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Jailed Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega honoured – His Wife Serkalem Fasil Accepts Award

(BBC) An imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and blogger has been given a prestigious freedom of expression award. Eskinder Nega was awarded the Pen America’s “Freedom to Write” annual prize for publishing articles critical of Ethiopia’s human rights record. His wife Serkalem Fasil, who is a journalist and also spent time in jail, received the award on […]

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New law further applies the squeeze on Ethiopia’s Press

By ARGAW ASHINE (ST) The Ethiopian government has activated a highly restrictive directive that authorises printers to censor the content of newspapers and other publications that roll off their presses. The new legal directive forces printers to take responsibility over the contents of anything that they publish. The rule directly authorises the printing house to […]

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Ethiopia: Suspects in police custody after deadly attack

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Ethiopia: Suspects in police custody after deadly attack

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian police on Monday said it had taken into custody ten suspects believed to have been involved in last week’s deadly attack in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region. Armed men late on Saturday attacked a commercial farm owned by an Ethiopian billionaire, killing five workers including a Pakistani national. The […]

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EUFF rebels burn down Metema town’s TPLF-owned business units

Press Release METEMA, Northwestern Ethiopia – A business district in this town on the border with neighboring Sudan was burned down on April 28, rebels said on Sunday. Over 60 units in the business quarter of the town called Jinghera were sent up in smoke as they were housing security agents of the ruling TPLF […]

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Eskinder Invictus!  By Alemayehu G. Mariam

On May 1, 2012, Eskinder Nega, Ethiopia’s foremost journalist and political prisoner, will be awarded the “Freedom to Write Award”, the highest honor given out by Pen America, one of the great international free press institutions that has been in continuous operation since 1922. The award honors writers throughout the world who have fought courageously […]

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Gunmen kill one, injure four Pakistanis in Ethiopia

By AFP ADDIS ABABA: Gunmen have killed five people, including one Pakistani, and injured eight others in an attack in Gambella in western Ethiopia, a government spokesman said Sunday. “Four people — one Pakistani and four Ethiopians — have died… Of those who sustained injuries, four are Pakistani and four are Ethiopians,” spokesman Shimeles Kemal […]

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Jah Lude – Yergeb Amora (New)
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Gunmen kill 5 farmworkers in Ethiopia

(AP) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An official says gunmen attacked a commercial farm in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region and killed five workers. Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Sunday that the attackers wounded nine people as they shot indiscriminately late Saturday at workers on the vast farm. The property is owned by Mohammed Al-Amoudi, an Ethiopian-born […]

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Kamal Galchuu on the Asasa massacre in southern Ethiopia

STATEMENT by General Kamal Galchuu Massacre by Wayyanne’s federal police at Asasa, Arsi Zone, Oromia is Wayyanne’s continuation of war against Oromo people The Oromo Liberation front shockingly learned that the Melese Zenewi’s Federal police massacred innocent Oromo people in Asasa while they were attending Friday pray. We recall a week ago that Meles Zenewi […]

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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 […]

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He is not dead!

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He is not dead!

Asmara, 28 April, 2012 – In a brief interview he conducted tonight, 28 April 2012, with the national media outlets, President Isaias Afwerki underscored that the recent rumor regarding his state of health attests to the mounting frustration on the part of its authors. Explaining that in the past week he had been abroad on […]

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Heavy rains flood refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia

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Heavy rains flood refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia

  Arrivals continue to cite insecurity inside Somalia while some refugees say they fled in fear of possible forced recruitment or military conscription NAIROBI (Xinhua) — The UN refugee agency said on Friday that heavy rains have hit Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, damaging tents, flooding roads and affecting aid delivery. The UN […]

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Ethiopian Music: A New Ethiopian Sound via Teddy Afro

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Ethiopian Music: A New Ethiopian Sound via Teddy Afro

by Samuel Getachew The Huffington Post A noted blogger was once asked to describe music by a certain Ethiopian musician after hearing it for the first time. He explained his first reaction as feeling as if he [had] died and returned from the dead. He said it took him on a journey of “deep bass, […]

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Inside Ethiopia’s Adoption Boom

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Inside Ethiopia’s Adoption Boom

Many children adopted from Ethiopia, like Melesech Roth, are thriving in loving homes. But the nexus of poverty, money and demand in global adoption can breed dubious practices. WSJ’s Miriam Jordan reports. By MIRIAM JORDAN reporting from Stillwater, Minn., and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Seated in plastic chairs in a grade-school cafeteria in Minnesota, Sandra and […]

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Meles Zenawi troops killed several Muslims in Asasa, Arsi Zone of Oromia region

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Meles Zenawi troops killed several Muslims in Asasa, Arsi Zone of Oromia region

Meles Zenawi’s Fedeal Police troops opened fire and killed several Muslims in the town of Asasa, Arsi Zone, Oromia Region today, according to local sources. An eye witness told that he saw three dead bodies lying on the street. The troops fired live bullets at the Muslims who were attending a Friday prayer. Asasa town […]

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Is he dead?

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Is he dead?

By Selam Kidane … well it depends on who you are talking to or who you are even… I mean if you are silly enough to have worked for hadas Eritrea until now and if you are stupid enough to have picked up the phone when my friend Ephraiem phoned (that incorrigible amiche who roamed […]

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Wall Street Speculators Out Of Africa: Protest in NY!

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Wall Street Speculators Out Of Africa: Protest in NY!

by Tedla Asfaw On A chilly spring Tuesday April 24 more than 1,000 pages of leaflet were distributed in front of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, New York for the passers as well as for the the three day conference participants who were willing to hear the other side of the story for free […]

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ETHIOPIA: Still too many deaths in childbirth

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ETHIOPIA: Still too many deaths in childbirth

ADDIS ABABA, (IRIN) – A lack of awareness of the importance of skilled hospital deliveries in Ethiopia, cultural beliefs, and transport challenges in rural areas are causing a high number of deaths during childbirth, say officials. Only 10 percent of deliveries take place within health facilities, according to the Ethiopia’s latest (April) Demographic Health Survey […]

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Teddy Afro Dominates Ethiopian Music Scene Once Again

  By Seble Teweldebirhan  Addis Ababa, April 24, 2012 (Ezega.com) – The much-anticipated album of all time, Teddy Afro’s Tekur Sew (or Black Man), was released last week on the eve of Easter.   After his second album of 2005, Teddy released several singles, but he did not make full album. Since the last album, […]

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Eritrean Government Dismisses Reports that President is ill

The government of Eritrea is denying opposition reports that President Isaias Afewerki is seriously ill. In an interview with VOA on Monday, Eritrean Information Minister Ali Abdu said the president is “healthier than ever.” One media report claimed President Afewerki was in Kuwait for medical treatment. The government spokesman said the Eritrean leader toured three […]

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Eritrea says its president is “fit as a fiddle”

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Eritrea says its president is “fit as a fiddle”

Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Eritrea has sought to quash speculation about President Isaias Afewerki’s health, saying he was “fit as a fiddle” and lambasting the United States for spreading “lies” over his condition. Rumours have been rife in the past few years that Isaias, 66 and in power since 1993 after leading his […]

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‘UNWANTED TAKINGS’: TPLF Fingers on the trigger Against poor Ethiopian Farmers

  ‘UNWANTED TAKINGS’: TPLF Fingers on the trigger Against poor Ethiopian Farmers After my stay in USA for a little while, I started to ask myself why my country Ethiopia failed to develop at least to the extent to satisfy the basic human needs of the citizens for survival.  Unfortunately I have got to understand […]

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Green Justice or Ethnic Injustice?

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Green Justice or Ethnic Injustice?

By alemayehu g mariam Blaming the Victim Last week, dictator Meles Zenawi hectored his rubberstamp parliament in Ethiopia about the forced expulsion (or as some have described it “ethnic cleansing”) of Amharas from southern Ethiopia and zapped his critics for their irresponsibility in reporting and publicizing it. Zenawi denied any expulsion had taken place, but […]

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Soldiers Poisoning Water Sources, Forcing Thousands Off Ancestral Lands and Killing Wildlife

By Cultural Survival Press Release -April 18, 2012 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) On-the-ground reports from Ethiopia reveal the government is stepping up its violence against Indigenous Anuak people. In the past week, sources say the military has attacked civilians in the Gambella region and poisoned water sources, forcing thousands of Indigenous people to leave their homelands. Wild […]

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Mystery bird: lesser masked weaver, Ploceus intermedius

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Mystery bird: lesser masked weaver, Ploceus intermedius

This Ethiopian mystery bird will be challenging to identify because it is part of a group of bird species that closely resemble each other (includes video)   Lesser masked weaver, Ploceus intermedius, Rüppell, 1845, photographed somewhere between Nazret and Awash in central Ethiopia (Africa). Image: Dan Logen, 27 January 2011 (with permission, for GrrlScientist/Guardian use […]

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The delusory independence of the Judiciary under the TPLF regime: rule of law vs. rule of man

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The delusory independence of the Judiciary under the TPLF regime: rule of law vs. rule of man

Million Feyyisa Lenjiso, can be reached at million2025@gmail.com Since the time of their formation by a crew of only eleven men who declared their establishment at Dedebit,Woyane, or Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), have been committing various atrocities on the people of Ethiopia in order to realize their rush to power. Recent statements by Kahsay […]

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African Land Grab: Ethiopians in NY to Join Other Activists

by Tedla Asfaw Preparation to counter the gathering of 1,000 African Land Buyers who paid an entrance fee of 3,000 dollar at Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, New York for their conference from April 23 to April 25 is underway. Broad groups of activists are working behind the scene to represent the untold voice or deliberately […]

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Bedrock of Art and Faith

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Bedrock of Art and Faith

By HOLLAND COTTER 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 […]

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Media Control In Ethiopia

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Media Control In Ethiopia

By Graham Peebles Democracy Denied Democracy sits firmly upon principles of freedom,justice, social inclusion and participation in civil society.Where these qualities of fairness are absent so too is democracy, for the word is not the thing, to speak of democratic values is easy enough, to dismantle repressive methods and State practices that deny there expression […]

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Podo: Vanquishing ‘Mossy Foot’ Condition With Genetic Epidemiology And Shoes

In Fasil Tekola Ayele’s native Ethiopia, the people call it “mossy foot.” Medical textbooks call it podoconiosis, non-filarial elephantiasis, or simply “podo.” The hideously deformed feet of podo result not from mosquito-borne parasitic worms, as does filarial elephantiasis, nor from bacteria, like leprosy. Instead, podo arises from an immune response to microscopic slivers of mineral […]

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