Friday, October 31, 2014

Britain axes aid to Ethiopian police amid human rights outcry

Britain has suspended most of a £27 million aid programme to support Ethiopia’s police force, The Telegraph has learnt, amid mounting allegations of torture, rape and murder by the regime.

Ministers pulled the plug on a scheme intended to improve criminal investigations, help Ethiopian police “interact with communities on local safety” and help women access the justice system.

The cancellation coincides with an Amnesty International report that documents how the Ethiopian security forces have conducted a campaign of torture, mutilation, rape and murder in order to suppress political opposition.

Britain has given £1 billion in aid, including around £70 million for “governance and security” projects, to the country over three years. Critics of the ruling regime have disappeared, and Amnesty International found allegations of men being blinded and women being gang raped and burnt with hot coals by regime officials.

There are mounting fears for the safety of Andy Tsege, a British national and critic of the regime, who was abducted in Yemen before being tortured and sentenced to death.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Next Shirt You Buy May Say 'Made In Ethiopia.' Here's Why

Made in China" may be leaving your wardrobe.

As labor costs in the "world's factory" continue to rise dramatically, global fashion brands are looking elsewhere to source apparel. In addition to established hubs like Bangladesh and Vietnam, the garment game is ripe for new players: Myanmar (Burma), Haiti and Ethiopia, among others, are looking to rejuvenate a once-thriving trade or even build one entirely from scratch.

China will shed approximately 85 million manufacturing jobs in the coming years, which some development experts say could be a golden opportunity for producing economic development, a la South Korea. The standard narrative: Start at the bottom with low-skill, basic textile manufacturing (like T-shirts) and work your way up to more complex garments (like suits), then to more complex goods like electronics.

Improved quality of life and a rising consumer class will naturally follow, creating sustainable and natural growth in China. At that point, garment assembly would be seen as lowbrow.

"You don't make tanks out of textiles," says Derek Scissors, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thousands of Ethiopians tortured by brutal government security forces... while Britain hands over almost £1 BILLION in aid money???????

More than £1billion from taxpayers was given in aid to Ethiopia while its security forces tortured, killed and raped, campaigners claimed yesterday.

Amnesty International has documented thousands of shockingly brutal abuses against citizens suspected of political opposition.

The human rights group’s report follows calls for greater scrutiny by Britain and other donors to ensure their money does not support state-sanctioned killings and brutality.

Amnesty warned that thousands have faced repeated torture while unlawful state killings have been carried out in a ‘relentless crackdown on real or imagined dissent’.

Horrors inflicted on ordinary Ethiopians include women being gang-raped and tortured by prison guards. Amnesty’s report also tells how a teacher was stabbed in the eye with a bayonet after refusing to teach pro-government propaganda to his students.

Entire families were arrested with parents and siblings ‘disappearing’ after they were taken to army camps, said Amnesty.

Britain has donated more than £1billion to Ethiopia in the last five years alone. The Government has denied funding security forces in the autocratic one-party state.

But Britain’s relationship with the East African country is likely to come under scrutiny in a judicial review into claims made by a Ethiopian farmer.

He has been given legal aid in this country to pursue allegations that UK aid supported the regime while it forced thousands of villagers like him from their land using murder, torture and rape.

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El-Sisi said about Ethiopia's dam on Saudi's news paper!

On Ethiopia's ongoing dam project, El-Sisi said that Egypt "never seeks to harm the interests of a state, and we do not accept to be harmed or our vital resources affected."

Ethiopia has the right to achieve the development of its people, and Egypt has the right, as an estuary state, to get its share of the water without a decrease, El-Sisi said.

Cairo is concerned that the $4.2 billion dam project, which the Ethiopian government says is now 40 percent complete, could have an adverse effect on its water supply.

He said Egypt maintains the right for its water supply, especially as it suffers from water scarcity and a deficit in water resources.

According to El-Sisi, the issue should be resolved through understanding and finding solutions based on mutual trust.

This is what Egypt is currently doing along with Ethiopia and Sudan, El-Sisi added, avoiding past mistakes that led to erosion of trust between all sides.

"I trust there's a solution that can be implemented, and our experts are searching for it," he concluded.

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Ethiopia Signs $865M Railway Financing Agreement With Credit Suisse

The Ethiopian government has closed a $865 million financing package that will finance the nation’s railway infrastructure.

Credit Suisse acted as co-ordinating commercial facility arranger and export credit agency facility lead arranger.

The loans are split between financing paid out via asyndicate of lenders from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the US and totals out as a $450 million seven-year commercial loan, which includes a that will pay 375 basis points over Libor. A $415 million 13-year loan backed by the Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board (EKN), Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF) and Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV) export credit agencies are also part of the financing.

Turk Eximbank provided a parallel financing of $300 million for the Turkish goods and services under the same project.

“This is a huge financing for Ethiopia, it is the first commercial deal of this size we have seen. Banks have a growing appetite for the Ethiopian market and we expect to see more deals like this,” one banker on the deal said.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A life of forced labor: Why Israel's Eritrean refugees fled home

Is Eritrea’s brutal dictatorship on the verge of collapse?

By Elizabeth Tsurkov

Israel is home to about 35,000 Eritrean asylum-seekers. While the Israeli government claims that they are work migrants, so as not to violate its own laws, Israel does not forcibly deport Eritreans back to their country of origin. As long as Eritrea is ruled by the current regime, the millions of Eritreans living outside of their homeland cannot return, but is it possible that the regime in Eritrea will soon collapse?

Recent reports from Eritrea and refugees who recently fled the east-African country indicate that the regime is struggling to maintain its control over the population. The regime relies on repression, its most extreme fashion being open-ended national service, to scare the population into submission. At the same time, revenues from mining, nearly free slave labor and taxes Eritreans abroad are forced to pay, allow the regime to sustain itself economically. In recent years, however, these pillars of the regime’s stability have begun to crack.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

LAND GRABBING OR LAND TO INVESTORS ?

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.
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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.”

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