Hijacked Ethiopian Airlines place forced to land in Geneva, Switzerland
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
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::
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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
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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
DW report, January 26, 2014
Oakland, CA – In a historic move, the US Congress has taken a stance on land grabs-related human rights abuses in Ethiopia. The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill contains provisions that ensure that US development funds are not used to support forced evictions in Ethiopia. The bill prevents US assistance from being used to support activities [...]
Egypt’s Sisi given okay for presidential run
State Media says top generals have given green light to Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who led the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi.
Last updated: 27 Jan 2014 15:26
The official state news agency has said Egypt’s top generals have endorsed a presidential run by the army chief who led the toppling of the former president Mohamed Morsi last summer.
MENA on Monday said an official announcement by Sissi of his candidacy could take place "within hours,” after the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces "unanimously delegated" him to run in presidential elections during an hours-long meeting Monday.
The announcement was made shortly after interim President Adely Mansour promoted el-Sissi to field marshal, the military’s highest rank, apparently as an honour before he steps down from the military as required for him to run.
Presidential elections are due to take place by end of April.
El-Sisi, who toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, is widely expected to contest the election due within six months, and win easily.
Sisi has become hugely popular since the military takeover, with supporters viewing him as a decisive figure who can tackle unrest that has gripped Egypt since the 2011 uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
By Mike Carter
I stood in my room in bathing trunks, looking out over the lake 100 metres away, anticipating the feel of the cool water on my skin.
There was just one small problem: the large, male Anubis baboon blocking my door. He was being groomed by a female. I tapped on the glass and did a little theatrical cough. Our eyes locked. He rolled back his top lip to reveal incisors like daggers. I wanted my swim; he wanted his grooming. They say a baboon can rip a man’s arms out of his sockets. My swim, I decided, could wait.
The day before, I’d arrived from Addis Ababa at Bishangari Lodge in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region, on the shores of Langano, one of a series of lakes that run along the Rift Valley, five hours’ drive south of the capital.
Bishangari, with its eight lovely cabins (called godjos) set back from the lake in a forest of podocarpus and wild fig trees, was the country’s first upmarket lodge when it opened in 2002. Others sprang up in the far north, serving the vast majority of Ethiopia’s tourists, who tend to head to the Unesco sites of Lalibela, Axum and Gondar. But the south’s luxury travel potential remained untapped beyond Bishangari. … continue reading >> http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/118aa67e … %2Fproduct
I am getting a little jittery over the repeated delays, postponements and all the backpedalling talk about “false evidence” and “lying witnesses” in the Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta International Criminal court trial. I don’t want to say I smell a rat but I feel like I am getting a whiff. Is the stage being set to let [...]
Ethiopian National Youth Movement (EYNM) released a statement endorsing the public meeting ENTC has called today in Washington DC. The meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia – Sheraton Hotel (900 S. Orme St. Arlington VA 22204). It urges all Ethiopians to attend and discuss this important issue. Read the statement here (pdf)
ENTC will be holding a public meeting to discuss the draft transitional government charter and the activities of the organization in Washington DC on January 25, 2014 at Pentagon City Sheraton Hotel (next to Dama restaurant). Meeting starts at 1:30pm. Announcement flyer Announcement Audio
Move over quinoa, Ethiopia’s teff poised to be next big super grain: UK Guradian Claire Provost and Elissa Jobson | The Guardian January 23, 2014 Mounds of teff dry in fields in Ethiopia. The gluten-free grain is used to make flour for injera, the national dish. Photograph: Julio Etchart/Alamy At Addis Ababa airport, visitors are greeted by pictures [...]
Bekoji Ethiopia: Town of Runners (film trailer)
Listen to the BBN Radio interview with ENTC Speaker Ato Sileshi Tilahun and Public Relations head Ato Mensur Nuru on the January 25 meeting. Listen to Audio
The Ethiopians and their past. By Yilma Bekele We love to visit the past. There is no one like us that digs deeper, travel further to harvest the bounty of our rich past. To say we dwell on the past is definitely an understatement. I would not be surprised if scientists after mapping our brain [...]
Interview on January 25 public meeting in DC to discuss Ethiopian transitional government
Listen to ESAT radio interview with Ato Sileshi Tilahun – January 23 Listen here
Listen to ENTC special radio program – January 22 Interview and discussion on January 25 meeting in Washington DC Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363
How Ethiopian merchants founded New York's Abyssinian Baptist Church in 1808 (video)
After its much publicised failure to kick off as expected on January 1st, reportedly due to logistical constraints, the East African Community’s single tourist visa…
Police say a masked person shot and killed a clerk at a Garland 7-Eleven during a robbery early Tuesday morning.
According to police, a call came in at 3:35 a.m. after a delivery man discovered the clerk’s body behind the counter of the 7-Eleven location at 2509 Firewheel Parkway.
Police later identified the victim as 31-year-old Yosef Tulu, of Dallas.
As seen on video recovered from store surveillance cameras, the robber was wearing a mask or bag and carrying a rifle with a scope as he or she entered the store.
The person then robbed Tulu before opening fire and fatally shooting the clerk.
Oak Farms Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person responsible for Tulu’s murder. The reward will remain in place for six months.
Anyone with information about the murder or the person in the video is asked to call the Garland Police Department.
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ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ባለፉት በርካታ ሳምንታት በተናጠል እና በቡድን እየሆናችሁ በአሜሪካ እና በአውሮፓ የተለያዩ ከተሞች የስብሰባ አዳራሾች በመገኘት ለሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ድጋፋችሁን ላደረጋችሁ ወገኖቼ ሁሉ ከልብ የመነጨ ምስጋናዬን አቀርባለሁ! ባለፈው ሳምንት ኢትዮሜዲያ/Ethiomedia.com የተባለው ድረገጽ ባወጣው ዘገባ መሰረት ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ ባለው የፖለቲካ ትግል ሂደት “አዲስ የተቃውሞ ኃይል” ሆኖ በመቅረብ ሰላማዊ የስርዓት [...]
The Ethiopian Heritage Society of North America (EHSNA) will be celebrating the leadership of Emperor Menelik and Empress Taytu in their struggle for independence. Last month marks the 100th anniversary of Menelik’s death, nearly 18 years after defeating the Italian colonial force. The commemoration of Menilik and Tyatu, and the victory at Adwa, will take place on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Maryland. The general public is encouraged to attend and commemorate the victory at Adwa, as well as King Menelik’s accomplishments in restructuring Ethiopia.
Thank you one and all who came out to the town hall meetings in the U.S. and Europe over the past several weeks and supported Semayawi Party! In a report last week, Ethiomedia.com described Semayawi Party (SP) as the “newest opposition sensation” which “raises new hopes” for nonviolent change in Ethiopia. Yilikal Getnet, Semayawi Party’s young [...]
The Ethiopians National Transitional Council (ENTC) has sent out the draft constitution to several religious leaders Read the full text of ENTC’s Press Release here (pdf)
The following is a list of the 10 countries with the lowest percentage of mobile subscribers per capita in the world, based on projections this year from Juniper Networks, a large maker of telecommunications equipment. Eritrea – 5 percent (310,000 mobile subscribers out of a population of 5.7 million) Myanmar – 6 percent (3 million [...]
International organizations were skeptical about the situation in South Sudan after fighting erupted between government and rebels forces, it was evident that the division had…
Ethiopia is a country close to Jolie’s heart as it is where daughter Zahara, nine, was adopted from in 2005.
ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ በአሁኑ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ገዥው አካል በ19ኛው መቶ ክፍለ ዘመን የኢትዮጵያ ንጉስ የነበሩት የዳግማዊ አጼ ምኒልክ መቶኛ የሙት ዓመት በዚህ በያዝነው ዓመት (በኢትዮጵያ ዘመን አቆጣጠር) እየተከበረ ባለበት ወቅት ሙሉ ጊዜውን በመስጠት ንጉሱ የሰሩትን ታላቅ ስራ ሁሉ በማጣጣል እና ጥላሸት በመቀባት ዘመቻ ላይ በመጠመድ ታሪክ የማጠልሸት ድራማውን በመተወን ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ [...]
Menelik haters and TPLF propagandists portray him as a villain who did everything for sordid motives. They implicates him in the assassination of Emperor Yohannes and charges him for trading Bahr Midir (Eritrea) in exchange for arms. It is dangerously easy to look for and discover links between otherwise isolated incidents and one’s own figments of hostile imagination if one is struggling to establish or support a theory in which one has more than a passing interest. Should haters of Minilik, with the advantage of hindsight attack Menelik for crimes of treason, it is merely a misplaced assault that rather befits the Tigrean king, Yohannes. Was it not Yohannes who found it expedient to serve the enemy flag for gadgets and gold when Britain invaded Ethiopia and breached the nation’s sovereignty for the first time? Was it not his venality and humiliating servility that prompted him to spearhead the British invasion? Did he not give the British his blessings when they looted Ethiopia’s invaluable relics and emptied the national treasury? Above all, did he not facilitate the untimely demise of Tewodros, the valorous emperor who chose to defiantly turn his gun on himself rather than surrender to the enemy?
Menelik was a magnanimous monarch who led a consensus government. His cabinet included gallant men such as Balcha, Gobena, Habte-Giorgis, Mekonnen, Mulugeta, and his wife Taitu, to name but a few of the proud and patriotic mortals who could not be accused of treason. Wheeling and dealing is rather in character with the Tigrian Woyannes, at least judging by their own description of themselves. Without sounding irreverent to Tigrinya-speakers, the literal meaning of the word "Tigre" is after all "trader."
However much Woyanne and their puppets dislike him, it was Menelik who having trounced Italian aggressors and their Tigre-speaking mercenaries at the battle of Adwa, that guaranteed Tigrai’s freedom. In falsely accusing Menelik of treason, Woyannes are enviously casting aspersions on Shoans perhaps to redeem the contemptible mercenaries of the North.
On the other hand, Yohannes, an ex-bandit who had emerged emperor by brute force, was disposed to fits of jealousy and suspicion. He had never, for instance, entrusted a single non-Tigrean to high office. He saw potential enemies even among the rank and file of his own long-serving army. A case in point is the fear Alula’s victory at Dogali evoked. Yohannes replaced the legendary commander with his own cousin. Yet, eager to test a solo triumph and outdo Alula, he marched towards the remaining Italian forces. But the sheer size and force of the Italian force prompted the Emperor’s unceremonious retreat. Thus, Italy occupied the coastal province unchallenged.
Instead, he set out to harass his loyal subjects whom he conveniently accused of "defiance". Emboldened by the arms he received from the British for his errand duties, Yohannes unleashed terror by plundering and burning Begemdir, Gojam and Wollo in 1888. He personally tortured and blinded Wollo’s king by plunging a red-hot knife in his eyes.
"Pious", Yohannes was. But for no other reasons than his unrelenting prayers even while he was in his killing fields and the missionary zeal with which he aspired to convert the "infidels", the Muslims, whom he rendered landless by decree:
He then moved southwards to also lay Shoa waste. But his advances were halted by the forces of Beshah Aboye, Menelik’s rather junior army officer. Against the better judgment of his brilliant advisers (Mekonnen, Habte Giorgis, and Balcha) who had opted to rudely rebuff the challenge, Menelik went along with the Archbishop’s intervention to arbitrate. The negotiated settlement between Menelik and the bullying Yohannes hence averted a bloody civil war.
Without any domestic excuses available to him now, Yohannes could no longer defer the external challenges he had hitherto evaded. Abandoning the hope of driving the Italians out, he accepted their incursions in Eritrea as fait accompli. Instead, he sought victory against the Mahdists whom he had considered an easy prey. As fate would have it, he was made to take his last breath in the hands of the Dervish, the "infidels" that he had hoped to beat.
Menelik Inherited Occupied Eritrea
So, Menelik in effect had the misfortune of inheriting an occupied Eritrea which Yohannes had relinquished to Italy lacking the nerve to pursue Alula’s victory at Dogali. At Adwa, Menelik competently performed the homework his predecessor had not even dared to venture. He devastated the Italian army and its Tigrean Shumbash and Buluqbash contingent (well over 300,000 strong), frustrating the enemy’s grand design of colonizing the rest of Ethiopia.
A man of noble character, Menelik was devoid of the nepotistic and ethnocentric dispositions of the `pious’ emperor. Most of Menelik’s illustriously brave commanders, Balcha, Gebeyehu, Gobenna, Habte, and Mekonnen, all came to the highest positions on merit. Not only were they not related to him, but they were men from three linguistic groups. Adwa endeared Menelik in both liberated Tigrai and occupied Eritrea. The high frequency of his name among the for-bearers of the generation that today vilifies him, certainly could not have been a reflection of a hostile sentiment.
If the ungrateful lot lampoon Menelik for not having purged Eritrea of its white masters, the allegation is unfounded. For not only did Britain and France threaten to attack Menelik if he did not stop at Adwa, but they had already made incursions on Ethiopia’s southern regions. Replenishing the supply of food in arid Tigrai and combating epidemics which had already left the army enfeebled, were the other formidable problems which stood in Menelik’s way to reclaim the occupied coastal province.
The fact that the region that had the dubious distinction of producing Africa’s most ruthless mercenaries also bred Alula Aba Nega, Lorenzo Taezaz, and Zerai Deres, to mention only a few patriots who died defending Ethiopia, proves the point.
The flirtation of the OLF with the TPLF is profoundly humiliating for those Ethiopians who by blood and nurture consider Oromo culture their own. The people of Balcha and Abdisa Aga have never been known to betray their country.
Today, the Tigrean oligarchy calling itself EPRDF to elude the gullible Westerners and appease its foreign pay-masters, is waging a relentless campaign of malice to divide Ethiopians along ethnic lines. A third of the nation’s population, the Amharas, are objects of media insults. Not surprisingly, the majority of Ethiopians have rejected the call for ethnic strife. True, as a result of EPRDF-incited anti- Amhara propaganda many unarmed peasants have been killed and violently evicted from their ancestral homes in the South.
Glory be to all brave Ethiopians who transcend vile ethnocentrism and fight it tooth and nail, despite its dignified status as an official ideology of the EPRDF, more correctly the TPLF. Playing one group against another is perfectly within the scheme of things of the foreign-sponsored EPRDF.
ENTC is inviting all Ethiopians to be participate in the 2nd consultative conference that will be discussing the draft transitional period charter. Pre-registration is required for attendance. Registration can be done on ENTC website. Read the Press Release here (pdf)
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Listen to ENTC weekly radio program – Week 15 – January 13 Weekly news, Ethiopian/Sudan Embassy protests and other programs Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363
Fertile Ethiopia plagued with poverty – Documentary
The regime in power in Ethiopia today is orchestrating a full-court press demonization and vilification campaign against Atse Menelik II, the Nineteenth Century Ethiopian emperor whose centennial is being celebrated this year (Ethiopian calendar). The campaign is conducted largely through regime lackey-proxies, stooges and puppets. Through its minions, the regime has used the most loathsome [...]