May 20, 2013, ADDIS ABABA (Sudan Tribune) – The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has relocated over 1,480 Sudanese refugees from the border to Sherkole camp in Ethiopia pushing the capacity of the camp beyond the initial limit of 9,000 people.
In a statement the UNHCR in Ethiopia said the refugees who had originally been displaced by the conflict in Sudan’s eastern Blue Nile state were relocated during March and April.
The Sudanese refugees were being sheltered among host communities along the Ethiopia-Sudan border since their arrival in 2011 hoping to return when stability is restored.
But with the security situation in Blue Nile state still uncertain the UN refugee agency said it is planning to relocate more Sudanese refugee from the borders to camps further inside Ethiopia. Read more…
Since he ordered kids following their parents to anti-government rallies to be shot and killed, millions in Ethiopia regard him as a very insane man endowed with evil powers to maim and murder the innocent and the defenseless.
Just looking in to his merciless gaze with blank cruelty of a cannibalized warlord sends shivers down the spine of his enemies. Since his master Meles Zenawi died Federal police boss Workneh Gebeyhu has been in sullen and vituperous mood; raging against any opposition to the TPLF. The most feared and hated man in Ethiopia, never seen smiling or talking without angrily raising his fist and punching the air, TPLF warlords see him as an ideal replacement for the self-exiled gun and sex crimes maestro, Bisrat Amare of Columbus Ohio in the US.
The iron lady of murky Tigre politics, former first lady Azeb Mesfin still adores Workneh for his ability to defend the TPLF hierarchy and for the role he played in protecting her late husband Meles Zenawi for more than two decades. Read more…
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20/05/2013 at 4:20 pm
Tantalizingly close! Mestawet Tufa misses 15km World record by just 2 seconds in Nijmegen
May 20, 2013 (IAAF) –Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese and Ethiopia’s Mestawet Tufa set new course records when winning at the third edition of the Naoko Takahashi Cup / Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race in 1:00:31 and 1:10:03 respectively on Sunday (19).
Zersenay, the six-time World champion on the roads and at cross country, improved the former course record set by Kenya’s Martin Mathathi two years ago by 16 seconds – and Mathathi also won last year in 1:01:29 – while Tufa, in her first race over the distance since 2010, sliced neatly three minutes off the course record set by South Africa’s Rene Kalmer 12 months ago.
Kenya’s Patrick Muendo Mwaka led the through the opening kilometres in the men’s race and was part of a trio who passed 5km in 14:14, accompanied by Ethiopia’s Abayneh Ayele and Zersenay. Read more…
Fufi wins 2013 Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist 12k race. Photo by, Geof Teague
May 19, 2013, SAN FRANCISCO (Herald Online) — Taking on the streets of San Francisco for the first time ever, Tolossa Gedefa Fufi, from Ethiopia, placed first at the 2013 Bay to Breakers presented by craigslist, on Sunday, May 19, 2013. At 21 years of age, Fufi was one of the youngest elite runners in the field and follows in the footsteps of the many talented Ethiopians that have historically raced in Bay to Breakers.
Fufi was neck and neck with Ethiopian Tesfaye Sendeku Alemayehu, all the way up to the top of the Hayes Street Hill, and then at mile three, as they took the turn from Fell Street to Divisadero, Fufi picked up the pace, took the lead and held it all the way to the finish.
The battle for first place amongst the women was also close with Diane Nukuri-Johnson from Burundi taking first place. Read more…
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE -”With Africa’s economies riding the crest of the global commodities wave, there is an unprecedented opportunity to convert the region’s vs resource wealth into investments that could lift millions out of poverty.” – Kofi Annan
Former UN Secretary-General Calls for Public Disclosure of Corporate Ownership Information
2013 Africa Progress Report Features GFI Research, Highlights Devastating Impact of Tax Haven Secrecy, Phantom Firms on Development
Forthcoming Joint Report from AfDB and GFI Released May 29th to Examine Economic Toll of IFFs on Africa
May 18, 2013, WASHINGTON, DC (Global Financial Integrity) – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) lauded former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Africa Progress Panel (APP), which he chairs, for highlighting the devastating impact that illicit financial outflows have on economic development and poverty alleviation across the continent in the 2013 Africa Progress Report published today. The APP report cites GFI’s research on illicit financial flows and calls upon the G8 to require full, public disclosure of the beneficial ownership information of all corporate entities within the next year. Read more…
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18/05/2013 at 6:02 pm
Reuters/Reuters – A camel caravan carrying slabs of salt travels away from the Danakil Depression, northern Ethiopia April 22, 2013. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
May 17, 2013, HAMAD-ILE, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Abdu Ibrahim Mohammed was 15 years old when he began trekking with caravans of camels to collect salt in a sun-blasted desert basin of north Ethiopia that is one of the hottest places on earth.
Now 51 and retired, he has passed his camels to his son to pursue this centuries-old trade in “white gold” from the Danakil Depression, where rain almost never falls and the average temperature is 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius).
But the tradition of hacking salt slabs from the earth’s crust and transporting them by camel is changing as a paved road is built across the northern Afar region.
Although the road being cut through the Danakil Depression is making it easier to transport the salt, the region’s fiercely independent local salt miners and traders are wary of the access it might give to industrial mining companies with mechanised extraction techniques that require far less labour. Read more…
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17/05/2013 at 8:50 am
The historical impacts of land-grab in Ethiopia were characterized by brutal conflicts, cultural
extinction, and even genocide through mass killings. The war of occupation and land-grab in the
last decades of the nineteenth century resulted in the death of about five million people in
Southern Ethiopia (OSA 2013). The current problems associated with land-grab are especially
complex in Southern Ethiopia; the local people are not represented in the government of Ethiopia
that is dominated and led by TPLF. Mistrust between TPLF leaders who come from the North
and the Southern peoples of Ethiopia is rampant, shaped by a bitter history of war, occupation,
cultural domination, and inherited hostility. The non-Tigrayan population of Ethiopia sees the
decision of the TPLF regime as a deliberate and conniving move to dismantle the cultural fiber
of the South and expand Tigrayan cultural and economic domination. Land-grab is indeed
perceived among the Southern Ethiopian population as a hostile trap targeting their most sacred
property, their land. Read more…
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16/05/2013 at 6:24 pm