Title: Jatani Ali Tandhu: Life & Legacy of a Borana Statesman
Author: Tadhi Liban
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Vivid Publishing (November 2014)
Available on Amazon.com
Description: From time to time, certain individuals who display courage and self-sacrifice for the greater good emerge to make a lasting impact on the lives of entire communities. The late Jatani Ali Tandhu (“Shaalaqa”) was such a figure, born into a Borana family in southern Ethiopia.
Jatani Ali Tandhu: Life & Legacy of a Borana Statesman is a biographical account of an outstanding and much-loved former governor of Borana Administrative Region of southern Ethiopia, from his birth to the fateful day of his assassination in Nairobi in 1992.
The biography gives readers a glimpse into the life and work of a distinguished Borana, Oromo and Ethiopian leader. It is hoped that many young people from these communities will be inspired to follow in his footsteps in aiming to lift their people out of demeaning poverty, years of misrule and hopelessness. An everlasting monument to Jatani is not a statue cast from a bronze but the legacy that lives on in people’s lives and minds, to inspire current and future generations to follow his example, in having the education, dedication and courage to serve their communities honourably. Read more…
In recent decades, Turkey and Africa have stepped up ties in the areas of politics, diplomacy as well as economic, social and cultural fields.
January 20, 2015 (World Bulletin) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to arrive in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday as the first leg of a three-day African tour.
“President Erdogan is most welcome in Ethiopia at this time when the partnership between the two countries has reached a record high,” Ewnetu Belata, State Minister of Ethiopia’s Government Communications Affairs Office told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
The Turkish leader will hold talks with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Ewnetu said.
“Turkey leads the pack of industrialized countries in terms of foreign direct investment in Ethiopia,” the official noted. “There are more than 350 Turkish companies operating in Ethiopia to date and they created jobs to more than 50,000 Ethiopians,” he added. Read more…
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January 20, 2015, Paris (HRW) – Asylum seekers and migrants living in destitution in the port city of Calais experience harassment and abuse at the hands of French police, Human Rights Watch said today. The abuses described to Human Rights Watch include beatings and attacks with pepper spray as the migrants and asylum seekers walked in the street or hid in trucks in the hope of traveling to the United Kingdom.
Several thousand asylum seekers and migrants, most from Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia, are living in makeshift camps or in the streets in Calais. Some said that their treatment by police, a lack of housing for asylum seekers, and delays in the French asylum system had deterred them from seeking asylum inFrance. Read more…
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Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland
The Swiss ski resort of Davos, home to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Photograph: Christian Kober/Robert Hardi/REX
January 19, 2015 (The Guardian) — Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.
Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.
The charity’s research, published on Monday, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5%. Read more…
Amajjii 19, 2015
Ayyaanni gootota Waraana Bilisummaa Oromoo (WBO) kan bara 2015 kaleess gafa 17/01/15 magalaa guddittii Ayerlaan Dabliin keessatti haala howwaa fi gammachiisaan kabajamee ooleera. Uummatinii Oromoo fi sablammii biro ABO deggerani fi miseenso ABO magalaatota fagoo adda addaa irra dhufuun abdiif gaachana isaanii kan tae WBO faarfachaa waliin olaaniru.
Haala gidraa yeroo amma uummatini oromoo keessa jiru kan dhabamsiisuu dandau gaachana uummataa Oromoo kan tae kofa akka tae hubbantanii waan danda’ame hundaan akka bira dhaabbatani Jaal Dibaabaa Tafassaa ibsi bal’aa kan kennan yeroo tau, itti dabaluunis hunbannoon fi dammaqiinsi uummatni Oromoo amma qabu gammachiisaa fi qobsoo bilisumaa fininsuuf haala mijataa akka taef ilbisaniiru. Read more…
Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera prepares to cross the finish line to win the Mumbai Marathon.
January 18, 2015 (India Today) — Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.
Abera, basically a 15 and 21-km runner, made his maiden marathon run a memorable one by leaving his rivals – including several Kenyans and compatriot Dereje Debele – in his wake at the 32-km mark to storm to the finish in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, 14 seconds slower than the course record, reported PTI.
Debele was second in 2:10:31 while 2007 world champion Luke Kibet of Kenya finished third in 2:10:57. Read more…
Report by Boruu Barraaqaa | January 18, 2015
Dungujee Ittanaa (from her facebook profile)
According to a close source, five Oromo refugees have reportedly died and other wounded after they just crossed the border into Libya. The report didn’t identify the exact date and time of the accident, but confirmed that it happened in the last week.
More than half a dozen Oromo refugees were carried on the back of an old Toyota pickup owned by human traffickers when the accident happened. The car was heading from Khartoum to Tripoli, crossing the dangerous Sahara Desert with the haphazard fast speed.
The reason that caused the accident was also said to be driving with the highest speed in attempt to escape from the border police.
The source identified Dunguje Itana, a sister of Feven Itana, a famous spiritual (Christian) singer in Afan Oromo was one of the victims. Dunguje, who was a businesswoman and had her own house in Finfine had gotten her house being demolished by government forces under the pretext of ‘illegally built house’, said the report.
She was left with no compensation for her demolished house, moreover, previously she had been experienced prolonged persecution by government militias in Finfinnee due to her allegiance to being OLF supporter, added the report. Read more…
January 17, 2015 (The Ethiopian Reporter – pro-government website) — Officials fretful on loan repayment, land lease and country’s image
CEO says will settle local debts this month
It has been over a year since the Ethiopian government expressed discontent with the performance of the Indian giant, Karuturi Global Limited, a company engaged in the business of commercial farming.
Karuturi Global, which earlier agreed with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to grow wheat on 300 thousand hectares of fertile land has fell to deliver its promises of becoming a leading agricultural company.
Karuturi was almost foreclosed after failing to repay a 65 million birr (a little over USD three million) loan extended via overdraft facility from the state-owned Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE). However, the company immediately settled the minimum, 25 percent of the debt. But government officials told The Reporter that Karuturi is no longer reputed in Ethiopia. Read more…
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Oromo in Steinkjer demonstrate against the government in their home country.
Alisee Fira Aynagee from Oromo people organized demonstration in Steinkjer, Thursday.
January 16, 2015, Steinkjer, Norway (Trønder-Avisa – Google Translation) — Thursday could hear slogans chanted throughout the square in Steinkjer. The reason was that a group of Ethiopians demonstrated against what they perceive as a dictatorial regime in their homeland.
– We belong to the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, with around 40 percent of the population. The Government of Ethiopia is dominated by minority tribe that makes around 6 percent of the Ethiopian Population. Oromo being pursued by this government – including putting journalists and politicians from our group of people in jail, telling Alisee Fira Aynagee, who organized the demonstration. Read more…
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