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The ‘new’ OLF program: much ado about nothing (By Jawar Mohammed)

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The ‘new’ OLF program: much ado about nothing (By Jawar Mohammed)

By Jawar Mohammed* Earlier this week, one of the several OLF factions announced that it had adapted a new political program that apparently drops the ‘secessionist’ agenda. This announcement was preceded and followed by hyped fanfare by Ginbot 7 and its affiliates. The news had excited a segment of Ethiopia’s political community, long haunted by […]

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Ethiopia’s Oromo rebel group in surprise drop of secession demand

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Ethiopia’s Oromo rebel group in surprise drop of secession demand

Ethiopia’s oldest armed rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Front(OLF) has reportedly announced that it is abandoning its long held secession agenda and says it will now fight for unity and freedom. Political commentators analysing what would be a remarkable and significant move in Ethiopian politics say it could potentially add weight the opposition to Ethiopian […]

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An “African Spring” in 2012?

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An “African Spring” in 2012?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Waiting for the Dawn of “Africa’s Spring” in 2012? How about an “EthiopianTsedey” in 2012? In 2011, we witnessed the “Winter of Arab” discontent made glorious by an “Arab Spring” followed by an increasingly hot “Arab Summer” and deeply troubled “Arab Fall”. Bashir al-Assad continues to massacre his people by the […]

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Ahmed Sule Gets 28 Years for Fridley Sex Assault on Elderly Man

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Ahmed Sule Gets 28 Years for Fridley Sex Assault on Elderly Man

Victim’s daughter recounts suffering; Sule says he’s innocent. Anoka County District Court Judge Tammi A. Frederickson sentenced Ahmed Sule to 28 years and 10 months in prison for a 2010 sexual attack on an elderly man in his home that shocked the #Fridley community. Sule maintained his innocence in a statement to the court just […]

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Colonial Style Plantations in Ethiopia angers farmers – Channel 4 News

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Colonial Style Plantations in Ethiopia angers farmers – Channel 4 News

Jonathan Rugman has special report from Ethiopia on the revolution in agricultural production – but small tenant farmers say they now have less food to eat than before the changes began. Watch the Special report by Channel 4 news.

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Occupy Arat Kilo – We are the 99.6%

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Occupy Arat Kilo – We are the 99.6%

By Tedla Asfaw We are not 99 like here in America and UK but 99.6. It is also true an average Ethiopian makes a dollar /about 99.6 cent a day back home. The Club of 99.6 are almost all Ethiopians who go to bed empty stomach. The double digit growth “makers” are the 0.4 Club […]

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Ethiopian court sentences 2 Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on terror conviction

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Ethiopian court sentences 2 Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on terror conviction

By Associated Press, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court in Ethiopia on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism after the two illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group in a case that has been criticized by media rights groups. Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled […]

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Ethiopian Military Retires 13 Generals, 300 Senior Officers

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Ethiopian Military Retires 13 Generals, 300 Senior Officers

The Ethiopian military has retired over three hundred senior officers including thirteen generals as part of a leadership succession plan, the Minister of National Defense said on Tuesday. This is a first major shakeup at the nation’s powerful organ first setup by rebel militants in 1991 following the overthrow of a brutal communist regime. The […]

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“Nations and Nationalities Day” in a POW Camp

(Gadaa.com) The following video shows captured Derg’s soldiers (Prisoners of War – POW’s) in an EPLF-operated camp in the 1980′s. The POW’s, as all captured enemy combatants around the world, did not have political freedom; however, they were made to psychologically feel free through various means, such as holding “Nations and Nationalities Day” to celebrate […]

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Ethiopia: 2011 in the Republic of Corruptistan

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Ethiopia: 2011 in the Republic of Corruptistan

Alemayehu G Mariam: In December 2008, I wrote a weekly column entitled “Groundhog Year in Prison Nation” summarizing some of my weekly columns for that year. I used the “groundhog” metaphor from a popular motion picture in which a hapless television weatherman is trapped in a time warp and finds himself reliving the same day […]

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Frankincense Is ‘Doomed’

Ethiopia’s population of the trees that produce it are dying (By Kate Schwartz) (Newser) – Gold and myrrh could one day find themselves a duo: Frankincense may soon be extinct. The tree that the perfumed resin is sourced from—boswellia papyrifera—grows mainly in northern Ethiopia … or traditionally has. Today, as many as 7% of the […]

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In Ethiopia an orphan gave me the gift of optimism

BRUCE KIRKBY Our mules grunted and clattered across Ethiopia’s rumpled highlands, staggering beneath heavy rafts and two months of expedition food. The land was awash in green following the rainy season; tender shoots of teff (the national grain) carpeted muddy hillsides like a million emerald pipe cleaners. Daytime humidity was crushing. At night, insects descended […]

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Land-Grab, Green-Revolution, and the North-South Divide

(Gadda.com) Ethiopia, though considered as a single unit by the outside world, has never integrated all of its regions into one political community with equality and justice. Just like the South used to be dominated by the North in the Sudan before the independence of South Sudan earlier in 2011, North Ethiopia (or traditionally called […]

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Adoption Inc: How Ethiopia’s Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists

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Adoption Inc: How Ethiopia’s Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists

In Ethiopia, “searchers” track down an adopted child’s history and birth family, often at the behest of adoptive parents in the U.S. or Europe. But as more searchers turn up stories of fraud, corruption, and worse, they are facing threats and violence, sometimes from representatives of adoption agencies that are well-known in the West. In […]

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Frankincense threatened by conditions in Ethiopia

By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY The world may still have gold and myrrh, but it’s quite possible that frankincense could become a thing of the past, given ecological pressures on the arid lands where it grows in Ethiopia. The storied resin, known to millions as one of the three gifts of the Magi, the wise […]

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Leenco Lata’s New Book – “Peacekeeping as State Building: Current Challenges for the Horn of Africa”

Author: Leenco Lata Paperback: 216 pages Publisher: The Red Sea Press, Inc. Language: English Publication Date: First edition (December 5, 2011) PEACEKEEPING as STATE BUILDING Current Challenges for the Horn of Africa Book Description: This book discusses how the peacekeeping operations in the Horn of Africa are involved in state construction of the either deconstruction […]

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Ethiopian court finds 2 Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism

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Ethiopian court finds 2 Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism

By Associated Press, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court in Ethiopia convicted two Swedish journalists Wednesday of supporting terrorism after the pair illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group. The pair, who now face up to 15 years in prison at their sentencing next week, have said they were gathering news at […]

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Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

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Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Lately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of Ethiopia painted in a recent broadcast of a fear-mongering three-part propaganda programentitled “Akeldama” (or Land of Blood) on state-owned television. […]

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EPRPYL-ኢወክንድ ተነስ ይላል!!

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EPRPYL-ኢወክንድ ተነስ ይላል!!

Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party Youth League (EPRPYL), calls on all Ethiopian youth to carry on their call of duty in order to bring Democracy and justice to our beloved country Ethiopia. In the last three year EPRPYL has made marked progress in expanding its base and its organizational structures in different continents as well as […]

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Kuwait to Suspend Recuitment of Domestic Workers from Ethiopia

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Kuwait to Suspend Recuitment of Domestic Workers from Ethiopia

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior considers suspending recruitment of domestic workers from Ethiopia in the wake of numerous reports of abuse and violations making headlines recently, according to media reports. According to Alam-Alyawm daily, the rise in the number of crimes and violations committed by Ethiopian immigrants is being considered as the basis of has […]

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Our Muslim and Christian leaders must stand up for higher principles and avoid greater disaster!

The SMNE has been alerted to a serious issue affecting Christians and Muslims in the village of Qoto Baloso, Silte province of Ethiopia. Reports allege that Christian’s church was burned down on 29 November 2011 by Muslim students, accompanied by Muslim police officials. The students were shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”). Is it really […]

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Customer accused of kidnapping Northeast Portland store owner gets two years, prosecutor lacked evidence

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Customer accused of kidnapping Northeast Portland store owner gets two years, prosecutor lacked evidence

A man who was accused of wielding a gun to kidnap a Northeast Portland store owner, then rob her of $600, will serve about two years in jail — not the 7 1/2 years or more he faced if convicted of those crimes. The reported victim, who owns Merkato Ethiopian Music & Food on Northeast […]

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt to Build AIDS Clinic in Ethiopia

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt to Build AIDS Clinic in Ethiopia

(ANI) Melbourne: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be opening an AIDS clinic in their adopted daughter Zahara’s native country Ethiopia to ensure that she is always in touch with her African roots. The 36-year-old actress became mum to Zahara Marley in 2005. During an interview, the ‘Salt’ star revealed that she and Pitt are […]

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Coffee Prices Fall on Ethiopian Exchange

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Coffee Prices Fall on Ethiopian Exchange

BY Meron Tekleberhan (EBN) The prices of unwashed Arabica coffee from Ethiopia are reported to have decreased by an estimated 6.9% on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange last week. The fall in prices occurred as the volume of washed and unwashed coffee traded on the exchange increased from 2295 metric ton to 2529 metric tons said […]

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Kenya to import Power from Ethiopia

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Kenya to import Power from Ethiopia

By:Mariam Abdi (KBC) Kenya will import electricity from Ethiopia to boost the national capacity by 400 Megawatts, Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi has disclosed. The deal which is being financed by the World Bank, Africa Development Bank and the French Agency for Development at a cost of Ksh64 billion will be sealed on Wednesday at the […]

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Ethiopia and Sudan agree not to harbor rebel groups

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Ethiopia and Sudan agree not to harbor rebel groups

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed not to receive rebel figures or host each other’s rebel forces in their territory, the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) reported last week. The agreement was reached following the 14th joint Border Development Commission Meeting held last week in Amhara region’s Bahardar town. Sennar state […]

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Aster Aweke’s Kabu Coffee to Start Export

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Aster Aweke’s Kabu Coffee to Start Export

Kabu Coffee, the cafe owned by celebrated Ethiopian artist Aster Aweke, is to expand its business and provide export quality “value-added coffee”. While Kabu continues to be known for its food and drink – including coffee, salads, pastries, and its signature dish, the American Burger since it launched its cafe business in mid 2010, Capital […]

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The Art of Bleeding a Country Dry – Ethio-Corruption, Inc. (Unlimited)

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The Art of Bleeding a Country Dry – Ethio-Corruption, Inc. (Unlimited)

By Alemayehu G. Mariam “The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current of illicit capital leakage”, wrote Economist Sarah Freitas who co-authored an upcoming report with Lead Economist Dev Kar of […]

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