Archive for the ‘Ethiopian News’ Category

Egypt blocks Nile water deal

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The dangerous hype behind Ethiopian Commodity Exchange

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

South Africa: Ethiopian refugees in peril

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Bekele Geleta's mission to make the world a less dangerous place

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Ethiopian man indicted in Indianapolis bank robbery shooting

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Ethiopia under siege

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

A mysterious disease kills 18 in Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Holyfield Ethiopia boxing match postponed

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

A member of Ethiopia's fake parliament defects to the U.S.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and its effect on the coffee sector

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Canadian citizen faces death penalty in Ethiopia

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas to drill in Ogaden

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Ethiopian scientist Dereje Agonafer to receive award

Monday, July 27th, 2009

What is it the Ghanaians got, We ain't got?

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Canada: Ethiopian man gets 18 years for murder

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Ethiopian Novelist Fikremarkos Desta seeks asylum in the U.S.

Monday, July 27th, 2009

EriTv interview with EPPF and Ethiopian Review – Part 1-3

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Purdue University sends professors, students to Ethiopia

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

A Toronto company donates $100,000 to an Ethiopian orphanage

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Col. Kassaye Kifle passed away

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Berhanu Dinka appointed to Kenya Reconciliation Comm.

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Pope Benedict makes new appointments in Ethiopia

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Atse Haile-Selassie's 117th Birthday – July 23, 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009 incarnate among followers of the Rastafari movement, which emerged in Jamaica during the 1930s under the influence of Marcus Garvey‘s “Back to Africa” movement, and as the Black Messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora to freedom. He has been greatly popularised through reggae music and also the distinctive dreadlocks of the Rastafari, along with their worship of him using cannabis as a sacred herb which they believe brings them closer to him and has become the basis for claims of religious persecution against the Rastafari movement. His official titles, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Elect of God, and his traditional lineage from Solomon and Sheba, are seen to be confirmation of the titles of the returned Messiah in the prophetic Book of Revelation in the New Testament: King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Root of David. The faith in the incarnate divinity of Emperor Haile-Selassie I began after news reports of his coronation reached Jamaica, particularly via the two Time magazine articles about the coronation the week before and the week after the event. He is considered to be the King and God before whom no other shall stand. Selassie’s own spiritual teachings permeate the philosophy of the movement.

When Haile-Selassie I visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, somewhere between one and two hundred thousand Rastafari from all over Jamaica descended on Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, having heard that the man whom they considered to be God was coming to visit them. Cannabis was widely and openly smoked. When Haile-Selassie I arrived at the airport he refused to get off the aeroplane for an hour until Mortimer Planner, a well known Rasta, persuaded him that it was safe to do so. From then on the visit was a success. Rita Marley, Bob Marley‘s wife, converted to the Rastafarian faith after seeing Haile-Selassie I. She claimed, in interviews, that she saw scars on the palms of Selassie’s hands (as he waved to the crowd) that resembled the envisioned markings on Christ’s hands from being nailed to the cross — a claim that was never supported by other sources, but nonetheless, a claim that was used as evidence for her and other Rastafarians to suggest that Selassie I was indeed their Messiah.

Haile-Selassie I’s attitude to the Rastafarians

Haile-Selassie I had no role in organising or promoting the Rastafari movement, which for many Rastas is seen as proof of his divinity, in that he was no false prophet claiming to be God in order to enjoy the benefits of being a cult leader. He was a devout member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, as demanded by his political role in Ethiopia, and it was to his role as Emperor of Ethiopia that he devoted his life. His publicly known views towards the Rastafarians varied from sympathy to polite interest reinforced by the fact that his political inclinations, including African emancipation, were those of the Rastafari movement.

Yet in his speeches and writings there is substantial material about the spiritual life, and he often addressed his audience in the tone of a spiritual teacher. For instance, he wrote “Knowing that material and spiritual progress are essential to man, we must work ceaselessly for the attainment of both… No one should question the faith of others, for no human can judge the ways of God”. During the Emperor’s visit to Jamaica, he told Rastafari community leaders that they should not emigrate to Ethiopia until they had liberated the people of Jamaica. On another occasion Selassie said “We have been a child, a boy, a youth, an adult, and finally an old man. Like everyone else. Our Lord the Creator made us like everyone else,” (in an interview with Oriana Fallaci, Chicago Tribune, June 24, 1973) and the Rastafarians do see Selassie as man or flesh incarnate. On numerous occasions Selassie expressed his belief in his faith, stating that one is doomed apart from faith in Christ, who in the Tewahido faith is considered both man and God: “A rudderless ship is at the mercy of the waves and the wind, drifts wherever they take it and if there arises a whirlwind it is smashed against the rocks and becomes as if it has never existed. It is our firm belief that a soul without Christ is bound to meet with no better fate.” (One Race, One Gospel, One Task, address to the World Evangelical Congress, Berlin, October 28, 1966). He also encouraged religious freedom and tolerance. “Since nobody can interfere in the realm of God we should tolerate and live side by side with those of other faiths… We wish to recall here the spirit of tolerance shown by Our Lord Jesus Christ when He gave forgiveness to all including those that crucified Him.”

In order to help the Rastas and their aspirations of returning to Africa the Emperor donated a piece of land at Shashamane, 250 km south of Addis Ababa, for the use of Jamaican Rastafarians and there is a community there to this day.

The Rastafarians’ attitude towards Haile-Selassie I

Rastas say that they know Haile-Selassie I is God, and therefore do not need to believe it; belief to them implies doubt, and they state they have no doubts about his divinity. He is a central theme and presence within the life of Rastafarians. He is seen as a symbol of black pride, and as a king for African people. The Rastafarians use his full name, Haile-Selassie I, pronouncing the Roman numeral that indicates “the first” as the word “I”, that being the first person pronoun, thus emphasising both the personal relationship they have with him and also that God is to be found within the human being; he is also called “Jah Rastafari Selassie I,” and affectionately “Jah Jah”. They are very proud of knowing and declaring that he is their God. They have never been worried by Haile-Selassie never claiming to be God, arguing that the real God would never claim to be so just to get worldly acclaim and power. Roots reggae is full of thanks and praises towards “Selassie I”. The Rastas say that Haile-Selassie I will one day call the day of judgement, calling the righteous and the faithful to live with him forever on a new Earth ruled from Holy Mount Zion, said to be a place in Africa. Some Rastas state that “Zion is a state of mind”, emphasising that Zion is a current earth reality and not some place in the sky only to be experienced after one has died.

The first Rastafari to appear in front of a court was Leonard Howell, who was charged with sedition against the state and its King George V of the United Kingdom. Howell declared himself a loyal subject not of the King of the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth, but of Haile-Selassie I and of his country Ethiopia. When Emperor Haile-Selassie I came before the League of Nations to plead his case, and having it rejected by the League, this event confirmed their belief because the nations of Babylon, in reference to the ancient biblical place, will turn their backs to messiah on his return. They see their own rejection within the societies in which they live as being because they worship Selassie I. Many equated the Second Italo-Abyssinian War with the fight in the Book of Revelation between the returned messiah and the antichrist. The Emperor’s restoration to power in 1941 strengthened the Rastafari faith that he was Almighty God.

Rastas say that Haile-Selassie I is still alive, and that his purported death was part of a conspiracy to discredit their spiritual movement, and Selassie himself. In addition to being a political and historical figure, Haile-Selassie I has become a popular culture symbol for God through the Rastafari movement. Many Rastas are concerned that the world does not see Haile-Selassie I in a positive light due to negative and unproven rumours about large bank accounts that the Marxist government in Ethiopia claimed he had used to salt away the wealth of the country.

Haile-Selassie’s core beliefs of ethnic integration, a united Africa and the following of a moral path are at the heart of Rasta philosophy and vision as are Selassie I’s own teachings on morality and spirituality.

Source: wikipedia.org

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Some Ethiopians' obsession with title

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

3 Ethiopian visitors disappeared in U.K.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Who might replace Ethiopia's dictator?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

East Africa gets high-speed web

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Sudan police on a rampage against Ethiopian refugees

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Ethiopia's tribal junta suspends 42 NGOs, including MSF

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Ethiopia: Three TPLF regime soldiers defect

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Egypt's water needs to surpass resources by 2017

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Sudan police rob and rape Ethiopian refugees

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Live Chat with Aaron Brown and Eleni Gabre-Madhin

Monday, July 20th, 2009

General Tefera Mamo et al case adjourned for August 4

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Now is the Time to End Tyranny!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Head of Ethiopia Telecommunication Agency defects

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

FIFA readmits Ethiopia federation

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Internal crisis engulfs Ethiopia's UDJ Party

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Ethiopia's Kenenisa has eyes on one-million-dollar jackpot

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Ethiopia's king of pop Teddy Afro to be released on August 15

Friday, July 17th, 2009

A new book by Esayas Lisanu

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Ato Meles and his interviews – reading between the lines

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Ethiopia's fake patriarch send his goons after bishops

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The first Ethiopian on Mt. Everest

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ethiopia's regime expels 13 American and British tourists

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ethiopian man convicted of killing U.S. diplomat

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Bereket Simon's assistant defected in the U.S.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Eight Ethiopian women killed in the UAE

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Worldwide teleconference with EPPF officials – Audio

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Johannesburg's Little Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sudan warns Uganda over violating AU decision on ICC

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Korahubish, Emebet lead Ethiopian squad in Bressanone, Italy

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The amorphous relationship between EPLF and TPLF

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Ethiopia: Cities plunge into darkness

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Ethiopia's fake patriarch Aba Gebremedhin suspended

Monday, July 13th, 2009

No rest for the wicked!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Ethiopia's capital plunges into darkness

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Ethiopia's tribal junta and ONLF rebels clash

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Aba Gebremedhin's Synod in Ethiopia rebels against him

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Barack Obama's visit to Ghana is snub to Kenya

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Robbers kill Ethiopian national in South Africa

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Amharic translation of Isaias Afwerki's Interview (Part 5)

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Ghana fixation

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Thomas Staal sworn in as new USAID director for Ethiopia

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Andargachew Tsige in Chicago talks about Eritrea trip – Audio

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

AI warns Ethiopia the 'anti-terrorism' is law anti-civil rights

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Ghana's democracy dividends

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Ethiopia rubber-stamp parliament adopts 'anti-terrorism' bill

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Lufthansa plane en route to Ethiopia catches fire

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Botswana faults African Union decision over Bashir

Monday, July 6th, 2009

The Disquieting Silence of Our Sisters

Monday, July 6th, 2009

No final word for Ethiopia's pop star Teddy Afro

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Israeli prison is filled with Ethiopians – Cynthia McKinney

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Dessie arrested

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Michael Jackson memorial gets 1.6 million ticket requests

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Ethiopia's tribal junta slams Human Rights Watch's report

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

African Union move on Sudan's al-Bashir dismissed

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

U.S. encourages Ethiopia to stay out of Somalia

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Ambassador Johnnie Carson speaks on U.S.-Eritrea relation

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

African 'Union' thieves vote not to back al-Bashir's indictment

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

UK Parliamentarians' Advice Regarding Ethiopia

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Obama's Africa visit prompts disappointments in Nigeria, Kenya

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The Ethiopia-Tucson-Boise Love Triangle

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Ethiopian man in Indianapolis arrested as robbery suspect

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The wonderful act of empowerment

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Ethiopian spice of life in Boston

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The Ethiopian 'Spike Lee'

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Volcano eruption in the Afar region of Ethiopia reported

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Awramba Times editor-in-chief, reporter arrested in Ethiopia

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

What next for Ethiopia's dictatorship? – Possible scenarios

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Ethiopia's Tirunesh and Meseret to duel over 5000m in Norway

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans commit suicide

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

President Obama recognizes CNN Hero from Ethiopia

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Malawi Police arrest 169 refugees from Ethiopia

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Woyanne police gun down 2 Ethiopians at a church site

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

EPPF Worldwide Conference – July 12, 2009

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

US looks to expand development aid to Ethiopia's dictatorship

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Former defense minister Siye Abraha to join UDJ

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Ethiopia: The fake patriarch backs off on the Ark

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Welcome to a dying lake!

Monday, June 29th, 2009