Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amhara and other ethnic groups murdered in Gambella - VOA

How long the TPLF leadership get away with killing innocent people?

Friday, October 17, 2014


It is very sad that the Ethiopian government is allowed the Ethiopian people land for the people who hate and hostile against Ethiopians. Saudi Arabia, we Ethiopians regard Saudi Arabia not as friendly country and Ethiopian government should not allowed this crappy people to take over our land, this is not investment this is a land grabbing, I do not understand, why Ethiopian government open the gate of our country like a whore house? All these happened in the name of Investment

LAND GRABBING OR LAND TO INVESTORS ? from Alfredo Bini on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

US Embassy Warns of al-Shabab Attack in Ethiopia

VOA News

October 15, 2014 11:49 AM

The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia is warning of a possible terrorist attack in a part of the capital, Addis Ababa.
The embassy says it has received reports that Somali militant group al-Shabab intends to target Bole, a southeastern district of the city.
An embassy statement says the location of the alleged possible attack is not known but says "restaurants, hotels, places of worship, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Bole area should be avoided until further notice because they are possible targets for a potential imminent terrorist attack."
It also advises U.S. citizens to avoid large crowds and places where both Ethiopians and Westerners often go.
Ethiopia is one of several African countries that have troops in Somalia fighting al-Shabab.
The militant group has suffered reversals, including the recent death of its leader in a U.S. drone strike, but continues to launch deadly attacks.
Last year, an al-Shabab attack on a mall in Nairobi left at least 67 people dead.
Twice this year, the group has attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Ethiopia to Extend Tullow Exploration Permit as Data Studied

By William Davison

Ethiopia will grant Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) an extension to its exploration license after the company reported “encouraging” results in its search so far, Mines Minister Tolesa Shagi said.

“We will definitely grant them because they’ve done so much and we appreciate whatever they’ve tried to do,” Tolesa said in a phone interview yesterday from the capital, Addis Ababa. “We try to assist them as much as possible.”

Tullow, based in London, requested more time to analyze data from drilling and seismic surveys in southern Ethiopia, the company said yesterday in an e-mailed response to questions. Two out of four wells drilled by Tullow and partners Africa Oil Corp. (AOI) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) in the past two years show they may contain petroleum deposits, it said.

“The hydrocarbon shows in the South Omo basin wells are indicative of a working petroleum system and therefore the acreage in southern Ethiopia remains prospective,” it said. “We are currently examining the substantial volume of drilling and seismic data collected to decide our future exploration plans.”

Read more

Made in Ethiopia: The leather gloves keeping the world warm and stylish

By Alex Court and Lillian Leposo, CNN

CNN) -- The steady hum of sewing machines fills the air inside a large glovemaking factory on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the bustling Ethiopian capital. Patches of leather move through an array of working stations as busy laborers work feverishly to meet the company's export quota: 5,000 gloves a day.
The operation belongs to Pittards, a UK-based company whose trading partnership with Ethiopia dates back to the early 1900s.
Here, hardy, durable cow hide is made into work gloves. These are ideal for builders and gardeners, and are mainly exported to the U.S

And then there are the stylish designs -- created from a different type of animal skin, these are made to keep fingers warm in Tokyo, Paris and Rome.
"The fashion glove is made of sheep skin which is unique to Ethiopia," explains Tsedenia Mekbib, general manager at Pittards Products Manufacturing. "The durability, the stretch ability and the strength makes it popular for gloving leather specifically. That has been the one strength of Ethiopia and the leather sector."
Sophisticated designs with decorative touches may be the hallmark of this type of glove, but they must also be practical. Ethiopia's climate makes this animal skin effective at withstanding the winter chill -- an essential selling point.

Read more

Monday, October 13, 2014

Perhaps the greatest threat to Ethiopia comes from within

Ahmed Soliman

Since 2000 Ethiopia has registered some of the greatest gains in human development seen anywhere on the planet. It is one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, with near double-digit GDP growth over the past decade and large-scale infrastructural development.

Ethiopia’s geostrategic significance is built on a base of relative stability in a volatile region, enabling it to foster international partnerships on development and regional security. But its largely rural population remains poor, and images of drought, famine, poverty and war from the 1970s and 1980s have endured in the popular imagination around the world.

The population has grown by more than a quarter since 2001; the UN says Ethiopia will be one of the world’s 10 most populous countries by 2050. This population pressure drives Addis Ababa’s “pro-poor” vision for national development.

Read more

Dam Rising in Ethiopia Stirs Hope and Tension

GUBA, Ethiopia — There is a remote stretch of land in Ethiopia’s forested northwest where the dust never settles. All week, day and night, thousands of workers pulverize rocks and lay concrete along a major tributary of the Nile River. It is the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the continent’s biggest hydropower plant and one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever in Africa.

Ethiopia is a poor country, often known best for its past famines, but officials say the dam will be paid for without foreign assistance — a point of national pride. Computer-generated images of the finished structure are framed in government offices, splashed across city billboards and broadcast in repeated specials on the state-owned television channel.

“We lean on the generousness of the rest of the world,” said Zadig Abrha, deputy director of the dam’s public mobilization office. “So there is a conviction on the part of the public to change this, to regain our lost greatness, to divorce ourselves from the status quo of poverty. And the first thing that we need to do is make use of our natural resources, like water

READ more

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ethiopia: 30 years after the famine......Well done Ethiopia, Keep it up!

It’s three decades since Michael Buerk’s powerful BBC reports told the world about the country’s famine. The image has stayed with us, but Ethiopia appears to be shedding it

A new skyscraper has recently risen in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Built with Chinese money, the shining new home of the African Union, an EU-style body representing 54 African countries, is a symbol of the country’s rapid economic change.
The World Bank reports that this country of 94 million people, although still one of the world’s poorer nations, has seen sustained growth over the past decade, averaging more than 10 per cent a year, in contrast to the regional average of 5.3 per cent.

The effects are easy to see. All around Addis the streets are in chaos as a light-rail system is installed. It is on target to begin transporting passengers next year. China is paying for this too. The nature of “Chinese” funding to Africa is complex, sometimes involving direct financing from Beijing, in other caseCranes swing into action each morning, erecting new hotels and office blocks to add to the long list of international chains that have opened or expanded here: Hilton, Intercontinental, Radisson Blu, Sheraton and Monarch are all doing strong business alongside African counterparts.
And, according to some, there aren’t enough of them. The Awash International Bank projects that unsatisfied demand for hotel beds in Ethiopia in 2015 will run to 1.3 million – a demand fuelled by an increase in tourism, business travel and the work of the African Union.s involving private funding from companies based in China. The light-rail project is backed by China’s Exim Bank.

Outside the city, major rail links are under construction, including one by a Turkish company, Yapi Merkezi, worth a reported €1.3 billion: the 389km Awash-Woldiya project will connect lines from Mekelle to Hara Gebeya and then Addis to Djibouti.
Ethiopia is funding its own development too. The Blue Nile rises in Ethiopia before flowing on to Egypt and Sudan. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will harness the waterway as the largest hydroelectrical plant on the continent when complete. Cairo is unhappy, fearing that the damming of the Nile will have major impact on Egypt.

Read more

Thursday, October 9, 2014


In 2010, when I wanted to show the world that the Eritrean President was unstable, I arranged an interview of him with Al Jazeera’s English program. He was, as I expected, unhinged and crazy-sounding: he was very drunk. called the interview “President Gone Wild” and featured it prominently on its website. The President directly told me to contact Al Jazeera and remove the interview and the label “President Gone Wild” but I told him that not only did the Ministry of Information have no control over Al Jazeer and, but that it was illegal to block or jam the websites.

Read more