Ethiopia, Egypt tone down talk of war over Nile dam
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA | Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:35am EDT
(Reuters) - Ethiopia and Egypt cooled talk of war on Tuesday and agreed to more dialogue to resolve a row over a giant dam that the Horn of Africa nation is building on the Nile, on which Egyptians depend on for almost all their water.
Africa's second and third most populous nations have traded barbs in past weeks about Ethiopia's new hydroelectric project, which Egypt fears will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people, who mostly live in the Nile valley and delta.
Egypt’s Nile Threats Weaken Case to Secure Water: Shinn
By William Davison and Salma El Wardany - Jun 17, 2013
Egypt must drop its objection to an Ethiopian dam on the main tributary of the Nile River or it may struggle to ensure adequate supplies from the world’s longest waterway, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn said.
A $4.3 billion, 6,000-megawatt hydropower plant, set to be Africa’s largest on completion in 2017, has raised concern in Egypt that it will cut supplies of water allocated by accords put in place more than five decades ago. President Mohamed Mursi told supporters in Cairo on June 10 his government will “defend each drop of Nile water with our blood” if the country’s water security is threatened.
News Analysis: Nile issue, political instability lead to Egypt's stock market slump
English.news.cn by Marwa Yahia
CAIRO, June 6 (Xinhua) -- As Egyptian stock exchange lost more than 1 billion U.S. dollars with the main EGX30 index dropping 2.6 percent to 5,083 points on Wednesday, analysts said investors' fears of Egypt's instability and a political crisis between Cairo and Ethiopia over Renaissance Dam is to blame for the stock market slump.
The EGX30 index continued its downward trend Thursday, shedding 0.21 percent to 5,061 points, while foreign investors, who represent around 39 percent of the market, tending to sell the negatively impacted trading.
Experts said the tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia sparked by the dam that is planned to be built on the Blue Nile and will affect the Egyptian share of water, as well as the expected massive anti-government protests called upon by Rebel campaign on June 30 have been the main reason behind the falling stock market
President Yoweri Museveni has sternly warned the Egyptian “government and other groups” against making “chauvinist and irrational statements” in the wake of Ethiopia’s decision to construct a multi-billion dollar electricity dam, Chimp Corps report.
“I have seen in the print media statements coming out of Egypt regarding the commendable work of the Government of Ethiopia of building dams for electricity in that country,” said
Egypt claims its so-called “historic rights” on the basis of the 1929 and 1959 treaties, apparently superimposed on Africans by the former colonial powers. Egypt must realize that the majority of the riparian states no longer accept the old treaties by which the country had been accorded 87% use of the Nile. However, this does not mean Egypt won’t continue to have rights on the use of the Nile; on the contrary, the people of Egypt will continue to enjoy the waters of the Nile in spite of the dam construction project in Ethiopia.
importantly, the Ethiopian people will not flinch in the face of any
threat and they are determined to extend full support to the Ethiopian
government and the engineers and construction workers on the ground, so
that they could complete the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam as
scheduled in 2016.
How Egypt Might Try To Stop Ethiopia's Dam Project
Ethiopia’s initiation of a dam project on the Blue Nile has quickly drawn the ire of Egypt, which is critically dependent on it as a source of much of the country’s freshwater needs. As Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said June 9 following Ethiopia’s refusal to halt construction of the dam and ahead of his trip to Addis Ababa to discuss the project, Egypt will not give up a “single drop of water from the Nile.” ”No Nile, no Egypt,” he said.
project, a law professor and his students at Stanford University were quietly researching the legal case that could assist Ethiopia in the event that the inter-country conflict ended up at the International Court of Justice for resolution.
“I was very happy when I learned Ethiopia was going ahead with the Blue Nile Gorge project; and then very concerned when the Egyptian cabinet meeting conversation leaked, referring to Egypt’s going to war against Ethiopia,” said former Congressman Tom Campbell who is currently the Dean of Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. “What totally irresponsible statements.”
Ethiopia rejects Egyptian protests over Nile dam
Construction of Grand Renaissance dam to continue despite Egyptian concerns over impact on water supply and farming
By Patrick Kingsley in Cairo, The Guardian June 12, 2013
"Of course we are going to go ahead with the project, because we believe we are justified," Reda said. "Why would a self-respecting government spend $4.5bn simply to spite Egypt? It's beyond reason and it's beyond science. None of the concerns of the Egyptians [are] really something you can remotely associate yourself with."
NILE| SHINN: AMERICA WILL INTERVENE IF TENSIONS ESCALATE TO CONFLICT
Amb. David Shinn is an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
He was United States’ Ambassador to Ethiopia and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan. David Shinn also served as Desk Officer for Somalia, Djibouti, and assistant for Ethiopia, State Department coordinator for Somalia during the U.S. intervention, Director of East and Horn of African Affairs, among others.
Read below his interview with Youm7 (an Egyptian privately-owned Arabic daily) on June 1, 2013.
Question: Did the Egyptian government pay the required attention or exert the appropriate efforts regarding the Nile Basin issues and is there a political solution to the problem?
The Cairo government said this week it would demand the project be halted, after its southern
neighbor began diverting a stretch of the river to make way for the $4.7 billion dam that will become Africa's biggest hydropower plant.
Ethiopia said it had summoned Egypt's ambassador to explain comments by politicians in Cairo advising Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi to take hostile action to halt the building of the dam.
A spokesman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Cairo's position on the dam was unclear and its concerns were often not based on science.
Ethiopia has set out plans to invest more than $12 billion in harnessing the rivers that run through its rugged highlands and to become Africa's leading power exporter.
'No Nile, no Egypt', Cairo warns over Ethiopia dam
ReutersBy Shadia Nasralla |
Last week, Ethiopia summoned the Egyptian ambassador after politicians in Cairo were shown on television suggesting military action or supporting Ethiopian rebels - a mark of the threat felt in Cairo from the plan to dam the Blue Nile, the tributary that supplies the bulk of water downstream in Egypt.
"Egypt won't give up on a single drop of water from the Nile or any part of what arrives into Egypt from this water in terms of quantity and quality," Amr told MENA, noting that Egypt has little rain and is effectively desert without its great river.
Faced with emerging global competition and substantial changes in consumer needs, desires, and tastes, a number of enterprises today are rapidly making adjustments to re-engineer their manufacturing processes to meet these needs. The dynamic kaizen strategy is an activity of continually revolving cycles of Plan, Do, Check and Act (PDCA) which focuses on customer-driven processes to improve productivity and quality of products and services by amassing marginal improvements over time.
Sudan and Egypt clash over Ethiopia's Nile damBy MOHAMMED AMIN in Khartoum
Thursday, June 6
A rare disagreement has occurred between Sudan and Egypt over the possible impact of an Ethiopia dam on the downstream Nile basin countries.
The controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) could see the course of the Blue Nile tampered with and Egypt has warned it would spare no effort to guarantee its share of the water.
But Sudan is warning of a possible water war between the Nile Basin countries because of Egypt’s ‘provocative' stance
Sudanese government spokesman Ahmed Bilal has asked Egypt to stop what he called provocations after an Egyptian opposition leader described Khartoum's stand on in the issue as
disgusting. An Egyptian opposition leader, Mr Ayman Nour, publicly described the Sudanese stand on the Nile as disgusting.
Ethiopia official labels Egyptian attack proposals over new Nile River dam ‘day dreaming’ ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Egyptian officials tried to cool tensions with Ethiopia Wednesday over the new Nile River dam project by highlighting its “neighborliness” as the Ethiopian prime minister’s spokesman insisted that nothing would stop the dam from being completed upstream from Egypt, which is wholly dependent on Nile River water.
Egypt fears a diminished flow from Africa’s largest dam and hydropower station but Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said Egypt respects Ethiopia and will not engage in any aggressive acts against the East African nation. Egyptian politicians had suggested the country should sabotage the project in a meeting with the president Monday.
Ethiopia has moved from fourth lowest place for the number of out of school children in the country to third, taking India’s place.
However, there has been significant progress in Ethiopia over time: There are now 1.7 million children out of school in Ethiopia (as per latest data from 2011) compared to 2.4 million in 2010.
Over the past five years, the country has improved the numbers of children out of school by 59%.
This puts Ethiopia in second position for the largest progress in absolute terms (number of out of school children) of any country in the world over the past five years, and in sixth position in relative terms (% of children out of school).
Ethiopia received a 3% share of total aid to basic education in both 2010 and 2011 – the sixth highest individual share of any country in the world in 2011 (eighth in 2010).
Regarding the dam
Mahmoud Salem June 3, 2013
All the while, many talking heads started spouting nonsensical crap about an Egyptian military strike on Ethiopia, while seemingly screaming in all of their interviews that “We are too strong and powerful for Ethiopia to mess with”. Never mind that Ethiopia was never conquered in any war and that our military never fought in the south and cannot protect its soldiers within our borders, and that there is zero evidence that the Ethiopian military- which is not weak- will kneel in front of our military might. I am chalking this up to temporary insanity caused by over-heating of the brain due to lack of consistent air conditioning in the middle of the horrible heat-wave we are currently experiencing. Let’s assess the situation, shall we?
It was a nice spring day and I went out for a quick shopping to the Hamden Plaza in Connecticut,
and in the Stop and Shop I bumped into a dignified Ethiopian by the name Gashaw Lake. He was with his wife and daughter and when we were about to greet and introduce each other, in the traditional Ethiopian manner, which has now became increasingly a rare commodity, he lifted his hat and greeted me.
I was delighted to encounter the best of Ethiopian values but I must admit that I was subconsciously compelled to reciprocate by bowing while shaking the hand of my Ethiopian brother.In the tradition of poetry, the power of Gashaw’s poems authenticate reality by successive stanzas and cadences, and these are best exemplified by the many poems dedicated to either family members or random Ethiopian and/or African American personas. For instance, ለጋሼ ሲራክ is for General Sirak Tesfa; ምን ያለ ያገር ሰው is for the late Professor Asrat Woldeyes; Eይዋት ስትናፍቀኝ is obviously for the late famous Ethiopian singer Tilahun Gessesse; ስንብት is dedicated to Abraham Weinshet Workalemahu, and ‘The Statue’ is in honor of Whitney Young, an African American who struggled for human rights. ‘The Statue’, incidentally, has an emancipating power because it represents “a sanctuary for people’s rights”.
Ethiopia dam is 'declaration of war':
Ahram Online , Thursday 30 May 2013
Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad calls on Egypt to defend its honour and oppose construction of Ethiopian dam
Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam and the diversion of the Blue Nile is a declaration of war on Egypt, Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Ethiopia began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a dam for electricity production.
Speaking on Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Hammad claimed the move would reduce Egypt's water supply and damage national security.
"If such a war is forged against us, we are ready to fight and we will embark on it with all our strength to defend our honour," asserted Hammad.
Nile| Renaissance dam’s unnoticed impact on Ethiopian psyche
Posted by Merkeb Negash
“The humiliation of a thing is sufficient to stimulate it; the humiliation of a country is sufficient to rejuvenate it” - Book of Rites (Chinese literature)
When the late prime minister came up with the idea of building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (then known as Project X), many considered it as an ambitious project that emanated from naivety. Many wondered why the government would want to build such a grand project of high cost and high stakes while it could have started with small projects that are both affordable and less sensitive.
(CNN) - On a rainy afternoon this spring when President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta, he called valedictorian Betsegaw Tadele the “skinny guy with a funny name” – a nickname Obama has often called himself.So, who is that other “skinny guy?”
Tadele’s journey to sharing a stage with the president began in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the youngest of Tadele Alemu and Almaz Ayalew’s two children. Tadele’s first name, Betsegaw, means "by God's grace" in Amharic, his native language.
In the summer of 2009, Tadele came to the United States in pursuit of a higher education.
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Tony Elumelu advocates for Africapitalism as the solution for Africa’s development
MARRAKESH, Morocco, May 31, 2013/ -- Charity and aid have failed Africa and its leading entrepreneurs are now driving the continent’s development agenda.
This was the sentiment of Tony Elumelu’s speech, described by many as “powerful,” which was delivered at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual Board of Governors meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco. The speech was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi with Ronald Lauder, founder of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation.
Views and Opinions By Shimelis Amare May 27, 2013
Recently, I spent about six weeks in Ethiopia and what I have seen and observed reinforce the opinion I have regarding the current government: on one hand they are successfully working to transform the nation and to eradicate poverty, and on the other hand, they are miserably failing to build strong and viable institutions. During my stay, I carried conversations with a lot of people to find out why this paradox exists.
How Islamist militancy threatens
The countries of North and West Africa have become embroiled in a new war waged by violent Islamist militants - a conflict that has no front line.Last week's suicide assaults in Niger on a military base and French-run uranium mine, and a siege in January of the gas plant in Algeria reveal the insurgents' ruthless tactics.
And the start of the withdrawal of French troops from Mali, four months after recapturing northern cities from Islamist insurgents, is being touted by the militants on internet forums as the beginning of their victory.
Kenya police raped, tortured refugees in 'rampage': rights group
By Katy Migiro
Wed May 29, 2013 9:11am EDT
NAIROBI, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan police tortured and abused more than 1,000 refugees, asylum seekers and Somali Kenyans in Nairobi in a "10-week rampage" beginning in late 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on
Wednesday. The abuses were part of a police crackdown that began the day after an attack on a crowded bus in the Somali-dominated suburb of Eastleigh, which killed seven people, HRW said. No one claimed responsibility for the blast.
Petitioning His Imperial majesty Haile Selassie I,STATUE
A STATUE FOR EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE!
His Royal Highness Emperor Haile Selassie 1, had played crucial role in financing the Headquarters of the OAU, because of Emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopia in 1923 was admitted to the League of Nation, the Emperor condemned Italy’s aggression and using of chemical weapons on Ethiopians in the League of Nation, the Emperor’s internationalist views enabled him to become a member of the United Nations, the Emperor condemned apartheid South Africa at the UN, the speech the Emperor and his firm stand of being anti-Fascists around the world made him "Man of the Year" in Time Magazine,
For the last two decades I have been telling my students that Africa will one day rise, and it looks the time has arrived for a triumphant and jubilant Africa. The golden jubilee of the founding of the OAU (now AU) thus would not simply be a gathering of African heads of states and governments, a conventional conference with underpinning conventional wisdoms, but a landmark in the history of the continent that signals the preliminary achievements of the Lion Kings. It will also signal that, at long last, the sun people have managed to overcome centuries old of obstacles and a new morning has indeed broken in the African continental landscape.
As East Africa faces famine, autocratic Eritrea suffers in silence as refugees
MAI-AINI, Ethiopia - Alem Teke watched her crops in Eritrea shrivel and die from drought. She braved landmines and escaped being raped by soldiers to save her children from starvation by fleeing across the border to a refugee camp in
Alem, a farmer's wife, made it to the Mai-Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia. She was more fortunate than some of her friends who were raped. Like many people fleeing famine that has hit parts of the Horn of Africa, Alem has overcome the odds to escape hunger, but as the world focuses on famine in Somalia, Eritrea suffers in silence.
More to the poverty discussion than China
By Ben Leo, Special to CNN
Editor’s note: Ben Leo is Global Policy Director of The ONE Campaign, an international advocacy organization co-founded by Bono. The views expressed are his own.
GPS recently published a thoughtful piece on how global poverty rates are falling fast. It argued that one country in particular is almost solely responsible for this dramatic trend: China. Meanwhile, it said progress in the rest of the world “has been much, much slower – if there’s been progress at all.”
Ethiopia: BBC Reports Ethiopia Has One of World's Fastest Growth Rates
By Zeryhun Kassa, 20 May 2013
Once known for its famines and dependency on foreign aid, Ethiopia now has one of the world's fastest growth rates. This is a report by the BBC in connection to the 50th African Union Anniversary gathering pace to be celebrated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The report says some of that growth is coming from small businesses - and George Alagiah has been to a shoe factory with a difference in Addis Ababa. Following is the full text of the story George produces from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Map of Secret Prison Network in Eritrea Pinpoints “Infrastructure of Repression”
Contact: Suzanne Trimel, email@example.com, 212-633-4150, @AIUSAmedia
(NEW YORK) – Twenty years after gaining independence, Eritrea’s prisons are filled with thousands of political prisoners who are locked up in atrocious conditions without ever being charged with a crime, said Amnesty International Wednesday in a briefing that includes a map offering an unprecedented look at the network of secret
prisons." The government has systematically used arbitrary arrest and detention without charge to crush all opposition, to silence all dissent, and to punish anyone who refuses to comply with the repressive restrictions it places on people’s lives,” said Claire Beston, Amnesty International’s Eritrea researcher.
Corruption is a very intriguing concept in theory and an
elusive human conduct enmeshed in bizarre
and rather subtle but toxic
human activity, and it is manifested in different forms, as well as
assumes different scales and scopes. To be sure, unless there is a system
in place to monitor corruption or there is a political system strong
enough to mitigate, if not eliminate this disease, it could pervade the
larger society like a malignant cancer. Another major façade that the Government of Ethiopia should
seriously rethink is the patronage politics or
patron-client relationship that has engulfed
Ethiopian government bureaucracies at local,
regional, and federal levels.
Ethiopia arrests minister, 11 others over corruption
(Reuters) - Ethiopian police have arrested a minister and 11 other people on corruption charges, an official and state media said on Saturday, in the country's most high-profile swoop against graft for more than a decade.
Businesses in the region regularly complain of corruption as an obstacle to their work. Transparency International ranked Ethiopia 113 out of 176 nations worldwide in its 2012 perception of corruption index, where No. 1 is considered least corrupt.
The spokesman said there were further arrests as well but did not give a total. The state news agency reported 12 arrests overall. Independently, newspapers said the arrests included a prominent businessman and customs employees outside the capital.
Global Financial Integrity last year said Addis Ababa lost $11.7 billion in outflows of illegal funds in the past decade.
G. E. G.
In part I of this series we saw how population increase is directly tied with the production, availability, and distribution of food. We also saw that the imminent population crash that appears to be inbuilt in the current exponential growth might not occur but that there could be many small crashed until a new vista opens up for the next cascade of population rise. We pointed at technology as one of the keys factors that would open the way to the next vista of population growth. We also suggested ways to increase food production by directly going to grass and leaves and figuring out ways to take out their toxicity and make them edible for humans.
Ethiopia's journey from poverty to prosperity
By Haddis Tadesse
Source: World Economic Forum
The walia is a species of ibex found only in northern Ethiopia. Some 40 years ago, with fewer than 200 left, the walia was in danger of extinction. It remains an endangered species, but through conservation measures, numbers are increasing. Things are getting better. The development of the walia’s home country – Ethiopia – is even most robust. As leaders from around the world gather in Cape Town, South Africa, for the World Economic Forum on Africa, they will be talking not about the wali but about countries like Ethiopia, and comparing notes on the challenges and opportunities they represent.
Annan: Africa plundered by secret mining dealsBy
BBC Friday, May 10
Tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers are depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom, ex-UN chief Kofi Annan has said.
Firms that shift profits to lower tax jurisdictions cost Africa $38bn a year, says a report produced by a panel he heads.
"Africa loses twice as much money through these loopholes as it gets from donors," Mr Annan told the BBC.It was like taking food off the tables of the poor, he said.
The Africa Progress Report is released every May - produced by a panel of 10 prominent figures, including former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Graca Machel, the wife of South African ex-President Nelson Mandela.
Population Explosion and Population Crash Part II
In part I of this series we saw how population increase is directly tied with the production, availability, and distribution of food. We also saw that the imminent population crash that appears to be inbuilt in the current exponential growth might not occur but that there could be many small crashed until a new vista opens up for the next cascade of population rise. We pointed at technology as one of the keys factors that would open the way to the next vista of population growth. We also suggested ways to increase food production by directly going to grass and leaves and figuring out ways to take out their toxicity and make them edible for humans.
Egypt Investment Collapsing as Citizens Turn Into Vigilantes
By Tarek El-Tablawy, Mariam Fam & Salma El Wardany - May 8, 2013
More than two years after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, the proliferation of weapons and a spate of vigilante killings, violence and sexual attacks are eclipsing the hope born from the revolt. Fueled by political deadlock and economic stagnation, the security breakdown threatens to put solutions beyond the reach of President Mohamed Mursi.
Sarlo Distinguished Professor
of Sustainable Economic Development
Dominican University of
Despite the current economic
slowdown in Japan (for example, according to Global competitiveness,
Japan’s stance has declined from 8 in 2009/10 to 9 in 2011/12), it is
very interesting to note that a number of public and private enterprises
in contemporary Ethiopia are proclaiming that the Japanese kaizen
management strategy (meaning change for better or continuous improvement
involving everyone in the organization) would restore for them the quality
and quantity of their products
Egyptian investor says Ethiopia has every right to construct the Renaissance Dam: Revision
In just about 15 months of studying the possible opportunities here, an Egyptian businessman has seized the advantage to dive into the Ethiopian manufacturing sector:
Alaa El Sakaty is interested in making money by setting up three factories in the Tigray Regional State.
During an exclusive interview he gave to The Reporter, El Sakaty said he is making progress in setting up furniture, electric power transformer and sesame processing factories here. The furniture factory is planned to kick-start production in two months, where chipped-wood production is enormous in the Tigray region. The transformer factory is making its way to finalization, where half of the machineries are already in place, he
2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed hopes after spring
After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration.
The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway.
Africans endangered We are seeing and hearing more tales involving deportation of Africans on planes amid screams and resistance
News from the Middle East concerning the predicament of over 700 black Africans, most of them of South Sudanese and Eritrean origin, facing the prospect of deportation from Israel is a rude
awakening. This comes on the back of violent protests in Tel Aviv in which two black Africans were targeted while driving on the streets of this famous biblical city.
According to estimates the figure of Africans living in Israel either illegally or as asylum seekers is around 60,000.
In Norway, as well as in California, some Anarchists, Muslim Extremists, OLF supporters, Shabiya and others recently blocked the sales of Abay Dam Bonds by force as shown in the videos below. Supporting the Abay Dam has nothing to do with supporting or opposing EPRDF (i.e. the current Government). The Abay Dam will promote economic development in Ethiopia among other things.
Dr. Aberra Molla interview on ETV
The young Aberra Molla demonstrating science to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, the royal family and guests
(1965). ግዕዝ በኮምፕዩተር እንዲሠራ ከፈጠሩት ከዶ/ር ኣበራ ሞላ የግዕዝ ቀለሞች በኣንድና ሁለት መርገጫዎች እንዲከተቡ
የፈጠሩት ኣዲስ ዘዴ ሕዝቡ በነፃ በኣማርኛ እንዲጠቀምበት ኣበርክተዋል። የኣዲስ ኣበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎች ግሩም ኣስተያየትም ኣለበት።በነፃ ድረገጽ ላይ በግዕዝኤዲት ለመጻፍ የሚከተለውን ይጫኑ፦
Ethiopia to Get Chinese Funds for $1 Billion Hydropower Line
By William Davison
Ethiopia will receive funds from China for a transmission line valued at $1 billion that will bring electricity from a hydropower plant to the capital, Addis Ababa according to a government official.
The 619-kilometer (385-mile) link from the 6,000-megawatt Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River will be constructed over the next three years by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology, Deputy Prime Minister of Economy and Finance Debretsion Gebremichael told reporters in Addis Ababa today.
Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's interview with France 24
Source: France 24
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was elected as chairman of the African Union in January. Since then, he has to deal with the war in Mali. After months of fighting, the country still needs the international community’s military support and faces a food crisis. Moreover, Mali has been in political limbo for more than a year.
Hailemariam Desalegn tells Marc Perelman about his efforts to promote the reconciliation process in Mali and help Malians address the root causes of the crisis.
January, Hailo surveyed 200 cab drivers in Boston and found that 60
percent spend between a quarter and half of their shifts without
passengers and many work more than 60 hours a week just to make ends
meet," Beker and Colas wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. "We
believe technology and a service that does not take advantage of drivers
— and only wins when they win — is the key to Boston’s new and
better taxi service."
US-BACKED EGYPT MILITARY "TO CONTROL NILE" | ISRAELI MEDIA
April 23rd, 2013
Egypt's military, financed by the United States, has been preparing for what could be a war for control of the Nile.
Western intelligence sources said the military command has urged President Mohammed Morsi for a buildup meant to block any attempt to divert the Nile. They said the military envisioned a crisis with Ethiopia that could threaten water supplies to Egypt and Sudan.
"For the Egyptian military and government, this is perhaps the most burning security issue today," a source said.
The sources said Morsi has sought to form a military alliance with Sudan to prevent Ethiopia from constructing a dam along the Nile. The Renaissance Dam was meant to draw 84 billion cubic meters of water from the Nile, sufficient for hydroelectric power.
Saudi king removes deputy defense minister in royal reshuffle
By Angus McDowall
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has removed veteran deputy defense minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan from his post, state media reported on Saturday, the latest move in a reshuffle among princes holding government jobs in the U.S.-allied kingdom.
Switches of important posts between princes are closely watched because they indicate possible changes in the line of succession in the monarchy, the dominant power among Gulf Arab states and the world's biggest oil exporter.
Egypt worried over potential negative impact of Ethiopian Dam
A report on the effects of the Ethiopian mega dam on Egypt’s water safety is to be issued late May, government official says
An Egyptian government official said a technical report on the impact of the new Ethiopian mega dam, currently under construction, will reveal the need for Addis Ababa to attend to safety and environmental concerns at the construction process.
The report will also reveal concerns of potential negative influence on Egypt’s share of the Nile Water "depending on the mechanism and time of water storage behind the dam," the government official added.
US Secretary of State Kerry to visit Ethiopia for AU summit
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday revealed he will attend an African Union summit in Ethiopia next month, and said Washington had be more engaged with Africa.
The May 19-27 summit in Addis Ababa will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, the predecessor to the AU.
How Could a Lasting Peace Between Ethiopia and Eritrea Be Achieved?
BY SALIH NUR
Source: Think Africa Press
After more than a decade of low-level hostilities and sour relations, there are signs Eritrea and Ethiopia could be ready to talk again.
It has been over a decade since talks regarding the demarcation of Eritrea-Ethiopia border stalled, and relations between the two long-standing nemeses deteriorated into an effective cold war.
Ethiopia's SouthWest Energy eyes east Africa oil boom
By Michael Kavanagh
SouthWest Energy of Ethiopia aims to be the latest company to profit from east Africa’s oil and gas exploration boom after securing encouraging third-party estimates for the amount of oil contained in its
licenses across the country.
Tewodros Ashenafi, founder and chief executive of SouthWest, said that he expects the release on Monday this week of a report gauging prospective reserves to drive private investor support for the drilling campaign in the Jijiga Basin region.
A gold-robed deacon stood in front of a makeshift altar at the shadowy heart of the nave, clutching a staff as he led the mournful chanting.
Surrounding him was a cluster of white-shawled priests, some holding bibles and candles, others ornate crosses and icons. Around them were throngs of pilgrims, also robed in white, lost in a reverie of chanting and praying.
Egypt, Ethiopia Headed For War Over Water
By: Mustafa al-Labbad Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
In the coming years, Egypt and Ethiopia may be forced to fight a “water war” because Ethiopia’s ambitions contradict Egypt’s historical and legal rights in the Nile waters. Ethiopia can only be deterred by the regional and international balance of powers, which in recent years has favored Ethiopia.
For any Egyptian government, Egypt’s water share and securing the Nile’s headwaters are the top national security priorities, irrespective of the Egyptian government’s ideology or domestic policies. This fact is dictated by geography. For thousands of years, Egyptian rulers have been aware how important water is for Egypt. Water is the lifeline of Egypt (97.5% of Egypt is barren desert). Egyptian rulers have always used any means to defend their country’s historic rights to the Nile waters. As Greek historian Herodotus said, "Egypt is the gift of the Nile.”
Ethiopia, China eye stronger ties
ADDIS ABABA, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia and China on Sunday expressed the hope to lift their cooperation and bilateral relations to a new level.
The two sides exchanged views on the issue during a meeting between Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Chen Fengxiang, deputy head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Chen is here as the head of a CPC delegation attending the 9th Organizational Congress of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), the ruling party in Ethiopia, held in the town of Bahir Dar, some 560 km north of Addis Ababa.
G. E. G.
On this sad day that I read the passing of Chinua Achebe, the great author of Things Fall Apart, I also read with dismay of the Congo rebel leader, General Bosco Ntaganda,* who left for The Hague under the custody of the so called: “International Criminal Court officials” for trial for his acts of genocide and ‘crimes against humanity’. Don’t get me wrong. I have no sympathy for the man and know nothing more about his criminal acts except what has been reported in the media. That being said, I feel sad and ashamed to see African leaders being dragged like sheep and goats and herded into a European prison and put on trial. Is Africa still a colony of Europe?
In the introduction to the Book that Bahru wrote, he succinctly captures the distinct roles Yohannes and Menelik played when the Italians encroached Ethiopia’s northern most territory: “The death of Yohannes meant the fall of the north, for he was ‘the linchpin for the defense of the northern highlands’…When he died at Matamma, the loss of the Marab Mellash, as Eritrea was then known, became almost inevitable. Menilek certainly seems to have come to acquiesce in it, although he made some effort to salvage what he considered essential parts throughout the 1890s.”
Egypt: A Coup In The Wings?
By Conn Hallinan
March 14, 2013
When an important leader of the political opposition hints that a military coup might be preferable to the current chaos, and when a major financial organization proposes an economic program certain to spark a social explosion, something is afoot. Is Egypt being primed for a coup?
It is hard to draw any other conclusion given the demands the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is making on the government of President Mohamed Morsi: regressive taxes, massive cuts in fuel subsidies, and hard-edged austerity measures whose weight will overwhelmingly fall on Egypt's poor.
Ethiopia: A Potentially Golden Block on East Africa’s Tertiary Rift
Posted On : March 7th, 2013
The terms would be fairly attractive, with the Ethiopian state taking 10% of any discovery. Tullow and partners plan to build a total of 11 wells in what is labeled the Kenya-Ethiopia Frontier Basin. Three of those wells will be in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia also has an estimated 3.89 billion tons of oil shale (enough to produce about one trillion barrels of oil, roughly) in Tigray
State, on the border with Eritrea. It is also believed to have around 100-120 million tons of oil shale in the
Egyptians were Dark Black Africans – The Evidence
March 19th, 2013
By Black T Bvumavaranda
Could the great and mighty Pharaohs of Egypt be actually Zimbabweans, or South Africans? Well, here is the evidence:
While the contemporary world has ordinarily portrayed Egyptians as being inclined to Arab descendancy, a little has been said in history about the overwhelming evidence pointing to the majority of the Egyptians that lived during the biblical days, the days of the construction phase of the pyramids as well as the most interesting historical phase of Egypt. These were dark black Africans as noted from irrefutable pieces of evidence in art, paintings and many other Egyptian features that occupy their culture and museum buildings.
The black man on the bus, they pat him on the head and push him in the back. They make jokes about his pronunciation of the name of the market he is going to. He sits still, waiting for the humiliation to pass.A Somali man gets beaten at the bus station because he allegedly stole something. He doesn’t fight back, but cries. Passersby look the other way.
Minutes later, a woman is ignored by the bus driver because he doesn’t want Africans onboard. She patiently waits for the next bus.
Discontent at the Top: Mismatching Disjointed Eritrea
March 15th, 2013
On 21st January, 2013, something momentous that the opposition was hoping for took place in Asmara: about one hundred soldiers, supported with two tanks, took over the Ministry of Information and were able to broadcast two demands: the implementation of the constitution and the release of political prisoners. After that, EriTv went non-operational for hours. We also know that soon after the occupation of the Ministry, the mutinous soldiers were surrounded by loyal troops, a standoff that allegedly set the context for “negotiation”. There was also additional news that, in the end, the leaders of the insurgency attempted an escape, which was reported both in opposition and regime sources, with some variations on the details of the fate the escapees. The rest of the information still remains scant and obscure.
Development Improves in Ethiopia, But Just Slightly
By Martha van der Wolf
ADDIS ABABA — The United Nations Development Program has released its 2013 Human Development Index. Despite recent economic growth, Ethiopia is still near the bottom of the index.
Ethiopia ranks 173 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index 2013, unveiled by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, on Friday.
The Index is part of the Human Development Report that is presented annually and measures life expectancy, income and education in countries around the world.
Dear Mr. Gorfu:
Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.
CHINESE RAIL IN ETHIOPIA TO REPLACE HISTORIC FRENCH LINE DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (AFP) - Camels rather than locomotives lumber over the railway tracks in this remote desert, famously traversed by storied French adventurers Arthur Rimbaud and Henry de Monfreid in the early 20th century.
The old French-built railway that connected Addis Ababa, the capital of landlocked Ethiopia, to the Red Sea port of Djibouti, is now being replaced by a Chinese-built electrified railway, a bold project that seeks to boost Ethiopia's commercial exports.
Mining to be Ethiopian economic backbone
TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – Sub-Saharan Africa was at the fore of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s 2013 show, with projects from West, Central and Southern Africa firing the imagination of many delegates and even grabbing several headlines. But another region worthy of close attention is Ethiopia.
Aid Worker Diaries - Resilience in Ethiopia – treating the root causes of hunger and poverty
By Pankaj Kumar
Selecting beneficiaries for any resilience project is always difficult. But one of the basic principles is that women, children, orphans and the elderly should be near the top of the queue. In Ethiopia, with its high population density, land shortages and rain failure, Concern Worldwide started to tackle food insecurity in Amhara region back in December 2011. Among those it targeted were women and members of female-headed households.
Ethiopia: The First Christian Nation?
By Brendan Pringle
For centuries, historians have widely accepted the argument that Armenia was the first Christian nation. This important claim has become a source of national pride for Armenians and has remained virtually undisputed for centuries -- until now
Expanding Ethiopia’s Impressive Successes in Health
Source: World Bank
ADDIS ABABA—The road to Dongore Difurda, a kebele or locality in Ethiopia’s large Oromia state, runs east from Addis Ababa. It is congested with traffic heading to Djibouti and the coast. About 125 km along this road, a vehicle would have to turn off onto an unmarked dirt track, passing donkey carts and grazing camels to reach the main village nestled beneath a low hill.
I read your comments as reported in the Sudan Tribune of Feb. 27, 2013 where you accused Ethiopia of posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan. Where did these Nile water rights come from? Are you referring to the Treaty of 1929 where your Colonial Master of the time, Britain, gave rights to waters it did not own? If so, Your Excellency needs to know, as Ethiopia was neither a colony nor a protectorate of Britain, the issue is moot. But that is not why I am writing to Your Excellency.
Ethiopia and Kenya: An ideological competition between two diametrically opposed economic models
ETHIOPIAN BORDER GUARDS at the arrivals terminal in Metema check every passport against a handwritten list of undesirables to be kept out. This a country in which the state knows best. That may be tiresome for visitors, but it has made Ethiopia one of Africa’s development stars. A newly built road leading away from the border is surrounded by intensively farmed fields of sesame, Ethiopia’s second-biggest export after coffee. Golden bundles of harvested stalks sit on fields flanked by streams. It is a long time since famine-struck 1984, when Bob Geldof sang about the country “where nothing ever grows / No rain or rivers flow / Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?”
with much less global attention.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has elected Abune Matthias as its new patriarch, replacing Abune Paulos, who died of an undisclosed illness last August after leading the church since 1992.
(‘Abune’ means ‘Our Father’ in the Ethiopian language.) Daniel Sefermikael, a church official, said Matthias received a majority of votes -- 500 out of 806 -- cast by church members in Ethiopia and elsewhere, Agence France Presse reported.
The 71-year-old Matthias, who fled Ethiopia after a military coup by Hailemariam Mengistu in 1974, has
traveled throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America in exile for decades. He will now settle in his homeland to run the church.
Aynaw, who came to Israel with her family when she was 12, was entered into the competition by a friend, and had no previous modeling experience.
She said during the competition that she hoped to go into modeling “to change attitudes to dark-skinned models. I’d love to become the first Israeli (TV) host, the Tyra Banks of Israel.”
Interviewed on Thursday, Aynaw, who served as an officer during her military service, said her integration into Israeli society had been greatly eased because she had been “thrown into the deep end” in the state school system, “and I learned to swim,” rather than placed in separate Ethiopians-only classes.
Ethiopia's economy benefits from returning diaspora
By Anders Kelto, PRI's The World;
February 28, 2013
At a salon in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, customer Erica Kanesa relaxes in a leather chair.
“I’m just doing manicure and pedicure,” she says, leaning her head back while a beautician works on her nails.
Spa businesses in Ethiopia are thriving because the country’s middle class is expanding, and also because of the efforts of one man.
Tadios Getaco Belete was born in Ethiopia, but – like many – he fled in the 1970s when an oppressive communist government took over. He settled in the United States and eventually opened a successful salon in an upscale part of Boston.
February 26, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – A senior Saudi Arabian official unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and
"The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam," the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo.
"Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other Nile Basin countries and the establishment of the dam 12 kilometers from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security "the Saudi official said.
Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan (Al-Riyadh)
Defining Heroism Asghedom G. Michael, PhD
This is a historic narrative of an encounter. I met two American individuals of Ethiopian-Amhara origin at a prestigious international conference. From the abstracts of their papers, I had deduced that they were economists of high
caliber. By age, they are my seniors. In our Ethiopian-traditional way, I introduced myself to each of them as a Canadian of Ethiopian-Tigraian origin. We arranged a dinner evening together. A lot of issues on sustainable development were glossed over during the casual-dinner-table conversations. But, they twisted the conversation into polemics that tended to demean Tigraians and to undermine Woyane’s contributions to modern Ethiopia’s nationhood. They tried, but failed. Knowing that chauvinism is a genetic disease that does not have a cure, I maintained my cool headedness and listened, with minimum interruptions.
Eritreans in Sweden targeted for extortion
23 Feb 13 10:10 CET
Two men and one woman have been arrested in Stockholm on suspicion of blackmail and conspiring to commit murder in a case believed to be connected to the Eritrean regime's systematic oppression of Eritreans living in exile.
The three suspects allegedly presented extortion demands from kidnappers in Egypt and told their victims that their relatives would be killed unless they paid huge sums for their release.
The threats persisted for weeks until the three were arrested earlier this week
Italy invaded Ethiopia following the 1935-36 Ethio-Italian war. Ato
Belai’s love and devotion to all things Ethiopian were boundless. Even
during his retirement, he continued to champion and to fight for Ethiopian
cause. He was an ardent advocate for Ethiopia’s sovereignty and
territorial integrity. He was
convinced that the Port of Assab and the adjoining area have been integral
part of Ethiopia for centuries. He wrote a number of monographs to
elucidate his position. May he rest in peace.
Investment in Tigrai, Gold mining
Tigray Resources Inc Acquires Option on Adyabo Licenses. Adyabo is in western Tigrai where there is huge deposit
The ties between the Land of Israel and Ethiopia are as old as the Bible itself from the marriage of Moses to a woman from the land of Cush (Numbers 12:1) to the Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-13).
Whether or not that visit resulted in a son named Menelik, as is the tradition of Ethiopian Jews, or whether Judaism arrived in Ethiopia later, what is certain is that this is the oldest Diaspora community practicing a Torah Judaism that pre-dates Rabbinic Judaism.
Ghelawdewos Araia’s New Book 2013 Release
Democracy, Devolution of Power, and The Developmental State
Note: The Book is a comprehensive survey of democracy, devolution of power, and the developmental state in Ethiopia and critical and comparative analyses of contemporary Ethiopian politics and development programs as indicated in the various chapters. The seventeen chapters of the book are designed to cater scholarly research methodologies and paradigms for academic circles and to serve as handbook for politicians, policymakers as well as political scientists and political economists.
Egypt and Sudan are utterly dependent on the waters of the Nile River. Over the past century both of these desert countries have built several dams and reservoirs, hoping to limit the ravages of droughts and floods which have so defined their histories. Now Ethiopia, one of eight upriver states and the source of most of the Nile waters, is building the largest dam in Africa. Located on the Blue Nile twenty five miles from the Ethiopian border with Sudan, the Grand Renaissance Dam begins a new chapter in the long, bellicose history of debate on the ownership of the Nile waters, and its effects for the entire region could be profound.
Note: Ayte Abebe (Radio
Degen) speaks on very many levels to all
political leaders and such people may have attached a different
significance to his theory. To me whether I agree or disagree as a fellow
Tigrean who has concern, I will post it as a caution of what must not be
stifled in his free speech. It is a moral imperative for me not to silence
him by failing to post his theory. As Ethiopians, in particular as Tegaru,
we should be able to respect each other’s opinions and unite on common
ground defending our heritage from hate mongers who made a career to
destabilize our Ethiopia.
Fully convinced that the Japanese kaizen management model would be an effective strategy for latecomers like Ethiopia to industrialization and realizing that the contribution of the manufacturing sector to GDP is only about 5 %, employees of thirty pilot companies from Ethiopia were sent to Japan. Chapter 8 therefore reviews the literature and develops a conceptual framework for assessing the transferability of the Japanese “kaizen” management techniques to manufacturing plants in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia Coaxes Investors as It Struggles to Finance Growth Plan
Ethiopia’s government plans to attract more foreign investment and boost domestic savings as it struggles to finance infrastructure and other development projects, State Minister of Finance Abraham Tekeste said.
The government is seeking “concessional loans” from development banks for roads and power lines and is “aggressively promoting” investment from Europe and the Middle East, Abraham said in an interview in the capital, Addis Ababa. Natural resources, improving infrastructure and cheap labor and power mean there are “bankable” opportunities in areas such as chemicals and agro-processing, he said.
IBM in Ethiopia: it's all about data
By Katrina Manson
The link between one of the world’s most powerful corporate leaders and a small bank in Ethiopia might not be immediately obvious. In this case, it’s an IBM server, which powers Awash International Bank. But soon it could be a lot more if Ginni Rometty (pictured) has anything to do with it.
Rometty, IBM’s chief executive, is spending a week in Africa with her top 15 executives. It’s the first time so many of them have been in one place outside New York. It’s also the first time IBM has convened its chief executives from all over the continent.
Life in an Ethiopian palace full of African leaders
Source: Africa Report
At the Sheraton Addis Ababa, in the Ethiopian capital, Heads of State, diplomats and government officials exchanged pleasantries, talking about issues, as those at diplomatic loggerheads busily avoided each other.
Indulging in the padded lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa, the President of Benin and outgoing president of the African Union, Boni Yayi - in spite of the seemingly omnipresent Malian crisis and the 2013 African Cup of Nations - could not be missed.
Why Election Boycott Is a Suicidal Idea and a Surer Road to Political Extinction
By Tesfaye Habisso,
The purpose of this brief paper is to show the futility and failure of electoral boycotts by opposition parties in Ethiopia to bring about the desired outcome (pressure the ruling party to agree on political concessions or force regime change, etc.) or make any meaningful impact on the political process due to the existence of over 75 organizationally and financially weak and fragmented political groups which have so far played an inconsequential role in the national and regional parliaments [legislature] as well as in the government [executive branch] and the judiciary at the federal and regional levels of the nation’s political system as they have so far failed to win any worthwhile victory in the periodic elections since the birth of the FDRE Constitution in 1994/95.
The latest barrage and curse against the people of Tigray is fomented by a group of Ethiopians who run and manage the so-called Ethiopian Satellite Television or ESAT. This media, almost always, attacks Tigrayans and it looks that its mission is to mobilize other Ethiopians against Tigrayans, but
ESAT is more of an empty kettle than a mobilizing force.
Most importantly, why is it that these Diaspora Ethiopian groupings (which by the way are a minority vis-à-vis other Ethiopians in Ethiopia and outside Ethiopia) are so much focused on Tigray and Tigrayans? What could be the real cause for the Tigray phobia? The bottom line, it seems to me, is the power nexus, and the cynical Ethiopian Diaspora is troubled by the fact that Tigrayans have captured the helm of power politics in the Ethiopian state.
Re: What language should Ethiopians speak? Fiseha Haftetsion January 31, 2013
I am writing this piece in response to Dr. Ghelawdewos Araya’s article entitled “what language should Ethiopians speak?” published on June 4, 2012 by
www.africanidea.org that was inspired, as he said, by my draft article entitled “choosing a working language in multiethnic nations: rethinking Ethiopia’s working language policy”.
Dr. Ghelawdewos’s article incorporates well-articulated multifaceted issues in relation to choosing a common language in diverse countries such as Ethiopia. The central theme of his article is, however, to retain the status quo in Ethiopia i.e. Amharic and only Amharic should remain the working language of the federal government of Ethiopia. He even said Amharic should remain the working language of Ethiopia.
smith January 28, 2013
Shocking news has emerged from Israel, where journalists have been exploring why the birth rate among Ethiopian Jews living in Israel appears to be on the decline. Thousands of Jews of Ethiopian origin live and work in Israel, and evidence shows the immigrant women among them were coerced into taking Depo-Provera, a long-acting birth control medication designed to prevent pregnancy for up to three months. Women were told that they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the country without the injection, and once in Israel, many of them continued to use it.
G. E. Gorfu
The sharp increase in population over the last few decades can be seen in the exponential graph Fig. 1. Clearly, this is
unsustainable. It is easy to understand why this has come about. Many advances in human technology, from improved
agriculture to strides in medical and pharmaceutical sciences have allowed human beings to increase in numbers never
imagined in the time of Rev. Malthus, a mere two hundred and fifty years ago.
A mutiny in Eritrea went almost completely unnoticed when renegade troops staged one of the strongest challenges yet to the country’s authoritarian rule.
On Monday, a group of soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information, briefly taking over the state-run television service in an apparent rebellion, which failed. They called for a change in the constitution and the release of political prisoners. Rights groups say up to 10,000 are being held.
Four F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. this morning, bound for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package critics say should have been scrapped when the nation elected a president who has called
President Obama a liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children.
A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes to FoxNews.com. Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given to the Egyptian government before the end of the year under a foreign aid deal signed in 2010 with then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime U.S. ally.
Eritrea says 'all calm' after Asmara mutiny By AFP | Tuesday, January 22 2013
The statement also reportedly ordered the release of prisoners of conscience.
However, while the state-run Eri-TV television and radio broadcasts were taken off air Monday, they had resumed broadcasting on Tuesday, several sources said.
"Eri-TV, under regime loyalists, has resumed broadcasting live," added the Awate website. "All ministry of Information employees have been released."
campaigning for the last year, inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, phoning households in the
country that has been in the grip of its leader Isaias Afewerki since independence from
neighboring Ethiopia in 1991. The young campaigners were asking citizens to stay home on Friday afternoons to protest against the dictatorship. The country has been in clutch of fear, while journalists, church leaders, writers, politicians and ordinary citizens have been locked up in jails. The country even scores below North Korea in terms of press freedom.
Coup Attempt Is Said to Fail in Eritrea By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN New York
GARSEN, Kenya — Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa that is one of the most secretive and repressive countries in the world, was cast into confusion on Monday after mutinous soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and took over the state-run television service, apparently in a coup attempt.
According to several people with close contacts inside Eritrea, the coup attempt failed, with government troops quelling the would-be rebellion and no one rising up in the streets. But many analysts said it was only a matter of time before President Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s brash and steely leader for the past 20 years, is overthrown — and most likely from within.
Eritrea: 'Troops deployed' in Asmara
Reports from Eritrea say a group of about 200 soldiers backed by tanks have surrounded the ministry of information in the capital,
Asmara. State TV has also reportedly been taken off air in what some have described as a coup attempt.
The city is said to be calm with no shots having been fired. Eritrea's government has been
criticized by human rights activists as one of the world's most repressive and closed countries.
The websites of key Eritrean state and ruling party media are currently operating erratically, with the site for the ruling People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) party inaccessible.
military coup in Eritrea shuts down state TV: reports | Al Bawaba
Diaspora Contribution to Ethiopia’s Development IDEA Editorial January 18, 2013
The present generation of Ethiopia is challenged by a calling from the
motherland, not to cash-in but to pitch-in for the development of the
country, and as Frantz Fanon once aptly put it, “each generation must,
out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it or betray
Every year we have the opportunity to read Forbes “the World’s Most Powerful People” list which is showing us who, by Forbes opinion, is the most powerful in the world. However, as years goes by this list is becoming more of a comic story then the reality. Somehow Forbes cannot accept the reality that there is no definition or criteria to determine the most powerful person in the world.
Aid to Ethiopia: British MP responds to Guardian article
Published in The Guardian
Your report (Report, 10 January) accusing the government of funding the Liyu police force is misleading. Not a penny of British money will go to the Liyu force. We take human rights extremely seriously and
recognize that reform of the special police is critical for achieving a safe and secure Somali region. That's why we are discussing with UN partners how we might work together to improve the police's human rights record.
A crumbling nation and a tragedy Ghirmay Yeibio,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. January 2013
The premise that Eritrea was annexed and colonized by Ethiopia is highly contentious. Colonialism involves; geographic occupation, socio-economic domination, transfer of population to a new territory as permanent settlers, the subjugation of one people by another, outright enslavement, forced assimilation, exploitation of cheap labor, economic exploitation of natural resources, and creation of new markets for the colonizing nation. Did the above happen to Eritrea when it was part of Ethiopia ? These are serious questions that need to be addressed.
Ethiopia’s Expanding Sectors Prone to Corruption
By Martha van der Wolf
ADDIS ABABA — A new study says the fastest-growing sectors of Ethiopia's economy, such as telecommunications, land management and construction, are prone to corruption. A study conducted by the World Bank and the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was made public on Friday.
At the same time, the study praises Ethiopia for its generally low levels of corruption compared to other low-income countries.
Rupert Bladon of the World Bank says fast growing sectors are more vulnerable to corruption but that steps can be taken to reduce the practice.
Ethiopia to Push Health Scorecard for African Continent
Marthe Van Der Wolf VOA
January 12, 2013
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The Ethiopian government wants a uniform health evaluation process to be introduced in all of Africa to help reduce child deaths. The idea will be recommended during an upcoming African Child Survival Conference.
One goal of the United Nation's millennium development project is to reduce the child mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa by two-thirds by 2015. So far the reduction has been 39%. Ethiopia stands out because it already has reached a 60% reduction in the mortality rate of children under five years old. The country is hosting a conference on child survival and will suggest ways to achieve a two-thirds goal.
ETHIOPIA: Concerns over HIV/AIDS funding cuts
ADDIS ABABA, 9 January 2013 (PlusNews) - Major projected cuts in US government funding for Ethiopia’s health sector could greatly undermine the progress the country has made in the fight against HIV, authorities and experts say.“There’s an AIDS spending cliff in Ethiopia, and the government is already in free fall. Next year, Ethiopia will experience a 79 percent reduction in US HIV financing from PEPFAR [the US President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief],” wrote Amanda Glassman, a director at Global Health Policy and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.
Ethiopian government officials, however, told IRIN/PlusNews that, while they were concerned about the funding cuts, they had been expecting them.
smart phone and tablet launched
By BBC |
Friday, December 28 2012 at 14:06
A smart phone and tablet said to be the first designed by an African company have been launched.
The products, designed by Congolese entrepreneur Verone Mankou, are manufactured in China.
His company VMK's devices run Google's Android software. They will retail at $170 for the smartphone and $300 for the tablet.
"Only Africans can know what Africa needs," said Mr Mankou at the Tech4Africa conference in Johannesburg.
Ethiopia welcomes Chinese manufacturers to take on a larger presence
Source: China Daily
As China's labor, manufacturing and resources costs continue to rise, Ethiopia, one of the least-developed countries in the world is hoping Chinese companies will consider opening more factories there.
"China is one of our country's main donors in building infrastructure, a big constructor and a major technology provider," said Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopian ambassador to China. "But China will also be a major factory owner in Ethiopia and a big market for products made in Ethiopia in the future.
New UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea urges Government to cooperate
GENEVA (21 December 2012) – The newly-appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea, Beedwantee
Keetharuth, on Friday urged the Eritrean authorities to cooperate with her mandate, as required by the UN Human Rights Council.
“I hope that the Eritrean Government would consider the mandate of the Special Rapporteur as an opportunity to start a fresh and constructive dialogue on human rights issues that have been raised by the international community and other stakeholders,” Ms. Keetharuth said. She also noted that the primary concern of the Special Rapporteur is to provide an objective, fair and impartial picture of human rights in Eritrea.
Executive Director Michel Sidibé congratulated the country on the
dramatic decline in new HIV infections it has achieved during the past ten
years on 17 December, while on an official visit to Ethiopia. Between 2001
and 2011, the rate of new HIV infections in Ethiopia among adults has been
reduced by 90%
history of Mali is inextricably concatenated to the history of ancient
Ghana (not to be confused with present-day Ghana), Songhay, and
Kanem-Borno, civilizations that thrived in Western Africa between 700 and
1500 CE. These civilizations were collectively known as the Niger Valley
civilizations, and Mali was at the center of all this.
Report: Israel operating spy bases in Eritrea
Stratff or intelligence group: Israel's presence in Eritrea is very focused and precise, involving intelligence gathering in the Red Sea and monitoring Iran's activities • Eritrea wants to use Israel to influence the United States — an ally of both Israel and Ethiopia — in decisions regarding Eritrea on the international stage.
Israel Hayom Staff
According to Stratfor, Israel has a clandestine presence in and around Massawa. |Photo credit: Google Maps
Israel is operating an intelligence gathering base in the East African nation of Eritrea to monitor Iran's activities in the Red Sea, the Stratfor Global Intelligence company revealed Tuesday.
The company says it uses a unique, intelligence-based approach to gathering information via open-source monitoring and a global network of human contacts.
For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and they that are led by them are destroyed.
Isaiah 9:16 (KJV)
On the 19th of November, 2012 and 23 November, 2012 Asmarino.com run a couple of articles entitled Asmara’s Crumbling Buildings: Let the pictures speak - Part I and Part II which showed the pitiful state of disrepair that the city of Asmara is in today. Like all things in Eritrea, the pictures do show that the land and people of Eritrea are on the verge of demise with no or little hope of rescue. The writer Bana, from Asmara (which by the way I would like to congratulate for the excellent expose, and a job well done) describes the total destruction this way:-
By Tesfaye Habisso, 10/12/ 2012
On November 29, 2012, in accordance with the FDRE’s Constitution *Art. 74 (2)], PM Haile Mariam Desalegn submitted for approval to the House of Peoples’ Representatives *National Parliament or legislative body] five nominees for ministerial posts with the aim of filling vacant ministerial positions, ensuring party loyalty and previously agreed upon ‘ethnic representation’ of the dominant ruling elites in the EPRDF coalition government, and guaranteeing collective responsibility and effective leadership, managerial continuity, competence and administrative capacity of the cabinet that he inherited from his former mentor and role model, the late PM Meles Zenawi.
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MELES ZENAWI
African Development: Dead Ends and New Beginnings, by Meles Zenawi. Unpublished Masters Dissertation: Erasmus University, Rotterdam,
Alex de Waal*
Alex de Waal (Alex.DeWaal@tufts.edu) is Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Meles did not hide his views, but neither did he ever fully present his theory of the ‘democratic developmental state’ to an international audience. Over nearly 25 years, I was fortunate to be able to discuss political economy with him regularly, including critiquing his incomplete and unpublished master's dissertation. During this time, his thinking evolved, but his basic principles and sensibilities remained constant.
World leaders have lauded Meles' economic achievements without acknowledging their theoretical basis. Human rights organizations have decried his political record as though he were a routine despot with no agenda other than hanging on to power. Reviewing his writings on the developmental state, this essay shows the unity of his theory and practice.
MENA Region Intelligence Manager, Max Security Solutions
Co-authored by Jay Radzinski and Nimrod Asulin.
"He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience." So noted British novelist William Golding a century ago; and his saying has clearly taken root in Beijing today. Under the radar of the Western world, China has patiently established its influence among Africa's emerging powerhouses, setting its sights on the continent's most contested resource: The Nile River. Amidst the decline of Egypt and the rise of Ethiopia, China has managed to manipulate a long-brewing conflict between Africa's two major powers to its benefit, slowly replacing the West as the continent's new kingmaker.
Talk to Al Jazeera - Can Ethiopia and Eritrea finally find peace?
After decades of hostility between the two countries, Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia's new prime minister, explains why he would be willing to talk to the Eritrean president. He also discusses his plans to move Ethiopia and the region forward.
If there was no distance in between the worlds of the “colonizer” and the “colonized” to begin with to justify the revolution, the ghedli generation had to invent it, with all the horrible price the Eritrean people were made to pay to maintain such a fabricated distance. In the last five decades, the fight against gravity has been going on relentlessly: whenever the direction seemed to point to the starting point (the normal world of the people), an unusual violence was needed to straighten it out for the abnormal ghedli journey to continue.To prove that independence, as in separation, doesn’t necessarily lead to a good end, one need only point to the current sad state of Eritrea. And when it comes to the unity of a nation, if two (or more) major population groups that make up the nation don’t get along (so much so that they keep hampering each other’s freedom, security, prosperity, happiness and fulfillment in ways that are irreconcilable)
Eritrea/Uganda: Eritrean National Football Team Defects to Uganda
By Michel Arseneault, 3 December 2012
Eritrea's entire national football team has defected while on a visit to Uganda, according to one of the players.
The footballer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told RFI that 17 footballers and the team doctor are hiding in Kampala.
"Everybody has to stay in secure places because the Eritrean government is searching for us," he said. "The Eritrean
embassy in Uganda are trying to find us." The team member said the group could make an asylum claim on Thursday.
He said he had decided to flee Eritrea because of its many problems, citing the government of President Isaias Afeworki as "the main problem" and accusing it of failing to respect human rights and having a compulsory and extensive programme of military training.
The latest quarterly statistics from the Communications Commission of Kenya, indicate that the number of Kenyans accessing the Internet daily stands at 10.2 million people, 18 percent above the previous quarter’s numbers. It is this growth in digital usage that one of the world’s leading African B2B portals, Africa Business Pages, has launched a digital platform for Africa’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), dubbed ‘Getting African Businesses Online’.
The unveiling of this initiative means African businesses will have the opportunity to create their own websites and develop an online presence, for free, under the sub domain
The Egyptian Air Force is the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world, mustering about 195 F-16s of 220 ordered. Their overall fighter fleet is a mix of high-end F-16s and Mirage 2000s, low-end Chinese F-7s (MiG-21 copy) bought from the Chinese, a few F-4 Phantom II jets, and upgraded but very aged Soviet MiG-21s and French Mirage 5s
Yohannes IV of Ethiopia crowned January 12 Born
the son of Mercha the Shum of Tembien and his wife Woizero Silass Dimtsu (Amata
Selassie) of Enderta, Dejazmatch Kassai could claim Solomonic
blood through the line of his paternal grandmother
Queen Sheba Schools
Alumni Association and Friends - International is holding a fundraising
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