Monthly Archives: February 2009

‘Moto menesat’ – a harrowing experience of Ethiopian pilot

This is a sad story about an Ethiopian Air Force officer, Captain Teshome Tenkolu, who was forced to spend two years in underground jails by the regime of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (Woyanne). When he was released after two years, he was told that he is innocent and that his country needs him now. […]

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Ethiopian man arrested for sending infected blood to Obama

CHICAGO, USA (The Cleveland Leader) – A Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly sending President Barack Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood in the hopes of killing or causing harm to them. A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said that this is only the second time that HIV-infected blood has […]

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U.S. Department of States Human Rights report on Ethiopia

United States Department of States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Released on February 25, 2009 Ethiopia is a federal republic led by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition. The population was approximately 77 million. In the 2005 parliamentary […]

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2 Ethiopian shopkeepers killed in South Africa

By Francis Hweshe | Cape Argus Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA – TWO foreign shopkeepers, both immigrants from Ethiopia, have been killed in their store in Milnerton, a suburb of Cape Town. The robbers took the fruit and fled when they could not open the cash register. The killings bring the number of immigrants murdered in […]

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The individual on Judge Bertukan

By Yilma Bekele This is the second part of my series on the Ethiopian Prime Ministers Interview with local and international reporters. The Interviews took two hours with the local reporters and an hour and half with the foreign press. Most were repetition of the same theme therefore I will deal in detail with the […]

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Livestock in Ethiopia lowlands decimated by climate-change

By Alex Wynter | IFRC Dhuko, Oromiya, Ethiopia – The numbers of livestock held by southern pastoralist families have fallen drastically over the past two decades as animals die from disease induced by climate change and the severe drought it brings, according to a new report by Ethiopian and Netherlands researchers. In one of three […]

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Thousands flee ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia – BBC

(BBC) – Tens of thousands of people have reportedly fled their homes as a result of fighting between rival groups in a remote part of southern Ethiopia. The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt says 300 people may have been killed – mostly in a major battle on 5 February. People are moving away to safer areas following […]

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The ‘green famine’ of southern Ethiopia: Myth or Real?

By Tegga Lendado This article is dedicated to the victims of the recent drought, disease, malnutrition, famine, and others who are facing premature death in Southern Ethiopia. The purpose is to induce rational, religious and humanitarian response with its readers. From the outset, I beg that it should not be construed as a sectarian or […]

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Russian companies to showcase goods at Ethiopia trade fare

By Kester Kenn Klomegah MOSCOW (IPS) – When the 13th Addis Ababa International Trade Fair officially opens tomorrow, the Russian trade delegation hopes to make its presence felt with participating industrial companies and business enterprises. About 50 Russian industry and trade representatives are attending the trade fair, which ends on Mar 3, where they will […]

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Negash Mosque proposed as UNESCO's World Heritage Site

By International Islamic News Agency Addis Ababa – Ethiopia launches activities to make Africa’s first mosque -Al Nejashi Mosque – as a tourist destination and a world heritage site by UNESCO in the coming few years. The Ethiopian Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that it is undertaking various activities to make the mosque and […]

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Kenyan police accused of widespread extrajudicial killings

EDITOR’S NOTE: Investigations would reveal that there is far more extrajudicial killing by Meles Zenawi’s security agents in Ethiopia. Last month, for example, several bodies were seen inside the Ethiopian Federal Police detention center (Maikelawi), when a building came down after a bulldozer hit its foundation by accident. Previously, an inquiry commission that was formed […]

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Ethiopian judge joins EPPF freedom fighters

An Ethiopian judge from south Gondar region of Ethiopia, Ato Abuye Ayalew, has joined the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) earlier this month, according to EPPF sources. While he was still in Ethiopia working as a judge, Abuye Ayalw had been assisting EPPF by performing various organizational works. Judge Abuye Ayalew will give a televised […]

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Ethiopia’s export to the U.S. rose to $152 million

EDITOR’S NOTE: Most of the exporting is being done by companies that are owned by the Meles crime family, including his wife Azeb Mesfin. The money stays in the U.S. and Ethiopia gets no benefit. ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Reuters) – Ethiopian tax-free exports to the United States more than doubled to $18 million last year […]

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Food aid to Ethiopia caught up in Djibouti port

EDITOR’S NOTE: The stupid regime in Ethiopia yesterday asked for $400 million in emergency food aid, and yet it cannot even get delivery of food aid caught up in the Djibouti port. ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (PANA) – Ethiopian authorities said Tuesday efforts were underway to transport more than 60,000 metric tonnes of food aid caught […]

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Ethiopia's regime appeals for food aid to feed 4.9m people

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (PANA) – Ethiopia, battered by the effects of climate change and exceeding national hunger, launched an appeal on Tuesday for some 4.9 million people on the verge of starvation. State Minister for Agriculture Mitiku Kassa said the government requires emergency cash injections to plug a food gap while sustaining the livelihoods of […]

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The destruction of Ethiopia’s Lake Koka

By Tedla Asfaw The Koka Lake I know has turned green thanks to the chemicals damped into the lake. Fertilizers, Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus heavily used to grow commercial flowers and the untreated water from factories surrounding Addis Ababa are the main causes. The less than thirty minutes video on Al Jazeera, “People and Power […]

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Video: Woyanne’s destruction of Lake Koka

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AigaForum vs Obang Metho: Is there racism in Ethiopia?

By Obang Metho On the morning of February 4, an Ethiopian friend called me and asked, “Did you know you were on AigaForum?” (For those readers not familiar with AigaForum, it is well known to Ethiopians as being the EPRDF government controlled website.) I asked him, “What am I doing on AigaForum?” I then learned […]

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FIFA to receive a report on Ethiopian football dispute

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (FIFA.com) – FIFA’s Executive Committee will receive a report on Ethiopian football next month, following a joint FIFA/CAF mission to East Africa between 17-18 February. The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) is currently suspended from all FIFA and CAF activities. At its Executive Committee meeting in Tokyo between 19-20 December, FIFA accepted an […]

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There are 275,000 Ethiopians registered as living in Yemen

Yemen (Yemen Times) – The rich but under-explored history between Yemen and Ethiopia dates back to ancient times. Cultural relations between two countries can be traced back to the birth of the Aksum Kingdom in Ethiopia as an extension of the Sabaean and Himiarite Kingdoms in Yemen. Modern political relations date back to the 1930s […]

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Smugglers forced 17 Ethiopians and Somalis to drown

(CNN) — Smugglers carrying a boatload of migrants forced their passengers to jump overboard in deep water off the coast of Yemen, causing up to 17 to drown, the United Nations said Tuesday. The 52 Somali and Ethiopian passengers in one of seven boats crossing the Gulf of Aden were made to jump after the […]

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Who Is Binyam Mohamed?

By Andy Worthington As British resident (and Ethiopian-born) Binyam Mohamed stepped off a plane at RAF Northolt on Monday February 23, six years and ten months since he was first abducted by the Pakistani authorities at Karachi airport, it was impossible not to sympathize with the words written in a statement made by the tall, […]

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ICC to decide on arrest warrant for Sudan’s president

(The Daily Nation) – The International Criminal Court in The Hague will announce on March 4 whether it will issue an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. President Bashir, the most senior figure pursued by the court since it was set up in […]

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Ethiopian-born Guantanamo detainee freed

By PAISLEY DODDS LONDON (AP) — A former British resident who claims he was brutally tortured at a covert CIA site in Morocco has been freed from Guantanamo after nearly seven years in U.S. captivity — an ordeal that could come back to haunt the U.S. and British governments. Binyam Mohamed was en route to […]

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Ethiopian Airlines cuts flights to U.S. and China

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday it was cutting flights to the United States and China as the global financial crisis hit passenger numbers. Girma Wake, chief executive officer of the airline — one of Africa’s leading carriers — said they had seen a fall in the number of incoming passengers coming […]

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Wiring Ethiopian Diaspora through civic dialogue

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Seeking Paths to Ethiopian Diaspora Dialogue and Consultations (wu-yi-yit and me me-ka-ker) At the beginning of the year, we pledged to help initiate and sustain an Ethiopian Diaspora dialogue and consultation process with the aim of building broad consensus for collective action. We expressed our hope that with the proper groundwork […]

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Wude Ayalew's shock at Ethiopia's World Cross Country trials

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (IAAF) – African 10,000m bronze medallist Wude Ayalew’s shock defeat of cross country specialists Gelete Burka and Meselech Melkamu in the senior women’s 8km was the highlight of the 26th Jan Meda International Cross Country — Ethiopia’s trials for the World Cross Country Championships — held at the Jan Meda race course […]

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Newspaper editor disappeared in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Editor of Harambe Newspaper, Wosenseged Gebrekidan, who was sent to Kality prison last week, Feb. 19, has disappeared and his family is unable to locate him in any of the Addis Ababa and Federal prisons. Wosenseged was arrested after telling the court that he doesn’t have 3,000 birr to post bail. […]

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Meles Zenawi and his interview

By Yilma Bekele Most of you know that Ato Meles Zenawi has recently granted two interviews. We have all read the twenty-second sound bites offered by the media. In the interest of fairness to the interviewee and his subjects, I thought it would be better for all of us to look at it closely and […]

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Obama approach to democracy-building troubling

A Quieter Approach to Spreading Democracy Abroad? By PETER BAKER | The New York Times WASHINGTON — Fresh from orchestrating a historic victory, President Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, headed to the remote seaside town of Baku for a lucrative speech. For Mr. Plouffe, it was a chance to pocket an easy $50,000. But for […]

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Music video courtesy of Gebru, Seye and Birtukan

This can be a good propaganda song for the new tribalist party that has just been formed by Gebru, Seye, Beyene and Birtukan’s UDJ to participate in the 2010 fake elections. Despite what the singer is saying, Ethiopians are forced into exile by the vampire Tigrean People Leberation Front (Woyanne) that has turned the country […]

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Video: Ethiopian residents in UK vow to support EPPF forces

ONLF Fighters put out of action 289 Woyane Soldiers, Ethiopian residents in UK vow to support EPPF forces, and other news. Watch below:

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Ethiopian-born Guantanamo prisoner's health fragile after hunger strike

By Rosa Prince | Telegraph.co.uk In a statement, David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, revealed that a team of officials will accompany the doctor to prepare for the Ethiopian-born former British resident’s return to the UK. Britain is seeking to secure Mr Mohamed’s release from Guantanamo Bay, where he is believed to be in a fragile […]

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Sudanese oil company breaks in to Ethiopian market

By Tesfa-alem Tekle | Sudan Tribune ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A Sudan based petroleum company has penetrated to Ethiopian oil market to start operation on lubricants, fuel distribution and to provide related service in the country Wadi Alsundus Petroleum Co, oil products distributor, is the second Sudanese oil company to operate in Ethiopia will begin […]

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Kia Motors announces donation of a mobile clinic in Ethiopia

NEW YORK, USA (AVING) – Kia Motors announced today the donation of a mobile clinic in Ethiopia, one of the world’s least developed countries, as a means to help improve maternal and infant health. According to current Ethiopian health data, pregnancy related problems account for 13.8% of in-patient mortality among women of child bearing age. […]

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Eritrea rejects mediation on Ethiopia border row

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has rejected any effort to mediate a border dispute with Ethiopia’s tribalist regime led by Meles Zenawi (Woyanne), calling it a “wicked ploy”, state media said on Saturday. Last week, Ethiopia’s dictator Meles said he supported efforts by Libyan leader and new African Union chairman Muammar Gaddafi to […]

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Ethiopia's regime urged Japan to lift ban on coffee imports

By Jason McLure and Ichiro Suzuki | Bloomberg Ethiopia’s tribalist dictatorship urged Japan to lift a ban on imports of its coffee, saying the Horn of Africa country has taken measures to prevent pesticide contamination that led Japan to halt purchases last year. “It’s time to put the Japanese market back and this has already […]

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Exhibition of Elias Sime's works in Los Angeles

By KCET Local Events The first survey exhibition in the United States of one of Ethiopia’s most original and prolific contemporary artists. The exhibition, co-curated by Meskerem Assegued, a revered Ethiopian curator and anthropologist, and visionary theater, opera, and multi-disciplinary arts impresario, Peter Sellars, is comprised of more than 100 works in a variety of […]

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Meseret Defar's redemption for Beijing and Stuttgart

When Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar smashed the World indoor 5000m record* on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, running 14:24.37 in Stockholm, it confirmed a stellar start to the year after a 2008 that saw her lose both her outdoor World record and 2004 Olympic gold medal over the distance to fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba. “It was great,” […]

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Arrest in fraudulent takeover of Ethiopia’s Citibank account

PRESS RELEASE U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Southern District of New York FEBRUARY 20 , 2009 LEV L. DASSIN, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today the indictment […]

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Nigerian accused in scheme to swindle Ethiopian bank

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi and wife Azeb Mesfin should also be arrested and charged with looting the country’s national treasure. By BENJAMIN WEISER | The New York Times Swindles in which someone overseas seeks access to a person’s bank account are so well known that most potential victims can spot them in seconds. […]

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ONLF fighters killed 140 Woyanne troops

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP)–Clashes have broken out in the restive Ethiopian region of Ogaden, with rebels saying Friday they have killed 140 government troops and allied militia fighters. The Ethiopian government Woyanne tribalist regime in Ethiopia disputed the claims from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), saying some 40 rebels were killed by local clan […]

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6 fake opposition parties form alliance in Ethiopia

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Six [fake] Ethiopian opposition parties formed an alliance on Thursday and accused the government of clamping down on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections next year. [All this is orchestrated by the American embassy in Addis Ababa to give legitimacy to the Meles dictatorship.] The alliance parties hold only […]

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Most Africans are grateful to George W. Bush

By Zarina Fazaldin | Richmond Times-Dispatch I am Kenyan-born and was raised in Tanzania, which is — with a population of about 35 million — the thirdlargest country in the world at risk of malaria. Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, is the leading cause of death in Africa, killing almost 1 million people a year. Tanzania […]

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Former insurgents take control of Mogadishu checkpoints

By Derek Kilner | VOA Troops from the Islamic Courts Union, a former insurgent group that now backs Somalia’s new president, have taken over control of checkpoints in the capital Mogadishu from government soldiers. The development comes as Ethiopian Woyanne troops, who patrolled the city for much of the past two years and began withdrawing […]

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Ethiopia's Dire Tune and Deribe Merga will run the Boston Marathon on April 20

By David Monti | Race Results Weekly Organizers of the Boston Marathon announced today that they have completed their elite fields for the 113th edition of the race scheduled for Monday, April 20. In addition to defending champions, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya and Dire Tune of Ethiopia, and key USA challengers, Ryan Hall and […]

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Tesfaye Gebreab’s The Journalist’s Memoir available online

The genuine version of YeGazetegnaw Mastawesha (The Journalist’s Memoir) by Tesfaye Gebreab is now available online. To order, write to Selama Distribution at [email protected] or click here here. In Atlanta, it is available at Merkato Ethiopian Grocery. MERKATO MARKET, 3300 BUFORD HWY, SUITE B, ATLANTA, GA 30329 Tel: 404-320-9777 A forged version of the book […]

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Newspaper editor, unable to post bail, sent to prison

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – Harambe Newspaper editor Wosenseged GebreKidan has been taken to the notorious Kality prison today after he told the court that he doesn’t have 3,000 birr to pay for bail. The U.S.-financed regime in Ethiopia has brought charges against Wosenseged for publishing a report about lack of participation in the April 2007 […]

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Ethiopia’s dictatorship says it will not free telecoms, banking

EDITOR’S NOTE: The only reason the vampire regime in Ethiopia will not liberalize the telecom industry is that it wants to limit the people’s access to information. By Jason McLure | Bloomberg Ethiopia’s tribalist dictatorship will pursue membership of the World Trade Organization, though it has no plans to liberalize its telecommunications and financial-services industries […]

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Bashir vs. the International Criminal Court

By Paulos Milkias Crimes against international law are committed by men, not by abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who commit such crimes can the provision of international law be enforced.” – World War II Nuremberg Tribunal Darfur is not the only case of international intervention in an African human rights dilemma. During the […]

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Seattle shows little love for Ethiopia's Lucy fossil exhibit

SEATTLE (AP) – Who loves Lucy? Far fewer people than a Seattle science center hoped when officials paid millions to show the fossil remains of one of the earliest known human ancestors. Halfway through the five-month exhibit, the Pacific Science Center faces a half-million-dollar loss resulting in layoffs of 8 percent of the staff, furloughs […]

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Ethiopia's Bekana Daba wins Men's 3k at Reebox Games

By Elliott Denman | The Oregonian BOSTON – Designated pacesetter Haron Lagat pulled the nine-man 3,000-meter field through a 1:01.7 opening 800, a 2:01.7 800, and a 2:34.3 kilometer with Rupp tucked back safely in fourth. Another “rabbit,” Solomon Kandie, soon followed Lagat on the sideline. With two 200-meter circuits left, it was a Bekana […]

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Meseret Defar captures 5k World Indoor Record in Stockholm

Ethiopia’s superstar distance runner Meseret Defar, who lost her 5000m world record to Tirunesh Dibaba last summer, evened the score tonight (Feb. 18, 2009) at the GE Galan meeting at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, clocking a new world indoor record of 14:24.37. That eclipsed Dibaba’s 14:27.42 from the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in […]

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EU should not tolerate Ethiopian regime's repression

By Lotte Leicht |European Voice The EU should have condemned one of world’s worst laws on NGOs. Instead, it gave Ethiopia €250 million. On 30 January, European Union policymakers sent a clear signal to Ethiopia: no matter how repressive the government becomes, vast sums of aid will continue to flow. This is emerging as a […]

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Woyanne troops re-enter Somalia

BIADOA, Somalia (Xinhua) — Heavily armed Ethiopian Woyanne troops have entered a district in south Somalia nearly a month after the troops left the war-torn country, witnesses said Wednesday. Villagers in the southern Bakool region say the troops have crossed the border and set up bases in the village of Yeet, in Rabdhure district, 28 […]

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For Ethiopian artist Elias Sime, every object tells a story

The Santa Monica Museum of Art surveys an Ethiopian artist who ‘takes you into this micro-universe of intense experience.’ By Scarlet Cheng | Los Angeles Times The main gallery space at the Santa Monica Museum of Art has been marked off by tape, like an archaeological dig where different findings have been indicated. In fact, […]

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Kangaroo court reduces Teddy Afro’s sentence to 2 years

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – The Woyanne high kangaroo court today reduced Teddy Afro’s 6-year prison sentence to 2 years, allowing him to go free in 5 months from now. Teddy has been held in prison for the past 11 months after being falsely accused of vehicular manslaughter. In December 2008, a Woyanne party hack acting […]

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Beijing Olympics distance races analysed at 100m intervals

The Beijing Olympics threw up a huge amount of statistics, too much in fact to take in at the time of the Games. Now we have had a chance to disseminate a unique set of readings taken during virtually all of the distance races. For a decade we have seen distance runners register times from […]

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Corrupt African first ladies are tearing down the continent

By Nkwazi Mhango I do not understand what geared Kenyan belligerent first lady Lucy Kibaki to demand written explanations from a minister for Internal Security, George Saitoti. Mrs. Kibaki wanted to know why many people perished in the Molo inferno when they were self serving from a petrol tanker. To her, this was nothing but […]

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Guantanamo in Ethiopia

The notorious Kality Prison in Ethiopia By xcroc In January 2007, after the Ethiopian invasion, and US bombing of Somalia, at least 85 different people from at least 25 countries, including the US, were part of Africa’s first mass rendition of prisoners. At least 18 of these were children under the age of 15. They […]

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UN says 15% Of Ethiopian population is facing starvation

GENEVA (AFP) – Some 4.9 million more Ethiopians are in urgent need of food aid, the U.N. said Tuesday, bringing the total number of people in Ethiopia who need relief aid to 12 million, or 15% of the population. “In addition to the 7 million that continue to be assisted, 4.9 million people need emergency […]

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Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede tunes up for London Marathon

Harar, Ethiopia (IAAF) – Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede fine-tuned his preparations for April’s Flora London Marathon with a comfortable victory on Sunday (16) in the Major General Hayelom Araya Memorial, an annual 15km race that serves as the Ethiopian national championships, in Harar, east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. In the […]

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Ethiopia’s regime runs out of foreign currency reserve

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (PANA) – Ethiopian Prime Minister tribal dictator Meles Zenawi has ordered a total freeze in government borrowing, but the country still faces a major foreign reserve crisis with the current reserves only enough to cover one month and just a few more days. The Ethiopian tribal regime, which has previously fixed its […]

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Monkeys have a sense of morality, say scientists

EDITOR’S NOTE: We cannot say the same thing about the cannibalistic Woyannes. Jonathan Leake, Science Editor TIMES ONLINE MONKEYS and apes have a sense of morality and the rudimentary ability to tell right from wrong, according to new research. In a series of studies scientists have found that monkeys and apes can make judgments about […]

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Operating at half capacity

By Yilma Bekele The economic downturn is taking a toll. There is a scarcity of capital. Both demand and supply are out of whack. Thus, factories are operating at reduced capacity. States and cites have their workers on forced furlough to save money. Here in California, the biggest and wealthiest State, the Governor had ‘ordered […]

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Somalia, a graveyard of American foreign-policy blunders

The Most Dangerous Place in the World By Jeffrey Gettleman | Foreign Policy When you land at Mogadishu’s international airport, the first form you fill out asks for name, address, and caliber of weapon. Believe it or not, this disaster of a city, the capital of Somalia, still gets a few commercial flights. Some haven’t […]

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Climate change in Ethiopia taking toll on livestock

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Daily Monitor) – Climate change-induced livestock diseases are causing more illness and death of livestock in southern lowlands of the country, a study conducted to assess the local level of impacts of climate change said. The study entitled: Climate Change-Induced Hazards, Impacts and Responses in Southern Ethiopia, carried out in the southern […]

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Morgan Tsvangirai’s “Fierce Urgency of Now”!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Zimbabwe Saved From the “Brink of a Dark Abyss” A year ago, Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of presidential elections in Zimbabwe. He refused to participate in the run-off calling it a “violent sham” for which his supporters risked death by voting for him. Last week, Tsvangirai became prime minister […]

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Ana Gomes calls for the release Birtukan Midekssa

PRESS RELEASE Member of European Parliament Ana Gomes asks Ethiopian Parliament Speaker to help release Birtukan Midekssa MEP Ana Gomes asked the Speaker of the Ethiopian Parliament “not to leave a stone unturned until Birtukan Midekssa is released”. The request was put forward during a meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, on 12 February, […]

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19 million homes in the U.S. stood empty in 2008 as housing market collapsed

By Kathleen M. Howley (Bloomberg) — A record 19 million U.S. homes stood empty at the end of 2008 and home ownership fell to an eight-year low as banks seized homes faster than they could sell them. The number of vacant homes climbed 6.7 percent in the fourth quarter from the same period a year […]

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Mr. Meles is posturing

By Paulos Milkias I do not believe that Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi is going to quit. He is simply posturing. Here are reasons why? An official who is determined to quit will not qualify it by another possibility. An excellent example to announce quitting: “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of […]

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Tekeze Dam runs out of water on its 1st anniversary

By Tedla Asfaw I followed the interview Meles Zenawi gave to an Ethiopian audience this past week. For the question of making Ethiopia an exporter of power while there is domestic power shortage including in the capital Addis Ababa, the answer he gave and caught my ear was the completed Tekeze Dam a year ago […]

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120 Ethiopian asylum seekers arrested in Mozambique

MALAWI (Nyasa Times) – Police in Mozambique are keeping in custody about 100 Ethiopians arrested this week for illegally attempting to cross Malawi for South Africa. The 100 are said to have escaped from Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa and were reportedly on their way to South Africa to seek asylum and employment. They were […]

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South African man with drug capsules in stomach arrested in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) – Ethiopian security officials on Saturday arrested a South African man with over 70 capsules of suspected drug inside his stomach. The arrest of the South African man happened a few days after the death of two Tanzanian men who were also arrested with over 60 drug capsules in their stomach. […]

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Ethiopia's economy hurt for not having stock exchange

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopia’s financial sector will miss out on the possible investments from American major financiers because of its lack of a domestic stock exchange market to help attract foreign capital, an investor said. An American investment consultant, Jonathan Auerbach, said in Addis Ababa Thursday that Ethiopia’s lack of a stock market […]

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Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi plans to quit in 2010

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Afrique en ligne) – Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi said on Friday he was in consultations with his ruling party about the possibility of quitting as Prime Minister and retaining his role as the party leader after next year’s elections. The Ethiopian Premier, who has been at the helm of the ruling Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopia's dictator defends arrest of opposition leader

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (EuroNews 24) – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi has said the arrest of the country’s opposition leader was not a political decision, arguing the authorities were left with no other choice. Authorities arrested and sentenced Birtukan Midekssa to life in prison in January after she reportedly said she never expressed remorse […]

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Baalu Girma Foundation formed

It was 25 years ago today that the famous Ethiopian writer and journalist, Baalu Girma, was abducted by the military junta (Derg) in Ethiopia. He hasn’t been heard from since, but his legacy continues. We are happy to announce that a foundation has been set up in the author’s name to advance his literary work […]

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President Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool

By Greg Miller | Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — The CIA’s secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba. But even while dismantling these discredited programs, President Barack Obama left an equally controversial counterterrorism tool […]

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Ethiopia’s tribalist regime and South Africa sign defense agreement

ADDIS ABABA (SAPA) – The defense ministers of South Africa and Ethiopia’s tribalist dictatorship signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa on Friday, South Africa’s defense spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi said. [The current South Africa regime is as full of scumbags as the apartheid regime.] Defense Minister Charles Nqakula and his Ethiopian counterpart Arto Siraj […]

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United States of Africa may take off in 2017, Senegal president says

(The Guardian) – AHEAD of a proposal for the proclamation of the United States of Africa by 2017, continental leaders will by January next year establish an Authority of the Africa Union to work out the details of the plan. Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who announced the two dates in Dakar yesterday, said that an […]

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New Boston family extends ties to Ethiopia

By Chantal Mendes | Boston Globe When Nick Semine and Drucilla Roberts returned to the United States from the town of Adwa in Ethiopia, where they had gone to meet the two little girls they adopted in 2004, they came back with a new family and a new connection to their daughters’ birthplace. Since then, […]

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Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie pulls out of Lagos marathon

By Nurudeen Obalola | The Punch World marathon record holder, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, will be in Lagos for the Glo-Lagos International Half Marathon but he will not be competing with other runners for the $50,000 top prize. The Ethiopian legend, who set the world marathon record of 2.03.59 in Berlin last year, had been […]

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Ethiopian-American recognized at the Grammy Music Award

By Henok Semaegzer Fente | VOA At the 51st Grammy music award last Sunday, the best of the industry were recognized for their achievements. The highlight of the televised event featured, nine months pregnant rapper M.I.A, who took center stage to perform her hit song “swagga like us”. This song brought together what entertainer Queen […]

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Scientists find health benefits from drinking coffee

By Sarah Irani | EcoSalon Although coffee gets a bad rap, it’s actually a medicinal food. In fact, this stimulating bean isn’t nearly so bad as we’ve all been taught. Although I’m skeptical about grande latte supplementation in the long run (it’s a drug, after all), I found myself surprised by much of the science […]

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Ethiopian taxi driver dies in Seattle car accident

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Icy roads were a contributor to the death of a cab driver when he was on his way to work Wednesday in Burien, a suburb of Seattle. Friends told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that Getenet Endeshaw, 28, was driving to work when he lost control of his car on the icy roads. […]

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Two men arrested in slaying of Ethiopian man in California

By Mark Gomez | Mercury News SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – Police have arrested two men whom they say played a role in the death of a 25-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia whose body was found Monday morning in a South San Jose neighborhood. San Jose police arrested Samuel Rose, 19, and Ronald Correa, 20, both of […]

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Ethiopian scientist advises U.S. Air Force on satellite projects

The University of Minnesota’s entry into January’s final University Nanosatellite Program competition won’t be launched into space. However, the U.S. Air Force has selected the University team to participate again. Team members are already recruiting new students, while some are still working on satellite components to use for the next two-year competition cycle, Nanosat-6. The […]

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ICC judges decide to arrest Sudan’s President

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bad news for Ethiopia’s murderous tyrant Meles Zenawi. (VOA News) – U.N. diplomats and officials say judges at the International Criminal Court have decided to indict Sudan’s president for war crimes in Darfur. Officials say on the of anonymity that the court will issue an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir. They say […]

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Suspect arrested in U.S. diplomat’s death in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopian police have arrested a local man suspected of killing of a U.S. diplomat at his home in Addis Ababa, officials said on Wednesday. The unnamed suspect was being transferred to the capital after he was detained by officers at Were-Illu village in the remote north of the country on […]

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Ban Ki-moon says al-Bashir should cooperate with int’l court

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Sudan’s president on Tuesday to fully cooperate with the International Criminal Court if it decides to issue an arrest warrant over for his alleged role in atrocities in Darfur. The world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal is expected to announce its decision soon on last year’s […]

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Woyanne and Turkish govt discuss arrest warrant for al-Bashir

By TODAY’S ZAMAN ANKARA — Foreign minister of the tribalist dictatorship in Ethiopia has urged the International Criminal Court to postpone a decision on issuing an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for his alleged role in atrocities in Darfur, calling for a political solution instead. “I certainly believe that this decision should be […]

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Global economic crisis cuts down Ethiopia flower earnings

EDITOR’S NOTE: The flower exporters are destroying Ethiopia’s fertile land by using fertilizers that are toxic. It would be good if they all get bankrupt and out of business. Ethiopia’s fertile land need to grow food, not flower. ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Income from Ethiopian flower exports has reached only 60 percent of a targeted […]

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Ethiopian group concerned about Al Amoudi donation

An Ethiopian-American human rights advocacy group writes a letter to former President Bill Clinton expressing its concern about a large donation made to the Clinton Foundation by a high-profile member of the brutal dictatorship in Ethiopia. The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton 55 West 125th Street New York, N.Y. 10027 Dear Mr. President, We are writing […]

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Ethiopian man found dead in San Jose, California

By Mark Gomez | Mercury News SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – San Jose police say the death of a man whose body was found in a South San Jose neighborhood early Monday morning has been ruled a homicide. Police identified the victim as Fisaha Isaac Gebremichael, 25, of San Jose. He died of a gunshot wound, […]

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Ethiopian police inspector defects to Eritrea

Interview with Major Yehualashet Alebachew, an Ethiopian Police Inspector from the “Amhara Killil” (Region) who recently defected to Eritrea; Libyan leader and current Chairman of the African Union Muammar Al-Khadafiʼs trip to Massawa; Foreign currency shortage in Ethiopia; More Ethiopians suffer in an underground jail and More news… Watch the video below

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Update on the death of U.S. diplomat in Ethiopia

United States Department of States Public Affairs Office of the Spokesman Washington, DC Question Taken at the February 9, 2009 Daily Press Briefing February 9, 2009 Question: Any update on the investigation into the death of the Foreign Service Officer in Ethiopia? Answer: We can confirm that Brian Adkins, a 25-year-old FSO, died in Addis […]

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2 Tanzanians die after drug capsules burst in their stomach

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) – Two Tanzanians, aged 27 and 32 years old, who were arrested and accused of concealing drugs inside their stomachs died in Addis Ababa after the drugs burst in their stomach, the Ethiopian police said here on Monday. The two were arrested at the Addis Ababa international airport two weeks ago […]

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Berhanu Nega to address Ethiopians in Seattle

Leaders of Ginbot 7 Movement, Dr Berhanu Nega and Ato Muluneh Eyoel, will hold a town hall meeting with Ethiopians in Seattle next Saturday. Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM Place: Yesler Community Center, 917 East Yeslerway, Seattle WA 98122

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Bereket Simon says Queen Elizabeth II has Ethiopian roots

By Edward | Politics & Poetry A spokesman for the Ethiopian government said on Sunday that the English monarch Queen Elizabeth the 2nd was descended from a 19th century tribeswoman from the Semien Mountains in northern Ethiopia. Records from the nation’s archives apparently provide evidence of a secret liaison between the then king Edward VII […]

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