Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution
UDJ’s office in Addis Ababa is surrounded by police after election board took away its “legal” status – photoFriday, January 30th, 2015
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The main office of Ethiopian opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) is surrounded by police today after the election board took its permit and gave it to a splinter group it created and is financing.
I maintain that the upcoming elections will be a turning point for Ethiopia, not because they will result in a major change of policy subsequent to a renovation of the ruling elite but because the absence of change will compel opposition groups to reassess their strategies and the country as a whole will plunge further […]
Civil resistance is a way for ordinary people to fight for their rights, freedom and justice without using violence.
VOA report on Ethiopian election board decision to dismantle UDJ, Ethiopia’s main opposition group.
The Woyanne election board today announced that it has decided to transfer UDJ’s legal status to a newly created splinter group it created and led by Woyanne implants, effectively pushing out Ethiopia’s main opposition group out of the upcoming May 2015 elections.
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Shengo and ENTC have released a statement on the current situation of Ethiopia and their proposed solution of a Unified Force. Read the Statement here (pdf)
Ethiopian opposition party, UDJ, calls another rally in Addis Ababa on Feb. 1 to protest last Sunday’s brutal police crackdown on protesters. The Ethiopian ruling party (TPLF)-controled city administration instructed UDJ not to hold the rally saying that African Union will hold a meeting on that day. – VOA, Jan. 27, 2015
The TPLF/Woyanne fascist police have mercilessly attacked members and leaders of Ethiopia’s main opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) on Sunday. The x-ray above shows that one of the victims, Sileshi Hagos, UDJ organizer and Journalist Reyot Alemu’s fiance, suffered broken bones. Even a 7-month-pregnant woman was not spared Woyanne’s brutality on that day, which was witnessed by representatives of the US and EU governments who were invited by UDJ to observe the peaceful protest.
The Woyanne junta might have thought that by unleashing such a brutal, totally unprovoked attack they could kill the spirits of UDJ leaders and members, not just break their bones. That did not happen. On the same day, the UDJ leaders — those who didn’t need to be hospitalized — convened a meeting and decided to call another peaceful protest next Sunday. UDJs thus demonstrated that they are the real deal — genuine leaders of a peaceful struggle. They led from the front, took the brunt of the barbaric attack, bled and suffered broken bones, and came out with stronger determination.
This coming Sunday, UDJ is preparing for another peaceful protest to speak out against last Sunday’s police brutality and demand free and fair elections. This time the other opposition parties must join them, or else could and should lose the respect and support of the Ethiopian people.
Voice of America reports about the brutal police attack against supporters of Ethiopia’s main opposition party, UDJ, who were trying to hold a peaceful protest rally in Addis Ababa on January 25, 2015
Did British intelligence assist Ethiopian security services to kidnap Andargachew Tsige? Did UK officials, for example, provide Ethiopian agents with Mr. Tsige’s travel itinerary? There are telltale signs that the UK government knows more than it wants to admit. A series of leaked emails newly published in the Daily Mail hint at UK collaboration […]
The moral bankruptcy of the World Bank in Ethiopia Ethiopians have been the object of a cruel bureaucratic joke by the World Bank. Last week, an official investigative report surfaced on line showing World Bank bureaucrats in Ethiopia have been playing “Deception Games” of displacement, deracination, forced resettlement and a kinder and gentler form of ethnic cleansing in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia. […]
Ethiopian regime with a straight face accused main opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), of attacking its police and holding illegal demonstration today, 25 January 2015. The EBC report is in response to a stream of reports through out the day about brutal police crackdown of UDJ’s peaceful protest demonstration this morning.
Ato Abebe Akalu, chairman of UDJ’s National Council, talks about today’s brutal police crackdown on – videoSunday, January 25th, 2015
Ato Abebe Akalu, chairman of the Unity for Democracy and Justice party (UDJ) National Council, talks about today’s brutal police crackdown the peaceful protest – 25 January 2015
The Ethiopian regime’s brutally police attacked peaceful protesters in Addis Ababa today (25 January 2015) but could not succeed in stopping the protesters from airing their views peacefully as this video shows.
Police brutally attacked and dispersed a peaceful protest by Ethiopia’s main opposition group today – videoSunday, January 25th, 2015
Police unleashed brutal attacks on supporters and members of Ethiopia’s main opposition party UDJ for trying to stage a peaceful demonstration in Addis Ababa today. Many individuals have been badly injured from the unprovoked brutal attack.
Police brutally attacked a peaceful protest rally that was called by Ethiopia’s main opposition party, UDJ, in Addis Ababa on Jan. 25, 2015
[Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he could not ‘find time’ for a phone call to raise the issue and did not want to send a ‘negative’ letter]
(DAILY MAIL) – An explosive row has erupted between diplomats and Ministers over their reluctance to help a British man on death row in Ethiopia.
A series of extraordinary emails, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, reveal officials’ increasing frustration at political inaction over Andargachew Tsege.
Tsege, 59, a father-of-three from London, was snatched at an airport in Yemen last June and illegally rendered to Ethiopia. There are concerns he may have been tortured.
Yet Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he could not ‘find time’ for a phone call to raise the issue and did not want to send a ‘negative’ letter.
In one email, an exasperated official asks: ‘Don’t we need to do more than give them a stern talking to?’
Tsege, who has lived in the UK since 1979, has been called Ethiopia’s Nelson Mandela. Tsege fell out with his university friend ex-Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, after he exposed government corruption and helped establish a pro-democracy party.
In 2009, he was sentenced to death in his absence for allegedly plotting a coup and planning to kill Ethiopian officials – claims he denies.
He was abducted on June 23 while en route to Eritrea, emerging two weeks later in Ethiopia, where he has since been paraded on TV. It is not known where he is being held.
The diplomatic exchanges disclose how officials were dismayed when British Ministers rejected requests to raise the case with Ethiopia.
‘I feel so shocked and let down,’ said Tsege’s wife Yemi Hailemariam. ‘I thought Britain was a nation driven by fairness but it seems my husband’s life is simply not valued.’
The series of emails begins on July 1, with Foreign Office officials confirming his capture: ‘His detention in Yemen is significant news, and could get complicated for the UK.’
Diplomats noted that neither Yemen nor Ethiopia informed Britain about the rendition of its citizen. ‘It feels a bit like I’m throwing the kitchen sink at the Yemenis but I want them to think twice before they do this again,’ wrote one senior figure at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.
He also noted that a prominent Ethiopian minister had given assurances over Tsege’s treatment –‘but I wouldn’t take them with complete confidence’.
Ethiopia has claimed Tsege tried to recruit other Britons to become involved in terrorism. But the regime has used anti-terror laws to jail journalists and silence political rivals, and UK officials had not seen credible evidence.
One diplomatic cable says: ‘All we have seen are a few pictures of him standing in an Eritrean village – hardly proof that he was engaged in terrorist training.’
Three weeks after Tsege’s kidnap, the Foreign Office’s Africa director wrote that Ministers ‘have so far shied away from talking about consequences… their tone has been relatively comfortable’.
On July 21, Hammond’s office was still reluctant to talk to his Ethiopian counterpart on the phone.
‘I don’t think we are going to be able to find time for that at the moment,’ wrote his private secretary. He also turned down sending a ‘negative’ letter, asking for it to be rewritten ‘setting out areas of co-operation. It can end with a paragraph on the Tsege case.’
Despite concerns over Ethiopia’s human rights record, the nation receives £376 million a year in UK aid. One farmer there is suing Britain, claiming the money was used to usurp him from his land.
Hammond is believed to have finally called his counterpart at the end of July, one month after the kidnap. It is understood he focused on requesting consular access rather than condemning the capture.
Reprieve, which campaigns against the death penalty said: ‘These shocking emails show the Foreign Secretary appears to have blocked any meaningful action that could potentially bring this British father home to his family, unharmed.’
The Foreign Office said they were ‘deeply concerned’ by Tsege’s detention and were lobbying for further consular access as well as seeking confirmation the death penalty would not be carried out.
Dilapidated downtown Massawa
Abandoned tourist resort
Banco d’Italia In 1965
Banco d’Italia today (20 years after the war this beautiful building in Massawa still bears the scars and remains abandoned)
Massawa Palace today
Massawa Place today
Beautiful Ottoma style building in ruins
New yacht club is abandoned
Eritrean Diaspora investors built this hotel, but no one is coming
These new but ugly condominiums built by the government are mostly abandoned before any one moved in them
Tamagne Show With Ethiopian actor and comedian Wondesen Berhanu (aka Docklie)
Ethiopia’s main opposition party, UDJ, claims that the ruling party has made a decision to outlaw it so that it cannot participate in the May 2015 elections – VOA reports
The TPLF security apparatus within the ruling junta in Ethiopia has decided to eliminate the main opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), ahead of the May 2015 elections, according to Ethiopian Review sources.
The TPLF security, over the objection of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and others, has created a new UDJ made up of its spies and ordered the election board, which is an extension of the TPLF security, to outlaw the real UDJ.
The pretext used by the election board to ban UDJ is that it has splintered into two groups. The fact is that the so-called splinter group is about 10 individuals who were recruited by TPLF to create such a scenario. It is the same tactic TPLF used to dismantle CUD (aka Kinijit) in 2005. In Kinijit’s case, TPLF arrested all of its leaders and appointed some bum named Ayele Chamiso as its chairman.
The election board has said that unless the two groups come together by next Tuesday as one party, it will make a decision whether the party will participate in the upcoming elections.
This week, UDJ went to court, but the judges refused to hear their complaint. Running out of options, yesterday the UDJ leadership has called a public rally in Addis Ababa and other cities for this coming Sunday. The ruling junta responded right-away on the state-run TV by announcing that the rally is illegal.
After next Tuesday, UDJ may cease to exist as a "legal" party unless domestic and international pressure convinces TPLF to back down.
The decision to ban UDJ is made by Debretsion Gebremichael, Getachew Assefa and the other members of the TPLF security apparatus. If the US and EU really want to see free elections in Ethiopia, why not impose sanctions against these individuals such as travel ban and threaten to freeze their assets they looted out of Ethiopia? Not a chance as long as Susan Rice, the mother hen of African dictators, is in the White House as a national security adviser.
Over the past several months UDJ has been able to expand into several cities and towns through out the country, becoming a major threat to TPLF, the core group in the ruling junta, EPRDF. At the same time, PM Hailemariam and some leaders in OPDO and ANDM have been warming up to UDJ because of the non-confrontational style of its leaders. Many of Hailemariam’s cabinet members have cordial relations with UDJ leaders.
Mereja.com will have live report of UDJ’s protest demonstration in Addis Ababa this coming Sunday, starting at 9 AM Addis Ababa time. Stay tuned…
Ethiopia’s Hiwot Bekele looked awesome at the Miss Universe Preliminary on Thursday, January 22, 2015
It is likely that Raif Badawi’s scheduled public flogging on Friday 23 January will not be carried out following examinations by a medical committee, which found him unfit. He is a prisoner of conscience who received 50 lashes earlier this month. He continues to be at risk of receiving the remaining 950 lashes.
The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of the May 2015 general elections.
Malawi court has found 71 Ethiopians guilty of illegal entry and sentenced them to pay a fine of k5,000.00 each and three months in jail with hard labor.
The illegal lags were answering the offence of entering the country Illegal in which they all admitted the charge.
Magistrate Amulani Phiri also said after serving their sentence, they will be deported.
The court heard that on January 1, the police who were conducting sweeping exercise received a tip that some Ethiopian nationals entered the country illegally and they were on their way to Dzaleka refugee camp.
Police prosecutors Inspectors Ivy Sangwa and Sergeant Aggines Mphinga said the accused were arrested when the police had put an adhock road broke at Mbalame village along Dowa Lumbazi road.
Sangwa told the court to impose a stiff sentence because they could have brought in some deseases like Ebola.
In passing the sentence, Phiri agreed with the prosecutors and imposed a custodial sentence.
The Magistrate also issued removal directions, saying Immigration department should deport them after serving their sentence.
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Sisay Agena and Abebe Gellaw discuss findings about Prof. Constantinos Berhe’s degrees from American Century University, which is a degree mill selling diplomas online.
Take a random group of Ethiopians as you find them in any public place. You will never hear them defining themselves by a single characteristic. If you ask one of them how a person is defined, he/she will say that a person is defined by age, gender, class, social role, religion, culture, ethnic background, etc. […]
ICIJ | By Sasha Chavkin
This article was reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a Washington DC-based global network of 185 reporters in 65 countries who collaborate on transnational investigations.
Internal watchdog finds link between World Bank financing and Ethiopian government’s mass resettlement of indigenous group
The World Bank repeatedly violated its own rules while funding a development initiative in Ethiopia that has been dogged by complaints that it sponsored forced evictions of thousands of indigenous people, according to a leaked report by a watchdog panel at the bank.
The report, which was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, examines a health and education initiative that was buoyed by nearly $2 billion in World Bank funding over the last decade. Members of the indigenous Anuak people in Ethiopia’s Gambella province charged that Ethiopian authorities used some of the bank’s money to support a massive forced relocation program and that soldiers beat, raped and killed Anuak who refused to abandon their homes. The bank continued funding the health and education initiative for years after the allegations emerged.
The report by the World Bank’s internal Inspection Panel found that there was an “operational link” between the World Bank-funded program and the Ethiopian government’s relocation push, which was known as “villagization.” By failing to acknowledge this link and take action to protect affected communities, the bank violated its own policies on project appraisal, risk assessment, financial analysis and protection of indigenous peoples, the panel’s report concludes.
“The bank has enabled the forcible transfer of tens of thousands of indigenous people from their ancestral lands,” said David Pred, director of Inclusive Development International, a nonprofit that filed the complaint on behalf of 26 Anuak refugees.
Anuak children in Gorom Refugee Camp in South Sudan. Many Anuak fled Ethiopia during a government relocation campaign called "villagization". Photo credit: Andreea Campeanu/ICIJ.
The bank declined to answer ICIJ’s questions about the report.
“As is standard procedure, World Bank staff cannot comment on the results of the Inspection Panel’s investigation until the Executive Board of the World Bank Group has had the opportunity to review the Panel’s report over the coming weeks,” Phil Hay, the bank’s spokesman for Africa, said in a written response.
In previous responses to the complaint, bank management said there was no evidence of widespread abuses or evictions and that the Anuak “have not been, nor will they be, directly and adversely affected by a failure of the Bank to implement its policies and procedures.”
Because the panel’s report has not yet been published, some of the language may be revised before a final version is released, but its basic conclusions are not expected to change.
The report stops short of finding the bank responsible for the most serious abuses. The panel did not attempt to verify the widely reported allegations of forced evictions and human rights violations, finding that the question was beyond the scope of its investigation. The bank did not violate its policy on forced resettlement, the report says, because the relocations were conducted by the Ethiopian government and were not a “necessary” part of the health and education program.
Since 2006, the World Bank and other foreign donors have bankrolled the Promoting Basic Services program, which provides grants to local and regional governments for services such as health, education and clean water. The PBS program was designed to avoid funneling aid dollars directly to Ethiopia’s federal government, which had violently cracked down on its opposition after disputed 2005 elections.
By 2010, federal and provincial authorities had embarked on an effort to relocate nearly 2 million poor people in four provinces from isolated rural homes to village sites selected by the government. In these new villages, authorities promised to provide the relocated communities with health care, education and other basic services they had lacked.
The government relocated 37,883 households in Gambella, roughly 60 percent of all households in the province, according to Ethiopian government statistics cited by the Inspection Panel. The Ethiopian government has said that all resettlements were voluntary.
Many members of the Anuak, a mostly Christian indigenous group in Gambella, have said they didn’t want to move. Anuak and their advocates say that they were pushed off their fertile lands by soldiers and policemen, and that much of the abandoned land was then leased by the government to investors. The evictions were “accompanied by widespread human rights violations, including forced displacement, arbitrary arrest and detention, beatings, rape, and other sexual violence,” according to a 2012 report by Human Rights Watch.
The Human Rights Watch report and Anuak refugees’ complaint to the Inspection Panel contended that the bank’s money was being used by local and regional authorities to support forced relocations. For example, they say, money from the PBS initiative was used to pay the salaries of government officials who helped carry out the evictions.
The bank continued to fund the PBS program throughout the villagization campaign. The bank approved new funding for PBS in 2011 and 2012, and its support for the program continues today. Since the nationwide health and education initiative launched, Ethiopia has reported strides in reducing child mortality and increasing primary school enrollment.
The villagization campaign ended in 2013, and is believed to have resettled substantially fewer than the nearly 2 million people anticipated by the government.
The Ethiopia case is one of several recent World Bank-financed projects that have drawn fire from activist groups for allegedly funding human rights violations. These projects include a loan to a palm oil producer in Honduras whose security guards have been accused by human rights advocates of killing dozens of peasants involved in a land rights dispute with the company, and a conservation program by the Kenyan government that members of the Sengwer people say was used as tool for pushing them out of their ancestral forests.
In the Ethiopia case, the Inspection Panel decided that the most severe allegations of forced evictions and violence were beyond its mandate, in part because bank rules limited its investigation to only the most recent funding installment of the PBS program.
During its investigation, the Inspection Panel asked Eisei Kurimoto, a professor at Osaka University in Japan and an expert on the Anuak people, to travel to Gambella and help review the Anuak’s complaint.
Kurimoto told ICIJ that Anuak he spoke with told him Ethiopian authorities used the threat of violence to force them to move.
Ethiopian officials who carried out the villagization program “always went with armed policemen and soldiers,” Kurimoto said. “It is very clear that the regional government thought that people would not move happily or willingly. So they had to show their power and the possibility of using force.”
Inclusive Development International’s Pred said it is now up to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to decide whether “justice will be served” for the Anuak. “Justice starts with the acceptance of responsibility for one’s faults – which the Inspection Panel found in abundance – and ends with the provision of meaningful redress,” he said.
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Pinned onto Sports
Olympic legend Kenenisa Bekele makes his debut at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 23, 2015.
Since signing up to run the world’s richest marathon as Ambassador of the Dubai Holding Wellness Programme, the three-time Olympic gold medalist has been training for hours every day in and around his home city of Addis Ababa.
And with no time off over the Christmas and New Year holidays, Kenenisa – under the watchful eye of renowned coach Renato Canova – is looking for at least a new personal best, despite the presence in Dubai of many of the world’s greatest marathon runners.
“There will certainly be at least ten to fifteen athletes to watch,” he said. “My fellow Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa has already won both the Boston Marathon and the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon so he has shown himself to be a very strong athlete with great experience in marathons.”
Although the Dubai race will be only the third marathon on Kenenisa’s CV, his reputation and achievements means the eyes of the athletics world will be on him when he adds the flat course of Dubai to his two marathon experiences of Paris and Chicago. In Paris, he won on his marathon debut with a course record and current personal best of 2h:05:04 – a time that would have taken second place in last year’s Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon.
“I just want to go step-by-step in my marathon career,” he added. “Dubai will be a very important race for me in terms of my personal best and I have already learned from racing in Paris and Chicago. But despite my achievements on the track and cross-country, I still have relatively little experience at the marathon distance.”
Despite that relative inexperience, thousands are expected to line the route to cheer on one of the greatest sportsmen of all time in an event held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
Over the past few months, the 32 year-old Ethiopian has spent around four hours a day working on a mixture of training methods with coach Canova sprinkling the programme with endurance work and a running split of 80% road and forest running, 10% fitness and 10% strength.
“I’ve certainly worked hard with no time off during the holiday period,” said Kenenisa, a man with 16 World Championship titles to his name. “I’m definitely ready for Dubai and looking forward to seeing everyone at the start line. I’ve heard so much about the course and the conditions – now is the time to see it for myself.
“I did my last full run in preparation for Dubai yesterday (Tuesday) and I’m ready to roll…”
As well as those along the famous 42.195km route, organisers expect the grandstands to be packed from the early hours as running fans – especially those from Ethiopia – gather to show their respect for an athlete that is to distance running what Usain Bolt is to sprinting.
“I expect the grandstands to be full of singing Ethiopian fans by the time the runners take to the course at 7am,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.
“It’s an incredible field with more than 20 men who have all run under 2:10 for the marathon. Kenenisa has already had a better start to his marathon career than other legends who have made the step up – including Paul Tergat and our three-time winner Haile Gebrselassie – so his participation here in Dubai has really caught the sport’s attention.”
With an incredible legacy behind him and the kind of finishing speed at the end of a track race that ensures he remains a world record holder at both 5,000m and 10,000m, Kenenisa Bekele is sure of a hero’s welcome in Dubai next week.
H&M has become the second major retail brand to tell Ecotextile News that it will not be using any cotton in its clothing which has been sourced from the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. H&M’s announcement follows closely on the back of Tchibo’s statement last week in which the German company said that Ethiopian Cotton Made in Africa will now be its only source of Ethiopian cotton in its products due to concerns about cotton projects in the Omo Valley. Ayka Investment, the Turkish business heavily involved in the Ethiopian textile industry, is now withdrawing its investment in cotton production in the Lower Omo Valley on the advice Tchibo.
H&M told Ecotextile News: "H&M does not accept land grabbing. It is a violation of human rights and in conflict with United Nations principles as well as our own human rights policy. Due to this, we have required our suppliers to ensure that our products do not consist of cotton from the Ethiopian region Omo Valley, where there is an increased risk of agricultural land having been subjected to land grabbing. We have had a close dialogue with our suppliers in Ethiopia and all our suppliers have signed a written commitment to not use any cotton from Omo Valley. We are continuously monitoring the orders to ensure that these commitments are fulfilled.
December 16, 2015 Washington, DC, The Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) has no choice but to expose the duplicity and repression of choice in the upcoming Ethiopian National Election due to the dictatorial nature of the ethnic apartheid regime of the TPLF/EPRDF that has been in power for the last 24 years. The […]
This documentary gives outsiders an interesting look into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its main subject is Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen, one of the ruling family members of the country and the nephew of the King.
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [MLK] gave his “I Have a Dream Speech” in August 1963, he asked the “devotees of civil rights” a simple rhetorical question: “When will you be satisfied?” One of his answers was particularly poignant. “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the […]
Man Who Filmed Saudi Execution Is Reportedly Arrested
By BEN HUBBARD
JANUARY 18, 2015
BEIRUT, Lebanon — In a recent video from Saudi Arabia, three uniformed security officers and a professional swordsman in a white gown struggled to placate a woman cloaked in black and sitting in the street. A Saudi court had convicted her of murder, but she was proclaiming her innocence.
Then the officers stepped back, the swordsman took aim and the woman shrieked and fell silent as he struck her neck with his blade, three times in total. Medics wearing white gloves tended to the body, and the swordsman wiped his blade with a cloth.
The video was distributed by human rights activists and posted online after the execution in the city of Mecca on Jan. 12, shedding light on the way Saudi Arabia applies the death penalty.
On Sunday, Saudi news outlets reported that the authorities had arrested the man who had shot the video and planned to prosecute him. Although the reports did not specify what charges he faced, an Interior Ministry spokesman said such matters fell under the country’s law against cybercrimes.
Saudi Arabia, a hereditary monarchy governed by a strict interpretation of Shariah, the legal code of Islam based on the Quran, is an economic and military ally of the United States. But some of its practices have come under greater scrutiny with the rise of the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria, which also claims to rule according to Shariah law and has shocked the world with videos of its fighters beheading captives.
The kingdom recently delayed the second round of the public caning of a writer sentenced to 1,000 blows for running a liberal website after his sentence was criticized by the State Department and the United Nations. That followed an uproar caused by a video of the first round of the punishment that was posted online.
Many Saudis object to their country’s being compared to the Islamic State, saying that Saudi Arabia executes only those convicted of grave crimes, while the fighters of the Islamic State indiscriminately kill those who do not share their Sunni Muslim faith.
International human rights organizations have criticized the Saudi justice system, and two United Nations human rights experts called for a moratorium on beheadings in Saudi Arabia last year, labeling them “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.”
Although Saudi Arabia criminalizes any words or acts that insult the Prophet Muhammad, it condemned the deadly attack this month on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo in France and has joined the American-led air campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Still, some Saudis worry about how domestic practices affect their image abroad.
“You reach a stage where you can’t defend the country,” said Khaled Almaeena, a social and media analyst who lives in Jidda. “I can’t go on a platform in Europe and say that everything is hunky dory when someone is being lashed every Friday.”
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and commentator, said that while some Saudis saw the damage such practices caused abroad, the government faced little opposition domestically, partly because of the belief that Islamic punishments should be carried out in public.
“It is the Saudi Foreign Ministry that will face the heat, but locally we don’t have a problem with that,” he said of public executions.
Saudi Arabia, a country of 27 million, executed 87 people last year for crimes like rape, murder, armed robbery and drug trafficking, according to a count compiled by Human Rights Watch. It has executed 11 people so far this year.
While most executions are believed to be beheadings, the government does not usually disclose the method used.
The United States, by contrast, executed 35 people last year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, using methods that are not always flawless.
According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the executed woman was a citizen of Myanmar who had been convicted of severely beating her husband’s 7-year-old daughter, also from Myanmar, and violating her with a broomstick “without mercy or pity, which led to her death.”
In the video, which appeared to have been filmed with a mobile phone, the women repeatedly yelled, “I didn’t kill! I didn’t kill!” and “This is oppression!” in Arabic while the men positioned her for the blows of the sword.
The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Sunday that the police in Mecca had arrested a security officer who had filmed the beheading and that he would face both military and civilian justice.
Another Saudi newspaper, Al-Riyadh, cited Lt. Col. Atta al-Quraishi, a spokesman for the Mecca police, as saying that the man would be turned over to the “relevant authorities.”
The Interior Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Mansour Turki, said in a text message that he had no information about the reported arrest but that such cases were handled according to the country’s cybercrime law.
Hwaida Saad contributed reporting.
Saudi Arabia police behead a woman as she begged for mercy – video [***WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC!!!***]Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Saudi Arabia police cut off a woman’s head in the street as she begged for mercy and told them they are committing a sin.
Pinned onto Ethiopia
An employer in Saudi Arabia who locked an Ethiopian employee in his office pending deportation got the shock of his life when he returned to office. A YouTube video shows the woman had smashed almost all the contents of the office in the central Saudi town of Al Aflaj. “He locked her up and went home pending her deportation in line with a court order. When he returned to the office, he was shocked to see the woman had smashed almost everything inside. He called the police for her,” Sada Daily newspaper said.
Karma of the poor will get you!
Notice folks how the TPLF junta was financing the sale of Ethiopia’s land while displacing the indigenous natives of the land. They were borrowing to "buy" and farm the land that’s being handed to them.
Karuturi Global, which earlier agreed with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to grow wheat on 300 thousand hectares of fertile land has fell to deliver its promises of becoming a leading agricultural company.
Karuturi was almost foreclosed after failing to repay a 65 million birr (a little over USD three million) loan extended via overdraft facility from the state-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE). However, the company immediately settled the minimum, 25 percent of the debt. But government officials told The Reporter that Karuturi is no longer reputed in Ethiopia.
Abera Mulat, director of agricultural investment and land administration agency, at the MoA told The Reporter that Karuturi no longer a reputable company in Ethiopia. According to Abera, the Indian giant has failed to deliver. The official went on to say that Karuturi is on the verge of collapsing in Ethiopia. “Karuturi has gone bankrupt following internal management crisis,” Abera said.
In a telephone interview from Bangalore, India, Ram Karuturi, CEO of the company, told The Reporter that he will continue investing in Ethiopia. Currently, he is selling out machineries and equipment worth some 15 million birr to repay debts the company has incurred here. Karuturi is known for borrowing from CBE, Dashen and Zemen banks. The loan extended to the company exceeds 170 million birr and the CEO said that his company is set to settle the debts by the end of this month.
The multimillion dollar company has been flouting stock shares at the international market intending to raise capital. Officials reason out that the rift among the 19 figures of the Karuturi Group at global level is the result for Karuturi to go down. But Karuturi pointed at government officials for some of the challenges his company is facing. The recent announcement of Karuturi’s selling out of machineries and equipment and other accessories prompted the concerns of local officials. However, Ram Karuturi denied that selling out those machineries is based on the intention of settling debts. Furthermore, he said that the company is selling out the surplus equipment it had in the farms. According to the CEO, the company has a USD 70 million worth of machineries in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian couple test DNA test to prove that the husband is the real father of their child. Watach Part 2 here: http://www.mereja.com/video/watch.php?vid=a424eede9
Elections and helicopter-an Ethiopian drama. By Yilma Bekele I am thinking you must have read my last report on Ethiopian helicopters that made an unauthorized trip to Eritrea. I felt I left the story hanging out there and it is not just fair to my readers not having a closure on the subject. Some might […]
A delegation of British MPs will visit Ethiopia next month in a bid to secure the release of Andargachew "Andy" Tsege, a British father of three who is under a death sentence.
Mr Tsege, 59, a leading critic of the Ethiopian government who came to Britain as a political refugee more than 30 years ago, has been held in solitary confinement for the past six months.
He vanished during a stopover in Yemen last June, during a trip from Dubai to Eritrea, in what campaigners say was a politically motivated kidnapping. Weeks later it emerged he had been imprisoned in Ethiopia.
His precise whereabouts remain unknown.
The Briton, who is the secretary-general of a banned Ethiopian opposition movement, is facing a death sentence imposed at a trial held in his absence in 2009.
The announcement of the visit by British Parliamentarians, yesterday, is in stark contrast to the efforts of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose response to desperate pleas for help from Mr Tsege’s family last year was to write a letter to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister.
Jeremy Corbyn, vice-chair, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights, and Mr Tsege’s constituency MP, will lead the delegation. “He is a British citizen so there is no reason on earth why the British government should not take a very robust view on this,” he said. His constituent is “a British national in prison with no understandable, comprehensible or acceptable legal process that’s put him there.”
And Clive Stafford-Smith, director, Reprieve, who will accompany the MPs to Ethiopia, said: “I think Mr Cameron doesn’t understand how serious this is. I think that Andy is going to be seen, as the years go by, as Ethiopia’s Nelson Mandela.”
Campaigners fear that Mr Tsege is being tortured and concern is mounting for his wellbeing. His sister Bezuaybhu said: “He’s in his cell for 24 hours a day, with an electric light, he’s having no exercise, he’s not having contact with anybody – so if this is not torture what is it?” Her brother has been “kidnapped, detained illegally” and should be brought back to Britain, she added.
In a statement a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The Ethiopians have not allowed us further access than the two consular visits on 11 August and 19 December, though we continue in our efforts to secure this.” The British government is “deeply concerned” about his detention and is “pressing the Ethiopian authorities” not to carry out the death penalty, they added.
Six months after his capture, Mr Tsege’s family is finding it increasingly hard to cope. His partner Yemi Hailemariam, mother of their three children, said: “We are very ordinary family caught up in this very extraordinary problem and we just don’t know how to get ourselves out of it.” She added: “It just breaks my heart to think he will be celebrating his 60th birthday in three weeks’ time in prison.”
The only contact she has had in six months was a short telephone call Mr Tsege made last month. “He primarily focused on the kids saying that I should not give them false hope. I told him to keep well and strong. He said he is fine. I asked him where he was, he said he was still there [Ethiopia],” she told The Independent.
“It is very, very, difficult to keep things going; I do have my low points. I try just to block a lot of things out and just keep ploughing away – that’s how I’m trying to cope with it,” said Ms Hailemariam.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Ethiopian Embassy, London, claimed that Mr Tsege belongs to a “terrorist organization” seeking to “overthrow the legitimate government of Ethiopia.” He is being “well treated” and “torture is inhumane and has no place in modern Ethiopia,” they added.
Yet a recent report by Amnesty International revealed how political activists have been tortured and killed by the Ethiopian security forces in recent years.
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By Marthe van der Wolf | VOA
ADDIS ABABA— Ethiopian opposition parties say they are facing roadblocks in their efforts to register for the May elections. The parties say the National Election Board is complicating procedures for no good reason, and raising doubt that the elections will be free or fair.
The Unity for Democracy and Justice party has the only opposition member in Ethiopia’s 547-seat parliament. But it is unclear if the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections, as the National Election Board has rejected UDJ logos.
Wondimu Golla of the National Election Board said it was not about the logos, but about procedural rules.
“According to their bylaws it says, the president of the party shall be nominated or elected by the general assembly. But they nominate by some few persons, the high officials there. So we oppose this. They have to strictly follow the bylaws, their own bylaws,” said Golla.
The National Election Board has given UDJ two weeks to organize a general assembly, and if its conduct is approved the party will be allowed to participate in the May elections. But the UDJ has decided to not hold another general assembly.
UDJ vice chairman Girma Seifu — the only member of parliament not affiliated with Ethiopia’s ruling party — said the election board’s actions were not justified.
“They do not have any legal ground or moral ground or administrative guideline to do these things. Because this is just an interference just to put a block on our active participation in the election,” said Seifu.
Voter registration in Ethiopia began last week and up to 60 parties may run for seats in the upcoming elections.
The Blue Party, formed in 2012, will be contesting elections for the first time. Blue Party chairman Yilkal Getnet said he was pessimistic about the elections as the party has repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to work with the election board on certain issues.
"They are reluctant, and they did not give us any positive report or signs to improve these things. We did not get any signs that improve the political climate. Now for the coming elections to be free and fair we need to discuss about the political climate, to have a free media, to have international observers to observe the election, and including the budget sharing systems, and so on,” said Getnet.
During the 2005 elections opposition parties won about a third of the seats, but accusations of vote rigging led to mass demonstrations in which at least 200 protesters died and thousands were arrested.
The ruling Ethiopia’s Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front has been in power since the overthrow of the military junta in 1991.
These photos were taken in Gambella, western Ethiopia, on the road to the town of Illiya.
Fire threatens the historic Daga Estifanos Monastery in Laka Tana, Ethiopia, where emperors Yekuno Amlak, Dawit I, Zara Yaqob, Za Dengel, Fasilides, and Bakaffa are buriedWednesday, January 14th, 2015
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Deacon Daniel Kibret reports that a forest fire is threatening the historic Daga Estifanos Monastery at the Daga Island in Lake Tana, northern Ethiopia.
Daga Island is located in the southeastern part of Lake Tana in Ethiopia. Southeast of the much larger Dek Island, Daga has a latitude and longitude of 11°53′N 37°18′ECoordinates: 11°53′N 37°18′E. The entire island, consisting of a volcanic cone some 300 feet high, is considered holy and no females, either women or farm animals, are allowed on the island.
The primary point of interest of the island is the monastery of Daga Estifanos, or “St. Michael’s of Daga”. When R.E. Cheesman visited the monastery 4 March 1933, he found the monks there were “the most rigid recluses of any in Abyssinia.” The original church dedicated to St. Michael had been struck by lightning and burned down before his time, and was replaced by a modern rectangular one. He was allowed in the Irkbet, where church properties and books were kept, and allowed to examine them. In the back of the same building were interred the remains of several Emperors in wooden coffins placed on shelves: Yekuno Amlak, Dawit I, Zara Yaqob, Za Dengel and Fasilides, and Bakaffa. – Wikipedia
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The Tiya stones are part of an archaeological site located in central Ethiopia, in an area known as the Gurage Zone. The 46 large, decorated Tiya megaliths have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the construction of such megaliths is an ancient tradition in Ethiopia, the Tiya stones are fairly ‘recent’, dating to sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries. Remarkably little is known about the Tiya stelae, beyond descriptions of their physical appearance. These large monuments likely had some cultural significance when erected, but their meaning remains unclear and very few efforts have been made towards understanding these magnificent monoliths. […] READ MORE
By Martin Plaut
ASMARA – Details emerging from Asmara following yesterday’s shootouts in Hadish Adi, indicate that there was a prison break at the Police Station in Edaga Arbi and the shootings were a result of guards trying to stop the attempts by prisoners who were being transferred from Police station #3 (Salsay Medeber Police), there are no reports of fatalities.
Members of Team Arbi Harnet said ‘we ourselves counted about 11 shots yesterday and although we have not had as much information as we hoped to get, we have established that there was a prison break when prisoners were being loaded onto trucks that were transferring them to an unknown location, the shots can only be from guards contrary to what we heard yesterday, we are told that several prisoners have escaped and not been caught back.
On a separate news, the military training calls that were rescheduled for today from the 3rd of January, were once again foiled as only a handful of people, out of the thousands called, reported to their local administrative authorities.
In some areas like Adi Abeyto, on the outskirts of Asmara, not a single person turned up while in others between 5 and 8 people reported in accordance to the calls.
Asmara appears calm on the surface and shops and businesses are open as usual and there is nothing to indicate a clampdown from the regime.
Actress and director Aster Bedane drops a bombshell on Samora Yenus and other TPLF leaders in Dedebit while celebrating their 40th anniversaryMonday, January 12th, 2015
Ethiopian actress, film producer and director Aster Bedane challenges leaders of the ruling junta in Ethiopia to conduct free and fair elections.
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle | Sudan Tribune January 11, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – The capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, Mekelle, has banned smoking in public areas, making it the first Ethiopian city to implement a tobacco control proclamation bill passed by parliament last year. Ethiopian lawmakers last year unanimously passed a law prohibiting […]
A driver passing by asks an Ethiopian woman who escaped from her employers:
“Where are you going?”
She answers: “Office.” [she may be referring to Ethiopian consulate]
He asks: What is your nationality?
She answers: Ethiopia.
He says: You may have killed some one.
She keeps quite.
He then advises her to go back home since it is dangerous to be by herself in that area at that time of the night.
She keeps walking.
“Cirque d’Andargachew” presented by the Ringling T-TPLF Brothers Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet) is often credited with the observation that one should “judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire also wisely observed, “All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” How true! The late Meles […]
German Radio (DW) special report on the sever pollution of rivers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 15 January 2015
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Family members, friends and the Gondar University faculty and students said farewell to Professor Bernard Anderson today in Gondar, Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s ruling junta created a clone of the country’s main opposition party and appointed its chairmanSunday, January 11th, 2015
Ethiopia’s main opposition party, UDJ, is now effectively out of the upcoming May 2015 elections after the national election board that is controlled by the ruling TPLF junta brought together some individuals and named them as the real UDJ. While the real UDJ was holding its general assembly in its office today, the TPLF-cloned UDJ was holding its "general assembly" at Hotel d’Afrique.
ከአንድነት ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ አቶ በላይ ፍቃዱ በ183 ድምጽ አሸንፏል የሚል ሰበር ዜና እንደተሰማ በተመሳሳይ አንድነት ለዴሞክራሲና ለፍትህ ፓርቲ (አንድነት) ዛሬ ጥር 4/2007 ዓ.ም በዴአፍሪክ ሆቴል በተደረገው ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ አቶ ትግሰቱ አወሉ የፓርቲው ፕሬዝደንት በማድረግ መረጠ የሚል ሰባሪ ዜና በመንግስት "ጋዜጠኞች" ተከተለ::
ሰበር ዜና – ከአንድነት ጠቅላላ ጉባኤ
ሰባሪ ዜና – ከተለጣፊው አዲሱ አንድነት ፓርቲ
Addis Ababa’s iconic Taitu Hotel burned to the ground; it took firefighters over 1 hour to arrive, even though they were stationed only 5 minutes away – photos, videosSunday, January 11th, 2015
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The 108-year old Taitu Hotel was burned beyond repair while fire fighters stood idly by until it was to late, despite the claim by the government that the fire was controlled quickly.
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Addis Ababa’s first hotel that was built by Empress Taitu in 1907 is fully engulfed in fire today. The fire is spreading to neighboring buildings according to eyewitnesses.
Ethiopian oppositon groups Ginbot 7 and EPPF announced today that they have merged to become one party.
Human trafficking or human slavery? By Neftalem Fikre Hailemeskel | ethiopianreporter.com January 10, 2015 Right now as I am writing this article any person can buy an Ethiopian woman as property for as little as USD 2000 in Yemen. Once they purchase the women and her children, she will be a property […]
(BBC) – A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say.
Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say.
Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012.
Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency.
On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case.
In addition to his sentence, Mr Badawi was ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000; £175,000).
In 2013 he was cleared of apostasy, which could have carried a death sentence.
Last year Mr Badawi’s lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of a range of offences in an anti-terrorism court, the Associated Press news agency reported.
‘Act of cruelty’
The flogging took place outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after Friday prayers, witnesses said.
AFP news agency, quoting people at the scene, said Mr Badawi arrived at the mosque in a police car and had the charges read out to him in front of a crowd.
He was then made to stand with his back to onlookers and whipped, though he remained silent, the witnesses said.
The sentence was widely condemned by human rights groups.
"The flogging of Raif Badawi is a vicious act of cruelty which is prohibited under international law," said Said Boumedouha of Amnesty International.
"By ignoring international calls to cancel the flogging Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated an abhorrent disregard for the most basic human rights principles."
Saudi Arabia enforces a strict version of Islamic law and does not tolerate political dissent. It has some of the highest social media usage rates in the region, and has cracked down on domestic online criticism, imposing harsh punishments.
An Ethiopian cargo plane on Saturday crash-landed at the Kotoka International Airport.
Airport officials say the incident occurred when the aircraft was attempting to land in a bad weather.
Confirming the incident to citifmonline.com, the Corporate Communications Officer of Ghana Airport Company, Newman Quartey, said the incident happened around 11:05am on Saturday.
He said the cargo plane with flight No. ET -AQV which was on route from Lome [Togo] to Accra, “skidded the runway” while trying to land safely.
He added that “the crew of three people on board the aircraft all survived the accident and are currently receiving treatment at the 37 military hospital.”
Mr Quartey assured that operations at the airport have normalized, adding that emergency teams including the Ghana National Fire service, Ghana Armed Forces, NADMO, Ghana Police, National Security, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Ghana Airport Company Limited are currently at the site.
Interview with ESAT’s Mesay Mekonnen who is currently visiting Ethiopian opposition groups in Eritrea – Jan. 9, 2015
Voice of America (VOA) January 8, 2015 The former head of a U.S. adoption agency pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to charges of arranging phony adoptions from Ethiopia with the aim of defrauding the U.S. government. James Harding, who was an official with International Adoption Guides, admitted defrauding the U.S. State Department by submitting […]
Widespread Repression By Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org January 9, 2015 “There is indeed terrorism raging throughout large parts of the Ogaden and elsewhere in the country; it is State Terrorism perpetrated by a brutal regime that is guilty of widespread criminality, much of which constitutes crimes against humanity….” Ethiopia is being hailed as […]
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A Japanese teacher in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, shows off his Ethiopian dance skills
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Three African writers are among the nominees for the 2015 Folio Prize: Damon Galgut, Kenyan Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Ethiopian-American Dinaw Mengestu.
The £40,000 prize…
These are some of the large houses in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With the barbed ware and every security measure you can imagine, they look like maximum security prisons or military barracks.
The people of France protest the massacre of Charlie Hebdo magazine’s editor and staff by Islamic terrorists.
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What does it take to get the helicopters back? By Yilma Bekele Normally regimes do not lose such an important asset just like that. Fighter jets or helicopters just do not fly out of the coop so easily. But we are talking about Ethiopia here and no matter how you look at it ours is […]
Ethiopian Satellite TV (ESAT) sent two reporters, Messay Mekonnen and Fassil Yenealem, Eritrea
Teddy Afro concern in Lausanne, Switzerland – January 3, 2015
Dr Segenet Kelemu of Ethiopia on CNN’s African Voices
Hagere – poem by Ethiopian Actress Meron Getinet
A Diverse Group of Ethiopians in Minnesota finds new and promising relationship as they step out of ethnic, religious, gender, and political boxes to embrace each other as valued human beings first. Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) January 5, 2015 What does it mean—in real life—to appreciate the common bond of humanity […]
After Saudi Arabia deported 150,000 Ethiopian immigrants, flow of remittance shows decline – World Bank reportMonday, January 5th, 2015
By Dawit Endeshaw | Addis Fortune
After Saudi government decided to deport Ethiopian immigrant flow of remittance shows decline: World Bank report
Zenebche Zelek, a 23 was waiting to receive money sent from Doha Qatar at Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), Arada Giorgis branch, on [ deleted ] Street when Fortune approached her on January 1, 2015.
She confirmed by the bank two days ago to collect 264 dollar sent by her friend for Christmas holiday from Commercial Nominees (CN); a subsidiary company of CBE.
Established in 1965 with a 98pc share owned by the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and a two percent share owned by the then Mortgage Bank of Ethiopia (now Construction & Business bank of Ethiopia), CN is one of the different outlets involved in the money transfer business. The chain includes major companies such as Western Union and Express Money, and a host of others established by Ethiopians such as Bole Atlantic international.
With 634 branches throughout the country, the major share of the country’s remittance comes trough the CBE. For 2013/14 fiscal year the bank has registered 5.5 billion dollars from foreign exchange, which is far more than the 720 million dollars in the previous fiscal year.
According to data from World Bank sample survey 39pc of Ethiopians are with relatives abroad. Out of these, 18pc are regular remittance recipients, with an average sum of 120 dollars received at least five times a year. And it is estimated that two million Ethiopians living abroad registered 400 million dollar of remittance flow. Remittances from them accounted for just two percent of the GDP in 2010. This compares poorly to Uganda’s 4.3pc, Sudan’s 5.5pc and Kenya’s 5.7pc. Kenya, with less than half the population of Ethiopia, at 43 million, has 25 million people living in other countries.
Moreover data from National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) indicated that Ethiopia has managed to collect 622 million dollars of remittance during the first quarter of 2013/14 and 702.7 million dollar on the same season of 2014/15.
This data is a sum total of individual transfers both in cash and in kind, transacted via formal sector and an estimation of underground remittance. The bank has no exact figures showing the weight of underground remittance.
According to a research by Alemayhu Geda, a lecturer at Addis Abeba University, Kibrom Tafere and Melekt Amedu, in 2011, the contribution of remittance to GDP is almost above export earning and source of foreign exchange.
Such flow of money has its own seasonality; as holiday seasons. Flow of remittances reaches to its peak from August to January. Particularly months of September and January inflows are the highest where New Year, Christmas, Epiphany and Easter will be celebrated.
Although the data by NBE shows 12pc increment in remittance inflow, research by WB on recent outlooks and development concerning remittance inflow show that recent anti immigrant sentiment trough out the Middle East may have had an impact on the total value of remittance inflow.
When Fortune visited the Arada Giorgis branch of the CBE, there was only a short line of people waiting to receive their money. Webayhu Dejene, 28, there to receive money sent from Saudi Arabia, seemed surprised.
"I was not expecting to see such a short line during this season," she said.
A branch of the Bank of Abyssinia (BOA) around Temenja Yaj also seemed less in holiday mood on January 2, 2015, the eve of Mawlid and two working days for Christmas. But the bank’s vice president, Aklilu Wubet says that it was too early to conclude that the remittance flow was too small.
The reason for the short lines, according to Abdullfetah Mohammed, country representative of Bole Atlantic, a money transfer company, could be that there are now a large number of branches that have been opened by all the banks. His company, which started operation in 2002, solely works with CBE since 2007. CBE has opened 137 new branches in 2013/14 fiscal year alone. He also mentioned the influence of black market as another factor influencing the formal market.
BoA has been working with six international money transfer companies, such as Western Union, Dahabshiil, Xpress Money, and Turbo Cash.
Such companies to work with financial institution like BoA must be approved by the NBE; agreement signed between remittance service providers and commercial banks must be presented to NBE.
Nowadays these remittance service providers are increasing in numbers, intensifying the competition among commercial banks, added Aklilu.
The BoA was established in 1996 by 131 shareholders and 32 staff workers, with an authorized and paid up capital of 50 million Br and 17.8 million Br, respectively. Currently, the Bank has 103 branches across the country with 1.5 billion Br in authorized and 929.3 million Br in paid up capital, with a total deposit balance of 9.4 billion Br.
During 2013/14 fiscal year the bank has gained 89 million Br from foreign exchange dealings and rates fluctuation.
The research also show that remittance flow to sub Saharan Africa increased by 3.5pc and reached to 32 billion dollar, although Ethiopia’s share could be affected by the deported immigrant workers from Ethiopia. But still the same researches indicated that the flow of remittance in developing countries is expected to accelerate to annual average of 8.4pc, raising flows to 436 billion dollar in 2014 and 516 billion dollar in 2016.
For now Zenebche seems happy for collecting her money in a short period of time. "With this money I will celebrate the holiday with my brother and consumed it for purchasing commodities," said Zenebech.
“Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,… [and] see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” A Happy New Year to all of my readers!!! I get to celebrate New Year twice every year. The first on September 11, the Ethiopian New Year. The second on January 1. I also get to make two […]
Andargachew Tsige and the struggle for freedom. By Yilma Bekele Andargachew Tsige was taken prisoner by the TPLF Woyane regime on June 24/’13 while on transit at Sana, Yemen International Airport. He was removed from the airplane and flown to Ethiopia. What was done was against all international conventions and is considered illegal. Ever since […]
The video of abused and tortured Andargachew Tsige was aired on Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) on January 4, 2015.
A poem by Tibebe Samuel defends Ethiopian actress Meron Getinet against propaganda assaults by agents of the ruling party in Ethiopia
THE Immigration Department has arrested 16 Ethiopians who were found locked in a Nakonde house belonging to a suspected human trafficker, Justin Sikazwe.
The Ethiopians who were arrested in Nakonde are aged between 16 and 22 years.
The immigration officers were led to the house by a named Zambian.
Mr Sikazwe was not found at the time of the raid but the 16 Ethiopians were discovered after the immigration officers compelled Mr Sikazwe’s wife to open the door to the house.
Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the Zambian who led the officers to the house is currently being questioned while Mr Sikazwe is being pursued.
In another development, the immigration in Chirundu has detained two Congolese, one for using a forged Congolese passport and another for using a passport belonging to another person.
Meanwhile, the Magistrates’ Court in Chingola on Monday, December 30, 2014 convicted and sentenced a Chinese to a fine of K3,000 or in default six months simple imprisonment for unlawful stay.
He has since paid the fine and arrangements are being made to deport him from the country.
In another development, the Kasama regional immigration office removed five Tanzanians from the country.
“We would like to appeal to members of the public not to relent in reporting any suspicious persons or groups of persons especially those found in unusual locations and circumstances to the nearest immigration office,” he said.
Ethiopian father and his 3 sons charged with terrorism for saying they are happy about Meles Zenaw’s death – court paperSaturday, January 3rd, 2015
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The accused individuals are:
1. Geresu Chala
2. Tariku Geresu
3. Minalew Geresu
4. Binyam Geresu