Monday, December 30, 2013

Ethiopian This Week Dec 29, 2013 Radio program

Ethiopian This Week web page (  Dec 29 , 2013  Radio  show  features bereavement news of the Renowned Artist Tewdros  Metku and the Young and Talented Singer Mikya Behailu as well as part II interview of ERAPA Chairperson  Ato  Teshale Sebro.. Click here  to listen  the  Sunday night Radio   program. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Anti-Teddy Afro campaign catches fire on social media

Not everyone is happy with the campaign. Several Ethiopian activists have characterized the campaign as ‘emotive’ and questioned the motives behind the campaign. The backlash against Teddy is in part heightened by a comment the singer made in an interview with local magazine, in which he reportedly said, Menelik’s war of conquest in southern Ethiopia amounted to ‘a holy war.’ Others cautioned that Teddy’s crusade gaffe was ‘unconfirmed’.

However, the organizers insist that, while the comment might have given them a renewed impetus, Teddy’s tour would have been boycotted even without the comment. “Teddy’s glorification of the 19th century monarch, who committed ethnic cleansing against various nations and nationalities in southern Ethiopia, is not new,” reads their press statement. Others worry that the campaign amplifies an already tense ethnic relations. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Singer Mekya Behilu has passed away!!

The prominent singer    Mikya Behailu has accidentally passed away   at the age of 36.  Mikya was   a teacher   by profession and was working on her  second degree  to  advance  her academic carrier.   She   was    a   mother of one.   The singer was in  routine check up  ,since September 2013  before her condition   got worsened two weeks ago. According to reports  from Tekur Anbessa Hospital  Mikya  Behailu  was  pronounced dead at around 9 PM on Tuesday,  December 24, 2013 , ( on European  X-Mas Eve ) . 

May God bless her soul!! 

Here is one of her best song which she has been received   African music award   . The name of the song is called   DElELIN!! 

Click here to listen music.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy European New Year!!

Ethiopian This Week Management team, wish to all of its readers and followers on social media a   Merry X-mas , Happy and prosperous European New Year. As we are heading to the New Year, we will be widely open our eyes and ears to present news from every corner of the planet. Our motto is very simple, we report, you judge the news according to its content. Let’s Keep in touch; Share your views and insights. Though we always agree not to disagree, your views are always respected. Love each other and most importantly have faith of what you do and love your country above all.  for our  Christian friends  in  this   sacred day  , please focus  on celebrating   the  birth of  Emanuel ( Jesus   Christ)   not  yours   birth day  .

May all of  you  have u  a blessed   European new year !!!.


ETW Editor

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Exclusive interview with ERAPA founder and Board Chairperson, Ato Teshae Sebro

(Up dated  January  5, 2014)
Ato Teshale   Sebro  is   a  founder   and Chairperson of  the  newly  formed party  called ERAPA. The Acronym stands for Ethiopian Raeie   Party . The party has received   its legitimacy from the   Government body on   April 17, 2001 ( EC). According  to the  chairperson,  the party currently has three hundred  thousand  supporting members  and manages   around  12  offices  around the  country , Membership  of the  party  is not restricted  by Religion ,  Ethnicity , Race , Age or Academic background,  says  Ato Teshale. 

On The  land tenure  policy ,  the party stated  that  , Citizens who want to acquire land shall have the rights to do so in all regions of Ethiopia with the full cooperation of the people of the specific region and the state; As the state is obliged to treat all citizens equally all final arbitration and decision powers in these matters shall be vested in the state; On its economic policy, the party declares that they follow liberal economy system based on   the principle of free market economy. Ato Teshale has a  Master’s degree in  International Law and has served  his country  in  the previous  two   governments  as  well  as  served the EPRDF led  government for  about  2 years when the latter assumed power  from the Derg Regime .  Born  in the  southern part  of Ethiopia and   as a  father  of two , Ato Sebro  held an exclusive   interview with Ethiopian This week editor  on his party  dream,  his vast work experience and his believe on National consensus  and forgiveness .
Click the  links  below to  listen the  complete interview.
part 1

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 prison census: 211 journalists jailed worldwide; seven of them are in Ethiopia

Shortly after Eskinder's arrest, state television portrayed the journalist as a spy for "foreign forces" and accused him of having links with the banned opposition movement Ginbot 7, which the Ethiopian government designated a terrorist entity. In an interviewwith Agence France-Presse, government spokesman Shimelis Kemal accused the detainee of plotting "a series of terrorist acts that would likely wreak havoc." Eskinder consistently proclaimed his innocence, but was convicted on the basis of a video of a public town hall meeting in which he discussed the possibility of a popular uprising in Ethiopia if the ruling party did not deliver democratic reform, according to reports.  Read more...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mandela buried in Qunu, ending a journey that transformed South Africa

With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.
Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu. Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling green hills. As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its echoes ringing over the quiet village.
Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings. "Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," an officiator at the grave site said. Military pallbearers gently removed the South African flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela's family. At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket was cloWith military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation. Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu. Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling green hills. As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its echoes ringing over the quiet village. Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings. "Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," an officiator at the grave site said. Military pallbearers gently removed the South African flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela's family. At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket was cloWith military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.
Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu. Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling green hills. As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its echoes ringing over the quiet village. Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings. "Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," an officiator at the grave site said. Military pallbearers gently removed the South African flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela's family. At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket was closed  to the media .  Source ( CNN)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A New Manager is appointed for the Ethiopian Electric Power Office

According to Reporter, Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation that has recently been split into two offices as the Ethiopian Electric Power office and the Ethiopian Electric Service has appointed Engineer Azeb Asnake as the Manager of the Ethiopian Electric Power Office’s construction branch.  Engineer Azeb Asnake has been the Manager of the Gilgel Gibe III Hydroelectric Power Plant Project. Mihret Debebe who has served as the Manager of EEPCo starting from the 1998 E.C is appointed as the consultant for the Prime Minister.  To run the service part of the Ethiopian Electric Service, the Indian company, Power India has won the bid for the work for the 20 million dollar.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here we go again!

The coach of the Eritrean national football team Omer Ahmed and eight of his players have disappeared in Kenya in order to defect, IBTimes UK can exclusively report. The defection follows last week's disappearance of two members of the national team. The Red Sea Camels are in Kenya for the Cecafa Cup. The players went into hiding in an undisclosed location in Kenya and are now seeking UNHR protection. "We are hiding because police from the Eritrean embassy are hunting us," one unnamed player told IBTimes UK. "The reason why we are fleeing is obvious and doesn't need to be repeated." It is not the first time players from the national squad have defected abroad. Last December, 17 players and the team doctor claimed asylum in Uganda. In 2009, a dozen members of the national team disappeared in Kenya.  "Our main concern is safety, that's why we are seeking UN protection," the player told IBTimes UK. "Once we are protected and safe, we can go to a democratic and safe country." The men also fear backlash back at home, where they have left family and children. "We are really scared and anything scares us at the moment. We want people to know and sympathise with us," he said. Eritrea is considered one of the continent's most opaque countries. National elections have not been held since it gained independence in 1993. The country is governed by the one-party authoritarian rule of President Isaias Afewerki, who has been in power for 20 years. Torture, arbitrary detention and severe restrictions on freedom of expression are routine. Mandatory military service imposed on all men and women between 18 and 55 is one of the main causes of flight from the country. It has been calculated that 4,000 Eritreans leave the country every month and, according to a 2008 estimate, 40,000 Eritreans live in Britain.  A recent study stated that between 2007 and 2012, some 25,000 to 30,000 Eritrean migrants were trafficked by Eritrean and Sudanese security officers, who collude with Bedouin gangs in the Sinai.  Source ( IB Times)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

International Organization for Migration

IOM is appealing for USD 13.1 million to address the needs of a projected 120,000 returning Ethiopian migrants from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The numbers of the returning migrants is increasing rapidly and there is an urgent need to provide round the clock assistance. As of Thursday 5 December, over 100,000 migrants had been received by the Government of Ethiopia. Out of these, IOM provided direct assistance to over 90,000 individuals. The arrivals continue at over 7,000 migrants per day.
The funds will help to maintain and increase the assistance that IOM is currently providing which includes: transportation, post-arrival medical and psychosocial first aid, provision of meals, water and high energy biscuits, temporary accommodation for migrants who arrive at night, as well as accommodation and transportation for unaccompanied minors. IOM is also distributing shoes and other non-food items to the extremely vulnerable returnees. The Government of Ethiopia requested IOM’s assistance in managing this influx, with the government taking the lead in arranging for the returns.Since the onset of the operation, IOM has provided support to 167 unaccompanied minors. The minors stay at the transit centre for an average of 10 days pending family tracing. On Thursday, IOM in coordination with UNICEF and the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, sent home 58 children in the company of social workers from the Ministry. The re-unification process after family tracing takes approximately six days. IOM has already received USD 2.5 million through the Humanitarian Response Fund and Central Emergency Response Fund, leaving the gap of USD 13.1 million. The cost per beneficiary is estimated at USD 130. In-kind contributions from UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, IRC, ICR, Ethiopian Red Cross Society and other partners are being used to assist the arriving migrants. The donations range from water and sanitation kits, dignity kits, to ambulances, medicine, water tanks, blankets, tents, high energy biscuits and mobile toilets among others.  Source  ( IOM)
For more information contact
Sharon Dimanche
IOM Addis Ababa
Tel: +251930098527

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Founder of ANC dies at the age of 95.

Nelson Mandela was born in a small village in South Africa's eastern Cape in 1918, the youngest son of a counselor to the chief of the Thembu clan. He is pictured in about 1950, six years after he founded the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu. 
The picture in the news  shows, when Mandela congratulates South Africa's rugby captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team's victory over New Zealand in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995. "It was on that day that he captured the hearts of white South Africa," said the author John Carlin, who wrote a book, later turned into an Oscar-nominated movie, about the significance of Mandela's embrace of the largely-white rugby team. Source ( World news )

Monday, December 2, 2013

What is next for Returnees?

Dec 1, 2013 Ethiopian This Week , weekly  Radio program features discussion with guests with the  main subject   "what to do next?"  over Ethiopians who recently returned  from Saudi.  Click the link below,

Saturday, November 30, 2013

India can partner Ethiopia in space technology

With Ethiopia launching a new space programme last month, India can have a promising partnership with Africa in this frontier technology, India's outgoing ambassador here has said.
"An Indian rocket may carry an Ethiopian satellite into space; that is possible," outoing envoy Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi told IANS at his farewell reception here organized by the Indian Business Forum (IBF) in Ethiopia. "India's space launches are much cheaper (than in the West); hence launching micro satellites for Ethiopia is something that I think the two countries should work closely together for," he added.
After South Africa and Nigeria, Ethiopia is becoming a hub of Africa's aspirations in space with the East African nation's finalising the installation of two huge deep-space observatory telescopes to promote space research in the region, a prelude to its developing a space mission by launching its own satellites.
Indian technology has enabled the successful launching of satellites that now provide the country communication facilities and information on a range of subjects, including mineral deposits and weather trends. "I will discuss this new partnership opportunity with my successor," Bisnoi said. On completing his four-year term, Bishnoi is moving to New York as deputy head of India's permanent mission at the UN. He will be succeeded by Sanjay Verma, currently India's consul general in Dubai. He said Indian technological companies should invest in Ethiopia in the opportunities that are opening up. "The technologies that India brings are affordable, adoptable and suitable for household uses and others depending on the circumstances", the ambassador said. "There is a lot of things that Indian industry has to offer."
During his tenure, the ambassador had encouraged Indian investment to Ethiopia and several Indian projects, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, have been set up. "As a patron of IBF, he (Bishnoi) constantly guided us to achieve our main objectives of IBF," Mayur IBF president Suryakant Kothari told IANS. According to Kothari, the other major contribution of the Indian ambassador was to create a platform for dialogue between Indian and Ethiopian government officials, which is also an objective of the IBF.
"Creating a dialogue between government officials is very important for investment and he enabled this platform where Indian investors frankly and candidly engage with Indian and Ethiopian government officials, and a lot of their challenges and problems were resolved," Kothari said. One outcome of this dialogue is that India is the first country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) that has been successfully implemented by both sides. The first visit of Indian leaders like Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Mnister Manmohan Singh, as well as of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to India when he was foreign minister happened during Bishnoi's tenure.  Source ( IANS)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Tamrat layne speaks

Former Ethiopian PM , Tamrat Layne  speaks  on his past political life  . After his long silence Tamart tells to SBS Amharic service on his prison life, his childhood, the good and the bad times his organization (ANDM) went through with TPLF as well as his spiritual life. This is the introduction part of the interview.  More will   come soon. ..

Friday, November 22, 2013

Saudi, The Sunni dominated kingdom received a mortar attack from Shiite group

An Iraqi Shiite group claimed Thursday it had fired six mortar rounds that hit a remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia a day earlier as a warning to the Sunni-dominated kingdom.

Wathiq al-Battat, head of the pro-Iranian Shiite group Jaish al-Mukhtar, told AFP by telephone from Baghdad that the attack was "a warning strike" to Saudi Arabia over its stance towards Shiites.

"We did not mean for our missile to reach a residential area because we value people's blood," said Battat. "But next time, if Saudi Arabia continues the same course, we will go farther, little by little."
Battat also said his men had entered entered Hafr al-Batin, "an oil-rich area and vital to the Saudis" that was the target of the mortar fire. Diplomats and Iraqi security officials routinely say they do not believe Jaish al-Mukhtar to be a capable militia and do not regard Battat as a credible figure.
But the incident comes amid regional turmoil fuelled by the Syrian conflict. Riyadh backs the mostly Sunni rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is strongly supported by predominantly Shiite Iran and Shiite militias in Iraq and Lebanon. Earlier Thursday, Saudi state news agency SPA quoted border guard General Mohammed al-Ghamidi as saying six mortar rounds hit Wednesday "in an uninhabited area near Al-Awja border crossing... in Hafr al-Batin in Eastern Province, and no damage was caused." Residents said Saudi warplanes were flying over the area early on Thursday and Ghamidi said Saudi authorities were in "direct contact" with their neighbours to identify the source of the shelling and to prevent a repetition. Okaz newspaper's website said the mortar fire came "from the Iraqi side of the border." Hafr al-Batin, which also borders Kuwait, was a command headquarters for US forces during the 1991 Gulf War, which expelled Iraqi occupation forces from the emirate.  Source ( AFP)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ethiopians Have Home to come" , says Dr.Twedros Adahanom

 ”Ethiopians have home to come, they can always come to their home and we will  accepting them and not only  that we  are preparing the ground work ;  our command operation is  working around the clock.     I recently received   a direct call    from a girl straight from the camp who really in desperate situation, there is nothing devastated than that… I am sorry that Ethiopians are being treating this way regardless of their immigration status.    We are not in war with the Saudis, if they need to deport them, it should do be done smoothly not in the way they are doing in the past 10 days. We even could have arranged together to make it a smooth transfer.

For   those who forget, I would like to say the following.  When prophet Mohamed was been chased, he sent his followers (his Shaba as)    to Ethiopia. According to  history  they were  the  first refugees  who lived  in  Ethiopia , until things in  the Middle east were settled   down  , their cemetery  is  in Ethiopia  they buried here in Ethiopia   it is in Tigray .  I have visited myself. We consider this as one of our Ethiopian treasure, even the then emperor was given them grant for asylum, it is not only that he   in fact changed   the country   rule of law to accommodate   the interest of the Shaba’s .  This was done more than one century and half (approximately 1400 years ago). That should be remembered, that shouldn’t be forgotten!! There is always time you were supporting others but there is also time you may need help from those you once supported them. This is the universal reality of this world. Helping each other is not something new in the current world.  The last 10 days were difficult time in my life.
These are excerpts taken from Dr  Twedoes  speech during the  opening ceremony of family planning conference  in  Addis Abeba  .Watch the link here .  

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ethiopian police crackdown on anti-Saudi Arabia protest following migrant worker attacks

Ethiopian police used force Friday to disperse hundreds of people protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. Many foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are fleeing or are under arrest amid a crackdown on the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers. Close to 500 Ethiopians have been repatriated. Last weekend, Saudi residents fought with Ethiopians, and video emerged of a crowd dragging an Ethiopian from his house and beating him. The government’s spokesman, Shimelis Kemal, said Friday’s demonstration was broken up because organizers had not sought permission to hold such a protest. He also said many of the demonstrators carried anti-Arab messages that sought to “distort” strong relations between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. He declined to say how many people were arrested and expressed regret for police actions against journalists. One protester, Asfaw Michael, who was beaten, said he didn’t understand why Ethiopia wanted to shield Saudi Arabia from the protest given the anti-Ethiopian actions inside Saudi Arabia.Police units blocked roads to prevent the protest at the Saudi Arabia Embassy from growing. Some two dozen people were detained. The police also forced some journalists to delete photos.  Source ( Washington past )


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ethiopia Urges Probe After 3 Die in Saudi Labor Crackdown

Ethiopia demanded Saudi Arabia probe the deaths of its citizens as the kingdom prepared to expel tens of thousands of foreigners in a crackdown on undocumented workers.

Three Ethiopian nationals were killed in recent clashes with Saudi police, Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told reporters today in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, without giving details. Ethiopia’s government has spoken to Saudi Arabian officials and condemned the “deplorable” killing of “innocent citizens,” Dina said.

Saudi authorities on Nov. 4 started implementing measures against violators of the kingdom’s labor laws. About 17,000 Ethiopians have surrendered themselves in the capital, Riyadh, since Nov. 10 after clashes with police in the Manfouha neighborhood left two people dead, al-Riyadh newspaper reported today, citing Nasser al-Qahtani, spokesman for the city’s police.

Ethiopia’s government has sent extra diplomatic staff to register Ethiopians for their return home, according to Dina. “We’re looking for orderly repatriation with the rights of all citizens, including Ethiopians, respected,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, is taking action against illegal workers as it pushes to create more jobs for its citizens and stave off unrest.

More than 9 million foreign workers have entered Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil exporter invests its energy wealth to build roads, airports and new industrial cities. Source ( Bloomberg)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ethiopia condemns Saudi Arabia for its brutal crackdown

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom has condemned Saudi Arabia for its brutal crackdown on migrant workers in the kingdom.  Saudi authorities have launched the weeklong visa crackdown on foreign workers,killing three people, including an Ethiopian national.

“This is unacceptable. We call on the Saudi government to investigate this issue seriously. We are also happy to take our citizens, who should be treated with dignity while they are there,” Adhanom said on Sunday. Ethiopia’s top diplomat said Addis Ababa has formally complained to Riyadh and is now working to bring its citizens back home Saudi security forces on Saturday clashed with thousands of migrant workers protesting a new labor law. Two people were killed and nearly 70 others injured after police opened fire to disperse protesters in the capital Riyadh. More than 500 protesters were also detained. On Wednesday, the Ethiopian man was killed during another crackdown, prompting the Ethiopian government to announce efforts to bring home its citizens. Riyadh has announced plans to create jobs for Saudi nationals by reducing the number of foreign workers totaling some nine million people. Hundreds of thousands of workers have already left the kingdom amid tougher conditions for migrants. Foreign workers cannot change jobs or leave Saudi Arabia without the permission of their sponsors, who are often Saudi companies or individuals who provide workers to businesses for profit. Most of the sponsors take away the passports of the workers for the duration of their contract. Human rights groups have criticized Saudi Arabia over the condition of migrant workers in the kingdom and called on Riyadh to abolish the sponsorship system for migrant workers.

Source ( GJH/HN/AS)



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ethiopia: ‘Ethio-Mehedar’ and Its Defiance Editors

When we read the news below  from Awra-amba times we were wondering why anti-Corruption commission   keep silent (has an Elephant ear) on news of this nature. Isn't this the objective of the Anti-corruption commission to investigate and look into the alleged case? Not long ago the commission expressed its dissatisfaction over media out lets (both Government and Private) that they are not to adequately report   on corruption news as well as   not doing enough   on investigative journalism.
 Have your say!

አውራምባ ታይምስ (አዲስ አበባ) – ከቅርብ ጊዜ ወዲህ የኢህአዴግ መንግስትን ድክመት ፈልፍሎ በማውጣት፤ በተለይም በሃገሪቱ የተንሳራፋውን ሙስና በቁርጠኝነት በማጋለጥ በብቸኝነት ከፍተኛ ሚና እየተጫወተ እንደሆነ የሚነገርለትኢትዮ- ምህዳርጋዜጣ ዋና አዘጋጅ ታሰረ፡፡
የኢትዮ ምህዳር ዋና አዘጋጅ የሆነው ጋዜጠኛ ጌታቸው ማሩ በዛሬው እለት ጥቅምት 26 ቀን 2006 ዓም ከአዲስ አበባ ወጣ ብሎ ለገጣፎ በሚባለው አካባቢ በሚገኘው ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ውስጥ በተሰየመ ጊዚያዊ ችሎት እንዲቀርብ የተደረገ መሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡ ጋዜጠኛው በሥም ማጥፋት ወንጀል የተከሰሰ መሆኑም በደፈናው ተነግሮታል፡፡ ከሳሽ አቃቤ ሕግ የክሱን ዝርዝር ሳይገልፅ በጋዜጠኛ ጌታቸው ማሩ ላይ የጊዜ ቀጠሮ እንዲሰጠው ጠይቆበታል፡፡
ጋዜጠኛው በታሰረበት ለገጣፎ አካባቢ ቋሚ /ቤት ባለመኖሩ ከሰንዳፋ /ቤት በተላከ አንድ ዳኛ ብቻ ፖሊስ ጣቢያ ውስጥ በተሰየመ ተዘዘዋሪ ችሎት ፊት የቀረበው የኢትዮ- ምህዳር ዋና አዘጋጅ ጌታቸው ማሩ በከሳሽ አቃቤ ሕግ ጥያቄ መሰረት 14 ቀን በእስር ቤት እንዲቆይ ትዕዛዝ መስጠቱን ለማወቅ ተችሏል፡፡
ዛሬ 14 ቀን እስርቤት እንዲቆይ የተወሰነበት ጌታቸው ማሩ፤ በለገዳዲለገጣፎ ሲታሰር ሁለተኛው የኢትዮ ምህዳር ጋዜጠኛ መሆኑ ነው፡፡ ከቀናቶች በፊት የጋዜጣዋ ሥራ አስኪያጅ ጋዜጠኛ ሚሊዮን ደግነው ሲቪልና የፖሊስ ልብስ በለበሱ አራት ሰዎች በለገዳዲ ለገጣፎ እንዲታሰር መደረጉ የሚታወቅ ሲሆን የጋዜጣዋ ከፍተኛ አዘጋጅ የሆነው ኤፍሬም በየነም ጋዜጣዋ ካቀረበችው ዘገባ ጋር ተያይዞ ክስ ለመከታተል ከባልደረቦቹ ጋር ወደ አዋሳ በሄደበት ወቅት ጥቅምት 20 ቀን 2006 . አደጋ ደርሶበት በአከርካሪ አጥንቱና ሳምባው ላይ ጉዳት ደርሶበት በአዲስ አበባ ኮሪያ ሆስፒታል ህክምናውን በመከታተል ላይ እንደሚገኝ ይታወቃል፡፡
ኢትዮ-ምህዳር ጋዜጣ በለገዳዴ-ለገጣፎ አካባቢ የሚካሄደውን ምዝበራና ሙስና በተከታታይ ያጋለጠች ሲሆን ዛሬ 14 ቀን የጊዜ ቀጠሮ የተጠየቀበት ጋዜጠኛ ጌታቸው ማሩም ሆነ ከሁለት ቀናት በፊት በፖሊስ ተይዞ እዚያው እስር ቤት የሚገኘው ስራ አስኪያጁ ሚሊዮን ደግነው፣ በደፈናው ስም ማጥፋት ወንጀል ይከሰሱ እንጂ ጉዳዩ ከዚያም በላይ የሆነ የክልሉ መንግስት ሴራን በማጋለጣቸው ለእስር እንደተዳረጉ ለጋዜጠኞቹ ቅርበት ያላቸው ወገኖች ይገልጻሉ፡፡
እነዚህ ወገኖች እንደሚሉት የቀድሞው የከተማዋ ከንቲባ የሆኑት አቶ መገርሳ ገለታ በሙስና ወንጀል ተከሰው ስምንት አመት እስራት ከተፈረደባቸው በኋላ በሁለት ወራት እስራት ብቻ ተለቀው በሌላ ከፍተኛ ኃላፊነት መመደባቸውን ጋዜጣዋ በማጋለጧ ጉዳዩን ማድበስበስ የፈለጉ ወገኖች የወሰዱት አጸፋዊ እርምጃ ሊሆን እንደሚችልም ግምታቸውን ሰጥተዋል፡፡ የአቶ መገርሳ ጉዳይ በኦሮሚያ ክልላዊ መንግስታዊ ምክርቤት ሳይቀር የውይይት አጀንዳ እንደነበርም የአውራምባ ታይምስ ምንጮች ይገልጻሉ፡፡

Friday, November 1, 2013

Track laying for the Addis Ababa light railway project has been officially launched

Higher government officials, including Mayor of Addis Ababa City Administration, Diriba Kuma and Transport Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu attended launching ceremony. The two line rail tracks extend 17.35kms from east to west direction stretching from Ayat Village to Torhailoch passing through Megenagna, Legehar and Mexico. In the north to south direction, a 16.9-kms rail track will pass through Menelik Square, Merkato, Lideta, Legehar, Maskal Square, Gotera and Kaliti. The two directions will have a common track of about 2.8-kms. The Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit will have a total of 41 rails each with a capacity to carry 286 passengers. This will enable the light rail transit to provide transportation service to 15,000 people per hour in one direction and 60,000 in all four directions. Mayor of Addis Ababa City Administration, Diriba Kuma, on the occasion said the project would play a significant role towards alleviating the transportation problem in the metropolis when it is completed within a year and half. Addis Ababa light railway project, the first of its kind in the country, testifies Ethiopia’s economic advancement in various sectors.Diriba also called on the public to continue their support until the completion of the project as there is a big hope in the future.Transport Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, on his part said the project, upon its completion would expedite in ongoing economic growth.Some 43 per cent of the 34 km Addis Ababa light railway project has so far been completed, it was learnt.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ethiopian Railways Corporation, Dr Engineer Getachew Betru, on his part said the project will be completed as per schedule.  Source ( WIC )

Sex workers in Belo Horizonte ( Brazil) signed up for English classes ahead of World Cup 2014

The official countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil began on Wednesday, June 12. Stadiums are being revamped, public transport is being tweaked, businesses are gearing up and prostitutes are taking free English classes. Yes, you read that correctly.In Belo Horizonte, one of the 17 host cities for the event which is expected to draw about 600,000 international visitors, citizens working in one of the world’s oldest professions are learning a very specialized kind of English. Prostitution is legal in Brazil and the sex trade is expecting a healthy boost in business during the2014 World Cup. Large sporting events are often a magnet for sexual tourism and trafficking, and Brazil’s cities may be particularly vulnerable — in part because prostitution is legal, and the country has long been considered a popular erotic destination for those seeking sexual experiences abroad. In preparation, the Minas Gerais State Association of Prostitutes in Belo Horizonte is offering free English classes to help the city’s prostitutes make the most out of the onslaught of potential new clients. The association’s president, Cida Vieira, says the goal is to enable sex trade workers to better communicate with customers. “English will be very important to communicate with clients during the Cup,” Vieira said. “They’ll have to learn how to work out financial deals and also use a specialized vocabulary with sensual words and fetishes.”There are over 80,000 prostitutes in Belo Horizonte and approximately 4,000 are association members. But not everyone is happy about it, and the Brazilian government has come under recent fire, as all eyes begin to focus on the host country of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.   Source (

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ethiopian president educated in Beijing


In 1976, Teshome came to China for the first time. As a government-funded student, he studied at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) for one year and then moved on to Peking University, where he successively obtained his BA, MA, and PhD degrees. "He [Teshome) was more mature and diligent than his peers when studying at BLCU. He also showed great respect for all teachers." Zhao Yupin, an associate professor from BLCU, recalled  .Zhao taught Teshome essential Chinese language courses when the young man was there to learn Chinese in 1976. BLCU is a university specialized in teaching the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. Zhao, who was deeply, impressed by Teshome, added, "He was active and brave in expressing himself in class. He used to finish his homework on time and would ask me questions on whatever he didn't understand."Teshome made rapid progress in learning Mandarin Chinese and soon got acquainted with his new environment. The cheerful student made a lot of Chinese friends. In his spare time, he would often stroll around the streets, have a beer and a chat with his Chinese classmates.The student, who got familiar with Beijing's hutongs during this time, developed a strong interest in Chinese history and culture.In 1977, Teshome went on to study at Peking University, where he stayed for 14 years -- until 1991. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Philosophy of Political Economy in 1982. From 1985 to 1991, he received his master's and doctor's degrees in International Law under the supervision of Zhao Baoxu, a well-established Chinese political scientist.  Source (


Monday, October 21, 2013

ERCA to Seize Huawei's $13M worth of Equipment

The Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) is to confiscate 13 Million dollars worth of equipment imported in late 2012 by the Chinese telecom company, Huwawi Technologies. The Equipment was allegedly imported in the name of ethiotelecom without the latter's knowledge.  The measure came following successive investigation by the Ethiopian Shipping & Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE), Ethiopian Cargo (ET Cargo) and the House of People's Representatives (HPR). The investigation finally pointed out that the company had imported the equipment on behalf of ethiotelecom. The latter signed an 800M dollar telecom expansion deal three months ago with Huwawei.  Huwawi imported a total of 235 items, which included energy storage units and various types of battries through the ESLSE, on Nov 19 and 20, 2012. These were described on the commercial invoice as for 'ethiotelecom network expansion project. On the other hand, other equipment, including microwave telecommunication products, with a gross wight of 11,334kg, were brought into the country through ET Cargo by the company on behalf of ethiotelecom, on Dec 8, 2012.  The equipment has been stuck at ET Cargo and the Modjo Dry Port since late November 2012. This is about nine months before the company signed the deal with ethio telecom.  The disclosure came as the ESLSE lost patience with ethio telecom for leaving what it elieved was its property for over two months at the dry port, leading to congestion. 

The Enterprise filed an appeal with the Transport Standing Committee at the HPR, which then appealed at the Science, Communication & Technology Affairs Standing Committee. The latter contacted ethio telecom at the end of the last fiscal year to request an explanation.

When asked by the House, however, ethio telecom claimed that it has no property at the dry port. In a letter ethio telecom wrote to the ERCA last week, it stated that the properties do not belong to them, nor did they allow Huwawei to import the equipment.  The state-owned telecom service provider signed at 1.6 billion dollar telecom service expansion project with Huawei and its Chinese rival, ZTE, on July 25 and August 18, 2013, respectively. Their specific assignments, however, are yet to be determined.
Following ethiotelecom's letter, a second letter was dispatched, this time from the ERCA's head office, directed to the Customs Clearance Procedure Department of the branch office found inside ET Cargo. The Department, which is responsible for handling goods imported through the airline, was told to take the appropriate measure 'per the law'.
"Discussion was held among officials here and the goods will be confiscated," an official at the Customer Service Directorate at the ERCA told Fortune, on condition of anonymity.

A similar measure is to be taken at the dry port as well, Fortune has confirmed.

The law says goods left at the port for more than two months should be confiscated.

"They [Huawei] have been using our weakness and tolerance inappropriately," said Desalegn.

Gelia Huang, Huwawei's public relations officer, declined to comment on the issue.   Source ( Fortune ) 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ethiopia deny bus-attack claim

The Ethiopian Football Federation have denied allegations relating to the alleged attack on the Nigerian team bus that reportedly left Emmanuel Igiebor injured. The incident was in the Nigeran Football Federation's report to FIFA, after the two sides' World Cup qualifying play-off encounter at Addis Abbey Stadium. Nigeria won the match but their victory was not without its fair share of controversies, after Ethiopia felt that they had a legitimate goal disallowed, while their goal was contested by the Super Eagles. It ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors after they scored a late penalty, giving them a two away goals going into the return leg. EFF president Juinedin Basha admitted that their fans were upset after the defeat. "Of course the stadium was full of angry fans, who were disappointed by the referee's decision," Basha told BBC Sport. "Especially after he ruled out the first goal."

However, he added that their investigation found that there was no incident to report on. "There was no attack. There was no one injured - either players or individuals from the Nigerian team on Sunday. This is what we found out from our investigation," the EFF president said. "We have checked everything. We've got nothing that shows that a player or any other individual was injured by fans. "The Ethiopian people are known to be respectful to any African from every corner. This is our culture, this is our history and the Nigerians are our African brothers."   Source ( (