Thursday, February 11, 2016

Why I am Supporting Bernie Sanders for President (and Why You Should Too)

February 4, 2016 – Alemayehu G. Mariam

****************I am in with Bernie sanders****************

I am now declaring my support for Bernie Sanders, the dark horse of the Democratic Party, to become the next President of the United States.

It is refreshing act of moral self-affirmation for me to support a man who lives out his principles.

Before explaining why I am supporting Bernie Sanders, I have some other serious explaining to do to my readers.

My readers are well aware of my gung-ho support for Barack Obama before and after he was elected president.

Much to my own embarrassment and chagrin, I had to eat crow for supporting Barack Obama.

I believed Obama when he declared in Ghana in July 2009: “Now, make no mistake: History is on the side of these brave Africans, not with those who use coups or change constitutions to stay in power. Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.”

I was ecstatic when Obama told Africa’s young people, “You have the power to hold your leaders accountable, and to build institutions that serve the people.”

When the young people heard his message and came out to protest stolen elections and human rights violations, they were shot down like wild animals in the streets by Africa’s strongmen.

Obama was silent as the grave (no pun intended) during his entire presidency in the face of crimes against humanity committed by Africa’s strongmen, except for those who were on Obama’s blacklist like the senile Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. Obama’s attitude during his presidency has been, “I see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” about evil in Africa.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bill Clinton's 'New Generation' of African Leaders Mostly Still Around in 2016


In 1998, Bill Clinton lauded four African presidents for their commitment to democracy. Three of them are still in power today. The other's dead.

In March 1998, President Bill Clinton went to Africa, where he waxed lyrical about a "new generation" of African leaders supposedly committed to free markets and democracy. The relevant leaders included Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea.

Two months after Clinton's speech, Eritrea attacked Ethiopia in an attempt to seize a disputed border town called Badme. Up to 300,000 people died over the next two years. Today, Badme (pop. 1,500) is still in Ethiopian possession.

Ethiopia's Zenawi died in office in 2012. He held the office of the presidency for 17 years. Eritreans have not been so lucky. Afewerki, who became president in 1993, is still in charge.

What about Uganda and Rwanda? The two have been the darlings of the aid community for many decades. Between 1998 and 2013, they received US$20.5 billion and US$10.5 billion, respectively. Some 20 percent of Uganda's budget and 40 percent of Rwanda's budget comes from foreign aid.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ethiopia: Robots Could Eat All of Ethiopia's Jobs

South Africa, Nigeria and Angola Not Safe Either

The majority of jobs in these countries are either low-skilled or in industries highly susceptible to computers and robots, including the continent's mainstay agriculture. The study, which draws from World Bank research, is authored by US-based bank Citi and the Oxford Martin School, a research and policy arm of the University of Oxford. It finds that 85pc of jobs in Ethiopia are at risk of being automated from a pure technological viewpoint, the highest proportion of any country globally.

The study is part of a continuing series on how rapidly changing technology will affect economies and societies as we know them.

In an earlier study co-authored by Oxford University academics, the growing of cereals and fibre crops were found to be near-certainties for take-over by machines and industrial robots - with agriculture generally having the highest risks in a survey of over 700 jobs.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) data shows that some 90pc of the 400 million jobs in low-income countries, the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are in the informal sector - essentially agriculture and self-employment. In fast-growing Ethiopia, agriculture is the biggest employer, while South Africa's crucial automotive industry accounts for one in every 10 of its manufacturing exports.

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Huge population of endangered lions found in Ethiopia

Lions have been discovered for the first time in an Ethiopian national park, confirming centuries-old stories that the big cats thrived there.

The lions were found in the Alatash National Park in North West Ethiopia, on the Ethiopia-Sudan border in an expedition led by Hans Bauer, a renowned lion conservationist working for Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. They were also found in Dinder National Park, across the border in eastern Sudan.

“Considering the relative ease with which lion signs were observed, it is likely that they are resident throughout Alatash and Dinder,” Bauer said in a statement. Based on the numbers found, he estimated there could be a population of 100 to 200 lions for the entire ecosystem and more than 50 in Alatash.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Before they go to Eritrea…

I did not know that Nigerian men are such a fool? what are they thinking? did they forget that we lived in 21t century? how do Eritrean women will marry the Nigerian man she did not even know? please African men, we need to get rid of such a mentality that African women are not toy whether she is from Nigeria, Eritrea or Kenya, she is your mother, sister and cousin, please do not play game with her, you cannot buy a woman love

SO, if Eritrea had not denied passing a law endorsing polygamy, some Nigerian men would have shipped themselves to that country, right? I’m totally flabbergasted here. As soon as that story broke, the enthusiasm and glee with which some of my friends embraced and tweeted and broadcast and re-broadcast it was absolutely disappointing. The rate at which the story spread from facebook to whatsapp and everywhere simply exposed so many guys for what they are; unpatriotic Nigerian males. They started making visa enquiries and calling travel agencies for cheap tickets.

For what nah? I asked myself. What is in Eritrea that is not here? Why did Nigerian men want to go to Eritrea just because they heard, incorrectly, that the country had made a law making polygamy mandatory for all Eritrean men and that those who refused to take at least two wives would be hauled into jail?

The last time I checked, there is no law in Nigeria preventing men from having more than one woman. And Nigerian men are very very polygamous naturally. It’s like they were made or born that ay. Those who were not born with natural taste for more than one woman quickly acquire it. It must be something in our national DNA or just the air we breathe. With the exception of a very percentage, almost negligible, most Nigerian men like and enjoy their informal harem. So what were they going to do in Eritrea that they were not already doing in Calabar and Kano?

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Severe drought is threatening lives in the Afar region of Ethiopia, a country once known for epic famines

After 25 years still the TPLF regime still begging the world for food? what a shame

By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press

DUBTI, Ethiopia (AP) — Morbid thoughts linger on people's minds here. The crops have failed and farm animals have been dying amid severe drought that has left Ethiopia appealing for international help to feed its people.

On Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to visit some drought stricken locations in Ethiopia as the government and its humanitarian partners seek additional financial support.

Here, in the Dubti area of Ethiopia's Afar region, one of the hardest-hit regions, the river that runs through is slowly drying up, leaving this normally hot and arid land even worse off. Some worry that children may start dying next.

"My child is severely malnourished to the point that he could no more do breast feeding," said Fatuma Hussein, a 30-year-old mother who has spent two months at a local clinic trying to get her child treated for malnutrition. Health officials said her child's condition was serious because the mother had no food left at home and had been sharing the enriched food provided to her weak son with her older children.

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The Tragedy of Ethiopia's Internet

In Ethiopia even students do not have academic freedom, if you wrote something on your school project something the government did not like that will land you in Ethiopian prison, so this is not surprising at all

Nafkot Nega thinks journalists are terrorists. When I visited him and his mother, Serkalem Fassil, at their tiny apartment in the outskirts of Washington, DC, in early January, 9-year-old Nafkot intermittently murmured and jabbed his hands, pretending to be a superhero fighting criminals.

Perhaps some of those criminals were journalists like his father, Eskinder Nega, who was convicted of violating Ethiopia’s anti-terror law in July 2012. Eskinder is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence.

“Journalism is a crime or a terrorist act in his mind because what has been portrayed about [his dad],” Serkalem explained to me through a translator. “Not only his dad, but if you mention any journalist he will scream and say ‘I don't like journalists!’”

Their story is a weaving tale that mirrors how Ethiopia, home to over 90 million people, became a digital hermit nation. How Nafkot come to believe journalism is a crime equivalent to terrorism is a case study of how governments have used the internet as a tool for repression.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: How Ethiopia didn’t invent the wheel

Finally one western guy discovered the fact "bogus data", it came out from Ethiopia’s Central Statistics Authority, but the Shameless Ethiopian PM compared Ethiopian drought with California and Australia, what a shame and it is laughable. *******This supposed to be investigative Ethiopian journalist job but the Ethiopian government would like to hear from foreign journalist, if Ethiopian wrote such a thing will end up in Jail*******

Ethiopia’s Central Statistics Authority produces annual surveys of crop production. Unable to understand why the rosy figures produced by the authority were not enough to stave off the starvation of 10-million citizens, the EU Commission’s in-house Joint Research Centre commissioned the International Food Policy Research Institute to try to reconcile official reports of huge production with apparent famine.

To cut a long story short, the institute’s estimates of what the actual crop outcomes had been were spectacularly lower than the official figure, giving the lie, he says, to the Ethiopian myth.

Taking 2007-08 data, it estimated production of teff, a fine grain, at 32% lower than the official statistics, wheat at 31% lower, maize 29% lower and sorghum 44% lower, for an average estimate from crop production 34% lower than the Ethiopians’ statistics.

Between 2000 and 2007, Ethiopia reported a 66% increase in crop yields, while its neighbours struggled. Kenya managed an increase of only 23%, while Uganda didn’t increase at all.

"This reveals the extents (sic) of data manipulation by Ethiopian authorities to create an inexistent (sic) economic success story and (which) seeks political legitimacy using a bogus record," says the author. "It is likely that worse distortions would be revealed if similar studies were done on Ethiopia’s growth statistics in other sectors, including manufacturing and service division."

Worse is this observation: "The World Bank, IMF (International Monetary Fund) and other donors have often anchored their conclusions on poverty reduction on alleged changes in the agricultural sector, where the bulk of the poor live and work….

"This raises the question: where (have) the billions of dollars in bilateral and multilateral aid pumped into Ethiopia in the name of poverty reduction and the millennium development goals gone?" Bonsa wrote.

Okay, let’s assume Bonsa may not be the Ethiopian regime’s closest friend. But he is being interesting, and that’s important.

Once again, I don’t know much about the Ethiopian economy, but I have listened to Helen Haiyu explain how and why she started a giant shoe manufacturing operation in the country. She made it clear in a recent talk to the South African Institute for International Affairs. She said the labour she was paying $500 a month for in China, was available in Ethiopia for $50.
*******WOW that will make Ethiopian economy grow! Thank you for TPLF that is pure exploitation*******

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Ethiopia can still be saved from bloodshed

ETHIOPIA is primarily in the news this week, but not because it is hosting the on-going African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit. Rather, it is about two worrying developments. The advancing drought for which needed international funds are in short supply and an estimated 350,000 newborns are expected in drought-affected communities between March and August, 2016.

The other reason is the renewed violent protests by the Oromo in which 140 souls have been dispatched by security forces to early graves.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ethiopia Land Deal Boon for Struggling Atlas



Wikipedia interpreting the land grab: Land grabbing is the contentious issue of large-scale land acquisitions: the buying or leasing of large pieces of land in developing countries, by domestic and transnational companies, governments, and individuals

By Immaculate Karambu

Atlas Development & Support Services Limited, cross listed at the Nairobi and London bourses, has been granted a 100-year land lease in Ethiopia to set up a bottling plant.

This takes forward the company's plan to venture into the industrial space, a shift from its traditional logistics business focused on oil and gas exploration that has recently been performing poorly due to plummeting crude prices.

Atlas plans to build the bottling facility 45 kilometres north of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa to take advantage of the country's growing consumer sector.

The company said it had already paid for the first 45 years of the lease. The area is said to be in close proximity to established infrastructure and intended mine sites for the materials needed to produce high quality bottles.

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