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The plight of Ethiopian migrants in Somalia

Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 11:02 PM ed

Hamza Mohamed |Aljzeera Bossaso, Somalia – Ankles deep in brown canal water, freshly plucked green weeds in both muddy hands, Abdi Muse Kalon cannot stop grinning. He says life here has given him a second chance – a better chance. Risking his life, Kalon walked for more than four months from Ethiopia to get to [...]

British support for Ethiopia scheme withdrawn amid abuse allegations

Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 10:02 PM ed

Department for International Development will no longer back $4.9bn project that critics claim has funded a brutal resettlement programme. The UK has ended its financial support for a controversial development project alleged to have helped the Ethiopian government fund a brutal resettlement programme. Hundreds of people have been forced from their land as a result of the scheme, while there have also been reports of torture, rape and beatings.

“ክቡር” አፈጉባኤ አባዱላ ገመዳ የሃሰት ዲግሪዎችን ሸምተው መጠቀማቸው ተረጋገጠ

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 02:02 PM ed

(አዲስ ቮይስ) የኢፌዴሪ የህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት አፈጉባኤ የሆኑት አባዱላ ገመዳ በኢንተርኔት ያለምንም ትምህርት ዲግሪ በመሸጥ ከሚታወቅ አንድ የዲፕሎማ ወፍጮ ቤት (diploma mill) የሃሰት ዲግሪዎችን ገዝተው መጠቀማቸውን አዲስ ቮይስ አረጋገጠ። አፈጉባኤው የባችለርስ ዲግሪ እ.ኤ.ኤ በ2001 እንዲሁም የማስተርስ ዲግሪ በ2004 አሜሪካን አገር በሚኖረውና አሊ ሚርዛኢ በሚባል ኢራናዊ ከሚንቀሳቀሰው “አሜሪካን ሴንቸሪ ዩኒቨርሲቲ”  (ሴንቸሪ ዩኒቨርሲቲ) ያለምንም ትምህርት መግዛታቸው [...]

Exposed: “Honorable” Speaker Abadula Gemeda has fake degrees

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 @ 10:02 AM ed

Addis Voice can reveal that the 4th term speaker of the House of People’s Representatives has bought and used two fake degrees from a bogus university selling non-accredited diplomas online. Honorable” Abadula Gemeda, who is the chief “lawmaker” as speaker of the lower house, bought Bachelor of Arts and Masters “degrees”.

Ethiopia’s “Odious Debt” to the Odious World Bank

Sunday, February 8, 2015 @ 11:02 PM Alma

In my last commentary, The World Bank and Ethiopia’s “Growth and Transformation”, I cryptically observed in passing, “… The USD$600 million is money the World Bank loaned to the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (T-TPLF) in the name of the People of Ethiopia. Future generations of Ethiopians will be asked to pay it back.

Zone 9 Bloggers’ Case: Harsh Treatment of Defendant

Friday, February 6, 2015 @ 01:02 PM ed

(Freedom House) In response to reports that Abel Wabella, a defendant in the Zone 9 blogger case in Ethiopia, was kept shackled overnight and had his hearing aid removed following a February 4 court appearance, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The brutal treatment of Mr. Wabella by prison officials amounts to torture,” said Vukasin [...]

Ethiopia: A failed state in danger (Must watch)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 12:02 PM ed

A new documentary has revealed that Ethiopia under the TPLF-dominated government may face imminent disintegration and civil strife unless the deepening crisis is addressed. The documentary produced by E-Veracity made a well-substantiated prediction that Ethiopia under TPLF’s Apartheid regime could be another Somalia or Rwanda.

Ethiopia intensifies crackdown

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 12:02 PM ed

HRW (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government during 2014 intensified its campaign of arrests, prosecutions, and unlawful force to silence criticism, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The government responded to peaceful protests with harassment, threats, and arbitrary detention, and used draconian laws to further repress journalists, opposition activists, and critics. “The Ethiopian [...]

Dr. Colin Darch responds to ambassador Tesfaye Habisso

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 02:02 PM ed

There are two interwoven themes in his new article, politics and plagiarism. Having been brusquely dismissed right from the start as merely “some foreigner”, I refrain from comment on Ambassador Tesfaye’s remarks about Ethiopian domestic politics, or on his analysis of the motivation of those who have criticised him.

CPJ, rights groups slam Dawit Kebede over allegations

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 06:01 PM ed

-NED canceled Awramba Times funding after concerns By Tamru Ayele The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Oakland Institute (OI) and Survival International (SI) have strongly rejected and condemned Dawit Kebede’s recent allegations against several global advocacy groups.  The groups said such an irresponsible and unsubstantiated allegation that has no factual basis is not expected of [...]

UK diplomats clash over Briton on death row

Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 02:01 PM ed

An explosive row has erupted between diplomats and Ministers over their reluctance to help a British man on death row in Ethiopia.

A series of extraordinary emails, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, reveal officials’ increasing frustration at political inaction over Andargachew Tsege. Tsege, 59, a father-of-three from London, was snatched at an airport in Yemen last June and illegally rendered to Ethiopia.

Experts decide Ethiopia has best coffee

Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 02:01 PM ed

VOA Report An international group of coffee experts has rated Ethiopia’s coffee as the best in the world. Coffee is a top export for the country. But at home, it is a source of national pride. Ethiopians feel good about their coffee, and enjoying a drink with friends is a longstanding tradition. International coffee experts [...]

Report says World Bank violates its own rules in Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 08:01 PM ed

The World Bank repeatedly violated its own rules while funding a development initiative in Ethiopia that has been dogged by complaints that it sponsored forced evictions of thousands of indigenous people, according to a leaked report by a watchdog panel at the bank.

Exposed: Prof. Constantinos Berhe has two fake degrees

Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 01:01 AM ed

A lengthy Addis Voice investigation can reveal that Dr. Constantinos Berhe, a professor of public policy at the Addis Ababa University (AAU) and a key operative of the ruling TPLF-led regime, obtained two fake degrees from a bogus university. After claiming for many years to have earned an MA degree from Oxford University and a PhD from University of California (?), the “professor” finally admitted to AV that he got a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a PhD from American Century “University” (ACU).

British MPs to visit Ethiopia in bid to free Andargchew

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 04:01 PM ed

By Jonathan Owen (The Independent) A delegation of British MPs will visit Ethiopia next month in a bid to secure the release of Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, a British father of three who is under a death sentence. Mr Tsege, 59, a leading critic of the Ethiopian government who came to Britain as a political refugee more than 30 years ago, has been held in solitary confinement for the past six months.

Ethiopian opposition faces election hurdles

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 04:01 AM ed

Ethiopian opposition parties say they are facing roadblocks in their efforts to register for the May elections. The parties say the National Election Board is complicating procedures for no good reason, and raising doubt that the elections will be free or fair. The Unity for Democracy and Justice party has the only opposition member in Ethiopia’s 547-seat parliament. But it is unclear if the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections, as the National Election Board has rejected UDJ logos.

Sisi meets Ethiopian patriarch

Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 08:01 PM ed

(AFP) President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt on Monday met Abune Matthias, the head of the Ethiopian Church and assured the patriarch that Cairo was not inimical to Ethiopia’s development.President Sisi made a direct reference to the controversy between the two countries over an Ethiopian project to build a dam on the River Nile which [...]

Fire destroys historic Itege Taytu hotel

Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 08:01 PM ed

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg (Daily Telegraph) Afire has destroyed the landmark hotel in Ethiopia in which novelist Evelyn Waugh based Scoop, his novel about a hapless junior foreign correspondent covering a war in a far-flung place. The Itegue Taitu Hotel in Addis Ababa was built in the early 1900s and was one of the oldest [...]

Ethiopian gov’t trying to control population growth

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 06:01 PM ed

Ethiopia is the most populous state in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been engaging in strong family planning since 2000. World Bulletin / News Desk Ethiopia will seek to rein in its population growth by bringing its people’s fertility rate down to 2.6 percent in 2020 from 4.1 percent at present, a government official has said. [...]

State terrorism in Ogaden, Ethiopia

Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 06:01 PM ed

by Graham Peebles–Ethiopia is being hailed as a shining example of African economic growth. Principle donors and devotees of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank development model (an imposed ideological vision which measures all things in terms of a nations GDP) see the country as an island of potential prosperity and stability within a region of failed states and violent conflict.

Andargachew Tsige and the struggle for freedom

Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 11:01 PM ed

By Yilma Bekele Andargachew Tsige was taken prisoner by the TPLF Woyane regime on June 24/’13 while on transit at Sana, Yemen International Airport. He was removed from the airplane and flown to Ethiopia. What was done was against all international conventions and is considered illegal. Ever since then he has been held in secret [...]

Hailemariam’s “top 10 educated” list falls apart

Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 10:01 PM ed

The official website of India TV that had published a dubious online ranking two weeks ago that it claimed to be a list of the “top 10 most educated politicians in the world” has retracted the story. Hailemariam Desalegn A cartoon circulating on Facebook. has now pulled back the “top 10” story and changed the title saying the random list was just intended to highlight the educational backgrounds of 10 leaders from around the world without any sort of ranking.

Woman who abused Ethiopian kids seeks leniency

Saturday, January 3, 2015 @ 03:01 PM ed

By Lexi Belculfine / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Allegheny County district attorney’s office doesn’t want a woman who admitted abusing two adopted children from Ethiopia released on home confinement and electronic monitoring. Kristen Barbour, 32, of Franklin Park, pleaded no contest in June to two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and was sentenced [...]

Ethiopia’s capital largest prostitution hub in Africa

Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 10:01 PM ed

Ethiopia is a source and, to a lesser extent, destination and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Girls from Ethiopia’s rural areas are exploited in domestic servitude and, less frequently, prostitution within the country, while boys are subjected to forced labor in traditional weaving, herding, guarding, and street vending. The central market in Addis Ababa is home to the largest collection of brothels in Africa, with girls as young as 8-years-old in prostitution in these establishments.

Saudi Star to restart rice project on disputed Anuak lands

Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 10:01 PM ed

By by Fatima Hansia , CorpWatch Blog Saudi Star Agricultural Development plans to pump $100 million into a rice export project in Gambella region of Ethiopia despite allegations of human rights violations surrounding the “villagization” program under which the land has been taken from indigenous Anuak pastoralists to lease to foreign investors. The company is owned by Mohamed [...]

CPJ “hero” Dawit Kebede says group is tool for Western hegemony

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 @ 02:12 AM ed

By Tamiru Ayele The managing editor of Awramba Times and former CPJ “press freedom hero” has accused the Committee to Protect Journalists of being one of the tools of imposing “Western hegemonic ambition” and a single ideology on targeted countries like Ethiopia and China. Dawit Kebede, who was one of the four recipients of CPJ’s [...]

Travel bans to Middle East to be lifted

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 12:12 PM ed

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Labor and social Affairs (MLSA) announced it will lift the travel ban it has lay on domestic workers who make a journey to the Middle East. The ban was imposed two years ago on October 2012 and followed by banning work permits of agencies that facilitate travel for work and other destinations [...]

Ethiopia’s rising army of underpaid workers

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 12:12 PM ed

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Al Jazeera) – Lunch break is over at the Huajian shoe factory and workers assemble in perfectly aligned two-row formations, march, salute, and return back to their work stations. “Our factory is a bit like a military organisation. The labour here is not highly educated so we have to use a very [...]

Hailemariam repeats call ICC pull out

Monday, December 29, 2014 @ 12:12 PM ed

Khartoum (SN)— The peak of the recent visit to Addis Ababa, by the State Minister for Information, Yasser Yusuf, was when the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Haile-Mariam Desalegn, announced that he totally agrees with the call on African countries to pull out of the International Criminal Court (the ICC). Yusuf who concluded a three day state [...]

“We Shall Persevere, Ethiopia!”

Sunday, December 28, 2014 @ 10:12 PM Alma

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”, decreed Maya Angelou, the great African American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer.

“I shall persevere!” wrote Eskinder Nega, the imprisoned and preeminent defender and hero of press freedom in Ethiopia, in a letter smuggled out of the infamous Meles Zenawi Prison in Kality, a few kilometers outside the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia: Remember the 24th of November 1974

Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 11:11 PM Alma

By Alemayehu G. Mariam–Last week, many Ethiopian families in the United States gathered in houses of worship with their relatives and friends to hold memorial services in remembrance of the victims of the massacre of the 24th of November 1974, a date that shall live in infamy in Ethiopian history. On that fateful day, a military junta gathered and took a “simple vote” to summarily execute 60 high level government officials, civil servants, decorated war veterans and elite army officers and enlisted men of the imperial regime of H.I.M. Haile Selassie.

Ethiopian Journalist Betre Yacob Struggles

Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 08:11 PM ed

By Maura Kelly (Huffington Post)–In April 2011, I traveled to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission with non-profit organization Helping Other People (HOPe). With my husband and a colleague we traveled to the northern Amhara region to assess an HIV/AIDS education and development project that HOPe funded. While there we witnessed crushing poverty in cities and rural villages and encountered hope and strength in the people we worked with.

VOA removes Peter Henlein after misconduct probe

Monday, November 17, 2014 @ 04:11 AM ed

By Dawit Ashenafi–The Voice of America has removed Peter Heinlein as Chief of the Horn of Africa service after investigation into allegations of deliberate distortions and professional misconduct. VOA Director David Ensor convened the section staffers last Friday and made a surprise announcement that Heinlein was replaced by his Senior Advisor William Marsh. The director told the gathering that Marsh would serve as an interim chief of the Horn of Africa service.

Amnesty says 5,000 Oromos detained

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 06:10 PM ed

Ethiopia’s government illegally detained at least 5,000 members of the country’s most populous ethnic group, the Oromo, over the past four years as it seeks to crush political dissent, Amnesty International said. Victims include politicians, students, singers and civil servants, sometimes only for wearing Oromo traditional dress, or for holding influential positions within the community, the London-based advocacy group said in a report today. Most people were detained without charge, some for years, with many tortured and dozens killed, it said.

Court sentences jails journalist

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 06:10 PM ed

Nairobi, October 27, 2014– (CPJ) The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn to three years’imprisonment on charges of defamation and incitement that date back to 2012. A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, convicted Temesgen on October 13 in connection with opinion pieces published in the now-defunct Feteh news magazine, according to [...]

Ethiopia: The famine that shocked the world

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 07:10 PM ed

British PM writes to regime

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 06:10 PM ed

By Jonathan Owen (The Independent)

The Prime Minister has personally intervened in the case of a British father-of-three facing the death sentence in Ethiopia, after the man’s children appealed for his help. David Cameron wrote to the Ethiopian Prime Minister in a bid to save the life of Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, 59, whose plight was revealed by The Independent last Friday.

U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia warns of attacks

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 04:10 PM ed

(Reuters) The Ethiopian authorities said late last year that its security forces were on heightened alert after receiving strong evidence al Shabaab was plotting further attacks after a botched suicide bombing in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian troops, alongside forces from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Djibouti, are part of an African Union (AU) mission fighting al Shabaab [...]

የቀድሞ የፍትህ ጋዜጣ ዋና አዘጋጅ ተመስገን ደሳለኝ ከፍተኛ ፍ/ቤት ጥፋተኛ ብሎታል

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 07:10 PM ed

የፌዴራል አቃቤ ህግ የፍትህ ጋዜጣ ዋና አዘጋጅ የነበረው ተመስገን ደሳለኝ እና ጋዜጣዋ የምትታተምበትን ማሰተዋል ህትመትና ማሰታወቂያ ስራ ደርጅትን ነው 4 ክሶች የመሰረተባቸው። ከ አንድ እስከ ሶስት የተዘረዘሩት ክሶች በዋና አዘጋጁ ተመስገን ደሳለኝ ላይ የተጠቀሱ ሲሆን 4ተኛው ክስ በድርጅቱ ላይ ነው። ህገ መንግስታዊ ስርአቱን በሀይልና በአመፅ እንዲፈርስና አመፅ እንዲቀሰቀስ አድርጓል የሚለው የክሱ ዋነኛ ጭብጥ ነው በተመስገን [...]

Ethiopian Editor Convicted for Inciting Public With Articles

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 07:10 PM ed

(Bloomberg) An Ethiopian editor is facing as many as 10 years in prison after being convicted of inciting the public against the government through his newspaper articles, his lawyer said. Temesgen Desalegn, the former editor of Feteh, a defunct weekly newspaper, was convicted yesterday by the Federal High Court on charges that also included defaming the government and distorting public opinion.

Open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 05:10 AM ed

By Abebe Hellaw–Upon the invitation of the Democratic National Committee, I had another opportunity to attend an exlusive event with President Obama. He spoke about the opportunities and challenges that his administration is taking up at home and abroad. In the October 10 event held at The W Hotel in downtown San Francisco, I took the golden opportunity to hand the following letter to a White House aide, who promised to deliver it to the President. In any case, here it is in a form of an open letter to President Obama.

Ethiopia: Obang Metho condemns ‘Life Grabs’

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 08:10 PM ed

Speaking at MRG’s London office as part of a nationwide tour, Executive Director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia,Obang Metho, sheds light on the systematic violation of indigenous land rights by Ethiopia’s autocratic regime, resulting in the alleged torture and imprisonment of those who resist. And although this is happening in a land [...]

Ethiopia sentences three magazine owners to jail

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 08:10 PM ed

Ethiopia has sentenced three magazine owners in absentia to more than three years in prison, a government spokesman said Wednesday, as a leading media rights group condemned the “shocking” ruling. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) named the three as Endalkachew Tesfaye of the Addis Guday magazine, Gizaw Taye of Lomi, and Fatuma Nuriya of Fact. “The three have all been sentenced for three years and some months,” government spokesman Redwan Hussein told AFP.

University of Michigan launches project in Ethiopia

Thursday, October 9, 2014 @ 07:10 PM ed

$25 M grant backs U-M project to curb maternal deaths in Ethiopia, other developing nations New center to train health professionals in resource-poor countries in comprehensive family planning services, helping lower maternal mortality ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor, the University of Michigan will begin training doctors in [...]

US court issues arrest warrant for embassy gunman

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 @ 10:10 AM ed

The United States Attorney’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the Ethiopian embassy gunman, Solomon Tadess Gebre Silasse. The security attache, who dramatically shot at peaceful protesters at the Ethiopian embassy, fled to Ethiopia to escape prosecution.

What Does President Obama “Know” About Ethiopia’s “Election”?

Sunday, October 5, 2014 @ 08:10 PM Alma

Last week, President Barack Obama met with a delegation of the regime in Ethiopia and said, “… the Prime Minister [Hailemariam Desalegn] and the government is going to be organizing elections in Ethiopia this year. I know something about that… And so we’ll have an opportunity to talk about civil society and governance and how we can make sure that Ethiopia’s progress and example can extend to civil society as well

UK using taxpayer’s money to train Ethiopia’s security forces while British man is held there on death row

Friday, October 3, 2014 @ 08:10 AM ed

The Government is using taxpayers’ money to train security forces in Ethiopia who are currently holding a British father of three on death row, The Independent has learnt.

Andargachew “Andy” Tsege, from London, was seized at an airport in Yemen on 23 June and resurfaced in Ethiopian detention two weeks later, in what his family believe was part of a political crackdown by the country’s government ahead of next year’s elections.

United States expels Ethiopian Embassy gunman

Thursday, October 2, 2014 @ 04:10 AM ed

The United States has expelled the Ethiopian Embassy gunman who opened fire at peaceful protesters last Monday, Ethiopian embassy sources confirmed to the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT).

Solomon Tadesse Gebreselassie, aka Wedi Woyni, who was the security chief at the embassy, was given 48 hours to leave the United States. Gebreselassie had diplomatic immunity, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Immunity.

Embassy gunman triggers diplomatic row

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 12:10 PM ed

It emerged that the case of the Ethiopian Embassy gunman, Solomon “Wedi Weyni”, has caused a diplomatic row between the TPLF regime and the United States. The U.S. Secret Service had announced on Monday that the embassy gunman was in custody. According to Ethiopian Embassy sources, embassy officials immediately complained that the gunman’s diplomatic immunity, as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, was violated. The gunman was freed later in the day after facing grilling by U.S. Secret Service.

EAC endorses Congressman Mike Honda

Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 06:09 PM ed

Ethiopian American Council Few politicians in America could claim as close a relationship with the Ethiopian community in their district and beyond as U.S. Congressman Mike Honda ofCalifornia. Mr. Honda, who is the Founder of the Ethiopian American Congressional Caucus, was also one of the keynote speakers at the recent Ethiopian soccer tournament held in [...]

Ethiopian Embassy shooter detained

Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 06:09 PM ed

Dozens of peaceful protesters who descended on the Ethiopian Embassy, located in North West Washington D.C., to protest recent massacres in Ogaden and Gambela regions were met with gunshots in the embassy compound. U.S. Secret Service announced earlier today that it had detained a man in connection with the shooting incident. Embassy insiders named the shooter as Solomon “Wodi Weyni”, who is said to be a security chief at the Ethiopian embassy.

Group calls release of all jailed journalists

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 02:09 PM ed

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has today called on the government of Ethiopia to free all journalists in jail and to create the conditions for tens of journalists in exile to return home and work for their country’s development.

“We are very concerned about persistent reports of press freedom violations in Ethiopia and the increasing number of journalists in jail and in exile” said Mohamed Garba, President of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ).

Al-Amoudi to spend $500 Million

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 08:09 AM ed

William Davidson Horizon Plantations Ethiopia Plc, majority-owned by Saudi billionaire Mohamed al-Amoudi, plans to almost double annual revenue within three years by investing at least $500 million in coffee and orange projects. The agriculture company will train workers, improve roads and replace washing units at the Limmu and Bebeka coffee plantations, which together have over [...]

UN urges Ethiopia to stop misusing terrorism law

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 08:09 AM ed

GENEVA – A group of United Nations human rights experts urged the Government of Ethiopia to stop misusing anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedoms of expression and association in the country, amid reports that people continue to be detained arbitrarily. The experts’ call comes on the eve of the consideration by Ethiopia of a series of [...]

Ambassador pelted with rotten eggs and fish

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 08:09 AM ed

TPLF’s Ambassador to Sweden, Woinshet Tadesse, was pelted rotten egg and fish as she ran for cover by angry protesters. The protesters came from Ethio-Swedish taske force and Ogaden association in Stockhold.

Crimes Against Womanity

Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 08:09 PM Alma

By Alemayehu G. Mariam–In my September 7 commentary, DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia, I expressed my outrage over the aborted Ethiopian premiere of the film DIFRET. That film, based on a “true story” of Aberash Bekele, tells the dramatic story of a teenage victim of the inhuman and barbaric practice of “telefa” or “marriage by abduction/abduction of child brides” in certain parts of Ethiopia.

ESAT Special on the Massacre in Ogaden

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 12:09 PM ed

VOA admits report was substandard

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 10:09 AM ed

(Addis Voice) The Voice of America (VOA) has finally said that investigation into the contentious August 12 report by Henok Semaegzer Fente on the decision of Azusa Pacific University (APU) to cancel an honors ceremony for Hailemariam Desalegn found that it was incomplete and did not meet VOA’s standards of journalistic quality.

Resolutions for the Ethiopian New Year

Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 11:09 PM Alma

I wish all of my weekly Ethiopian readers throughout the world a happy and prosperous Ethiopian New Year*. I join you joyfully in ringing in 2007 and ringing out 2006. For many of my Ethiopian readers in the United States, September 11 (Ethiopian New Year’s Day, Meskerem 1) is a festive day of celebration as well as a day that shall live in infamy. On September 11, 2011, the terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks in the United States causing the deaths of over 3,000 innocent civilians and property damage in untold billions.

Suppression of the innocent inside Ethiopia

Thursday, September 4, 2014 @ 09:09 AM ed

Graham Peebles–Wrapped in dishonesty, arrogance and paranoia, Ethiopia’s ruling regime (as all such brutal brigades), are following a nationwide policy of violent suppression and constitutional vandalism. It was the 24th June – midsummer’s day – in the adopted homeland of Andargachew Tsige, when he was detained by ‘Yemeni officials’ (State heavies in suits) whilst transiting through Sana’a to Eritrea.

The game of thrones in Ethiopia

Monday, September 1, 2014 @ 10:09 AM ed

Alemayehu G. Mariam–In the “Game of Thrones”, (the book from which the internationally popular television series of the same name is adapted), rival lords among the ruling families clash violently to take over the kingdom of the Iron Throne. The internecine warfare rages on as the kingdom faces threats from otherworldly creatures.

Addis Ababa’s 63 toilets for 3 mil. people

Friday, August 29, 2014 @ 12:08 PM ed

David Smith (The Guardian) Addis Ababa has more than 3 million people, but there are just 63 public toilets. At one, in the oldest part of the city, there is constant activity andbustle as people queue to pay varying prices for a urinal, full cubicle or shower in the white-tiled facility inside a circular yellow [...]

VOA investigating distortion allegations

Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 09:08 AM ed

The Voice of America says it has begun a thorough investigation into allegations of deliberate distortions at VOA Amharic Service. Kevin Lynch, acting director of public relations at VOA, confirmed that the allegations are being probed in earnest.The director of VOA, David Esor,also noted in a statement he gave to VOA Horn of Africa that he would do everything in his power to address the complaints.

G7 , EPPF, and APDFM in merger talks (PR)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 02:08 PM ed

Protesters demand VOA to stop distortions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 01:08 PM ed

By Dawit Ashenafi–Scores of Ethiopian-American protesters rallied Monday in front of the State Department demanding the U.S. to stand with the oppressed people of Ethiopia. The protesters also urged Voice of America (VOA) management to take serious actions against VOA Amharic reporters deliberately distorting facts and misinforming listeners.

Long way to a more perfect union

Monday, August 25, 2014 @ 12:08 AM Alma

On April 10, 1957, 28 year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) gave a speech at the St. Louis Freedom Rally in St. Louis, MO entitled, “A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations”. In his speech, MLK commended St. Louis for integrating its schools in a “quiet and dignified manner”.

Bloggers held for more than 100 days

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 11:08 AM ed

Joint statement by Front Line Defenders and Tactical Technology Collective on arrest of Zone9 bloggers: In the recent Zone9 Bloggers case in Ethiopia the authorities have fabricated charges of destabilising the nation and terrorism in an attempt to silence any independent voices talking about the human rights situation in the country. Part of the supposed evidence [...]

Ethiopia’s wiretapping is illegal

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 10:08 AM ed

Earlier this week, EFF told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Ethiopia must be held accountable for its illegal wiretapping of an American citizen. Foreign governments simply do not have a get-out-of-court-free card when they commit serious felonies in America against Americans. This case is the centerpiece of our U.S. legal [...]

VOA Amharic in crisis over distortion scandal

Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 09:08 AM ed

By Dawit Ashenafi–Two staff members of the Voice of America, Horn of Africa section, have recently attracted the attention of Ethiopians across the world. Henok Semaeger Fente and Peter Heinlein are not strangers to internal and external complaints. But the fresh allegations both are facing over an unverified, distorted and false story full of inaccuracies and dubious quotes aired in Amharic on August 12 have undoubtedly dented the credibility and reliability of VOA as a media institution.

Washington meeting of African leaders opens to protests

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 12:08 PM ed

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the State Department on Monday, the start of a summit meeting here of more than 40 African heads of state, to denounce some of the leaders as “torturers” and “killers.” The protesters, who were mostly from Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said they were angry that the White House was looking to enhance economic ties with repressive governments. “Stop financing dictators,” the crowd chanted. “President Obama, shame on you.”

In Ethiopia, a stranglehold on freedom

Sunday, August 3, 2014 @ 11:08 PM ed

By Lulit Mesfin and Meron Ahadu–When Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled to Ethiopia last year, he met a young blogger named Natnael Feleke. When he returned a few months ago, Kerry found that Feleke, along with five other bloggers and three journalists, had been arrested — the latest in a long line of journalists the Ethiopian government has detained on the claim that they were trying to incite terrorism.

Reemergence of the African rat pack

Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 11:07 AM ed

Alyssa Rickard–The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa’s incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent. The phenomenon is obviously bad for the people of Africa and for the overall progress of democracy. But the worst consequence of many African leaders’ support for even their most authoritarian colleagues is the growing regional acceptance

Congressman call for release of Andargachew

Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 11:07 AM ed

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Monday urged Ethiopia’s prime minister to release Andargachew Tsige, a native-born opposition leader with British citizenship who last month was extradicted to the African nation from Yemen under questionable circumstances. In a letter to Prime Minister Hailemarian Desalegn, the California Republican wrote: “Mr. Andargachew is a British citizen and [...]

Gov’t says aid review is based on fabrication

Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 10:07 AM ed

By William Davison (Bloomberg) A British court’s decision to allow a judicial review of aid given to Ethiopia is based on “fabrications” about a resettlement program propagated by people outside the country, the Horn of Africa nation’s Foreign Ministry said. The High Court in London on July 14 said a review could be conducted into whether the U.K.’s [...]

Hailemariam Desalegn got “F” in English

Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 04:07 AM ed

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a critical commentary on the accidental Prime Minister of Ethiopia. However, some apologists of the tyrannical TPLF regime shouted that my commentary on Puppet Hailemariam Desalegn (PHD) was an unsubstantiated attack against the ceremonial PM. As a follow-up, Addis Voice has produced a well-substantiated parody that exposes PHD’s incompetence and confusion in collaboration with Americansrc:’’,align:’right’,width:’500′,height:’400′ language and communications expert, J Davidson.

41 organizations call for release of bloggers, jornalists

Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 09:07 AM ed

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now joined 40 other human rights and civil society organizations in a letter to Ethiopian Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn expressing grave concern at the continued targeting of journalists and bloggers on terrorism charges. The letter, also joined by organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the PEN American Center, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, highlighted the recent terror charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the Zone 9 website (one in absentia) and three independent journalists in Ethiopia.

University revokes honor for Ethiopian PM

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 @ 01:07 PM ed

(AV) Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn faced a stinging humiliation as Azusa Pacific University (APU), whose motto is “God First”, has withdrawn an honor it had already bestowed on him. The university administration had to reverse its decision to honor Mr. Desalegn in light of gross human rights violations in Ethiopia being perpetrated by the regime he serves.

Gov’t under fire over Zone9 prosecution

Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 11:07 AM ed

Nairobi (ST) — International condemnation mounts against Ethiopia following a Federal High Court’s decision on Friday to press charges against a group of nine Ethiopian bloggers and journalists.

The bloggers who are members of a social media activist group known as Zone 9 were arrested late in April for alleged links with an outlawed group and planning to carry out terrorist attacks to destabilize nation.

Ethiopia: Drop Case Against Bloggers, Journalists

Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 03:07 PM ed

(Nairobi, July 19, 2014) – The Ethiopian government should immediately drop politically motivated charges brought against 10 bloggers and journalists on July 17, 2014, under the country’s deeply flawed anti-terrorism law. The Ethiopian authorities arrested six of the bloggers and three journalists on April 25 and 26. They have been detained in Maekelawi, the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector in Addis Ababa.

Hailemariam Desalegn caught plagiarizing again

Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 10:07 AM ed

TPLF’s puppet Hailemariam Desalegn is probably the most incompetent and incoherent “leader” in the entire history of Ethiopia. His incompetence, shallowness and lack of originality is exposed whenever he meets journalists or goes to TPLF’s rubber stamp parliament for a routine Q & A. It is apparent that Prime Puppet Hailemariam (hereafter acronymed PPH) has no originality whatsoever. He is not only clueless but a master of miscommunication.

Ethiopia: The Crime of Extraordinary Rendition

Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 09:07 PM Alma

Last week, the regime in Ethiopia announced its abduction of Andaragatchew Tsgie, General Secretary of the Ethiopian opposition group known as Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy, with smug delight. According to the regime, the “Ethiopian national security service coordinating with its Yemeni counterpart had detained and transferred to Ethiopia [Andaragatchew Tsgie] as he tried to enter Eritrea through Sanaa [Yemen].”

Andargachew’s wife speaks to BBC

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @ 09:07 AM ed

(BBC) In late June, Ethiopian political activist Andargachew Tsige flew into Yemen en-route to Eritrea but disappeared. It is believed he was kidnapped and sent back to Ethiopia. A spokesman for exiled opposition movement, GINBOT 7, Andargachew faces the death penalty for alleged anti-government activities. His wife, Yemi Hailemariam spoke to Focus on Africa’s Akwasi [...]

Ginbot 7 leader shown on TV

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @ 09:07 AM ed

(BBC) Opposition leader Andargachew Tsege has appeared on Ethiopian state television, following his disappearance from Yemen last month.

His UK-based wife Yemi Hailemariam told the BBC she was shocked to see him on television. Yemen arrested Andargachew while he was in transit at Sanaa airport, and secretly handed him to Ethiopia.

TPLF parades Andargachew Tsege on ETV

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 09:07 PM ed

TPLF arrests four political activists

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 09:07 AM ed

WASHINGTON, DC (Ethiomedia)- Police on Tuesday arrested four young and prominent political leaders: Habtamu Ayalew, Daniel Shibeshi (both Andinet Party leaders), Yeshiwas Assefa (Semayawi Party) and Mekelle University instructor Abraha Desta, also a leader of Arena Opposition Party in Mekelle, Tigrai region. Habtamu Ayalew, public relations head of the opposition Andinet Party, widely known as [...]

TPLF admits holding Andargachew Tsege

Monday, July 7, 2014 @ 06:07 PM ed

(Addis Voice) The TPLF regime has admitted that it is holding Secretary General of Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy. According to the Ethiopian Satellite TV and Radio, Hailemariam Desalegn confirmed to visiting UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, that Andargachew Tsege is in custody. It was also reported that Andargachew, who holds British citizenship, has been brutally tortured by TPLF security agents in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian activist at risk of torture

Monday, July 7, 2014 @ 11:07 AM ed

UA: 171/14 Index: AFR 25/003/2014 Andargachew Tsige, an Ethiopian political activist in exile, appears to have been arrested in transit in Yemen on 24 June and forcibly returned to Ethiopia. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Andargachew Tsige is a British national of Ethiopian origin and Secretary-General of Ginbot 7, an outlawed [...]

Ginbot 7 leader facing death penalty

Saturday, July 5, 2014 @ 05:07 PM ed

(BBC) An Ethiopian opposition leader, who was sentenced to death while in exile for plotting a coup, has been extradited from Yemen to Ethiopia, his group says. Andargachew Tsege, who is also a British national, is secretary-general of the banned Ginbot 7 movement.The Ethiopian government allegedly requested his extradition after he was arrested in Yemen last month. European MEP Ana Gomes told the BBC the UK needed to use its political leverage to ensure his release.The Ethiopian government has not commented on the alleged extradition.

UK accused over extradition of British citizen

Friday, July 4, 2014 @ 05:07 PM ed

(The Guardian) The Foreign Office has been accused of failing to act to prevent theextradition to Ethiopia of an opposition leader facing the death penalty. Andargachew Tsige, a British national, is secretary general of an exiled Ethiopian opposition movement, Ginbot 7. He was arrested at Sana’a airport on 23 June by the Yemeni security services while [...]

Yemen detains prominent British-Ethiopian

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 12:07 PM ed

(Addis Voice) Yemeni authorities reportedly detained Andargachew Tsege, a naturalized British citizen while in transit to another country.

Andargachew, Secretary General of Ginbot 7, Movement for Justice and Freedom, was detained by Yemeni security officers at Sanaa Airport on June 23, 2014. Andargachew, is still believed to be under the custody of Yemeni authorities.

No Country for Ethiopian Human Rights Abusers

Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 11:06 PM Alma

Prof. Al Mariam–The U.S. Justice Department encourages Ethiopians to report human-rights abusers hiding in plain view in America. They are hidden in plain view. They have been hiding in plain view in the U.S. for over 30 years. They have been hiding in plain view in the U.S. for just three years.

Egyptian anchor suspended with ambassador

Sunday, June 22, 2014 @ 02:06 PM ed

An Egyptian broadcaster has been suspended for arguing with Ethiopia’s ambassador to Cairo during a live TV phone-in about Addis Ababa’s ongoing Nile dam project. On Wednesday, Rania Badawy, a talk show host on the privately-owned Tahrir satellite channel, got into a heated argument with Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dardir over the Grand Renaissance Dam, a [...]

Ethiopia’s prosecutor from hell in America

Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 08:06 AM ed

Under the brutal rule of the TPLF, courts are key instruments of repression. This is not an allegation. It is rather a well-documented and substantiated fact widely known across the world. One of the worst crimes the TPLF has committed in the last two decades is using fake laws, Kangaroo courts, unjustly ruthless “prosecutors” and “judges” to silence and torment anyone opposed to its criminal tyranny.

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Eskinder Nega awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 11:06 AM ed

(WAN-IFRA) Jailed Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega has been awarded the 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The award was presented Monday in Turin, Italy, during the opening ceremonies of the 66th World Newspaper Congress, 21st World Editors Forum and 24th World Advertising Forum, before 1,000 publishers, chief editors, CEOs, managing directors and their guests.

New website on Ethiopia

Sunday, June 8, 2014 @ 11:06 AM ed

Traffickers prey on Ethiopian migrants

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 09:06 PM ed

Sintayehu Beyene left Ethiopia planning to earn money to begin a carpentry business. He ended up captive in Yemen where Kalashnikovwielding traffickers stole what little he owned. Grabbed from a boatload of migrant workers as it landed on a Yemeni shore, he says the armed gang whisked him inland to a desert camp. Beaten and detained for nine days with about 30 other people, he was forced to hand over the 1,400 Ethiopian birr ($71 US) he was carrying before being released. He crossed to neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

KKR seeking fertile land in Ethiopia

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 09:06 PM ed

LONDON—For private-equity giant KKR a debut investment in Africa smells of sweetheart roses. Afriflora is an Ethiopian company that grows about 730 million of the flowers a year for export to Europe, making it a significant player in the east African country’s blossoming cut flower export industry. KKR is investing about $200 million from its $6.2 [...]

Coca-Cola under fire over Teddy’s soccer anthem

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 09:06 PM ed

By  EMF staff writer (EMF) A large number of the Ethiopian Diaspora is urging East African nations to stop drinking Coca-Cola in protest over Coca-Cola’s outrageous action to drop Teddy Afro’s World Cup Anthem. Negative campaigning is on the rise as social media pages are flooded with a highly negative campaigns against Coca Cola products [...]

Student gets record admissions from top colleges

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 09:06 PM ed

By Bekafa Adela At sixteen years of age, Nahom Marie, a young American man of Ethiopian extraction, is already starting to make a name for himself. He will be graduated from high school this spring at a rather young age. During his kindergarten years he was already exhibiting an intelligence that compelled his school administrators [...]

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Monday, June 2, 2014 @ 12:06 AM Alma

Prof. Al Mariam–“Making predictions is hard. Especially about the future”, said the famous American baseball player, Lawrence “Yogi” Berra facetiously. Likewise, predicting whether there is light at the end of the tunnel in 2050 and beyond is hard. Especially about the Dark Continent. Making predictions about Africa based on the facts of the last half century will surely make one a doomsayer.

Global Alliance hands over $50k donation

Saturday, May 31, 2014 @ 05:05 PM ed

BBC condemns TPLF “act of vandalism”

Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 05:05 PM ed

(BBC) Liliane Landor, acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined directors from Deutsche Welle, France 24, and the US Broadcasting Board of Directors which oversees the Voice of America, in condemning the flagrant violation of the clearly established international procedures on operating satellite equipment. Liliane Landor said: “The BBC calls upon the Ethiopian authorities to end this interference. They are disrupting international news broadcasts for no apparent reason. This is a deliberate act of vandalism that tarnishes their reputation.”

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Ethiopia student crackdown taints higher education

Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 05:05 PM ed

Paul O’Keeffe–Over the past 15 years, Ethiopia has become home to one of the world’s fastest-growing higher education systems. Increasing the number of graduates in the country is a key component of the government’s industrialisation strategy and part of its ambitious plan to become a middle-income country by 2025. Since the 1990s, when there were just two public universities, almost 30 new institutions have sprung up.

Torture perpetrator sentenced for crimes

Friday, May 23, 2014 @ 04:05 PM ed

DENVER May 23, 2014 (AP) By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press A brutal Ethiopian jail guard who tortured and killed dozens of people during government-sponsored violence in the 1970s should spend 22 years in prison forimmigration crimes, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the United States cannot become a refuge for human-rights violators. “The risk that [...]

Free or charge the bloggers: IFJ

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 @ 10:05 PM ed

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Tuesday severely criticised authorities in Ethiopia following the decision by a court to grant police nearly one more month to conduct investigations against the journalists and bloggers detained in the country last month.Three journalists and six bloggers were arrested on 25 and 26 April by police using an [...]

The “Farce” of U.S. Diplocrisy

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 12:05 AM Alma

Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a “terrorist” criminal and called Assad’s electoral plans a “farce”. “Assad’s is making partnership with terrorist elements, attracting terrorists and engaging in terrorist activities against his own people.” Assad’s planned presidential elections are “staged elections [that] are a farce.

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant honored

Friday, May 16, 2014 @ 07:05 PM ed

Jailed bloggers beaten in jail

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 03:05 PM ed

Addis Ababa (AFP) Three Ethiopian bloggers appeared in court on Thursday with two alleging they had been beaten while in detention, a case that has been condemned internationally as an assault on press freedom. The three are part of a group of nine bloggers and journalists accused by police of “serious crimes”, with the other [...]

Hailemedhin may finally get aslym

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 02:05 PM ed

By Johnlee Varghese (IBT) The co-pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET702 who had hijacked his plane and got it to Switzerland, in a bid to claim political asylum in the country,may finally have his wish granted, though not exactly as he might have planned. The Swiss government recently denied the extradition request from Ethiopian authorities, stating that [...]

Ethio-Egyptian dispute not war: Minister

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 02:05 PM ed

(Ahram Online) A ‘clash’ between Egypt and Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam is not the answer, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says during avisit to Equatorial Guinea. Egypt’s dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam “is not a war,” Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday. During a visit to Equatorial Guinea, as part of an [...]

Of Elections and Diapers in Ethiopia in 2015

Sunday, May 11, 2014 @ 06:05 PM Alma

Whether the people of Ethiopia are better off in 2014 than they were in 2010 or in 2005 is the sole question that should be decided in the 2015 parliamentary “election”. If they are not, the people should vote to change diapers. After all, “politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.”

Obama agrees with Ethiopia’s call for freedom

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ 04:05 PM ed

San Jose, California–U.S. President Barack Obama has agreed with journalist Abebe Gellaw’s demand to support freedom in Ethiopia and help free bloggers, journalists and political prisoners jailed by the tyrannical regime. While Obama was wrapping up his speech last night at a glitzy Democratic National Committee reception in San Jose’s FairmonHotel, journalist and activist Abebe Gellaw interrupted the president and called support for freedom in Ethiopia. The event jointly hosted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and and Y Combinator CEO Sam Altman was mainly attended by Silicon Valley business and political leaders. Abebe began his message with a positive note. “Mr. Obama, we Ethiopians love you. We demand freedom for Ethiopia,” he said.

Global Alliance condemns massacres, arrests

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 @ 02:05 PM ed

Press Release  May 6, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians (GARE) is deeply disturbed with the recent massacres and mass arrests of journalists, bloggers and activists in Ethiopia. These barbaric measures provide fresh evidence on the Ethiopian government’s total disregard for the basic rights, dignity and civil liberties of [...]

Ethiopia: Brutal Crackdown on Protests

Monday, May 5, 2014 @ 09:05 PM ed

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian security forces should cease using excessive force against students peacefully protesting plans to extend the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa. The authorities should immediately release students and others arbitrarily arrested during the protests and investigate and hold accountable security officials who are responsible for abuses.

On May 6, 2014, the government will appear before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for the country’s Universal Periodic Review of its human rights record.

UN condemns crackdown on Journalists

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 10:05 PM ed

(UN News Wire)The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia and the increasing restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression in the Horn of Africa nation. The comments by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay follow the recent arrest and detention of six members of the blogging collective [...]

Kerry raises detained Ethiopian bloggers with PM

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 10:05 PM ed

(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he had raised concerns about Ethiopia’s detention of six bloggers and three journalists during a meeting with the country’s prime minister on Thursday. The bloggers – part of a group called Zone 9 that has published articles and appeals criticising government policies – and the local [...]

Nearly fifty people killed in Oromia

Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 10:05 PM ed

At least nine students have died during days of protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia state, the government has said. However, a witness told the BBC that 47 were killed by the security forces. She said the protests in Ambo, 125km (80 miles) west of Addis Ababa began last Friday over plans to expand the capital into Oromia state. The government did not say how most of the deaths had beencaused but the Ambo resident said.

Jailed bloggers spark Ethiopia trend

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 09:04 PM ed

BBC News Just when US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Ethiopia, six of the nation’s leading bloggers have been arrested. On Friday afternoon at 5pm Addis Ababa time, the mobile phones and inboxes of nine Ethiopian bloggers began to beep and vibrate with frantic messages. One of the members of social media activist group [...]

Ethiopians rally in DC against arrests

Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 03:04 AM ed

Demonstration to demand Secretary Kerry raise Human Rights Violations during his upcoming trip to Ethiopia and to show solidarity for jailed Semayawi party members, Zone 9 independent Journalists and all Political Prisoners A protest demonstration has called for Monday April 28, 2014 in Washington, DC in front of the State Department ahead of Secretary John [...]

Ethiopia: Major crackdown on government critics

Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 03:04 AM ed

(Amnesty International) The Ethiopian government is tightening its suffocating grip on freedom of expression in a major crackdown which has seen the arrest of numerous independent, critical and opposition voices over the last two days, said Amnesty International. Six members of an independent blogger and activist group and a freelance journalist were arrested yesterday 25 [...]

Ethiopia: Arrests Upstage Kerry Visit

Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 03:04 AM ed

(HRW) The Ethiopian authorities should immediately release six bloggers and three journalists arrested on April 25 and 26, 2014, unless credible charges are promptly brought, Human Rights Watch said today. United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who is scheduled to visit Ethiopia beginning April 29, should urge Ethiopian officials to unconditionally release all activists and journalists who have been arbitrarily detained or convicted in unfair trials, Human Rights Watch said. The arrests also came days before Ethiopia is scheduled to have its human rights record assessed at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s universal periodic review in Geneva on May 6.

Ethiopia’s ‘villagisation’ fails to bear fruit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 07:04 PM ed

The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes. Agulodiek is a patch of land where families gradually gathered of their own accord, while Elay is part of the Ethiopian government’s contentious “villagisation” scheme that ended last year. The plan in Gambella was to relocate almost the entire rural population of the state over three years. Evidence from districts surrounding Gambella town suggest the policy is failing.

Egypt church asks Patriarch to postpone visit

Monday, April 21, 2014 @ 04:04 PM ed

CAIRO (DailySabah) — Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Abune Mathias has indefinitely postponed a visit he was scheduled to pay to Cairo on Friday upon a request from the Egyptian Orthodox Church, a source with the Egyptian church said Monday. According to the source, who asked not to be named, Patriarch of the Egyptian [...]

Dam! White Elephants in Ethiopia?

Sunday, April 20, 2014 @ 11:04 PM Alma

Alemayehu G Mariam–Last week, in a bizarre display of faux outrage and indignation, the regime in Ethiopia unleashed its big “experts” to go after International Rivers, an organization that has been leading the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of indigenous communities that depend on them for nearly three decades. International Rivers, headquartered in Berkeley, CA., is committed to promoting sustainable use of water and rivers throughout the world.

Author restores faith to Ethiopian woman

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 07:04 PM ed

By Elisa Jaffe (Komonews) SEATTLE — The death of 13-year old adoptee Hana Williams outraged communities from Ethiopia to Mount Vernon, where her adoptive parents left her to die malnourished, naked, and cold in her back yard. “Our whole family was just heartbroken,” said Haimanot Kassaye Weldetsadik, Hana’s cousin and closest friend who helped raise her [...]

Marathon champs return to Boston

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 07:04 PM ed

By John Powers (Boston Globe) – In the beginning there was Abebe Bikila, the imperial guard who ran barefoot atop Roman cobblestones by torchlight in 1960 and became the first black African to win the Olympic marathon. The Ethiopians owned the distance then, winning three consecutive gold medals at the Games with Bikila and Mamo [...]

Ethiopia inks deal with Mario Barreto

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

By Betemariam HailuBBC Sport, Addis Ababa The Ethiopian Football Federation has confirmed it has agreed a deal for Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto to take charge of the national football team. The former Ghana coach will be unveiled on Tuesday according to EFF president Juinedi Basha. “We’ve selected Barreto to be the new coach, we’ve agreed [...]

No room for debate on GERD?

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

By Lori Pottinger (International Rivers)
International Rivers has been caught in the crossfire between Ethiopia and Egypt as they struggle over a large dam being built on the Nile RiverLorri Pottinger, International Rivers by Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s government turned its sights on International Rivers after we published a leaked report by the international panel of experts charged with reviewing project documents for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Pope to wash feet of Ethiopian woman

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

According to Radio Vatican, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass of Our Lords’s Supper with those that need love and attention. Among the list of people to have their feet washed by the Pope are found Muslims and an unidentified Ethiopian woman. (Patheos) For the second year in a row Pope Francis has chosen to celebrate [...]

Patriarch vows to fight homosexuality

Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

By DAN LITTAUER Mathias warned that the “sin that burnt Sodom and Gomorrah in Ethiopia not only erodes the holiness that God has bestowed upon Ethiopians, but it will bring destruction and damage, rather than development and growth. “To prevent this I call upon all Ethiopians to fight this grand sin of Sodom persistently,” he added. [...]

Ethiopian gov’t cancels anti-gay rally

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 07:04 PM ed

(AP) A planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia has been cancelled by the government, according to officials. In addition, a plan by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes ineligible for presidential pardons has been dropped, according to Redwan Hussein, an Ethiopian government spokesman. Gay Ethiopians face severe penalties for living in the [...]

Gunmen kill nine in western Ethiopia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

(Reuters) – Gunmen ambushed a bus carrying dozens of people in western Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, killing nine and wounding six others, state-run media said on Wednesday. There was no claim of responsibility and no group was blamed for the attack, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted several plots in recent years by Ethiopian insurgents as well as Somali al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab Islamist militants.

Council confers on Ethiopia future

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

Somalia wants citizens to spy on militants

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

World Bulletin/News Desk When militants blasted their way to within 50 metres of the Somali president’s residence, they forced a sharp rethink of security in the capital Mogadishu. The deadly Feb. 21 assault on the Villa Somalia compound was the closest militants had got to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The assault by al Shabaab at [...]

S. Sudan’s Kiir to visit Ethiopia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA (TP)– South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday, a senior government official told Anadolu Agency. He is expected to meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and envoys from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional trade bloc, the official said. [...]

Ethiopian Feleke Wins Vienna Marathon

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 09:04 AM ed

Venna, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Ethiopian athlete Getu Feleke conquered today the Vienna Austrian marathón with record timing for the event of two hours, five minutes and 41 seconds. It was a very good run for me. Only the wind bothered me a bit between kilometres 24 and 28 but, in all, it was great, [...]

Ethiopia: Justice and treatment in detention

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 08:04 AM ed

The UK is concerned about continuing restrictions on opposition and dissent in Ethiopia, through use of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP) and the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP). Those detained under the ATP include members of opposition groups, journalists, peaceful protesters, and others seeking to express their rights to freedom of assembly or expression, while the CSP has had a serious impact on Ethiopian civil society’s ability to operate effectively.

UK slams Ethiopia’s human rights record

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 08:04 AM ed

BY NEAMIN ASHENAFI The 2013 Human Rights report of the government of (UK) severely criticized the government of Ethiopia for its application of its Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and the Charities and Societies Proclamation, which hampers the activity of the opposition camp of the country. The report says that the UK is concerned about continuing restrictions on [...]

Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial

Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 04:04 PM ed

A high profile trial against protest leaders – intellectuals, activists and elected members of “The Ethiopian Muslim Arbitration Committee” – is shaking the Ethiopian political landscape. The government argues that the accused harbour “extreme” Islamic ideologies. It accuses them of conspiracy with terrorist groups to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia:Periodic review on rights violations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 09:04 AM ed

Ethiopia’s human rights situation since 2009 has been marked by a harsh intolerance for any criticism of government actions and a sharp decline in freedoms of expression and association. Critics of government policy continue to be subjected to harassment, arbitrary detention, and politically motivated prosecutions. Two repressive laws passed in 2009-the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSO law) and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation-have been used to decimate independent media and civil society organizations.

Egyptian presidential hopeful threatens Ethiopia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 09:04 AM ed

Al Ahram Online Hopeful presidential candidate Mortada Mansour said he will ban Facebook and Twitter if they threaten the nation’s internal security and declare war on Ethiopia should it maintain its stance on the Renaissance dam. Speaking to TV anchor Amr El-Leithy on the Bewodouh (With Clarity) news show on the privately-owned Al-Hayah TV channel [...]

EAC endorses Leggett for county executive

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 02:04 PM ed

Rockville, Maryland, April 1 – The Ethiopian-American Council of North America (EAC) has decided to throw its full support for the re-election of Isiah “Ike” Leggett. Vying for a third term as county executive, Leggett garnered 65 percent of the vote in his last re-election bid. Primary elections for Montgomery County officials will be held [...]

Why Europe should care about Ethiopia’s repression

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 @ 06:04 PM ed

With European elections looming and a host of crises here at home dominating the political debate, there is the risk that challenges abroad – including Ethiopia’s disturbing treatment of journalists – will be swept under the carpet. It is vitally important that the current Parliament and Commission not let that happen as their mandates wind down, writes Alison Bethel McKenzie.

Ethiopian maids targeted in Kuwait

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 01:03 AM ed

(Migrant Rights) Kuwait’s Ethiopian community has become the target of bigoted accusations and vitriolic attacks following the March 16 murder of a 19-year-old Kuwaiti woman by an Ethiopian domestic worker.  The young housemaid murdered her employer’s daughter, child of ex-football player and current Kuwaiti official Humood Flatih al-Shammari, and proceeded to turn herself in at the [...]

Ethiopia: Telecom surveillance chills rights

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 06:03 PM ed

The Ethiopian government is using foreign technology to bolster its widespread telecom surveillance of opposition activists and journalists both in Ethiopia and abroad, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 100-page report, “‘They Know Everything We Do’: Telecom and Internet Surveillance in Ethiopia,” details the technologies the Ethiopian government has acquired from several countries and uses to facilitate surveillance of perceived political opponents inside the country and among the diaspora. The government’s surveillance practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, association, and access to information. The government’s monopoly over all mobile and Internet services through its sole, state-owned telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, facilitates abuse of surveillance powers.

EITI or Clare’s Corruption Club?

Sunday, March 23, 2014 @ 09:03 PM Alma

Last week, Clare Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), succeeded in bullying the EITI Board members into voting to admit the ruling regime in Ethiopia into her Club. She did it the old-fashioned way— arm-twisting, browbeating, bulldozing, rear-end kicking, a little bit of jawboning and sweet-talkin’ and a whole lot of temper tantrum throwing.

ETHIOPIA: Silence, pain and lies

Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 05:03 PM ed

By Muktar M. Omer-The Ethiopian Government, through its foreign ministry, responded to Martin Plaut’s article“Silence and Pain: Ethiopia’s human rights record in the Ogaden” with the usual feigned shock and template denial that has long characterized the regime’s political personality. It is the established behavior of aggressive and autocratic regimes to discount well-founded reports of human right violations as propaganda constructs of the ‘enemy’. The response from the Foreign Ministry was thus nothing more than a well memorized and rehearsed Ethiopian way of disregarding documented depravities committed by the regime.

Eskinder Nega’s “Letter to My Son”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 04:03 AM ed

The mistakes of my life. Ah! I could go on and on and on about them. (Warning, I am aiming for your sympathy.) There are the missed opportunities. (God is generous, I squandered them all, literally.) There are the wrong choices (Hey there is at least the adrenaline rush that comes with every wrong move.) There is the conceited self-absorption (Obviously more and more as I rush through middle age.)

Egypt, Ethiopia water dispute escalating

Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:03 PM ed

WASHINGTON (The Star)—Egypt’s musical-chairs government faces enough challenges. So why is a construction project almost 3,000 kilometres from Cairo provoking fears over Egypt’s national survival?

Egypt and Ethiopia are butting heads over the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a $4-billion hydroelectric project that Ethiopia is building on the headwaters of the Blue Nile, near the border between Ethiopia and Sudan.

Al Shabab leaders vow to fight Ethiopia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 10:03 AM ed

Reuters, Mogadishu The leader of the al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group al Shabaab has urged Somalis to wage holy war against Ethiopia, Somalia’s Horn of Africa neighbour whose forces are preparing to lead an African Union offensive against the militants. Ethiopia fought an ill-fated war in Somalia in 2006-09 but sent troops back in 2011 to [...]

In Ethiopia, the truth is stranger than fiction

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 07:03 PM ed

BY Abebe Gellaw–The life of the young Ethiopian co-pilot who sought political asylum while flying in the airspace of Switzerland two weeks ago will never be the same again. If the amount of money people make is a measure of success, the 30-year old co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn had a relatively “privileged” life in Ethiopia, where per capita income is around $400. In contrast to the paltry income of the majority of Ethiopians, the average pilot working for the state-controlled Ethiopian Airlines is said to make well over $2000 per month.

The Race to Save Ethiopians Damned by the Dam

Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 10:03 PM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–Exactly two years ago to the month, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Dam and the Damned: Gilgel Gibe III Ethiopia” focusing on the impact of “development” in the Omo River Basin (ORB) in southern Ethiopia. In that commentary, I echoed the deep concerns voiced by various international human rights and environmental organizations over the ecological impact and cost of that dam on the lives of indigenous populations.

Ethiopian Airlines VP resigns: ENTC

Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 01:03 AM ed

Egypt launches dam-busting diplomacy

Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 01:03 AM ed

CAIRO, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Egypt may be in the throes of political turmoil, but the government has begun a diplomatic offensive aimed at stopping Ethiopia from building a huge hydroelectric dam on the Nile River that Cairo says will be a disaster for the Arab world’s most populous nation.

The military-backed administration began its effort to internationalize the thorny issue in hopes of gathering support for its case against Ethiopia, where the Blue Nile rises in the northwestern highlands, after bilateral negotiations deadlocked in January.

TPLF spying in America

Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 07:02 PM ed

(WND) A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Maryland resident who claims the government of his native Ethiopia spied on him with an electronic program that was created – and is sold to governments – for the purpose of observing the life people have on their computers – unnoticed. Amid all the reports [...]

Protesters condemn ethnic slure

Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 05:02 PM ed

A huge protest rally jointly organized by the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party and the All Ethiopian Unity Party condemned deputy chief of the Amhara state for his deprecating comments against the people of Amhara.  The Sunday protest march, attended by well over 15 thousand people demanded the removal of the official from office.

Al Amoudi’s daughter wins court battle

Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 11:02 AM ed

New Agencies The Saudi “princess” who was accused of being a “prostitute” and lying her way to a £14m property empire has triumphed in her High Court battle against two London property tycoons. Sara Al Amoudi, dubbed “the vamp in the veil”, was said by property tycoons, Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Patton, to be a [...]

Court orders Hailemedhin held in custody

Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 11:02 AM ed

GENEVA — A Swiss court has ordered the co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines plane held in custody pending further investigation and appointed him a defense counsel. The man, who has previously been identified as 31-year-old Ethiopian Hailemedhin Abera, is accused of hijacking the Rome-bound plane and forcing it to land in Geneva on Monday. None of the 200 passengers and crew members were injured in the incident.

Co-pilot hijacks Ethiopian plane

Monday, February 17, 2014 @ 04:02 AM ed

GENEVA — An Ethiopian Airlines plane destined for Rome was forced to land early Monday in Geneva, where the hijacker was arrested, authorities said. Police later said the hijacker was a co-pilot who surrendered and asked for political asylum. They said the co-pilot locked the cockpit door and grabbed control of the plane when the pilot went to the bathroom. According to Robert Deillon, Director of Geneva International Airport, the co-pilot left the plane by climbing out of a cockpit window and lowering himself down on a rope, where he was greeted by police.

Congress overrules USAID’s cover-up of Ethiopia abuses

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 08:02 PM ed

Survival International The United States Congress has acted to prevent its aid to Ethiopia being used to fund forced evictions of tribal peoples in the south west of the country. The provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2014 represent a slap in the face for USAID, which last month said that ‘there are no [...]

Ethiopia’s Path to National Reconciliation

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 07:02 PM ed

By Mesay Kebede (PhD) In many of my previous articles, even as Meles Zenawi was in absolute control of the country, I have defined the creation of a government of national reconciliation as the best roadmap both for the easing of some of Ethiopia’s socio-economic problems and initiating the construction of a democratic future. My [...]

TPLF uses spyware against journalists

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 07:02 PM ed

By Craig Timberg (Washington Post) By Craig Timberg, Wednesday, February 12, 9:40 AM Mesay Mekonnen was at his desk, at a news service based in Northern Virginia, when gibberish suddenly exploded across his computer screen one day in December. A sophisticated cyberattack was underway. But this wasn’t the Chinese army or the Russia mafia at work. Instead, a nonprofit research [...]

Descent into hell continues in Ethiopia

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 09:02 AM ed

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death in August 2012 and his replacement by Hailemariam Desalegn raised hopes of political and social reforms that would benefit freedom of information. Sadly, these hopes have been dashed. The repressive anti-terrorism law adopted in 2009 is a threat that continues to hang over journalists, forcing them to censor themselves. Media that dare to violate the code of silence, especially as regards government corruption, are systematically intimidated.

Eskinder Nega wins Golden Pen of Freedom Award

Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 07:01 PM ed

Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian publisher, journalist and blogger who is serving an 18-year jail sentence under anti-terror legislation, has been awarded the 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Mr Nega was arrested on September 14, 2011 after publishing an article criticising his government’s use of the 2009 Anti-Terror Proclamation to jail and silence critics, including Ethiopian actor and activist Debebe Eshetu. He was sentenced on 23 January 2012 and denounced as belonging to a terrorist organisation.

US Congress takes stance against land grabs

Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 04:01 PM ed

Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia. The bill prevents US assistance from being used to support activities that directly or indirectly involve forced displacement in the Lower Omo and Gambella regions. It further requires US assistance in these areas be used to support local community initiatives aimed at improving livelihoods and be subject to prior consultation with affected populations. The bill goes further and even instructs the directors of international financial institutions to oppose financing for any activities that directly or indirectly involve forced evictions in Ethiopia.

ONLF condemns Nairobi abduction

Monday, January 27, 2014 @ 09:01 AM ed

Somalilandsun – The Ethiopian security abducted Mr Sulub Ahmed and Ali Hussein, two senior ONLF leaders from Nairobi yesterday afternoon. The leaders, who were members of the ONLF negotiation team, were in Nairobi for a proposed third round of talks. This is not the first time that the Ethiopian government has acted in an unethical [...]

On Behalf of Semayawi Party, Thanks!

Monday, January 20, 2014 @ 01:01 AM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–Thank you one and all who came out to the town hall meetings in the U.S. and Europe over the past several weeks and supported Semayawi Party! In a report last week, described Semayawi Party (SP) as the “newest opposition sensation” which “raises new hopes” for nonviolent change in Ethiopia. Yilikal Getnet, Semayawi Party’s young and dynamic chairman, presented Ethiopians in various U.S. and European cities his party’s vision of the Beloved New Ethiopia founded on hope, peace and unity.

Ethiopian deportees from Saudi in limbo

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 @ 08:01 AM ed

LEGUAMA, Ethiopia (New York Times) — Mohammed Jemal left Ethiopia two years ago. He wanted to be independent, to support his family — and to escape the mockery of having squandered a big chance for a better life. “I went to college and dropped out. I somehow failed,” he said. If he had gone back home and started a simple life with a poorly paid job, he said, “people would have called my family names.”

Global Alliance donates fund to IOM

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 08:01 AM ed

News Release The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia has donated USD 30,000 to support IOM’s ongoing post-arrival assistance to Ethiopian migrants returning from Saudi Arabia. The new funding will allow IOM in Ethiopia to continue to provide vital medical assistance, meals, transportation, and provide a cash allowance to destitute migrants [...]

Gedion Zelalem making history at Arsenal

Friday, January 3, 2014 @ 05:01 PM ed

Gedion Zelalem could make Arsenal history in the FA Cup tie against Tottenham on Saturday. The 16-year-old, born in Germany on 26 January 1997 of Ethiopian descent, will become the first player to play for the Gunnerswho was born after Arsene Wenger took the Arsenal job in September 1996. The midfielder has yet to sign [...]

The Ethiopian Diaspora – Keeper of the Faith

Friday, January 3, 2014 @ 05:01 PM ed

By Yilma Bekele–It is a new year and it is always nice to take stock of the damage after another year of trials and tribulations that is testing our endurance as a Nation and people. 2013 has not been a good year. Our children are still migrating out of the homeland in every direction. For all those who make it to a safe destination there are plenty that have perished in silence. May they rest in peace. We will never forget the Lampedusa shipwreck that resulted in over 360 dead. The recent shame and humiliation of our young people in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not be forgotten easy.

Reporter jailed for spreading ‘rumor’

Thursday, January 2, 2014 @ 02:01 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging the release of an Ethiopian journalist who was sentenced to more than two years in jail on the charge of spreading false rumors. The watchdog group said Asfaw Berhanu, a former contributor to the private paper The Reporter, was convicted on Dec. 25 [...]

2013: The Year of Ethiopia’s Rising Cheetahs in Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 @ 07:12 PM Alma

Alemayehu G Mariam–In January 2013, I proclaimed, “2013 shall be the Year of Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation.” I promised “to make my full contribution to uplift and support Ethiopia’s youth and to challenge them to rise up to newer heights.” They rose to greater heights. I pledged to “reach out to them, teach them and preach to them”. I feel proud that I was able to deliver on my promise. In December 2013, I was delighted and immensely gratified to stand with Yilikal Getnet, Chairman of Ethiopia’s Semayawi (Blue) Party in Arlington, VA and show my solidarity with Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation (young people).

Another botched Marxist rollout

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 05:12 PM ed

By Mark Baisley The political philosophy of German sociologist Karl Marx inspired the imaginations of many aspiring revolutionaries. While he did not live to see his theories played out on the large scale of the Soviet Union, Marx did leave volumes of written instructions for his followers in The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital. During [...]

Deported Ethiopians detail abuses

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 05:12 PM ed

(Bloomberg) Teklai Hagos says he watched in horror as Saudi Arabian police beat Ethiopian migrants protesting against the alleged kidnapping and rapes of Ethiopian women by young Saudi men. “When we said stop, then the police started hitting us,” the 30-year-old former pipe-factory worker in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, recalled in an interview in Addis [...]

Ethiopia: A lifeline to the world

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 04:12 PM ed

(Amnesty International) Birtukan Mideksa spent years in an Ethiopian prison, and was featured in Write for Rights 2009 as a prisoner of conscience. She told Amnesty International what global support meant to her, and how the power of letter writing can be harnessed again this year to help her good friend, Eskinder Nega. Birtukan Mideksa speaks to us from her desk in Boston, USA, amid the bustle of student life. A Harvard fellow, she is taking an MA in Public Administration at Kennedy School and is a thriving academic.

Ethiopia: Human Rights Day 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 09:12 PM ed

Ethiopians speak about Saudi abuse

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 04:12 PM ed

The Guardian) As of 8 December, 115,465 Ethiopians – 72,780 men, 37,092 women and 5,593 children, 202 of whom were unaccompanied – had returned from Saudi Arabia, according to government figures. The migrants, most of whom were in Saudi Arabia without work permits, were expelled after atightening of labour regulations in March and the expiration of an amnesty for illegal workers on 4 November. More than a million migrant workers from across Asia have been expelled from the kingdom as part of the crackdown, which is designed to get more Saudis into jobs and reduce the high unemployment rate.

Doctor Arkebe Oqubay flying like a pig

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 @ 09:12 AM ed

Until recently, Arkebe Oqubay was known to have spent much of his life on projects of bloody conflicts, corruption, tyranny or gross violation of human rights. It was a total surprise for many when one of TPLF’s top guns was introduced as a record-breaking scholar. It emerged that Arkebe has been bragging to friends, relatives and admirers since last October that he got a Ph.D from theUniversity of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) with great honor and distinction. He claimed that he shattered academic records, an achievement that guaranteed his name a special place in the honor list…

Nelson Mandela: Farewell, My African Prince!

Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 09:12 PM Alma

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela finally finished his long walk to freedom in the last month of the Year 2013. The sun cast its last rays on the man who lifted South Africa from the darkness of apartheid. Nelson Mandela’s shadow is all we have left. We must now look to that shadow to cast light on a world wrapped in hatred, beset by fear, racked by violence and numbed by indifference. We shall not fear. Mandela’s spirit is near.

Abey Belete gets life without parole

Friday, December 6, 2013 @ 12:12 AM ed

By JENNIFER EMILY Staff Writer, A Dallas County jury convicted a man Thursday of capital murder for fatally shooting a couple on their front porch after following them home from the Ethiopian restaurant they owned. Abey Belette Girma was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the August 2012 murders [...]

US urged to be consistent over tyrannies

Friday, December 6, 2013 @ 12:12 AM ed

AFP – Human rights activists Wednesday urged the US government to be more consistent in its approach toward repressive regimes, warning that muddled responses sent the wrong message to democracy campaigners. America’s over-arching focus on security concerns and the fight against terrorism is obscuring the need to hold governments accountable for rights abuses, activists said [...]

Nelson Mandela: From prisoner to freedom icon

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 11:12 PM ed

(Reuters) – Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

Saudis expel 100,000 Ethiopians

Thursday, December 5, 2013 @ 11:12 PM ed

(Al Jazeera) Ethiopia has repatriated more than 100,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia following a violent crackdown on illegal immigrants, Addis Ababa’s foreign ministry has said. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said on Thursday that up to 50,000 more citizens were still expected to return. “Last night arrivals from Saudi reached 100,620,” Tedros said in a [...]

Amnesty urges gov’t to free Eskinder Nega

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 @ 04:12 PM ed

(Al Jazeera) Rights group Amnesty International has issued a global appeal for the release from prison of an award-winning journalist in Ethiopia. Amnesty on Wednesday said it was trying to raise awareness of the case of Eskinder Nega as part of a campaign called “Write for Rights.” Eskinder, in prison since 2011, is serving an 18-year sentence on terrorism charges.

Alliance calls for actions

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 02:12 AM ed

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia (GAFRESA) has been formed recently in response to the killings, gang rape, torture and other forms of crimes being committed against Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia. GAFRESA was created at a time when Ethiopians across the globe have been expressing outrage on such criminality and savage thuggery that has affected the lives of tens of thousands of Ethiopians who have faced not only such an appalling and inhuman mistreatment

Saudi Arabia: Labor Crackdown Violence

Monday, December 2, 2013 @ 01:12 AM ed

(Beirut) – Ethiopian migrant workers have been the victims of physical assaults, some of them fatal, inSaudi Arabia following a government crackdown on foreign workers. Many workers seeking to return home are being held in makeshift detention centers without adequate food or shelter. Human Rights Watch spoke to five Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Four Ethiopians in Riyadh told Human Rights Watch that the attacks began after November 4, 2013, when authorities resumed a campaign to arrest foreign workers who they claim are violating labor laws.

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown drives out 2m migrants

Friday, November 29, 2013 @ 08:11 PM ed

(The Guardian) Ethiopian workers face hostility amid ‘Saudisation’ campaign to control foreign labour and get more Saudi citizens into work. Under the watchful eyes of Saudi policemen slouched in their squad cars along a rundown street, little knots of Ethiopian men sit chatting on doorsteps and sprawl on threadbare grass at one of Riyadh’s busiest [...]

From the Ethiopian Fire Into the Saudi’s Frying Pan

Thursday, November 28, 2013 @ 10:11 PM Alma

Over the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have voted with their feet to escape one of the most ruthless and brutal dictatorships in Africa. According to Ethiopia’s “Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs”, approximately 200,000 women sought employment abroad in 2012, the vast majority of them in the Middle East. Many of these workers believed they were jumping out of the fire of dictatorship in Ethiopia, but found themselves smack in the middle of the Saudi Arabian frying pan.

50000 Ethiopians deported from Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 05:11 PM ed

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia has flown home over 50,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia after a crackdown against illegal immigrants, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. “We projected the initial number to be 10,000 but it is increasing,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told AFP, adding that the final total once the mass airlift ends [...]

African rights body investigates Ethiopia

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 @ 03:11 PM ed

(Survival International) The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the region’s top human rights body, has called for the forced relocation of thousands of tribal people in Ethiopia to be halted, and has raised concerns over the denial of rights of Botswana’s Bushmen. The Commission urged Ethiopia to stop the forced resettlement of the Lower Omo [...]

Ethiopia push for foreign farms falters

Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 05:11 PM ed

By William Davison (Bloomber) Gleaming Deere & Co. (DE) tractors and harvesters are sitting idle five years after Karuturi Global Ltd. (KARG) opened a farm in Ethiopia that was hailed as the poster child of the country’s plan to triple food exports by 2015. Eighty percent of the Bangalore-based company’s land in the southwestern Gambella region is on a [...]

Ethiopians in Canada protest rape, killings

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 05:11 PM ed

Ethiopians beaten, robbed in Saudi Arabia

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 11:11 AM ed

When Abdallah Awele moved to Saudi Arabia from Ethiopia last year, he thought he would land a good job and earn enough money to send home to his family. But instead, Mr Abdallah, 21, said he was beaten, robbed and jailed for living in the country illegally. “I wanted a good salary and a good life, that’s why I crossed the border,” he said.

Ethiopians form coalition to end Saudi abuse

Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 08:11 PM ed

Arrests at anti-Saudi protest in Ethiopia

Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 07:11 PM ed

(AL Jazeera) Police crackdown on demonstrations against targeted attacks on Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Police in Ethiopia have arrested dozens of people outside the Saudi embassy in the capital Addis Ababa in a crackdown on demonstrators protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.

Three Ethiopian killed in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 10:11 AM ed

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) Three Ethiopians have been killed in Saudi Arabia when violence broke out between police and illegal immigrants preparing to return home, Ethiopian officials said Tuesday. Each year, large numbers of Ethiopians move to the Middle East looking for jobs, often as domestic workers. Saudi Arabia is among the preferred destinations.

Ethiopia: The “liberty of movement”

Sunday, November 10, 2013 @ 08:11 PM Alma

Alemayehu G Mariam “Government announces temporary ban on traveling abroad for work” Last week the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia announced: In an effort to curb the rising tide of abuse and exploitation of Ethiopian migrants, [there will be]  a temporary freeze on citizens traveling abroad for employment. The temporary [...]

Bomb blast kills four in Ethiopia

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 11:11 PM ed

(Reuters) – Four people were killed when a bomb blast tore through a minibus in western Ethiopia late on Tuesday, at about the same time that the government warned of imminent attacks by militants, an official said. The official, speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, said nobody had claimed responsibility for the blast. Addis Ababa put its security forces on heightened alert on Tuesday…

Ukraine begins delivery of new tanks

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 11:11 PM ed

November 5, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ukraine’s state-controlled arms exporter, Ukrspecexport SC, has begun delivering the upgraded T-72 main battle tanks and related parts to the Ethiopian military. According to local sources gathered by Sudan Tribune, the Ethiopian military has taken delivery of a first group of 16 T-72 Tanks which recently arrived at Djibouti port. [...]

Egypt objections delaying dam panel

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 11:11 PM ed

(Al Jazeera) Egyptian objections are delaying formation of a committee to implement expert recommendations on an Ethiopian dam project, Ethiopia’s water minister says. Egypt fears the 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam, which will be Africa’s largest when completed in 2017, could diminish its water supply, At a one-day meeting in Khartoum, the water ministers of Egypt, [...]

Indian company pays price for land grab

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 10:11 PM ed

(The Hindu) All land in Ethiopia belongs to the state, giving the government unusual leverage in its dealings with local communities A violent attack on a tea plantation leased by Indian-owned Verdanta Harvest Plc, a subsidiary of the Noida-based Lucky Group, has renewed concerns over Ethiopia’s policy of leasing out large tracts of land to [...]

Ethnic politics versus individual rights

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 09:10 AM ed

BY Mesay Kebede–The prevailing assumption, which originates from the ideologues of ethnic politics, is that identity politics is a direct consequence of social inequalities resulting from the political or/and economic marginalization of groups of people defined by linguistic, racial, cultural, or religious particularisms. In response to the discrimination perpetuated by dominant groups, excluded groups politicize their particularisms to fight back and win equal treatments. They thus draw on their particularisms to forge political organizations that give them unity of purpose…

Hana Williams’ parents get long jail terms

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 09:10 AM ed

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. woman was sentenced to 37 years in prison on Tuesday for starving her Ethiopia-born adopted daughter and leaving her to die outside in the cold in Washington state. Stay-at-home mother Carri Williams, 42, was convicted last month of homicide by abuse in connection with the 2011 death of 13-year-old [...]

Tigray gets Africa’s biggest wind farm

Monday, October 28, 2013 @ 11:10 AM ed

(Al Jazeera) Africa’s biggest wind farm has begun production in Ethiopia, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become a major regional exporter of energy. Africa’s second most populous country – plagued by frequent blackouts – plans to boost generating capacity from2,000 MW to 10,000 MW within the next [...]

Ethiopia: Confessions of a Police State

Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 10:10 PM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–The Ethiopian Constitution guarantees, “Persons arrested have the right to remain silent. Persons arrested shall not be compelled to make confessions or admissions which could be used in evidence against them. Any evidence obtained under coercion shall not be admissible.” (Article 19(2)(5).) In reality, this guarantee is not worth the paper it is written on!

Ethiopia bans travelling abroad for work

Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 11:10 AM ed

Ethiopia’s government has temporarily banned its citizens from travelling abroad to look for work, the state-run Erta news agency reports. The foreign ministry was quoted as saying countless Ethiopians had lost their lives or undergone untold physical and psychological trauma because of illegal human trafficking. The decision was meant to “safeguard the well-being of citizens”, [...]

በአፍሪካ ውስጥ በቅዠት የሚባንኑት እነማን ይሆኑ ?

Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 01:10 PM Alma

ፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ ታላላቅ የአፍሪካ መሪዎች ህልም አላቸው፡፡ ቀሪዎቹ በቅዠት የተሞሉ ናቸው፡፡ በቅርቡ የአፍሪካ መሪዎች ቢያንስ በአፍሪካ ህብረት ስልጣን ያላቸውና የእነርሱ ጋሻ ጃግሬዎች ስለህግ ልዕልና፣ ስለዘር ማደን (ማሳደድ) የማያቋርጡ አስደንጋጭ የቅዠት ሪፖርቶች በገፍ እያቀረቡ ነው:: ቅዠታቸዉም የፍትህ ጎራዴ ስያሳድዳቸው በላብ ተጠምቀው ከንቅልፍ ይነቃሉ:: ፕሬዚዳንት ኡሁሩ ኬንያታ እንደ ታይም መጽሔት አገላለጽ “የኬንያውአንደኛ ሀብታም [...]

Ethiopia’s jailed journalists seek gobal support

Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 03:10 PM ed

“You may be really surprised by our nonsensical imprisonment,” Reeyot Alemu wrote in a letter recently smuggled out of a prison in Addis Ababa, “The international community should be aware of the objective reality that we are burdened to live a life which is inexplicable to contemplate, let alone easily engage with.”

New probe mulled over Nile dam

Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 03:10 PM ed

Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt agreed to examine the regional impact of a $4.2 billion dam being built on a Nile river tributary in Ethiopia after experts said earlier studies were inconclusive. A meeting of water ministers and delegates in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Nov. 4 will discuss conducting a new study of the hydropower project’s [...]

Ethiopia reaches for the stars

Monday, October 21, 2013 @ 03:10 PM ed

Addis Ababa (AFP) Ethiopia unveiled the first phase of a space exploration programme, which includes East Africa’s largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research in the region. “The optical astronomical telescope is mainly intended for astronomy and astrophysics observation research,” said observatory director Solomon Belay. The observatory, which was formally opened on Saturday, boasts two [...]

Ethiopia tortures political prisoners (BBC)

Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 01:10 PM ed

(BBC) Ethiopian authorities are torturing and mistreating political detainees to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch says. The US-based group says former prisoners at the main detention centre in Addis Ababa described being beaten andkicked during interrogation. It accuses Ethiopia of using anti-terrorism laws to stifle dissent. The government has dismissed the report as biased and [...]

Ethiopia: Political Detainees Tortured

Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 01:10 PM ed

(Nairobi) – Ethiopian authorities have subjected political detainees to torture and other ill-treatment at the main detention center in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government should take urgent steps to curb illegal practices in the Federal Police Crime Investigation Sector, known as Maekelawi, impartially investigate allegations of abuse, and hold those responsible to account.

London church rocked by violent clashes

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 08:10 AM ed

Violence erupted at the re-consecration of a church as a long-running rift between rival worshippers saw a protest turn ugly.

Police arrested five people as the protest, which had begun on Saturday escalated to all out combat on Sunday outside the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, in St Philip Street, Battersea. It is believed the dispute, ongoing for 10 months, is over the election of trustees to run the church.

Opposition MP says Ethiopia bottling up strife

Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 06:10 PM ed

Girma Seifu Maru, Ethiopia’s sole opposition politician in a 547-seat parliament, says the authorities risk provoking social unrest if they do not offer more political space to critical voices. The 47-year-old economist and consultant said his party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), is pushing for greater openness with a petition against an anti-terror law that critics say is used to stifle dissent.

Bomb blast kills two in Addis Ababa

Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 02:10 AM ed

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A bomb blast in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa killed two people on Sunday, state radio said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, but Ethiopia says it has thwarted plots of attacks in the past two years and blames rebel groups based in the south and southeast, as well as Somalia’s al Shabaab insurgents.

African dictators calling for impunity

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 01:10 PM ed

(Reuters) African leaders agreed on Saturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attend trial at the International Criminal Court if the U.N. Security Council did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia’s foreign minister said.

Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request the trial be deferred under article 16 of the court’s Rome Statute that allows a delay of a year subject to renewal

ስብሃት ነጋ በአሜሪካ ፖሊስ ይፈለጋሉ

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 09:10 AM ed

ከኢየሩሳሌም አርአያ በአሌክሳንደሪያ ቨርጂኒያ ከአንድ ሰአት በፊት ስብሃት ነጋና አብሯቸው የነበረ ግለሰብ በአንድ ኢትዮጲያዊ ላይ ከፍተኛ ድብደባ ፈፅመው ማምለጣቸውን ማረጋገጥ ተችሏል። መስፍን የተባለው ኢትዮጲያዊ በአሁኑ ሰአት በሆስፒታል የሚገኝ ሲሆን የሲቪሊቲ ሩም ፓልቶክ አዘጋጅ አባ መላ በስልክ አግኝቶት ስለሁኔታው ያነጋገረው ሲሆን፤ መስፍን እንደገለፀው በድብደባው ጅርባው እንደተጎዳና ብዙ ደም እንደፈሰሰው ገፆዋል። እነስብሃት ድብደባውን ሲፈፅሙ በቅርብ ርቀት ቪዲዮ [...]

Ethiopia’s dreams turn to the world game

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 08:10 AM ed

By Ian Chadband Haile Gebrselassie races in Holland on Sunday but, for once, Ethiopians will not be in thrall to the exploits of their greatest athlete but transfixed by those of their Cinderella football team. And Africa’s emperor of running will be among them. For Gebrselassie, like many of his 90 million compatriots swept up [...]

Activist confronts “mafia” Sebhat Nega

Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 08:10 AM ed

Witness for the International Criminal Court

Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 11:10 PM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–On October 11-12, 2013, the African Union (AU) will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to formally withdraw from the Rome Statute in supremely dramatic form. The world for the first time will witness a choreographed denunciation (announcement of termination) of an international treaty by an entire continent.

Ethiopia make their football mark

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 06:10 PM ed

(Reuters) Ethiopia supporters have plenty to cheer with their nation still in the running for World Cup places [AP] Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger challenged British reporters in January to name five members of Ethiopia’s squad ahead of their rare appearance at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa. “It is maybe the only international competition today where you [...]

“State funeral” for drowned migrants

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 06:10 PM ed

Hundreds of victims of last week’s migrant boat disaster off the Italian island of Lampedusa will be given a state funeral, the Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, has said. Letta visited the island with José Manuel Barroso, head of the European commission, who promised Italy €30m (£25m) in EU funds to help resettle migrants risking the 70-mile journey across the Mediterranean fromAfrica.

Victim of Ethiopia’s Red Terror testifies

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 @ 06:10 PM ed

(Denver Post) A witness in the trial of an immigrant accused of lying to gain entrance to the U.S. broke down repeatedly Tuesday as he described beatings he saw at the Ethiopian prison where the man was allegedly a guard. Kiflu Ketema, 58, who spent 18 months at the “Higher 15″ prison in Addis Ababa, said Kefelgn Alemu Worku was the most feared man in the prison, where guards routinely tortured and murdered political prisoners.

New puppet president installed

Monday, October 7, 2013 @ 09:10 AM ed

Dr. Mulatu Teshome, former ambassador to Turkey, has been installed as the new puppet president.

US goes after Al Shabab leaders

Sunday, October 6, 2013 @ 02:10 AM ed

Washington (CNN) — U.S. Navy SEALs entered the southern Somalia stronghold of Al-Shabaab, the group behind last month’s Kenyan mall attack, in a mission targeting one of its leaders — but caught in a firefight, the team had to withdraw before confirming whether its target was killed, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

Experts: Grad dam tructurally weak

Friday, October 4, 2013 @ 03:10 AM ed

(Bloomberg News) Ethiopia’s plan to build Africa’s biggest hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River must address concerns that there may be flaws in the design of its foundations, a group of international experts said.

They also called for further studies on what impact the 6,000-megawatt, $4.7 billion project may have on the downstream nations of Sudan and Egypt, the International Panel of Experts said.

More arrests made in corruption case

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 04:10 AM ed

(AF) Gebreselassie Hailemariam, a.k.a Aleqa Gebreselassie – owner of the COMET Building in the Hayahulet Mazoria area in Bole District, and father of Yemane Gebreselassie, who owns the new Capital Hotel & Spa on Haile Gebreselassie Avenue- was arrested three weeks ago.

Saudi-Yemeni barrier blocks Ethiopian migrants

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 03:10 AM ed

David Arnold (VOA) September 26, 2013 A popular path for Ethiopians to work as illegal household help in Saudi Arabia has been blocked by construction of a 75 kilometer-long three meter-high concrete-filled pipeline, that is supposed to eventually span the entire 1,800 kilometer Saudi-Yemen border. The Saudi-Yemen Barrier is designed to discourage illegal entry by Yemenis [...]

Ethiopia opposition stage anti-government demo

Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 01:09 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – A leading Ethiopian opposition group gathered Sunday to protest against the country’s anti-terrorism legislation, the head of the group said.

“We want the government to abrogate the law and to release all political and prisoners of conscience immediately,” Negasso Gidada, the leader of the opposition Unity for Democratic Justice (UDJ), told AFP.

Addis Ababa rocked by protest rally

Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 04:09 AM ed

The protest rally organized by the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party and Medrek has drawn hundreds of thousands of people. But the government has blocked the protesters from marching to Meskel Square and other venues requested by the organizers. The protesters have condemned political oppression and human rights violations. They demanded for the unconditional release of jailed journalists and activists.

Ethiopians celebrate Meskel

Friday, September 27, 2013 @ 02:09 PM ed

(IB Times) A massive bonfire blazed in the central square of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, on Thursday night. But by Friday morning, the mess had been swept away, leaving nothing but a giant spot of soot on the asphalt. Thousands of people had flocked to the arena, called Meskel Square, to watch the ceremonial lighting of the fire for the eve of Meskel

Groups report Ethiopia’s land grab at UN

Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 07:09 PM ed

OAKLAND CA- In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on September 15, 2013, the Oakland Institute and the Housing and Land Rights Network outlined the human rights and international law violations perpetrated by the government of Ethiopia in the name of country’s development strategy. Drawing clear links between recorded testimonies on the ground and breaches of specific international covenants and articles in Ethiopia’s constitution, the joint submission to the UN Human Rights Council also responds to Ethiopia’s draft National Human Rights Action Plan for 2013-2015.

Sudan cuts off Internet as riots intensify

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 04:09 PM ed

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan dropped almost completely off the Internet on Wednesday as riots over the lifting of fuel subsidies entered their third day and protesters battled security forces in the capital. Renesys Corp., a company that maps the pathways of the Internet, said it could not confirm whether the blackout was government-orchestrated. But the [...]

Ethiopia to face Nigeria in October

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 02:09 PM ed

(AFP) Ethiopia will face Nigeria on October 13 in Addis Ababa in the first leg of a 2014 World Cup play-off, officials said Wednesday. “The first game is here, the home game, and then they will go after to Nigeria,” Ethiopian Football Federation spokesman, Samsom Getachew, told AFP. The teams will face off again in [...]

Former president Negasso freed

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 01:09 PM ed

Dr. Negaso Gidada, current chairman of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, has reportedly been jailed at a police station in Bole District.

The former president has been detained in connection with an agitation campaign his party is conducting throughout Addis Ababa to bring people out for a planned protest on Sunday. UDJ’s three-month campaign, “Millions of Voices for Freedom” will conclude with a huge protest rally. Since Negaso parted with the current regime over a decade ago, he is playing instrumental role in pressing for the rights and citizens.

Semayawi leads opposition against repression

Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 07:09 AM ed

Ethiopia: Beyond the Hubris of Evil

Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 11:09 PM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–When I wrote a commentary on the plight of the imprisoned 32-year old Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu last April, I titled it “The Audacity of Evil in Ethiopia.” At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had sent a letter to the “Minister of Justice” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia pleading medical care for Reeyot and urging them to spare her from a threatened solitary confinement.

Al Shabab attacks Nairobi mall

Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 03:09 PM ed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Terrified shoppers huddled in back hallways and prayed the militant gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday would not find them. When the coast was thought to be clear, crying mothers clutching small children and blood-splattered men sprinted out of the four-story mall. The al-Qaida-linked gunmen [...]

Ethiopia campaign against ICC

Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 03:09 PM ed

by Marthe van der Wolf Ethiopia, which currently chairs the African Union, says it supports the push by Kenya for African countries to jointly withdraw from the International Criminal Court.  The ICC has put Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto on trial for alleged crimes against humanity, while President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to go on trial [...]

CREW demands release of Reeyot Amemu

Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 03:09 PM ed

Press Release on imprisoned journalist, Reeyot Alemu The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) is gravely concerned about the imprisoned Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu’s health condition and allegations of mistreatment. Reeyot Alemu, 32, is an internationally honored female journalist who has been an outspoken critic of the Ethiopian government’s human rights violations.  She [...]

UAE to help resolve Egypt-Ethiopia row

Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 02:09 PM ed

Staff Reporter The UAE and Saudi Arabia are preparing to go into bat to help resolve the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over a multi-billion dollar dam that has been constructed by the Ethiopian government on the so-called Blue Nile River — while an economic deal is being brokered. The Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation made [...]

Women group alerts UN on rights violations

Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 01:09 PM ed

Press Release Ethiopian Women’s Human Rights Alliance (EWHRA) Submits Human Rights Report on Ethiopia to the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review Grassroots organization details human rights violations committed by the Ethiopian government and outlines recommendations to bring Ethiopia into compliance with international law. New York, New York—Ethiopian Women’s Human Rights Alliance (EWHRA) released a report [...]

Ethiopian regime repression

Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 05:09 AM ed

They speak of democracy, but act violently to suppress dissenting voices and control the people through the inculcation of fear: they ignore human rights and trample on the people, they are a tyrannical wolf in democratic sheep’s clothing, causing suffering and misery to thousands of people throughout Ethiopia. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government repeatedly scoffs at international law and consistently acts in violation of their own Federal constitution

Reeyot, Eskinder among Sakharov Prize nominees

Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 12:09 PM ed

Press Release (EU Parliament) Freedom of thought The nominees for the 2013 Sakharov Prize were presented at a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Development committees and the Human Rights Subcommittee on Monday. They are: Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), Edward Snowden (USA), Reeyot Alemu and Eskinder Nega (Ethiopia), Ales Bialatski, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich [...]

CPJ: State harassing Reeyot Alemu

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 02:09 PM ed

Nairobi (CPJ) — The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot Alemu to receive all visitors,” said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes.

Bekele sees off Farah in battle of greats

Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 03:09 AM ed

(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele won the battle of the distance greats when he held off a late surge from world and Olympic 10,000 and 5,000 metres champion Mo Farah to win the Great North Run half marathon on Sunday. Bekele, the world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000, won in one hour nine seconds [...]

A Renaissance for Ethiopia’s Youth

Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 12:09 AM Alma

Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam–For the past one-half decade, Ethiopia has been awash with talk of renaissance. There has been a lot of windbagging about a “Renaissance Dam” over the Blue Nile. Our ears nearly fell off listening to the endless gab about an “economic renaissance” with “11 percent” plus annual growth.

Ethiopian journalist on hunger strike

Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 04:09 PM ed

(IMWF) As stories about the political crisis in Cairo have been dominating the news from Egypt, there has been limited coverage on a brewing international conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia – two countries that do not share a border but are indivisibly connected by the Nile, the world’s longest river.

Ethiopia to continue land grabbing

Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 12:09 PM ed

By Curtis Kline (IC Magazine)–Millions of acres of Ethiopia’s most fertile lands are being offered to foreign investors, often in long-term leases and at bargain prices. At the same time, through its ‘villagization’ program, the Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples in order to free up their land so the transnational agro-industry can move in and grow foodstuffs and bio-fuels for export.

Ethiopian flag raising in San Jose (video)

Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:09 AM ed

Ethiopians celebrate New Year

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 @ 10:09 AM ed

As the rest of the world goes about 11th September as a normal day, in Ethiopia every year on this day, it is time to usher in a new year. The Ethiopian calendar shows that there are 13 months in a year contrary to the 12 that are recognized universally. So today, in Ethiopia it is the year 2006.

Ethiopians honor flag as TPLF fails

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 04:09 AM ed

Hundreds of Ethiopians residing in and around San Jose, California, raised their historic tricolor for the ninth time last Friday at New City Hall in the presence of Mayor Charles Rufus Reed, Councilman Sam Liccardo and other city officials. But TPLF representatives’ effort to block the event unless its coat of arms was honored was rejected by the San Jose city council.

U.S. adoptive mother guilty of homicide

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 01:09 AM ed

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. adoptive mother accused of starving her 13-year-old Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure, was found guilty of homicide on Monday in Washington state. Hana Williams, adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, died of hypothermia in May 2011 after she [...]

The Diplomacy of Nonviolent Change in Ethiopia

Monday, September 9, 2013 @ 01:09 AM Alma

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam–In my commentary last week, “Interpreting and Living MLK’s Dream”, I discussed, among other things, Dr. Martin Luther King’s (MLK) philosophy of nonviolent social change. MLK argued that the “crucial political and moral question of our time” is the “need for man to overcome oppression and violence

Teshome fires Ethiopia to victory

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 12:09 PM ed

by Collins Okinyo Ethiopia are through to the playoff stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers after coming from a goal down to beatCentral Africa Republic (CAR) 2-1 in their final Group A clash played in Brazzaville on Saturday. Menyahel Teshome was the hero for the Walia Antelopes firing in the winner to seal an historic [...]

Ethiopia: End stifling of peaceful protests

Friday, September 6, 2013 @ 12:09 PM ed

Amnesty International is concerned that the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly are once again under attack in Ethiopia. Two political opposition parties have reported to Amnesty International the arrests of many of their members in various locations around the country in recent weeks, in relation to efforts to hold peaceful protests. Both parties are protesting, among other cited grievances, against the continued imprisonment of political opposition members, journalists and members of the Muslim community, many of whose arrests were themselves related to peaceful protest movements.

Tell Ethiopia to Release Eskinder Nega

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 @ 07:09 PM ed

This month marks the second anniversary of Eskinder Nega’s imprisonment. When you visited Ethiopia in May, Eskinder Nega had already been imprisoned – and thus silenced – for over a year. It’s time for the United States to use its considerable influence to vigorously and directly advocate Nega’s freedom and, in the process, to promote free expression and independent journalism throughout Ethiopia.

The anti-terrorism law vs. free expression

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 @ 02:09 AM ed

On Wednesday 17 July 2013, members of the European Parliament’s Sub-committee on Human Rights visited Ethiopia and urged the government to release journalists and opposition activists imprisoned under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009 (Anti-Terror Proclamation). The visit is an important reminder that despite widely hailed progress on poverty reduction, the Ethiopian government continues to punish free expression in violation of international law.

Ethiopia and Kenya help dismember Somalia

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 @ 03:09 PM ed

BY MARTIN PLAUT A new deal has recognized Jubaland, a strip of land in southern Somalia and bordering on Kenya and Ethiopia, as yet another quasi-independent entity in the region. After Ethiopia and Kenya help dismember Somalia nine days of late night meetings and plenty of arm-twisting, the fragile government of Somalia was finally forced [...]

Meles’ selected speech: completing the story

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 @ 11:09 AM ed

Hindessa Abdul It has been a year since long time Ethiopian ruler Meles Zenawi died of unestablished causes in a Belgian hospital somewhere between June and August of 2012. The Government hasn’t come out clearly about the cause of his death. During the last several weeks the state run media were preoccupied portraying a person [...]

Semayawi hopes to stage protest rally

Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 07:09 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s youngest opposition party, the Blue Party, says it will try again to hold a demonstration against the government. The party had planned to hold a protest this past weekend, but was stopped when more than 100 members were arrested. The Blue Party held a successful demonstration against the government in June, Ethiopia’s first anti-government protest in eight years.

Shimelis Kemal denies Semayawi crackdown

Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 02:09 PM ed

BBC–Some 100 members of Ethiopia’s opposition Semayawi (Blue) party were arrested and some badly beaten over the weekend, the party says. Party chairman Yilekal Getachew said equipment such as sound systems were confiscated ahead of a rally on Sunday which was banned. Communication Minister Shimeles Kemal denied there had been a crackdown. The government said [...]

Semayawi attacked, beaten up and ransacked

Sunday, September 1, 2013 @ 03:09 AM ed

(AV) In the evening of Saturday August 31, Semayawi Party headquarters around Ginfle, Addis Ababa, was buzzing like a bee hive as nearly one hundred party activists and organizers were busy making posters, writing slogans, stacking flags and other paraphernalia needed for a colorful rally. They were making final push for a peaceful protest demonstration they had planned to hold the next morning with their supporters.

Semayawi Party headquarters under siege

Saturday, August 31, 2013 @ 03:08 PM ed

Semayawi Party headquarters in Addis Ababa has been surrounded by a heavily armed Federal Police squad. Over 100 party members and organizers including the party chairman Eng. Yilkal Getnet have been put under siege. The party’s head of legal affairs Yidenekachew Kebede is reportedly arrested while talking to ESAT. In a warning broadcast last night on the state-controlled radio and TV, the regime had declared that it would take actions against any protests and agitations. Yidenakechew told ESAT that the siege was illegal as is Semayawi Party was only organizing a peaceful protest. “It is a shame and upsetting that the government taking such an illegal measure. He said the party was only preparing for a peaceful protest it called for tomorrow.

Adnet organizers savagely beaten

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

Meseret out-sprints Tirunesh in 5k race

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

Hailu Mergia reinvents music career

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

WASHINGTON  (VOA)–One of the most popular keyboardists in Ethiopia is now working as a taxi driver in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, Hailu Mergia performed with a famous band in Ethiopia. In 1981, he toured the United States with that band and then settled in Washington. But he kept his name and music alive in [...]

ESAT on the TPLF’s terrorist acts

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 01:08 AM ed

Carri Williams admits cruelty on Hanna

Friday, August 30, 2013 @ 01:08 AM ed

By Gina Cole MOUNT VERNON — Carri Williams testified Wednesday her husband was an active and willing participant in the discipline of their children, contradicting some of his testimony that he disagreed with or had no part in certain aspects of it. She also said she told her children not to talk to authorities about [...]

Citizens’ rights must be revived in Ethiopia

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 03:08 PM ed

The death of Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi in August 2012 after two decades in power sparked hope that the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) would undertake reforms to open up the political system and loosen the harsh restrictions imposed on civil society, the media, and opposition parties. However, one year into the administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Meles’s successor, not much has changed in the highly repressive country.

King’s legacy in the age of Obama

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 02:08 PM ed

When President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Lincoln Memorial today, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, he will inevitably be compared to Martin Luther King Jr., whose oration that day framed the moral purpose of the civil rights movement. But there are huge differences between the prophetic icon and the political prodigy that reveal the competing and, at times, conflicting demands of the vocations they embraced. If we fail to understand the difference between the two, we will never appreciate the arc of their social aspiration.

Hanna Williams abuse was severe

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

By Gina Cole (Goskagit) MOUNT VERNON — Larry Williams testified Tuesday he felt “responsible” and “ashamed” after five weeks of hearing people testify about allegations he and his wife abused their adopted children. He said he sometimes disagreed with wife Carri Williams’ ideas for discipline and regrets not intervening. “I’m the dad. My daughter died,” [...]

Opposition says EPRDF terrorizes Ethiopia

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 11:08 PM ed

I don’t know you, but I need to talk to you

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:08 PM ed

By Fasika Woldesenbet–Why are We, Ethiopians living abroad having difficulty to come together? I usually prefer face to face conversations, but I feel like we need to talk even though we don’t know each other, because we share a common destiny. It is long, but this is what I want to talk to you about today which has been my observation for a while.

Ethiopian economy may grow 7 pct

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s economy is likely to grow 7% a year over the next three to five years, well below its average of the past decade. To push that rate higher, the government needs to change policy to encourage private investment, the World Bank said. While 7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth would [...]

Kaliti official laughs at death of activist

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

Tesfahun,38, had fled to Kenya seeking refuge and protection. In violation of international conventions, Kenyan authorities detained and handed over Tesfahun to the TPLF regime. He was reportedly tortured to death in the hands of the regime’s agents, who allegedly abused him repeatedly and severely in the notorious Kaliti jail. When the journalist asked the Public Relations head of the prison, Gizachew Mengistu, to explain how Tesfahun died in jail he repeatedly laughed and giggled instead of giving an appropriate answer. It is a very sad story.

TPLF’s hatemonger Mikael Abai unmasked

Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 05:08 PM ed

By Abebe Gellaw Many have wondered who the publisher behind the divisive and hatemongering website called Tigrai Online is. In fact, it is important for anyone who ventures into the publishing business to have an established identity so that people would be able to hold him or her accountable for what he or she does. [...]

Corruption in the Ethiopian JUST US Sector

Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 03:08 PM Alma

Alemayehu G Mariam–For the past several months, I have been commenting on the findings of the World Bank’s “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia”, a 448-page report covering eight sectors (health, education, rural water supply, justice, construction, land, telecommunications and mining). In this my sixth commentary, I focus on “corruption in the justice sector”. The other five commentaries are available at my blog site.

Oromo rights activist dies in Kaliti jail

Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 12:08 AM ed

OPride) – Engineer Tesfahun Chemeda, a fierce Oromo rights advocate and a former UNHCR recognized refugee, died yesterday of undisclosed cause at Kaliti prison, where he was serving a life sentence under concocted charges of plotting to overthrow government, reports said. Chemeda was nabbed along with a close friend Mesfin Abebe in 2007 from Nairobi, where they lived as refugees since 2005, by Kenyan anti-terrorism police and was later deported to Ethiopia, according to Oromia Support Group (OSG), a UK-based human rights organization.

Mobile-phone network expands under gov’t grip

Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 08:08 PM ed

The Economist–ETHIOPIA has Africa’s last big telecoms monopoly. The absence of competition has seen a country of more than 80m lag badly behind the rest of the continent in an industry that has generally burgeoned alongside economic growth. Mobile-phone penetration, which averages 70% of the population elsewhere in Africa, is closer to 25% in Ethiopia.

San Jose ready to honor Ethiopia’s flag

Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

San Jose, California (EAC) –The leaders and members of the Ethiopian American Council (EAC) are encouraging all Ethiopians, Ethiopian-Americans, and their friends and families to join them at the Ninth Annual Ceremonial Ethiopian Flag Raising at New City Hall of San Jose on flag Friday, September 6, at 4:00 p.m.The flag raising, aimed at celebrating the Ethiopian New Year and to honor the Ethiopian flag, will mark the beginning of a week-long celebration of the Ethiopian New Year.

Ethiopian Muslims leading nonviolent activism

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

By Terrence Lyons–A year after Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn came to power following the death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi in August 2012, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) remains firmly in control. It has continued to govern through a collective leadership that includes three deputy prime ministers.

Zenawi’s successors bid to keep status quo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

(AP) Residents in Ethiopia’s capital awoke to the sound of a 21-gun salute Tuesday to mark the first year anniversary of the death of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi. The ritual underscores the approach Meles’ successors have employed during the last year: a continued lionization of the late prime minister, whose portrait still appears in every public office across the country.

Hana Williams blamed for her own death

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

By Lee Stoll Skagit County, Wash. —Jurors heard Carri Williams blame her own daughter for dying during day 17 of the Skagit murder-and-abuse trial. Williams spoke to detectives at the hospital just hours after Hana Williams froze and starved to death at the family home. In the recorded 35-minute interview, Williams told the detective, “She started [...]

Christians suffer attacks in Egypt

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 07:08 PM ed

(Reuters) – Last Wednesday, Ayub Youssef was driving to the southern Egyptian town of Delja where he works as aCatholic priest when a friend called and told him to turn back. By the time he reached the town on Sunday, about 20 houses had been burned. An ancient monastery was smashed and ransacked. One of [...]

Ethiopian reggae singer dies at 37

Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 02:08 PM ed

Popular Ethiopian reggae singer Eyob Mekonnen has died. Fans of the 37-year-old singer helped raise money for his treatment after he had a stroke last Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. He was flown to Kenya on Saturday, but he died in hospital on Sunday. “He has made such a mark on the Ethiopian [...]

Meseret Defar wins gold in 5k race

Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

MOSCOW (AP) — Meseret Defar regained the women’s 5,000-meter title at the world championships Saturday with a strong finish. Defar, the 2007 world champion, finished in 14 minutes, 50.19 seconds, beating silver medalist Mercy Cherono of Kenya by 1.03 seconds. Ethiopian teammate Almaz Ayana did most of the heavy work for Defar but weakened near the end. She still won [...]

Azeb Mesfin lost TPLF’s cash cow

Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 03:08 AM ed

(AV) The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has quietly removed the late dictator’s widow Azeb Mesfin from the helm of EFFORT as Chief Executive Officer a few months after her husband’s demise, it emerged. Azeb, widely known as the ‘Queen of Mega’ and ‘mother of corruption’ among Ethiopians, had snatched the reins of power within the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray (EFFORT) from her bitter rival Sibehat Nega and Abadi Zemo.

Musical talent hidden in Jerusalem covent

Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

A musical secret, hidden away at an Ethiopian convent in Jerusalem By Ben Shalev (Haaretz) Born to an aristocratic Ethiopian family and educated in part in Switzerland, she has lived in a Jerusalem convent for 30 years. Few there, however, realized that Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Gebru, 89, is a talented musician and composer. Now a new book [...]

Dozens killed in fresh Egypt protest

Friday, August 16, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

Heavy gunfire rang out in the heart of Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country’s bloodshed earlier this week. At least 17 people were killed in the fighting, including police officers. Military helicopters circled overhead as armed residents set up checkpoints throughout the capital. Police fired tear gas as clashes erupted between Brotherhood supporters and locals opposed to their protest before some reached a key square the group had urged its supporters to converge on.

Over 420 killed in Egypt crackdown

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

CAIRO (AP) — The death toll in clashes between police and supporters of the country’s ousted president has risen to 421, the Egyptian Health Ministry said Thursday. A statement from the ministry also raised the number of injured in Wednesday’s violence to 2,926. The clashes began when police moved to clear two sit-in camps in Cairo by supporters of Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a military coup on July 3. The clashes later spread to elsewhere in the Egyptian capital and a string of other cities

A glimpse at Ethiopia’s health care

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

By D Demeke–The Ethiopian government is basking from the praise it received from the international organisations and sponsors on its basic health service achievements in the country. One example is the recent statement by the World Bank on the achievement of reduction of child mortality by the government of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Aman wins gold in 800m title

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

(AFP) Ethiopian Mohammed Aman won the men’s 800m title at the World Athletics Championships on Tuesday, thefirst ever medal for the country in the two-lap event. Aman clocked a season’s best of 1min 43.31sec, with American Nick Symmonds taking silver in 1:43.55. Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman claimed bronze (1:43.76), the first medal for the east African country since Ahmed Salah’s silver.

Melaku Fanta to face delayed charges

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

By Eleni Araya (AF) After 90 days in police custody over allegations of corruption, Melaku Fenta, the former director general of the Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA), will face charges in the next 15 days. He will be tried along with most of the 63 high and mid-level tax officials and businessmen detained with [...]

The cruelty of the Machakil vaccination

Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 10:08 PM ed

By Zeleke WA–I recently read a paper written in Amarigna concerning an unethical and illegal sterilization practice performed in the name of infection prevention among the native people of Machakil in Gojjam, Ethiopia. This paper has been circulating to individuals in various electronic communication media. According to the writer of the paper, the sterilization procedure involved the administration some kind of unidentified tablets to men and the injection of tetanus vaccine.

Norwegian PM works as secret taxi driver

Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 02:08 AM ed

(BBC) Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg spent an afternoon working incognito as a taxi driver in Oslo, he has revealed. Mr Stoltenberg said he had wanted to hear from real Norwegian voters and that taxis were one of the few places where people shared their true views. He wore sunglasses and an Oslo taxi driver’s [...]

Tirunesh clinches third 10k world title

Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 03:08 PM ed

IAAF) Tirunesh Dibaba regained her IAAF World Championships 10,000m title after a six year hiatus with a blistering 59.96 last lap to shake off all challengers and win her third title in 30:43.35. The victory in the Russian capital also maintained Dibaba’s unbeaten streak over 25 laps of the track: 11 races started, 11 races won, a record that also includes two Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012.

PM says Muslims aspire to impose Sharia

Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 03:08 PM ed

(AV) Hailemariam Desalegn says Ethiopian Muslim protesters are trying to impose Sharia law on all Ethiopians. In an interview with Walta, the titular Prime Minister claimed that those who are protesting are mainly extremists that want to usurp the government. “They are saying that they should take over the government.”

Ethiopian man held for stabbing family

Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

By Sarah Batista CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A man accused of stabbing his wife and two teenage sons with a knife and ax overnight Monday appeared in court Tuesday. WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC Police say 57-year-old Muruts Hailu used a knife and ax to attack them at the family’s apartment [...]

CPJ concerned over two detained journos

Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 01:08 AM ed

(CPJ)–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest and week-long detention without charge of two journalists working for Radio Bilal, a station that has provided extensive coverage of ongoing anti-government protests staged by Ethiopian Muslims. On August 2, security officials in the capital, Addis Ababa, arrested Darsema Sori outside his home and detained Khalid Mohammed as he headed to work, Radio Bilal Chairman Mohammed Hassen told CPJ.

More Ethiopians crossing the Red Sea

Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

By Kim Lewis (VOA) Desperation for a better life continues to be the driving force behind the increasing numbers of migrants traveling from the Horn of Africa to Yemen. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, reported that so far this year, 46,000 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants made the treacherous journey across the Arabian or [...]

Ethiopian military plane crashes in Mogadishu

Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

(VOA) An Ethiopian military plane crash-landed at the airport in Somalia’s capital on Friday, killing four people. The cause of the accident is being investigated. The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM, said an Ethiopian Air Force plane burst into flames upon landing at Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu.

BBC on Ethiopian Muslims’ protest

Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 08:08 AM ed

Semayawi condemns Eid crackdowns

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

Semayawi Party has strongly condemned the mass arrests and violent crackdowns on peaceful Muslim protesters in Addis Ababa. The party demanded the TPLF-regime to stop its illegal and unconstitutional terror campaigns aimed at silencing Ethiopian Muslims, who have been peacefully demanding religious freedom and no government meddling in their affairs.

Ethiopian Muslims attacked on holiday

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

(AR) Muslim protestors in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa clashed with police, resulting in several injuries during Idd el-Fitr prayers on Thursday. Members of the Muslim community have been demanding that the authorities respect their right of electing their own religious leaders; they have also demanded the release of those arrested leaders.

AI urges end to violence against Muslims

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

Amnesty International has condemned repressions against Ethiopian Muslims and urged the TPLF-led regime to end wide spread arrests and violent crackdowns on peaceful protesters.

The Ethiopian government must end its use of repressive tactics against demonstrators, following initial reports of widespread arrests of Muslim protesters during this morning’s Eid al-Fitr celebrations, said Amnesty International today, Amnesty said in a press release.

Prof. Getachew Haile awarded coveted medal

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM ed

( COLLEGEVILLE — The Council of the British Academy has bestowed the Edward Ullendorff Medal upon Getatchew Haile of The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University, Collegeville. The cataloguer emeritus of Oriental manuscripts and Regents Professor of Medieval Studies will receive the award Nov.14 at Carlton House Terrace in London. The ceremony [...]

Ethiopian Muslims, arrested and beaten (Video)

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM ed

Cold, hunger contributed to Hana’s death

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM ed

MOUNT VERNON — A forensic pathologist confirmed in court Tuesday that a girl whose adoptive parents are accused of abusing her to death died of hypothermia hastened by malnutrition and a stomach condition. Dr. Daniel Selove of Everett performed an autopsy on Hana Williams’ body about 12 hours after she died. Hana collapsed around midnight [...]

Many arrested and beaten on Eid

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM ed

(Opride) – Hundreds arrested, beaten, and tear gassed Thursday morning following nationwide Eid day protests, Muslim rights activists said. Police began rounding up peaceful protesters returning home near the Ministry of Justice in Addis Ababa shortly after the Eid prayers concluded at the national stadium, according to eyewitness reports on Twitter. Those detained were ordered [...]

Kenenisa Bekele opens hotel

Thursday, August 8, 2013 @ 09:08 AM ed

A hotel owned by two-time Olympic Champion Kenenisa Bekel was inaugurated on Sunday, August 4, 2013. Kenenisa Hotel is located on Cameroon Street around Bole Medhanialem Cathedral and sprawls on 1400 square meter land. The eight-story hotel has 51 rooms,  internet access, fitness rooms and a business center. The hotel is reportedly equipped with modern [...]

Nearly 40k Ethiopians flee to Yemen in six months

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 08:08 PM ed

Geneva (UNHCR) — The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was concerned by the growing number of people risking their lives to reach Yemen by boat from Africa after recording the arrival on the Yemeni coast of more than 46,000 refugees and migrants during the first six months of this year. Of the people who arrived in Yemen in the first half of this year, 38,827 (84 per cent) are Ethiopian, while 7,559 (16 per cent) are Somali.

Ethiopian scientist takes over ICIPE leadership

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

(ICIPE) Dr. Segenet Kelemu, an Ethiopian scientist, has been appointed the new Director General of icipe, taking over from Prof. Christian Borgemeister, who has been at the helm of the Centre for the past eight years. Dr. Kelemu becomes the fourth chief executive officer, and the first woman to head icipe. Founded in 1970 by renowned Kenyan [...]

Ethiopians jailed for months in Kenya

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

BY ALLOYS MUSYOKA Nairobi (The Star)–TWENTY five Ethiopians arrested in LungaLunga for being in the country illegally will serve four months each in prison. This is after they pleaded guilty to the charges against them yesterday. The illegal immigrants include Israel Kebede, Tegaye Bichamo, Tamrat Dariso, Temesgen Teseme and Mola Debo. They were arrested on [...]

Ethiopian women in construction jobs

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 10:08 AM ed

By Gregory Warner (NPR) Earlier this summer in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, I heard a complaint from many professionals that they could no longer find cheap house cleaners and nannies. The apparently endless supply of girls and young women from the countryside who would work for peanuts just for a chance to move to [...]

Hana Williams beaten before she died

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 01:08 AM ed

By Lee Stoll On the eighth day of a child murder and abuse trial, jurors in Skagit County heard how Hana Williams allegedly spent her last hours alive out in the cold being hit by her adopted brothers. That shocking testimony came from Larry and Carri Williams’ own daughter, Sarah Williams. “What’s the last memory you [...]

Amazon founder buys Washington Post

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bezos, the founder who helped bring books into the digital age, is going after another pillar of “old media”: The Washington Post. Bezos, 49, struck a deal announced Monday to buy the venerable broadsheet and other newspapers for $250 million. The surprise news was a startling demonstration of how [...]

ICG sees danger in Ogaden conflcit

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 @ 11:08 AM ed

The International Crisis Group says the TPLF-led government and the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) should make sincere efforts to resolve decades of conflicts in Ogaden that can have far-reaching consequences if it is allowed to continue.

In its latest report, Ethiopia: Prospects for Peace in Ogaden, the International Crisis Group has analysed the roots of longstanding conflict in the Somali-inhabited region of Ethiopia and the prospects for renewed dialogue.

Scores killed in Ethiopia Muslim protests

Sunday, August 4, 2013 @ 08:08 AM ed

ADDIS ABABA (OnIslam) – Scores of Ethiopian Muslims have been killed and dozens wounded or arrested on Saturday, August 3, when government forces open fire on unarmed demonstrators throughout the country according to Ethiopian activists who took part in the demonstrations. The confrontation began after activists rallied across different cities demanding the release of three Imams; Mohammed Abdalla, Abdulkadir H/Kadir and Mukhtar Safi, arrested in Wabe town earlier this week, OPride website reported on Sunday.

No UN staff on crashed helicopter

Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations says four people were injured in the crash landing in Ethiopia of a helicopter en route to South Sudan for use by the U.N. World Food Program. Contrary to initial reports from Ethiopia, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said there were no U.N. personnel on board. He said the [...]

Ethiopia: Lives for Land in Gambella

Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 01:08 PM ed

To many people land is much more than a resource or corporate commodity to be bought, developed and sold for a profit. Identity, cultural history and livelihood are all connected to ‘place’. The erosion of traditional values and morality (which include the observation of human rights and environmental responsibility) are some of the many negative effects of the global neo-liberal economic model, with its focus on short-term gain and material benefit.

Sudan to print Ethiopian Birr

Thursday, August 1, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

(Capital) The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) is considering printing its birr notes in Sudan. Sources told Capital that a group of experts travelled to Sudan and visited the Sudan Currency Printing Press (SCPP), a private enterprise established in 1994. The company that installed state-of-the-art printing machines for currency notes is said to have approached [...]

Snowden gets asylum in Russia

Thursday, August 1, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that suggests the Kremlin isn’t shying away from further conflict with the United States.

Russian helicopter crushes in Ethiopia

Thursday, August 1, 2013 @ 12:08 PM ed

(AP) A helicopter en route to South Sudan for use by the U.N. World Food Program crashed in Ethiopia on Wednesday, injuring several people on board, officials said. The helicopter crashed in the town of Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) outside Addis Ababa, said Dina Mufti, the spokesman for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign [...]

Autopsy shows Hana beaten, starved

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 05:07 PM ed

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) – A girl who was found dead in the back yard of her Sedro-Woolley home had bruises,scrapes and marks where she could have been struck at least 14 times with a switch like the one her parents used to discipline their children, the doctor who conducted the autopsy testified. The cause [...]

Leadership too slow to change Ethiopia

Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ed

(VOA) It has been almost one year since Hailemariam Desalegn came to power in Ethiopia, following the death of his predecessor Meles Zenawi. Despite recent demonstrations and a cabinet shuffle, little seems to have changed in the East African country. After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death was announced last year, on the morning of August 21st. The passing of the longtime ruler made way for his deputy Hailemariam Desalegn, to lead the second most populous nation on the African continent.

Ethiopia qualifies for CHAN final

Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 05:07 PM ed

(BBC Sports) There was redemption of sorts for Ethiopia’s Minyahil Teshome Beyene as his spot kick sealed Ethiopia’s place at the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in South Africa. They are joined at the finals of the tournament for the locally-based players by Uganda and Nigeria, who qualifieddespite a 2-0 loss in Ivory Coast. [...]

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Egypt rules out war over Nile

Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 05:07 PM ed

By Fred Ojambo (Bloomberg) Egypt has no plans to go to war with Ethiopia over the Horn of Africa nation’s construction of a hydropower dam on the Nile River, said Mona Omar, special envoy for Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi told supporters last month his government will “defend each drop of Nile [...]

Donors fuel abuses in Ethiopia

Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 01:07 PM ed

BY SELAH HENNESSY (VOA) Two new reports published this month say sustainable development in Ethiopia is impossible without a specific focus on human rights. The reports say donor countries should bear responsibility for ensuring their aid money is not used to fuel abuse. Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in international aid every year. It is [...]

Letter From Ethiopia’s Gulag

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 11:07 PM ed

I AM jailed, with around 200 other inmates, in a wide hall that looks like a warehouse. For all of us, there are only three toilets. Most of the inmates sleep on the floor, which has never been swept. About 1,000 prisoners share the small open space here at Kaliti Prison. One can guess our fate if a communicable disease breaks out.

Sara Al Amoudi spends millions on perfume

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ed

By NEIL SEARS (Daily Mail) Editor’s Note: Sara Al Amoudi, who claims to be the daughter of billionaire tycoon Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, continues to tell amazing stories in a London court. “Princess” Al Amoudi, who was described by a witness as a former prostitute from Ethiopia, claims that she spends millions on perfume and [...]

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Ethiopia is the hub of the Nile

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ed

Dr. Aklog Birara–For Ethiopian society to win, it must achieve unfettered political and socioeconomic pluralism. Participatory governance will usher a nationalist leaning spirit and advance and protect national and societal interests for generations to come. Among the hurdles that are apparent is narrow ethnic elite governance that has made ethnic thinking and ethnic geopolitical configuration central tenets

I am Ethiopian first

Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 06:07 PM ed

By Abebe Gellaw It has come to my attention that my brief Facebook comment regarding a few controversial statements made by Jawar Mohammed has been posted on ECADF’s website as an article. I had no intention of writing a serious piece on the issue. Quite obviously, there is a big difference between a well-thought out [...]

Corruption in Ethiopia’s construction sector

Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 10:07 PM Alma

By Prof. Al Mariam–In my fifth commentary on corruption in Ethiopia this year, I focus on the construction sector. The other commentaries are available at my blogsite. The cancer of corruption in the construction sector the World Bank (WB) documented in its “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia” is just as malignant and metastatic as in the land, education and telecommunications sectors. According to the WB report. In the construction sector, Ethiopia exhibits most of the classic warning signs of corruption risk, including instances of poor-quality construction, inflated unit output costs, and delays in implementation.

Egypt deeply worried over Nile

Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 11:07 PM ed

(Reuters) - Egypt said on Saturday it was highly concerned that Ethiopia had not responded to an invitation to discuss a dispute over a giant dam that Ethiopia plans to build on the river Nile. “Egypt is deeply worried that Ethiopia has not yet reacted to the invitation Egypt’s minister of water and irrigation made to [...]

Ethiopian sugar destroys pastoralists

Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 11:07 PM ed

(Corpwatch) Ethiopian Sugar Corporation (ESC) is benefiting from forced resettlement of pastoral people in the Lower Omo Valley – a United Nations cultural heritage site – to make way for new sugar plantations and factories, according to a new report from the Oakland Institute.

Opposition call for more protest rallies

Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ed

(AV) Semayayi Party and the Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) have called for more protest rallies and public meetings to press for respect for human rights and fundamental liberties in Ethiopia. It has also called another protest rally on September 1. Semayewi Party has condemned the efforts of the regime to discredit it using propaganda and defamatory tactics after the party staged a huge protest rally last month. In a press release Semayawi issued yesterday, it noted that rather than addressing the popular demands and grievances

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Sara Al Amoudi’s case continues

Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

Editor’s note: The interesting case of Sara Al Ahmoudi, who insists that she is the daughter of the billionaire tycoon, has continued. Sheikh Mohammed Al Amoudi, who had admitted to have a daughter with a similar name, says, through DLA Piper, that he is not the father of the woman. His lawyers at DLA Piper have threatened [...]

World Banks to probe abuses

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ed

(IDI) The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a full investigation into whether the Bank has breached its policies in Ethiopia and contributed to a government program of forced population transfers known as ‘villagization.’  The Bank’s move follows the resolution of a five-month standoff with the Ethiopian government, which had publicly threatened in [...]

Ethiopia’s Opposition Rises Again

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ed

Gondar — Since the violent quashing of political protests after the ruling party won Ethiopia’s 2005 elections, this East African nation has seen little in the way of political dissent. That is, until the last few months. Since June, the country has witnessed mass protests in three of its major cities. Despite the significance of theseprotests, observers disagree over how much they signal a rebirth for the country’s opposition movement and the government’s tolerance of it.

US, UK ignoring abuses in Ethiopia

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ed

(Bloomberg) The U.K. and U.S. have ignored first-hand accounts of human rights violations in southern Ethiopia where the government is forcibly relocating people for commercial-scale sugar plantations, the Oakland Institute said. The Western governments are “willful accomplices and supporters of a development strategy that will have irreversible devastating impacts on the environment and natural resources…

EU delegation denied access to prisoners

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ed

(VOA) Members of a European Parliament human rights delegation have been blocked from visiting an Ethiopianprison, and are concerned about the human rights situation in that nation. On Wednesday, the European Parliament Subcommittee for Human Rights wrapped up a visit to Ethiopia to assess the country’s human rights situation.

Saudi Arabia bans Ethiopian maids

Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM ed

(AFP) Saudi authorities banned on Wednesday Ethiopian workers from entering the country following reports of crimes against children allegedly committed by housemaids from the African nation. The labour ministry and the interior ministry have agreed to “temporarily” stop the importation of workers fromEthiopia, SPA state news agency said. It said the ban will remain in [...]

International aid bankrolls repressions

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 04:07 PM ed

Oakland Institute OAKLAND, CA-Two new reports from the Oakland Institute, Development Aid to Ethiopia: Overlooking Violence, Marginalization, and Political Repression and Ignoring Abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley, show how Western development assistance is supporting forced evictions and massive violations of human rights in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government’s controversial “villagization” [...]

EU urges release of political prisoners

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 04:07 PM ed

(Reuters) – A European Union parliamentary delegation urged Ethiopia on Wednesday to release journalists and opposition politicians jailed under an anti-terror law, and revise the legislation that critics say is used to stifle dissent.

Ethiopian opposition parties routinely accuse the government of harassment and say their candidates are often intimidated in polls. All but two of the 547 seats in the legislature are held by the ruling party.

EU demands release of political prisoners

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 03:07 PM ed

(AP) A delegation from the European Union’s parliament is calling on Ethiopia’s government to release jailed journalists and political activists. Barbara Lochbihler, the head of the EU delegation, said Wednesday that Ethiopia is jailing journalists and activists for “exercising their legitimate right to freedoms of expression, association and religion.” A spokesman for Ethiopia’s prime minister [...]

Inside and outside the embassy

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 03:07 PM ed

By Alex Martinez –From the outside, the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, looks just like you would imagine. A high wall surrounds the complex and a series of gates and barriers mark the main entrance. All that’s visible behind the fortifications are the top few floors of a plain, government-style building. Outside, teenage boys herd groups of sheep through the streets towards the informal livestock markets in the center of town.

Activists detained for calling law repeal

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 12:07 PM ed

(Bloomberg) Ethiopian police detained 40 opposition supporters distributing leaflets calling for the repeal of an anti-terrorism law they say has been used to stifle dissent, the Unity for Democracy and Justice party said. The arrests in four districts of the capital, Addis Ababa, occurred yesterday as UDJ members distributed pamphlets asking people to sign a petition [...]

Over 40 UDJ members arrested in Addis

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

(AV) The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party says that 42 of its members and leaders have been illegally jailed in Addis Ababa. After the party recently launched a “Millions of Voices for Freedom” campaign that included two protest rallies in Gondar and Dessie, security forces have been rounding up UDJ members and leaders. The arrests were intensified in the last two days.

Sara Al Amoudi accused of fraud

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 10:07 AM ed

A woman accused of swindling a couple out of property worth £14 million by posing as a Saudi princess was actually a prostitute, a court heard. Sara Al Amoudi reportedly boasted of ‘limitless wealth’, and convinced HSBC to lend her £4million, while a statement from Barclays suggested she had £165million in her account.

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Ethiopian opposition holds rare protest

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 03:07 AM ed

(AFP) In rare public outpours of anger, people on Sunday marched peacefully in the towns of Gondar and Dessie, chanting “freedom” and carrying pictures of jailed politicians and journalists. Government officials said there were around 1 500 protesters in total in both towns, while the activists themselves claimed the number to be as high as 20 000. [...]

Thus spoke Eskinder Nega

Monday, July 15, 2013 @ 03:07 AM ed

By Prof. Al Mariam–Eskinder Nega is still drumming for democracy in Ethiopia. From inside the belly of the infamous Meles Zenawi Prison in Kality, just outside the capital Addis Ababa. Until recently, Eskinder was in solitary confinement. He was allowed to see only his wife and son and a couple of other relatives. Eskinder is condemned to 18 years in prison. His unspeakable crimes include speaking truth to power…

Heritage honors Reeyot Alemu

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 02:07 PM ed

Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America has honored journalist Reeyot Alemu an other prominent individuals and groups. ”She is one of many journalists arrested, interrogated, tortured, and even murdered in their own country because of their demands for a free press, and social and political liberty,” EHSNA says in a press release. — Honorees of the [...]

Justice catches up with terror suspect

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 01:07 PM ed

By Tom McGhee and Joey Bunch For nearly 10 years, Habteab Berhe Temanu surrounded himself with fellow Ethiopian immigrants in the Denver area, sharing meals, swapping jokes and immersing himself in the ways of the old country. It took another immigrant, Kiflu Ketema, just five words to expose the terrible truth that Temanu had been [...]

Ethiopian Dreamliner catches fire

Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 01:07 PM ed

London Heathrow Airport was closed after fire breaks out on Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner on runway. Heathrow Airport closed both its runways to incoming and outgoing flights today after a fire broke out on an aircraft on the ground. The incident, which was reported just after 4.30pm, involved an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Dreamliner at a remote parking stand. Nobody was on board at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Dirba takes over mayorship from Kuma

Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 03:07 PM ed

The new Mayor of Addis Ababa, Diriba Kuma, has taken over the mayoral position from Kuma Demeksa, who has left huge deficit in the coffers of the city. It was disclosed earlier that over 2.25 billion birr was unaccounted for in 48 district and sectoral offices this year.

ENTC consults on triggering change

Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 02:07 PM ed

Haile wants to run for parliament

Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 02:07 AM ed

By David Baddy (Guardian) Haile Gebrselassie, the Ethiopian distance runner considered one of the greatest of all time, has announced that he plans to stand for parliament with the aim of winning a seat in the country’s 2015 election. The 40-year-old confirmed growing rumours that he was quitting athletics for politics on his Twitter account. “A lot [...]

Ethiopian suspected on Red Terror crimes

Thursday, July 11, 2013 @ 02:07 AM ed

By Tom McGhee The Denver Post An Ethiopian immigrant known as John Doe admits in a letter to a federal judge that he is Kefelegn Alemu Worku, who prosecutors think tortured and killed dozens of political prisoners in his home country in the 1970s. Worku, who was living in the metro area under the name [...]

UDJ complains over persecution

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 03:07 PM ed

The Unity for Democracy and Justice Party has complained that its members and leaders are being hunted down by security forces as a result of its fresh resolve to wage nonviolent struggle. In a letter addressed to Hailemariam Desalegn, the party’s chairman Dr. Negasso Gidada says the imprisonment and abuses that its members and leadership have faced are related to its new plan of action to organize protests across the country.

Veteran Ethiopian diplomat passes away

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 @ 03:07 PM ed

By Ally Jamah NAIROBI, KENYA: Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commissioner ( TJRC) Ambassador Berhanu Dinkafrom Ethiopia has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The late Dinka passed away on Monday in New York, USA. He was among international experts appointed to the commission by former President Mwai Kibaki. A statement issued by TJRC [...]

IMF urges gov’t to open up economy

Monday, July 8, 2013 @ 10:07 AM ed

By Andualem Sisay The International Monetary Fund has urged the Ethiopian government to allow more private investment in areas of the economy that it normally controls as a monopoly. A visiting IMF mission has for the last two weeks been meeting with several top government officials to discuss the country’s economy. Addis Ababa maintains tight [...]

Ethiopian singers bring Echostage home

Monday, July 8, 2013 @ 03:07 AM ed

The two Ethiopian singers who performed early Saturday morning at Echostage, Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro, represent different styles and different generations. The 72-year-old Mahmoud sailed Semitic-style melodies over instrumental accompaniment that drew on 1950s jazz, while the 36-year-old Afro emphasized reggae, with some forays into funk-rock. Despite the stylistic differences,

TPLF reshuffles cabinet

Friday, July 5, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appointed 10 new ministers on Thursday in his second cabinet reshuffle since taking office in 2012, including a new head of customs whose predecessor was arrested on corruption charges in May.

Mr Hailemariam, 47, became prime minister in September after the death of long-serving leader Meles Zenawi, one of Africa’s most influential political figures who ruled Ethiopia for 21 years and steered its economy into double-figure growth.

So far Mr Hailemariam has shown no sign of a major shift in policy away from Zenawi, maintaining his predecessor’s tight grip on the opposition and focusing on business and the economy.

Egyptian army ousts Morsi

Thursday, July 4, 2013 @ 03:07 AM ed

Egypt’s army was holding ousted President Mohamed Mursi at a military facility in Cairo on Thursday and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in a crackdown on the movement that won several elections last year. The United Nations, the United States and other world powers did not condemn Mursi’s removal as a military coup. To do so might trigger sanctions. Army intervention was backed by millions of Egyptians, including liberal leaders and religious figures who expect new elections under a revised set of rules.

Morsi on the verge as pressure mounting

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

By Shaimaa Fayed and Paul Taylor CAIRO (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi rebuffed an army ultimatum to force a resolution to Egypt’s political crisis, saying on Tuesday that he had not been consulted and would pursue his own plans for national reconciliation. But the Islamist leader looked increasingly isolated, with ministers resigning, the liberal opposition refusing to [...]

Al Amoudi admires empty stadium in D.C.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @ 04:07 AM ed

It was widely reported that business tycoon Sheik Mohamed Al Amoudi was banned from entering the United States. This year the ban appeared to have been lifted when he arrived in Washington D.C. with a lot of fanfare to attend the so called All Ethiopian Sports Association One (AESAONE), which splintered from ESFNA two years ago.

Millions come out to oust Egyptian president

Monday, July 1, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

(Al Jazeera) Protesters seeking to force Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi from office are gearing up for a second day  of action, after large crowds thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country and marched on the presidential palace. In the capital, the seat of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood to which Morsi belongs, was set [...]

FIFA docks Ethiopia three points

Monday, July 1, 2013 @ 09:07 AM ed

(BBC) Ethiopia have had to forfeit a win over Botswana in a 2014 World Cup qualifier after Fifa ruled the Walya Antelopes fielded an ineligible player. Minyahil Teshome Beyene should have missed the match having picked up two yellow cards in previous qualifiers. Fifa overturned the original 2-1 win for Ethiopia in the 8 June [...]

Ethiopiawinet: Annual convention

Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ed

The day Mandela became a ‘terrorist’

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 04:06 PM ed

Fifty-one years ago today a spry Nelson Mandela landed in Emperor Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia with one goal: to become a trained guerrilla commander. It was 1962 and peaceful protests against the racist rule of South Africa’s apartheid government had achieved little beyond hardening attitudes on both sides. The African National Congress had been banned and South Africa’s future president — and now global icon of peace and reconciliation — believed it was time to take to arms.

Hunger costs Ethiopian billions

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 02:06 AM ed

Hunger costs Ethiopia billions of dollars in yearly economic losses, according to a new study. Led by the African Union Commission, the UN World Food Program (WFP) and Ethiopian government agencies, it says reducing undernutrition will save lives and boost Ethiopia’s struggling economy. The study shows Ethiopia lost an estimated $4.7 billion in 2009 because of child undernutrition. This is equivalent to 16.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Ethiopia: victim of geopolitics & tribal feud

Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ed

By Robele Ababya Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa in a hostile environment surrounded by Eretria, Djibouti,  Somalia, Sudan and the only friendly Kenya. The Blue Nile River is a strong link between Egypt and Ethiopia. The Middle East is a stone throw away where conservative Arab leaders plot to annex Ethiopia and [...]

Obama is Coming to Africa!

Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 11:06 PM Alma

Prof. Al Mariam–This week my regular Monday commentary is presented in the form of a “flash drama” on Obama (a sub-genre of theatrical play sometimes described as a “ten minute one-act play

UDJ calls for national protest

Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:06 PM ed

(Reuters) – An Ethiopian opposition party called on Thursday for the government to scrap an anti-terrorism law it says is used to stifle dissent, threatening a repeat of protests that brought thousands onto the streets of Addis Ababa early this month.

Congressional hearing examines repressions

Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 03:06 PM ed

The recent hearing at the US Congress has once again highlighted repressions and the ways to address it.

Ethiopian refugees face dam backlash

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ed

Cairo, Egypt (Al Jazeera) – For months, Gutama Gallatobati, a proud farmer and mechanic of Oromo descent languished in an Ethiopian prison over accusations he burned an Ethiopian flag. While inside, guards physically abused him. Sada Ahmed, a mother of five children and wife of a wealthy husband lived a good life in Ethiopia until [...]

Seeds of Change in Ethiopia

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ed

The people of Ethiopia have been suppressed and controlled for generations. Under the current EPRDF government, freedom of expression has been curtailed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation fostered. Peaceful assembly has not been allowed, contrary to the constitution, and all political dissent stamped on. In 2005, after parliamentary elections that many, including the European observers, deemed to be unfair, students took to the streets in the capital Addis Ababa to demonstrate against what they saw as electoral fraud.

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Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 04:06 AM ed

Egypt, Ethiopia into final WCup playoffs

Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 04:06 AM ed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Egypt and Ethiopia went through to the final World Cup playoffs on Sunday and Libya is almost there, creating a group of unlikely contenders for Africa’s five places at the world showpiece. Egypt and Libya have defied major political unrest to challenge for a spot in Brazil next year. Ethiopia followed on [...]

Ethiopia ratifies new Nile agreement

Thursday, June 13, 2013 @ 09:06 AM ed

AP–Ethiopia’s parliament on Thursday ratified an accord that replaces colonial-era deals that awarded Egypt and Sudan the majority of the world’s longest river. The vote comes amid a bout of verbal jousting between Ethiopia and Egypt after Ethiopia last month started to divert Nile waters for a massive $4.2 billion hydro-electric dam dubbed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Ethiopia rejects Egyptian protests over dam

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 03:06 AM ed

The Guardian–Ethiopia has refused to halt work on a controversial giant dam across the river Nile that Egypt fears will severely curb its water supply.

The refusal came after the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, promised to “defend each drop of Nile water with our blood” and other senior Egyptian politicians called for the dam’s destruction.

“No Nile No Egypt,” Minister claims

Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 09:06 AM ed

By Shadia Nasralla CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s foreign minister, vowing not to give up “a single drop of water from the Nile”, said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo’s objections. Speaking to Egypt’s state news agency MENA two days after the Ethiopian government flatly [...]

Ethiopians in Canada protest tyranny

Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 09:06 AM ed

(CBC News) More than 100 Ethiopians rallied outside a downtown hotel Sunday in protest of their government’s handling of a construction project. The Ethiopian Consul General was giving a presentation at the downtown Ramada Hotel about a dam development project. Protesters say the government is corrupt and that they are concerned over a lack of [...]

Egypt demands Ethiopia halt Nile dam

Thursday, June 6, 2013 @ 11:06 AM ed

(Reuters) – Egypt will demand Ethiopia stop building a dam on one of the main tributaries of the Nile, a senior government aide said on Wednesday, ramping up a confrontation over the project that Egypt fears will affect its main source of water. Ethiopia set off alarm bells in Cairo last week when it began [...]

Ethiopia’s protest leaders see no change

Thursday, June 6, 2013 @ 10:06 AM ed

Despite speculation that the first anti-government protest in eight years, which was held this week in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, might signal new levels of political tolerance by the government, leaders of the political party that organised the protest say this cannot be further from the truth. “There has been no change since (the rule of late Prime Minister) Meles (Zenawi). They are still totalitarian dictators who rule this country like control freaks,” Yilkal Getnet, chairman of the opposition Blue Party, told IPS at the party’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

Eskinder Nega vows to keep fighting

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 @ 10:06 AM ed

Journalist Eskinder Nega, who was jailed after publishing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms has penned a letter from prison, seen exclusively by The Independent, in which he decries the “human rights crisis” unfolding in Ethiopia and describes the personal toll of facing 18 years behind bars, writes Jim Armitage of The Independent.

Ethiopia Has Arisen!

Monday, June 3, 2013 @ 01:06 AM ed

On Ginbot 20, 1983 (Ethiopian calendar; [5/28/1991]), Meles Zenawi and thousands of his guerrilla fighters marched into Addis Ababa toting AK-47s, RPGs and hand grenades. They marched into the capital promising democracy, freedom and liberation from a brutal military dictatorship. The people of the capital welcomed them with some anxiety; but they were greatly relieved to see a regime that had brutalized them for 17 years finally consigned to the dustbin of history.

ESAT special report on Addis rally

Sunday, June 2, 2013 @ 10:06 PM ed

Thousands hold peaceful demonstration

Sunday, June 2, 2013 @ 09:06 PM ed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Sunday demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation. Protesters marched along major streets in the capital, Addis Ababa, shouting “We need freedom,” and “We need justice.” The peaceful rally was the first major demonstration since 2005 post-election unrest when security forces killed hundreds of protesters.

Reporter covering evictions detained

Friday, May 31, 2013 @ 10:05 AM ed

New York, May 30, 2012–Ethiopian authorities have detained since Friday a reporter who sought to interview people evicted from their homes in a region where the government is building a contentious hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, according to a news report and the reporter’s editor. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that the case highlights authorities’ disregard for the rule of law and its systematic efforts to suppress news critical of government officials.

Ethiopia refuses to cooperate with WB probe

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 @ 11:05 AM ed

Ethiopia’s government said it won’t cooperate with a probe into whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding a program in which thousands of people were allegedly relocated to make way for agriculture investors. Ethnic Anuak people in Ethiopia’s southwestern Gambella region and rights groups including Human Rights Watch last year accused the Washington-based lender of funding a program overseen by soldiers to forcibly resettle 45,000 households.

CPJ urges Kerry to press for press freedom

Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 10:05 AM ed

The global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Thursday wrote  to US Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to include in his discussions at the African Union (AU) Summit the issue of press freedom in Africa. Mr. Kerry is expected to attend the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as Africa [...]

Ethiopia: The Corruption Game

Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 12:05 AM ed

Are they playing us like a cheap fiddle again? For a while, it was all about the Meles Dam and how to collect nickels and dimes to build it. That kind of played itself out. (Not to worry. That circus will be back in town. The public has the attention span of a gold fish. So they think.) It’s time to change the flavor of the month.

Edu-corruption and Mis-education in Ethiopia

Monday, May 13, 2013 @ 01:05 AM ed

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela. For the late Meles Zenawi and his apostles (the Melesistas) in Ethiopia, the reverse is true: Ignorance is the most powerful weapon you can use to prevent change and cling to power.

Ethiopian journalists hope council ease restrictions

Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 10:05 AM ed

Addis Ababa — Several Ethiopian publications are coming together to set up a ‘press council’ with the hope of easing restrictions on the media in Ethiopia. The journalists suggested the idea of the council at a May 3 meeting held at the behest of the Ministry of Information to discuss media reforms in the country.

Ethiopia: Shadowboxing Smoke and Mirrors

Monday, May 6, 2013 @ 01:05 AM ed

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam–Meles Zenawi when he was alive and his apostles today (“Melesistas”) keep playing us in the Diaspora like a cheap fiddle. They make us screech, shriek, scream and shout by simply showing their mugs in our cities. How do they do it? Every now and then, the Melesistas suit up a few of their bumbling and bungling zombies from central casting and unleash them into the Ethiopian Diaspora to “sell bonds” for the “Grand Meles Dam” to be built over the Blue Nile.