November 30, 2013 (Arabia MSN News) — ‘I have witnessed terrible things,’ one young man said at the airport in Addis Ababa after arriving from Saudi Arabia. ‘Saudi youth militias did bad things to us Ethiopians. They killed some of us, they kidnapped and raped women and then killed them as well.’
The man is one of around 50,000 Ethiopians who worked illegally in Saudi Arabia were arrested and deported in recent weeks. The government in Addis Ababa has so far officially confirmed the death of three of its citizens. Read more…
GAMBELLA PEOPLE LIBERATION MOVEMENT
Subject: 2nd Field’s report from commander in chief, Chairman Mutgoy
Date: November 27, 2013
On November 21, 2013 on Thursday at 4.00 PM, Gambella People Liberation Movement (GPLM), soldiers on operation had encountered with the Ethiopian forces and clashed with them, and Ethiopian People Patriotic Front (EPPF) backed up the GPLM soldiers since the battle was fought in their territories. The battle lasted for two days. In these two days battle the commander in chief chairman Bare Mutgoy’s reports has confirmed to be one of the worst fight that ever been fought in recent memory of gorilla war. Read more…
November 27, 2013 (Polity) — A recent report, ‘Ignoring abuse in Ethiopia: DFID and USAID in the Lower Omo Valley’ by the Oakland Institute, revealed that despite investigations by the donor agencies which uncovered grave human rights violations, the agencies failed to take any action and have called the allegations ‘unsubstantiated’.
The report further states, ‘These agencies give virtually unconditional financial, political, and moral support to the Ethiopian government and DFID currently spends a larger proportion of its overseas aid budget on Ethiopia than any other country … they are wilful accomplices and supporters of a development strategy that will have irreversible devastating impacts on the environment and natural resources and will destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of indigenous people.’ Read more…
November 25, 2013 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) — Gleaming Deere & Co. (DE:US) tractors and harvesters are sitting idle five years after Karuturi Global Ltd. (KARG) opened a farm in Ethiopia that was hailed as the poster child of the country’s plan to triple food exports by 2015.
Eighty percent of the Bangalore-based company’s land in the southwestern Gambella region is in a flood plain, meaning its 100,000-hectare (247,100-acre) concession is inundated by the Baro River for up to seven months of the year, according to Managing Director Ramakrishna Karuturi. The company was unaware of the extent of the flooding when it leased the land, he said.
“Karuturi, like many other large-scale investors, underestimated the complexity of opening land for large-scale commercial agriculture,” Philipp Baumgartner, a researcher at the Bonn, Germany-based Center for Development Research who wrote a doctoral thesis on agriculture in Gambella, said in a Nov. 20 response to e-mailed questions. “The land leased out wasn’t properly assessed by either of the contracting parties.” Read more…
By Bora Pawlos | November 23, 2013
The question of why so many Ethiopians are forced to flee their own country in the first place. Why are millions of Ethiopians suffering around the world as helpless refugees, undocumented aliens, and, in many cases, beggars? What relegated Ethiopians to live a life of second-class, even third class citizens around the world is nothing but the repression, discrimination, and brutality they face in their own country in the hands of an ethnocratic regime well -equipped with the tools and arsenals of repression. Read more…
By Richard Dowden
November 22, 2013 (Rainbow Ethiopia)) — When you say to people in Britain: “I’ve just been in Ethiopia”, they give you a look which says: “Poor you. Was it too terrible to talk about?”
That is the trouble with the modern media. Faraway places of which we know little are only shown to us when something bad happens. In the case of Ethiopia, the 1984 famine and subsequent hungers have fixed its image in the global mind. It is as if the image of the collapsing Twin Towers in 2001 typified America. But of course we have other, more positive, images of America but none of Ethiopia. So I tell them: “Ethiopia? It’s great. It’s Booming!” Read more…
With 1,000 Ethiopian laborers being sent home daily from Saudi Arabia, the opposition party is channeling popular outrage
By Will Davison, Correspondent
November 21, 2013, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (Christian Science Monitor) — Ethiopia is a definite success story in expert opinion about post-cold war Africa. The civil strife that wreaked havoc and made headlines in the 1980s has disappeared. Investments in roads, health, education, and water have improved the daily life of millions.
Yet Ethiopia’s ruling coalition seems intent on maintaining a tight grip on power until its project to transform Africa’s second-most populous nation into a middle-income country is complete.
That authoritarian control makes any opposition difficult – though of late a group called the Blue Party, made up of young Ethiopians who describe themselves as progressive, have attempted to move, if not shake, the nation’s politics in ways not seen here for a decade or more. Read more…
Malkaa Guutuu | November 20, 2013
Now and then I check some of the Diaspora owned and operated Ethiopian websites. I happened to be browsing the Ethiopian Review the other day, when I came across an eye-catching headline — “Ethiopia’s Shrinking Prime Minister”. Citing its sources, the online magazine declares, “The two TPLF factions are appearing to be close to resolving their differences and turning their attention to getting back the prime minister’s position from their puppet, Hailemariam Desalegn. ” It goes on describing the factions; who each faction was promoting; and, how they reached a compromise on a fellow named Tewodros Hagos. Everything the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) wanted you to know was communicated in the first paragraph. The rest of the article contains the obligatory bashing of Hailemariam Dessalegn as a puppet with no power whatsoever, and the usual condemnation of the TPLF and its bigwigs, particularly its recently deceased leader, Meles Zenawi, whom the online magazine colorfully described as Khat-addicted dictator. Read more…
Returning after clampdown, former migrants say they were beaten, robbed and jailed, and that they will never go back.November 17, 2013 (Aljazeera) — When Abdallah Awele moved to Saudi Arabia from Ethiopia last year, he thought he would land a good job and earn enough money to send home to his family.
But instead, Abdallah, 21, said he was beaten, robbed and jailed for living in the country illegally.
“I wanted a good salary and a good life, that’s why I crossed the border,” he said.
“When I was in Saudi Arabia, I was successful, I was saving a lot of money and I had nice things. But I lost all of it. Now I am home and I won’t go back there.”
Abdallah was one of at least 23,000 Ethiopians living illegally in Saudi Arabia, and part of a group of close to 400 flown home on Friday after being expelled. Read more…
November 15, 2013, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (AP) – Ethiopian police have used force to disperse hundreds of people protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.
Police units Friday blocked roads to prevent the protest at Saudi Arabia Embassy from growing. Some two dozen people were detained.
The police forced some journalists to delete photos. The government’s spokesman, Shimelis Kemal, wasn’t immediately available for comment.
One protester, Asfaw Michael, who was beaten, said he didn’t understand why Ethiopia wanted to shield Saudi Arabia from the protest.
Many foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are fleeing or are under arrest amid a crackdown on the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers. Close to 500 Ethiopians have been repatriated. Read more…
By Zakes Mda
November 12, 2013 (All Africa) — The continued detention of Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, who is serving an 18-year sentence as a convicted terrorist in Kaliti prison outside Addis Ababa, is emblematic of the systematic harassment and incarceration of independent journalists in that country.
The government in Addis would have the world believe that Eskinder is a reckless, even racist, agitator bent on violent revolution. Yet a review of the evidence against him and his writings reveals instead a thoughtful and principled man whose only crime has been to urge, peacefully and publicly, Ethiopia’s rulers to deliver on their long-broken promise of peaceful, democratic reform. Read more…
November 9, 2013, Addis Ababa (AFP) — The Ethiopian government is repatriating its citizens living in Saudi Arabia illegally, after reports that an Ethiopian was killed by Saudi police, officials said Saturday.
Last April, the Saudi government issued an amnesty period giving illegal immigrants seven months to gain legal status or leave the country.
“The ones who failed are the ones who are being repatriated,” the spokesman for the Ethiopian foreign ministry, Dina Mufti, told AFP.
Every year, large numbers of Ethiopians leave their country looking for work. Most are females moving to the Middle East seeking domestic work.
Last year, 200,000 women left Ethiopia seeking jobs, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Read more…
By Aaron Maasho
November 6, 2013, Addis Ababa (Reuters) — Ethiopia’s economy has reached a crossroads and, to prevent growth rates from falling, needs to be restructured to encourage more private sector investments, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.
Economic output should grow 7.5 percent in each of the next two fiscal years, to July 2014 and 2015, down slightly from the 8.5 percent in 2011/12, Jan Mikkelson, the IMF’s representative in Ethiopia, told reporters.
It expects year-on-year inflation – which dipped to 6.9 percent in September from 7.0 percent in August – to remain in single digits.
The government has reported double-digit GDP growth for much of the past decade, but some economists say those figures are inflated. Read more…