Monday, May 31, 2010

Meet the lone opposition Member of Parliament (MP) , Girma Seifu

"I won because a lot of my voters were merchants who are economically independent," he said. "They weren't civil servants or unemployed and subject to the same forms of intimidation as a lot of other people. I was lucky." Girma's victory was slim, however, and he only beat his ruling party opponent by a margin of 114 votes in a constituency where both he and his father were born. "If it was a game of football, you could say I won in a penalty shoot-out," he says. The father of two has been involved in politics since the last elections in 2005 but this will be his first time in parliament, where he will be without a leader. Read more…

Opponent of Meles Zenawi speaks out.

Aregasah adane executive member of Arena and a one-time comrade of PM Meles zenawi spoke about the recent election in her constituency Tgrai, Adwa. Both Meles and Aregash born in the same village and even had family ties . Recently Mr kashaun Soboka of CBS radio held an interview with Areagsh Adane .Click here to listen.

ውይይት ከወ/ሪት ሳራ ይስሀቅ ጋር::

የኢዴፓ ዕጩ ተወዳዳሪ የነበሩት ወ/ት ሳራ ይስሀቅ ከቪኦኤ ጋር ያደረጉት ቃለ ምልልስ :: ውይይቱን ለመከታተል እቺን ይጫኑ::

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ethiopia denies rebels seize Ogaden gas field

Ethiopia has rejected a claim by a rebel group that it has taken control of a gas field in the country's Ogaden region being explored by Malaysian state oil company Petronas. Read more...

Electronic trading boost for Ethiopia's coffee farmers

Ethiopia and coffee are almost synonymous. Coffee is the nation principal export. A commodities exchange run by the Ethiopian government and supported by the World Bank is helping protect about 12 million small-scale farmers from exploitation.
Prices agreed on the trading floor are transmitted round the world and the farmer is guaranteed payment within 24 hours. Watch the following video from BBC .

Egypt begs Uganda not take sides with other countries

The ‘crocodile’ (Egypt) needs help. Without the River Nile life will not be the same and the ordinary people will not allow that to happen,” said Mr Youssef. He requested Uganda to play a mediation role and not take sides with other countries against Egypt. Recently Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda among others countries that share the river Nile signed an agreement which will allow them use River Nile for high level development of infrastructures such as hydro power dams and irrigation among others. Read more...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Foreign Office addresses 23 May turnout and EU preliminary statement

"I await the EOM’s full report. In the interests of strengthening and accelerating Ethiopia’s democratic transition, I encourage the Government of Ethiopia, the National Election Board and all political parties to: reflect on the assessments of independent observers; build on positive developments; and address the shortcomings identified." Read more....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ethiopia's Meles rejects poll criticism

"The call for fresh elections is completely unjustified and clearly contradicts the law," Meles told a news conference. "For them to call for a fresh general re-election based on allegations, allegations that have been characterized as unproven and unprovable, even by the observers, would be going a bit too far," he said. Read more…

Ethiopia opposition leaders call for new elections

“Two opposition members have been shot to death and six others wounded by bullets from security officials since Saturday as part of a widening crackdown,” Merara said. Communications Minister Bereket Simon told reporters in the capital, Addis Ababa, that one of those killed, in the central town of Ginchi, died after opposition supporters tried to storm a polling station to steal a ballot box. He declined to comment on claims that opposition members are being targeted. Read more…

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What's cooking at the White House? Chef Samuelsson knows...

Samuelsson, 39, is firmly established in the world of haute cuisine, so it was no surprise that he was chosen to cook for President Barack Obama's first White House state dinner. The dinner featured a seasonal menu reflecting American and Indian flavors in honor of the visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Read more…

Ethiopia vote not up to international standards: US

Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said that while the elections were relatively peaceful, "we note with some degree of remorse that the elections there were not up to international standards." Read more...

Ethiopia Ruling Party Celebrates Election Win; EU Has Concerns

Tens of thousands of EPRDF supporters celebrated the win at a rally in Addis Ababa Tuesday. However, the EU observer mission says it saw government resources being used to help the ruling party during the campaign. Chief observer Thijs Berman says the mission also received complaints of harassment and intimidation. Read more….

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ethiopia's ruling party won vote

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and its allies were ahead in the nine regions that have reported results, out of a total of 11, board chairman Merga Bekana said. "As far as the provisional result is concerned, the EPRDF has winned," New York-based Human Rights Watch criticized Sunday's vote as corrupted by pre-election irregularities, including telling voters they could lose food assistance, public-sector jobs, loans and educational opportunities if they voted against the ruling party. Read more…

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Voting gets underway In Ethiopia

“This election won’t be a game-changer in any way,” Medhane Tadesse, an expert on peace and security issues in Africa, told the German Press Agency dpa. “It will probably end with a landslide victory for the ruling party.” New York-based Human Rights Watch has also accused the government of harassment, and said that many Ethiopians in impoverished rural settings are forced to join the ruling party as a precondition for being eligible to receive foreign aid money. However, the EPRDF denies all the allegations. Nearly 32 million Ethiopians, 90 percent of the eligible voters, are registered to elect a national and nine regional parliaments. Sixty-three parties and 6,939 candidates are standing for election in Africa’s second most-populous nation. Read more...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I regret not to change the management of Election board says E. Hailu

Hailu Shewal says it was a mistake not to demand safeguards on impartiality. "My regret was not to insist on a change of management of the election board," said Hailu. Opposition parties allege the board and its thousands of newly-hired staff and election observers are overwhelmingly ruling party supporters. Ruling party officials do not agree with these allegations, they said it is a sign of desperation. Read more….

Egypt moves Nile basin file to National Security Authority

CAIRO: Responsibility for the Nile issue had been taken from the Irrigation and Foreign ministries and handed over to the National Security Authority headed by Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman when Egyptian diplomatic efforts against the new Nile basin treaty failed, news portal Masrawy reported Wednesday. The reason for the handover is the inauguration of the Tana Beles hydropower station and dam in Ethiopia last Friday, the day a new treaty was signed by four Nile basin countries. Egypt insists that projects such as Tana Beles station need to be approved by it first. Read more…

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ethiopia tackles ghosts of elections past

Ethiopians prepare to vote in a national election on Sunday with the memories of a 2005 election blighted by violence and corruption allegations fresh in the mind, says BBC Reporter Uduak Amimo from the capital Addis. Read more...

Ethiopian troop cross Somali border

It is unclear how the war started but local media reported that last night the local militia fired a number of mobile rocket launchers as planned military exercise. They added they would fire more in the nights ahead and it is certain it has drawn the attention of the Ethiopian troops. However another reports suggest after Ethiopian troops detained commercial trucks angry militia attacked the Ethiopian check-points killing three soldiers. At least 100 trucks from Ethiopian army are stationed in the western side of the town [Somaliland-Ethiopia border] for the past seven days. The Ethiopians have been inspecting trucks in and out of the town and according to unconfirmed reports have seized at least 40 trucks. Read more…

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ethiopian MP arrested before poll, govt says will free

"Asnaketch Balcha was arrested on Sunday and sentenced to six months on Tuesday for contempt of court," said Negaso Gidada, a leader of the biggest opposition coalition, Medrek, and a former Ethiopian president. "The government needs to release her immediately if it wants this election to continue," Negaso told Reuters, adding that Asnaketch had immunity as an MP. Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal told Reuters the woman was a lawyer and had been arrested on an outstanding contempt of court charge. "The court didn't know she had parliamentary immunity and she didn't invoke it," Shimeles said. "We are now making every effort to secure her release." Read more…

Ethiopia bus bomb wounds 13, three days before poll

A bomb exploded on a bus with 25 passengers onboard when it arrived in Sheraro town from Shire town at 9 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Wednesday night," Mustafa Seid, chief of police in Sheraro, told Reuters. "Thirteen of the passengers are in hospital, six with serious injuries," he said. Sheraro is about 60 km (38 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Eritrea. Read more….

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ethiopian Diaspora, US Rights Groups Seek Democratic Progress in Ethiopia

Members of the Ethiopian diaspora and U.S. human rights groups want the U.S. government to put pressure on its Horn of Africa ally Ethiopia to implement democratic reform, ahead of parliamentary elections Sunday. But Africa experts say Washington has little leverage to effect change. Read more …

Ethiopia rejects Egypt Nile claims

Zenawi told Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons that Egypt's approach is out of date."Some people in Egypt have old-fashioned ideas based on the assumption that the Nile water belongs to Egypt, and that Egypt has a right to decide who gets what, and that the upper [Nile basin] countries are unable to use the Nile water because they will be unstable and they will be poor," he said."These circumstances have changed and changed forever. Zenawi also dismissed the warning, saying it would not solve the dispute at hand."The way forward is not for Egypt to try and stop the unstoppable. The way forward is to seek a win-win solution through diplomatic efforts," he said. Read more ...

Kenya signs Nile Basin pact

"That treaty (1929) is obsolete. Nothing stops us to use the the water as we wish. It is now up to Egypt to come on board," Charity Ngilu, Kenya's minister of water, told a news conference. "Two states cannot stop us from implementing this co-operative agreement," she said. Read more....

Friday, May 14, 2010

Ethiopia Elections not to be Controversial, Says former US Envoy

“This election is going to be different than any in the past. It certainly is not going to be as dynamic or as controversial as the one in 2005 simply because the opposition does not have the same ability to carry out its campaign as it did in 2005. But, having said that I think it would be somewhat more interesting election than what you saw for example in 1995 or in 2000,” says a former US envoy. Read more…

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chris Flaherty suspends Hunger Strike for Health Reasons

After a week-long hunger strike, family members and organizers of the hunger strike advised Mr. Flaherty to temporarily suspend his campaign and allow others to monitor his condition. It is expected that Mr. Chris Flaherty will resume his hunger strike in the near future barring unforeseen health complications. Mr. Flaherty thanks everyone for the outpouring of support and encouragement received during his hunger strike; he would like to commend those brave Ethiopians who joined him in the strike, including Mr. Kebadu Belachew. Read more…

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Egypt won't give up one drop of Nile water rights

"If certain countries of the Nile Basin sign an agreement without consensus, Egypt will insist that all countries respect international law," Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told a local newspaper on Saturday. "If necessary, we will treat this in the adequate legal way," he said, adding that his country's water rights were a "red line." The outcome of the next meeting could unravel the 10-year-old Nile Basin Initiative, which the World Bank credits with helping keep the countries talking with each other on quotas. Raslan says that an agreement on May 14 that excluded Egypt and Sudan would bring an end to the initiative, a message Abul Gheit says has been delivered to the basin countries. Read more…

Ethiopia needs cash for refugees

The rapid influx of refugees from Southern Somalia and Eritrea has put immense strains on the limited available food resources," WFP's Ethiopia Deputy Country Director Lynne Miller said. "Without additional resources, WFP will be obliged to start reducing food rations of refugees as of June 2010." Read more…

Man arrested for allegedly smuggling " Chat " into U.S

David Bell, the agency's public affairs liaison, said authorities suspect the man intended to hand over the drugs to members of the Somali community in Minneapolis. The man has not yet been charged, although Bell said charges are expected later Monday. Khat, a plant-based stimulant, grows in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen. Read more…

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

'Death to niggers'?

Woman's family says hate slogans, including 'Death to niggers,' were written in Russian; vandals not caught. On a different note , members of the Ethiopian community protested against racial discrimination in the city's Otzar Chaim kindergarten. The demonstrators claimed the kindergarten has two separate classrooms – one for children of Ethiopian descent, and another for the others. Read more…

Final week campaign plans

Heavy weight Ethiopian political parties are stepping up their campaign before the official end of campaigning slated for may 20, 2010 at 6: 00pm. The ruling Ethiopian people Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum (Medrek), the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP) and the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP) senior officials have told SSI their campaign plans in the final week. Read more...

Ethiopia was invited to attend the G-20 summit because of its regional and continental influence

Dimitri Soudas, Canadian Prime Minister's director of communications, said Ethiopia was invited to attend the g20 summit because of its regional and continental influence. One reason is that Although Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest Christian nations, a third of the population is Muslim, and instability could also turn the country and the region into a petri dish for the growth of al-Qaeda and other forms of Islamist extremism. Mr. Harper’s invitation to Malawi and Ethiopia to be part of those talks signals that Africa is finally starting to contribute to solutions, rather than just passively waiting for help. He added. Read more…

Sunday, May 9, 2010

ኢሀደግ አርሷደሮችን "ምረጡኝ" እያለ ማስማል ጀመረ ተባለ::

ዶ/ር መረራ፣ በተዘዋወሩባቸው ቦታዎች የኢሕአዴግ ካድሬዎች በየቤቱ እየተዘዋወሩ "ኢሕአዴግን እንደምትመርጡ ቃል ግቡልን" በማለት ቅስቀሳ እንደሚያደርጉ ተናግረዋል፡፡ ፓርቲያቸው የፖለቲካ ቅስቀሳ በሚያካሂድበት ቦታ ሁሉ ካድሬዎች ቪዲዮ ካሜራ በመደቀን ሕዝቡ ፈርቶ ከስብሰባው እንዲቀር ለማድረግ እንደሚጥሩ የገለጹት ዶ/ር መረራ፣ በአሁኑ ወቅት ያለውን የምርጫ ሂደት ሲገልጹ፣ "መንግሥት ሥልጣኑን ለመከላከል፣ ካድሬው ደግሞ እንጀራውን ለመከላከል እየሞከሩ ነው" ብለዋል፡፡ የኢሕአዴግ ካድሬዎች አርሶ አደሮች በማስማል ኢሕአዴግን የሚመርጡ መሆናቸውን እንዲያረጋግጡ አድርገዋል በሚል ተቃዋሚዎች ላነሱት ቅሬታ ማብራሪያ እንዲሰጡን የጠየቅናቸው የኢሕአዴግ የሕዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ሴኮቱሬ ጌታቸው፣ "ማል የተባለው ሰውዬ ማን እንደሆነ፣ ያስማለው ማን እንደሆነ፣ የት ቀበሌ እንደማለና፣ መቼ እንደማለ ማስረጃ ያምጡና ከዚያ በኋላ በጉዳዩ ላይ እንነጋገራለን" የሚል አጭር ምላሽ ሰጥተዋል፡፡ ተጨማሪ ያንብቡ...

Love of sons and daughters to their mother

'If I Could Give You the World, I Would’ says one of her son Hayelom Tadesse . Almaz Gebremedhin came to Pennsylvania with her husband, children and a young nephew. It was there that her husband left her -- in a new country with six children to care for all alone. . Almaz stopped collecting public assistance and took three cleaning jobs, working more than 16 hours a day. In 2005, she and all her children became American citizens. "I've never seen her put herself first, ever," said David Cullen, a family friend. Read and watch this amazing love of sons and daughters to their mom. It is really a payback time...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Eretria’s ex foreign minister lost his eyesight.

Among the dead included Mohamed Sherifo close friend of the president and a onetime minister of information and his wife Aster Fishatsion. Both have died due to medical neglect. Major general Ekubai Abrha top military official had attempted suicide and was given medical treatment but latter died on asthma attack. One of the journalists had committed suicide, while the rest all died of illness," he said. Read more…

Friday, May 7, 2010

Ethiopia (Western Shoa) :- How did Biyyanisa Dhibba die?


Dhibba Gaddisa, the father of Biyyansa Dhibba Gaddisa, told VOA that his son’s death was due to a beating he suffered when militia went to his son’s home in Mida-Qanyii district on 7 April. Biyyansa was an active supporter of the Oromo People’s Congress, which fielded opposition candidates for parliament in the 23 May election. On a different note Police Commander Demelash Gebremichael told media during a televised briefing on Biyyansa’s death that hospital records indicate Biyyansa died of intestinal cancer and pneumonia. The question many ask now is how did Biyyansa Gadissa die? Read more….

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Canada freezes financial assets of Eretria’s senior political and military officials.

"We applaud the freezing of financial assets belonging to Eritrea's senior political and military officials for their support of the Al-Shabab terrorist group," said Ahmed Hussen, president of the Canadian Somali Congress. Read more…

Beles multipurpose Hydropower project starts generating 115 MW

The first testing phase of Tana Beles dam successfully distributed 115MW with its single turbine, Chief executive officer said. Read more...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua dies

Nigerian president Umaru Yar'Adua died between 9:30 and 10:30 pm (2030 and 2130 GMT) Wednesday, several local media reported. He is expected to be buried Thursday in his native northern Katsina home, according to Muslim rites. Yar'Adua's death comes at a difficult time for Africa's most populous nation. Muslim-Christian violence erupted in central Nigeria earlier this year in which hundreds of people were killed, and there has been renewed unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Read more….

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ethiopia:- Syeum Mesfin and Obama granny get academic honors

US President Barack Obama's grandmother may not have seen the inside of a lecture hall but hence forth, she is Dr Sarah Obama. That honorary doctorate made Mama Sarah to share the academic platform with greats like Mr Ato Seyoun Mesfin, the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Brimmy Olaghere, the founder chairman of the US African Development Consortium World Group and US Senator Larry Womble who were also feted at the occasion. Mr Mesfin was awarded for his role in peace building in Africa while Prof Oleghere was feted for his role in the promotion of African integration and infrastructure development. Read more…

Egyptian press accuses Israel of declaring economic war

Media reports say Jewish state pressured countries in Nile area to harden stance against Cairo vis-à-vis River’s water distribution. The Egyptian Minister of Water and Irrigation DR. Mohamed Nasr Eddin warned the Nile basin countries that if a new agreement over water distribution is not reached, they will suffer financial damages of $20 billion (about NIS 74 billion). According to Eddin, as many as 24 projects are in danger of being cancelled if disagreements between the countries are not resolved soon. Among the planned projects are the Irrigation of the western Delta area, irrigation in Ethiopia and a project to connect the electricity grids of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Read more…

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Man Arrested After Trying to Abduct Girl, 11

Police arrested Surafel Melese, 31, of no known address, after a brief foot pursuit Friday. He faces several charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault, burglary, stalking and trespassing, after attempting to follow a young girl into her apartment located in the 700 block of Sligo Avenue around 3:20 p.m. Friday. Read more…

Jilted Kenyan faces death for girlfriend's murder

Police said the woman was found stabbed with a kitchen knife in her left hand, chest, and in the stomach, which caused her death. According to court documents, a friend and roommate of the victim told police that the victim was found dead at home. Read more…

Ethiopia police arrest 10 for allegedly planning attacks

"Terrorists belonging to (Somalia's Islamist militia) Al Shebab and sent by the Eritrean government have been arrested. Their mission was to carry out terrorist acts to damage the peaceful electoral process," Bereket Simon said. "Some crossed the border between Somalia and Ethiopia illegally," he said, adding "10 were arrested, and they were armed". Read more….

Saturday, May 1, 2010

OPDO opposes Afan Oromo becoming Ethiopia's official language

The Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum, has proposed in campaign debates that Afan Oromo be adopted as a second federal working language of Ethiopia. However, one of Oromiya’s political parties in a coalition with the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front opposed the proposal being raised by opposition candidates from Oromiya. The Oromo People's Democratic Organization says that Afan Oromo, which was established as the language two decades ago, hasn't sufficiently developed to serve as a national working language for the Republic Federal Democratic of Ethiopia. Read more...

Two Ethiopian state TV journalists under arrest

On Thursday, Ethiopian government spokesman Bereket Simon said the journalists had been “caught ‘red-handed’ smuggling property belonging to the institution, and tried to sell them to bodies of interest.” Simon declined to detail the accusations, saying the case was ongoing. “It is not a press freedom issue, but a criminal issue,” Read more…