Monthly Archives: June 2009

US looks to expand development aid to Ethiopia’s dictatorship

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you very very much, Obama! By Peter Heinlein | VOA The Obama administration is signaling its intention to keep Ethiopia as a key strategic partner, despite concerns about the country’s slide toward authoritarianism. The United States is seeking to expand development assistance to the Ethiopian government. Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew […]

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Former defense minister Siye Abraha to join UDJ

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Former defense minister of Ethiopia’s tribal junta, Ato Siye Abrha, has reportedly disclosed his intention to join the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), according to Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa. According to the sources, Ato Siye is waiting to make a formal request to be a member of […]

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Ethiopia: The fake patriarch backs off on the Ark

(WorldNetDaily) –The [fake patriarch] leader of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Friday backed off on a much-anticipated announcement about the Ark of the Covenant — the ancient container holding the Ten Commandment — which he claims to have seen. But no other evidence or, indeed, even any announcement, was made public today when word had […]

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Welcome to a dying lake!

By Wondirad Seifu | The Reporter Lake Abijata is dying, although the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is boasting that it is the country’s sanctuary for a colony of exciting birds. Oddly enough, the Environmental Protection Authority has indexed the lake in its recently published green book, presenting it to parliament as a proof its […]

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Indian EXIM bank to open office in Ethiopia's capital

ADDIS ABABA — The Export and Import (EXIM) Bank of India is in negotiations with Ethiopian officials about the opening of an East African office in Addis Ababa. Board directors of the bank have already decided to open their East African office in Addis Ababa so as to support Indian companies’ growing investment in eastern […]

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Water shortage affecting humans, livestock in Somali Region

By Melaku Demissie | The Reporter This week’s humanitarian situation update by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that standard nutrition surveys are needed in the affected areas in different regions to assess the scope of the situation. Reports from some zones in Amhara Region revealed that the nutritional condition of […]

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Hero vs Zero

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Doublethink, Doublespeak George Orwell may have understated the situation in the Big Brother totalitarian state of Nineteen Eighty Four: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” He would be amused to learn that in the police state of Two Thousand and Nine Ethiopia, Big Brother has been unceremoniously replaced […]

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The way forward for Ethiopia and Eritrea

By Dawit WoldeGiorgis I read Neamin Zeleke’s recent article, The Imperative of Ethiopians Dealing with Eritrea, about his reflection and opinions on the future of Ethiopian and Eritrean relationship. I would like to compliment his very wise observation on this very important issue of our times. I believe that not relating with the Eritrean government […]

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Former Ethiopian Navy Association annual conference

The annual conference of Former Ethiopian Navy Association will be held in Chicago, Thursday, July 2, 2009. Place:The Westin O’Hare Hotel, Madison Room Address: 6100 North River Road · Rosemont, Illinois Date/Time: Thursday, July 2, at 2:00 PM

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Free Birtukan Taskforce formed

The Free Birtukan and all Political Prisoners taskforce announces a major milestone in its effort to free Ms. Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners. The taskforce will officially launch its operations on Sunday, June 28, 2009 in a major public event to be hosted at the Washington Marriott in Washington DC. In addition to the […]

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Repercussions of power cuts in Ethiopia

By Hayal Alemayehu | The Reporter When the Ethiopian Electric and Power Corporation (EEPCo) instituted nationwide power shedding in March and consequently ordered high-power consuming plants not to use power a month later, Mugher Cement Enterprise did not consider the power cut as a threat because it was notified by the corporation that the power […]

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The Ark is not going to be revealed, says Gebremedhin

Yesterday, millions were waiting to watch eagerly the Ark of the Covenant revealed. A day passed but it was not made public. “No, the ark is not going to be revealed. Nobody could touch it. If you do so, God will smite you.” Abune Paulos Aba Gebremedhin said. Paulos puts the blame on the Adnkronos […]

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The sad but funny aspects of Ethiopia's parliament

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (EthioPolitics.com) — Reporter – Most of the time, MPs or journalists attending parliamentary sessions are accustomed to witnessing MPs belonging to the ruling party EPRDF raising their hands, almost without exception, in favour of passing any motion tolled on the floor. But on Thursday out of a habit of raising their hands […]

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Somali navy chief: World's worst job?

By Will Ross | BBC If you think you face an uphill challenge at work today, spare a thought for Farah Ahmed Omar, the man in charge of Somalia’s navy. He has neither boats nor equipment and admits he has not been to sea for 23 years. The interim government does not control much of […]

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New Ethiopia bill violates international human rights treaties

By Kirubel Tadesse | Ethiopolitics.com Capital – A new anti-terrorism bill endorsed by cabinet recently will allow hearsay evidence on terrorism suspects’ trials, if accepted by parliament, the Government announced last Monday. Law scholars say the move would violate international human rights treaties the nation ratified and made part of its constitution. Prepared by the […]

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First English FM Radio On Air in Ethiopia's capital

(Addis Fortune) — Ehiopia’s first FM radio station broadcasting in the English language began pre-test broadcasting approximately a week ago. The station, run by Paconet Media Plc, incorporated in January 2008 with an initial capital of about 3 million Br, originally planned to turn on its transmitters September 1, 2008. However it experienced delay and […]

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Africa alone could feed the world

DOOM-MONGERS have got it wrong – there is enough space in the world to produce the extra food needed to feed a growing population. And contrary to expectation, most of it can be grown in Africa, say two international reports published this week. The first, projecting 10 years into the future from last year’s food […]

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Power rationing forces shutting down of Ethiopian businesses

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Ethiopolitics.com) — Many businesses in Ethiopia have been forced to close temporarily because of power rationing which began in April. Cement, metal and other big factories suspended their activities last month due to the power shortage that has hit the country due to the poor rains in the last year rainy season. […]

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Features of a fully blown tyranny before its demise

By Kiflu Hussain “There are no good dictators. But some are better than others. The best dictators permit freedom of expression, rule of law and economic growth, creating a democratic minded middle class that eventually pushes them aside. The worst dictators, by contrast, grind down civil society, breeding poverty and sectarian hatred and pulverizing all […]

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Looted cross of St Yared returned to Ethiopia after 2 decades

By Hailu T. | Reporter The Cross of Saint Yared, the famed father of Ethiopian church music, was returned to Ethiopia after it was looted from the church of Tana Tcherkos at gun point in the early 1990s. The cross which has belonged to the treasury of the church was identified by Jaques Mercier, art […]

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Study criticises laptops for children scheme

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ( Reporter ) — The “One Laptop per Child” (OLPC) scheme, which has sent over a million US$100 laptops to children in the developing world, has been criticised by researchers who found that, unless they are introduced with care, they become little more than distracting toys in the classroom. The study, conducted […]

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Ethiopia: British Council opened new building in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Addis Fortune) — British Council Ethiopia’s new two story building on Comoros Street around the British Embassy has been officially opened in the presence of over 300 invited guests and members, on June 4, 2009. This year marks the 75th year of the council’s work in cultural relations. The move in to […]

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Global economic crisis exacerbating human rights abuses

(BBC) — The global economic crisis is exacerbating human rights abuses, Amnesty International has warned. In its annual report, the group said the downturn had distracted attention from abuses and created new problems. Rising prices meant millions were struggling to meet basic needs in Africa and Asia, it said, and protests were being met with […]

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US sent 40 tons of munitions to aid Somali's puppet regime

By Mary Beth Sheridan | Washington Post The U.S. government has provided about 40 tons of weapons and ammunition to shore up the besieged government of Somalia in the past six weeks and has sent funding to train Somali soldiers, a senior State Department official said yesterday, in the most complete accounting to date of […]

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An Analysis of the Draft Ethiopian Anti-Terrorism Law

By Human Rights Watch This paper analyses Ethiopia’s draft Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (the draft Proclamation) and assesses to what extent the proposed law on its face conforms to international human rights standards. The draft law has been submitted to Parliament by the Council of Ministers and may be passed into law before the end of the […]

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World reacts to Michael Jackson death

BBC — With the death of pop star Michael Jackson at the age of 50, BBC correspondents report on the reaction around the world. By MAGGIE SHIELS, LOS ANGELES Throughout the day camera crews and media from around the world staked out the coroner’s office which sits at a busy junction across from a gas […]

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U.S. Congressional Hearing examines situation in Somalia

By Dan Robinson | VOA News The violent and unstable situation in Somalia was the subject of a U.S. congressional hearing on Thursday. Testimony by officials from Somalia, the United Nations and the African Union, and experts came as the Obama administration confirmed it has decided to bolster Somalia’s embattled Transitional Federal Government against Islamist […]

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Ethiopia artists, fans mourn Michael Jackson's death

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia EthioPolitics.com — Ethiopian artists and music fans on Friday mourned the death of Michael Jackson which occurred late on Thursday with heart related health problems. The news was received here with surprise and shock for the majority of his fans in Addis Ababa. “I was really shocked by the news about the […]

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HIV/AIDS causes lower population growth in Amhara region

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Lower birth rate and high death rate especially from HIV/AIDS are the factors causing lower population increase rate in the Amhara regional state, a controversial study by the Population Census Commission revealed this week. The head of the census office, Samia Zekaria, told parliament on Thursday that her office had been […]

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A tribute to Commander Zeleke Bogale

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Ethiopia's tribal junta arrests suspected OLF rebels

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s [tribal junta] (the Woyanne regime) said on Friday it arrested three Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels who beat up Chinese technicians in a raid on a dam construction site in the west. State TV said three Chinese were in hospital after being badly beaten by the OLF gang during the […]

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Ark of the Covenant Being Unveiled? – update

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following update was posted today by New Wineskins blog: It should have happened an hour ago. Not clear yet what’s going on, but I’ll update this post as often as I can throughout the day. Nothing scheduled on Vatican TV. WND, at least, is picking up the story, beginning Wednesday as well […]

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Best of Michael Jackson – videos

Rest in Peace Billie Jean Beat It Thriller You Rock My World The way you make me feel Bad Smooth Criminal Black or White Jam Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough In the Closet

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After Minneapolis, FBI Eyes Atlanta's Somalis

By Maggie Lee CLARKSON, GA — In this small town on the edge of Atlanta, the FBI and local law enforcement are looking out for an alarming kind of crime: radical Islamist terrorists potentially trying to recruit the town’s young Somali-Americans to fight a war in Africa. There is terrorist recruitment taking place already in […]

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Physicians worked an hour to resuscitate Michael Jackson

Washington (DPA) – Physicians at the UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles worked for more than an hour to resuscitate pop icon Michael Jackson, according to his brother Jermaine Jackson in broadcast remarks Thursday. The sudden death of the rock star on a hot Thursday afternoon triggered not only worldwide mourning but also an odd […]

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Obama appoints Mehret Mandefro as a White House Fellow

PRESIDENT OBAMA APPOINTS 2009-2010 CLASS OF WHITE HOUSE FELLOWS WASHINGTON, DC – The White House announced today the appointment of 15 outstanding men and women to serve as White House Fellows. The 2009-2010 class of White House Fellows represents a diverse cross-section of professions including medicine, business, media, education, non-profit and state government, as well […]

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Michael Jackson pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center

By Andrew Blankstein, Phil Willon and Harriet Ryan | Los Angeles Times Michael Jackson is rushed into hospital in Los Angeles [Photo: x17online.com] Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion, city and law enforcement sources told The Times. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. […]

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Pop star Michael Jackson dies at age 50 – CBS/AP

Michael Jackson is rushed into hospital in Los Angeles [Photo: x17online.com] (CBS) – Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Los Angeles Times. The entertainment Web site TMZ.com is also reporting his death. Jackson was […]

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Michael Jackson is dead in Los Angeles

(The New York Times) Update | 6:37 p.m. The Associated Press is reporting that Mr. Jackson is dead. Reaction | 6:37 p.m. Television news images showed large crowds gathering outside the UCLA Medical Center. “People are already showing up in costume, believe it or not,” said a Fox News correspondent, Trace Gallagher, comparing it to […]

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Michael Jackson "Near Death" After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

By Christine Kellett | Brisbane Times Michael Jackson is rushed into hospital in Los Angeles [Photo: x17online.com] Media reports have said the star, 50, was taken to hospital in Los Angeles, California, after he was found not breathing following a suspected heart attack in his Bel Air home earlier. Celebrity website TMZ said 911 operators […]

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Election-stealing is a risky gamble

By MINXIN PEI and ALI WYNE | The New York Times If, as Iran’s opposition has alleged, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rigged the country’s presidential election, he will join a long roster of autocrats who have tried to preserve their power through fraudulent means. But election-stealing is a risky gamble. Although the perpetrators have sometimes […]

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Aba Diabilos to desecrate the Ark of the Covenant

By Hillel Fendel | IsraelNN.com Ethiopian Orthodox Church leader says Friday, June 26, marks the right time to unveil the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, which he says has been hidden in his church for centuries. Abuna Pauolos Aba Gebremedhin (aka Aba Diabilos), the illegitimate Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, was in Rome this […]

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The Ethiopian-Israeli experience captured by two plays

By Rick Kardonne | Jewish Tribune TEL AVIV — Winnipeg-born-and-raised theatre producer-director Howard Rypp’s Nephesh Theatre, which began in Toronto, has, for Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary, presented two original plays about the Ethiopian-Jewish immigration to Israel, which have already been internationally acknowledged as major contemporary cultural works of great significance. It Sounds Better in Amharic […]

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Teff, a gluten free grain

Teff, a gluten free grain, is now available from Tobia-Teff and is ideal for those looking to reduce their wheat intake or those suffering from coeliac disease. Teff is an ancient grain from Ethiopia. The company is owned by Sophie Sirak Kebede, former owner of Tobia Ethiopian Restaurant. With many people striving to reduce their […]

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Ethiopia: Meselech Melkamu's stunning momentum continues

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (The Reporter) — While the sold out Mestsky stadium crowd packed every nook and cranny of the facility to catch a fleeting glimpse of the world’s fastest man, the 20,000-plus were treated by several solid performances and entertaining head-to-head battles. And all things considered, it was Meselech Melkamu who arguably produced the […]

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Book Review: Bikila – Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian

By Erkki Vettenniemi  Considering the well-known achievements of the Ethiopian distance runners over the past fifty years or so, one is perhaps entitled to lament the lack of interest in the history of Ethiopian athletics. While scholars have tackled innumerable Ethiopian issues in their sophisticated monographs, not a single learned paper has been dedicated to […]

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New York: Ethiopians win Shelter Island 10K

By Brett Mauser | Hamptons.com NEW YORK, Shelter Island — Although the forecast threatened to rain on the annual celebration of Shelter Island – the Shelter Island 10K and 5K Run/Walk – devoted participants ferried in for the early evening start nevertheless. Conveniently, the more than 1,500 runners and walkers couldn’t stay away yet the […]

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ANALYSIS: Will Meles Zenawi step down?

By Barry Malone | Reuters When Ethiopia’s rebel-turned-leader Meles Zenawi emerged from the bush to take power in 1991, he sat for a long-distance learning degree to feel more qualified to run Africa’s second most populous nation. Despite studying while running a vast country of 80 ethnicities emerging from 17 years of communist rule, Meles […]

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48 hours in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Canada.com) — Got 48 hours to spare in Addis Ababa — Africa’s diplomatic hub and one of the highest capital cities in the world? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge give tips on how to make the most of a short stay. FRIDAY 5 p.m. Have a couple of cold beers by the […]

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Maryland judge dismisses lawsuit against Ethiopian church

By Danny Jacobs | The Daily Record A Baltimore County judge has dismissed a $4.3 million lawsuit filed by more than 100 former members of an Ethiopian church against its board of trustees after the plaintiffs failed to respond to discovery requests. The trial involving Ethiopian Evangelical Church was scheduled for Monday in Baltimore County […]

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Washington-based nonprofit supports Ethiopian adventure

optical amplifier(Examiner.com) — Washington-based Girls Gotta Run is already supporting Ethiopian girls training to be professional runners. Now, the Chevy Chase volunteer-run nonprofit is supporting the work of an Occidental College student named Kayla Nolan who is spending the summer in Ethiopia researching the benefits Ethiopian girls and women can reap from running. Like those […]

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Majority of Somali parliament members flee abroad

By Abdiaziz Hassan NAIROBI (Reuters) – Scores of Somali legislators have fled violence at home to the safety of other countries in Africa, Europe and the United States, leaving the nation’s parliament without a quorum to meet. Violence from an Islamist-led insurgency has worsened this month, with a minister, the Mogadishu police chief, and a […]

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Hot air from Arat Kilo

By Yilma Bekele Our new name is the Ethiopians in the Diaspora. ‘The term Diaspora (in Greek διασπορά – “a scattering [of seeds]”) refers to the movement of any population sharing common ethnic identity who were either forced to leave or voluntarily left their settled territory, and became residents in areas often far remote from […]

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Top 10 recent protest symbols

Time Magazine A Shot Heard Round the World Most media coverage of the protests that greeted Iran’s widely disparaged presidential election results were already being captured and transmitted by cameraphone and text message, so it’s perhaps only fitting that the last moments of 26-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan’s life were captured on a grainy cellphone video. The […]

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Women’s power in Iran: An overlooked force

By Anne Applebaum | Washington Post Women in sunglasses and headscarves, speaking through megaphones, brandishing cameras, carrying signs: When they first appeared, the photographs of the 2005 Tehran University women’s rights protests were a powerful reminder of the true potential of Iranian women. The images were uplifting; they featured women of many ages; and they […]

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Ethiopia: Anatomy of Sebhat Nega’s big lies

By Fekade Shewakena Ato Sebhat Nega’s interview on the Voice of America, Amharic Service, recently sounds like a play out of Orwell’s, Animal Farm, but it also speaks volumes about the mindset inside TPLF, and the groupthink the regime officials are possessed with. Like all people intoxicated with power and anything that comes with it, […]

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Swarms of locusts swoop down on Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Crops in large swathes of Ethiopia risk being destroyed by swarms of locusts coming from northern Somalia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) “reports that locust swarms have been confirmed in seven regions in the country, including in areas […]

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Kenya rejects call for military help in Somalia

(CNN) — Somalia’s transitional government has the right to request military help from its neighbors against armed militants, the African Union said Monday, but Kenya was quick to reject the idea of sending troops and suggested the AU should spearhead such a move. Somali parliament speaker Sheikh Adan Madowe on Saturday called on Djibouti, Ethiopia, […]

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EPPF Texas chapter launched

The Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) supporters in Texas have come together and formed a support chapter on Sunday, June 21, 2009, after holding a series of meetings. The newly formed chapter has released a press statement, which is posted on the EPPF official web site, eppfOnline.org. Click here to read.

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50 great softwares that are available for free

The following is a list of 50 great software applications that you can download and install for free. The list is originally compiled by TechVivo and edited by Elias Kifle. 1. Audacity – Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows 2. VirtualDub – VirtualDub is a video capture and video processing […]

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Washington DC train smashes into another, killing 6

By BRETT ZONGKER and MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN | Associated Press WASHINGTON – One Metro transit train smashed into the rear of another at the height of the capital city’s Monday evening rush hour, killing at least six people and injuring scores of others as the front end of the trailing train jackknifed violently into the […]

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“Zero chance Birtukan Mideksa will be released” – Meles

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg [Ethiopia’s dictator] Meles Zenawi said on Friday that there is “zero” chance that opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa will be released from prison in time to compete in the elections scheduled for next May. He also said Birtukan’s jailing is not a pretext to eliminate political opposition. Birtukan, a leader of […]

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Woyanne blames World Bank for power blackouts

By Jason McLure | Bloomberg Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Prime Minister warlord Meles Zenawi said the World Bank and international donors share the blame for nationwide power cuts that led the government to trim its economic growth forecast. The Horn of Africa country’s economy may grow 10.1 percent in the fiscal year ending in […]

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Ethiopia's regime rejects Kenya's proposal to monitor Omo River dam construction

By Benjamin Muindi | (Nation) Ethiopia’s regime has rejected Kenya’s proposal to monitor the construction of a hydro-power dam on River Omo that could lead to the death of Lake Turkana. A row between the two countries now looms over the waters of the river, the main tributary of Lake Turkana. Ethiopia is midway through […]

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Meles Zenawi said he would re-invade Somalia

By Hamsa Omar and Jason McLure | Bloomberg Somalia declared a state of emergency amid increasing violence in the war-torn country as the leader of neighboring Ethiopia’s [tribal junta] threatened to invade if its security is threatened by Islamists seeking to take power. Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s declaration came after three government officials, […]

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Torture Inc. (Ethiopia)

Alemayehu G. Mariam Inside the Torture Chambers of the Dictatorship in Ethiopia Last week, Barry Malone of the Reuters news agency reported that families of the suspects allegedly involved in a “terror network” against the dictatorship in Ethiopia told him that some of their loved ones had “been tortured and are injured. They have been […]

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On the Passing of a Great Ethiopian Patriot

Commander Zeleke Bogale It is with a sad and broken heart that we announce the passing away of Commander Zeleke Bogale who had served his country both as a distinguished naval officer and civilian Administrator par-excellence. For those who know Cmdr. Zeleke Bogale, his passing away marks the end of the life of a courageous […]

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Vacillation of Ethiopian Review within the opposition camp

By Wondem Tilahun The flashy title on Ethiopian Review (ER) website reads … “Mersha Yoseph makes a fool of himself”. For those of us who are regulars and fans of ER, the title and the message is not a surprise. ER several times has flipped flopped its position within the opposition camp. In 2005 Dr. […]

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Two killed at ritual killing at Kenya-Ethiopian border

KAKUMA, Kenya (Xinhua)  — Suspected Ethiopian warriors killed two Kenyans and wounded 14 others on Wednesday night in a ritual killing barely a fortnight when deadly clashes between Merrile and Turkana tribesmen killed dozens others along the common frontier. Survivors and officials said on Thursday that hundreds of Merrile youths aged between 13 and 18 […]

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First cases of swine flu confirmed in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia has confirmed its first cases of H1N1 flu virus, Health Death Minister Tewedros Adhanhom said on Friday. It was the second country after South Africa to report the deadly flu. “Since swine flu was declared in Mexico, Ethiopia has been free of the disease. But today we can confirm two […]

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Exclusive interview with CNN heroe Alfa Demmellash

In November 2007, TsehaiNy had an opportunity to meet and share with its readers the story of Alfa Demmellash, the co-founder and CEO of Rising Tide Capital. This 29 year old Ethiopian woman is passionate about the work she is doing and hopeful of what lies before her. Rising Tide Capital provides the tools and […]

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Commander Zeleke Bogale passed away

Commander Zeleke Bogale passed away Thursday afternoon after receiving medical treatment in the U.S for the past several weeks. Commander Zeleke is the father of our dear friend and comrade-in-arms Neamin Zeleke. The late Commander served his country in different capacities as a Navy officer. (A detailed biography will be posted shortly). A memorial service […]

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Ambassador Donald Yamamoto leaves Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (APO) — The African Union and the United States government have worked together in significant ways to improve the lives of people in Africa. This collaboration, which can be found in diverse areas such as agriculture, HIV and AIDS, reducing hunger and poverty, As well as peace and security, ought to be […]

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Small U.S. businesses thrive with an Ethiopian woman’s help

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (CNN) — Alfa Demmellash grew up on less than a dollar a day, and against the backdrop of torture and murder. But these days she’s living the American dream and helping others do the same. Alfa Demmellash helps low-income entrepreneurs in New Jersey start or grow their businesses. “Entrepreneurs are at […]

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UN expert puts forward measures to regulate 'land grabbing'

(UN News) — An independent United Nations human rights expert proposed a set of measures today to guide large-scale international land purchases, known as “land grabbing,” ahead of upcoming negotiations by the “Group of Eight” (G8) industrialized nations on responsible investment in agriculture. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, […]

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UN development chief continues Africa tour with stop in Ethiopia

UN News Centre — The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was in Ethiopia today, where she met with the country’s leader and discussed ways to support efforts to tackle poverty, address climate change and ensure that progress made thus far is not lost amid the global economic downturn. “I think many countries […]

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From Georgia to Ethiopia: the fight against Blinding Trachoma

ATLANTA, GA (WABE) – The Atlanta-based Carter Center has been fighting neglected tropical diseases like river blindness and guinea worm all over the world. In our week-long series “From Georgia to Ethiopia”, WABE’s Odette Yousef focused on the Center’s fight against another disease, called “trachoma.” Trachoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the […]

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London doctors to help an Ethiopian hospital

By Oliver Evans | This is Local London London, UK — Buckinghamshire NHS Hospitals NHS Trust has signed a memorandum of understanding to advise staff at Menelik II Hospital, in Addis Ababa. Five senior staff members from the hospital visited the county to learn about ophthalmology services. It came after staff from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, […]

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Should Obama speak out on Iran?

With Iran, Think Before You Speak By Senator JOHN KERRY | The New York Times THE grass-roots protests that have engulfed Iran since its presidential election last week have grabbed America’s attention and captured headlines — unfortunately, so has the clamor from neoconservatives urging President Obama to denounce the voting as a sham and insert […]

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Obama's silence favors Iran's mullahs

By Ralph Peters | New York Post SILENCE is complicity. Our president’s refusal to take a forthright moral stand on the side of the Iranian freedom marchers is read in Tehran as a blank check for the current regime. The fundamentalist junta has begun arresting opposition figures, with regime mouthpieces raising the prospect of the […]

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Somali Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden killed in explosion

By TOM MALITI NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s national security minister and at least 24 other people were killed in a suicide attack Thursday, and an extremist Islamic group with alleged links to al-Qaida claimed responsibility. President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed accused al-Qaida of being behind the bombing, which also killed a senior Somali diplomat, […]

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Accused Ethiopia coup plotters ask for protection

By Peter Heinlein | Voanews.com A group charged with conspiracy to overthrow Ethiopia’s government has asked a court for special protection, alleging their human rights have been violated during detention. Our correspondent reports relatives say some defendants have been tortured. At a pre-trial hearing, attorneys and defendants in the so-called “Ginbot Seven” case indicated the […]

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Ethiopian spice of life

By Denise Taylor | Boston.com — Incense perfumes Habesha Restaurant as we’re seated near the large, dark wood bar that anchors the dimly lighted dining room. The musk scented smoke is so strong that it’s dizzying, but soon another more intoxicating aroma takes over. A large shared platter of Ethiopian stews, spiced meats, and slow-cooked […]

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Ethiopia’s dictator swears by 10 percent

… facts on the ground tell a different story, as the video below shows.

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U.S. State Department reverses course on Eritrea

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first positive step on the part of the U.S. Department of State after a decade of failed policy by the previous officials who had contributed to the chaos in the Horn of Africa by financing Meles Zenawi’s tribal junta that has turned the whole region into a war zone. The […]

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Result of Woyanne’s 10 percent economic growth – video

After receiving over $1 billion from donors and claiming an annual growth rate of over 10 percent, Ethiopians are growing more poor by the day. The most vulnerable victims of Ethiopia’s tribal junta are the children, as you see in the video below.

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President Obama's restraint on Iran

By Jeff Jacoby | Boston Globe TWENTY YEARS ago this month, the first President Bush refused to condemn China’s communist rulers when they unleashed a violent assault on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing. For weeks Bush had refrained from encouraging the student-led reform movement that had blossomed around the country. “Clearly we support democracy,” he said, […]

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Ethiopian rights lawyer, VOA reporter face prison

By Peter Heinlein | VOA ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — A prominent Ethiopian attorney and a Voice of America journalist face stiff prison terms in a case linked to an exiled opposition leader accused of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi’s government. The accused are free on bail, pending trial. The Chairman of […]

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Mogadishu police chief killed in gun battle

By Mohamed Olad Hassan | AP MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Mogadishu on Wednesday, triggering battles that killed at least 11 people, including the capital’s police chief, witnesses and officials said. Residents cowered in their homes or took cover behind buildings as mortars slammed into the city. Islamist fighters wearing […]

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Sioux Falls Ethiopian-owned bar gets second chance

By Jim Nelson | ksfy.com The bar, located on West 11th Street, faced heavy scrutiny from the city council Monday night. “I have zero tolerance for underage alcohol sales. and I am extremely disappointed, irritated, annoyed and flabbergasted,” says councilwoman De Knudson. She’s upset over what transpired at Lalibela bar and restaurant. Just five days […]

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United Nations runs out of aid for Ethiopia

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ethiopia’s dictatorship needs stop buying weapons and use the money to buy food. The current official military budget is $400 million. This doesn’t include the secret budget that is allocated to the intelligence services and the death squads. (BBC) — The UN has warned that it has run out of food to provide […]

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Aboy Sebhat speaks to VOA

By Yilma Bekele I am sure you have all heard that Ato Sebhat Nega aka Aboy Sebhat, the Prime Minster’s mentor and a very high official of the ruling TPLF party was a guest on Voice of America. I was very glad. We are always happy when TPLF officials submit to unrehearsed interviews. It seems […]

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Ethiopia foreign currency shortage causes tax revenue decline

By Hayal Alemayehu | The Reporter The shortage of foreign currency reserve has helped drop tax revenues following [a slower] foreign trade performance, Belachew Beyene, Director of Duties and Tax Audit with the Ethiopia Customs and Revenue Authority (ECRA), said Thursday. “The import/export trade [during the current Ethiopian fiscal year] has not performed as expected […]

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Accused coup plotters in Ethiopia ask for Protection

By Peter Heinlein | VOA A group charged with conspiracy to overthrow Ethiopia’s government has asked a court for special protection, alleging their human rights have been violated during detention. Our correspondent reports relatives say some defendants have been tortured. At a pre-trial hearing, attorneys and defendants in the so-called “Ginbot Seven” case indicated the […]

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The slum behind the colorful wall

By Eden Habtamu | Ezega.com Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — I am not good at joking. I don’t even remember most of the jokes I hear, nor do I have the habit of memorizing them to tell others. But I cannot forget the jokes I have heard about “Cherkos” – the slum known for its poor […]

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A telecom monopoly connecting Ethiopia to nowhere

By Hallelujah Lule | The Addis Connexion ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Forty years ago, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Board (precursor to today’s ETC) was viewed as a progressive government utility agency providing critical services. It even had a robust marketing department putting out ads such as the one below that were humorous and not at all […]

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A Wisconsin high school graduates send gowns to Ethiopia

WAUSAU, Wisconsin (Wausaudailyherald.com) — A Wausau West High School teacher this summer wants to make graduation a little more special for students on the other side of the globe. Choral director Phil Buch has asked local graduates to donate their commencement gowns so that students in Ethiopia may wear them. Buch has collected 30 gowns […]

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Ethiopia budget shows 10 billion birr deficit

By Bruck Shewareged | The Reporter Next fiscal year’s budget shows a deficit of 10 billion birr, Sufian Ahmed, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, told parliament Thursday. The Government was asking parliament to approve a 64.5 billion birr budget for 2009-2010 fiscal year which starts in July. Sufian said that the revenue that […]

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Today’s Ethiopia kangaroo courtroom drama

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The 32 defendants who are accused by Ethiopia’s tribal junta of plotting to assassinate government officials appeared at the Lideta district court in Addis Ababa, the same kangaroo courtroom where Teddy Afro’s sham trial was conducted. General Asaminew Tsige, one of the accused, asked the judge why himself and four other […]

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Ethiopia power scarcity approaching complete blackout

Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA (The Reporter) — Electric power outage is becoming one of the most devastating problems in contemporary Ethiopia. It appears to be routine practice living without light every two days, where the power sources are dominantly depend on rain-fed dams. The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), in its latest announcement, disclosed that power […]

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