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Amnesty International Apologizes for Posting Erroneous Report

By Staff Reporter

Amnesty-International-EthiopiaAugust 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Amnesty International has apologized to Ethiopia for posting erroneous media report about the country, as reported on its Twitter page.

“Our communication team recognizes the negative impact of our recent media output and apologizes for posting it in error,” it said.

Last June, Ethiopia dismissed Amnesty’s May 2020 report regarding human rights violations in Amhara and Oromia regional states as fundamentally flawed.

Amnesty International had accused the Ethiopian government of committing “grave violation

The Underestimated Human Ignorance

By Abel Merawi

wars-human-ignoranceJuly 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- What do you call a person who forgets the invaluable lessons of history? What is a good term for a person who engages in activities that harm oneself and others? What type of person believes in verily absurd fictions to the point of sacrificing oneself and others? What is the name of a person who begins every interaction in labels and categories? I don’t know about you, but I call such a person profoundly ignorant. To use words such as madness and stupidity would perhaps be more appropriate, yet I fear offending everyone, including the stupid in me! Let us then stick to the word ignorance and app

Is America the Land of Freedom? (Part II)

By Abel Merawi

Is-America-land-of-freedomJuly 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The assumption that slavery was inspired by racism rather than capitalists’ greed is partially wrong. Yuval Noah Harari explains this in his book, Sapiens: a brief history of humankind. The conquering of America by Europeans was followed by the opening of gold and silver mines, and cotton, sugar and tobacco plantations. As sugar was important in the middle ages, sugar plantations were of the highest importance. The previously imported sugar from the Middle East was costly, and the new plantations in America dropped the price. However, finding cheap labor willing t

Ethiopian Freighter Plane Catches Fire at Shanghai Airport

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airlines-in-flames-ShanghaiJuly 22, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane caught fire on Wednesday at Shanghai Pudong Airport in China as citizens were celebrating the completion of the first phase of filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

According to a statement issued by the airlines, the aircraft was on a regularly scheduled cargo service from Shanghai to Sao Paulo-Santiago.

All ground staff and flying crew are safe. Ethiopian has collaborated with all concerned authorities and contained the fire, the statement added.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by

Ethiopia Announces Completion of 1st Phase GERD Filling

By Staff Reporter

GERD-first-filling-completedJuly 22, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Office on Wednesday announced the completion of the first phase water filling activity of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD).

The office said there has been adequate rainfall and running water from the highlands of Ethiopia and the Abay (Nile) river has begun overflowing the dam.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has sent congratulatory messages to the Ethiopian public and extended gratitude to former Prime Ministers, engineers, workers, water experts, negotiators, and others who have had roles for such a success.

Ethiopia Rejects Amnesty International Allegations, Acknowledges Some Charges

By Staff Reporter

Attorney-General-EthiopiaJuly 19, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Attorney General has rejected allegations by Amnesty International accusing the government of committing “grave violations between December 2018 and December 2019 in some parts of Amhara and Oromia regions.

In a statement it released on Saturday, the office of Attorney General dismissed the Amnesty International report under the title “Beyond Law Enforcement: Human Rights Violations by Ethiopian Security Forces in Amhara and Oromia” as fundamentally flawed.

Yet the attorney general stated that as some of the alleged violations were found pa

Is America the Land of Freedom? (Part I)

By Abel Merawi

Is-America-land-of-freedomJuly 18, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Walter McMillian is a hardworking black man from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the land of freedom! Everyone in his community admired and respected his optimistic struggle to cope with the misery of life before the system put him in a death row. His only crime was adultery with a white woman named Karen. But in ‘white America’ this, a moral question is the worst crime that mostly ends in a lynching. The law was not satisfied with the mild punishment Walter could face for this crime. Thus, they accused him of murdering a white woman, by placing a deranged criminal as a witness. The witn

Ethiopia Begins Filling Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By Staff Reporter

GERD-FillingJuly 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has begun filling the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the country’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Dr. Sileshi Bekele has confirmed.

“The dam filling is now underway in conformity with the normal process of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam,” Dr. Sileshi told local media.

The Minister’s confirmation comes after the African Union (AU) led negotiation between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt over the filling and operation of the GERD ended without agreement.

The three countries negotiated virtually

World Bank Suspends $500m Emergency Financial Support to Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

World-Bank-Ethiopia-Aid-SuspendedJune 29, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The World Bank has suspended the $500 million it had pledged for Ethiopia as emergency financial support.

Local media reported that the Bank cited two reasons to suspend financial support; the first was the country’s sluggish effort to improve its currency exchange rate against the dollar.

Both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) had recommended the government of Ethiopia to devalue the Ethiopian birr against the dollar as a remedy to rectify a shortfall in foreign exchanges.

In March this year, the World Bank’s Board

Ethiopia Trashes Reports on GERD Filling

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyJune 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has trashed reports that it will delay the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country sticks to its schedule to begin filling the dam after two weeks while trying to resolve disputes with Egypt and Sudan.

“The position of the Ethiopian government is clear. Ethiopia is building the dam in line with international laws and does not need the approval of a third party to fill the dam,” Dina told local media.

Al-Haram, Al Jazeera, and Reuters as well as Egyp

Four Arab League Member States Reject Egypt’s Position on GERD

By Staff Reporter

4-Arab-League-members-GERDJune 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Djibouti, Somalia, and the State of Qatar have defied Arab League’s resolution requiring Ethiopia to delay the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) until a comprehensive deal is reached with Egypt.

The refusal by the three-member states of the Arab League comes after the UN urged Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt to "work together" to resolve differences on the GERD project that Ethiopia is undertaking on the Nile.

The three countries refused to follow the Arab League Resolution that supports Egypt stance’s on GERD during the league’s urgent m

Ethiopia Accuses Egypt of Conducting Cyber Attacks on Key Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Egypt-cyberattack-EthiopiaJune 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has accused Egypt of conducting state-backed cyberattacks against its key institutions in an attempt to disrupt economic and political activities.

The Ethiopian Intelligence office said Egypt based hackers namely Cyber Hopes Group, Anubis Hacker, and Security bypass conducted a coordinated attack to disrupt critical infrastructure activities including the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

The Information Networks Security Agency (INSA) in a statement said it foiled all the attempted attacks particularly those which were conducted on June 17, 19, 20, and 21, 2020 b

Ethiopians Will Die Defending GERD Project: Deputy Army Chief

By Staff Reporter

Berhanu-JulaJune 12, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Deputy Army Chief Lieutenant General Berhanu Jula said the people Ethiopia will not fear to die and defend their sovereignty over the hydropower dam project.

In an interview with the state-run Addis Zemen newspaper the deputy chief of staff said “Egyptians and the rest of the world know very well how Ethiopians manage and win war whenever it happens,”

The army chief accused Egyptian authorities of holding distorted views and threatening Ethiopia and others who want to make fair use of the Nile water.

The general’s comments come after Ethiopian Prime Minister

Ethiopia to Commence Filling GERD Reservoir Next July: Minister

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-JulyMay 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Tensions have gone up between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after Egypt rejected Ethiopia’s new proposal on the filling of the dam.

Ethiopia reaffirmed that it would commence filling of the GERD’s reservoir next July during a ministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday.

The water filling strategy for the dam has long been the most controversial issue and yet unresolved in the Nile talks between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.

Recently, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sammy Shoukry submitted a 15-page c

Ethiopia Denying Entry to Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter

Eritrean-Refugees-EthiopiaApril 24, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopia has denied entry permits for Eritrean migrants who want to cross to its territory, Ezega.com has learned.

UN agencies that are working on migration and aid organizations told VOA Amharic service that Ethiopia has denied Eritrean migrants access to its territory in secret since January 2020 against international law and its open-door policy.

The closure of borders for asylum seekers could subject the Eritrean migrants to use unsafe routes in trying to reach Europe and the US, the UNHCR warned.

Eritrean migrants in Ethiopia have had better chances to

Ethiopia to Close Refugee Camp Despite Outcry of Eritrean Migrants

By Staff Reporter   

Hintsats-refugee-campApril 17, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) has announced the decision to shut down the Hintsats refugee camp in Tigray regional state of northern Ethiopia and relocate the over 18,000 Eritrean refugees to other places.

ARRA public relations head Yassin Ali said the decision was made to help the refugees get better services and access to live in their favorite cities of Ethiopia.

Although the Ethiopian government did not disclose the real motive, many observers believe this is being done to satisfy demands from the Eritrean government

Over 300,000 Africans Could Lose Their Lives due to COVID-19: UNECA

By Staff Reporter

Covid-19-AfricaApril 16, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in a new report on the coronavirus pandemic, says over 300,000 Africans could lose their lives due to COVID-19.

This, as the pandemic continues to impact on the Continent’s struggling economies whose growth is expected to slow down from 3.2 percent to 1.8 percent in a best-case scenario, pushing close to 27 million people into extreme poverty.

The Report, which will be launched virtually on the 17th of April and is titled, COVID-19: Protecting African Lives and Economies says Africa’s fragile health systems could see additional costs b

The Plague by Albert Camus: Fiction Becomes Reality!

By Abel Merawi

The-PlagueApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- Fiction is not always make-believe and imaginary. As the saying goes, it can be a reflection of reality. Classical literary works go even further by depicting reality with a human touch. The 1947 novel titled ‘The Plague’ by the Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus, is a classic work since it transcends time and relates to our current predicament. It portrays the reality of an epidemic in the port city of Algeria, Oran. The report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Oran was actually ruined by epidemics, especially in the first half of the 20th century, after European colonization. Camus u

Ethiopian Airstrike Kills 17 Al-Shabaab Troops

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-Airforce-Bombs-Al-ShabaabApril 13, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Ethiopian Defence Force said it has killed several members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab extremist group with airstrikes in Somalia.

“A total of 17 al Shabaab troops who were members of the explosive crew were killed by the airstrikes at two places called Kortole and Hirkut,” the Ministry of Defence Forces said on Monday in a statement.

Colonel Habtom Zenebe, deputy commander of the eastern division of the Ethiopian airforce said the extremist force was about to launch attack on Ethiopian army which was escorting artillery from

Human Struggle Against Pandemics: Historical Perspective

By Abel Merawi

Black-DeathApril 1, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- 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

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