Friday, April 29, 2011

“popular diplomacy” delegation arrived in Addis Ababa

An Egyptian “popular diplomacy” delegation arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday morning for a four day visit, during which it will meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis and other top officials.The delegation is composed of 48 political and party leaders, including January 25 youth activists and potential presidential candidates Wafd Party President al-Sayyed al-Badawy, Karama Party President Hamdin Sabahi and Judge Hesham Al-Bastawissy, and media figure Buthayna Kamal.The delegation also includes writer and Democratic Front Party Vice President Sikina Fouad, former MP Mohamed Abul Ghar, who is a member of the board of trustees of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Wafd Party leader Alaa Abdul, founding Kefaya member George Ishaq, poet Sayyid Hegab and ambassador Abdul Raouf al-Ridy. A number of January 25 youth activists including Ziyad Al-Ilimy, Saly Toma, Amr Ezz, Bassem Kamel and Mohammad Arafat are also making the trip. Ethiopian Ambassador to Egypt Mahmoud Dardir is accompanying the popular delegation. A large celebration featuring traditional Ethiopian folklore troops was organized in Addis Ababa airport to welcome the group.Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Tourism Daoud Mohammad Ali, a number of Ethiopian government officials, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Tarek Ghoneim, Egyptian Consul Mohammad Abdul Rehim and members of the Egyptian diplomatic corps and expatriate community also greeted the group. Source (ALMASRYALYOUM)

On a different note the delegation mentioned that Former Egypt president Mubarak has literally separated Egypt from the rest of Africa. “Historically and geographically we belong to Africa but, the previous regime detached Egyptian People from their African brothers and inclined to Europe and western countries; “it is now changed “said one of the delegates. The other delegate even went further and said, she doesn’t believe the 1929 Nile treaty as the treaty was signed by British not by Egypt . Click here to watch the visit of the delegation.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ethiopians In Norway clash with police

32 of the thrown-out refugees managed to find their way back into the building and barricaded themselves into a room, but were thrown out again by police using dogs and helicopters. While Guri Norstrøm of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet, UDI) described the removal in newspaper Aftenposten as “non-dramatic,” with the protestors leaving voluntarily, the asylum seekers themselves claimed that they were put in handcuffs and handled forcefully. They also said that police had dropped them off in a number of places around Oslo, including places with little access to public transport. The police themselves would not comment on this. Read more….

Friday, April 22, 2011

የፋሲካ በአል ግርግር በመርካቶ

የፋሲካ በአል ውሎ እንዴት ነበር? በመዲናችን አዲስ ስበባ የነበረው የገቢያ ሁኔታ ምን ይመስላል? የአመት በአሉን የመርካቶ ውሎ ለመስማት እቺን ይጫኑ

Ethiopia says won't allow Egypt to examine new dam

"We are ready to negotiate and engage ourselves at the higher and technical level, but we are an independent country," Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said when asked if Addis Ababa was willing to allow Cairo to inspect the dam over fears it could affect the flow of the river. "The cooperative framework agreement (signed by upstream countries) gives this option (examination) to all countries, so we have to engage ourselves to an agreement where we can work together equally," he told a news conference. Read more…

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Renting a read from 'newspaper landlords'

A newspaper in Addis Ababa costs about six birr (35 U.S. cents) to buy. In contrast, it costs only 50 Ethiopian cents (less than one U.S. cent) to rent one. "If 20 readers read this single paper at the rate of 50 cents, I will make 10 birr (about 60 U.S. cents)," says Tesfaye, whose business serves a regular customer base that visits his makeshift roadside shop each day. "Most of the readers focus on vacancies rather than regular news," Tesfaye says. Among his customers are unemployed university graduates who tend to rent several publications a day as they desperately hunt for work. Read more...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Debate on The Grand ABAY project and other matters

These days Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopians around the globe are caught up with a topic of a five year GTP (Growth Transformation Plan) and the launching project of the huge Dam complex built on ABAY River. While the great mass of Ethiopians back home and from all corners of life show their unfolding support towards the project, there are other Ethiopians in the Diaspora who are very skeptical and hold different views. Artist Tamagne Beyne an activist and Ing. Mekoonen Kasa an EPRDF supporter held a style of cross fire talk show over the issue of Abay and other related matter on VOA. To listen the debate click here,

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Confrontation between Egypt lobbyists and Ethiopia Owned US Company partners

There was an intellectual gathering at Meskerem Hotel in Washington DC this past week. Johanatan Tadesse , FGIC(Federal Government Integration Consultant) mentioned that , when a project is launched all the things ( change of management, time line , policy analysis ) should be in place. No project will be implemented without these key factors. However his remarks were suddenly confronted by some Egypt lobbyists who were listening the presentation .Jonathan has said that the validity of Egypt claim using the Nile water have already been addressed by Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi at the opening ceremony and no legislation has been imposed on Ethiopia by any government what so ever the right of authority not to do so. More from the video.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ethiopia fired British coach Onuora after cows comment

"He was telling the newspapers that he had to clear a herd of cows off a pitch in order for the team to train. I'm not aware of a single pitch that the team trains in where you can find cows." Briton Onuora was appointed last June on a two year-contract and helped his side to reach the semi-finals of the regional CECAFA Cup in December, where they lost to Ivory Coast. Read more…

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Olympic Soccer African Qualifier: Ethiopia advances to semi-final on away goal rule

The Ethiopian national women football team “Lucy” advanced to the semi-final of the 2012 London Olympic African qualifier on away goal rule despite losing 2-1 to the Black Queens of Ghana here today.In the first leg match, the Ethiopian ladies won 1-0 in Addis Ababa. Although the aggregate score was 2-2 (1-0, 1-2), the Ethiopian team advanced on away goal rule. The Black Queens appeared on the verge of progressing in the qualifiers when Faisa Ibrahim’s header opened the scoring in the first half.Leticia Zikpi doubled Ghana’s lead after the break but the 2012 Olympic Games dream went out of the window when Ethiopia’s Rehima Zergaw got the consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game. Source (

Saturday, April 16, 2011

ኢትዮጵያዊቷ በተደጋጋሚ በደረሰባት በደል የአስሪዋን ብልት ቆረጠች::

ባሰሪዋ በተደጋጋሚ ወሲባዊ ጥቃት የተፈጸመባት ኢትዮጵያዊ ባሰሪዋ ብልት ላይ ቆራጥ ውሳኔ ወሰደች:: ከዱባይ በተገኘው ዜና መረዳት እንደተቻለው ኢትዮጵያዊቷ ያሰሪዋን ብልት በስለት ቆርጠዋለች:: ዱባይ የምትኖረው ኢትዮጵያዊት በ70 አመት አዛውንት በየጊዜው እንደምትደፈርና ይህም ከምትችለው በላይ ስለሆነባት ድርጊቱን መፈጸሟን አልካደችም:: ሰውየው ወይም አሰሪዋ በየቀኑ ማሳዥ አድርጊኝ እያሉ Sexual abuse ( ወሰባዊ ማስገደድ ) ይፈጸሙባት እንደነበር ተናግራለች:: የ70 አመቱ አዛውንት ወደ ሆስፒታል በመሄድ ዶክተሮች መልሰው ብልታቸው እንደነበረው አድርገው ቀጥለውላቸዋል:: ማለትም ወደነበረበት ቦታ መልሰውላቸዋል:: አዛውንቱም በመልካም ሁኔታ ላይ እንደሚገኙም ያገኘነው ዜና ያስረዳል:: ኢትዮጵያውያን ሴቶች ባለሙ አለም በተለይ በዱባይ ቡዙ ችግርና መከራ እንደሚደርስባቸው ከዚህ በፊት ድምጽ የኢትዮጵያ በዚህ ሳምንት ድህረ ገጽ ወይም አንድ ዝግጅት ማቅረቡ ይታወሳል:: ያንን ዝግጅት ላልተከተታለችሁ አንባቢያን ለማስታወስና አብረንም መፍትሄ ለመፈለግ የቃለ ምልልሱን አንድ ክፍል ከዚህ በታች ያገኙታል:: ተጨማሪ ዝርዝሮች በድህረ ገጹ በመሄድ Guest of The Week የሚለውን ፕሮግራም ይጫኑ:: ምንጭ ( ሪፖርተር)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Half a billion was enough back in the emperor time to utilize Abay: says a Prominent Engineer

Back in the 1960s, the then Hailesellasie I University had a revered professor in engineering, credited for the establishment of the technology faculty at Amist Kilo. However, the German born Yehuda Peter (Prof) is remembered for instilling dreams in his engineering students, many of whom are in their 60s today. For over three decades, some of Peter’s students have been turning into the nation’s finest and most celebrated engineers. These include Getachew Tasssew; Tadesse Hailesellasie and his partner in Berta Construction, Brehane Abate; Girma Muluneh (once Addis Abeba’s chief engineer); as well as Negussie Tebeje (Prof em), a prominent structural engineer. Peter inspired a generation of Ethiopian engineers to keep alive his dream and conviction that it is possible to develop vast tracts of fertile land in Afar Regional State and the Ogaden Desert by irrigating it with a network of canals to channel the Abay River. This would require connecting Abay with Awash and Wabi Shebelle rivers, down in the Somali lowlands. Read more….

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Egypt Detains Mubarak, Sons for Questioning

Egyptian authorities have detained former president Hosni Mubarak for 15 days as part of a corruption investigation. Prosecutors made the announcement Wednesday shortly after Mubarak was hospitalized with heart problems while being questioned by authorities in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egyptian media reported that his sons Alaa and Gamal were also being questioned and detained for 15 days. The Mubaraks, along with several top officials are accused of embezzling public funds and abuse of power for using force against protesters during anti-government demonstrations earlier this year. The ousted president has said the allegations against him are unfounded, and that he has the right to defend his reputation and that of his family. His remarks were broadcast Sunday by the Al-Arabiya news channel. They were his first public comments since mass protests forced his departure in February. Egyptian military police forcibly removed protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday, ending a four-day sit-in. Security forces detained many demonstrators as they fled the area.Protesters have stepped up pressure on Egypt's ruling military to try Mubarak and members of his government for corruption and other crimes. Source (VOA News.Com)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ethiopian army to get BlueBird UAVs

Israeli manufacturer BlueBird has won a contract to supply unmanned air vehicles to the Ethiopian army. The company declines to reveal details about the order, but sources say it includes upgraded versions of the Boomerang and SpyLite systems, plus the establishment of local maintenance facilities and technology transfer. BlueBird claims that its fuel cell-powered Boomerang can provide an endurance of over 10h while carrying day and night sensor payloads weighing up to a combined 1.3kg (2.8lb). However, an enhanced version with canards on its forward fuselage could achieve a flight time of 15h and reach an altitude of 15,000ft (4,570m), it adds. The company's smaller SpyLite mini UAV is designed for "over-the-hill" surveillance applications. Israeli sources say African nations are becoming big potential customers for UAVs, due to their need to monitor long borders and to control areas with natural resources such as oil. BlueBird's success follows that of fellow Israeli firm Aeronautics Defence Systems, which recently won a deal to supply Orbiter air vehicles to Uganda. Source ( Flightglobal)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Egypt: A high profile delegation left for Uganda to halt the project on Nile dam

A 35 people of Egyptian delegation led by Dr. El-Sayed El Badawy went to Kampala Uganda to discuss with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the crisis of Nile water and Basin countries relations.According to the Egyptian Arabic news website the delegation led by Dr. Mr. Badawi Al-Wafd Party statement the main reason of the meeting will focus on how to stop the construction of the new Nile dam by Ethiopia and foremost to stop the ratification of the conventions signed by the Nile Basin countries with other political and economic issues. Mr. Badawi, said their meeting with Ugandan President will show the new kind of relationship after the popular public revolution of January 25.He also accused Egyptian diplomacy and policy during the last thirty years toward Nile Basin countries.In this delegation of 35 chief political figures and youth revolution members participate, including: Dr. El-Sayed El Badawy Al-Wafd Party and Hisham Bastawisi, Ayman Nour, Hamdeen Sabahi candidates for the presidency, Abdel-Hakim, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Osama Ghazali Harb, the party front, George Isaac, a leader of the adequacy and Hussein Ibrahim, the leading the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr. Mohamed Ghoneim, Alaa Abdel Moneim, Minister of Human Rights in the Shadow Government Wafd Party and member of the People’s Parliament, Mustapha El Gendy Minister of African Affairs in the cabinet of Wafd shade and a member of the People’s Parliament and a number of youth revolution of January 25. Source ( Ethioforums)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Supermodel Liya Kebede of Ethiopia speaks with Al Jazzera's Riz Khan about maternal health

In the age of modern medicine why do so many mothers and new born babies are dying on a daily basis? Click the link below to view the extensive interview of Super model Liya kebbede on the grief situation of Ethiopian mothers and the fate of their new born children . Here is the link,

Thursday, April 7, 2011

U.S. Congressman John Garamendi, Patti Garamendi Return to Ethiopia; Celebrating Peace Corps 50th Anniversary

In A statement sent to Medias the U.S. Congressman John Garamendi and his wife Patti Garamendi recently visited Ethiopia, where they served together as Peace Corps volunteers in 1966. The U.S. Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. During their journey back to Ethiopia, the Garamendi’s had a joyful reunion in Metu, the town where the couple volunteered 45 years ago, and reconnected with former students and friends who are still in the area. As Peace Corps volunteers, John and Patti spent two years in Metu teaching grade seven and eight students, providing family health education to women, giving smallpox vaccines, digging wells, building schools and helping to set up coffee co-ops. They both returned to Ethiopia in 1984 to work in food distribution centers and raise money to alleviate the famine conditions in the country at that time. John later returned to Ethiopia on a peacekeeping mission with a group of U.S. Congressmen during the Ethiopian-Eritrean conflict. Congressmen Garamendi and his wife Patti found their experience as volunteers in Ethiopia to be “life changing.” As John Garamendi stated in Peace Corp’s WorldView newsletter , “We decided that a career in public service, working to develop policies that create social and economic justice and lift people out of poverty would be our life’s path.” The U.S. Peace Corps first came to Ethiopia in 1962 just one year after the Peace Corps was founded in 1961. Ethiopia was one of the first countries to invite the Peace Corps to establish a program. At that time, the primary focus was in education with the goal of training skilled workers and promoting economic development. A total of 3,500 Volunteers have served in Ethiopia since 1962. Currently 73 volunteers serve in Ethiopia in the health, environment, and education sectors, the statement added. Source ( ENC)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Letter to his Excellency Baraka Hussein Abu Oumama

Our son, Excellency, President Obama U.S.A We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne. You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that. Enough evidence is available, Bearing in mind that you are the president of the strongest power in the world nowadays, and since Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country. This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered a direct military armed aggression during Reagan's time. This country is Libya. Hence, to serving world peace ... Friendship between our peoples ... and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good. As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi. You _ yourself _ said on many occasions, one of them in the UN General Assembly, I was witness to that personally, that America is not responsible for the security of other peoples. That America helps only. This is the right logic. Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame. The problem now stands as follows:- 1. There is Nato intervention politically as well as military. 2. Terror conducted by AlQaueda gangs that have been armed in some cities, and by force refused to allow people to go back to their normal life, and carry on with exercising their social people's power as usual. Source ( AP) Mu'aumer Qaddaffi Leader of the Revolution Tripoli 5.4.2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

400 migrants fleeing Libya are reported missing, U.N said

More than 400 African migrants fleeing Libya on two boats are reported missing, the U.N. said on Monday, and a Vatican official in Tripoli said the bodies of at least 10 migrants had washed up on the city's beaches. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said it had unconfirmed reports the two boats left Libya in the last 10 days to two weeks but had no further word on their whereabouts or fate of the passengers. "We understand the people on board are of different nationalities, mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia," UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic told Reuters in Geneva. One of the boats was reported to have left Libya on March 22 with 335 people on board. Italian media said 68 people on the other boat had almost certainly died during the journey, although there was no official confirmation. The top Vatican official in Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, said 10 bodies of African migrants were at the capital's morgue on Monday. "They were found on the beaches of Tripoli, eight men and two women. They are African migrants but it is difficult to say from which country, because their faces had already swollen," he told Reuters by phone.He said there were reports of "many more bodies" of migrants washed up on the shores of Garaboulli, some 40 km from Tripoli. Source (Reuters)

Unknown aircraft hits cars near Port Sudan, two dead

An unidentified plane bombed a car near the airport in Sudan's main port city of Port Sudan on Tuesday, killing two people, a state government official told Reuters. The aircraft flew in from the Red Sea but it was not clear to whom it belonged, Ahmed Tahir, the speaker of parliament in the Red Sea state where the port city is located, told Reuters. "We heard three loud explosions," a source at Port Sudan airport told Reuters. "We went outside to see what was happening and eye witnesses told us they saw two helicopters which looked liked Apaches flying past." Separately, a witness at the scene of the incident told Reuters he could see two burnt bodies -- one inside a car and the other lying on the ground outside the vehicle. The Sudanese Media Centre, a news agency linked to Sudan's state security apparatus, said cars were struck in a bombing by an unknown plane but gave no further details. Security forces at the scene were preventing people from getting close to the site, a witness told Reuters from the site of the attack about 20 km outside Port Sudan city. In January 2009, a convoy of arms smugglers was hit by unidentified aircraft in Sudan's eastern Red Sea state according to Sudanese authorities, a strike that some reports said may have been carried out by Israel to stop weapons bound for Gaza. A total of 119 people were killed in that strike near Sudan's border with Egypt, according to state media. Source ( REUTERS AFRICA)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Merkato traders arrested for cash machine, tax violations

Workers at Merkato said that about 28 traders were also arrested on Tuesday March 22, 2011 for similar reasons. Officials from regulatory or public relations offices of the authority have not confirmed the situation. At different times ERCA has raided shop owners suspected of illegal trading activity and tax evasion. Read more…

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ethiopia lays foundation for Nile ( ABAY ) dam

With a generating capacity of 5,250MW, the dam will be the largest artificial lake with a capacity of holding 63 billion cubic meter of water, twice the size of the largest natural lake in the country – Lake Tana, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that the country would be faced with the massive task of financing the project, which is projected to be around 80 billion birr.Meles said that the dam would also benefit Sudan and Egypt by preventing flooding and providing for irrigation land. “On the basis of benefit from the project, Sudan and Egypt should cover 30 and 20 percent of the cost, respectively,” Meles said. Read more…

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ethiopia: Clash with police left 50 people injured, one critically fight for his life

Ethiopian police on Wednesday injured about 50 people planning to protest outside the Israeli embassy in Addis Ababa to seek resettlement as Jews, a representative of the protesters' said. The attacks occurred when police stormed into a makeshift synagogue where 500 members of the Association of Ethiopian Jews in Addis Ababa had gathered to plan demonstrations, said Sisay Birhan, the association's secretary. Israel announced last year that it was resettling 7,800 Ethiopian Jews from the northern city of Gondar, where a thriving community once existed, but has turned down all applications from the group in the capital. "We have around 50 injured, including one who is fighting for his life," Sisay told Reuters. The association has some 2,000 members. "We were there to organise our next move. We planned to distribute leaflets and march towards the embassy," he said. "Police then barged in and beat some of the participants." Ethiopian authorities were not immediately available for comment. Denying accusations they are Jewish imposters, the group's members say they moved to the capital in the mid-1990s with the hope of fast-tracking their move to the middle-eastern nation. Over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews already live in Israel, a vast majority of them airlifted in the 1980s and 1990s after a rabbinical creed ruled they were descendents of the biblical Dan tribe. Israeli officials say most of those left behind are imposters seeking entry under the guise of religion. Source (Reuters Africa)