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Ethiopia Has Arisen! – Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam

By Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam On Ginbot 20,  1983 (Ethiopian calendar; [5/28/1991]), Meles Zenawi and thousands of his guerilla fighters marched into Addis Ababa toting AK-47s, RPGs and hand grenades. They marched into the capital promising democracy, freedom and liberation from a brutal military dictatorship. The people of the capital welcomed them with some anxiety; but […]

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The bankrupt propagandist

By Melkamu Tilahun A certain delusional man, who claims to be a spokesman not only for Weyane but also Tilahun Gesese, came out from nowhere and launched a vicious defamation campaign against Tamagn Beyene, one of Ethiopia’s most prominent activists and warrior of truth. The slanderous content, which has no substance and facts whatsoever, was […]

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Gloomy future for Ethiopia’s press freedom

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Gloomy future for Ethiopia’s press freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Ethiopia has detained a reporter for covering land evictions. The project which involves the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam had forced farmers and locals to relocate. Ethiopian journalist Muluken Tesfahun of the privately owned weekly newspaper Ethio-Mehedar was arrested while reporting on the return of thousands of farmers […]

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Kenenisa Bekele Wins 10000m

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Kenenisa Bekele Wins 10000m

EUGENE, Ore. — World record-holder Kenenisa Bekele took the lead heading into the final lap and sprinted to the finish to win the 10,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night. Bekele finished in 27 minutes, 12.08 seconds, ahead of fellow Ethiopians Imane Merga and Abera Kuma. London Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah withdrew […]

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AU leaders circle the wagon, as ICC insists on continuing to do its job to ensure accountability

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AU leaders circle the wagon, as ICC insists on continuing to do its job to ensure accountability

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory At the tail end of his maiden stewardship of the first part of the 21st African Union (AU) summit, the current chair PM Hailemariam Dessalegn had shouldered enormous responsibilities. Obviously, it is too early for any definitive assessment of his performance and the vision he has for Africa. On […]

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Why not Greater Oromia Instead of Ethiopia? A Response to Dr. Fikre Tolassa’s Open Letter

By Feyyis Oromia I read an open letter written by Dr Fikre Tolassa ( http://www.gadaa.com/Beyana-Suba-1.pdf ) directed to Dr Bayan Asoba of the ODF and also saw the different responses from few Oromo nationalists including the one written by Dr Bayan himself. It is really an interesting discussion. I couldn’t manage to ignore this discussion and to […]

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Meles Zenawi and our money

By Yilma Bekele The last seven years or so I have been writing opinion pieces on the political situation in our homeland. Naturally I have discussed the late Prime Minter Meles Zenawi and his central role in charting the direction our country should follow on the road he envisioned to improve the life of our […]

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Ethiopia to Accommodate Nations Concerned by Nile Dam (Correct)

By William Davison and Salma El Wardany Bloomberg News (Corrects to remove reference to amount of electricity in second paragraph of story first published yesterday.) Ethiopia’s government said it will try to accommodate nations concerned that their water supplies may be affected by the damming of the Blue Nile River, as Sudanese and Egyptian officials […]

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Oakland Institute ,jeff Furman and Anuradha Mittel and Ethiopian Activists T
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Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

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Changing the Course for Child Brides in Ethiopia

By Gillian Gaynair Enana recalls her parents bathing her many years ago to get ready for, they told her, a holiday celebration. She doesn’t remember how old she was. “I was a child,” Enana said. “I didn’t even know how to clean myself.” A child, but ready -in her parents’ eyes – to be a […]

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Meles: From rags to riches

By Asmerom Kiflom I was very much surprised when I read a recent report on the internet that the ‘net worth’ of the late Ethiopian prime minister was $3 billion. What is going on, guys? My goodness, how on earth ‘the poor prime minister in the world who was reportedly described two months ago as […]

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Ethiopia diverts Blue Nile for controversial dam build

BBC / 28 May 2013 Ethiopia has started diverting a stretch of the Blue Nile to make way for a $4.7bn (£3.1bn) hydroelectric dam that has caused a dispute with countries downstream, state media say. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is currently under construction, is part of a $12bn (£8bn) investment project to boost […]

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Sudanese Presidents Agree on Border Dispute to Speed Oil Exports

By William Davison – May 25, 2013 South Sudanese oil may arrive at Sudan’s Red Sea port by the end of this month after the two nations’ leaders met yesterday to resolve border issues that delayed the resumption of exports, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti said. The blocking of crossing points by South Sudan at Jodha and Heglig affected the flow because […]

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FACT CHECK: Kerry dishes some iffy claims abroad

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FACT CHECK: Kerry dishes some iffy claims abroad

By BRADLEY KLAPPER — Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry straddled the diplomatic boundary this weekend between presenting the best face of America and a misleading one. In a question-and-answer session with young Ethiopians on Sunday, Kerry exaggerated the U.S. record on climate change, appeared to conflate past U.S. policy on […]

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AU Summit Ethiopia: Leaders adopt ‘forward looking’ declaration on Africa’s development

AfriqueJet Forward looking declaration on Africa’s development – African leaders Monday adopted and committed themselves to implementation of ‘The Proclamation on the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU’, which spells out the continent’s development path for the next 50 years. “The proclamation is forward looking. It is going to be supplemented by the activities we undertake […]

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African leaders urge ICC to transfer charges

By KIRUBEL TADESSE Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — African leaders on Monday asked the International Criminal Court to transfer charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to the Kenyan legal system. The African Union summit, which ended Monday in Addis Ababa, agreed to press the United Nations to move the charges against Kenyatta and his deputy, […]

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Ethiopia’s lasting legacy of famine

At an international hunger summit in London next month, experts will seek to tackle the long-term impact of childhood malnutrition and its consequences for struggling nations By Roger Thurow /  27 May 2013 The Telegraph In the first-year classroom of Shemena Godo Primary School, in Boricha, Ethiopia, three dozen children study the alphabet. On a black chalkboard, […]

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Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate With World-Bank-Funding Probe

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Ethiopia Refuses to Cooperate With World-Bank-Funding Probe

By William Davison – May 28, 2013 Blomberg   Ethiopia’s government said it won’t cooperate with a probe into whether the World Bank violated its own policies by funding a program in which thousands of people were allegedly relocated to make way for agriculture investors. Ethnic Anuak people in Ethiopia’s southwestern Gambella region and rights groups includingHuman Rights Watch last year […]

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Ethiopian FM: Millennium Dam will not affect Egypt’s quota of water

Monday, 27 May 2013 Ethiopia’s Millennium Dam is meant to serve power generation and will not reduce Egypt’s quota of Nile water, Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos said. In press statements on the fringe of the Addis Ababa-hosted African summit, he said Ethiopia does not intend to harm Egypt’s interests. Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia Shall Rise! – By Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethiopia Rising!  The Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union (AU replaced OAU in 2002) began celebrating its Golden Jubilee in Addis Ababa this past week. In May 1963 when the OAU was founded, Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah accentuated his closing remarks by reciting a poem he had specially commissioned as a crowning tribute to an […]

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Zehabesha Newspaper No. 51 (PDF)

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Beweketu Seyoun jokes about African leaders summit [Very Funny]

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Beweketu Seyoun jokes about African leaders summit [Very Funny]
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Ethiopian Muslims Under Siege

Dawit Giorgis 24th May 2013 – FDD Policy Brief Ethiopian Muslims participated today in a massive nationwide demonstration against measures taken by the government in Addis Ababa to limit religious freedom. The protests took place everywhere across the country except the capital, where demonstrations are banned because it will host next week’s celebration of the 50th anniversary […]

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Remarks With Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom  After Their Meeting

John Kerry Secretary of State African Union Headquarters Addis Ababa, Ethiopia May 25, 2013 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. It’s my privilege to be here at this special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the African Union and its predecessor organization. And I’m very, very pleased to have just met with […]

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Petition asking the African Union to build Statute of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

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Petition asking the African Union  to build Statute of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Petitioning The African Union (AU)  The African Union (AU): Build Statute of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie Center Front of AU Building This petition will be delivered to: The African Union (AU) His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie was the visionary leader and main architect in establishing the African Union (formerly known as Organization of African Unity) […]

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COULD THIS BE ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG? – By  Eyessuswork Zafu

By Eyessuswork Zafu There is no pleasure in seeing people go to goal. More so when you know the people well. The news of the arrest of top ranking bureaucrats and prominent businesspersons on Friday 10th May 2013 was an occurrence that shocked many in the nation. It was alleged that they had committed criminal […]

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Ethiopia’s Bogaletch Gebre wins King Baudouin Prize

Ethiopian activist Bogaletch Gebre has won an international prize for her campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She was awarded the King Baudouin Prize in Belgium for confronting “culturally entrenched taboo subjects”, the selection committee said. Ms Bogaletch helped reduce cases of FGM from 100% of newborn girls to less than 3% in parts […]

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Bahr Dar and the wonderful art of silence

by Yilma Bekele Last Sunday May 12 a Federal police officer opened fire and murdered twelve or eighteen people depending on who is doing the counting in the City of Bahr Dar in Ethiopia by the shores of Lake Tana. It was a random killing and the only reason he stooped shooting was because he […]

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“Farmer; sued for manure”

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“Farmer; sued for manure”

by Bizuayehu Tsegaye In the land, where comes a new act of prizing what they call successful farmers, it is a bright sunny season suitable for harvest. The time to see the fruit of what has been planted; looking fresh and unspoiled. The tools for harvest seem has been in order by the time it […]

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Off Political Taboos and Woos – By Teklu Abate

By Teklu Abate The regime in Ethiopia and the opposition in the Diaspora and at home appear to live in totally different ‘worlds’. Each is a typical alien to the other. The governing party sees the opposition as powerless, incompetent, disorganized, delusional, visionless, and remnants of the past regime. The opposition, on the other hand, […]

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