Monthly Archives: November 2008

Botswana offers Zimbabwe opposition a base

This is a good example for the Ethiopian opposition to establish bases in neighboring countries, such as those that are friendly, namely Eritrea. Botswana’s foreign minister has suggested on Wednesday that his country would be prepared to allow MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai to operate there as leader in exile. Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani also told […]

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Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele wins in Spain

Llodio, Spain – Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele and Kenya’s Linet Masai captured top spots in style at the 25th ‘Cross Internacional Valle de Llodio’ held today (30) on a cold and rainy day for weather. In doing so, Bekele became the first athlete to win the event three times, while the manner of Masai’s victory – […]

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ONLF slams Woyanne war crimes investigation

By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel movement has slammed a government [Woyanne regime’s] investigation refuting claims of war crimes against the people of a marginalized eastern region it operates in. Ethiopian authorities Woyanne on Wednesday said a government-funded probe showed a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that […]

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Ethiopian Review publisher on ETN

Ethiopian Television Network’s (ETN) interview with Ethiopian Review publisher Elias Kifle will be rebroadcast today, Monday, at 6:55 PM Washington DC time. Part II will run at 10:45 PM. Click here to watch.

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What is next after Woyanne withdrawal from Somalia?

By Abdurrahman Warsameh MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — With Ethiopian Woyanne regime’s announcement of withdrawing its troops from Somalia by the end of the year, as well as the signing and culmination of the Djibouti peace and power-sharing agreements between the Somali transitional government and a major opposition faction, the political and military equations within the war-torn […]

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Ethiopia: Haile Gebrselassie wins Great Australian Run

MELBOURNE – Peerless Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie defied a serious case of jetlag to claim a commanding victory in the inaugural Great Australian Run on Sunday. The two-time Olympic 10,000m champion and reigning marathon world record holder arrived in Melbourne from Addis Ababa on Friday morning and woke with a headache after only managing a […]

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AFP reports hyenas, not Woyanne, kill two people in Ethiopia

AFP never reports about murders, corruption and other crimes by the Woyane regime in Ethiopia for fear of being expelled from the country. So this major international news organization has relegated itself to reporting local stories such as wild animals attacking people. The following AFP story is about the killing of two Ethiopians by hyenas […]

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An Ethiopian in Malta jailed for 10 months

An Ethiopian resident of the Marsa Open Centre was jailed for 10 months yesterday after he was found guilty of trafficking in and possessing cannabis resin and escaping from custody. The court, presided over by magistrate Lawrence Quintano, heard how 25-year-old Yassin Mohammed was apprehended after police on patrol saw him throw an object from […]

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Ethiopia: Woyanne troops to leave Somalia next month

BBC – All Ethiopian Woyanne troops will leave Somalia by the end of the year, a foreign ministry spokesman has announced. Ethiopia Woyanne sent thousands of soldiers into Somalia two years ago to help government forces oust Islamists from the capital, Mogadishu. But their presence has been deeply unpopular with many Somalis. Somali President Abdullahi […]

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Ginbot 7 rejects TPLF’s self-exoneration of war crimes

PRESS RELEASE Ginbot 7 Movement for Freedom and Justice rejects the claim made by the regime in Ethiopia that no war crime took place in the Ogaden region. On June 11 this year, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) had issued a report supported by satellite photos that accuses Meles Zenawi’s regime in Ethiopia of rampant […]

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Ethiopia's star athlete Kenenisa Bekele hit by injury

Ethiopian Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metre champion Kenenisa Bekele could be out for up to four months with a stress fracture. At the Beijing Olympic Games, the 26-year old became only the fourth man to win a Olympic distance double. But he finished third at the 2008 Seven Hills 15km race in Njimegen, Netherlands, after […]

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Ethiopia: UDJ prevented from printing flyer

Ethiopia Zare reports that the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) has been prevented from printing fliers that announce a public meeting scheduled to be held in Addis Ababa on December 6. UDJ is a party that is daydreaming about being able to operate as a genuine opposition party in Ethiopia under the rule […]

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Ethiopia’s Haile goes for another record in Melbourne

Sydney, Australia – Ethiopian running maestro Haile Gebrselassie could capture his 27th world record at the inaugural HBA Great Australian Run in Melbourne, organizers said Saturday. Sunday’s 15-kilometre race around the streets of Australia’s second-biggest city is his first outing since breaking two hours and four minutes in the 42.2-kilometre marathon. He improved his own […]

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What Blair and Geldof didn’t see in Ethiopia (a must read)

By Thembi Mutch The phone call from a mobile in Ethiopia was vague: did I have resilience, a sense of humour, journalism experience? I was in my English garden at the time, and getting a phone call from the UN in Addis Ababa while I was deadheading the dahlias in the early summer of 2004 […]

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Ethiopia moves coffee trade to Commodity Exchange

By Jason McLure Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest coffee producer, has halted daily auctions and will begin trading the beans on the national commodity bourse from Dec. 2 to reduce fraud and help reassure buyers of quality. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, which began trading corn and wheat this year, opened eight warehouses in growing areas and will […]

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Full speed ahead

By Yilma Bekele “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” was the order given by the first American Admiral, Admir. David Glasgow Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay. The entrance to the Bay was heavily guarded when he ordered his fleet to steam ahead. Despite heavy loses; he took over New Orleans leaving the Confederacy […]

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Ethiopians in Israel celebrate 'Sigd'

By ABE SELIG | Jerusalem Post Singing, dancing and reveling in the fulfillment of years spent yearning for a return to Jerusalem, thousands of Ethiopians from all over the country descended on the capital’s Haas promenade in Armon Hanatziv Thursday to celebrate Sigd, the annual Beta Israel festival commemorating the revelation on Mt. Sinai and […]

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Disputing HRW’s irrefutable facts with propaganda

Ogaden Online Editorial Back in June 2008 this year, the internationally recognized human rights organization known as the Human Rights Watch (HRW) published the most detailed, first hand account of the type of atrocities and genocide carried out by the dictatorial regime in Ethiopian against the Ogaden civilians throughout Ogaden. Among the HRW report’s findings […]

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The 2008 top 10 political turkeys of Ethiopia

CNN’s list of the 2008 top 10 U.S. political turkeys gave us an idea to prepare our own list of Ethiopian political turkeys. 10. Beyene Petros – has always been a turkey, not just this year. 9. Lidetu Ayalew – just look at him on tv sitting inside the fake parliament. 8. Ato Gebremedhin (Aba […]

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Televised debate: ER vs. Mebt Radio – 7 PM Saturday

Ethiopian Television Network (ETN) will host a debate/discussion between Ethiopian Review publisher Elias Kifle and Mebt Radio host Meshesha Biru on Nov. 29, 2008. According to Ato Gizaw Legesse, the program host, the main topic of the discussion will be the different strategies of the various opposition parties that are striving to bring change in […]

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California: A fragrant shop helps Ethiopians far from home

Genet Asrat, owner of Albo African Gift Shop By ISABEL ESTERMAN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Inside Oakland’s Albo African Gift shop, at the corner of Alcatraz and Telegraph, a deep herbal aroma wafts from a row of colorful bottles labeled ‘frankincense.’  Ethiopian Singer Hamelmal Abate’s mournful vibrato pours out of the stereo, crooning over an incongruously […]

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Woyanne investigated itself and found no crime in Ogaden

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s dictatorial regime said on Wednesday a government-Woyanne-funded probe had found no evidence to support reports by a rights group that its military committed war crimes during a campaign against rebels in the eastern Ogaden region. [Woyanne investigating itself? This must be joke of the day!] Human Rights Watch (HRW) […]

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Unseasonable rain damages year’s harvest in Ethiopia

By Tamiru L. Obole |Jimma Times NORTH SHEWA – The unseasonable rain of last September, October and early November has damaged much of the harvest in the rural part of North Shewa of Oromya and Amhara regional states. Leguminous plants, teff and wheat have already started germinating in their cases on farms. “We received much […]

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Ethiopia: Drought intensifies in Tigray

MEKELLE (IRIN) – The humanitarian situation in the drought-affected north and north-eastern Ethiopia continues to deteriorate as severe drought bites. “Rainfall in October, which was unexpected, was not of great help to the crops that were planted in May; only the livestock benefited temporarily, now the people are facing a significant crop failure,” a humanitarian […]

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Ethiopia: Regional workshop on border management

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – A three-day workshop organized by IOM, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union Commission (AUC) on border management and irregular migration in the IGAD region opens on 26 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop will bring together some 40 officials and experts from ministries with migration related responsibilities […]

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Ireland farmer to fund Ethiopian 'credit union' initiative

By Liam Horan | Mayo News MAYO, IRELAND – MONEY raised by a Crossmolina farmer in Ireland will be used to expand a new credit union-style organisation in rural Ethiopia – and Anthony Walshe says the cash will ‘go a very long way to help struggling farmers’ in one of the world’s poorest countries. Mr […]

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World Bank expands its activities in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is member of the World Bank Group, opens office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to increase its activity in support of Ethiopia’s development. [World Bank is one of the main causes of Africa’s misery by financing brutal dictators such as Ethiopia’s brutal tribalist warlord Meles Zenawi.] IFC’s […]

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Ethiopia: Al Amoudi buys Unity University

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) – Unity University, the first private university in Ethiopia has become the 16th MIDROC Ethiopia sister company as of November 21, 2008. [In other words, Midroc’s owner, Ato Mohammed Al Amoudi, has bought the university.] MIDROC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Arega Yirdaw and Owner and President of Unity University, Dr. […]

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Woyanne releases 44 accused OLF members

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The dictatorial regime in Ethiopia released today 44 members of the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). The decision was recommended by the by the ministry of justice, it was announced today. The Ethiopian President Woyanne puppet Girma Woldegiorgis endorsed Tuesday the recommendation made by the Board of Pardon at the Ministry […]

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Ethiopia 2008 Crop Assessment Travel Report

USDA’s Office of Global Analysis (OGA) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) performed a mid-season crop assessment and spatial model validation survey in Ethiopia from October 8-17, 2008, with personnel from USAID’s FEWS-NET project, the United Nation’s Word Food Program (WFP), and the European Commission’s Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing (MARS) program of the […]

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Defense Secretary Gates to Keep Job Under Obama

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will keep the top Pentagon job for at least the first year of the Obama administration, FOX News has learned. There was very strong support for Gates among Democrats, said one Democratic source in the Senate whose boss was intimately involved in bringing Obama and Gates together to see if they […]

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The devastating Woyanne-Eritrea war of 1998-2000 revisited

The report in this video by UK’s Channel 4 TV is about the devastating Woyanne-Eritrea war of 1998-2000 in which Woyanne tribal warlords Meles Zenawi and Seye Abraha carelessly and recklessly sacrificed over 100,000 young Ethiopians to liberate a small piece of barren land called Badme. The only thing that is NOT factual in the […]

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Minority rule and corruption in Ethiopia

By Seid Hassan Many observers, including those members of the Diaspora community who visit their homeland, Ethiopia, have observed that the level of corruption in Ethiopia is so unprecedented that it defies common sense. The outright theft that is going on in the country has many dimensions, which are: 1) economic – as exemplified by […]

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Ghana 2nd best in press freedom

By Malik Abass Daabu Ghana has been adjudged the second best country in Africa in terms of press freedom. The country has been ranked second on only to Namibia on the continent by an international group of journalists – Journalists Without Borders. The Press Freedom Index measures the extent to which the political atmosphere in […]

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The last thing we need is a Clinton in charge of foreign policy

By Christopher Hitchens | Slate It was apt in a small way that the first endorser of Hillary Rodham Clinton for secretary of state should have been Henry Kissinger. The last time he was nominated for any position of responsibility—the chairmanship of the 9/11 commission—he accepted with many florid words about the great honor and […]

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Irish lawyers in Ethiopia training course

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Some of Ireland’s top lawyers have swapped their wigs for teaching hats on a trip to Ethiopia. Former Ireland Attorney General Harry Whelehan and ten colleagues hope to change the war-torn country’s legal system through a series of courses on law. The legal eagles will pass on their knowledge, skills and […]

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Shell Ethiopia moved out of the Ethiopian market

By Wudineh Zenebe | Addis Fortune ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – After 60 years of presence in the country, Shell Ethiopia has totally moved out of the Ethiopian market as of November 14, 2008, after Libya Oil Holding Ltd (OiLibya) finalized the purchase and sale agreement it entered with the former. OiLibya, a new trademark in […]

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Egypt’s savage police gun down another African migrant

RAFAH, Egypt (Reuters) – Egyptian police shot dead an unidentified African migrant on the border with Israel on Monday as he tried to enter the Jewish state illegally, a security official said. A police patrol spotted the man near the border and opened fire on him when he tried to escape, ignoring an order to […]

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Cartoon show for Ethiopian children

A company is introducing a new project that will produce cartoon shows for Ethiopian children and seeks the participation of local artists. The following is taken from the project’s web site: Abctoon is a fresh new animation project to promote Ethiopia’s cultural identity. Ethiopia is in critical need of more media content for children. Currently, […]

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Israeli fighter jets scramble to intercept an Ethiopian plane

JERUSALEM – Two Israeli jet fighters were deployed when an Ethiopian airliner failed to identify itself as it entered Israeli airspace today, and escorted the plane to the main international airport, media reported. The civilian aircraft, carrying some 200 passengers, apparently had not identified itself because of a technical problem with its communication system. The […]

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Woyanne special forces killed 11 in two Ethiopian villages

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Special police forces surprised two villages in southwestern Ethiopia on Friday as the inhabitants slept, launching an attack that burned all the houses, killed nine civilians and wounded 23 others, said an official in Gambella region who requested not to be identified by name. Two attackers were also slain during the […]

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Ethiopia again gripped by famine

By Andrew Geoghegan | ABC Australia TONY EASTLEY: Almost a quarter of a century after Ethiopia’s last major famine the country is again in deep trouble. The failure of recent harvests and rising food prices have left eight million people in need of aid. Africa correspondent Andrew Geoghegan visited some of the worst affected areas […]

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10 Things Obama should do during first 100 days in office

Ethiopian Review’s List of Top 10 Things President Barack Obama should do during his first 100 days in office 1. Give the genocidal regime in Ethiopia 6 months to release all political prisoners, lift all restrictions on the press, allow the formation of an independent elections committee that is composed of representatives of opposition parties, […]

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The blanket of death falls over Zimbabwe

By Michealene Cristini Risley Behind the stench of flowing sewage and the smell of disease is a country that is beyond collapse. Yet, nowhere are there more signs of bustling activity than the countries graveyards. On a bright day, in Unit L graveyard in Chitungwiza, the staff opens up 50 new graves for burials. Those […]

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The negative impact of the biofuels on Ethiopian farmers

By Dave Harcourt Ashenafi Chote, of the Wolaytta district south of Addis Ababa, says that he regrets converting his land from food crops to caster seeds for biodiesel. He is now dependent on Food Aid and can no longer generate income from his land. CastorThe company that got him into this situation admit they have […]

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MTV launches African music awards, Nigerian singer wins

By BASHIR ADIGUN ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — MTV launched its first-ever music award program for Africa on Saturday, with acts from across the world’s poorest continent nominated for prizes in the Nigerian capital. Nigerian singer D’banj won the artist of the year award, while his compatriot, Naeto C, took the laurels for the best new […]

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Ethiopian squad breaks Japan's Chiba Ekiden Course record

Just past 1 km into the 1st stage. (Video: Brett Larner) By Brett Larner An Ethiopian team comprised mostly of teenagers outside their home country for the first time defeated defending champion Japan to win the 2008 International Chiba Ekiden in the event’s second year featuring mixed-gender teams. The Ethiopian team covered the six stage, […]

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Sudan: Opposition leader Abdel Nabi Ahmed killed in car crash

KHARTOUM, Sudan: The secretary general of a Sudanese opposition party was killed in a car crash Saturday on a highway outside the capital, dealing a blow to the party as it prepares for elections expected next year. Abdel Nabi Ahmed, of the Umma party, was driving with his two sons south of Khartoum when the […]

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Ethiopian resistance group launches a new web site

The Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF) has launched a new web site, eppfonline.org, on Sunday, Nov. 23. The official launching of the web site was announced by the organizational affairs head of EPPF’s International Committee, Ato Sileshi Tilahun, in an interview with Ethiopian Review. Ato Sileshi has also announced that EPPF will launch a radio […]

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Ali Bira and Kemer Yousuf selling their soul?

By Gurraacho Silgaa Ali Bira and Kemer Yousuf need no introduction to Oromo communities around the world. Living in exile for over two decades, they have both been compared to Maria Makeba of South Africa for stirring hopes of freedom with their music among millions in Oromia and beyond. Music being a central part of […]

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Ethiopia: Irish trade mission travels to Addis Ababa

By RUADHÁN Mac CORMAIC | Irish Times A TRADE mission of 40 Irish lawyers and business people left for Ethiopia yesterday to develop links between the two countries and encourage investment in the African state. The delegation is travelling as part of an initiative led by lawyer Philip Lee and businessman Brody Sweeney. It includes […]

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The Second American Revolution

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Best Hope of Earth In the first American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson declared to a “candid world” that “when in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that […]

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Maryland court awards $300,000 to an Ethiopian taxi driver

A native of Ethiopia gets $305k verdict against Maryland Transportation Authority By Brendan Kearney | Daily Record BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – A Baltimore jury has awarded $305,000 to a former Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) taxi driver who was arrested — and later unsuccessfully prosecuted — after complaining to Maryland Transportation Authority police about a shuttle bus […]

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Ethiopia’s dictator wants to talk with OLF

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle | Sudan Tribune ADDIS ABEBA, ETHIOPIA – A mediation team said that the government of Woyanne regime Ethiopia has agreed to hold talks with the rebel Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) without any pre-conditions. In January, a group of mediators drawn from 3 Oromo ethnic elders met OLF leaders, namely Dawd Ebsa and […]

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Jendayi Frazer says Woyanne is ready to go into Darfur

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Hillary Clinton is said to accept Secretary of State Position

By PETER BAKER and HELENE COOPER | The New York Times WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat to become secretary of state in the Obama administration, making her the public face to the world for the man who dashed her own hopes for the presidency, confidants of Mrs. […]

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32,000 participated in the 8th Annual Great Ethiopian Run

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Over 32,000 residents of Addis Ababa took part in the 8th Annual Great Ethiopian Run today. The 10,000 meter road race is organized by Ethiopia’s long distance legend Haile Gebreselassie in partnership with Toyota. Chala Dechasa won in the men’s field at 28:54:47 today. In the women’s field, Wude Ayalew won […]

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President Girma demands crown back!

By Andrew Johnson | The Independent LONDON, UK – Ethiopia’s tribal junta is demanding that Britain’s museums return some of its most significant religious treasures. President Puppet Girma Wolde-Giorgis has personally intervened in a dispute to get the artifacts, including the Ethiopian royal crown, returned home 140 years after they were “looted” by marauding British […]

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Obama’s To-Do List: Somalia

By Jonathan Stevenson | The New Republic Somalia, a genuine failed state, ranks alongside Sudan as the world’s most conspicuous candidate for American attention in the early days of Barack Obama’s administration. Last week, capping a series of territorial gains across the country, Islamist insurgents seized the port of Merka, and appeared poised for an […]

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Ethiopian immigrant in Malta faces criminal charges

MALTA- Ismael Obassa Husseina, a 26-year-old Ethiopian resident at Marsa open centre, was arraigned before Magistrate Myriam Hayman this evening and accused of resisting the police, slightly injuring a police constable, damaging a car belonging to a resident of Marsa and on two occasions threatening the same police constable, telling him that he knew where […]

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A hero devoted to getting books to Ethiopia's children

By Marjorie Kehe | CS Monitor CNN has chosen Gebregeorgis Yohannes as one of its heroes (picked as one of 10 out of 10,000 nominations) and it was an excellent choice. Yohannes has devoted himself for much of the past decade to getting books into the hands of Ethiopian children. His goals are ambitious. Not […]

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Propaganda video – preparation for another war with Eritrea

The following is a war propaganda video just released by the Woyanne regime in Ethiopia. Despite what the video tries to portray, first of all, there is no Ethiopian army under the Woyanne regime. It is a Woyanne army that is commanded by one ethnic group. Secondly, the Woyanne army currently is getting its butt […]

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Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, others refused entry to Zimbabwe

SOUTH AFRICA: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he and others have been refused entry to Zimbabwe for a humanitarian mission. Carter says he and other members of The Elders group were informed Friday night by former South African President Thabo Mbeki that efforts to secure travel visas had failed. The Elders group was formed […]

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South Africa has world's highest number with AIDS

GENEVA – More than three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths occur in sub- Saharan Africa and South Africa is now officially the country with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world, a new UN report said Wednesday. Improved monitoring of the pandemic has led the U.N. to revise its estimates, particularly in Southern Africa and Asia, […]

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Hollywood's 10 Top Earning Couples in 2008 – Forbes

Forbes magazine has declared Beyonce Knowles and hubby Jay-Z as Hollywood’s Top-Earning Couple, with a total earnings of 162 million dollars between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008, defeating star couple Will Smith and his actress wife Jada Pinkett Smith with a shared wealth of 85 million dollars. Third on the list are the […]

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A Fashionable Life: Gelila & Wolfgang

By Jenny Hontz | Harper’s Bazaar Ethiopian-born designer Gelila Assefa sips champagne in the kitchen of her Beverly Hills home, wearing a flowing leopard-print James Galanos gown, while her fiancé, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, fries up some steaks. Suddenly, flames shoot out of the pan, and Assefa jumps back, protecting her dress. “We’ll see if […]

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Rolling Stone’s The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time

Rolling Stone magazine should have written the title as “The 100 Greatest American Singers of All Time” since over 90 percent of those in the list are Americans. The magazine’s editors must also have been high on some thing when they prepared the list. How could they rank Michael Jackson 25th? He should have been […]

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Great Ethiopian Run preview

By Elshadai Negash Many foreigners who have come to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and taken part in various road races including the Great Ethiopian Run, an annual international 10km road race, will tell you that it is not just any other race. Deriba Merga wins the 2008 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (AFP / Getty […]

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More on the Toronto Star story about Kemer Yousuf

By Tedla Asfaw Dear John Goddard (reporter for the Toronto Star newspaper) Who does not want to go home after twenty four years to visit a 100-year old father and 70-year old mother? I myself have been out of Ethiopia the same time Kemer left his home country on foot. Luckily I left by plane. […]

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Egypt police arrest 400 teenage boys for flirting with girls

CAIRO, EGYPT (AFP) – EGYPTIAN police have rounded up hundreds of teenage boys in Cairo in a day-long crackdown on sexual harassment. “We have arrested a large number of boys who were flirting with girls,” Cairo’s police director Faruq Lashin said. About 400 teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested on Wednesday and will […]

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Aba Diabilos comes to Washington DC

Ato GebreMedhin (formerly Aba Paulos), the Woyanne cadre who is posing as patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, is coming to Washington DC in the next few days, according to Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit sources. The gun-toting fake patriarch is planning to visit the Washington DC Mikael Church and other Ethiopian churches in the area. […]

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South Korea-Madagascar land deal: 21st century colonialism?

By Javier Blas | Financial Times Daewoo Logistics of South Korea has secured farmland in Madagascar to grow food crops for Seoul, in a deal that diplomats and consultants said was the largest of its kind. The company said it had leased 1.3m hectares of farmland – about half the size of Belgium – from […]

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Kemer Yousef kissing up to Woyanne thugs

By John Goddard | Toronto Star VIDEO: One of Kemer Yousuf’s latest songs that have made him popular. Nice music, but poor video and terrible choreography TORONTO, CANADA – Kemer Yousef, who escaped Ethiopia on foot with nothing 24 years ago, has scored an unprecedented video hit with Nabek, a seven-track DVD showing him singing […]

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Rwanda to charge former French president of genocide

KIGALI, RWANDA (AFP) — Rwanda is poised to issue indictments and arrest warrants against 23 French military and political officials over their suspected role in the country’s 1994 genocide, judicial sources said Tuesday. Indictments against France’s late president Francois Mitterrand and former prime minister Dominique de Villepin among others would mark a new step in […]

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The World's 10 Worst Currencies

By FX TRADER We have all read about the recent strong performance of the US dollar and the Japanese Yen on Forex exchanges. Forex traders and investors are flocking to these two currencies to avid risk in volatile Forex markets. Both the British Pound and the Euro have fallen drastically against the Dollar. Even though […]

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Ten Sudan newspapers suspend publication

As part of a growing protest against state censorship ten Sudanese newspapers suspended publication on Tuesday, journalists said. Sudanese reporters said it was the biggest voluntary shut down of the media since the days of British rule in the 1950s. The protest came a day after 63 journalists and newspaper staff were detained for more […]

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United States in ‘Cold War Mode’ in Africa

TADJOURA, Djibouti – In hundreds of military training programs from the Sahara to the Seychelles, the U.S. is quietly bolstering Africa’s ragtag armies to fight extremism so the Pentagon won’t have to. Some experts have taken to calling this strategy — not always admiringly — “America’s African Rifles” after an indigenous African unit organized by […]

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Families face hard times in Ethiopia

Lakuka and her children, Afar, Ethiopia. (Photo: Jane Beesley) By Jane Beesley | Oxfam AFAR, ETHIOPIA – Worsening drought and high food prices are pushing many families in Ethiopia to the brink. Humanitarian Communications Officer Jane Beesley reports. Afar, close to the Eritrea and Djibouti borders in Ethiopia, is dry and hot. It’s one of […]

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European Union offers to fund Sudan electoral commission

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) — The European Union is ready to bankroll Sudan’s electoral commission, which is tasked with preparing landmark polls laid out in a scheduled democratic transformation, a diplomat said Tuesday. “The EU is ready to give full support to the commission in terms of financing,” said Italian Ambassador Roberto Cantone. The 2005 Comprehensive […]

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China defends investments in Congo

China on Tuesday defended its presence and investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a rebel leader there demanded commercial contracts between the two nations be reviewed. “China’s business activities and investment programmes in DR Congo are based on mutual benefit and joint development,” foreign ministry spokesperson Qin Gang told reporters. “Chinese companies, apart […]

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What will become of Obama’s vast grass-roots network?

By E. J. Dionne WASHINGTON — While the nation’s capital obsesses over who will be the next pick for Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the president-elect’s lieutenants are engaged with what may be a more important long-term issue: What will become of Obama’s vast grass-roots network? Electoral campaigns, like circus tents, quickly disappear after the show is […]

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Teddy Afro – Another victim of Ethiopia’s ruthless dictator

Ethiopia’s superstar musician Teddy Afro continues to languish in jail. His crime is caring for his country. The fascist dictatorship in Ethiopia was threatened by that, so they fabricated false charges and threw him in a dark prison cell. The tyrannical regime has spared no effort to silence the voices of those who dared to […]

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Is The Reporter editor the next Teddy Afro?

EDITOR’S NOTE: ER begs to disagree with Joe’s view below about Aregawi Amare’s predicaments, but let’s see what readers think. By Joe Michael The authoritarian Ethiopian ruling party, Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) loyalists have turned their backs on The Reporter newspaper editor and their one time close partner Amare Aregawi. While the editor’s […]

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Ethiopian Airlines buys 8 planes from Bombardier Aerospace

Q400 Nextgen Airliner sold to Ethiopian Airlines TORONTO, ONTARIO – Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Ethiopian Airlines has signed a contract to purchase eight Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners, and has taken options on four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. Including this transaction, the Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft program has recorded firm orders for a total of 1,001 […]

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Ethiopia: Ginbot 7 radio program jammed

DebreTsion is in charge of the Ethiopian Information & Communicatiion Technology Development Agency, but his main job is to block most Ethiopians from having access to information. The Meles dictatorship in Ethiopia has jammed a radio program that was being broadcast to Ethiopia from Europe by the Ginbot 7 Movement for Freedom and Democracy, according […]

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Ethiopia: U.S. Homeland Security new Visa Waiver Program

U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Implements New Pre-Travel Authorization for U.S.-Bound Travelers from Visa Waiver Countries The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has added seven countries to its Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and launched a new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requiring citizens of Visa Waiver Program […]

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Why Obama would pick Clinton as America’s chief diplomat

By Jason Horowitz | The New York Observer Why, if you’re Barack Obama, would you choose Hillary Clinton to be your secretary of state? Yes, since it was first reported last week that the two had met to discuss the possibility, there has been no shortage of theories in the press: He wants her out […]

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Gondar, Ethiopia – in pictures

See more photos of Gondar at Ethiopian Multimedia Gallery (click here) Gondar or Gonder (Ge’ez: ጎንደር Gōnder, older ጐንደር Gʷandar, modern pronunciation Gʷender) is a city in northern Ethiopia, which was once the old imperial capital and capital of the historic Begemder province. As a result, the old province of Begemder is sometimes referred to […]

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Trampled Rose: A story of an American woman in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Extraordinary circumstances often bring out the best in ordinary people. Take, a businesswoman from the American west. Becky didn’t plan to become an angel to women suffering from a horrible condition in a far off African land, but it happened. VOA’s Peter Heinlein has the story of the Trampled Rose, how […]

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Ethiopia: Meeting of young African social entrepreneurs

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA–After an incredibly uplifting morning observing a meeting of young African social entrepreneurs, I caught up with the Danish Minister for Development Ulla Tomaes who was touring a number of innovative economic development projects here. We stopped at Muya Ethiopia, a compound of four buildings that produces high-end crafts like pottery and decorative […]

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Kemer Yousef returns to Ethiopia

By John Goddard | Toronto Star Kemer Yousef TORONTO, CANADA – Kemer Yousef, who escaped Ethiopia on foot with nothing 24 years ago, has scored an unprecedented video hit with Nabek, a seven-track DVD showing him singing from a yacht in Toronto Harbour and dancing on the steps of Casa Loma. Clamour for his return […]

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Student honored for helping Ethiopia reading program

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – Tobyn Pulice, a 9-year-old third-grader, never expected to get a visit from someone half way around the world. But Wednesday, an Ethiopian man with a special mission made an appearance at Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School. Yohannes Gebregeorgis is the co-founder of Ethiopia Reads, a program that builds libraries and supplies books […]

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Air Accidents Make Africa "World's Aviation Graveyard"

Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Girma Wake, has said increase in air accidents in Africa and the dangerous situation experienced by pilots due to poor navigational facilities have made the continent the graveyard of aviation in the world, thus discouraging financiers from investing in the industry. Wake said this yesterday at the on-going 17th […]

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Reviving Nigeria's textile industry

NIGERIA – The productive capacity of the sector is so low to the extent that about 90 per cent of textiles fabric needs of the country is being fed through importation. As year 2005, the contribution of the industry to GDP dropped to less than one per cent. The market share of the industry equally […]

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Gondar, northern Ethiopia – in pictures

Gondar or Gonder is a city in northern Ethiopia, which was once the old imperial capital and capital of the historic Begemder province. As a result, the old province of Begemder is sometimes referred to as Gondar. Located in the Semien Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region, Gondar is north of Lake Tana on the […]

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Video: Mike-e going back to the foundation

Music Video: Mike-e

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CNN Hero of the Year – Nov. 20 last day to vote

Dear Friends of Ethiopia Reads, It is my great honor to be named a CNN Hero of the Year, especially among such a wonderful group of people working hard to make a difference in the world. This nomination has led new friends to discover the work of Ethiopia Reads, and it is deeply gratifying to know that so […]

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An Ethiopian in Abu Dhabi counts his days in prison

By Bassma Al Jandaly | GulfNews.com SHARJAH, ABU DHABI – Tsegaye Wolde Asfaw did not enter the country illegally, nor did he abscond from his sponsor. Yet, for the past three years, the 32-year-old Ethiopian has been counting his days at the detention centre at Al Sader deportation facility in Abu Dhabi. A diplomat from […]

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Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede leads Fukuoka Marathon field

Reigning Olympic bronze medalist Tsegaye Kebede, and former Chicago and London Marathon champion Felix Limo lead the list of international entrants for the 62nd Fukuoka Marathon on Sunday, December 7. Reigning Fukuoka champion and course record holder, and Olympic marathon gold medalist, Samuel Wanjiru, is not expected to compete. The 21 year-old Ethiopian Kebede (he […]

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Police in Ethiopia arrests foreign currency dealers

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is done to eliminate the competition against Woyanne currency dealers, not to enforce the law. Foreign currency exchange is one of the businesses that the ruling party wants to monopolize. ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – The Ethiopian police on Wednesday arrested eight people for being in possession of foreign currency (US dollars […]

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