guardian A video has emerged showing Sarah Palin playing a central role in a church service in Alaska in which witchcraft is denounced. Thomas Muthee, a Kenyan who is a regular preacher at Palin’s local Pentecostal church in Wasilla, made a passionate plea to defeat witchcraft and other supposed enemies of […]

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Video: Skin care tips by Gelila Bekele

In this video Ethiopian fashion model Gelila Bekele brings viewers into her kitchen for a look at different ways to care for your skin and hair using all natural ingredients from the pantry.

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Clean Water Means Life Itself In Ethiopia

By SUSAN STEVENOT SULLIVAN Special to The Georgia Bulletin Like so many villagers from Kufansik, these young girls are beneficiaries of the developmental water project sponsored by CRS (Catholic Relief Services), USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) and the Ethiopian Catholic Church. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Groggy from 24 hours of travel, I step outside into cool […]

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Insurgents take upper hand in Somalia – Reuters

EDITOR’S NOTE: This could be the beginning of the end of the Woyanne vampire regime. The people of Ethiopia stand in solidarity with the brave Somali freedom fighters. Ethiopian freedom fighters such as EPPF, ONLF, OLF, and TPDM will finish off Woyanne once they get their acts together — hopefully soon. – – – – […]

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Handouts no solution for famine-stricken Ethiopia

By Jason O’Brien The Independent HURUTA, ETHIOPIA – IT’S just not the same Ethiopia. Despite the recent predictions that famine in the south of the country will see five million people face starvation in the coming months, despite the impact of rocketing world food prices and inflation here soaring, despite the pleas on its behalf […]

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Tanzania to export gas to Kenya

By JOSEPH MWAMUNYANGE The East African Kenya will be the first destination for Tanzania’s natural gas exports. The Artumas Group Incorporation, a Mtwara-based gas exploring company, has been given the go ahead by the government to export to Kenya. A source at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals told The EastAfrican that gas exports to […]

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Sudan’s president to visit Ghana despite arrest threat

By Andrew Heavens KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan’s president will travel to Ghana in October, officials said on Tuesday, even though a ruling on an international arrest warrant for Darfur war crimes is pending. The Ghana trip, if it goes ahead, will be President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s first visit to a country that ratified the treaty […]

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European hostages seized in Egypt are found in Sudan

REUTERS The authorities have located a group of kidnappers and the 19 hostages they seized in Egypt on Friday, but no rescue attempt that could endanger the hostages is planned, a Sudanese official said Tuesday. The official, Ali Youssef Ahmed of the Foreign Ministry, said the group was about 15 miles inside Sudanese territory, near […]

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France continues to waver on ICC indictment of al Bashir

NEW YORK (ST)) – The French government appeared to be taking a softer stance on the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Darfur after president Nicolas Sarkozy dropped the demand for extraditing two Sudanese suspects to the Hague. France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy addresses the 63rd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in […]

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Africa Union and Chinese firm sign contract agreement for building conference center

ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — The African Union (AU) and a Chinese firm signed a contract agreement on Wednesday for the construction of the AU Conference Center. The signing ceremony at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa took place in the presence of some AU officials and a thirteen-man Chinese delegation, led […]

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Will DDT save Northern Uganda?

By Devapriyo Das It is unusual for an insect to take hostages. Yet, this is the reality of Lango sub-region, Northern Uganda, which registers some of the highest malaria incidence rates in the world; and includes Apac district, whose residents suffer an astonishing 1,568 bites per person per year from mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite. […]

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Somalia crisis deepened by the Meles regime

Elizabeth Kennedy The Associated Press NAIROBI, KENYA – Somalia is a land of a thousand plagues, with nearly 20 years of violent chaos and intractable poverty, Islamic extremism and failed peace talks. But the crisis over the past 18 months is exceeding even the worst-case scenarios dreamed up nearly two years ago, when troops from […]

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Britain pledges £26.9 mln for drought-hit Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Britain has pledged 26.9 million pounds for drought-hit Ethiopia, where some 9.6 million people are in need of emergency food aid, its embassy said on Wednesday. The money will finance food distribution, medical support, nutrition and water supply. “We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia. That’s why DFID […]

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The German government is increasing its financial support for Ethiopia by 40 Percent

(gfpc) The German government is increasing its financial support for Ethiopia by 40 Percent despite strong accusations raised against that country by human rights organizations. This was announced by the foreign ministry in Addis Ababa following last week’s negotiations between the governments of Germany and Ethiopia. The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will […]

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Benefit in Virginia raises $8,700 to help women in Ethiopia

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA – On Saturday, Sept. 13, about 75 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) on Hunter Mill Road in Oakton to view “A Walk to Beautiful,” a feature-length documentary film about women in Ethiopia who suffer from obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury. The film follows them from their communities, […]

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A hospital, a street named after Beijing double gold medal winners

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – Ethiopia on Wednesday named a hospital and a street after Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele respectively who brought two gold medals each in the 5,000m and 10,000m games in the Beijing Olympics. Kenenisa Street is located around the same street named after Haile Gebresilassie, another hero in athletics for over […]

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Senator Feingold writes to Secretary Rice on Ethiopia

In a letter dated Sept. 22, 2008, U.S. Senator Feingold wrote Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice: I appreciated State’s prompt response to the question I posed on the Department’s compliance with the Foreign Assistance Act at the hearing. However, I am disappointed that despite acknowledging security forces in Chad and Ethiopia are reported to have […]

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The Battle of Shire – February 1989

A Turning Point in the Protracted War in Ethiopia By Tekeste Melake In the late 1980s the military government of Ethiopia found it­self in a very precarious situation as a result of the escalating war in Eritrea and Tigray. As of May 1988 the government focused its manpower and material resources for the war effort […]

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2 French nationals are reported kidnapped in Ethiopia

The Associated Press PARIS — Two expatriate staff for French aid group Medecins du Monde have been kidnapped in a rebellious southeastern region of Ethiopia. The pair were kidnapped on Monday in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region, an arid stretch of land on the border with Somalia where rebels are fighting for independence, the Paris-based group said. […]

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Why supporting regional farmers is key to halving poverty

By ohn Madeley, The Guardian DERKA, ETHIOPIA – Fatima Muher Nur is one of the world’s marginal farmers. On two small plots in the Ethiopian village of Derka, South Wollo, Muher Nur grows sorghum and a little teff – the national staple – for herself and her family. On a village plot she also cultivates […]

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Corruption creating humanitarian disaster

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethiopia ranks 126th place out of 180 countries as having one of the most corrupt governments in the world, while Somalia is the last. What the researchers have failed to see is that Somalia is being governed by the same regime that is ruling Ethiopia. If they dig deeper, they would find that […]

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U.S. awards Woyanne additional $151 million

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over $1 billion dollars the Meles dictatorship in Ethiopia receives annually in aid and loan from the U.S. and other countries have made the country more poor, and the regime more corrupt and brutal. Little or none of this $151-million would go to serve the people of Ethiopia. It is an award to […]

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South Africa in political crisis as 11 cabinet minsters resign

South Africa was plunged into political chaos today after 11 cabinet ministers, including internationally respected Finance Minster Trevor Manuel, resigned in support of Thabo Mbeki who was kicked out of office after losing a bitter power struggle within the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Opposition parties termed the exodus, which also saw three deputy ministers […]

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Uganda traffic officers get guns to tackle errant motorists

By Andrew Bagala and Tabu Butagira Daily Monitor KAMPALA, UGANDA – The Police Force has started arming senior traffic personnel following violent attacks on them in the line of duty by unruly motorists. Lower cadre personnel, including Police Constables deployed to regulate traffic flow will later on also start wielding guns under the drastic administrative […]

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VIDEO: The new Mekele

Welcome to the New Mekele, the Capital City of Tigray. Contrast this with the second video below. Ethiopia’s abject poverty after 17 years of plunder by the ruling Tigrean People Liberation Front.

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Survival of the rudest: Taking a taxi in Addis

By ABIY TEMESGEN ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – When I wake up in the morning all I can think about is what my trip to work will be like. Nothing was different this chilly morning. My outlook on the day suddenly became as foggy as the Kiremt (Amharic for the July-August rainy season). I’m not unusual. […]

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UK's Sun Biofuels plans 5,500 ha biofuels project in Tanzania

(Reuters) – Britain’s Sun Biofuels plans to grow about 5,500 hectares of the biofuel plant jatropha in Tanzania in the next 10 years, the firm’s local subsidiary said on September 18. Sun Biofuels Tanzania is in the final stages of acquiring 8,000 hectares of land west of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. Peter Auge, […]

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European tourists kidnapped in Egyptian desert near Sudan border

By SARAH EL DEEB CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Kidnappers seized 11 European tourists and eight Egyptians during a Sahara desert safari to Gilf al-Kebir, a plateau famed for its prehistoric cave paintings. Egypt’s foreign minister said Monday the tourists had been freed unharmed. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in New York that the group […]

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Sudan ruling party is too deformed to be reformed

By Donald M. Payne United States Congressman The decades-long suffering of the people of Sudan and our inability to end their suffering is a source of pain and anguish to me. Last month, I went to Abyei and several other towns in South Sudan. I saw the pain and suffering of the people. The residents […]

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U.S. Government Provides Water and Sanitation Assistance to Ethiopia’s Somali Region

USAID Addis Ababa (U.S. Embassy) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On September 15, U.S. Ambassador Donald Yamamoto and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Glenn Anders inaugurated a water system at a ceremony at the Kebridehar town high school. The water system serves the Korahe Zone in Somali Region. The water taps were […]

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USAID Health Project Shares Experience,Improves Health Care Service

USAID ADDIS ABABA – The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), have supported child health services and strengthened the health care system through the Essential Services for Health in Ethiopia (ESHE) project. Over the past five years, the project has improved the lives of over 15 million Ethiopians through health […]

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Initiative to train midwives could save hundreds of thousands of lives

UN NEWS CENTER With half a million women dying in pregnancy or childbirth every year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) have launched an initiative which could help cut mortality by about 75 per cent by training midwives in developing countries. “By investing in midwives and universal access […]

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Response to Tecola Hagos on S. 3457

By Ewnetu from Los Angeles I read your letter to Senator Russ Feingold, Representative Donald Payne and to all Members of Congress of the United States. Let me examine the pertinent points contained in the letter, discarding the irrelevant, in order to build-up your case, with respect to the proposed Bill S 3457 by Senators […]

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Ethnic clash in southern Ethiopia: Guji against Burji

Ethnic conflicts and ethnic based killings are becoming commonplace in Ethiopia. The sporadic nature of the attacks and the small number of causalities means that no major international media, international human rights organizations and other bodies of international community has done much to either publicize the situation or to put pressure on the Meles regime […]

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US policy shifts towards Somaliland

By Scott A Morgan In what appears to be a effort to reward stablilty in a highly unstable part of the World ,The US is going to increase the amount of aid it sends to the “Breakaway Region” of Somaliland. On the surface that can be seen as the US growing increasingly frustrated with the […]

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Government of Uganda seeking miniskirt ban

BBC – Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister says miniskirts should be banned – because women wearing them distract drivers and cause traffic accidents. Nsaba Buturo told journalists in Kampala that wearing a miniskirt was like walking naked in the streets. “What’s wrong with a miniskirt? You can cause an accident because some of our people […]

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Ethiopia’s Gete Wami, Dire Tune entered in NYC Marathon

The Associated Press NEW YORK: Gete Wami and Dire Tune of Ethiopia committed on Monday to run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2. Also set to run are Lyubov Morgunova of Russia, first-time marathoner Kim Smith of New Zealand, and 36-year-old Briton Hayley Haining, who set a personal record of 2 hours, […]

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World Food Program warns of worst Ethiopia crisis since 1984

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) today appealed for US$460 million to feed 9.6 million hungry people affected by drought and high food prices in Ethiopia through to March next year. “The Horn of Africa region is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since 1984, and Ethiopia is caught in the […]

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Pirates hijack another Greek carrier off Somalia

By JULIA ZAPPEI KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates in speedboats hijacked a Greek bulk carrier with 19 crew members off eastern Somalia, a piracy watchdog official said Monday. Sunday’s hijacking pushes the number of attacks this year in Somali waters close to 60, with pirates raiding ships off eastern Somalia and in the Gulf […]

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Somali pirates say they will kill any European they capture if France fails to release pirates seized by French commandos

By Alisha Ryu, VOA Somali pirates, who have been relentlessly attacking ships this year off the coast of Somalia, say they will kill any European they capture if France fails to release six pirates seized by French commandos earlier this month. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu has this exclusive report from our East Africa Bureau in […]

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Jill's Ethiopian Diary: Memories, good and bad

By Jill Mowbray I am nearing the end of my three month mission in Ethiopia in the Kambata and Tambaro regions on a malnutrition project. When I look back and reflect on the last three months there are many emotions and fond memories that I wish to hold on to for a very long time… […]

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Kidnapped German citizen, Somali wife freed in northern Somalia

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — A German citizen and his local wife who were kidnapped in northern Somalia on Saturday have been released, a regional maritime official confirmed on Monday. Andrew Mwangura, the East African Coordinator of the Seafarers Assistance Program (SAP), said the couple were released early Monday but the two Somali gunmen were seriously injured. […]

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Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Africa

UNIDO Holds High-level Dialogue on Accelerating Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth in Africa VIENNA, AUSTRIA – The Director-General of UNIDO, Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, will lead a high-level dialogue on “Accelerating Poverty Reduction and Economic Growth: Transforming African Countries into Tiger Economies”, on 22 September 2008 during the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General […]

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Mortars hit Mogadishu Baraka market, 42 dead

By Ibrahim Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Mortar bombs hit a Mogadishu market on Monday in a second day of fighting that has killed at least 42 people, witnesses said. Islamist insurgents are battling the Somali government and their Ethiopian Woyanne military backers in a nearly two-year conflict that some are calling Africa’s Iraq. Fighting worsened […]

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Somalia’s warring sides pounded the capital on Monday

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s warring sides pounded the capital with mortar rounds and gunfire Monday, killing 30 people — including a family of seven — as insurgents who want to topple the government gain significant power. Monday’s fighting pitted insurgents against government forces and their Ethiopian Woyanne allies, who come […]

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