Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy European New Year

Ethiopian This Week management team, wish to all of its readers and followers on social media a Happy and prosperous European New Year. As we are heading to the New Year, we will be widely open our eyes and ears to present news from every corner of the planet. Our motto is very simple, we report, you judge the news according to its content. Let’s Keep in touch; Share your views and insights. Though we always agree not to disagree, your views are always respected. Love each other and most importantly have faith of what you do. Have a blessed new year.
ETW Editor

Monday, December 19, 2011

Vaclav Havel, dissident playwright and former Czech president, dies

The death was announced by his assistant, Sabina Tancevova, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Havel underwent surgery for lung cancer in 1996 and had suffered from lung ailments in recent months. The former dissident playwright, who was 75, died on Sunday morning after a prolonged period of bad health. Accordning to BBc News Mr Havel's coffin is being taken from his country cottage to the capital, Prague. and will lie in state from Wednesday and a state funeral is expected on Friday.The Czech Republic is observing a week of mourning and hundreds of candles have been lit in Wenceslas Square - once the focal point of the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew the country's communist regime. Read more…

N. Korean Leader Kim Jong Il has died on a train over mental damage

North Korea on Monday urged its 24 million people to rally behind 20-something heir-apparent Kim Jong Un as the nation mourned the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il.South Korea, meanwhile, put its military on high alert, while people in the streets of Pyongyang broke into tears as they learned the news that Kim had died at the age 69 of heart failure. The United States said it was in close contact with allies South Korea and Japan.The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the country, people and military "must faithfully revere respectable comrade Kim Jong Un." Read more….

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Former Prime minister of Ethiopia admitted to hospital

Fikreselassie Wogderes, the prime minister during the Dergue Regime, was admitted to Black Lion Hospital on Monday, November 28, 2011, after he had a stroke, according to sources. Although the stroke was caused due to high cholesterol, he is recovering now at the hospital. Fikreselassie, who was among the 23 Dergue officials charged with genocide, was pardoned along with 16 of his colleagues in September right before the Ethiopian New Year after spending 20 years in prison. They had all been sentenced for life, a decade and a half after the Special Prosecutors Office charged them with genocide. Their pardon came nine months after religious leaders first started lobbying for it. Fikreselassie is not the only of the former officials who is sick. His colleague, Fisseha Desta, vice president during the regime, also seeks medical treatment overseas. He is trying to go to India to get treatment, according to sources. (Addis fortune)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Amnesty urges Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia to arrest former president George Bush

"International law requires that there be no safe haven for those responsible for torture; Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia must seize this opportunity to fulfil their obligations and end the impunity George W. Bush has so far enjoyed." The group claimed Bush authorised the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" and "waterboarding" on detainees held in secret by the Central Intelligence Agency between 2002 and 2009. Read more…

Ethiopia apologizes for the arrest of Slovak Ambassador

Slovak Ambassador to Ethiopia Milan Dubček is set to return to the Slovak Embassy in Addis Ababa in a few days after being recalled to Slovakia by Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda following a diplomatic spat over the former’s arrest on November 5, the TASR newswire reported. Dubček was given no explanation at the time for why he had been arrested and subsequently held incommunicado for two days by Ethiopian authorities. The EU delegation in Addis Ababa received an apology from the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry on November 24 in which it explained what had happened and promised that a similar event would not reoccur. "We (now) view the explanation and apology as sufficient," Dzurinda said at a press conference. An earlier response by Ethiopian officials was rejected by Dzurinda. In their latest apology the Ethiopians stated that the problem was that Dubček (who is the son of Alexander Dubček, the Czechoslovak communist leader during the Prague Spring) had been out for a walk in the city without his identity papers, meaning that Ethiopian police officers weren't able to identify him, said Dzurinda. "Ethiopia has guaranteed that it will remove the flaws in its system and ensure ... that similar misunderstandings aren't repeated," added Dzurinda. Source (TASR)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Anti-Gay Sentiment Flares in Ethiopia as Addis Ababa Preps for AIDS Conference

The leaders of Ethiopia's main religious denominations faced journalists briefly in an Addis Ababa conference room Tuesday. Abune Paulos, the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was there, along with representatives of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, the Roman Catholic Church, and Protestant denominations. But before anything could be said, Ethiopia's Health Minister Tewodros Adhanom arrived and asked for a word with the religious leaders in private. Read more ...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ethiopia: Editor of independent Newspaper left the country over fear of imprisonment

Kebede said he received a tip about a week ago from confidential sources alleged government plans to re-imprison him. Kebede also said that the paper was unlikely to continue publishing. Both federal prosecutor Birhanu Wendimagegn and Ministry of Justice spokesman Desalegn Teresa denied allegations that they were planning to arrest dawit Kebede. It is noticed that sometimes In June Authorities Imprisoned Awramba Times Deputy Editor Woubshet Taye on terrorism charges. Read more…

Monday, November 21, 2011

A glimpse of light after sorrow nightmare

Aberash Hailay, on Monday November 14, returned after an intensive treatment in Bangkok and thanked the Ethiopian Women Lawyer’s Association (EWLA), Sheik Mohammed Al-Amoudi who covered her treatment costs, her Airline colleagues, to members of the media and the Ethiopian public for their support, in a press conference held at the Sheraton Addis.Aberash said “I don’t care if Fisseha is jailed for one year or 30 years because what has happened has already happened, but there should be a punishment for those would be attackers of her female sisters that would deter them from committing such crimes.” Aberash is blinded by the crime allegedly committed by Fisseha Tadesse her ex-husband two months back. Source ( Capital Ethiopia)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ethopian troops cross south & central border of Somalia

Ethiopian troops are once again crossing the borders of Somalia, in the South and Center of the Country. The news was reported by eye-witnesses. "There are several hundred soldiers from Ethiopia on trucks and on a few armored vehicles", asserted Ibrahim Warsame, an elderly tribal leader answering on the phone from Gurael, in Somalia's central province of Galguduud, a long-dated stronghold of the Jihadist warriors of 'al-Shebaab al-Mujahedin', the bridgehead for 'al-Qaeda' in the Horn of Africa. Source ( AGI)

Saif Al Islam Gadafi captured in South Libya

The legacy of Saif Al Islam has ended.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been captured in a firefight in the Libyan desert after weeks on the run, senior Libyan military commanders said Saturday. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was caught by revolutionary fighters after 15 days of pursuit in the area between the southwestern oasis town of Obari and southern town of Sabha, military commanders in Tripoli told CNN. The International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, which wants Saif al-Islam Gadhafi for alleged crimes against humanity, including murder, committed during the uprising, confirmed the arrest. "We are in touch and coordinating with the Libyan ministry of justice to ensure that any solution with regards to the arrest of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi will be in accordance with the law," ICC spokeswoman Florence Olara said.
Click here to see the legacy of Saif Al Islam and how captured in southern Libya

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kuwaiti Held for Allegedly Beating Ethiopian Maid to Death

A Kuwaiti citizen has been allegedly blamed for beating his housemaid to death. The Kuwaiti has been held for the alleged crime. According to sources, the man has confessed to having committed the crime. Sources report that the Kuwaiti has confessed that he “brutally beat up” his housemaid for seven days, as she refused to continue working for him. According to sources, the accused had hired the Ethiopian housemaid to work on probationary basis in his house. The victim was hired from a recruitment firm located in Hawally. Sources state that, during the training period, as the victim experienced difficulties in providing satisfactory work for her sponsor, he decided to return her to the domestic labor office.
According to sources, when the sponsor and the victim were on their way to the recruitment firm office, they started augmenting on an issue, as a result of which, he lost control and suddenly punched her in the face several times. On reaching the office, the victim alighted down the vehicle and fell unconscious. Some of the housemaids staying at the office confirmed that the victim was brutally beaten up by her sponsor, as a result of which she bled to her death.
During preliminary interrogation, supervised by high-ranking officials, the accused denied the charges, saying that the victim succumbed to her illness. However, he confessed to the crime when he was referred for further interrogation to the Public Prosecution.
However, another source reports that the suspect had hired the victim from Maids Employment Office on the Ibn Khaldoun Street. According to a preliminary forensic report, the victim succumbed to "severe beatings that led to serious physical injuries and severe internal bleeding." The report also noted that the victim showed “signs of dehydration.” Reports of abuse of housemaids in Kuwait have been frequently surfacing in the news. Foreign maids are reported to have been suffering from physical and mental abuse in the oil-rich Kuwait, where they are rapes and brutally beaten, which has resulted in suicide attempts in many cases. Some maids even complain of being pushed to work harder and for longer hours and sleep less. They allege their rights are not protected in the country. Even a 2010 US Department of State report singled out Kuwait for not doing much to prevent human trafficking. According to the report, migrants are subjected to “forced labor by their sponsors and labor agents.” The report states that migrants suffer from physical and sexual abuse, nonpayment of wages, and restrictions on movement. Source (

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Slovak ambassador to Ethiopia recalled for consultations

Slovakia has recalled its ambassador to Ethiopia, Milan Dubček, Foreign Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda announced at a news conference on Thursday, November 10. He said that the Foreign Ministry had been waiting for three days for an official response from Ethiopia after it sent a diplomatic note demanding not only an explanation but also an apology for Ambassador Dubček's detention between November 5 and 7, the SITA newswire reported. The Slovak diplomat was detained (and subsequently released) by the Ethiopian authorities in Addis Ababa at the weekend, the TASR newswire wrote. Dzurinda said that Dubček will remain in Slovakia until Ethiopia acts in line with diplomatic practice and international standards, i.e. until the Ethiopian authorities make an apology and provide guarantees that no such moves will be repeated with respect not only to Slovakia, but also to any other EU-member country. Dzurinda added that he had spoken to Dubček since he was released on Monday evening and that the ambassador had told him that he was unaware of having committed any crime. Dzurinda said that as far as he knows Dubček hasn't been charged with any offence. The Foreign Ministry said the ambassador's detention has raised concerns among fellow EU-member states, and that a session of diplomats from EU countries had taken place in Addis Ababa following the incident. Source ( SITA)

Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

In an interview with Agence France-Presse, government spokesman Shimelis Kemal accused the journalists of "abetting, aiding, and supporting a terrorist group." Kemal accused Ethiopia's neighbor, Eritrea, of involvement in a vague plot against the country. "They have received from the Eritrean government weapons and explosives for the purpose of carrying out terrorist activities in Ethiopia," Kemal said. "Ethiopia's terrorism charges against journalists critical of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government are becoming vague and ludicrous," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "The authorities have failed to provide any hard evidence and should drop these charges immediately." Read more…

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ethiopian child mortality malnutrition rates drop; says, state minister; UNICEF attributed

Reducing malnutrition, which is an underlying factor in at least half of all under-five deaths, has had a profound impact on the survival rates of children," Kestebrhan Admassu ( the Ethiopian state minister of health ) told a gathering of representatives of United Nations agencies. The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) attributed the reductions to increased access to health posts in remote and drought-stricken areas, and a growing number of health workers. The number of health posts has surged to more than 9,000 in 2011 from a handful in 2004 with priority shifted towards food-insecure areas, UNICEF said, Read more…..

Thursday, November 10, 2011

South Sudan security detains two journalists over criticism of marriage

South Sudan National Security Services (NSS) agents in the temporary capital of Juba arrested Peter Ngor, editor of the private daily Destiny, and ordered the indefinite suspension of his newspaper for running an October 26 opinion article by columnist Dengdit Ayok, news reports said. The article, titled "Let Me Say So," criticized the president for allowing his daughter to marry an Ethiopian national and accused him of "staining his patriotism," news reports said. "It's alarming to see the world's newest nation already arresting journalists under vaguely worded accusations," said CPJ East Africa Consultant Tom Rhodes. "We call on the authorities to release the journalists and lift the ban on the newspaper Read more…

Monday, November 7, 2011

Frehiwot Dado wins New York marathon women’s title

Ethiopian Frehiwot Dado captured the 42nd New York Marathon women's title on Sunday, winning in two hours, 23 minutes and 15 seconds to edge compatriot Buzunesh Deba by four seconds. Dado, a 27-year-old making her New York debut, won her third consecutive Rome Marathon title last March in 2:24:13 but eclipsed that time as her personal best with her closing run in ideal conditions. Deba, who lives and trains in the parks and streets of the "Big Apple", settled for second with reigning London Marathon champion Mary Keitany of Kenya in third for the second year in a row in 2:23:39. Keitany led from the start until the final mile, when Dado took the lead for good after working with Deba to chase down the Kenyan for most of the 26.2-mile journey. "I'm very happy because there was a runner leading in front of us and I didn't think we would catch her, but I was very happy when we were able to catch her," Dado said through a translator. "Once we saw her, we said to each other, 'Let's catch her,' and working together we were able to catch her." "I'm so happy," Deba said. "People were cheering me and I had so much confidence." Keitany, who set the world half-marathon record of 1:05:50 earlier this year, was on an early pace to challenge the women's world record of Britain's Paula Radcliffe, 2:17:42 from 2005 in London, and the course record of 2:22.31 set by Kenya's Margaret Okayo in 2003. Source (AFP)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ethiopia: Man said his sex partner stole him winning lottery ticket from his pants pocket

He, ( Alemayheu Yitayew) said the suspect, 25-year-old Kyla Lee Smith, knocked on his door Sunday evening. He invited her in and the two had sex. Yitayew said Smith left around 5:30 a.m., and at 7:30 a.m. he realized the winning lottery ticket was missing from his pants pocket. According to the police report, Yitayew went to the lottery commission on Monday, October 24, to report the ticket stolen. Read more…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Judje Shemsu ruled out Swedish journalists involved in a terror attack

An Ethiopian court acquitted two Swedish journalists of terrorism charges on Thursday but said allegations they had assisted the secessionist ONLF rebel group still stood, and kept them in detention. Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July after they entered Ogaden province from Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region with a team of fighters from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). "Though the prosecutors have provided witnesses and evidence to support their accusation, the court does not believe it is substantial enough to prove that the journalists were involved in carrying out a terror attack," Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled. Shemsu, however, ordered the pair to defend themselves against allegations they had helped the ONLF and had entered the country illegally without a permit. Source (Reuters)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

US government seeks $70M from African official

The son of Equatorial Guinea president plundered his country natural resources through corruption, spending more than $70 million in looted profits on a Malibu mansion, a Gulfstream jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia, the U.S. government said. in what appeared to be a concerted action, France last month seized 11 luxury sports cars belonging to Teodorin Nguema Obiang Mangue, a government minister in the West African country and heir-apparent to the presidency. And a Spanish investigative judge has been asked to seize properties in Madrid and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands owned by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, his sons and some ministers, acting on a case brought by the Pro-Human Rights Association of Spain. Read more ….

Saturday, October 29, 2011

US claims the existence of its drones in Ethiopia are not in strike mission

The White House on Friday confirmed the existence of US drones in Ethiopia, but said they are not conducting strike missions. "The UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are not conducting any strike missions from Ethiopia," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing, stressing the aircraft were deployed in the East African country to counter terrorism and to promote stability in the Horn of Africa, reported Xinhua. The spokesman was responding to a question about a Washington Post report Thursday that the US is operating armed Reaper drones in Ethiopia to carry out counterterrorism missions. The drone base is located at the Arba Minch airport, about 300 miles south of Addis Ababa and about 600 miles east of the Somali border, the report said. This is within reach of standard models of the Reaper, about 1,150 miles. The report came at a time when the US has been expanding the use of drones on counterterrorism missions, and have increasingly targeted al-Qaeda's affiliates outside South Asia, particularly in Yemen and Somalia. Source (

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Video footage shows 'Gaddafi's killer'

Video footage has emerged of fighters loyal to Libya's National Transitional Council claiming to be the assassins of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
On Monday, his body remained on display to the public and it is still unclear where he will be buried. Saadi Gaddafi, Gaddafi's son, said he was "outraged by the vicious brutality" shown towards his father and his brother Motassim, who were both killed last week. More video clips showing Gaddafi's last moments are slowly trickling in, and they are likely to come under closer scrutiny in the coming days as the UN, rights organizations and US, backs an investigation into the deaths source ( Aljazera)
Click here; please be advised that the clip is disturbing and graphic

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Video footage showed Mummer Gadafi , shortly before he was killed

Acting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced the death, and later said the colonel had been killed in crossfire between Gaddafi loyalists and fighters from the transitional authorities. He confirmed that Col Gaddafi had been taken alive, but died of bullet wounds minutes before reaching hospital. Video footage suggests he was also dragged through the streets. It is unclear from the footage, broadcast by al-Jazeera TV, whether he was alive or dead at the time. Watch this exclusive video, please be warned that the video is graphic . Click here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Swedish Journalists’ Terror Trial Opens in Ethiopia

The two Swedes, freelance investigative reporter Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan Persson, were arrested in July in Ethiopia’s Somali region while traveling with rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which is fighting for regional autonomy. The government alleges the pair were not just journalists, but were actively supporting the rebels and has charged them under an anti-terrorism law. The trial’s brief opening session was adjourned to allow time for two surprise co-defendants to be given court-appointed lawyers. Lead defense attorney Sileshi Kesela told reporters he had used the opening session to demand the prosecution share evidence confiscated during the arrests, including a video shot by the defendants and their press credentials.“It was the court which asked did you not receive any of the evidence, and we indicated we haven’t received this and this evidence, one written material and one cassette,” said Kesela. Read more…

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ethiopia’s ‘Distorted’ Monetary Plan Needs Reform, IMF Says

“High and rising inflation and entrenched negative real interest rates also threaten Ethiopia’s macroeconomic stability.” The coffee-producing nation’s commodity-dependent economy grew 8 percent last year, versus 10 percent in 2010, the fifth- fastest in sub-Saharan Africa after the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nigeria, IMF data showed. Read more…

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ethiopia Faces Threat from Wahabi Muslim Extremists

Some Wahabi Muslim extremists in Ethiopia are being engaged in underground violence and unrest instigation activities by abusing the freedom of religion and faith guaranteed by the constitution says, Ethiopian government official. Arab Wahabi missionaries, mainly from Saudi Arabia, continue to make inroads into the Ethiopian Muslim community, but are meeting increasing resistance in doing so, according to a recent US cable released by Wikileaks. The indigenous Muslim culture (mainly Sufi Muslim community) has come under attack since 9/11 by Wahabi missionaries engaging in what amounts to cultural imperialism against Ethiopian Islam. Read more....

Thursday, October 6, 2011

የኢትዮጵያውያን ሰቆቃ በሊቢያና በማልታ ሰማዮች::

በየለቱ በሞትና በህይወት መካከል ናቸው:: ትናንት አብረዋቸው የነበሩ ጔደኞችቻቸው ዛሬ የሉም:: ወይ ውሀ በልቷቸዋል ከዛ የተረፉትን ደሞ ጥይት እስከ መጨረሻው ዝም አሰኝቷቸዋል:: ስደት, ተስፋ መቁረጥ ከምድር ወደ ባህር ከባህር ወደ ምድር በሰው ሰራሽም ሆነ በተፈጥሮ ማእበል እየተንገላቱ ዛሬም አሉ...መኖር ከተባለ...በቻድና በኒጀር በረሀ የቀሩትን ደሞ የበረሀው ሰማይ ይቁጠራቸው..ይሄ ኢትዮጵያውያኑን ብቻ ሳይሆን ከተለያዩ የአፍሪካ አገሮች ወይ የተሻለ ኑሮ ፍለጋ አለያም ካገራቸው ፖሎቲካ ለመሸሽ የተሰደዱትን ሁሉ ይጨምራል:: ቢቀናን ቢለው ከሊቢያ ወደ ማልታ አቅንተውም ነበር...ማልታ ሲደርሱ ግን የስደተኞች ካምፕ ሳይሆን የካምፕ ጽሁፍ በትልቁ የተለጠፈብት እስር ቤት ውስጥ ነው ያስገቧቸው:: በሩ ከውጭ ይቆለፋል ..በቀን ላንድ ስአት ብቻ የጸሀይ ብርሀን እንዲያገኙ ይወጣሉ:: ዛሬ በሊቢያ ምድር ኢትዮጵያውያኑ ብቻ ሳይሆኑ በሺዎች የሚቆጠሩ አፍሪካውያን የኮለኔል ጋዳፊ ደጋፊዎች ናችሁ በሚል ባዲሱ የሽግግር መንግስት ቁም ስቅላቸውን እያዩ ነው:: ሚስቶቻቸው የተደፈረባቸው , ሰርተው ያፈሩት ሀብት የተወረሰባቸው , የተደበደቡና የተገደሉትን ቤት ይቁጠር..:: በስድተኞች አንጻር በሊቢያ ምድር ላይ የሚታየው የነጠረ እውነታ ይህ ነው:: የኢትዮጵያ በዚህ ሳምንት አዘጋጅ በሊቢያ ስላሉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ሰቆቃ የሚመለከት ከጀርመን ድምጽ ያገኘውን ዘገባ እንደሚከተለው አቀናብሮታል::

Ethiopian faces deportation

Pune: The city police arrested an Ethiopian national, Gebreyesus Kiberab for illegally staying in the country for 15 years. Kiberab is one of the victims of the German Bakery blast, on September 28 Kiberab has been working as a disc jockey (DJ). The deputy commissioner of police (special branch), Makrand Ranade, said they would discuss the matter with the Ethiopian embassy and serve a leave-India notice on him or deport him. Kiberab was injured on his leg in the German Bakery blast and was treated at Sassoon General hospital. Source (

Steve Jobs Has Died at Age 56

Apple is reporting that co-founder and longtime CEO of the company, Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56. Jobs was just 21 when he helped found the fledgling computer company. Apple is now one of the largest companies in the world. Its resurgent success was largely due to Jobs’s uncompromising vision as CEO, where he introduced not only many Mac products but also the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs suffered from a rare form of pancreatic cancer. He stepped down as CEO earlier this year. He had left Apple previously in 1985 but returned in 1996 and created one of the largest tech company turnarounds in US history. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” read a statement attributed to Apple’s board of directors. ”Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.” The long, sad fight with cancer was brutal to watch. He will be missed. Source (Forbes)

Monday, October 3, 2011

2013 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 4, 2011

The Embassy of the United States of America today announced the beginning of the 2013 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery application season. Applications for the 2013 DV Program will be accepted from October 4 to November 5, 2011. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter as heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), on November 5, 2011. The annual DV program makes visas available to persons meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Every DV lottery entrant must have at least a high school education or its equivalent as defined by local requirements or have two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least three years of training or experience. Applicants who do not meet the educational or work experience requirements will be disqualified. A computer-generated, random lottery drawing chooses selectees for Diversity Visas.The visas are distributed among six geographic regions globally, with a greater number of visas going to regions with lower rates of immigration, and with no visas going to nationals of countries sending more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States over the past five years. Within each region, no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available Diversity Visas in any one year. or detailed information about entry requirements, along with frequently asked questions about the DV lottery, please see the instructions for the DV-2013 Diversity Visa lottery on the Department’s Consular Affairs Website at

Diageo to Buy Ethiopian Brewer for $225 Million, Agency Says

The world’s largest distiller, agreed to buy Ethiopia’s state-owned Meta Abo Brewery for $225 million after outbidding SABMiller Plc and Heineken NV. (HEIA) Diageo, which makes Guinness stout, will expand Meta Abo and introduce new products, Wondafrash Assefa, a spokesman for Ethiopia’s Private and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency, said today by phone from Addis Ababa. SABMiller, the world’s second-biggest brewer by volume, bid $190 million for the asset, and Heineken offered $188 million, he said. London-based Diageo, which sells spirits including Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, is among consumer-goods companies seeking sales growth in emerging markets to offset weaker demand in western Europe and the U.S. Africa is attractive as consumers have increasing disposable income, Nick Blazquez, head of Diageo’s Africa unit, said in April. Meta Abo is the last of Ethiopia’s state-owned brewing assets to be sold. Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, bought two beermakers in the country for about $160 million in May. Source (Bloomberg)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ethiopia land dream shattered

According to Steven Golding, president of the Marcus Garvey-founded Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Kingston Chapter who visited Ethiopia in May this year, the land offer no longer exists. "Going there, we found in actuality, there is not a land grant offer to take up," Golding, whose father, Bruce, is Jamaica's prime minister, told the Sunday Observer. In fact, according to the younger Golding, persons who actually took up Selassie's offer many years ago have lost some of the land and are now living in unacceptable conditions. Shashemene gained international attention in the African diaspora when 500 acres of its fertile land was granted to the 'Black People of the West' in 1948 by Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor at the time. It was a gesture of appreciation for their massive support to Ethiopia during the Italian occupation of 1935-1941. Read more…

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Rachel's legacy: clean water for 55,000 Ethiopians

More than $1.26 million flowed into Rachel's campaign after her death from injuries in a car crash on Interstate 90 in July. Rachel and her mother had started the campaign for her 9th birthday. The campaign closed Thursday, although the charity said it was launching a new campaign on Friday in Rachel's memory. "Knowing that Rachel's decision to give up her ninth birthday will now help save thousands of people brings me to tears," Rachel's mother, Samantha Paul, said in a statement. Paul will travel to Ethiopia on the anniversary of Rachel's death to see the impact of the projects, the charity said. Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water, said Rachel's campaign was the largest in the organization's five-year history. The money will be used to work with WaterAid and A Glimmer of Hope, two of the organization's best implementing partners, he said. Charity: water said it would share on its website the impact of the projects when they are completed in 18 months. Donors will be able to see photos, stories and GPS coordinates, Harrison said. Meanwhile, the charity said it is launching a campaign, at the request of Rachel's family, to continue bringing clean water to those in need. The projectcan be found at "We know that Rachel's spirit will live on through inspiring others to act in service and unselfishness," Harrison said. Source (Seattle Times)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nine Ethiopian band members killed, 17 injured

Ethiopia has been plunged into mourning after nine artists were killed and 17 seriously injured in a car accident. Police said the accident happened on Monday in the Amhara region while the artists were travelling to South Sudan for a concert that was scheduled for this weekend. The well known artists are members of the Tigray Cultural Squad who played “significant roles” in the struggle against the military regime in Ethiopia. The injured and bodies of their colleagues were evacuated from the area by helicopter According to the Tigray Culture and Tourism Bureau, all of them are members of the Tigray Cultural Squad who “played significant roles in the bitter struggle to ensure equality, freedom and democracy in Ethiopia.” They are Berhane Gebremeskel (Gano), Berhane Gebrehiwot (handebet), Berhane Andey (Kunama), Letemeskel Gbrehiwot (Agew), Tekie Tesfamariam, Haile Gerlasie, Berhane Gebremichael, Ashenafi Mengistu and Habtome. Ethiopia has one of the highest number of traffic accidents on the continent with around 2,000 people being killed on the roads annually. Source (Africa Report)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Model wife killed German beer king for money, claims his son

"If my suspicions prove to be wrong, I can live with it," Mr Nerger 64, the son of the deceased told the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper. "Should I be right, I hope that the culprits get their punishment." Frankfurt's prosecutors are investigating the claims and staff at the hospital where Schubert died have been interviewed. Also under investigation is an accusation that Miss Kifle was "seen dancing in a disco a few days after her husband died". "We are carrying out a death investigation process," said Hubert Harth, Frankfurt's chief public prosecutor. Miss Kifle and her lawyer, Hubert Kestler, have strenuously denied the accusations. Schubert is said to have met his young wife in a restaurant five years ago at a gala lunch he was hosting. Read more…

Ethiopian athletes smuggled into South Africa

The 15 Ethiopian athletes who disappeared from the Games Village last week at the All-Africa Games in Maputo, are now all in South Africa, according to the Mozambican police.
The spokesman for the General Command of the police, Pedro Cossa, told reporters that all the fugitive athletes are currently in South Africa, and that a Mozambican, whom he named only as Jorge, has confessed to helping them cross the border in exchange for $300 to $400 per athlete. Cossa said the police suspect that this man, who is trained in international relations, has a long track record of trafficking people over the border into South Africa. He claimed that Jorge had been in contact with an individual inside South Africa (whom he did not name) who made arrangements to receive the Ethiopians. The disappearance of the Ethiopians was announced on September 14 by the games organising committee (COJA). The head of the Ethiopian mission himself had informed COJA that 15 of the athletes had vanished from the village, but no names were released. COJA informed the police and immigration authorities, but by this time it was likely that the Ethiopians were already in South Africa.
Ninety-six Ethiopian athletes attended the games, and between them they won 28 medals (six gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze). - Independent Foreign Service source (Daily News)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ethiopia reporter flees, other opposition arrested

The New York-based journalists group said late Wednesday that Argaw fled over the weekend after being interrogated over the identity of a government source mentioned in a leaked U.S. cable. Argaw was the local correspondent for Kenya's Nation Media Group. The leaked 2009. cable said Argaw was told by an unnamed source that the government would target six journalists from a newspaper seen as critical of the government. That paper closed later that year after citing harassment and intimidation. Shimeles, the government spokesman, said Argaw was not pressured to name a source and that Ethiopian law allows journalists to protect their sources. Read more…

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mozambique probing case of missing Ethiopian athletes

The Games Organising Committee deputy director, Penalva Cesar, confirmed at a press conference that the 15 athletes from Ethiopia were reported missing by the chief of the delegation himself Monday. Mozambique News Agency AIM reported that the case was initially taken to the security organising sub-committee. Penalva said that wherever the athletes are staying, their Games identification and entry visa would be valid until the last day of the Games, Sep 18, and after that period other means will be used."If they do not appear until Sunday, the last day of the 10th All Africa Games, their entry visas will also expire, they will be in a condition of illegality which entails a criminal situation," said Cesar.The Games Organising Committee accredited over 20,000 people, among them 4,982 athletes from foreign countries. Sourec (DECCAN HERALD)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ethiopia: Two Swedish and three Ethiopian born journalists Charged with Terrorism

Ethiopia charged two Swedish journalists with terrorism after detaining them in July with rebels in the Ogaden region, State Minister of Communications Shimeles Kemal said. Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye appeared in court yesterday, Shimeles said in a telephone interview from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, today. Prosecutors have a video showing the journalists handling guns, he said. “They have entered the country with a bunch of terrorists,” the minister said. “They have even taken weapons training. Their activity is a bit more than mere journalistic activity.” The journalists will be tried for engaging in terrorism, assisting a terrorist organization and entering the country illegally, Shimeles said. They were detained with members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which has been fighting since 1984 for self-determination of Ogaden, located in a province that borders Somalia. The Swedish Foreign Ministry hasn’t received official notification of the charges, Teo Zetterman, a spokesman for the department, said in a telephone interview from Stockholm today. Ethiopia also brought terrorism charges against two ONLF members and three other journalists, including Elias Kifle, who runs the Washington-based Ethiopian Review website and Woubshet Taye, the deputy editor of the Addis Ababa-based Awramba Times. “He is innocent, everybody is innocent, it is clear,” Awramba Times’s editor, Dawit Kebede, said in a phone interview today. “I believe it’s a systematic way to put pressure on our newspaper.” Source (Bloomberg)

Convoy with Gaddafi loyalists enters Niger

As rebel negotiators press Gaddafi loyalists in the town of Bani Walid to surrender peacefully before a September 10 deadline, a long convoy of Libyan Army vehicles was reported on Tuesday to have crossed the country’s southern border into Niger in what could represent a shift in the balance of power after six months of conflict. The convoy’s movements were reported by several news agencies quoting witnesses and military officials from France and Niger. The convoy reportedly comprised of about 200 to 250 vehicles. Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was not part of the convoy from Libya on Monday, Al Arabiya television reported. Arabiya cited Niger’s Foreign Minister Bazoum Mohamed, although no interview was aired.
Libya’s interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) also confirmed that Gaddafi’s loyalists crossed into Niger in a convoy of vehicles, carrying gold and cash. Source ( Indian Express)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ethiopia arrests dozens over 'terror plot'

Suspects were detained on August 28 on charges of colluding with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), an Eritrea-based rebel group that Ethiopia lists as a terrorist organisation, to plant explosives and conduct bomb-training courses, government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said. He claimed they were members of the OLF. Nine of the detained are members of two opposition prominent parties, Demelash Woldemikael, deputy commissioner of federal police, told the Reuters news agency. Ethiopia has been accused of cracking down on opposition campaigners from the Oromo ethnic group, the Horn of Africa nation's biggest with 27 million people out of a population of 80 million. Rights groups have criticised Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, for crushing dissent. Meles says "terrorists" are using political party membership to hide their activities.Opposition politicians dismissed the charges, saying that the government is "well-known for its fabrications". "[The government doesn't] want to know the facts, so they come up with their lies," Andualem Arage, a senior member of the opposition Medrek coalition, said. "They are doing this to prevent people from standing up for their rights," Arage added, claiming the government is fearful Arab Spring-type protests could erupt in Ethiopia. Demelash denied any political motives behind the 29 arrests. "Their political activity had nothing to do with their incarceration," he said. "They were posing as peaceful activists but were in fact operating with the OLF, which is responsible for past killings of innocent civilians." source ( Aljazera)

Monday, September 5, 2011

WikiLeak released detail documents on Ethiopia and high profile politicians including the PM.

Scholars describe the weakening of state institutions, escalating corruption and economic mismanagement; Click here to read more

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sadistic brutality In Gadfhi’s family on Ethiopian Nanny

"She took me to a bathroom. She tied my hands behind my back, and tied my feet. She taped my mouth, and she started pouring the boiling water on my head like this," she said, imitating the vessel of scalding hot water being poured over her head. She peeled back the garment draped carefully over her body. Her chest, torso and legs are all mottled with scars -- some old, some still red, raw and weeping. As she spoke, clear liquid oozed from one nasty open wound on her head. After one attack, "There were maggots coming out of my head, because she had hidden me, and no one had seen me," Mullah said. Read more…

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gaddafi family members flee to Algeria

Muammar Gaddafi's second wife, two of his sons and his daughters have entered Algeria, according to the Algerian foreign ministry. "The wife of Muammar Gaddafi, Safia, his daughter Aisha, and sons Hannibal and Mohammed, accompanied by their children, entered Algeria at 08:45am local time [0745GMT] through the Algeria-Libyan border," the ministry said in a statement on Monday published by the APS news agency. However, it gave no information on the toppled Libyan leader, whose whereabouts has remained a mystery since rebels seized control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, last week. It said their arrival had been reported to the United Nations and the Libyan rebel authorities. Ahmed Bani, military spokesman of the council, said he was unsurprised to hear Algeria had welcomed Gaddafi relatives. Throughout the six-month Libyan uprising, rebels have accused Algeria of providing Gaddafi with mercenaries to curb the revolution. Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting on these developments from Tripoli, said: "There have been rumours over the last few days that said the family members had gone and that Gaddafi himself may have gone." "This was denied by Algerian authorities some days ago. But there is no smoke without fire. We don't know where Gaddafi himself is, but we know these family members are in Algeria. "The Algerian government has always got on really well with the Gaddafi regime. Algeria is one of the few countries that has not yet recognised the NTC." Earlier, the Egyptian news agency MENA, quoting unidentified rebel fighters, had reported that six armoured Mercedes sedans, possibly carrying Gaddafi's sons or other top regime figures, had crossed the border at the southwestern Libyan town of Ghadamis into Algeria. Algeria's foreign ministry had denied that report. Source ( AlJazera)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Special Report: Irene claims first 2 victims

CBS News Special Report: Large and dangerous Hurricane Irene is whipping the East Coast with 85 mph winds, flood tides and tornadoes. Already 400,000 people are without power and two have been here

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ethiopia to Buy 300,000 Tons of Wheat

To fill its empty food reserve warehouse, the Ethiopian government announced today (August 25, 2011) that it is going to purchase 300,000 tons of wheat from abroad. This is indicated by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who spoke a pledging conference organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) to mobilize resources to feed over the 12.4 million drought and famine affected people in the horn of Africa including Ethiopia. “…The Ethiopian government has decided to buy and import 300,000 tons of wheat to replenish the strategic reserve of the country and to ensure that there is adequate food in the pipeline,” he said. Read more ….

Apple CEO resigns, says no longer fulfill his duties

Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive officer of Apple Inc, saying he could no longer fulfill the duties of the job. Jobs, 56, who fought and survived a rare form of pancreatic cancer, revolutionized consumer electronics for a decade with the introduction of the iPod, iPhone and iPad. With his passion for minimalist design and marketing genius, Jobs changed the course of personal computing and the entertainment industry. He has been on indefinite leave since January because of an unspecified medical condition.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Friday, August 19, 2011

A BBC journalist and callers grilled Gebarab at the spot.

On Have you say program, Alex jacana a BBC journalist interviewed Eritrean president political advisor Yemane Gebraeab. Gebarab denies the involvement of his government in supporting ALSHEBAB and other terrorist factions in the horn. At one point, the president advisor even claimed the Al SHEBAB is targeting Eretria as the enemy state. Needless to say that Asmara was harboring Shek Aweys and other top Somali separatist leaders. Mr. Yemane was grilled enough by the host and callers , even stranded by his words. Click here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaddafi's days numbered, forces weakened - US says

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces have been weakened and his days appear to be numbered, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday. "Gaddafi's forces are weakened and this latest defection is another example of how weak they've gotten," Panetta said, in an apparent reference to reports that Libya's Interior Minister Nasser al-Mabruk Abdullah had defected. "I think the sense is that Gaddafi's days are numbered," Panetta said, speaking at event in Washington alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Source (REUTERS AFRICA)

China loans Ethiopia US$500 million

Ethiopian Finance and Economic Development Minister, Sofian Ahmed who signed the agreement with his Chinese counterpart said the loan will be used to implement 15 development projects. “The projects to be implemented have already been finalised and will be discussed with the Chinese government,” Ahmed said. Read more…

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ethiopia: 'Ten children die each day' in Kobe, Dollo Ado refugee camp’

Averages of ten children under the age of five die every day from malnutrition and disease in Ethiopia's Kobe refugee camp, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesday."Since the Kobe refugee camp opened in June, an average of 10 children under the age of five have died every day," according to Adrian Edwards, a spokesman with the office of the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees. "While malnutrition is the leading cause of the high mortality, suspected measles is compounding the problem. "The combination of disease and malnutrition is what has caused similar death rates in previous famine crises in the region," Edwards said. Some 25,000 people are currently registered at the Kobe camp, part of the 121,000-strong Dollo Ado refugee complex, Edwards explained, saying the complex had more than doubled since the beginning of the year. Edwards said a mass vaccination campaign targeting children between the ages of six months and 15 years was completed at the Kobe camp on Monday. "The majority of refugees arriving from Somalia are from rural areas, and the camps in Ethiopia may be the first time they have been in contact with formal health facilities," he said. Some 200 to 250 Somalis arrive at the refugee complex every day, Edwards added, fleeing violence and what the United Nations has described as the region's worst drought in decades source (AFP)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ethnic Politics Split US Ethiopians

At a summer camp, young Ethiopian-Americans learn Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. The program is run by the Ethiopian Community Center in Seattle. Even though there are community centers for different ethnic groups, the leaders here want to put ethnicity aside, and bring all Ethiopians together as Ethiopians. “That is the first thing, and when people come here, we want them to feel that this is their home. This is their place equally,” says Mulumebet Retta, who heads the center. “What we are trying to do here is whether you are an Amhara, an Oromo, Tigrey, Guragi, Gambella, whatever ethnic group you are, you are an Ethiopian, Read more....

Saturday, August 13, 2011

UN says, Money raised from Eritrean-Americans helped finance militants in East Africa

Tens of millions of dollars are sent annually to Eritrea through a 2 percent income tax imposed on people of Eritrean origin who live outside the African country. Not all Eritrean immigrants pay, but some do out of a sense of duty to the impoverished country. Others pay because the Eritrean government can penalize them if they refuse. Those who pay “are indirectly supporting the dictatorship,” said Solomon Assefaw of Oakland-based Eritrean Youth for Change, which opposes the Eritrean government. “No other country in the world does this except the Eritrean government.” Oakland is one of the top U.S. hubs for Eritrean immigrants, many of them refugees who fled during a 30-year war for independence from Ethiopia. Read more…

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Undercover Report reveals, Ethiopia uses food assistance as tool for political oppression, Government denies

Posing as tourists the team of journalists traveled to the southern region of Ethiopia.There they found villages where whole communities are starving, having allegedly been denied basic food, seed and fertiliser for failing to support Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The investigation has also gathered evidence of mass detentions, the widespread use of torture and extra-judicial killings by Ethiopian government forces. Ambassador Abdirashid Dulane, the Deputy Head of Ethiopia’s UK Mission, has rejected the allegations saying that the Newsnight/Bureau report “lacked objectivity, even-handedness”.” Read more…

Click also here to watch Angus Stickler's full report and Ethiopian government reaction on the issue,