Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ethiopia to defy Egypt and build huge Nile dam

The Great Nile dam construction is scheduled to commence presently near the Ethio-Sudan border," Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu told a news conference. "From this dam alone, Ethiopia expects to generate 5,250MW." Alemayehu said Ethiopia would be forced to finance the $4.78 billion dam from its own coffers and from the sale of government bonds because Egypt was pressuring donor countries and international lenders not to fund its dam projects. Read more…

The Worst Music of the Month

Would you like listen in the worst music of the month? May be the worst music of the year? In my view this is the most awful clip I ever hared. Worst makeup, worst outlook and worst set up. Even the male player is not an artistic one; he lacks the magnetism and entertaining skill to act as lover. It looks that he is there because he is been told so to be there. A kind of cold blooded guy! I want be honest with you, I don’t like it at all. Apart from the back ground pictures and the traditional customs they wear , the clip neither represent the way of life nor the people they thought . At some point you hear even Rep music in the middle of traditional GURAGINA SONG. Other surprising event is that the lead singer wears sunglasses comparable in size to her face. Imagine having eye glasses in a cultural show is like someone offering you A SHIRO WET mixing with fruit slices and add piece of cheese cake on a top of It, all in one plate. I may be wrong but this is my take from the clip. Have your say. To listen the clip click here.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nightmare-in-Dreamland

Nightmare in dreamland is the story of Tringo, a young woman from a small village in Ethiopia, who travels to the glittering city of Dubai, carrying nothing but a dream with her, a dream that may become a nightmare as she begins her new life as a housemaid. Watch it if you can, it will expose you to the life of foreign domestic workers in the Middle East—most of them going through hellish experiences as we speak. Notice the huge difference between the Ethiopian and Filipino Embassies in Dubai! The former is placed in an extravagant building, yet doing nothing to protect its citizens; and the latter, well, watch it and find out. Quite a shame! Notice also what the job placement agent in Dubai says about the Ethiopian girls there: “They are obedient. They are afraid. They are afraid because they don’t want to lose their job, and to go back to their country.” Because of that he thinks they are good workers, reliable. Ahh! One of those cases that makes you puke your Ethiopian citizenship out of the window into the abyss! But then again people like Yeshi, the anti-human trafficking campaigner who appears in the documentary, force you not to give up on that enigmatic, miserable country of ours. I am in so much pain as I write this, only God knows what I really feel—am fucking depressed and pissed off, especially thinking of what could potentially happen to Tringo whose story can touch any human being with a sense of humanity. I wish her and her colleagues, who are in the same boat, all the best in that harsh environment. Source ( Kweshin!) Click here to watch the video.

President Obama’s address to the nation

Muamaer Gadafi has lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead his country,says the president .

Click here to watch the full video

Monday, March 28, 2011

NEBE allocates 10 million birr for political parties: almost the entire amount of the money will be given to EPRDF and its affiliated parties

Professor Merga Bekana Chairperson of the board said on Wednesday that the board would distribute the amount among the 10 political parties with seats in the parliament.The budget distribution is based on the number of seats the parties have in the parliament. Thus, Opposition parties will get literally none of the amount as they won only one or two seats. EPRDF is expected to get large amount of the money. Somali Peoples’ Democratic Party (SPDP), Benishangul Gumuz Peoples’ Democratic Party (BGPDP), Afar National Democratic Party (ANDP), Gambella Peoples’ Unity Democratic Movement (GPUDM), which are all EPRDF affiliated parties, will receive big amount. The opposition parties will get for only two seats.Some political analysts believe that, this allocation of budget is unfair, NEBE`s budget allocation policy must consider other criteria than that of the seats based one. Giving all the amount of money to the ruling party and its affiliated partied doesn’t make sense in the political activities and democratization process of the country, the analysts argue. Source (ENC)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

ፓርቲዎች ከፖለቲካ ድርጅትነት ወደ ግለሰብ መጠሪያነት ይቀየራሉ፡፡

አቶ ልደቱ በሚቀጥሉት የእረፍት ጊዜያቸው ምን ለመሥራት እንዳሰቡ ለቀረበላቸው ጥያቄ፣ ‹‹ጉድለት አሉብኝ የምላቸው ጉዳዮች ስላሉ መማር እፈልጋለሁ፤ ትዳር የለኝም ትዳርም እመሠርታለሁ፤ ልጅም ስለሌለኝ መውለድ አለብኝ፤›› ካሉ በኋላ ኑሯቸው በፖለቲካ ጣጣ ስለተጐዳ በግላቸው የሚተዳደሩበት አስተማማኝ ሥራ ስለሌላቸው ኑሮአቸውን መስመር ለማስያዝ እንደሚሞክሩ ገልጸዋል፡፡ በኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ለመጀሪያ ጊዜ በ1997 ዓ.ም. ሕዝብ በምርጫ መብቱን እንዲያስከብር ከፍተኛ አስተዋጽኦ ማድረጋቸውን የገለጹት አቶ ልደቱ፣ ያለ መታደል ሆኖ ተገኝቶ የነበረውን አጋጣሚ ጤናማ በሆነ መንገድ መጠቀም አለመቻሉን፣ ሕዝቡ በድምፁ የሰጠውን ውጤት በተሳሳተ አቅጣጫ በመሄድ ሜዳ ላይ እንዲበተን መደረጉን ተናግረዋል፡፡ የሕዝብ ድምፅ ሜዳ ላይ በመበተኑም በ2002 በምርጫ ለተገኘው ውጤት ምክንያት መሆኑን አስታውሰዋል፡፡ ሰዎች ስለፖለቲካ ጥፋት ሲያስቡ የእሳቸውን ጥፋት ከቅንጅት ጋር እንደሚያያይዙት የተናገሩት አቶ ልደቱ፣ ‹‹በእርግጠኛነት የምናገረው ከቅንጅት ጋር በነበረን ግንኙነት እኔም ሆንኩ ሌሎች የፓርቲው አባላት አልተሳሳትንም፤ ይልቁንም እንደ ስህተት መቆጠር የነበረበት ከዚያ በፊት የሠራነው ስህተት ነው፤›› ብለዋል፡፡ ተጨማሪ ያንብቡ>>>>

Friday, March 25, 2011

Layoffs lead people theft at Ethiotelecom

One employee who declined to give her name, because of the sensitivity of the issue, reported that the cashier took all the money that they collected. Similar incidents have taken place in different areas. According to Capital sources, before the Arat Kilo incident, over 330,000 birr was taken from Debre Birhan branch. In Addis Ababa at the London Café location near 1.3 million birr disappeared, while at Nekemt branch about 6 million birr was taken away. Though the amount of money stolen is not known, there are reports that the money collected in Afar, Dire Dawa and Gondar regions have also vanished. Capital sources indicate that most of the cashiers that took away the money are those who did not have their contract renewed by the newly managed ethiotelecom. Read more…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ban Ki -moon says Libyan officials, opposition expected at AU meeting to seek cease-fire

Representatives of Moammar Gadhafi's government and the Libyan opposition will be among those attending an African Union meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. The meeting is part of efforts to reach a cease-fire and political solution in Libya, Ban said. The U.N. chief told the Security Council that his special envoy to Libya, former Jordanian foreign minister Abdelilah Al-Khatib, as well as representatives of relevant countries and regional organizations will also attend.Ban told the 15-member council that there is no evidence that Libyan officials have instituted a cease-fire as they claim. Read more…

Future of Christianity in Muslims neighborhood: ASENDABO Incident

"They were our friends, our neighbors with whom we shared everything," said Abera, his eyes watering with tears."I never thought that this day would ever come."Such attacks are extremely uncommon in Ethiopia which, according to official figures is about 60 percent Christian and 30 percent Muslim, with smaller faiths making up the remainder. Churches and mosques sprawl together and, with a history of intermarriage, many Ethiopians boast about a long period of religious tolerance. Muslims here have donated money and are rebuilding the homes of displaced Christians. They have rejected the extremists' agenda," own Mayor Teshome Degfa said.Pastor Tesfaye Abadura, whose Kale Hiwot church bore the brunt of the attacks, also blamed the Kawarja."Not all Muslims are dangerous," he said. Click here to read more…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Libya's air force no longer exists, say Air vice Marshall

Libya's air force "no longer exists as a fighting force" following devastating air strikes by international coalition forces, a British military officer has claimed. The claim came as fierce fighting continued on the ground on Wednesday as forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continued their offensive against anti-government rebels across the north African state.addressing journalists at an air base in southern Italy, from which Royal Air Force (RAF) warplanes have been operating, Air Vice Marshall Greg Bagwell said international coalition forces could operate with impunity over Libya."Effectively, [Libya's] air force no longer exists as a fighting force," said Bagwell. "And his [Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's] integrated air defence system and command and control networks are severely degraded to the point that we can operate over his airspace with impunity," he said.Bagwell said US, French and British forces involved in the strikes that began on Saturday had "taken away (Gaddafi's) eyes and ears" and "destroyed the majority of his air force".
Bagwell said coalition forces were also targeting Gaddafi's ground forces."We have the Libyan ground forces under constant observation and we attack them whenever they threaten or attack civilians or population centres," he said. Click here to watch the adress of Air Vice marshall.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ethiopia’s Merga ends Kenyan dominance

Merga burst clear in the closing 200 metres of the 12-kilometre race to clock a time of 33 minutes and 50 seconds, just ahead of Kenyan duo Paul Tanui and Vincent Chepkok. "Before I used to think of myself as a track runner but this winter I have got to like cross-country races more," a delighted Merga said. Read more…

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Meles and family to move from G+1 to 80 million lavish residence

A lavish residence is being built for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi which could cost more than 80 million birr, according to estimates. The new residence includes presidential suites for visiting guests of the PM. Prime Minister Meles and his family were living inside the Grand Menilik Palace since the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) ousted the Derg regime in 1991. The First Family then moved to a G+1 establishment facing Sheraton Addis, leaving the Grand Menilik Palace three years ago. Varnero Construction Plc, a local contractor, who had built this house for the First Family is said to have taken up the construction of the new edifice inside the premises of the Grand Menilik Palace. The project is said to be supervised by the First Lady of Ethiopia, Azeb MesfinThe office of the Prime Minister requested 14,207,800 birr from this year’s government budget to construct guest houses but only 6,310,000 birr has been approved by the House of Peoples Representative (HPR). In addition, the HPR approved 3,769,200 birr from the requested 29,549,000 birr for the Palace Administration to construct guest houses. According to informed sources, the budget for the new PM’s residence and guest houses will possibly come from both institutions. The new PM’s residence is expected to be finished in two years time, and the Grand Palace compound has been upgraded to a marvellous green garden. Source (Reporter)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan quake live blog: (Daily updates)

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week rose to 801, with hundreds more missing, authorities said Sunday. At least 678 are missing, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas. Click here for more follow up ...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New African Film Festival opens March 10, with feature film based on legendary Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila's life

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his own country and to the continent, Bikila was the first African to win a gold medal, and four years later in Tokyo would become the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon. This soldier and quiet son of a shepherd would be acknowledged by many as the greatest long distance runner the world had ever known. Rasselas Lakew depicts the life, dramatic athletic success, and tragic life events of this Ethiopian hero in his debut film “Atletu”. Radio Diaspora Today interviewed Rasselas–who wrote the script for the film and played major roles in the film as lead actor, co-director & co-producer –to talk about his film, about the athlete Abebe Bikila, and about the state of film making in Ethiopia. [click on the underlined text above o listen to the interview.] “Atletu” will screen once only in the DC area, namely on Thursday 10 March at 7pm, at the American Film Institute (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD). “Atletu” is showing on the opening night of the New African Films Festival 2011, a film festival sponsored by TransAfrica Forum & afrikafe. Writer & star of 'Atletu' Rasselas Lakew will be in person on the opening night of the Film Festival alongside David Frankel who also wrote, directed & produced the film as well as others who participated in making the film . Screening of the film will be followed by reception courtesy of Abol Ethiopian Cuisine (www.abolethiopiancuisine.com). Source ( TransAfrica Forum )

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ethiopia: Islamist extremists set on fire dozens of churches and residences

“We don’t know who these perpetrators are or why they attacked. It seems the police are also facing difficulty in getting the situation under control” the eye witness said adding “we need more protection. People here are in fear.” Another resident of Jimma town told Sudan Tribune that the town is currently under tight security.Police officials have refrained from giving detailed comments at this point said “the incident is being under strict investigation”. The evangelical church leaders first reported the attacks to authorities and asked officials in Ethiopia for help. Read more...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

U.S. Embassy Warns Diversity Visa Applicants To Be Aware of Fraud

A press statement issued on Friday Feb 25, 2011 by the Embassy of the United States of America, warned that, Diversity Visa (DV) applicants that several current email fraud scams are circulating in Ethiopia related to the popular U.S. visa lottery program or Diversity Visa program. The Embassy urged applicants to be aware of the following facts about the DV-2012 winning entry notification process. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Federal Police are strongly committed to combating fraud the statement added. The U.S. Embassy is also requesting anyone with knowledge of document vendors or fraudulent documents to contact the Embassy. For additional information, DV applicants may contact the Embassy’s Consular Section at consaddis@state.gov. Source (ENC)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tunisian TV shows ousted President’s hidden treasures (video)

The Tunisian state TV has shown a footage of the “Arabian Nights” palace of former president Ben Ali. Every angle and piece of furniture of the luxurious palace was concealing hard cash and jewels worth millions of dollars. More cash, necklaces, diamonds and gold ingots were found behind curtains and in secret compartments of bookcases in Sidi Bou Said’s palace. Click here to watch the Video

Four Nigerian citizens jailed in Ethiopia Over ATM fraud

Four Nigerians were last week sentenced to seven years imprisonment each by a lower court in Addis Ababa for ATM fraud.The convicts, whose names have not been given, were arrested in Addis Ababa in November 2010 by the police after they withdrew money from an account that was not theirs through an ATM machine. A police officer said the arrest of two of the convicts led to the arrest of two others who confessed to have been part of the syndicate. The officer said the police had in November received a complaint from a bank and therefore mounted surveillance on the suspects who withdrew more than one million Birr from other customers' accounts in one month. "What they did was that whenever they needed money, they used their computers and forged ATM cards and then go to one of the selected machines and withdraw what they wanted."They do not return until they had spent the money they took," he said. He said some valuables such as laptops, ATM cards, gold jewelries and diamonds were recovered in the convicts' well-furnished apartment.Mr John Ejinaka, the Head of Chancery, Nigerian Embassy in Ethiopia, who confirmed the incident, said the embassy was aware of the arrest of the suspects."We were following the case since last year, but we are not aware of their conviction," Ejinaka said, adding that the embassy would follow up the case. Source ( ethiofact)

Al-Shabaab calls for revolts in Ethiopia and Kenya

A top Somali radicals al-Shabaab official has urged Muslims in Ethiopia and Kenya to rise up against their governments.Sheikh Mahad Omar Abdikarim made the call on Thursday at a gathering in Baidoa town, 240km southwest of the capital Mogadishu. Sheikh Abdikarim said Muslims in Kenya and Ethiopia were oppressed, adding that they ought to ‘liberate’ themselves from Christian domination. “You can get all the help you need,” he said without specifying the sort of assistance and from which sources. He also urged the Muslims in the two countries to send jihadists (holy warriors) to MogadishuSenior al-Shabaab officials, including Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Ali Abu Mansur, the deputy leader of the group and Sheikh Fu’ad Mohamed Khalaf Shongole, the movement’s chief awareness officer, were present. Al-Shabaab militias are fighting the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces that are supported by the peacekeepers serving the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom). Last month, the movement’s fighters lost their main base in Mogadishu to pro-government forces. Al-Shabaab has recently been issuing threats to countries neighbouring Somalia.On February 27, the group’s spokesperson, Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Raghe, said they would take stern action against Kenya for supporting pro-Somalia Government forces along its border. They have also asked Burundi to withdraw its peacekeepers from Mogadishu. Source ( Africa Review)

Friday, March 4, 2011

A payback time for Ethiopians Veterans of Korea

According to Shin Kwang –Chui Director general of supports association They are not simply walking, By traveling 1,950 kilometers by foot they will be remembering the 1950 Korean War and help war veterans from Ethiopia who sacrificed themselves. The money will be used to repair the houses of Ethiopian veterans or to build schools and hospitals for their families, Read more…

Thursday, March 3, 2011

መንግስት በሊቢያ ያሉ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በመርከብ አስወጣለሁ አለ::

መንግሥት በሊቢያ የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንን ለማስወጣት ዝግጅቴን ጨርሻለሁ አለ፡፡ በሊቢያ ያሉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከሊቢያ ለማስወጣት እንደ አይኦኤም (IOM)፣ ዩኤንኤችሲአር (UNHCR) እና ኦቻ (OCHA) ከመሳሰሉ ዓለም አቀፍ ተቋማትና በሊቢያ ኤምባሲ ካላቸው እንደ ሱዳን ከመሳሰሉ አገሮች ጋር እየሠሩ እንደሆነ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር ቃል አቀባይ አምባሳደር ዲና ሙፍቲ ለሪፖርተር ገልጸዋል፡፡አምባሳደር ዲና እንዳሉት፣ በሊቢያ ካሉ ኢትዮጵያውያን ተወካዮች ጋር እየተወያየን ነው፡፡ በዚያ ያሉ ዜጐቻችንም መንግሥት እያደረገ ያለውን ጥረት ያውቃሉ፡፡ በሊቢያ አሁን አውሮፕላን መጠቀም ስለማይቻል መንግሥት በዚያ የሚገኙ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በመርከብ ለማውጣት ዝግጅቱን ጨርሷል፡፡ አምባሳር ዲና አክለውም፣ መንግሥት በአጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ በሊቢያ የሚገኙ ዜጐቻችንን ያስወጣል ብለዋል፡፡‹‹በቱኒዚያ ችግር እንደተከሰተ ወደ ሌሎቹ የዓረብ አገሮች ይዛመታል የሚል ግምት በመኖሩ በውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር በኩል ሰፊ ውይይት ካደረግን በኋላ፣ በእነዚህ አገሮች የሚገኙ የመንግሥት ተወካዮች እንዲዘጋጁ አድርገናል፤›› ያሉት አምባሳር ዲና፣ ‹‹የመንግሥት ተወካዮችም ለዜጐቻችን ምክር እንዲያስተላልፉ አድርገናል፡፡ በተጨማሪም ዜጐቻችን ሰላማዊ ሠልፎች በሚደረጉባቸው አካባቢዎች እንዳይገኙ መልዕክቶች አስተላልፈናል፤›› ብለዋል፡፡አምባሳደር ዲና አክለውም፣ በሊቢያ የኢትዮጵያ ኤምባሲ ባለመኖሩና ኢትዮጵያውያን በአብዛኛው እዚያ ለመኖር ስለማይሄዱ ቁጥራቸው ምን ያህል እንደሆነ ለማወቅ አይቻልም ብለዋል፡፡ባለፈው ሰኞ ኬንያ 90 ኬንያውያንና 61 የጐረቤት አገሮች ዜጐችን በአውሮፕላን በመጫን ከሊቢያ አስወጥታለች፡፡ በርካታ አገሮችም በሊቢያ ያሉ ዜጐቻቸውን በፍጥነት እያስወጡ ሲሆን፣ አሜሪካና ኔቶ በሊቢያ ላይ ወታደራዊ ዕርምጃ ይወስዳሉ የሚል ግምት አለ፡፡
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ABYSSINIANS DEFEAT ITALIANS

Gen. Baratieri attacked the Abyssinians yesterday. Gens. Albertone, Arimondi, and Dabormida commanded the left, centre, and right brigades, respectively. Gen. Ellina commanded the reserve.The Italians captured the passes leading to Adowa without opposition. Gen. Albertone, with four native battalions and four mountain batteries , engaged the enemy, but where soon overcome by overwhelming odds.Gen. Arimondi was ordered to cover the retreat, but his position prevented him from complying with the order. The Abyssinians in the meantime made an energetic attack, which soon extended to the whole Italian front and enveloped both wings.A desperate struggle ensued. and finally the Italians were compelled to abandon their positions. The nature of the ground prevented the batteries from moving. The Italians are retiring behind Belesa. The losses sustained are unknown. Source
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ethiopia is Top UK Aid Recipient

Taylor says that although the accuracy of the government data can be debated, there is no doubt that Ethiopia’s economic growth is accelerating. "The precision of the data is disputed, and we have an ongoing conversation ourselves with partners, including the government itself, about some of that data. But the headline issue, which nobody disputes, is that there has been from a low base tremendous development progress in Ethiopia over the last eight to ten years or so," he said.Taylor says recent studies show that Ethiopia receives far less aid than it needs - half as much in assistance per capita compared to other African countries. He attributes that partly to donor concerns about the killing of anti-government demonstrators following Ethiopia’s disputed 2005 election. Read more...

About 60 aircraft mechanics were prevented to leave the country

Amid a dispute with its employees about salary increments, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has submitted the names of 60 ground technicians to the Immigration and Nationality Affairs Department, which restricted them from leaving the country. They had passed the entry exams for carriers based in the Middle East, but were informed by the department that they could not leave the country, for an unspecified time. “The move by the airline is against the contractual agreement and violates the employees’ right of movement,” a senior ground technician told Fortune on condition of anonymity. “If they think there is a better opportunity elsewhere, it should be their own choice to go. It is unfair for the airline to make career decisions on their behalf.” Tewolde told the technicians to continue working for the airline until it came up with a solution, ground technicians who attended the meeting told Fortune. Read more…