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Ethiopia parliament speaker says ‘disrespect’ made him quit

The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, said Saturday that he quit because of “disrespect” of his ethnic group…Read more: (dailymail.co.uk)

Ethiopia’s sacred forests are shrinking can he save them?

Growing up in the South Gondar region of Ethiopia, Alemayehu Wassie went to church every Sunday. Sure, it’s a familiar weekly ritual for Christians the world over, but Wassie’s trip from home to pew was quite different from the sleepy morning drive, fueled by coffee and doughnuts, known to many Westerners…Read more: (ozy.com)

United States Congress: Vote on H.Res 128 Supporting Respect for Human Rights in Ethiopia

Dear Speaker Ryan, We are writing to underscore the importance of House Resolution (H.Res.) 128 and the need to bring it to a vote as soon as possible…Read more: (freedomhouse.org)

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Ethiopia: Journalist remain in prison despite completing his sentence

Authorities refused to release a prominent journalist despite completing his three year sentence without parole…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Moyale-Addis road closed as protest continues

The Moyale-Addis road has been closed for the second day as anti-government protests continue in the Oromo region for the third day…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Unrest continues in Oromo region, six killed in Borena

Security forces opened fire and killed six people in Borena, south Ethiopia, while 20 others were seriously injured as anti-government protests that began yesterday in the Oromo region continued today in various towns across the region…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Somalia’s Defense Minister, Army Chief Resign

Somalia’s defense minister and army chief have resigned as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group steps up attacks on army bases across south and central Somalia, Associated Press reported quoting an official in the prime minister’s office…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Eight Reportedly Killed In Renewed Disturbances In Oromia Region

Local officials in Ethiopia say at least eight people have been killed and 30 wounded in renewed disturbances in the Oromia region…Read more: (benama.com)

Sugar shortage hits Ethiopia as bad weather condition halves production

Ethiopian Sugar Corporation revealed on Thursday that the current sugar shortage witnessed in the capital Addis Ababa and other parts of the country is attributed to bad weather conditions that wreaked havoc on the country’s sugar production last year…Read more: (xinhuanet.com)

 

US Embassy Issues Security Alert for Ethiopia

The United States embassy in Addis Ababa issued a security alert for its citizens in Ethiopia citing violent protests and road closures south of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa…Read more: (ezaga.com)

Ethiopia treats 617,000 hectares of maize amid armyworm outbreak

Ethiopia has treated some 617,056 hectares of maize that would otherwise be ravaged by the fall armyworm, Ethiopia’s agricultural ministry said Thursday…Read more: (xinhuanetcom)

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Roundup: Experts question Ethiopian National Bank’s currency devaluation

Ethiopian experts on Tuesday questioned the Ethiopian National Bank’s move to devalue the Ethiopian birr (ETB) by 15 percent as of Wednesday…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

Africa Fashion Reception 2017 lights up Addis Ababa

The African Union Commission hosted the 2nd African edition of the Africa Fashion Reception in its headquarters in Addis Ababa few days ago…Read more: (tribuneonlineng.com)

UNICEF Ethiopia Humanitarian Situation Report #16 – Reporting Period 21 September – 5 October 2017

Led by the Federal Government, humanitarian partners are working together to provide assistance to people displaced as a result of floods and inter communal clashes. Priority needs are emergency shelter, food, and safe water, sanitation and hygiene…Read more: (reliefweb.int)

Ethiopia: Botched Federalism, Rumbling Political Volcano and the Future

Two failed political experiments in forty-three years – what will be the next experiment?…Read more: (allafrica.com)

UNHCR staff in Kenya accused of demanding bribes, sexual favors by Ethiopian political refugees

Staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nairobi, Kenya have been accused by Ethiopian political refugees of demanding bribes and even sexual favors to facilitate their applications for refugee status…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Diarrhea outbreak infects 127 in Ethiopia’s second largest city

An Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) disease in Ethiopia’s second largest city Dire Dawa, 446 kms east of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, has infected 127 people in September, an Ethiopian official said on Monday…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

Sudan, Ethiopian regional officials call for deployment of border forces

Security meetings between two border states in Sudan and Ethiopia have called the deployment of joint forces along the border between the two countries to fight smuggling, human trafficking and outlaw gangs…Read more: (sudantribune.com)

Ethiopia parliament speaker resigns

The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament announced his resignation without giving any reason on Sunday…Read more: (news24.com)

Oromo families cry foul in recent conflict

Saada Youssef, from the Oromo ethnic group, lived without problems for years in the important Somali community in eastern Ethiopia. Until recently, local officials told him to leave…Read more: (africanews.com)

Cholera hits Dire Dawa, 10 die in Benishangul Gumuz

Cholera is spreading in an alarming rate from Dire Dawa in the east to Benishangul in the west and from the Capital Addis Ababa to the northern city of Mekelle claiming lives along its route…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: President says country in serious financial crisis

Ethiopia will devalue its currency to attract foreign investment and close the gap in foreign trade, President Mulatu Teshome said at the opening of the bicameral parliament on Monday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Acute malnutrition and disease outbreaks worsens in Somali region

Acute malnutrition crisis and disease outbreaks is worsening in the Somali region of Eastern Ethiopia, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organisation…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Is Ethiopia still a Rwanda in slow motion?

In 2004, the former Chairman of CUD party, Hailu Shawul, held one of his conferences in Addis Ababa before the election. In his speech, Hailu told the crowd that he is not worried about the TPLF ruling party imprisoning him and the opposition…Read more: (ethiomedia.com)

 

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Prolonged drought drives a food security Emergency in Somalia and southeastern Ethiopia

A major food security Emergency is expected to continue in the Horn of Africa into early 2018, following very poor performance of the March to June 2017 Gu/long rains, the second consecutive below-average season in many areas…Read more: (fews.net)

New test for Ethiopia

Oromia-Somali clashes in Ethiopia raise the spectre of sustained civil conflict in a country with a history of ethnic confrontation, writes Haitham Nouri…Read more: (weekly.ahram.org)

Ogaden: US Surveillance Sprawling Power in Ethiopia Revealed

On 3 October 2017, Human Rights Watch reported that the Ethiopian government and the National Security Agency (NSA) have established a growing surveillance apparatus. The Ethiopian government has been ruling its country with an iron fist over the past years, causing repression in regions such as the Ogaden…Read more: (unpo.org)

Ethiopia: No hope for internally displaced to return home

There has been no effort by the regime to return home tens of thousands of Oromos and Somalis who were displaced due to recent ethnic clashes…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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How US Surveillance Helps Repressive Regimes—the Ethiopia Case

Recent stories from Edward Snowden’s disclosures show how the US government’s involvement with Ethiopia presents a case study in enabling repressive regimes to carry out surveillance on their own citizens…Read more: (justcecurity.org)

Ethiopia: Scores of people arrested following protests at annual Irreecha festival

Scores of people were arrested on Sunday following anti-TPLF protests at the annual Irreecha festival in Bishoftu a.k.a. Debrezeit, 25 miles outside the capital Addis Ababa, according to information received by ESAT…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Bahir Dar University expels engineering students from campus

Over 1500 engineering students of Bahir Dar University were expelled from campus following a dispute with University officials over the format and grading of a comprehensive fourth year exam…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Ethio-Djibouti Railway Commences Full Ride Trials

Ethio-Djibouti railway project has started full rail ride trials completing unit ride trials prior to the commencement of passenger and freight services…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Ethiopia: UN confirms detention of Andualem Aragie arbitrary, calls for release

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called the arrest of Andualem Aragie, an opposition politician, arbitrary and called for his release. The UN Group, besides demanding Aragie’s release, also said that the political prisoner should be compensated…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Group urges Congress to probe spying partnership with Ethiopian tyranny

A rights defender urged the U.S. Congress to ask the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense on the status of the surveillance partnership with the Ethiopian regime to ensure that the U.S. is not facilitating human rights violations in Ethiopia…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Displacement continues in Eastern Ethiopia

Displacement of Oromos and Somalis in Eastern Ethiopia continued despite statement by authorities that they had put an end to the crises that was sparked by land dispute between the two ethnic groups…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Anti-government chants ring out on anniversary of Ethiopian festival deaths

Hundreds of people chanting anti-government slogans marched in the central Ethiopian town of Bishoftu on Sunday at a religious festival where a stampede triggered by a police move to quell protests killed dozens of people last year…Read more: (af.reuters.com)

Ethiopian festival turns into anti-government protest

An Ethiopian festival on Sunday turned into a massive anti-government protest for the second year in a row…Read more: (aa.com)

Death of the Nile: Egypt fears Ethiopian dam will cut into its water supply

The only reason Egypt has even existed from ancient times until today is because of the Nile River, which provides a thin, richly fertile stretch of green through the desert. Now, for the first time, the country fears a potential threat to that lifeline, and it seems to have no idea what to do about it…Read more: (telegraph.co.uk)

Ethiopian Airlines goes fully digital

Flying even more greener; Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has fully digitalized all its business processes like aircraft maintenance and Flight Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, HRM, Customer Services, Procurement and supply Chain Management, Online learning, management approvals and authorizations etc… by removing paper from the entire system as of, September 28, 2017…Read more: (africabusinesscommunities.com)

Ethiopia: Is Safaricom Entering the Ethiopian Market?

Safaricom has denied reports of the company entering into the Ethiopian market…Read more: (allafrica.com)

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Ethiopians gather for religious festival marred by bloodshed

A year ago Firommisa Darasa barely made it out of Ethiopia’s Irreecha festival alive, managing to escape from a deep ditch where dozens perished…Read more: (dailymail.co.uk)

What’s Driving Clashes Between Ethiopia’s Somali, Oromia Regions?

Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region in the Horn of Africa, has displaced thousands of ethnic Oromos, according to Negeri Lencho, Ethiopia’s information minister…Read more: (voanews.com)

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Ethiopia to start storing water from Grand Renaissance Dam

Ethiopia will start storing water from the Grand Renaissance Dam in a reservoir next year, Egypt’s water resources and irrigation minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati said today according to the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA)…Read more: (middleeastmonitor.com)

Ethiopia enjoying positive investor sentiments but reforms needed – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised Ethiopia’s economic strides for the year 2016/2017 but has also urged that reforms be undertaken to improve the business climate…Read more: (africanews.com)

Ethiopia: Floods Leave Thousands Homeless in Ethiopia

EXTENSIVE flooding has displaced more than 93 000 people in crisis-torn Ethiopia. The Ambeira zone in Afar region, special zones surrounding the capital Addis Ababa , Jima, South-east Shewa and South-west Shewa in the Oromia region have been worst affected by the incessant rains…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Ethiopia: Flooding displaces 93,000 people

More than 93,000 people have reportedly been displaced by flooding in areas in Afar, Jima, South-East and South-West Shewa as well as in zones surrounding the capital Addis Ababa, according to a report by Centre for African Journalists (CAJ)…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Aba Geda verbiedt ambtenaren bij Irreecha van dit jaar

De Raad van Aba Gedas, de culturele en religieuze leiders van de Oromos, heeft verboden regeringsambtenaren van het toespraak van dit jaar’s Irreecha festival te brengen, omdat het plaatsvindt op zondag 1 oktober 2017, volgens een rapport van de BBC Amharic…Read more: (ethsat.com)

 

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Govt approves signing agreement with Ethiopia in media field

The agreement would provide an opportunity to both the nations to share best practices and innovations in the field of information, communication and media, an official release said…Read more: (moneycontrol.com)

Ethiopia bans weapons at Irrecha festival

Ethiopia has banned weapons at the upcoming Irrecha religious festival in order to avoid the violence that killed several dozen people last year. The statement from the restive Oromia region comes ahead of the October 1 thanksgiving gathering…Read more: (nazret.com)

Floods leave thousands homeless in Ethiopia

EXTENSIVE flooding has displaced more than 93 000 people in crisis-torn Ethiopia. The Ambeira zone in Afar region, special zones surrounding the capital  Addis Ababa , Jima, South-east Shewa and South-west Shewa in the Oromia region have been worst affected by the incessant rains…Read more: (cajnewsafrica.com)

Eritrea warns UN: Ethiopian ‘occupation’ of border region threatens security in Horn of Africa

The Eritrean government has warned the UNited Nations that Ethiopia’s ongoing encroachment into Eritrean land is a threat to security in the Horn of Africa…Read more: (eastafricamonitor.com)

Ethiopia: Road density, electricity concentrated in Tigray showing spatial inequalities in dev’t: World Bank study

Overarching policy solutions are needed to address spatial inequalities in development in Ethiopia, according to a study conducted by World Bank experts…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopian regime says hundreds killed, thousands displaced in ethnic clashes

Ethiopian regime officials confirmed reports of the killing of hundreds of people in ethnic clashes in the Eastern parts of the country while close observers of the crises blame security forces of the regime for having a hand in the death and displacement of ethnic Oromos and Somali…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate

Somalia will not be able to assert itself and prosper until Ethiopia stops meddling in its affairs. Western nations also need to reevaluate their support of the Ethiopian regime if they ever want to see peace in the Horn of Africa…Read more: (trtworld.com)

IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Visit to The Federal Republic of Ethiopia

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board…Read more: (imf.org)

Ethiopia’s occupation of Eritrea, threat to Horn of Africa: U.N. told

The Eritrean government is accusing its neighbours, Ethiopia, of threatening the peace of the Horn of Africa region with its continued occupation of their sovereign territory…Read more: (africanews.com)

Ethiopia to devalue currency

Ethiopia is to devalue its currency in a bid to cope with the serious foreign currency crunch it has faced and in attempt to cover a billion dollar loan payment due this years, according to information obtained by ESAT…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Corruption suspects left country

Four suspects of corruption who own construction business and allegedly stole millions of dollars have left the country…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopian wins Right Livelihood Award

An Ethiopian, Yetnebersh Nigussie, has become one of the laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Security forces shot and injure several people in Debre Tabor

Several residents of Debre Tabor in Gondar who protested the detention of a church leader were shot and injured as security forces opened fire at an impromptu protest rally…Read more: (ethsat.com)

‘Hundreds’ dead in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

Clashes that erupted in Ethiopia this month between two of the country’s largest ethnic groups have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands, the government said Monday…Read more: (dailymail.co.uk)

Ethiopia Says Somaliland Displaced Thousands of Oromo People

Ethiopia accused a semi-autonomous territory in neighboring Somalia of illegally displacing more than 3,000 long-term Oromo residents in the wake of clashes on the boundary between two of Ethiopia’s regional states…Read more: (bloomberg.com)

Chinese government warns companies on Ethiopian labour abuse

The Chinese embassy in Ethiopia has summoned Chinese companies operating in the country to warn them about their treatment of workers…Read more: (globalconstructionreview.com)

Ethiopian Airlines working on several more African JV airlines

African Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines is working to establish regional hubs in Chad, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia, with several joint venture (JV) airlines in the pipeline…Read more: (atwonline.con)

Ethiopia: “If people don’t understand what we do, they will never come to our health centres

Anthropologist Roberto Wright is working in Ethiopia’s Somali region to help MSF reach and be accepted by local communities…Read more: (msf.org)

Ethiopia: Somali-American lawmaker calls for end to ethnic clashes

A Somali-American lawmaker from Minnesota called for an end to ethnic clashes in eastern Ethiopia that claimed the lives of scores of people and the displacement of tens of thousands…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia bans weapons at upcoming religious gathering

Ethiopia has banned weapons at the upcoming Irrecha religious festival in order to avoid the violence that killed several dozen people last year. The statement from the restive Oromia region comes ahead of the October 1 thanksgiving gathering…Read more: (washingtonpost.com)

Egypt announces failure of talks over Ethiopian dam

An Egyptian government source has announced the failure of the talks about Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, Almesryoon.com reported on Sunday. The anonymous source said that Cairo is currently studying diplomatic and political moves to maintain its rights to water from the River Nile as guaranteed by international law…Read more: (middleeastmonitor.com)

No time for scepticism, ‘decisive climate action’ needed, Ethiopia tells UN

Like many other countries, Ethiopia is dealing almost every day with the adverse impacts of climate change, its Prime Minister told the United Nations General Assembly today, urging decisive action by the international community…Read more: (un.org)

Horn of Africa: Humanitarian Impacts of Drought – Issue 10 (22 September 2017)

There are currently 2.6 million people displaced by drought and conflict in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya:..Read more: (reliefweb)