Monthly Archives: March 2009

Ethiopian man convicted of killing his Canadian girlfriend

Witness Brady Allen describes how Arssei Hindessa pulled victim Natalie Novak’s hair and hit her in the temple, during Hindessa’s trial Tuesday, Feb. 10. 2009, in Toronto. (Sun Media/Pam Davies) TORONTO, CANADA (NP) – The former boyfriend of a 20-year-old Ryerson University student was convicted this afternoon of her second-degree murder, to the shocked gasps […]

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Air Ethiopia looking to acquire two more planes

Air Ethiopia, the newly established local private airline company, is seeking to acquire two additional Beech 1900s in three to four weeks’ time, Capital learnt. After obtaining an operational license from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) a month ago, it has already started conducting flights to different parts of the country. Founded by Captain […]

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Libya's Gadhafi hurls insults at Saudi king

DOHA (AFP) – Maverick Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi stole the show at Monday’s Arab summit, insulting Saudi King Abdullah before storming out to visit a museum. But the flamboyant Gaddafi also left the door open for reconciliation with Abdullah, whose Western-backed kingdom is a regional heavyweight and the world’s largest oil exporter. “It has been […]

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Genocide Watch calls for action against Ethiopia’s dictator

Genocide Watch, the international campaign to end genocide, has called on United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Justice Navanathem, to initiate an investigation against the government of Meles Zenawi. Genocide Watch cited the atrocities committed in Gambela against the Anuaks and ethnic Somalis in the Ogaden as examples of the crimes that have not […]

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Let’s talk about toilets

By Jenny Higgins Seriously, the toilet perils of traveling don’t get talked about enough – maybe because so many of the Africa travelogues I’ve read are written by men and, I don’t care what anyone says about gender equality, men simply don’t have the same issues when it comes to toilets. They can generally whip […]

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The monastic community of Ethiopia

By Robert Van de Weyer The following is a description of the life of the Ethiopian monastic community (nefru gedam), based on visits to 18 major monasteries and lengthy interviews with the monks. It is remarkable that from one end of Ethiopia to the other the life of the monasteries is essentially the same, varying […]

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Senterej – Ethiopian chess

By René Gralla Historians and experts in cultural studies always look towards India, Persia and Arabia – and some even turn to China, more recently – when they search for the origins of chess. But with regard to Africa it is a sobering fact that up to now the science of chess has stubbornly ignored […]

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A new Ethiopian social bookmarking web site launched

The management team of Ethioindex.net is pleased to announce the launching of a new Ethiopian social bookmarking web site with the focus on sharing the latest news and information about Ethiopia. EthioIndex is inspired by a popular American social bookmarking site, digg.com. Ethioindex.net is a user-driven web site so its growth and the value it […]

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American embassy in Ethiopia issues security alert

Security Alert – Dire Dawa, Harar, Jijiga and the Somali Region The American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, reminds American citizens to avoid travel to the cities of Dire Dawa, Harar, and Jijiga, including the areas surrounding these cities, and to the Somali Region of Ethiopia. American citizens who do travel to or reside in […]

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San Francisco area Ethiopians join London on April 2

A massive protest rally is being organized in London on April 2 to oppose the invitation by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi to attend the G-20 meeting. Ethiopians through out Europe are preparing head to London to confront the butcher of Addis Ababa and Mogadishu. The Somali community in London is […]

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Ethiopians Living in the U.S., Listen Up!

Ethiopians Living in the U.S., Listen Up! A study is being conducted on Ethiopians living in the United States and Health Care Utilization. To be part of the survey, just answer 5 questions at:  http://tsehainy.com/survey.html. In order to participate in this survey you must: Be over the age of 18; Have lived in America for […]

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Azeb Mesfin pushes out TPLF boss Sebhat Nega

Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi (also known as “The Wicked Witch of Ethiopia”), has become deputy head of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT), which owns several multimillion-dollar companies. She will serve under Abadi Zemu, the chief executive officer (CEO) of EFFORT, replacing Sebhat Nega, the most senior […]

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Saudi firm plans $40 farm investments in Ethiopia and Sudan

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (Reuters) – A consortium of Saudi agricultural companies is looking to invest 150 million riyals ($40 million) into food production in Ethiopia and Sudan, the Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday. Food security has topped the policy agenda in the Gulf Arab region following rampant inflation in 2008 that underscored the peninsula’s dependence […]

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Ethiopians welcomes their athletic heroes

Addis Ababa (APA) – Ethiopia welcomed on Monday its athletes who brought home three gold and one bronze medals from World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan. Fans and families of the athletes warmly welcomed the athletes at the Bole International air port where they were decorated with flowers. “We really did good group work, […]

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Ethiopian coffee exporters awaiting currency devaluation

Coffee exporters in Ethiopia, Africa’s biggest producer, are stockpiling beans in anticipation of a further devaluation of the national currency, the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange said. The stockpiling has contributed to a decline in export revenue that has been exacerbated by a poor harvest, falling world prices and a ban on Ethiopian beans in Japan, Eleni […]

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Ethiopian Airlines to launch new flights to Equatorial Guinea

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Sudan Tribune) -The national airline of Ethiopia will launch new flight to Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea in central Africa within three months, a press released said today. Ethiopian Airlines is the fourth largest airline in Africa by passengers and destinations. However since 2005 the airline implements a plan aiming to […]

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Japan's military says ready to shoot down North Korea missile

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan gave its military the green light on Friday to shoot down any incoming North Korean rocket, with tensions high ahead of a planned launch that the US and allies say will be an illegal missile test. Japanese and US warships have already deployed ahead of the April 4-8 window, when the […]

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Ethiopia's dam project could kill Kenya's Lake Turkana

Lake Turkana’s clear waters emerge like a glassy screen, breaking through the rugged rocks and dry earth that precede its approach. This most northerly of Kenya’s lakes, on the border with Ethiopia, formerly known as Lake Rudolf and referred to as the ‘Jade Sea’, brings life to its dry surroundings like an oasis in the […]

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Putting the cart in font of the horse

By Yilma Bekele Commodity is one of those terms open to many interpretations. The Marxist have their own definition of what a commodity is. To the Marxist using the labor theory of value ‘a commodity is any good or service produced by human labor and offered as a product for general sale on the market.’ […]

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Ethiopia's Tilahun and Amane win Richmond 10K in Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) – Ethiopians Tilahun Regassa and Amane Gemeda have won the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K race in Richmond. The 19-year-old Regassa won the men’s race Saturday in 28:21. He finished 13 seconds ahead of Alene Reta of Ethiopia. The 26-year-old Gemeda won the women’s event in 32:37, finishing nearly a minute ahead of […]

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Video: IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman

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Fighter jets may guard al-Bashir’s flight to Qatar

KHARTOUM (Sudan Tribune) — Sudan said it is undertaking extraordinary measures for president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir’s trip to the Arab Gulf state of Qatar later this month as France voiced support to any attempt to apprehend the Sudanese leader. Sudan has confirmed that Al-Bashir will attend the Arab League annual summit and the Arab Latin […]

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Catch me if you can – Sudan’s president

(Economist.com) — OMAR AL-BASHIR certainly gets around. In defiance of the arrest warrant for war crimes issued against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 4th, the Sudanese president has spent the past week jetting about northern Africa. He visited Eritrea, Egypt and Libya and was planning a trip to Ethiopia. Having called […]

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Gebreegziabher of Ethiopia won World Cross Country run

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) — Gebreegziabher Gebremariam kept the men’s individual title at the world cross country championships in Ethiopia after winning a sprint finish to Saturday’s championship in Jordan. Gebremariam crosses the line first to claim gold in the world cross country championships. Gebremariam crosses the line first to claim gold in the world cross […]

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Genzebe Dibaba defends World Cross title in Amman

AMMAN, JORDAN (RaceResultsWeekly.com) — Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, a younger sister of Olympic medalists Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba, defended her junior title today as the IAAF World Cross Country Championships kicked off in Amman, Jordan. Dibaba, who turned 18 last month, was running in a huge lead pack after the first lap of the 6 km […]

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Ethnicity and the tilting balance of Ethiopian politics

By Messay Kebede We know that the genesis of ethnic conflicts and mobilization in Ethiopia sprung from HaileSelassie’s policy of nation-building. Not only did the policy mean centralization and authoritarianism, but also the integration of different ethnic groups through the imposition of the dominant Amhara culture. However, the lack of necessary reforms, notably, the maintenance […]

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Indian bank releases finance for sugar projects in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Addis Fortune) — A high-level Ethiopian government delegation led by Girma Birru, minister of Trade and Industry (MoTI) left for India last Friday to discuss sugar development projects the latter finances after the Indian financer released the fund for the project, knowledgeable sources disclosed. The delegation will meet senior officials of the […]

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Experts say the human lifespan can reach 1,000 years

(The Daily Galaxy) — Immortality_3 Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey has famously stated, “The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today …whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.” Perhaps de Gray is […]

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Ethiopian student in Tennessee makes big impact at his school

By David Carroll | WRCB TENNESSEE – Desta Bume’s 11th grade classmates at Signal Mountain High School listen when he speaks. Occasionally he helps teach them Pre Calculus. The 17-year-old Ethiopian exchange student is attending the school thanks to host parents Jock and Megan Dunbar, who found Desta through the Cherokee Gives Back student exchange […]

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Coca-Cola returns in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (VOA) — The American soft drink Coca-Cola has become a symbol of Ethiopia’s deepening financial troubles. The beverage is flowing again after a brief pause, even though it drains the country’s precious foreign exchange reserves. Truckloads of Coca-Cola began rolling out of the bottling plant in Addis Ababa Friday, ending a nearly […]

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With Ethiopia's Kenenisa and Tirunesh missing, field wide open

AMMAN, Jordan — With defending champions Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba out with injuries, the field is wide open for Saturday’s World Cross Country Championships. The Ethiopian pair have dominated the event, with Bekele winning six of the last seven men’s championships and Dibaba taking three women’s titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008. The two […]

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Ethiopian refugee in Malta re-arrested on way to the U.S.

VALLETTA, MALTA (Times of Malta) – An Ethiopian migrant who was granted refugee status and the possibility of starting a new life in the United States has been remanded in custody after he allegedly tried to leave Malta in violation of bail conditions. A court was told today that Daniel Haile TesfaMihret, who is facing […]

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Gulf states look to break African cross-country dominance

By Luke Phillips | Middle East Online AMMAN, Jordan — Gulf states Bahrain and Qatar, each boasting a raft of African-born runners, will attempt to break the stranglehold Ethiopia and Kenya enjoy in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships here on Saturday. The absence of reigning champions and multiple title-winning Ethiopian duo, Kenenisa Bekele and […]

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Flower exporters urge Ethiopia's dictator to intervene

EDITOR’S NOTE: The flower farms in Ethiopia are destroying the land by using chemical fertilizers that are destroying the land. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Afrik.com) — Ethiopian flower producers and exporters have used their exhibition, which opened Wednesday, to call on Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi to urge state owned development bank to reschedule installments of their […]

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Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to Berbera, Somaliland

Hargeisa, SOMALILAND (Somalilandpress) — Ethiopian Airlines will bring back scheduled flights to Somaliland soon, Somaliland Aviation Minister Mr Ali Waran Adde told local media on Thursday. The route to the capital of Somaliland was scheduled to re-open in January 2009, after it was suspended in November 2008 following the five suicide bomb attacks on buildings […]

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Western aid to Africa made the poor poorer

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a must read article to understand how aid by Western countries to dictatorial regime’s is devastating Ethiopia and the whole of Africa. By DAMBISA MOYO A month ago I visited Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. This suburb of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is home to more than one million […]

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Israel's first Ethiopian battalion commander

Next week, Lieutenant Colonel Tzion Shenkor will become the first Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) battalion commander from Israel’s Ethiopian community. He will command a Shimshon battalion in the Kfir Brigade. On Sunday, Major Shenkor was promoted to lieutenant colonel in a ceremony in the army’s Central Command in the presence of the commander of the […]

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Head of China's central bank proposes new world currency

By Stephen C. Webster | Raw Story In an essay published Monday, the head of China’s central bank proposed a plan to displace the American dollar as the world’s standard and replace it with a global reserve currency operated from the International Monetary Fund. “Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, argued that […]

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Wayna Wondwossen arrested in Houston Airport

UPDATE: Houston judge dismisses charge against singer Wayna (Houston Chronicle) — A judge this morning dismissed the charge against rhythm-and-blues singer Wayna, who was arrested Wednesday at a Houston airport for carrying a collapsible police baton. Prosecutors asked state District Judge Jeannine Barr to dismiss the third-degree felony during a brief hearing at the downtown […]

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A beggar who is loved by the West

By Seifu Tsegaye Demmissie The participation of Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi in the summit of the group of 20 or G-20 does not have any significance other than validating his status as an accredited International beggar. Zenawi is the name most familiar in the door steps and corridors of western donors and their financial institutions […]

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The Gibe III Dam must be stopped

By Richard Leakey You may have heard about the raging controversy regarding a massive dam that is under construction on the Omo River in Ethiopia. It is called the Gilgel Gibe III dam and it has a wall that will soar 240 metres high – this is the tallest of its type anywhere in the […]

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African Film Festival in Maryland draws large crowd

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (Gazette.net) — Opening night of the New African Films Festival brought more than 400 people to the lobby of the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center March 19, but it wasn’t a typical night at the movies. While awaiting the first movie, “13 Months of Sunshine,” attendees of the opening […]

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Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele pulls out of Amman 2009 due to injury

Amman, Jordan – World Indoor 3000m champion Tariku Bekele has pulled out of the Ethiopian squad for the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan, Saturday 28 March, after sustaining a training ground injury. The 22-year-old, who had finished fourth in the trials last month and was a junior bronze medallist in 2006 […]

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Rugby makes inroads in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) — Ethiopians strolling on Jan Meda playing pitches have been shocked for the past few months by what many of them believe to be a group of foreign men locked in a violent brawl. “‘What kind of people are doing this?’ I thought when I first saw it,” said Dawit Tekle […]

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Police detain 10 Ethiopian immigrants in Tanzania

By Ashton Balaigwa MOROGORO, TANZANIA (Guardian) — The Police Force in Morogoro Region of Tanzania, in collaboration with Immigration officers, have apprehended 10 foreigners believed to be Ethiopians. They said they were on transit to South Africa. Speaking to journalists at his office yesterday, the Acting Regional Police Commander, Samuel Mpasa, said the aliens were […]

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Sudan's president al-Bashir goes to Libya, defying ICC

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir defied an international arrest warrant by traveling to Libya on Thursday to hold talks with leader Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan official said. Bashir arrived in the Libyan city of Sirte to have lunch with Gaddafi, who is also the current president of the African Union, the official […]

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Woyanne action cheapens Ethiopian coffee brand – experts

EDITOR’S NOTE: Is there any thing Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi and his tribal juna that are in charge of the Ethiopian regime can do right? What does the dumb dictator, whose only expertise is killing people to stay in power, know about the coffee market? By Oliver Schwaner-Albright | The New York Times In the […]

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Shocked and disillusioned

By Jenny Higgins Lalibela, Ethiopia – On the afternoon Feb. 21, I was catching up on some work in the office, when I was distracted by a man dressed in white rushing past the window, closely followed by Hafte, the guard’s son. I thought he was coming into the office, but when he didn’t, I […]

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Alemitu Bekele puts Turkey on athletics map

Turin, ITALY – Ethiopian-born Alemitu Bekele caused a major shock by winning Turkey’s first ever European Indoor title and destroy Russian Anna Alminova’s hopes of winning a 1500m and 3000m on Sunday, March 22. Alemitu controlled the race from the front for much of the 15-lap race before a searing burst of pace on the […]

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Scientists worry about the impact of Omo River dam

By Peter Greste | BBC News, Ethiopia Deep in the gorge country that falls off the Ethiopian plateau, workers in boots and hard hats are hammering, drilling, blasting and digging their way into the mountainside for the foundations of the vast wall that will, when finished, create the second largest hydroelectricity dam in sub-Saharan Africa. […]

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Meles confiscates 17,000 tonnes of coffee from traders

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi ordered the confiscation of 17,000 tonnes of coffee from exporters on Wednesday and revoked the licenses of six companies accused of hoarding their stocks. “They refused to comply with government orders to export the beans,” Agriculture Minister Tefera Derebew told Reuters. “It was time for the government […]

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Ethiopia’s famine: callous deny and delay

By René Lefort Millions of Ethiopians once again face misery and famine. Addis Ababa’s desire to project an image of a new dynamic country has led to callous denial of the reality. In 2008 famine struck Ethiopia. Now, at the start of 2009 it is looming again. According to the “Humanitarian Requirements” released on 30 […]

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Yes, “Information is Power”

By Professor Adugnaw Worku Have you ever wondered why dictators such as those in Ethiopia spend sleepless nights scheming and conniving on how to keep their people in the dark and go all out to censor magazines and newspapers, block websites, and jam radio broadcasts? The short answer is that they do so because they […]

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Ethiopia’s dictator revokes coffee licenses of major exporters

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) – Ethiopia’s dictatorial regime led by accused war criminal Meles Zenawi on Wednesday revoked the coffee export licenses for six major export companies and shut down another 88 coffee supplier unions with warehouses stocked with coffee. The decision was made after the government accused a number of exporters and coffee suppliers […]

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Ethiopian athletes head to world cross country championships

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) – Ethiopia on Tuesday bade farewell to its athletes who will take part in the 37 International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) world cross country championship scheduled to be held beginning 28 March in Amman, the Jordanian capital. The 33 member Ethiopian delegation will leave for Oman on Tuesday evening. This year’s […]

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VIDEO: ONLF fighters killed 400 Woyanne soldiers

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The original ‘Saba Sabina’ – video

Tigrean Artist Tesfay Belay’s original Saba Sabina

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Ethiopian flower growers expect to earn $280 million in 2009

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (APA) – Ethiopia flower exports are expected to earn $280 million in 2009, though current global financial crisis is expected to have some impact on the exports. Tsegaye Abebe, head of the Ethiopian Horticulture Development Association, told journalists on Tuesday that the country it is seeking new buyers for its fresh flowers […]

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Ethiopia hit by Coca-Cola drought

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA (BBC) – Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has run out of Coca-Cola as the credit crunch takes the fizz out of the economy. The BBC’s Elizabeth Blunt in the city says she has known African countries to run out of petrol, soap, sugar, batteries or tyres – but never Coke. The East Africa […]

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Zimbabwean dollar pronounced dead

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UPI) — Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti told members of Parliament the country’s currency was essentially dead. “The death of the (Zimbabwean) dollar is a reality we have to live with,” he said during a 2009 budget presentation. “Since October 2008, our national currency has become moribund,” Along with his remarks, Biti announced […]

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The Muhammad Ali of Running

By Matt Fitzgerald Well, I can die now. I spent quality time in the presence of Haile Gebrselassie on Tuesday and Wednesday and was even more impressed by his physical abilities and outsized personality than I had expected to be. I came away from the experience thinking of Geb as the Muhammad Ali of running. […]

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Cry Me a Lake: Crime Against Nature

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Cry Me a River, Cry Me a Lake Amina was crying her eyes out. You could see the tear tracks on her tormented face. She is a victim of unimaginable tragedy. Her entire family has nearly been wiped out. She is heartbroken. Sobbing uncontrollably, she covers her downcast eyes with her […]

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EPPF seeks support from Diaspora Ethiopians

As the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) intensifies its military operations against the Woyanne regime in Ethiopia, it leadership is calling on Ethiopians around the world for more support. One way Ethiopians can support EPPF is by joining its chapters. For more information on how to join an EPPF chapter, write to [email protected] or visit […]

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7 Ethiopians and Somalis drown off Yemeni coast

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – At least seven African migrants drowned and more than 20 were injured when their boat capsized off the Yemeni port of Aden on Saturday, official sources said. The boat was carrying around 100 people, most of them Somalis, a source at the Aden coastguard told Reuters. The vessel had overturned because […]

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British foreign aid to oppressive governments

By William Easterly and Laura Freschi | Aid Watch European donors are moving towards increasing direct budget support to governments of aid-receiving countries. Leading the charge is the UK, which gives the largest percentage of direct budget support of any bilateral or multilateral donor (although the World Bank, the European Commission, the US and France […]

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Meles refuses to reveal Somalia body count to parliament

By Eskinder Ferew Ethiopia’s prime minister dictator Meles Zenawi has refused to say how many troops were killed or wounded during the his regime’s two-year military campaign in Somalia. During a question-and-answer period in the Ethiopian parliament Thursday, an opposition lawmaker asked Meles to provide casualty numbers from the Somalia conflict. The prime minister responded […]

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Ethiopia prepares for yet another fake battle with malaria

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is yet another fake battle with malaria. It is to be remembered that before the Woyanne tribalist junta came to power in 1991, malaria had been effectively eradicated in Ethiopia. One of the first institutions Meles and his Woyanne gang had dismantled when they took power was the Ethiopian Malaria Prevention Center […]

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'Ethiopia from the Heart': Photo exhibition by Andarge Asfaw

An ancient civilization still lives in “Andarge Asfaw: Ethiopia from the Heart.” This Ethiopian-born, Washington-based photographer is exhibiting 44 color and black-and-white images at Howard Community College in Maryland. (See more photos here) The cultural continuity is seen most overtly in the photos documenting the deeply rooted Christian culture in Ethiopia. One of the most […]

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Ethiopian Airlines first-half profit climbed 9 percent

ADDIS ABABA, Ethioipa (Reuters) – Ethiopian Airlines’ first-half net profit climbed 9 percent to 515 million birr ($46 million), the airline said in a statement on Friday. Revenue rose to 6.7 billion birr in the six months ended Dec. 31, a 54.8 percent increase on the same period a year before. Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Wars, Guns, and Votes

WARS, GUNS, AND VOTES: Democracy in Dangerous Places By Paul Collier 255 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers Reviewd by Kenneth Roth These days no self-respecting government wants to present itself on the world stage without the legitimacy of a democratic mantle. Elections are now de rigueur, even if many a despot rejects the idea of actually abiding […]

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Ethiopian man in Portland convicted of bank robbery

PORTLAND, OREGON – Mahmoud Ibrahim Gilani, 32, of Portland, was sentenced today to 114 months in federal prison for an armed bank robbery that occurred in Portland on June 5, 2007. Gilani is a citizen of Ethiopia. U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty imposed a mandatory seven-year (84-month) term for brandishing a firearm during a […]

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Ethiopia doubles livestock export in the face of starvation

EDITOR’S NOTE: While over 15 million Ethiopians are going hungry, Woyanne-affiliated companies are doubling profits from exporting livestock. ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans to more than double earnings from livestock exports to $85 million in 2009 by curbing illegal trade and opening new marketing centres, a government official said on Friday. The Horn of […]

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J.Crew April 09 catalog features Ethiopian model Liya Kebede

J.Crew Catalog’s April 2009 issue features Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede. The catalog has arrived in many of its stores this week. Liya earlier this month took Paris Fashion Week by storm — and landed opening Balenciaga spot — and now she’s owning in another area. She’s becoming the first model to be the exclusive face […]

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Clueless or unclear on the concept?

By Yilma Bekele. There is a saying in our country. የፈሩት ይደርሳል፤ የጠሉት ይወርሳል (Yeferut yedersal Ye telut yeworsal.) It means what scares you most will happen and the one you despise will inherit your wealth. So it is with our country. We never thought any one could top the Derg in brutality. The TPLF […]

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J.Crew features Ethiopian model Liya Kebede in April

J.Crew Catalog’s April 2009 issue features Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede. The catalog has arrived in many of its stores this week. Liya earlier this month took Paris Fashion Week by storm — and landed opening Balenciaga spot — and now she’s owning in another area.  She’s becoming the first model to be the exclusive face […]

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The happiness of Ethiopia's long distance runner

By NIDRA POLLER At the half-marathon in The Hague on Saturday morning, all eyes were on an Ethiopian businessman, a one-man model of African economic development. Our entrepreneur, whose flourishing enterprise includes banking, car dealerships and real estate, is not lost in the crowd of amateur runners. He is right up front with the stars. […]

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A California family travels to Ethiopia on a cultural mission

Laguna Beach resident Marla Hodes, founder and co-executive director of the Ethiopian Family Fund, will be traveling to Ethiopia with her husband Dan and their three children – Dean, age 11, and Matt and Carly, age 10 – in April on a humanitarian and cultural mission that involves raising funds for a school and a […]

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ONLF killed head of the Woyanne militia in Wardheer

The town of Wardheer was burned down by Meles Zenawi’s troops. In this satellite image of the town of Wardheer, Ethiopia, from Dec. 30, 2007, yellow dots indicate structures that were burned down or destroyed. Source: AAAS OGADEN, ETHIOPIA – An Ogaden Online News reporter stationed in Doolo province has confirmed that the head of […]

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Woyanne claims it killed top rebel leaders in eastern Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (ST) — The regime of Tigrean People Liberation Front (Woyanne) in Ethiopia on Thursday said that its forces has destroyed OLF (Oromo liberation Front) and ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) rebels who were regrouping in the southeastern part Ethiopia. A statement released by the ministry of defense says that Woyanne forces in […]

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Ethiopian native to represent Spain in Amman, Jordan

AMMAN, JORDAN (EuropeanAthletics.com) – Alemayehu Bezabeh, an immigrant from Ethiopia, will join hands with veterans Carles Castillejo and José Luis Blanco to spearhead Spanish charge at the 37th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Amman, Jordan on March 29. The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation has named a 19-member team composed of 11 athletes in senior category- […]

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Fewer than 15% of Ethiopians have access to safe water

Lane Bunkers, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) country representative for Ethiopia, shares a story about an older woman who now has access to clean, healthy water. CRS donated several drilling rigs to the Ethiopian Catholic Church to tap deep groundwater. Our partner, the Hararghe Catholic Secretariat, used one of the rigs to drill a borehole in […]

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Ethiopian kangaroo court postponed trial of Canadian citizen

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — An Ethiopian court on Thursday postponed the trial of a Canadian suspect who has been in prison for two years on terror-related charges, an AFP correspondent reported. Bashir Makhtal, an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, was among a group of at least 150 who were detained by Kenyan forces on its border with […]

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Meles Zenawi threatens to confiscate coffee from exporters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi threatened on Thursday to seize and sell coffee stocks being held by exporters who he accuses of hoarding. Some exporters have been reluctant to sell their beans through the country’s new electronic commodity exchange, which began trading coffee in December, Meles told parliament. “As a result, coffee […]

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The IMF and Ethiopia’s dictator cooking up fake statistics

By Fekade Shewakena Meles Zenawi’s economic statistics and the platitude with which he presents it remind me of the statistician who puts your head in the oven and your legs in the ice and conveniently tells you that you are fine on the average. At a time when noble prize winning and top notch economists […]

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Ethiopian man shoots wife and kills himself in St. Louis, MO

OLIVETTE, MISSOURI — The parents of two children are dead after a man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself inside the couple’s home in city of Olivetter, a suburb of St. Louis, police said. (KSDK Channel 5, St Louis, MO) The Olivette Police Department is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide […]

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Ethiopia's telecom monopoly gets new billing system

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has begun installing another new Customer Care and Billing System (CCB). This investment is an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 2006 incident when ETC lost more than 70 million birr ($6.3 m) due to a total breakdown in its then one year old billing system. The former billing […]

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Out of Africa: The 'Ethiopiques' project

By Neil Spencer | The Observer ‘There have been very difficult times. Harsh times, when it was frankly hell to be here, but some of us were lucky and survived. Thank God. Now this place’ – Alemayehu Eshete gestures towards the shimmering sprawl of Addis Ababa below the terrace where we are sitting – ‘is […]

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A new Ethiopian eatery comes to Hyattsville, Maryland

MARYLAND, USA – Ethiopian natives living in Hyattsville no longer have to travel to Washington, D.C., or Montgomery County to get a taste of home with the opening of Shagga Coffee and Restaurant last summer. Zewdi Tsegay of Burtonsville, who works near the Hyattsville restaurant, said the food is delicious and authentic. “It’s home,” said […]

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Ethiopian humanitarian Haregewoin Teferra dies

It is reported that Haregewoin Teferra has died yesterday of natural causes at her home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The following story about Haregewoin is taken from Mellisa Fay Greene’s book, “There is No Me Without You.” Haregewoin Teferra was happily married to Worku Kebede, a biology teacher and high school principal. She worked in […]

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Kenya launches road project that will link it to Ethiopia

NAIROBI, KENYA (KBC) – The Government of Kenya on Wednesday launched the multi-billion shilling Kibwezi- Mwingi- Maua road that will when completed connect Mombasa at the coast to the town of Moyale in North Eastern Province. The multi-billion shilling project will also involve tarmacking of Kibwezi-Mwingi-Tseikuru road that will connect the Kenyan Coast to Ethiopia. […]

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Meet the enablers

By Yilma Bekele Enabling is one of those terms with a double meaning. In its positive aspect enabling is an empowerment act. In the US the Civil Right Act is considered an empowerment act. It outlawed racial segregation thus empowering black citizens to demand equal share of the ‘American Pie.’ The Nineteenth Amendment to the […]

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Video: EPPF gains momentum

The following video is Part 2 of a 5-part series that has just been released by Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF). To watch all the videos click here.

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'No international court can touch me' – Sudan president

KHARTOUM, Sudan — A defiant Sudanese president rallied Arab supporters in Darfur Wednesday by saying no war crimes court or the U.N. Security Council can touch even “an eyelash” on him despite an international order for his arrest. Speaking to thousands at a rally in the southern Darfur town of Nyala, Omar al-Bashir denounced the […]

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Canadian businessman to appear in an Ethiopian court

OTTAWA, CANADA — Days before a Canadian businessman is to appear in an Ethiopian court to face terrorism charges, the government officials are sending “strong signals” that they are watching to see whether Bashir Makhtal has any hope of a fair trial — and if he doesn’t, they’ll be taking steps to bring the former […]

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Civil War inside the U.S. Republican Party

By Thomas Sowell As if it is not enough that they have been decimated by the Democrats in the past couple of elections, the Republican survivors are now turning their guns on each other. At the heart of these internal battles have been attacks on Rush Limbaugh by Republicans who imagine themselves to be so […]

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Kenya lags behind as Ethiopia reaps from own shipping line

NAIROBI, KENYA (Business Daily) – Kenya continues to lose out in the lucrative shipping industry as it continues to rely on ships for hire to transport its exports. The hope that one day the country could own its own shipping line continues to remain a mirage despite its neighbour cashing in on the high freight. […]

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Ethiopians in Europe build a case against Meles Zenawi

Ethiopians from several European cities are mobilizing for a massive protest rally against Meles Zenawi — also known as the Butcher of Addis — in London where he will arrive on April 2 for the G20 meeting. Ethiopian lawyers, in collaboration with the protest organizers, are also in the process of hiring a British law […]

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Princess Medferiashwork passed away

Portrait of Ethiopian royal couple Prince Asfawossen and Princess Medferiashwork Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Princess Medeferiashwork Abebe, the wife of the late Crown Prince Asfawossen, has passed away on Sunday at the age of 84. The funereal ceremony was conducted at the Trinity Cathedral in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa yesterday in the presence of family […]

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Top 10 reasons to start a business in a recession

By Brad Sugars Do you have one good reason to start your business right now? How about 10? Regardless of what people around you (including the media) may say, right now is the best time to get into business. Just go back and look at the economic slowdowns throughout history. Most recessions in the post-World […]

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Ethiopia's billionaire bids to buy an Australian soccer team

AUSTRALIA (smh.com.au) – The world’s 43rd richest person, Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi of Ethiopia, has been named as the mystery sheikh being courted by officials of Tasmania United FC who are bidding to become an A-League team. The club’s football director Ken Morton refused on Tuesday to confirm or deny reports the man in […]

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