Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines 'Interested' in Report of Bomb Aboard Crashed Jet

News reports initially quoted witnesses as saying the plane had broken up in the air and fallen into the sea in a ball of flames. But Lebanese officials immediately ruled out terrorism, and suggested pilot error was to blame.The "G2 Bulletin" Web site, which calls itself an independent online intelligence newsletter, reports an operative of the group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula told interrogators the aircraft was destroyed by a suicide bomber trained in Yemen. The operative is said to be among more than 100 terrorism suspects recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. Read more...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Japan lifts its ban on coffee

The Ethiopian Government said the coffee shipment that led Japan to stop imports was likely contaminated by growers using sacks that previously contained insecticides or other chemicals. Read more...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Terror suspect admits jet was bombed

Editor’s note ( Ethiopian Airlines Authorities should seriously watch this new development and may need to take proper measurement accordingly. For many it still remained mysterious how the air plane was blasted on a clear sky even without touching the ground. ) Read more...

UDJ PR SiYE Abrha confronted with former comrade over Burtukan’s case

A tense confrontation developed outside Kaliti prison Saturday between the facility's director Abebe Zemichael and a man who was both his former commander and his former prisoner. Siye Abraha, a well-known political and military figure who is also a former Kaliti inmate, says he and prison director Abebe argued over visitation rules."The chief of the prison showed up and said it is only blood relatives who are allowed to visit her, we challenged him, as we are ex-prisoners we know family and friends visit relatives in prison," said Siye. and the prison chief and Siye have a long history. Twenty years ago, Siye was military commander of the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front. Abebe was a TPLF guerrilla fighter. Read more…

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The dam project on the OMO river cannot be stopped says African Development Bank

The African Development Bank said the dam would improve the lives of people living downstream directly and indirectly.‘It allows the flow of water to be controlled so as to prevent flooding and will actually lead to a greater flow of water into Lake Turkana,’ said a representative from the AfDB. Read more…

Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Opposition party figures may go to jail after elections.

“We will try to be patient not to hurt the electoral process image. After the poll, if necessary we will go to courts with our charges after examining the evidence at hand “said the PM, asking about the PM comment, Ato Lidetu of EDP said not only was Meles prejudging the electorate’s will but that the comments were intimidating. Siye abrha PR of UDJ went further, claiming the comments confirmed the existence of an EPRDF plan to put “the opposition away with prosecutions once and for all.” Read more...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

First Bombardier Q 400 aircraft arrives in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian airlines CEO Girma wake said Bombardier Q400 aircrafts will replace Fokker aircrafts which have been serving for the last 15 years. He said the fund for the purchase for the aircrafts was secured from the Canadian government. Read more...

The Sprit of Abebe Biklea’ comes back

"I felt I had to do something to honor Bikila," Gena told the ANSA news agency. "For me he will always be an enormous inspiration and today I wanted to see what it would be like to cross the line in Rome barefooted like he once did. Read more…

Saturday, March 20, 2010

AEUP joins debate at request of supporters

foreign relation head Yakob leke said that AEUP had declined to participate in the debate as three of its fundamental demands regarding the general conduct of the debate were not met. "However, its supporters urged it to advance its question from within the debate and the party responded accordingly." Read more…

Party veterans no longer hold government position.

Seyoum, Addisu, Arkebe, and Tefera will all not go back to their positions as foreign minister, deputy prime minister, minister for capacity building and state minister for Works and Urban Development, according to the EPRDF official. Tsegaye, too, will not go back to his presidency of the Tigray Regional State, whether or not the EPRDF wins the election.sources disclosed . Read more…

US, Ethiopia spar over Voice of America broadcasts

"The prime minister may disagree with news carried in Voice of America's Amharic Service broadcasts; however, a decision to jam VOA broadcasts contradicts the Government of Ethiopia's frequent public commitments to freedom of the press," State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said in a statement." Read more...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ethiopia gets high quality broadband from SEACOM

"The availability of high-quality broadband at lower prices will accelerate economic development and educational initiatives,” said Amare Amsalu Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Telecommunications at the signing ceremony, according to newbusinessethiopia.com. Read more...

Ethiopia admits jamming VOA radio broadcasts in Amharic

We have for some time now been trying to beef up our capacity to deal with this, including... jamming," Mr Meles said on Thursday. Read more…

Thursday, March 18, 2010

“Adwa is not only for Meles” says Aregash, a former comrade.

Adwa is both his home and my home. His family and my family are very close. They are friends. We are neighbors," she added.Mr. Meles and Ms. Aregash began their political careers as comrades in a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF). They fought together to overthrow the murderous Dergue regime led by the Communist dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam. Read more...

Ethiopian parliament closely discussed about Copenhagen deal.

In its regular discussion, opposition party members raised various questions to PM Meles Zenawi the leader of Africa negotiation team on Copenhagen environmental summit. Opposition party members were very impressed to hear from the PM what Africa achieved through this summit as well as his accomplishment as a chief negotiator. The PM on his part said, “I din't go to there for fighting, I went there for mutual discussion. “ click here

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Somali government, militia sign deal in the Ethiopian capital

According to the agreement, which came after months of behind-the-scene talks between the two sides, the Ahlu-sunna Wal Jamaa militia group gets five ministries as well as diplomatic posts and senior positions within the police and intelligence services.Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said at the signing ceremony that the deal was part of a larger reconciliation plan.Read more...

Bulcha Demksa says he is leaving

Mr. Bulcha's decision is ought to be appreciated in light of the political tradition where leaders die while holding onto some political position and destroy everything they have accomplished, rather than calling it quits. Read more...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chinese company to build new Power House in Ethiopia

Another new power station, Beles will be ready in May this year.
When completed Genale is projected to generate 254 megawatts of electricity, equal to 1,640 gigawatt-hours annually. Read more...

Monday, March 15, 2010

EAL exceeds its vision 2010 targets

Ethiopian has 45 aircraft on order, 12 A350-900s from Airbus; 10 787 Dreamliner jets; 10 737-800s; five 777-200LRs from Boeing; and eight Q400 aircraft from Bombardier. The national carrier reported an operating revenue and profit of 1.1 billion dollars and 92 million dollars, respectively, according to a statement from Wogayehu Terefe, acting manager of Public Relations and Publications. Read more...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Ethiopia, Washington’s main ally dismissed the report.

"This report demonstrates serious intellectual deficiencies and flaws, and most seriously, a fundamental and structural difference over how and where democracy can be encouraged in a country like Ethiopia," The Ethiopian forein affir ministry said in a statement. Read more…

Ethiopian Defar wins fourth successive title

"I’m very happy. This is a very important fourth gold medal for me. It was an easy victory for me because the pace was slow. I changed my tactics. I was thinking about a fast race but then I saw, it would be better to wait with the final kick. That worked well,” said an overjoyed Defar. Read more...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Eretria says Nigeria is a Big Brother

The Eritrean envoy added that Eritrea had always supported Nigeria when it comes to elections at international organisations. "It is our official policy, we are not saying this for payback, but even in sports, our support is always lining up behind Nigeria, so naturally, when we feel victimized now, we cry to the big brother." Read more....

Analyses indicate that East Africa is the next oil boom

East Africa is emerging as the next oil boom following a big strike in Uganda's Lake Albert Basin. Other oil and natural gas reserves have been found in Tanzania and Mozambique and exploration is under way in Ethiopia and even war-torn Somalia.The region, until recently largely ignored by the energy industry, is "the last real high-potential area in the world that hasn't been fully explored," says Richard Schmitt, chief executive officer of Dubai's Black Marlin Energy, which is prospecting in East Africa. Read more...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

US Rights Report Lists Ethiopian Opposition Leader as Political Prisoner

At a news conference sometimes last year Ethiopian prime minister Meles zenawi said, ."This lady was advised by anybody, everybody who could talk to her, including diplomats, elders and even some members of her party that it would be wrong for her to go to prison simply because she wouldn't correct the wrong statement that she made and expose herself to reinstatement of the court's decision. She refused to do so because she was convinced some human rights organizations abroad, her supporters and sympathizers both abroad and here, would spring her out of prison. We knew that was a very dangerous miscalculation." Read more.....

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bashir skips IGAD summit in Kenya

Bashir received an invitation on Wednesday delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs Seyoum Mesfin and the Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula.Observers say that, Bashir might be worried of the risks of an arrest in Kenya, as he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for charges of masterminding the crimes committed in Darfur.Read more...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Many high ranking members of TPLF & ANDM are left out!

Many veterans of the Revolutionary Democrats, particularly the senior leaders from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), have not been enlisted to run for either the regional councils or the Federal Parliament . Read more...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Time is up for Adisu Legese

(Editor’s note) A week ago we reported that Berket semeon, Tefera Walwa and Tsegaye Brehe, will not run for the upcoming election. We now have learned that another heavy weight EPRDF official will not seek reelection. Read the details….

Montek on UN climate change financing group

Philanthropist George Soros and prominent British academic Nicholas Stern are also on Ban's Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, which will be co-chaired by British and Ethiopian Prime Ministers, Gordon Brown and Meles Zenawi. Read more...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ethiopia withdrawal from CAF due to lack of fund

“We have written to Caf informing them of our withdrawal. It is because of economics. We do not have enough money and want to concentrate on the African Cup of Nations,” Kelkay said. Read more...

Lost Jewish tribe 'found in Zimbabwe'

The Lemba people are easy to distinguish from most other Zimbabweans - they wear skull caps, pray in a language which is a mixture of Hebrew and Arabic, and put the Star of David on their gravestones. Read more...

Friday, March 5, 2010

Senior members of EPRDF will run against top members of opposition figures

Sources close to capital indicated that the most senior members of EPRDF will run against the heavy weight opposition figures in the level of presidents and vice chairs. Accordingly, Minister of Mine and energy Alemahyu Tegenu will run against Dr Negaso Gededa , in Woreda ( zone ) 18. The battle is not end with the two individuals: Ethiopian Democratic Party Secretary (EDP) , Muse Shemu also running on the same zone. Read the full story.

Rains Bring 'Drastic' Change in Ethiopia Food Outlook

It's raining in Ethiopia. After three consecutive years of drought, weather watchers say this year's early season rains are promising. But Ethiopia's farmers are looking forward to a bumper crop that could ease the country's severe food shortage.

Ethiopia's disaster relief agency chief Tadesse Bekele is smiling. He's just come from a staff meeting where field reports suggested conditions are right for one of the best early season harvests in years.Read more....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

D.C sniper writes victim, apologizes

"Mr. Gaeta," it read. "I am truly sorry for the pain I caused you and your loved ones. I was relieved to hear that you suffered no paralyzing injuries and that you are alive. Sincerely, Lee Boyd Malvo. Read more....

Geldof says aid group did not purchase weapons

The former TPLF commander, Aregawi Berhe, told the BBC he was a member of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front when he became aware that his group was using aid money to buy arms through secondary means. But on his part Bob Geldof has said the allegations made by Berhe, who is now living in the Netherlands as an exile, are false and simply the allegations of a disgruntled man. Read more .

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ethiopia Opposition Rethinks Election Campaign After Candidate Killed

In a telephone interview, Gebru called the attacks part of an EPRDF campaign of intimidation. "We have to consider seriously whether we are going to participate," Gebru said. "Because this is not an election. This is just war. War against us."Ruling party spokesman Hailemariam Dessalegn, however, categorically rejected suggestions the attacks were politically motivated"He has got a bar and when they were drinking, they quarreled," Hailemariam said. "That's a personal case. The guy killed him. He has nothing to do with the EPRDF. And that guy the police has arrested him... and it's nothing to do with politics." Read more

Ethiopian airline CEO apologizes

The latest flight, ET703, was to depart from Rome’s Fiuminco Airport at 12:05am and arrive in Addis Abeba at 07:50am. Seblewongel Seyoum, a mother of two, died on January 25, 2010, during the accident, and found herself posthumously scheduled for duty on this flight. Girma Wake admits human error, pledges apology Read more…

Monday, March 1, 2010

Breket Simon will not seek reelection

In addition to Berket , Minister for capacity building Tefera Walwa, president of The tigrai regional state Tsgaie Berehe, are among the few who will not seek reelection in the may national poll. Read more...