Monthly Archives: April 2009

First 100 Days – Obama African Report Card: D

By Oromsis Adula November 4th, 2008, marked a great milestone in American history and the history of people of African descent. For the first time in the history of mankind, a junior senator of African heritage got elected to the office of the President of the United States of America. It was a moment of […]

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Senate Committee Reviews U.S.-Africa Relationship

By Charles W. Corey | America.org Washington — Piracy and maritime security, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, corruption, and freedom of the press — all important issues in the U.S.-Africa relationship — were addressed April 29 by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs-designate Johnnie Carson before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As part of his […]

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Today’s problem yesterday’s solution

By Yilma Bekele Barack Obama told the American people that you couldn’t solve a 21st. century problem using a 19th. Century mind set. The old prescription by Bush and company weren’t working. He promised that he would look at the issues from a different perspective and introduce new rules and regulations appropriate to the times. […]

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Canadian detained in Ethiopia to defend against charges

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — A Canadian man facing terrorism-related charges in Ethiopia and in detention since 2006 will take the defence stand next month, a judge said on Thursday. Bashir Makhtal, an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, is accused of inciting rebellion by aiding and abetting armed opposition groups in Ethiopia and being a senior member of […]

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Home-cooked Ethiopian food in Maryland

By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun Owner Emu Kidanewolde displays some of the entrees on the menu. [Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor] Elfegne Ethiopian Cafe is a peach. Owned and operated, pretty much single-handedly, by former mortgage broker Emu Kidanewolde, this small and tidy 20-seat storefront cafe is more than just a […]

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More officers are being arrested in Ethiopia

The Woyanne regime in Ethiopia is currently on a witch-hunt, arresting several military officers whom it is suspecting of supporting Ginbot 7. Shocked by the level of infiltration in the military by Ginbot 7, Meles Zenawi’s tribal junta seems to be considering all non-Tigran officer as possible opposition supporters. The highest ranking officer to be […]

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Ethiopian student in Maryland charged with murder plot

By Dan Morse and Aaron C. Davis | Washington Post Yonatan Getachew, 18, was arrested Tuesday, April 28. Charges against him include attempted first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree arson. WASHINGTON DC — Two Montgomery County teenagers have been charged with arson and conspiracy to commit murder in an alleged plot to kill the […]

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An epidemic of waterborne diseases in Addis Ababa

By Desalegn Sisay | Afrik.com A new consultancy firm that recently took administrative control of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has expressed concern over a looming water related epidemic. The outbreak, which is expected between now and 2013, could hinder the achievement of the capital’s five-year strategic plan put together by the new consultancy firm. […]

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Woyanne: A Government that deserves a coup

By Utubo I think the count down to Woyanne’s demise has just started if the coup attempt, that, they claimed has occurred is to be believed, and that should be something that we Ethiopians have to be proud of and should be supported by the international community, rather than being averted. What options has Woyanne […]

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Kenyan govt investigates OLF militia claims

Kenya (KBC) – The government has launched investigations into reports that heavily armed militias from Ethiopia have been sighted in Merti division of Isiolo district. District Commissioner Waweru Kimani confirmed claims that some 60 members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) militia from Ethiopia had pitched tent within Nyachise strategic grazing reserve for the last […]

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Swine flu main topic at Ethiopia health conference

ADDIS ABABA, (Reuters) – Health officials from seven African countries are discussing a response to swine flu at a conference in Ethiopia, organisers said on Wednesday. The conference, involving Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, was planned six months ago to talk about Africa’s poor response to pandemics. “It’s really fortuitous that this […]

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South Africa’s election: An example for the rest of Africa

Since 1994, South Africa underwent three national elections with remarkable success free from incidents that often mar elections in much of Africa. In spite of the fact that the country was under a peculiar form of racialist tyrannical rule before the coming to power of the democratically elected Government in 1994, it has managed to […]

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Dubai: Defending the indefensible

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethiopian Review is interested in this topic because it relates to the thousands of Ethiopian immigrants in Dubai who report of horrible abuses at the hands of their employers. By Surat S. A response to journalist Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi: First thing first. I find your attitude (in the opinion piece you wrote) […]

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Ethiopian immigrants follow a new epic route to the U.S.

Jailed repeatedly for his political views, Ethiopian immigrant Sharew paid smugglers around $10,000 to move him through a dozen countries and leave him a year later in the grubby southern Mexican city of Tapachula. Once on Mexico’s southern border, which has grown into a major stepping-stone for hundreds of migrants fleeing conflicts in the Horn […]

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A tribute to Tilahun Gessesse, a cultural asset

By Maru Gubena Some of my readers may think that my tribute upon the untimely death of the phenomenal, the irreplaceable asset of Ethiopia, the unchallenged cultural and musical symbol and the undisputed role model for Ethiopian musicians of my generation, Tilahun Gessese, whom I, as a political economist and organization strategist have characterized not […]

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Ginbot 7 will hold public meeting on May 3, Sunday

ANNOUNCEMENT Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy will hold a town hall meeting in Washington DC next Sunday, May 3, 2009. Click here for more information.

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I’m Woyanne’s worst nightmare

By Netsanet Habtu This commentary concerns a recent article written by the “Ethiopian” Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) under the name Adal Isaw, and was published on Aigaforum. In the article, MoFA calls for the extradition of Berhanu Nega, leader of Ginbot 7, on the basis that he is a “terrorist”. Never mind the legal […]

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If you think Dubai is bad, just look at U.K.

Dear Ethiopian Review, I was interviewed for the “Dark Side of Dubai” article from Britain’s The Independent newspaper that you have posted on the Ethiopian Review and would like to submit my rebuttal that also appeared in The Independent to be published in the Ethiopian Review as well to even it out as it would […]

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The life-and-death struggle for freedom in Ethiopia

(The Daily Item) Berhanu Nega’s story is a frightening testament that in some parts of the world, people are still enmeshed in life-and-death struggles for freedom. Ethiopia’s regime recently announced that Berhanu Nega and other opposition leaders had been plotting a coup. Thirty-five opposition party members were arrested in Ethiopia, and a government official said […]

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Ethiopia coup leader identified as Gen. Teferra Mammo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The state-controlled Ethiopian Television (ETV) reported that the military leader of the alleged coup plot by Ginbot 7 is General Teferra Mammo. It is alleged that a military committee that is headed by General Teferra, who is an active duty officer, included several other active and retired military personnel. The civilian […]

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Message in a Bottle

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Patriots and Tyrants Dr. Hailu Araya: Ethiopian patriot. Political prisoner. Educator. Poet. I am not writing to talk about Dr. Hailu, the Ethiopian patriot, the man who gave the brutal former military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam a passionate six-minute discourse on democracy, freedom and human rights 18 years ago to the […]

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Ethiopia opposition leader’s father arrested

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The father of Ginbot 7 high ranking official Andargachew Tsige has been roughed up and taken to Maekelawi prison by Meles Zenawi’s gunmen, according to Ethiopian Review sources. On Friday, April 24, several gunmen surrounded Ato Tsige Habtemariam’s house in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The gunmen then roughed up the 80-year-old […]

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A Colorado library honors Ethiopia's Yohannes Gebregiorgis

By Christin Fynewever | Examiner.com Ethiopia — What do you get when you cross a donkey and a book? A mobile library! Yes, thanks to Liberian Yohannes Gebregeorgis, tens of thousands of Ethiopian children have learned to read. Gebregiorgis, a native of Ethiopia, was taught to read by Peace Corps volunteers in his village. He […]

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Leading Kenyan law scholar dies in Ethiopia

By By DAVE OPIYOP | Sunday Nation One of Kenya’s most respected law scholars, Prof Hastings Winston Opinya Okoth-Ogendo, is dead. Prof Ogendo, a former vice-chairman of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, died on Friday night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he had gone on an assignment for the United Nations Economic Commission for […]

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Yemen security forces arrest 101 Ethiopians

SANA’A, YEMEN (Saba) – Interior Ministry of Yemen has given orders to close sea outlets to Ethiopian migrants, al-motamar.net reported on Saturday. The minister asked the security forces in coastline area to close sea regions in front of the Ethiopians who tried to enter Yemeni territories. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry’s media center reported that Yemeni […]

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Wzr. Sinedu Gebru’s legacy

Woyanne ambassador to Washington DC Samuel Assefa at his mother’s funeral in Addis Ababa (Photo: Addis Journal) The funeral of Ethiopia’s first woman parliamentarian Wzr. Sinedu Gebru took place two days ago at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Church in Addis Ababa in the presence of family, friends and Woyanne regime officials. Wzr. Sinedu is an […]

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Pennsylvania prof. denies leading alleged Ethiopia coup plot

By MARK SCOLFORO Pennsylvania, USA (AP). – An economics professor at a Pennsylvania university said Saturday he supports efforts to spread democracy in his native Ethiopia, but denied backing an alleged coup attempt there that led to the arrests of 35 people by the government. “I’m very suspicious that there was an attempt at all,” […]

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Ethiopian and Somali refugees received asylum in Norway

NORWAY (Epoch Times) — Droves of African families recently received asylum status from the Norwegian quasi-judicial Appeals Board (UNE), which handles appeals of rejections by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). If these families were not allowed to remain in Norway, their daughters risk circumcision—a brutal practice that can leave women crippled. Most of these […]

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Ethiopia's regime arrests 35 for coup plot

By ANITA POWELL | The Associated Press The Woyanne-led Ethiopian government has arrested 35 people suspected of a coup attempt allegedly backed by an Ethiopian economist now teaching at a Pennsylvania university, a government spokesman said Saturday. Government spokesman Ermias Legesse said the group, which calls itself “Ginbot 7” (May 15) after the date of […]

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Berhanu Nega family’s home in Ethiopia surrounded

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The family home of Dr Berhanu Nega, leader of the Ethiopian opposition, Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice and Democracy (Ginbot 7), has been surrounded and his parents have been roughed up by Woyanne gunmen, according to Ethiopian Review sources. Dr Berhanu’s 80-year-old father, Ato Nega Bonger, was inside the house when […]

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Woyanne claims it has foiled Ginbot 7 activities in Ethiopia

Ginbot 7 has issued its own press released regarding the Woyanne cliam. Click here the statement. Below is a report by the Woyanne-controlled Ethiopian News Agency (ENA). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) – Terrorist operation being advanced by a terrorist group calling itself “Ginbot 7” was foiled, the National Intelligence, Security Service and Federal Police Joint […]

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Clarification from the EPPF leadership

The top leadership of Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF) has issued a statement regarding accusations that was posted on an anti-EPPF web site against Ato Sileshi Tilahun, head of EPPF International Committee’s organizational affairs. The statement, which is signed by the EPPF chairman and posted on the official EPPF web site, clarifies that only the […]

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Watch Eri-Tv live

EastAfro.com has started to carry Eri-Tv live. Eri-Tv’s Amharic program is being watched by more people than the Woyanne-controlled ETV in Ethiopia. Click here to watch.

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Who the hell is Tilahun?

By Kiflu Hussain Lately, in the past four years, I learned the hard way how deep pain and grief can penetrate due to the loss of someone you love or admire. Although I’ve always felt sad when someone I know very well or someone close to me dies, the grief I used to experience has […]

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Scientists find a new species of tree in Ethiopia

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – A tree that covers a large area of eastern Ethiopia but has only recently been categorized by botanists raises hope for finding new species elsewhere, experts said. The acacia fumosa tree, which grows in an area the size of the island of Crete, was not “found” for scientific purposes […]

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Ottawa city donates used ambulance to Ethiopia

By Louisa Taylor, The Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA, CANADA -A decommissioned ambulance dedicated to former Ottawa mayor Marion Dewar will soon be in service in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At a handover ceremony outside City Hall yesterday, Councillor Diane Deans gave the keys to the ambulance to Samuel Getachew of Friends of Ethiopia, which organized the project […]

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The dark side of Dubai, UAE

By Johann Hari | The Independent Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of […]

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Ethiopia mourns legendary singer at state funeral

By Peter Heinlein | VOA Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have attended a state funeral for legendary singer Tilahun Gessesse, considered a symbol of national unity since the time of Emperor Haile Selassie. Many of Tilahun’s songs were considered anthems, binding together a country through war and famine, monarchy and dictatorship. Mourners wailed in the […]

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Speaking of our Artists

By Yilma Bekele We are very lucky here in the Bay Area. We have an Avenue dedicated to Ethiopian cuisine. There are groceries, boutiques and convenient stores. Injera, refined butter, berbere and mitimita cost less here than in Addis. Most of all we got what is locally known as ‘The Bay Area Ethiopian Arts forum.’ […]

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U.S. Govt reports on human rights and its implication

By Habtamu Girma Since the release of the 2008 U.S. Department of State Annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices on February 2009, it has been a critical agenda in the local media and newspapers regarding its content and implications, particularly on Ethio-U.S. relations given the new U.S. administration. The objective of this short article […]

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MSF finds 35 Ethiopians, Somalis dead on Yemen coast

Awhar, Yemen (MSF) A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mobile team found 35 Somalis and Ethiopians dead on the Yemen coast on the night of April 22. The dead were among a group who had departed two days prior from the port of Bosasso, Somalia, fleeing insecurity or extreme poverty on a smuggler’s boat. […]

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Ethiopia's Kenenisa to begin comeback in The Netherlands

Hengelo, The Netherlands (IAAF)- Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia will make his come back on the track on 1 June during the FBK-Games in Hengelo. The Fanny Blankers-Koen Games is a Grand Prix status meeting as part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2009. The announcement follows the meetings news in March that Haile Gebrselassie will […]

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Three Woyanne regime soldiers defect to Eritrea

ASMARA — Three Woyanne regime soldiers in Ethiopia have defected and arrived in Eritrea. Upon arriving in Asmara, the soldiers said that that the Woyanne regime’s divisive ploys and atrocities against members of the armed forces is intensifying. The defecting soldiers are Alelo Waj, Mohammed Merhale Chama and Abdelkadir Mohammed Saleh. They explained that in […]

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Ethiopians and Somalis drown as boat capsizes

GENEVA (AFP) — Thirty-five Ethiopian and Somali migrants have drowned after a smugglers’ boat crossing the Gulf of Aden from Somalia capsized, the United Nations refugee agency said in a statement Thursday. “By midday Thursday, 35 bodies had been recovered by UNHCR?s partner agency, the Society of Human Solidarity. The remaining passengers are believed to […]

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Teddy Afro’s mother places flower on Tilahun’s coffin

Tilahun Gessesse funeral in Addis Ababa. The photo below shows Teddy Afro’s mother Wzr. Tilaye Arage placing a flower wreath near Tilahun’s coffin during the funeral procession Thursday at Mesqel Square. Click here to see more photos. [Exclusive photos by Awramba Times]

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Ethiopia's Tsegaye will take on London Marathon next Sunday

London, UK (IAAF) – Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede is hoping to bring Ethiopia its second major marathon victory in the space of a week when he takes on one of the best marathon fields ever assembled in the Flora London Marathon this Sunday (26 April). The Flora London Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label […]

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U.S. Govt takes new look at Somalia strategy

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Piracy off its shores has made Somalia an early challenge for the Obama administration, which is grappling to devise a new strategy that will not replicate past failed U.S. policies in the Horn of Africa. The immediate goal, say U.S. officials, is to bolster Somalia’s new government and its […]

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Ethiopian Airlines cuts fare

Ethiopian Airlines has announced a promotional drive to make travel cheaper in the current global economic distress. Ermajechew Regassa, the Airline’s Uganda manager, announced recently that the promotional drive that started on April 4 would last up to May 31 and would have major international routes on special discount rates. One of the cheapest routes […]

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Tilahun Gessesse funeral procession – Video

A massive funeral procession was held for Ethiopia’s legendary artist Tilahun Gessesse today in Addis Ababa, a city where he died unable to get the most basic emergency medical care. Tens of thousands of people participated in the procession as the video below shows. (Sorry for the quality of the video. It was recorded by […]

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Somali leader returns, completing Woyanne defeat

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys returned to Somalia on Thursday in his first known trip back to the Horn of Africa nation since being ousted two years ago, an Islamist group said. Aweys, who is on the U.S. list of terrorism suspects for alleged links to al Qaeda, has been an important opposition […]

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Reported U.S. threat against Eritrea was fabricated news

The “U.S. threatens Eritrea over support for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists” article is obviously based on a catchy tittle with no substance of truth. The thought of America invading Eritrea is really poor journalism at it’s best. The reason why other major news sites like BBC, NYT and CNN have not covered this story is because it’s […]

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Ethiopian man arrested in San Diego on suspicion of assault

SAN DIEGO (San Diego Union-Tribune) – Police detectives on Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old man as a suspect in an attack Saturday on a 38-year-old woman in Linda Vista. Detectives from the sex-crimes unit arrested Mulugeta Hagos, an immigrant from Ethiopia, as he was walking on Fulton Street near Hyatt Street in Linda Vista, said police […]

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Western diplomats boycott Bashir state dinner in Ethiopia

By ARGAW ASHINE | The Daily Nation NATION ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Western diplomats based in one of the world’s largest diplomatic hubs, Addis Ababa boycotted a dinner party organized by the Ethiopian government to honor Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir. President al-Bashir had received a warm welcome from his Ethiopian hosts on his arrival in […]

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Tilahun Gessesse's funeral services program released

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) – Funeral procession program for Ethiopia’s renowned artiste Tilahun Gesesse has been issued. The funeral is due to be conducted on Thursday. Accordingly, a requiem service would be held overnight at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The remains of the departed is to be taken home. Then […]

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West Virginia State University hosts 'Taste of Ethopia'

The Ethiopian Student Association at West Virginia State University will host its third annual “Taste of Ethiopia” from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Student Union Grand Hall. Community will have the opportunity to taste injera (Ethiopian bread), doro wat (chicken stew), siga wat (beef stew), teqele gomen (cabbage) and other dishes, while enjoying […]

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How Somalia's Fishermen Became Pirates

By Ishaan Tharoor | Time Magazine Amid the current media frenzy about Somali pirates, it’s hard not to imagine them as characters in some dystopian Horn of Africa version of Waterworld. We see wily corsairs in ragged clothing swarming out of their elusive mother ships, chewing narcotic khat while thumbing GPS phones and grappling hooks. […]

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Public meeting in Rome on Italy's invasion of Ethiopia

PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT Criminal Colonialism Ethiopia 1935-1941: Voyage to the shadowy heart of Italy “Looking back on the war in Ethiopia today means having to deal with the way we are today: with the myth that is the popular saying, “the Italians are good”, always useful whenever there is an aggressive foreign war; with those […]

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62 Ethiopians arrested in Malawi

MALAWI (Nyasa Times) — Just under a month after police arrested over 100 Ethiopians for trying to illegally flee the country, another contingent of 62 Ethiopians has been nabbed in Mwanza district as it attempted to do likewise. Mwanza Police Station Officer Joel Makomwa confirmed that police arrested the 62 refugees on Sunday as they […]

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Wives of African dictators meet in Los Angeles, except Azeb

EDITOR’S NOTE: The self-proclaimed ‘first lady’ of Ethiopia, Azeb Mesfin, did not attend the meeting even though she is the vice chairwomen of “African First Ladies for Against HIV”. Azeb is worse than the HIV. She and her husband are responsible for more deaths than all the diseases in Ethiopia combined. The evil witch is […]

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Atlanta area jury deliberates in Ethiopian man murder trial

By Josh Green | Gwinnett Daily Post ATLANTA – Defense attorneys for Quincy Jackson argued Tuesday that a popular premise of modern-day prosecution is flawed: It’s wrong, they said, to convict a man based on evidence that his cell phone was at the scene of a crime. “There should be evidence that puts the phone […]

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Sudan's president Al-Bashir taunts ICC while visiting Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP) – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir yesterday taunted the international community by arguing that an arrest warrant against him for war crimes had earned him more support than ever. Bashir made his statement after meeting Ethiopian Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi (who is also accused by international human rights groups of […]

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A collection of Tilahun Gessesse songs

Min Yilalu Sewoch Setihed Siketelat Alchalkum Tiz Alegene Yetintu Bemishit Chereka Yezenbaba Mar Nesh Engudaye Neshi Ewedish Nebere Kifu Anyinkash Kulun Mankwalat Yezenbaba Mar Nesh Akal Aynishin Fikir Lebechaye Ene Yalanchi Alnorem Ouota Ayaskefam Min largachew Bemishit chereka Ere min yishalegneal Fikir lebechaye Kifu ayinkash Yehiwote hiwot Yezenbaba Mar Nesh Aykedashem Lebe Satidwdegn Wedijat Selamtaye […]

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Ethiopians in Washington DC take on DLA Piper

By Kashmir Hill | Above the Law Some of our DC-based readers may have spotted this anti-DLA Piper (a law firm) ad making its way around town via taxi. A reader sent us this photo, saying: :I saw this cab on Connecticut Ave. in front of the Mayflower yesterday and it caught my attention. Strange.” […]

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Gim Legim Abro Yazgim!

By Yilma Bekele A very crude translation will be ‘trash finds its own kind’. That is what went in my mind when I heard the butcher of Darfur met the butcher of Mogashio, Gambella, Ogaden, Awasa and many other sites of atrocity in Ethiopia. ‘Gem legem abro yazem is what my mother used to say […]

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Fitawrari Amede Lemma passed away

(EMF) — Fitawrari Amede Lema, a member of parliament during the HaileSelassie government, and renowned Ethiopian businessman who owns shopping centers, has passed away yesterday, family source in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa told EMF. Fitawrari Amede was a member of the Council of Ethiopian Elders who mediated with the Woyanne regime the release of Kinijit […]

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An expert opinion on what caused Tilahun’s death

Dear Editor, I read your piece entitled “Could Tilahun’s death have been prevented.” Thank you very much for your inquisitive mind and thought provocative curiosity! I would like to pass my deepest condolences to Tilahun’s family and to Ethiopia at large. Indeed, Ethiopia has lost a true son! A legend has passed away! We should […]

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28-year-old Ethiopian pulled off an impressive upset in Boston

By John Powers | Boston Globe BOSTON, USA — He had been among the leaders in the middle of the hills in Boston three years ago, but couldn’t finish. He had the Olympic bronze medal in hand coming into the stadium last year, but ended up fourth. This time, Deriba Merga vowed, he would be […]

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Lavish dinner for al-Bashir by a beggar regime

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has received a warm welcome on his arrival in neighboring Ethiopia for a two-day state visit. VOA’s Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports Ethiopian and other African officials greeted Mr. Bashir with full honors, while most western diplomats are boycotting the event. Reporters were kept away from airport ceremonies where […]

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Al-Bashir visits Ethiopia despite war-crime warrant

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sudan’s president made his sixth foreign trip since his indictment on charges of war crimes in Darfur, traveling Tuesday to Ethiopia despite the international warrant for his arrest. An Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman said President Omar al-Bashir would not face arrest. He will discuss “political, economic and security matters” issues with […]

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The price of polygamy in Ethiopia

OROMIYA, Ethiopia (UNFPA) — If you were to visit 65-year-old Ayatu Nure and his family at their compound in the Oromiya region of Ethiopia, you would probably find eight of Ayatu’s 12 wives harvesting banana roots for dinner, while chasing after their combined 78 children. At first glance, this unlikely family appears carefree — but […]

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Tilahun’s passing away: End of an era

By Fekade Shewakena It is Monday morning after Ethiopian Easter Sunday. I was driving to work in a juicy Washington spring weather. It was raining heavily and I was in a crowded traffic when the ring tone of my cellular phone, a Teddyi Afro’s song that I have set up to use until he gets […]

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Could Tilahun’s death have been prevented?

An interview with Tilahun Gessesse’s wife Wzr. Roman Bezu indicates that his life could have been spared on Sunday had he received timely medical care in Addis Ababa. Tilahun Gessesse arrived in Ethiopia from the U.S., where he was receiving treatment, on Sunday, April 19, to celebrate Fasika, the Easter Holiday. Wzr. Roman said that […]

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Remembering Tilahun Gessesse

Tilahun Gessesse, Minneapolis 2006

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The dark side of Dubai

By Johann Hari | The Independent Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of […]

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Ethiopia's Deriba Merga wins Boston Marathon

BOSTON MARATHON (AP) – Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga overcame the disappointment of his Olympic fade to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, and Kenya’s Salina Kosgei won the closest women’s race in the 113-year history of the event while Americans took third in both races for the best U.S. finish since 1985. Merga, who was passed […]

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Tilahun Gessesse passed away

News sources in Addis Ababa are reporting that legendary Ethiopian singer Tilahun Gessesse has passed away at midnight last night. Tilahun, 69, had been receiving medical treatment in the U.S. for several months and returned to Ethiopia a few days ago to celebrate Easter (Fasika) with family and friends. He was admitted to a hospital […]

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EPPF launches a radio program

The Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) has launched a radio program that is broadcast to Ethiopia 4 times per week. Arbegnoch Voice Radio transmitted its first program successfully on April 14 on both short wave and medium wave frequencies… [read more]

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Exhibition on reconstruction of Ethiopia's Aksum obelisk

(UNESCO) — An exhibition – photographs and a video installation – at UNESCO will celebrate the reinstallation of the Aksum obelisk. The show will give visitors a chance to learn about the history of the Ethiopian site and to view the key stages of reinstalling the monument, 24 metres high and weighing 150 tons. Open […]

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Ethiopia's Ministry of Health says health sector needs $2.6 bln

Andualem Sisay | AfricaNews ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian Ministry of Health (EMOH) announced that there was a USD$ 2.6 billion financing gap to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the health sector of that country. At the signing ceremony of a joint financing worth 100 million dollars with six development partners held […]

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Sudan's president al-Bashir to visit Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AFP) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was set to visit Ethiopia on his latest foreign trip since an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes was issued against him, diplomats said on Monday. “President Bashir will arrive here to hold talks on bilateral issues. He’ll arrive either tonight or tomorrow. The trip […]

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Ethiopia's Abebu Gelan wins Vancouver 10k race

By Gary Kingston | Vancouver Sun Sun Run women’s race winner Abebu Gelan hits the finish line with a time of 34:05, followed by second-place finisher Chantell Widney of Edmonton (below left; 34:24) and third place New Zealander Fiona Docherty (34:26). [Photo: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun] VANCOUVER, CANADA — Paced by an Ethiopian teenager, it […]

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The Arc of Justice

By Alemayehu G. Mariam “We Shall Overcome…” In 1965, in a commencement address at Oberlin College, Ohio, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about the ultimate victory of good over evil, justice over injustice, right over might, truth over lies and human rights over government wrongs. “We shall overcome,” he said “because the arc […]

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Boston will have to wait for Ethiopia's Haile Gebreselassie

By Dave Ungrady | Universal Sports Marathon world record holder Haile Gebreselassie has never competed in the Boston Marathon, the most revered of all 26.2 mile races. But he says he plans in the near future to run the worlds longest running consecutive marathon, which takes place for the 113th time on Monday. He also […]

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Legendary Ethiopian singer Tilahun Gessesse passed away

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — News sources in Addis Ababa are reporting that legendary Ethiopian singer Tilahun Gessesse has passed away at midnight last night. Tilahun, 69, had been receiving medical treatment in the U.S. for several months and returned to Ethiopia a few days ago to celebrate Easter (Fasika) with family and friends. He was […]

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Sebhat Nega clarifies TPLF’s stand on Eritrea

The following is an interview Woyanne Godfather Sebhat Nega gave to a Woyanne Radio: Shaebia (EPLF) was… showing signs of compromising on the independence of the Eritrean people. The power-sharing deal EPLF held with the Derg in an East German city and under the mediation of the East German government was evidence of Shaebia kneeling […]

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Ethiopian children get second chance in Idaho

By PAMELA ROBEL – The Olympian IDAHO, USA — Nesradine Schumaker wears a bright orange helmet while he rides his training-wheeled bike up and down the street. He is sturdy and curious about the world around him, which has changed dramatically over the past few weeks. One month ago, Nesradine was living in an Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopian murder trial in Atlanta continues next week

By Josh Green | Gwinnett Daily Post LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA – Quincy Jackson‘s murder trial will spill into a second week but could end as early as Monday, prosecutors said after a fourth day of testimony Friday. First on the list of witnesses Monday should be the state’s star witness, Lorna Araya, an Ethiopian immigrant and […]

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Haile Gebreselassie gives advice on how to run marathon fast

By Roman Mica | Examiner.com With the Boston marathon just around the corner, I thought you might appreciate a few tips on how to run your fastest marathon ever. So I asked somebody who should know. As you may be aware 36-year-old Ethopian superstar Haile Gebrselassie recently broke his own world record when running the […]

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Over 240 Ethiopians entered Yemen illegally last month

SANA’A, Yeman (Saba News) – Interior Ministry of Yemen has reported that about 247 Ethiopians, including 24 women and children, entered the Yemeni territories illegally last month. Nearly 190 Ethiopians have arrived to the coasts of Abyan and Taiz governorates through sea coming from the African Horn, according to statistics issued by the Ministry. The […]

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Ethiopian member of Israeli Parliament to speak in New York

UNION COLLEGE, NEW YORK — Shlomo Molla, the sole Ethiopian Jewish member of the Israeli Knesset, will speak at Union College on Sunday, April 19, at 11:30 AM in the Nott Memorial. Molla will discuss his rise to international power against considerable odds, the state of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel today and his […]

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One problem, two solutions

By Yilma Bekele We are all aware that the global economy is in not in good shape. Both rich industrialized countries and dirt-poor subsistence economies are in a free fall. No one knows where the bottom is. Governments that are democratic, autocratic, military dictatorship or royal kingdoms are all trying different medicine to heal the […]

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80 Ethiopian women languish in Lebanon jail

BEIRUT, LEBANON (IRIN) – Eighty Ethiopian women have been in Tripoli Women’s Prison in north Lebanon for over a year, accused of not having a passport which was either taken from them when they started as domestic workers, or which they never had in the first place. Most were arrested on the street after running […]

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Japan may resume coffee imports from Ethiopia

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg Japanese trading houses are in talks with Ethiopian coffee exporters to resume purchases of beans from the Horn of Africa country, a year after imports were slashed when several contaminated shipments were discovered. “Some Japanese businesses are seriously negotiating with Ethiopian businesses for the resumption of imports to Japan,” Kinichi […]

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Ethiopia received $389 million in remittances in 6 months

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – Ethiopia has received a record of $389 million in remittances over a six months period from September to February 2009, reflecting an increase of 19.4 percent. According to the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the increase in remittances is due to the devaluation of birr over other foreign currencies. Currently, one […]

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Ethiopia's Tekeste and Elfenesh added to Boston elite field

By John Connolly | Boston Herald The men’s and women’s elite fields for Monday’s 113th edition of the Boston Marathon were bolstered yesterday with the addition of top respective contenders Tekeste Kebede and Elfenesh Alemu. Both hail from Ethiopia and both have a past association with the fabled Hopkinton-to-Boston trek. Kebede, a 27-year-old native of […]

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UDJ holds a fake protest rally in Ethiopia

EDITOR’S NOTE: The so-called “opposition” Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) held a demonstration in Addis Ababa today in which 250 carefully screened individuals participated. The UDJ leaders said that the protest was held to demand the release of their “leader” Birtukan Mideksa, but what they actually did was give legitimacy to the illegitimate […]

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Ethiopia, USA, Somali pirates’ cover-up

By Thomas C. Mountain | Online Journal One of the best kept secrets in the international media these days is the link between the USA, Ethiopia and the Somali pirates. First, a little reliable background from someone on the ground in the Horn of Africa. The Somali pirates operate out of the Ethiopian and USA […]

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Japan donates $6 million to UNICEF Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (UNICEF) – The Government of Japan today announced a $6 million donation to UNICEF Ethiopia for reducing the vulnerability of children to the impact of rising food prices. This contribution, one of the largest from the Government of Japan to UNICEF Ethiopia, comes as Ethiopia confronts the impact of the global economic […]

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Woyanne regime arrests 100 businessmen in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (APA) – The Tigray People Liberation Front (Woyanne)-led Ethiopian regime’s revenue authorities have arrested about 100 business owners in connection with Value Added Tax (VAT) fraud in Addis Ababa, APA learns here on Wednesday. The Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (RCA) has this week launched a crack dawn on businesses in Addis […]

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TPLF crimes in Tigray as told by a survivor

According to many of your request, here is the English translation of the Tigringa/Amharic version interview of Fitawrari Gezai Reda, a resident of Tigray region, northern Ethiopia. Let me start my view by quoting from an article I read a few years back from Ethiopian Register magazine, under the topic: “Understanding the Machine of Woyanne […]

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