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African Beggars Union Hall? (ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM)

ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM The new African Union (AU) headquarters was inaugurated last week. It was “China’s gift to Africa.” China picked the entire USD$200 million tab for the building, fixtures and furniture. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation constructed the building using nearly all Chinese workers. Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia, waxed poetic as he blessed […]

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‘US Jewry unlikely to act on anti-Ethiopian racism’

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‘US Jewry unlikely to act on anti-Ethiopian racism’

By RUTH EGLASH Federation head tells ‘Post’ that place of Diaspora to intervene on political level in Israel’s social problems. Responding to recent calls by young Ethiopian-Israeli activists for overseas Jews to push the government to tackle widespread discrimination against the immigrant community, a senior American Jewish leader told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that […]

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Swedes meet Ethiopian PM over jailed journalists

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Swedes meet Ethiopian PM over jailed journalists

A senior Swedish delegation has met in secret with Ethiopia’s prime minister Meles Zenawi to discuss the case of two Swedish journalists jailed in the country for terror crimes, according to media reports. The Swedish delegation headed by foreign minister Carl Bildt’s right hand Fredrik Belfrage met recently with Zenawi for bilateral talks, according to […]

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Ethiopia Begins Banana Export

By Mekonnen Hailu Ethiopia for the first time begins exporting organic banana shipping 40 tons to Saudi Arabia. Agreement has been made with a foreign company and preparations are underway to export 200 tons of organic bananas to Jidda market on weekly basis. Export standard organic bananas have been produced in ArbaMinch-zuria and Mirab Abaya […]

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Ethiopia’s human rights record poses awkward questions for its aid donors

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Ethiopia’s human rights record poses awkward questions for its aid donors

UN human rights experts have expressed their dismay at what they see as the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia. The blunt criticism from the UN may not be so easy to shrug off by a regime usually impervious to foreign criticism. It recently brusquely dismissed a Human Rights […]

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Illegal PDF of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Memoir – Professor Donald N. Levine

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Illegal PDF of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Memoir – Professor Donald N. Levine

Professor Donald N. Levine 2 February  2012 The leaders in the EPRP organization who authorized the scanning and posting of the book published by Tsehai Publishers on debteraw.com committed an act that was illegal, unethical, and imprudent. To my mind, that marks it as “un-Ethiopian.” As I have come to know Ethiopians in many traditions and walks […]

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The Diaspora as an Intermediary (By Solome Lemma)

When I left Ethiopia for the United States at the age of 11, I promised that I would return and give back. What a tremendous honor today to be recognized as a Champion of Change alongside a dynamic group of leaders with roots in the Horn of Africa. For the Diaspora, our engagement in social […]

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Criticism of China’s attempt to recolonise Africa dispelled

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Criticism of China’s attempt to recolonise Africa dispelled

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, GNA – Alhaji Mohamed Mumuni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, on Tuesday discounted criticisms that China was endeavouring to re-colonise Africa with its increased interest in the economies African countries. He explained that China’s interest in Africa was a demonstration of strategic partnership, and a symbol of South-South co-operation. Alhaji […]

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Siya Siya Biyoshe (ሲያ ሲያ ቢዬሼ) – Best Song

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Siya Siya Biyoshe (ሲያ ሲያ ቢዬሼ) – Best Song
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Little Compassion for Ethiopian Farmers (Part -2) – Geletaw Zeleke

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Little Compassion for Ethiopian Farmers (Part -2) – Geletaw Zeleke

Geletaw Zeleke The Ethiopian government has been claiming double digit growth for the past more than half a decade. According to the government, Ethiopia’s economy is growing at a rate of 11% which puts it at the top of rapidly growing countries around the world. By comparison this rate of growth would put Ethiopia along […]

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African Dictators: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide! (Alemayehu G Mariam)

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African Dictators: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide! (Alemayehu G Mariam)

(Alemayehu g mariam) The International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the chase; and over the past few months, things have taken a slow turn for the worse for African dictators and human rights violators. They are finding out that they can’t run and they can’t hide. Laurent “Cling-to-power-at-any-cost” Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire was snatched from […]

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Ethiopian troops to leave Somalia soon

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Ethiopian troops to leave Somalia soon

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 28 – Ethiopian Prime Minster Meles Zenawi said Friday he would pull troops out of Somalia “as soon as feasible,” admitting for the first time that forces had crossed into the war-torn neighbouring country. “The decision has all along been to help the TFG and we will withdraw our troops as soon […]

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Frenetic pace of Ethiopia’s khat boomtown

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Frenetic pace of Ethiopia’s khat boomtown

By Mary Harper BBC News, Ethiopia   The global trade in khat is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year and in one Ethiopian town daily life centres almost entirely around the drug. Drive along any road between Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia and you are likely to see pick-up trucks, piled high with bundles […]

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Ethiopian Boy Meets His American Military Family for the First Time

Story by Cpl. Nana Dannsaappiah Marine Forces Central Command – Forward Philip Patterson plays with his younger brother, Noah Patterson, November 2011 in their Sneads Ferry, N.C., home. The native Ethiopian Philip was recently adopted into the Patterson family. (Courtesy photo) MANAMA, Bahrain – A state of nervousness enthralled Maj. Toby Patterson throughout his two-and-half […]

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Ethiopia Court Sentences Journalists, Politician for Terrorism

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Ethiopia Court Sentences Journalists, Politician for Terrorism

By William Davison (bloomberg) An Ethiopian judge sentenced three journalists, an opposition politician and another person to prison terms ranging from 14 years to life in jail for terrorism-related crimes. Elias Kifle, who was convicted in absentia and runs the U.S.-based Ethiopian Review website, received a life sentence, said Federal High Court Judge Endeshaw Adane. […]

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EFJA Calls for Concerted Global Efforts to Stop Abuses

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EFJA Calls for Concerted Global Efforts to Stop Abuses

Press release The Ethiopian Free Press Association (EFJA) strongly condemns the use of Ethiopia’s controversial anti-terrorism law to persecute, muzzle and silence critics and journalists. EFJA also calls upon press freedom advocates, human rights organizations and freedom-loving individuals around the world to make concerted international efforts to stop widespread violations of human rights that are […]

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The New Way of Thinking about Redistribution (By- Geletaw Zeleke)

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The New Way of Thinking about Redistribution (By- Geletaw Zeleke)

                              By- Geletaw Zeleke                                       editor- Magill Dyess In this piece we will discuss the concept of redistribution of wealth using the following questions as the taking off point.    What is the meaning of the term Redistribution? Is redistribution a Socialist economic doctrine? Is redistribution a just practice in a Capitalist doctrine? Where does […]

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Book review: 2nd Book of “Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam and Memories of the Ethiopian Revolution” (By Fikre Tolossa, Ph.D)

By Fikre Tolossa, Ph.D The second volume of the reminiscence of Colonel Mengistu Haile-mariam, the ex-president and Prime Minster of Ethiopia, authored by Weyzero Genet Ayele saw the light of the day recently. I had a chance to read, review and analyze it. The book is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the […]

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Ethiopia lifts ban on 35 athletes, including Bekele

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Ethiopia lifts ban on 35 athletes, including Bekele

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia has lifted its suspension of 35 athletes, including double Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, an athletics official said on Tuesday after imposing a ban last week in a row over a training camp. The Ethiopian Athletics Federation imposed the measure on Thursday after Bekele, Olympic women’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold […]

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Ethiopia, athletes start negotiations for London Olympics

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Ethiopia, athletes start negotiations for London Olympics

By The Africa Report Ethiopian authorities will on Tuesday commence negotiations with 35 athletes Ethiopia banned from participating at the London Olympics.  Last week Ethiopia banned 35 athletes, including Olympic men’s 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion Kenenisa Bekele, from the summer games in a row over training. Athlete Tirunesh Dibaba, Beijing Olympic double Gold winner […]

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UPDATE 1-Afar rebels say holding Germans after Ethiopia ambush

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UPDATE 1-Afar rebels say holding Germans after Ethiopia ambush

* Tourists attacked in early Tuesday raid, five killed * Group says could release them through negotiation * Denies killing Western tourists (Adds Hungarian survivors’ account) By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA/BUDAPEST, Jan 23 (Reuters) – An Ethiopian rebel group fighting for an independent homeland has said it was responsible for kidnapping two German tourists and […]

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Ethiopia: Copyrights and CopyCrimes (ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM)

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Ethiopia: Copyrights and CopyCrimes (ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM)

ALEMAYEHU G MARIAM: Crimes Against the Mind If a person were to maliciously burn or vandalize another’s house, it would be regarded as a serious property crime under the laws of any nation. If one were to walk into a bookstore and steal thousands of books and give them away to any passerby, that would […]

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Ethiopian Israelis Protest for Freedom (J.post)

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Ethiopian Israelis Protest for Freedom (J.post)

Ethiopian Israelis marched by the thousands in Jerusalem Wednesday in the late afternoon from the Knesset Parliament to the city’s center against a blazing setting sun. In one of the largest demonstrations for immigrant equality to date, young Ethiopian Israelis, chanted and held signs that read “I’m black and proud,” “Black and Whites: We’re all Equal,” and […]

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Journalists, politician found guilty (AP)

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Journalists, politician found guilty (AP)

By LUC VAN KEMENADE ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian court on Thursday found three journalists, a politician and a politician’s assistant guilty of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, in a case that drew rebukes from rights groups who fear the country’s anti-terrorism law is being used to suppress dissent. The five were charged under Ethiopia’s controversial […]

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Five European tourists killed in attack in Ethiopia

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Five European tourists killed in attack in Ethiopia

Two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian dead in remote northern Afar region. Others wounded and kidnapped  David Smith in Johannesburg, Gunmen in northern Ethiopia have attacked a group of European tourists, killing five, injuring two and kidnapping four people, according to a government official. Bereket Simon, the Ethiopian communications minister, said the attackers struck […]

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Pilot Error Blamed For Ethiopian Airlines Crash

  Pilot Error Blamed For Ethiopian Airlines Crash   The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 off the coast of Lebanon two years ago which killed all 90 people on board was caused by pilot error, according to a Lebanese report on Tuesday which was challenged by the airline. The 737-800, bound for Addis […]

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Social Affairs: Silent no more!

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Social Affairs: Silent no more!

By RUTH EGLASH Their parents might not have spoken out against racism but the younger generation of Ethiopian-Israelis vows it will not stay quiet. The words were spoken clearly. Captured on camera and broadcast on national television in the first week of 2012: “The only good Ethiopian is a dead Ethiopian.” Referring to them also […]

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Abusive old OLF leaders short of new ideas

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Abusive old OLF leaders short of new ideas

By Robele Ababya, The new OLF’s reversal of its secession policy has no doubt sent a shockwave in the camp of Old OLF’s faction linked to the pariah dictator of Eritrea supporting the terrorist Al Shabab. The outpouring support to the new OLF has eclipsed the cry in the wilderness of the few abusive remnant […]

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No Aid for Repressive Tyrants (by Prof. William Easterly)

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No Aid for Repressive Tyrants (by Prof. William Easterly)

  We … call on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and America’s Western allies to publicly repudiate Ethiopia’s efforts to use terrorism laws to silence political dissent. We also urge the U.S. to ensure that our more than $600 million in aid to Ethiopia is not used to foster repression. This is the call to […]

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Has trademarking doubled Ethiopian farmers’ income? (By Wondwossen Mezlekia)

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Has trademarking doubled Ethiopian farmers’ income? (By Wondwossen Mezlekia)

By Wondwossen Mezlekia    It looks like this decade is shaping up nicely as a period of Coffee Rush in Ethiopia; of course, with little resemblance to the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and involving mostly internal actors. Reminisce the trademark dispute between Starbucks and Ethiopia that publicly erupted six years ago. In 2006, Oxfam stood up, […]

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