Monday, December 30, 2013

Ethiopian This Week Dec 29, 2013 Radio program


Ethiopian This Week web page ( http://www.ethiopianthisweek.com)  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 !!!.

Respectfully, 

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
Email sdimanche@iom.int
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,   


https://ia601903.us.archive.org/23/items/Dec1P/Dec%201%20P.mp3