Sunday, January 04, 2015

One of the Ethiopian mega projects, the Addis Ababa light rail project is expected to be completed successfully by January 2015.
Ethiopia is building a rocket launching station in Tigrai state

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Majority people in Ethiopia want the Ethiopian government to take a direct military action against the Eritrean government. Read more

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) invests 200 million in Ethiopian Flower Company 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) an American private global investment firm is investing $200 million dollars in Afriflora in Ethiopia. Afriflora is an Ethiopian flower company that grows 730 million flowers a year in Ethiopia for export. Afriflora is one of the biggest flower companies in Africa.

‘Ginbot 20’: “Grand Ambitions, Grand Achievements”
The sky is the limit when it comes to what the ‘Ginbot 20’ victory will allow as to achieve. Dear readers! In part two of this article I will try to show you how the achievements gained in the developmental sectors are enabling as to work on our grand ambitions. By Dawit Befirdu

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ethiopia and the Sudan established joint military force

Ethiopia and Sudan established joint military force for border security

Ethiopian Defense Forces 

The governemts of Sudan and Ethiopia established a joint military force to monitor their common border. Ethiopian Defense Minister said the agreement was amid at defending the two countries from aggregation and outside attack. Tigrai Online an Ethiopian online news website quoted the Ethiopian Defense Minsteer Siraj Fegessa as saying, "Giving priority to neighbouring countries, we have made agreements with these nations in the region to prepare a joint plan aimed at ensuring and safeguarding our common borders save with Eritrea. The agreements include working jointly in the field of education, training, experience sharing, and on common issues to work together on peace and security demands in the region"The gallant Ethiopian defense forces.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

What right does Egypt have to demand that Ethiopia not build a dam on its own land

What right does Egypt have to demand that Ethiopia not build a dam on its own land
Since the first foundation stone was laid on the Grand Renaissance Dam (GRD) Egypt has shown its eternal belligerence towards Ethiopia, demanding Ethiopia honor the 1929 and 1959 Colonial treaties. At times Egypt walks out from the negotiations; at times it pretends to go along with the agreements but refuses to sign the Nile Basin Treaty; at times Egypt demands more studies to be done, refusing to accept various studies done so far; at times it threatens it would wage war. And it continues to harp on its “Historic Right” over the waters of the River Nile.

Abdelatty, spokesman of Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, said: “Ethiopia should also respect colonial-era agreements and the 1959 accord between Sudan and Egypt that allocates all of the river’s flow excluding evaporation to those two nations… By 2020, Egypt will require all of its assigned 55 billion cubic meters a year for vital use such as drinking, washing and sanitation

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction progress.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Is This Really About the Martyr’s Monument?

Is This Really About the Martyr’s Monument?
Recently ‘FACT’ magazine, in its February 2006: issue 34 publication; have put out an article by Tewodros T/Aregay under the title ‘How old is the Defense force or army?’ What served as an ‘inspiration’ for this article was; the emotional roller coaster that followed the laying of cornerstone for the construction of the first ever National Martyrs' Monument on the premises of ‘Tor Hailoch’, to be build to honor and glorify the martyrs that had lost their lives in the name of peace, development and democracy.
So, I would like to finish by raising one fact.  That is it doesn’t take any fancy calculation to find the exact age of our army. Because everybody knows that it’s been eighteen years since the army’s establishment; in which it includes an unbelievable valorous struggle to maintain the unprecedented economic growth and uphold long lasting peace. Therefore, our army is always ready and alert to uphold its constitutional duty, to make the anti-poverty struggle successful and guarantee our path to renaissance.
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African Leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Importance of Health for Development

African Leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Highlight Importance of Health for Development

Tigrai Online, Brussels - African leaders and Heads of State, gathered for the 4th EU-Africa Summit in Brussels just days before World Health Day (7 April) highlighted the importance of health for Africa’s development. The African leaders met at a side-event hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Speakers, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and several African Heads of State, called for health to remain prominent on the development agenda to meet the 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for the foreseeable future.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Ethiopia and its Pan-Africanism responsibility vis-a-vis UN peace principles

Ethiopia and its Pan-Africanism responsibility vis-a-vis UN peace principles

Besides being a seat to various International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) and diplomatic seats, Ethiopia is the political capital city of African. This ancient state has been wholeheartedly and constructively contributing to world peace and stability in line with the principles and missions of UN so that the world could enjoy peaceful coexistence. Evidently, it is number one in Africa and the fourth largest peace keeping force producer in the world. The following places are where Ethiopia effectively supplied its own part for world solidarity.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Egypt's misleading propaganda is a meaningless exercise

For the last three years, since the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam we have seen numerous articles that are factually inaccurate and logically flawed.  To rebut all such erroneous comments is difficult, if not impossible, as well as time-wasting.

For more Ethiopain News visit Tigrai OnlineHowever, the recent press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt entitled "Egypt’s Perspective towards the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam Project (GERDP)" was one of the few detailed statements from the government of Egypt in the past three years. Regrettably, it was full of misleading claims and a disappointing one to all who have been working to bring a regional cooperation based on mutual benefit and good neighborliness.

Moreover, these kinds of statements are likely to be used as "reference" by other writers who may be ignorant or careless of the realities. Therefore, the recent press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt deserves a detailed retort.

As we will be show below, the statement consist mega-errors of facts and flawed arguments.

The statement started claiming that:

Ten years ago within the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), the three Eastern Nile Countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan) jointly agreed to study their national plan projects through an agreed mechanism which was named the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP). A regional power trade study was conducted, in which two sites in Ethiopia were identified for potential dam projects,

What happened to the NBI? The statement doesn't say anything! Indeed, the Nile basin countries, except Eritrea and South Sudan, founded the Nile Basin Commission, later Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), in 1999, with funds from World Bank, aiming ‘to establish a diplomatic protocol for evaluating the fair use of the river for agricultural and energy projects’. The Commission paved the way for the drafting the ‘Nile Basin Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), for the equitable sharing of the Nile waters.

However, the CFA faced resistance from Egypt; while it was warmly endorsed by six Nile basin countries from May 2010 up to February 2011 (Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi). Though Congo didn't sign yet, it has expressed its willingness.

As one water expert eloquently elucidated: “CFA has, however, faced a serious impasse as a result of the introduction of the concept of ‘water security’. The introduction of this non-legal, indeterminate, and potentially disruptive concept is, indeed, a regrettable detour to a virtual blind-alley. The justifications for this fateful decision are totally unfounded and specious. The decision rather makes sense as an unwarranted move pushing into further obscurity the already intractable Nile waters question, at best, and a logical cul-de-sac in the decade-long negotiations which have arguably fallen prey to the hegemonic compliance-producing mechanism of ‘securitization’ sneaked in under the veil of ‘water security’, at worst”.

Egypt's statement makes no comment on this important aspect of the NBI. The statement raised the NBI only because it wanted to claim that Ethiopia has abruptly departed from it. However, Ethiopia has been the most loyal of NBI members, even is she has no legal obligations to. That was with a belief that Egypt will ultimately join the cooperative framework.

The statement claimed:

Unexpectedly, and without any prior notification, the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) declared in February 2011 its intention to construct a new dam on the Blue Nile named “Project X”. This declaration led the Norwegian government to cancel the studies of the additional dams due to the unclarity of Ethiopian plans and preferences.

By the end of April 2011, Ethiopia announced unilaterally the construction of a large dam on the Blue Nile called “Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam” (GERD) with a height of 145 m, storage capacity of 74 BCM, installing capacity of 6000 MW, and a total cost of US$ 4.78 billion.

This claim is both illogical and inaccurate.

In the first place, the Norwegian study was never interrupted as the dam under study is far away from the GERD and Norway as a responsible development partner wouldn't cancel studies for an unrelated reason. In fact, the construction of the Mendeya dam that was under study will be launched in 2015.

Indeed, few were informed of the launch of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project until weeks before its date of launch on April 2, 2011. The government announced it on the media only weeks earlier. But that doesn't mean cast doubt on the legitimacy of the projects.

Among the citizens of Ethiopia, there is no difference of opinion on generating hydro-power from dams, while harnessing the Blue Nile for national development has been an aspiration of generations of officials, professionals and ordinary citizens. In fact, the public's support was demonstrated in the Tana Beles and Tekeze projects - built on tributaries of Blue Nile. The target of achieving 10,000 MW generating capacity by 2015 was already endorsed in mid-2010 as part of the 5-years Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP). It was also stated on the annual plan of EEPCO for year 2009/2010, though as labeled "project x" without reference to Nile.

Having this strong public mandate on its hands, the question of whether to keep the preparations and launch date of this project secret or not, is a matter that can justifiably be determined based on national security considerations. In the 12 months preceding the launch of the project, Ethiopia was conducting an election, then forming government, then seeking donor's pledge for the GTP.

With regard to the absence of notification that the Egyptian statement complained about: Firstly, Ethiopia has no treaty obligation to seek permissions from Egypt. Second, the impacts of dams on downstream countries have been a subject of study and discussion for at-least a decade in the context of successive Nile basin initiatives and annual conferences.

Thirdly, and no less importantly, prior notification is an act of good will gesture based on reciprocity. As Egypt never consulted Ethiopia on studies prior and after building dams and related projects on Nile, it cannot demand that from Ethiopia. After all, reciprocity is a fundamental component international relations as well as social life.

The statement has more incomprehensible claims. It said:

Ethiopian officials claimed at the beginning that the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan) would not be harmed and in fact would benefit from the project. However, these statements were then changed gradually to reflect the recognition of the GOE that the dam would have impacts on the downstream countries, but that those impacts would be mitigated and compensated through water saving projects in South Sudan.

In the first place, as the Egyptian have learnt from the disastrous Aswan dam project, human endeavors are, unlike God's work, are not immune from negative impacts. Therefore, no one said the GERD is a God's work. For example: Ethiopia had to relocate a few dozen households from the GERD site. That is an impact.

However, the question is whether those impacts can be mitigated and avoided with careful planning and cooperative regional work. In line with that whether the benefits outweigh those mitigation works. The answer is a bold YES.

As the former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said during the launch of the dam, "the benefits that will accrue from the Dam will by no means be restricted to Ethiopia. They will clearly extend to all neighboring states, and particularly to the downstream Nile basin countries, to Sudan and Egypt. The Dam will greatly reduce the problems of silt and sediment that consistently affect dams in Egypt and Sudan. This has been a particularly acute problem at Sudan’s Fosseiries dam which has been experienced reduction in output. When the Dam becomes operational, communities all along the riverbanks and surrounding areas, particularly in Sudan, will be permanently relieved from centuries of flooding. These countries will have the opportunity to obtain increased power supplies at competitive prices. The Dam will increase the amount of water resources available, reducing the wastage from evaporation which has been a serious problem in these countries. It will in fact ensure a steady year-round flow of the Nile. This, in turn, should have the potential to amicably resolve the differences which currently exist among riparian states over the issue of equitable utilization of the resource of the Nile water."

"In other words, the Millennium Dam will not only provide benefits to Ethiopia. It will also offer mutually beneficial opportunities to Sudan and to Egypt. Indeed, one might expect these countries to be prepared to share the cost in proportion to the gains that each state will derive. On this calculation, Sudan might offer to cover 30 per cent and Egypt 20 per cent of the costs of the entire project."

Similarly, the International Panel of Experts attested in its final report (which is a consensus report signed by the representatives of the three countries Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan and the four international experts), that the design and construction of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam is based on international design criteria and standards, codes, guidelines and engineering practices. Moreover, it re-confirmed that the GERD does not have significant impact on the downstream countries and in fact will provide huge benefits to all the three riparian countries, namely Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The statement claimed:

Former Prime Minister, Dr. Essam Sharaf, Prime Minister of Egypt at the time, agreed with the late Ethiopian Prime Minister “Meles Zinawi” during an official visit to Addis Ababa in May 2011, to establish an International Panel of Experts (IPOE), composed of two National members from each of the three countries, in addition to four international experts, in order to provide sound review/assessment of the potential impacts of the project on the two downstream countries, and any associated benefits to be expected.

Egypt's statement went further to misrepresent the final report of the International Panel of Experts.

In truth, it was upon the initiation and invitation of the government of Ethiopia that the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) was established. Moreover, Ethiopia has also shown its commitment by accepting the report of the IPoE and is implementing the recommendations that are related to dam engineering and safety in a timely manner and agreed to jointly conduct the two studies recommended by the IPoE.

The Egyptian statement deliberately omits an important element of the agreement establishing the Internal Panel of Experts, that the study should be conducted while the construction continued. It also ignores the fact that the Panel outlined the benefits accruing from the Dam, benefits that were consonant with Ethiopia’s own studies.

As the response from Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry pointed out: Egypt's statement, apparently deliberately, falsifies the findings of the International Panel of Experts. In the first place, the allegation that Ethiopia denied documents to the Panel members is untrue and the Panel nowhere suggests this occurred. Nor is it true that Ethiopia deliberately delayed the completion of design documents until after the launch of the Panel’s report. This claim shows complete ignorance of the process involved. The nature of the Engineering Procurement and Construction contract makes preparation of the design documents a phase-by-phase undertaking. Ethiopia, as indeed the Panel recommended, has finalized the updating of the design documents from level one to level two as the project progressed and in line with the EPC contract. In any case, this had no relevance to the Panel’s studies of the design documents and had no effect on the discharge of its mandate. Indeed, the Panel’s report unequivocally confirmed that the design of the GERD fulfilled international standards on dams.

The comment that the Panel’s findings suggested that the Hydrological and Reservoir Simulation Study showed “detrimental impacts on Egypt’s water demand and High Aswan Dam Hydropower generation” is a serious distortion. In fact, the study is praised by the Panel for meeting international standards and the Panel had no issue with its findings. The reason the Panel recommended a further simulation study was in order for the three parties to conduct a study with a simulation model that all three parties agreed on. The socio-economic study was also recommended in order to add further primary data collected from Egypt and Sudan.

The narrative of the trilateral ministerial meeting on Egypt's statement was similarly detached from reality. In the meetings, Egypt’s suggestion was to create a new Panel of Experts, parallel to that already agreed upon, that is a second panel of experts to review the report of the first panel for the ministers. This was seen by both the Sudan and Ethiopia as unreasonable and unnecessary.

Over and above this was the additional outrageous Egyptian demand that the opinions of new panel of international experts should be binding as if it was an arbitration tribunal. This was totally unacceptable and Ethiopia, of course, rejected it and continues to do so. The Egyptian suggestion for “Principles of Confidence Building” was totally out of agenda in a meeting to discuss the Panel’s recommendations, and the “principles” which involved requesting Ethiopia to accept Egypt’s claims for water security, were rejected by Ethiopia – and strongly criticized by the Sudan.

The Egyptian Ministry complains that the Water Ministers’ meeting to consider the recommendations of the Panel was delayed and regrets continuation of the construction of the dam during this. In fact, according the report itself, the Panel’s recommendations were to be implemented while the construction of the dam continued. As regard, complaint over delays in the Water Ministers’ meeting, this had nothing to do with Ethiopia. Following the June 18 visit of the then Foreign Minister of Egypt, Mohamed Kemal Amr, to Addis Ababa it was agreed to hold a meeting of the Water Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to discuss ways to implement the recommendations of the Panel as soon as possible. It was at that point that President Morsi was removed and Egypt fell into political turmoil, and presumably as a result there was no response to the invitation, sent on July 26, for a meeting on August 6. A second invitation was sent on August 26. Egypt finally responded to agree to a meeting for October 20. This, however, did not materialize due to the unfortunate flooding in Khartoum. It was not until November that the first session of the Water Ministers’ meeting eventually took place. The delays were nothing to do with Ethiopia.

As Ethiopia repeatedly urged, it is in the interest of all concerned countries that Egypt changes course and engages in discussions in good faith rather than aiming at short-sighted propaganda.

Ethiopia's commitment to mutual benefit and good neighborliness is not a knee-jerk decision rather an outcome a scientific, prudent and developmental foreign policy.


Ethiopian scientist Dr.Segenet Kelemu awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO prize

Ethiopian scientist Dr.Segenet Kelemu awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO prize

Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, Doctor Segenet Kelemu Director General, International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) is honored for improving the resistance and productivity of tropical and sub-tropical forage grasses via the use of microorganisms.

The 16th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards were held in Paris - Sorbonne’s historic lecture hall tonight, before an audience of stars from the worlds of science, economics, academia and culture. Five outstanding researchers were awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO prize by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and Chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation, and Professor Günter Blobel, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and President of the Jury.
Read the whole article at Tigrai online.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mr. Ledetu Ayalew Interview by Tsenat Radio on Ethiopian Current Events

Mr. Ledetu Ayalew Interview by Tsenat Radio on Ethiopian Current Events

Former EDP leader of EDP, Mr. Ledetu Ayalew
Interview by Tsenat Radio on Ethiopian Current Events March 2014
Lidetu talks about the current issues of Ethiopia including The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance DamToday. Tigrai Online the leading Ethiopian News website brings you the burning issues which you really care about.
The “Third Way” of the Cheetah Generation in Ethiopia. EDP’s Third Way is built on the concept that as a nation we have a common destiny, if we prosper, we will prosper together, if we fail we fail together. This concept as simple as it sounds is something the hippo generation could never understand. The hippos think that they have to eliminate their opponent for them to prosper. They forget that their opponents are human beings with their own interests and concerns. Article by Mersea Kidan Read More

Human Rights Watch becomes more dramatic, no substance

Human Rights Watch becomes more dramatic, no substance

This week, Human Rights Watch produced yet another of its highly sensationalized reports. It made an incredulous claim that "the ruling party depends upon invasive monitoring and surveillance to maintain control of its population."

Human Rights Watch always employs yellow journalism techniques and exaggerated and emotive headlines and phrases designed to attract media or fund-raising attention. The latest phrase used as a heading of the report is the most dramatic and preposterous of all: "They know everything". That is in reference to the government of Ethiopia.

Human Rights Watch wants us believe that the government knows everything. Despite the fact that, Ethiopia is a developing country with little capability to conduct such mass level high-tech surveillance to "control the population". Read more

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Brief Look into Ethiopian Mass Media

Building a developmental and democratic order is not only a must, but it’s a recipe for our country’s security (well being). Following this working philosophy will not only trigger huge popular participation, but it have a huge role in making the government accountable and transparent.

In addition to this, developmental journalism will play its own role in fighting against corruption and strengthening the country’s developmental and democratic order.

The main agenda of developmental journalism in Ethiopia is to speed up development; and to speed up development participation of the public should be guaranteed. With regards to guaranteeing public participation the existence of a democratic order is a must. Thus, it should be understood that in order to speed up our country’s development and democratic order, adhering to developmental journalism is the only options.

Other than this, it’s better to understand that trying to dance to the tune of other country’s sound will only shrink the effort to speed up the economy and the democratic order that’s to be built in our country.

In Ethiopia, where the people understands development is an existential issue and works hard for its execution and that works hard day and night to root democratic culture and order in the country, the agenda of the mass media should be supporting and help realize this.
Read More at Tigrai Online Ethiopian News

Friday, March 28, 2014

The legitimization of unconstitutional changes of government

The legitimization of unconstitutional changes of government

Considering armed conflicts are often very protracted spanning decades, the western elite have designed new less conflict prone methods of ousting governments in the developing world. The widely used option has come to be known as color revolution while there have still been some instances of unconstitutional change of government that are quite different from color revolution.

The second part of this article will be dealing with the major methods used to organize these unconstitutional changes of government and consider the recent change of government in Ukraine as an instance of legitimization of unconstitutional changes. It will then consider the various attempts that have been underway to organize color revolution in Ethiopia and what that entails for the future of the country.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen at Global Partnership for Education Event in London

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen at Global Partnership for Education Event in London

The Panel (l-r): Mr. Mark Williams MP; H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, DPM of Ethiopia;
Ms. Alice Albright, Chief Executive of the Global Partnership for Education; Aaron Oxley,
Executive Director of RESULTS UK and member of the Global Campaign for Education UK;
Baroness Northover, House of Lords Spokesperson for DFID
Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Demeke Mekonnen, says Ethiopia’s impressive performance in education is the result of building on sustained economic growth along with a strong commitment to alleviating poverty and substantial investment in the country's education system.

He was addressing an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Education for All entitled Fund the Future: Tackling the crisis in financing education for all", here in London during his official visit to Great Britain.

The event was organized in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a working partnership of governments, civil society, international organizations, teachers and the private sector.

Ethiopia is taking part in the GPE forum in its capacity as a member of the Global Champions Group for Education. Ethiopia joined the group owing to the high priority it has given to education, following its adoption of a practical strategy which is all inclusive in every aspect. The strategy inter alia ensures access to education and puts in place a mechanism that guarantees equity, fairness and quality.

Ethiopia rejects Egypt's stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Ethiopia rejects Egypt's stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
Mr Fekahmed Negash, Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Affairs Directorate Director (Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy) totally rejected the Egyptian recent official stance on the Ethiopian dam. On interview with Walta information TV March 2014, the Ethiopian official said there nothing new on the Egyptian statement except the usual deceptive propaganda. He further said it is un insult to the international community to come up with such lies about the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Egypt recently claimed "Ethiopia recognized the negative effects of the dam on the downstream states, although it previously announced that the dam would not affect the downstream states, Abdel Atti said". Ethiopia never admitted anything like the above statement.

Following is the full interview with Mr. Fekahmed Negash:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ethiopians claim the arc of the covenant is in Axum. Source Tigrai Online Ethiopian News

The ark of the covenant is in AxumInvestigative report about the ark of the covenant in Axum
I told him I had come from the other side of the world to speak with him about the ark. "I can't tell you anything about it," he said. "No king or patriarch or bishop or ruler can ever see it, only me. This has been our tradition since Menelik brought the ark here more than 3,000 years ago."
The Ethiopian people furiously protect the chapel where they said the arc of the covenant is.

Ethiopia strides forward with the GTP
As the GTP mostly consist massive plans of expansion and scaling-up as well as mega projects, many suspected it couldn't be attained. But the outcome on the ground was the opposite. Even some foreign financers, who previously expressed their scepticism public, are now pledging to provide the largest amount of fund they ever gave to Ethiopia.

A Special Love for Assimba: A Psychological Catharsis for Kahsay Abraha Bisrat
Initially, I found the content of the book and the flow of the paragraphs very inspirational, effortless and smooth. So, I became fixed on the book and read it, starting at 7:00 pm on Saturday and completing it at 5:00 pm on Monday.
The city of Hawassa to build a brand airportThe city of Hawassa to build a brand airport
Hawassa, the capital city of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region (SNNPR) is in the process of building a brand new airport. The design of the airport has already started by the authority. The design will cost about one million Ethiopian birr or $52,000 us dollars.
The design of the airport has already started by the authority. The design will cost about one million Ethiopian birr or $52,000 us dollars. The design of the airport will be completed in four months.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

ከፖሊሲ አልቦነት የመነጨ የወንበዴዎች ወንበዴ መግለጫ

የኢትዮጵያ ፌዴራላዊ ዴሞክራሲያዊ አንድነት መድረክ (መድረክ) ሰሞኑን አንድ መግለጫ አውጥቶ ነበር- "ሰላማዊ ተቃውሞን መዝጋትና የዜጎችን ህገመንግስታዊ መብቶች ማፈን በአስቸኳይ ሊቆም ይገባዋል" በሚል ርዕስ።

ምን አይነት አማራጭ ፖሊሲዎች እንዳሉት በውል የማይታወቀውና እርስ በርሳቸው የሚቃረኑ አቋሞችና ፖሊሲዎች ያሏቸው ፓርቲዎች ያካተተውን መድረክ የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ "ይህ ነው" ብሎ ለየቶ አያውቀውም፡፡ አንድ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ ተለይቶ በህዝብ እንዲታወቅ የሚያደርጉት አቋሞቹና ፖሊሲዎቹ ናቸው። ይሁን እንጂ መድረክ የተሰኘውን ፓርቲ "ይህ ነው" ብሎ ለመለየት የሚያስችል ግልፅ ፖሊሲና አቋም ስለሌለው እስካሁን ሕዝቡ ለይቶ ሊያውቀው ያልቻለው፡፡ የሚያውቁት አሉ ቢባል እንኳን እውቀታቸው በአቋምና ፖሊሲዎቹ ሳይሆን፣ ማንኛውንም ፅንፈኛ ተቃዋሚ በልሳንነት ለማገለገል ታጥቀው የቆሙ አንዳንድ የግል ፕሬሶች በሚያወጡት "መድረክ ተፈለጠ፣ ተቆረጠ፣ ምንትስ ቅብጥርስ ሆነ . . ." በሚል የዜና ርዕስ ላይ ከሰፈረ "መድረክ" የተሰኘ ስያሜ ያለፈ አይደለም፡፡

ለአንድ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲ መቃወም በራሱ መድረሻ አይደለም፡፡ መድረሻው ተቃውሞን ተከትሎ ግልፅ አማራጮችን ምክንያታዊ የሆኑ አቋሞችን ማቅረብ ነው፡፡ መድረክ ይህን ሲያደርግ ታይቶም ተሰምቶም አይታወቅም። በውስጡ ያቀፋቸው የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የተለያየ መነሻና ግብ ያላቸው በመሆናቸው ይህን ማድረግ ይከብደዋል። የፓርቲው አመራሮች ገዢው ፓርቲና መንግስት ላይ ባላቸው ጭፍን ጥላቻ የሚመሩ፣ ይህን ጥላቻቸውንም ለማስታገስ በማለም ወደፖለቲካው ዓለም ዘው ብለው የገቡ በመሆናቸው አንድም ለኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ የሚበጅ ራዕይና አቋም መቋጠር አልቻሉም፡፡ በዚህ ላይ ሁሉም ሊባል በሚችል ደረጃ ለፖለቲካ ፍጆታ ይውላል ብለው ያሰቡት ሁነት ሲገኝ ብቻ የሚሰባሰቡ የትርፍ ሰአት ፖለቲከኞች በመሆናቸው ግዜ ወስደው ረብ ያለው፣ ለአገር የሚጠቅም ሃሳብ ማመንጨትና መተግበር የሚችሉ አይደሉም።

ወደ መግለጫቸው እንመለስ፤ እንደተለመደው የሰሞኑ የመድረክ መግለጫ ከዚሁ አመራሮቹን እግር ከወርች ጠፍንጎ በያዘ መሰረተ ቢስ ጥላቻ የተቃኘ ነው። መድረክ መግለጫውን ለማውጣት መነሻ ሆነኝ ያለው በህገወጥ መንገድ ወደሳዑዲ አረቢያ ገብተው የነበሩ ኢትዮጵያውያንን ከአገር ከማስወጣት ጋር በተያያዘ የተፈፀመው ተገቢ ያልሆነ እርምጃ ነው። መድረክ "ይህን የሳዑዲ አረቢያ መንግስት እርምጃ ተቃውሜ ሰልፍ ለመውጣት ጠይቄ ተከለከልኩ" ባይ ነው።

እርግጥ ነው ፓርቲው ህዳር ወር አጋማሽ ላይ የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ ለማድረግ ጠይቆ ሰልፉ እውቅና ሳይሰጠው ቀርቷል። ይሀ የሆነበት አቢይ ምክንያት ጉዳዩ በሚመለከተው የአዲስ አባባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ባለስልጣን በግልፅ ተነግሮታል። ሰልፉ የተከለከለው ሁላችንም እንደምናውቀው አዲስ አበባ ከተማ ውስጥ በተለያዩ አካባቢዎቸ የባቡር መስመርና ሌሎች የኮንስትራክሽን ስራዎች በመከናወናቸወ የትራፊክ መጨናነቅ በመፈጠሩ እንዲሁም በዚያ ሰሞን አዲስ አበባ ከተማ የተለያዩ ዓለም አቀፍ ጉባኤዎችን በማስተናገድ ላይ በመሆኗ የፀጥታ አስከባሪ የፖሊሰ ኃይል እጥረት በመኖሩ . . . መሆኑ በግልፅ ቋንቋ ተነግሮታል።

በአሁኑ ግዜ በተለይ መስቀል አደባባይ አካባቢ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ማካሄድ በማይቻልበት ሁኔታ የትራፊክ መጨናነቅ መኖሩን ሁሉም የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ነዋሪ ያውቀዋል፡፡ በየአመቱ መነሻና መድረሻውን እዚሁ አካባቢ በማደረግ ይካሄድ የነበረው ታላቁ ሩጫ በጃል ሜዳ አካባቢ እንዲካሄድ የተወሰነውም በዚሁ ምክንያት መሆኑ ግልፅ ነው። እኔ እንደሚገባኝ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲን የሚያህል ህጋዊ ዕውቅና ኖሮት የሚንቀሳቀስ ተቋም በአንድ ጉዳይ ላይ ያለውን ድጋፍ ወይም ተቃውሞ ለመግለፅ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ መውጣት ብቸኛውና በማንኛውም ሁናታ የተሻለ አማራጭ አይደለም፡፡ እናም መድረክ የሳዑዲአረቢያ መንግስት በአገሩ በነበሩ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ስደተኞች ላይ የፈፀመውን ተገቢ ያልሆነ ድርጊት ለመቃወም የግድ ሰልፍ መውጣት አይኖርበትም፡፡ "ከአንጀት ካለቀሱ. . ." እንዲሉ ፓረቲው ከምር ድርጊቱን ተቃውሞ ከነበረ የተሻለ ተፅዕኖ መፍጠር የሚያስችሉ በርካታ መንገዶች ነበሩለት፡፡ ለምሳሌ በጉዳዩ ላይ ጠንከር ያለ የአቋም መግለጫ አውጥቶ፣ የዓለም መንግስታትና ዓለም አቀፍ ተቋማት እውነታውን እንዲያውቁት፣ እንዲያወግዙትና ሌሎች አግባብነት ያላቸውን እርምጃዎች እንዲወስዱ ማሳሰብ ይችል ነበር፡፡ ይህን ማደረግ አዲስ አበባ አደባባዮች ላይ ወጥቶ መፈክር በማሰማት ከሚደረግ ሰልፍ የበለጠ ተፅእኖ ፈጣሪ መሆኑ መታሰብ አለበት። 3

ወትሮ ተፈለጥኩ፣ ተቆረጥኩ ብሎ ለየኤምባሲው፣ የሰብአዊ መብት ተሟጋች ነን ለሚሉ ዓለም አቀፍ ድርጅቶች . . . ደብዳቤ በመላክና መግለጫ በማቀበል የሚታወቀው መድረክ በሳዑዲ አረቢያ በደል የተፈፀመባቸው ኢተዮጵያውያን ጉዳይ ላይ ይህን እንዳያደርግ ማን/ምን ወገቡን ያዘው?

ፓርቲው፣ መድረክ ተሚባለው ማለት ነው፣ ይህን ማድረግ ያልመረጠበት በርካታ ምክንያቶች አሉት። አንዱ ምክንያት የኢፌዲሪ መንግስት በዚህ ጉዳይ ላይ ጠንካራ አቋም ይዞ የዜጎቹን መብት ለማስከበር ተገቢና በአቅሙ ውስጥ ያሉትን እርምጃዎች በሙሉ ስለወሰደ በሳዑዲ አረቢያ መንግስት ላይ የሚወጡ የተቃውሞ መግለጫዎች መንግስትን መደገፍ ሆኖ የሚሰማው ከመሆኑ የመነጨ ነው። መድረክና አመራሮቹ በጭፍን ጥላቻ የሚነዱ በመሆናቸው በመንግስት የሚከናወኑ በጎ እርምጃዎች በሙሉ ይሸክኳቸዋል፡፡ ሌላው ምክንያት መድረክ በራሱ ችግር በምርጫ የህዝብ ድምፅ አግኝቶ በውክልና የመንግስት ስልጣን መረከብ እንደማይችል ከመገንዘቡ የመነጨ ነው። የመድረክ መሰረታዊ ውስጣዊ ችግር የኢትዮጵያን ነባራዊ ሁኔታን ያገናዘበ፣ በህዝብ ተቀባይነት ሊያገኝ የሚችል ግልፅ ፖሊሲና አቋም ከማጣቱ የሚመነጭ ነው፡፡ ኢህአዴግ ላይ ቅሬታ ያላቸውና ችግሮቹን የሚናገሩ ቅን ዜጎችም ይህን የመድረክ ችግር በአግባቡ ተገንዝበውታል።

ከአስር አመት በፊት የአዲስ አበባና የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ምክር ቤቶች ፕሬዝዳንት የነበሩት፣ በምርጫ 97 ወቅትም የተቃዋሚውን ጎራ ተቀላቅለው የነበሩት፣ በአሁኑ ወቅት የኢኒሼቲቭ አፍሪካ ፕሬዝዳንት ሆነው በማገልገል ላይ የሚገኙት ታዋቂው ነጋዴ አቶ ክቡር ገና ጥቅምት 14፣ 2006 ዓ/ም በአሜሪካ ድምፅ የአማርኛ ፕሮግራም ባደረጉት ቃለ መጠይቅ ወቅት ከጋዜጠኛው "የኢትዮጵያን ወቅታዊ ሁኔታ ከተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎችና ከኢህአዴግ አኳያ ሲገመሙት ምን ይመስላል?" የሚል ጥያቄ ቀርቦላቸው ሲመልሱ እንደሚከተለው ነበር ያሉት፤

እንደሚታወቀው አብዛኞቹ የኢትዮጵያ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች ሚና እየጨመረ የሚመጣው ወደ ምርጫ አካባቢ ነው፡፡ ግን በአጠቃላይ ስመለከተው የተለየ ፕሮግራምና ያ የተለየ ፕሮግራም ኢትዮጵያ አሁን ካለችበት ሁኔታ ወደ ተሻለ ሁኔታ ለማምጣት የሚያስችል ፕሮግራም ስለመሆኑ እስካሁን በተቃዋሚዎች በኩል ለሕዝብ ቀርቦ አያውቅም፡፡ ተቃዋሚው ሃይል መንግስትን ሲቃወም እንጂ፣ ተቃውሞ የራሱ ፕሮግራም በምን መልኩ የተሻለ መሆኑን ተናግሮ አሳምኖ በተለየ የኢትዮጵያን ሕዝብ ፍላጎት ሊያረጋግጥ የሚችለው ‘ይሄኛው ነው’ የሚለው እስካሁን 

በግልፅ አልታየም፡፡ ስለዚህ ‘የተሻለ ሁኔታ ላይ ያለው አሁንም ኢህአዴግ ነው’ ብዬ ነው የምገምተው።

ያለው ተጨባጭ እውነታ የኸው ነው!!

እንግዲህ መድረክ በህዝብ ሊመረጥና የስልጣን ውክልና ሊያስገኝ የሚያስችል አማራጭ ስለሌለው፣ መንግስትን ከስልጣን ሊያስወግድልኝ ይችላል ብሎ የገመተውን ማንኛውንም አጀንዳ ለመጠቀም ቆርጦ መነሳቱን የሚያመለክቱ አዝማሚያዎችም ይታያሉ። መንግስት ላይ የከረረ ተቃውሞ ያለው ማንኛውም ወገን ላይ፣ የተቃውሞ መነሻ ምክንያቱ ምንም ይሁን ምን ለመለጠፍ ከመሞከር ወደኋላ የማይል መሆኑ አንዱ አመላካች ነው። የመድረክ ሊቀመንበር ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና በአክራሪዎችና ግልፅ በወጣ የአሸባሪዎች እንቅስቃሴና ድርጊት ላይ የሚያሰሙት አቋም ለርእሰ ጉዳያችን ከበቂ በላይ አስረጂ ሆኖ ሊጠቀስ ይችላል፡፡

መድረክ የአደባባይ የተቃውሞ ሰልፎች፣ ከሶስት አመታት ቀደም ብሎ በአረብ አገራት አብዮቶች ላይ አንደታየው ከቁጥጥር ውጭ የሆነ የከተማ ነውጥ ሊፈጠር ይችላል የሚል ግምት ያለው ይመስላል። በዚህ መነሻነት እንደ ፖለቲካ ፓርቲ በርካታ ተፅእኖ ማሳደር ለሚችሉ ሰላማዊ የተቃውሞ አማራጮች ዋጋ ሳይሰጥ፣ አመቺ ባልሆነ ሁኔታ ውስጥም ቢሆን የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ ካልጠራሁ ብሎ መሟገቱን መርጧል፡፡ የሳዑዲ አረቢያ መንግስት በሃገሩ ይኖሩ በነበሩ ኢትዮጵያውያን ላይ የፈፀመውን ተገቢ ያልሆነ እርምጃ ተፅእኖ ሊፈጥር በሚችል መንገድ መቃወም፣ ለዜጎቻችንም መብት መከበርና ዘላቂ ኑሮ ጠቃሚ የሆኑ ሁኔታዎች እንዲመቻቹ ጫና ማሳደር የሚቻልበትን እድል መሞከሩን እርግፍ አድርጎ ትቶ ግዳዩን ለራሱ የፖለቲካ ትርፍ ማግበስበሻነት ለማዋል ሲፈጨረጨር ነው የሚታየው፡፡

መድረክ ሰላማዊ ሰልፍ ተከለከልኩ የሚለውን መነሻ በማደረግ ሰሞኑን ባወጣው መግለጫ ካነሳቸው ሃሳቦች መሃከል እንዲሁም አመራሮቹ መግለጫውን አስታከው ካሳወቁዋቸው አቋሞች መሃከል ጥቂቶቹን እንመልከት፡፡ በመግለጫው ርዕስ ላይ "ሰላማዊ ተቃውሞን መዝጋት . . ." በሚል ከተጠቀሰው ሃሳብ እንጀምር፤

በመድበለ ፓርቲ ስርዓት የተለያየ፣ እርስ በርስ የሚቃረን አመለካከትና አቋም ያላቸው የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ሊኖሩ ይችላሉ። ፓረቲዎቹ አንዱ የሌላውን አመለካከት አክብሮ፣ የራሱ 

አመለካከት፣ አቋምና ፖሊሲ የህዝብን ይሁንታ እንዲያገኝ ፣ በህዝብ ውክልና ለስልጣን ውክልና እንዲበቃ ሰላማዊ እንቅስቃሴ ማድረግ ይችላሉ፡፡ ይሁን እንጂ ሰላማዊ ያልሆኑ የሁከት መንገዶችን ፣ የጥላቻ ፓለቲካ ዘመቻዎችን በማካሄድ መጠላለፍ ውስጥ መግባት አይችሉም። ይህ ከዴሞክራሲያዊ የፖለቲካ ባሕል፣ ከሕግም ውጭ ነው፡፡ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ምን ያህል የተለያየ አቋም ቢኖራቸው በወሳኝ የጋራ አገራዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ ተግባብተው መስራት ይጠበቅባቸዋል። የአገራቸውን ዘላቂ ሕልውናና የህዝቡን ተጠቃሚነት ለማረጋገጥ፣ የህዝብ የስልጣን ውክልና የሚረጋገጥበትን ሰላማዊው የምርጫ ሂደትና አጠቃላይ ሰላማዊ የፖለቲካ ምህዳርን በመጠበቅ ዴሞክራሲን ማጎልበትና መሰል አገራዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ ነው መግባባት የሚጠበቅባቸው።

ከአገራዊ ጉዳዮች መሃከል ሁሉንም ፓርቲዎች በእኩል ደረጃ የመያሳተፈውና የሕዝብ የስለጣን ምንጭና ባለቤትነት የሚረጋገጥበት ምርጫ ቀዳሚው ነው። ከሰላማዊ ምርጫ ውጭ የህዝብ የስልጣን ባለቤትነት የሚረጋገጥበት ዴሞክራሲያዊ ስርአት መገንባት የማይታሰብ ነው። በዚህ የዴሞክራሲ መሰረት በሆነ የምርጫ ተሳተፎ ላይ ፓርቲዎች ለህግና ለፖለቲካ ስነ ምግባር ተገዢ ሆነው መገኘት ይጠበቅባቸዋል። በዚህ መሰረት በኢትዮጵያ በ2002 ዓ/ም (4ኛው ዙር ምርጫ ከመካሄዱ አስር ወር ያህል ቀደም ብሎ) የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ምርጫ ቦርድ ሁሉም በምርጫ ተሳታፊ የሆኑ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች የሚገዙበት የምርጫ ሥነ ምግባር ደንብ ረቂቅ አዘጋጅቶ ፓርቲዎቹ እንዲወያዩበት ጋብዞ ነበር። ይህ የውይይት መድረክ የተሳለጠ ሰለማዊ የፖለቲካ ትግል እንዲካሄድ ሁኔታዎችን የሚያመቻች

Source: Aigaforum

Teddy Afro and Bedele beer bocotted by Ethiopians

Tewodros Kassahun also known as Teddy Afro is an Ethiopian singer who seems to be putting his foot to his mouth more often than needed.

Teddy Afro as he is mostly known is a very racist and chauvinist singer who thinks the old Amhara dominated Imperial system is better than the democratically elected government that Ethiopia has today.

A few weeks back Teddy Afro was quoted saying that Menlik II's campaign to South Ethiopia where thousands of Ethiopians mainly Oromo people were slaughtered, was "a Holy war".

Now there is a massive movement to boycott him and the products he is associated with. The leading social media campaign to boycott Teddy Afro is #BoycottBedele,. Hieneken beer who bought Bedele beer a couple of years ago is also in trouble for sponsoring Teddy Afro.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Why is Ginbot-7 acting like a drama Queen?

A few months ago, Ginbot 7 claimed to have established a military force, even though it has been promising its supporters for more than five years that it will overthrow the government in Addis Ababa in a few months. Despite its adoration of Isaias Afeworki on ESAT, despite its make-believe "assassination plot", Ginbot 7 is still behind other Eritrea-funded groups like OLF, ONLF.

Ginbot 7 is acting like a drama Queen this days because they are running out of money and their main financier Egypt is in a deep political, economical and social crisis. The other conduit of money for Ginbt-7, Eritrea is strap for money and it is about to fall on it's face.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

130 thousand Ethiopians deported from Saudi Arabia back home


The recent security clampdown was followed by clashes in the capital Riyadh, in which three Ethiopians were reportedly killed and several others were inhumanely treated by police and vigilante groups that included beatings, robbery, rape and torture, sparking outrage in Ethiopian communities across the world. Grueling reports of abuse and persecution were inescapably shared on social media. And, various protests outside Saudi embassies have been held, while candlelight vigils continue in many countries. According to Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, the Ethiopian government has worked "around the clock [in] crisis management" mode trying to bring citizens back. As of December 8, 115,465 Ethiopians – 72,780 men, 37,092 women and 5,593 children – had returned from Saudi Arabia. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is supporting Ethiopia in dealing with the unexpected influx of returnees, has expressed concern about the physical and mental condition of the returnees, describing them as being "traumatized, anxious and seriously sick".

4.4 million year old fossil of a horse found in Ethiopia

The 4.4 million year old fossil of a newfound horse species fills a missing piece of the evolutionary history of horses in the fossil record, according to the researchers who discovered the specimen at a site in Ethiopia. Renowned Ethiopian geologist Giday WoldeGabrie, whom the newfound horse is named after, is pictured. (Photo : Los Alamos National Laboratory )
Renowned Ethiopian geologist Giday WoldeGabriel