Friday, August 30, 2013

Organized immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel ends

A plane carrying 450 immigrants from Ethiopia on Wednesday marked the end of Israel's decades-long effort to bring Jews and their descendants from the African nation to the Jewish state. About 90,000 Ethiopians were brought to Israel in the organized immigration project that began with a dramatic airlift in 1984-85 dubbed "Operation Moses" and continued with the 36-hour "Operation Solomon" in 1991. Left behind at that time were thousands of the Falash Mura, the name given to the descendants of the ancient Jewish community who converted to Christianity in the 19th and 20th centuries, most often under pressure. The end of airlifts left some families divided between Ethiopia and Israel.
The Israeli government decided in 2010 to bring the rest of the Falash Mura, many of whom had waited for years in transit camps in Gondar, Ethiopia. Another 7,000 Ethiopians have arrived in the last year in the last of the organized operations, titled "Dove's Wings." This month, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky handed the mayor of Gondar the key to the city's Jewish school, where envoys prepared hopeful Falash Mura for life in Israel. The last group of immigrants was welcomed Wednesday with a ceremony marking the end of the campaign. But other Ethiopian Israelis demonstrated outside the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to protest the official termination of the immigration effort. Hundreds of people who haven't proved their Jewish genealogy to the satisfaction of Israeli authorities remain in Ethiopia for now, although they have  relatives in Israel, community activists told local media.  Despite considerable inroads made by the community, which has provided Israeli society with diplomats, lawmakers and celebrities, the immigrants' integration into mainstream Israeli society is often difficult. Earlier this year, Israel's state comptroller issued a scathing report faulting authorities for failing to manage what should have been a national priority.  The report found that many programs, in particularly those earmarked for boosting education, were severely under-budgeted and poorly managed. High school dropout rates are high among immigrants, as is early discharge from mandatory military service for serious misbehavior. Gaps in education and immigration difficulties are reflected in the job market, as many Ethiopian Israelis work in low-paying, menial jobs. Source ( Los  Angeles Times )

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Many prominent folks do not think Haile G.Selasse is a good choice for Presidency

A prominent lawyer and legal expert, Molla Zegeye, says that the president is someone who should be accepted and respected by all portions of the society. “He should be between 55 and  60 years old,  be audacious and should have the right to be consulted. He should consult the PM and the Council of Ministers on various national issues,” Molla told The Reporter. Athlete Gebregziabher Gebremariam, on his part, says that the president should be a person who should listen to the grievances of the masses. He says that the president should put the public ahead of himself. “I would like to see Kuma Demeksa to be the next president. He is a determined person and is a people's man. However, I think that Ashebir will be the next president,” Gebregziabher told The Reporter.

Aregash Adane, former member of the Central Committee of the TPLF, says that since there is no actual power exercised by the the president, she would not take time to think about the issue. “Presidents who assumed power have not even fully exercised the power bestowed upon them by the Constitution,” she told The Reporter. Negasso thinks that Mulu Solomon would make a good president. “Until now the country's top officials have been men, and with the prominence she has, I think she will be a likely candidate. She has the charisma and is young and those are good attributes” he says. Similarly, Mushe Semu, president of the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), says that he would like to see a woman president. But if it were to be men then Bulcha Demeksa is his choice. Most of the respondents approached by The Reporter say that the president should be someone who can best represent the people and the process ought to include the public and should be participatory.

With Girma Woldegiorgis set to call it a day the New Ethiopian year, 2006 will welcome a new president of the Republic. Who will you pick as the next president? Source (Reporter)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Two Chinese firms are neck and neck to grab the highest portion of Ethiopian telecommunications

The two Chinese firms are said to be sharing the USD 1.6 billion dollar contract equally and both have already been awarded different projects.  The recent decision to move from a single supplier to what the government called the wise approach of bringing in both Huawei and ZTE ended longstanding procedural arrangements. It is hoped that the upcoming expansion projects will resolve the service quality problems that have gone unaddressed for years. The two telecom giants were neck and neck for months in an attempt to grab the higher portion of Ethiopia’s telecommunications contract, particularly the 4G network expansion for Addis Ababa. In fact, Debretsion Gebremichael (Ph.D.), the Communication and Information Technology minister, recently said that the 4G project has been awarded to Huawei. However, ZTE deny the claim, saying that it has not been formally notified and the negotiations for the Addis Ababa project are ongoing, while announcing that it is expanding its efforts nationwide. With regards to such speculation, the latest agreement signed between ZTE and Ethio telecom and its future plans for Ethiopia’s ICT prospects, Yonas Abiye and Yohannes Anberbir of The Reporter sat down with ZTE’s Deputy CEO Qiao Liang (Charles) for an interview. Click   here  to read more 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

ድምፃዊ ኢዮብ መኰንን አረፈ::

ድምፃዊ ኢዮብ መኰንን ካለፈው ማክሰኞ ጀምሮ ባደረበት ድንገተኛ ሕመም ራሱን ስቶ በሕክምና ላይ እንደሚገኝ ታወቀ፡፡ በአስጊ ሁኔታ ላይ እንደሚገኝ የተገለጸው ኢዮብ የሕመሙ መንስዔ ስትሮክ መሆኑ ታውቋል፡፡የቅርብ ጓደኞቹ ድምፃዊው ይህ ነው የሚባል ሕመም እንዳልነበረበትና ታሞ እንደማያውቅ ገልጸው፣ ባለፈው እሑድ ድንገት እጁ ላይ በተሰማው ስሜት ምክንያት ሐያት ሆስፒታል ለመታየት ቢሄድም ሙሉ ጤነኛ እንደነበር ተነግሮታል፡፡ ባለፈው ማክሰኞ ብስክሌት እየነዳ ልጁን ከትምህርት ቤት አስመዝግቦ ሲመለስ ቤቱ በር ላይ ተዝለፍልፎ በመውደቁ፣ ቅዱስ ገብርኤል ሆስፒታል ድንገተኛ ክፍል ገብቶ እስካሁን ድረስ ራሱን ስቶ እንደሚገኝ ተረጋግጧል፡፡ ወደ ኬንያ ሄዶ እንዲታከም ለማድረግ የኢዮብ ወዳጆች ኮሚቴ አዋቅረው ገንዘብ አሰባስበውለታል፡፡ በአገር ውስጥ የአውሮፕላን አምቡላንስ ባለመኖሩ ምክንያትም በኬንያ ከሚገኝ የግል ኩባንያ ጋር 25,000 ዶላር ወስዶ ለማሳከም ስምምነት ላይ መደረሱ ታውቋል፡፡ ለሕክምናው የሚያስፈልገው ወጪ ከጓደኞቹና ከጥበብ ማኅበረሰቡ እየተሰባሰበ ሲሆን፣ ባለፈው ዓርብ ሐኪሞቹ እስከሚፈርሙ ድረስ እየተጠበቀ መሆኑ ተገልጿል፡፡ በከተማው ውስጥ አሉ የሚባሉ ኒውሮሎጂስቶችና ሌሎች የሕክምና ባለሙያዎችም እየመረመሩት ነበር፡፡ በማሽን እየተረዳ የሚተነፍሰው ኢዮብ እስካሁን በምን ሁኔታ ላይ እንደሚገኝ በግልጽ አልታወቀም፡፡ በጭጋጋማና ብርዳማዎቹ ቀናት አድናቂዎቹ፣ ዘመዶቹና ወዳጆቹ ስለጤንነቱ እየጸለዩና እስኪነቃም እየተጠባበቁ መሆናቸው ታውቋል፡፡ ከዚህም በተጨማሪ በፌስቡክ ድረ ገጽ ላይ ‹‹ለኢዮብ መኮንን እንጸልይ›› የሚል ገጽ የተፈጠረለት በመሆኑ፣ በርካቶች መልካም ምኞታቸውንና ጸሎታቸውን ለድምፃዊው እያስተላለፉ ነው፡፡ ታዋቂው ሙዚቀኛ ኢዮብ ሬጌን በተለየ መልኩ በመዝፈን የራሱን አሻራ ማሳረፍ የቻለ ነው፡፡ ‹‹እንደቃል›› በሚለው አልበሙ ተወዳጅነትና ተደማጭነትም ማግኘት ችሏል፡፡ በመድረክ አያያዙና በመሳጭ ግጥሞቹ የብዙዎችን ልብ ማሸነፍ እንደቻለም ይነገርለታል፡፡ ጅጅጋ ከተማ ውስጥ የተወለደው 37 ዓመቱ ኢዮብ፣ የሙዚቃው ተፅዕኖ ከዝነኛው ድምፃዊ አሊ ቢራና ከቦብ ማርሌ እንዳረፈበት መናገሩ ይታወሳል፡፡ አሁን በደረሰን ዜና ኢዮብ መኰንን ማረፉን ሰምተናል ለቤተሰቡ መፅናናትን እንመኛለን.  Source ( Addiswound )

Saturday, August 17, 2013

19 year old Ethiopian Killer calls Police for help to flee Saudi

An Ethiopian man who lives illegally in Saudi Arabia dialed ‘999’ and asked or help to flee the Gulf Kingdom after killing his uncle, not realising he called the police. The 19-year-old farmer used a big stick to club his uncle to death after a heated argument at their employer’s farm in the western town of Medina and then called a known smuggler to seek help in sneaking out of the country.  “The smuggler told him to dial 999 and they would help him. He called that number and told them what happened,” Al Saudeh daily said. “Minutes later, policemen were at the farm, where they found the man’s 20-year-old uncle lying in a pool of blood. They arrested that man who confessed to the crime.”  Source ( Emerates

Friday, August 16, 2013

Patricia Amira, (The African Oprah) Expressed her Frustration with Ethiopian Airlines

Media personality and renowned TV host Patricia Amira took to her Facebook page on Sunday afternoon to rant about her frustrations of dealing with Ethiopian Airlines. Her update which read in part, "arrived at JKIA at 3:30a.m for an Ethiopian Airlines flight to Abuja only to be told the flight has been cancelled. This, coming after repeated albeit noncommittal assurances over the phone both on Friday and Saturday, that the flight will depart as scheduled.

No warning to passengers, no ET personnel on the ground to assist and offer alternative arrangements, customers having to call ET HQ in Ethiopia to get telephone numbers of ET managers here in Nairobi. Returned home to sleep. About three hours ago, a call comes in from ET personnel (who refused to give their name). My hubby answered (as I was asleep), and he was given some tale about there being only one flight a day, at basically, I was lying. Customer service looks like a pipe dream from where I'm sitting!" Amira was headed to Abuja for a work trip.

Who is She?

Patricia Amira, 33, Kenyan, TV Personality

Africa’s own answer to Oprah. The Kenyan-born media queen is one of the continent’s most popular talk-show hosts. Her daytime talk show, The Patricia Show is broadcast in over 45 African countries and watched by over 10 million people. The show focuses on indigenous achievements and human interest stories across Africa.
  Source ( Dire Tube ) 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Addis Ababa Light Rail way is expected to come to end by 2014, says ERTA

According to   the news information from   Ethiopian Railway Corporation, the city Light Railway is expected to come to end at the end of 2014. Currently Addis Ababa's road coverage stands at 15 per cent as for figures from the City Administration.Ethiopian Railway Corporation told   ERTA that Ethiopian engineers have been involved to help facilitate skills transfer. Addis Ababa in the just begun fiscal year has set to invest 3.6 billion birr to continue to increase the road coverage of the seat of the African continent, the hope is two years from now Addis Ababa's road coverage stands at 20 per cent. Currently there is a big traffic jam and delays in many parts of the city over the erection of railway. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Discussion with the founder of PLR Inc. Ms. Mamey Werku

Our August 4 weekly Radio program features comments on insufficient electric and water supply in the capital as well as interview with   Ms.   Mamey Warku ,  the founder of PLR Inc. 

  lives   in  Denver Colorado,  and a  mother  of two , Ms  Werku  is working for  the city Mayor office in the rank of  Commissioner.      This is the first part of her interview; we will post the remaining part in the coming weeks.  

Despite the fact   that the government  of  Ethiopia   is doing its  best to accommodate  the needs  of the  people  in the city ,  we also observed that  there is a  lack of coordination among  Ethiopian electric power  authorities  ,  telecommunication experts   ,  Ethiopian water supply  administration ,   and the Giant  Chinese  firm   who received the award   to install the Rail way in the city .In most cases  The Chinese  drilling machines  don’t   have  an idea the  whereabouts  of the electric cables  or the water pipes are.  This needs to be addressed.   We  often hear that one of the  main cause that  water is out    or electric  power is down is  not always  something   wrong  from  the  resource , but also errors    from the  construction  work .   
We believe that all stakeholders need to work together and share information prior deploying their stuff to the ground work.  In order to listen, our view or to find out how to   establish your own philanthropic organization like PLR, focusing on needy people, please click the following link. Ethiopian This week is an independent media provide unbiased, fair, and balanced news particularly regarding Ethiopia. The Ethiopian this week doesn't belong to any party or group and has no particular agenda besides truthfully informing our viewers. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Discussion with WUD Elderly Organization founders In Addis

Our July 28 weekly Radio program features comment on poor internet service in the capital as well as interview with founders of WUD Elderly philanthropic Organization,   Miss   Wube   Welde Amanulel  , Mr . Chane Weldamanuel and Ethiopian Elderly Organization Vice president Mr . Tilahun Abebe.   The Organization is located at Total near-by   Zenebwerk Hospital . To  listen   this  exclusive interview  or to find out  if you  would like to  have or  else establish you own philanthropic organization ,   focusing on needy people ,   click the link below.  


Sunday, August 4, 2013


I had the opportunity to visit Addis Abeba for about five weeks between June 21st and July 27. What follows is a report to those who read my occasional essays on Ethiopian affairs.  In writing this essay, I make no charges that can’t be substantiated, no opinions are expressed that may be considered slanderous, and no praise is heaped that is either out of place or undeserved. For those who do not know me, I am a professor by occupation but consider my self a romanticist by philosophy and inclination. As a result, I write these essays with the belief that while they may provide an insight into the potential for loss and/or difficulty; they may at the same time point out the path for potential gain to all.

 What Is In A Name?

 Call it ‘Finfine’, ‘Sheger’ or just simply and affectionately   ‘Addis’, Addis Abeba is a city with hubris, faith, hope, chaos, vibrancy, order, and a great deal of skepticism. It resembles a giant construction site, dug up everywhere, with no one eager to clean up the mess. Yet, no one in their right mind is willing to abandon or disclaim it, no matter their troubles, so they embrace it—warts and all! Addis is like a magnificently written poem transforming its meaning with each line—one line an expression of joy and ecstasy, the next of anguish and frustration, the next of hope and progress, the next of achievement and success, the next of failure and decay, and the next of hopeful exuberance and joyful embrace.  In short, Addis is a city of a mixture of brilliance, belligerence, plight as well as some wild excess.  Read  more...