Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014 Ethiopian This Week Radio Program

Just few days are left to wrap up  the year 2014. The world is ready to receive the New Year 2015 in  a  couple of days.  We at Ethiopian This week web page, wishes to all of our netters, on line Radio listeners , face book  and twitters  friends  a prosperous and happy new year.  May your holiday filled with plenty of life, health and happiness.
 Our December 28, 2014 program features  the  last part  interview  of Ato Melaku  Tefra  ( historian),  over Addis Abeba ‘s  1st   founders  and its historical development.
 On our second part we present current discussion on   (Sony film production versus its cyber technology), and reflect what lesson we learn from this saga.   Click the link below to listen the full program.

Wanted Islamic extremist with $3 million bounty surrenders in Somalia

 A leader with the Islamic extremist group A leader with the Islamic extremist group  al  Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Hersi may have surrendered because he fell out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab's top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, the officer said. Hersi was one of eight top al-Shabab officials whom the Obama administration offered a total $33 million in rewards for information leading to their capture in 2012. Despite suffering major losses such as losing major cities, al-Shabab remains a threat in Somalia and the East African region. The group has carried out many terror attacks in Somalia and some in neighboring countries including Kenya, whose armies are part of the African Union troops bolstering Somalia's weak U.N.- backed government. On Christmas day al-Shabab launched an attack at the African Union base in Mogadishu. Nine people died, including three African Union soldiers, in the attack on the complex, which also houses U.N. offices and western embassies. Al-Shabab said the attack was aimed at a Christmas party and was in retaliation for the killing of the group's leader Godane. Al-Shabab also claimed that 14 soldiers were killed but the group often exaggerates the number of people it kills. Al-Shabab is waging an Islamic insurgency against Somalia's government that is attempting to rebuild the country after decades of conflict that was sparked off by the 1991 ouster of dictator Siad Barre.  Source  ( Associated press)

Friday, December 26, 2014

EPRDF to run uncontested in Harari

The only two opposition parties in contention for the seat of the Harari Regional State Council announced their withdrawal from the upcoming elections paving the way for the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to run uncontested. The Harari People’s Democratic Party (HPDP) and Harari Democratic Organization (HDO) announced their withdrawal citing harassment and uneven playing field. “The situation in the region is very difficult for the opposition party to participate in the election and hence we have decided to withdraw,” Bule Abdulahi, representative of HPDP in Addis Ababa, told The Reporter.
The representative said the party has been communicating its grievances in letters to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) to no avail.
“The board failed to respond to our demands and did not provide us a lasting solution but only empty promises,” Bule said.
Similarly, Abdi Sebri, president of HDO, also explained to The Reporter that his party’s decision to withdraw from the fifth general elections scheduled to be conducted on May 24, 2015.
“The decision to withdraw is due to mounting pressures from the administrators of the region. Currently, it is very difficult for the oppositions to participate in the election because there is no freedom and equal opportunity for all,” Abdi told The Reporter.
“Many members and supporters of our party were fired from their jobs and suffered a lot because of their active participation during the previous election [in 2010]. The situation has not changed and we do not wish to push the public into despair,” he further explained.
The two party leaders said the decision to withdraw is made to demonstrate their “dismay” on administrators of the Harari Regional State and the NEBE.
“We do not want to be just a pacemaker rather we want to bring real change in the region, however, the situation is such that it is impossible to do so,” Abdi told The Reporter.
Demesew Benti, public relations director at NEBE, declined to comment over the issue on Friday stating that “the Board is in a meeting to pass decisions on various matters therefore it is very difficult to comment over the issue before the Board’s decision.”
The decision to withdraw by the two opposition parties leaves the Harari People’s National League, an affiliate of EPRDF, and the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization, an EPRDF-member party, as the only contesting parties in the region.
The two parties equally shared the 36 seats in the Harari Regional State Council in the aftermath of the 2010 general elections.
HPDP was established right after the country introduced a multiparty system back in 1994 and has participated in all national elections in the past without winning a seat.  HPO was also established some seven years ago and has participated in the 2010 general elections.  source ( The Reporter )

Thursday, December 25, 2014

British national killed in Ethiopia

The 47-year-old male tourist was shot with a rifle in the north-western city of Bahir Dar, AFP quoted a government spokesman as saying. A suspect has reportedly been arrested. The body has been taken to Addis Ababa for a post-mortem examination A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Ethiopia."

No further details were disclosed.

'Old rifle' 

Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal  told AFP the suspect had not known the gun - an "old rifle" - was loaded, and the incident happened in a church on the morning of Christmas Eve.
He said: "It appears that a resident of Bahir Dar, who was licensed to carry a gun, accidentally discharged his gun while changing the gun position from one shoulder to the other."
Bahir Dar is a popular tourist destination located some 310 miles (500km) north-west of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia's Amhara region.  Source ( BBC)

Monday, December 22, 2014

ልምምድ ላይ የነበረ የኢትዮጵያ ሄሊኮፕተር በዋና አብራሪው አስገዳጅነት ኤርትራ አረፈ ::

የስልጠና ልምምድ እያደረገ የነበረ አንድ የኢፌዴሪ አየር ኃይል ተዋጊ ሄሊኮፍተር ከሃዲው አብራሪ ቴክኒሻኑንና ረዳት አብራሪውን በማስገደድ ኤርትራ ማረፉን የኢፌድሪ መከላከያ ሚኒስቴር አስታወቀ፡፡ ሚኒስቴሩ በሰጠው መግለጫ  ሄሊኮፍተሩ ባፈው አርብ ከጧቱ 2 ሰዓት 35 ጀምሮ በመደበኛ የስልጠና ልምምድ ላይ ነበር፡፡  ተዋጊ ሄሊኮፍተሩ ከግንኙነት ውጪ በመሆኑ በሰራዊቱ፣ በአካባቢው ማህበረሰብ እና በአጋሮች ለተከታታይ ቀናትና ሰአታት ፍለጋ ሲደረግለት መቆየቱንም አስታውሷል፡፡   ሆኖም ሄሊኮፍተሩ በከሀዲው ዋና አብራሪ አማካኝነት ቴክኒሻንና ረዳት አብራሪውን በማስገደድ ኤርትራ ማረፉን የተገኙ መረጃዎች እንደሚጠቁሙ ሚኒስቴሩ ገልጿል፡፡ ሚኒስቴሩ እንዳለው ልማታዊ መንግስታችንና ህዝባችን ድህንትን ተረት እያደረጉ ባሉበትና የመከላከያ ሰራዊታችን በሀገር ውስጥና በአለማቀፍ ደረጃ ከፍተኛ ዝና እየተጎናፀፈ ባለበት ወቅት የሀገሪቱ ጠላቶች የደከመች ኢትዮጵያን ለማየት ሀገሪቱን ለማተራመስ ላይ ታች እያሉ ነው፡፡ ሆኖም መንግስታችንና ህዝባችን ከተያዙት የልማትና የዲሞክራሲ ስርኣት ግንባታ ለአፍታም ቢሆን ሊያደናቅፍ የሚችል ሁኔታ እንደሌለ መግለጫው አመልክቷል፡፡ የኢፌዴሪ መከላከያ ሰራዊትም የህገ መንግስቱና የህዝቡ አለኝታና መከታ በመሆን የሻዕቢያን ተላላኪዎችና ቅጥረኞች በከፍተኛ ህዝባዊነትና ጀግንነት ከተቀበሩበት መቃብር ለአፍታም ቢሆን ቀና እንዳይሉ በማደርግ  የሀገሪቱን ሰላምና ልማት  እንሳካለን ብሏል፡፡
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