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Urgent call for Ethiopian professionals

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From the Petition Coordinating Committee The Committee calls on academics, scholars, scientists, and professionals of Ethiopian origin to sign the petition posted on Petitionbuzz.com to express their solidarity with peaceful demonstrators and protestors in Ethiopia. The purpose of the petition is also to bring our Ethiopian compatriots’ demand for peace, justice, and respect for human […]

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Trump vs Clinton: The Very Future of America Is At Stake

By R. JIM GARLOW (Reuters Photos) I have been asked “the question” so many times regarding Trump or Hillary. By way of background, I have followed every national convention—Republican and Democrat—from the time I was age 9, and have attended most of the GOP Conventions from 1984 to the present. I have watched the news […]

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Can an individual contribute to the current resurgence of nationalism in Ethiopia?

By Kersye Merfo First of all, spelling out why the current protest has been necessitated is a confirmation of the ever-enduring sense of Ethiopian identity. Secondly, let us agree that three words summarise the issues: Ethiopian nationalist resurgence. Adding my voice to that of all Ethiopians, I will focus here on the first point, and […]

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Ethiopia Linked to Panama Papers Offshore Companies

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) today released a searchable database that strips away the secrecy of nearly 214,000 offshore entities created in 21 jurisdictions, from Nevada to Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. Among the secret accounts include at least two companies in Ethiopia. One company listed is Poly Ethiopia Petroleum Company […]

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Prominent Ethiopian scholar Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw passed away

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Ethiopians in the Washington DC Metro Area are shocked to learned about the passing of Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw this week. Dr Maigenet and her husband Prof. Getachew Metaferia are prominent members of the Ethiopian community and strong advocates of human rights for all Ethiopians. The Ethiopian Review team extends their heartfelt condolences to Prof. Getachew […]

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Oromo Protesters Burned Down Properties. Should we Condemn or Condone It? – Prof. Seid Hassan

By Seid Hassan | Murray State University In addition to the senseless killings of protesters by the ruling party against the Oromos, the latest video clips and news reports also indicate that the same protests in Oromia region have led to the burning/destruction of properties, foundations, etc. There is an ongoing and raging debate among […]

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Ethiopian Review’s 2015 Person of the Year

Selecting Person of the Year on December 31st of every year has been a long tradition of Ethiopian Review. The person or persons of the year are selected based on their positive contributions to the Ethiopian society over the past 12 months. The 2015 Ethiopian Review Person of the Year is not a single person. […]

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What is next for Ethiopian opposition? ENTC proposes the formation of a transitional government in exile

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On May 24 last week, the ruling party in Ethiopia held a sham election, claiming 100% win. The election confirmed what most Ethiopians and foreign observers have been saying all along — there is not even a semblance of democracy and rule of law in Ethiopia. The completely fraudulent election has confirmed beyond the shadow […]

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Ethiopians Break their Silence against Government Repression and Forced Displacement

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New Landmark Testimony: “We Say the Land is Not Yours” Oakland, CALIFORNIA – We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia, a landmark report from the Oakland Institute documents testimony from members of several ethnic groups from different areas of the country,1 bringing forward the voices of those most […]

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Comment on Gadaa Melbaa’s book: “Oromia, an Introduction to the History of the Oromo People”

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By Tefera Dinberu This comment is in regards to Melbaa Gadaa’s book on Oromia that was published in Minnesota in 1988 on the history of the Oromoo people. The objective of my comment is to help Melbaa and other thinkers like him see history with all its vices and virtues and intellectually project the destiny […]

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The Devaluation of Birr: A Layman’s Guide – Part 2

By Seid Hassan, Murray State University Hitherto, I have been reluctant to post a commentary regarding the World Bank’s suggested birr devaluation measure which is still being debated as we speak. I was reluctant partly because my highly received 2010 commentary addressed many of the issues that seem new today and partly because I did […]

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Bereket Simon is critically ill and receiving treatment at Bugshan Hospital in Saudi Arabia

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Bereket Simon, a senior member of the ruling party in Ethiopia and an adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has been admitted to Bugshan Hospital in Saudi Arabia. According to Ethiopian Review sources, he is critically ill but in a stable condition. A representative of Bugshan Hospital told Ethiopian Review that Ato Bereket is […]

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“I am Andargachew” protest rally at Washington DC Yemen Embassy – today July 8 at 9 AM

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DC Joint Task Force to Free Andargachew Tsige has called a protest demonstration in Washington DC in front of Yemen Embassy on Tuesday, July 8 at 9 AM. Details below:

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Ethiopia: a leadership in disarray – René Lefort

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By René Lefort It may be that, in Ethiopia, history is so powerful that the past permeates the present, and it repeats itself. In this case, what we see today is simply another interregnum between two powerful men. “Can you tell me who is in charge in the government?”, asks Tamrat Gebregiorgis, publisher Addis Fortune, at […]

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Free Andargachew Tsege Worldwide Campaign

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We call on all Ethiopians and democratic forces worldwide to urgently focus on the most important task of the moment, that of saving Ato Andargachew.  The single purpose of the first phase of our global campaign should be very clear to all concerned. The worldwide campaign aims to put all the pressure on the Government […]

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Our beautiful sister Tersit

Tersit Agonafer

Tersit Agonafer, my older sister, was a beautiful, smart and caring person. Her family was everything to her – her two children, parents, siblings and extended family. As a daughter, she was dedicated to her mother and took great care of her until she passed away. I have many great memories of her. As youngsters, […]

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The struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women in Ethiopia – MSNBC

In the Konso Region of southern Ethiopia, the struggle for clean, safe water is a daily reality for women and young girls. “Bringing the water is not a simple task,” says Mariam Bakaule, a mother standing at the edge of the mountaintop village of Jarso. “This is the essence of women. Water and woman are […]

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Ethiopian journalist interrupts President Obama’s speech

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[Watch the video here] San Jose, California (May 8, 2014) – U.S. President Barack Obama has agreed with journalist Abebe Gellaw’s demand to support freedom in Ethiopia and help free bloggers, journalists and political prisoners jailed by the tyrannical regime. While Obama was wrapping up his speech last night at a glitzy Democratic National Committee […]

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EAC Endorses Sam Liccard for San Jose, California, Mayor

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San Jose, California, May 5, 2014 – With five major candidates in the race for Mayor of San Jose, California, the Ethiopian-American Council of North America (EAC) has decided to lend the organization’s support to front-runner Sam Liccard. Mr. Liccard is presently serving on the city council. San Jose, with nearby Oakland, is home to […]

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United Nations condemns crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia

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(UN News Center) – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia and the increasing restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression in the Horn of Africa nation. The comments by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay follow the recent arrest and detention of six members of the […]

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Scientist Dereje Agonafer receives award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Dereje Agonafer is the recipient of the 2014 iTherm Achievement Award, awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems. Sponsored by the IEEE’s CPMT Society, ITherm 2014 is an international conference for scientific and engineering exploration of thermal, thermomechanical and emerging […]

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Violence erupted across Ethiopia’s Oromia region school campuses – AP

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ASSOCIATED PRESS – Violence has erupted in a number of university campuses across Oromia region of Ethiopia as ethnic Oromo students protest a plan by the central government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, into parts of Oromia, the government said in a statement late Thursday. Student protests, which started on April 28, are happening […]

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The town of Ambo in Ethiopia is hit with massive riot after police killed several students

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Eyewitnesses in the western Ethiopian town of Ambo have informed Ethiopian Review this afternoon that TPLF regime gunmen killed several civilians, mostly students, who were holding a peaceful demonstration. The indiscriminate killing of the students by the regime’s gunmen has caused a massive riot. Banks and several businesses that are owned by the TPLF regime […]

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Semayawi Party prepares for peaceful protest rally today in Addis Ababa

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Semayawi Party is staging another peaceful protest march in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today to demand the release of political prisoners and respect for basic rights. Over the past week, as Semayawi Party was preparing for today’s demonstration, the ruling Woyanne junta has arrested several more opposition party members and journalists. We will post updates […]

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Civilians and police clash in the town of Aykel, north eastern Ethiopia

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An eyewitness who resides in the town of Aykel, Chilga Awraja, informed Ethiopian Review that a bloody confrontation took place between local population and TPLF regime security forces. Several civilians and soldiers have died and the regime is now sending a heavy reinforcement to the area, according the eyewitness. The armed clash followed a peaceful […]

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Kenenisa Bekele wins Paris Marathon

PARIS (AP) — Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the Paris marathon Sunday on his debut at the distance. Bekele completed the 42-kilometre (26-mile) race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 4 seconds to break the race record set by Stanley Biwott of Kenya in 2012. Limenih Getachew of Ethiopia finished second, 1:45 behind. […]

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Georgia Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man who killed an Ethiopian immigrant

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The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence given to Demarcus “Money Marc” Crawford for his role in the brutal 2008 killing of an Ethiopian immigrant who was residing in Lilburn, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Crawford was part of a four-person robbery crew that prosecutors said stole $15,000 […]

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Semayawi Party leaders in Wolayta, southern Ethiopia, arrested

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The TPLF junta has arrested 5 members of Semayawi Party’s leadership in Wolayta, southern Ethiopia, on Friday. The detained individuals are: 1) Wochefo Sadamo, 2) Tademe Fekadu, 3) Tsadiku W. Selassie, 4) Tewodros Geta, 5) Bogale (?). Police has prevented relatives of the detainees from visiting them and providing them with food and water.

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Nile dam an issue of no compromise – Egypt Foreign Ministry

News Release by State Information Service of Egypt The issue of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is linked to Egypt’s water security which is an integral part of Egypt’s national security, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdel Atti said in a press conference on Thursday. He asserted that the Ethiopian dam is an issue that cannot […]

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Ethiopian Orthodox Church takes roots in Ghana

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The Ethiopia Orthodox Tewahedo Church will take roots in Ghana with the establishment of a branch of the church in Ghana after the acceptance of a fact-finding report that recommends that it is apt to have the church in the country. When approval is given, a priest and a monk will be sent to the […]

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11 Ethiopians arrested in northeastern Kenya

11 Ethiopians arrested in Embu, Kenya

Police in Embu, Kenya, have arrested 11 immigrants of Ethiopian origin who were being taken from Isiolo to Nairobi. Police said that the 11 were intercepted at a road block when police flagged down a Toyota Probox for over loading and speeding. Continue reading …

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Some policy considerations regarding the Ethiopian outmigration

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By Seid Hassan and Minga Negash In our December 19, 2013 article entitled “Explaining the Ethiopian outmigration: incentives or constrains” we alerted readers and policy makers in Ethiopia about the push, pull and mediating factors of outmigration in general and outlined the factors as they relate to Ethiopia. In this short article we aim to […]

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Kenya arrests 39 Ethiopians

Police have arrested 39 undocumented immigrants and two human traffickers from Ethiopia near the frontier town of Merille in Kenya’s Samburu County. “They will be charged by Wednesday for being in the country illegally,” Samburu Police Chief Samuel Muthamia told Anadolu Agency by phone on Tuesday. The Ethiopians, who are all believed to be in […]

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Ethiopian woman in Kuwait attempted to commit suicide

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KUWAIT CITY (ARAB TIMES) – An Ethiopian woman tried to commit suicide in her sponsor’s residence by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room with an electrical cable, reports Al-Rai daily. Security men from Abdullah Al- Mubarak Police Station foiled the suicide attempt and rushed her to Farwaniya Hospital for treatment. The sponsor claimed […]

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Miss Ethiopia chosen as Miss Africa Utah

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By Sheena McFarland | The Salt Lake Tribune Miss Africa Utah reigned in the Beehive State for only about two weeks. Winnet Murahwa, who entered the March 8 competition as Miss Zimbabwe, beat out eight other contestants to win the African Chamber of Commerce’s beauty competition. However, she announced she was stepping down. “After carefully […]

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Zambia court convicts 18 Ethiopians

A court in Zambia has convicted 18 Ethiopians and fined K4,500 each or in default nine months simple imprisonment for unlawful entry into the country. The Nakonde magistrate’s court has also discharged 13 other Ethiopian juveniles who were charged with the same offence on account of their age. This is according to a statement released […]

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Although Ethiopians face severe food shortage, government is leasing fertile land to foreign investors – Deutsche Welle

Although one in 10 Ethiopians is going hungry, the government is leasing fertile land to foreign investors. Deutsche Welle spoke with Essayas Kebede from the Ethiopian government about so-called land grabbing. Continue reading…

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Dr Segenet Kelemu receives L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award

Dr Segenet Kelemu

Ethiopian scientist is one of the five exceptional women honored for scientific excellence L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science today. Each woman represents a unique career path combining exceptional talent, a deep commitment to her profession and remarkable courage in a field still largely dominated by men. Dr Segenet Kelemu is the Director General of International […]

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‘The Ethiopian Wolf': An adventure tale with a heroic goal

The Ethiopian wolf, one of only two wolf species in Africa, is seriously endangered, with only 450 individuals left. However, hope remains among the conservationists who are doing heroic work to preserve this fascinating species for future generations. Success would not only mean survival for the Ethiopian wolf, but also a great deal learned about […]

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Ethiopian man in Atlanta busted for trying to steal the identity of US Attorney General

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(WXIA) – A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for filing fraudulent income tax returns under several stolen identities, including that of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Yafait Tadesse pleaded guilty in November to stealing government funds. He will spend three years on supervised release after getting […]

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Reeyot Alemu spends 1000th day in prison

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In a month when we are celebrating women, today, Sunday March 16th is Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu’s 1000th day of imprisonment for simply doing her job. A columnist for several Amharic-language newspapers, Reeyot Alemu was one of the first journalists arrested in a 2011 government crackdown on dissent as authorities in Addis Ababa, unnerved by […]

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Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, researchers say

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Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, with wild mushrooms proving stronger than cultivated, according to the first research looking at country’s edible offerings. The researchers from Addis Ababa University and Pennsylvanian State University collected the samples from the Addis Ababa, Kaffa zone and Benishangul Gumuz region of Ethiopia. They were obtained personally by the researchers or […]

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Police arrest a suspect in slaying of Ethiopian immigrant in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, OHIO (THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH) – A Delaware County man charged with killing an Ethiopian immigrant on the Far North Side on Sunday was arrested by Columbus SWAT officers yesterday. Anthony M. Monaco, 19, of 3714 Perennial Lane in Liberty Township, was in the Franklin County jail last night pending an appearance in Franklin County […]

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Ethiopia’s cave churches: An inverse reality

All other great religious structures towered over the surrounding landscape when built, in order to create a lasting impression on the visitor. Digging one out upside down must surely be the most time-consuming method imaginable. Perhaps the Ethiopians did this as a supreme sacrifice of time to their God. Possibly, they knew no other way […]

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Ethiopian scientist at University of Texas receives achievement award

Professor Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas, was selected as the 2014 NSBE Golden Torch Award honoree for Golden Torch Legacy Award and will be saluted at the 17th Annual Golden Torch Awards on March 29. The award is the highest award given at the annual NSBE conference […]

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Husband and wife arrested for beating to death Ethiopian woman in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – A couple have been arrested on suspicion of murdering their employee and throwing her body in the desert. Col Rashid Mohammed Bourshid, the head of Abu Dhabi Police CID, said the body of a woman was found in Ajban wrapped in cloth and with burnt fingers. Investigations revealed that […]

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Our response on Nile will be decisive – Egyptian foreign minister

EGYPT INDEPENDENT – Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy gave Ethiopia the harshest Egyptian warning to Ethiopia in relation to the dispute over Adis Ababa’s dam on the Nile River. In an interview with Tahrir satellite channel late Friday, Fahmy waved “a decisive response” concerning its Renaissance Dam, which Cairo fears would affect its shares of river […]

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Whole Foods started carrying Ethiopian food in Miami, Florida

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Whole Foods, an American foods supermarket chain, has started carrying Ethiopian food in its Miami, Florida, stores. MIAMI NEW TIMES: Rejoice, lovers of Ethiopian eats! The East African cuisine has finally made its way back to Miami. For a limited time, anyway. Beginning today, Whole Foods locales statewide are rolling out a hot food lineup […]

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Road accident claimed the lives of 16 people on Addis Ababa – Mekele road

Sixteen people died after a bus traveling from Mekele to Addis Ababa slammed into a car today.

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The Battle of Adwa as a “Historic” Event

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By Donald N. Levine There are three reasons why we commonly refer to some happening as a historic event: either it occurs for the first time; it has significant consequences; or it is symbolically important. As a first time event, Emperor Menelik’s cession of the Bogos highlands to Italy in 1889 has been described as […]

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The Battle of Adwa Changed Ethiopia and the World

By Abebe Hailu Ethiopia has a significant history reaching over 3,000 years into the past. The word “Ethiopia” has become a term for the idea of African solidarity and freedom, not just the name of a nation or a region. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus noted the region of Ethiopia as home to “people with […]

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Saudi government hires lawyers in the U.S. to remove immigrant abuse videos from Youtube

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DLA Piper and other law firms in the U.S. are going after videos that expose the abuse of immigrants in Saudi Arabia. Videos such as the one shown below are removed from all Youtube channels after lawyers contacted the video sharing site. Thanks to competition, it is now available on Facebook.

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Ethiopian teenage rape victim is convicted of ‘Indecent Acts’ by a Sudanese court

An 18-year-old Ethiopian migrant woman in Sudan was gang-raped – and now faces prison and a hefty fine for coming forward (Photo by Eric Lafforgue/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images). By Alice Dahle | Amnesty USA’s Women’s Human Rights Coordination Group An 18-year-old Ethiopian migrant woman in Khartoum, Sudan was out looking for housing, when she was lured […]

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Ethiopians hold a demonstration on behalf of Pilot Hailemedhin Tegegn at the Swiss embassy in Washington DC – photo

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Several Ethiopians in the Washington DC area held a demonstration in front of the Embassy of Switzerland this morning on behalf of Ethiopian co-pilot Hailemedhin Tegegn who is charged with hijacking an Ethiopian Airlines plane. The demonstrators asked the Swiss government not to charge Hailemedhin as a criminal.

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Semayawi Party calls public meeting in Dire Dawa next Sunday

Semayawi Party will hold a public meeting in the eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa next Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, to discuss current issues and problems facing Ethiopia.

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UDJ to hold a protest demonstration in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia, against anti-Amhara ethnic slur (photo)

Ethiopian opposition party, Union for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), is preparing to hold a demonstration in Bahr Dar, northern Ethiopia, to protest against the recent ethnic slur by the vice president of “Amhara Kilil” against the Amhara people. Alemnew Mekonnen recently insulted the entire Amhara people using vile ethnic slur [listen here] that has angered […]

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Electronic espionage by the ruling junta in Ethiopia put American citizen at risk

(EFF) Washington, DC – An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer with secret spyware, wiretapping his private Skype calls, and monitoring his entire family’s every use of the computer for a period of months. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the plaintiff in this case, who […]

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Ethiopia’s church forests

Northern Ethiopia is hardly known for its forests. Less than 5 percent of what once stood here remains, and what’s left is under constant threat. As in so many developing countries, much of Ethiopia’s natural landscape has been cleared for agriculture, and for harvesting timber and firewood. Fortunately, there are still hundreds of notable exceptions: […]

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USAID’s cover-up of Ethiopia abuses overruled by Congress

The United States Congress has acted to prevent its aid to Ethiopia being used to fund forced evictions of tribal peoples in the south west of the country. The provisions in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for 2014 represent a slap in the face forUSAID, which last month said that ‘there are no reports of widespread or systematic […]

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US Congress Takes a Historic Stance Against Land Grabs-Related Forced Evictions in Ethiopia

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Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia. The bill prevents US assistance from being used to support activities […]

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Nations with the lowest percentage of subscribers mobile service; Ethiopia ranks #5

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The following is a list of the 10 countries with the lowest percentage of mobile subscribers per capita in the world, based on projections this year from Juniper Networks, a large maker of telecommunications equipment. Eritrea – 5 percent (310,000 mobile subscribers out of a population of 5.7 million) Myanmar – 6 percent (3 million […]

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Abune Mathias is being investigated for corruption; his movements restricted

Abune Mathias, the TPLF-installed patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia, has been informed that he is being investigated for corruption, according to Ethiopian Review sources in the Church. Investigating perceived and real political opponents is TPLF’s standard mode of operation. It is also reported that the Abune was instructed by Tsegaye Berhe, National Security […]

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The 2013 Ethiopian Review PERSON OF THE YEAR

Selecting Person of the Year on every December 31st has been a tradition of Ethiopian Review for the past several years. The criteria used for the selection is: Who has contributed the most to the freedom of Ethiopians and the promotion of Ethiopia’s interest during the past 12 months? Based on this criteria, and after […]

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Kangaroo court in Ethiopia sentenced a journalist to more than 2 years in jail

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(CPJ) – An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist on December 25 on the charge of spreading false rumors and sentenced him to two years and nine months in prison, according to local journalists. The First Instance Court in Hawassa, capital of the state of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regions, convicted Asfaw Berhanu, former contributor […]

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Abune Mathias arrested

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The TPLF-installed illegal patriarch in Ethiopia, Abune Mathias, has been temporarily placed under arrest and was released after being interrogated for 72 hours by Tsegaye Berhe, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, and other security officials, according to Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa. Leaders of the TPLF junta are apparently upset with statements […]

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Ethiopian woman found hanging in Lebanon (warning: graphic image)

(Al-Akhbar) – An Ethiopian woman was found hanging from an electrical cord outside her employer’s South Lebanon home in an apparent suicide, state news reported Saturday. The National News Agency identified the victim as Dimi Kash-Kalashou Kata. It published a disturbing image of the woman hanging by her neck in the southern town of Rmeich. Police have […]

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Teddy Mitiku laid to rest

A tribute to Teddy Mitiku

Ethiopian saxophonist Theodros Mitiku was laid to rest on Saturday, December 28, 2013, in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the morning, a funereal service was held at St. Mary Ethiopian Church in Washington DC. Teddy’s life-long friends and his brother Teshome Mitiku took turns to share their memories about him with the hundreds of relatives, friends […]

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In Memory of Teddy Mitiku – by Meseret Agonafer

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By Meseret Agonafer My heart is heavy for the loss of my dear friend Tewodros Mitku. I have known Teddy for over 20 years, and through the years, we built a strong friendship. Yes, he was a brilliant saxophonist and legendary Ethiopian artist who is loved and admired by so many people. His loss is […]

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Teddy Mitiku memorial service – Saturday, Dec. 28

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Funeral services for Teddy Mitiku will be held this coming Saturday, December 28, 2013. Memorial service Place: St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church, 1350 Buchanan St. NW, Washington, DC 20011 Time/Date: Saturday, December 28, 2013, 9:30 AM Burial ceremony Place: The Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20906 Date: Saturday, December 28, […]

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Update on the missing Ethiopian woman in Maryland

UPDATE: Montgomery County Police has released a statement saying Hermela Yidnekachew Tamre was found unharmed. Maryland police asks for public assistance in locating missing Ethiopian woman SILVER SPRING, MD – Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman missing from Silver Spring. Harmela […]

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438 days in Ethiopian prison

By Oliver Gee | The Local Martin Schibbye, 33, has been back in Sweden since September last year. He was freed, together with Swedish photographer Johan Persson, from the Kality prison in Addis Ababa after being sentenced to 11 years for terror crimes. His crime? “Doing my job,” he tells The Local. Schibbye and Persson […]

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Destroying the burial sites of Ethiopian patriots

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The TPLF tribal junta is destroying a large portion of the historic Holy Trinity Church cemetery in Addis Ababa after digging out and dumping in mass graves thousands notable Ethiopian patriots who fought in Adwa and other wars. Ethiopian Review is investigating the destruction of Holy Trinity cemetery and what we are discovering so far […]

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Explaining the Ethiopian outmigration: Incentives or Constraints?

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By Seid Hassan and Minga Negash In both theory and practice, pull and push factors drive migrants out of their own countries of origin. The factors are complex but they are in general categorized as: (a) demand-pull factors, represented by better economic opportunities and jobs in the host (new) country; (b) supply-push factors, represented by […]

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Semayawi Party town hall meeting in Atlanta – Dec. 22

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Ethiopian opposition Semayawi Party will hold a town hall meeting in Atlanta next Sunday, December 22. Details below:

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Obama’s war on free press

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Barack Obama’s presidency has been a terrible disappointment in many respects, and his anti-human rights policy around the world (particularly in Africa) and his attack on America’s free press are setting the clock back on freedom. Instead of advancing the cause of freedom, the Obama Administration is undermining it. It is disheartening to […]

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Kenya arrested 33 Ethiopians

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MOYALE, Kenya (Xinhua) – Kenyan authorities on Tuesday arrested 33 Ethiopian aliens in the border town of Moyale in the northern part of the East African nation. Marsabit County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru said the aliens were arrested by police officers on patrols during an operation to flush out militias following recent inter-ethnic clashes in the […]

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Semayawi Party receives warm welcome from Ethiopians in DC

Hundreds of Ethiopians have attended a town-hall meeting today in Washington DC that was organized by the opposition Semayawi Party. It is the largest Ethiopian political gathering this year in the Washington DC Metro Area. See photos here. [Semayawi Party Chairman Yilkal Getinet receives a portrait of Menelik II from a member of the Ethiopian […]

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Nine Ethiopians arrested in Zimbabwe

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ZIMBABWE – Nine undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia are giving court officials in Gweru headaches as they struggle to prosecute them because they do not speak English. The group appeared in court last week but the case was deferred to allow the officials to find an interpreter who understands the Ethiopians’ language. According to prosecutor, Bernard […]

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Hundreds of civilians massacred in eastern Ethiopia

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ONLF reports that security forces in the eastern Ethiopian region of Ogaden have massacred hundred of civilians. The following is a press release sent to Ethiopian Review by ONLF. The Ethiopian Regime Using Liyu Police has Massacred Civilians in Mustahil District The Ethiopian regime intensifying its scorched earth policies in Ogaden has unleashed its Liyu […]

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Prayer for Teddy Mitiku

Ethiopian saxophonist Teddy Mitiku is currently receiving medical treatment in Silver Spring, Maryland. His family asks all his friends and fans to continue praying for him. His brother Teshome Mitiku, an Ethiopian music legend in his own right, have expressed gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of affection and care they have been receiving from […]

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Ethiopian taxi driver Zewdneh Assemu stabbed to death in Memphis, Tennessee

MEMPHIS, TN (LOCAL MEMPHIS) — Zewdneh Assemu was beaten and stabbed to death last Friday. His body was discovered next to his cab in Fayette County just before midnight. Investigators are still searching for his killer. Fellow cab drivers in Memphis say it’s a dangerous job and more needs to be done to protect them. […]

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The Ethiopian colonel who taught Nelson Mandela the tricks of guerrilla warfare

[General Tadesse Birru and Nelson Mandela] By Penny Dale BBC – In July 1962, Col Fekadu Wakene taught South African political activist Nelson Mandela the tricks of guerrilla warfare – including how to plant explosives before slipping quietly away into the night. Mr Mandela was in Ethiopia, learning how to be the commander-in-chief of Umkhonto […]

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Vitamin D deficiency among Ethiopians

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Vitamin D deficiency causes serious medical problems, including common cancers, brittle bones, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, severe asthma in children, weak immune system, chronic fatigue, hypertension, infectious diseases, and depression. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body. Muscles need it to move nerves need it to carry messages between the […]

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Trekking to the world’s only continuously active volcano in Ethiopia

I knew we must be nearing Erta Ale, though, when we hung a right into a field of dark black rock. The approach to the volcano, which boasts one of the world’s only continuously active lava lakes, a magma pool that has been roiling since about 1906, deserves a superlative of its own: worst road […]

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Nelson Mandela passed away

Nelson Mandela has passed away today at the age of 95, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has announced.

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16-month-old Ethiopian baby the latest victim of xenophobia in South Africa

By MPILETSO MOTUMI SOUTH AFRICA (iol) – A bullet to the head while she lay in the arms of her mother ended the life of baby Happy. The 16-month-old infant was resting on her mother’s chest when they were both shot and killed in what is believed to be an attack on foreign nationals in […]

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Jury selection begins in Texas for the murder case of Yared Lemma and Yenni Desta

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DALLAS, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jury selection begins on Tuesday in Dallas for the man accused of killing a couple in front of their home more than one year ago. Abey Girma has now been arraigned and will soon be on trial for capital murder. It was August of last year when police in Dallas found […]

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The Ethiopian Ordeal in the Middle East: How can we end it?

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By Fekade Shewakena In Ethiopia we have a habit , I am not sure if I can call it a culture, of going through an agonizing massive problem and forgetting about it once we get the feeling that we are through it. We simply hope the problem will go away and not come back again. […]

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There are 2,700 millionaires in Ethiopia – new study

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Ethiopia, a country with close to 90 million people, has only 2,700 millionaires, according to New World Wealth, a research group based in Oxford, England. Out of these 2,700 millionaires, it is safe to assume that over 90 percent of them are members of the ruling party, Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).  Read the full […]

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Red Cross steps forward to help Ethiopians returning from Saudi Arabia

RELIEFWEB.INT – One of the first sights greeting the men and women now returning to their homeland from Saudi Arabia is the emblem of the Red Cross. The Ethiopian Red Cross Society is at the forefront of operations in ensuring returnees receive the assistance they require. Sixty Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock, […]

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Semayawi Party will hold a public meeting in Washington DC

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Semayawi Party North America Support Group will hold a public meeting in Washington DC with Party Chairman Yilkal Getnet and guest speakers Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam and Ato Henock Yeshitila. Date/Time: Sun Dec 15, 2013 @2pm Place: Sheraton Arlington (Next To Dama Restaurant) For more information: info@semayawisupportNA.org or (202) 556-3078

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Saudi Arabia drives out 2m migrants

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THE GUARDIAN – Ethiopian workers face hostility amid ‘Saudization’ campaign to control foreign labor and get more Saudi citizens into work. Under the watchful eyes of Saudi policemen slouched in their squad cars along a rundown street, little knots of Ethiopian men sit chatting on doorsteps and sprawl on threadbare grass at one of Riyadh’s […]

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OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to habit

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To break any habit, including obedience to authority, we must make a deliberate decision to quit, constantly remind ourselves of that decision, and reiterate why it is important to break the habit. Breaking the obedience habit is a difficult task, just like quitting smoking. Both the decision to stop, and reiteration about why it is […]

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Help stop the suffering of Ethiopians in Saudi; take action today

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Let’s start by boycotting Ethiopian Airlines, a cash cow to Woyanne, until it starts to evacuate our people from Saudi Arabia. If all patriotic Ethiopians boycott Ethiopian Airlines starting this week with the goal of forcing it to provide transportation to the stranded Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia, you will be answering the cry of these […]

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Karuturi bogged down by floods in western Ethiopia

By William Davison Gleaming Deere & Co. (DE) tractors and harvesters are sitting idle five years after Karuturi Global Ltd. (KARG) opened a farm in Ethiopia that was hailed as the poster child of the country’s plan to triple food exports by 2015. Eighty percent of the Bangalore-based company’s land in the southwestern Gambella region […]

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Police harassed and detained runners at the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa

Woyanne’s federal police has harassed and detained runners at the Great Ethiopian Run on Sunday, Nov. 24, for speaking out against the mistreatment of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.

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Thousands of Ethiopians dumped at Yemen-Saudi border; Woyanne refused to provide transportation

After the Woyanne junta closed its embassies in Saudi Arabia over a week ago, the Saudi government has started dumping Ethiopians at a Saudi-Yemeni border instead of flying them to Ethiopia. The number of Ethiopians who are stranded at a place called “no man’s land” has reached 10,000 and it is growing every day, according […]

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Fateful night 39 years ago

At the fateful night of Saturday, November 23rd 1974, exactly 39 years ago, 60 top ministers, prominent officials and high ranking military officers from Emperor HaileSelassie government were executed by a firing squad without facing justice… [read more]

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In Maryland, Ethiopian couple kill each other and their infant child

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MARYLAND (WUSA9) – The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office have identified the three people, including an infant, who died after a shooting Wednesday night. Officials say they are 40-year-old Benyam Asefa, 42-year-old Barbara Giomarelli, and 3-month-old Samuel Asefa. Authorities say that Giomarelli is an Italian citizen and Asefa is an American citizen. Both were scientists and […]

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