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Egypt presidential hopeful threatens to use force over Ethiopian dam

April 6, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – A potential candidate for the Egyptian presidency announced today that he will order the use of military force against Ethiopia if the latter does not suspend the construction of the Grand Renaissance dam.
In announcing his presidential bid at a press conference on Sunday, lawyer Mortada Mansour said that “water for Egypt is Egypt’s life”.

Lawyer and head of a renowned Egyptian soccer club Mortada Mansour speaks during a press conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 6 April 2014 (AP)

Lawyer and head of a renowned Egyptian soccer club Mortada Mansour speaks during a press conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 6 April 2014 (AP)

“There” are signed international conventions … There are two agreements, one in 1929 and the other in 1959 to regulate water usage between Egypt and Sudan,” Mansour added.

The controversial figure, who was elected last week as head of Cairo’s Zamalek Club, accused Israel of standing behind the Ethiopian dam project and dismissed popular initiatives to resolve the dispute with Addis Ababa.

“There are international organisations that failed [to mediate] and Ethiopia stuck to its position. Just like they threatened to use their army, Egypt has an army. If Israel which is inciting Ethiopia learned a lesson from the Egyptian army in 1973 [war], you are threatening my life. I will not allow you to build your dam and block water from me and in the end famine occurs among the Egyptian people and we kill each other for a drop of water,” Mansour said. Read more…

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Posted by Falmataa - 07/04/2014 at 2:41 pm

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Guest: The flaw in Bill Gates’ approach to ending global poverty

The first step is not identifying technical solutions, but ensuring poor people’s rights, writes guest columnist William Easterly.

By William Easterly

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March 26, 2014 (The Seattle Times) — SOMEHOW — probably my own fault — I have wound up on Bill Gates’ list of the world’s most misguided economists. Gates singled me out by name in his annual 2014 letter to his foundation as an “aid critic” spreading harmful myths about ineffective aid programs.

I actually admire Gates for his generosity and advocacy for the fight against global poverty through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. We just disagree about how to end poverty throughout the world.

Gates believes poverty will end by identifying technical solutions. My research shows that the first step is not identifying technical solutions, but ensuring poor people’s rights. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 26/03/2014 at 2:45 am

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Egypt sentences 529 Mohammed Morsi supporters to death in single trial

Largest mass death sentence in modern history handed down to Muslim Brotherhood supporters over riot which killed policeman

Egyptian relatives of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi cry after the court ordered the execution of 529 Morsi supporters after only two hearings. Photo: AFP/GETTY

Egyptian relatives of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi cry after the court ordered the execution of 529 Morsi supporters after only two hearings. Photo: AFP/GETTY

March 24, 2014 (The Telegraph) — Egypt’s judges have risked new international outrage after handing down the death penalty to 529 people accused of rioting in a mass two-day trial condemned as violating legal norms. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 24/03/2014 at 10:10 am

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Oxford study warns developing countries against dam projects

March 10, 2014 (Financial Times) — An ill-advised splurge on large dams across the developing world is likely to saddle countries with big debts, according to Oxford university researchers who have found such projects typically cost nearly twice as much as first estimated and rarely finish on time.

The findings are based on a study of 245 dams built in 65 countries since 1934, making it one of the most comprehensive analyses since a wave of mega-dams began around seven years ago, ending a 20-year lull in such works. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 10/03/2014 at 6:45 am

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Warmer Temperatures Push Malaria to Higher Elevations

Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that infects more than 300 million people each year, creeps to higher elevations during warmer years and falls back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool. (Photo : James Gathany/ CDC / Wikimedia commons )

Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that infects more than 300 million people each year, creeps to higher elevations during warmer years and falls back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool. (Photo : James Gathany/ CDC / Wikimedia commons )

March 6, 2014 (Nature World News) Researchers are reporting the first hard evidence that malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that infects more than 300 million people each year, creeps to higher elevations during warmer years and falls back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool.

“Traditionally, we think of malaria as a disease with limited prevalence in highland regions, but we are now seeing a shift due to climate change. Our latest research suggests that with progressive global warming, malaria will creep up the mountains and spread to new high-altitude areas. And because these populations lack protective immunity, they will be particularly vulnerable for severe morbidity and mortality,” said Menno Bouma, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The study predicts that future climate warming will result in a significant increase in malaria cases in densely populated regions of Africa and South America, unless disease monitoring and control efforts are boosted and sustained. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 06/03/2014 at 5:57 pm

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Israel Begins Deporting African Asylum Seekers to Uganda

Mideast Israel African Migrants

In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 file photo, African migrants chant slogans during a protest in Rabin’s square in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dozens of Africans have accepted an Israeli government offer to relocate to Uganda, an Israeli official said Wednesday, part of the Jewish state’s efforts to cope with an influx of migrants from the continent. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

February 20, 2014 (Mint Press News) — The secret program, meant to lower the number of African immigrants flocking to the country for a better life, reportedly includes a $3,500 cash incentive to each deportee.

Due to intense pressure by the Israeli government and harsh living conditions, immigrants seeking asylum from several African nations have agreed to leave the state of Israel and relocate to a third-party country on the African continent, according to various reports.

Over the last several weeks, dozens of asylum seekers have agreed to leave Israel for Uganda, and some have already left, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Wednesday. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 20/02/2014 at 12:13 pm

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Address extreme violence in Central African Republic now: MSF

Video: Central African Republic, Massacre of Muslims

February 19, 2014 (CMAJ) — The Central African Republic’s deep and extremely violent sectarian crisis has been effectively abandoned by the international community, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) charged at a Feb. 11 media teleconference.

I’ve never seen such a high level of violence,” said Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF international president. “This needs to be addressed now.” The Montréal, Quebec physician criticized the “shocking lack of engagement and mobilization” from political leaders in the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and the limited response from African countries and the African Union to the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR). Read more…

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Posted by admin - 19/02/2014 at 9:44 am

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Poverty will end by 2035, says Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

In Ethiopia income is only $800 a year, but in Botswana it’s $12,000

February 5, 2014 (Desert News) — The poor are getting richer, says Bill Gates, and there’s no reason to believe we can’t end poverty – soon. “By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world,” Gates said in an annual Gates Foundation letter.

He and his wife are struck by how many people seem to believe that the world is getting worse, he writes. “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been,” writes Gates, citing improvements in health, life expectancy and dramatic turnarounds in cities such as Mexico City and Nairobi. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 05/02/2014 at 1:13 pm

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US delegation seeks to strengthen partnership with African Union

Speaking at the 22nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns expressed America’s commitment to supporting the AU in its efforts to address hunger and conflict.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns addressed America's commitment to Africa at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30, 2014

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns addressed America’s commitment to Africa at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30, 2014

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AU Participants in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan. 31 (UPI) – U.S.Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week for an African Union summit, where he led a ten person delegation and spoke about America’s commitment to Africa.

Speaking at a press conference at the 22nd AU Summit on Thursday, Burns commented on President Barack Obama‘s efforts to strengthen U.S.-AU ties and to “realize the full potential of that partnership.” That partnership, Burns went onto describe, encompasses a range of shared interests, chief among them addressing hunger — as well as conflict. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 31/01/2014 at 12:34 pm

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No amount of doctors training can change the equation but a just system that motivates and continues to inspire the educated to serve and, serve again!

Ibrahim Elemo, M.D., M.P.H | January 30, 2014

The Difficult road in a place called Abba Roba, before crossing Segen River to reach Konso District

The Difficult road in a place called Abba Roba, before crossing Segen River to reach Konso District

The following piece is in response to an article published on ayyaantuu.com about the brain drain of physicians and other skilled professionals from Ethiopia and other parts of Africa to Canada and other western countries. This is not a new story to many people. What is rather new to some of us is the Ethiopian government’s strategy to deal with this tragedy by massively producing physicians. I read this story a day after I called a 36 year school director who ended in a hospital, one hundred KM away from his home town only because he had a headache and found to have hypertension and given some medicine to control his blood pressure; where he came from there is actually a district level hospital. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 30/01/2014 at 5:32 pm

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US condemns Rwandan ex-spy chief murder

Patrick Karegeya,Rwanda's former spy chief, who was found dead, possibly strangled, in a hotel in Joburg.

Patrick Karegeya,Rwanda’s former spy chief, who was found dead, possibly strangled, in a hotel in Joburg.

January 18, 2014, JOHANNESBURG/KIGALI (Reuters) – The US says it is deeply worried about threats made by Rwandan President Paul Kagame against political opponents after one of his exiled critics was found murdered in a hotel room in South Africa.

The rebuke by Rwanda’s biggest national donor comes as the tiny state – which punches well above its weight in Africa’s turbulent politics – is winning Western plaudits by contributing peacekeepers to yet another conflict zone on the continent, Central African Republic.

“We are troubled by the succession of what appear to be politically motivated murders of prominent Rwandan exiles,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday, condemning the recent killing in Johannesburg of Rwanda’s former Director of External Intelligence, Patrick Karegeya.

Relatives of the former spy chief and other exiled opponents of Kagame blame the Rwandan president for Karegeya’s murder, saying this the latest in a systematic policy of assassination of foes and defectors by the Kigali government. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 18/01/2014 at 7:37 am

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Pastor Tries to Walk on Water Like Jesus, Then Drowns in Front of His Congregation

weewweew-300x200January 15, 2014, Nigeria (All Christian News) — Walking on water is not easy.  Not too many people have the ability.  Let’s see, there’s Jesus, and well, that’s about it.  Unfortunately for one pastor on the West Coast of Africa, his attempt to become the second man to make this impossible feat a reality cost him his life.

Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation that he was capable of reenacting the very miracles of Jesus Christ.  He decided to make it clear through way of demonstration on Gabon’s beach in the capital city of Libreville.

Referencing Matthew 14:22-33, Kabele said that he received a revelation which told him that with enough faith he could achieve what Jesus was able to. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 15/01/2014 at 9:13 pm

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Ethiopians in Nigeria Protest Abuse in Saudi Arabia

While thousands are decrying the reported abuse of Ethiopian migrants in Saudi Arabia, one woman hopes to stir more activism in Africa

An Ethiopian worker argues with a member of the Saudi security forces as he waits with his countrymen to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, Nov. 11, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)

An Ethiopian worker argues with a member of the Saudi security forces as he waits with his countrymen to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, Nov. 11, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)

December 20, 2013 (Huffington Post) — “I couldn’t sleep. If you see the pictures… ” Meseret’s voice cracks before it trails off, before she lets out an exasperated sigh and swipes away the loose strands of hair around her face.

“As I am talking to you. They are suffering. Imagine, a woman getting raped by 20 men.”

At that point tears flow down her cheeks. She wipes a few of them away. More fall down.

Against the heaviness of her sorrow, her voice rises in an attempt to regain composure. “The human rights community is sleeping on this,” she says.

Over the last several weeks, Meseret Assefa, an Ethiopian expat living in Nigeria, has spent countless moments watching shaky, amateur footage posted on YouTube and Facebook walls of Ethiopians, assumingly in Saudi Arabia, lying in blood, being yelled at by police forces, confessing incidents of rape at the hands of Saudis. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 20/12/2013 at 4:29 am

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Mandela received weapons training from Mossad agents in Ethiopia

Top-secret archive document also reveals that Mandela was ‘familiar with the problems of Jewry and of Israel’ and that Israeli operatives tried to ‘make him a Zionist.’

December 19, 2013 (Haaretz) — Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader who died earlier this month, was trained in weaponry and sabotage by Mossad operatives in 1962, a few months before he was arrested in South Africa. During his training, Mandela expressed interest in the methods of the Haganah pre-state underground and was viewed by the Mossad as leaning toward communism.

These revelations are from a document in the Israel State Archives labeled “Top Secret.” The existence of the document is revealed here for the first time. Read more…

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Posted by admin - 19/12/2013 at 10:27 pm

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