Wikileaks Ethiopia Files: Ethiopia Bombs Itself, Blames Eritrea
by Thomas C. Mountain
Recently released Wikileaks Ethiopia files expose how Ethiopian security forces planted 3 bombs that went off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 16, 2006 and then blamed Eritrea and the Oromo resistance for the blasts in a case that raises serious questions about the claims made about the bombing attempt against the African Union summit earlier this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In a report from 2006 marked “Secret ; Subject: Ethiopia: Recent Bombings Blamed on Oromos Possibly the Work of GOE [Government of Ethiopia]” “Classified By: Charge [d’Affairs] Vicki Huddleston”, “An embassy source, as well as clandestine reporting, suggests that the bombing may have in fact been the work of the GoE security forces.” (Cable reference id: #06ADDISABABA2708.)
At the time, the western media reported the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) claims that the bombs were “part of a coordinated terror attack by the OLF [Oromo Liberation Front, the oldest national liberation movement in Ethiopia] and Sha’abiya (Eritrea) aimed at disrupting democratic development”.
The Wikileaks report goes on, “a typically reliable information source” who “contacted Post to report that” the bodies of three men found at the bomb sites “had been picked up by police a week prior, kept in detention and tortured. He said police then left the men in a house and detonated explosives nearby, killing 3 of them.”
This exposes the history of how the Ethiopian regime has planted bombs and then blamed Eritrea and the Ethiopian resistance. The lies that make up the official version of this alleged terrorist attack raises serious questions about the credibility of the recently released report by the UN via its US State Department affiliate, the Monitoring Group for Eritrea and Somalia, which blames the Eritreans and the OLF for the January bombing attempt at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Identical lies about a nearly identical “terrorist attack”, all accepted as fact by the western media. This should also deliver another body blow to the Obama White House and its claims that Eritrea supports terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
So once again the bellowing against Eritrea by the USA and it lackeys at the UN going back to 2006 is exposed as complete bunkum and an identical frame up of Eritrean and the Oromo resistance in Ethiopia that has been regurgitated by the UN and its truth challenged Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia must be subject to a more critical scrutiny. Based on this expose’ it can only be hoped that the UN inSecurity Council, which has yet to decide whether to pass severe sanctions against Eritrea, will refrain from doing so.
The whistleblowers’ website wikileaks published the fourth leaked cable of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa yesterday. The Cable, which is much shorter than the previous three cables thus far published, appears to be a ‘briefing’ of recent foreign investments in the agro-industry. The cables is addressed to various US government departments and officials. Yet, … Read more
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Much has been said, and for a decade, about the disproportionality of electoral constituencies in Ethiopia. Of late, the EU election observers’ mission report recommended a revision, noting that ‘average approximate numbers of voters per constituency vary from just over 40,000 in the Beneshangul-Gumuz Region, to nearly 130,000 in the Afar Region’. The variation can … Read more
Last March, on the bi-monthly press conference, when the BBC journalist asked Premier Meles Zenawi, after noting the signal interferences on the VOA Amharic service in the earlier three weeks, whether he ‘know(s) anything about it and why it is happening’, he was certainly expecting a categorical denial. Because, that was the response journalists received … Read more
On Jan. 6/2011, on the eve of Ethiopian Christmas, PM Meles Zenawi, Director of Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority Melaku Fanta and State Minister of Trade Ahmed Tussa convened some 200-300 businessmen and announced retail price ceilings for 12 food and 4 non-food items. The measure was received with cheer but also with a healthy … Read more
Thus far, Ethiopia’s internet filtering had been characterized by technical limitations and hesitance. That is reflected in the filtering methods employed and the hesitance to admit the act publicly. Presumably, the hesitance of decision-makers might be the cause of its randomized application of the filtering and slowed up technical capacity building . Be that as … Read more
There have been curious developments inside Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam camp in the past four weeks. It appears now, this may turn out to be another turning point the terrorist movement in Somalia. At least that is what the in-depth and timely updates provided by A Week in The Horn, the weekly press release of … Read more
The Making of Post-election Crisis in Ethiopia Premising on the widely held view that the election is a lost battle for the opposition, not a few political commentators contend a post-election crisis is unlikely. Is that really, though? Is the likelihood of post-election crisis is contingent on how the opposition fare at the polls? A … Read more
As polling day approaches, the ruling party appears set to win by a landslide. Opposition parties could not yet get back to their election-2005 momentum, in which they enjoyed a sizable anti-EPRDF rally. Critics attribute this to the chilling effect of the crackdown of the urban violence, following vote-counting disputes of election 2005, and the … Read more
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Justified you are to show ‘news fatigue’ or ‘reading-fatigue’, on the Birtukan Mideksa agenda. You already know what all sides have to say on the issue, since the opposition media had kept it on the headline all along, with an admirable level of creativity. Yet, you have to agree there were genuinely newsworthy events, in …Read more
Birtukan Mideksa’s party, UDJ (aka ANDINET), made headlines, when its leaders surprised everyone by turning up at Kaliti prison gate, on March 27/’10. It was accompanied by reports of their confrontation with the Prison officers. Then, followed up by, their vow to challenge the restrictions on visitation in a court of law. Of course, the … Read more
Arguably, the USDS report proved its clout, albeit, in a baffling manner. It would be erroneous to relegate it ‘as worthless as the paper on which it is printed’, a favorite line of the ruling party to belittle a report. It often pushes the too-busy-to-answer government to address allegations. This year’s has succeeded to trigger …Read more
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According to my contacts all over the country, EPRDF appears to have won the fourth National and Regional election held on May 23/2010. The known results are listed below, though more details are yet coming. Region No. of seats in the House of Peoples representatives EPRDF & its associates MEDREK Independent Afar 8 Tigray 38 … Read more
It’s been a few days since EPRDF’s massive win in the 2010 has become evident and analysts are struggling to come up with a theory explaining the outcome. Granted that, the 2005 elections will serve as a point of departure for most.
Thus, I made a brief research to compare the two elections’ important features, though not exhaustive. The findings are presented here under nine headings.
Several western newscasts and blogs misleadingly blended sound bites from the EU Observers Preliminary Report with the Human Rights Watch statement when reporting the provisional results of the Ethiopian election. All alike picked none but the phrases “marred by narrowing political space”, “uneven playing field” and “use of state resources” from the first page of … Read more
It took International Press Institute (IPI) only two days after the polling to make a press statement alleging “Independent Media Voices Absent in Ethiopian Election Coverage.” IPI corroborated its claim by quoting an email of a self-exiled journalist. It was Mesfin Negash, managing editor of the now-defunct Addis-Neger, an Amharic weekly, who took the initiative … Read more
“Can you think of any government that purports to be a multi-party democracy, but manages to win all but two seats in the 547-seat parliament?” Jody Clarke asked the readers of Irish Times. It was on her last Wednesday news report titled ‘Turning a blind eye to Ethiopia’s crimes against its own people’, but doesn’t … Read more
In western media reporting of EPRDF’s election win, three points were common. The margin of win, the length of EPRDF rule and the tenure of its leader. Portraying each as events unparalleled in the history of western democracy. [The margin of win is dealt with in my previous post ‘Election-Win-EPRDF-Style’ in 8 Liberal Countries.] Some media … Read more
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Published On July 18, 2010; Addis-Fortune,Volume 11, Number 533 The Failed Sate Index, annually conducted by the US-based Fund for Peace (FfP), measures states’ vulnerability or risk of conflict. The index’s premise that all states are prone to fail might paint a grim picture of the world, but by measuring the vulnerability of a country … Read more
No less than three of ten, on average, EPRDFites holding posts at City, Sub-city and Woreda Administrative tiers of Addis Ababa earned their dismissal in the Gimgema held in the past weeks. The trend appears similar across the nation. Though this has yet to be corroborated by an official statement, there are sufficient reasons to … Read more
Ethiopia’s ruling party, EPRDF, held its Eighth Party Congress from Sept 17-19/2010 under the theme “We will make Ethiopian Renaissance Irreversible”. The three-days convention took place in Adama, Oromia with 1030 delegates from member parties. The four regional parties that makeup EPRDF; i.e., ANDM, TPLF, OPDO, SEPDM, held their party congress in the previous weeks. …Read more
UPDATE: The State Media reported an hour ago that Birtukan Mideksa is pardoned and released from prison. She requested pardon from the government expressing her regrets in writing. Her appeal for pardon expressed regrets for her denial of the previous pardon and her false hopes that foreign power will secure her release. The Ethiopian government … Read more
We reported earlier that the Ethiopian government accepted Birtukan Mideksa’s petition and granted her pardon for second time and, thus, she is released from Kaliti Federal Prison this morning. Here is her Petition for Pardon and Oral statement aired by the State owned ETV. Birtuakn’s Statement on ETV Petition for Pardon Background June 2007 – … Read more
There were claims that Birtukan Mideksa spent a dreadful time in prison. Such claims had been made as late as last Friday by people who are presumed to be close to her. The latest one came from Abiye T/Mariam, editor of the now-defunct Addis Neger newspaper, now blogging on Addisnegeronline.com and attending further education in … Read more
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi formed a government, last week. So far 25 members of the new Cabinet that is 20 ministers and 5 officials with a ministerial portfolio are appointed. Despite the public eagerness to learn the bios of the cabinet members, there is very little information available. Not even the brief description by Prime … Read more
Member States of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia(FDRE) have formed new governments as per their respective constitutions. Since August their councils convened and elected Speakers and Presidents, also, in most States, set new Cabinets.(read a brief note about the Federal system at the bottom ) Nonetheless, the list of the new appointees is not … Read more
This post presents a list of political parties that ruled western/industrialized democracies for several decades.
Ethiopia’s score on Global Hunger Index(GHI) improved from 43.7 in 1990 GHI to 29.8 in 2010 GHI. To meet the Millennium Development Goals, Ethiopia’s GHI score needs to be 21.27 by the year 2015.
The change in Ethiopia’s GHI score is a result of the improvements recorded in each of the three indicators in the last two decades. The proportion of undernourished in the population decreased from 71% (in 1990-92) to 44% (in 2004-06). The prevalence of underweight in children under five years decreased 39.2% (in 1988-92) to 34.6% (in 2003-08). The rate of Under five Mortality is reduced from 21% (in 1990) to 10.9% (in 2008).
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The Prime Minister office disclosed the appointment of 21 Special envoys and Ambassador plenipotentiaries, and 15 Ambassadors on Wednesday, Oct. 27/2010.
Filed under EPRDF, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National & Regional News Updates · Tagged with Ambassador Mohammed Dirir,Ambassador Teshome Toga, Degife Bula, Dr Kassu Illala, Dr Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia, Girma Birru, Hassan Abdella, Kassahun Dendir, Meles Zenawi, Ministry of foreign Affairs, new ambassadors, new plenipotentiary, Seyoum Mesfin
BBC apologized today for its unfounded report that alleged millions of pounds raised for famine relief in Ethiopia had been used to buy arms. It took BBC 8 months to investigate and find out that its ‘investigative’ report is baseless.
It is to be recalled that in March 2010, and the subsequent days, BBC World Service broadcasted a report concerning the use of western aid for 1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Editor-in-chief of Ethio-channel newspaper, an Amharic biweekly, released on bail after two weeks in custody. Conspicuously, ‘right activists’ and most media outlets kept silent.
Journalist Biruk Mekonen is indicted for defamation charges brought against the newspaper by the All Ethiopian Unity Party(AEUP)
Ethiopia recorded massive improvements in Human Development Index(HDI), according to the 2010 Human Development Report released on Friday. Ethiopia has recorded the third fastest annual HDI growth rate in the world since year 2000.
BREAKING NEWS: EU OBSERVERS CHIEF SAYS ‘ETHIOPIA REFUSED TO HOST ELECTION REPORT PRESENTATION’[ON TWITTER]
Thijs Berman, head of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia will present its Final Report about the May 23/2010 election on Monday. However, the venue for the release of the report is Brussels, not than Addis Ababa.
Reason? Ethiopia refused to host the event, according to Thijis Berman.
Since Oct. 5/2010, PM Meles Zenaiw appointed 30 Ministers(including 10 Ministers without Portfolio), 49 State Ministers(including Prof. Tekalegn Mammo Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture with the rank of a State Minister ), 36 Especial envoys, Ambassadors plenipotentiary and Ambassadors, and 1 Commissioner (Sport Commissioner Abagisa).
The public media outlets reported all the previous appointments, as they were immediately notified by a letter from the PM Office.
But not this time.
The new Ethiopian railroad network will connect about 49 urban centers, according to a leaked document. The new railroad network is planned to have at least 8 main routes that extends to all compass points. The rail line will link no less than 49 urban centers, where railway stations are to be established. The proposed rail line crosses the borders of all regions, except Gambella. The network connects, among others, the Chartered Cities Addis Ababa & Dire Dawa, 7 of the 9 State capitals, and towns bordering Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.
according to the press release by the UNDP in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia registered the 2nd highest improvement in the world between 2000-10, and the highest improvement in the world between 2005-10.
Lidetu Ayalew, President of Ethiopian Democrats Party, takes on Birhanu Nega(PhD), the Chairman of Ginbot 7, in an interview hosted at aned-ethiopia radio on Nov. 20/2010.
[LISTEN HERE] or [DOWNLOAD HERE]
Only 5 out of 100 urban dwellers applied for DV Lottery in Ethiopia this year. The Wall Street Journal revealed today that only 580,000 Ethiopians applied for DV Lottery this year. Though this is the 4th highest number, following Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ukraine where 7.67million, 1.47million and 760,000 applied, respectively.
It is not difficult to imagine Jeré Longman’s eagerness to explain the cause of Haile’s decision. With this zeal, he persistently goggled and come across Ethiopian-review and Haile’s latest tweets.
Alas, his enthusiasm failed him. He forgot to ask why other media outlets ignored the Ethiopia-review story, although it’s been online for 15 days. He had less than a day, only Monday morning, to attempt contacting the Haile Gebreselassie and the Ethiopian Embassy.
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The share of Military related expenditure has decreased to 1.42% of GDP in 2009, though the nominal size(not adjusted for inflation) increased to 4.7 Billion Ethiopian Billion Ethiopian Birr.
Similarly, according to the recent available data, the active military personnel count 0.36% of the total labor force. The size of the Army has also decreased to pre Ethio-Eritrean war times.
On Nov. 23/2010 Ethiopian review posted a story about Karuturi Global investment in Ethiopia, titled ‘Indian agribusiness devastates western Ethiopia(photo/video)’. Aigaforum traced the origin of the photos and exposed the sham. Apparently, Ethiopian Review changed the photo immediately thereafter. But only to substitute it with another bogus photo. Yet again, Aigaforum traced the true origin of the substituted photo. Both photos were taken half way around the globe in the Americas! [See the evidence below]
Wikileaks published today the first leaked Cable of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. The cable contains the minute of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi meeting with three high-ranking US Officials: State Department Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero, State Department Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson, and National Security Council … Read more
‘There is no torture. We conducted several visitations and interviewed prisoners and officers. Though there could be things that happen sometimes at emotional moments in the course of investigation, there is no torture by the police.’ This was the response of the Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Right Commission(EHRC), on June 2008 in parliament, to … Read more
The whistleblowers’ website wiki-leaks published another leaked Cable of the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. The Embassy Cable, filed on June 08/2009 and classified as ‘Secret’, describes a meeting of Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Service(NISS) Director Getachew Assefa with US Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Yamamoto on regional and bilateral issues. The meeting took place … Read more
Leaked US Embassy cables, published by the whistleblowers’ website Wikileaks, revealed the Voice of America (VOA) is used for political ends. At least three of the leaked cables reveal a consensus among diplomats of US and its allies that VOA is a political tool. It should be noted that VOA is sanctioned to serve as … Read more
It was UNDP’s press release that announced Ethiopia’s astounding achievement in Human Development in this decade. The press release titled ‘Ethiopia is among the top development movers’ [posted on this blog] states: Ethiopia is rated among these ”top movers” at rank 11 out of the 135 countries which registered improvement in Human Development Index that … Read more
In pre-1991 Ethiopia, it was unsurprising if a parent asks a nearby police station to give her/his child ‘a little whipping’. It was a ‘normal police service’, though it might require a ‘cooperative’ officer. That is a history now. But little has changed for Ethiopia’s children since then. All Ethiopian children experience corporal punishment, as … Read more
A new railroad network is one of the major components of the 5-year plan, as the brief document and press statements outlining the Growth and Transformation Plan(GTP) indicated. A Leaked map, posted on this blog, on Nov 14/2010, titled ‘Leaked info: Railway to link 49 Ethiopian towns’, disclosed the details of the new rail network … Read more
Where do Ethiopians go on the web? The list below provides an answer, according to the data from Alexa.com, a web ranking service. The sites in the table below are ordered according to their rank on December 31/2010. According to Alexa, the Top 100 list ‘is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and …Read more
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Ethiopia expects 19.6 million tons of harvest from the Meher season of 2010/11, which is almost a 9% increase from last year’s harvest of 18 million tons, according to Central Statistics Agency(CSA). With regard to Cereals (teff, maize, sorghum, wheat and barley), this year’s production is projected to be 10.97% higher than last year’s. The … Read more
It is depressing to see, year after year, the Ethiopian private media perpetuating a mistaken notion regarding the requirements for running to the Presidency of the Republic. The misinformation started immediately after the 2005 election, when Negaso Gidada(PhD) was the only independent candidate to win a seat in the House of Peoples’ Representatives. Most, if … Read more
Former President of Addis Ababa University, Professor Andreas Eshete, appointed as Advisor to the PM, Minister without portfolio. It has been reported that Professor Andreas Eshete has resigned from his post in the University at the beginning of this week, on Monday, March 7/2011. According to news by the Amharic weekly Ethiopian-Reporter on Wednesday, the … Read more
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Last January, a week or two after the announcement of the price ceilings on a dozen of food and other commodities, the State Minister of Ministry Trade, Ahmed Shide said in a meeting with traders: ‘we shan’t wait until the Tunisian case repeats here. In Tunisia, inflation caused a riot that forced the president fled … Read more
Had there been an index of most gossiped persons in Ethiopia, Azeb Mesfin, wife of Premier Meles Zenawi, would be among the top. Of late, first lady Azeb Mesfin is rumored to be involved in every conceivable type of trade in the country taking advantage of her husband’s position. In the video below (a reader … Read more
A recently leaked Cable of the US Embassy in Berlin, published by the whistleblowers’ website Wikileaks, provides an account of two meetings between US and Europe officials. The Cable was classified as a Confidential document on Nov. 18/’09 and was not supposed to be public until year 2019. The Cable summarizes a day-long conference on … Read more
This is a scanned image of a letter allegedly written by the President of Ethiopia and it has been circulated in US-based opposition media for some time now. According to the letter, the President, whose function is mostly ceremonial, urges the Minister of Agriculture to save a forest land from being leased to an investor. … Read more
The Moday morning meeting of the youth organizers – Google executive Wael Ghonim and blogger Amr Salama, with Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Hijazi and Maj Gen. Abdel Fattah – representing the Military junta that is running the state, might have helped ease the pressure from the youth and the clearing of Tahrir Square. But normalcy was … Read more
Filed under Analysis, National & Regional News Updates, News,Politics · Tagged with Cairo University professor Atef Al Banna, Egypt Army 6th Statement full text, Egypt constitution review panel members,Former Egyptian judge Tareq el-Bishri, Muslim Brotherhood former lawmaker Sobhi Saleh, Muslim Brotherhood political party, Supreme Council of Armed Forces
Here is the text of the peoples’ communiqué that was mentioned by the Guradian that I quoted in a previous post and promised to post it as soon as I get hold of it. There are related developments, however: One media reported, sourcing AFP, on Monday: The online activists who organised Egypt’s popular uprising said … Read more
[The following text is from Daily Star. I will provide the details when the Ministry makes the report available online.] BEIRUT: The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed shortly after takeoff from Beirut in January last year received several cockpit warnings that disaster was imminent, according to an investigative report probing the disaster, … Read more
IGAD – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa, is an important regional cooperation organ, though I barely discussed its activities thus far in this blog. IGAD was first established as ‘Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development’ (IGADD) in Djibouti in January 1986 in response to the severe droughts and other natural disasters … Read more
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt issued a new statement, titled ‘Constitutional Proclamation’, on Sunday. Accordingly: The Constitution is suspended. Both Houses of Parliament, the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council, are dissolved. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is to govern Egypt for 6 months OR until Parliamentary and Presidential …Read more
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The 2011 Humanitarian Requirements Document has been launched on Feb 07/.2011. The document, which is a result of government and relief agencies’ assessment, indicates that 2.8 million people require relief food assistance in 2011. The figure rose by 500,000 from the earlier estimation I posted.(Link). Yet, it should be noted, it is still by far … Read more
[Update: The statement posted here is to be referred as Communiqué No. 2. Correction: V/President Omar Sulieman announced Mubarak’s resignation hours after the Army issued the statement.] After hours of media speculation on the whereabouts of Mubarak, v/President Omar Suleiman confirmed about half an hour ago, about 6 p.m. Cairo time, on State TV, that President Hosini Mubarak’s …Read more
After 15 days of public protest, Egyptian President Hosini Mubarak was expected to announce his resignation on his speech scheduled for Thursday evening. Not only the media, but also CIA Chief Leon Panetta apparently abode similar expectations, as he reportedly said, at a meeting of Congress intelligence committee, ‘I got the same information you did, that there’s a … Read more
The whistleblowers’ website wiki-leaks published another leaked cable of the US Embassy Addis Ababa. This is the 6th of the Embassy’s cables published by the site so far. The cable was prepared and sent to various US officials on Nov. 28/2007. The cable is intended to alert US officials on the Humanitarian situation in Ogaden … Read more
Wikileaks published a 5th leaked cable from US Embassy Addis Ababa. The cable is part II of a briefing to US officials regarding the Ethiopia’s military assault on ONLF in 2007.(The first part is not released yet). The cable reflects how US diplomats overestimated ONLF and also their perception of the Ethiopian government’s military assault. … Read more
[The following text is posted by wariscrime.org about two hours ago. I reposted it in solidarity with the Rgyptian youth fighting for freedom on Tahrir Square Cairo.] Post This Mubarak Thug’s ID, Captured by Protesters, on Your Facebooks Submitted by Ralph Lopez on Thu, 2011-02-03 05:06 Activism As morning breaks in Egypt Mubarak-hired thugs are … Read more
Freedom House published its annual survey of ‘freedom’ and ‘electoral democracy’ this month. The report, titled Freedom in the World 2011: The Authoritarian Challenge to Democracy, covers 194 countries and another 14 ‘territories’ – two ‘related territories’ (Hong Kong & Puerto Rico) and twelve ‘disputed territories’ (such as Somaliland, Tibet and the same). Freedom House … Read more
In the run-up to the May 23/2010 election, Arena-Tigray party alleged a politically motivated murder of one its members. The deceased was Aregawi Gebre Yohannes, who was running for the House of People’s Representatives in Tigray Regional State. Though the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia(NEBE) proposed to conduct a joint investigation with ruling party, EPRDF, … Read more
It is to be recalled that Medrek party, the coalition of 6 parties, lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court in relation to the May 23/2010 election. Previously, on June 1/2010, Medrek submitted a complaint to the National Election Board of Ethiopia(NEBE) alleging wide-scale flaws in polling and vote counting thus demanding the cancellation of … Read more
On Aid-thoughts blog, Ranil Dissanayake presents a compelling argument in favor of, what he calls, ‘the second-generation donors’. That is: those not belonging to the ‘first-generation donors’, centering around Europe and America. Notable members of this group, ‘the second-generation donors’, are South Korea, India, China and Brazil. The two groups have follow different approaches in … Read more
Ethiopia is expected to stay on the course of economic stride in the coming 5 years. An analysis by The Economist, published last Friday, rated Ethiopia’s GDP performance of the last decade as the fifth fastest growth globally. The article also projects that Ethiopia’s GDP to be the 3rd fastest growing from 2011-2015. Interestingly, the … Read more
- The Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, announced the beginning of the 2013 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery application season. (afroaddis.wordpress.com)
- Wikileaks | Gay community booming in Ethiopia (danielberhane.wordpress.com)
- Wikileaks| US opposed to Biosafety in Ethiopia [4 Cables full text] (danielberhane.wordpress.com)
- Wikileaks | Attempts to reconcile OLF with the Ethiopia (danielberhane.wordpress.com)
- Wikileaks| PM Meles rebuking donors for the post-election violence (danielberhane.wordpress.com)