Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saudi Billionaire to Invest $3.4 Billion in Ethiopia in 5 Years

Derba Group, an amalgam of three Ethiopian companies owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al- Amoudi, said it plans to invest 59 billion birr ($3.4 billion) in seven industrial projects over the next five years.The company, formed last month, has already invested 12 billion birr of a planned 71 billion birr in agriculture and cement in the Horn of Africa country, Chief Executive Officer Haile Assegide said today by phone from Derba Midroc Cement Plc’s plant near Chancho, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Addis Ababa, the capital.“The balance will be invested in the next five-year period,” said Haile. Derba’s cement, steel, agriculture and transport operations may generate annual revenue of 41 billion birr and create more than 370,000 jobs, he said.Ethiopian-born al-Amoudi is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 63rd-richest person and was worth $12.3 billion in March. The 66-year-old is close to the Saudi royal family and his construction company, Midroc, built the $30 billion underground oil storage facility in the kingdom in the late 1980s, according to the magazine.Al-Amoudi’s Saudi Star Agricultural Development Plc, which is primarily growing rice to export to Saudi Arabia, has leased 10,000 hectares (24,711 acres) of land in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region where it plans to build two rice mill factories, Haile said. The company is also in the “process of leasing an additional 290,000 hectares,” he said, without providing further details. Source ( Bloomberg)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Yemen's Saleh Will Seek Exile In Ethiopia, Aides Say

In the latest report, the aides said that the former president will leave Yemen within two days along with some of his family members. A diplomat in Sanaa confirmed that arrangements had been made for Saleh's departure for Ethiopia. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. On Saturday, newly inaugurated President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president as part of a power-transfer deal that gave Saleh immunity from prosecution in exchange for stepping down. The deal aims to end a year of turmoil that left hundreds of protesters dead. The aides said that Saleh came under heavy pressures from Western and Arab countries to leave the country. They said that unnamed members of the U.N. Security Council threatened to freeze his and his family's assets if he did not leave. "After days of maneuvering, he accepted," one said. Read more

Russian TV claims Putin assassination plot foiled (The Odessa Saga)

Ukraine's domestic security agency, the FSB, uncovered the plot after an explosion at an apartment building in Odessa killed one of the plotters and injured another, Channel One said. The survivor tipped them off to Osmayev's involvement, the report said. The plotter who was killed was allegedly willing to be a suicide bomber, and the mission was organized by Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov, Channel One reported. CNN has not independently confirmed the existence of the plot, and a former British ambassador to Moscow expressed doubts about it. Read more…

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Iconic singer Mohamed Wardi died at 83

Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens, including President Omer Al-Bashir attended the burial ceremony of iconic singer Mohamed Wardi who passed away on Saturday night after a long struggle with kidney complications.Thousands of Sudanese mourners attended the burial of the country’s lead singer Mohamed Wardi on Sunday, 19 February 2012 (Al-Shorog TV) Sudan’s most famous singer died at the age of 83 in a Khartoum hospital, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA announced in a somber statement on Saturday.He was buried on Sunday at Al-Farouq cemetery in Khartoum where tens of thousands of peoples, including President Al-Bashir, gathered to pay their respects.Wardi left Sudan into self-imposed exile after Al-Bashir seized power in a military coup in 1989. He returned in 2002 to a popular reception and vowed to oppose dictatorship.“I am a human being, and every human being is against dictatorship and I will continue to denounce it,” he said in an interview with AFP in June 2002.Wardi left a legacy of patriotic songs about freedom and revolutions. He sang in Arabic as well as in his Nubian dialect. (ST)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Vatican Apology for Complicities in the Ethiopian Genocide 1935-1941

Though Mussolini’s systematic genocide of the Ethiopian people from 1935-1941 occurred virtually within the same timeframe as Hitler’s Nazi holocaust against the Jews from 1933-1941, nevertheless, the Fascist genocide in Ethiopia is excluded from the annals of the world’s history books and from historical genocide documents at the United Nations. While the Vatican has graciously apologized to Jews for its silence during the Nazi holocaust, it has never extended the same Christian courtesy to Ethiopians although, in their case, the Vatican was directly complicit in Fascist atrocities in Ethiopia. The Vatican’s silence and the United Nations disregard of the genocide against the Ethiopian people is counter to the principles of human rights and justice and continues to have a negative impact on every generation of all peace loving people including those of African origin.

Discrete efforts to elicit a Vatican apology have so far remained unanswered. We, therefore, have to appeal to the international community to demand a full, public apology by the Vatican for its complicity with the Fascists who perpetrated untold war crimes against humanity in Ethiopia. Click here to read more and to sign the petition ...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

ደራሲ ስብሃት ገ /እግዚአብሄር ከዚህ አለም በሞት ተለየ

በፍልስፍና ጽሁፍ እና እንዲሁም የግልጽ የአጻጻፍ ዘይቤው በህዝብ ዘንድ ከፍተኛ እውቅና ያለው እና በጸሃፊነት ለረጂም ዘመናት የቆየው ስብሃት ገ /እግዚአብሄር ከዚህ አለም በሞት መለየቱን ከኢትዮያ የደረሰን ዘገባ ያመለክታል ። ስብሐት (ስብሐት ለአብ ) ገብረ እግዚአብሔር በትግራይ ጠቅላይ ግዛት፣ አድዋ አውራጃ፣ እርባ ገረድ በተባለች መንደር ከአባቱ ከቄስ ገብረ እግዚአብሔር ዮሐንስ እና ከወይዘሮ መአዛ ወልደ መድኅን በ 1928 እ .ኤ .አ . ተወለደ። ትምህርቱን በስዊድን ሚሲዮን፣ እንዲሁም በአዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርስቲ ተከታትሎ በትምህርት አስተዳደር የመጀመሪያ ዲግሪው ......ን ተቀብሏል። በአስፋ ወሰን ትምህርት ቤት በእንግሊዝኛ መምህርነት ለ 2 ዓመት አገልግሏል። በመቀጠልም ከየተባበሩት መንግሥታት የትምህርት፤ ሳየንስ እና የባህል ድርጅት (ዩኔስኮ ) ባገኘው የትምህርት እድል አማካይነት ወደ ፈረንሳይ (ኤክስ አን ፕሮቫንስ ) በመሄድ ከ 1962-1964 ቆይቷል። የሄደበትን ትምህርት አጠናቆ ምስክር ወረቀት ባይቀበልም ቆይታው ከአውሮፓ ባህል እና ስነ -ጽሁፍ እንዲተዋወቅ በጣም እንደረዳው ይናገራል። ወደ ፈረንሳይኛ « Les Nuits d’ Addis-Abeba» ተብሎ በፍራንሲስ ፋልሴቶ የተተረጎመውን የልብ -ወለድ ድርስቱን «ሌቱም አይነጋልኝ»ን ብዙውን ለመጻፍ የበቃው እዚያው በፈረንሳይ እንደሆነም ይናገራል። ይኸው ድርሰቱም ወደ ፈረንሳይኛ ቋንቋ የተተረጎመ የመጀመሪያው ኢትዮጵያዊ ልብ -ወለድ ነው።

ስብሐት ወደ አዲስ አበባ ከተመለሰ በኋላ በመነን መጽሄት የዝግጅት ክፍል ውስጥ ሰርቷል። በ 1966 ዓ .ም . ወታደራዊው ደርግ ስልጣን ከያዘ በኋላ ኩራዝ አሳታሚ ድርጅት ሲቋቋም በአርታኢነት ተቀጥሮ ሰርቷል። በመንግሥት ትእዛዝም ከሌሎች ሰዎች ጋር በመሆን የካርል ማርክስ ሥራ የሆነውን ካፒታልን (Das Capital) ከእንግሊዝኛ ወደ አማርኛ በመመለስ ሥራ ላይ ተሳትፏል።
ብዙዎቹ የስብሐት ሥራዎች በተጻፉበት ጊዜ ለመታተም ባይታደሉም ከቅርብ ጊዜ ወዲህ ግን የህትመትን ብርሃን ለማየት በቅተዋል። ጽሁፎቹ ረዘም ላለ ጊዜ ሳይታተሙ ለመቆየታቸው ዋነኛው ምክንያቱ ስብሐት በመጽሐፉ የሚጠቀማቸው ቃላት ብዙዎቹ በኢትዮጵያ ባህል ያደገ አንባቢን አይን የሚያስፈጥጡ፣ ጆሮ የሚያስይዙ በመሆናቸው ነው። በገበያ ላይ በቅርብ የወጡት ድርሰቶቹ ከመጀመሪያ ቅጂያቸው ብዙ ለውጥ እና የአርትኦት ሥራ የተደረገባቸው እንደሆኑ ይነገራል። ስለዚሁ ጉዳይ ለአዲስ ላይቭ በሰጠው ቃለመጠይቅ ላይ ሲናገር «በጨለማ ያልተደረገውን ነገር አንድም የጻፍኩት የለም… ያለውን እንዳለ ነው የምጽፈው» ብሏል። ይህንኑም ከኤሚል ዞላ የአጻጻፍ ዘይቤ የወሰደው እንደሆነ ይናገራል።
ስብሐት ገብረእግዚአብሔር ደራሲ፣ አርታኢ፣ ጋዜጠኛ ብቻ አይደለም – የልብ -ወለድ ድርሰት ገጸባህርይም ነው። ደራሲው የተሰኘው የበአሉ ግርማ ልብ -ወለድ በስብሐት ህይወት ላይ ተመስርቶ የተጻፈ ነው። ስብሐት ገብረ እግዚአብሔር የ 2 ወንዶች እና የ 3 ሴቶች አባት ሲሆን በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ነዋሪ ነው። ከባለፈው ወር ጀምሮ በህክምና ላይ ሲረዳ የነበረው ደራሲ እና ሃያሲ እንዲሁም የፍልስፍና ረቂቅ ባለሙያው ስብሃት በዛሬው እለት ማለፉን ተከትሎ የደረሰን ሪፖርት አጠር ያለ መሆኑን እየገለጽን ዝርዝር መረጃ ይዘን በቅርቡ እንቀርባለን:: ( በዘላለም ገብሬ )

Andulaem Arage was beaten up by a cell inmate, says UDJ president

About a month ago a prisoner named Ibas Asfaw was added to Andualem’s cell. Ibas has been in prison for 16 years and was once sentenced to death because of murder. His sentence was latter changed to life imprisonment. It is said that he has transmittable illness. Ibas is provocative, insulting and quarrelsome. He takes away food from his cell inmates by force and gives it away to others. He is frequent visitor to the office of prison administration and is said that he is in friendly relations with the authorities there. Click here to read more…

Monday, February 6, 2012

Israel attack to Iran is imminent say top officials

Israel seems unmoved, and United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has reportedly concluded that an Israeli attack on Iran is likely in the coming months. US President Barack Obama said yesterday that he does not think Israel has decided whether to attack Iran, telling NBC News in an interview that the US was "going to be sure that we work in lockstep as we proceed to try to solve this hopefully diplomatically". Despite harsh economic sanctions and international pressure, Iran is refusing to abandon its nuclear programme, which it insists is purely civilian, and threatening Israel and the West. It is beginning to cause jitters in world capitals and financial markets. "Of course I worry that there will be a military conflict," Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said in a magazine interview last week. He said Britain was "straining every single sinew to resolve this through a combination of pressure and engagement", rather than military action. Read more…

Al-Qaeda cell plotting terror acts in Ethiopia arrested

The Joint Anti-terror Taskforce of the National Intelligence and Security Service and the Federal Police has announced it has arrested an organized cell of Al-Qaeda plotting to carry out terror acts in Ethiopia for the first time. In a press release it sent to ERTA on Sunday, the Joint Anti-Terror Taskforce disclosed that there was and is an external Al-Qaeda attack threat against the nation. The Taskforce said it has currently discovered that there are Ethiopian citizens who have established close relations with Al-Qaeda and organizing its cell in the nation as well as giving training and education. The Taskforce said the suspects’ operation is making use of the tendency of extremism being witnessed in recent years. The statement said the Taskforce has discovered the eight suspects arrested have created relations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia and Al-Qaeda as well as its cells in Kenya, Sudan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and South Africa to carry out their terror mission.The Taskforce also said its investigation group is carrying out thorough investigation on the suspects in line with the Anti-terror Law after taking investigation period from the court. Source ( Newsdire )