Friday, April 30, 2010

Ethiopian troops arrested Al Shebab Mujahidin main supporters in southern Somalia

Witnesses said that the Ethiopians imprisoned the clerics for suspicion that they had had a close relation with Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen who seized the district and controlled it for hours over the past few days adding they arrested at the police stations of the transitional government administration in the region. Read more…

Experienced UN official appointed to senior political post at world body

Mr. Zerihoun, of Ethiopia, will replace Haile Menkerios – who is serving for the next year as the top UN official in Sudan – as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Read more …

Man Sought in Murder of Daughter, Girl's Mother Arrested in NYC


The U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, which had been hunting Asfeha, described him as a "monster" to the Washington Examiner, saying he had slashed his own daughter's throat. Read more…

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ethiopian American High School junior wins $10,000 in national poetry contest

A panel that included Garrison Keillor judged the students on physical presence, articulation, evidence of understanding, accuracy and level of difficulty. Read more…

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

አንድነት በለመደው ሁኔታ ውስጣዊ ችግሩን ፈታው::

ጉዳዩ ያልገባቸው የአዲሱ አመራር ተመራጮች ወኪሎች፤ ኢንጅነር ሲመለሱ ካልተመለሱም ደብዳቤው የደረሰ በመሆኑ ከጽ/ቤቱ ቀጠሮ ለመቀበል ግቢው ውስጥ ገብተው በመጠበቅ ላይ እንዳሉ በድንገት በሩ ተከፍቶ አባላት ያልሆኑ ጎረምሶች ወደግቢው ገቡ፤ተከትለውም ኢንጅር ግዛቸውና አጋሮቻቸው በመኪና ሆነው በመግባት ኢንጅነር ግዛቸው ይዘዋቸው የመጡትን ጎረምሶች በሰላማዊ መንገድ ሲጠብቋቸው ወደ ነበሩት ተወካዮች እያመለከቱ ‹‹በሏቸው›› የሚል ትዕዛዝ ስለ ሰጡ ተዘጋጅቶ የተቀመጠውን አጣና እያወጡ በቅድሚያ አቶ ለሜሳ የተባሉትን የቀድሞም የመስራች ምክር ቤት አባል የአሁኑም ተመራጭ ግንባራቸውን ፈነከቱ፤ ተጨማሪ ያንቡ...

Ex-Council Aide Pleads Not Guilty in Taxi Scandal

Loza was arrested in September 2009 and initially charged with two counts of bribery on allegations he accepted $1,500 in payments from Abdulaziz Kamus, an advocate for Ethiopian cab drivers who was trying to secure advantages for that community in the city's taxicab market. Read more…

Yishai wants to send infiltrators back to Eritrea

Interior minister approaches Foreign Minister Lieberman in a bid to examine ways together with African state to return infiltrators back to homeland . According to the Interior ministry data, some 13000 Eritreans have infiltrated into Israel. Read more….

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bashir secures a new term, attention turns to South Sudan referendum in 2011

Amid wanted by the International Criminal Court ( ICC) , Sudanese president Omar Al Bashir and his National Congress party officially declared winners in poll results. This is the first multiparty elections in 24 years. The elected president appeared on a national television shortly after the results and promised to reach out to all forces in Sudan to form a national "partnership" and vowed to make sure that the referendum takes place. Read more...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sudan on Cross Road

* 85 hurt in clashes as election results released
* Tension raised on border between north and south Sudan
* South Sudan to vote on independence in January 9.2011
* "The SAF was using four land cruisers with mounted machine guns." He could not give further details. A SAF spokesman denied any involvement but confirmed the SPLA attack on the Rizeigat in Darfur, calling it "a clear violation of the (peace deal)." Read more

Ethiopian appointed UNESCO Deputy Director-General

The new Deputy Director-General will be Getachew Engida, who is currently UNESCO’s Comptroller. Mr Engida, of Ethiopia, has had a distinguished international career in auditing and financial management for prominent international companies and also worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Assistant Comptroller. He joined UNESCO in his current position in 2004. Read more...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rebels say Sudan troops preparing to attack Darfur

According to reports from our commanders on ground, an offensive is being prepared against our forces in the north and east of Darfur, JEM (Justice and Equality Movement) spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam told AFP. “Read more…

Yemen arrests 21 Ethiopian infiltrators

As the overcrowded boats approach shore, smugglers sometimes force passengers in the water, and some drown.HRW had said that Yemen welcomes Somalis fleeing the decades of conflict in their country. But Ethiopians and others risk being arrested and illegally forced to return home.
In early 2010, Yemen launched a security campaign on its wide-spreading coasts to prevent al-Qaeda suspects coming from the Horn of Africa from infiltrating into the country. Read more…

Ethiopia Troops Expel Al Shabaab From Border Town

Somali officials confirmed the presence of Ethiopian troops in the town, saying they came to deter Al-Shabaab military advance in border area."The troops came to the town to drive Al-Shabaab elements out of the area which is near the border between Somalia and Ethiopian," said an official. Read more...

UNHCR Deputy Commissioner visits refugee camps in Ethiopia

Ethiopia currently hosts more than 67,000 refugees from Somalia in five camps, the majority of whom came after 2007 following conflicts in the horn of Africa nation. In total, Ethiopia hosts nearly 136,000 refugees mainly from Somalia, Eritrea and the Sudan.” Read more…

Friday, April 23, 2010

Somalia clashes kills 11, five headless bodies found

"We have seen five beheaded men," one resident who gave his name only as Ali for fear of repercussions told Reuters. "Their bodies were covered with a little soil, except for their legs."Al Shabaab, which controls vast tracts of southern and central Somalia, has previously executed Somalis its accuses of spying for the foreign-backed government as it fights to impose a harsh version of sharia law on the nation. Read more…

Ethiopian Opposition Demands Independent Probe into Activist's Death

Senior Forum leader Beyene Petros called for an independent probe into Biyanza's death."He is our activist who goes around and posts posters, distributes leaflets, campaigns on our behalf," said Beyene. "So we are demanding that an independent inquiry committee be formed to review this case. Government spokesman Shimelis Kemal called reports of the beating "the biggest lie we have heard."Speaking to VOA, Shimelis said Biyanza would never have worked for the opposition, because he was a registered member of the ruling party in Oromia. He said the victim had not been beaten, but had died of complications from malaria and typhoid. The spokesman described the charges as "part of a series of lies concocted by the Forum to smear the electoral process." Read more…

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ethiopia’s Royal Haile selassie Family Getting Back Gihon Hotel

The royal family has been in talks to get the hotel back from the government after the Derg confiscated it. Sources told Capital that the negotiation is in its final stage and is likely to be successful this time around after so many attempts to partially privatize it. On a different note The Saudi billionaire Prince Al Wallid bin Tallal was among the first to show strong interest in buying the hotel. Read more….

Chinese firms in Ethiopia mourn

Zafu Gebre-Tsadik, executive secretary of the Sino-Ethiopia Associate (Africa) PLC, a Chinese-Ethiopian joint venture, attended the mourning event and donated money to support the quake victims."I am an old friend of the Chinese. I come here to express my sympathy and sorrow over the natural disaster that happened in China and to donate some money," she said. She believed the Chinese people would soon recover from the disaster. Read more…

Two Major Parties Agree to Accept Polls Results

Observers say that the agreement between the two respective ruling parties in the North and South, committing themselves to acceptance of the results before they are officially released, signifies a giant step towards maintaining the status quo. Read more…

Hundreds paid $30 to hear from Medrek leaders

One activist who donated thousands of dollars asked, "What is your game- changing plan? How do you plan to defeat an incumbent that controls most of the country's institutions?"Former ruling party member and minister of defense Si'ye Abraha said, "We are trying to hold on to the tide. Despite the challenges, our goal is to stay onboard and participate in the process that, we hope, will give the people of Ethiopia a much-needed political change. Read more…

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ethiopia dumps 180 tonnes of roses destined Europe.

Travel chaos across Europe was caused after massive volcanic eruption in Iceland causing a massive flight backlog. Read more...

Ethiopia and six African countries will sign on without Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia and six other countries in east and central Africa will sign on May 14 a framework agreement on the equitable utilisation of the Nile river," Ethiopian government spokesman Shimelis Kemal told reporters."It's a deal based on international customary law, but Egypt is dragging its feet. All seven countries have rejected the previous agreement between Egypt and colonial Britain," he added. Read more…

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ethiopia - Djibouti: Row erupts over new port directive

The operation, which was hitherto handled by all forwarding companies, could cost Ethiopia some 9 million dollars per year. Talking to a local newspaper, Fortune, Mekonnen Abera, director general of Ethiopian Port Affairs Authority said the directive violates a 2002 bilateral agreement between the two countries. Read more…

Monday, April 19, 2010

Int’l Observers Begin Mission on 2010 Elections

These observers will be carrying out their observations independently of the EU at selected polling stations from the 43,000 stations in the country, according to chief observer Thjis Berman. The decision to send these observers was made following a report by a delegate that had come on February 9, 2010, to assess conditions in the country. Read more...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Man sentenced to prison for killing an Ethiopian restaurant owner in 2008

Dashasa Degene , who emigrated from Ethiopia about two decades ago, took over the popular Central Area restaurant after his best friend and business partner, Troy Hackett, was fatally shot in 2003. Hackett's slaying remains unsolved. Several months before his death, Dashasa traveled to Ethiopia and married a woman he had met through relatives. He had bought a house and was preparing it for his new bride when he was killed, his family said. With one bullet, said his cousin Fatuma, "We lost the backbone of our family. Read more…

Ethiopian suspends flights to five European destinations

Ethiopian Airlines had suspended scheduled passenger flights to London, Paris/Brussels and Stockholm due to the closure of many European airports and air-routes due to volcanic eruption that occurred in Iceland early Wednesday, it was learnt. Read more…

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sandals made from recycle tires get market in Japan

In Ethiopia, Kenya and other countries, sandals made from recycled tires are widely used. Alemu turned them into a viable brand by adding environmentally friendly materials, bright colors and chic designs. Thanks to its fair-trade certification, soleRebels has created jobs at home by exporting its products at fair prices. Read more..

Friday, April 16, 2010

EU to deploy 160 election observers ahead of May Polls

Asked if the number is few compared to the country’s around 40,000 polling stations, Thijis Berman,Chief Observer said, “We are not smaller in number. I am confident; we can do a very good job, “During the May 2005 national election, the EU deployed over 200 observers. “We are very pleased to be here to observe these elections based on our established methodology, developed through observation experience in more than 70 countries,” added Berman. Read more…

Us president gave order to freeze Yemane gebrab’s and other individuals assets

The Treasury department stated that, besides Mr. Yemane Gebreab , Head of the political affairs of PFDJ and the henchman of the president , it would also freeze the assets of nine individuals. Read more..

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Eritrea's ex-minister and army chief died in prison said former prison guard

Rights groups say Eritrea has turned into a "giant prison" where detentions, torture and prolonged military conscription have become rife since a 2001 crackdown on perceived political opponents, including senior officials.
Earlier this month, a former Eritrean prison guard who fled to Ethiopia claimed his country's ex-foreign minister and an army chief had died in prison while thousands of others had fallen severely ill in "secret detention centers". Read more…

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ethiopian community leader pleads guilty to taxi bribery scheme

An Ethiopian community leader has pleaded guilty to his role in orchestrating a massive taxi industry bribery scheme, fingering D.C. Councilman Jim Graham's former chief of staff as one of his co-conspirators. Over the past three years, Abdul Kamus gave more than $30,000 in cash, trips and free taxi rides to Graham's former Chief of Staff Ted Loza in return for influence in the D.C. Council, Kamus admitted Wednesday. Read more…

Three Port Moody sisters raise money for Ethiopia

…we told them that the lack of clean water in Ethiopia kills 6,000 children a day and Jayden calculated that was about one every 15 seconds," said their mom."That's when she and Lexa decided to raise money to build a clean water well. Ella really doesn't understand but she wants to be with them."They went on the Internet and found WaterCan.com (www.WaterCan.com) and became involved in raising money for one of its projects for Bachoo, located 150 kilometers south of the capital of Addis Ababa. Read more about these patriotic girls…

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ethiopian parliament divided over economic growth

We know that China, South-Korea are registering such economic growth. But we are confused how Ethiopia’s economic is growing like these countries. Our unemployment and poverty is on the rise,” said Bulcha Mideksa of Oromo Federalist Democratic Party (OFDM).Read more…

Al-Shabab ordered all of the BBC's and VOA transmitters to be shut down.

A statement by al-Shabab demanded that any organization transmitting the BBC, or the Washington-based Voice of America, should cancel their contracts. Al-Shabab and its allies control most of southern and central Somalia and all but a few districts of the capital, Mogadishu. Read more…

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mother and Child Killed in Alexandria

Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at (703) 838-4858. Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they remain anonymous. Read more…

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sudan has arrived in crucial period in its history

"The moment has arrived for Sudan, Africa's biggest country in landscape, diversity and complexity," noted Hala Alkarib, director of the Horn of Africa Women Coalition. Various international organizations and donors have provided substantial input into the process. "This is probably the most crucial period in Sudan's history since its independence in 1956," said another UN envoy Haile on a news conference in Khartoum . The coming elections have two inseparable functions – first, they are an important and essential benchmark in the implementation of the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement]; and second, they are intended to usher in a democratic process in Sudan." Read more…

Saturday, April 10, 2010

World leaders pay tribute to Polish leaders Medvedev appointed Vladimir Putin to head an inquiry commission

"This is a time of great national tragedy. At this time there are no political differences, left or right. This is a time of national mourning."
Bronislaw Komorowski, Parliament Speaker . Read the following exclusive report from CNN ...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Guest of the week

Ethiopian this week has conducted an interview with Ms. Kidest Tesfaye , General Manger and owner of Yanet promotion. Among other things Kidst discussed the concept of promotion business in our society , her pros and cons, and her a year and half experience in USA. We apologize for the quality of the sound. To listen the interview click here...

Western Somali Liberation Front agrees to lay down arms

Created in the 1970s, the UWSLF was active during the 1977-78 war for control of the Ogaden, in which Ethiopia defeated Somalia. But the rebel movement has seen many divisions and became increasingly inactive. Asked by AFP about the conditions of the rebels' decision, Bereket said the "government has decided to respect their right to operate in the Ethiopian legal system, to enter into more civilized and pacific politics.""We'll not do accounting from the past. We'll do a fresh start," he added. Read more…

OFDM secretary general flees the country

I don't believe he is guilty," Bulcha Demeska, leader of the OFDM, told Reuters."There was little evidence. It was to crackdown on us, on an Oromo party, before the elections." Read more…

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Beles to start generating power in two weeks

According to trustful sources , one of the four turbines at Beles with an installed capacity of generating 115 MW is scheduled to start powering the national grid in mid April.These sources also added that the other three turbines would enter the national grid gradually as part of the test trial, with one coming online every three weeks. Read more…

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pirates made tens of millions dollars in ransom payments last year.

Some analysts estimated that Somali pirates made a huge amount of money close to 10 million dollar in ransom payments. In just one month the hijackers received a ransom, estimated 5.5 million from a company that owned very large Crude Carrier. It is getting clear that Indian Ocean is becoming a gold mining for the lucky robbers. Another big super tanker is also hijacked by Somali pirates. Read more….

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ethiopia disapproves of Puntland government ministers

While the two were discussing the issue, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Mesfin, has expressed concern about a number ministers and provincial officials in the Puntland government accusing them of having ties with extremists in southern Somalia.Mr. Mesfin, accused Puntland’s national planning minister, Mr. Daud Mohamed Omar and number of others including the governor of Bari region, Sheikh Abdihafid Ali Yusuf, the Mayor of Garowe (capital of Puntland), Mr. Abdiaziz Nur Elmi Koor, mayor of Bossaso town, Mr. Mohamud Farah Beldaje and the mayor of Galkayo, Mr Abdirahman Mohamud Haji Hassan of having ties with Somalia’s Islamists rebels fighting the TFG in southern Somalia. Read more…

Mysterious monkey 'loves bamboo'

Little information has been available on how this mysterious primate lives. "They were always considered by scientists to be 'too difficult to study' due to the rough mountainous terrain and foggy conditions in the forests where they occur," says Dr Peter Fashing from California State University, California, US, one of the co-authors of the study. Between 2007 and 2008 the team studied two neighbouring groups of Bale monkeys in the Obobullu forest in southeastern Ethiopia, which lies to the east of the Bale mountains. Read more….

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ex-aide to Jim Graham faces more charges in cab industry probe

Loza was charged with two counts of bribery on allegations he accepted $1,500 in payments from Abdulaziz Kamus, an advocate for Ethiopian cabdrivers who was trying to secure advantages for that community in the city's taxicab market. In a superseding indictment filed Thursday, prosecutors are adding a count of conspiracy to commit bribery, an additional count of bribery, a count of extortion and a count of making false statements, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Read more...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ethiopia launches electric car despite power shortages

Carlo Pironti, general manager of Freestyle PLC, the company producing the Solaris, told the BBC's Uduak Amimo in Addis Ababa that Ethiopia's electricity shortages were not a major obstacle to operating an electric car. "Ethiopia in future will have lots of power supply," he said. In any case, the car can be recharged by generator and by solar power." Read more…