July 14, 2014 (International Business Times UK) — Rich in proteins, fibres, iron, calcium… Call them the new world’s discoveries of the old world’s staple foods, teff and fonio could be the next ‘hot’ superfoods to take over from quinoa. That is, going by the market expansion.
While teff is a tiny grass seed eaten in Ethiopia since centuries, fonio is a cereal out of West Africa, where the Dogon people believe the universe was made by the explosion of a single grain of fonio.
Quinoa alone has seen a fivefold rise in consumption in the past five years, according to the Whole Grains Council, an industry group. Read more…
July 11, 2014 (BBC News) Ethiopia had a moral obligation to arrest the opposition leader who was controversially extradited from Yemen last month, Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn has told the BBC.
“Andargachew Tsege is a Trojan horse for the Eritrean government to destabilise this country,” he said.
He was sentenced to death in 2009 while in exile for plotting a coup.
Foreign governments could express their concern, but the man would be dealt with according to the law, the PM said. Read more…
Dr. Merera Gudina speaks at National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, today.
Streamed live on Jul 10, 2014
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Merera Gudina Jefi evaluates the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime’s performance by outlining the contours of the country’s political development and identifying major democratic setbacks
May 29, 2014, Addis Ababa (AFP) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called on authorities in Ethiopia to release a journalist being held without charge following a spate of similar arrests in recent weeks.
An Ethiopian court on Tuesday extended by 14 days the pre-trial detention of Elias Gebru, editor-in-chief of the independent news magazine Enku who was detained for questioning in connection with a column published in his paper.”The detention without charge of Elias Gebru is the latest move by the Ethiopian government to tighten the noose on the country’s independent press,” said Mohamed Keita of the CPJ.”We call on authorities to release Elias immediately and to stop arresting journalists as a means to quell information and debate,” he alleged. Read more…
April 29, 2014 (Open Democracy) — In the constantly shrinking space for civil society around the world, Ethiopia faces some enormous challenges in generating local support. Largely due to the country’s new CSO Proclamation, which severely restricts foreign funding of rights groups, human rights work in the country has nearly shut down. But can local donors pick up the slack?
Across the globe, the space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to operate is rapidly shrinking. In fact, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, recently lamented that over the past five years at least 40 countries have embraced legislation restricting access to foreign funding and limiting the legitimate activities of CSOs. Similarly, a 2013 report by CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, concludes that many governments are failing to honour their promise to create an “enabling environment” for civil society. Dozens of other countries, under the pretence of safeguarding national security and state sovereignty, have proposed similar laws to unduly temper the influence of independent organizations. Read more…
IIP DIGITAL | April 29, 2014
Question on Ethiopia – Fast Forward to 32:56 Minute
QUESTION: I have a question regarding Secretary Kerry’s to visit Ethiopia.
MS. PSAKI: Sure.
QUESTION: And according to the U.S. Department of – press release, Secretary Kerry will meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom to discuss efforts to advance peace and democracy in the region, especially in Ethiopia.
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: My question is: What is the United States position in regards to human rights, democracy, as well as press freedom in Ethiopia? Read more…
April 26, 2014 (CNN iReport) — There has been widespread protest by Oromo students in universities in Ethiopia against unpopular ‘Addis Ababa-Finfinnee surrounding integrated master plan’. Oromo students in Haromaya, Jimma, Ambo and Wollega universities held protests.
Although officials in Oromia state and Addis Ababa city administration insist the plan only intends to develop Addis Ababa and its surrounding, Oromo students and the wider Oromo elites believe the plan is to displace farmers in the outskirts and suburban areas of the city, meet the growing demand for land, and weaken the Oromo identity. The Ethiopian constitution grants a special interest to the Oromia state regarding administrative, resource and other socio-economic matters in Addis Ababa, in its article 49 which never have been implemented. This has largely resulted in significant resistance within the ruling party, OPDO, in Oromia and a continues pressure to materialize the implementation.
The protest against the doomed to fail master plan is held in four universities sofar. Yesterday (26/04/2014) at Wollega University, the infamous and notorious Federal police opened fire at innocent Oromo students. Reports and eye witness indicate unknown number of students were hurt and some have fled to the bushes. The people of Nekemete town were prevented from joining the resistance. Even then some of the residents broke through line of federal police force and joined the protest. Read more…
BY JEAN-PAUL MARTHOZ | April 11, 2014
There are two Ethiopias. Or better said there are two narratives about Ethiopia.
On one side, there is the Ethiopia as celebrated by the international aid community and the European Union : a country which is growing fast and seriously fighting poverty, a country which wisely uses the considerable international assistance that it receives to channel it towards sustainable development.
On the other side there is the Ethiopia as criticized by press freedom and human rights groups. A country ruled by an authoritarian regime, the second largest jailer of journalists in Africa, a country which misuses laws on anti-terrorism and civil society regulation to chill speech and prevent journalists from doing their legitimate watchdog work. Read more…
ከያህያ ጀማል | Ebla 8, 2014
በቅድሚያ ይድረስ የተከበረ ሰላምታዬ ለወ/ሮ ትዝታ በላቸው። ከሰላምታዬ በማስከተል ይህን ክፍት ደብዳቤ ለመጻፍ ወዳነሳሳኝ ፍሬ ጉዳይ ልዝለቅ። ወ/ሮ ትዝታ ቢያንስ ከ20 ኣመታት በላይ በኣሜሪካ ድምጽ ሬድዮ ኣማርኛው ፕሮግራም ላይ የማውቅሽ ሚዛናዊ የሆኑ ዝግጅቶችን ስታቀርቢ ነው። በተለይም በፖለቲካ ነክ ጉዳዮች ዙሪያ እንግዶችን ጋብዘሽ በምታዋይያቸው ወቅቶች ሁሉ ተገቢና ፍትሃዊ ጥያቂዎችን እየፈለፈልሽ በመሰንዘር የኣድማጮችሽን የልብ ትርታ ማዳመጥ የምትችይ የቱባ ጋዜጠኝነት ልምድ ባለቤት መሆንሽን ነበር የማውቀው። በዚህም የቪኦኤን ኣማርኛ ፕሮግራም ማድመጥ ከጀመርኩበት ወቅት ኣንስቶ ከሞላ ጎደል ኣድናቂሽ ሆኜ ቆይቻለሁ።
ዛሬ ግን ይህን ክፍት ደብዳቤ እንድጽፍልሽ ያነሳሳኝ ጉዳይ በቅርቡ በተከታታይ ክፍሎች የቀረበውንና ሶስት ምሁራንን በማሳተፍ ኣንቺው ራስሽ ባወያየሽው በኢትዮጵያ የታሪክ ጭብጦች ላይ ያተኮረ ወይይት ይዘት ነው። በዚህ ውይይት ውስጥ ለረጅም ጊዜ የማውቅሽ የወ/ሮ ትዝታ በላቸው ሚዛናዊ ኣወያይነትና ጠለቅ ያለው የጋዜጠኝነት ጥያቄ ኣጠያየቅ ልምድሽ የት እንደገባ ኣልተረዳሁም። ውይይቱ ኣንድን ወገን ኣስደስቶ ሌላውን ያሳዘነ ሆኖ ሳለ ይባስ ተብሎ እየተደጋገመ ኣየር ላይ ሲውል ታዝቤያለሁ። በዚህ ክፍት ደብዳቤዬ ቢያንስ በሁለት ዋና ዋና ምክንያቶች እንዳዘንኩብሽ ለመግለጽ እገደዳለሁ። Read more…
By Seid Hassan and Minga Negash | March 28, 2014
In our December 19, 2013 article entitled “Explaining the Ethiopian outmigration: incentives or constrains” we alerted readers and policy makers in Ethiopia about the push, pull and mediating factors of outmigration in general and outlined the factors as they relate to Ethiopia. In this short article we aim to discuss further the incompatibility between macroeconomic growth and outmigration and close the piece by outlining potential mitigation strategies.
By the end of 2013 and early 2014 the world witnessed yet another shame of Ethiopians. Voices of men, women and children in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Southern Europe and Southern Africa are instantly being transmitted across the globe through the use of advanced information technology. Saudi Arabia alone deported at least 165,000 Ethiopians within the span of few weeks. Demonstrations were held in Kuwait and Israel against African immigrants. The European Union has erected various forms of fences against immigrants from Africa. As Emnet Assefa of Addis Standard, a journalist in one of the local newspaper noted, “[o]ver the last few years, news of young Ethiopian men and women found dead inside jam-packed containers loaded on heavy duty trucks has become a routine media exercise both locally and in many parts of the continent.” Abuses, abductions, disappearances and killings of Ethiopians in the Middle East, North Africa, and Gulf States has become common. On Thursday March 20, 2014 the (U.S. based) National Public Radio (NPR) run a heart-wrenching story of an Ethiopian young woman who took unbelievable levels of risks and investments to reach the shores of the United States. While outmigration is the history of mankind, as indicated in the holy books, for example, modern day migration, particularly migration into the Middle East, is documented to be associated with calamities. Read more…
March 25, 2014 (BBC News) — Ethiopia’s government is using imported technology to spy on the phones and computers of its perceived opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says.
The New York-based rights group accuses the government of trying to silence dissent, using software and kit sold by European and Chinese firms.
The report says the firms may be guilty of colluding in oppression.
An Ethiopian government spokesman, quoted by AFP, dismissed the report as a part of a smear campaign.
“There is nothing new to respond to,” Ethiopian Information Minister Redwan Hussein told the agency.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says its report is based on more than 100 interviews with victims of abuses and former intelligence officials, conducted between September 2012 and February this year. Read more…
በያህያ ጀማል | March 23, 2014
የነፍጠኛው ገዢ መደብ ርዝራዦች በተቻላቸው ኣቅም ሁሉ ኦሮሞና ኦሮሞነትን ለመፋለም ተሰማርተዋል። የመንግስትን ስልጣን ይዞና የነፍጠኛውን የበላይነት ተክቶ ኣገር እየመራ ያለው ወያኔ ኢህኣዴግ ቢሆንም የነርሱ ዋነኛ ጠላት ግን ዛሬም ስልጣን ኣልባው ኦሮሞ ሆኖ ቀጥሏል። የወያኔ ኢህኣዴግ መንግስት ኦሮሞን ጨምሮ የብሄር ብሄረሰቦችን ማንነት ኣምኖ መቀበሉና ይህንንም (በመጠኑም ቢሆን) የሚያረጋግጥ ፌዴራላዊ ስርኣት መዘርጋቱ ያበገናቸው የቀድሞው ኣሃዳዊ ስርኣት ናፋቂዎች ኣማራ ነን ብለው ኣፋቸውን ሞልተዋ እንደ ኣማራ ብሄር ቆመው ከመከራከር ይልቅ ዛሬም በ ‘ኢትዮጵያነት’ የማስመሰያ ካባ ነጻ ህዝቦችን መልሰው መዳፋቸው ስር ማስገባት ከማለም ኣልቦዘኑም። ዛሬም የኦሮሞው፣ የትግራዩ፣ የሲዳማው፣ የቤኒሻንጉሉ፣ የሃዲያው ወዘተ ማንነት በራሳቸው ማንነት ታፍኖ፣ ቁዋንቁዋቸው በኣማርኛ ተተክቶ ኣማራ ሆይ ማረን ብለው ኣጎንብሰው ኣንዲያመልኩኣቸው ከማለም ኣልተመለሱም።
እነዚህ የነፍጠኛው ገዢ መደብ ኣተላዎች በነርሱ እኩይ የስልጣን ጥማትና በሌሎች ላይ በሚያሳዩት ንቀት ሳቢያ ኣማራውን ሁሉ ኣንድ ላይ ደምረን እንድንጸየፍ ወይም እንድናወግዝ ይፈልጋሉ። በርግጥ የተከበረው የኣማራ ህዝብ እነዚህን ከኣብራኩ የወጡና ለሌሎች ሰላምና ነጻነት ጸር የሆኑትን ልጆቹን ገስፆ የማስታገስ ሃላፊነት የወደቀው ከማንም በላይ በገዛ ትከሻው ላይ መሆኑ ኣይካድም። ኣንዳንድ መረን የለቀቁ ተማርን ባይ የኣማራ ተወላጆች ጭራሽ በነርሱ ብሶ ‘ኦሮሞ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ የገባው በ16ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ነው’ እያሉ ኣደገኛ ድፍረት እያሳዩን ናቸው። የተከበረው የኣማራው ህዝብ እንዲህ ባለው ኣደገኛ ድፍረት ውስጥ እጁን ከማስገባት ኣንዲቆጠብና የህዝብ ለህዝብ ክብራችንን እንደጠበቅን እንድንዘልቅ እየተመኘን ከመዘዘኞቹ ባለጉዳዮች ጋር የታሪክና የፖለቲካ ሂሳባችንን ለማወራረድ እንገደዳለን። Read more…
March 22, 2014, NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A rights group says that Ethiopia’s government regularly listens to and records the phone calls of opposition activists and journalists using equipment provided by foreign technology companies.
Human Rights Watch said in a report Friday that the foreign equipment aids the Ethiopian government’s surveillance of perceived political opponents inside and outside the country.
The group’s Arvind Ganesan said Ethiopia is using its government-controlled telecom system to silence dissenters. The group says that recorded phone calls with family and friends are often played during abusive interrogations. Read more…
March 20, 2014
Dear Ato Girma Kassa,
Sorry, it took me long to be able to answer you. I hope that we are slowly coming to the point where we can identify our differences and agreements. I like the discussion. I wish that all recipients of our Ccs. comment. What are the media to whom we make Cc. of our e-mails doing with them?
1. Concerning my joining UDJ and Withdrawal
The views I have now are the views I had before I joined UDJ. If article 3.1.5 of the program of UDJ did not exist, I would not have joined UDJ. Read more…
Reported by Kumilachew Gebremeskel Ambo | March 20, 2014
It was 6th Mar2014 on Thursday the program was prepared and co-ordinated by Frontline Club Oslo. The club has great contribution in preparing stage for different issues like debate, seminars and others which is critical and International conflicts among different countries. It is a great step for countries like Ethiopia to have this opportunities to explain the current and worst situations by Ethiopian Regime to the rest of the world.It was a great presentations and debate by guest speakers invited Mr. Obang Metho and Mr. Abdullah Hussen. Those great persons of the time to show the Current Ethiopian situations. The program was began by one of founder of Frontline club Mr.Truls Lie( Chairman). Read more…
)March 11, 2014
The Omo River Valley in Ethiopia (declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1980) was known to Europeans since the 17th century, but only in the last decade have foreigners begun travelling in this region. Bordering with Kenya and Sudan, far from any city, it is a lost world, a region traversed only by a few bad quality roads, passable only in the dry season. Here live some 15 semi-nomadic tribes, the largest comprising of approximately 70,000 people and the smallest no more than 1,000, a total of about 200,000. Read more…