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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

Amnesty International Calls on Ethiopian Authorities to Rescue Abducted Students

By Staff Reporter

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsMarch 26, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue 17 Amhara students of Dembi Dolo University in Western Oromia, who were abducted by unidentified people in November 2019 and have been missing since.

The anguish of the students’ families is exacerbated by a phone and internet shutdown implemented in January across the western Oromia region further hampering their efforts to get information about their missing loved ones, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.


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 Arrests Suspected Ringleader of Human Trafficking Gang, Five others

By Staff Reporter

NISS-ethiopiaMarch 13, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian police said they have arrested a six-member migrant-smuggling gang including one of Interpol’s most wanted human traffickers - Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam.

Kidane Zekarias Haftemariam, the suspected leader of the smugglers in the Horn and North Africa and others were captured between March 3-13, 2020, during a joint operations conducted by federal police and the country’s intelligence Security Services and the-telecom, the federal police said on Friday in a statement.

Kidane and associates were allegedly engaged in the smuggling of migrants in coll

Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

By Staff Reporter

GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but othe

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 to Close Hintsats Refugee Camp in Tigray State

By Staff Reporter

Hintsats-refugee-campMarch 8, 2020 ( -- The future for 18,000 Eritrean migrants in Hintsats refugee camp is uncertain as Ethiopian authorities announced the decision to shut down the seven-year-old refugee camp in Tigray region of northern Ethiopia.

The Tigray regional government warned that the refugees will face punishments if they are forced to return to their home country.

The Ethiopian government did not disclose why it has decided to close the camps in Tigray contrary to its international obligations and for which it was praised by world bodies for so long. Observers believe this has to do with regional politic

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

President Isaias Meddling in Ethiopian Affairs: Former Officials

By Staff Reporter

Seyoum-Mesfin-TPLFFebruary 17, 2020 ( -- Senior members of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) said Eritrean president Issaias Afeworki is meddling in the internal affairs of Ethiopia.

The former high-level Ethiopian government officials were speaking at a meeting on the 45th founding anniversary of the TPLF held in Axum city, an ancient city of Tigray in northern Ethiopia.

In a recent briefing with Eritrean state-run TV, President Isaias Afwerki said that he was “worried about ethnic conflict in Ethiopia and announced plans to support Addis Ababa to resolve the political crisis.”<

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

Tigray Region Ready to Resolve Border Dispute with Eritrea: TPLF Chair

By Staff Reporter  

Debretsion-Badme-EritreaFebruary 13, 2020 ( -- The Chair of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Dr. Deberetsion Geberemichael said his administration is ready to resolve the border dispute with neighboring Eritrea based on international laws and relevant provisions.

Briefing journalists in connection with the 45th founding anniversary of TPLF, Debretsion stressed the need for leaders of Tigray, Ethiopia, and Eritrea to come to a negotiating table to resolve the border issue and work for ensure real peace among their peoples.

Debretsion who is also Deputy President of the Tigray state accused

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

Eritrean President Blames TPLF for Unsettled Border Issue, Instability in Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-interview-02.2020February 9, 2020 ( -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has accused the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) for creating hurdles to resolve the unsettled border issue with neighboring Ethiopia. Calling the TPLF the “failed political group” in Tigray, he blamed the organization for implementing the peace plan.

Isaias was referring to the disputed lands in Badme town and surrounding areas that are currently administered by the Tigray state of Ethiopia.

“The situations in the disputed Badme town and surrounding areas have become worse, particularly after the diplomatic relat


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