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Washington won’t Support a Plan Leading to a New African Nation – The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

Washington – For the United States, independence is not an option to settle the Moroccan Sahara issue, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) pointed out in an article published on Sunday. “Officials involved in the talks said the U.S. has made it clear that Washington won’t support a plan that leads to a new African nation,” […]

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King Minilik II Military Genius

King Minilik II Military Genius

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Ethiopian Day in Toronto

Ethiopian Day in Toronto

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The National Bank of Ethiopia granted a license to Ethio Lease, making it the first foreign-owned entity to receive a financial services license

Ethio Lease Receives Financial Service License and Opens for Business in Ethiopia Leasing Company Becomes First Foreign-Owned Business to provide financial services. Addis Ababa – Thursday, August 8th, 2019 – The National Bank of Ethiopia granted a license to Ethio Lease, making it the first foreign-owned entity to receive a financial services license in the country. […]

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Twitter backlash after Ethiopia PM’s internet ‘not water or air’ threat

“Internet is not water, internet is not air. Internet is a very important. However, if we use it as a revolution tool to incite others to kill and burn, it will be shut down not only for a week, but longer than that. “For sake of national security, internet and social media could be blocked […]

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Ethiopia PM says ‘foreigners’ involved in June 22 foiled coup

REUTERS Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday that attackers in a failed regional coup in June had been trained by people who had come from foreign countries, without giving details. A rogue militia tried to seize power on June 22 in the northern Amhara region, an attack which authorities blamed on Asamnew Tsige, […]

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Ethiopia opens up banking sector to its diaspora

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s parliament passed a bill on Wednesday to open up the country’s financial sector to an estimated five million of its citizens who have taken other nationalities, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses. The changes are part of a raft of economic reforms initiated […]

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Ethiopian Jews, Once Hailed, Now Cast Aside

By JEWISH WEEK EDITORS July 31, 2019, 10:39 am Ethiopian Israelis and supporters protest in Tel Aviv following the death of 19-year-old Ethiopian Solomon Tekah, who was shot and killed few days ago in Kiryat Haim by an off-duty police officer, July 2, 2019. JTA The saga of Ethiopian Jewry has always involved heroism and […]

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Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis

The Guardian National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradation About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices […]

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Ethiopia coffee, oilseeds export revenues hit 1.2 bln USD amid growing interest from China

ADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian government on Saturday said the country made more than 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in revenue from the exports of coffee and oilseeds during the just-concluded Ethiopian fiscal year that ended on July 7. The revenue was generated from the export of coffee, mung beans, white kidney beans, […]

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Ethiopia’s First Female Supreme Court Chief Hopes to Rebuild Trust

VOA As part of sweeping reforms, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed Meaza Ashenafi to be the first woman to lead the country’s Supreme Court. This charismatic lawyer has built a career advocating for women. VOA’S Salem Solomon has this profile.

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Emperor Halie Selassie to be canonized as a saint

July 23, 2019 Ejersa Goro, Harar Mulugeta Haile For the 127th birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie, Abuna Selama, the Archbishop of the Hara region had instructed the heads of the 53 churches in his archdiocese to hold special prayers and to speak about the contributions of the Emperor to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Melak Sahal, chief […]

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Ethiopia referendum: Dozens killed in Sidama clashes

By BBC Hawassa At least 25 people have died in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists in southern Ethiopia, hospital officials have told the BBC. The officials said security forces fired bullets during the protests across the Sidama region. Activists from the Sidama ethnic group were set to declare their own federal state on […]

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Hopes dashed as Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process stagnates

By AFP In the heady days after longtime foes Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal a year ago, Teklit Amare’s Peace and Love Cafe near the newly-opened border overflowed with customers. Now, he paces among empty tables, wondering aloud how to keep his business open as optimism fades, with borders again sealed and hopes of […]

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Ethiopia says army to take over security in troubled south

By AFP Ethiopia announced Monday that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people dead. “The regular security structure has been unable to ensure rule of law and has been stymied by various agendas,” said a statement read on regional […]

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Ethiopia launch of Ending Cholera: A Global Roadmap to 2030,

by Ayele Addis Ambelu (Ayeleradio@gmail.com) Ethiopia is currently experiencing active outbreaks of cholera and as of July 15, 2019, there have been 986 reported cases with the majority of cases occurring in Amhara, Oromia, Tigray and Afar Regions as well as in Addis Ababa City.  The Amhara region reported the first suspected case of cholera […]

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Ethiopia: At least 17 killed in violence over Sidama autonomy

A local official says 13 people were killed a day after hospital authorities reported four died of gunshot wounds. At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group, according to a local official and hospital authorities. A local district […]

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“In Politics, Being Deceived Is No Excuse!” Said Kolakowski to The Likes of Ethiopian Elites

By Belayneh Abate The Polish philosopher, Leskzek Kolakowski, once said, “in politics, being deceived is no excuse.”* Kolakowski died in 2009, but his teachings about excuses are evergreen and describes the current gullible Ethiopian Elites, especially the credulous Amara intellectuals. A year ago, the credulous Amara elites beat the drums behind the serpent Abiy Ahemed […]

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Unrest over autonomy bid kills four in Ethiopia’s Hawassa city

Dawit Endeshaw ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Four protesters died of gunshot wounds suffered in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group based in the southern city of Hawassa, hospital authorities said on Friday. The threat of large-scale violence in Hawassa was largely averted after a […]

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As Ethiopia works for reform, church tries to support people in many ways

Bronwen Dachs July 17, 2019 The Catholic Church in Ethiopia is leading peace and reconciliation efforts while it does what it can to help the millions of people who have fled their homes in an upsurge in communal violence. Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa, president of the Ethiopian bishops’ conference, heads up the […]

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Ethiopia’s power, security and democracy dilemma

By Semir Yusuf  Institute for security studies The road to democracy requires security and a strong state, alongside an opening of the political space. Recent assassinations of senior political and military leaders in Ethiopia sent shock waves across the country, casting another shadow over the transition process. These incidents are just one reflection of the […]

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Has Been A U.S. Citizen Longer Than Melania Trump

Donald Trump presumably doesn’t question his wife’s right to criticize her adopted country. By David Moye President Donald Trump is once again ignoring the truth with his racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen. He’s also ignoring the parallels with his own family’s immigrant history. The president launched a Twitter tirade on Sunday that urged the […]

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Regional power grab attempt causes rare discord in Ethiopia coalition

Dawit Endeshaw ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A failed regional coup in Ethiopia has exposed rare divisions in the alliance that has dominated the country for three decades, with two of the four ethnic parties that form the ruling coalition trading insults in a public feud. Nigusu Tilahun, Press Secretary at the office of the Ethiopian […]

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Dialogue key to avoiding civil war in Ethiopia

Recent political reforms by Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister, have revived ethnic tensions within the country, resulting in violence that could spiral into civil war. This could have grave repercussions not just for Ethiopia’s neighbors, but for Europe, East Africa and the Arab Gulf states as well. Ahmed campaigned on a platform of uniting Ethiopians […]

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Senior Research Associate Mammo Muchie wins SET Finalist Award

The TMCD would like to extend its congratulations to our senior research associate, Professor Mammo Muchie, for his recent award as a finalist for Science, Engineering and technology (SET) at the South African National Science and Technology Forum’s (NSTF) 2018/2019 NSTF-South 32 Awards ceremony held in in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 27,2019. Prof. Muchie was awarded a certificate due his contributions […]

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Ethiopian Israeli musicians use stage to promote struggles

By Shahar Golan JERUSALEM — In his song “Handcuffed,” rapper Teddy Neguse addresses police brutality against young Israeli men of Ethiopian descent. Although the song came out in 2017, it has reached new heights in the wake of street protests across the country following the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli teen by an off-duty police […]

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Who draws the boundary of Ezekiel’s Sovereign Nations and Nationalities?

Tedla Asfaw Ethiopia as a country has ended in 1995 when the constitution was ratified by the nine Sovereign Nations and Nationalities  who came to form Federal Ethiopia according to Ezekiel Gebissa. The good professor should know that one of the Sovereign Nations Tigray Its capital Mekelle where Ezekiel was lecturing is created by taking […]

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A Panel discussion on Nation building in the Hague Netherlands

A Panel discussion on Nation building in the Hague Netherlands

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15 Families of Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash Reject Boeing’s Cash Offer

By Tom Odula | July 9, 2019 Insurance Journal Fifteen Kenyan families of people killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia in March have rejected a proposal by Boeing to compensate them, saying they will pursue their claims in court. “So far our clients have rejected negotiations outside court,” Lawyer Irungu Kangata said. He said Boeing has […]

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Ethiopia jails critics in crackdown after killings: activists

AP Ethiopia is using last month’s assassination of high-ranking officials as a pretext to arrest critics with no apparent links to the attacks, international and domestic rights activists said Wednesday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office last year, has been praised for releasing political prisoners and embarking on sweeping reforms to loosen controls in […]

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Khat is big business in Ethiopia

Khat is a thriving business in Ethiopia. The country is the world’s biggest exporter for the amphetamine-like leaf. Despite health risks, trade is so lucrative that it is unlikely to slow down any time soon. Jarra Teklay Yohannes had had just settled down on the floor of his office in Awoday – a small, carpeted room […]

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Calls for unity in Ethiopia’s Tigray as anti-Abiy sentiment swells

Robbie Corey-Boulet AFP Ethiopian Tigrayan reggae singer Solomon Yikunoamlak’s new ballad calls for unity in his native Tigrayan Ethiopian Tigrayan reggae singer Solomon Yikunoamlak’s new ballad calls for unity in his native Tigrayan (AFP Photo/Michael TEWELDE) Mekele (Ethiopia) (AFP) – In his cramped studio, Ethiopian reggae singer Solomon Yikunoamlak plucks his guitar and reads over […]

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Why Are Ethiopia’s Sacred Treasures Still in London?

LONDON—In a storeroom of the British Museum here sits a collection of 11 wood and stone tablets that nobody is allowed to see. They are Christian plaques, or tabots, that represent the Ark of the Covenant, and they belong—though belong in this case is a contested term—to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which believes only its priests should view […]

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How the Aftermath of the Ethiopian Protests Can Usher in the Messiah

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz July 7, 2019 Dan shall govern his people, As one of the tribes of Yisrael. Genesis 49:16 (The Israel Bible™) Israel has been rocked for the last week by protests over the shooting death of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah, an Ethiopian Israeli teenager, who was shot in the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Haim on Sunday […]

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Handling the Sidama Crisis

07/07/2019 Tedla Habtemariam In Abiy’s Ethiopia, the ethnic brigades in pursuit of further fragmentation along ethnic lines, are working overtime to solidify and entrench themselves while his government is persevering to diffuse the poison of ethnicity and re-orient the country towards an inclusive pan-Ethiopian polity. The ethnic elites across the country (TPLF, OLF, Sidama LF?) […]

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An Israeli cop shot an unarmed Ethiopian teen. Here’s why American Jews should care

MIJAL BITTON JULY 5, 2019 JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli society has been gripped over the past week by the killing of Solomon Tekah, an unarmed 19-year-old Ethiopian Israeli. On June 30, an off-duty Israeli police officer shot and killed Tekah under highly contested circumstances. Walking this city’s streets and stuck in traffic jams, I am witnessing firsthand how […]

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ESFNA Atlant 2019: Ethiopian Day Celebration

ESFNA Atlant 2019: Ethiopian Day Celebration ESFNA 2019 – Ethiopian Day Posted by Zehabesha on Friday, July 5, 2019

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Addis Fortune journalist Fasika Tadesse, the last person General Asaminew spoke to before his assassination, finally spoke out about her conversation with the General

According to the journalist, Gen. Asaminew said “We are investigating the attack on Amhara Regional government” and he promised to give press conference the following morning. He too was surprised by the sudden attack on Amhara Region. However, he was assassinated before he had the chance to give the press conference. This conversation with the […]

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PM Abiy Ahmed- Award ceremony of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny – UNESCO Peace Prize

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize is intended to honour living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO. The Prize was established in 1989 by a resolution […]

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Ethiopia to issue two telecom licenses, minority stake in monopoly: official

Maggie Fick NAIROBI (Reuters) – Ethiopia will award two telecoms licenses to multinational mobile companies, a senior official said on Friday, in the first detailed announcement of the government’s plans for opening one of the world’s last major closed telecom markets. The government will also offer a minority stake in Ethio Telecom, the monopoly operator, […]

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Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control

Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him. BY NIZAR MANEK  | JULY 4, 2019,  DDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—Former comrades in arms described retired Brig. Gen. Asaminew Tsige, who was shot dead on June 24, as a mediocre soldier and a […]

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An off-duty police officer shot dead an unarmed black teen, sparking riots. But it didn’t happen where you think

By Oren Liebermann, CNN Jerusalem (CNN)An off-duty police officer was in a playground with his family when he saw two men fighting, according to police accounts, which have been challenged by eye-witnesses. When the officer identified himself, police said the men threw stones at him. Fearing for his life, the officer pulled the trigger, police said. The bullet […]

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