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The solutions for Ethiopians are Ethiopians, Unified or die together

The TPLF government (following the footsteps of its late prime minster) want us to believe that the Meles Zenawi was a progressive and inte...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The business of aid: there's big money being made fighting poverty, disease and hunger

15 May 2016 17:14Matt Kennard, Claire Provost

THE Grand Cunard Building in Liverpool sits on the edge of the River Mersey and the port city’s historic docklands. It was here that the city was propelled to prosperity as a major hub in the business of transatlantic slavery, profiting from the “triangle trade” by shipping goods and weapons to Africa; shackled slaves to America; and sugar, cotton, and rum back to Liverpool.

This dark history is still echoed in some of the city’s street names. Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles, is believed to have been named after James Penny, one of the city’s most prominent 18th-century slave traders.

The Cunard Building, built in a style intended to recall grand Italian palaces — complete with marble imported from Tuscany — sits on The Strand, formerly known as Goree Piazza, named after the island off the coast of Senegal that was used as a base to trade slaves.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

'Unbridled violence' in Gambella leaves Ethiopia searching for answers

The South Sudanese attackers arrived on foot before dawn. In the Nuer villages in the grasslands of Gambella in western Ethiopia, people woke to the sound of gunshots and tried to flee, but armed men stopped them. Mothers were shot when they tried to stop the raiders taking their children.

Bol Choul, 26, tried to run away but one of the attackers caught him in his hut and they fought. Bol injured his hand but managed to get out. He had to leave without his wife and children, and his blind father, who was shot but survived.

“I heard my wife’s alive, but one child is taken and one is with her,” Bol said at the main hospital in Gambella region two days after the attacks in the Lare and Jikawo districts.
More than 200 people were killed in the attacks on more than 20 villages, according to Ethiopia’s government. About 100 children were abducted, and livestock was snatched as well.

Unicef said the attack on children constituted a violation of human rights, and condemned “this horrific act of unbridled violence”.

Described by locals as the worst violence they had seen in two decades, the cross-border attacks pose a new challenge to the Ethiopian government, already grappling with growing tensions between central authorities and ethnic populations.

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500 Migrants May Have Died in Sinking of Boat in Mediterranean, U.N. Says

The United Nations refugee agency said on Wednesday that 500 people may have died in the choppy waters of the Mediterranean last week, when a large boat packed with migrants from Africa and the Middle East capsized in an unknown location between Libya and Italy.

If confirmed, it would be the worst humanitarian calamity in Europe’s migrant crisis since more than 800 people died last April near Libyan shores as they tried to reach Italy.

The agency based its findings on interviews with 41 survivors of the shipwreck, although it was not able to verify the episode independently. The migrants — 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, six Egyptians and a Sudanese — were picked up by a merchant ship near Greece on April 16 after days of drifting at sea. They were transferred to a migrant camp in Kalamata, a city on the Greek mainland.

Their stories helped lift a cloud of confusion about the episode ever since rumors of the sinking emerged over the weekend. But they did not resolve the questions of where exactly the ship went down or what the ultimate death toll may be. No national coast guards have reported finding the boat.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Twitter, WhatsApp Down in Ethiopia Oromia Area After Unrest

Internet messaging applications such as WhatsApp haven’t worked for more than a month in parts of Ethiopia that include Oromia region, which recently suffered fatal protests, according to local users.

Smartphone owners haven’t been able to access services including Facebook Messenger and Twitter on the state-owned monopoly Ethio Telecom’s connection, Seyoum Teshome, a university lecturer, said by phone from Woliso, about 115 kilometers (71.5 miles) southwest of the capital, Addis Ababa.

“All are not working here for more than one month,” said Seyoum, who teaches at Ambo University’s Woliso campus. “The blackout is targeted at mobile data connections.”

A spokesman for Twitter Inc. declined to comment on the issue when e-mailed by Bloomberg on Monday. Facebook Inc., which bought WhatsApp Inc. in 2014, didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

Protests that began in November in Oromia over perceived economic and political marginalization of Ethiopia’s most populous ethnic group led to a crackdown in which security forces allegedly shot dead as many as 266 demonstrators, according to a March report by the Kenya-based Ethiopia Human Rights Project. The government has said that many people died, including security officers, without giving a toll.

One social-media activist, U.S.-based Jawar Mohammed, disseminated information and footage from protests to his more than 500,000 followers on Facebook.

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Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

By Felix Horne, April 12, 2016.

The Ethiopian government is cracking down on journalists and NGOs. Where's the outrage from the international community?

Since November, state security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. It’s the biggest political crisis to hit the country since the 2005 election but has barely registered internationally. And with the protests now in their fifth month, there is an almost complete information blackout.

A teacher arrested in December told me, “In Oromia the world doesn’t know what happens for months, years or ever. No one ever comes to speak to us, and we don’t know where to find those who will listen to our stories.”

Part of the problem is the government’s draconian restrictions on news reporting, human rights monitoring, and access to information imposed over the past decade. But restrictions have worsened in the last month. Some social media sites have been blocked, and in early March security officials detained two international journalists overnight while they were trying to report on the protests. As one foreign diplomat told me, “It’s like a black hole, we have no idea what is happening. We get very little credible information.”

With difficulty, Human Rights Watch interviewed nearly 100 protesters. They described security forces firing randomly into crowds, children as young as nine being arrested, and Oromo students being tortured in detention. But the Ethiopian media aren’t telling these stories. It’s not their fault. Ethiopian journalists have to choose between self-censorship, prison, or exile. Ethiopia is one of the leading jailers of journalists on the continent. In 2014 at least 30 journalists fled the country and six independent publications closed down. The government intimidates and harasses printers, distributors, and sources.

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Britain is giving more than £1m to train security forces who kidnapped Ethiopia’s ‘Mandela’ as EU envoy to Rwanda admits: ‘I am proud to fund Britain-giving-1m-train-security-forces-kidnapped-Ethiopia-s-Mandela-EU-envoy-Rwanda-admits-proud-fund-dictator.

Britain is giving more than a million pounds to train Ethiopia’s security forces – even though the country’s repressive regime abducted a British citizen and holds him under sentence of death.

Andargachew Tsege, a father of three from North London, was snatched almost two years ago while travelling through an airport in Yemen. After being forced on to a plane to Ethiopia, he was paraded on television and held for months in secret detention.

Yet the Foreign Office is spending £500,000 on a master’s programme in ‘security sector management’ run by Cranfield University in Ethiopia – a one-party state accused of horrific human rights abuses. Another £546,500 is being spent by the Ministry of Defence to help support the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre, which opened last year.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ethiopia: Where do we go from here?

NARIOBI (HAN) April 7. 2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. By Teshome Abebe (PhD) The following text of the speech was presented at Vision Ethiopia Conference on March 27, 2016. Because of time limitations, some paragraphs may not have been presented. I attended the conference as an academic only representing myself, and not as a member of a political party or any other group. As a result, the views expressed are mine alone. No financial support was requested or received from any individual or group, and my assignment was to respond to the following questions:
Quo Vadis? Where Do We Go From Here? Who Should Do What to Guarantee Democracy, Transition, and Unity in Post Conflict Ethiopia?

1. Background

Where We Have Been

There is no need to dwell too long on this part of my presentations, as all of you know so well where we have been over the past many decades. Suffice it to state that part of the failures in our past have to do with the excessive need to maintain and exercise power by the Atse Haile Selassie regime as well as by the Derg. In both cases, we have witnessed that they stayed in power too long; refused to listen to the citizenry; and never prepared the country for a peaceful transition of power in any meaningful manner. The result has been very familiar: assume power by force; get chased out of office by force. The price the nation has had to pay for this state of affairs or dysfunction has been enormous. We have lost too many and too much both in lives and treasury; we have lost enormously in opportunity cost; and for all intents and purposes, the nation is still backward: we still can’t feed ourselves; and we have taught the young an incredibly bad lesson: that disordered force is the norm in Ethiopia. In my opinion, this is a truly sad state of affairs. On this, I am certain that there is general agreement on all sides.

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Ethiopia Told to Do Mass Doping Tests or Face IAAF Ban

Ethiopia must carry out mass doping tests on up to 200 athletes by November or be the latest to face further action by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a possible ban by the IAAF, track and field officials in the country said Thursday.

Ethiopia will attempt to test between 150 and 200 athletes over the next seven months and will start as soon as next week, national track team doctor Ayalew Tilahun said.

"We are told that we could be banned from the IAAF if we don't comply with the request," Ayalew said at a news conference in Addis Ababa.

Results of the drug tests must be provided to WADA and the IAAF, he said. The government has provided $300,000 to fund the testing.

Ayalew told The Associated Press in a separate interview that Ethiopia could be banned from all sports if its doping program is not significantly improved.

"The struggle is critical," he said.

WADA officials will visit Ethiopia to assess the progress on June 3 and IAAF President Sebastian Coe is also expected to visit around that time, Ayalew said.

Ethiopian Athletics Federation head Alebachew Nigussie said there was no threat of a ban from this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, adding "but that doesn't also mean we need to relax."

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

The solutions for Ethiopians are Ethiopians, Unified or die together

The TPLF government (following the footsteps of its late prime minster) want us to believe that the Meles Zenawi was a progressive and intelligent person that created a new Ethiopia. The most shameless claim Zenawi is the father of Ethiopian democracy.

I totally disagree with these assertions. Firstly, while Zenawi was not an ignorant, he’s ability to maintain control was not because of his intelligence, but merely because he was very good at wagging his tail around western leadership.

Zenwai was willing to do anything to get their approval and in particular brought nothing to the table, he was simply acted based of his millions of dollars’ worth of advisers from western countries, doing as they told him. Those advisers had no understanding of Ethiopian culture, traditions and mind set, similar to previous communist regime that forced communist theory on the shoulder of Ethiopians, which ultimately Ethiopians refused to swallow.

Furthermore, he paid millions dollars for lobbyists to advance his interests, and all other well western educated Ethiopian’s intellectuals are not trust worthy for him. Ethiopians have no confidence in his ability to execute anything that the Ethiopian people support.

If you go to any developing or developed Asian countries, most of their development policies embrace their cultural heritage, and many utilize their unique cultures in various industries as a driver of the economic growth in order to sustain long term development. But in Ethiopia, the TPLF is destroying the Ethiopian culture and instead helping the Arab, Indians, Turks and Chinese millionaires cultivate Ethiopian land for their own profits. They have marginalized and forced out native people from their lands, which they have lived for generations, and at their expenses, foreign millionaires are making millions dollars. As far as I am concerned that is not development, this is simply selling out. And Meles Zenwai is a sellout.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dam figures to revolutionize Ethiopia

we need to send this professor to study African/Ethiopian history all over again, where did he get this information????
Britain had liberated Ethiopia from Mussolini’s Italy in World War II, and stayed in administrative control of major parts of the Ethiopian government for ten years thereafter

The bottom line is that British never liberated Ethiopia anyway here is the story... as I said the guy should not be a professor at all, he needs to learn for himself. because his information is incorrect

The greatest public works project in Africa will reach a critical stage this year. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, on the Blue Nile, is more than halfway complete. This year, the first diversions of flow of the Blue Nile will begin

Eventually, the Blue Nile will be stopped sufficiently to fill up the reservoir behind the dam.

This diversion of water, though small this year, has already become a flashpoint in the politics of Africa. If the diversion issue is handled correctly, however, the dam will propel Ethiopia from the ranks of underdeveloped countries through the kind of rural electrification America experienced in the 1920s.

The Nile has two components: the White Nile, which starts in Lake Victoria, bordering Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, and the Blue Nile, which starts in Ethiopia, winding from Lake Tana through gorges, descending in altitude until it flows into Sudan.

The White Nile meets the Blue Nile in Khartoum, Sudan, from which it proceeds north to the Egyptian border. After entering Egypt, the Nile encounters the Aswan High Dam, creating an expansive reservoir, Lake Nassar. That reservoir permits regulation of the release of water to irrigate farmland alongside the course of the Nile throughout Egypt, ending the annual floods that had overflowed the Nile’s banks for thousands of years.

The dam is the realization of the most profound national aspiration of Ethiopia. It was never an international project. The World Bank refused to fund it, because Egypt insists on no diminution of the water it receives from the Nile; and the U.S., Egypt’s friend, exercises a veto at the World Bank.

So the Ethiopians taxed themselves, solicited loans from more than half of their population voluntarily tithing every year and obtained help from the Chinese. It is now a symbol of Ethiopia’s move into the ranks of the developed world; national pride is running high as its completion nears.

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