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Ethiopian Economic Growth to Beat IMF Forecast, Deputy Prime Minister Says

Ethiopia’s deputy prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, dismissed forecasts that economic growth would slow sharply this year and next and that monetary policy was pushing up inflation, saying growth may exceed 10 percent. Expansion won’t drop below 9 percent in the fiscal year to July 7, 2012, from 11.4 percent this year, Hailemariam, who is also […]

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Ethiopia to buy more than 200 T-72 tanks from Ukraine for $100 million

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Ethiopia to buy more than 200 T-72 tanks from Ukraine for $100 million

KIEV, Ukraine,(UPI) — Ethiopia is in discussions with Ukraine to buy more than 200 T-72 tanks. The deal is projected to be worth more than $100 million, Ukrinform news agency reported Thursday. Ukrspecexport SC, the Ukrainian state-controlled arms exporter, stated that its deal with Ethiopia’s Defense Ministry for 200 T-72 tanks is one of its […]

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Ethiopia’s Investment Plan May Be Unsustainable, World Bank Official Says

Ethiopia’s dependence on foreign capital to finance budget deficits and a five-year investment plan is unsustainable, said Ken Ohashi, the World Bank’s country director for the Horn of Africa nation. The government plans to borrow at least 398.4 billion Ethiopian birr ($23.6 billion) from home and abroad to fund the five-year growth plan, with an […]

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Green card lottery: US reviews ‘diversity visa’ glitch

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Green card lottery: US reviews ‘diversity visa’ glitch

(bbc) The US is reviewing its green card lottery after this year’s results were cancelled, leaving 22,000 people who thought they had been chosen for a chance at US residency disappointed. The state department said a computer failed to run a valid random selection for the annual diversity visa lottery. More than 19m people entered […]

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The SEEDs of Hope in the Ethiopian Diaspora

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The SEEDs of Hope in the Ethiopian Diaspora

By Alemayehu G. Mariam [This commentary is an expanded version of remarks I gave at the annual SEED Award Dinner (Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora)[1] held at the Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2011.] I thank the Executive Board of SEED and its chairman Prof. Melaku Lakew for selecting me […]

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Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia face ‘world’s worst food security crisis’

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Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia face ‘world’s worst food security crisis’

Source: FEWS NET The eastern Horn of Africa has experienced two consecutive seasons of significantly below‐average rainfall, resulting in one of the driest years since 1995. Crops have failed, substantial livestock mortality has occurred, and local cereal prices are very high. More than seven million people in the sub‐region need humanitarian assistance, and emergency levels […]

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The world’s enduring dictators: Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia

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The world’s enduring dictators: Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia

Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia Length of rule: 16 years. Zenawi helped lead the rebel movement that overthrew a brutal military dictatorship in 1991, and in 1995 was elected prime minister, a post he still holds. After heavily disputed elections in 2005 that featured his ruling party announcing victory in a close election before the votes were […]

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“Food Price Crisis” means “no food again today” for many older Ethiopians

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“Food Price Crisis” means “no food again today” for many older Ethiopians

By Alison Rusinow The global food price crisis: It’s rightfully making headlines in the international media, causing grave concerns amongst international donors and humanitarian agencies world-wide and even focusing the attention of leaders at the G8 summit. But what does it mean for the most disadvantaged people in one of the poorest countries in the […]

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How Ethiopia taught me to be a better mother

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How Ethiopia taught me to be a better mother

LIANE BEAM-WANSBROUGH From Thursday’s Globe and Mail The road was steep and barely wide enough for our jeep as we inched along amid a throng of donkeys, goats and farmers. Our driver negotiated another nausea-inducing hairpin turn and I clutched my five-month-old daughter’s car seat. The car seat was attached to nothing – cars in […]

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Men Yedereg by – Genet Abate

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Men Yedereg by – Genet Abate
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Is Tigray the problem ?

By Tadeos Anteneh As the ruling coalition in Ethiopia prepares to mark 20 years at the helm of politics in the country, its critics and opponents have united in a renewed last-ditch effort to try and dislodge it from power by stirring a nationwide protest on its anniversary. The proposed final push comes amid the […]

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May 28 and the Message to Meles Zenawi

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May 28 and the Message to Meles Zenawi

By Eskinder Nega Yes. The impossible has happened and come tomorrow 7300 days — twenty years — will come to pass since the astonishing accession of EPRDF to the helm of a nation it had never intended to lead. And a million-plus pro-EPRDF rally is being hastily organized in Addis for the big day, Saturday, […]

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The 5th United Youth 4 Christ Conference – Minnesota

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The 5th United Youth 4 Christ Conference – Minnesota

The United Youth 4 Christ Conference started about four years ago through the collaborated effort of nine evangelical churches serving the Oromo, Eritrean and Amharic speaking communities. The heart of our vision was to use our faith to go beyond our differences in language, ethnicity, experiences etc., including man made barriers, to work together to […]

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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury. The implicated products were sold as skin-lightening agents, although they may also be used as skin-smoothing products. MDH tested 27 samples of the products, including 23 […]

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Dulles Airport customs agents seize 88 lb of smuggled cooked sheep meat

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Dulles Airport customs agents seize 88 lb of smuggled cooked sheep meat

(Leesburg Today) Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists yesterday found 88 pounds of cooked sheep meat in luggage carried by an Ethiopian passenger at Dulles Airport. Federal law restricts the importation of animal products from countries known to have certain exotic foreign animal diseases, such as Foot and Mouth, and African and Classical Swine fevers. […]

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Ethiopian Political Activists Opposed to Meles Claim Power-Cable Sabotage

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Ethiopian Political Activists Opposed to Meles Claim Power-Cable Sabotage

(Photo:file) Ethiopian political activists opposed to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s rule said they sabotaged power lines in the west of the country as part of a campaign against the government. The Tinsae Ethiopian Patriots Union said it cut electricity cables in Awi Zone on May 20, causing outages in towns including Asosa, 477 kilometers (296 […]

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“Need” Always Keeps “Hate” In Its Pocket like a “Knife”

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“Need” Always Keeps “Hate” In Its Pocket like a “Knife”

Getachew Reda www.ethiopiansemay.blogspot.com Many of you heard or read news that the hateful Ibsaa Guutama walked out of the Boston meeting aiming to reconcile the two factions (that of Daoud Ibsa and the ” moderate” Kemal Gelchu and Hassan faction. The OLF’s Skinhead (Ibsaa Guutama) wrote hateful article against Ethiopia and its people to back/support […]

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Yaee Dawit Tadesse, ‘Bin Laden’s Cousin’, Arrested in Ecuador

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Yaee Dawit Tadesse, ‘Bin Laden’s Cousin’, Arrested in Ecuador

Yaee Dawit Tadesse, alias Jack Flora, of Eritrea has been arrested in Ecuador for smuggling illegal immigrants to the United States and was later extradited to USA, media reports say. According to El Universo, Yaee Dawit Tadesse was arrested in a hotel in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil and reported that he is alleged to […]

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Jarso Yohannes Adem received a stayed, 15-month sentence for his attack on a former girlfriend.

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Jarso Yohannes Adem received a stayed, 15-month sentence for his attack on a former girlfriend.

(Star Tribune) A Minneapolis man who threw battery acid in his ex-girlfriend’s face last year won’t spend time behind bars if he remains law-abiding. Before getting a stayed, 15-month prison sentence Wednesday, Jarso Yohannes Adem, 29, tried to withdraw his guilty plea to second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony. He claimed he was […]

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Dr. Berhanu Nega says he is plotting revolution in Ethiopia

Current leader of the exiled Ethiopian opposition group “Ginbot 7” and the former Mayor-elect of Addis Ababa city Dr. Berhanu Nega said he is planning to trigger Tunisia-style revolution against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. “We are doing everything we can to spark a North Africa style revolt in Ethiopia,” declared Berhanu. During an interview with […]

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Killing Civilians and Humanitarian Workers in the Ogaden: Unacceptable, Repugnant and Immoral

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Killing Civilians and Humanitarian Workers in the Ogaden: Unacceptable, Repugnant and Immoral

Mareeg.com-Although prestigious international and national human rights organizations, have issued several reports about well-documented human rights violations in the Ogaden and elsewhere in Ethiopia by the current Ethiopian government, the international community has remained tight-lipped about those violations for the last nineteen years. Nevertheless, the Ogaden Human Rights Committee has not given up hope of […]

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UN halts food handout in Ethiopia region after ambush

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UN halts food handout in Ethiopia region after ambush

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The United Nations has suspended food distribution in Ethiopia’s drought-stricken Somali Region after gunmen killed one UN worker and injured another in an ambush on a U.N. convoy last week. The ethnic Somali province, more commonly known as the Ogaden, is home to a low-key insurgency led by the Ogaden National […]

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Professor Abebe Zegeye sets the record straight on alleged plagiarism

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Professor Abebe Zegeye sets the record straight on alleged plagiarism

Professor Abebe Zegeye of Ethiopia sets the record straight in a Letter to the Editor of South African based newspaper Mail and Guardian. The Oxford educated academician and a former visiting scholar at Yale University has been wrongly accused of plagiarism as many of this website readers pointed out when the news first broke out. […]

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Is the World Growing Honest?

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Is the World Growing Honest?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Is the World Growing Honest or Doomsday Near? I encountered the tantalizing headline unexpectedly: “Bold Words From British Government Representative”. Britain’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Norman Ling, said: We should not be giving aid to African dictators, but there is a lot of public support in Britain for spending money on people […]

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Encounter with gelgel Woyanes

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Encounter with gelgel Woyanes

By Yilma Bekele It is only four weeks ago when a few of us drove down from Oakland to San Jose to attend the Public Hall meeting called by the Ethiopian Government. We don’t really recognize the current Ethiopian regime as a democratically elected representative of the people, thus one of the reasons for our […]

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D.C. digs into gas station owner Mamo, gas prices and antitrust

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D.C. digs into gas station owner Mamo, gas prices and antitrust

(Washington Business Journal – by Michael Neibauer) Gas prices in D.C. are high. In some cases (we’re looking at you, Watergate Exxon) inexplicably, off-the-charts high. Now the District is investigating what role one thriving gas station owner, who happens to own more than 150 D.C.-area gas stations and their associated real estate, has played in […]

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Teddy Afro: “Hager”

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Teddy Afro: “Hager”
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(Part II) You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own

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(Part II) You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own

Getachew Reda (getachre@aol.com http://www.ethiopiansemay.blogspot.com/ Let me start by saying “Why should the above hungry and abused Ethiopian should ask apology to the Ogaden people or ONLF? Why the above abused Ethiopian just about equally abused like the Ogaden Ethiopians should expect or beg “forgiveness” from ONLF which is a criminal entity by its nature that […]

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Ze Habesha LLC

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Ze Habesha LLC is an Ethiopian American media company based in Minnesota, with presence in the print and broadcast media. Zehabesha strives to provide unbiased information to the ever-growing Ethiopian American community and works toward bridging cultures by printing a bi-monthly newspaper in Amharic. Ze-Habesha Newspaper strives to provide fair and unbiased information to the […]

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Itching the unitching (Yalbeluten Makek)

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Itching the unitching (Yalbeluten Makek)

By Elias Mengesha (Heppenheim-Germany) The recent campaign of the Meles regime throughout the Diaspora to raise funds by selling bonds and using the proceeds to build a dam on the Blue Nile river has met fierce resistance. It’s ironic to oppose such a development project but the fact of the matter is that the Meles […]

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