Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’

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

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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

Addis Ababa’s sprawling trash dump

Thursday, March 20th, 2014




Only 2 Ethiopians applied for the national football team coach – (video)

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Wubetu Abate and Yohannes Tesema are the only local coaches who have applied for the national football team coach position. The job vacancy opened up after the sacking of Sewnet Bishaw last month.

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

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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

ENTC Weekly Radio – March 17

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – March 17 News and analysis, Crimea’s annexation from Ukraine Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

የኢትዮጵያ ተተኪ ሴቶች ትውልድ መነሳሳት!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ “ከዚህ በኋላ ትዕግስታችን ተሟጧል!” ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ በኢትዮጵያ እንደገና ወኔ የተሞላበት የትግል መንፈሱን በማደስ ጥንካሬውን አሳየ ! እ.ኤ.አ ማርች 9/2014 የተከበረውን ዓለም አቀፍ የሴቶች በዓል ምክንያት በማድረግ በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ተዘጋጀቶ በነበረው የ5 ኪሎ ሜትር የጎዳና ላይ ሩጫ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ወጣት ሴቶችም ተሳትፎ አድርገው ነበር፡፡ ከዴሞክራሲያዊ ምርጫ ባፈነገጠ መልኩ በኃይል […]

Addis Ababa in the 1960s (photos)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Photographs of Addis Ababa 1963 – 1967 March 18, 2014 Click here to view the rest of photographs of Addis  

Debre Berhan street circus (video)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Debre Berhan, northern Ethiopia – a film by Vincent Moona

The Hypocrisy of the West Messay Kebede

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The West is deploring the referendum in Crimea and threatening to apply economic sanctions against Russia, believed to be the instigator of the unfolding Ukrainian crisis. Some Western politicians even go the extent of advocating direct military aid so that Ukraine can oppose military resistance to the Russian aggression. The referendum, which is supposed to […]

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

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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

Washington DC town hall meeting on Ethiopian transitional government – today

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Ethiopian National Transitional Council (ENTC) will be holding a public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014. Refer to the flyer for more information. Public Meeting Flyer

Ethiopian engineer becomes chief flood forcaster for a Canada province (video)

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Dr. Fisaha Unduche, a flood modelling and mitigation engineer, is the new director of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportations’ Hydrologic Forecasting and Co-ordination Branch, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton.



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

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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

Rise of the Daughters of Ethiopia!

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

“We can’t take it anymore!” Semayawi Party in Ethiopia has done it again! This time it is the young women of Semayawi Party who took to the streets of Addis Ababa during the 5k run held as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 9. They spoke; no, they cried out the unvarnished truth […]

Nazret in the 1940s

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Color photographs of Nazret 1946 – 1950   Please click below to see all the photographs Click here for color photos of Nazret in the 1940s        

Reeyot Alemu spends 1000th day in prison

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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

Victims of Harar fire accuse government of complicity

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

March 9th was a sad and disturbing day for residents of Harar town – a place known for its ancient walls and performers who do…

The Real Queen Of Sheba – History Channel (video)

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The Real Queen Of Sheba – History Documentary

Pushback against Ethiopia’s campaign to infiltrate the EITI

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) March 14, 2014 An Open Letter to African Steering Committee Members for Publish What You Pay (PWYP)[i] Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board Members from PWYP   Dear Ali Idrissa, Jean-Claude Katende and Faith Nwadishi, and other members of the EITI Board: We in the Solidarity Movement for […]

Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, researchers say

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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

The Amazing Scenery of Dallol, Ethiopia (video)

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Dallol is the hottest inhabited area on Earth, and also one of the most remote places on Earth. 

Police arrest a suspect in slaying of Ethiopian immigrant in Ohio

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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

170 Ethiopian migrants, including 67 women, arrested in Kuwait

Friday, March 14th, 2014


170 including 67 women held in Jleeb crackdown

A policewoman puts plastic band (handcuffs) around wrists of a woman before boarding the bus

KUWAIT CITY, March 12: Officers from General Immigration Department and Private Security Forces arrested 170 individuals including 67 women during a security campaign on Tuesday in Jleeb Al- Shuyoukh area. According to security sources, the campaign was held based on the guidance from the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Lt General Sulaiman Al-Fahad and other highranking officials.

Among the arrested individuals, many were violators of the residency law, some were wanted by law, some were reported as absconding, some violated the labor law while others were marginal workers and domestic workers of Article 20 visa.

They were referred to the concerned authorities for necessary legal action against them. Media Security Department affirmed that such surprise campaigns will continue in all governorates to arrest the violators of residency law. … fault.aspx

Peugeot 309 at the 2014 Ethiopian Super Endurally auto racing (video)

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The race took place on March 2, 2014, in Akaki, Ethiopia, circling the capital Addis Ababa.

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Ethiopian scientist at University of Texas receives achievement award

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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

Ethiopia’s cave churches: An inverse reality

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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

Stop sending aid to dictators in Ethiopia and other countries – William Easterly

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Traditional foreign aid often props up dictators more than it helps the poor. It’s time for a new model

Too much of America’s foreign aid funds what I call authoritarian development. That’s when the international community–experts from the U.N. and other bodies–swoop into third-world countries and offer purely technical assistance to dictatorships like Uganda or Ethiopia on how to solve poverty.

Unfortunately, dictators’ sole motivation is to stay in power. So the development experts may get some roads built, but they are not maintained. Experts may sink boreholes for clean water, but the wells break down. Individuals do not have the political rights to protest disastrous public services, so they never improve. Meanwhile, dictators are left with cash and services to prop themselves up–while punishing their enemies.

But there is another model: free development, in which poor individuals, asserting their political and economic rights, motivate government and private actors to solve their problems or to give them the means to solve their own problems.

Compare free development in Botswana with authoritarian development in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia in 2010, Human Rights Watch documented how the autocrat Meles Zenawi selectively withheld aid-financed famine relief from everyone except ruling-party members. Meanwhile democratic Botswana, although drought-prone like Ethiopia, has enjoyed decades of success in preventing famine. Government relief directed by local activists goes wherever drought strikes.

In the postwar period, countries such as Chile, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have successfully followed the path of free development–often in spite of international aid, not because of it. While foreign policy concerns have often led America to prop up dictatorial regimes, we need a new rule: no democracy, no aid. If we truly want to help the poor, we can’t accept the dictators’ false bargain: ignore our rights abuses, and meet the material needs of those we oppress. Instead, we must advocate that the poor have the same rights as the rich everywhere, so they can aid themselves.

Easterly is the co-director of New York University’s Development Research Institute and author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor … dictators/

Patent for Ethiopia’s teff crop? CCTV

Thursday, March 13th, 2014



Police shot at shopkeepers in eastern Ethiopian town of Harar who were trying to extinguish fire – VOA

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Federal Police in Ethiopia shot live bullets on shop owners in town of Harar who were trying to extinguish massive fire that was destroying their business. Over 60 people are receiving treatments at hospital. It is not clear if any one has died. VAO, March 12, 2014

የማዕድን ሙስና በኢትዮጵያ፡ ለማዳም ክሌር ሾርት የተሰጠ መልስ

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ግልጽ ደብዳቤ ወይስ ግልጽ የሙስና ተባባሪነት? “የአምራች ኢንዱስትሪዎች የግልጽነት ተነሳሽነት/Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) የተባለውን ድርጅት የመሰረቱትን አገሮች ሁኔታ ቀረብ በማለት በምመለከትበት ጊዜ  በኢትዮጵያ ያለው  የሲቪል ማህበረሰብ ሁኔታ ከእነዚህ አገሮች ከበርካታዎቹ የባሰ መጥፎ ነው የሚለውን ለመቀበል እቸገራለሁ፡፡” ይህ አባባል የአምራች ኢንዱስትሪዎች የግልጽነት ተነሳሽነት/Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) ሊቀመንበር የሆኑት […]

87,654 Eritreans live in Ethiopian refugee camps as of last month – UNHCR

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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ENTC weekly radio – March 10

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – March 10 News and analysis, Adwa 118th year Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Omo River Valley tribes: The vanishing cultures of Ethiopia

Monday, March 10th, 2014




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

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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

19-year-old Ethiopian immigrant shot to death in Columbus, Ohio

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Dinkisra Mengistu’s life started in Ethiopia but continued in the United States after his family emigrated when he was in middle school. It ended in a Columbus hotel’s parking lot early yesterday in a flurry of gunshots.

Mengistu, 19, had just climbed into the back seat of a friend’s car after leaving a party at the Sheraton Suites Columbus on Hutchinson Avenue on the Far North Side. A black SUV pulled up behind the car, and shots were fired through the back window. It was about 12:30 a.m.

“They were trying to kill,” said Brandon Mix, 18, who was in the car with Mengistu and was one of his best friends.

Two of the shots hit Mengistu in the head. No one else was struck.

Mix saw the SUV swerve head-on into traffic near the hotel, then speed away.

Police said yesterday they have no suspects.

About 80 of Mengistu’s friends gathered last night behind Westerville South High School for a vigil for the 2012 graduate.

Jayshon Jackson, 20, who organized the vigil, remembered Mengistu as a funny and engaging friend.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Jackson said.

Mengistu, who lived on the Northeast Side, had a few brushes with the law; he’d been convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor drug abuse. He was waiting to be sentenced in Licking County on charges that he had driven while intoxicated. It was his second OVI charge.

“He didn’t sell any drugs; he didn’t do any of that,” Mix said. “He had that ‘I kinda do what I want’ mentality, but not in a bad way.”

Mengistu also was taking classes at Columbus State Community College.

Mengistu didn’t know what he wanted to be when he finished school, said another friend, Brennan Witt, who went to Westerville South and Columbus State with him. He knew only that he wanted to make enough money to buy his parents and his sisters nice houses and take his friends on a trip around the world.

Everyone who met Mengistu liked him, Witt said yesterday. He was the youngest in his family, and the only boy. He liked to smoke marijuana and flirt with pretty girls. He went by the nickname “ Dink.”

“He was always laughing,” Witt said. “I’ve never met anybody in my life like Dink.”

Mix said he doesn’t know why the people in the SUV behind them started shooting.

Mix, Mengistu and their friends had been at the party for about 11/2 hours when three or four young men came in, Mix said. They didn’t stay long, but they stared at Mengistu and his friends. Two looked familiar to Mix, but he said he doesn’t know why they would have a problem with him or his friends.

When Mix and his friends went into the hallway, they saw the other group waiting by an elevator. The two groups rode down together in silence, and Mix and his friends left first for the parking lot.

Mengistu and Mix ended up in the car’s back seat, and the driver started to pull out of the lot.

The shooting happened fast, but Mix remembers this:

Three gunshots, loud: Pop. Pop. Pop.

Window glass shattering.

Diving for cover.

Mengistu’s body slumping sideways in the backseat.

“I see blood everywhere,” Mix said. “I really just lost my best friend. I watched it in front of my face.”

Dispatch Reporter Jim Woods contributed to this story.

@larenschield … g-lot.html

Police and civilians clash in Harar, eastern Ethiopia

Monday, March 10th, 2014

A riot broke out in Harar, eastern Ethiopia, today following a massive fire that has destroyed a market place overnight. Police arrested several people, but the protest is continuing. More details in Amharic: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=74214

67 million people in Ethiopia do not have electricity

Monday, March 10th, 2014

In Ethiopia, 67 million people out of 90 million live without electricity.

Genzebe Dibaba does it again (video)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

March 9, 2014, Sopot, Poland, IAAF Indoor Track and Field Championship, Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) wins the gold in the Women’s 3000m. Her last Indoor Championship medal was for the 1500m in Istanbul.

Mining Corruption in Ethiopia: A Reply to Clare Short

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Open letter or open pandering to corruption? “As I look around the EITI implementing countries, I do not accept that the situation for civil society in Ethiopia is worse than a great many of them.” That was the didactic pronouncement of Ms. Claire Short, Chair of the  Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in her “Open […]

Ethiopian women demanding freedom arrested – Addis Ababa, March 9 (video)

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The protest took place in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 9, 2012, at the Women’s Day Run

Federal Police arrest Ethiopian women demanding freedom – photos

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Several Ethiopian women voiced their demand for freedom during a Women’s Day Run in Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Police arrested many of them.


Police arrested several women in Ethiopia who protested for freedom (video)

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Hundreds of Ethiopian women staged a peaceful protest in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 9, 2014, demanding freedom and better government. Police have arrested many of the protesters.

“Her Royal Highness” ‘Sara Al-Amoudi’ spotted at cocktail party (Photo)

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Our editor spotted Sara Al Amoudi, the daughter of Ethiopian-Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi, at a party last night: … -ventures/

‘Sara Al Amoudi’ pictured at a cocktail party on 7th March 2014

The woman best known as ‘The Vamp in the Veil’ appeared at a cocktail party last night. ‘Sara Al Amoudi’ – whose identity remains under question despite her High Court victory last month – arrived at the event within the Marriott Hotel in County Hall in a Rolls-Royce complete with the number plate “HRH 9” and then proceeded to dominate the room with her entourage and veil.

The entourage of ‘Sara Al Amoudi’

‘Al Amoudi’ – whom the billionaire Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi’s lawyers used The Steeple Times to issue a statement denying her being his daughter – clearly is a woman that expects things done her way. Prior to her arrival even, the fuss set in as staff were informed that they would have to address the “royal” as “Her Royal Highness” and place chairs in particular locations for this “very important guest”.

‘The Vamp in the Veil’s’ cortege numbered three burly men. They rushed around on tenterhooks throughout the evening in an effort to please their ‘princess’ and made sure that nobody got in her way. One got down on his knees and kissed the hand of this burka and fur clad woman whilst another listened attentively as she was overheard to say “money is like my child”. As the ‘VVV’ eventually took refuge on a smoking terrace, she concluded:

“I have to sit… My legs… My legs… I’ve done so much today”.

One can only imagine how hard the ‘VVV’s’ life must be. In court, it was revealed that ‘Al Amoudi’ spent £912,000 on perfume alone in just two months. … -ventures/

Trafficking Ethiopians to South Africa through Kenya (video)

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Trafficking Ethiopians to South Africa through Kenya

Our response on Nile will be decisive – Egyptian foreign minister

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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

Puppet of Oromia “killil” dies

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The former chairperson of the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organisation (OPDO) – one of the four member parties of the ruling EPRDF – and also former…

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

By Alissa de Carbonnel

Russia to make citizenship easier for native Russian speakers Reuters Factbox: EU options to apply pressure on Russia over Ukraine Reuters Armed men seize two airports in Ukraine’s Crimea, Russia denies involvement Reuters Putin: military force would be ‘last resort’ in Ukraine Reuters Crimea lawmakers schedule vote on joining Russia Associated Press SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to find ways to pressure Russia to back down.

U.S. President Barack Obama took steps to punish those involved in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, ordering the freezing of their U.S. assets and a ban on travel into the United States.

The U.S. Navy announced a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Truxton, was heading to the Black Sea in what it said was a long-planned training exercise and not a show of force.

The Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation".

The vice premier of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea military base in Sevastopol, said a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. He said all state property would be "nationalized", the Russian ruble could be adopted and Ukrainian troops would be treated as occupiers and be forced to surrender or leave.

The announcement, which diplomats said could not have been made without Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval, raised the stakes in the most serious east-west confrontation since the end of the Cold War.

..View gallery A Ukrainian serviceman (L) stands next to an armed man, believed to be a Russian soldier, inside a U …Russia stocks fell and the ruble weakened further after the news. Moody’s ratings agency said the stand-off was negative for Russia’s sovereign creditworthiness.

Russia said it would make it easier to give passports to native Russian speakers who have lived in Russia or the former Soviet Union. Putin has cited the threat to Russian citizens to justify military action in Georgia in 2008 and now in Ukraine .

Far from seeking a diplomatic way out of the crisis, Putin appears to have chosen to create facts on the ground before the West can agree on more than token action against him.

EU leaders had been set to warn but not sanction Russia over its military intervention after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea, with a population of about 2 million, back to their bases. It was not immediately clear what impact the Crimean moves would have.

French President Francois Hollande told reporters on arrival at the summit: "There will be the strongest possible pressure on Russia to begin lowering the tension and in the pressure there is, of course, eventual recourse to sanctions."

The new Ukrainian government has declared the referendum illegal and opened a criminal investigation against Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Askyonov, who was appointed in a closed session by the region’s parliament last week. The Ukrainian government does not recognize his authority or that of the parliament.

A Crimean parliament official said voters will be asked two questions: should Crimea be part of the Russian Federation and should Crimea return to an earlier constitution (1992) that gave the region more autonomy?

.Crimeans await referendum seen as prelude for sove …. Play video "If there weren’t constant threats from the current illegal Ukrainian authorities, maybe we would have taken a different path," deputy parliament speaker Sergei Tsekov told reporters outside the parliament building in Crimea’s main city of Simferopol.

"I think there was an annexation of Crimea by Ukraine, if we are going to call things by their name. Because of this mood and feeling we took the decision to join Russia. I think we will feel much more comfortable there."


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who had refused to meet his Ukrainian counterpart on Wednesday, had talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome.

Earlier, Kerry also met his counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy and France to discuss Ukraine and inform them of U.S. plans to sanction individuals and officials.

The White House said the order was "a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate."

But the EU summit in Brussels seemed unlikely to adopt more than symbolic measures against Europe’s biggest gas supplier, because neither industrial powerhouse Germany nor financial centre Britain is keen to start down that road.

..View gallery A woman walks past a Bulgarian communist-era monument painted by unknown people in Sofia March 5, 20 …The short, informal EU summit will mostly be dedicated to displaying support for Ukraine’s new pro-Western government, represented by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who will attend even though Kiev is neither an EU member nor a recognized candidate for membership.

The European Commission has announced an aid package of up to 11 billion euros ($15 billion) for Ukraine over the next couple of years provided it reaches a deal with the International Monetary Fund, entailing painful reforms like ending gas subsidies.

Diplomats said that at most, the 28-nation EU would condemn Russia’s so far bloodless seizure of the Black Sea province and suspend talks with Moscow on visa liberalization and economic cooperation, while threatening further measures if Putin does not accept mediation efforts soon.

They were expected to hold back from tougher steps both in hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough and out of fear of a tit-for-tat trade war with Russia, a major economic partner of Europe.

France has a deal to sell warships to Russia that it is so far not prepared to cancel, London’s banks have profited from facilitating Russian investment, and German companies have $22 billion invested in Russia.


The crisis began in November when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, under strong Russian pressure, turned his back on a far-reaching trade deal with the EU and accepted a $15 billion bailout from Moscow. That prompted three months of street protests leading to the overthrow of Yanukovich on February 22.

.Few signs of progress on Ukraine as major powers m …. Play video Moscow denounced the events as an illegitimate coup and refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities.

Russia kept the door ajar for more diplomacy on its own terms, announcing on Thursday a meeting of former Soviet states in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including Ukraine, for April 4 and saying it would be preceded by contacts between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats.

Lavrov said attempts by Western countries to take action over the Ukraine crisis via democracy watchdog OSCE and the NATO military alliance were not helpful.

After a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris on Wednesday, Lavrov refused to talk to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchitsya, whose new government is not recognized by Moscow.

Asked if he had met his Ukrainian counterpart, Lavrov said: "Who is that?"

He stuck to Putin’s line – ridiculed by the West – that Moscow does not command the troops without national insignia which have taken control of Crimea, besieging Ukrainian forces, and hence cannot order them back to bases.

Western diplomats said there was still hope that once Lavrov had reported back to Putin, Russia would accept the idea of a "contact group" involving both Moscow and Kiev as well as the United States and European powers to seek a solution.

The EU said it has frozen the assets of ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovich and 17 other officials, including former prime minister Mykola Azarov, suspected of human rights violations and misuse of state funds.


In an awkward coincidence as EU leaders were gathering in Brussels, German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel travelled to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart and Putin.

Reflecting concern about how the long-planned trip might be seen in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, Gabriel dropped at the last minute plans to take German industrialists with him. Germany has been accused in some quarters of soft-pedaling on sanctions in the light of its close economic ties to Russia.

Outside of Crimea, in eastern and southern cities that saw big pro-Russian demonstrations, the tide of public opinion appears to be turning in favor of Kiev.

Ukrainian police cleared pro-Moscow demonstrators who had been holed up in the regional parliament building in Donetsk and raised the Ukrainian flag where the Russian one had mostly been flying since Saturday.

Pro-Kiev demonstrations are now much larger than pro-Moscow ones in the city, home town of ousted leader Yanukovich.

Putin has said Russia reserves the right to intervene militarily in other areas of Ukraine if Russian interests or the lives of Russians are in danger.

Dropping diplomatic niceties on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department published a "fact sheet" entitled "President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine."

"As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, ‘The formula "two plus two equals five" is not without its attractions,’" the State Department said in the document.

(Additional reporting by Luke Baker in Brussels, Elizabeth Piper and Lidia Kelly in Moscow, Tim Heritage in Kiev, John Irish and Lesley Wroughton in Paris; Writing by Paul Taylor; editing by Anna Willard)

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We will die next to Nile dam – Egyptian general (video)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

An Egyptian military retired general talks about the Nile dam project in Ethiopia.


Harar, Ethiopia – the 4th most important city of Islam (documentary)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Harar, Ethiopia – the 4th most important city of Islam (documentary)

Eritrean national convicted on cocaine distribution charge by federal jury in Alabama

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A Birmingham man faces a June 25 sentencing after being convicted on a federal charge of possession with the intent to distribute about a pound of cocaine, federal authorities announced today.

A federal jury convicted Biniam Asghedom, 40, on Tuesday following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler in Birmingham, according to a joint statement issued by U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay A. Morris.

Asghedom is an Eritrean national. Eritrea is a small nation along the Red Sea on the horn of Africa surrounded by Sudan, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.

"We respect the jury’s decision. However, we feel we have solid appeal grounds and will continue to work hard to exonerate our client," Adam Bollaert, an attorney for Asghedom.

According to the statement from Vance and Morris: Evidence at the trial showed Birmingham police stopped Asghedom for a traffic violation on Dec. 1, 2010, after federal agents had followed him from a known drug location. Asghedom was one of a number of targets of a larger DEA investigation. After obtaining Asghedom’s consent, officers searched the 2000 GMC Sierra pick-up truck he was driving and found the cocaine and $14,500. Forensic testing later revealed that the outside packaging of the cocaine had two latent fingerprints that matched Asghedom.

"Asghedom’s conviction marks another success in law enforcement’s concerted efforts to eliminate the dangerous street drugs that devastate neighborhoods and fuel violent crime." Vance said.

The DEA investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory R. Dimler prosecuted. … ed_on.html

Fighting Erupts in the Capital of South Sudan

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Residents of Juba were forced to stay indoors early Wednesday after fighting erupted in a renowned military barrack near Juba University in Giyada area.

በግድቡ ሕይወታቸው የተገደበ ኢትዮጵያውያንን ለማትረፍ የሚደረገው እርብርብ

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   ከሁለት ዓመታት በፊት በዚህ በያዝነው ወር “ግድቡ እና አደጋው፡ ግልገል ጊቤ ሦስት በኢትዮጵያ“ በሚል ርዕስ በደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ በኦሞ ወንዝ ሸለቆ ከሚካሄደው ልማት ጋር በተያያዘ መልኩ ግድቡ ሊያስከትል በሚችለው እንደምታ ላይ ትኩረት በማድረግ ትንታኔ አቅርቤ ነበር፡፡ በዚያ ትንታኔዬ በዚህ የልማት ሰበብ እየተካሄደ ያለው እንቅስቃሴ በአካባቢው ስነምህዳር ላይ የሚያስከትለውን አሉታዊ ተጽእኖ […]

አቶ አስራት ከ 11 ቀን እስር በኋላ

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

አቶ አስራት ከ 11 ቀን እስር በኋላ

ENTC announced a public meeting in Washington DC

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

ENTC has released a Press Release announcing a town hall meeting in Washington DC to facilitate the discussion on an all-inclusive transitional government in Ethiopia.   Read the full statement here (pdf)

አስተያየት በሻምበል ፍቅረስላሴ ወግደረስ “እኛና አብዮቱ” ላይ

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

ከፈቃደ ሸዋቀና የሻምበል ፍቅረ ስላሴን ባለ 440 ገጽ መጽሐፍ ላነብ ስነሳ ጸሐፊው በሃያ ዓመታት የእስር ቤት ቆይታቸው በስልጣንና የሃላፊነት ዘመናቸው የነበሩትን ብዙ ክንዋኔዎች ፣ ውሳኔዎችና ተዋናዮችን አስመልክቶ የነበራቸውን እይታ እንደገና ለማጤንና ለማሰላሰል (Reflect ለማድረግ) እድል አግኝተው የጻፉት ሊሆን ስለሚችል ሚዛናዊ የሆነ ዕውቀት፤ እንዲሁም የመንግስታቸውን የውስጥ ለውስጥ ሥራዎች ከሩቅ እናይ የነበርን ተራ ዜጎች ሳናውቃቸው የቀሩ ነግሮችን […]

Whole Foods started carrying Ethiopian food in Miami, Florida

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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

ENTC radio special program

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – March 3 Hailemedhin Abera and ET related news and analysis Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Museveni pushes back

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Museveni pushes back

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

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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

Djibouti signs Defense Agreement with China

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The governments of China and Djibouti have signed an agreement to promote mutually beneficial co-operation in the defense industry.
The agreement signed between Defense Ministers,…

የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ከፍተኛ አመራሮችን የያዘ ሶስት ልኡካን ቡድን ወደ ተለያዩ የሀገሪቱ ክፍሎች ጉዞ ጀምሯል

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

ዛሬ ጠዋት ልክ12 ሰዓት ላይ የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ከፍተኛ አመራሮችን የያዘ ሶስት ልኡካን ቡድን ወደ ተለያዩ የሀገሪቱ ክፍሎች ጉዞ ጀምሯል፡፡

ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ የጀመረውን ሰላማዊ ትግል በመላው የሀገሪቷ ክፍል ለማንቀሳቀስና ለማጎልበት ከፍተኛ የፓርቲው አመራሮች የሚመራ የልዑካን ቡድን በሶስት አቅጣጫዎች ዛሬ ጠዋት 12 ሰዓት ላይ ጉዞ ጀምሯል፡፡
የልዑካን ቡድኑ በመስክ ጉብኝቱ ወቅት የፓረቲውን መዋቅር የስራ እንቅሰቃሴ መገምገምና ለማጠናከር እንዲሁም መዋቅሩ ያለበትን ችግር ገምግሞ መፍትሄ መስጠትም አንዱ ሌላው የጉዞ አላማው ነው፡፡
የመስክ ጉበኝቱ በአጠቃላይ በ14 ዞኖችን የሚያካትት ሲሆን ወደ 200 የሚጠጉ ወረዳዎች ላይ ያሉ የሰማያዊን የፓርቲ እንቅስቃሴ ከሚመሩ አስተባባሪዎች ጋር ውይይት ይደረጋል፡፡

ጉዞ መስመር አንድ ፡- ደ/ብርሀን ፤ ሸዋሮቢት ፤ ደሴ ፤ ወልዲያ
1. አቶ ስለሺ ፈይሳ – ም/ሊቀመንበርና የምርጫ ጉዳይ ኃላፊ
2. አቶ ዮናታን ተሰፋዬ – የወጣቶች ጉዳይ ኃላፊ
3. አቶ ሔኖክ መለሰ – በአደረጃጀት ጉዳይ የጥናትና የትግል ስልት ስልጠና ንዑስ ኮሚቴ ሰብሳቢ

ጉዞ መስመር ሁለት – ደብረማርቆስ ፤ ባህርዳር ፤ ወረታ ፤ ጎንደር
1. አቶ በቃሉ አዳነ – አደረጃጀት ጉዳይ ም/ኃላፊ
2. አቶ ይድነቃቸው ከበደ – የህግ ጉዳይ ኃላፊ
3. ወ/ሮ ሃና ዋለልኝ የሴቶች ጉዳይ ኃላፊ

ጉዞ መስመር ሶስት – ሆሳዕና ፤ ሶዶ ፤ አርባ ምንጭ ፤ ባድዋቾ ፤ አዋሳ
1. አቶ ጌታነህ ባልቻ – የአደረጃጀት ጉዳይ ኃላፊ
2. አቶ ብርሃኑ ተ/ያሬድ – የህዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ
3. አቶ ይሁን ዓለሙ – የአደረጃጀት ጉዳይ የክትትልና ግምገማ ንዑስ ኮሚቴ ሰብሳቢ

በኢንቨስትመንት ስም የመሬት ነጠቃ

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

በኢንቨስትመንት ስም አፍሪካ ውስጥ የሚደረገውን የመሬት ቅርምት አስመልክቶ የካናዳ የፓርላማ አባላትና እውቅ ምሁራንን ያሳተፈ ውይይት በኦታዋ ተደረገ Ottawa, Canada February 25, 2014 Coalition for Equitable Land Acquisitions and Development in Africa በምህጻረ ቃል CELADA በመባል የሚታወቀው በካናዳ ኦታዋ ውስጥ የተቋቋመ ድርጅት በአፍሪካ እየተኪያሄደ ያለውን የመሬት ቅርምት አስመልክቶ በርካታ የፓርላማ አባላት፣ የተራድኦ ድርጅት ሃላፊዎች የዩኒቨርሲቲ መምህራን […]

The Race to Save Ethiopians Damned by the Dam

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

 People of Omo River Basin sold down the river  Exactly two years ago to the month, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Dam and the Damned: Gilgel Gibe III Ethiopia” focusing on the impact of   “development” in the Omo River Basin (ORB) in southern Ethiopia. In that commentary, I echoed the deep concerns voiced […]

The shameful act of OPDO

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

The shameful act of OPDO. By Yilma Bekele I came across a clip of a VOA interview from Ethiopia. It is about the unveiling of a new statue in Oromia Kilil (Bantustan), Arsi Zone, Hitosa Wereda named Anole Statue and Museum. From the video that came with the report the ugly contraption seems to be […]

Nigerian commentator Adeola speaks out against anti-Amhara ethnic cleansing campaign (video)

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Nigerian popular commentator Adeola on ethnic cleansing campaign against Amharas

Battle Of Adwa 1896: African Victory Against Colonization (video)

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Battle Of Adwa 1896: African Victory Against Colonisation (Documentary)

The Battle of Adwa as a “Historic” Event

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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

Ethiopian Airlines VP, head of Flight Operations resigned

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

ENTC cited credible sources inside Ethiopian Airlines that the Vice President and Head of Flight Operations has resigned. Please read the details here (pdf)  

Ethiopians return home to a bleak future

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

More than 150,000 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia in recent months By Rebecca Murray | Aljazeera February 28, 2014 Ahmed woke up in a Riyadh hospital with his kidney removed    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ahmed, 20 years old, weakly sits down in a chair under the hot sun, dazed, as young men and […]

Violence in the Ogaden Rages On

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Ethiopian Persecution, Threats and Kidnapping By Graham Peebles | February 28, 2014 Hidden and isolated from the world the armed conflict raging in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia goes unnoticed. The killing and raping of innocent civilians at the hands of the military and their paramilitary partners in crime the Liyu police, the false […]

The Battle of Adwa Changed Ethiopia and the World

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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

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

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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

Ethiopians in Switzerland, Germany and Norway held a demonstration on behalf of Co-Pilot Hailemedhin Tegegn – photos

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Ethiopians residing in Switzerland, Germany, and Norway held demonstrations on behalf of Ethiopian co-pilot Hailemedhin Tegegn who is charged with hijacking an Ethiopian Airlines plane. The demonstrators asked the Swiss government not to charge Hailemedhin as a criminal.

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ETV’s unusual coverage of the UDJ/AEUP Bahir Dar protest fuels speculations (video)

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

ETV’s unusual coverage of the UDJ/AEUP Bahir Dar protest on Feb. 23 fuels more speculations about growing rifts in the ruling party



Chigaram Woyannes waste 20 million birr on gruesome looking anti-Menilik statue

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Chigaram TPLF thugs are taking the anti-Menilik campaign to a new low with the inauguration of a statue that depicts a breast that they claim was cut off from an Oromo woman by the great Ethiopian emperor. They wasted 20 million birr to build the silly "statue" while most people in Ethiopia do not have enough food to eat. The stupidity of those azzholes is beyond imagination — in the twilight zone.



TPLF inaugurates anti-Menilik statue in Southern Ethiopia

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Tigray People Liberation Front, the ruling party in Ethiopia, prepares to inaugurate the controversial anti-Emperor Menelik statue in southern Ethiopia that depicts a cut off woman breast. The gruesome statue was built at the cost of USD $2 million.

ቦይንግ 767 እገታና እንድምታው

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

ቦይንግ 767 – እገታ እና እንድምታው

ጽሁፉን በፒ.ዲ.ኤፍ. ለማንበብ እዚህ ላይ ይጫኑ።  ቦይንግ 767 እገታ

ክንፉ አሰፋ

          አንድ የኢህአዴግ ካድሬ፣  ቤት ለመከራየት ወደ አንዲት ወይዘሮ መኖርያ ይሄዳል።  ስፍራው እንደደረሰ ሌላ ተከራይም ከወይዘሮዋ ቤት ብቅ እንዳለ አስተዋለ። ሌላኛው ተከራይ ሰይጣን ነበር።  ሁለቱ ተከራዮች ሰርቪስ ቤቱን ለመያዝ እንደ ጨረታ ብጤ ጀመሩ።  ሰይጣኑ 400 ሲጠራ፣ ካድሬው ግን 500 ሊሰጥ ተስማማ።  በመጨረሻ፣ ወይዘሮዋ ቤቱን ለሰይጣኑ በትንሽ ዋጋ ማከራየቱን መረጡ። የወይዘሮዋ ውሳኔ እንግዳ ነገር ነበር።  ለሰይጣን፣ ለዚያውም በትንሽ ዋጋ ቤታቸውን ለመስጠት የወሰኑበትን ምክንያት ሲጠየቁ፤ “ሰይጣኑ አልወጣ እንኳን ቢል በጸበል ይለቃል። ካድሬው ገብቶ ቤቴን አልለቅም ቢለኝ ምን ላደርግ ነው?”  ነበር ያሉት ወይዘሮዋ። ከፍ ባለ ገንዘብ ለኢህአዴጉ ሰርቪስ ቤታቸውን ቢያከራዩት ኖሮ ባጭር ጊዜ ዋናውን ቤታቸውን ለቀው የመውጣት ክፉ እድል ይገጥማቸው ነበር።

ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና ባለፈው ሳምንት ዘ ሄግ ላይ ስለ ወቅታዊ የኢትዮጵያ ሁኔታ ሲነግሩን ጣል ያደረጓት ቀልድ ናት። የዚህች ቀልድ የፖለቲካ እንድምታ ቀላል አይደለም። መልእክትዋ ሲጠቃለል የኢትዮጵያን ህዝብ እየለቀቀ መሆኑን ትነግረናለች። እየከፋ የመጣው የኑሮውና የፖለቲካ ሁኔታ የህዝቡን አእምሮ ብቻ አይደለም እየነካው ያለው። ህዝቡ እየተገፋ ሃገርሩን ለቆ እንዲሰደድ እየተገደደም ይገኛል።  በተለይ ደግሞ ሃገሪቱ በድህነት ያስተማረቻቸው ምሁሮችዋንና ባለሞያዎችዋን እንደዋዛ እያጣች ከመጣች እነሆ ሁለት አስርተ-ዓመታት ተቆጠሩ።

እለተ ሰኞ የካቲት 10፣ 2006 ዓ.ም.።

የአለም ዜና ርዕስ ሁሉ ትኩረት የጣለው በኢትዮጵያዊው ፓይለት ጉዳይ ላይ ነበር። እንደዚህ አይነት ክስተት ሲፈጸም አዲስ አይደለም። ግን ይኽኛው ልዩ ነው። ይዘቱ ለየት ይበል እንጂ  በ 1998 (እ.ኤ.አ.) ዩዋን ቢን በተባለ ቻይናዊ ፓይለት ከተፈጸመው ድርጊት ጋር ይመሳሰላል። የ30 አመቱ ወጣት የበረራ ቁጥር CA905 የሆነውን የቻይና አውሮፕላን በመያዝ የታይላንድን የአየር ጠረፍ ሰብሮ ገባ። የ27 አመት እድሜ ያላት ሚስቱን ይዞ ታይዋን ላይ ያረፈው ፓይለት ለዚያ አደገኛ ውሳኔ የሰጠው ምክንያት የኢኮኖሚ ችግር ነበር።  የደረጃ እድገት፣ የደሞዝ ጭማሪ፣ የመሳሰሉ ከራስ ወዳድነት ያላለፉ ጥያቄዎች በማንሳት የፓይለቱ የራሱን ክብር ዝቅ አደረገው።

በ 1995 (እ.ኤ.አ.) ኢትዮጵያዊ ጋዜጠኛ በግዳጅ ከአውስትራልያ ወደሃገሩ እንዲመለስ ተደረገ።  ኢትዮጵያዊ ግን የኦሎምፒክ አየር መንገድ ንብረት የሆነውን ጀት ግሪክ ላይ ለመጥለፍ በመሞከሩ የአለምን ዜና ርእስ ሆኖ ነበር። ጋዜጠኛው የፕላስቲክ ቢላዋ የበረራ አስተናጋጅዋ አንገት ላይ በመደገን ወደ ሀገሩ እንዳይላክ ጥያቄ አቀረበ።  በመጨረሻም ኢትዮጵያዊ ወገን ባደረገው ርብርብ የዚህ ወጣት አላማ ተሳካለት።

የሃይለመድህን አበራን ጉዳይ ለየት የሚያደርገው ለዚህ ከባድ ውሳኔ የሰጠው ምክንያት ነው። የግል ሳይሆን የሃገር፣ የራስ ሳይሆን የወገን ጉዳይ።  ረዳት ፓይለቱን እብድ ያሰኘውም ይኸው ነገር ይመስለኛል። ሃይለመድህን የ40 ሺህ ብር ደሞዝተኛ ነው። በኑሮው ምንም የጎደለበት ነገር የለም። ከመካከለኛው ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜጋ በላይ ይኖራል። የስደት ጥማት እንኳን ቢኖርበት ለመሰደድ በዚህ ሁኔታ አውሮፕላን ማገት እንደማይኖርበት ጠንቅቆ ያውቃል።  ለዓለም ህዝብ ማስተላለፍ የሚፈልገው አንድ መልእክት ነበር። “ሜይዴይ… ሜይዴይ… የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ችግር ላይ ነው!”

ተልእኮው በሚገባ ተሳክቷል።

ሰኞ ማለዳ የመስርያቤታችን የውይይት ርእስ የነበረው ጄኔቭ ላይ ሳይታሰብ ያረፈው ቦይንግ 767 ጉዳይ ነበር። የረዳት ፓይለት ሃይለመድህን አበራ ታሪካዊ ውሳኔ የስራ ባልደረቦቼን ከሁለት ጫፍ ከፍሎ ለረጅም ውይይት ጋብዟቸውዋል። አንደኛው ወገን ፓይለቱ ያደረገው ጠለፋ ነው ብሎ ሲከራከር፤ ሌላኛው ወገን ደግሞ ድርጊቱ እንደጠለፋ መታየት የለበትም ይላል።  የሁለቱን ወገን ክርክር እየሰማሁ ምንም ሳልተነፍስ ለረጅም ግዜ ቆየሁ።  አእምሮዬ ግን አንድ ነገር ላይ ተጠምዶ ነበር። ክስተቱ ለፖለቲካ ደንታ የሌላቸውን እነዚህ ነጮች ማነጋገር መቻሉ እጅግ ደንቆኛል። “ወጣቱ ፓይለት ምን ያህል በደል ቢበዛበት ይሆን ለዚህ ካባድ ውሳኔ የበቃው?” የሚለው ጥያቄ በብዙዎች አእምሮ ይመላለስ የነበረ ጉዳይ ነው።  አብዛኞቹ ስለ ኢትዮጵያ የሰብአዊ መብት ሁኔታ በደንብ እንዲረዱ ማድረጉም አልቀረም። ጅብ በቀደደው ውሻ ይገባል’ ነውና ሁሉንም ነገር ለማስረዳት አሁን በጣም ቀላል ሆነ።

ሃይለመድህን አበራ ‘እብድ ነው’ የሚሉም አልጠፉም፤ ልክ እንደ አፈቀላጤው ሬድዋን።  ለነጮቹ ነገሩ እንግዳ መሆኑ አልቀረም። ፓይለት ሆኖ፣ ጥሩ ኑሮ እየኖረ፣ ቤት- ንብረቱን፤ የሚወዳት ሃገሩንና ቤተሰቡን ትቶ ለእስራት፣ ለስደትና ለእንግልት ራስን ማዘጋጀት እብደት ነው ሊባል ይችላል።

በኢትዮጵያ ተመክሮም የፓይለት ሞያ ያስከብራል።  በሃገራችን የፓይለቶች የኑሮ ደረጃ አንደኛውን ረድፍ ይይዛል። ይህንን የመሰለ ህይወት ጥሎ የስደትን ኑሮ መምረጥ የሚያስችል ውሳኔ ላይ መድረስ ደግሞ እብድ ቢያስብል የሚደንቅ አይደለም። የሚገርመው የስርዓቱ ካድሬዎች ይህንን አባባል መደጋገማቸው ነው። ከራሳቸውም አልፈው የፓይለቱ ቤተሰቦችን በማስፈራራት ይህንን እንዲመሰክሩ ሲያደርጉ ይታያል።  ወትሮውን በእብዶች መሃል አንድ ጤነኛ ሰው ካለ፣ እሱ እብድ ነው።  እነሱ በሰብአዊ መብት ላይ ሲቀልዱ በዚያ የማይተባበራቸው ሁሉ እብድ ነው። ለህሊናው ሳይሆን ለመኖር ሲል ሰበአዊ መብቱ ላይ የማደራደር ሁሉ ሽብርተኛ – አልያም የአእምሮ በሽተኛ ነው።

እብድ ሰው ያንን ግዙፍ አውሮፕላን በስርዓት አብርሮ፤ በስርዓት ካሳረፈ፤ በኢትዮጵያ ፓይለት ለመሆን የቅጥር መስፈርቱ  እብድ መሆን ነው። ግና በአውሮፕላኑ የነበሩ 202 ተሳፋሪዎችን ምን እንደተፈጠረ እንኳን ሳያውቁት ጄኔቭ ላይ ማረፋቸው ብቻ እነሱ የሚሉት ይጻረራል። ሃይለመድህን ዋናውን ፓይለት በሃይል አላስገደደውም።  ተሳፋሪዎች እንዳይረበሹም ስለድርጊቱ አንዳች ነገር አልተነፈሰም።

ለባለስልጣናቱ ጥያቄ አለኝ። የሃይለመድህን እብድ መሆኑን እያወቁ ለምን ፓይለት አድርገው ቀጠሩት?  የእሱ እብድ መሆኑ ለባለስልጣኖቹ እንዴት አሁን ታያቸው?

ያም ታባለ ይህ – የካቲት 10፣ 2006 ዓ.ም. በስዊስ ላይ የተፈጠረው ነገር “ከሺ ቃላት… “  እንደሚሉት አይነት ነው። አንዲት ትንሽ ድርጊት የአለምን ህዝብ ከጫፍ እስከጫፍ አነጋገረች።  ሃይለመድህን በአንዲት ቅጽበት እና በአንዲት ቃል ብቻ ላለፉት 20 አመታት በኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ላይ ይፈጸም የነበረውን ግፍ ሁሉ ለአለም አሳወቀ።  ይህንን ለማድረግ ግን ራሱን መስዋዕት ማድረግ ነበረበት። ወጣቱ ሊደርስ የሚችልበትን ነገር ሁሉ አስቀድሞ ያውቀዋል። ከሃገር አመራረጥ ጀምሮ የወሰዳቸው እርምጃዎች በሙሉ የተጠኑ እና በጥንቃቄ የተደረጉ መሆናቸውን ሂደቱ ራሱ ይመሰክራል።

ወጣቱ ፓይለት ሃገሩን ይወዳል። የልጅነት ህልሙን እውን ያደረገበትን የፓይለትነት ሙያም ያከብራል።  ለኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድም የተለየ ክብር አለው። ራስ ወዳድ ቢሆን ኖሮ ፓይለት ሁሉ እንደሚኖረው በሃገሩ እየሰራ መኖር ይችላል። እንደ እብደት ያስቆጠረበት የዚህ ውሳኔ ምክንያቱ ግን ለህሊናው ብቻ ተገዥ መሆኑ ነው። ለሱ ቅርብ የሆኑትም ይህንኑ መስክረዋል።

በሃገራችን ሰርቶ የመኖር ዋስትና በአንባገነኖች እጅ ላይ ወድቋል።  በነጻነት የመስራት፣ በነጻነት የመናገር፣ በነጻነት ሃሳብን የመግለጽ…ወዘተ ዋስትና ሳይኖር የመኖር ትርጉሙ ምንድነው?  ሰው ያለ ነጻነት ምንድነው?  ለመኖርማ እንስሳትም እየበሉ ይተኛሉ እየተነሱም ይበላሉ – ከዛ ይተኛሉ። ከእንስሳ የሚለየን ነጻነታችን መሰለኝ። ያለ ነጻነት ህይወት ትርጉም የለውም።

በኢትዮጵያ 80 ሚሊየን ህዝብ ያለነጻነት ይኖራል። ሃይለመድህን በአንዲት ቅጽበት የዚህ ሁሉ ህዝብ ድምጽ ሆነ።   የ80 ሚሊየን ህዝብ ድምጽ ሆኖ በራሱ ላይ መፍረድ መቻል ደግሞ እብደት ሳይሆን ጀግንነት ነው። አንድ ሰው እንዴት መኖር እንዳለበት፣ ምን መናገር እንዳለበት…ወዘተ ሲወሰንት ለአንባገነኖች ብቻ ሳይሆን ለራሱ ህሊናም ባርያ ይሆናል። በተለይ የራስ መተማመን እና የሙያው የተካነ ሰው ተገዥ የሚሆነው ለህሊናው ብቻ ነው። እንዲህ አይነቱ ሰው  መብቱን ለድርድር አቅርቦ ራሱን በባርነት አያስገዛም። በመብቱ ላይ የሚደራደር ካለ ህሊናውን የሸጠ ሰው ብቻ ነው። ነጻነት የሚገዛ ውይንም የሚሸጥ ነገር አይደለም። ነጻነትን ሊገዛው የሚችለው ህሊናችን ብቻ ነው። ያለ እራሳችን መልካም ፈቃድ ደግሞ ማንም ሃይል ነጻነታችንን ሊደፍር አይቻለውም።  ሰዎች በአካል ሊታሰሩ ይችሉ ይሆናል። የሰውን ህሊና ግን ማንም ሃይል ሊያስረው አይችልም። ኔልሰን ማንዴላ ለ27 አመታት ሲታሰር ህሊናው ነጻ ነበር። በአንጻሩ አሳሪዎቹ ነጮች የአካል ሳይሆን የህሊናቸው እስረኞች ነበሩ።

ሃይለመድህን የህዝብ ድምጽ በመሆን ከህሊናው ጋር የገጠመውን ሙግት ያሸነፈ ጀግና ነው። አላማው በውስጡ የቆሰለበትን የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ሰቆቃ ለአለም ለማሳወቅ ነበር። ይህ ባይሆን ኖሮ ችግር ውስጥ ያማያስገቡት ሌሎች ብዙ አማራጮች እና እድሎች ነበሩት። “ዘ ክርስቲያን ሳይንስ ሞኒተር” የተባለው ጋዜጣ የሃይለመድህንን ስደት መጠየቅ አስመልክቶ ባሰፈረው ዘገባ የኢህ አዴግ ስርአት ብልሹነትና የሰብአዊ መብት ረገጣው መባባሱን በስፋት ዘግቧል። ሌሎች መገናኛ ብዙሃንም የሃገሪቱን ሁኔታ ትኩረት ሰጥተው እንዲመረምሩት አድርጓቸዋል።

ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና ሲነግሩን የኢአዴግ እድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን  ሃገሪቱን ወደ ጥርነፋ ፖለቲካ እና ቁምራ ኢኮኖሚ አሸጋግሯታል። ጥርነፋ እና ቁምራ አዲሶቹ ኢህአዲግኛ ቋንቋዎች ናቸው። ጥርነፋ ማለት አንድ ሰው አምስት ሰዎችን እየሰለለ በማገት ከገዥውፓርቲ አሰራር እንዳያፈነግጥ የማሰርያ ዘዴ ነው። ማንነትን የሚፈታተነው ይህ አሰራር አየር መንገድን ጨምሮ በሁሉም መንግስታዊ ተቋማት ተግባራዊ እየሆነ መጥቷል።

ቁምራ ደግሞ ቁርስ፣ ምሳና ራት በአንድ ግዜ ማለት ነው። ነብሳቸውን ይመርና አቶ መለስ በአንድ ወቅት ሲጠየቁ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ሶስቴ በልቶ እንዲኖር ነበር ህልማቸው። እነሆ ዛሬ 70 በመቶው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ሶስቱንም የእለት ምግብ አንድ ግዜ በቁምራ እንዲያጠቃልል አበቁት።  10ሺህ የሚሆን የአዲስ አበባ ነዋሪ የሚተዳደረው ከቦሌ አየር መንገድ እና ከሆቴሎች የሚጣል ቆሼ እየበላ ነው። በአንጻሩ ደግሞ እነ ስብሃት ነጋ ለአንዲት ጠርሙስ ሉዊስ ኮኛክ 260፣ 000 (ሁለት ሞቶ ስልሳ ሺህ ብር) ያወጣሉ። የ100 ሺህ ብር መጋረጃ ያለው፤ የ60 ሚሊየን ብር መኖርያ ቤት ውስት በሚዋኙ እጅግ ጥቂቶች እና ቆሻሻ እየተመገቡ በሚኖሩ ብዙሃን ወገኖች መሃል ያለው ክፍተት ይህ ነው አይባልም።  ይህንን የኑሮ ሚዛን መዛባት የሚቃወመውን ስም ያወጡለታል።  ኢ-ፍትሃዊ የሆነውን ይህንን የሃብት ድልድል ለመቀበል ህሊናው የማይፈቅደውን ሁሉ “እብድ” የሚል ስም ይሰጡታል።

የ”እብዱ” ፓይለት ጉዳይ በህግ አይን ሲታይ ጠለፋ ሳይሆን እገታ ነው – የስዊዘርላንድ አቃቢ ሕግ እንደገለፀው። እገታ እና ጠለፋ እጅግ የተለያዩ ነገሮች ናቸው። ድርጊቱ ጠለፋ ቢባል ኖሮ ቅጣቱም የከፋ ይሆናል። እገታም ቢሆን በስዊስ ህግ ከ3 እስክ 20 አመት ሊያስቀጣ ይችላል።  የዳኝነት ስልጣኑም ያለው አውሮፕላኑ በግዛቷ ያረፈበት የስዊዘርላንድ ፌዴራል መንግስት ላይ ነው። ለግዜው ሃይለመድህን አበራን አግኝቶ ማነጋገር ስለማይቻል ወጣቱን ያቆሰለው ጉዳይ ላይ ከዚህ የበለጠ ማለት አይቻልም።  የአቃቤ-ህጉ ምርመራውን እንዳበቃ ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ ይሰጣል። ያን ግዜ የበለጠ መረጃ ይኖራል።

ኢትዮጵያዊ ወገን በሙሉ፣ ራሱን አሳልፎ ለሰጠው ለዚህ ፓይለት ባገኘው መንገድ ሁሉ ድጋፉን መግለጽ ይጠበቅበታል።






Hacking Team and the Targeting of Ethiopian Journalists

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Tigre Liberation Front’s no-holds-barred electronic espionage in the United States February  2014 Authors: Bill Marczak, Claudio Guarnieri, Morgan Marquis-Boire, and John Scott-Railton. This post is the first in a series of posts that focus on the global proliferation and use of Hacking Team’s RCS spyware, which is sold exclusively to governments. Read the report’s coverage in the Washington […]

Addis Abeba roads become death traps – photos

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Unplanned road construction in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, turns roads in to death traps






Grave warning to those who smoke shisha (video)

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The dangers of hookah/shisha smoking

ዓለም ባንክ ኢህአዴግን በረበረው – ከዚያስ?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

ኢህአዴግ የተጭበረበረ ሪፖርት አቅርቦ ነበር ከ ጎልጉል ድረገጽ February 19, 2014 ኢህአዴግ “አልመረመርም፣ አልበረበርም” በማለት ሲያንገራግር ከቆየ በኋላ በዓለም ባንክ ቀጭን ትዕዛዝ ለመበርበር መስማማቱን ገልጾ በተለያዩ አካላት ምርመራ ተካሂዶበታል። በተከታታይ ሲካሄድ የነበረው ምርመራ አካል የሆነው የመጨረሻ ምርመራ ባለፈው ሳምንት አጋማሽ ተጠናቋል። የጎልጉል ታማኝ ምንጮች እንደተናገሩት ስድስት አባላትን ያካተተው የዓለም ባንክ የምርመራ ቡድን ኢህአዴግን መርምሮ ተመልሷል። የሚጠበቀው […]

The rise and rise of Genzebe Dibaba

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Ethiopian immigrants ‘walked for nine months’ to Zimbabwe in search of peace and freedom

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Brothers fighting brothers: Poor border demarcation developed into military conflict and full-scale war in the late 1990s in which tens of thousands of people were killed. Despite the official cessation of hostilities in 2000, Ethiopia and Eritrea continued their war through proxies. Photo/FILE AFP

By Kitsepile Nyathi
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Twelve Ethiopian illegal immigrants walked for nine months to Zimbabwe to escape religious tensions in the Horn of Africa nation, a court was told on Monday.

They were arrested late last year in Bulawayo but the trial delayed because of lack of an Amharic interpreter.

On Friday, they were sentenced to three months in prison, which was wholly suspended for five years on condition they do not remain in Zimbabwe without proper documentation.

“I walked for nine months to Zimbabwe because of religious tensions in my country. I was hoping to get peace and job opportunities,” one of them said.


The group had been arrested on December 4, 2013 while hiding at a house in Bulawayo.

“My parents were killed while I watched and they burnt our farm which was our only means of survival. We came here seeking asylum because life had become difficult in Ethiopia.

The group signed an admission of guilt letter where they urged the authorities to grant them refugee status.

“This letter serves as an admission of guilt and request for refugee status. There is a social and political unrest in the region where we come from," the letter reads.

According to the magistrate Abedinico Ndebele, it would be a waste of money to fine the immigrants as they had no money.


“This court understands that there is instability in your country and that most of you are young people who entered Zimbabwe for the first time,” Mr Ndebele said.

“Therefore there is no need for us to fine you or put you in prison because you have been in remand for almost three months now. You can go but do not commit such an offence again.”

Last week, an Ethiopian pilot was arrested in Geneva after he hijacked the plane in a plot to get asylum. (READ: Ethiopian plane hijacker ‘was co-pilot’ … index.html )
The man told police he “felt threatened in Ethiopia and wants to seek asylum in Switzerland." … index.html

በኢትዮጵያ የማዕድን ሙስናን ለመሸፋፈን የሚደረገው ዘበት

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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 […]

Genzebe Dibaba gold medal favorite at the IAAF World Indoor Championships next month

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

ምነው ሚኒስትር ዘነቡ ?

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
ትናንት ማታ የሴቶች፣ ሕጻናትና የወጣቶች ጉዳይ ሚኒስትሯ ወ/ሮ ዘነቡ በትዊተር ገጻቸው ላይ ግብረ ሰዶምን በተመለከተ የጻፉትን ነገር ከምመለከት ወይ ሚኒስቴር መሥሪያ ቤቱ ባይኖር ወይ እርሳቸው ሚኒስትር ባይሆኑ እመርጥ ነበር፡፡ የሴቶችና የወጣቶች፣ የሕጻናት ሚኒስትር ሆነው ግብረ ሰዶምን በመደገፍና የዑጋንዳን አዲሱን ሕግ በመቃወም መጻፋቸው ‹‹ይህቺ ሀገር ወዴት እየሄደች ነው›› ብዬ እንድጠይቅ አድርጎኛል፡፡ ከተወሰኑ ጊዜያት በፊት በአዲስ አበባ የተሾሙ የአሜሪካ አምባሳደር በኢትዮጵያ የግብረ ሰዶማውያን መብት እንዲጠበቅ እሠራለሁ ያሉትን አስታውሼ እኒህ ዲፕሎማት እውነትም ሠርተዋል ማለት ነው አልኩ፡፡

ከተወሰኑ ዓመታት በፊት የኤች አይ ቪ ኤድስ ጉባኤ በአዲስ አበባ ሲደረግ የእምነት ተቋማት መሪዎች ግብረ ሰዶምን በመቃወም መግለጫ ለመስጠት ተዘጋጅተው ወዲያው ነበር የተሠረዘው፡፡ ግብረ ሰዶማውያንን ተዋቸው ተብለው መግለጫቸው መሠረዙ፣ እነርሱም ያንን በዝምታ ማለፋቸው በሀገራችን ከተከናወኑ አሳዛኝ ተግባራት አንዱ ሆኖ እንዲመዘገብ አድርጎታል፡፡
ዑጋንዳ ሕጉን ያወጣችው የግብረ ሰዶማውያንን ተግባር ለመከታተል፣ ለመቆጣጠርና ሕጋዊ ርምጃ ለመውሰድ ነው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ሕግም ግብረ ሰዶም ወንጀል መሆኑን ከዑጋንዳ ቀድሞ የደነገገ ነው፡፡ ምነው ሚኒስትራችን የግብረ ሰዶም ደጋፊ ሆነው ብቅ አሉ፡፡ ይህ ሕግኮ እርሳቸውንም የሚመለከት ነው፡፡ ግብረ ሰዶም በሀገሪቱ በድብቅ እየተድፋፋ ሕጻናትና ወጣቶችን እየቀጠፈ፣ ማኅበረሰባዊና ሃይማኖታዊ እሴቶቻችንን እያፈረሰ ነው፡፡ ሰውን ከተፈጠረበት ዓላማና ግብር ውጭ የሚያደርግ ነው ግብረ ሰዶም፡፡ እንስሳት እንኳን የማይፈጽሙትን የሚያስደርግ ነው ግብረ ሰዶም፡፡
ምዕራባውያን በራሳቸው ምክንያት የተነሣ የዚህ ሐሳብ ደጋፊም አቀንቃኝም ሊሆኑ ይችላሉ፡፡ እነርሱ የደገፉትን ሁሉ የመደገፍ ግዴታ ግን የለብንም፡፡ የእነርሱ ማኅበረሰባዊ ሥሪትና የእኛ ሥሪት ፈጽሞ አይገናኝም፡፡ በርግጥ ይህንን መሰል ርካሽ ነገሮችን መደገፍና ማቀንቀን ዓለም ዐቀፍ ተቀባይነትን ለማግኘት አቋራጭ መንገድ መሆኑ ይታወቃል፡፡ እኛ ግን ሚኒስትራችን የምንፈልጋቸው ለአሜሪካ ጉዳዮች አይደለም፤ ለኢትዮጵያ ጉዳዮች እንጂ፡፡
እርስዎ የተሾሙላቸው ሕጻናት፣ ሴቶችና ወጣቶች ሥራ፣ ንጹሕ ውኃ፣ የመኖሪያ ቤት፣ የጤና ተቋማት፣ ሰብአዊና ፖለቲካዊ መብቶች ቸግሯቸው እንጂ ግብረ ሰዶምነት አልቸገራቸውም፡፡ ግብረ ሰዶምነት የእነርሱ ማጥቂያ መሣሪያ እንጂ ክብርት ሚኒስትሯ የሚቀኙለትና የሚሟገቱለት አይደለም፡፡
ለሕጻናት፣ ለወጣቶችና ለሴቶች ያልተሠራ ብዙ አጀንዳ ባላት ሀገር፣ በዐቅም እጥረት በጤና ተቋማቱ የማይወልዱ እናቶች፣ በየጉራንጉሩ የሚወለዱ ሕጻናት፣ በየጫት ቤቱ ሥራ ፈትተው የሚባዝኑ ወጣቶች ያሏት ሀገር ግብረ ሰዶምን ጉዳዬ ብላ ማቀንቀኗ በዜጋ ላይ የሚፈጸም ስላቅ ነው የሚሆነው፡፡
እኔ ይህ መልእክት አሁንም የእርሳቸው ባይሆን እመርጣለሁ፡፡ ማብራሪያ እንደሚሰጡበትም ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ፡፡

A group of Saudi men savagely torture an immigrant worker (video)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Abuse of immigrants in Saudi Arabia

የኢትዮጵያ ውርስና ቅርስ ማሕበረሰብ ያዘጋጀው የአድዋ ድል መታሰቢያ ክብረ-በዓል

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

ENTC weekly radio program – week 21

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Listen to ENTC weekly radio program – week 21 – February 24 -  weekly news – ENTC adressing public questions (part 2) Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363  

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

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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 […]

የነዳጅ ፍለጋው እና የጸጥታው ሁኔታ በኦጋዴን

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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።

The U.S. aid-recipient regime in Ethiopia conducting computer espionage against American residents

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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. … _2014.html

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

Monday, 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.

ENTC sent draft transitional period charter to NGOs and more government officials in Ethiopia

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Dignifying Mining Corruption in Ethiopia Through EITI?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

More video from Bahr Dar protest (video)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Ethiopian opposition parties UDJ and AEUP held a large protest rally in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia, Feb. 23, 2014

Massive demonstration in Bahr Dar, Ethiopia (video)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Bahr Dar, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

Obama’s Rwanda

Sunday, February 23rd, 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 rocks Khartoum with Tikur Sew tour (video)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Teddy Afro sings Tikur Sew in Khartoum, Sudan – Feb. 22, 2014

Bahir Dar protest update – photos

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014