Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sadistic brutality In Gadfhi’s family on Ethiopian Nanny

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gaddafi family members flee to Algeria

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

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Special Report: Irene claims first 2 victims

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ethiopia to Buy 300,000 Tons of Wheat

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

Apple CEO resigns, says no longer fulfill his duties

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

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Friday, August 19, 2011

A BBC journalist and callers grilled Gebarab at the spot.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaddafi's days numbered, forces weakened - US says

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

China loans Ethiopia US$500 million

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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

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

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ethnic Politics Split US Ethiopians

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

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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

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

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

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sudan's Bashir to Attend Chad President's Inauguration amid his arrest warrant

Reports from Sudan say President Omar al-Bashir will visit Chad Sunday to attend the inauguration of his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, for a new five-year term in office. This will be Mr. Bashir's second visit to Chad in as many months, defying International Criminal Court warrants seeking his arrest on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. Chad is a member of the ICC, but has so far refused to detain Mr. Bashir. Sudan Media says President Bashir will lead a high-level delegation to the Chadian capital Ndjamena, to participate in Mr. Deby's swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Deby won a fourth term in office in the April 25 presidential election after receiving 89 percent of the vote. President Deby has ruled Chad since seizing power in a 1990 coup. Under his rule, the nation has become an oil producer, but remains one of the poorest in the world. Source ( VOA)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ethiopia: country’s food reserve is completely exhausted, says WFP Director

WFP's Ethiopia Country Director Abdou Dieng says despite a good response to international appeals for food aid, Ethiopia faces a critical shortfall in emergency supplies. He says the reserve established by the government to prevent a recurrence of past food crises is almost empty. "There is food reserve, but today it's almost at zero level. We cannot count on that. Now what we are trying to do is increase the level of the food which can be kept in the reserve. We can go up to one million tons [and] we're talking about 80 million people here who need food, so this is exactly where we are working together to try to increase the food reserve," , Read more....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

US 'confident' Mubarak trial will be fair

The United States said Wednesday it is confident that the trial underway in Egypt of former strongman Hosni Mubarak will be fair and transparent. "We'll obviously follow the trial closely," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "It's very important that it be a free, be a transparent and... fair process," Toner said."We have confidence that they can do that," he said. "We believe that Egyptian authorities are able to carry out a... a fair trial in this case. And that's really ultimately up to them to do so." Mubarak, overthrown in February amid a pro-democracy uprising, went on trial Wednesday on murder charges, the first Arab ruler to appear in court in person in a historic moment for a region whose leaders are rarely held to account.The former president, looking pale and dressed in white, pleaded not guilty as he lay on a stretcher in a metal-barred cage to the premeditated murder of protesters who took to the streets to topple his regime. His lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, will argue that Mubarak, 83, is too sick to stand trial and that he did not sanction the brutal crackdown on protesters that left more than 850 people dead by the time Mubarak resigned on February 11. Source (AFP)

Four UN blue helmets die after landmine detonates in Abyei area of Sudan

Four United Nations peacekeepers serving in Sudan’s troubled Abyei area were killed today and seven others were injured after a landmine detonated during a patrol, the UN reported. The Ethiopian blue helmets, part of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), were on patrol in Mabok, southeast of the town of Abyei, when they were killed. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced sadness at the deaths. “The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia,” the statement noted. “He also expresses his concern for the well-being of the seven other peacekeepers who were injured in the explosion.” More than 500 troops, all Ethiopian, have been deployed since the Security Council voted in June to establish UNISFA after north-south violence in Abyei and surrounding areas forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. Source (UN News)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Adopted Ethiopian girl Hana found dead, she was maybe abused

An investigation into possible neglect is under way after an adopted 13-year-old girl died at a home in Skagit County. Hana Grace Williams, who was adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, was found dead on May 12 in the yard of her home. The Skagit County Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of hypothermia. A source close to the investigation said Hana was 30 pounds lighter than when she arrived from Ethiopia. The Washington state Department of Social and Health Services says all eight of her siblings have been removed from the home. The prosecutor’s office said it is still waiting for more information before making a decision on charges. Hana’s parents could not be reached for comment Sunday. Source ( KING 5 News
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