Monthly Archives: November 2009

Seye Abraha’s trademark arrogance endures

The following Amharic article by editor-in-chief of Awramba Times analyzes recent political developments in Ethiopia involving the Addis Ababa-based opposition parties, particularly the joining of UDJ by two former high level Woyanne officials — Defense Minister Seye Abraha and President Negasso Gidada. The writer hammers Seye Abraha as incurably arrogant. ስዬ ወደ አንድነት፤ የገነቡትን ለማፍረስ […]

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Human rights defenders under siege in Ethiopia

Soon to be Implemented, Ethiopia’s Civil Society Law is the Most Restrictive of its Kind in Sub-Saharan Africa; Law Draws Inspiration from Similarly Repressive Laws in Zimbabwe, Russia and Singapore Chicago, Ill. – The Northwestern University School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights, in a report released today and available at northwestern.edu, has found […]

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More on Col. Mengistu and Prof. Mesfin

The Addis Ababa-based weekly Awramba Times has more details on former President of Ethiopia Col. Mengistu Hailemariam’s soon-to-be-released book in its latest issue that came out today. Quoting inside sources, Awramba writes that the book touches many unanswered questions and controversial issues, such as who killed Atse HaileSelassie, and the circumstances under which he left […]

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Gebremariam cruises to victory in Spain

SPAIN (IAAF) — Ethiopia’s elite runner Gebre-Egziabher Gebremariam and Kenya’s Linet Masai confirmed their roles as overwhelming favourites to capture victories in convincing fashion at the 16th ‘Cross Internacional de Soria’ – the second leg of the this season’s IAAF Cross Country Permit Meetings series – held on this cold Sunday afternoon (29). In doing […]

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The Great Ethiopian Run to Freedom

By Alemayehu G. Mariam In his epic autobiography, the great Nelson Mandela used the metaphor of the “long walk” to describe his decades-old struggle against apartheid and minority rule in South Africa. In Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela described, among other things, his labor of love trying to steer his nation away from racial and […]

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Prof. Mesfin and followers disrupt UDJ meeting (video)

A general assembly meeting called today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the opposition Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ) was canceled when supporters of Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam, who recently resigned from the leadership, blocked entrance to the meeting hall. Watch the video below:

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Ethiopians sweep Obudu

LAGOS, NIGERIA (APA) — Ethiopia’s Habtamu Awash was the winnner of Nigeria’s 5th Obudu Ranch Mountain race, beating 2008 champion, Ababe Dinkesa, also of Ethiopia to the fifth position on Saturday. With a time of 42.03 minutes, Awash beat more than 160 mountain runners in the 11km race from Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, Cameroon, Rwanda, Holland […]

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U.K. police renews appeal to find missing Ethiopian woman

HARTLEPOOL, UK (Hartlepool Mail) — POLICE have renewed their appeals to find a missing Ethiopian woman who vanished three months ago during an exchange programme. Konjit Assefa, 22, was visiting Hartlepool as part of a nine-strong group of Africans when she went missing at around noon on Tuesday, August 25. Three other Ethiopian members of […]

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Saudi military detains 75 Ethiopians

JEDDAH (Arab News) — Prince Khaled ibn Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Minister of Defense, announced that 75 Ethiopians and 70 Somalis were caught during military operations along the country’s southern borders. He did not provide details about where and when the Ethiopians and Somalis were arrested but said they would be interrogated and added that […]

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Mengistu Hailemariam writes a memoir

Former president of Ethiopia Mengistu Hailemariam writes a new book — a memoir — that is expected to be released in a few weeks. Woyanne journalist and publisher Amare Aregawi is also releasing a new book soon, according to Tesfaye Gebreab. It would be interesting to read what he says about his arch nemesis Al […]

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Girma WoldeGiorgis hosts dinner for Hailu Sheweden

Woyanne puppet and fake president of Ethiopia, Girma WoldeGiorgis, hosts a dinner party for Hailu Shawel, Lidetu Ayalew and other traitors and hodams at the Menelik palace. It seemed from the video that Girma, the 400-pound fat pig, could not wait to finish his short speech and start stuffing his face with all the food […]

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A big loss to DC area bars and night clubs

Woyanne ambassador to Washington, Dr (Drunkard) Samuel Assefa, departs. However, it is rumored that he may not return to Ethiopia. He is contacting some colleges in the U.S. for a teaching position. WASHINGTON DC (VOA) — Ethiopia’s [Woyanne] ambassador to the United States, Samuel Assefa, said his goodbyes last week at a reception at the […]

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Ethiopia’s Tekeze Dam fiasco

The recently completed Tekeze hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia is said to be the largest public works project in Africa. It also could turn in to the biggest blunder with disastrous environmental impact, as the investigative report below tries to illustrate. There is so much secrecy surrounding the project that it is not even clear who […]

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India commits $4.2 billion to buy farm land from Ethiopia

Didn’t the dumb regime in Ethiopia say that 6 million people are currently facing starvation because of rain shortage? If so, how are the Indians and Saudis going to grow crops on the land they are buying from the regime — the same land that we are told cannot produce food for Ethiopians? How about […]

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Wither Ethiopia?

By Yilma Bekele The Russians and East Europeans have definitely made their opinions known. They would rather forget about it. The Cubans have always experimented with it and continue to craft their own version. The Chinese are fine tuning it or trying to bend it to their will. You can feel the Chairman shaking in […]

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World Food Program looks for more delivery routes to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (WFP) — Every day dozens of World Food Program (WFP) chartered vessels ply the oceans of the world en route to distant ports. Laden with food the vessels steer their course towards the continents of Asia, South America and Africa where the need is often greatest. The beautiful highlands of Ethiopia have long […]

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ECA workshop discusses 'dry ports' for Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ECA) – The expansion of existing and the creation of new dry ports in Ethiopia was the subject of a day-long workshop held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) this week. With no direct access to the sea, landlocked Ethiopia appears to be at a disadvantage when it comes […]

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Tesfa making things happen for kids in Ethiopia

This is a really inspirational story. It is about Tesfa Foundation. Tesfa has founded five schools serving 800 children in Ethiopia and has recently established a program in Addis Ababa for at risk teenage girls. Dana Roskey founded the Tesfa Foundation in 2004 with inspiration from his fiance Leeza Woubshet. A Minnesotan Ethiopian, Leeza died […]

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Ethiopia's junta not ready to liberalize economy – Trade Minister

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s regime is not ready to bow to pressure to liberalize its telecoms and banking sectors while negotiating terms to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO), its trade minister said on Wednesday. Analysts say the giant Horn of Africa country’s hopes for WTO membership hinge on calls for the authorities in […]

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Ethiopia’s patriarch to inaugurate a new church building in NY

Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church (EOTC), His Holiness Abune Merkorios, will officially open the St. Mary of Zion Church’s new building in New York Saturday, Nov. 28. The inauguration program will start at 6 AM tomorrow in the presence of His Holiness as well as Abune Melketsedik, Abune Elias, Abune Samuel, Abune Baslios, […]

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11 companies receive oil exploration licenses in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s [tribal junta] will offer up to 14 licenses for oil and gas exploration over the next three years despite threats from rebels who say they will attack oilfields run by foreigners, the government said on Tuesday. “We have 11 companies exploring in Ethiopia now,” said [Woyanne] Minister for Mines and […]

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Amhara region Ground Zero for trachoma in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has the highest proportion of people at risk of getting trachoma (85% of its population, about 65 million people), according to a report by The Carter Center. Ethiopia has also the greatest number of people in the final, blinding stage of trachoma (more than 1 million). It has the greatest number of people who […]

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Marcus Samuelsson on Thanks Giving

By Steve Inskeep (NPR) – Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden and now is a world-renowned chef in New York City. His cooking style is as international as his life story. He sat down with NPR’s Steve Inskeep to discuss his multicultural Thanksgiving traditions. “Like most immigrants, we roast turkey — we […]

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Seye Abraha, Negasso Gidada join UDJ

Ethiopian Review had reported 6 months ago that former Woyanne defense minister in Ethiopia, Ato Seye Abraha, was planning to join the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ). He and former figurehead president Negasso Gidada today have announced that they are now members of UDJ whose head, Wz. Birtukan Mideksa, is currently in jail […]

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California: 2 men plead not guilty to killing Ethiopian immigrant

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (Mercury News) — Two San Jose men suspected in the shooting death of a 25-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia, whose body was found in South San Jose, pleaded not guilty on Nov 23 to murder charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Samuel Rose, 20, and Ronald Correa, 20 , […]

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Isaias Afwerki on how to bring change in Ethiopia

In our second meeting with President Isaias Afework last month, the other main topic of discussion was the current state of the Ethiopian opposition. … “Woyanne will collapse through evolution. Let’s revolutionize the process,” the president said. To that end, all the opposition groups need to come together and craft a “common political platform, which […]

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New DVD teaches Woyannes to eat less

A British film-maker and an Ethiopian doctor are producing a film that teaches Ethiopians to eat less so that they can avoid becoming obese, the report below explains. What the report fails to mention is that these fat Ethiopians are very few and belong to the ruling class, and they are commonly known as Woyannes. […]

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Ethiopian art gallery opens in Atlanta

Hanatzeb Ethiopian Art Gallery, the first of its kind in Atlanta, celebrated its grand opening on November 1. The Gallery also hosted a 2-day art and litrature event this past weekend, Nov. 20 – 22, where Ethiopian traditional bread and coffee were served. Located in the Buckhead neighborhood, Hanatzeb Gallery adds to the City of […]

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USAID helps a Woyanne company win $30m contract

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has brokered a $30 million contract between a U.S.-based business and a company owned by Ethiopia’s tribal junta, according to a report by Jason McLure of Bloomberg News. This should not be a surprise since USAID and the World Bank, poverty mongering organizations, are as corrupt as […]

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Moral bankruptcy in Ethiopia’s opposition leadership

Currently there exists a moral bankruptcy of opposition political leadership in Ethiopia. Hailu Shawel is the embodiment of such bankruptcy. By Neamin Zeleke “In our time, political speech and writings are largely the defense of the indefensible.” So wrote George Orwell, one of the great public intellectuals of the 20th century who spoke truth to […]

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Ethiopia's Gebre-Egziabher Gebremariam victorious in Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal (IAAF) – Reigning World Cross Country champion Gebregziabher Gebremariam opened the IAAF Cross Country Permit season with a victory at the Oeiras Cross Country on Saturday. The 25-year-old Ethiopian proved his power in Oeiras over the elements – strong winds and hard rains – as well as his opponents. From the outset a […]

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277 Ethiopians arrested in Yemen’s Abyan and Hajjah provinces

SANA’A, (Saba) — Yemen Ministry of Interior reported that police arrested 277 Ethiopians on Monday, including 18 women, as they tried to illegally to enter the country. The Ministry quoted security sources as saying that that 202 Ethiopians disembarked at the coast of Abyan Province in south Yemen from a smuggling boat. In Medi city […]

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Woyanne seeks to execute recently convicted ‘coup plotters’

Spokesman for the inJustice Ministry in Ethiopia, Ato Mekonnen Bezabih, said today that his regime is seeking death penalty against most of the 46 individuals who are accused of plotting coup d’etat and convicted by the Woyanne kangaroo court last week. VOA’s Peter Heinlein reported the following: ADDIS ABABA — Prosecutors in Ethiopia are seeking […]

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Ethiopian farmers substitute coffee for khat and corn

A museum is being erected in Bonga, Ethiopia — the birthplace of coffee. But because small-scale farmers are fragmented and disorganized, they are not reaching the potential of the coffee crop. Worldfocus correspondent Martin Seemungal reports from Ethiopia’s coffee country, where farmers are deciding to plant corn and khat, a leafy drug that is chewed […]

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What is an ethnic Jew?

Non-violent demonstrations in Israel by once warmly welcomed Jewish Ethiopian immigrants were shut down by police while political leaders sought an 11th hour deal to allow black students into schools, reminding many of the anti-segregation struggles in the U.S. in the 1950s and 60s. Ethiopians were brought into the country in celebrated covert operations during […]

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Ethiopia on sale: children, land, gold, oil…

Last week we heard from a U.S. official, Assistant Secretary of State Michele Bond, that this year 2,200 Ethiopian children were imported to the U.S. on adoption. They were sold by the adoption agencies in Ethiopia that are affiliated with Meles Zenawi’s wife Jezebel Mesfin at $30,000 each. Yesterday, it was reported that Meles Zenawi’s […]

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Ethiopia: Our shame cannot be covered up

We, the current generation of Ethiopians, as a society should be ashamed of our inability to provide food for millions of our children. The latest estimate is that over 6 million Ethiopians are facing starvation and millions of children are malnourished, while the so-called “government” of Ethiopia is selling the country’s fertile land to Saudi […]

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Kenyans head to Ethiopia to discuss investment in hydropower

Bloomberg reports that the Government of Kenya wants to invest in hydroelectric plants in its northern neighbor, Ethiopia, to ensure the country secures enough energy imports to cover a domestic supply shortfall. Kenya Electricity Generating Corporation’s CEO Eddy Njoroge and Kenyan Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi will hold meetings with government officials in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis […]

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Woyanne shops for anti-riot gear ahead of election

Woyanne shops for anti-riot gear ahead of election and more news. Watch below:

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Indian company acquires 765,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s autocratic leader Meles Zenawi has embarked on a controversial policy of leasing huge amount of land to foreign private investors in an attempt to boost agricultural production for the local market and for export. However, environmentalists and agricultural policy planners fear the leasing of huge tracts of land to private developers in some countries […]

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Yemen police arrest 25 Ethiopians

ABYAN, YEMEN (Saba) — Yemen police arrested 25 Ethiopians, including 2 women, who had arrived in Ahwar District in Abyan Province, Interior Ministry has reported. The refugees, who entered Yemen illegally, were sent to a refugee camp where currently hundreds of other Ethiopians are housed. Furthermore, 45 Somali refugees, including 4 women and 4 children, […]

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Ethiopian emperor’s watch sold to unknown buyer in Geneva

GENEVA — A rare historical pocket watch made for an Ethiopian emperor Menelik II has sold to an unknown buyer for £30,000 at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland. The historically important clock — which is known as ‘The Negus Watch’ and is made from 18K yellow gold — was a gift from Emperor Menelik II […]

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Ethiopian anthropologist who found Ardi to speak at Indiana Univ.

Indiana University in Bloomington USA announced today that Ethiopian anthropologist Yohannes HaileSelassie, who found the first fragment of the newly reported Ardipithecus ramidus skeleton nicknamed “Ardi,” will talk about the discovery and its implications at the University’s Whittenberger Auditorim on December 1 next month. The lecture is sponsored by the Stone Age Institute and Indiana […]

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U.S. Senate confirms Ethiopian to head MCC

Washington, D.C. — The United States Senate on Nov. 20, 2009, unanimously confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Daniel W. Yohannes, a native of Ethiopia, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). As CEO, Mr. Yohannes will undertake MCC’s mission to reduce poverty through economic growth. MCC is […]

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Israeli official calls for segregation of Ethiopian students

“The Education Ministry should educate itself first,” says Gadi Yevrakan, who directs the headquarters for the struggle for social equality for Jewish Ethiopians. “If I hadn’t seen the symbol of the state of Israel on the letter I would have thought it had been taken from the 1950s of the previous century in the US, […]

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Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi’s Ploy for Copenhagen Conference

By Selam Beyene Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi, who has no respect for fundamental human rights and who has one of the worst environmental records in the history of Ethiopia, has no moral authority to rear his head as a champion of climate change for the people of Africa. As the rest of the world awaits […]

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Africorruption, Inc.

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Transparency International [TI] (the global coalition against corruption) has just released its 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). Once again, Africa has the dubious honor of being Kleptocracy Central, the continental home of the most corrupt governments in the world. Leading the parade of kleptocracies are the regimes in Ethiopia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, […]

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Famous Ethiopian singer Manalemosh Dibo passed away

One of Ethiopia’s most popular singers, Manalemosh Dibo, passed away today from natural causes, according to news sources in Ethiopia. Manalemosh died in South Africa where she went to receive medical treatment after suffering from intestinal cancer for over a year. Before going to South Africa Manalemosh was receiving treatment at Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) […]

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Hailu Shawel condemned at the Great Ethiopian Run

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Thousands of people have participated in the 9th annual Great Ethiopian Run that was held Sunday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe and Ethiopian long distance star Derartu Tulu launched the race as guests of honor. Today’s overall winner was Tilahun Regassa, while Koreni Jelila won […]

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ታላቁ የኢትዮጵያ ሩጫ ላይ ሃይሉ ሻውል ተወገዙ

አውራምባ ታይምስ (አዲስ አበባ)፡- በ1994 ዓ.ም. የተጀመረው ታላቁ ሩጫ በኢትዮጵያ ለ9ኛ ጊዜ በዛሬው እለት ተካሄደ፡፡ ውድድሩን እንግሊዛዊቷ አትሌት ፓውላ ራድክሊፍ ከደራርቱ ቱሉ እና ከኃይሌ ገ/ሥላሴ ጋር በመሆን አስጀምራለች፡፡ በታላቁ ሩጫ የተቃውሞ ድምጾች መሰማት የጀመሩት በ1998 ዓ.ም ህዳር ወር የቅንጅት አመራሮችና ጋዜጠኞች መታሰራቸውን በመቃወም ሲሆን ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ በየአመቱ ወቅታዊ የተቃውሞ ድምጾችን እያስተናገደ እዚህ ደርሷል፡፡ ዘንድሮም […]

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Over 2,200 children were adopted from Ethiopia this year

United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Michele Bond, expresses concern over the sharp increase in adoption from Ethiopia. QUESTION: Which countries do you see the sharpest increase in children ready for adoption? Is it related to conflict or poverty such as Zimbabwe? MS. BOND: Well, the – one country that I […]

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EDP officials in Tigray resign over Meles-Lidetu deal

Except one, all members and officials of Lidetu Ayalew’s Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) in Tigray have resigned en mass protesting the deal Lidetu signed recently with Meles Zenawi on the conduct of the May 2010 general elections in Ethiopia. In an interview with the VOA, Ato Tekle Bekele, chairman of EDP in Tigray and member […]

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Memher Zebene, Ethiopia’s Jimmy Swaggart?

Memher (Preacher) Zebene Lema has started out as a charismatic young preacher at the Ethiopian Orthodox Medhani-Alem and St. Mary churches in DC and Maryland. Then he opened his own bible class so that he can keep all the donation from his students. After making loads of money, 2 years ago he went to Ethiopia’s […]

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Meles Zenawi: Ethiopia’s Idumaean

By Lemma Nathan “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” – Matthew 2:18 His name was Herod, but latter they called him Herod the Great. The contemptuous referred to him formally, as Herod I. He was born […]

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Ethiopian sport legend Mamo Wolde's family flourish in Minnesota

STILLWATER, MN (Stillwater Gazette) — Tabor Wolde stepped up — the fifth kicker in a shootout for Mahtomedi High School in the Class A Minnesota soccer semi-finals earlier this month — and confidently struck the ball low and fast, past the goalkeeper to give his team a 5-4 shootout victory. His team went on to […]

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Ethiopian family of Canadian Citizen on the run from persecution

The family of Bashir Makhtal, a Canadian citizen, continue to face persecution in Ethiopia. “This isn’t just something personal with respect to Bashir Makhtal, although he clearly is one of the figures at the center of this drama,” said Alex Neve, secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada, which has monitored Mr. Makhtal’s case since his arrest. […]

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The missing 8.6 million Ethiopians, where art thou?

By Yilma Bekele I couldn’t sleep all night. I kept turning and tossing to no avail. What was bothering me was what I heard on VOA yesterday afternoon. VOA is Voice of America for those of you not in the know. I found out I can listen to VOA on my smart phone and things […]

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U.S. official gives lips service on repression in Ethiopia

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Bureau of African Affairs Karl Wyckoff and Woyanne Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin held talks on Thursday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. On Friday, in a meeting with reporters, Mr Wyckoff expressed concerns about the restrictions on opposition parties in Ethiopia ahead of elections next year, which is scheduled to […]

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Ethiopian ‘virgin land’ for sale

According to the World Bank, as much as three-quarters of Ethiopia’s arable land is not under cultivation, and agronomists say that with substantial capital expenditure, much of it could become bountiful. Since the world food crisis, Meles Zenawi, a former Marxist rebel who has turned into a champion of private capital, has publicly said he […]

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Ethiopian wins Oklahoma State University pageant

Freweini Hadera, a construction management graduate student from Ethiopia, is crowned as Miss International at the Oklahoma State University International Student Organization’s annual Mr. and Miss International pageant. By Danielle Davis Oklahoma, USA (OSU) — It was a full house for the International Student Organization’s annual Mr. and Miss International pageant Wednesday night. Students, families […]

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What do you expect from the coming elections in Ethiopia?

By Messay Kebede Articles fulminating against Hailu Shawel’s signing of the code of conduct proliferate on Ethiopian websites. For these articles, the unilateral and hasty agreement with Meles while other opposition groups, such as Medrek, are still in contention about some important issues, constitutes nothing less than betrayal on Hailu’s part. This act of sabotage […]

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ONLF killed 985 Woyannes, burned 6 vehicles

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), an Ethiopian rebel group that is operating in eastern Ethiopia, is reporting more Woyanne regime casualties in a renewed offensive that took place since November 10. The following is a military communique: Military operations related to the 10 November 2009 offensive have concluded in Ogaden. In total, 6 military […]

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Politicizing of U.S. aid to Ethiopia ahead of election

WASHINGTON DC (VOA Editorial) — The United States is committed to helping people in need all over the world, and it takes this mission very seriously. With billions of dollars spent on humanitarian, economic and other forms of assistance every year, the U.S. wants to be sure that the aid is properly and effectively distributed. […]

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A U.S. citizen survives 107 days in Ethiopian prison

By Douglas McGill (The McGill Report) — Okwa Omot is sleeping safely in a warm bed at his home in Washington, D.C. this week. That is something of a miracle considering that only a week ago –- and for 107 days before that -– he was sleeping on freezing cold concrete floors in Ethiopian prisons, […]

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Ethiopians in Israel celebrate Sigd

The Beta Israeli Sigd festival falls on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. It is the 50th day, starting with Yom Kippur (analogous to counting 50 days from Pesach to Shavuos), and is a festival unique to the Beta Israel community. For their forebears in Ethiopia, the Sigd was a religious holiday renewing […]

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Former Commercial Bank of Ethiopia manager gets 9 years

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The state-controlled news service, WIC, reports that a former general manager of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and two other individuals received stiff prison sentence for corruption. (WIC) – The Federal High Court sentenced three corrupt offenders on November 16 and 17 to rigorous imprisonment ranging from 5-9 years and ordered […]

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Woyanne kangaroo court convicts alleged coup plotters

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian court on Thursday convicted 26 people who were accused of taking part in an alleged coup plot earlier this year and acquitted five others. Judge Adem Ibrahim said most of the defendants in the case had said they were tortured by police into submitting false testimonies. But he […]

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The Meaning of Hebret

By Teddy Fikre I love this word. However, as an Ethiopian who lived the overwhelming majority of my life in America, I did not understand that this word has been tainted due to the origins of a propaganda campaign back in Ethiopia. Ironically, this word represents the very essence of a regime that forced my […]

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EPPF strives to fill the leadership gap

By Elias Kifle I have just returned from a 30-day field trip during which I visited and held meetings with leaders and fighters of the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF), as well as the Tigray People Democratic Movement (TPDM), Benishangul People Liberation Movement (BPLM), Gambela People’s Democratic Movement Front (GPDMF), and Ethiopian People’s Front for […]

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ከአቶ ምትኩ ይመር ለቀረበ ጽሁፍ የተሰጠ ምላሽ

ከሙታን ሰፈር ከሚሰማ የቅኔ ዘረፋ ይልቅ የሕያው አምላክን ተግሳጽ መርጠናል ከአቤል ጋሼ [pdf] (“ሥልጣነ-ክህነት የቂም መወጫ በትር አይደለም” በሚል ርዕስ ከአቶ ምትኩ ይመር ለቀረበ ጽሁፍ የተሰጠ ምላሽ) አቶ “ምትኩ ይመር” የተባሉ የዋሽንግቶን ዲ.ሲ ነዋሪ በሰሞንኛው “(“ሥልጣነ-ክህነት የቂም መወጫ በትር አይደለም”) በሚል ርዕስ ባስነበቡን ጽሁፋቸው በአሜሪካን ሀገር በሜሪላንድ ክፍለ-ግዛት፣ በቴምፒል ሂል ወረዳ በደብረ ገነት መድኃኔ ዓለም […]

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UK gives $316 million to Ethiopia's tribal junta

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The British Government announced the release of a food aid package of US$316 million to help international efforts to relief over 6 million people facing starvation to pro up the Ethiopia’s blood thirsty minority dictatorship. Last October Ethiopia’s tribal junta appealed for 159,410 tonnes of food, costing $121 million, $8.9 million […]

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Yemen police detain 191 refugees from Ethiopia

ABYAN — Yemeni police have arrested 191 Ethiopians who are suspected of entering the country illegally, the Interior Ministry has reported. Police in Abyan Province have arrested nearly 150 Ethiopians, including 5 women, who arrived at Ahwar Coast by a smuggling boat. In Marib Province, Yemeni police said they have arrested 41 Ethiopians who were […]

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Africa: double trouble

By Scott Morgan This posting has two concerns that if taken together can be construed as being interdependent. First of All Lets Discuss One of the Most Serious Problems currently occurring in Africa. That is the Rampant Use of Sexual Assaults by Insurgents and Government Forces in Several Countries. The List of such occurrences is […]

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Ethiopia is sliding deeper into authoritarian controls

By Geoffrey York | The Globe And Mail Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Six months before a crucial election, one of Ethiopia’s small band of opposition MPs has a simple question: How can he campaign for votes when he cannot even hold a public meeting or meet voters freely? Negaso Gidada, a former president of Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia’s regime tries to cover up a new famine

By Francis Elliot | Times Online ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — It wasn’t famine that killed Jamal Ali’s mother. She died in a cholera outbreak that swept through their Ethiopian village when at last the rains came. Twenty-five years later Jamal, now a parent himself, is lining up for handouts in a food distribution centre in […]

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Mix of traditional food and entertainment at DC's Little Ethiopia

By Tom Sietsema WASHINGTON DC — Ethiopian Yellow Pages of the Washington Metro Area estimates there are more than 45 dining rooms serving doro wot and injera. So how does Yehune Belay, who just added the title of restaurateur to his résumé, hope to distinguish his place in Shaw from the pack? By re-creating the […]

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Why is the U.S. giving special treatment to Ethiopia's dictatorship?

By Obang Metho Addressed to Senator John Kerry, Chairman, The Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate. As an esteemed member of the Senate, as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as an advocate for human rights and democracy, we in the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) and on behalf […]

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Hailu Shawel dines with Woyannes after surrender

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Addis Fortune) — For a change, and after several months of political doldrums, the landscape has begun to churn. Not surprisingly, the recent deal signed at the Sheraton Addis in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa between leaders of the four political parties, including the incumbent’s, has struck up the debate at the various […]

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Somalia is outpacing Ethiopia in mobile phone access

Economist reports how “once the toys of rich yuppies, mobile phones have evolved in a few short years to become tools of economic empowerment for the world’s poorest people. These phones compensate for inadequate infrastructure, such as bad roads and slow postal services, allowing information to move more freely, making markets more efficient and unleashing […]

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Ethiopians in Israel resist interracial marriage – survey

(Haaretz.com) — Intermarriage between between Jews from different ethnic backgrounds has increased steadily over the past several decades, and people say that this is solving the socioeconomic gaps that existed between Ashkenazim and Sephardim in Israeli society. However, Ethiopian Israelis seem to be exempt from the trend, so far. According to a Central Bureau of […]

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Interview with EPPF Fighter (Part II)

Interview with EPPF Fighter (Part II) and more news. Watch below:

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Angola amb. to Ethiopia misses the point on "illegal" immigration

Editor’s Note: The Angola Ambassador to Ethiopia is placing the blame on helpless African refugees who are migrating from one country to another to seek better life, since vampire regimes are making Africa unlivable. Where there is good governance there is no illegal immigration. What is needed is not more border security, but less corruption […]

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U.S. investigates claims its aid being used for politics in Ethiopia

an Kelly, U.S. Department of States Spokesman QUESTION: I have a couple of Ethiopia questions. MR. KELLY: Ethiopia questions. QUESTION: Yeah. Has the State Department or USAID investigated claims by the country’s opposition, including a former president and defense minister that some of the $850 million in food and anti-poverty aid from the U.S. is […]

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Witness for the Future

By Alemayehu G. Mariam In his book Night, Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and the man the Nobel Committee called the “messenger to mankind” when it awarded him the peace prize in 1986, wrote: For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and the […]

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ONLF killed 626 Woyanne troops in lastest fighting

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), an Ethiopian rebel group operating in eastern Ethiopia, said today that its fighters have killed 626 Woyanne regime troops in latest fighting since Nov. 10, 2009. ONLF sent the following military communique to Ethiopian Review: The Ogaden National Liberation Front’s latest multi-front offensive, which began on 10 November 2009, […]

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Detainees accused of plotting coup brutally tortured by police

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The 46 detainees who are currently on trial after being accused by the tribal junta in Ethiopia of trying to overthrow the regime have told the court on Friday that they are being savagely beaten up by security personnel. One of the accused, Ato Asaminew Tsige, told the court that he […]

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The U.S. and China in Africa: To compete or cooperate?

BEIJING (CNN) — Large African communities are forming in China, from Guangzhou to Beijing. Many of the migrants are traders and entrepreneurs hoping to make a profit by sending China’s cheap manufactured goods back home. Ethiopian David Bekele is searching for space to open a new restaurant in Beijing. “Almost every African country has an […]

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የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ለሰጠን ኃላፊነት ብቁ ሆነን አልተገኘንም – ዶ/ር ያዕቆብ ኃ/ማርያም

ዶ/ር ያዕቆብ ኃ/ማርያም፥ የአንድነት ለፍትህና ለዴሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ም/ሊቀመንበርና የውጪ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ የነበሩ የአንድነት ለፍትህና ለዴሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ምክትል ፕሬዚዳንትና የውጪ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ ዶ/ር ያዕቆብ ኃይለ ማርያም ፓርቲያቸውን በቃኝ በማለት ተሰናብተዋል፡፡ ከፓርቲው ራሳቸውን ያገለሉበትንና ሌሎች ጉዳዮችን በተመለከተ ከሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ አሰግድ ተፈራና ሰብለወንጌል ሃብታሙ አነጋግረዋቸዋል፡፡ ሪፖርተር፡- እርስዎን የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ የሚያውቆት ከ1997ቱ ምርጫ ጋር በተያያዘ ነው፡፡ ከምርጫ 97 በፊት […]

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Be aware of Facebook risks

Facebook has become the most preferred way of keeping in touch with friends and establishing new friendships for many Ethiopians in the Diaspora. It is therefore necessary to learn more about this new means of communication, particularly the risks involved. The following are helpful tips by Newsweek and NBC: Every day tens of millions of […]

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5 soldiers defect complaining corruption

ASMARA — Police officers and soldiers under Ethiopia’s Woyanne regime continue to abandon their units and return to their homes, and many are defecting to Eritrea. This week, Ginbot 7 Radio has reported that 1,500 police officers failed to report for duty in the past few weeks. Today, Ethiopian Review’s correspondent in Asamara is reporting […]

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Why Hailu Shawel chose a shameful defeat

By Captain Woldemikael Dagnachew Politicians of today-in-age and yesteryear continuously failed to listen, learn and level with citizens to liberate our country and shorten the sufferings of our oppressed citizens. Centuries ago, historians came up with the classic theory to explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great nations start out […]

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The "Untold Story" of the Starvation in Ethiopia

By Obang Metho Do Donors in the West Really Want a Strong, Independent, Unified and Democratic Ethiopia? As Ethiopians who care about the future of the people of Ethiopia, we want to share with you the “untold story” about hunger in Ethiopia as you examine strategies to intervene in the current food crisis in the […]

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Verizon to launch iPhone

For Ethiopians who would love to get their hands on iPhone, but do not want to switch to AT&T, Apple may have a good news for them soon. It is reported that Apple has contacted a company in Taiwan to produce UMTS/CDMA hybrid iPhone due in the third quarter of next year that will enable […]

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Accused coup plotters savagely beaten up in prison

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Some of the 46 detainees who are currently on trial after being accused by the tribal junta in Ethiopia of trying to overthrow the regime have told the court on Friday that they are being savagely tortured by security personnel. One of the accused, Ato Asaminew Tsige, told the court that […]

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Teddy Afro in Dubai – video

Teddy Afro in Dubai, October 16, 2009. The video was recorded by Martha Semu, an Ethiopian who resides in UAE. Watch more videos here.

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Ethiopia elections: Last ditch attempt at blowing dust

By Hindessa Abdul Four political parties are said to have agreed upon and signed a “code of conduct” that would make it easier for them to run for the 2010 general elections in Ethiopia. At the moment it is the governing party which is known to the public or to whoever is concerned. The three […]

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Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Police Headquarters robbed

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Unknown individuals have reportedly robbed the Addis Ababa Police Headquarters late last month taking with them over 20 AK-47 automatic rifles, several hand grenades, and ammunition, according to Ginbot 7 Radio. Such a brazen attack on a police headquarters in Addis Ababa, which is watched by several layers of security agencies […]

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Nigeria beats Kenya, secures place in World Cup 2010

Nigeria has guaranteed its place in the World Cup Football 2010 championships in South Africa, beating Kenya on their home pitch 3:2 on Saturday. Trailing at half-time in a match they had to win, the Nigerians hit back with two goals inside five minutes. The Kenyans failed to clear a cross and the former Newcastle […]

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Institutionalized torture of Hassan Ahmed Makhtal in Ethiopia

Article 2 of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment states that: “Each State party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, […]

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Egyptian police gun down an Ethiopian man

EL-ARISH, EGYPT — An Egyptian security official on Saturday said border guards shot to death another Ethiopian who was trying to cross the border into Israel. “Guards first fired a warning shot as the man tried to cross the barbed wire fence early Saturday. When he failed to stop, he was shot dead,” the Egyptian […]

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