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Somalis protest at Ethiopia embassy in U.K. over prisoner transfer

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with UNPO Somalians resident in the United Kingdom on Tuesday held a protest outside the Ethiopian embassy in the country demanding that their country’s sovereignty be respected. The protest was in response to a recent decision of Somali authorities to transfer a citizen to Ethiopia. Scores of protesters with placards assembled in […]

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Ethiopia & Eritrea: What will it take to break the deadlock?

Guest Commentary: Martin Plaut The stalemate along the Ethiopian-Eritrean border benefits almost no-one. Two armies stare at each other across the 1,000 kilometre border – as they have done since June 2000, when the fighting ended. Every so often there is a flare-up. An Eritrean border guard will fire at a refugee attempting to cross […]

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A CALL TO ETHIOPIAN ELDERS AND LEADERS FROM THE SMSNE: A TIME FOR MORAL HEROISM

“The greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to its constitution and strict adherence to the rule of law and above all the fear of God.” These are the words of Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga, a respected Kisii elder, who explained the basis for his own decision to nullify the recent 2017 Kenyan […]

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Peace accord leads to thriving trade on Kenya-Ethiopia border

Meres Abe, an Ethiopian businesswoman and her children sells at the Moyale open air market on August 31, 2017. She said the trade in Kenya is profitable and peace along the border has given them an easy time. PHOTO | IRENE MWENDWA | NATION MEDIA GROUP By IRENE MWENDWA More by this Author Trade has […]

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‘Thank you and Happy Ethipian New Year’ Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie – SBS Amhari

‘Thank you and Happy Ethipian New Year’ Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie – SBS Amhari

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A Victorious Happy Ethiopian New Year (2010)! – Alemayehu G. Mariam

Let us look forward happily to the new year with confidence in our hearts and resolve in our minds. Let us learn from the lessons of the past year and apply them even more magnificently in the new. Those great lesson are mass civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to T-TPLF black apartheid rule. Let us make history […]

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ONLF Response to the Somali Cabinet Decision on the Refoulement of Mr Abdikarin Sh Muse to Ethiopia

Statement by Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) September 8, 2017 ONLF Response to the Somali Cabinet Decision on the Refoulement of Mr Abdikarin Sh Muse to Ethiopia On September 6, 2017 the minister of information of Somalia read a statement in which he claimed that ONLF has a relationship with Al-Shabab and was involved in […]

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Hilton to manage first DoubleTree aiport hotel in Ethiopia’s capital

by Victoria Rosenthal | Sep 8, 2017 Hilton has signed a management agreement with TAFBB Business to open DoubleTree by Hilton Addis Ababa Airport. The 106-guestroom hotel will be developed next to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, the base for Ethiopian Airlines, which flies both domestically and to Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle […]

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A CALL TO ETHIOPIAN ELDERS AND LEADERS: A TIME FOR MORAL HEROISM – SMNE

“The greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to its constitution and strict adherence to the rule of law and above all the fear of God.” These are the words of Kenyan Chief Justice David Maraga, a respected Kisii elder, who explained the basis for his own decision to nullify the recent 2017 Kenyan […]

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Ethiopia’s Southern regional state pardons 3,099 prisoners

ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia’s Southern regional state on Thursday granted 3,099 prisoners amnesty ahead of the upcoming Ethiopian New Year, which starts on September 11. Desie Dalkie, chief administrator of Southern regional state said the prisoners were freed because they met the legal requirements for pardon. Legal requirements for pardon include the […]

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Interview with Prof Bahiru Kassahun – SBS Amharic

Interview with Prof Bahiru Kassahun SBS Amharic

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Somalia: ONLF Member Transferred to Ethiopia Was Terrorist, Regional Threat

Mohamed Olad Hassan/VOA The government of Somalia is defending a controversial decision to hand over a prominent Ogaden rebel leader to authorities in Ethiopia. The transfer of Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, a top member of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), has sparked a social media uproar and protests against the government by nationalist politicians. Small […]

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Ethiopia faces worst drought in years as millions at risk

2017-09-05 18:44 Associated press Danan – Men, women and children in this remote region of Ethiopia scramble to receive food aid and feed their rail-thin cattle as a huge cloud of dust rises into a sky that hasn’t delivered enough rain for the past three years. The mass feeding programme, managed by aid groups in […]

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Professor Tekalign Mamo, of Haramaya University, Wins the 2016 IFA Norman Borlaug Award

Professor Tekalign Mamo, former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture, recognized for decades-long commitment to improving soil health on the African continent Paris―Professor Tekalign Mamo, distinguished soil scientist and former Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture has been awarded the 2016 IFA Norman Borlaug Award for his outstanding contribution to improving soil health and natural resources bases […]

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Even poorest can be shielded from drought, say U.N. chiefs in Ethiopia

Alex Whiting Thomson Reuters People wait for food and water in the Warder district in the Somali region of Ethiopia, Jan. 28, 2017. Ethiopia is struggling to counter a new drought in its east that authorities say has left 5.6 million people in need.[/caption]ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It is possible to protect the world’s […]

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In Ethiopia, UN agency chiefs say more investment is needed to bolster drought-prone areas

5 September 2017 – More investment is needed in long-term projects to protect people in developing countries from droughts, the heads of the United Nations food agencies today said after a visit to Ethiopia where 9.5 million people are hungry. The death of many livestock in Ethiopia, as well as in Somalia where 3.3 million […]

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Ethiopia’s bereaved families seek justice

Bereaved families in Ethiopia are demanding justice for 650 anti-government protesters who were killed last year. They were from the largest ethnic group, the Oromo, and died during a government crackdown on dissent. Despite repeated government promises that security forces responsible for civilian deaths will be punished, no one has been charged. Al Jazeera’s Charles […]

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Re: H.R. 128. “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia”

To: Chairman of Congressional Black Caucus The Honorable Congressman Cedric Richmond 413 New Jersey Ave, SE Washington, DC 20003 September 4, 2017 Dear Chairman Re: H.R. 128. “Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia” The New York and New Jersey Ethiopian Task Force is a community group representing hundreds of Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopia police stop Teddy Afro event in Addis Ababa – BBC

The significance of Teddy Afro Emmanuel Igunza BBC Africa, Addis Ababa We’ve been reporting on the move by the Ethiopian authorities to prevent an event for pop star Teddy Afro from taking place in the capital, Addis Ababa. He is a huge figure in the country. Teddy enjoys almost cult like following and his latest album […]

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Ethiopia Restricts the Use of Expensive Cars by Government Officials

September 2, 2017 – Following the issuance of a directive by the Ethiopian government to introduce cost-cutting measures at government agencies, the Office of the Prime Minister early August came up with another directive restricting the use of high-powered vehicles by high-level Ethiopian officials, including ministers. A letter issued two weeks ago and signed by […]

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Chinese Neocolonialism in Africa: The Dragon Eating the African Lion and Cheetah? (Part I)

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note: In March 2013, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Dragon Eating the Eagle’s Lunch in Africa?”. That commentary 1) lamented the disadvantages of American companies in Africa competing with Chinese state-supported enterprises unchained by anti-corruption laws, 2) the ludicrous idolization of the so-called China Model by African dictators (which […]

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Ethiopia says Somalia helped in rebel leader’s ‘surrender’

Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia says a senior figure with the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front has willingly surrendered, days after the group accused Somalia of kidnapping and extraditing him. Ethiopia foreign ministry spokesman Meles Alem tells the Associated Press that Somalia “played a facilitation role” in the surrender of Abdikarin Sheikh Muse. […]

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Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days. The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta’s opponent, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions. President […]

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Kenya: Supreme Court annuls presidential election in historic ruling- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL KENYA

Kenya: Supreme Court annuls presidential election in historic ruling Kenya: Responding to the Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to annul last month’s presidential election and order a re-run, Justus Nyang’aya, Country Director at Amnesty International Kenya, said: “Today’s historic ruling demonstrates the independence of Kenya’s judiciary and sets an example for the rest of the world. […]

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United States to give Ethiopia $91 million in drought aid for food and medicine

By Carol Morello August 31 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The United States will provide an additional $91 million in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with a third straight year of drought, the top U.S. official in charge of assistance said Thursday. The extra funding brings U.S. aid for food and medical care in Ethiopia […]

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Somalia Hands Over ONLF Rebel Leader to Ethiopia: Group

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Somali authorities have handed over to Ethiopia a senior official of the ONLF rebel group, which is fighting for the secession of Ogaden from Ethiopia, the group said. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse, an executive committee member who lived in the Somali capital Mogadishu, was detained by security in Galkayo in Somalia’s semi-autonomous […]

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U.S.-funded Ethiopian abattoir hopes to help herders during drought

Lesley Wroughton Reuters JIJIGA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – An abattoir located among herding communities in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region, known more for droughts and famine than business opportunities, is an unusual stop for a U.S. aid administrator. But USAID chief Mark Green stopped at the Jijiga Export Slaughter House (JESH) during a visit to Jijiga on […]

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Ethiopia collects public funding for mega dam construction

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia has collected 460 million U.S. dollars from the public for the construction of a 6,450 Mega Watts hydro dam on Blue Nile River. Named Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), located in western Ethiopia, 40 km from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, it is the largest hydro project in Africa. […]

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Ethiopia shuts down drugstore selling banned substances

News 24 Addis Ababa – A drugstore in Ethiopia that was selling banned substances to athletes across the road from the country’s main track stadium has been shut down while authorities investigate. Ethiopia’s Anti-Doping Office says it has confirmed that the pharmacy was offering the blood-boosting substance EPO. The anti-doping office says the drugstore has […]

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Can contradictory Oromo and Amhara political aspirations be reconciled?

(OPride) ― In September 2016, at the height of anti-government protests against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) grip on power, Ethiopia’s then-Communications Minister Getachew Reda claimed that Oromo and Amharas are like “fire and grass.” He was implying that the two communities’ political aspirations are mutually combustible and inherently incompatible. He was mean, reckless […]

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