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The National Railway Network of Ethiopia (NRNE
The Ethiopian Railways Corporation has identified eight railway corridors for study, design and subsequent implementation, the total estimated length with buffer of which is some 5060km. The eight railway routes are:

Christian Calendar 
November 28, 2012
An Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City, Vatican

Your Holiness, 
Benedict argues Christian calendar based on miscalculation 
Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, reportedly argues in his new book that Jesus was born earlier than previously believed, which means that the Christian calendar based on the year of his birth is off by several years. The Christian calendar was created by an Eastern European monk named Dionysius Exiguus. He invented the now commonly used Anno Domini (A.D.) era, which counts years based on the birth of Jesus. He came up with this concept in the year 525, or, 525 years after the birth of Jesus. “The calculation of the beginning of our calendar – based on the birth of Jesus – was made by Dionysius Exiguus, who made a mistake in his calculations by several years,” Pope Benedict XVI writes. “The actual date of Jesus’ birth was several years before.” The Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation because Jesus was born sometime between 7 B.C. and 2 B.C.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Changes Cabinet to Give Ethnic Balance
By William Davison - Nov 29, 2012

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn appointed two new deputy premiers to share the leadership of the government between the four ethnic-based parties of the Horn of Africa nation’s ruling coalition. 
The second and third deputies are Muktar Kedir, a former adviser to the prime minister and leading member of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organization, and Information Technology Minister Debretsion Gebremichael, who is also deputy chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Hailemariam told lawmakers today in the capital, Addis Ababa. Demeke Mekonnen, the education minister and leader of the Amhara National Democratic Movement, was appointed as a deputy prime minister in September. 

The Continuing Saga of Globalism: Comparing Ethiopia’s Developmental State Strategies to those of Malaysia, Part II 
Desta, Asayehgn Ph.D. Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development 
Dominican University of California. 

Using the conceptual framework of a developmental state, forwarded by the Economic Commission for Africa, it was found that Ethiopia’s democratic developmental state is unique and operates differently from the Malaysian developmental state model. Economically, Ethiopia has recorded staggering economic growth since it adopted the developmental state. The Malaysian developmental state was developed to be market-oriented and as a result Malaysia’s GDP grew at 5.23 percent from 2005-2011. Malaysia’s incidence of poverty declined from 49% in 1970 to less than 5% in 2000. Ethiopia has focused on a planned developmental state, without speeding the direction of industrialization, and has achieved an average 9.9 percent growth rate in GDP from 2005-2011.

Ethiopia: Meles rules from beyond the grave, but for how long? 
René Lefort 26 November 2012

Meles Zenawi, the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, has been dead for around three months. But the “Melesmania” personality cult, though discreet in his lifetime, shows no sign of fading. From giant portraits in the streets to stickers on the windscreens of almost any vehicle, a smiling Meles is still everywhere.  The sudden death of Meles shook the whole of Ethiopia. The shock quickly gave way to fear of an unknown and threatening future.

The Zenawi Doctrine: Deter, Contain, Isolate - Part I 
Sunday, 25 November 2012 23:24 Seyoum Tesfaye 

The Zenawi Doctrine: Deter, Contain, Isolate - Part I
Whether or not post-Meles Ethiopia will follow the latter trajectory has yet to be seen. But if the intense and massive outpouring of national grief and the overriding thematic articulation and reaffirmation to continue the path of the Prim-Minister’s vision is indicative of what will follow it is unlikely that the general direction of Ethiopia’s political and economic transformation grand vision will be scaled down or abandoned. The domestic policy under the present ruling party most likely will stay the course and register double digit economical development and accelerate the modernization of Ethiopia.

Eritrea half a century misery no end in sight
Written Ghirmay Yeibio June 2 2012

The Eritrean struggle from inception was not a struggle for democracy, justice and lasting peace. The heinous and perpetual crime perpetuated by the fronts on the people in the 30 years of its journey and which has been continued with greater intensity since independence for the last 20 years, points to one and only one direction. This so called independence struggle was designed to create a fiefdom for the leaders of the fronts like Isayas by subjugating the Eritrean people. Eritreans were helpless outsiders who were used as tools and cannon fodder towards achieving this end. This might look like a farfetched conspiracy theory, but believe it or not it is; and step by step we are witnessing its implementation. 

Nigeria : Nigerian students solve power shortages with urine
25 November 2012

It’s ironic that Nigeria, Africa’s leading oil producer, suffers from frequent fuel and power shortages. But four school girls have found a solution from an unlikely source: urine. By Sam Olukoya in Lagos 

Four students in Nigeria have developed an electricity generator powered by urine.
Sam Olukoya

Nigeria's urine generator
Most Nigerians have to rely on generators because of the epileptic power supply. Many businesses have also closed down because they cannot afford to buy expensive fuel from the black market to power their generators.

How Ethiopia Lost Control of Its Teff Genetic Resources
(12.11.2012) In 2005, Ethiopia concluded an agreement with the Dutch company HPFI, sharing its teff genetic resources in return for a part of the benefits that would be achieved from developing teff products for the European market.
In the end, Ethiopia received practically no benefits. Instead, due to a broad patent and a questionable bankruptcy, it lost its right to utilize and reap benefits from its own teff genetic resources in the countries where the patent is valid. Through their in-depth analysis of the course of events with regard to the Teff Agreement and the related patent on the processing of teff flour, Andersen and Winge attempt to extract lessons to ensure that future access and benefit-sharing agreements will have better prospects of success. They also provide recommendations for the implementation of the CBD. Some of the main conclusions can be summarized.

The Brand of Ethiopia
November 21, 2012
By Gabrielle. Photos by Diana Prichard.
I’ve got a big post for you today. I’m going to talk to you about branding. And J.Crew scarves. And then I’m going to ask you to sign a petition. But first, I’ve got a beautiful video that ONE made of our week in Ethiopia (spoiler: I cry in the video).

Ethiopia on track to complete first mega-dams by 2015-minister
* Mega dam along Nile River to generate 6,000 MW
* Plans to spend over $12 bln and produce 40,000 MW by 2035\
* Hopes to become Africa's biggest power exporter
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's energy minister played down concerns on Monday about how it would finance the first of an array of mega-dams due to revolutionized east African power markets, saying it was on track to have three plants on line by 2015.

Revised Final Draft

Sustainable Bioenergy Policy Framework in Africa: Toward Energy Security and Sustainable Livelihoods Prepared for the: FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION (FSSDD)
Mersie Ejigu Executive Director

The Nile, Egypt's lifeline in the desert, comes under threat
Poor African capitals are increasingly challenging Cairo for the river's water, without which Egypt's economy would wither and die.
By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2012

CAIRO — Overwhelmed by cascading economic and political problems since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, this nation teeters from within even as it biggest threat may lie hundreds of miles away in the African highlands. Buried in the headlines is the future of the Nile River — and thus the fate of Egypt itself.

Mechanisms to impede some individuals: Pitiable and deplorable tendencies to retard Ethiopian Diaspora’s Initiatives
Tezera Asegu –London-UK
The Diaspora communities and all Ethiopian around the globe have to be as gallant as our ancestors who clogged down existing differences and gaps in the time when internal and external enemies trying to betray our country’s dignity, freedom, and unity. The Ethiopian government unwavering initiative to empower the new blood and generation has to be implemented in Diaspora. Those who are still maneuvering the Diaspora initiatives and activities for long have to be replaced by those innovative, vibrant and farsighted youths

Congratulations President Barack Obama on Your Re-Election: What You Need to Do Now!
IDEA Editorial
November 7, 2012

You must, this time, dedicate your commitment to Africa, a continent that has tremendous potential and yet that suffers from many development-related setbacks 

Image: President Obama waving to supporters in Chicago after his victory speech (© Somodevilla/Getty Images) and economic challenges, fostered by the domestic and international parameters. There is no doubt that Africa will re-emerge and would become a force to be reckoned with, but it needs a little help from the United States at a time when it is staggering to meet the preconditions for development. It is inevitable that the US would countenance a conjuncture in its involvement in Africa, but if America is sincere in its engagement in the continent, the latter’s re-emergence would be inexorable and a remarkable fit in human history.

The Viability of a Democratic Developmental State for Africa 
In an Era of Economic Globalization

Asayehgn Desta, Ph.D., Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Economic Development Dominican University of California

Despite the implementation of several economic development blueprints in Africa for the last 60 years, the poverty rate of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) has increased from two hundred million in 1981 to almost three hundred eighty million in 2005. Entrepreneurial creativity and ingenuity were stifled and a number of African states became unstable when ruled by despotic rulers. To revitalize Africa’s development process in the 21st century, researchers have proposed at least two perspectives to consider. First, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has challenged the African states to refute the intolerable conditions required by the Neo-liberal policies of the Washington Consensus to borrow capital from the International Monetary Fund, which over the years has submerged African countries into a deep chasm of economic crises. Instead, the Economic Commission for Africa has encouraged the African countries to emulate the Malaysia developmental state, along with addressing and practicing democracy and good governance.

An award-winning playwright and popular broadcaster in the UK, as well as the author of five poetry books, Lemn Sissay has a way with words


The undersigned Catellini Fulvio, born in Prato on 1/25/1963 and living in Montemurlo (Prato), Montalese Street 299, an Italian citizen, enrolled as member of A.N.P.I. (National Association of Partisans of Italy) puts forward and asks, as indicated below, how the mayor of Affile (Rome), Ercole Viri, has unveiled the mausoleum to Rodolfo Graziani, built with funds given by the region. For this project has been spending a sum of at least 1300.00 pounds that it seems is funded by the


Rodolfo Graziani: A Fascist Hero and the Butcher of Africa

Ghelawdewos Araia, Ph.D.

IDEA Viewpoint

November 2, 2012

Rodolfo Graziani has been dead for the last fifty-seven years, but in 2012 the village of Affile in Italy attempted to resuscitate him by erecting a monument on his behalf and the lingering fascist sympathizers. The mayor of Affile, Signor Ettore Viri has been criticized for deciding to dedicate a bust for Graziani, but contrary to negative public reaction, he bragged about his commitment to Graziani by saying, “the head is a dedication of a citizen.” Yes, Graziani could be a citizen and a hero to Ettore Viri and the fascist riffraff, but to Africans he is a butcher fascist murderer.  

Should Ethiopia worry about Egyptian and Sudanese military movements?
Source:IndepathAfrica October 28th, 2012 

There are some intelligence reports that suggest Egypt is moving warplanes to sudan after the Isreali jeg fighters attacked a Sudanese military factory outside the capital Khartoum. The Russian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Nikolai Makarov reported to President Putin today warning that Egyptian Air Force (EAF) bombers and fighter jets have been ordered to deploy to their secret airbase near Kursi in the west of Sudan’s Darfur region after the shocking Israeli Air Force (IAF) raid on the Yarmouk military factory in Khartoum.

Ethiopian school bus guard attacked in Israel
Posted On : October 31st, 2012 

A parent in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Bialik allegedly assaulted an Ethiopian school bus guard yesterday, breaking her nose School Bus Rage: Racist Attack On Ethiopian Bus Guard In Northern IsraelShmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Ziona Mangistu was reportedly told by the school’s principal to refuse to allow a particular student to board the bus because he was suspended from

Eritrean illegal migrants found hiding in coffins to cross U.K. border
British border officials got a Halloween surprise when they found three people trying to sneak into the country by hiding in a truck packed with coffins.
The Border Force said three citizens of the African country Eritrea were found among dozens of coffins in the vehicle, which had been loaded up in Bulgaria – across the border from Dracula’s Transylvania home. However, unlike the notorious fictional count, the would-be migrants preferred not to avail themselves of the coffins’ comforts and were instead found wedged between the boxed cargo.

Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves
A bold experiment by the One Laptop Per Child organization has shown “encouraging” results. 
By David Talbot on October
With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.

Global Solidarity Network of Tigraians for Development:
Time to Heed the Motherland’s Call

The Steering Committee
October 31, 2012

Ethiopia: an African lion?
Source: BBC

First broadcast: Wednesday 31 October 2012Returns of thirty per cent a year sound too good to be true, but that's what it is claimed you can earn by investing in this rising nation. Local businesses say they are booming, meanwhile foreign investors are jostling for opportunities. So where can these incredible profits be made? The answer is Ethiopia. In a Business Daily Special, Justin Rowlatt reports from the country that was once a byword for poverty and famine but which has been transforming itself, not into a tiger, but into an African "lion" economy.

African Economic Conference: Ask your questions LIVE to the Chief Economist of the African Development Bank Group

The Chief Economist of the African Development Bank will host an online press conference at the closing of the African Economic Conference
KIGALI, Rwanda, November 1, 2012/ -- The Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Mr. Nthuli Ncube, will host an online press conference at the closing of the African Economic Conference being held from 30th October to 2nd November in Kigali, Rwanda. Journalists interested in attending this event will be able to ask questions live via the Internet. Speaker: Nthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank Group

Science in the developing world: Eritrea's shattered science
An impoverished African nation was making promising strides in medicine — before the government clamped down on its foreign partnerships.
Shanta Barley
Eritrea, an impoverished country of 3 million people on the Horn of Africa (see 'A troubled corner'), is not known for its science. It ranks 177th out of 187 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. It comes in last in terms of press freedom and is the eighth most militarized country in the world. The World Health Organization estimated that there were just 5 medical doctors per 100,000 people in the country in 2004

African leaders urged to invest in jobs, infrastructure and protecting development gains

The title for this year’s African Economic Conference will be “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty” KIGALI, Rwanda, October 31, 2012/ -- Opening an unprecedented gathering of experts here, present and former African Heads of State urged business, community and political leaders to help turn the continent’s impressive growth into economic opportunities for ordinary citizens. 

Africa's learning landscape: tradition, change and innovation
Press information, October 30, 2012

Africa's learning landscape: tradition, change and innovation 

eLearning Africa 2013 Call for Proposals now open  With an estimated 10 African countries featuring among the world's fastest growing economies, Africa's status in the global economic landscape is set to change dramatically. Indeed, innovative new technologies combined with a pioneering spirit to improve lives are already changing the way Africans learn, work, play, think and imagine. But are the changes to education and skills development systems sustainable? How are African youth shaping their identities and navigating different learning spaces with these technologies? And are new technologies fundamentally disruptive to tradition? 

Meles Zenawi Memorial Service at Abyssinian Baptist Church 

The event at the Abyssinian Baptist Church was a memorial to a deceased person; it was not a political rally. It was the wrong time and place to express such hostility. But lest the readers of the hostile blog postings think this was a major protest rally, let me make one point crystal clear. Together with three other former U.S. ambassadors to Ethiopia, I attended the memorial service for Meles Zenawi on 27 October 2012 at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem section of New York. Among the persons who made remarks were Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. 

Iran's warships dock in Sudan: report
KHARTOUM/DUBAI (Reuters) - Two Iranian warships docked in Sudan on Monday, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported, less than a week after Khartoum accused Israel of attacking an arms factory in the Sudanese capital.
Two people were killed after fire broke out late on Tuesday at the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said four military planes attacked the Yarmouk plant and Israel was behind it.

Source Reporter

በእስራኤል የተደበደበው የሱዳን ሚስጢራዊ የጦር መሣሪያ ፋብሪካ ለኢትዮጵያ ሥጋት መሆኑ ተጠቆመ

Injerization: to staple up the staple food 
By Birhanu Fikade Source Reporter

Moving south from the capital, Addis Ababa, and closing in to the rift valley, we might find ourselves in the town of Bishoftu, about 45km away. There, we can find a company that is targeting the rebirth of a primary staple food-injera. The first sight upon entering the premises of Nutrafrica is nothing but different varieties of the teff crop.

Is Egypt about to bomb Ethiopian dams?

Source: African Review
The new stance partly stems from almost all upper basin countries registering significant economic growth and relative stability. For example, Ethiopia, which contributes more than 85 per cent of the water of the Blue Nile, claims double-digit economic growth in the past decade. The country needs to exploit unused water resources, including the Nile, to sustain this growth. Most of the upper-riparian countries would also like to use the river to generate hydroelectric power and for irrigation. Current electricity shortages throughout the region threaten to hold back economies.

Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 cities
23 October, 2012

9. Addis Ababa 
Ethiopian metropolis evolving at pace Best for: Culture, food, value for money

Africa Needs A Paradigm Shift! 
Athyei K Byamugisha

The interesting part about the African Continent is that, despite being blessed and endowed with natural resources in terms of land, green cover vegetation, diamond and oil among others, the Continent is endangered in terms of diseases, abject poverty, unemployment, malnutrition and many other hazards. We need to pose a simple question who should be blamed for all this? The answer would be Africans themselves! 
Conventional knowledge is that the West is to blame for the Plunder of the continent by majority Africans during the Colonial period and the West’s role in using the World economic tools of World Bank and IMF to cripple the African countries in terms of development. As well as their involvement in sponsoring Civil Wars like for the case of Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia among others.

Ethiopia: What the World Bank Thinks About Ethiopia
21 October 2012 

Thinking beyond dogmas is typical of Guang Z. Chen, the resident country director of the World Bank Group (WBG) in Ethiopia. An educational background that took him between the two poles of the existing world, his country of origin, China, and the global superpower, United States, might have contributed to his ability to easily and smoothly sail through the overlapping waters.

The Ethiopian- Egyptian War: 1874 –1876 
The battle sites of Gundet and Gura are both located within present-day Eritrea. Eritrea did not exist at the time. It is currently the fashion in Eritrea to hack out a separate Eritrean identity from the broader current of Ethiopian history. Therefore this period of history is ignored or deliberately twisted by Eritrean historians, and most of the younger Eritreans have no idea about it. 

Ethiopia – Egypt: Is a war over the Nile still imminent? 
By Debay Tadesse October 20, 2012

Until the recent positive signs of cooperation between some of the Nile riparian states, disputes between the downstream and upper riparian states over rights to the waters of the Nile have been a contentious issue for centuries.
Amid the mistrust, suspicion, controversy and threat of conflict over the use of the Nile waters, on 8 October 2012 a ten-member committee of experts and professionals from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia began to discuss the possible impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The committee also visited the construction site, in accordance with Article 3(8) of the CFA that states the principle ‘that the Nile Basin states exchange information on planned measures through the Nile River Basin Commission as part of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)’.

Ethiopia and Egypt continue fight for Nile water
Joseph Mayton and Mohammad Awad 

CAIRO and ADDIS ABABA: With the first-ever Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) report on the status of the Nile River, the situation between Egypt and Ethiopia and the angst between the two foes finally has some statistics and analysis to deal with. However, it is unlikely to see any changes in the current policies that have both countries eying future water resources along the world’s longest river.
Top Ethiopia government officials have told Bikyamasr.com that they are looking at jumpstarting the massive Renaissance Dam project along the Nile River in an effort to increase water resources and energy for the East African country.
The moves could threaten the regional stability after the Egyptian government said it remained “concerned” over Ethiopia’s actions along the Nile River.

Tezera Asegu / London-UK/
In general Consensus is a proactive trend that facilitate the society, the public and interest groups to stick together and paves the way the people beyond any sprain to express their own views, their own words and their own will beyond differences. The fundamental objectives of consensus are to bring together all the public and societies in to on net and it is a foundation to ensure people’s rights to be respected and to be heard.

Sara Haile-Mariam speaks at One Nation Working Together press conference in NYC

Can Ethnic Federalism Help to Manage Ethnic Conflicts and Accommodate National Diversity?
by Tesfaye Habisso
Finally, it must be clearly and firmly stated that it is absolutely difficult to formulate abstract generalizations about federal institutions and the prospects for their stability, since it might well be that institutions that work perfectly in one context will fail to perform if transplanted to another. This paper rejects the notion that federalism can be a one-size-fits-all solution to ethnic and other forms of intrastate conflict. Instead, it proposes a vision of federalism deeply rooted in the specific features of diverse societies.Lastly, let us not forget that Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious society, a plural society like any African country and not a class society similar to well-established industrialized and democratic societies of the world. What will work for the latter societies may not work for the former

Medrek’s Path to Unity and Charisma
Messay Kebede
Yet, despite all these noticeable achievements, we all knew that Medrek was far from being a strong and united party. In effect, its performance in the 2010 election was abysmally poor. While much of its failure is rightly attributable to the repressive policy of the EPRDF, its inability to include all opposition parties, notably the relatively powerful All Ethiopian Unity Party, the perceived fragility of its unity, and its incapacity to force the regime to guarantee a level playing field were not negligible contributions to its electoral fiasco. 

After Meles Zenawi, Whither Should the EPRDF Go?
by Tesfaye Habisso, October 4, 2012
It is now almost two decades since the assumption of state power by the EPRDF and many citizens wonder how and why this political party is able to hold on to its power pinnacle. Yes, we may ask: Why is the EPRDF still in power? And, why don’t we observe the presence of strong and credible opposition parties that could checkmate the policies of the ruling party or facilitate the alternation of state power amongst the contending political forces in the nation’s political arena?

How to reinforce and rebuild a viable community

Bereket Kiros

I strongly support a strong community Association that must function openly, and looks for the welfare and well-being of every Ethiopian-American and that respects and maintains our rich cultural and traditional heritage. As immigrants, our needs are larger than our political differences. The Tigrean Community in the diasporas cannot be only an observer, but must engage to create harmony among different Ethiopian community centers for the common good. Many studies have shown that members are frequently excluded and disemboweled in a process that is meant to be empowering, therefore the remedy is to give community members a more powerful voice in management and decision making.  

Ethiopia’s opposition at the dawn of democracy?
By Alemayehu G Mariam | October 1, 2012
Prof. Al Mariam 
Agree to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable: Opposition leaders and supporters must abandon the destructive principle, “If you do not agree with me 100 percent, you are my enemy.” There is nothing wrong with reasonable minds disagreeing. Dissent and disagreement are essential conditions of democracy. If the opposition cannot tolerate dissent within itself, could it justifiably condemn those in power for intolerance?
Guard Against the Cult of Personality:

 Michael Belayneh; Tizita is a music that embodied and penetrates deeply to your soul. For my generation we are accustomed in hearing Tizita being played by famous artists.  Michael Belayneh exceptional voice and Cartography is genius for this aspiring musician.

(I) The Circular Journey in Search of Eritrea: Journey Identity
Saturday, 29 September 2012  Yosief Ghebrehiwet 

The Circular Journey in Search of Eritrea: Journey Identity
By Yosief Ghebrehiwet sOURCE ASMARINO.COM
Ghedli identity entirely depends on hows for its essence, and not on whys; that is to say, it is all form without content. Let me provide an example I have used before to elucidate on this phenomenon [(I) Eritrean Independence: Is It Worth All the Sacrifice?]:
All that you could see from your window is a man appearing around a corner of a block, running very fast through the length of that block, before he disappears around the corner at the end of the block. You may admire his running skill, but as to whether what you have just seen is a good or bad thing you cannot say. You need to know why he has been running and whether he has achieved what he set out to do with his running to reach that kind of judgment. If he happens to be a thief running away from those he has just victimized, it is a bad thing, But if he has been running fast to save someone that would definitely count as a good thing.

Announcing A New Organization: A Gift for Ethiopia from Ethiopians


Ethiopia's New PM Says Policies Will Remain Constant 
By Peter Heinlein, VOA | September 28, 2012 

NEW YORK — Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has pledged to maintain the controversial policies of his predecessor, Meles Zenawi, who died last month. The Ethiopian leader outlined his views on foreign and domestic issues in an interview with VOA's Peter Heinlein in New York. In a 30-minute conversation, Prime Minister Hailemariam discussed topics from Ethiopia's strained ties with neighboring Eritrea, relations with China and the United States, and the government's clampdown on media.

African Green Revolution Forum Honours Leaders in the Development of Africa’s Agricultural Economy
ARUSHA, Tanzania, September 28, 2012/ -- Leaders and visionaries in promoting a Green Revolution in Africa were honoured last night at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) (http://www.agrforum.com) Awards gala dinner in Arusha. The AGRF Awards recognize Africa’s top leaders in the quest to create awareness of public/private initiatives to build a sustainable African agri-business industry, inspire a Green Revolution in Africa and make Africa food and nutrition secure.

We don’t want the West’s money any more ...we can now create own wealth
As Cameron pledges £12billion foreign aid, does Britain need it more?

POVERTY still exists here, but forget the Live Aid images of dust, flies and famine – Ethiopia is rising from the ashes FAST. And it is thanks to a growing economy and investment rather than huge handouts. Supermodel Liya Kebede, 34, who has graced the cover of US Vogue several times, is among the prolific entrepreneurs emerging from the country. Her online fashion range, Lemlem, is made in Addis Abba and its £160 dresses and £100 scarves quickly sell out.

For Ethiopia's new premier, a tightrope act 
By ARGAW ASHINE | Thursday, September 20 2012
source Africa Review
Hailemariam Desalegn takes over the reins in Ethiopia under the watchful eye of hawkish ruling party power brokers who are expected to ensure that he does not rock the boat too much in what is expected to be a business-as-usual term for the Horn of Africa country of close to 85 million. Hailemariam, Meles Zenawi's deputy, was last week finally elected chairman of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) after a furious behind-the-scenes battle for control of the powerful ruling party

The Nile River: Egypt and Sudan firm up water alliance
source Africa Review
In what must be construed as a warning to the other Nile waters sharing countries, both President Bashir and his Egyptian counterpart reaffirmed their countries “identical position” in regards to the water dispute.  Mr Morsy's spokesperson did not hide the fact that the issue of the Nile Water is “an Egyptian national security issue". The two countries receive 55 billion ( Egypt) and 18.5 billion ( Sudan) cubic meters of water annually thanks to a series of agreements that date back to 1929 and drawn by Britain when it was the main colonizing power over much of the continent.

Somalia: New Start, Stubborn Realities
AfricaFocus Bulletin

Sep 16, 2012 (120916)
(Reposted from sources cited below)
Editor's Note 

The unexpected election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, an educator and civil society activist, as the new president of Somalia, has aroused hopes of a new start in that country. But the stubborn realities he and other Somalis face include not only the continuing threat from Al Shabaab, which launched a suicide assassination attack on the new president on September 12. Even more daunting is the challenge of embedded corruption in the government he will head, which has been fostered by a long history of external dependence.

Ghelawdewos Araia VOA interview in Tigringa on current issue of EPRDF

Eritrean Economy is in a Deep Sinking Hole 
Saturday, 18 August 2012 13:33 Seyoum Tesfaye 
You Can Not fool Mother Economy: 

Eritrean Economy is in a Deep Sinking Hole. 
By Seyoum Tesfaye, Atlanta Georgia August 17, 2012
The political bankruptcy of The Eritrean ruling clique and the dysfunctional PFDJ is now total and irreversible. The high octane anti-American vitriolic rhetoric is a cry for help and for attention. The world is not blinking. The PFDJ “economic system” is headed to a free fall zone. Organizational or political manipulation can’t make international investors flood the streets of Asmara. The global completion with all legal guarantees and flexible investment option is more attractive than the obsessive compulsive control freak behavior of the PFDJ and its warlords. Capital flows in search of its advantage. When compared with rational and pragmatist tyrants the Eritrean leadership truly deserves the lowest grade.

Meles Zenawi and Democracy
Sept. 14, 2012
By G. E. Gorfu
What is democracy? It is elusive. Democracy is defined as the voice of the people, or the voice of the majority; sometimes it is truncated as “One man one vote.” We see how messy democracy can be when we watch the political process in America where it had been exercised for over two centuries, and yet we see them pass regulations to Gerrymander and re-district some areas, or to demand an ID at the voting booth, thereby discouraging and preventing some minorities from voting, or by the outright rigging of the elections as was done in Bush’s time. Is that democracy?

Ethiopia seeks to wean away Ogaden rebels 

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Ogaden, Ethiopia.
Government hopes economic aid will bear more positive results even as it pursues a political solution. Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in Ethiopia's Ogaden, or Somali region, in the last 15 years. The United Western Somalia Liberation Front was one of two rebel groups fighting the government, until it put down its weapons and signed a peace agreement recently.  While problems still linger with another faction of the rebel movement, Ethiopia hopes its economic aid to the region will bear more positive results.

Ethiopians gather beneath Washington Monument to celebrate their new year

By Emily Wax
They arrived by foot and taxi, Metro and minivan, tens of thousands of Ethio­pian Americans gathering beneath the Washington Monument, some waving their country’s flag, others dressed in the traditional gauzy-white clothing of their homeland. Tourists wandered by and wondered what was happening. 

Can’t We Ethiopians Put a Full-Stop to Hate Politics, Divisiveness and Hostility, and Start Building Our Country and Nation in Unison?

By Tesfaye Habisso, July 11, 2010  

Many people retort that politics is a dirty game; others claim that politics is not a dirty game and that it is only "dirty" politicians who unashamedly fret to make it ugly and not genuine. Those who argue against politics say that politics is a dirty game because it thrives on manipulations and exaggerations to succeed. Further, let us all be cognizant of the stark reality in Ethiopia today: Our prime enemies are abject poverty, diseases, massive unemployment, lack of good governance, the absence of a robust rule of law and democracy. We have no other enemies than these and let us not fret to create more enemies for ourselves, real or imagined. Regimes and political parties come and go; they are transient. The Ethiopian state and its peoples, I hope, will always be there. Let us endeavor for a better future of our country and its peoples. Let us all struggle in unison to alleviate these perennial scourges of humanity in Ethiopia. For God and Our Country!    

Three Ethiopian orthodox churches in the great Seattle area collaborated to commemorate two remarkable men, Abune Paulos and PM Meles Zenawi.

Abel Ghirmai

It was long said Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ. The quote implies highly intelligent people tend to come up with the same ideas at the same time. And the fools, well for the sake of simplicity, let’s just say they shadow. The two great statesmen, courageous, highly disciplined individuals left us one week after another. These selfless human beings’ professions greatly vary, one politician and economist and the other spiritual leader but the outcome of their vision was the same. The immense love they have had for their country Ethiopia and the undisputable affection and heart they had for the poor and the vulnerable is parallel. They both were the embodiment of everything virtuous.

Post-Meles Ethiopia 
The Challenges Ahead and the Collective Responsibility of Ethiopians 

Ghelawdewos Araia 
September 7, 2012 

We Ethiopians have many challenges ahead of us, and instead of ruminating with disappointment at our shortcomings and failures, we should be able to constantly reassess our past experiences and delineate the foundations of new history, new direction, and new vistas for Ethiopia. In simple and plain language, this is what I mean: Instead of trying to bring back the silent ghosts of the past, we must practically engage ourselves in development projects, ranging from education to rural and agricultural development, from industry to infrastructure etc. This will reflect our collective mission and practically uplift the millions of destitute and poor Ethiopians.  

Ethiopia Waits for Swearing-in of Prime Minister
Source VOA By Marthe Van Der Wolf

Ethiopia hopes to witness its first peaceful transition in recent history, once the new prime minister is sworn in. Two weeks after the death of former leader Meles Zenawi, 

it is still unclear when Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn might take the oath of office as the country's new leader. The swearing in ceremony for Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Deasalgne was scheduled two days after the passing of Mr. Meles, but the government felt the nation needed more time to mourn his death. Opposition Party EDP, Ethiopia’s Democratic Party, is urging the government move forward with officially making Hailemariam the prime minister as soon as possible. 

Meles Zenawi and the unfinished project of Ethiopian modernity
By Teodros Kiros 

The recent death of Meles Zenawi, the architect of Ethiopian modernity has sent tremors of moral shock to the Ethiopian state and other African states, engaged in the murky business of capitalist modernity. The strategic Meles attempted to modernize Ethiopia through a market economy, jettisoning the socialist alternative, which characterized, the earlier project of revolutionary Ethiopian modernity, which Meles, following the visions of Chinese thinkers dubbed, the Developmental State. 

Dear Prime Minister Meles 
August 28, 2012 Alex D. 

Source Awate.com

Dear Prime Minister Meles, a large number of Eritreans acknowledge that you had done a great deal for their people and their country and are rightly grateful to you. However, an equally large number of Eritreans have had concerns with the policies I identified above. I believe that as a man of principles you would not have wanted these concerns to be swept under the carpet. I know your detractors had often questioned your patriotism because of your stance on Eritrea and it had not been easy for you. They had constantly made baseless allegations that all your measures had a concealed and sinister motive – benefiting Eritrea and Eritreans at the expense of Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

Beyond Expectations: The Enduring Image of Prime Minister Meles’ Legacy

Asayehgn Desta, Ph.D.

As a Marxist-Leninist at heart, Meles was averse to the development of a personality cult. Nor did he allow the Party elite to create and manipulate any cult for their own use. Meles was a modest man, but with exceptional abilities.

Ethiopian’s in the Bay Area mourn 
Santa Clara, CA, August 26, 2012- It is with utmost shock and disbelief that Ethiopians who reside in the Bay Area heard the sudden and untimely passing of the honorable, well respected, passionate, compassionate……

Saying Goodbye to a Great and Visionary Leader
By Tesfaye Habisso, 

Whatever the case, the nation has unambiguously but sadly lost a great and visionary leader of all times. May his soul rest in peace. May God the almighty grant strength, consolation and peace to his wife First Lady Azeb Mesfin and his dear daughters Semhal and Marda, and his brothers, sisters and other close family members.

Heartbreaking goodbye for our late Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi was held in Seattle, WA.

It is official. Close to nine hundred Ethiopian Americans that reside in the state of Washington attended the memorial service and pledged to stand by all Ethiopians from all walks of life to carry the torch and make the dreams of the late Prime mister a reality.



What Are Eritrea’s Options – If Any? 
August 26, 2012August 26, 2012 Mohammed Ahmed 

Source: Awate.com
An important leader in the horn of Africa region has suddenly died. Now remember, “important” – not necessarily good or bad, but nonetheless, important. Discussing and arguing about his record has already begun in earnest and the irony is, the man is not even buried yet.  The horn region is not like some sleepy hamlets along the North Sea or some penguin islets in the South Pacific. It is or it has become in the last couple of decades one of the most volatile trouble spots in the world where the proverbial – the good, the bad and the very ugly cross paths on a regular basis.


By Nosa Osazuwa   

Condolences for PM Meles Tigreans in Loa Angeles and Environs

Condolence from Ethiopian Observer editors

Like many of our compatriots, Ethiopian Observer editors would like to express our deep condolence on the untimely death of PM Meles Zenawi, our deep condolence and sincere sympathies to the family of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi,  and  the people of Ethiopia.

 Let us all remember the life he lived and let us not be discouraged in his passing, but rather construct a compelling and winning vision to Ethiopia’s greatness. Whether you like him or hate him he had devotedly uplifted and changed the political landscape of Ethiopia and Africa. The recent outpouring of grief from ordinary Ethiopian people proves to us that he continues to live in the hearts of Ethiopian people. May God bless his soul.  

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Susan E. Rice

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY August 21, 2012

Remembering Meles Zenawi 
August 21, 2012 
Ghelawdewos Araia 
As the maxim goes, with all the best intentions in the world some sorrow remains, and there is no doubt that the family and extended family of Meles Zenawi are in deep sorrow for his untimely departure. Before I delve into the remembrance notes I like to extend my condolences to Azieb (Gola) Mesfin and his children. 

“From the outset, however, I like to warn readers not to impregnate a misconception of the oneness of political proclivity (or ideological faith) and personal theoretical observation. As far as I am concerned I like to delineate (and cautiously de-link) what Meles has stood for so far – irrespective of his future commitment – and what he presented to the public now. I am interested in the latter, and it is in this spirit that I like to critique African Development: Dead Ends and New Beginnings. It is difficult to dissociate ones political devotion (especially for a head of state) and his relatively scholarly thesis or presentation of an historical account.

By Nosa Osazuwa   

Recently, Africa Leadership Forum published an article on Nigeria, looking for the good in our corrupt nation. It states that: “Nigeria’s image over the years has been negatively affected by stories of corruption, mismanagement, fraud and other forms of crime reported in local and international media. Indeed, acts of criminality are even celebrated by a section of the Nigerian public, giving the impression that the nation is one of thieves and crooks. For anyone without any direct contact with Nigeria or Nigerians, it would seem that ours is a cesspit of value atrophy.”

Ethiopia - Meles Zenwi Five More Years?
Ethiopia - Five More Years!

G. E. Gorfu

I read on Aiga; “Mr. Prime Minister, no Retirement, Five More Years!” by Muluberhan Tsehaye, and I thought about it long and hard and decided to write this counter article.  In the short history of the United States, it is Abraham Lincoln who looms large in the minds of most people as one who saved the Union from breaking up during the Civil War and as one who freed the slaves, and not Washington. Except for Washington being the First President and Father of the Nation, so little is known about him. Most American school children tell of Washington crossing the Delaware River, of the Cheery tree he cut and confessed to his father, and of the false wooden teeth he had, but not much else.

Foreign Policy: The Meles Zenawi I Knew
by Barry Malone

August 23, 2012
Barry Malone lived in Ethiopia for almost five years and was Reuters correspondent there until November 2010. I once asked Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died on Aug. 20 from an unspecified illness at age 57, whether he was a dictator. He grinned and then, stopping, just looked at me. Nervously, I did what a journalist should never do, and filled the silence.

I come to give tribute to PM Meles Zenawi.

Elamu Denis Ejulu

“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. So be it with Caesar”. - Mark Anthony in Shakespeare’s famous play Julius Caesar.

I would apply these words to Meles Zenawi’s death. In his demise he remained resilient, intelligent and larger than life like the passing on of an African folk hero which entails finger pointing at the village level. His death at 57 years of age is sudden as it pains. A true picture in classical Greek mythology.I know his family and country will miss him but also he has left footprints in the sand of Africa’s politics, one which will be for posterity and I hope history will judge him fairly as a selfless leader who tried to do good for his people but the desire for longevity forced him to crack hard on his critics.

Will a Strong and Credible Opposition Bloc Arise Under the Politics of One-Party Dominance? A Brief Look at the Future of EPRDF as a Dominant/Authoritarian Party in Power
by Tesfaye Habisso, June 30, 2012

The history of modern party politics and the emergence of opposition parties is a recent phenomenon in Ethiopia. Nothing of this sort was ever known some decades ago. There were a few national liberation movements and elite-led clandestine political groups during the imperial rule and the military period fighting against the oppressive rule of those incumbent regimes. It was only with the assumption of state power by the EPRDF forces in 1991 that pluralism was constitutionally recognized and opposition politics legalized, though the rhetoric still remains far from the reality on the ground as regards the actual implementation of these constitutional provisions.

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Patriarch dies 
The Africa Report

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has announced the death of its patriarch, Abune Paulos. Paulos, whose full title was His Holiness Abune Paulos, Fifth Patriarch and 

Catholicos of Ethiopia, Ichege of the See of St Tekle Haymanot, Archbishop of Axum, died early Thursday in Addis Ababa, aged 76.The patriarch, who was one of the seven serving presidents of the World Council of Churches is said to have been taken ill a few weeks ago, but the cause of his death, is yet to be established. Born in Adwa in Tigray Province of the northern part of the country, the patriarch did his education at the Theological College of the Holy Trinity in Addis Ababa under the patronage of Patriarch Abune Tewophilos. He was sent to study at the St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in the United States and later undertook doctoral degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.

25 Year Islamic Plan for Ethiopia

The Emergence of a Dual-System of Primary Schooling in Ethiopia 
Desta, Asayehgn Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Economic Development, Dominican University of California

The current dual schooling system in Ethiopia is challenging and highly disturbing. Rather than allow the present structure to be prolonged, policy makers need to listen to all stakeholders in the school system within the Ethiopian polity and then redesign a new coherent, transparent, and accountable program for both the haves and the have-nots. However, it entails courage to restructure the existing organization in order to dismantle the emerging social divisions in schools. 

Beyond Politics and Innuendo: Preserving Our Humanity and Salvaging Ethiopia from Moral Decadence 
Ghelawdewos Araia & Teodros Kiros 
Viewpoint August 6, 2012 
The degeneration of cultural values among Ethiopians, especially amongst the Diaspora is alarming, to say the least. It is alarming, because it is for the first time that we have witnessed religious leaders-turn-politicians use the pulpit to foment discord among Ethiopians instead of preaching the Gospel to reunite the already fragmented Ethiopian communities in the Diaspora. We are astounded that these religious leaders would not take initiative to reconcile Ethiopians who have found their own ethnic enclaves and churches and denominations of the same faith. Instead of helping Ethiopians iron out their differences, the religious leaders promote hate politics and division among Ethiopians. 

Sebhat Nega, Dr. Negasso Gidada and Professor Adnew Addis debate about the Ethiopian constitution (DW audio) courtesy of Tigrai online

The Steady Erosion of Human Rights and Freedoms in the Global Era: Where Are We Heading?
By Tesfaye Habisso

Many conflicts are sparked by a failure to protect human rights, and the trauma that results from severe human rights violations often leads to new human rights violations. As conflict intensifies, hatred accumulates and makes restoration of peace more difficult. In order to stop this cycle of violence, states must institute policies aimed at human rights protection.

Regime Change in Ethiopia via Mass Uprisings and Street Demonstrations: A Recipe for National Disaster
By Tesfaye Habisso

There is no question about that, and no controversy in this regard. What is questionable and controversial is why some Ethiopian circles agitate for regime change via unconstitutional means when they damn well know that multi-party electoral democracy is constitutionally guaranteed and four successive national elections have so far taken place in Ethiopia since 1995, however much they have been controversial and unpalatable to some circles.



In what political economists like Paul collier and Ian bannon regarded as the resource curse and violent conflicts in their book, natural resources and violent conflicts. The picture and the discourse is on whether the more natural resource dependent a country is the higher the chances of conflict, this was contrasted with the less resource endowed countries. 

Radio Merhawit Streaming on the Internet

July 15, 2012 Sunday Program

Eritrea, repressive African dictatorship, using Toronto consulate to bankroll military: UN report Stewart Bell Jul 22, 2012
TORONTO — One of Africa’s most repressive dictatorships, Eritrea, has been collecting money to bankroll its military through its consulate in Toronto, according to a United Nations report obtained by the National Post. The report said the fundraising scheme “arguably” violated a UN arms embargo on Eritrea and that government agents had also held a fundraising event in Calgary this year, falsely claiming the money was for orphans.

Leul Ras Mengesha -Part 1-4




The recent July 2012 AU summit in Addis Ababa could act as the catalyst to renewed relations between the two Sudan. A fascinating picture of His Excellency Salva Kiir shaking the hand of President Bashir could read two things on sight, the first being that the two sides are locked up between a hard place and a rock, with no chance for continued hostility against each other but only peace. 


The recent discovery of a new HIV/Aids vaccine in Truvada a drug believed to reduce infection rate by 70%, after research was carried out among discordant couples after the infected partner took the drug a research carried in New England claims so. In reality some of the critics of this phenomenon produced b y the Food and Drug Administration have dispelled the breakthrough as a danger to the fight against HIV/Aids due to the ineffectiveness of the drug and its side effects like diarrhea, pain, kidney failure but all in all with criticism aside there is a chance for the HIV positive persons to smile. 


Elamu Denis Ejulu.

Many scholars, academics, business class including those who exercise executive power (politicians) in the so called third world have always been dogged by the 

predicament of their people who live in grubby slums and almost trapped in total abject poverty, with no answers but only handing over the fate of their economies to the international finance institutions in World Bank and IMF. For at least today half of the global poverty in the world is more predominant in Africa yet both Asia and Latin American economies are slowly getting away from this ugly spectacle of living on one dollar a day.

The Ethiopian experience More on ethnic federalism 

Source: The Himalayan Times
Detractors of ethnic federalism in this country claim that it will take the country down a slippery path towards strife and possibly even disintegration. Supporters claim that it is necessary to bring previously marginalized communities into the mainstream. No one can predict the future, but it is wise to have a look at the international context to see how the experience has been so far. Ethiopia, an Eastern African country, offers plenty of opportunity in this regard. This former unitary state has now whole heartedly gone down the path of ethnic federalism. What have been the results?

The Armed Slaves Of Eritrea
July 3, 2012: Ethiopia has emerged as East Africa’s political powerhouse, despite being landlocked. Eritrea controls what used to be Ethiopia’s seaports, before Eritrea became a separate nation in 1991. Since then Ethiopia has relied upon Djibouti and the Somaliland Republic for port access. Last year Ethiopia and Djibouti discussed constructing a new railroad line between the two countries. Recently Ethiopia announced that it had reached a deal with two major construction companies to extend and improve its railroad network. One company is Turkish and the other is Chinese. The project is long term, but by 2020 Ethiopia plans to have an additional 5,000 kilometers of railroad track. The project is designed to improve transportation within Ethiopia but the strategically critical link is a new rail link from northern Ethiopia to Djibouti’s Port Tadjourah. 

Opinion piece by Judge Sang-Hyun SONG, President of the International Criminal Court
International Criminal Court turns ten

On 1 July 2002, the first three staff members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) ICC-small.jpgentered the ICC’s building in The Hague, the Netherlands. On that day, the ICC’s founding treaty, called the Rome Statute, entered into force. Ten years after that modest beginning, the ICC has turned into a major international institution, securing justice for victims when it cannot be delivered at the national level. 121 States have ratified the Rome Statute, and another 32 countries have signed it, indicating their intention to join the treaty.

Ethiopia signs $3.2 bln deals for new railway line
By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, June 28 (Reuters) - 
Ethiopia has signed two deals worth $3.2 billion with Chinese and Turkish companies to construct a railway to link the land-locked Horn of Africa nation to Djibouti's Tadjourah port to export potash, officials said. Ethiopia, which has seen high economic growth over the past five years, hopes to exploit growing business ties with China, India and Turkey to boost its expanding economy. Under a five-year development plan launched in 2010, the government aims to pursue power projects and boost infrastructure, including building several new railways.

Turkey Inc muscles in on China in Africa
By Peter Vanham

June 28, 2012
Financial Times
What will 1,500 Turks be doing this year in the desolate space between Weldiya and Awash in Ethiopia? The answer is “building a railroad” following an announcement on Thursday by Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi.
The contract is part of ambitious plans by the Ethiopian government to build a 5,000 km railway network – and a sign that Chinese companies increasingly face competition from other EM companies in the battle for Africa’s infrastructure.

Ethiopia: An ancient faith in Africa

LALIBELA, Ethiopia On the roads through Ethiopia’s highlands, traffic raises a brick-red haze that coats your clothes, powders your skin and starts a creaking in your lungs.Despite the dust, people wear white. At churches and shrines white is the pilgrim’s color. I wear it too, protectively: long-sleeved white shirt, tennis cap, Neutrogena sun block A pilgrim? Why not?I’m here for something I’ve longed to see, Ethiopia’s holy cities: Aksum, the spiritual home of this east African country’s Orthodox Christian faith and, especially, the mountain town of Lalibela, with its cluster of 13th-century churches some 200 miles south.

Group says Land grabbing by pension funds and other financial institutions must be stopped
Source: globalresearch.ca

Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, War on Want, Gaia Foundation, Global Witness, The Land is Ours, Biofuelwatch, Re:Common, Reclaim the Fields UK Protestors say London summit pushing global land grabs and hunger ‘Do you realise what your pension funds?’ they ask public A coalition of environmental, development and farming groups have criticised the Agricultural Investment summit in London for spearheading a global land grab.The protestors say that City investors and pension funds are taking land from countries and vulnerable communities who need it to grow food

The Tigrai Community Association of Seattle held its first graduation party for the class of 2012 who live in the Seattle and surrounding areas. 
Heartfelt speeches were given by former Stanford University graduate, a parent, and the association representatives.
The core messages were strong and relevant:
1) Graduates were commended for admirable achievements and for beating the drop out odds as the Washington state dropout rate escalate above 33%. Even sadly the graduation rates for African American and Latinos is lower than 50%. Kudos to the graduates. Your hard work will pay off in many ways.
2) Parents played a vital role in helping and guiding the graduates financially and more importantly with moral support. Many parents set aside their needs to support their children achieve their goals and ambitions.
3) As you begin your adult life, we are excited to pass the torch to you to lead the community center and manage it as you see it fit.

Ethiopia exchange eyes food aid in expanded trade
By Aaron Maasho   Thu Jun 21, 2012

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's commodity exchange wants to increase trade in maize and wheat by including some of its imported food aid and to offer additional items such as sugar, its chief executive said on Thursday."We are currently in discussions with the government about how to take on a much bigger way maize and wheat trading in the country, including monetisation of imported food aid into the country through the exchange," Eleni Gabre-Madhin told reporters.
Eleni did not elaborate on how this might work when asked for details, but a system to allow the government to sell surplus food aid would permit it to raise funds for initiatives such as drilling boreholes for water or improving the country's electricity supply.

Ethiopians Report Dire Conditions in Saudi Jails 
VOA News

Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia say about 1,700 of their countrymen are being held in dire conditions at prisons in the Saudi city of Jazan. VOA's Horn of Africa Service spoke by phone to four of the prisoners this week. The prisoners said they lack sufficient food, water and medical treatment, and that eight Ethiopian inmates have died from malaria and other causes. Jazan is located in southwestern Saudi Arabia, near the border with Yemen. The Ethiopians being held are migrants who attempted to enter Saudi Arabia without visas.

Ethiopia: DNA clues to Queen of Sheba tale
By Helen Briggs
Source: BBC News

Clues to the origins of the Queen of Sheba legend are written in the DNA of some Africans, according to scientists. Genetic research suggests Ethiopians mixed with Egyptian, Israeli or Syrian populations about 3,000 years ago.
This is the time the queen, mentioned in great religious works, is said to have ruled the kingdom of Sheba.The research, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, also sheds light on human migration out of Africa 60,000 years ago.

Africa's middle class: Fact or fiction?

By James Melik
Reporter, Business Daily, BBC World Service
Africa's billion-plus population is increasingly being investigated by foreign and local companies alike for signs of a burgeoning middle class. Potentially, it represents one of the biggest markets in the world - people with a disposable income which companies can turn into profit. As part of its focus on emerging markets, the drinks giant Diageo has bought one of Ethiopia's previously state-owned breweries. Order a drink in one of the increasingly numerous bars in Addis Ababa, the country's capital, and alongside Diageo's premium brands such as Johnny Walker and Smirnoff sits the more humble locally brewed Meta beer.

IMF raises Ethiopia 2012/2013 growth forecast
By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, June 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's economy is expected to maintain a growth rate of 7 percent in 2012/2013, the International Monetary Fund said, raising its earlier forecast of 5.5 percent owing to slowing inflation.
The Washington-based body's growth projection is below official estimates of 11.4 percent. A visiting IMF team said tight monetary and fiscal policies have contributed to declining inflation, through the termination of central bank financing of the budget and significant sales of foreign exchange.

Queen Sheba Schools Alumni Association & Friends -International
A container filled with various educational books approximately 50,000 – 75,000 pieces were acquired by Aite Tsegay Teklu Gebru & Ato Hailu Shiferaw from Piccolo Bookstores in Los Angeles. It shipped on June 1st from the Long Beach Harbor. QSSAAF-I thanks these three people:-

Ato Tsegay Teklu and Mr. Piccolo at the Piccolo Bookstore in Howard Hughes Center

Mr. Piccolo Lewis and Ato Hailu Shiferaw at the Piccolo Bookstore

Statement Of Senator Leahy On The Assault On Freedom Of The Press In Ethiopia
Source: Senator Leahy

Mr. President, later this month, I and other Members of Congress will be watching what happens in a courtroom 7,000 miles from Washington, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That is where a journalist named Eskinder Nega stands accused of supporting terrorism simply for refusing to remain silent about the Ethiopian government’s increasingly authoritarian drift. The trial is finished, and a verdict is expected on June 21.

Could Africa be world's next manufacturing hub?
By Hinh T. Dinh, Special to CNN

Washington D.C. (CNN) -- With domestic labor costs rising, many Asian manufacturing producers are now looking to relocate their factories in other regions of the world. Could Africa replace Asia and/or China as the world's next manufacturing hub?
To be sure, Africa has a number of manufacturing advantages that it has yet to realize. Besides low labor costs and abundant resources, these include duty-free and quota-free access to U.S. and EU markets for light manufactures under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act and the Cotonou Agreement.

Queen Sheba Schools Alumni Association & Friends International
A container full of educational and textbooks, approximately 50,000 – 75,000 pieces were acquired by Aite Tsegay Teklu Gebru and Ato Hailu Shiferaw from Piccolo Bookstores in Los Angeles. The container shipped on June 1st from the Long Beach Harbor.

Using Geo information Science to Reveal the Impact of the Eritrea-Ethiopian Boundary Commission Decision on Irobland and People
By Alema Tesfaye, Washington DC, USA

 Part I    Part II  Part III

Ethiopia's Konso cling to tradition, earning UN recognition
By Jenny Vaughan (AFP) 

KONSO, Ethiopia — The booming drums and lusty singing of Ethiopia's Konso tribe, celebrating their hometown joining the UN's list of World Heritage Sites, echoed down the road that winds through lush green hills.When the revellers came into sight, there was an explosion of colou-- women in bright orange skirts and men in striped neon yellow and red shorts, heads topped with decorative feathers and cowhide masks. Under the blazing midday sun, Konso residents brandishing animal skin shields chanted as they streamed through the streets, followed by a full marching band.

What Language Should Ethiopians Speak?
Ghelawdewos Araia  June 4, 2012

This essay attempts to resolve the age-old controversy of the use of one language in Ethiopia as a lingua franca or a working language, and will discuss the anatomy of language, not only in its narrow definition related to the mechanical facilitation of communication but also in its broader conception of expressing and embodying culture in the micro and macro senses.

The Air Up There: A Look Into Ethiopia’s Distance Running Legacy
By Michael Crawley

Coffee and long distance runners are two of Ethiopia’s most valuable exports, and when one steps outside at five thirty in the morning it is to the sight of women 

preparing coffee on charcoal stoves and weary runners sleepily making their way toward the forest. Most of my days in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, started this way: with a five-minute walk to wake up and a run of at least an hour. Ethiopians, who alongside their East African rivals from Kenya account for a high percentage of the top long-distance runners in the world, do a lot of their running at quite an easy pace, weaving in and out of Eucalyptus trees in the forests to shouts of encouragement from people walking to work. ‘Iso ambessa’ was my favorite of these phrases, – meaning ‘keep going, lion’. Unlike in my native Britain, the shouts that runners receive in Ethiopia are exclusively positive.

Activating the Ivory Towers in Mekelle City

to Revitalize the Atse Yohannes Secondary School

Desta, Asayehgn, Ph.D.

Atse Yohannes IV secondary school, started in 1957 with about 70 students, has expanded the intellectual and productive capacity of its students for decades (for a detailed historical analysis of Atse Yohannes, please see Kiros, 2012). As a result of acquiring the necessary educational foundation given at the Atse Yohannes Secondary School, nowadays we find a number of its graduates have achieved very prominent positions and are significantly contributing to the engaged through their involvement. Moreover, the school teachers lack opportunities for advancement and they are not motivated to effectively overcome the challenges they face daily. 

Muslims accuse Ethiopian government of meddling in mosques
Ethiopia's Muslims have been protesting 'state interference' in their affairs for the past six months. Could government accusations of Muslim extremism risk greater tension?
By William Davison, Christian Science Monitor Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Protests at mosques in religiously-diverse Ethiopia have stretched into their sixth month as Muslims object to what they see as unconstitutional government interference in their affairs.

Ethiopia Faces Increased Hunger After Late Rains Damaged Crops 
Source: Bloomberg News

Ethiopia faces more hunger after late rains caused crop damage in the south, the United Nations said. The harvest is “below normal to near total failure,” the UN’s World Food Programme and the Famine Early Warning System Network said in a joint statement e-mailed today. About 3.2 million Ethiopians are in need of food assistance, the government and donors said in January.

World longest laugh record holder Belachew Girma brings laughter to Ethiopians
Source: SABC

World longest laugh record holder is teaching Ethiopians how to laugh away their sorrows. Belachew Girma is the World Laughter Master. He gained his title after laughing for three hours and six minutes and thereby setting an unofficial world record.
Today, he runs a laughter academy for those who would like to learn to laugh as heartily as he does.

Roses bring industry, jobs to Ethiopia 
A rose is a rose is a rose, unless it's from the Federated Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. That's according to growers of the flower from that country, whom I had an opportunity to meet at a reception and dinner at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington in March. Throughout the large reception room at the embassy, there were literally hundreds of roses of all colors and hues — bright yellow, brilliant red, deep orange, hot pink — lining the walls and placed on pedestals. They had been shipped in for the event, and the growers proudly talked about the numerous varieties that can be found on their farms that were in the room.

Food Democracy:  An Alternative Development Strategy for Africa

Desta, Asayehgn (Ph.D.)

The theoretical and practical links between democracy (freedom) and economic development (food prosperity) has preoccupied academics and policymakers alike for several decades. Lipset (1959) argues economic growth first, democracy later. In line with the argument that economic development comes first and then democracy later, the Indonesian government has come to the conclusion that “... economic and political stability with little freedom is much better than starving and being frustrated with full freedom" (Yamin, Aug 3, 2001). 


Elamu Denis Ejulu

Many scholars, academics, business class including those who exercise executive power (politicians) in the so called third world have always been dogged by the predicament of their people who live in grubby slums and almost trapped in total abject poverty, with no answers but only handing over the fate of their economies to the international finance institutions in World Bank and IMF. For at least today half of the global poverty in the world is more predominant in Africa yet both Asia and Latin American economies are slowly getting away from this ugly spectacle of living on one dollar a day.

An Open Appeal to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia
May 14, 2012
His Excellency Mr. Melles Zenawi

Prime Minister
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
P. O. Box 1031, Addis Ababa- Ethiopia
Your Excellency:
The Irob Rights Advocacy Association (hereafter IRAA) is writing this open letter to draw attention to problems related to the Ethio-Eritrean war of 1998-2000 and its aftermath. This letter will address the impact of the Algiers agreement and the Hague decision on the Irob and other border area Ethiopian citizens; the plight of Ethiopians abducted by the Eritrean rouge regime; and the perplexed migration of the Irob youth and the heinous crimes being committed against them by the unscrupulous human traffickers.

Saudi Billionaire's Ethiopia Gold Mine Has 128 Tons Ready

National Mining Corp., a closely held company majority-owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, said it has 128 tons of gold ready to be mined at its Okote project in south Ethiopia. “With very little exploration work and by undertaking a definitive feasibility study the reserve could be turned into a big mine,” the Addis Ababa-based company said in a statement e- mailed today.

Ethiopia: Catching Ethiopians Before They Fall
By Kelly Ramundo

Despite one of the region’s worst droughts, no famine struck rural Ethiopia last year. The drought’s impact was lessened by a food-and-cash-for-public-works program USAID supports and helped design. Today, one of Africa’s largest social safety nets does not just protect against chronic food insecurity, it helps communities weather the future.

Ethiopia: How Meles Rules The Country
By Richard Dowden, 21 May 2012  Source AllAfrica

Meles Zenawi is the cleverest and most engaging president in Africa - at least when he talks to visiting outsiders. When he speaks to his fellow Ethiopians, he is severe and dogmatic. But he entertains western visitors with humour and irony, deploying a diffident, self-deprecating style which cleverly conceals an absolute determination to control his country and its destiny, free of outside interference.  He was one of four African presidents to be invited to the Camp David G8 meeting last weekend. The aid donors love Meles. He is well-informed, highly numerate and focused. And he delivers. Ethiopia will get closer to the Millennium Development Goals than most African countries.

Investing in Ethiopia: Frontier mentality
Source: The Economist

A new fund attests to the country’s allure—and to the value of connections
LONG benighted, Ethiopia is attracting attention for a better reason. It has become Africa’s fastest-growing non-energy economy (see chart). Investors have noticed. South Africa’s largest consumer-foods firm, Tiger Brands, expanded into Ethiopia last year with a big acquisition. Diageo and Heineken recently paid nearly $400m combined to acquire state breweries in the country.

Ethiopia's Meles Blames African Corruption on Foreign Investor
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa 
VOA News

What is the poison that corrupts many African leaders, no matter how honorable their intentions when they take office? That was the question put to a panel of that included heads of state and government at the World Economic Forum on Africa on Thursday. The question received a surprisingly candid answer. It was promoted as a conversation on Africa's leadership. Among those on stage were the leaders of Africa's two most populous nations - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Geldof urges more tolerance for Ethiopia civil society
(AFP) –

ADDIS ABABA — Aid activist and Irish pop star Bob Geldof on Friday urged Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to be more inclusive and tolerant of civil society groups.
"If they keep saying 'you can't write anything critical,' they're in trouble," Geldof told AFP. "Have them participate, allow the pressure valve to come off," he added.
He said Ethiopia must follow the example of Western nations, which developed only with greater freedom of expression. Unless Ethiopia becomes more tolerant, he cautioned, it could reverse recent economic and social progress.

On the knife's edge in Ethiopia
A vortex of climate change and rising population threatens Ethiopia’s gains in feeding itself

Source: Ottawa Citizen
SHASHEMENE, Ethiopia — Abdala Wahilo finds relief from the midday sun under the corrugated metal roof of a warehouse in Shashemene, a town not far from the farm where he tries to support a family of 12 on a single hectare of land. Here, at this emergency food aid distribution centre, he also finds some relief from the hunger that his family has faced in the last few years as repeated droughts have ravaged this region in southern Ethiopia.

Ethiopia Makes 4 Million Hectares of Land Available to Investors
Ethiopia has made more than 4 million hectares (9.9 million acres) of “fertile and unutilized” land available for agriculture companies that meet government requirements, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said. About 300,000 hectares has been leased for commercial farming so far, he said at an Ethiopian investment forum today in the capital, Addis Ababa.“There has been a significant flow into large-scale state- type commercial farming in our country and we seek even more in the future,”

The Hostile Leader and his Destructive Policies

Bereket Kiros

It is probably way past due to examine and investigate the motives of PM Meles and Co. In every action he took and continues to baffle many Ethiopians. By now it has become clear to, whether to continue with wonderment; the stakes are too high for us to stand aloof.  We have to stop and see what went on and what is awaiting the Ethiopian people. We have been apparently sleeping and bickering for irrelevant issues in the face of this rising threat. We are nearing the end point of his destructive tasks that being the end of Ethiopia in as far as his missions make it clear. 

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Rastafarians face hardship in Ethiopian 'promised land'
By Jenny Vaughan (AFP) 

SHASHEMENE, Ethiopia — A ceremonial fire burns as dreadlocked Rastafarians sway to drum beats, chanting "Haile I! Selassie I!" in praise of the former Ethiopian emperor whom they uphold as God incarnate. Marijuana smoke rises from the crowd, decked out in their trademark red, gold and green -- also the colours as the Ethiopian flag -- as they celebrate the 46th anniversary this month of Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica

Six African countries to ratify new 'Nile Treaty'
By XINHUA Saturday, April 28 2012 
Share EAC to call up new Egypt regime over Nile water
Six African countries including Rwanda have agreed on the ratification of a new treaty on the use of the waters of the Nile river, an official source revealed here on Friday. According to Kenyan minister of Water and Irrigation Charity Ngilu, the commission whose mission is to supervise the equitable sharing of the waters of the Nile has been operational since 1999 following an accord signed in Nairobi, Kenya, by the 10 riparian states of the Nile Basin. 

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki IS not DEAD Interview 4 - 28 - 2012

Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afwerki reappears on state TV on April 28, 2012 to respond to rumors that he is critically sick or on verge of dying. On his 30 minute interview, he said, he did not pay much attention to the rumors about his health in the  internet. When the interviewer asked him why he cannot explain about his health, and make appearance to quash the rumors Isaias explained it is no need to appear on TV whenever the wind of lies and misinformation fabricated. He is appearing on TV, because the rumors about his health were continual and that he felt he has an obligation, “respect for Eritrean people.”

China 'picking up the pieces' in Africa - Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi
Source: China Daily

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi insists China is now coming to the rescue of Africa after a failed Western ideology of the past three decades has let the continent down. He said the so-called Washington Consensus that aimed to liberalize the economies of developing countries had demonstrably failed and the Chinese were now picking up the pieces. "The official doctrine among the international financial institutions which in the past determined policy in Africa was that infrastructure would be taken care of by the private sector. Well, we have waited 30 years and nothing much has happened," he said.

Detentions display UN's impotence in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia's government, a favored and oft-praised Western partner, has held one United Nations employee in jail without charges for well over a year, while another is facing prosecution under a notorious anti-terrorism law. The detentions are a stark indicator of the UN's predicament in the illiberal Horn of Africa nation. The 27 UN agencies in Ethiopia largely work harmoniously with the government in areas such as funding HIV/AIDS programs, helping care for a quarter of a million refugees, or supporting female education campaigns. UN cash, for example, has helped provide antiretroviral therapy to 249,000 HIV-sufferers from 743 facilities – there were only 3 clinics offering the treatment in 2005.

Ethiopia’s giant dam muddies the waters downstream in Egypt: Fig-leaf for Cairo’s souring or ‘Mubarak-ites’ poking old wound?
ASWAN, EGYPT // About 1,287 kilometers south of this Egyptian city where the Nile river pours into Egypt, construction has begun on a massive dam being built in Ethiopia that could destabilize Egypt in a way that would make the last year of political upheaval look minuscule, analysts say. If constructed at specifications revealed last year, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam would result in cuts in electricity, a reduction in agricultural lands and water shortages across major cities in Egypt, new studies say.

Atse Yohannes’ IV Legacy Part 2

Bereket Kiros 

If Martin Luther King Jr. is right that the arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice. Our generation should not disdain like its predecessors pushed to the side the courage bravery, sacrifices that was made to preserve Ethiopian independence by the 

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Chinese companies bring jobs to Africa
(Xinhua, Washington). A major Chinese shoe manufacturer, Hua Jian, started a factory in Ethiopia just a few months ago, with a plan to invest $2 billion and create 100,000 local jobs over the next decade."We want Ethiopian employees who came from poor backgrounds to use the company as a platform to fulfill their dreams and to help them out of poverty," said Helen Hai, vice-president of Hua Jian Industrial Holdings, during a panel discussion in Washington on Saturday at the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Ethiopia: Bedrock of Art and Faith
ON the roads through Ethiopia’s highlands traffic raises a brick-red haze that coats your clothes, powders your skin and starts a creaking in your lungs. Despite the dust people wear white. Farmers wrap themselves in bleached cotton. Village funerals look like fields of snow. At churches and shrines white is the pilgrim’s color.

Ethiopian demonstrators claim double standard on right to protest outside Netanyahu's home
The authorities say Ethiopian Israelis' protest camp near the Prime Minister's Residence is disturbing the neighbors. Funny, they never said that about other demonstrations.  For nearly two years now the sidewalk outside attorney David Hagoel's home in Jerusalem has been blocked. As someone who lives on the corner of Ramban Street opposite the Prime Minister's Residence, Hagoel is used to protesters pitching their tents nearby. It doesn't bother him anymore

Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi accuses Eritrea of kidnappings
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, April 17 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi accused Eritrea on Tuesday of abducting dozens of Ethiopian miners from the country's northwest, in a potential escalation of tension between the arch-enemies. Ethiopian troops crossed into the Red Sea state last month and attacked what they said were military bases used by rebels to stage raids, including a January attack that killed five Western tourists in Ethiopia's remote Afar region.

Africa’s Free Press Problem
AS Africa’s economies grow, an insidious attack on press freedom is under way. Independent African journalists covering the continent’s development are now frequently persecuted for critical reporting on the misuse of public finances, corruption and the activities of foreign investors.  Why this disturbing trend? In the West, cynicism about African democracy has led governments to narrow their development priorities to poverty reduction and stability; individual liberties like press freedom have dropped off the agenda, making it easier for authoritarian rulers to go after journalists more aggressively.

Ex Ethiopian leader's future uncertain in Zimbabwe .
By Janet Shoko
The Africa Report

Former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, who oversaw the murder of several thousands of his countrymen during the "Red Terror" campaign could be living on the edge in Zimbabwe as his future after the demise of his friend President Mugabe is uncertain. civic society has a firm view on Mengistu, they want him out of Zimbabwe dead or alive.

 "The nature of his departure, whether dead or alive is not critical. He should just leave Zimbabwe" Albertina Moyo said. He added that apart from liberation history, little is known of the two countries in terms of bilateral trade


The ‘depth’ of President Isaias’ leadership 
April 13th, 2012 

It isn’t only diehard supporters of President Isaias who are complicit in his collapse into the depths of totalitarian debauchery. Some in the opposition seem to believe, perhaps sincerely, that there is still be some saving grace to be found. They laboriously try to find a few redeeming qualities even in an accomplished despot who kills his people without qualms.

When suicide is the only escape
A revolution is needed to push the Lebanese government's hand to make the requisite reforms to its labour laws
By Khaled A Beydoun 
Washington, DC - For Alem Dechesa, death was the only way out. For thousands of 

voiceless Ethiopian domestic workers working in Lebanon, suicide is the only avenue for escaping a nihilistic existence.  I witnessed the range of human rights abuses endured by Ethiopian maids - from both the perspective of a Lebanese insider and a human rights attorney - and found that Dechesa's death was anything but a horrific aberration, but a common consequence of the modern-day slavery industry in Lebanon. 



Housemaid's suicide rattles Lebanon's conscience

Chicago Tribune
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Tragic tales of domestic worker abuse in Lebanon are common, but a film showing an Ethiopian maid dragged along a street in Beirut just days before she was found hanged from her bed sheets has rattled Lebanon's conscience.
The domestic worker industry in Lebanon is vast - foreign maids account for more than five percent of the population - and the sector is plagued by archaic labor laws, inhumane practices and dire wages.

Ethiopia resettlement plan falls short on development
By Jenny Vaughan (AFP) – 

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia — When the Ethiopian government asked Thwol Othoy if he wanted to be resettled, he agreed, attracted by promises of a better life - a clinic, school for his children and land to farm. But he now struggles to feed his family. After moving from western Ethiopia to the tiny town of Abobo in the Gambella region, he was allocated less than half his previous two acres on which he used to grow maize. "The food is not enough," said Thwol, 35, sitting by his thatched hut, barefoot and in tattered shorts with an open shirt exposing his bony chest.

Ethiopia: Promoting Economic Growth
Source: World bank

The International Development Association (IDA) is Ethiopia’s largest provider of official development assistance: it has committed over US$7 billion to more than 60 projects in Ethiopia since 1991, most notably for the protection of basic services, productive safety nets, energy and roads projects. IDA has worked to promote economic growth and address systemic poverty challenges across many sectors. Important results include a near two-fold increase in the number of children in primary school between 2001 and 2010, a reduction in child mortality from 204 in 1990 to 109 in 2010, increased rural access to safe water to 65.8 percent in 2010, from only 19 percent in 1990, all the while building local government capacity for service delivery and increased accountability

Ethiopia: UN urges Lebanon to investigate the death of Ethiopian woman
Source: Al Jazeera
Alem Dechasa, an Ethiopian national working as a housemaid in Lebanon, committed suicide after being beaten in Beirut. UN human rights experts urged the Lebanese government to investigate the death of an Ethiopian housemaid who commited suicide a few days after she was beaten by a man in Beirut. Alem Dechasa, 34, hung herself with a bed sheet on March 14 at a psychiatric hospital east of Beirut, where she had been taken by police after the February beating that was aired on Lebanese television. "Like many people around the world I watched the video of the physical abuse of Alem Dechasa," said Gulnara Shahinian, the UN expert on contemporary forms of slavery, in a statement on Tuesday.

Africa Rising: China steps up production in Ethiopia with drill instructors

By Science Monitor

investors Shoemaker Huajian is one of the latest Chinese companies to invest in Ethiopia, which the World Bank believes has the potential to produce clothes and footwear for the world. Huajian is one of the latest Chinese companies to move into Ethiopia. While the government has long leaned on Western support to feed the needy and provide social services, it is increasingly attracting Asian finance and investment for industry and infrastructure. "China's presence in Ethiopia is filling a huge gap," says Deborah Brautigam, an expert on the Asian giant's presence on the continent at American University. "The West sees Ethiopia as a country that needs to be saved. The Chinese see multiple business opportunities and a way to 'do well by doing good.' 

 Fekadu  Bekele

Grab the Land

By Huffington Post
It's a global trend, and not a good one.
It's called land grabbing, and it's happening on a massive scale -- especially in Africa. For millions of indigenous villagers and pastoralists it means forced relocation, loss of livelihoods, and a death blow to their ancient cultures. Ethiopia is a sad example of the worst of these outcomes. "Right now, the Ethiopian government is forcing 200,000 indigenous Anuak people off their ancestral farmlands, grazing lands, and forests in the Gambella region," says Paula Palmer, director of the Ethiopia Campaign at Cultural Survival, a non-profit that defends the rights of indigenous people worldwide. 

Road to Ethiopia
Arab News.com
Apr 1, 2012
We wanted to find out more about Islam’s underestimated but distinctive contribution to the formation of Ethiopia’s identity. We were willing to follow an exciting and less traditional journey of discovery through the history of Islamic civilization. Therefore, we decided to start our vacation with a one-day trip to Negash, a village in the northern Tigray region, which is the earliest Muslim settlement in Africa.

As separatists in Ethiopia disarm, a new chapter for D.C.’s Oromo community

Washington Post
History has not been kind to the Oromo people, whose complaints of subjugation date back to the last quarter of the 19th century, when they were colonized by the armies of Ethio­pian emperor Menelik II, said John Harbeson, an African studies lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

March 28, 2012

Araya Wolde-Giorgis, Ph.D., Chairman,

Ethiopia sells off seven state firms, to offer more
By Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, March 29 (Reuters) - Ethiopia has accepted bids worth 2.1 billion birr ($121 million) for seven state-owned firms, part of a plan to privatise dozens of corporations in the next three years, it said on Thursday.
The Horn of Africa nation, whose state-dominated economy ranks among the fastest growing in the world, aims to sell around 40 enterprises, including several large farms, a winery and a big hotel.

Ethiopian Terrorism Trial Hears Journalist Defendant
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

VOA News
A dissident Ethiopian journalist on trial for terrorism has categorically denied the charges and warned the court that history would judge its verdict. 
A three-judge panel listened Wednesday as journalist Eskinder Nega described himself as a prisoner of conscience and rejected accusations that he had conspired to overthrow the government through violence.

Ethiopia fossils foot bones suggest mystery walker
Thursday, March 29 2012 
Scientists have obtained a fascinating new insight into the evolution of humans and 

our ability to walk. It comes from the fossilised bones of a foot that were discovered in Ethiopia and dated to be 3.4 million years old. The researchers say they do not have enough remains to identify the species of hominin, or human ancestor, from which the right foot came.  But they tell Nature journal that just the shape of the bones shows the creature could walk upright at times. The fossil haul consists of eight elements from the forefoot - bones such as metatarsals and phalanges. The specimens were pulled from clay sediments at Burtele in the central Afar region, about 520km north-east of the capital Addis Ababa.

War Over a One-Horse Town
By FRANK JACOBS March 27, 2012, New York Times 

In a region steeped in history, Eritrea’s “newness” is used as an inculpatory 

argument — proof of its artificiality. Eritrea was a European imperialist creation, the Ethiopian line of reasoning goes, snatched from a united Ethiopian Empire by Italy’s imposition of the Treaty of Wuchale in 1889. The deceptive Article 17 of that treaty [4] led to the First Italo-Ethiopian War, from 1895 to 1896 — and a win for Ethiopia, the only victory of a native African state over a modern European one in modern history.

Eritrea - President Isaias Afwerki interview 25-03-2012

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki accused the United States of plotting cross-border raids by Ethiopian troops, saying the two allies were out to divert attention from a festering border spat in the volatile Horn of Africa.

The upside down world: Ex-fighters becoming victims of their insurrection
By Awalom Gebru

I for one do not agree with their innuendos and their incessant harangues, knowing their background and share in the formation of the TPLF. The TPLF whether we like it or not was a grassroots’ movement of the Tigrian masses, which paid an enormous sacrifice for the emancipation of the Ethiopian masses from the atrocities and massacres of the fascist derg. It would not be possible to recount the mass killings, terror and the oppressive measures of the derg in this short notice to rebut their flimsy and inconceivable attacks in two consecutive articles (February 2012 and March 2012), entitled “Ethiopia: 37 years of the TPLF and the footprints of Meles Zenawi,” that appeared in Ethiopian Observer.

Ethiopia to Accelerate Land Commercialization Amid Opposition
By William Davison on March 23, 2012 

Ethiopia’s government said it plans to clear land and provide infrastructure for investors to accelerate a commercial farming drive in the west of the country, amid opposition to the plans that left 19 people dead.  More than 100,000 hectares (247,105 acres) of land in the Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz states on the border with Sudan will be targeted in a process managed by the Agriculture Ministry’s Agricultural Investment Support Directorate, its director, Esayas Kebede, said in an interview on March 21. “The government is taking that responsibility to clear the land and to develop the land and then after to transfer the land with a value addition,” he said in the capital, Addis Ababa. The government will provide infrastructure including irrigation, electricity, telephones and drinking water, he said. 

Why Ethiopian Inflation Could Hurt the Rest of the World
Brian Weidy

Ethiopia’s month over month inflation rose from 32% in January to 36.3% in February, according to their latest economic report. As the global economy sits in a state of disarray, with the potential collapse of the Greek economy and the domino effect it could cause throughout the world, the latest news out of Ethiopia spells trouble for the developing world.

Are Ethiopia and Eritrea heading back to war?
By Martin Plaut Africa editor, BBC World Service 

Could Ethiopia's attack on alleged rebel bases over the border inside Eritrea herald the start of a new war in the Horn of Africa? Ethiopia says it carried out a raid on three camps belonging to a rebel group last Thursday.

37 years of the TPLF and the footprints of Meles Zenawi,

By Kahsay Berhe and Tesfay Atsbeha
Part two March 2012

Proxy War Stokes Tension Between Ethiopia, Eritrea 
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa
VOA News   

Ethiopia's military strike against targets in Eritrea last week has opened a new phase on the proxy war the Horn of Africa neighbors have been waging for more than a decade. Attention is focused on a little-known rebel group that is alleged to have been involved in cross-border attacks. Tension along the Eritrea-Ethiopia border rose late last week when Ethiopian forces struck what they said were military camps inside Eritrea.

Eritrea is an easy target for Ethiopia
The isolated, friendless regime of Isaias Afwerki will find few international protectors against Ethiopia's military incursions
Simon Tisdall 
guardian.co.uk, Monday 19 March 2012 

Ethiopia's military incursion into neighboring Eritrea, reinforced by weekend follow-up attacks, has received remarkably little international attention – and no outright condemnation, in the west at least. Britain said it was "deeply concerned" but declined to censure Addis Ababa. The US piously urged "restraint". Eritrea's demand that the UN security council punish Ethiopia has been met by deafening silence.

Why Geez matters
Godofai Tgiorgis  Tgiorgis12@yahoo.com 

March 16, 2012 

Many people have raised several issues as to why Geez should not become an official language. Regardless of the adequacy, I have tried, in response, to reason out as to why it should. This one too is a follow up to the ongoing debate whether or not Geez deserves consideration. The objection suggests that bigger political and economic issues have to be solved before even people think about Geez if Ethiopia is to eradicate inter-ethnic contradiction. The following is the spirit of their argument summarized:  

ያለ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስተሩ  ቆራጥ  አመራር  ኢህአዴግ  ሊኖር  አይችልም  ኢትዮጰያ  ትበተናለች  እየተባለ  እየሰማን  ነው

Ethiopian domestic worker beaten on camera commits suicide 
March 14, 2012  By Annie Slemrod

The Daily Star
BEIRUT: The Ethiopian domestic worker whose beating outside her country's consulate was widely publicized on video committed suicide Wednesday morning, Ethiopia’s consul general in Lebanon confirmed to The Daily Star.
Alem Dechasa, 33, hanged herself using her bed sheets between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., Ethiopian General Consul Asaminew Debelie Bonssa said doctors told him. He spoke to The Daily Star while returning from the hospital Psychiatrique de la Croix Hospital, known as Deir al-Salib. Police took her to the hospital after the incident.

Good Growth and Governance in Africa: 
Implementing Rather than Re-thinking Development Strategies

Asayehgn Desta, Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Economic Development Dominican University of California

African economies were ill-prepared to face the “free trade imperialism” of the 1850s. What is astonishing now is that Africa seems to be unprepared to survive in the global economic order. For example, Africa implemented the “two-sector growth model,” or “Industrialization by Imitation,” strategy of Arthur Lewis, which was endorsed by the United Nations.

Ethiopia's Magnetic Stripes Hold Clues to Ocean Formation
Crystal Gammon, Our Amazing Planet Contributor - Mar 12

geophysicists from Missouri flew to the eastern edge of Africa, strapped on bulky backpacks and began walking. They were looking for a set of huge stripes in the Tendaho Graben, a place within the Afar Depression of Ethiopia, where Africa's continental crust is stretching thin and a new ocean will eventually form. But the stripes they sought — and eventually found — aren't visible to the naked eye. They're magnetic stripes, similar to the ones lining the ocean floor at mid-ocean ridges. David Bridges, a geophysicist from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and his colleagues sniffed them out using a bit of geological detective work, lots of walking and the hulking magnetometers strapped to their backpacks.

Thorny Business: Ethiopian Rose Exports To Europe
Pratap Chatterjee on March 5th, 2012 

Delivering Ethiopian roses to European consumers on Valentine’s day has earned an Indian businessman the title of honorary consul for the East African country. Sai Ram Karuturi of Karuturi Global was appointed to his post last week at a formal ceremony conducted by Muktar Kedir, the Ethiopian cabinet affairs minister in Bangalore. The “villagization” program of the Ethiopian government gives farmers displaced by these land deals access to replacement land and also claims to provide them with better access to clean education, health and water.

Horse Hospital ScreeningGreetings!

Tomorrow is International Women's Day and who better to celebrate this with than Sylvia Pankhurst, whose campaigns and politics exemplify the original spirit of the day. Originally organized as a day of international solidarity for women and men demanding freedom and equality for all, it is a day with a history worth revisiting. On International Women's Day (March 8, 1914), having been expelled from the Women's Social and Political Union, by her mother, Emmeline and sister Christabel for her support for Irish freedom, opposition to the war and belief in a working class campaign for the vote, Sylvia launched her paper the Women's Dreadnought.  

World's first illustrated Christian bible discovered at Ethiopian monastery
By Daily Mail Reporter

The world's earliest illustrated Christian book has been saved by a British charity which located it at a remote Ethiopian monastery. The incredible Garima Gospels are named after a monk who arrived in the African country in the fifth century and is said to have copied them out in just one day.

Somalia conflict: Visiting al-Shabab fallen stronghold
March 4, 2012 
The Ethiopian army - along with Somali pro-government troops - has recently captured the key al-Shabab stronghold of Baidoa. The BBC's East Africa correspondent Will Ross was  one of the first journalists to visit the town since its seizure from the Islamist militants. The dark red berets of the Ethiopian army are back in Baidoa. At the airstrip, there was plenty of military might on display: hulking tanks, heavy artillery and dozens of alert troops. We are told Somali pro-government soldiers were backed by the Ethiopians as they seized the town from al-Shabab but it is clear who is the dominant partner in this relationship. 

A racist Moldova?

By Nichita Gurcov, Amnesty International Moldova
Fleeing the civil war in his native Sierra Leone 13 years ago, John Onoje hoped for a better lot in his newly-adopted home – Moldov.
Last Sunday John Onoje was beaten up in a toilet in an underpass in the country’s capital Chisinau. He tried to call the police, but the three who bundled him into the toilet just grinned at him: “Don’t bother, we are the police.”  The day before Moldova’s ex-President Vladimir Voronin told his supporters who had gathered for a rally in the centre of the capital: “They [the ruling parties] brought here a Negro, who’d just climbed down from a tree, and now he’s doing politics for them.”

Migrants facing unlawful arrests in South Africa
By IRIN Posted Sunday, March 4, 2012

On a recent Friday, three cells at Musina Police Station contained 106 migrants, of which 102 were men held in just two cells. Among them were Zimbabweans, Ethiopians, Somalis, Bangladeshis, Congolese and one Tanzanian, Cassim Mustapha, who had attempted to enter the country via the Beitbridge border post. "I'm claiming asylum because of my sexuality," he told IRIN. "I had a paper from the UN but they just said, 'Where is your passport?' and when I didn't have it, they arrested me."

Ethiopian immigrants earning 30%-40% less than Arabs
Ethiopian immigrants without work experience are worst-paid group, unseating Arab Israelis, a new study finds.
By Hila Weisberg 
Ethiopian immigrants without work experience have unseated Arab Israelis for the title of the lowest-earning group in Israeli society, a new study has found.
The research, conducted by Dr. Erez Siniver, chairman of the School of Economics at the College of Management, Academic Studies and Prof. Gil Epstein of Bar-Ilan University, is based on Central Bureau of Statistics data from 2010. It compares earnings data for people with 12 years of schooling or less. 

Your Land is My Land: Relocating 1.5 Million in Ethiopia
by Ellyn Schwaiger March 1, 2012
By Nickolas Johnson, The Oakland Institute
More than 1.5 million residents of Ethiopia have begun or will begin relocating away from their ancestral lands in a program called villagization. Ethiopia has a long and controversial history with resettlement, as it was a major element of the Derg’s socialist agricultural policies. By 1989, Derg’s villagization program had resettled more than 13 million people; international disapproval, degrading security and dwindling of resources caused the program to slow down.

The Integration of Technical and Vocational Education and Training with Sustainable Development Education: A Review of African Case Studies

 Desta, Asayehgn, Ph.D.

Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable International Economic Development

Dominican University of California


With the emancipation of the Rio Conference of 1992 and the Johannesburg Conference of 2002, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been regarded as the key component of implementing sustainable development.  In particular, the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) for entrepreneurs has been identified as a vehicle for the implementation of education for sustainable development.  To assess the effective integration of ESD in TVET, four of the six case studies undertaken by UNESCO in 2009 in Eastern and Southern Africa  (i.e., Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, and Mauritius) were reviewed by the author to solicit information as to whether the objectives of ESD have been achieved by the TVET programs. 

Rahmato: There is no provision in any of the contracts signed by the government and investors ­– there is no provision for food security, local food security, at all. And if there are people starving there, it’s not their concern.ct is generating a lot of income. It can really bring a kind of revolution in food production, as well as uplifting the social conditions of the people around.

Reporter: But Ethiopians don’t typically eat rice, and many question the move to grow crops for export when Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa have a long history of periodic hunger caused by war and weather problems.

Danish navy frees hostages off Somalia, 2 killed
Tue Feb 28, 2012

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Two people held hostage by suspected Somali pirates were killed during a rescue operation by the Danish navy that succeeded in freeing 16 other captives off the horn of Africa, the navy said on Tuesday. The Absalon, a Danish warship serving in NATO's counter-piracy mission Ocean Shield, fired on the suspect boat, a traditional dhow, after it disobeyed orders to stop, the navy said. Seventeen suspected pirates were arrested."Two hostages were found seriously wounded, and even with speedy assistance from the Absalon's doctor, their lives could not be saved," the navy command said in a statement.

Saudi Billionaire to Invest $3.4 Billion in Ethiopia in 5 Years
By William Davison

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Derba Group, an amalgam of three Ethiopian companies owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al- Amoudi, said it plans to invest 59 billion birr ($3.4 billion) in seven industrial projects over the next five years.
The company, formed last month, has already invested 12 billion birr of a planned 71 billion birr in agriculture and cement in the Horn of Africa country, Chief Executive Officer Haile Assegide said today by phone from Derba Midroc Cement Plc’s plant near Chancho, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Addis Ababa, the capital. Ethiopian-born al-Amoudi is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 63rd-richest person and was worth $12.3 billion in March. The 66-year-old is close to the Saudi royal family and his construction company, Midroc, built the $30 billion underground oil storage facility in the kingdom in the late 1980s, according to the magazine.


Following the just concluded resolutions at Lancaster, London at which the major western powers together with their former colonies in Uganda, Ethiopia and others sat, trying out many a solution to Somalia's instability. The question that rings hard in my mind is the history of the venue, going by history that it is this very venue where former colonies of Britain met with their then chief executives to demand and debate the question of independence and constitutional governance. It is not by coincidence that the same venue has hosted this time African countries involved in efforts to pacify Somalia with the big Capitalist countries in Britain and the US , who had for long neglected the Somalia but due to trans-Atlantic route that links the West to the horn and great lakes countries in Africa being unsafe due to piracy and out of the very neglect. There was no way the West was going to run away from the Somalia and not even her neighbors were safe.

European Court censures Italy over African migrants
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italy violated the rights of Eritrean and Somali migrants by sending them back to Libya. The 13 Eritreans and 11 Somalis were among a group of about 200 people who left Libya on three boats in 2009. Two of the 24 have since The court ordered Italy to pay each migrant in the case 15,000 euros (£13,000; $20,000) in damages. Last year Italy suspended a 2008 deal with Libya on sending migrants back.

2012 Black Engineer of the Year Award Winners and Special Recognition Honorees
By USBE&IT Magazine

Black Engineer Magazine honors Ethiopian Engineer Negus Adefris Ethiopian engineer Negus Adefris has been recognized by Black Engineer magazine as one of its 2012 Black Engineer Award winners. The Ethiopian engineer was recognozed for his work at 3M that led to the invention of Cubitron II abrasive belts used in cylindrical grinders and anywhere else you need an abrasive belt or sanding equipment to take on tough materials. Below is the profile by Black Engineer magazine.Negus Adefris, Ph.D. Senior Product Development Specialist 3M Meet the face behind a 3M invention: Negus Adefris, Ph.D is helping to shape the future. He developed a key component in the new Cubitron II abrasive belts used in cylindrical grinders and anywhere else you need an abrasive belt or sanding equipment to take on tough materials. Thanks to the breakthrough technology, belts average faster cutting on hard-to-grind metals, cut cooler, and last up to four times as long as conventional ceramic aluminum. 

Ethiopia's Ashegoda Wind Farm starts generating 30 MW in testing phase

Ethiopia's Ashegoda Wind Farm starts generating 30 MW in test 
Ethiopia's Ashegoda Wind Farm Technology starts generating 30 MW in a test mode. The farm, located about 760km north of Addis Abeba in Tigray Regional State, is set to have a total electricity generation capacity of 120MW.


Foreign jihadists sighted sailing from southern Somalia port
By ABDULKADIR KHALIF in MogadishuPosted Friday, February 24 2012 
Reports from Kismayu, 500km south of Mogadishu, indicated that upto eight boats docked at the port in the last 48 hours.  The boats are reportedly on a mission to transport foreign fighters, known locally as Al-Mujahedeen Al-Muhajereen (migrant jihadists) to other destinations. The foreigners are said to have been in Somalia to fight alongside Al-Shabaab militant, against the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and its allies such as Amisom peacekeepers, and Kenyan and Ethiopian troops. Sources following the events in Kismayu suspect that a number of boats sailed with at least 100 jihadists to Yemen, across the Gulf of Aden.

Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt
By Omar Fahmy and Nidal al-Mughrabi
CAIRO/GAZA | Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:56pm EST 
CAIRO/GAZA Feb 24 (Reuters) - Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule. The policy shift deprives Assad of one of his few remaining Sunni Muslim supporters in the Arab world and deepens his international isolation. It was announced in Hamas speeches at Friday prayers in Cairo and a rally in the Gaza Strip. Hamas went public after nearly a year of equivocating as Assad's army, largely led by fellow members of the president's Alawite sect, has crushed mainly Sunni protesters and rebels.


Ethiopian American Forum
By Staff Reporter   February 22, 2012 

“I recently read on the Net about the difficulty of returning the Axum obelisk from Rome to Ethiopia because of lack of Italian funds and American airplanes. If these are the only issues holding up the return of the obelisk to Ethiopia, is it not possible 

to cut the pieces to smaller parts and flow them back in smaller airplanes? If this is a viable option, it may be possible to raise the money on the Net. I am thus writing this e-mail to get your input before I set up an Internet site to raise the money on the WWW to cover the cost. I would also appreciate it if you let me know how much this heritage move would cost and where to send the money.” [8] It did not take long for the Italians to figure out where the Ethiopian-American was going and a secretary at the embassy responded by writing that the Italian government has decided to pay for the transportation and he is thus advised to raise money to feed the starving Ethiopians instead of using it to carry pieces of stones. This letter was followed up by a conciliatory one from the Ambassador assuring the Ethiopian-American that preparation for the return of the obelisk would soon start. 

Nervously, world powers eye greater Somalia action
By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

LONDON Feb 24 (Reuters) - Somalia might still be described as the "world's worst failed state", but international enthusiasm for involvement there is ticking up to levels not seen since the 1994 withdrawal of international peacekeepers. Following the October 1993 "Blackhawk Down" debacle in which 18 US servicemen and well over a thousand Somalis died in a botched Mogadishu battle, world powers have largely left Somalia to anarchy, chaos and conflict. Some estimates suggest more than a million people may have died since Somalia's last government collapsed in 1991.

An African Victory, A Powerful Woman, A Racial Truth Ethiopian Victory Affects the World.

The world learned at least three lessons from the Battle of Adwa. One, that it was possible for a united African nation such as Ethiopia to defeat a large, European colonial power. Two, women such as Taitu could lead in diplomacy and lead in battle just as could men. Long before women could even vote in Western nations, the soldiers and citizens of Ethiopia accepted Taitu's leadership. Three, the notion of white racial superiority had been taken down a notch or two and this had great influence on societies around the globe, especially in America where the notion of racial equality was just starting to bubble up through the culture.

11 found dead in Ethiopian container At least 11 people were found dead in a container trucker in Ethiopia on Sunday and are s suspected to be victims of human trafficking. The container was reportedly on its way to Djibouti but police suspect Saudi Arabia was the final destination. According to police, the truck driver was part of a syndicate of human traffickers.

Ethiopia: 37 years of the TPLF and the footprints of Meles
By Tesfay Atsbeha and Kahsay Berhe February 2012
Part one

As we are writing this article in connection with the 37th anniversary of the TPLF, we will make a short review of the footprints of the TPLF in the course of 37 years and thereby concentrate ourselves on the less known aspects of the history of the organization. We hope readers can compare and contrast our presentation with what they know about the regime and make their own judgment about our characterization of the TPLF. 

Let the Nkrumah Statue Stand and Let Other Statues Flank and Accompany It   Ghelawdewos Araia PhD.

February 18, 2012  

All of the pan-African leaders were inspired by Ethiopia because they were all aware 


that Ethiopia triumphed over the Italian invading forces at Adwa in 1896 and managed to preserve its independence. When Italy, for the second time attempted to take over Ethiopia in the 1930s and in fact occupied the country between 1936 and 1941, Marcus Garvey and George Padmore were at the forefront against the Italian aggression. In West Africa, major newspapers like The Sierra Leone Weekly, the Nigerian Daily Times, Vox Populi of Gold Coast, The Gold Coast Spectator, and the West African Pilot all expressed the fury of the African people against Italian attack on Ethiopia. Jomo Kenyatta, who served as honorary chair of the International African Friends of Abyssinia, wrote “Hands off Abyssinia” in Labour Monthly of 1935.   

Ethiopians give lacklustre welcome to Kwame Nkrumah statue 
Daniel Howden Tuesday 14 February 2012 

The arrival of Ghanaian great Kwame Nkrumah in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa
40 years after his death has been met with notable local resistance.
Ethiopians are signing a petition demanding that a statue of the pan-Africanist leader which was recently unveiled outside the new African Union headquarters be joined by one of the late emperor Haile Selassie or removed. As well as the signatures, a group of Ethiopian elders, opposition politicians and scholars have written to the AU Commission voicing their disappointment at its decision to "ignore" the deposed emperor.

Ethiopia's tribes cry for help 
Dominic Brown is an independent filmmaker, writer and human rights campaigner. 
A drive to become a world leading sugar producer threatens the livelihoods of thousands of people in rural areas. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Lower Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a vast and rugged region of mountains and valleys, inhabited largely by nomadic agro-pastorals tribes numbering some 200,000 people. Many live a simple existence, living in straw thatched huts and have little contact with the outside world. But the Ethiopian government's new found appetite for large-scale sugar production threatens the very existence of many of these tribes. 

Ethiopia: Atse Haile Selassie and Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah
By Msmaku Asrat

I was reluctant to write on this subject since many have written about it exhaustively. I am writing this from a personal perspective which makes it slightly different from what has been written before . 

According to Nkrumah the first encounter he had with Ethiopia was while walking the streets of London and seeing the headline of a newspaper “MUSSOLINI INVADES ETHIOPIA. “ In his Autobiography he writes about this moment where he says that he felt that a spear has just pierced his heart. He felt dizzy, sad and dejected. He also doubled his resolve to fight the scrooge of Colonialism which has now encroached the only independent Black Country in the world which has given pride to the entire black race when Menelik the Great scored brilliant victory over the White Race (the same Italians) at the famous battle of Adwa.

Archaeologists strike gold in quest to find Queen of Sheba's wealth
Dalya Alberge 

The Observer, Saturday 11 February 2012
A British excavation has struck archaeological gold with a discovery that may solve 

Queen Sheba of Ethiopia and King Solomon - Tigrai Online

the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba derived her fabled treasures
A British excavation has struck archaeological gold with a discovery that may solve the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba of biblical legend derived her fabled treasures. Almost 3,000 years ago, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopia and Yemen, arrived in Jerusalem with vast quantities of gold to give to King Solomon. Now an enormous ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple and the site of a battlefield, have been discovered in her former territory. Louise Schofield, an archaeologist and former British Museum curator, who headed the excavation on the high Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia, said: "One of the things I've always loved about archaeology is the way it can tie up with legends and myths. The fact that we might have the Queen of Sheba's mines is extraordinary."

Dudley Thompson: A fighter for socialism and African unity
Horace Campbell

February 8, 2012
On 20 January 2012 Dudley Joseph Thompson, the indefatigable fighter for African Unity, reparative justice and socialism joined the ancestors. Born in Panama, raised in Jamaica and serving as a frontline activist for African Liberation, Thompson spent the past 70 years of his life working to end domination and exploitation of the African people at home and abroad. He was 95 years old. After graduating from Oxford University, Thompson moved to East Africa (Tanzania) and from there worked tirelessly for the liberation struggles in that region, acting as one of the coordinators of the defense team for Jomo Kenyatta and other leaders of the Kenyan independence struggles





Business and investment missing from the agenda of the London Conference on Somalia
January 28, 2012 in News

To say that Somalia gets a bad press is an understatement, and yet those who know the region well are aware that considerable commercial activity is taking place. Whilst no one should underestimate the challenges of doing business in the region HABA recognizes the significant role that stimulating entrepreneurial and business activity can play in providing employment, economic security and hope. It is therefore regrettable, but hardly surprising that the forthcoming London Conference on Somalia  (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/somalia-conference/) has omitted business and investment from its agenda. The security and aid fixation of the FCO, DFID etc is causing a myopia with regards to Somalia and the Horn of Africa in general that HABA fears will ensure that few tangible benefits result from this conference. An opportunity sadly missed.

Access Capital adds its own to the on-going debate on Ethiopia’s economic performance
By Keffyalew Gebremedhin
Access’s view of two pillars of development

Access Capital just published its third Ethiopia: Macroeconomic Handbook 2011-2012, to sell its views and ideas on prospects and problems of Ethiopia’s economy. The handbook contains several useful data on activities of the different sectors of the national economy, accompanied by analyses from a business perspective that Access Capital truly represents with lots of hunger and drive.

Curbing the baser tendencies of Ethiopia's strong man: editorial
Source Cleveland.com  February 01, 2012

The United States, Ethiopia's biggest donor, needs to pressure Prime Minister 

Meles Zenawi's government to improve its lousy human rights record.  The prime minister deserves high marks for improving the nation's health indicators, economy and agriculture. Targeted U.S. aid helped achieve these outcomes, reducing Ethiopia's long-term dependence on outside help. But human rights organizations say Meles' government is also turning parts of the country into prison camps, jailing, torturing or hounding into exile journalists and dissidents. The United States provides a significant share of the $3 billion Ethiopia receives annually in long-term development aid, mostly through a multilateral donor partnership. It and other donors need to convince Meles that it pays to have a civil society and to ensure that allegations of government misconduct can be independently investigated. 

Located in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, the African Union's new headquarters is China's largest aid project to Africa since the construction of the Zambia-Tanzania railway in the 1970s. Ding Haitao / Xinhua
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - On a typical Saturday afternoon, Johan Strijdom stands by the side of a fountain, basking in sunshine in the spacious square where a landmark 20-story office tower overlooking a pearl-shaped conference center shapes the skyline of the Ethiopian capital. During the last three years, Strijdom, who works with the African Union Commission (AUC), has watched the buildings rise from his office on the 6th floor of the African Union's old building, 50 meters from the square.

Ethiopian Christians to be deported from Saudi Arabia
January 31 2012 

Some 35 Ethiopian Christians face deportation from Saudi Arabia for "illicit mingling", the global rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) says. Police arrested the group - including 29 women - after raiding a prayer meeting in the second city of Jeddah. The women were subjected to strip searches and the men beaten and called "unbelievers", according to HRW. In 2006, the Saudi government promised to stop interfering with private worship by non-Muslims.

Last Friday at Shoreline school district my Son Romha and his Friend Brandon were the star of the night. I am not going to uncovered the laughter, because I am not going to be the spoiler, you watch yourself such future comedians in action.

Funding Gaps Threaten Momentum in Malaria Fight, African Leaders Declare
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Named Chair of African Effort to End Malaria Deaths

Tigrigna Broadcast Yesterday VOA-Tigrigna had an interview with Sibhat Nega and Dr. Aregawi Berhe. You are the judge, have your say. Wechegud !!!

Africa – From Transition to Transformation – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012

As the region’s political and economic evolution accelerates, what leadership and governance models will meet the people’s expectations for the future? 


Interview on Contemporary Ethiopia: Lessons Learned

Desta, Asayehgn Ph.D. 

On January 17, 2012, I read an interesting interview given to the Ethiopian Observer website by Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia. Generally, if we look at it from the standpoint of art, a discourse between a journalist and an interviewee is very intriguing. But, what was amazing to me was the relevance of the questions used by the interviewer (Ethio-observer). They caught my eyes, vibrated my brain, and highly motivated me to read and examine the content of the interview process and learn from the interviewee. 

Africa's Most Successful Women: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

Every now and then, I profile outstanding African women who’re making giant strides in business, politics, technology, entrepreneurship and leadership on the continent and elsewhere around the world. This week, I profile the spectacular Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, an Ethiopian entrepreneur and the founder of SoleRebels, a thriving eco-sensitive footwear brand that pundits hail as Africa’s answer to brands such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas. Entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu was born and raised in Zenebework, a small, impoverished rural community in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.  As a child, she discovered that people of her community were living in abject squalor because there were very few jobs available.

Forced Relocation in Ethiopia Especially Harmful to Women
According to Human Rights Watch, an Ethiopian program to relocate 70,000 is guilty of rights violations

Ricci Shryock January 18, 2012
Around 70,000 people from western Ethiopia are being forcibly relocated under the government’s “villagization” program. The people are taken to new villages that lack adequate food, farmland, healthcare, and educational facilities, according to a recently released Human Rights Watch report.

Interview on contemporary Ethiopia January 17, 2012
Ethioobserver has conducted a comprehensive interview on major issues and current affairs pertaining to Ethiopia with Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia, and while we are pleased to present a discussion forum to our subscribers, we also like to extend our deepest gratitude to the interviewee for his cooperation and his time.

Ethioobserver: How about the question of dominant nationality in Ethiopia at present? Some Ethiopian observers, in particular the Diaspora Ethiopian opposition, believe that the TPLF is the dominant party in the ruling EPRDF party and hence the Tigray nationality is a dominant nationality and therefore Tigray is the most privileged regional state.

Ethiopia gunmen 'kill five foreign tourists'
Five foreign tourists have been killed in Ethiopia in an attack by unknown gunmen, state TV reports. The attack was carried out late on Monday in the northern Afar region of the country by gunmen who had crossed from neighboring Eritrea, the TV said.

Schadomsky’s censorship as a tacit approval of tyranny
By Tesfay Atsbeha

I wrote an article under the title: “forced indoctrination” in August 2011 and sent it to several Ethiopian websites. I made the following remark in relation to Mr. Schadomsky on the last page of the article: “It is unbelievable that some individuals even in the voice of America and the Deutsche Welle (DW) are importing the habit of stifling critical voices from Ethiopia. The DW organized a successful international conference under the title: “Human Rights in a Globalized World, challenges for the Media” (June 20-22, 2011 in Bonn) for about 1600 participants from more than 100 countries.

Russia Abroad: In Ethiopia, Russian Is the Language of Healing 
17 January 2012

By Derek Andersen
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Mention Russia to Ethiopians and their first association is likely to be with medicine. "We have Russian doctors at Dejazmach Balcha Hospital," said Melaku Tenew, licensed guide in the historical city of Gondar. "I was there last month for my ankle. They are very good and so kind. Tell them if they come to Gondar, I will take care of them."


The Tragedy of South Sudan
IDEA Viewpoint

Ghelawdewos Araia, Ph.D.

I strongly believe that Africans, in particular those who are engaged in bloody conflicts or are susceptible to ethnic infighting, must seriously consider to reinstate, revitalize, and implement Zande-type blood brotherhood. One major problem with most African countries is their suspension between traditional customs and modern values, and in due course they have lost their traditional institutions that enabled them settle disputes amicably in the past. 

A coordinated regional alliance to snuff out the Somali militants
By FRED OLUOCH Posted Sunday, January 8 2012 
The war in Somalia has led to closer intelligence collaboration between Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda that is thought to have thwarted plans by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militia to launch terror attacks in the region over Christmas and New Year holidays

The Good and the Ethiopian condition
By Teodros Kiros IDEA

In a very recent wise article, (Ethiopians Must Garner A Higher Form of Unity in Light of Kebede Michael Vision, Ghelawdewos Araia December 27, 2011) Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia advises us to aim at discovering our higher selves and garner a higher form of unity in light of Kebede Michael’s Vision, and disembark from the destructive path of hammering on obsessions with the psychological makeup of our leaders. He alternatively suggests that:

Ethiopians Must Garner A Higher Form of Unity in Light of Kebede Michael Vision
Ghelawdewos Araia
December 27, 2011
This essay is intended to further reach out Ethiopians at home and in the Diaspora in an effort to emancipate themselves from narrow ethno-politics that has virtually gripped the minds of political groupings, apparently vocal and avowed opposition but that altogether lacks unity

Sustainable Local Development:
The Revitalization of the town of Adwa (Ethiopia) through
Community-based Endogenous Projects

Desta, Asayehgn, Ph.D. 

Over the years, either self-initiated or by funding from development agencies, a number of developing countries have implemented various programs to tackle poverty. This case study was inspired by the One Village One Product (OVOP) movement initiated in the Oita Prefecture region of Japan and successfully transferred to other developed or developing countries through the initiative of local talents, the emancipation of local wisdom, the participation of local people, the rediscovering of indigenous products (services or history), and viable entrepreneurship. As a result, local communities were able to create job opportunities and generate income to improve the livelihoods of the poor segments of their population. Given the positive aspects of the OVOP movement, some possible community-based endogenous projects have been suggested to revitalize the town of Adwa, Tigrai, Ethiopia. 

December 29 program on The German Amharic program. Interview starts at 24:30 minutes with Dr. Aberra founder of Ethiopian Computer Software.

Editor's Note: Behind the facade that the Ethiopian PM presents to the outside world, there is a darker and harsher reality of his past.  Ato Gebremedhin, on his latest interview on ESAT, is a chilling reminder of the Orwellian type of leadership that existed. The manner in which George Orwell addressed the state of humans possessing power was amazing, and it drew great attention to his concern with the use of power. In order to illustrate the issue, George Orwell had pigs take power, distort all the laws they made, and force everything to work for their desires without caring about the animals that worked painstakingly to fulfill their orders. "In dealing with power, George Orwell tried to have the leaders become aware of how they ruled because he believed that the leaders should have been capable of ruling with more equality". No other political movement has come to symbolize both nepotism and secrecy than TPLF.  

Still echoing loudly in our minds are those who have perished questioning the Orwellian style of leadership for justice. However, individuals who are part of the political game are trying hard to carve, distort and fabricate the true history in their own version. For now the truth never rang to their ears. Pressure has been mounting increasingly since Ato Gebremedhin, Ato Aram Maru and other concerned citizens unveiled the dark side of past legacy. It is important to establish the truth. Gebremedhin's word isn’t the last, but only a very important step helping to come to terms with TPLF past. For those who think it is a closed chapter, the end is still far from the future. We have to go deeper and find closure until full justice is done.

Ethiopia's partnership with China
By Deborah Bräutigam
Source: The Guardian
China sees Ethiopia as a land of business opportunities, but the African country remains in charge of any deals 
In late November, Habros Seguar, an Ethiopian industry ministry official, told me how the ministry had just landed a major Chinese investment. During his August trip to China, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had visited the Pearl River Delta, where higher costs are driving manufacturers offshore

Reporting Is Not Terrorism VOA

Two Swedish journalists face up to 11 years in prison after a court in Ethiopia convicted them of supporting terrorism. The United States is concerned about the court’s ruling. The journalists conceded that they had entered Ethiopia illegally. We recognize the authority of the Ethiopian judicial process, the legitimate concerns about terrorism, and the government’s need to protect the country’s national security. 

In famine-stricken Ethiopia, a Saudi company leases land to grow and export rice  PRI Public Radio
In famine-stricken Ethiopia, a Saudi company leases land to grow and export rice Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.

The Achievement Gap That Isn’t Racial: Ethiopian Students in Seattle Public Schools
Disparities Found Among Black Students

New data from Seattle Public Schools show that the district’s black students whose first language is English fare significantly worse academically than black students from immigrant or refugee households. Black students who speak Amharic (Ethiopia’s official language) at home posted the most impressive scores: 62% passed a state math test, while 74% passed the reading test. By contrast, African-Americans passed at rates of 36% for math and 56% for reading.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston comments on Ethiopia, Horn of Africa: ESAT


Tigray Announces Acquisition of the 795 Square Kilometre Harvest North Properties in Ethiopia
Press Release: Tigray Resources Inc. – Mon, Dec 19, 2011 
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -12/19/11)- Tigray Resources Inc. (TSX-V: TIG.V - News) ("Tigray" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has entered into a non-binding agreement with respect to a three-year option to acquire up to an 80% interest in the Harvest North properties from an arm's length party. The Harvest North properties cover 795 square kilometres immediately adjacent north and west of Tigray's existing Harvest project in Ethiopia. 

A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse ...a letter from Michael Moore

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

One year ago today (December 17th), Mohamed Bouazizi, a man who had a simple produce stand in Tunisia, set himself on fire to protest his government's repression. His singular sacrifice ignited a revolution that toppled Tunisia's dictator and launched revolts in regimes across the Middle East.

Deal draws Kenya closer to tapping Ethiopia power 
Kenya has inched closer to clinching a deal to tap electricity from Ethiopia following a pact between the two governments. Daily Nation
By ZEDDY SAMBU  Friday, December 16 2011 
Kenya has inched closer to clinching a deal to tap electricity from Ethiopia following a pact between the two governments. Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi and his Ethiopian counterpart Alemayehu Tegenu reached a power purchasing deal and instructed bosses of power transmission firms Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) and Ethiopia Electricity Power Company (EEPCO) to inter-connect the national power grids so that Kenya can tap from the line by 2016.

Opposition Leader Labels Ethiopian Government 'Dictatorship'
Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa

VOA News
The newly elected leader of Ethiopia's largest opposition group says his party faces a 

monumental task in trying to unseat what he calls "dictators" bent on silencing dissent. The party held leadership elections even as some of its top officials are being tried on terrorism charges. Hundreds of regional party leaders clapped in approval as former Ethiopian president Negasso Gidada was elected head of Unity for Democracy and Justice, the largest faction of the Medrek (Forum) opposition coalition. The election was the first since former UDJ leader Birtukan Mideksa fled into exile earlier this year after being freed from prison, where she had been serving a life sentence.

For Some Arab Revolutionaries, A Serbian Tutor
by Deborah Amos

Srdja Popovic, who runs the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, speaks in Belgrade in February. He played a prominent role in ousting Serbia's dictator in 2000, and has worked with Arabs involved in uprisings in their countries during the past year
December 13, 2011
Srdja Popovic, a lanky biologist from Belgrade, helped overthrow a dictator in Serbia a decade ago. Since then, he's been teaching others what he learned, and his proteges include a host of Arab activists who have played key roles in ousting Arab autocrats over the past year. "This is a bad year for bad guys," Popovic says with a broad grin in a New York cafe. The Arab uprisings, which began when a frustrated Tunisian fruit seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire last December, caught the world by surprise. Yet young would-be Arab revolutionaries had been beating a path to Belgrade since 2005, learning Popovic's tactics of peaceful revolt and waiting for the moment when they could apply them.

Wind farm fuels Ethiopia's green power ambitions
ASHEGODA, Ethiopia — Villagers in Ethiopia's arid north live as they have for centuries surrounded by cattle and donkeys; only the rows of towering white wind turbines look out of place. It is not the first place one might expect to find the sleek new structures. The unpaved roads around the site are lined with donkey-drawn carts lugging firewood and bushels of wheat.

Ethiopia: Intimidation or imprisonment by 'democratic instruments'
By Mesfin Negash/CPJ Guest Blogger

Source: CPJ  Thus, the public suspicion is aimed at sensitizing the public, or at least ruling party members, about the legal action the government is going to take using "democratic instruments." It is often based on fabricated or half-baked conspiracy plots. Some of the allegations against independent newspapers and journalists in Ethiopia paint them as dangerous elements posing a threat to the country: the agents of foreign forces or enemy states; operatives of the CIA; members or supporters of opposition or extremist groups; advocates of anti-ethnic or religious groups; advocates of anti-state ideas, and more

The journalist as terrorist: an Ethiopian story
Abiye Teklemariam Megenta, 7 December 2011 source: Open Democracy
Meles Zenawi’s greatest trick has been to convince a lot of people in the west that he is an intelligent and prudent leader. The basis for such an image is ever-shifting. In the 1990s, it was based on his ability to stabilise a war-ravaged country. When the Ethiopia-Eritrea war undermined his claim to be a peacemaker, he adopted the guise of a pro-western and pro-democracy reformer, advising Tony Blair on how to nurture civil society and free media in Africa and using Bushisms such as "enemy of freedom" to attack "jihadists".

Durban climate talks ending: Polluters won, people lost (Greenpeace Africa)

DURBAN, South-Africa, December 11, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On the closing of the latest round of UN climate talks in Durban Greenpeace today declared that it was clear that our Governments this past two weeks listened to the carbon-intensive polluting corporations instead of listeni