Monthly Archives: July 2009

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Day in DC – August 1

A presentation of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Come and learn about the rich history and tradition of the church which has held on to the faith of the apostles for over 2000 years. Exhibition in Amharic and English featuring: * Presentation on the contributions of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church to Ethiopia and the […]

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Canada to seek clemency for its citizen convicted in Ethiopia

OTTAWA (CP) — The Conservative government of Canada says it will seek clemency for Bashir Makhtal if the Ethiopian government sentences him to death next week. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says Canada has asked Ethiopia that Makhtal not face the death penalty. Makhtal is to be sentenced next week after being found guilty this […]

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An Islamic history is a vital part of Ethiopia’s richness

By HA Hellyer “We are sorry if you get woken up by the Muslim call to prayer in the morning.” Those were some of the first words I heard at my hotel when I arrived in Addis Ababa, on my first trip to Ethiopia. I confess – I was a bit confused. Call to prayer? […]

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Egypt blocks Nile water deal

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (UPI) — Hopes that the 10 Nile Basin countries would sign a water-sharing agreement at a meeting in Alexandria to settle one of the planet’s most contentious water issues have been dashed — for now at least — after Egypt and Sudan rejected any cuts in their traditional quotas. But the prospects of […]

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The dangerous hype behind Ethiopian Commodity Exchange

By Seid Hassan It is our hope that many Ethiopians have watched the PBS/WNET documentary film under the title of The Market Maker/Wide Angle, which was broadcast beginning on July 23, 2009. This documentary followed the Ethiopian economist, Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, who is the CEO of the newly established Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. Many of us […]

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South Africa: Ethiopian refugees in peril

By Tizita Belachew | VOA Johannesburg — Yilma Shoa Taye, a representative of 94 Ethiopians, reports they have been evicted from the Ebenezer Care Center where they have been sheltered for two months. He says Sister Shelley expelled them from the care center when their UNCHR funding ran out and a tribal leader in the […]

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Bekele Geleta's mission to make the world a less dangerous place

By Sarah Freeman | Yorkshire Post The life story of Bekele Geleta could easily be turned into a bestselling novel. Born in Ethiopia to a poor family, he worked his way out of poverty to secure a job in charge of a railway company. Determined to fight for workers rights,his inability to turn a blind […]

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Ethiopian man indicted in Indianapolis bank robbery shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been indicted on federal charges that he shot a postal carrier in the face during a bank robbery. The U.S. attorney’s office says 43-year-old Brook Abebe, an immigrant from Ethiopia, was charged Tuesday with armed bank robbery and firearm violations. If convicted on all counts, he could face […]

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Ethiopia under siege

By Yilma Bekele Siege is a strong term. It is normally used to describe a war situation. The invading army resorts to siege when it encounters a fortress or robust defense it cannot overcome easily. When a siege occurs the enemy surrounds the city or fortification and does not allow reinforcements to come in or […]

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A mysterious disease kills 18 in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – A mysterious disease has killed 18 people and affected around 150 others in central Ethiopia, the UN humanitarian office said Monday. “Although the signs and symptoms of the disease include headache, fever, neck stiffness, diarrhea and vomitting — all related to meningitis, the specific disease has not yet been confirmed,” it […]

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Holyfield Ethiopia boxing match postponed

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s exhibition match in Ethiopia has been postponed for September, his opponent Sammy Retta told AFP on Monday. The fight, to raise funds for AIDS, was set to take place in Addis Ababa on July 26, but organisers had to reschedule after a request from the […]

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A member of Ethiopia’s fake parliament defects to the U.S.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit has learned that a member of the Woyanne rubber-stamp parliament, Ato Mesfin Ayalew, has applied for political asylum a few days ago after arriving in the U.S. for a visit. Ato Mesfin was elected to the parliament from Woreda 11 of Addis Ababa as a Kinijit candidate. […]

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Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and its effect on the coffee sector

By Wondwossen Mezlekia In the past few weeks, too many readers asked me to share my views on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) and wanted to know what I think about its effects on the Ethiopian coffee sector in general, and the Specialty coffee industry in particular. I was also asked similar questions by producers […]

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Canadian citizen faces death penalty in Ethiopia

By David McDougall | Globe and Mail A Canadian citizen imprisoned in Ethiopia for two-and-a-half years, has been convicted by a civilian [kangaroo] court in Addis Ababa on three charges relating to his alleged involvement in an Ethiopian separatist movement. Bashir Makhtal, a former Toronto resident now in his 40s, is the grandson of one […]

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Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas to drill in Ogaden

Addis Ababa (The Reporter) — The Malaysian oil and gas giant, Petronas, is to start drilling the first exploration well in the Ogaden basin. Petronas will soon start drilling two wells in its concession area in the Genele block. The company has hired a Dubai based company, Weather Ford, which will conduct seismic survey and […]

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Ethiopian scientist Dereje Agonafer to receive award

Ethiopian-American professor Dereje Agonafer is due to receive award for excellence in research and development related to electronic packaging (Science and Engineering). Prof. Dereje Agonafer will receive the 2009 InterPACK Excellence Award in San Francisco this July, 2009. Such award and recognition in the areas of science and engineering will motivate young Ethiopians and Ethiopian-American […]

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What is it the Ghanaians got, We ain’t got?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam The Triumph of Multiparty Democracy in Ghana Ghana has become the poster country for the triumph of multiparty democracy, stability and economic growth in Africa; and sadly, Ethiopia has been rendered the iconic failed African state ruled by a one-man, one-party dictatorship with widespread human rights violation. President Obama traveled to […]

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Canada: Ethiopian man gets 18 years for murder

By Shannon Kari | National Post TORONTO, CANADA — An Ethiopian refugee who stabbed his girlfriend to death in her Toronto apartment will have to spend at least 18 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. Arssei Hindessa, 33, convicted this spring of second-degree murder in the May, 2006, death of 20-year-old Natalie […]

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Ethiopian Novelist Fikremarkos Desta seeks asylum in the U.S.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Fikremarkos Desta, an author of six ethnographic and historiography novels and four documentary films, is reportedly seeking political asylum in the United States. The author traveled to the U.S. on July 9, 2009, with his family to attend his brother-in-law’s graduation. He told friends that his main reason for seeking asylum […]

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EriTv interview with EPPF and Ethiopian Review – Part 1-3

EriTv Amharic Service interviews EPPF official Ato Sileshi Tilahun and Ethiopian Review editor Elias Kifle. Watch the interview below [Forward to 32:00]. Part I Part II Part III

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Purdue University sends professors, students to Ethiopia

WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA — Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine celebrated its 50th anniversary by sending 19 faculty members, students and alumni to Ethiopia to assist in improving livestock production and continue its ongoing relationship with the Ethiopian veterinary school. The group worked with Project Mercy, a U.S.-based, non-profit relief and development agency that seeks […]

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A Toronto company donates $100,000 to an Ethiopian orphanage

By Robin Summerfield | Calgary Herald CALGARY, CANADA — A Toronto-based mining company has donated $100,000 to care for 43 Ethiopian children whose adoptions to Canadians were jeopardized following the bankruptcy of an Ontario-based agency. The money will keep the Addis Ababa orphanage afloat until those children come to Canada to live with their new […]

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Col. Kassaye Kifle passed away

Colonel Kassaye Kifle has passed away on July 14, 2009, after receiving medical treatment at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Friends and family held a memorial service for him at the Debre Keranio Medhanialem Church in Nashville on July 17. His funeral services will be held at the Debre Libanos Monastery in Ethiopia on […]

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Berhanu Dinka appointed to Kenya Reconciliation Comm.

Addis Ababa (Awramba Times) – Former UN Secretary General and Kenya’s peace negotiator Kofi Annan has appointed Ethiopian high profile diplomat Ato Berhanu Dinka for Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). The commission includes six Kenyans and three foreigners. Its members are Betty Murungi (vice chairman), Margaret Shava, Tom Ojienda, Ahmed Sheikh Farah and […]

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Pope Benedict makes new appointments in Ethiopia

Vatican — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr. Theodorus van Ruijven C.M., apostolic prefect of Jimma-Bonga, Ethiopia, and apostolic administrator of Nekemte, Ethiopia, as apostolic vicar of Nekemte. The Vicariate of Nekemte has 6.5 million people of whom 45,000 are Catholics, served by 32priests and 48 religious. The bishop-elect was born in Rijswijk, Holland in […]

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Atse Haile-Selassie’s 117th Birthday – July 23, 2009

Haile-Selassie I “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” – HIM Haile-Selassie Haile-Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (July 23, 1892 […]

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Some Ethiopians’ obsession with title

By Lisanu Tesema Educated or uneducated, some Ethiopians have little understanding of the relevance of titles and honorific. We have, for instance, Meles Zenawi’s former Ambassador to Kenya. His proper title is Ato, as far as I know. He is currently Zenawi’s speaker of the rubber stamp parliament. On TV, in “parliament”, in private, in […]

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3 Ethiopian visitors disappeared in U.K.

By Richard Mennear | Hartlepool Mail THREE Ethiopian exchange visitors who had been staying in Hartlepool have vanished during a trip to the Houses of Parliament. The three men were among a group of nine visitors who were staying with families in the town as part of a three-month visit to the UK. They went […]

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Who might replace Ethiopia's dictator?

Addis Ababa (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s long-serving Prime Minister tribal dictator Meles Zenawi said early this month he was looking forward to relaxing after a retirement from power that he hopes will be agreed soon with his ruling party. So who might replace him? Following are the three names most widely touted, and a summary of […]

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East Africa gets high-speed web

Nairobi (BBC NEWS) — The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia. The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region’s industry and […]

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Sudan police on a rampage against Ethiopian refugees

KHARTOUM (ST) — Sudanese Police are reported to have began a series of crackdown on the neighborhood of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugee communities in the capital, Khartoum. Since July 5, truckloads of Sudanese police along with government security forces have raided homes and refugees-owned business centers of hundreds of Ethiopians and Eritrean refugees confiscating properties […]

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Ethiopia's tribal junta suspends 42 NGOs, including MSF

By ARGAW ASHINE | NATION ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s regime has suspended the operations of 42 non-governmental organizations allegedly involved in activities that are “out of their mandate” in the Southern region of the country. Ethiopia’s Southern regional state justice office chief Mr Yilma Meresa told this writer that those NGOs were out to interrupt […]

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Ethiopia: Three TPLF regime soldiers defect

Asmara – A total of 3 defecting Ethiopian soldiers who arrived recently in Eritrea opposing the TPLF regime’s racist policy said that the regime is increasingly taking harsh measures against members of the country’s Army who, embittered by the ethnic-based atrocities spoke up for their rights. The soldiers are Mohammed Negeyo Suleiman, Alemeshet Zemenfeskudus, and […]

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Egypt's water needs to surpass resources by 2017

CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s water needs will surpass its resources by 2017 because its population, now around 76 million, is still increasing fast, the state-run news agency MENA said yesterday. The agency cited a recent report by the cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Centre as saying the Arab world’s most populous country would need 86.2 […]

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Sudan police rob and rape Ethiopian refugees

By Tizita Belachew | VOA Police in Khartoum began a crackdown on Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in the past few days. The Amharic service’s Tizita Belachew interviewed leaders of the refugee community in Khartoum on Thursday and Friday who said the raids began on July 5 and each day since then truckloads of police and […]

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Live Chat with Aaron Brown and Eleni Gabre-Madhin

We are currently working on a documentary titled The Market Maker and wanted you to be part of a live web discussion following the premiere of the film this week. The film follows Eleni Gabre-Madhin, a charismatic Ethiopian economist who, in an effort to end hunger in her famine-plagued country, designs the country’s first commodities […]

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General Tefera Mamo et al case adjourned for August 4

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ENA) — The Federal Prosecutor has completed on Saturday presenting witnesses and evidences against 46 suspects indicted under Brigadier General Tefera Mamo et al Case, who were allegedly collaborated clandestinely with the Ginbot 7 group to undermine the constitutional order. The Federal Prosecutor presented a total of 89 human witnesses, 1,556-page written […]

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Now is the Time to End Tyranny!

Alemayehu G. Mariam End Tyranny Now! “No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end.” Thus spoke President Barack Obama last week to Africa’s tin-pot dictators […]

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Head of Ethiopia Telecommunication Agency defects

In another blow to the fast decaying regime of the Woyanne tribal junta in Ethiopia, the director of Ethiopian Telecommunication Agency, Ato Eshetu Alemu, has defected in the U.S., according to The Reporter. Eshetu came to the U.S. to attend a 15-day training in executive telecommunication management. He is the second high level Woyanne regime […]

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FIFA readmits Ethiopia federation

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has been readmitted to world football after elections for a new leadership were held on Saturday. A three-man delegation from world football’s governing body, Fifa, said that they were “satisfied with the result”. In-fighting at the EFF led to Ethiopia being thrown out of the qualifiers […]

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Internal crisis engulfs Ethiopia’s UDJ Party

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), whose leader Birtukan Mideksa is currently in jail, has been engulfed with internal crisis even before it was officially formed. In the past few weeks, the crisis has reach at a critical level where the party is heading toward a split up, one side […]

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Ethiopia’s Kenenisa has eyes on one-million-dollar jackpot

By Mark Rodden | RFI Three women – Kerron Stewart in the 100 metres, Sanya Richards in the 400 metres and record-breaking pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva – are also in the running for the prize. Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele missed the cross-country and indoor seasons through injury but wins at Golden League meetings in Berlin, Oslo […]

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Ethiopia’s king of pop Teddy Afro to be released on August 15

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — The Appeals Court in Addis Ababa on Thursday ruled in favor of Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun), according to sources close to the family. The Court rejected the prosecutor’s appeal to reverse the previous court decision to lower Teddy’s prison sentence from 6 years to 2. Teddy has already served over 14 […]

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A new book by Esayas Lisanu

Co-host of the Washington DC-based Netsanet LeEthiopia Radio, Ato Esayas Lisanu, has published a new book in Amharic, “Kenahu Bechereka” (I Envy the Moon). There will be a book signing ceremony at the Unification Church in Washington DC on July 24, 2009, starting at 6:00 PM. See the poster below for more information.

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Ato Meles and his interviews – reading between the lines

By Yilma Bekele Dear Ato Meles, I have been following your interviews with the foreign media the last few months. I have no idea why you prefer to discuss matters regarding our country with the foreign press. One would think that it would be better to discuss your plans, dreams and musings with the Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopia’s fake patriarch send his goons after bishops

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — It is reported that last night several unknown individuals have attacked at least three bishops of the Ethiopian Orthodox church who are thought to be opponents of the fake patriarch of Ethiopia, Aba Gebremedhin (formerly known as Aba Paulos), who was installed by the Woyanne tribal regime. According to the Amharic […]

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The first Ethiopian on Mt. Everest

Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is the ultimate challenge for mountain climbers who dare conquer its feat. Many, amongst the elite in the mountain climbing community, have perished in their attempt to reach the peak. Still many developed nations and some developing, have had the pleasure and pride to have their nationals […]

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Ethiopia's regime expels 13 American and British tourists

ADDIS ABABA (ST) — Ethiopian authorities expelled at least 13 American and British nationals who had entered the horn of Africa’s nation on a tourist visa. The tourists were expelled after local authorities caught them traveling in troubled eastern part of Ethiopia where the tourists were not allowed by government body to travel to, reliable […]

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Ethiopian man convicted of killing U.S. diplomat

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — A 23-year-old man who was arraigned before the Ethiopian High Court, on homicide charges, has been sentenced to a 17-year prison term over the murder of an American diplomat in Addis Ababa. The 25-year-old American diplomat, Brian Adkins was found dead in his Addis Ababa home in February this year. According […]

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Bereket Simon’s assistant defected in the U.S.

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (AFP) – Ethiopia’s state minister for communication affairs [who works under the propaganda chief Bereket Simon] has refused to return home from the United Sates after an official visit, a top government official told AFP Wednesday. Ermias Legesse was issued with an 11-day visa and left for the US in the second […]

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Eight Ethiopian women killed in the UAE

By Benjamin Joffe-Walt | The Media Line Sources at the Ethiopian embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) told the Gulf News that eight female maids had been poisoned by a compatriot maid last Wednesday in an apartment in Sharjah, the largest city in the third largest emirate of the country. The woman accused of […]

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Worldwide teleconference with EPPF officials – Audio

The following is an audio record of Ethiopian Review’s worldwide teleconference that was held on Sunday, July 12, 2009, with: 1. Ato Melkie Mengiste, Secretary General of EPPF International Committee 2. Ato Sileshi Tilahun, Organizational Head of EPPF International Committee 3. Ato Demis Belete, Head of EPPF’s Press Office and representative of the EPPF Washington […]

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Johannesburg's Little Ethiopia

By Laurice Taitz More than 25 years ago I watched the Johannesburg Sun being built from the window of my orthodontist’s office in Lister Building, then the home of some of Joburg’s top medical specialists. There must be hundreds of now-adults who share this memory, straight teeth, and the image of Dr Chertkow and Lazerson’s […]

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Sudan warns Uganda over violating AU decision on ICC

KHARTOUM — The Sudanese government warned Uganda that it must honor the African Union (AU) decision not to cooperate International Criminal Court (ICC) in the apprehension of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. Al-Bashir is wanted by the ICC on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Last week the ICC prosecutor filed […]

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Korahubish, Emebet lead Ethiopian squad in Bressanone, Italy

Bressanone, Italy — The Reporter — World Youth Steeplechase best holder Korahubish Itaa and junior runner Emebet Anteneh will lead Ethiopia’s strong team of fifteen athletes for the 6th IAAF World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy (8-12 July 2009). Ita’a, who improved the World 3000m steeplechase youth best in Huleva, Spain last month, is the […]

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The amorphous relationship between EPLF and TPLF

Former chairman of the Tigran People Liberation Front (TPLF, aka Woyanne), Ato Aregawi Berhe, has just published a new book, “A Political History of the TPLF.” The book is important in understanding how the Woyanne tribal junta came to power, and its historical anti-Ethiopia stand. The chapter about the relationship between the Eritrean People Liberation […]

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Ethiopia: Cities plunge into darkness

By Eden Habtamu | Ezega News Addis Ababa — In Ethiopia, the rainy season starts sometime in June. This year, Ethiopian cities are starting the season dark and cold. Many people are spending their after work times at various places: cafeterias, bars, restaurants, cinema halls, religious centers, and so on. They don’t have power in […]

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Ethiopia’s fake patriarch Aba Gebremedhin suspended

Addis Ababa — Aba Gebremedhin (formerly known as Aba Paulos), the Woyanne cadre who is installed as the patriarch of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Tewahdo Church, has been stripped of most of his administrative duties by the Synod, the Church’s executive body, according to the Addis Ababa-based newspaper Awramba Times. The Synod decided to take such measures […]

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No rest for the wicked!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Bored? There has been much talk recently about the possible “retirement” of the über-boss in Ethiopia. Reuters reported that “… Meles Zenawi wants to step down after 18 years running sub-Saharan Africa’s second most populous country.” Apparently, the dictator is “bored” with the racket he has been running for the past […]

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Ethiopia’s capital plunges into darkness

By Jalene Gemeda | VOA Addis Ababa — The power shortage in Ethiopia is affecting many areas of service. Addis Ababa and large urban centers experience blackouts for three or four nights a week. Mehret Debebe, the CEO of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation says the outages will continue through July. Urban neighborhoods are without […]

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Ethiopia's tribal junta and ONLF rebels clash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – The Ethiopian government Woyanne tribal junta and the Ogaden rebel group both claimed victory after weekend clashes in the east of the country, but there was no way to verify either side’s claims because of severe restrictions on reporting from the region. Ethiopian Communication Minister Woyanne propaganda chief Bereket Simon […]

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Aba Gebremedhin's Synod in Ethiopia rebels against him

Addis Journal — The Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is set to hold an emergency meeting Monday, Addis Neger reported. [ER sources say that Azeb Mesfin, Meles Zenawi’s wife, is backing the move by the Synod to strip most of Aba Gebremedhin’s authority (formerly known as Aba Paulos).] The Synod is expected to […]

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Barack Obama's visit to Ghana is snub to Kenya

By Jonathan Clayton and Tristan McConnell | Times Online Barack Obama, Kenya’s most famous son, may have a deep attachment to his ancestral homeland but he is not letting emotions rule his head. On his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since his election, he has snubbed his father’s birthplace by choosing to go to Ghana. […]

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Robbers kill Ethiopian national in South Africa

A resident from Ethiopia was shot and killed by two men as they tried to hijack his car in Esigubudu in Nongoma on Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal police said. “The man was attacked by two men who tried to hijack him. When they failed to move his car, they shot him and he died on the scene,” […]

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Amharic translation of Isaias Afwerki’s Interview (Part 5)

Part 1 and 2 of President Isaias Afwerki’s interview with Ethiopian Review and eppfOnline.org Part 1 Part II Part III Part IV Part V Rread Interview with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Amharic. Click here (pdf) Watch EriTv live here: http://www.eastafro.com/Post/2009/04/24/eri-tv-live

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Ghana fixation

By Yilma Bekele I was listening to National Public Radio and they were reporting about President Obama’s coming visit to Ghana. Of course I turned the volume up. I did not want to miss anything. My Ghanaian cousins were delirious. The reporter was interviewing a hotel owner that has named his establishment Hotel Obama. He […]

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Thomas Staal sworn in as new USAID director for Ethiopia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Agency for International Development announced today the swearing in of Thomas H. Staal as its new Mission Director for Ethiopia. Counselor to the Agency Lisa Chiles presided at the event and administered the oath to Staal. As director for USAID’s mission in Ethiopia, Staal will oversee a program totaling $800 million […]

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Andargachew Tsige in Chicago talks about Eritrea trip – Audio

Ginbot 7 Secretary General Ato Andargachew Tsige talks about his recent trip to Eritrea, among other things, at a recent public meeting in Chicago. Click below to listen. http://ecadforum.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/g7-andargachew-chicago.mp3

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AI warns Ethiopia the ‘anti-terrorism’ is law anti-civil rights

(Amnesty International) — Reacting to the news that the Ethiopian [rubber-stamp] Parliament has today passed an Anti-Terror Proclamation in Ethiopia, Amnesty International warns that the law could restrict freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and the right to fair trial, with serious implications in the run up to Ethiopia’s 2010 parliamentary election. Although the Ethiopian government […]

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Ghana’s democracy dividends

Akwaaba, President Obama: But what will he say to Ghanaians? By Edward Kutsoati Last year, in the midst of the “Obama fever,” another event – by no means as historic as President Barack Obama’s election victory, but remarkable nonetheless – was shaping up in Ghana. In December 2008, Ghanaians went to the polls, for the […]

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Ethiopia rubber-stamp parliament adopts 'anti-terrorism' bill

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Ethiopia’s [rubber-stamp] parliament on Tuesday adopted a new anti-terrorism bill despite criticism by rights groups that the legislation violates civil liberties. The law, proposed last year after a string of bomb attacks in the capital, comprises 38 sections and paves the way for arrests and searches without court warrants. The legislation […]

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Lufthansa plane en route to Ethiopia catches fire

Sana’a, Yemen (NewsYemen) — Yemeni families gathered at the Sana’a Airport Friday night over news that a Lufthansa plane caught fire due to emergency landing at Frankfurt International Airport few minutes after taking off from the same airport. The incident resulted in the flight delay from 09:00 pm on Friday until 01:00 am on Saturday […]

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Botswana faults African Union decision over Bashir

By Wene Owino GABORONE (Nation) — Botswana has said that it does not agree with the African Union (AU) decision to denounce the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to refuse to extradite Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to stand trial for genocide. The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Al-Bashir over genocide in the strife-torn […]

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The Disquieting Silence of Our Sisters

Alemayehu G. Mariam Profiles in Courage 2009: Power to the Women of Iran! Even President Obama could not contain his admiration for Iranian women who marched shoulder to shoulder alongside Iranian men armed with rocks to protest the recent fraud-riddled elections. After seeing Iranian women deflect militiamen batons and dodge tear gas canisters, the President […]

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No final word for Ethiopia's pop star Teddy Afro

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Addis Journal) — The popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro has appeared before Court of Cassation this morning to hear a decision on an appeal filed by the prosecutor protesting the reduction of his prison terms from six to two years. But Teddy left the courtroom without hearing a final word and his […]

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Israeli prison is filled with Ethiopians – Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney Letter from an Israeli Jail This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies – and even crayons for children; I had a suitcase full […]

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Head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Dessie arrested

Addis Ababa (Addis Journal) – Head of the Dessie Ethiopian Orthodox Church Diocese, Aba GebreSelassie, was arrested on charges of ‘inciting violence’ that caused the death of three people in the town last week, according to Addis Neger. Police in Dessie town have shot and killed two young people who were among the crowd demonstrating […]

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Michael Jackson memorial gets 1.6 million ticket requests

Los Angeles (AP) — The more than 1.6 million fans who registered for tickets to Michael Jackson’s memorial service will wait until Monday to learn if they received one of the 11,000 tickets for Tuesday’s ceremony. The two-day registration period for the service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles ended Saturday. Another 6,500 tickets […]

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Ethiopia's tribal junta slams Human Rights Watch's report

Addis Ababa (AFP) – Ethiopia’s tribal junta has criticized the Human Rights Watch (HRW) over its report that the country’s draft anti-terrorism law would violate human rights. “HRW’s so-called analysis is replete with harsh generalisations,” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said in a statement Friday. “It cannot be considered a credible commentary on compatibility of the draft […]

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African Union move on Sudan’s al-Bashir dismissed

The African Union’s (AU) decision not to help arrest Sudan’s president will not affect the International Criminal Court’s work, its prosecutor says. Luis Moreno Ocampo told the BBC Omar al-Bashir was still a wanted man and that it was up to each African state to decide whether to arrest him. Mr Bashir was indicted over […]

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U.S. encourages Ethiopia to stay out of Somalia

NAIROBI, July 4 (Reuters) – The United States will encourage [the Woyanne tribal junta in] Ethiopia not to return to Somalia as it would be against the interests of both Horn of African nations, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said on Saturday. Ethiopia Woyanne invaded Somalia in late 2006 to topple […]

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Ambassador Johnnie Carson speaks on U.S.-Eritrea relation

PRESS CONFERENCE: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former US Ambassador to Kenya Johnnie Carson Mr Carson: We have actively sought to engage the Eritreans to encourage them not to support al-Shabaab, not to send money or ammunition to al-Shabaab, not to allow their country to be a conduit for resources to al-Shabaab. […]

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African ‘Union’ thieves vote not to back al-Bashir’s indictment

IRTE, Libya (Reuters) – African Union heads of state voted yesterday not to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in its indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. “(The African Union) decides that in view of the fact that a request of the African Union (to defer al Bashir’s indictment) has never been acted upon, […]

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UK Parliamentarians’ Advice Regarding Ethiopia

By Obang MethoOn June 16, 2009 something significant happened. For the first time, the Parliament of the United Kingdom opened up the doors to the House of Commons and gave the stage to Ethiopians in order to learn more from them about the grave human rights violations, including genocide, the pervasive injustice and the rampant […]

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Obama's Africa visit prompts disappointments in Nigeria, Kenya

By Nick Tattersall LAGOS (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama’s choice of Ghana for his first official trip to Africa next week has triggered a bout of self-questioning in Nigeria and Kenya, where many see his itinerary as a deliberate snub. The first black U.S. president is keen to hold Ghana up as a democratic […]

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The Ethiopia-Tucson-Boise Love Triangle

By Rachael Daigle | Boise Weekly Tucson, Arizona — Ethiopian. That’s my new restaurant request to all you potential restaurateurs out there. Don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath. Six years ago, former BW staffer Cynthia Sewell, who’s now a reporter for the Idaho Statesman, handed me a list of things to do while I […]

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Ethiopian man in Indianapolis arrested as robbery suspect

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — Indianapolis police say a 54-year-old mailman was shot in the face when he attempted to stop a bank robber fleeing the scene of the crime. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell said letter carrier Robert Norman was in stable condition after his attempt to capture the bank robber ended with […]

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The wonderful act of empowerment

By Yilma Bekele It is celebration time for Ethiopians outside their homeland especially for those in the democratic West. The recession has been brutal on immigrants more so on those that are in the service sector. We have learned to be resilient. We bend but we do not break. Most of all we are emboldened […]

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Ethiopian spice of life in Boston

By Denise Taylor | Boston.com BOSTON — 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 […]

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The Ethiopian 'Spike Lee'

By Laure Wybie | The Jerusalem Post Thirty years – officially – after the first Ethiopian Jews set foot on Israeli soil, the first Israeli film about the Ethiopian community of the Holy Land is being released in theaters on Thursday. Filmmaker Shmuel Beru, who made aliya from Ethiopia at the age of eight, hopes […]

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Volcano eruption in the Afar region of Ethiopia reported

By Dr Ralph Harrington | The Volcanism Blog Thermal anomalies and dense sulphur dioxide plumes in Ethiopia appear to indicate that a significant effusive eruption has taken place in the Manda Hararo area of the western Afar region. There is as yet no visual confirmation of the eruption from the ground. There was a VEI=2 […]

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Awramba Times editor-in-chief, reporter arrested in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Meles Zenawi’s gunmen today have arrested the editor-in-chief of the Addis Ababa-based weekly Awramba Times, Fitsum Mamo, and senior reporter Elias Gebru, in connection with news coverage on Tuesday’s edition about Ginbot 7 suspects. Five days ago, Judge Assefa Abraha, the central judge who is conducting the trial of Ginbot 7 […]

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What next for Ethiopia's dictatorship? – Possible scenarios

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister dictator Meles Zenawi says he wants to step down after 18 years running sub-Saharan Africa’s second most populous country. Meles says he is “bored” of questions about this, and will only repeat he needs the permission of his ruling party before he can leave. So when might he go? And what will […]

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Ethiopia's Tirunesh and Meseret to duel over 5000m in Norway

Oslo, Norway – The world’s greatest women’s distance runners Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar, the ‘Duelling D’s’ of Ethiopia will clash over 5000m at the ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, on Friday 3 July, the second leg of the six meeting ÅF Golden League. These two great Ethiopians rivals have agreed to compete against […]

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Grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans commit suicide

London (SkyNews) — The man behind the world’s biggest online Michael Jackson fan club has said heartbroken followers of the star have committed suicide because of his death. Gary Taylor, president and owner of MJJcommunity.com, said he understood the tragedies had mostly taken place outside of the UK but he believed one may have been […]

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President Obama recognizes CNN Hero from Ethiopia

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A woman saluted as a CNN Hero was among a group of creative philanthropists honored Tuesday by President Obama. Watch Obama call attention to Demmellash’s program » The White House event highlighted nonprofit programs that are making a difference. Alfa Demmellash was invited after White House staffers saw her being profiled on […]

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Malawi Police arrest 169 refugees from Ethiopia

LILONGWE (Nyasatimes) — Malawi Police at Lumbadzi in Lilongwe have arrested 169 Ethiopian refugees who were attempting to escape from Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa. This is the fourth time in three months police have arrested such a huge number of Ethiopians trying to flee the country using unlawful means. Most of these Ethiopians enter […]

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Woyanne police gun down 2 Ethiopians at a church site

Dessie, Ethiopia (BBC) — Ethiopian Woyanne police have shot and killed two people who were helping to build a Christian church at a site which is also claimed by Muslims, officials say. Violence broke out when police tried to stop the construction in Dessie, 250km (155 miles) north-east of Addis Ababa. The police say they […]

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EPPF Worldwide Conference – July 12, 2009

Ethiopian Review will hold a worldwide teleconference on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at 3:00 PM, with: 1. Ato Melkie Mengiste, Secretary General of EPPF International Committee 2. Ato Sileshi Tilahun, Organizational Head of EPPF International Committee 3. Ato Demis Belete, Head of EPPF’s Press Office and representative of the EPPF Washington Metropolitan Chapter The purpose […]

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