Sunday, June 29, 2014

Three Ethiopian born men have busted in prostitution case

Police have announced the arrested of seven men in connection to a prostitution bust in Southwest Philadelphia.
Authorities say on June 20th officers from the City Wide Vice Enforcement Unit conducted an operation targeting prostitution in the 12th District.
Undercover decoy officers arrested the following men and charged them with Patronizing Prostitution:
1) James Walker, 45, from the 1000 block of Bullock Avenue in Yeadon, Pa.
2) Mitchell Ballah, 22, from the 100 block of McDade Blvd in Folsom, Pa.
3) Mullugeta Goniche, 30, from the 2500 block of South 70th Street in Philadelphia
4) Shimless Badane, 39, from the 2500 block of South 67th Street in Philadelphia
5) Rudy Lagasca JR, 53, from the 500 block of Devon Road in Norwood, Pa.
6) Oldman Kabban, 37, from the 7100 block of Greenwood in Upper Darby, Pa.
7) HabteMariam Embaye, 32, from the 2500 block of South Claymont Street in Philadelphia  Source (SOUTHWEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) 

Beauty contest and Cultural exchange in downtown Silver Spring ( July 4 , 2014)

 Our  June 29 , 2014  ,  Radio program futures an interview with  the  Organizers  of  Ethiopian  beauty contest which will  be held on July 4, 2014 at 8777  silver spring , MD  Sheraton Hotel    “besides   the  beauty  contest   there will  be a  dance show , paint auction, American and  Ethiopian Hair fashion  style  and more  “    ,   said the  organizers  . Click the link below to listen the full interview.  .

June 22, 2014 Ethiopian This Week Weekly Radio program ( Fake Sami!)

Our June 22, 2014 Radio program, presents on the fake “”Dr. and  Engineer “”     individual by the name of Samuel Zemaicheal. We were wondering, how a country like Ethiopia hasn’t   yet developed an Academic Assessment Institution   that evaluates credentials of self claimed Doctors or Engineers.   As we all know, the world is getting a small village and higher institutions are not different. They will be accessed these days   via a single e- mail if there is a need of credential issues. There should  be a  gate keeper  to value education ,  That way the likes of  Samuel  will not slip  easily  to  the  academic arena as  they wish too!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Amazing Former Ethiopian president testimony over “” Ing /Dr “” . Samueal ZemaicheaL(Updated )

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis defended controversial Ethiopian man, Samuel Zemichal over allegations of fake academic background and related scams.   The  former president also indicated that  the then doctor NOW  Mr  Zemicaheal  had  taken an assignment  of writing  his Autobiography  and   80 %  of    the  work has been accomplished .  Former president Germa   fears that Mr. Samuel may hurt himself or even will suicide because of the degree of  bombardment of this news. The  surprising thing  is  that even the former president  himself  had received  three   degrees  from   three different institution which  he neither  had any  clue nor asked to did any desertion work  . According to president Germa  it is normal that a person bestowed Academic degree ,which  he or  she  never worked for it.  It is remembered that the former president once commented that the missing Malaysian flight went to the outer universe.   Click the link below to listen the full interview of former president Germa  Weldegiorgis  . The video is a courtesy of Awrama  times.

More update  From Ethiopian This week  June 22, 2014  weekly radio program....

June 22, 2014 Radio program, presents on the fake “”Dr. and  Engineer “”     individual by the name of Samuel Zemaicheal. We were wondering, how a country like Ethiopia hasn’t   yet developed an Academic Assessment Institution   that evaluates credentials of self claimed Doctors or Engineers.   As we all know, the world is getting a small village and higher institutions are not different. They will be accessed these days   via a single e- mail if there is a need of credential issues. There should  be a  gate keeper  to value education ,  That way the likes of  Samuel  will not slip  easily  to  the  academic arena as  they wish too!


Sudan death row woman Meriam Ibrahim 're-arrested'

A Sudanese woman freed from death row on Monday has been arrested with her family at Khartoum airport, sources have told the BBC.Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to hang in May for renouncing Islam, sparking widespread outrage at home and abroad.About 40 security agents detained Mrs Ibrahim - along with her husband, Daniel Wani and two children - at the airport, the sources said.On Monday, Mr Wani said the family intended to leave for the US. Mrs Ibrahim was released from prison after an appeal court annulled the death sentence imposed on her. She was arrested in February, and gave birth to a daughter in prison not long after being sentenced. The family has been taken to the headquarters of one of Sudan's security agencies, the sources said. Before she was rearrested, Western countries had welcomed the decision to rescind the death penalty.   Source ( BBC) 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sudan announces release of Meriam Ibrahim from death row

A Christian woman on death row in a Sudanese prison has been released on the orders of a court in Khartoum after her case became the focus of an international campaign. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery and to be hanged for apostasy after refusing to renounce her faith last month. The Sudanese state news agency Suna said: "The appeal court ordered the release of [Ibrahim] and the cancellation of the [earlier] court ruling." However, there was no sign of Ibrahim, her husband Daniel Wani or their two children at the couple's home in Khartoum. Mohaned Mostafa, a member of Ibrahim's legal team, said she had been moved to a safehouse "for her protection and security". He told Reuters: "Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her." Judges have been hearing an appeal against Ibrahim's convictions for the past two weeks. Her lawyers argued that the case was based on weak, contradictory and inconsistent claims, and contravened Sudan's interim constitution. After being imprisoned with her toddler son, Ibrahim gave birth to a daughter while shackled to the floor of her cell. Wani, who has been permitted only brief visits to his family, said his wife and children were being held in inhumane conditions in Omdurman women's prison. Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy after the court insisted she was a Muslim because her father was a Muslim, even though Ibrahim said she had been brought up as a Christian after her father abandoned the family when she was six. Her 2011 marriage to Wani was declared invalid, resulting in her conviction for adultery. After her conviction, Ibrahim was given three days to renounce her faith or face a death sentence. The leaders of Britain's three main political parties backed a campaign to get Ibrahim released. David Cameron said he was "absolutely appalled" by the sentences. "The way she is being treated is barbaric and has no place in today's world. Religious freedom is an absolute, fundamental human right," the prime minister said. The US state department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the case and called on Khartoum to respect the right to freedom of religion. Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Jesse Jackson and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, were among high-profile international figures calling for the sentence to be dropped.   Source (The Guardian) 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Egyptian anchorwoman suspended after live row with Ethiopia Ambassador

Rania Badawy of the private satellite station Tahrir hung up on Ethiopia's ambassador to Cairo during a live call-in over the contested Grand Renaissance Dam. An Egyptian broadcaster has been suspended for arguing with Ethiopia's ambassador to Cairo during a live TV phone-in about Addis Ababa's ongoing Nile dam project.On Wednesday, Rania Badawy, a talk show host on the privately-owned Tahrir satellite channel, got into a heated argument with Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dardir over the Grand Renaissance Dam, a multi-billion hydroelectric dam that has been a source of contention between the two countries for over a year. Near the end of the six-minute-long call, Badawy asked the envoy if Addis Ababa insisted on pressing forward with the dam's construction in its current form and capacity, which Egypt fears will harm its share of the Nile's water. The ambassador replied: "You do not understand about dams and are talking in a bumptious tone." Badawy then angrily told the ambassador he had "crossed his limits" and that he should not "characterise [her] talk or speak to [her] about arrogance". She then thanked him and abruptly ended the call, as his voice trailed off in an attempt to reply. The head of the TV station, Mohamed Khedr, told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website on Sunday that the move to suspend Badawy came amid his channel's "sense of responsibility," adding that the management was revamping the programme map ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – which should fall on 29 June.   Source  ( Al-ahram ) 

Friday, June 20, 2014

What is up with Meriam Ibrheim ?

This is the first picture of the mother-of-two who has been sentenced to death in Sudan for being a Christian - from inside the prison where she is being held.
In an exclusive photo, Meriam Ibrahim puts on a brave face as she holds her newborn baby girl Maya who was born in the jail where she has been locked up for eight months.
But behind the smile there is a different story - Meriam's eyes have dark rings under them, her arms are alarmingly thin and her face looks gaunt.
Gone is the radiant glow from the day she married husband Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, and in its place is a woman struggling with the awful fate awaiting her.  Source ( Mail online )

Want to know the latest World cup result?

For latest information and where each team stands, click the link here.  You can also see the latest result of each group   by clicking the right side next to points. So many unexpected things are happening In this game. Some of the big names like England and Spain have been kicked away. As I am writing this comment, no one knows for sure who will pick the 2014 Golden cup.   Don’t forget to see the updates by clicking the right hand side. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

US imposes sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law

The US has imposed sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay laws it says are "counter to universal human rights".It said Ugandans involved in human rights abuses against gay people would be banned from entering the US. The White House is also cutting funds to a number of programmes it is running with the Ugandan authorities, and cancelling a military exercise. Uganda has said it will not be pressed by the West to change the laws, which can see gay people jailed for life. The law signed in February allows life imprisonment for acts of "aggravated homosexuality" and criminalises the "promotion of homosexuality". The White House described the legislation an affront that called into question Uganda's commitment to protecting human rights. "The Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden Hayden in a written statement." The US will also discontinue or redirect funds for certain programmes involving the Ugandan Police Force, National Public Health Institute and Ministry of Health, and has cancelled plans to conduct a US military-sponsored aviation exercise in the African nation. It is the latest effort by US officials to challenge Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act.   Source ( BBC 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Investigation stalls in case of nine journalists and bloggers

Nine journalists who were arrested on 25 and 26 April continue to be detained pending trial. When the latest detention hearing in their case was held on 14 June, a judge gave the police yet more time to complete their investigation and finally determine the charges. The nine journalists remain in jail waiting for the next hearing.Tesfalem Waldyes of Addis Standard, Edom Kasaye, a formerAddis Zemen employee,Asmamaw Hailegiorgis of Addis Guday and Zone9 blog collective members Atnaf Berhane, Mahlet Fantahun, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella, Natnail Feleke and Zelalem Kibrethave been held for more than 50 days. Immediately after their arrests, they appeared in court on charges of “working with foreign organizations claiming to be human rights activists to destabilize the nation” and “receiving funding in order to incite the public to violence via social media.” When the next hearing was held on 17 May (after a postponement), the court gave the police permission to hold them for another 28 days to continue investigating suspected violations of the 2009 anti-terrorism act, which can carry imprisonments sentences from 5 to 10 years. The 28 days expired on 14 June. Reporters Without Borders has learned that the court in the Addis Ababa district of Arada allowed the police to hold them in detention for another 28 days at the 14 June hearing. This decision was taken after the police argued that complications had arisen and they needed more time to gather the required evidence. For the third time since their arrest, the judge agreed to the request on the condition that the police complete their investigation and finalize the charges by the next hearing. Three of the Zone9 bloggers – Fantahun, Hailu and Wabella – did not appear in court on 14 June. Without explaining why, the police have decided that their case should be handled separately, with the next hearing in their case being postponed until 28 June. The next hearing for the other three Zone9 bloggers and the three print media journalists has been set for 13 July.  Source ( RSF)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Samuel Zemikael an Ethiopian fake PhD holder and business man exposed

An Ethiopian man who claims to have been close friends with Vladimir Putin the Russian President and have met many leaders of the world was exposed. Samuel Zemikael says he holds PhD degree in civil engineering from Addis Ababa University, Canberra University in Australia and Harvard University in the USA. Fana Broadcasting and Ethiopian news agency contacted each university to confirm if Samuel attended their schools, but all of them they have never have heard of him. Samuel has been a guest speaker or had an interview with at least 13 Ethiopian media outlets as an extraordinary engineer and business man. He has rubbed shoulders with top Ethiopian government officials and business people because of his fame. "Dr. Engineer Samuel Zemikael" as he was known by the people was exposed for who really he is.  At the end all his fame has crumbled down to nothing because it was all based on mountain of lie.  Source ( Tigrai on line )

Monday, June 9, 2014

Four Erterian Bishops written 38 pages open letter over the country human right abuse

 Although they were careful not to condemn the government directly, correspondents say the letter-writers are taking a huge risk. The bishops describe the country as "desolate" because so many people had fled or were in prison or the army.The Eritrean government has not yet commented on the letter. Many of the migrants who drowned off Lampedusa last year were from Eritrea. The bishops referred to this, saying: "There is no reason to search for a country of honey if you are in one." Human rights groups have called Eritrea a "giant prison", with torture widespread.Amnesty International last   year said some 10,000 Eritreans had been imprisoned for political reasons since independence from Ethiopia in 1993. This was denied by the government.Young men  must do national service until the age of 40, prompting an estimated 3,000 to flee the country each month.In their 38-page letter written in Tigrinya, the bishops said Eritreans were going to "peaceful countries, to countries of justice, of work, where one expresses himself loudly, a country where one works and earns".There was no-one left to look after the elderly, they said.The letter was signed by     Bishops Mengsteab Tesfamariam of Asmara, Tomas Osman of Barentu, Kidane Yeabio of Keren and Feqremariam Hagos of Segeneiti.The bishops pointedly said that "all those who are arrested should first be handled humanely and sympathetically" and then be presented to court for trial. After the Orthodox, the Roman Catholic Church is the second biggest in Eritrea and correspondents say the bishop of the capital, Asmara, in particular, wields considerable influence in the country.   Source ( BBC )

An Ethiopian Doctor Arrested for Medical Malpractice

A  medical doctor who inflicted harm by negligence on a two months pregnant woman is arrested. The suspect Dr. Belachew Tolera Yadeta was accused by the prosecutor for medical malpractice. 
 The Federal First Instant Court’s menagesha area court that was seeing the case ruled him guilty in its June 3, 2014 session. The charge document shows that the doctor had inflicted physical harm on two months pregnant woman on October 23, 2014 at 11 A.M in the morning at the private clinic in the Gulelea subcity’s Kebele 09/15 of Addis.  Claiming that the fetus has defects and that it needs to be aborted, the Doctor, asking a payment of 987 Br inserted a metal instrument in the woman’s womb and pierced 3.2 centimeters of the woman’s womb and in the process damaging seventy centimeters of her small intestine where it has to be operated out later. Moreover, the malpractice has made 300 cc blood to be spilled into her abdomen.  The court that has been seeing the case for the past months ruled the doctor to be guilty and ordered for him to be in custody till a final verdict is passed on June 11, 2014.   Source ( Diretube ) 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Names of victims identified in Interstate 81 crash

Virginia State Police have released the names of the three people killed in a crash on Interstate 81 in Washington County, Virginia Tuesday evening. The Toyota's male driver, Abenezer D. Thewdros, 19, of Arlington, Va., and two male passengers, Abel N. Ayele, 19, of Arlington, Va., and Alemu S. Ameha, 25, of Alexandria, Va., all died at the scene. A third male passenger, Arketsadik Yilma, 19, of Alexandria, Va., was flown by Virginia State Police Med-Flight helicopter to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Officers said the crash happened when a Toyota car struck a tractor trailer in the shoulder of the southbound lanes.   The tractor trailer was parked due to a flat tire.   At the time of the crash Virginia State Police said the tractor trailer driver and passenger were walking back to the cab of the big rig when the car struck the back end of the 18-wheeler Neither the tractor-trailer driver nor his passenger was injured. crash remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.  Source ( WCYB.Com)

A presidential decree to pardon Maria Ibrahim will be issued during this week, says Sudan Tribune

Sudan’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has questioned the mental status of a Christian woman accused of apostasy amid reports that a presidential decree to pardon her will be issued during the week. The head of the woman committee at the NCHR, Meriam Takas, revealed that they formed a committee to follow up on the case, noting that the woman’s name was neither found on the records of the University of Sudan nor Sudan’s examinations commission. On May 15, a Khartoum court sentenced 27-year-old Meriam Yehya Ibrahim to death by hanging for apostasy after she refused to recant her faith and revert to Islam. Takas said she met with Ibrahim several times in prison, asserting that the case should have been dismissed in the early stages due to suspicions relating to her family lineage and mental capacity. She also pointed to the weakness of Ibrahim’s defense team, adding that investigation procedures have not been properly conducted. Takas said the case has three dimensions including the humanitarian one because Ibrahim is a breast-feeding mother of two children, international pressure and the intellectual dimension regarding the issue of apostasy in Islam. The sentence has sparked international condemnation, with United States senators urging secretary John Kerry to personally intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf and offer her political asylum. The United Nations human rights experts described the conviction as “outrageous”, saying the right to marry and start a family was a fundamental human right. On Sunday, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron told The Times that he was “absolutely appalled” when he learnt of the death sentence against Ibrahim and called for lifting the "barbaric" verdict. “Religious freedom is an absolute, fundamental human right. I urge the government of Sudan to overturn the sentence and immediately provide appropriate support and medical care for her and her children. The UK will continue to press the government of Sudan to act," Cameron pledged. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton joined the chorus of world officials condemning the sentence.
"Meriam Yahya Ibrahim’s death sentence is abhorrent," Clinton wrote on Twitter. "Sudan should stop threatening religious freedom and fundamental human rights". The US disclosed that is closely working to convince Khartoum to release Ibrahim. “Through the US embassy in Khartoum, the White House and the state department, we have communicated our strong concern at high levels of the Sudanese government about this case,” State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson wrote in an email to “We have heard from many, many Americans that they are deeply alarmed by [Ibrahim’s] plight. We have conveyed these views to the Government of Sudan” Thompson said. Last Saturday, Sudan’s foreign ministry undersecretary, Abdallah Alazrag, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the woman will be freed within days in line with legal procedure that will be taken by the judiciary and the ministry of justice. But the Sudanese foreign ministry on Sunday refuted Alazrag’s statements, saying he did not make any statement regarding release of Ibrahim during the coming period. Al-Araby al-Gadeed newspaper on Monday quoted sources within the presidential palace in Khartoum as saying that a presidential decree to pardon Ibrahim will be issued during this week according to powers granted to the president in the criminal code. Identical sources also affirmed that Ibrahim will immediately be transferred along with her husband and children to live in Washington. Ibrahim, who is in custody with her 20-month-old son, gave birth last week to a baby girl in prison.

Source (ST)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

EPRDF main religion is its power, says Abrha Desta

In his  first part of interview with CBS  Radio ,  Arena Tigray Polit   Bureau member   and  political science lecturer  at Mekele  University , Abraha  desta  stated   that the ultimate goal of  the Ruling party  EPRDF  is power creed , and lately   it is witnessed that  staying on power  becomes   EPRDF  core  religion  .   Mr  Abarha further  explained the  22 years of The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Front (EPRDF) reign in politics, economy and Human Rights.  Click the link below to listen the first part of interview.  Source ( CBS Amharic  Radio )

Monday, June 2, 2014

Singer Tedy Afro ask his funs to boycott Coca –Cola

Popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro announced the cancellation of his Ethiopian version of World cup anthem and called on his fans to boycott Coca-Cola products. Teddy  said in a statement that he invested his time, energy, and artistic wisdom to his level best in his bid to achieve the best possible TV production called “Togetherness”.  However the company refused to release his song as an Ethiopian version of World Cup Anthem On the other hand, reliable sources close to Coca Cola Company told awramba times that the anthem sung by Teddy Afro has failed to impress Coca Cola and the soccer fans in Ethiopia and that was the reason behind the cancellation. Last January, Bedele brewery, Heineken NV’s subsidiary in Ethiopia had officially  cancelled  Teddy Afro’s nationwide “Journey of Love”  Concert after thousands of activists from the Oromo ethnic group called on Bedele brewery to stop sponsoring Tewodros Kassahun’s nationwide tour.   Source ( Awramba Times )

US warns possible terror attack in Ethiopia

The US Embassy in Addis Ababa urged American citizens residing or traveling to Ethiopia to exercise caution over a possible attack by a Somali terrorist group. The safety advisory the embassy said was issued due to threat from Al-Shabaab against Ethiopia and western interests in Ethiopia. Citing to multiple and ongoing credible threats, the US embassy urged its citizens to take the highest precautions to maintain their personal safety and security. “The Embassy continues to receive credible threat reports of Al-Shabaab’s intent and capability to attack Ethiopia and western interests in Ethiopia” it said in a statement Sudan Tribunereceived on Sunday. The embassy said that there have been a number of incursions along the Ethiopian-Somali border in recent weeks urging its citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to enhance personal security. “While there is no known specific information regarding the timing or location of an attack, we would like to remind U.S. citizens to be especially vigilant in areas where large numbers of US and western citizens congregate, including restaurants, hotels, bars, places of worship, supermarkets, and shopping malls” the statement said. The embassy highly recommended for Americans living in Ethiopia and those travelling to Ethiopia to enrol in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). “The STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enrol directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate” it added. Ethiopia, which is a regional security partner of the United States government, has a deployed forces in war torn Somalia to help the weak government battle the Al-Qaeda-allied Al-Shabaab group. In the past Al-Shabaab has repeatedly warned to carryout massive attacks in Ethiopia in retaliation for its military intervention and Addis Ababa takes such threats seriously. However government officials often disclose that the country’s defence force and intelligence are capable enough to thwart Shabaab’s terror plots and to defend the country from any external enemy. Addis Ababa says it will remain determined to keep its troops in Somalia till order, peace and security is fully restored in Somalia. However Ethiopian opposition politicians on the contrary call on government for immediate pull-out arguing keeping the troops longer will increase the risk of retaliation attacks against the horn of Africa’s nation.  Source: (Sudan tribune)