Monday, February 28, 2011

US is preparing an invasion of Libya Says, Venezuelan President

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Monday that he won't condemn Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and he warned the United States is preparing an invasion of the North African country. "A campaign of lies is being spun together regarding Libya," Chavez said during a televised speech. "I'm not going to condemn him. I'd be a coward to condemn someone who has been my friend." The U.S. government is behind the campaign, he said. Chavez noted that numerous countries have condemned Gadhafi for cracking down on Libyans who have risen up against him. "Maybe they have information that we don't have," he said. Chavez slammed the United States for moving naval and air forces closer to Libya amid active international discussions about imposing a no-fly zone over the country, and he warned that U.S. officials are preparing to invade Libya. Source ( AP)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ethiopian Hailu Mekonnen wins Tokyo Marathon

Hailu Mekonnen of Ethiopia won the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 35 seconds.Mekonnen's time was 11 seconds off the race record set by Switzerland's Viktor Rothlin in 2008. Kenyan Paul Biwott was second with a time of 2:08:17 while Japan's Yuki Kawaguchi took third in 2:08:37.World marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie withdrew from the race on Thursday after the Ethiopian bruised both knees in training recently.The 30-year-old Mekonnen said he wanted to try to make up for Gebrselassie's absence."It's sad and disappointing that Haile could not be here," Mekonnen said. "There's no question he would have made the Tokyo Marathon a much better race. I tried to make up for him not being here by running the best race I could possibly run."Russia's Tatiana Aryasova won the women's race with a time of 2:27:29, 1 minute, 20 seconds ahead of Japan's Noriko Higuchi. Tatiana Petrova, also of Russia, was third in 2:28:56.The fifth running of the Tokyo Marathon had a total of 33,353 participants. Source ( USA TODAY)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gebrselassie 37, out of Tokyo marathon

World record holder Haile Gebrselassie has pulled out of this weekend's Tokyo marathon because of knee injuries, organisers said Thursday. The 37-year-old Ethiopian, who recorded a fastest ever time of 2:03:59 when he won the 2008 Berlin marathon, hurt both knees in a fall during practice. Gebrselassie announced his retirement from the sport in November last year, only to reverse the decision days later. He has said a knee injury and his failure to finish the New York marathon earlier in the month were the reasons for his unexpected -- and short-lived -- retirement. Sunday's Tokyo marathon would have been his first race since the New York outing. Big names from the world of marathon running set to compete this weekend include Felix Limo of Kenya, who set his personal best of 2:06:14 winning the 2004 Rotterdam marathon, and Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia, whose personal best of 2:06:30 was only enough to bag a fourth place in the 2009 Paris marathon. Kenya's Paul Biwott and Salim Kipsang are also expected to pose a threat with their best times of 2:07:02 and 2:07:29, respectively, while Ethiopia's Hailu Mekonnen has a best time of 2:07:37. Other major athletes will be Tadesse Abraham of Eritrea and last year's Hokkaido marathon winner Cyrus Gichobi Njui of Kenya, while representing Japanese hopes will be Masakazu Fujiwara, Arata Fujiwara and Satoshi Irifune. Source ( AFP)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

ኢትዮጵያውያን በቤንጋዚ ሰለባ እየሆኑ ነው::

የተለያዩ የአለም መንግስታት የሊቢያው ፕሬዝዳንት እሳቸውን ተቃውሞ በወጣው የአገራቸው ህዝብ ላይ የወሰዱትን እርምጃ አሳፋሪና የቅሌት ተግባር ሲሉ ኮንነውታል:: የተባበሩት መንግስታት ደርጅት ዋና ጸሀፊ ባን ኪን ሙን የድርጊቱን ፈጻሚዎች ለፍርድ ለማቅረብ የሚቻላቸውን ሁሉ እንደሚያደርጉ ገልጸዋል:: ይሄ በዚህ እንዳለ ግን የአንዳንድ አገር ተወላጆች ለሊቢያ መንግሰት በቅጥረኝነት ተሰልፈዋል በሚል በሊቢያ በሚገኙ ስደተኞችና ነዋሪዎች ላይ የመደብደብና የማንገላታት ከዛም አልፎ እስከ ሞት የሚደርስ አደጋ እየደረሰባቸው መሆኑን ከጀርመን ደምጽ ሬድዮ የተገኘው ዘገባ ያመልክታል:: በተቃዋሚዎች ቁጥጥር ስር በወደቀችው ቤንጋዚ በምትባለው ከተማ ውስጥ የነበሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን የዚህ አደጋ ሰለባ ሆነዋል:: ዝርዝሩን ለመከታተል እቺን ይጫኑ::

What tablet device are you most likely to purchase?

According to a survey done by Rebtel, nearly Five Million Immigrants and First Generation Americans Own A Tablet Device with Majority of Non-Owners Favoring iPad over Kindle and Android Tablets. The survey says 8% of Ethiopians in the US own some type of tablet device with 31% planning to buy the device in the near future. Near future could mean March 2, as Apple is expected to unveil its second generation iPad. Out of the 8% who own a table device, 56% have iPad and 22% own Kindle.
See the survey result here The study was conducted in November 2010 with a sample group of respondents comprised of Rebtel users divided into 11 different ethnic groups; Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and UK. Each ethnic group received their own identical survey and all the respondents are currently located in the US. source ( Rebetel)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Arab Rage: should we worry?

UDJ says the economic hardship and absence of a democratic system that has led to popular rebellions across North African and Arab countries is also exhibited here in Ethiopia. Unemployment, hyper inflation and unaffordable living conditions are characteristics these places all have. All these hardships, socioeconomic and political conditions are also a reality here and they exist in Ethiopia even in worst degree,” says UDJ’s first vice chair Negasso Gidada (PhD). The ruling EPRDF however paints a very different picture of Ethiopia. EPRDF says let alone resembling the hopelessness seen in Arab countries, Ethiopia today has become a benchmark, success story envied by others. “There you see countries that have reached a middle income stage, but no longer are able to continue to grow. They have reached middle income status but have failed to maintain growth and now they have a high unemployment rate and inequitable distribution of wealth,” says Bereket Simon, EPRDF’s senior official and Government Communication Affairs Minister. Read more…

Do Chinese inspired by uprising in North Africa and the Middle East?

Police watch a crowd gathered outside a McDonald’s restaurant after internet social networks called for protest in central Beijing. Chinese President Hu Jintao called on Saturday for stricter government management of the internet while calls for gatherings inspired by uprisings in the Middle East spread on Chinese websites abroad. Picture: ( (REUTERS)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Venezuela denies Libya's Gaddafi en route

A senior source in the Venezuelan government denied on Monday reports that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was traveling to the South American oil-producing nation led by his ally President Hugo Chavez.The Caracas government "denies such information," the source told Reuters.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said earlier he had seen information to suggest Gaddafi had fled Libya amid violent protests in several cities that have unsettled the government, and that he was on his way to the South American oil-exporting nation.Several media had also reported rumors that Gaddafi was headed to Venezuela. Chavez and Gaddafi have visited each other and enjoy warm political relations. Source (Reuters )

Egypt to release some political prisoners soon

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said on Saturday Egypt would release more than 200 political prisoners, saying only a few were detained during a popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. He was quoted as saying by the state news agency that 222 prisoners would soon be freed and put the number of remaining political prisoners at 487. Rights groups say thousands of Egyptians have been detained without charge under the country`s emergency laws and that many of them might be classified as political prisoners. "Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq announced that there are 487 remaining political prisoners and that the government will release 222 of them shortly," the state news agency MENA said. He did not say when they would be released. Shafiq said the number detained during the revolt that began on Jan. 25 did not exceed a handful, and that efforts were underway to find out the fate of those who disappeared during the uprising, the report added.Protesters and rights groups say hundreds went missing during the protests, and that some are being held by authorities.(Reuters)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dozens killed including a 13 year old boy in Libya’s rage

Two exile groups told Reuters news agency that al-Bayda was now "out of the control of the Gaddafi regime". It has been impossible for the BBC to verify this information on the ground. Large public protests are rare in Libya, where dissent is seldom allowed by long-serving leader Col Muammar Gaddafi. Pro-democracy protests have been sweeping through several Arab nations, with the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt forced from power amid growing unrest. On Friday, thousands of people took to the streets of Benghazi for the second day, with many gathering outside the courthouse in the port city, witnesses say.Some demonstrators were calling for change, while others said they only wanted more freedoms. Three people were killed in the clashes with the police in el-Kish and a dozen others elsewhere, the witnesses say. Read more…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meet the son of MAMO KACHA, a DC business tycoon

Mamo scraped together his savings and a little money from his father for a down payment. Within months of arriving in Washington, he signed a lease on his first station, an Amoco on South Dakota Avenue. His two brothers were his only employees, Mamo says; they all worked 18-hour days Mamo still owns the station, which now operates as a Shell. Over the next quarter century—and in a manner more deliberate than accidental—he has built a network of stations around the region, acquiring them slowly, at first, and then, starting in 2009, at high speed. Riding a wave of industry transition, he went on a buying spree that expanded his empire from 25 to around 240 stations. Nearly half of all stations in the District are controlled by Mamo; he runs a quarter of the region’s stations. Read more…

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Secretly coded “Project X “is under way close to Sudanese border

Secretly known as “project x” by Ethiopian authorities, upon completion, the power plant will have an electric generation capacity of 6,000MW, three times more than what all its dams currently operation could generate. This generating capacity will be a significant boost for the Ethiopian Electric Power Company (EEPCO), which intendeds to end the country’s electricity shortage and plans to extend export power to other countries in East Africa. Expected to take at least five years to be completed, the dam is one of three the Horn of Africa nation plans to begin building before mid 2011. Three other power plants, which have been under construction in the past few years, are expected to become functional in 2011.Ethiopia considers itself an African powerhouse due to its high hydropower potential. However, experts say only a fraction of this potential has been exploited so far. Read more…..

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mysterious death of homeless Ethiopian man remains unsolved

The body of Amare, who police say was 21 years old when he died, was on the ground, practically unscathed. "Actually it was pretty hard to determine how he died," lead D.C. Detective Wayne Marable said. "If you looked at him, you saw virtually nothing."There was a small laceration under Amare's lip, indicating he might have died from a single punch. Amare may have fallen back from the punch, hitting his head on the cement sidewalk. Read more...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Ethiopia May Take Over Petronas Assets in Ogaden, Reporter Says

The Ethiopian government may take over Petroliam Nasional Bhd.’s oil and gas holdings in the Ogaden region rather than approving a sale to SouthWest Energy (H.K.) Ltd., The Reporter said, citing an unidentified official at the Mines Ministry. Hong Kong-based SouthWest announced on Oct. 6 that it purchased the oil and gas fields in the arid region where rebels have been fighting the government for more than three decades. In April 2007, the Ogaden National Liberation Front attacked an exploration site operated by China’s Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau, killing nine Chinese workers and 65 Ethiopians. Source ( Bloomberg)

Algerians are electrifying by Egypt : says activist

Mubarak's resignation on Friday, and last month's overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's president for 23 years, have electrified the Arab world. Many are left wondering which country could be next in a region where a flammable mix of authoritarian rule and popular anger are the norm.according to Elias Filali, an Algerian blogger and activist, "The timing is absolutely perfect. [Mubarak's departure] couldn't have come at a better time," "This is a police state, just like the Egyptian regime [was]." Filali said Algeria's government was "corrupt to the bone, based on electoral fraud, and repression". "There is a lot of discontent among young people ... the country is badly managed by a corrupt regime that does not want to listen".Elias continuues . Read more…

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hosni Mubarak resigns as president

Egyptian president stands down and hands over power to the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces. Watch the latest development from Aljazeera TV

Ethiopian Asylum Seekers Suffocate in Truck in Mozambique

The United Nations refugee agency said it has just recently learned that eight Ethiopian asylum seekers died February 2 from suffocation aboard a closed container truck in Mozambique. The UNHCR reported the men were among a group of 26 young Ethiopians trying to reach South Africa. Read more...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

U.S. Official Concerned about Chinese Regime’s Space Weapons

A Pentagon official says the Chinese regime is developing space weapons that can destroy satellites or jam their signals. Deputy secretary of defense for space policy Gregory Schulte said on Friday there’s growing concern about China’s development of counter-space capabilities that can destroy satellites with missiles or energy. In 2007 the Chinese regime shot down an obsolete weather satellite with a ground missile, creating space debris that forced the International Space Station to change orbit last year for safety. Other countries were also developing counter-space technology, like Iran and Ethiopia, which had jammed commercial satellites. Mr. Schulte said the United States has developed a ten-year strategy to make the country more capable of protecting its space property and encourage other countries to act responsibly. This could involve international partnerships like NATO where an attack on one could provoke a unified response. More from NTD Television,

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GIGI and Misgana Ethiopia

Ejigayehu Shibabaw also known as Gigi was scheduled to perform at Ghion Hotel in the presence of her fans. Gigi who is considered as one of the most successful contemporary Ethiopian singers worldwide, is scheduled to perform songs from her seven albums including the recently released Misgana Ethiopia.
Gigi returned to her native country and performed for the first time since she left in 1997 after 14 years. Read more...

Ethiopian loses shoe but wins race

Ethiopian Dejen Gebremeskel outkicked favoured British runner Mo Farah despite wearing just one shoe to win the men’s 3,000 metres at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Saturday. Gebremeskel finished in a time of 7:35.37 to hold off Farah, who clocked 7:35.81. The Ethiopian lost his right shoe early in the race but pressed with a finishing burst with one foot shod only in a sock. “It’s really hard to run in one shoe,” Gebremeskel, 21, said afterwards.Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia runs with one shoe during the 3000 m event at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston,Somalia-born Farah, while disappointed with second place, was encouraged by the swift pace in his first race of the year.“Right at the end he came right past me, in a different gear,” Farah said. “I’m quite surprised by the pace.” In the men’s mile, New Zealand’s Nick Willis, the pre-race favourite and the 2008 Olympic silver medallist over 1500m, faded to third. Source (Reuters)
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Monday, February 7, 2011

South Sudan: SAF clashes in Upper Nile kill 66

Reports from South Sudan indicate that 66 people have been killed in fighting between factions of Sudan’s northern army over whether they and their weapons should transfer to the north. While initial reports from the fighting which broke out on Thursday in Malakal town, capital of the Upper Nile State, showed that by Saturday 28 people had died as the violence spread to other parts of the state. County commissioners from the areas affected have told Sudan Tribune that scores have been killed and wounded in the fighting. Deng Akuei Kak, commissioner of Renk County in an interview with Sudan Tribune said the internal rebellion within the northern aligned Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the southern of Upper Nile state over the ownership of weapons and whether they will relocate to the north has resulted in the death of many people. Read more...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Aridi: Ethiopia air crash probe making significant progress

“Today we can declare that we have recovered many important facts which explain the causes behind flight ET409’s crash,” Aridi told reporters. Minutes after takeoff, the plane, bound for Addis Ababa, plunged into the eastern coast of the Mediterranean off the coast of Beirut on Jan. 25, 2010. “Based on the agreement between Lebanon and Ethiopia, and to remain transparent, we will keep the facts of the ongoing investigation away from the public until the release of the final report in July,” he further added that families of victims will receive answers, and compensation without any exceptions. Read more…

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mubarak and his son Gemal resign from Party position

Out-of favor Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his son Gemal have stepped down from the positions they held in the ruling party as anti-government protests intensify. Hosni Mubarak resigned as the head of National Democratic Party (NDP) along with the party's secretary general Safwat el-Sherif on Saturday, DPA reported. Moreover, Gemal stepped down from a position he held in the party. Hossam Badrawi, a member of the Upper Chamber of the Egyptian Parliament, is expected to take over as secretary general, state media reported. The developments come as millions of people gathered in Cairo's Liberation Square for the 12th straight day, calling on Mubarak to immediately step down. Source ( Al jaezera )

Mandela’s pistol given by Ethiopian colonel worth over 2 million

The gun was given to Mr Mandela by an Ethiopian Colonel who gave him military training while he was on the run from South Africa's white government seeking to prosecute him for his political activities. In Ethiopia, he received military and political training from Emperor Haile Selassie’s army. When Mr Mandela left Ethiopia, the colonel in charge of his training give him a gun to symbolise his coming struggle – reportedly on the instructions of the Emperor himself. Read more...

Friday, February 4, 2011

የግብጹን ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ የአዲስ አበባ ነዋሪዎች እንዴት ያዩታል?

ቱኒዚያውን የናጠው, ግብጽን ያመሰው ሰሜን ሱዳንንና ዮርዳኖስን ያደረሰው ሀኒባላዊ የህዝብ ማእበል ጉዞውን የገታ አይመስልም:: ሶርያ ላይም ጉምጉሙጉታው ይሰማል:: በግብጽ እየተቀጣጠለ ያለውን አመጽ የአዲስ አበባ ነዋሪዎች እንዴት ይመለከቱታል ? ከጀርመን ድምጽ ያገኘነውን የተለያዩ የህዝብ አስተያየትቶችን ያካተተ ቃለ ምልልስ ለመስማት እቺን ይጫኑ::

Ethiopian President Concerned by Lease of Forest to Indian Firm

Whilst our country is representing Africa in international panels regarding global warming through our Prime Minister, for no reason should forest land be given out for agricultural purposes,” Girma wrote in a note dated Dec. 10 . The ministry of agriculture denies the complaint raise by the president and stated that it is Bush not forest. Click here to read more …

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ethiopia offers India farmland, 40% the size of Punjab

Ethiopia has offered to Indian investors 1.8 million hectares of farmland, equalling nearly 40 percent the total area of principal grain-growing state of Punjab, in what could give a big push to the country's food security. 'So far, we have transferred 307,000 hectares of land to foreign and domestic investors. Some 79 percent of this land has been transferred to Indian companies. This land is on 70-year lease,' said visiting Ethiopian Agriculture Minister Tefera Derbew. Read more..

Policeman rapes Ethiopian woman in prison

A Kuwaiti policeman dragged an Ethiopian woman from among other inmates at a prison in the Gulf emirate and raped her in front of them, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The police man entered Nozha prison in Kuwait City and forced the Ethiopian woman out of the packed cell, where she has been detained along with others for absconding from their employers, Alanba Arabic language daily said. “All other inmates testified to the police chief what the policeman did to the Ethiopian inmate,” the paper said.“After interrogation, the police man confessed to his crime. He was arrested and would stand trial . Source ( Emirates 24/7)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Protests in Cairo turn into violent as Mubarak backers, opponents clash

On the street, the two sides crouched behind abandoned trucks and pummeled each other with hurled chunks of concrete and bottles. Some among the more than 3,000 government supporters waved machetes as their anti-Mubarak rivals filled the air with a ringing battlefield din by banging metal fences with sticks. The Health Ministry announced one dead — a soldier who fell off a nearby highway overpass — and more than 400 people injured. Bloodied young men staggered or were carried into makeshift clinics set up in mosques and alleyways by the anti-government side. Protesters pleaded for protection from soldiers stationed at the square, who refused. Soldiers did nothing to stop the violence beyond firing an occasional shot in the air and no uniformed police were in sight. Some protesters wept and prayed in the square where around 10,000 had massed Wednesday morning and where only a day before they had held a joyous, peaceful rally of a quarter-million, the largest yet in more than a week of demonstrations demanding Mubarak leave power. Read more…

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Unrest in North Africa and Middle East may spread to Syria

What began as a popular uprising that toppled the Tunisian government before spreading into Algeria, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan and, of course, Egypt, may now be headed for Syria. Opposition movements in Syria are calling for mass protests on Saturday against the rule of President Bashar Al-Assad. It's unclear how many people might join the protests. A few thousand people had expressed their support for the movement on the Facebook pages, some of them undoubtedly from outside the country, sources said. Read more…