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Human Struggle Against Pandemics: Historical Perspective

By Abel Merawi

Black-DeathApril 1, 2020 ( -- The history of human beings has been a constant struggle for survival. The war, from past to present, has been fought on three major fronts: against other human beings, against natural accidents such as earthquakes, and against epidemics. Of the three, most human lives were taken by epidemics caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. In explaining the reason, Bryan Walsh in the article, ‘Covid-19: The history of pandemics’ states, “But when a virus – like the novel coronavirus – infects a host, that host becomes a cellular factory to manufacture more viruses.” It is by making us bot

UN Expresses Concerns over Communication Shutdown in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

UN-HRMarch 29, 2020 ( -- The UN High Commission for Human Rights expressed its concerns over the sustained shut down of Internet and telephone lines in western Oromia amidst the spread of COVID-19.

“We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services, all the more in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Geneva-based UN Rights Commission said.

It mentioned Ethiopia imposed an Internet and communications blackout on 7 January, citing security concerns, bloc

Ethiopian Airlines Suspends Flights to Over 30 Countries Due to COVID-19

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airlines-suspend-flightsMarch 20, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday announced that the Ethiopian Airlines will suspend international flights to over 30 countries due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The flag-carrier has been facing low demand for its travel services even though it introduced various prevention techniques including the disinfection of its airplanes before take-off, after landing and onboard.

Abiy did not mention the names of the countries nor spoke about the duration of the suspension and if the ban has to do with those high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus.


Anti-Foreigner Sentiment Rising in Ethiopia Due to COVID-19: US Embassy

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyMarch 18, 2020 ( -- The US Embassy in Addis Ababa said it continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

In a statement it issued on Wednesday, the embassy said typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and foreigners in Ethiopia.

Incidents of harassment and assault directl

Was Ethiopia the Victim in a Foolhardy Middle East Peace Plan

By Staff Reporter

Kushner-NetanyahuMarch 17, 2020 ( -- According to a report on Al Jazeera, Ethiopia may have been a victim of a Middle East diplomacy unrelated to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. The dam negotiations may have been taken over by an ambitious, if foolhardy, project to settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute by Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump..

According to the report, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, and senior advisor, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli

Ethiopia Makes Largest-Ever Seizure of Smuggled Weapons

By Staff Reporter

Arms-seized-ethiopiaMarch 11, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has made the largest ever seizure of weapons while being smuggled into its territory by International Arms Trafficking Gang from neighboring Djibouti, the Ethiopian intelligence official has said.

The National Information Security Service (NISS) on Tuesday said in a statement that more than 18 thousand Turkish made pistols and other ammunition valued at more than half a billion birr were seized while being smuggled into the country in two containers.

“If the firearms had entered the country and distributed, they would have caused critical security damage against the pe

Ethiopian Blames Design Failures and Inadequate Pilot Training for 737 Max Plane Crash

By Staff Reporter

ET-737-BoeingMarch 10, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has said “design failures and inadequate training for pilots” caused last year’s crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after takeoff.

In an interim report released on Monday by Ethiopia’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau said a new flight-control system that Boeing installed on the 737 Max had pushed the nose of the plane down and cause the accident.

The Ethiopian interim report comes a day before the one-year anniversary of the crash of the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX six minutes after takeoff killing 157 passenger

Ethiopia Slams Arab League Council Resolution on GERD

By Staff Reporter

Arab-League-CouncilMarch 6, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the resolution issued by the Arab League Council regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissances Dam (GERD) has missed the real situation on the ground and did not consider previous negotiations.

The ministry’s statement comes after the Arab League Council said “it rejects any infringement of Egypt’s historical rights to the waters of the River Nile.”

“Ethiopia would safeguard its full right of utilizing the Nile water in a fair and equitable way along with other Nile basin countries and without causing signifi

Ethiopian Airlines Will Not Suspend Flights to Coronavirus Hit China: CEO

By Staff Reporter

ETH-chinaMarch 6, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Airlines again announced that it will not suspend flights to coronavirus hit cities of China despite growing concerns and criticism.  

Chief Executive of Officer (CEO) of the Ethiopian Tewolde Gebremariam told BBC Amharic service that it is impossible to prevent or control the spread of the virus by suspending direct flights to the cities of China.

“It is unfair to discriminate China due to the spreading virus,” Tewolde said, adding that the Airlines has reported a 20 percent revenue reduction due to the disease.

Amidst rising criticism and despite the fact tha

Ethiopia Refutes US Statement, Reaffirms GERD Filling Will Begin Next July

By Staff Reporter

GERDFebruary 29, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia says it will commence the first filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in July this year despite US caution that the filling of the GERD should not take place without common agreement between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

In a joint statement, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia expressed disappointment over the statement issued by the US Department of Treasury on GERD released on

Final Testing, Filling of GERD Should Not Take Place Without Agreement: US

By Staff Reporter  

February 29, 2020 ( -- The United States says final testing and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should not take place without an agreement between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

In a statement issued on Friday, the U.S. Treasury Secretary said it shares the concerns of downstream populations in Sudan and Egypt due to unfinished work on the safe operation of the GERD, and the need to implement all necessary dam safety measures in accordance with international standards before filling begins.

US statement comes after Ethiopia withdrew from the Washington facilitated talks and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T

Ethiopia Says Final GERD Talks Ended in Deadlock

By Staff Reporter

GERD-meeting-DCFebruary 14, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has said the final US-mediated talks with Egypt and Sudan over the filling and operations of a $5bn hydro-power dam that it is constructing on the Nile river have ended in deadlock. Ethiopian officials blamed other negotiating parties, the US and World Bank for the impasse.

Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega tweeted on Friday that the two-day negotiations held on February 12 and 13, 2020, in Washington DC ended without agreement.

Even though Fitsum did not details as to why the negotiations ended without an agreement, a member of the Ethiopian delegation

GERD Talks Miss Target; Ethiopia Under Pressure: Official

By Staff Reporter

GERD-talksFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The latest talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Washington DC did are going well as the United States and World Bank are pressuring Ethiopia to negotiate on the share of the Nile water against the planned discussion issues, an Ethiopian official has disclosed.

The official who is a member of the Ethiopian delegation in Washington DC told local media on condition of anonymity that the negotiations are close to deadlock after the tripartite discussion missed its track as Egypt, Sudan, United States, and World Bank diverted the negotiations points to the Nil

Ethiopian Students Request Help Getting Out of Wuhan City in China

By Staff Reporter

CoronaVirusFebruary 7, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian students in Wuhan city, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, have requested the Ethiopian government to help them come home. Wuhan is the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province.

In the questionnaire dispatched to them, out of the over 300 Ethiopian students currently in Wuhan city, 95 percent of them wanted to return home, the Ethiopian Students Union in Wuhan has said.

The students’ request comes after neighboring Kenya announced preparation to evacuate its citizens from China, where the Coronavirus outbreak has claimed over 400 people

Ethiopia Quarantines Coronavirus Suspects in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

Liya-TadesseJanuary 28, 2020 ( -- Four Ethiopians have been quarantined at Addis Ababa Bole international airport on suspicions of contracting the coronavirus, Ethiopian health authorities have said

In a joint press conference by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and Public Health Institute, State Minister of Health Dr. Liya Tadesse said three of the suspects have traveled to Addis Ababa from Wuhan city of China where the virus first appeared.

So far more than 21,000 travelers have been checked against the Corona Virus using the thermal screening at Addis Ababa International Airport with a special focus on passengers who depar

Ethiopia Starts Health Screening against Corona Virus at Addis Ababa Airport

By Staff Reporter

Bole-international-airportJanuary 26, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute announced that health screening against corona-virus has been launched at Addis Ababa international airport as per the recommendations of the World Health Organization.

“The institute launched entry health screenings and introduced advanced quarantine procedures at the airport in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus with special focus on travelers coming from China where the new SARS-like illness appeared first, director of the Institute Dr. Eba Abate said in a briefing on Friday.

The screening involves check-up of

Why Egypt is Winning on the Diplomatic Front

By Dr. Aklog Birara

GERD-Egypt-winningJanuary 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia began the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a monumental project estimated to cost $4 billion in 2011, with fanfare and ceremony. I welcomed this initiative that was conceived by Emperor Haile Selassie but made virtually unattainable because of Egyptian rigidity and the prevailing diplomatic conditions at the time.

I continue to contend that Ethiopia serves as the origin of 90 percent of Nile waters and has a legitimate right not only to finish the GERD for electric power generation; but also, to construct other dams for irrigation. Egypt’s colonial position of “historical

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan Agree on “Step by Step” Filling of GERD

By Staff Reporter

Trump-GERDJanuary 16, 2020 ( -- In their latest talks in Washington DC, Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) shall take place step by step and based on the flow and volume of the Nile River.

The water ministers of the three countries, in a joint statement issued at the end of their meeting, confirmed their consent that the filling of the dam shall take place only during the rainy season and the filling period can be extended based on environmental circumstances.

It is not clear why and how Egypt and Ethiopia changed their instances on the filling and operations of the dam af

Egypt Drops Key Demands on GERD; Agreement Expected Next Month

By Staff Reporter

Sileshi-Bekele-GERDDecember 24, 2019 ( -- Egypt has come up with a new proposal suggesting that the natural flow of the Nile River should be maintained as Ethiopia begins operation of its hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile, Ethiopian official has said.

Briefing journalists on Tuesday in Addis Ababa on the outcome of the recent talks between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt in Khartoum, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Sileshi Bekele said Ethiopia has rejected Egypt’s proposal as it denies the rights of upstream countries to make use of the Nile water.

The minister said Egypt, however, has dropped its

Ethiopian Draft Law on Hate Speech Can Significantly Curtail Freedom of Expression: HRW

By Staff Reporter

Human-Rights-WatchDecember 20, 2019 ( -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Ethiopia’s draft Proclamation on Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and Suppression can significantly curtail freedom of expression if approved.

‘’Any law that limits freedom of expression by punishing hate speech must be narrowly drawn and enforced with restraint,’‘ HRW cautioned in a report released on Friday.

HRW said Ethiopia’s track record of using vague laws, such as the anti-terrorism law to crack down on ‘peaceful expressions of dissident’, offers reason for alarm.



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