Monday, January 31, 2011

Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi quits his position for unspecified reason

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Saturday quit as Chair of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) and was replaced by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, sources told PANA. The Ethiopian PM, who has steered the NEPAD since the 2007, quit the post for unspecified reasons. However, another source said Meles’ decision to quit the leadership of the NEPAD HSGIC may not be final until a final decision is made on whether to extend his tenure during the AU Summit opening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday. The Ethiopian leader has led high profile missions on behalf of the continent to several international fora, in his capacity as Chair of the Committee. The leadership of NEPAD HSGIC offers the state concerned the chance to interact with the world’s most industrialized countries, which have developed a tradition of inviting at least one African leader, usually the one chairing the NEPAD committee, in addition to South Africa, to their annual meet. Source ( Afrique en ligne )

Egypt:Protests Continue Amid Mass Jail Breaks

Thousands of prisoners broke out of the Wadi Natrun jail north of Cairo overnight. Prisoners also escaped several other prisons across Egypt. Two mummies have been destroyed in Cairo's Museum of Antiquities.The United States has started organising for its nationals to leave Egypt. Read more…

Sunday, January 30, 2011

AFP and VOA have two different stories over the agenda of AU summit

AFP and VOA have two different versions of stories over the opening of African Summit that began on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital. According, to VOA News account , the summit will focus over the issues of Ivory coast, Niger , Madagascar , Sudan and Somalia. Egypt and Tunisia will not be on the agenda since the development in those countries erupted too late to summit. The news paper quoted Au Commission Chairman Jean Ping. Latter on AFP has stated that incidents in Tunisia and Egypt was a hot spot discussion and even the African leaders urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to respond to mass protests with reforms as its leaders met Sunday to tackle the array of crises gripping the continent. Did they change the agenda? We report both news as they are and you will be the Judge. Read more about this new development..…

AU summits begins in Addis: Egypt and Tunisia are not in the agenda

The annual gathering, beginning Sunday, will feature mini-summits on Ivory Coast, Sudan and Somalia, as well as discuss several other hotspots, such as Niger and Madagascar. However, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping says two of the continent's late-breaking political crises, in Egypt and Tunisia, will not be on the agenda. He said developments in those countries erupted too late to be included in his report to the summit. Read more…

ህዝቡ መንግስት ላይ ሰላማዊና ህጋዊ ግፊት ማድረግ አለበት:: ( ኢደፓ)

አረቡን አገር ተራ በተራ እያዳረሰ ያለው አብዮት መስል ( ሀኒባላዊ ..) ህዝባዊ መነሳሳት ቁጣና ቀውስ በኢትዮጵያ እንዳይከሰት መንግሥት ከኑሮ ውድነት ጋር ተዛማጅ የመፍትሔ ዕርምጃዎችን በስፋትና በፍጥነት እንዲወስድ ኢዴፓ አሳስቧል :: የኢደፓ ሊ /መንበር አቶ ልደቱ አያሌው ከዚህም በተጨማሪ ሕዝቡ ከአመፅ ጋር ያልተያያዘ ግፊት በመንግሥት ላይ ማድረግ አለበት ሲሉ ከመግለጻቸውም ሌላ ኢኮኖሚያዊ ችግር ወደ ፖለቲካዊ ችግር ሊቀየር ስለሚችል ይህ ለመንግሥት ስጋት ነው ሲሉ አክለዋል ::
ዝርዝሩን ለማንበብ እቺን ይጫኑ ::

Sarkozy in Ethiopia for lightning visit to AU summit

French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived Sunday in the Ethiopian capital on a lightning visit to attend the opening of the African Union summit. Sarkozy immediately held a working breakfast with Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi to discuss bilateral matters. He was then to have a quick meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before attending the opening of the summit. The French leader was to make a speech outlining his plans for upcoming G8 and G20 meetings stressing development aid and transparency in markets of primary products, particularly agricultural. Before leaving after just a few hours he was also expected to discuss with other leaders the two major subjects of the AU meeting: the ongoing post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast and the revolt in Egypt. Source (Yahoo News)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Friday, January 28, 2011

UN chief to travel to Ethiopia, United Kingdom and Germany

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will at the weekend travel to Ethiopia, where he will attend the summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa before proceeding to London for meetings next week with senior United Kingdom officials and then on to Germany. Mr. Ban will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague while in the UK, deliver the Cyril Foster Lecture at Oxford University and address the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). From the UK he will travel to Berlin, where he will hold talks with senior German officials and speak at Humboldt University, his spokesperson announced. The last leg of the Secretary-General’s trip will take him to Munich, where he will address the Munich Security Conference, and attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet on 5 February. The Quartet, which is seeking to resolve the Middle East conflict, comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. Yesterday, while in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, Mr. Ban met with Tony Blair, the Quartet’s representative to the Middle East, with whom he discussed the status of the peace process and the situation in occupied Palestinian territory. Mr. Ban stressed the importance of continuing efforts to ease the suffering in the Gaza Strip and helping the Palestinian Authority build capacity in the West Bank. Source ( UN News Center)

Thousands protest in Jordan

Agence France-Presse reported that the demonstrators also chanted slogans in solidarity with Egyptian demonstrators, calling on them to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power.“Egypt, the Arab nation salutes you. We urge your men to get rid of (President Hosni) Mubarak,” they chanted while waving national flags according to the news agency. There were also reports about 2,000 demonstrators gathering in the Jordanian cities of Irbid and Karak in similar rallies. Read more…

Mubarak dismisses government

The Egyptian president has dismissed his government, saying that he will replace it with a new one on Saturday. "I have asked the government to resign and tomorrow there will be a new government," Hosni Mubarak said in an address to the nation late on Friday after four days of deadly protests. The president said that change can not be achieved through chaos but through dialogue. Read more..

Ethiopia’s most powerful female politician step down

Birtukan Mideksa, a renowned former judge and leader of Ethiopia’s powerful opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) has decided to step-down from her influential presidential position at UDJ, four months after she was pardoned and freed from a life person term Awra Amba times, a local Amharic language news paper revealed. Read more..

የኦባማ ንግግር ሲገመገም

የዩናይትድ ስቴትስ ፕሬዚዳንት ባራክ ኦባማ በሃገራቸው ምጣኔ ኃብት፣ ፖለቲካዊና ማኅበራዊ፣ እንዲሁም የውጭ ፖሊሲዎች ዙሪያ ለሕዝባቸው ባሰሙት ዓመታዊ ንግግራቸው ላይ ግምገማ እንዲያቀርቡ ትዝታ በላቸው ሁለት ምሁራንን ጋብዛ አወያይታለች፡፡ ምሁራኑ እራሣቸውን እያስተዋወቁ ነው የሚጀምሩት፡፡ ዝርዝሩን ያዳምጡ፡፡
Source ( VOA News.Com)

Madiba (Mandela) 'very sick' but life not in danger: source

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who described Mandela as frail after meeting him last week, said on Thursday that Madiba remained in "amazing" condition for his age, but did not comment specifically on his hospitalisation. "What more do we want from him? We want him to remain forever, but you know... anything can happen," Tutu, a leading figure during the anti-apartheid struggle, said. Read more…

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ለመንግስት ሰራተኞች የደሞዝ ጭማሪ ተደረገ:: ህዝቡስ ምን ይላል ?

ለመምህራን , ለጤና ባለሙያዎች , ለግብርና ልማት ሠራተኞች 640 ሺ ለሚሆኑ ጡረተኞች , ለመከላከያ ሰራዊት አባላት , ለህዝብ እንደራሴዎችና እንዲሁም ለዳኞች ከ 35-39% የደሞዝ ጭማሪ እንደተደረገላቸው ከገንዘብና ኢኮኖሚ ልማት ሚኒስቴር የተገኘው ዘገባ ያመልክታል :: ጭማሪው የትምህርት ደረጃንና የስራ ልምድን ግምት ውስጥ ያስገባ ነው ተብሎለታል :: ከደሞዝ ጭማሪው ጋር አብሮ ነጋዴዎችም በሚሸጡት እቃ ላይ ጭማሪ ሊያደርጉ ይችላሉ ብለው ቡዙዎች ስጋታቸውን ሲጠቅሱ ሌሎች ደግሞ ጭማሪው ቡዙ ባይሆንም መንግስት ቢያንስ የዋጋ ቁጥጥሩን ተግባራዊ ማድረግ ከቻለ ችግራችንን ባይቀርፍም ሊረዳን ይችላል ይላሉ: :: የህዝቡን አስተያየት የያዘው ቃለ ምልልስ እዚህ አለ :: እቺን ይጫኑ::

Western Governments Warn of Possible Bomb Attacks During African Summit in Ethiopia

According to credible information, extremists are planning to bomb unspecified locations within Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the A.U. summit that will be held 26 through 31, January," says Auasralian Emabssy counsler John Newan in addis abeba. Ethiopia’s Communications Minister Bereket Simon said on his part the government is aware of the heightened threat during the summit, and is monitoring possible terrorist activity closely. But he told VOA Addis Ababa "has been able to hold safe summits in past years, and are taking all necessary precautions”" Read more…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Arrest warrant issued for ex-president Ben Ali and his close associates

The BBC's Magdi Abdelhadi, in Tunis, says it is unlikely Saudi Arabia will hand them over but the warrants will restrict their ability to travel to other countries, especially in the West. Earlier this week, the Canadian authorities refused entry to some of Mr Ben Ali's relatives. In France, prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into the former president's holdings, believed to range from apartments to racehorses. Mr Chebbi also revealed that 11,029 prisoners - about a third of those held in Tunisian jails - had escaped during the unrest of the past 12 days. "The more that the interim government of Tunisia takes concrete steps to prepare for and implement democratic elections and a democratic system, and the more the interim and future governments are able to answer the grievances that led to this popular movement, the stronger and the warmer its partnership with the United States will be," he said. Read more…

ግብጽ ኒውከለር እንደሚኖራት ተነገረ:: ኢትዮጵያም ልታስብበት ይገባል ተባለ::

በዓለም ላይም የኒውክሌር ቴክኖሎጂው ካላቸው እንደ ደቡብ ኮርያ ካሉ አገሮች ጋር ኢትዮጵያ ያላት ግንኙነትም መልካም በመሆኑ፣ የኒውክሌር ኃይል ቴክኖሎጂውን በቀላሉ ልታገኝ እንደምትችል ኢንጂነሩ አክለው ገልጸዋል፡፡ ስለዚህ ለኢትዮጵያ የኒውክሌር ኃይል ማመንጫ ለመገንባት ትክክለኛው ወቅት አሁን መሆኑን ኢንጂነር አስትራይ ተናግረዋል፡፡አሁን ግብፅ የምትገነባው የኒውክሌር ማመንጫ ለሰላማዊ በመሆኑ፣ ዓለም አቀፉ የአቶሚክ ኢነርጂ ኤጀንሲ ዩራኒየም በአገሯ እንዳታበለጽግ ያዛታል፡፡ ይህም የኒውክሌር ኃይሉን ለጦር መሣሪያ ማዋል ስለማያስችላት ብዙ ችግር በአካባቢው ሊፈጠር አይችልም ብለዋል፡፡ ነገር ግን ግብፅ ተለዋጭ የኃይል አቅርቦት ከኒውክሌር ማግኘት ከቻለች በዓባይ ላይ የምታደርገው ጫና ሊቀንስ እንደሚችል ኢንጂነር አስትራይ ገልጸዋል፡፡ ዝርዝሩን ያንብቡ>>>

Monday, January 24, 2011

Volunteers to bring lifesaving equipment to the poor equipped Black lion hospital

"It was actually kind of scary," says Sands, a Seattle-based clinical engineer. "Exposed wires. Equipment that looked like it was out of the 1950s — some of it held together with tape."Laura Adiele, a registered nurse on the same trip, also was shocked by conditions at the only public hospital in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, an urban area of 5 million residents."They are warm, beautiful people," said Adiele, "but their hospital is in shambles." Story after story of tragedy and loss can be traced to the lack of equipment considered basic in the United States.A 2-year-old boy, for example, died at Black Lion while undergoing a relatively straightforward hernia surgery. Cause of death: hypoxia — lack of oxygen — after a breathing tube became dislodged. No one on the surgical team noticed in time to help, though his condition might have been readily detected and corrected by equipment U.S. hospitals have used for decades. Read more..

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Atlanta police have 2 people of interest in Ethiopian film maker Beyene Jagama killing

Police have released sketches of two men they want to talk to in connection to the shooting death of a 26-year-old Ethiopian film maker and Atlanta convenience store clerk. Jagama Beyene was known to his friends and family as “J.” Now, they’re asking why he was shot to death in such a brutal manner. Bullet holes were found all over the Citgo Gas Station where Beyene worked, and was shot on Thursday morning. “I hope somebody will find out who did it and then I hope we will be able to know why,” said Essete Roister, the victim’s cousin. “The question is, why? He don’t deserve this.” Beyene’s cousin spoke to FOX 5’s George Franco at his home in Tucker. She says her cousin was the writer, producer and director of a documentary on Ethiopians struggling to make it in Metro Atlanta. It was released this past August. “The message of the movie is not to give up, not to quit—just to go strong,” said Daniel Cebray, Beyene’s friend Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or Investigator S.R. Benton at 404-546-5417. Source ( FOX 5)

Two districts in northern Ethiopia declare an end to female genital cutting

The influence of religious and clan leaders, local government officials and former circumcisers has brought a remarkable reduction in female cutting in both districts. According to a study conducted in 2010 by one local partner, the Rohi Weddu Pastoralist Women's Development Organization, cutting has sharply declined in these communities over the past decade. Many former circumcisers also made public promises to the community that they would not return to their former profession. Read more…

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Two Chinese and their associate are charged for taking away ornamental heritages

According to the information obtained from Ethiopian First web site, two Chinese citizens and their Ethiopian associate caught red handed while they tried to sneak precious ornamental heritages and hundreds of newly introduced one birr coins. Over 50 kg various ornamentals heritage made from silver were detected by the X- ray machine says the news. , Taking such precious heritages out of the country is a serious crime and may result up to 10 years imprisonment; the news quoted the harsh consequence of the crime. The court has adjourned the case for the coming Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ethiopia will not accept ICC case against Kenyan officials : says Meles

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia will not accept the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Case against Kenyan authorities. While holding discussion with Kenyan Vice President, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka here on Friday. PM Meles said Ethiopia supports Kenyan efforts to form a special tribunal of its own to sue citizens who participated in the 2007-2008 post-election violence. Meles said Ethiopia will not accept the case that ICC's prosecutors presented against Kenyan authorities. He said Ethiopia as the current chair of Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will do everything possible to deter ICC’s move towards Kenyan officials. The premier said he will present the issue during the 16th Ordinary Summit of African Leaders due to be held here at the end of January, according to an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Musyoka on his part said the government of Kenya is arresting many people who participated during the post election violence. He said ICC’s warrant comes as the government of Kenya is trying to form a special tribunal to prosecute the culprits. He said PM Meles accepted Kenyan request to raise the issue in African Union and IGAD summits. The Vice President said he discussed with PM Meles on regional issues including Somalia and Sudan and on mutual concerns. Source (ENA)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A young Ethiopian film director shot and dead

A convenience store clerk was shot and killed during an early morning robbery in southeast Atlanta, police said. Police surrounded the Citgo Glenwood Food Mart on Glenwood Avenue, which was marked by several bullet holes and shattered glass. Officers were talking to at least two witnesses. The robbery occurred just after 3 a.m., police said. Store owner Narendar Kour said the clerk, Beyene Jagama, opened a screen glass window above the counter and was met by three robbers. Jagama was then shot in the stomach, and the robbers took the drawer from the cash register and ran, according to authorities. "At some point during the robbery attempt we believe the suspect discharged his weapon at least four to five times," said Atlanta police Lt. Keith Meadows. Officers said they found money scattered on the floor of the business along with shell casings. Paramedics took Jagama to the hospital, but authorities said he later died at the hospital. Detectives said they were working to get the store's surveillance cameras. Kour was upset and said the killing was senseless. "If you want money, just take the money and go," she said. Source ( WSBTV.COM)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Eritrea Reopens African Union Mission in Addis

Eritrea has reopened its mission to the African Union, ending years of self-imposed exile from the continental organization. But diplomats say the move does not signal a thaw in relations between Eritrea and its archrival, the African Union host Ethiopia. The Ethiopian spokesman rejected a suggestion that the arrival of an Eritrean government representative in Addis Ababa might be a sign of a thaw. He said there has been no change in the status quo. Recently a news was aired that 17 members of high ranking EPPF officials, who backed by Eritrean government have been disappeared. There where about is still remain a mystery. Read more…

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tutsi Immigrants insist Ethiopian Government and UNHCR for immediate evacuation

“Those (the Hutus) who used to kill us in our country have now came to Ethiopia using our identity (calling themselves Tutsi) and continue attacking us,” said Joseph Masomo, who coordinates today’s demonstration of 67 refugees of Banyamulenge who came to Ethiopia from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “We migrated to Ethiopia to escape the war they waged on us. If they followed us here and continue to attack us, we urge Ethiopian government and the UNHCR to immediately evacuate us from Ethiopia to anywhere in order to save us from these people,” he said. Read more...

Obama congratulates Sudan on referendum

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is congratulating the people of Sudan for the weeklong referendum on the future of the south. The vote in southern Sudan is expected to lead to independence for that region. Sudan's north and south ended a two-decade civil war in 2005 that called for a vote for southern independence. Obama says in a statement that the sight of so many Sudanese participating in peaceful and orderly voting is "an inspiration to the world." The president also says the vote is a tribute to the determination of Sudanese and leaders of south Sudan to forge a better future. Source (Yahoo News)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Egypt to establish tobacco company in Ethiopia

Egypt will establish a large company for the cultivation of tobacco in Ethiopia in collaboration with a number of international companies specialized in the production and processing of raw tobacco, Egypt’s Trade and Industry minister Rashid Mohamed Rashid said on Tuesday in Cairo. Rashid Mohamed Rashid told reporters on Tuesday that this project comes within the framework of enhancing cooperation between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries. Furthermore, Rashid revealed that the resources of Egyptian Company for Chemical Industries, which will establish this project in Ethiopia, amounted to about US$1.5 billion at the state treasury in 2010. Last February, Egypt's cigarette monopoly Eastern Company was negotiating with the Ethiopian government to buy 10-20 hectares of land for growing tobacco. Source ( APA)

Friday, January 14, 2011

SABMILLER Brewer: the new owner of AMBO TEBEL( አምቦ ውሀ)

Ethiopians still quaff Ambo’s precious resource. But today, it is bottled and sold by a unit of multinational brewer SABMiller PLC, which acquired an aging mineral-water bottling plant once belonging to Emperor Haile Selassie. Since SABMiller took over in 2009, the company has redesigned bottles and overhauled assembly lines once held together by broomsticks and wire. New flavors of Ambo water include pineapple and lemon-lime and are sold to fancy hotels and European cafés. Read more…

አሜሪካዊው በጸጥታ አስከባሪዎች በተተኮሰ ጥይት ተገደለ::

የገና በዓልን ከቤተሰቦቹ ጋር ለማክበር ወደ ኢትዮጵያ መጥቶ የነበረው ትውልደ ኢትዮጵያዊው አሜሪካዊ ወጣት አረፈዓይኔ ቦብ ዊን ከፖሊስ በተተኮሰ ጥይት ሕይወቱ ማለፉን ባገር ውስጥ እየታተመ የሚወጣው የሪፖርትር ጋዜጣ ገለጸ: ከተገኘው ዜና መረዳት እንደታቸለው ሟች አረፈ አይኔ የ20 አመት ወጣትና ባሜሪካ በካልፎሪኒያ ክፍለ ግዛት ሳንሆሴ ከተማ በሚገኝ ዩኒቨርስቲ ውስጥ ውስጥ የሁሉተኛ አመት የኮሌጅ ተማሪ የነበረ ሲሆን አያት ሆሲፒታል በሚገኝ የምሽት ክበብ ውስጥ ከቤተሰቦቹ ጋር በሚዝናናበት ወቅት ረብሻ ሲፈጠር መዝናናታቸውን አቁመው በመውጣት በያዙት ተሽከርካሪ ለመጓዝ ሲንቀሳቀሱ፣ ፖሊስ ደርሶ ‹‹ቁሙ›› ሲላቸው ዝም ብለው ሲሄዱ የተኩስ ድምፅ እንደሰሙ ና በተተኮሰው ጥይት ሟች አረፈ አይኔ ግራ ጎኑን እንደተመታ ቤተሰቦቹ ያስረዳሉ:: ዝርዝሩን ለማንበብ እቺን ይጫኑ::

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A woman who was found dead has been identified

Paul Saunders, a site services officer for the city council, told the Telegraph he had been on his way in to work when he said he saw a couple arguing on the Canal Basin bridge about 6.40am. He said: “I had parked my car near the Canal Basin and was walking into the city centre. “As I was walking across the bridge I saw a couple arguing. There were raised voices but they were speaking in another language so I don’t know what they were saying. “I saw the man pull the woman close to him against his chest as if to hug her. "Then as I continued to walk past them they started raising their voices again. “I thought what was happening was a bit strange. I thought to myself I would call CV One when I got to work to alert them and to make sure the cameras were on the couple. But by the time I got there I heard there had been an incident and the ring road had closed. Read more...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kenyan manufacturers may lose millions over the move of price ceiling

‘‘This month, the Ethiopian Government has imposed price ceiling on major commodities to stamp out inflation. Unfortunately, the price of some items doesn’t take the current international market into account,’’ Polycarp Igathe, Deputy Chairman Kenya Association of Manufacturers said. Read more.....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Real battle between Consumers and Traders over new price ceiling

According to the news posted from Ethiopian first web page, Government has begun to arrest some traders in the Capital who do not show willingness to implement the new price ceiling on basic commodities. It is noted that during the last week Over 500 business men and business women held discussion with the prime minister, over the issue of unchecked prices impose by traders. The report stated that in a few places some consumers are ended fighting with the traders, over charge disagreement. The traders on their part also complained over high tax rates and service fee they have asked to pay at various checking locations, before their goods get into the city. Ethiopian First reporter further stated, authorities have arrested some merchants who refused complying with the new fixed price, and even shut down their location. Some traders seem mark down their price but either tends to reduce the quality of their product or they set new charge on the items they never sold before. In some places for example, butchers are charging their customers up to 8.00 Birr for Awaze (local spice) which formerly was served freely, the news stated .

የዝንጀሮ መንጋ

ግጥም በሜሮን ጌትነት:: እቺን ይጫኑ::

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ethiopian Boxing legend Seifu Mekonen (TIBO) is suffering from kidney disease

Seifu Mekonnen was once one of the most feared boxers in East Africa. A heavyweight with a fierce punch, he was called Tibo, Amharic for “knockout.”He has a clutch of gold medals from various victories across the world and a tattoo on his right shoulder of five interlocked rings — a reminder of when he represented Ethiopia at the 1972 summer Olympics in Munich But he hit his peak just as a hard-line military junta swept into power in his country, after the 1974 ousting of Emperor Haile Selassie I.The communist regime put him in jail for several months. Later he was sent to train in Cuba. On a layover in Montreal on the way back to Ethiopia, he slipped a letter to airport police seeking political asylum. Read more…

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sudan Independence Referendum Draws Large Refugee Turnout in Ethiopia

28-year old Chuol Chang Kier, are among the so-called 'Lost Boys,' orphans who were brought to safety in Ethiopia during Sudan's 21-year civil war. He predicts the vote in this diaspora polling center will be almost unanimous. He says he does not know a single person who wouldn’t vote for independence. "It's a party because... 2 ½ million people have died for this day, and everybody is feeling happy because there's no more blood that will be shed, and there is no more struggle that the southern Sudanese will go for, they see it as a refund for all those who have died and sacrificed for the last 55 years for this day." Said Arop Deng Kuol is head of the Government of Southern Sudan office in Ethiopia. Read more...

በገና ጾም ፍቺ ዩነቨርስቲ ውስጥ ረብሻ ተነስቶ ነበር::

ገና ጾምን ምክንያት በማድረግ ለጻሚ ተማሪዎች በየአመቱ ሲደረግ የነበረው የጾም መግደፊያ ዝግጅት በዚህ አመት ባለመደረጉ ባዲስ አበባ ዪነቨርስቲ በሳይንስ ፋኩልቲ ረብሻ ተቀስቅሶ እንደነበር በሀገር ውስጥ የሚተታመው የሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ ገለጸ:: ተማሪዎቹ ተቃውሟቸውን የረሀብ አድማ በማድረግ ያሳዩ እንጂ በሚቀጥለው ቀን ወደ ምግብ መመገቢያው ካፌ በሚሄዱ ተማሪዎች ላይ ቁጣቸውን ድንጋይ በመወወርወር አሳይተዋል ሲል ጋዜጣው ይገልጻል:: በጥናት ላይ እንደነበረች በተወረወረ ድንጋይ የቤተ መጻሕፍቱ ሕንፃ መስታወት ሲሰበር በማየቷ በድንጋጤ በሥላሴ ቤተክርስቲያን በኩል ባለው በር ሮጣ ማምለጧን አንዲት ተማሪ ትናገራለች:: ዝርዝሩን ያንብቡ::

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Immigrants, mostly Ethiopians drowned off Yemeni’s coast

Yemen’s Coast Guard has so far found the bodies of 28 African migrants, days after two boats carrying about 80 infiltrators, mostly Ethiopians, sank off the country’s coast, a security official said.The bodies were of the migrants onboard the boat that carried 46 people, all Ethiopians, and capsized near the Bab Al-Mandab Straits, the unidentified official at the security department of the Straits said. “Early today 8 bodies were washed ashore at Al-Suwaida’a coast, a day after 17 bodies were buried in the same area. Meanwhile, rescue operations are continuing,” the official added. “The bodies were badly damaged that we could not identify who was a Somali or Ethiopian. We just buried the bodies,” the official said. According to the UNHCR in the country five survived, two Somalis and three Ethiopians, out of almost 80 Africans, who were onboard the two boats, which capsized in bad weather off Lahj in the south and near Bab Al-Mandab in the Red sea. The accidents came as Africans, from Somalia and Ethiopia fleeing deteriorating situations there, continue to defy death crossing the dangerous sea into Yemen almost daily. The UNHCR said the flow of African migrants rose by 50 per cent in 2009, coinciding with recent Yemeni statistics suggesting the number of the Africans, who have already arrived in the country, exceed one million people. Source (Yemeni Post)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Government impose prices on domestic commodities

Ethiopia on Thursday fixed prices for some commodities in order to control the ever increasing price hike in the country, which has affected a majority of the people. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi held discussions with the business community on Thursday in Addis Ababa, urging all concerned bodies including the business community to implement the proclamation on trade practices on food and non-food items, which would enable them to stabilize the price hike in the country. According to the new commodities price, the government urged traders to minimize the price of some commodities, which are essential to the majority of the people, especially for the poor. Sugar, edible oil, banana and spaghetti are among the 18 food items whose prices were fixed by the government as from Thursday, which was the eve of the Ethiopian Christmas (Genna). Some of the commodities had their prices reduced by 50 per cent and above, especially edible oil and sugar. “The government has established strong control mechanisms to the prevailing unhealthy market competition. It also has desire to create a strong and well-developed business community and this is expected from a free market principle,” PM Meles said. Source ( APA)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Zimbabwe Government web site was shut down after Mugabe’s Wife Threat

Anonymous, a 1,000-strong group of activists, rallied on behalf of WikiLeaks after Amazon and other companies terminated business services with the website. It launched Operation Payback to give firms deemed hostile to WikiLeaks a "black eye". The websites of Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and the company that hosted WikiLeaks were all brought down after severing ties with the whistleblowing site. Read more…

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ዶክተር ሻውል ሀይሉ የኢንጂነር ሀይሉ ሻውል ልጅ መኪና ገጫቸው::

የመላው ኢትዮጵያ አንድነት ድርጅት ሊቀመንበር ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ሻውል የመጀመሪያ ልጅ ዶ/ር ሻውል ኃይሉ ትናንትና ረፋዱ ላይ ከፍተኛ የመኪና አደጋ ደረሰባቸው፡፡ ዶ/ር ሻውል አደጋው የደረሰባቸው በቅሎ ቤት አካባቢ የሚገኘው ዳሸን ባንክ ፊት ለፊት መኪናቸውን አቁመው ወደ ባንኩ ለመግባት ከመኪናቸው ሊወርዱ ሲሉ፣ ከመሿለኪያ ወደ ሳሪስ የሚጓዝ አውቶቡስ ገጭቷቸው መሆኑን አባታቸው ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ሻውል ለሪፖርተር ገልጸዋል፡፡ አደጋውን ያደረሰባቸው አውቶቡስ የከተማ ይሁን የክፍለ ሀገር ለጊዜው መረጃው እንደሌላቸው የገለጹት ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ፣ በልጃቸው ላይ አደጋው እንደደረሰባቸው፣ አምቡላንስ ይዛ የምታልፍ አንዲት ሐኪም በማየቷ በፍጥነት ሆስፒታል እንዲደርሱ በማድረጓ ሕይወታቸው ሊተርፍ መቻሉን ተናግረዋል፡፡ ዶ/ር ሻውል አደጋው ከደረሰባቸው በኋላ ሲኤምሲ አካባቢ በሚገኘው ቅዱስ ያሬድ ሆስፒታል ሕክምና እየተከታተሉ መሆኑን ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ተናግረዋል፡፡ በደረሰባቸው አደጋ በግራ በኩል ከአንገታቸው ሥር ያለ አጥንት መሰበሩንና ደረታቸው አካባቢ የመቀጥቀጥ ጉዳት እንደደረሰባቸው የተናገሩት አባታቸው፣ ሐኪሞቹ የሚሰጡትን ውጤት እየተጠባበቁ መሆኑን ገልጸው፣ ወደ ውጭ ሄደው መታከም ካለባቸው ወስደው ለማሳከም በመጠባበቅ ላይ መሆናቸውን ገልጸዋል፡፡ ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ስድስት ልጆች እንዳሏቸውና ዶ/ር ሻውል የመጀመሪያ ልጃቸው መሆናቸውን ገልጸው፣ ከአሜሪካ የዶክትሬት ዲግሪያቸውን ካገኙ በኋላ አንድ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ውስጥ በማስተማርና በተለያዩ ሥራዎች ለ25 ዓመታት መቆየታቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡ ዶ/ር ሻውል ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንደመጡ ‹‹ሻውል ኮንሰልቲንግ›› በመባል በአባታቸው በተቋቋመው የአማካሪ ድርጅት ውስጥ መሥራታቸውን፣ ብስራተ ገብርኤል አካባቢ ሳምሶን ኩባንያ (ላፍቶ ሴንተር) የሚባልን ድርጅት ከዳሸን ባንክ ብድር በመውሰድ አቋቁመው ዋና ሥራ አስኪያጅ በመሆን እየሠሩ መሆናቸውን ኢንጂነር ኃይሉ ተናግረዋል፡፡ ምንጭ ( ሪፖርተር)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Homeless ex-radio announcer still has that god-given gift of voice

This clip speaks for itself -- literally. The Columbus Dispatch discovered a homeless man along Ohio's I-71 claiming to have "the God-given gift of voice." His name is Ted Williams, and he's an ex-radio announcer according to the note he scrawled on a piece of cardboard that he uses to solicit change from drivers. And wow, does Williams ever deliver for a dollar. Williams tells the Dispatch about his struggles, but thankfully "alcohol and drugs and a few other things" haven't diminished Williams' velvety vocal cords, and he says he's two years clean now."I have a god given gift of voice. I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Happy holidays," says Williams' roadside sign for help.Like Williams, the radio industry has fallen on hard times in the past decade, but given the viral power of this video, we expect more than a few morning show and late-night appearances, and perhaps even a job, will be in Williams' near future. In fact, Reddit reports that Ted has already been tracked down by Columbus area radio show The Morning Zoo and will appear on tomorrow morning's show, so tune in! Source (Yahoo)
Click here to watch the one time radio announcer Ted Williams

Monday, January 3, 2011

Al basher administration was behind planning attempt to kill Mubarek, say, Inner source

According to Al-Turabi, “the real culprits [behind the attempt] are people deeply entrenched in power.” Al-Turabi further claimed that the Islamic group which executed the attempt had received the support to do so from behind his back and that of president Al-Bashir.“Egyptian officials are well aware of the truth and know who I am referring to,” he added, in what appears to be a veiled reference to Vice-President Taha. Read more…

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Israel: more skeptical about Jews from Addis

"We're ready to die until we get an answer," he says, hoping that a "long hunger strike" would draw attention to their poor living conditions and pave the way for "aliyah," the right to return to the promised land. Over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews already live in Israel and Jerusalem recently granted entry to 7,800 more from only the northern town of Gonder, where all Ethiopian Jews -- known as the Falash Mura -- originate from. Those in the Ethiopian capital say they were unfairly left out,Read more…

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Seyum Mesfin left his position; new face appears to the board

According to information obtained from Reporter, Ato Seyum Mesfin is no longer the board chairman of Ethiopian Air Lines. His successor is almost a new face to the division, Addisu Legesse. Prior to his official retirement, Addisu held strong position in the Ruling party and in government seat. On a related news, outgoing CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Ato Girma Wake officially hands over his post to Ato Tewlde Weldemarim. Read more...