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Lawyer says Ethiopia’s political prisoners are victims of kangaroo courts, unjust laws

The legal director of an international advocacy group has said that Ethiopia’s political prisoners like journalist Eskinder Nega and Andualem Aragie are not terrorists but victims of “kangaroo courts” and unjust laws designed to criminalize fundamental rights…Read more: (ethsat.com)

WHO Director General denies Ethiopia jails journalists

The newly minted director general of the World Health Organization and the former foreign minister of Ethiopia denies his country is one of the leading jailers of journalists…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after bomb explosion 

Tensions remain high in Bahir Dar after a bomb exploded on Saturday injuring two people. Authorities say they have arrested the suspects. A woman was seriously injured…Read more: (ethsat.com) 

Ethiopian Airlines retrofits its B767-300 fleet with flat bed seats and WIFI IFE

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce to its valued customers that it has fully refurbished its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet and availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations…Read more: (africabusinesscommunities.com)

Ethiopia: Investing More to Modernize Printing Sector

To cope up with the government’s Educational Quality Program and distribute one book for one student, the Educational Material Production and Distribution Enterprise has imported state-of-the-art machines…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Ethiopia: Changing Gear for Viable Road Network

Adding luster to Ethiopia’s prosperity,the revitalization of its century-old road network and the modernization of road transport system are promising a rapid and new national growth…Read more: (allafrica.com)

2 injured in grenade attack in northern Ethiopia: police

Two civilians were injured in a grenade attack Saturday night in Bahir Dar city, capital city of Amhara regional state in northern Ethiopia, police said Monday…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

Pentecostal church in Ethiopia told to close after it was attacked by mob

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered by local authorities to stop conducting religious services after it was attacked by a mob in June…Read more: (christiantimes.com)

FAO Ethiopia Drought response plan and priorities in 2017 – Revised version, August 2017

Humanitarian needs have continued to rise in 2017, largely linked to the ongoing drought and its impact on pastoral livelihoods, in particular…Read more: (reliefweb)

4,500 died in traffic accidents in Ethiopia in a year

Traffic accidents during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8, has led to the deaths of 4500 people…Read more: (news.xinhuanet.com)

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About 160 Ethiopian migrants forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen by smugglers

160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the sea off the coast of Yemen on Thursday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Strikes by small businesses spread further

Strikes by small businesses and vendors spread further to towns in North Gondar, East Gojjam, Oromo and southern regions of the country opposing the new tax hikes despite threats by authorities who put notice of violation on a number of businesses…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Intense fighting in Ethiopia as key road is blocked, U.S. warns citizens

The United States embassy in Ethiopia has reported of intense gunfire between two cities leaving a main road linking the capital and another town blocked…Read more: (africanews.com)

Drought-stricken herders in Ethiopia need urgent support

Supporting herders to get back on their feet and preventing further livestock losses and suffering are crucial in drought-hit Ethiopia where hunger has been on the rise this year, warned today the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Read more: (fao.org)

Ethiopia: Court denies bail to Bekele Gerba

The 4th criminal bench of the federal high court in Addis Ababa on Thursday denied bail to a prominent Ethiopian opposition leader while the 2nd bench gave additional time to police investigating the cases of individuals accused of corruption…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Reports of fighting in eastern Ethiopia, highway to Jijiga blocked

There has been reports of fighting in the area between the cities of Harar and Babile on the way to the country’s eastern commercial town of Jijiga. The highway connecting the capital Addis Ababa to Jijiga has been blocked, according a security alert by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa…Read more: (ethsat.com)

About 180 migrants forced from boat, a day after 50 Somalis, Ethiopians drowned by smugglers

Another 180 migrants were forced from a boat today, a day after 50 Somalis and Ethiopians were drowned by smugglers off the coast of Yemen, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement Thursday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Angry Ethiopian Nuers Curse at Government Forces while Reporting to Ethiopian Authority at the Main Bridge

Dozens of local civilians gathered on Jekow River bank cursed at government forces for crossing the border because of imminent threats against them from the opposition forces in Pagak…Read more: (upperniletimes.net)

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Ethiopia Shines With Sapphire, Emerald 

Ethiopia has earned 7.8 million dollars from the export of 2,031kg of the newly discovered precious gemstones of sapphire and emerald…Read more: (allafrica.com) 

It is just a matter of time before another protest flares up, says report by rights group 

The Human Rights Watch said on Monday that based on interviews conducted with protesters, including those who were detained during the state of emergency, it was just a matter of time before they took their grievances to the streets again…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Number of people requiring relief food shot to 8.5 million

Aid agencies and the Ethiopian regime say at least 8.5 million people will require relief food assistance in the second half of 2017, up from 5.6 million in January…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Strikes continue in Oromo and Amhara regions

Strikes have continued in several towns in the Oromo and Amhara regions as regime security forces responded with arrests and intimidations…Read more: (ethsat.com)

 

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Ethiopia: Dozens Arrested After City Bomb Blast – Police 

Bahir Dar city police say dozens of people are being held after a bomb exploded…Read more: (allafrica.com) 

State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia  

Government Should Use Reform, Not Force, to Avoid More Protests…Read more: (hrw.org)

Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 7 August 2017

Some 8.5 million people require immediate relief food assistance in the second half of 2017…Read more: (reliefweb.int)

Strike to mark anniversary of Ethiopian regional unrest

Protests saw businesses in Bahir Dar, the capital city of the northern Amhara region, closed on Monday to mark the first anniversary of anti-government demonstrations…Read more: (aa.com) 

Ethiopia: Expats arrested for carrying foreign currency

Security forces have arrested about 30 expats and Ethiopians who work at international and regional offices in Addis Ababa for carrying foreign currency notes…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Bahir Dar commemorates fallen residents

The city of Bahir Dar today commemorated the massacre of over 50 anti-government protesters in August 2016 by snipers of the regime security…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Residents of Ambo, Woliso strike demanding release of political prisoners

Residents of Ambo and Woliso, West and South West of the capital Addis Ababa respectively, strike on Monday to demand the release of political prisoners including Dr. Merera Gudina, Bekele Gerba and other leaders and members of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Hard-to-Tax Businesses Still Unsatisfied With the Tax Reform

For many consumers, a visit to Merkato, the biggest open market in Addis Abeba, was not fruitful earlier last week as a considerable number of businesses closed their shutters in protest against the daily income valuation conducted throughout the country…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Ethiopia’s Anti-Graft Campaign is Rife with Ethnic Tensions  

Last week, the Ethiopian government announced the arrests of ‘top officials’ accused of ‘misdirecting public funds’ to ‘maximize their private interests,’ employing favored euphemisms for corruption…Read more: (globalvoices.org)

Ethiopia: Parliament recalled from recess 

The rubber stamp parliament in Ethiopia has been recalled from recess and is expected to discuss the state of emergency that has been in place since October 2016…Read more: (ethsat.com) 

Ethiopia: Regime continues to charge opponents with terror

Regime prosecutors charged a prominent opposition politician with terror while another was arrested last week in Bahir Dar…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Old ships at harbor in Djibouti costing country millions of dollars

Two old ships sold by the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistic Services Enterprise (formerly the Ethiopian Shipping Lines) two years ago to Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) are costing the country millions of dollars to cover costs to keep them at the harbor at the port of Djibouti…Read more: (ethsat.com) 

Ethiopia: Over 500 prisoners died due to lack of medical care

The Federal Prisons Administration says 529 prisoners have died this Ethiopian year due to lack of access to medical care…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia hit with shortage of fuel

Several towns in Ethiopia have reportedly been hit with shortages of fuel hampering transportation and provisions of staple supplies to the people…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Protests flare up in Ambo, vehicles set ablaze

Reports reaching ESAT say two vehicles were set ablaze in Ambo town, west of the capital Addis Ababa, in protests sparked by the new tax assessment…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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ISS Today: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam a threat to downstream Nile states, including Egypt

The government of Ethiopia is currently constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam… Read more: (dailymaverick.co.za) 

Strike against new tax spreads to Ethiopia’s capital

Owners of small retail shops in Africa’s largest open-air market observe strike against new taks…Read more: (aa.com.tr)  

In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test

 

Addis Ababa is hungry. These days, Ethiopia’s capital seems to need more of almost everything: land for factories…Read more: (csmonitor.com) 

Ethiopia: Why IPs Are the Order of the Day

If set up in the right contexts, special economic zones (SEZs) are an effective instrument to promote industrialization and structural transformation…Read more: (allafrica.com) 

It’s just become easier for some tourists to visit Ethiopia

Ethiopia has launched a new electronic visa application service, making it easier for tourists to visit the East African nation…Read more: (star2.com)

Ethiopia Rides Out Upheavals And Anti-Government Unrest

While the upheavals of 2016 unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace…Read more: (fronteranenews.com)

Saudi amnesty expires as hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians remain in Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia face monetary fines, imprisonment and forced deportation as the Kingdom’s amnesty for undocumented workers expires on Tuesday…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Explosion hit bus repair shop belonging to TPLF

An explosion hit Selam Bus repair shop in the capital Addis Ababa on Thursday evening and reports say the area is still cordoned off on Friday as investigators comb through the site of explosion…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Anti-tax strike spreads to the Amhara region

The strikes by small businesses and vendors against tax hikes that began in the wider Oromo region and which was followed by towns in the southern parts of the country has on Friday spread to the north…Read more: (ethsat.com)

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Ethiopia: Businesses in Addis join strikes

Small businesses and vendors in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa joined the national strike against the recent assessment of taxes by authorities that levies taxes based estimated daily sales. Business owners say their daily sales were overestimated by the assessors, who are mostly regime’s cadres…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Hundreds of thousands stay in Saudi Arabia as deadline for amnesty expires

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians are still in Saudi Arabia despite the deadline for the Kingdom’s amnesty for undocumented workers expires in four days…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Harar – the Ethiopian city known as ‘Africa’s Mecca’

Night falls in the ancient city of Harar, and I’m witnessing a breathtaking, if not bizarre, exercise…Read more: (bbc.com)

 

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New tax law triggers protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia

Thousands of businesses remained closed Thursday in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region, as shopkeepers protested against a new tax…Read more: (aa.com)

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia’s Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

Since 2012, an invasive weed known as the water hyacinth has been subsuming tens of thousands of acreage of the surface of Lake Tana, as well as adjacent wetlands and ranches surrounding the lake…Read more: (globalvoices.org)

Sudan: Hassabo Calls On Authorities to Facilitate Delivery of Ethiopian Goods Via Sudanese Ports

The Vice-President of the Republic, Hassabo Mohammed Abdul Rahman has directed the authorities concerned to facilitate procedures of delivery of the Ethiopian goods through the Sudanese ports…Read more: (allafrica.com)

Skirmishes flare up along Ethio-Eritrean border

ESAT’s sources say there were skirmishes along the Ethiopia-Eritrea border this weekend in a place called Erob, Tigray…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia: Anti-tax hike strike spreads to southern regions

Towns and districts in southern Ethiopia have joined the strike by small businesses and vendors in the Oromo region opposing the recent assessment of taxes by authorities which traders say was unfair…Read more: (ethsat.com)

Ethiopia’s Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

In Ethiopia, journalists and bloggers have long been subjected to imprisonment and terrorism charges, but musicians have been relatively free — until recently…Read more: (globalvoices.org)

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Ethiopia’s troubled Oromia region has been hit with anti-tax protests

A new tax levied by authorities on small businesses and vendors has reportedly led to protests in Ethiopia’s Oromia region with the military and police deployed to bring the situation under control…Read more: (qz.com)

Ethiopia plans to offer firms shares in road projects: finance minister

Ethiopia plans to offer shares in its road-building and maintenance projects to private investors, its finance minister said on Tuesday, the latest step to open up and modernise the state-led economy…Read more: (af.reuters.com)

Ethiopia: Strikes, unrest in multiple cities of Oromia

Strikes and other forms of signs of unrest reported in six cities of Ethiopia’s largest region Oromia in the past five days. The unrest is linked to an increase in the tax liabilities of medium and small size businesses…Read more: (hornaffairs)