Deepening Ties with Egypt Not Targeting Ethiopian Dam - Eritrea
May 22, 2017 - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam, according to Bloomberg.
“The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.
Egypt’s government has maintained the position that Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River contravenes colonial-era treaties that grant it the right to the bulk of the river’s water. Ethiopian officials reject the accords as obsolete and unjust. The plant, bein
Ethiopian PM Concerned Over Reluctance of Citizens to Return from Saudi Arabia
May 21, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed concern that Ethiopian nationals residing illegally in Saudi Arabia are not returning home as expected, according to FBC.
Even if the 90 days deadline Saudi Arabia has given to all foreign nationals residing illegally in the country is drawing closer, very few Ethiopians have returned home as compared to the expected number.
The amnesty period for illegal foreign nationals to leave the kingdom without paying fines or facing legal measures started on March 29, 2017.
Noting that the deadline is drawing closer, the Prime Minister urged citizens residing illegally in Saudi Arabia to return home before the expiry of the period to avoid inconveniences.
The Premier expressed fear that a situation worse than the previous crackdown by the
Ethiopian Emperor in Exile: The Untold Story
By Seble Teweldebirhan
May 20, 2017 (Ezega.com) - On May 5, 1941, Ethiopian Emperor Hailesellasie made a grand entry to the capital, Addis Ababa, pleased that after five years in exile, he was finally back to his country and the people who worshipped him. The day is now celebrated every year as the Patriot’s Victory Day. His return symbolizes the failure of Italy’s attempt to colonize Ethiopia. However, there has been a lot of controversy over the years on the emperor’s decision to exile when things got tough. There have also been different stories on how the king and his family coped up with life as refugee in England. The new book titled Imperial Exile, by British author Keith Bowers, investigates in some depth into the life of Hailesellasie and his family in Bath, England.
When the emperor decided to leave
INSA Reports Ethiopia Hit by 256 Cyber Attacks in Six Months
May 19, 2017 - Ethiopia was hit by 256 grand cyber attacks in the first six months this fiscal year (2016/17), according to the Information Network Security Agency (INSA) of Ethiopia, reports FBC.
Telecommunication, financial institutions and infrastructures were among the targets of the attacks, Mohammed Edris, communication head of INSA told Fana Broadcasting Corporate yesterday.
He said Ethiopia was one of the 11 African nations targeted by last Friday’s Wanna Cry ransomware cyber attack that hit 155 countries worldwide.
According to Mohammed, INSA was able to prevent the cyber attacks without causing serious damages.
Taking into consideration that the threats will continue in the future, the agency is working in collaboration with institutions that are at risk of cyber attacks, he said.
Chinese President Calls for Stronger Relations with Ethiopia
May 16, 2017 - Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has said his country and Ethiopia needed to elevate bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, according to Africa News.
According to him, Ethiopia was crucial to China’s cooperation with the continent at large hence the need to upgrade ties to reflect the “strategic aspect and the high level of political mutual trust of the bilateral relations”.
Xi was speaking during a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who was in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for May 14 and 15.
The Chinese leader also urged the two countries to promote cooperation in such areas as connectivity, production capacity, trade and economy, people-to-people exchanges,
Media Urged to Help in Safe Return of Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia
May 14, 2017 - Ethiopian State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Aklilu Hailemikael underscored the significant role media can play on the ongoing effort to ensure the safe repatriation of undocumented Ethiopian citizens to their home country, according to FBC.
He added the hardships and inconveniences during the 2013 repatriation following a violent crackdown on migrant workers after a seven-month amnesty period had expired should not be reoccurred.
To this end, added the State Minister, a national taskforce has also been established to effectively coordinate their safe return.
He added, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also established a committee which is aggressively working in close coordination with Ethiopian Missions in Saudi Arabia.
Media’s role in sharing the
Ethiopia, Somalia Agree to Work for Closer Ties
May 11, 2017 - PM Hailemariam and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed both agreed to forge closer economic and diplomatic ties during a three day visit in Addis last week, according to Capital.
They took several steps toward cementing their relationship; committing to implementing previously signed agreements, creating a high level joint cooperation committee and working to encourage the free movement of goods and services between Somalia and Ethiopia.
They also made plans to start direct flights between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu and public transportation between the two countries.
PM Hailemariam also expressed appreciation for the commitment made by Somalia’s government and leaders of federal member states to tackle security problems, including boosting Somalia’s secur
Emmanuel Macron Wins French Presidency Decisively
May 8, 2017 - In one of most closely watched elections in French history, pro-EU centrist politician Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Macron won the presidency in a decisive victory over the far-right Front National leader. He vowed to unite a divided and fractured France.
At 39, Macron will be France's youngest leader since Napoleon Bonaparte.
Macron, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 66% to Le Pen’s 34%, according to latest counts.
Addressing thousands of supporters in the grand courtyard of the Louvre, the vast Paris palace-turned-museum, Macron said he would defend France and Europe. He said Europe and
Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Criticized for Failing Its Responsibilities
May 7, 2017 - Members of Ethiopian Parliament criticized the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corportation for failing to live up to its responsibilities as a public media, according to the Reporter. The members of parliament said the corporation is influenced by public officials and does not always serve the interests of the Ethiopian people.
The corporation was also criticized for tedius programming and increasing reliance on advertisements, according to the report.
The corporation General Manager, Seyoum Mekonnen, acknowledged some of the problems the corporation is facing, and even cited examples of interference from some public officials. As an example, he disclosed recent calls from officials of the Ethiopian Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC), an organization affiliated with the Ethiopian Ministry of Defense,
UN Human Rights Commissioner Denied Access to Oromia, Amhara Regions
May 7, 2017 - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who paid an official visit to Ethiopia this week, expressed his concern over the misuse of legislations in Ethiopia to suppress human rights and basic freedoms, according to the Reporter. Among other things, he noted that his team was not commissioned to assess the human rights situation in Oromia and Amhara regional states.
During his official visit, the commissioner, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, discussed issues related to human rights in the country with government officials, opposition leaders and civic society representatives.
On Thursday afternoon, during a press briefing he gave at the UNECA, Al Hussein said that his team was unable to access and investigate concerns related to human rights in Oromia and Amhara regions where there were wides
AU Calls on South Sudan Warring Parties to Stop Violence
May 2, 2017 - Concerned over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, the African Union Commission has called on the warring parties to desist from escalating violence, according to ENA.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed "deep" concern over the increasing military clashes in youngest east African nation especially in the restive Upper Nile region.
The Chairperson urged the Transitional Government of National Unity and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in the country to immediately stop fighting.
"The renewed fighting in South Sudan is a clear indication that the warring parties continue to believe in a military solution, fully disregarding the plight of innocent civilians which they claim to represent and defend,&
Resource Depleted, Ethiopia Faces Killer Drought - Report
May 2, 2017 - The announcement by the United Nations in March that 20 million people in four countries were teetering on the edge of famine stunned the world due to the breadth of the humanitarian crisis faced by so many in 2017, reports the Washington Post.
Yet even as donors struggle to meet the severe needs in the war-torn nations of Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, another crisis, more environmental in nature, is taking place nearby — nearly unnoticed, according to the report.
On Thursday, the Ethiopian government increased its count of the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million, a move that aid agencies say was long overdue. The figure is expected to rise further as southeast Ethiopia confronts another fierce drought.
But with food crises erupting across the cont