Monday, December 24, 2012

Marry X-Mas and Happy new Year!!

Ethiopian This Week web site (  along with its affiliated web pages , ethioonutube ( and Etthisweek (   wishes to all of you a Joyous Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!!

See you all again in 2013!

With Love and Gratitude,

ETW Editor in Chief and web administrator

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ethiopian Women were given steralization injection before they get to Israel, says report

According to the report, the women were given the Depo Provera injections in the family planning workshops in transit camps, a practice that continued once they reached Israel. The women who were interviewed for the investigation reported that they were told at the transit camps that having many children would make their lives more difficult in Ethiopia and in Israel, and even that they would be barred from coming to Israel if they refused. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Is Haile Gebrselassie's Marathon Career Over?

Gebrselassie is a former world record holder with a best of 2:03:59 but his most recent marathon performance was a fourth-place 2:08:47 in February. As David Monti of Race Results Weekly pointed out yesterday, Gebrselassie’s last five marathons have consisted of dropping out three times, that 2:08 earlier this year and one withdrawal before race day. Officially, the Ethiopian turns 40 in April, though there are suspicions he’s considerably older. He made a pre-race statement that he was capable of 2:05 or 2:06 in Fukuoka if the conditions were right, but perhaps it was his condition that wasn’t. He dropped out after 32-K on Sunday, and later tweeted, “I could not lift my left leg properly anymore and I had to stop. My training went well and I had no indication of this.” He added,  Read more..

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Despite Fast Growth, Ethiopia Still Plagued by Poverty

Ethiopia's economy has grown at an annual rate of nearly 10 percent for the last seven years. But a third of the population still lives below the poverty line. Samuel Bwalya is the economic advisor for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ethiopia. Bwalya says that the country has to be patient while waiting for a trickle-down effect to lift more people from poverty: "Ethiopia is starting from a very low base in terms of development, so it should actually take much longer for this impact to take root," Bwalya noted. "So I think we are too much in a hurry to see seven-year growth to start asking questions about how many people are out of poverty.  Read more...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DV lottery is cancelled and diverted to high –tech foreign born immigrants

“We want to put to the head of the line the people who, every single one of them that comes, net creates jobs,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, who managed the bill on the House floor. Democrats, though, objected to making immigration a zero-sum equation, where any new visas would have to come at the expense of existing lines of immigration.“I can’t support a bill that pits immigrant communities against each other,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the ranking Democrat on the House immigration subcommittee.  Read more... 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ethiopian team would not travel to the Red Sea state, say EFF

The request comes as the neighboring countries continue to dispute borders. The teams are set to play in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, between 14-16 January with the return tie in Addis Ababa set for two weeks later. But Ethiopia said they would not travel to the Red Sea state. "We want the matches to take place, but we're not willing to travel there and it is obvious their government won't allow their team to visit Addis Ababa," said Ethiopian Football Federation spokesman Melaku Ayele. "So we've proposed an alternative venue, neighbouring Sudan, for both matches to be held in." Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a border war between 1998-2000 that killed tens of thousands of troops. A Hague-based independent border commission ruled that the flashpoint town of Badme belonged to Eritrea but the village remains in the hands of Ethiopia and the spat remains unresolved. Asmara is yet to respond to Ethiopia's request, Melaku said. The African Nations Championship, played every two years, is the continent's second biggest tournament in which only domestic-based players can take part. Ethiopia, nicknamed the Walyas, recently sealed a spot at the more glamorous Africa Cup of Nations finals set for January after a three-decade absence. Ethiopia and Eritrea were last pitched against each other in 1998 in a qualifying round for the 2000 African Nations Cup, just months after fighting broke out along their sun-blasted border. Ethiopia declined to take part in those matches. Source ( BBC)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Uganda beat Ethiopia to reach Cecafa Cup quarter-finals

Uganda Cranes became the first nation to qualify for the 2012 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup after a 1-0 triumph over Ethiopia . The defending champions and hosts of the tournament scored early through Brian Umony in the ninth minute. A heavy afternoon downpour made for a wet surface and difficult conditions but Uganda played with a lot of purpose to pin the Ethiopians back for long spells of the match. Fikru Teferra Lemessa, the only player who featured prominently for the senior team that qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, gave a captain's performance for Ethiopia but was kept in check well by the Cranes.

"We are happy to make it to the quarters, but we need to win the last group game against South Sudan first," said team skipper Hassan Wasswa. Uganda beat Kenya 1-0 in the first match last Saturday. In an earlier match, Kenya's Harambee Stars redeemed their hopes of making it to the last eight with a 2-0 win over South Sudan, who became the first side to bow out of the tournament - they lost their first game 1-0 to Ethiopia. David Ochieng and Clifton Miheso netted in each half for Kenya, who will need a draw against Ethiopia to qualify for the knock-out stage. 'I am very happy with the attitude and we need to keep pushing hard," said Kenya coach James Nandwa. South Sudan coach Zoaran Djordjevic said that despite the loss, his boys had improved from the first match and he added that they are getting much-needed exposure.The winner of Wednesday's match between Tanzania and Burundi will automatically qualify for the knock-out stage. Somalia take on Sudan in Wednesday's other game. Source (CECAFA)