May 5, 2012, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Fox News) – Ethiopia’s government has expelled two Arabs who flew in from the Middle East after the pair went to a mosque and tried to incite violence, an official said Saturday.
The two men visited Addis Ababa’s Grand Anwar Mosque on Friday and disseminated materials and made inflammatory statements, said Shimeles Kemal, state minister of communications.
“The Ethiopian government found them to be persona non grata and they were immediately deported,” he said. The men’s nationalities were not made public.
The deportations come one week after security forces arrested a Muslim religious leader in the Oromia region accused of radical statements. A group of Muslims tried to free the imam and clashed with police. Four of the demonstrators were killed and 10 police were wounded, Shimeles said. Read more…
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From this week’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ … name withheld upon request*
They stayed together in a refugee camp in Kenya, cementing a lifelong friendship in the midst of a life of trials. They protected each other. Shared whatever they got. After a few years at the camp, two were lucky to be allowed to settle in the U.S. One was not. She returns to Ethiopia, exasperated. She knew nothing had changed in state-society relations to make her optimistic about life in Ethiopia. But she figured if she stayed out of politics, she would be safe. Read more…
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LODWAR, Kenya, May 2 (AlertNet) – The Kenyan government must share revenues from its newfound oil reserves with the communities in its impoverished north to avoid armed insurrections, the minister for the region said.
In March, Kenya announced its first oil discovery by British-based explorer Tullow Oil in remote Turkana County, which borders South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.
“My nightmare is to have a Kony-type group say: ‘You marginalised us all these years and this is our wealth and therefore we want to break away’, and basically just start an insurgency that’s endless,” Mohamed Elmi, Minister for Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands, told AlertNet in an interview. Read more…
Eritrea’s government rejected the concept of an independent media.
“There is no independent press all over the world,” Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom, said in a phone interview from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. “It’s either owned by a company or an individual.”
Eritrea banned private media in 2001 because they had become “propaganda mouthpieces for external foreign influences,” he said. The country’s media is now focused on the “development agenda and poverty alleviation,” Girma said. Read more…
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