ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ገዥው አካል በማዕድኑ ዘርፍ የሚያካሂደውን ሙስና በማደብዘዝ እና በመሸፋፈን ንጹህ መስሎ ለመታየት እና ዓለም አቀፋዊ ተቀባይነትን ለማግኘት በማሰብ በአምራች ኢንዱስትሪዎች የግልጽነት ተነሳሽነት(Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)) ለተባለው ድርጅት ዕጩ አባል ለመሆን እንደገና ለሁለተኛ ጊዜ ይፍጨረጨራል፡፡ የገቢ ምልከታ ተቋም/Revenue Observation Institute የቦርድ ሊቀመንበር እና የአምራች ኢንዱስትሪዎች የግልጽነት ተነሳሽነት/EITI […]
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Abuse of immigrants in Saudi Arabia
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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 […]
በኦጋዴን አካባቢ የሚካሄደውን የነዳጅ ዘይት ቁፋሮ ኣጥብቆ እንደሚቃወም ኣማጺው የኦጋዴን ነጻ ኣውጪ ግንባር በምህጻሩ « ኦ ኤን ኤል ኤፍ » ኣስታወቀ። ኣንድ ኣንጋፋ የግንባሩ መሪ ለ« አይ ፒ ኤስ » የዜና አገልግሎት እንደገለጹት በኦጋዴን የሚገኘው የነዳጅ ዘይት ከለማ የኢትዮጵያን መንግስት ባለጸጋ ያደርገዋል።
Posted to the web on February 23, 2014
February 23, 2014 (WASHINGTON) — Amid all the reports of spying on Americans by the U.S. government, through the National Security Agency, FBI and others, the complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of a man identified only by the pseudonym of Mr. Kidane takes allegations to a whole new level.
The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington alleges the Ethiopian government infected his computer so that it could wiretap his private Skype calls and monitor his family’s every use of the computer for months on end.
“We have clear evidence of a foreign government secretly infiltrating an American’s computer in America, listening to his calls, and obtaining access to a wide swath of his private life,” said EFF Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo.
“The current Ethiopian government has a well-documented history of human rights violations against anyone it sees as political opponents. Here, it wiretapped a United States citizen on United States soil in an apparent attempt to obtain information about members of the Ethiopian diaspora who have been critical of their former government. U.S. laws protect Americans from this type of unauthorized electronic spying, regardless of who is responsible.”
The EFF said a forensic examination of the computer revealed the spyware, which is made and sold to governments by the Gamma Group of Companies, was installed when Kidane opened a Microsoft Word document.
There was an attachment with a program called FinSpy, and that program over months recorded his activities on the computer. It was discovered because the spyware left traces of the files it copied and surreptitiously sent to a secret control server located in Ethiopia and controlled by that government, the claim alleges.
“The problem of governments violating the privacy of their political opponents through digital surveillance is not isolated – it’s already big and growing bigger,” Cindy Cohn, the EFF legal director, said. “Yet despite the international intrigue and genuine danger involved in his lawsuit, at bottom it’s a straightforward case. An American citizen was wiretapped at his home in Maryland, and he’s asking for his day in court under longstanding American laws.”
Officials with the EFF said the attack apparently is part of a systematic program by the Ethiopian government to spy on perceived political opponents in the Ethiopian diaspora around the world.
They said human rights agencies and news outlets elsewhere have made related claims.
And they said Ethiopia is not alone. They said CitizenLab, a team of University of Toronto researchers, has discovered evidence that governments around the world are using FinSpy and other technologies to spy on human rights and democracy advocates.
EFF reports, “Essentially, the malware took over our client’s computer and secretly sent copies of his activities, including Skype calls, web searches and indications of websites visited [and] other activity, to the Ethiopian government.”
“This case is important because it demonstrates that state-sponsored malware infections and can indeed are occurring in the U.S. against U.S. citizens. It seeks to demonstrate that warrantless wiretapping is illegal and can be the basis of a lawsuit in the United States, regardless of who engages in it,” EFF said.
The complaint explains FinSpy can record Internet telephone calls, text messages, and file transfers transmitted through Skype, record every keystroke on the computer, and take a picture of the contents displayed on a computer’s screen. It can even covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone even when no Skype calls are taking place.
The complaint said the Internet Protocol to which the spyware sent data was inside Ethiopia, and was under control of the state-owned Ethio Telecom communications company.
http://www.anyuakmedia.com/Ethionews_te … _2014.html
Ethiopians hold a demonstration on behalf of Pilot Hailemedhin Tegegn at the Swiss embassy in Washington DC – photoMonday, February 24th, 2014
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.
Ethiopian opposition parties UDJ and AEUP held a large protest rally in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia, Feb. 23, 2014
Bahr Dar, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Bill Clinton refused to lift a finger when 1 million people perished in Rwanda. He had the power to stop the genocide. Obama is repeating the same thing in Syria. Over 100,000 people, mostly civilians, have died during the past 3 years of civil war.
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Teddy Afro sings Tikur Sew in Khartoum, Sudan – Feb. 22, 2014
Semayawi Party is holding a public meeting in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia today, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Organizers are preparing the meeting hall:
አንድነት – የባህር ዳር ሰልፍን በተመለከተ የዛሬ የካቲት 15 ዉሎ
የባህር ዳር ሰልፍ ነገ የካቲኡት 16 ቀን ከጠዋቱ 3 ሰዓት ጀመሮ ይደረጋል። « ከባዶ ጭንቅላት ባዶ እግር ይሻላል» በሚል የተዘጋጀው ፍላየር ሰልፉ የሰልፉ መነሻ፡- ግሽ አባይ/ ቀበሌ 12 የሚገኘው አንድነት ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት ከጠዋቱ 3 ሰዓት ጀምሮ የሰልፉ የጉዞ መስመር፡- ከግሽ አባይ/ ቀበሌ 12 ተነስቶ በድብ አንበሳ ዞሮ ወደ ክልሉ መስተዳድር ጽ/ቤት
በባህር ዳር አጎራባች ይልማና ዴነሳ ወረዳ፣ የአንድነት ፓርቲ ሰብሳቢና ሁለት አመራሮች ለእሁዱ የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ በማስተባበራቸው ታሰሩ፤ ሌሎቹን አመራሮችም ለማሰር አሰሳ እያደረገ ነው፡፡
ነገ የካቲት 16 በባህር ዳር ከተማ ብአዴንንና አመራሮቹን በመቃወም በሚደረገው የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ ላይ የባህር ዳር አጎራባች አካባቢ ነዋሪዎችም ለመሳተፍ ባቀረቡት ጥያቄ መሰረት፣ የአንድነት ፓርቲ የይልማና ዴንሳ ወረዳ አመራሮች ህዝቡን በማስተባበርና አስፈላጊውን መረጃ ሲያደርሱ ሰንብተዋል፡፡
ህዝቡ በብአዴን ላይ እያሳየ የመጣው ቁጣ ያሳሰባቸው የአዴትና የአካባቢው ባለስልጣናትም ሁሉም የወረዳው የአንድነት አመራሮችን በሙሉ ለማሰር እርምጃ ጀምረዋል፤ በዚሁም መሰረት የወረዳው የአንድነት ሰብሳቢ አቶ ይሁኔ ዘለቀ ትላንት ማታ የታሰሩ ሲሆን፣ ዛሬ ደግሞ አቶ ጌታቸው መስፍን እና አቶ ብሩክ ትዕዛዙ ታስረዋል፡፡
እስሩን ከምንም ያልቆጠሩት የአንድነት አመራሮችም ህዝቡን ለሰልፍ ማስተባበራቸውን ቀጥለዋል፤ የባህር ዳር ዙሪያ ወረዳዎች ነዋሪዎችም ለሰልፉ መዘጋጀታቸውን እየገለፁ ነው፡፡
ወደ ባህር ዳር ከተማ ስንመለ፣ የአንድነት፣የመኢአድ እና የትብርር ለዲሞክራሲ አመራሮች ቀስቃሽ ወረቀት በመበተን ላይ ናቸው፤ ህዝቡን አጅቧቸው ቅስቀሳውን አድምቆታል፡፡
የአንድነት ፕሪዝዳንት ኢ/ር ግዛቸው ሽፈራው፣ የመኢአድ ፕሬዝዳንት አቶ አበባው መሃሪ እንዲሁም የትብብር ለዴሞክራሲ ሰብሳቢ አቶ ግርማ በቀለ፣ እንዲሁም የአንድነት ፓርቲ ብሄራዊ ምክር ቤት አባል የሆኑት አንጋፋው ፖለቲከኛ ዶ/ር ኃይሉ አርአያን ጨምሮ ወደ ስፍራው የተንቀሳቀሱ የፓርቲው የስራ አስፈፃሚ አባለት፣ በባህርዳር ጎዳናዎች ላይ የቅስቀሳ ወረቀቶችን በመበተን በዚያ ለበርካታ ቀናት ሲንቀሳቀሱ ከነበሩ አባላትን እና ደጋፊዎች ጎን የቅስቀሳ ተግባራት ላት ተሰማርተዉ ነበር።
ብሕአዴን/ኢሓዴግ ግን የነገዉን ሰልፍ ለማጨናገፍ እያደረጋ ያለውን ወከባና እንግልት ግን አላቆመም። በባህር ዳር ከተማ ቀበሌ 11 በሚገኘው ሰን ራይዝ ሆቴል ያረፉት የአንድነት እና የመኢአድ የቅስቀሳ ቡድን አባላት እና አመራሮች በመንግስት የደህንነት አባላት ወከባ እየደረሰባቸው ሲሆን፣ መሳሪያ የታጠቁ ስድስት የመንግስት ደህንነቶች የታጠቁትን መሳሪያ በማውጣት እንገላችኋለን በማለት የቅስቀሳ ቡድኑን አባላት ለማዋከብና ልከማስፈራራት ትረት አደርገዋል።
የሆቴሉን ሰራተኞችንም፣ አልጋ የያዙ ግለሰቦችን መታወቂያ አምጡ በማለት ግርግር ለማስነሳት ሙከራ ያደረጉ ሲሆን ለፖሊስ በመደወልም «በአንድነት አባላት ተደብድበናል፤ ፎቶም ተነስተናል» በማለት ሀይል እንዲጨመርላቸው ጠይቀዋል።
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.
Teddy Afro plays at Mohammed Wardi memorial service in Khartoum – Feb 19, 2014
Swiss officials have revealed that the Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot, Hailemedhin Abera, who hijacked his own flight on Monday, will be charged for taking hostages.
CAIRO — Cairo has begun a diplomatic campaign on two tracks, one explicit and one undeclared, with European countries and donor parties. This came after the Egyptian government escalated its campaign against the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under its current specifications to protect Egypt’s historic interests in Nile water, following failed technical negotiations with Ethiopia.
Egypt has launched a diplomatic offensive to convince European powers to pressure Ethiopia against building the Renaissance Dam along current specifications.
Author Ayah Aman
“The campaign initiated by Egypt is on two tracks, one that is explicit and involves meetings by Egypt’s ministers of water and foreign relations with their counterparts in countries with influence in the Nile Basin, and one that is undeclared and involves meetings by Egypt’s ambassadors in these countries. The two tracks aim to persuade the international community to reject the dam’s construction because it may lead to further conflict and instability in the region of the Nile Basin,” a diplomatic source in contact with the Egyptian government told Al-Monitor.
The source, who preferred to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue with the Egyptian government, said, “More negotiations with Ethiopia only waste time and directly threaten Egypt’s water security. We realized that Ethiopia doesn’t want genuine solutions to end the crisis, but is only trying to portray Egypt as approving of the dam’s construction to facilitate access to funding. But [Ethiopia] didn’t provide genuine guarantees that the dam will not affect Egypt and has shown no intention to amend the technical specifications to minimize the potential risks according to the report by the international experts’ committee, which recommended reconsidering the dam’s safety studies.”
On Feb. 6, Egypt’s minister of water resources and irrigation visited Italy, where he explained the critical water situation in Egypt, the water problems that recur every year and Egyptian fears of the dam’s impact on the country’s water security. Afterward, Egypt’s Ministry of Water said in a statement, of which Al-Monitor has obtained a copy, that “the visit has achieved its goal. Italy has understood Egyptian concerns.”
The Italian Salini Construction company is building the Renaissance Dam after it signed a contract with the Ethiopian government in December 2010 worth 3.377 billion euros ($4.64 billion), with the dam due to be completed in six years.
Al-Monitor spoke to a government source familiar with the file of the Nile Basin. “Egypt’s open move, for the first time, and the visit by Italy’s irrigation minister has had an impact on Ethiopia, which invited us for dialogue again on Feb. 11 in Addis Ababa. However, Ethiopia again stuck to its point of view and rejected all confidence initiatives put forward by Egypt,” the source noted.
“Egypt will continue its international escalation and all options are open to us to protect our share of the Nile waters. And this decision was made after exhausting all attempts at dialogue with Ethiopia. Now visits are being planned to Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and France. … We have also contacted all international donors such as the World Bank and the African Development Bank to demand they not give any technical support for the construction of the dam without making sure it will not cause damage to Egypt,” the source said.
“A copy of the report by the international experts’ committee that was signed by Ethiopia was sent. [The report] proves the existence of a potential risk to building the dam. But Ethiopia has not committed to finding solutions to reduce these risks,” the source stressed.
During a news conference on Feb. 13 after the Egyptian delegation returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said that his country will not back down from building the Renaissance Dam. He noted that if Egypt wants to internationalize the issue and send it to the United Nations, this will not help because there is no court specializing in arbitrating water disputes, and Egypt has no choice but to negotiate and engage in dialogue to reach a solution acceptable to everyone.
The water ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia met in Khartoum in three rounds of negotiations last year on how to implement the recommendations of the experts’ report. But they did not reach a clear agreement. Egypt insisted on sending foreign experts to follow up on how to implement the report’s recommendations. Egypt also put forward an initiative to build confidence whereby Ethiopia would provide guarantees to implement any new recommendations, but Ethiopia and Sudan rejected that.
Egypt rejected participating in the ministerial meeting of the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO), which is affiliated with the Nile Basin Initiative held in Addis Ababa on Feb. 4. The Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation said in an official statement, “We will not participate in the meeting in line with the Egyptian position taken in 2010 to freeze our activities in the Nile Basin Initiative after the unilateral signing of the Entebbe Convention by the Nile headwaters countries without reaching an agreement on the contentious items and without recognizing the legitimacy of any decisions that may be issued by ENTRO.”
For his part, Ambassador Gamal Bayoumi, the secretary-general of the Egyptian-European partnership at the Ministry of International Cooperation, said in an interview with Al-Monitor, “The issue of the Renaissance Dam has become very complex, and we have a state that is violating international customs and traditions. Egypt’s moves now target all countries that provide technical assistance for designing and building the Renaissance Dam through private contractors and also the states likely to fund the construction of the dam. … Discussing this crisis during the visits of Marshal [Abdel Fattah al-] Sisi and of the Russian foreign minister [Sergey Lavrov] has had a good effect because Russia’s relations with Ethiopia are still good, and can be leveraged for the benefit of Egypt.”
Bayoumi asserted, “We are still at the stage of dialogue. And we are trying, as much as possible, to attract Ethiopia to talk and negotiate. But [Ethiopia] is being stubborn and the impact of the dialogue session broadcast during [former President Mohammed] Morsi’s era has clearly caused the collapse of trust between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.”
Aside from the language of political escalation, there has been an increased state of anxiety within the institutions concerned with studying the effects of the Renaissance Dam after Al Jazeera broadcast a report from the dam’s site showing initial construction, showing that Ethiopia is serious about building the dam.
The expert in the national committee to assess the effects of the Renaissance Dam, Alaa al-Zawahiri, told Al-Monitor, “Despite the lack of detailed and specific information that can be analyzed, the recording aired by Al Jazeera shows that concrete has started to be poured, which is the second phase after laying soil for the base. According to the dam’s stated specifications, laying the soil should be done over an area of 100 meters [328 feet], but there is no doubt that Ethiopia has completed all the initial work first and has put part of the concrete on the surface to gain time and impose a fait accompli on Egypt.”
“If this construction continues at that pace, there will be a fait accompli, and it will be difficult to persuade the Ethiopian side to amend the dam’s specifications or height after that,” said Zawahiri.
Egypt’s moves are still constrained by its difficult internal transitional phase. It’s important for Egypt to resolve its internal problems so that the water issue and the Renaissance Dam can return as a political priority for the next president.
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 […]
Ethiopian with one shoe vs. Mo Farah
Ethiopian Airlines hijacking footage and pilot's announcement
Yekatit 12 is a date in the Ethiopian calendar, equivalent to 19 February in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used to refer to the indiscriminate massacre and imprisonment of Ethiopians by elements of the Italian occupation forces following an attempted assassination of Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani 19 February 1937. Viceroy Graziani had led the Italian forces to victory over their Ethiopian opponents in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War and was supreme governor of Italian East Africa. This was one of the worst atrocities committed by the Italian occupation forces.
SMNE Calls for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board to Reject Ethiopia’s Re-application for MembershipWednesday, February 19th, 2014
You probably heard that Ethiopia has been a fast growing economy in the content recording very high growth rate not just in Africa but the world as well. Yet the new measurement known as the Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI, that will replace the Human Poverty index in the United Nations’ annual Human Development Report says that Ethiopia has the second highest percentage of people who are MPI poor in the world, with only the west African nation of Niger fairing worse. This comes as more international analysts have also began to question the accuracy of the Meles government’s double digit economic growth claims and similar disputed government statistics referred by institutions like the IMF.
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What is the MPI?
People living in poverty are affected by more than just income. The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) complements a traditional focus on income to reflect the deprivations that a poor person faces all at once with respect to education, health and living standard. It assesses poverty at the individual level, with poor persons being those who are multiply deprived, and the extent of their poverty being measured by the range of their deprivations.
The MPI can be used to create a vivid picture of people living in poverty, both across countries, regions and the world and within countries by ethnic group, urban/rural location, or other key household characteristics. It is the first international measure of its kind, and offers an essential complement to income poverty measures because it measures deprivations directly. The MPI can be used as an analytical tool to identify the most vulnerable people, show aspects in which they are deprived and help to reveal the interconnections among deprivations.
Why is the MPI useful?
According to the UNDP report, the MPI is a high resolution lens on poverty – it shows the nature of poverty better than income alone. Knowing not just who is poor but how they are poor is essential for effective human development programs and policies. This straightforward yet rigorous index allows governments and other policymakers to understand the various sources of poverty for a region, population group, or nation and target their human development plans accordingly. The index can also be used to show shifts in the composition of poverty over time so that progress, or the lack of it, can be monitored.
The MPI goes beyond previous international measures of poverty to:
Show all the deprivations that impact someone’s life at the same time – so it can inform a holistic response.
Identify the poorest people. Such information is vital to target people living in poverty so they benefit from key interventions.
Show which deprivations are most common in different regions and among different groups, so that resources can be allocated and policies designed to address their particular needs.
Reflect the results of effective policy interventions quickly. Because the MPI measures outcomes directly, it will immediately reflect changes such as school enrollment, whereas it can take time for this to affect income.
ENTC seeks proper legal representation for the Ethiopian co-pilot requesting political asylum in GenevaTuesday, February 18th, 2014
ENTC has issued a statement urging the Swiss government to provide proper legal representation for the Ethiopian co-pilot requesting political asylum in Switzerland. Read the statement here (pdf)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The uncle of an Ethiopian pilot who hijacked a flight to Rome and took it to Geneva said on Tuesday that his nephew had been distraught over the loss of another uncle.
The uncle, Alemu Asmamaw, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that 31-year-old co-pilot Hailemedhin Abera was in emotional distress over the past month following the sudden death of an uncle. He did not say how Hailemedhin’s uncle died.
"I fear that the death of his uncle…has put a strain on his life," he said. He named the uncle as Emiru Seyoum and said he taught at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University. An obituary for Emiru Seyoum on the Addis Ababa University website said the associate professor died suddenly on Jan. 1 while going from his home to the university.
Hailemedhin, who had worked for Ethiopian Airlines for five years, on Monday locked the pilot (who is an Italian) of a Rome-bound flight out of the cockpit and then diverted the plane to Geneva, where he sought asylum. The flight had taken off from Addis Ababa.
Redwan Hussein, a spokesman for Ethiopia’s government, told reporters on Monday that Hailemedhin had no prior criminal record. Redwan said the government would seek Hailemedhin’s extradition from Switzerland, where he is now in custody.
Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot said the co-pilot will be charged with taking hostages, a crime punishable by up to 20 years.
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Ethiopian (Woyane) Airlines hijacked. By Yilma Bekele The Name is Ethiopian but that particular property belongs to our Woyane masters. It is there for the TPLF to do what it wants. It started with such promise and grew up to be such a proud achievement by both people and country. That is until Woyane showed [...]
Listen to ENTC weekly radio program – Week 20 – February 17 – weekly news – Yekatit 12 remembrance – ENTC adressing public questions Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363
The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner locked the pilot out of the cockpit, commandeered the plane and headed for Geneva, threatening to crash the plane if the pilot didn’t stop pounding on the door. Footage shows cabin upon landing. (Feb. 17, 2014)
An Ethiopian Airline co-pilot on Monday hijacked a Boeing 767 fight destined for Rome and landed it in an airport in Geneva before handing himself…
An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane, bound for Rome, and flew it to Geneva where he is now seeking asylum.The man, an Ethiopian, seized control of the Boeing 767 when the pilot went to the toilet.Flight ET702 with 202 passengers and crew on board had taken off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Hijacked Ethiopian Airlines place forced to land in Geneva, Switzerland
A court of injustice or a court of cruel joke? I must confess that I take a bit of perverse pleasure in getting full vindication for my long held view that the regime in Ethiopia runs a kangaroo court system. For years, I have been saying that there is no rule of law in Ethiopia [...]
Amanuel – Rolling In The Deep (Amazing young Ethiopian singer)
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia breaks her 3rd world record in just over 2 weeks with a 2 mile time of 9:00.48 breaking the old record by approximately 9 seconds at Birmingham Grand Prix 2014 – Feb 15, 2014
Egypt announced it will boycott negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan on the Nile dam project (video)Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Egypt announced it will boycott negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan on the Nile dam project
Maputo — The Mozambican police in the northern province of Nampula have detained 20 Ethiopian citizens who entered the country illegally, and were trying to make their way to South Africa.
According to a report in the Beira daily “Diario de Mocambique”, after a three month journey from Ethiopia, the 20 were crowded into a Nampula house, where they were making plans for the next stage in their journey.
But the presence of so many foreigners in the same house was noticed, and people living nearby called in the police, who arrested the 20 Ethiopians, plus the Mozambican owner of the house, Mussa Raul.
Raul told reporters that he accepted the Ethiopians into his house in good faith. He said a man whom he named only as Ibrahimo gave him 2,500 meticais (about 82 US dollars) to accommodate five people for two hours.
But when Ibrahimo returned he was accompanied by 20 Ethiopians, whom he said he would collect the following morning.
According to Nampula police spokesperson Size Panguene, some of the Ethiopians ar malnourished and in poor health. One of them has been hospitalized suffering from severe diarrhoea.
“We’re hungry and ill”, said Adinat Ashebo, one of the Ethiopians. He said the group had begun its journey in December, and had travelled through Kenya and Tanzania. They had then crossed the Rovuma river into Mozambique.
“Our country is poor”, said Ashebo. “We know that Mozambique is a country at peace where we can find asylum, and we can start a better life than the life we were leading in Ethiopia”. Nonetheless the authorities are convinced that their true destination was South Africa.
Panguene said the Ethiopians will be handed over to the National Refugee Institute (INAR), while Mussa will be prosecuted for his harbouring of illegal immigrants.
INAR will have to decide whether the Ethiopians qualify as refugees and should be accommodated at the Maratane Refugee Centre in Nampula.
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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Mesay Mekonnen was at his desk, at a news service based in Northern Virginia, when gibberish suddenly exploded across his computer screen one day in December. A sophisticated cyberattack was underway.
But this wasn’t the Chinese army or the Russian mafia at work.
Instead, a nonprofit research lab has fingered government hackers in a much less technically advanced nation, Ethiopia, as the likely culprits, saying they apparently used commercial spyware, essentially bought off the shelf. This burgeoning industry is making surveillance capabilities that once were the exclusive province of the most elite spy agencies, such as National Security Agency, available to governments worldwide.
The targets of such attacks often are political activists, human rights workers and journalists, who have learned that the Internet allows authoritarian governments to surveil and intimidate them even after they have fled to supposed safety.
That includes the United States, where laws prohibit unauthorized hacking but rarely succeed in stopping intrusions. The trade in spyware itself is almost entirely unregulated, to the great frustration of critics.
“We’re finding this in repressive countries, and we’re finding that it’s being abused,” said Bill Marczak, a research fellow for Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, which released a report Wednesday. “This spyware has proliferated around the world . . . without any debate.”
Citizen Lab says the spyware used against Mekonnen and one other Ethiopian journalist appears to have been made by Hacking Team, an Italian company with a regional sales office in Annapolis. Its products are capable of stealing documents from hard drives, snooping on video chats, reading e-mails, snatching contact lists, and remotely flipping on cameras and microphones so that they can quietly spy on a computer’s unwitting user.
Some of the targets of recent cyberattacks are U.S. citizens, say officials at Ethiopian Satellite Television’s office in Alexandria, where Mekonnen works. Others have lived in the United States or other Western countries for years.
“To invade the privacy of American citizens and legal residents, violating the sovereignty of the United States and European countries, is mind-boggling,” said Neamin Zeleke, managing director for the news service, which beams reports to Ethiopia, providing a rare alternative to official information sources there.
Citizen Lab researchers say they have found evidence of Hacking Team software, which the company says it sells only to governments, being used in a dozen countries, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan.
The Ethiopian government, commenting through a spokesman at the embassy in Washington, denied using spyware. “The Ethiopian government did not use and has no reason at all to use any spyware or other products provided by Hacking Team or any other vendor inside or outside of Ethiopia,” Wahide Baley, head of public policy and communications, said in a statement e-mailed to The Washington Post.
Hacking Team declined to comment on whether Ethiopia was a customer, saying it never publicly confirms or denies whether a country is a client because that information could jeopardize legitimate investigations. The company also said it does not sell its products to countries that have been blacklisted by the United States, the United Nations and some other international groups.
“You’ve necessarily got a conflict between the issues around law enforcement and the issues around privacy. Reasonable people come down on both sides of that,” said Eric Rabe, a U.S.-based senior counsel to Hacking Team. “There is a serious risk if you could not provide the tools that HT provides.”
The FBI, which investigates computer crimes, declined to comment on the Citizen Lab report.
Allegations of abuse
Technology developed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has provided the foundation for a multibillion-dollar industry with its own annual conferences, where firms based in the most developed countries offer surveillance products to governments that don’t yet have the ability to produce their own.
Hacking Team, which Reporters Without Borders has named on its list of “Corporate Enemies” of a free press, touted on its Web site that its “Remote Control System” spyware allows users to “take control of your targets and monitor them regardless of encryption and mobility. It doesn’t matter if you are after an Android phone or a Windows computer: you can monitor all the devices.”
Hacking Team software has been used against Mamfakinch, an award-winning Moroccan news organization, and Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates who was imprisoned after signing an online political petition, Citizen Lab reported. Another research group, Arsenal Consulting, has said Hacking Team software was used against an American woman who was critical of a secretive Turkish organization that is building schools in the United States.
Such discoveries have sparked calls for international regulation of Hacking Team and other makers of spyware, which typically costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to experts.
By selling spyware, “they are participating in human rights violations,” said Eva Galperin, who tracks spyware use for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco. “By dictator standards, this is pretty cheap. This is pocket change.”
Rabe, the Hacking Team official, said that the company does not itself deploy spyware against targets and that, when it learns of allegations of human rights abuses by its customers, it investigates those cases and sometimes withdraws licenses. He declined to describe any such cases or name the countries involved.
Ethiopian Satellite Television, typically known by the acronym ESAT, started in 2010 and operates on donations from members of the expatriate community. The news service mainly employs journalists who left Ethiopia in the face of government harassment, torture or criminal charges. Though avowedly independent, ESAT is viewed as close to Ethiopia’s opposition forces, which have few other ways of reaching potential supporters.
Despite the nation’s close relationship with the U.S. government — especially in dealing with unrest and Islamist extremism in neighboring Somalia — the State Department has repeatedly detailed human rights abuses by the Ethiopian government against political activists and journalists. There has been little improvement, observers say, since the 2012 death of the nation’s longtime ruler, Meles Zenawi.
“The media environment in Ethiopia is one of the most repressive in Africa,” said Felix Horne, a researcher for Human Rights Watch. “There are frequent cases of people who have spoken to journalists being arrested. There’s very little in the way of free flow of information in the country. The repressive anti-terrorism law is used to stifle dissent. There are a number of journalists in prison for long terms for doing nothing but practicing what journalists do.”
Taking the bait
Mekonnen was wary as soon as he received a document, through a Skype chat with a person he did not know, on Dec. 20. But the file bore the familiar icon of a Microsoft Word file and carried a name, in Ethiopia’s Amharic language, suggesting that it was a text about the ambitions of a well-known political group there. The sender even used the ESAT logo as his profile image, suggesting the communication was from a friend, or at least a fan.
When the screen filled with a chaotic series of characters, Mekonnen knew he had been fooled — in hacker jargon, he had taken “the bait” — yet it wasn’t clear what exactly was happening to his computer, or why.
That same day, an ESAT employee in Belgium also had received mysterious documents over Skype chats. Noticing that the files were of an unusual type, he chose not to open them on his work computer. Instead, the ESAT employee uploaded one of the files to a Web site, VirusTotal, that scans suspicious software for signs of their origins and capabilities.
That Web site also has a system to alert researchers when certain types of malicious software are discovered. Marczak, the Citizen Lab researcher, who had been tracking the spread of spyware from Hacking Team and other manufacturers, soon got an e-mail from VirusTotal reporting that a suspicious file had been found, carrying telltale coding.
Marczak, a doctoral student in computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, had worked with members of the Ethiopian community before, during an attempted hacking incident last April. When he received the alert from VirusTotal, he got in touch with ESAT’s offices in Alexandria and began looking for signs of Hacking Team software on the news service’s computers. He was eventually joined in the detective work by three other researchers affiliated with Citizen Lab, Claudio Guarnieri, Morgan Marquis-Boire and John Scott-Railton. They did not detect an active version of the spyware on Mekonnen’s computer, suggesting it had failed to activate properly or was removed by the hackers who deployed it. But when Citizen Lab analyzed the file itself — still embedded in Mekonnen’s Skype account — its coding tracked closely to other Hacking Team spyware, Marczak said.
The Citizen Lab team found that the spyware was designed to connect to a remote server that used an encryption certificate issued by a group listed as “HT srl,” an apparent reference to Hacking Team. The certificate also mentioned “RCS,” which fits the acronym for the company’s “Remote Control System” spyware.
The researchers discovered a similar encryption certificate used by a server whose IP address was registered to Giancarlo Russo, who is Hacking Team’s chief operating officer. The phone number and mailing address associated with that server’s IP address matched the company’s headquarters in Milan, Citizen Lab said.
The evidence of Ethiopia’s involvement was less definitive — as is common when analysts attempt to learn the origin of a cyberattack — though the Citizen Lab researchers express little doubt about who was behind the attack. The document that Mekonnen downloaded, they noted, had a title in Amharic that referred to Ethiopian politics, making clear that the attackers had deep knowledge of that country.
In addition, few governments have enough interest in Ethiopian politics to deploy a sophisticated spyware attack against journalists covering the country, Marczak said. “I can’t really think of any other government that would like to spy on ESAT.”
The biggest fear among journalists is that spies have accessed sensitive contact lists on ESAT computers, which could help the government track their sources back in Ethiopia.
“This is a really great danger for them,” Mekonnen said.
In many of my previous articles, even as Meles Zenawi was in absolute control of the country, I have defined the creation of a government of national reconciliation as the best roadmap both for the easing of some of Ethiopia’s socio-economic problems and initiating the construction of a democratic future. My assumption was then that [...]
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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Kenya repatriates over 60 Ethiopian aliens
ISIOLO, Kenya, (Xinhua) — Kenyan police have repatriated more than 60 Ethiopia aliens to ease congestion at the local police cells.
The aliens who spent two weeks at the police custody in northern Kenya town of Isiolo due to the lack of logistics had gone on hunger strike after the authorities failed to deport them on time.
Some of them were rushed to Isiolo level four hospital for medication after feeding on food which they were not used to.
Isiolo police commander Daniel Kamanza who flagged off the first batch out of 120 aliens to Ethiopia said late Tuesday the aliens were used to special meals which were not provided in the cell.
Kamanza said the presence of aliens at the cells had congested the rooms and caused serious food rationing because they were not budgeted for.
“It’s a crisis we had not budgeted for the aliens and we could only share out the small food to the larger group to keep them going,” said the local police commander.
The Ethiopian nationals who were held at Isiolo police custody accused the Kenyan government of failing to deport them despite having been paid a fine at an Isiolo court for being in the country illegally.
Some of the aliens had failed to raise the fine and were jailed for three months at Isiolo prison while others had completed their 3-month jail term a week ago before they were put in police cell.
They were transferred to Isiolo police cells awaiting transportation back to Ethiopia but their deportation were delayed since police vehicles were said to be occupied in tracking down criminals.
Sources within the police said the station does not have a functioning truck to repatriate the aliens to Ethiopia. Isiolo County Commissioner Wanyama Musiambo held crisis meetings with the senior government officials to resolve the matter.
Two trucks were flagged off after the county commissioner intervened and directed that the departments intervene in repatriating the aliens. Kamanza faulted the courts orders instructing them to deport the aliens to Ethiopia with no facilitation at all.
Kamanza said the repatriation orders should have been given out to immigration departments so that they can facilitate their deportation.
He said the aliens could not be released out of custody and be allowed to travel back to their country on their own and that the officers must accompany them to the border areas when they will hand over the group.
Kamanza raised concern over the exodus of the Ethiopian aliens using the routes to Nairobi and then South Africa.
He said the number of aliens who find their way into the cells have doubled in the past few days over stretching the capacity of the cells.
There has been mass exodus of Ethiopian aliens into the country claiming who later head to South Africa in search of employment.
The Kenyan authorities have blamed the vastness of the region for the runaway influx of foreigners in to Kenya through Moyale on Kenya-Ethiopia borders. Refugee rights organizations and aid agencies have blamed poverty in Africa for the rising cases of human trafficking.
They said that the huge supply of labor both skilled and unskilled makes them vulnerable to criminal syndicates.
Ethiopian opposition UDJ senior official Asraat Tase taken to jail – 10 Feb. 2014
Behold the rider of the Black Horse (famine) eyeing Ethiopia once again Last week, NBC News aired an investigative report by Martin Geissler on the creeping famine in Ethiopia : [Ethiopia] is the face of the world food crises. In a village in Southern Ethiopia, mothers cue with their malnourished children for emergency rations of food. They can’t [...]
The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has announced its dismissal of coach Sewnet Bishaw after the Walya Antelopes failed to impress at the just ended African…
Also EPRDF is Ready to detain 5 of UDJ Officials.
የአንድነት ብሔራዊ ምክር ቤት አባልአቶ አስራት ጣሤ ታሰሩ::
ኢህአዴግ አቶ ዳንኤል ተፈራን ጨምሮ አራት የአንድነት አመራሮችን ለማሰር መዘጋጀቱ ተጋለጠ
#Ethiopia #EPRDF #UDJ #Justice
የአንድነት ለዲሞክራሲና ለፍትህ ፓርቲ ብሔራዊ ምክር ቤት አባል የሆኑት አቶ አስራት ጣሴ፣ በክስ ሂደት ላይ የነበረው የአኬልዳማ ዶክመንተሪ በድጋሚ በኢትዮጵያ ቴሌቪዥን መታየቱን ተከትሎ በአዲስ ጉዳይ መጽሔት ላይ ከፃፉት አስተያየት ጋር በተያያዘ “ዘለፋ አዘል ጽሑፍ” ጽፈዋል በሚል ፍርድ ቤት ቀርበው እንዲያስረዱ ትዕዛዝ በተላለፈባቸው መሰረት በዛሬው እለት በፌደራል መጀመሪያ ፍርድ ቤት የተገኙ ቢሆንም ፍርድ ቤቱ ለ7 ቀን ታስረው በቀጣዩ ሳምንት እንዲቀርቡ በማለት የእስር ትዕዛዝ ወስኖባቸዋል ፡፡
ኢህአዴግ አቶ ዳንኤል ተፈራን ጨምሮ አራት የአንድነት አመራሮችን ለማሰር መዘጋጀቱ ተጋለጠ
ወጣቱ ፖለቲከኛና ደራሲ ዳንኤል ተፈራን ጨምሮ 4 አመራሮችና አባላት እንዲታሰሩ ኢህአዴግ ወስኗል፤ የክስ ቅድመሁኔታዎች በፍርድ ቤት መጠናቀቃቸውን ታውቋል፡፡
ኢህአዴግ አቶ ዳንኤል ተፈራን ጨምሮ አራት የአንድነት አመራሮችን ለማሰር መዘጋጀቱን የፍትህ ሚ/ር ምንጮች አጋለጡ፡፡ ምንጮቹ ለፍኖተ ነፃነት እንዳስታወቁት በኢህአዴግ ጽ/ቤት ትዕዛዝ ክስ እንዲከፈትባቸውና እንዲታሰሩ የተወሰኑት የአንድነት አባላት በርካታ ናቸው፡፡ ሆኖም የመጀመሪያው ዙር ክስና እስር በ4 አመራሮችና አባላት ላይ ያነጣጠረ ነው፡፡
Voice of America, Feb. 6, 2014
ENTC denounces the recent border agreement between the TPLF/EPRDF and the government of Sudan. Read the Statement here (pdf)
Genzebe Dibaba Smashes 3000m World Record – Stockholm 2014
ENTC has issued a statement denouncing the derogatory statement that was made by the Weyane official on the Amhara people. Read the full statement (pdf)
Feb. 2, 2014
Chinese enjoying imported Ethiopian khat
Renaissance Dam poses threat to Egyptian monuments: Antiquities minister
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will have a negative effect on Egyptian monuments because of the instability of the ground after water recedes, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said Tuesday.
Head of the ministry’s monuments division, Ali Al-Asfar, said this concern should serve as incentive “to the world to study the effect of the dam on Egyptian monuments.”
Current projects nationwide have lowered groundwater, keeping it just below the foundations of monuments, Al-Asfar explained. “The monuments have stabilised over this [altered] position, even if [this lower water level] is incorrect,” he said. “Lowering the water levels further will cause cracks on the long term.”
All such projects in the vicinity of monumental sites should thus be suspended, he asserted.
Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karty said Tuesday that the GERD would not affect the relationship between his country and Egypt, as Sudan is acting as mediator between Egypt and Ethiopia.
In a press conference the same day, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty stressed the historical nature of the bond between Egypt and Sudan, while also emphasising that water security lies at the core of Egypt’s national security.
He added that Egypt’s historical rights to the Nile’s water are “nonnegotiable”.
Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohammad Abdul Muttalib had said on Monday that if Ethiopia wants to generate electricity, it should build a smaller dam, noting that the current project would operate “at only 30% efficiency”.
Egypt and Sudan have expressed concern over the effect of the dam on their share of the Nile’s water since its construction began in April 2011.
By Aya Nader
- See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/02/0 … lOrle.dpuf
ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ የአሁኑ አስገራሚ ጊዜ ሸክስፒር፣ ጁሊየስ ቄሳር በሚለው ፅሁፉ ላይ ለተናገረው አነጋገር ልዩ ትርጉም ይሰጠዋል፣ “ሰዎች የሰሩት ተንኮል ከመቃበራቸው በላይ ሀያው ሆኖ ይኖራል” ብሎ ነበር ሸክስፒር፡፡ በአሁኑ ጊዜ አቶ መለስ ዜናዊ በህይወት በነበሩበት ጊዜ ከሰሩት ተንኮሎችና ጭራቃዊነት የሞላው አስቀያሚ ተግባር ውርስ ጋር ፊት ለፊት ተፋጥጠን እንገኛለን፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ሉዓላዊ የግዛት አካል [...]
Nightly News | February 04, 2014
Food crisis in Ethiopia
Hunger is once again threatening vast swathes of Africa because of drought and high food prices.
The United Nations has estimated that 14 million are at risk and at the heart of the looming catastrophe is Ethiopia, where over 10 million are in need of emergency food aid.
Ethiopian deportees from Saudi Arabia stage protest in Addis Ababa – 6 Feb 2014
Senior EPRDF official Alemnew Mekonnen demonizing entire Amhara ethnic group (audio)
Gondar, nothern Ethiopia
WE live in a time that gives new meaning to Shakespeare’s line in Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them…” Today we come face to face with the evil Meles Zenawi has done when he lived. A piece of Ethiopia is retailed once again to the Sudan. They call it “border demarcation.” [...]
የጎንደር አውራጎዳናዎች ወደ ሰልፉ በሚያመሩ የከተማው ነዋሪዎች ተሞልቷል :: የጎንደር እና የአከባቢው አጎራባች ወረዳ ነዋሪዎች በሰልፉ ላይ ተገኝቶ የሃገር ሉዋላዊነቱን ጉዳይ የድንበሩን እና የሃገሩን ክብር ለመግለጽ በጎንደር መስቀል አደባባይ እየተሰባሰበ ነው::
ይህ በኢንዲህ እንዳለ ከአማራ ክልል ከተለያዩ ቦትዎች የተሰባሰቡ የፌዴራል ፖሊስ አባላት እና የደህንነት ሰራተኞች በጎንደር መስፈራቸው የተረጋገጠ ሲሆን ሲቭል የለበሱ ጸጉረ ልውጥ የፌዴራሉ የጸጥታ ሰራተኞች ከተማው ላይ ፈሰዋል::
VOA special program on a new US law placing preconditions on aid to Ethiopia's regime
ENTC on ESAT – video
French film maker produces a documentary film about Ethiopia’s 800-year-old Waldeba Monastery
Fourteen Semayawi Party leaders and members of the campaign for peaceful public demonstration at Gonder Mesqel square have been arrested today. They are all now at the Woreda 2 police station in Gonder. Four executive leaders of the party are among them.
The four executive leaders are
Getaneh Balcha (organization Affairs Head)
Yidenkachew Kebede (Legal Affairs Head)
Berhanu Tekeleyared (public Relation)
Yonatan Tesefaye (youth affairs Head)
Two drivers and a cameraman are also among them. Police also took their cameras and laptops.
The party leaders and members went to Gondar, northern Ethiopia, yesterday to organize a public demonstration on February 2, 2014, to protest against Ethio-Sudan border demarcation.
Listen to ENTC weekly radio program – Week 17 – January 29 Weekly news, ENTC conference in Washington DC Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363
By Yonas Mulatu
Addis Fortune Staff Writer
The first draft of the World Bank sponsored corruption study comes out pointing fingers at petty corruption in…
Reported on Monday, January 27, 2014
Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia January 26, 2014 Washington, DC–. Is United States policy towards Ethiopia shifting? For years Ethiopians, social justice groups, human rights organizations and civic groups have been calling on donor countries to demand greater accountability from the Government of Ethiopia for funds received, citing the lack of political space, endemic [...]
ENTC issued a press release on the successful completion of the conference held on the subject of transitional government charter draft and other related items. Read the full statement here (pdf)
Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) has conducted a successful conference January 25, 2014 in Washington DC on transitional government charter draft and other related issues surrounding the removal and replacement of the current regime; . Listen to DW radio coverage