Archive for March 16th, 2012

Leaked map reveals Ethiopia’s mass evictions plan

A copy of the leaked Ethiopia map. Survival has highlighted the three resettlement areas

March 16, 2012 (Survival) – Ethiopian authorities have inadvertently revealed the existence of highly ambitious plans to resettle Lower Omo Valley tribes who stand in the way of a massive plantations scheme.

The map was included in an internal report by the country’s Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), into the environmental impact of planned sugarcane plantations in the Omo. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 16/03/2012 at 6:30 pm

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Italy condemns Ethiopian attack on Eritrea

Rome (dpa) – The Italian government on Friday condemned an attack by Ethiopia on neighbouring Eritrea, and appealed to the two Horn of Africa nations to refrain from other violent acts against each other.

The Foreign Ministry in Rome was following with “deep concern” news of the foray launched by Ethiopian troops into Eritrean territory, it said in a statement.

Ethiopia said on Thursday it sent troops 16 kilometres into Eritrean territory to attack camps run by “subversive groups.” Ethiopia often accuses Asmara of aiding rebel groups hostile to Addis Ababa.

“Firmly condemning every recourse to violence”, the Ministry appealed to the two sides “to refrain from other measures that violate fundamental principles of international co-existence.” Read more…

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Eritrea ‘rejects Ethiopia provocation’

March 16, 2012 (BBC News) – Eritrea has said it will not be “entrapped” into retaliating after Ethiopia launched a cross-border border raid on three military bases.

“It is those who do not know the price of war who are hungry to go to war,” Eritrean Information Minister Ali Abdu told the AFP news agency.

Ethiopia said it attacked three military bases where rebel groups were being trained.

The two countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000.

The United States has called on both countries to “exercise restraint and to avoid any further military action”.

The attack had raised fears that the bitter rivals could resume full-scale hostilities but Eritrea moved to quell such speculation. Read more…

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Oromia: Saudi Billionaire’s Gold Find May Double Ethiopian Production

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March 16, 2012 (Bloomberg) – National Mining Corp., a closely held company owned by Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, said it found gold deposits in southern Ethiopia that may produce at least 10 metric tons a year, almost doubling national output.

Exploration conducted over 15 years shows the Okote site in Ethiopia’s Oromia region has more than 550 tons of gold, of which 73 tons may be ready for extraction within 24 months, Chief Executive Officer Melaku Beza in an interview on March 12 in Addis Ababa, the capital. The company plans to invest $150 million in the initial phase of production, he said.

“This area has huge potential,” he said. “The revenue will be about $4 billion in 20 years’ time” from the 73 tons and the government will receive $1 billion from tax and royalty payments over that period.

Ethiopia, the world’s third-biggest coffee grower, is diversifying its economy to reduce its reliance on agriculture, which accounts for 43 percent of the gross domestic product, according to African Development Bank data. Gold exports surged 75 percent to 11 tons in the fiscal year through July 7, 2011, generating $485.3 million. Earnings totalled $258.8 million in the first half of the current fiscal year from $179.2 million a year earlier, according to Trade Ministry data. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 16/03/2012 at 4:27 am

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Ethiopians in DC mourn Alem Dechasa; meet Lebanese official

By Elias Kifle

March 16, 2012 (Ethiopian Review) – Concerned Ethiopians in the Washington DC Metro Area gathered in front of the Embassy of Lebanon Thursday to mourn Alem Dechasa, the Ethiopian girl who died after she was attacked and abducted outside the Ethiopian embassy in Beirut early this week. We also expressed our outrage over the killing of Alem and presented our demand to the Government of Lebanon to bring the individuals who committed the crime to justice.

During the silent protest, First Secretary of the Lebanese embassy, Mr Toni Frangie, came out to speak to us. Read more…

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Oromia: Seife Nebelbal Radio Program, March 16, 2012

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