Posts Tagged ‘ethiopia’

“Is there any hope for Africa?”

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Should we despair over Africa?In March 2004, Nicholas Kristof, the noted columnist for the New York Times declared in frustration,  “Africa is a mess. It is the only continent that has gotten poorer over the last four decades and its  famous for civil wars, genocide and mindboggling corruption. Is there any hope for Africa?” Kristof was commiserating over the […]

Semayawi Party protest march update – April 27, 2014 (photos)

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Semayawi Party peaceful protest march is about to start. Stay tuned for more updates and photos:

ዛሬ በወያኔ ኢህአዴግ የተነጠቅነውን መብት ለመቃወም በሚደረገው ሰማያዊ ፓርቲ በጠራው የሰላማዊሰልፍ እግሮች ሁላ ለነጻነታቸው ጥያቄ ወደሰልፉ በማምራት ላይ


Semayawi Party prepares for peaceful protest rally today in Addis Ababa

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Semayawi Party is staging another peaceful protest march in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa today to demand the release of political prisoners and respect for basic rights. Over the past week, as Semayawi Party was preparing for today’s demonstration, the ruling Woyanne junta has arrested several more opposition party members and journalists. We will post updates […]

Robbery disguised as progress: TPLF evicting residents of landmark Addis neighborhoods

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Residents of  Kazanchis, American Gibi, Teklehaimanot, Kirkos, Dejach Wube Sefer, given just 3 weeks to evacuate; land sold to developers. By Wudeneh Zenebe | Ethiopian Reporter April 26, 2014     The Addis Ababa City Administration urged city residents in some of the oldest neighborhoods in city, such as Kazanchis, American Gibi and Teklehaimanot, to relocate […]

Secretly recorded conversation with Berhanu Damte aka Abamela

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Secretly recorded conversation with Berhanu Damte aka Abamela


Mother of California stowaway living in refugee camp in Ethiopia

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Associated Press April 25, 2014 SAN JOSE, Calif. –  A United Nations official says the mother of a California teenager who stowed away on a flight to Hawaii is living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Ubah Mohammed Abdule, 33, is living at the Sheder Refugee Camp in Ethiopia, said the official from the UN […]

በኢትዮጵያ የቅንጦት ግድቦችን መገደብ ለምን አስፈለገ?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር  አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ባለፈው ሳምንት የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞችን እና  ለሶስት አስርት ዓመታት በእነርሱ ላይ ህልውናቸውን መስርተው የሚኖሩ ህዝቦችን መብት ለማስጠበቅ በግንባርቀደምነት በሚታገለው ዓለም አቀፍ ድርጅት ኢንተርናሽናል ሪቨርስ (የዓለም አቀፍ ወንዞች ጥበቃ) ላይ የኢትዮጵያ ገዥ አካል ለእራሱ ጥቅም ለማግኘት በማሰብ የማስመሰል ብስጭትና ቁጣን በማሳየት እርምጃዎችን ለመውሰድ የኢትዮጵያ አዋቂ ነን የሚሉ ስማቸው ያልታወቀ ባለሙያዎችን […]

Ethiopia’s villagisation scheme fails to bear fruit

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By William Davison | The Guardian April 22, 2014   The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia‘s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes.     Agulodiek is a patch of land where […]

Ethiopia: Trapped By a Crippled Telecom

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By Kalkidan Yibeltal | April 21, 2014 A soaring number of option-deprived customers and eye-watering packages continue to swell the earnings of the state monopoly Ethio telecom. In return the inglorious institution kept on crippling everything this country has achieved in the past with banks being the hardest hit          In February […]

Hundreds of Ethiopians Arrested While Attempting to Cross into Yemen

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014


115 African migrants arrested while attempting to cross into Yemen


Published on 22 April 2014 in News
Nasser Al-Sakkaf (author)


SANA’A, April 20—Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

Zaid Alalaya, a senior public information officer at the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said March witnessed the largest influx of migrants and refugees over the last three months.

Refugees arriving in Yemen amounted to 8,148 since the beginning of the year, over 3,000 of whom arrived in March, according to Alalalya. Over 1,000 arrived in February, he added.

New refugee arrivals to Yemen numbered about 103,000 and 107,000 in 2011 and 2012 respectively, according to Alalaya. Last year, the number of refugees arriving in Yemen decreased to below 70,000.

Refugees are kept in transit centers after they arrive in Yemen.

According to Colonel Abdulla Al-Zorqa, he director of the deportation department at the Immigration and Passports Authority, Ethiopians tend to face deportation because their primary motive for migrating is assumed to be related to finding work, while Somalis are granted automatic refugee status on arrival because of the conflict in Somalia.

According to Alalaya, Yemen is a transit country for the refugees who migrate to neighboring countries to search for work opportunities.

“The intensified security procedures on the Yemeni-Saudi borders is a reason behind the decline of the number of refugees in 2013,” said Alalaya.

According to Mahdi, migrants are held in three main detention facilities in Ahwar district of Abyan, Bab el Mandeb in Taiz and Maifa’a district of Shabwa. … -Yemen.htm

ENTC Weekly radio – April 21

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Listen to ENTC radio program – April 21 News and analysis, ENTC public meeting in Washington DC Listen here (mp3) To listen by phone – 213-992-4363

Land campaigners criticise World Bank doing business and benchmarking of the business of Agriculture in Africa

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Ishmael Kindama | Standard Times Press April 22, 2014   As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world. A joint statement from up to eight campaigners says the […]

Dam! White Elephants in Ethiopia?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

 Last week, in a bizarre display of faux outrage and indignation, the regime in Ethiopia unleashed its big “experts” to go after International Rivers, an organization that has been leading the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of indigenous communities that depend on them for nearly three decades. International Rivers, headquartered in Berkeley, CA., […]

የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን የታሰሩ ሙስሊሞችን ክስ ተቀበለ

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

  April 19, 2014   ጋምቢያ የሚገኘው የአፍሪካ ሰብዓዊ መብት ኮሚሽን በሽብር ተከሰው በእስር ላይ የሚገኙ “የሙስሊሙ መፍትሔ አፈላላጊ ኮሚቴ” አባላት ያቀረቡትን የክስ አቤቱታ እንደተቀበለ ምንጮች ገለፁ፡፡ የኮሚቴው አባላት የክስ አቤቱታውን ያቀረቡት ከወራት በፊት ሲሆን በእነ አቡበከር አህመድ መዝገብ በሽብር የተከሰሱት 28 ግለሰቦች፤ ሙስሊሙ ማህበረሰብ ከአወሊያ ት/ቤት እና ሌሎች ሃይማኖታዊ ጉዳዮች ጋር በተያያዘ ለተፈጠረው አለመግባባት […]

Happy Fasika: Zelesegna by Jacky Gosee (video)

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Happy Fasika: Zelesegna by Jacky Gosee

ወያኔ የጋበዛቸዉ የኮሪያ ኤክሰፐርቶች ያለ ባህር በር ማደግ አስቸጋሪ ነዉ አሉ

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

ከግብርና ወደ ኢንዱስትሪ የሚደረግ ሽግግርና የባህር በር አለመኖር ፈተና   በ ብርሃኑ ፈቃደ  |  ሪፖርተር ጋዜጣ April 16, 2014 ደቡብ ኮሪያ ከ30 ዓመታት በፊት ኢትዮጵያ አሁን በምትኝበት የኢኮኖሚ ደረጃ ላይ ትገኝ እንደነበር ይነገራል፡፡ ሆኖም የአምስት ዓመት የኢኮኖሚ ልማት ፕሮግራም በመንደፍ በፍጥነት ከድሆች ተርታ በመውጣት በዓለም ላይ ግዙፍ ከሚባሉ ኢኮኖሚዎች አንዷ ለመሆን በቃች፡፡  የጀቡቲ ወደብ።  ወደብ አያስፍልግም […]

Wro. Assegedech Assefa: Ethiopia’s First Solo Woman Pilot

Friday, April 18th, 2014

April 18, 2014 Click here to watch interview with Woizero Assegedech Asefa The first African woman pilot By Negest Abate   Fifty four years ago, Weizero (MS) Asegedech Assefa, born from a privileged Ethiopian family, became the first female pilot; by breaking barriers in a totally male dominated field. When she was asked what motivated […]

First Hijra Foundation press release

Friday, April 18th, 2014


Ethiopia’s anti-terror law suppresses press freedom: Press TV

Friday, April 18th, 2014 Wed Apr 16, 2014 The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a continental body of African free expression organizations, condemned the 27-year sentence imposed by Ethiopia on veteran Somali journalist, Mohamed Aweys Mudey. Ethiopian prosecutors accused Mudey of having information about Al-Shabab operations in Ethiopia and charged him with participating in terror activities. Mudey, […]

Meskel Square traffic chaos (video)

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, traffic

Civilians and police clash in the town of Aykel, north eastern Ethiopia

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

An eyewitness who resides in the town of Aykel, Chilga Awraja, informed Ethiopian Review that a bloody confrontation took place between local population and TPLF regime security forces. Several civilians and soldiers have died and the regime is now sending a heavy reinforcement to the area, according the eyewitness. The armed clash followed a peaceful […]

ENTC Washington DC Public meeting – Report

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

ENTC concluded a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014 Read the Report here (pdf)

የሩዋንዳ የዘር ማጥፋት ረዥም ጥቁር ጥላዉን በ(መካከለኛው) አፍሪካ ጥሎአል

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   የ1994 የሩዋንዳ የጭፍጨፋ እና የእልቂት ጸጸት በ2014 የመካከለኛው አፍሪካ ሪፐብሊክ ሰማይ ላይ እያንዣበበ ነው! ባለፈው ሳምንት የሩዋንዳ ህዝብ እርስ በእርስ የተራረደበትን 20ኛውን ዓመት የሩዋንዳ የዘር ፍጅት መጥፎ ገጽታ ለማስታወስ የሀዘን ሳምንት አውጆ ድርጊቱን በመራር ሀዘን ዘክሮታል፡፡ እ.ኤ.አ በኤፕሪል 6/1994 በመንግስት የስልጣን እርከን ላይ የነበሩ አክራሪ የሁቱ ጎሳ አመራሮች፣ […]

ENTC Washington DC public meeting (short video clip)

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ENTC held a successful public meeting in Washington DC on April 13, 2014. Invited guests and ENTC leaders made great presentations and discussions. We will release the full report and video of the event when it is ready. In the mean time, as the Easter holiday is approaching, watch the religious leaders Aba G/Sellassie and […]

The Long Shadow of Rwanda on (Central) Africa

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

 Déjà vu 1994 Rwanda in 2014 Central African Republic Last week, the people of Rwanda began a solemn week of official mourning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide. On April 6, 1994, Hutu extremist leaders in government, their political supporters and organized militiamen coordinated a systematic killing spree, which lasted over 100 […]

ከአገር መውጣት የማይችሉ ባለሥልጣናት በጭንቀት ውስጥ ናቸው

Friday, April 11th, 2014

አሁን ያለው ኢህአዴግ ላዩ በቀለም ቀቢ የተዋበ ይመስላል Source: April 10, 2014     ኢህአዴግ በሙስና ስም የ”ማጥራት ዘመቻ” ማካሄዱን ተከትሎ የተከሰተው አለመተማመንና እርስ በርስ በጥርጥር የመተያየት ችግር ካድሬውን ማስጨነቁ ተጠቆመ። ኢህአዴግን ለመሰናበት የሚፈልጉ በርካታ ካድሬዎች “ለምን” በሚል የሚቀርብላቸውን ጥያቄ በመፍራት የግድ ፓርቲውን መስለው እንደሚኖሩ ተገለጸ። የጎልጉል የአዲስ አበባ ዘጋቢ ቀደም ሲል ኢህአዴግን ተሰናብተው […]

TPLF forcing children to protest against Arena Tigray Party in Mekele (video)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Source: Abraha Desta

Britain funds gunmen in Ethiopia who perpetrate mass murder, rape and torture (video)

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The UK government is providing financial aid to human rights abusers in Ethiopia through funding training paramilitaries, who perpetrate summary killings, rape and torture in the impoverished African country, 

የዓለም ወንጀለኛ ፍርድ ቤትን (ICC) ከውድቀት አደጋ መከላከል

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ ፍትህ እንደገና ዘገየችን? እ.ኤ.አ በዚህ ዓመት በጃኗሪ ወር መጨረሻ አካባቢ “ኬንያታ በዓለም አቀፉ የወንጀለኞች ፍርድ ቤት (አይሲሲ/ICC): ዘግይቶ መቅረብ ፍትህ እንደተነፈገ መቆጠር የለበትምን?“ በሚል ርዕስ ትችት አቅርቤ ነበር፡፡ በዚያ ትችቴ ላይ ICC የኡሁሩ ሙጋይ ኬንያታን ጉዳይ አስመልክቶ በሄግ እያደረገ ያለው ተደጋጋሚ የፍትህ ሂደቱን የማዘግየት ስራ፣ በቀጠሮ የማሳለፍ እና “የውሸት […]

How to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on yourself (video)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Warning: Never practice the Heimlich maneuver on an infant under a year old or on a person who is not choking. You could cause serious injury.

Step 1: Confirm the victim is choking. If they are coughing, they are not choking — yet — so encourage them to continue. Signs of choking include the universal hand sign of clutching one’s hands to the throat; the inability to cough or speak; labored or noisy breathing; bluish skin, lips, and nails; and loss of consciousness.TipDon’t slap a coughing person on the back — it doesn’t help and can make them start to choke.

Step 2: Once you determine the person is choking, act quickly but calmly. First, send someone to call 911.

Step 3: Help the victim standHelp the victim stand, if they’re not already on their feet, and stand behind them with your chest to their back.

Step 4: Wrap your arms around the victimWrap your arms around the victim’s torso, making a fist with your dominant hand, and center it against the victim’s upper abdomen, thumb inward, above the navel and below the rib cage. With your other hand, cover your fist for support.TipIf you cannot reach your arms around their abdomen or if the victim is pregnant, compress their chest between the breasts at the breastbone. Make firm, backward thrusts.

Step 5: Thrust inward and upwardQuickly thrust inward and slightly upward with your fist, as if you’re trying to lift the victim off their feet, causing air to rush out of their lungs.TipDon’t squeeze the rib cage as you thrust upward. Otherwise you could break a bone.

Step 6: RepeatRepeat the thrusts until the object dislodges, or the victim loses consciousness.

Step 7: Wait for medical helpIf the object does not come free and the victim loses consciousness, proceed with CPR until EMTs arrive.

Step 8: To perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, lean your upper abdomen over a hard horizontal surface (such as a railing or the back of a chair) and use it to deliver strong, upward thrusts.

A woman who killed her Ethiopian employee by forcing her to drink pesticide sentenced to 15 years in prison

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


Dubai court upholds sentence for death of Ethiopian maid


Monday 7 April 2014 – 9:53am

DUBAI – A Dubai court has upheld a 15-year jail term for an Emirati woman who tortured her Ethiopian maid to death by forcing her to drink pesticide, media reported on Monday.

The 46-year-old housewife was also accused of torturing a Filipina maid and beating up a third domestic worker whose nationality was not specified, Gulf News reported.

She used to strip us, take pictures of us naked and threaten to send them to our friends.

Her husband, also an Emirati, was jailed for three years for “aiding and abetting the crime”, the daily said.

The woman starved her Ethiopian maid, “forced her to drink pesticide and denied her treatment after she developed pneumonia, resulting in the woman’s death”, the Gulf News said.

Her husband had confined the maids to a room in the couple’s villa and sealed the windows, it said.

The Filipina maid testified at Sunday’s hearing that the housewife beat them with sticks, banged their heads against walls until they bled, and forced them to drink detergent.

“She used to strip us, take pictures of us naked and threaten to send them to our friends,” Gulf News quoted her as saying.

She said their employer “offered me a huge sum of money to keep silent” following the death of the Ethiopian maid, identified by The National as Khadija Kamel.

The Filipina said her employer had forced her to drink detergents because she disapproved of the way the maid cleaned the bathroom, the newspapers reported.

The husband and wife have denied the charges and have 30 days to appeal at the Court of Cassation.

The United Arab Emirates and other wealthy Gulf states have come in for repeated criticism from rights groups over their treatment of millions of foreign workers, mostly Asians.

Rights groups and activists frequently report cases of employers in the Gulf torturing maids.

Watchdogs have also criticised the sponsorship system in force in most Gulf states, under which workers must be sponsored by an employer, and which has been likened to modern-day slavery. … opian-maid

MEDREK or the End of a Political Masquerade? Messay Kebede

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It is now abundantly clear that the project of creating a strong multiparty opposition by uniting unitary parties and ethnic parties is anything but feasible. The inability of MEDREK to achieve unity despite numerous attempts as well as Dr. Negaso Gidada’s––who stepped down from the chairmanship of the strongest unitary party, namely, UDJ––recent convoluted declaration […]

ቤተ-መንግስት ስር የሚኖሩ ቤት አልባዎች በጅብ መንጋ ልንበላ ነው አሉ

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Apri 7, 2014 ቦታው ለልማት ይፈለጋል ተብሎ ቤት ሲፈርስ፣መጠለያ አጥተው ቤተ-መንግስት ስር መኖር የጀመሩት  48 ቤት አልባዎች፤ሰሞኑን “በጅብ መንጋ ልንበላ ነው” ሲሉ ምሬትና አቤቱታቸውን ገለፁ፡፡ ከጅቦቹ ይከላከሉናል ብለን የሰበሰብናቸው ውሾችም በወረዳው ባለስልጣናት በመርዝ ስለተገደሉብን ከፍተኛ ስጋት ላይ ነን ብለዋል – ቅሬታ አቅራቢዎቹ። የወረዳ ስምንት ዋና ሥራ አስፈፃሚ አቶ ደሳለኝ ደበሌ ስለጉዳዩ ጠይቀናቸው ሲመልሱ፤በወረዳው ሸራተንና […]

Ethiopian Football Federation cancels Barreto’s appointment, chooses Stevanovic

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) has announced the rescission of the appointment of Portuguese manager Mariano Barreto as head coach of the country’s national men…

Kenenisa breaks Paris course record in his first marathon race (video)

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Kenenisa Bekele wins the Paris Marathon in a course record of 2:05:02 – April 5, 2014.



Saving the ICC: A Proposal for a Witness Protection Program

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

 Justice delayed, again? In late January of this year, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Kenyatta at the ICC: Is Justice Deferred, Justice Denied?” In that commentary I openly expressed my angst over the endless delays, postponements and backpedalling talk about “false evidence” and “lying witnesses” surrounding the Uhuru Kenyatta trial at The Hague. I felt […]

Preparations for Protests in Tigray and Wollo – photos

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Preparations for protests in the northern Ethiopian towns of Mekele and Dessie tomorrow are currently underway. The protests are being organized by Arena Party in Tigray and UDJ in Dessie, Wollo. The Addis Ababa protest has been rescheduled for next week.





Ethiopian American Council Endorses Ike Leggett for Re-Election in Maryland

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

“I am an Ethiopian.”

Those were the opening words from Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett as he delivered the keynote speech at the Ethiopian Battle of Adwa Commemoration Ceremony held recently, for a standing-room-only audience, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The ceremony was sponsored and organized by the Ethiopian-Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA).

Ethiopian American Council (EAC) Endorses Isiah “Ike” Leggett for Re-Election Intrigued by what they saw, EAC members sent a questionnaire to Mr. Leggett regarding some concerns they had about being Ethiopian-American and living in Montgomery County. His responses were thoughtful and compelling enough that EAC has decided to endorse him in his bid for re-election as Montgomery County Executive.

Ike Leggett: Point-by-Point

Mr. Leggett’s responses to issues included in the aforementioned questionnaire have been summarized here for consideration by Ethiopian-American voters and their supporters residing in Montgomery County, Maryland.

• Creating an Ethiopian-American Community Center
Mr. Leggett provided funds in the current county budget, with the promise of more next year, to help in the creation of an Ethiopian Community Center. He acknowledged that our community may have other goals beyond that, and that he would consider all possibilities when it comes to preserving Ethiopian heritage and history.

• Support for U.S. Immigration Reform
Mr. Leggett realizes that ineffective and sometimes unreasonable current immigration policies and laws are adversely affecting the lives of many immigrants. He believes that reform should provide an achievable pathway to U.S. citizenship. He has provided county funds to non-profits for legal assistance for the undocumented seeking to become legal. He has advised federal and local officials regarding his views on immigration reform.

He and his staff have testified for reform before the U.S. Congress and the Maryland State General Assembly.

•Making Amharic a “Working Language”
Mr Leggatt has indicated that he would be happy to work with the Ethiopian community to make Amharic a “working language” in Montgomery County, as has been done in D.C. and other communities. He will ask the Office of Community Partnerships to contact EAC and the Ethiopian-American community about this issue.

•Commitment to All Who Live Here
Mr. Leggett is committed to immigrant populations who have chosen to come to Montgomery County to realize their potential and dreams. He established the Office of Community Partnerships and charged that office with broadening and deepening the outreach of county government into more diverse community groups. He created new advisory panels to assist him in understanding the needs of various groups and communicating more effectively with Pan African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and diverse faith communities.

•Celebrating Many Faiths, Cultures, Nationalities
Mr. Leggett believes that in a diverse community we all must honor the traditions of many faiths, cultures, and nationalities. He offers that he is thrilled to participate in the Jewish, Chinese, Persian, Christian, and Tet New Years. He says he would be delighted to work with the Ethiopian community on a Heritage Flag Raising Ceremony for the county to mark the beginning of the Ethiopian New Year.

• Voting Rights and Transparent Government
Mr Leggett has fully supported and implemented early voting to make voting easier and more convenient. He ensures that printed election materials are language sensitive. He created the Office of Community Partnership to engage residents, especially ethnic and cultural groups, to become more fully and meaningfully involved in the local governmental process, including the processes and responsibilities of full citizenship.

• Civic Education Through Internships
Under Mr. Leggett’s guidance, the county government already provides internships to a diverse group of young people. He would be delighted to increase those numbers. He introduced funding to nonprofit organizations that help prepare immigrant youth to fully understand and participate in local civic affairs. He hopes that the new Ethiopian-American Community Center will help the county engage in offering more important intern work and education as well.

• Humor in a Public Servant Is Always Good
“If you calculated my age by the number of New Year’s celebrations I attend annually, I would be a centenarian.”

That was one of the more humorous responses Mr. Leggett gave in his recent letter to EAC. In its letter of endorsement to Mr. Leggett, EAC surmised that Mr. Leggett probably awakens every Monday morning wondering which group is going to have a New Year celebration ceremony that week.

More to Come
As we near the Montgomery County Primary Elections in June, more information about Mr. Leggett will become available. Points mentioned above are only the beginning. We at EAC will endeavor to keep the Ethiopian-American community in Montgomery County abreast of political news and happenings as we work for the re-election of Ike Leggett as Montgomery County Executive.

Register – Then Vote!
One of the pitiful lies about American democracy is that it is “participatory.” It was meant to be, but officials count themselves lucky if just 50 percent (often less) of registered voters show up at the polls, especially during off-year (non-presidential) elections. EAC reminds Ethiopian-Americans that it is their duty as citizens to vote in each and every election available to them. If any Ethiopian-American needs assistance or is facing difficulty in registering, they are encouraged to call EAC or the County Registrar’s Office.

Isiah “Ike” Leggett – The Best Candidate
Remember that primary elections for Montgomery County officials will be held in June. Do your part: Register – then vote! Keep in mind that Ike Leggett is the best candidate for the Ethiopian-American community and we should help him keep his position as Montgomery County Executive. So far he has done a fine job for Ethiopian-Americans and the other residents of Montgomery County.

Obang Addresses Women’s National Democratic Club

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia (SMNE) April 2, 2014 The reason I am with you today began on December 13, 2003[i] when Ethiopian National Defense Forces, accompanied by militia groups they had armed, began a massacre of leaders of my own ethnicity, the Anuak, in the resource-rich Gambella region of southwestern Ethiopia. Within three […]

Malawi police arrested 159 Ethiopians who were fleeing their country’s apartheid junta

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

(Nyasa Times) – Police in Northern Malawi have arrested 159 Ethiopian nationals who were found in Mzimba district and Mzuzu city after entering the country illegally.

The Police also apprehended a Malawian man; James Gondwe aged 21, from Mwafulwa village, Traditional Authority Mwansambo in Karonga district, believed to have aided the foreigners who were found in Mzimba to enter the country illegally.

According to Northern Region Police Deputy Spokesperson Paul Tembo, 138 illegal immigrants were netted on March 26, 2014 at Chandalala Village in Kafukule area in Mzimba district.

Tembo said police received a tip from well-wishers about the presence of the strangers who were then hiding in a maize field.

He said when police rushed to the scene they found 138 Ethiopian nationals and immediately arrested all of them for illegally entry.

The suspect (Gondwe) is believed to have been facilitating the entry of the Ethiopian nationals into country and is answering to the charge of aiding and abetting illegal immigrants against section 12 of the Immigration Act.

The other 21 were arrested in Mzuzu after they were dumped at Kadikechi village after a motor vehicle they were being transported in developed a mechanical fault.

Police are however yet to arrest any suspects who aided those arrested in the Mzuzu but the Ethiopians will appear before court soon.

Ethiopia – Land of Extremes (BBC video)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Ethiopia – Land of Extremes (BBC Documentary)

“ሺህ ዘጠኝ መቶ ሰማንያ አራት” በሁለት ሺህ አስራ አራቷ ኢትዮጵያ እይታ ሲገመገም፣

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ   “ታላቅ ወንድም” በአንክሮ እየተመለከቷችሁ ነው! በሚስጥር፡ የሚንሾካሾከው ወሮበላ መንግስት በ2014ቷ ኢትዮጵያ  በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ሚስጥር አነፍናፊው ገዥ አካል በጉአዳ ውስጥ የተደበቁ የኢትዮጵያውያንን/ትን ሚስጥሮች መርምሮ ለማውጣት በጣም ውድ የሆኑ የኤሌክትሮኒክስ መሳሪያዎችን በመጠቀም የስለላ ፕሮግራሞችን በመተግበር በታላቅ ፍርሀት ውስጥ ተዘፍቆ በመንፈራገጥ ላይ ይገኛል፡፡ ከፍርሀታቸው የተነሳ ህዝቡ በእነርሱ ላይ ምን ለማድረግ እንደሚችል ስጋት ውስጥ […]

Ethiopia Habtemariam is named president of Motown

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

(ALLACCESS.COM) – UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has reorganized its EAST COAST recorded music operations that re-establishes DEF JAM RECORDINGS, ISLAND RECORDS and MOTOWN RECORDS as stand-alone labels within the UMG family. In making the announcement, UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE said, “UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen.  […]

ENTC Press Release – A clear-cut solution for the cirsis in Ethiopia

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

ENTC issued a press release today outlining the road map to a solution for the crisis in Ethiopia. Read the statement (pdf)  Amharic     English      

Ethiopian sues UK for funding repression in his country

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

By Ian Birrell | March 29, 2014 The farmer claims aid is funding a despotic one-party state in his country Alleges regime is forcing thousands from their land using murder and rape Prime Minister David Cameron says donations are a mark of compassion If farmer is successful, Ministers might have to review overseas donations […]

How Ethiopia Spies on Its Diaspora Abroad

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

European companies sell surveillance technologies to abusive foreign regimes By Felix Horne | The Wall Street Journal March 31, 2014 Many Europeans are upset over revelations that the United States government spies on them. But European companies are selling surveillance tools and know-how to other governments, allowing them to spy abroad. Their customers include some of […]

ኢህአዴግና አሜሪካ — የፍቅረኞች ኩርፍያ?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

ኢህአዴግ የአፍሪካ ቀንድ ስጋት? By ለአፍሪካ ቀንድ ሰላም ብቸኛ ተዋናይና ፊት አውራሪ አድርጎ ራሱን የሾመው ኢህአዴግ ለቀጠናው ስጋት እንደሚሆን ተጠቆመ። አልሸባብንና አልቃይዳን ከምንጩ እናጠፋለን በሚል ስትራቴጂ መለስ ከቆፈሩት ጉድጓድ ውስጥ ሰምጣ የነበረችው አሜሪካ ከጉድጓዱ ለመውጣት ወስናለች። ኢትዮጵያዊያን የሚያምኑትና የሚቀበሉትን መሪ በድፍረት አደባባይ የማውጣት ሃላፊነቱ “አገር ወዳድ” በሚሉ ዜጎችና የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ አመራሮች ጫንቃ ላይ ነው። […]

Georgia Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man who killed an Ethiopian immigrant

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Georgia Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld the conviction and life prison sentence given to Demarcus “Money Marc” Crawford for his role in the brutal 2008 killing of an Ethiopian immigrant who was residing in Lilburn, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Crawford was part of a four-person robbery crew that prosecutors said stole $15,000 […]

Woyanne and Shabia at each other’s throat over South Sudan crisis

Monday, March 31st, 2014

This is Woyanne’s accusation:

Addis Ababa, 30 March 2014 (WIC) – The Ethiopian government has blamed Eritrea for being involved in the South Sudan crisis.

He told foreign journalists that Eritrea is involving itself in the crisis of South Sudan and stressed that his government “has circumstantial evidence of Eritrea’s involvement in the South Sudan crisis."
The spokesman said the Eritrean government is involved in several conflicts in the region, and by the same token the Eritreans are involved in the crisis of the South Sudan.

He added that Eritrea’s involvement in regional conflicts and crises has been the case for long and is not a new phenomenon; there were tangible evidences that demonstrated the level of involvement of the Eritrean government in crises in Somalia and other countries in the region.

Moreover, he explained that due to the belligerent nature of the Eritrean government, the country is participating in such conflicts clandestinely to destabilize the region.

He further added, “the government of Ethiopia strongly believes that Eritrea has played a role in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.”

In relation to Egypt’s recent movement to deploy troops and a bilateral military cooperation agreement signed with South Sudan, he also said to The Reporter “currently the government of South Sudan is desperate to destroy its rivals therefore it might even cooperate with a devil”.

He also added “two sovereign states are allowed to sign whatever treaties and establish any relationship, however our concern is that this agreement poses a danger to the third party or not.” (Reporter)

“Nineteen Eighty-Four” in 2014 Ethiopiana

Monday, March 31st, 2014

“Big Brother is Watching You!” secretly: The snooping thug state in 2014 Ethiopiana  The secrecy-obsessed regime in Ethiopia has a huge creepy dragnet of secret electronic surveillance programs to sniff out the deeply-buried secrets of the people of Ethiopia. They spend sleepless nights interrogating  themselves about what the people could do to them. Who do […]

Semayawi Party leaders in Wolayta, southern Ethiopia, arrested

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The TPLF junta has arrested 5 members of Semayawi Party’s leadership in Wolayta, southern Ethiopia, on Friday. The detained individuals are: 1) Wochefo Sadamo, 2) Tademe Fekadu, 3) Tsadiku W. Selassie, 4) Tewodros Geta, 5) Bogale (?). Police has prevented relatives of the detainees from visiting them and providing them with food and water.

Ethiopia’s early architecture – (video)

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Ethiopia’s early architecture – Documentary

ኢህአዴግ የእምነት ተቋማትን በጥብቅ የሚቆጣጠርበት ህግ ሊያጸድቅ ነው

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

ኢህአዴግ ከቀን ወደ ቀን ቀውስ እየተደራረበት እንደሆነ የተረዳችው አሜሪካ በከፍተኛ ባለስልጣኖቿ አማካይነት ኢህአዴግን እየመከረች እንደሆነ ከዲፕሎማቶች የተገኘው መረጃ ያመለክታል። ከፖለቲካው ቀውስና በቀጠናው ካለው አለመረጋጋት ጋር በተያያዘ አሜሪካ በተደጋጋሚ የህወሃትን ሰዎች በተናጠል እያነጋገረች እንደሆነም ለማወቅ ተችሏል። ዲፕሎማቶቹ እንደሚሉት አሜሪካ መለስ “ከተሰዉ” በኋላ አገሪቱን ማን እየመራት እንደሆነ በቅጡ ለመረዳት በሚያስቸግር ሁኔታ የስልጣን መዛነፍና ደረጃን የጠበቀ የስልጣን ተዋረድ […]

100,000 children live in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Shocking Documentary

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

100,000 children live in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Shocking Documentary

Nile dam an issue of no compromise – Egypt Foreign Ministry

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

News Release by State Information Service of Egypt The issue of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is linked to Egypt’s water security which is an integral part of Egypt’s national security, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Badr Abdel Atti said in a press conference on Thursday. He asserted that the Ethiopian dam is an issue that cannot […]

Ethiopian Orthodox Church takes roots in Ghana

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Ethiopia Orthodox Tewahedo Church will take roots in Ghana with the establishment of a branch of the church in Ghana after the acceptance of a fact-finding report that recommends that it is apt to have the church in the country. When approval is given, a priest and a monk will be sent to the […]

Mountain bike challenge in the scenic Simien Mountains of Ethiopia (video)

Friday, March 28th, 2014




Ethiopian Muslims stage peaceful demonstrations in Addis Ababa and other Ethiopian cities on March 28 (photos)

Friday, March 28th, 2014









በአዲስ አበባ እና በክልል ከተሞች ደማቅ የተቃውሞ ትእይንት ተደረገ::

በአዲስ አበባ ታላቁ አንዋር መስኪድን ጨምሮ በተለያዩ የሃገሪቱ ዋናዋና ከተሞች ‹‹ሰላታችንን በመስጂዳችን!›› በሚል መሪ ቃል ህዝበ ሙስሊሙ እያካሄደው ያለው መስጂድ ተኮር የዘመቻ እንቅስቃሴ አካል የሆነው እና የዘመቻው ማጠናቀቂያ የጁምኣ የተቃውሞ ትእይንት በደመቀ መልኩ ተካሂዷል::

ህዝቡን ከመስጂዱ ለመነጠል በመንግስት በኩል እየተሰራ ያለውን ህገ ወጥና ኢ-ህገ መንግስታዊ ስራም ለራሱ ተረድቶ ላልሰሙት ሁሉ በማሰማትና መስጂዶቹን በዒባዳ በማድመቅ ላይ ነው የሚገኘው፡፡ ይህ ወቅታዊና አንገብጋቢ የመስጂድ ባለቤትነትን የማረጋገጥ እንቅስቃሴ የመንግስትን እና የመጅሊስን ሴረኞች እንቅልፍ ማሳጣቱንም ከተለያዩ አቅጣጫዎች የሚመጡ የውስጥ መረጃዎች እያጋለጡ ነው፡፡ ‹‹ሰላታችንን በመስጂዳችን!››ዘመቻ የዛሬው ጁሙአ ድረስ ቀጥሎ የቆየ ሲሆን በአዲስ አበባና በተመረጡ የክልል መስጂዶች ላይም አስቀድሞ የነበሩንን ቋሚ ትዝታ ጥለው ያለፉ ግዙፍ ተቃውሞዎችን በሚያስታውስ መልኩ የደመቀ የተቃውሞ ስነስርአት በማድረግ በሰላማዊ ሁኔታ ዘመቻው መጠናቀቁ ታውቋል::

በዚህም መሰረት ከቀኑ ስድሰት ጀምሮ በአዲስ ወደ አዲስ አበባ አንዋር መስኪድ እና በተለያዩ ከተሞች በሚገኙ የተቃውሞ ወደተመረጡ መስኪዶች የተመመው ህዝበ ሙስሊሙ የመስኪዶችን ውስጥ እና ደጅ በመሙላት መስኪዶቹ የራሱ ሃብት መሆናቸውን እና ሙስሊሙ ህዝብ ሰላም ፈላጊ መሆኑን በደመቀ ተቃውሞ ነጭ ምልክቶችን በማውለብለብ ገልጿል::

ህዝበ ሙስሊሙ ዘመቻውን በተሳካ መልኩ በማድረግ ሰላማዊ ተቃውሞውን አሰምቶ ከኮሚቴው ጎን ዛሬም ቃሉን አክብሮ እንደቆመ በማሳየት በሰላም መመለሱን ለማረጋገጥ ተችሏል::

NPR: Ethiopian Asylum-Seekers at a US Border Shelter

Thursday, March 27th, 2014


A U.S. Border Shelter That Attracts Asylum Seekers Far And Wide


Steve Inskeep March 20, 2014


The La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas, is run by a group of nuns. While the shelter is just across the border from Mexico, the asylum seekers come from poor, troubled countries around the globe. (NPR)

You have no idea what some people will do to reach the United States until you hear their stories.

I’ve understood this truth ever since I went to Afghanistan in 2001. A man told me how he left his country without any travel documents and somehow crossed Iran by bus and foot, only to be caught in Turkey and sent back. He didn’t give up, and a few years later came to visit me in Washington.

What I didn’t clearly understand was how people in troubled nations finally make it here. It turns out that for some people, the key to the journey is the Borderland, the U.S.-Mexico border, which we have traveled this month for NPR.

If you lack a U.S. visa, you can’t just board a flight for New York’s JFK airport. The worse off your country is, the harder it may be to obtain that visa. American consular officers are likely to suspect, when you’re coming from Yemen or Syria carrying everything you own, that your journey is more than a quick tourist trip.

But a network of smugglers can, for a fee, guide people to the airports of Latin America. From there, established land routes lead through Mexico to the US.

La Posada Providencia shelter, an unassuming cluster of buildings near the border in San Benito, Texas, has in the past year received people from about 20 countries, such as Albania, Romania, Nepal, India, and China.

When we visited, we chatted with men from Somalia and Cuba. And we ran into three Ethiopian women who were studying English as a second language, taking a class over a kitchen counter.

They have applied for asylum in the United States, and are allowed to stay at the shelter while the government considers their cases and the stories they have told.

You really need to hear the voice of Saraa Zewedi Yilma, one of the Ethiopian women, who told of her story Thursday on Morning Edition. We’re mapping her incredible journey (from Ethiopia to Sudan to Brazil, then through Venezuela, Colombia and beyond) for our upcoming digital feature on Borderland.

For now, listen to that story in her own words. Hers is a soft voice, sometimes hesitant as she strugges to find the language. She is a tiny woman who took an immense journey; and the population of the La Posada shelter suggests her story is not uncommon. … r-and-wide

11 Ethiopians arrested in northeastern Kenya

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Police in Embu, Kenya, have arrested 11 immigrants of Ethiopian origin who were being taken from Isiolo to Nairobi. Police said that the 11 were intercepted at a road block when police flagged down a Toyota Probox for over loading and speeding. Continue reading …

Ethiopia: A tale of DV lottery (short film)

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

A Film by Quentin Clausin, Starring: Tezera [Zewde] Dorze





Some policy considerations regarding the Ethiopian outmigration

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

By Seid Hassan and Minga Negash In our December 19, 2013 article entitled “Explaining the Ethiopian outmigration: incentives or constrains” we alerted readers and policy makers in Ethiopia about the push, pull and mediating factors of outmigration in general and outlined the factors as they relate to Ethiopia. In this short article we aim to […]

TPLF’s campaign to incite hostilities between Oromos and Amharas is in overdrive

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The TPLF junta in Ethiopia is leaving no stone unturned in its campaign to incite hostilities and ethnic clashes among Ethiopia’s two major ethnic groups, Oromos and Amharas. TPLF using its agents like Jawar Mohammed, who is not even an Oromo (I heard he is half Somali and half Woloye), to make and write controversial anti-Amhara comments while presenting himself as a defender of Oromo interest. TPLF is also evicting Amhara farmers from Oromia region and blame the crime on Oromos. I am glad to see that most Amharas and Oromos are not falling for the TPLF dirty trick.

Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia (video)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The ancient rock-hewn churches of nothern Ethiopia were built between 4th and 15th century.

Amhara farmers evicted from western Ethiopia speak out – March 2014 (video)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

ከአምቦ ተፈናቅለው በአንድነት ፓርቲ ጽ/ቤት የተጠለሉ የአማራ ተወላጆችን አስመልክቶ በፍኖተ ነፃነት ጋዜጣ ዝግጅት ክፍል የተቀነባበረ ዘጋቢ ፊልም  #Ethiopia #UDJ 

እውነተኛው አ.ኢ.ግ.ተ. (EITI) ወይስ የማዳም ክላሬ የሙስና ማጋበሻ ቡድን?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

ከፕሮፌሰር አለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም በነጻነት ለሀገሬ  ማዳም ክላሬ አሸንፈዋል! እንኳን ደስ ያለዎት፣ ማዳም ክላሬ!   ባለፈው ሳምንት የ “አምራች ኢንዱስትሪዎች የግልጽነት ተነሳሽነት/Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) ሊቀ መንበር የሆኑት ማዳም ክላሬ ሾርት ስልጣናቸውን ከህግ አግባብ ውጭ በመጠቀም እና በማስፈራራት በኢትዮጵያ ያለው ገዥ አካል የሙስና ማጋበሻ ቡድናቸው አባል እንዲሆን ለማስቻል የEITI የቦርድ አባላት ድምጻቸውን እንዲሰጡ በማድረጉ […]

Hundreds of Amhara farmers expelled from western Ethiopia in a new ethnic cleansing campaign

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Some of the expelled Amhara farmers are seeking shelter at the UDJ Party office in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian traffic police in 1950s

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


In the early days of Addis Abeba Art Kilo was the only busy road occupied by cars running from all directions and where traffic officers manly dispatched. It seemed that a bunch of wealthy people who used owned automobiles have lived along that way.

Traffic police officers of the 1950th were professionals and executed their duty according to the written law, they take no bribe from no one, so if you do any kind of unnecessary mistake by the road, there is no excuse at all, they will arrest you on the spot then carry you to the police station,but just in case if you try to escape,, remember that automobiles were not running as fast us today plus the traffic officers were fast runners so they will charge at you like a mad dog and hold of you.

The traffic police officers of the 1950th were humble obedient, underpaid and barefooted. They lived together around Afencho Ber, they ate 4 times a day and had only one uniform but in their respected era, they too have left behind a priceless contribution in Ethiopian society and their story deserves to be told.

Nigerian commentator Adeola speak out on the arrest of Ethiopian women (video)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Popular Nigerian commentator Adeola speak out on the arrest of Ethiopian women on Women's Day Run

Salt mining the hard and ancient way by the Afar people in Danakil, Ethiopia (video)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Salt mining the hard and ancient way by the Afar people in Danakil, Ethiopia

Kenya arrests 39 Ethiopians

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Police have arrested 39 undocumented immigrants and two human traffickers from Ethiopia near the frontier town of Merille in Kenya’s Samburu County. “They will be charged by Wednesday for being in the country illegally,” Samburu Police Chief Samuel Muthamia told Anadolu Agency by phone on Tuesday. The Ethiopians, who are all believed to be in […]

German Radio talks to Semayawi Party chairman about his aborted trip to the U.S.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Deutsche Welle talks to Semayawi Party chairman about his aborted trip to the U.S.

Harlem – Ethiopia Connection (video)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Harlem – Ethiopia Connection

Conference for followers of Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Egypt (video)

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Presented by Christian Youth Channel

EITI or Clare’s Corruption Club?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

 Clare Short has won! Congratulations, Clare! Brava! Last week, Clare Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), succeeded in bullying the EITI Board members into voting to admit the ruling regime in Ethiopia into her Club.  She did it the old-fashioned way— arm-twisting, browbeating, bulldozing, rear-end kicking, a little bit of jawboning and […]

Ethiopian runners dominate Rome Marathon

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014


Ethiopian runners dominated Sunday’s 20th edition of the Rome Marathon with Shume Hailu Legese winning the men’s event and Ayelu Lemma Geda the women’s race.

Under the driving rain, Legese clocked 2hr 09min 47sec to finish ahead of countryman Sisay Jisa Mekonnen (2:11:20) with Kenyan Leonard Kipkoech Langat (2:14:08) crossing the line in a Roman centurion helmet.

In the women’s race, Ayelu Geda timed 2hr 34min 49sec to finish over three minutes ahead of Moroccan Janat Hanane (2:38:09) with Italy’s Emma Quaglia third (2:43:23).

In search of Queen of Sheba

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Exciting tales about the Queen of Sheba unfolded at the recent meeting of Gainsborough and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Archaeologist and former British Museum curator Louise Schofield was the guest speaker and her talk was entitled “Temples, Tombs and Treasurers: In Search of the Queen of Sheba”.

Isle group member Jillian Horberry said: “Louise presented an exceptional lecture to a very full house of members of the Fine Arts society at the Trinity Centre this month on the legend of the Queen of Sheba.

“Louise works for six months of the year in the north of Ethiopia camping with her excavating team far away from any infrastructure and she described how easy it was to imagine the Queen arriving on a camel, overseeing slaves and elephants dragging rocks from her mines of gold high on the Gheralta plateau.

“Where she dug her riches is one of the greatest stories of the Old Testament.

“Sheba was undoubtedly a powerful incense-trading kingdom that prospered through trade with the Roman Empire.”

She added: “Almost 3,000 years ago, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopia and Yemen, each side of the Red Sea, arrived in Jerusalem with vast quantities of gold to give to King Solomon.

“The Queen’s visit, immortalised in Qur’an and the Bible, is described “with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones … and she gave the king 120 talents of gold.

“Hers is said to be one of the world’s oldest love stories. Legend has it that he wooed her and that descendants of their child, Menelik – son of the wise – became the kings of Abyssinia.”

Although little is known about her, the Queen’s image has inspired medieval Christian mystical works, as well as Dutch, English, Persian, Turkish artists over the years, Handel’s oratorio Solomon and many Hollywood movies.

Mrs Horberry added: “The story told by Louise with her interesting slides is still heard across Africa and Arabia and whether fact or fiction is a very infectious one.”

The next date for the society is on Thursday April 3 when Elizabeth Gordon will speak on The Viennese Secession – Klimt, Schiele and Otto Wagner, with music by Mahler and Schoenburg.

Lunch is available and should be booked in advance with Rachel by the preceding Monday on 01427 838780.

Visitors are always welcome to attend meetings a couple of times before joining with a £5 entrance. Membership is available on 01427 788568. … -1-6506453

Ethiopian woman in Kuwait attempted to commit suicide

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

KUWAIT CITY (ARAB TIMES) – An Ethiopian woman tried to commit suicide in her sponsor’s residence by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room with an electrical cable, reports Al-Rai daily. Security men from Abdullah Al- Mubarak Police Station foiled the suicide attempt and rushed her to Farwaniya Hospital for treatment. The sponsor claimed […]

Miss Ethiopia chosen as Miss Africa Utah

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

By Sheena McFarland | The Salt Lake Tribune Miss Africa Utah reigned in the Beehive State for only about two weeks. Winnet Murahwa, who entered the March 8 competition as Miss Zimbabwe, beat out eight other contestants to win the African Chamber of Commerce’s beauty competition. However, she announced she was stepping down. “After carefully […]

Semayawi party chairman barred from boarding flight to the United States

Friday, March 21st, 2014

March 21, 2014 – Semayawi Party Chaiman, Eng Yilkal Getnet was barred from boarding his flight to the United States on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Addis Ababa airport. He was scheduled to fly to the US to attend a fellowship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative of the United States State Department. Eng. Yilkal was told to see a TPLF supervisor by airport crew right before boarding time where he was told he would not be flying. His luggage was unloaded from the plane and he stayed at the airport for more than 3 hours thereafter questioned by TPLF agents. He has returned back to his home after 2:00am local time Saturday.

Source: Semayawi Party

Ertale, Ethiopia’s amazing open vulcano (video)

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Ertale in the Danakil Depression on the Afar region in northern Ethiopia is one of the few places in the world where you can see an open vulcano.

Zambia court convicts 18 Ethiopians

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A court in Zambia has convicted 18 Ethiopians and fined K4,500 each or in default nine months simple imprisonment for unlawful entry into the country. The Nakonde magistrate’s court has also discharged 13 other Ethiopian juveniles who were charged with the same offence on account of their age. This is according to a statement released […]

Why I think Putin is in the Right Regarding Ukraine Crisis – Tecola W. Hagos

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

By Tecola W. Hagos

I. Introduction: General Background

I have been following the escalating crisis in Ukraine for some time now. Some six years ago, I wrote my first article supporting Putin in his effort to save and preserve the asset of the Russian people that was being gutted by carpetbaggers from the West using local corrupt Russian officials and newly minted Russian businessmen in all kinds of scheme buying up Russian assets for pennies. Even the venerable Harvard participated, without its corporate knowledge, but through its unscrupulous functionaries (in one of its international institutions) in a corrupt scheme that would have transferred the controlling interest in a banking franchise worth billions of dollars to such foreigners.

Even though history should not put anyone in a straightjacket, one must heed some of the lessons of the past. I have no sympathy to the leadership of the old Soviet Union, especially Josef Stalin, despite the fact that I greatly admire the monumental technological achievement and the building a world class Soviet Military and space technology. Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Boris N. Yeltsin were the two unpatriotic Russians who betrayed the people of the then Soviet Union with their immature and jaded view of the West. Gorbachev’s book Perestroika [Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World, 1991] clearly shows a rustic politician trying to play the role of a statesman. The book is full of cliché and poor understanding of history.

Soon after the destructive process of the dismantling of the Soviet Union was underway, it was followed with “free for all type” looting of the great wealth of the People of the Soviet Union in the guise of economic reform and introduction of a free enterprise economic system. In reality, the denationalization of the main mining and energy interests, for example, was a process that was manipulated by a handful of corrupt Soviet citizens financed by outsiders (who had in turn accumulated their wealth taking advantage of local conditions around the world through exploitation.

II. The Role of Great Powers

The important role played by great empires and great powers is often eclipsed by one aspect of the dynamics of the building process of such great powers, namely the destruction they left in the wake of their dynamic evolution. Without the bulldozing march of such great powers through history, it is unlikely if mankind would have reached this level of wealth and hygiene, and productivity that we have now. There is no way around the uncomfortable fact that all of human achievement is, to a great extent, a result of great empires and powers. I am not saying that life with a degree of technological advancement will not be possible without empires, but that it would have been very minor with some neat, orderly, and highly predictable advancement like toy-set of villages with trains and busses et cetera.

It is extremely disturbing to me to see the members of the leadership of the United States in a political sinkhole where they end up supporting street thugs, neo-Nazis, ultra racist nationalists, and fascists in the current Ukraine crisis. President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Senator McCain, Ambassador Power, even former Secretary Clinton have made statements either accusing Russia of aggression or crudely threatening Russia with sanctions or some unspecified harm. I just wonder, who do these people think Russia is? Some small country in the Middle East that they are used to bomb routinely with drones? Here are the historical and current facts for Russia: Russia defeated Napoleon; Russia defeated Hitler: Russia is armed to the teeth with nuclear weapon; Russians are a great People with long and proud history. Russians never have been conquered by anybody. Some modesty by such leaders from the United States and Europe is a must. They ought to treat Russia and its leaders with respect.

The type of language, attitude, and bravado that is displayed in the media by such Western leaders talking down to Russia and placing sanctions against important Russian personalities is utterly childish and moronic. Do these leaders in the West understand that is how World wars are started? No matter how superior the collective power of the West might be, if push comes to shoving Russia is capable of hitting with nuclear bombs every single Western nation resulting in the destruction of millions of people and incalculable destruction of historic cities with their museums and irreplaceable history. How is one insignificant country like Ukraine, especially now that it is run by some out of control neo-Nazis and fascists, determine the fate of millions and threaten World Peace. If Russia retakes its old territories such as Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, et cetera, is it nobody’s business in the West? In considering the last thirty years, whether it is NATO or AU, the Western countries should never have continued their hostile manipulation to destroy the Russian people once the Soviet Union imploded by its own inertia in the 1980s.

The leadership of the United States does not seem to understand the role to be played by a super-power in the life of the peoples of the world. It seems the United States has never out grown its revolutionary beginnings—a mental state of being of an oppressed group fighting against an established power. I see that same mentality of a rebel in every leader of the United States, be it civilian or military, who happen to confront some world crises. To my dismay what I have witnessed over thirty years in my life here in the United States is the fact that the United States politicians talk and act as if they are still fighting the British Empire of the 1770s. They do not seem to internalize the fact that the United States is now the super-power and must shade the mental shackle of a rebel. What is tragic is that such political leaders allow such Super Power to be manipulated by some members of the fringes of societies in the rest of the world, such as the neo-Nazis and fascists of Ukraine. The fact is that the United States is being manipulated and pulled into the power struggle of local groups in Ukraine. Rather than setting the agenda for the world in cooperation with other World powers, such as Russia, the United States is dictated to by minor local events on the ground in Ukraine’s local fracas. Here is where the United States should have shown statesmanship by dealing directly with the legitimate national political leaders of Ukraine rather than siding with such destructive fringes of that society now in power.

I find it truly puzzling, in fact bizarre, that the President of the United States would stoop so low hosting the leader of such violent groups of individuals from Ukraine who have violently overthrown an elected Government and leadership. In fact, it is tragic that President Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a vociferous advocate of law and order, would end up in such unstatesmanship situation. Maybe he as well ought to have invited the leaders of the KKK and the Aryan Nation to join them at that horrifying meeting. The President keeps referring to a “peaceful demonstration” that drove out the legitimate Ukraine Government, whereas it is absolutely clear that the so called “peaceful” demonstrators were armed and did violently attack the Government Police with Molotov bottle bombs, axes, knives, clubs even guns. This form of association with Ukrainian neo-Nazis, fascists, racist nationalists et cetera is not becoming of a Super Power lead by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. How I wish the Founding Fathers’ presence of mind in a crises like this.
I believe President Obama should have sent high level delegation or even should have traveled himself to meet with Putin to talk face to face to resolve the problem and not use the crises as a media event to shore-up his own sagging domestic political items. Russia’s interest in securing its border for both economic and military reasons is a legitimate one. The national security concern of Russia must be recognized by the West as such, and the West should pull back the incursion of the AU and NATO into Russia’s former East-Block or federated territories. The West after twittering the whiskers of a sleeping bear right in its own den is now complaining that the bear has become aggressive after all such numerous provocations. The Bear is fully awake and defending its interest.

III. Vladimir Putin

It is quite remarkable that Putin has not lost his direction despite the fact that he might have amassed great fortune for himself in the process of protecting the asset of the Russian people. I have no evidence that he did such a thing except that I have read in numerous articles about his fabulous wealth. Even if that is true, it does not bother me at all—better a Russian than some carpetbagger who would [deleted] the wealth of Russia and remove it all to the West, as was the case with the activities of the Oligarchs who absconded with billions of dollars into the West.

I believe the Ukrainian current leaders and their supporters are mainly from Western Ukrainian with German and Teutonic decent, and in all probability mostly children or grandchildren of Nazi collaborators who murdered Jews, Russian Slaves, and Tartars et cetera in tens of thousands during World War II. What the current leaders of Ukraine call nationalism is fascism and Nazism raising all over again its ugly face. As ex-President Clinton put it in a recent speech, Putin is a great Russian patriot, who loves his country and people and fights courageously to preserve some respect and dignity for the Russian People. Putin is vilified daily by the Western press and by the leaders of the United States, Britain, France and even by Germany. This type of rudeness and bullish behavior is unbecoming for any leader let alone for leaders of the most powerful nations in the World. I see greatness in any genuine concern for ones people, and that is what I have observed in Vladimir Putin now and in the past.

I wrote a few years back:”Go for it, Putin. You are doing the right thing in protecting the vital interest of the People of Russia. You have done the right thing by standing up for the economic interest of the People of Russia. You have done the right thing by blocking the carpetbaggers from looting the wealth of the People of Russia.” Now, move in and take back all the old territories of the Soviet Union, now states, ceded by traitors. That scheme of ceding territories and creating puppet states did not help alleviate any of the political or the economic problems facing the ordinary citizens of such regions. The people of the old Soviet Union, including Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, et cetera have a far better future being integrated with the new Russia; otherwise, ordinary citizens of such ceded territories (now states) will be simply used and abused by the Western Corporations and their corrupt often dictatorial local surrogates.

IV. Where Would Ethiopia Figure out in the Ukraine Crisis

My fellow Ethiopians, just because Ethiopia is not in a public way in the sphere of influence of Russia or the Balkan countries, it does not mean that Ethiopian interest is not affected by the crisis in Ukraine. Ethiopia is a client-state for Ukraine buying mechanized weapon systems especially armored vehicles and tanks for some time now. It might even have Ukrainian technicians and experts in its weapon industry. I am speculating here, and have no first-hand knowledge about the presence of Ukrainians in Ethiopia’s military industry. At any rate, Ethiopia might be asked by the United States and the EU countries to support the United States lead campaign against Russia. The issue might be brought up in the United Nations General Assembly if it had not been already put in the General Assembly’s emergency procedure for consideration.

My suggestion for the leaders of the Ethiopian Government is to adopt the Chinese model of response (in the Security Council) by abstaining but informing both the United States and Russia that Ethiopia’s interest is to act as an intermediary to defuse the current standoff between the West and Russia from getting out of hand leading to World War III. In fact, to justify the non-partisan position Ethiopia is adopting, the Ethiopian Government immediately should form with African countries and others from the region and South America a mediating group. Since Prime Minister Haile Mariam is the Chairperson of IGAD, he could use that Office to form quickly a mediating group between the West and Russia.

If this Ukrainian crisis is not defused quickly we are heading into a situation where major war is unavoidable. The Western Leaders must stop this nonsense of sanction and also talking to the media with threats against Russia. I urge President Obama to listen to Prof Stephen Cohen’s well-thought out and balanced views on the crisis. He should remove Ambassador Power for her appalling incompetence and undiplomatic provocative language. All parties to the crisis ought to focus on the problem by acknowledging the security interest of Russia and the right of self-determination of the Crimean people. If not done in quick succession, we are heading down to World War III. And we will all be losers. Maybe Ethiopia would survive the nuclear holocaust.

Tecola W. Hagos

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…