ETHIOPIAN ACADEMICIAN NETWORK(EAN)
This article is a response to Lori Pottinger (International River) on his article on ethiomedia.
Do you want Ethiopians to negotiate on their country`s Sovereignty?
Ethiopia has invited both Egypt and Sudan to study the impact of the dam on the downstream countries. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have nominated their expert
to assess environmental impact of the GRD. Dr Sherif Mohameday & Khaled Amed from Egyptian side and from Sudan(Dr Ahmed Eltayeb & Eng. Deyab Hussian)
and also from Ethiopia(Eng. Gedion Asfaw & Dr Yilma Silesh) were member of the IPOE. According to IPOE report GRD doesn`t have a negative impact on Egypt
and Sudan that is why Sudanese are part of the project.
I do not see your professional report that may back up your argument. Your article is just extension of Egyptians propaganda against GRD. I do not think it represents
the view of the International Rivers as an institution. Your article contradicts with the professional report released by IPOE. I invite you to read the report written
by the IPOE in this link HERE
Please read the findings on SECTION 188.8.131.52 by the IPOE with full attention.
The above report was written a year ago. The IPOE report was released on May 31st, 2013. Why your “Institution” want to write the recent article
against the Ethiopian GRD? ? I also invite you to read the recent report by European experts on GRD. Dr. Cascao said “ considering the dam’s numerous
benefits for Sudan and Egypt, the two countries should actually “pay Ethiopia for the construction and maintenance of the dam.”
Please read the European expert professional comment in this link HERE
Egypt was invited so many times to be part of this new agreement but they refused to be part of it. The upper riparian countries have waited Egyptians for more than one year so that Egyptians could have time to make constructive decision but that didn`t happen. So according to your article, you said that “ No Room for Debate on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam? “. This is implausible title for me as an Ethiopian. Are you telling us we have to negotiate on our country`s sovereignty? You do not have any justification to say that Ethiopians have rejected the debate on the issue of the GRD. It is Egyptians who are threatening Ethiopia to stop using our own resource. Where were you when Egyptians’ declare war on
Ethiopia aired by their own national TV? If you are really concerned for the wellbeing of people in the region, you should condemn Egyptians approach and encourage them
to come to their sense. Don`t you think Ethiopia, Kenya, Congo,..etc or in general other Nile river countries do not have the right to use the Nile? Here I am not saying
they do not have to respect the international law regarding trans-boundary water. They offered the chance for Egyptians but they failed to be part of this new agreement.
They (Egyptians) prefer to lobby international institutions like IMF, World Bank and International Rivers to object the use of our scarce resource. We have absolute right
to use our resource. I want to assure you that we Ethiopians are one when it comes to national interest and we all are behind any move by any entity that is against our
use of resource.
Although Ethiopians have political difference, we are always one when it comes to Ethiopian sovereignty and integrity.
One of the aims of your organization is to protect the environment and the people who might be affected by the construction big dams as it is stated on your website.
I believe all Nile river countries are stakeholder on the Nile water and they signed a new agreement to use their natural resources. You failed to see the other side of
the equation and sided only with Egypt and accused Ethiopians for using their own water. This nullifies your argument. We are in the 21 century where humans need
to cooperate to use the scarce resource effectively so that we can maximise the benefit.
Professor Asrat vs Meles and Isayas
Prof. Mesfin and Meles Zenawi in 1991. A must watch documentary.
THE BATTLE OF ADWA ST. VINCENT 1998
The video showing the celebration of the victory of Ethiopian on the battle of Adwa.
Russia to help Egypt to resolve water resources issue
15 February 2014
The issue of water resources deficit is becoming more acute in many regions of the world. Northern Africa is currently one of the «hot spots». Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, while meeting in Moscow heads of the foreign and defense ministries of Egypt especially stressed the need for reaching mutually acceptable agreements in resolving that problem.
The Arab world is in a very difficult situation as far as the sufficiency of water resources goes. While 5% of the planet’s population lives on the territory of the Middle East and Northern Africa, only 0.9% of the global water resources are located there. Many countries practically draw their livelihood from one source. Specifically, the basin of the Nile River is divided between a dozen countries. Every country gets a quota for the use of water resources. Egypt, which is located the lowest down the stream, uses the lion’s share of the Nile water. Today, many are not content with that situation, points out Prof. Marina Sapronova of the Oriental studies Department at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
«Back in mid-1950s an agreement was signed between Egypt and Sudan regarding the division of the water of the Nile River. But the thing is, the situation that existed in the industry and agriculture as well as ecology in mid-1950s and the situation in those areas in the XXI century are absolutely different. Cities are developing in an accelerated way, the population is growing, and the production volumes go up as well. All that requires greater usage of fresh water. That is why the legal base that existed back then could be taken as the basis for various agreements, but nevertheless it has to be updated».
While Egypt was the main regional force, its right to water resources was practically not contested. At some point Ethiopia tried to build a dam, but an Egyptian airplane sunk the ship carrying the necessary construction equipment and the issue was closed for many years.
Today the situation in the region has changed. Addis-Ababa has started a project called «Renaissance» – erection of a huge hydro power station in the upper part of the Blue Nile River, which is the main artery of the great river. Among Ethiopia’s allies are Kenya, Sudan, Southern Sudan and Djibouti. The Ethiopians have promised to sell part of the electric power produced, which is in deficit in the region. Egypt, which can lose a great part of the Nile water as a result of that construction, is trying to oppose the project. But today flag wagging is not an option. Cairo has admitted the need for mutual agreements. Egypt’s talks with Ethiopia and Sudan regarding the water issue have already started although with no result. The world community, including Russia, is trying to be instrumental in working out a mutually acceptable solution.
It is worse when parties to a conflict have no chance or wish to sit down to negotiate, thinks Marina Sapronova, an expert in international relations.
«The Jordan River and its affluents are the main water sources for the Middle East. Thus, the water issue is quite acute in the Jordan-Syria relations, as well as those between Jordan and Israel, Syria and Iraq, Lebanon and Israel and Palestine and Israel. In other words, all states that draw water from one source have conflict relations with their neighbors. But besides Jordan other states in the region have no diplomatic relations with Israel. That is why the problem is caused by the lack of opportunity to resolve the water issue in a bi-lateral way in these or those relations».
The water situation is no better in the Central Asian region. Uzbekistan is openly threatening Tajikistan to start a war if Dushanbe builds Rogunskaya hydro power plant on the Vahsh River thus limiting the supply of water downstream. The problem did not come up today, but previously the countries managed to resolved it politically, points out Valery Vuglinsky, deputy director of the State Hydrological Institute.
«In the Soviet times the Central Asian republics where irrigation was developed resolved those problems at the state level, at the level of the government of the USSR. The residents of those regions could not resolve that issue between themselves. Today the neighboring countries cannot resolve the issue of water resources deficit even by political means. Especially when a country located up the stream is building a water reservoir in the upper part of the river, thus intercepting a part of the flow. A deficit of water and related political tension appear in the state located down the stream».
The Earth’s population is growing and is consuming more and more natural resources. According to UN data, inn ten years 45% of the planet’s population will face an acute deficit of fresh water. It is all getting to the point that the water issue will become the key issue in the international diplomacy.
THE PROXY WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND SAUDI ARABIA ON ETHIOPIAN CITZINS IN SAUDI
SAUDI government has been attacking Ethiopians in Saudi. According to different social Medias more than 40 people have been killed so far. More than 20, 000 people are displaced. Women and children are among the rape victim . They abused the innocent poor people. One of the TV station had an interview with Ethiopian official. The journalist is very arrogant and disrespectful. He has to have a respect for the great nation, ETHIOPIA who saved followers of prophet Mohamed from prosecution. In this video, the journalist asked the Ethiopian officials how many Felasha(Ethiopian Jews) are there among Ethiopians in Saudi.Thejournalist also mentiond that Israel is behind the Nile Dame in Ethiopia. MORE VIDEO
የሰማያዊ ፓርቲ ሊቀመንበር ኢንጅነር ይልቃል ጌትነት ከአዲስ ዘመን ጋዜጣ ጋር በወቅታዊ ጉዳዮች ላይ ያደረጉት ቃለ-ምልልስ፤
NASA Finds Message From God on Mars
NASA announced today that its Curiosity Rover has found an unambiguous message from God written on tablets in a Martian cave.
According to an official press release two giant stone slabs the size of small elephants were located deep inside a cavern abutting Aeolis Mons, a large mountain.
Upon one tablet is a copy of the Ten Commandments and the text of John 3:16 written in 12 languages – including English, Spanish, Chinese, Basque and Hebrew. On the other tablet is a simple message in English reading “I am real.”
According to top scientists who have studied the discovery extensively, these findings may have definitively established Christianity as the one true religion.
“This is amazing,” says Syms Covington, an Australian researcher working for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “We went into the cave looking for water, and we found proof of God’s existence instead.
“I mean how else did those tablets get there? I can tell you one thing: there’s not a single atheist inside NASA’s control room now. What we saw was jaw-dropping.”
NASA’s Curiosity rover arrived on Mars in August of last year with a mission to explore the Martian climate and geology for signs for habitability.
Thus far the mission has been a success, with the discovery of an ancient seabed and chemicals needed for life suggesting that Mars was once suitable for life.
However the tablets, both of which are signed “Peace and Love – Yahweh,” represent the rover’s most significant find to date, and is perhaps the most important scientific event in history.
“When people find out about this, they will demand change in our society,” explains a political scientist at Georgetown University. “Democracy will have to give way to theocracy. We’re gonna have to build more churches and reintroduce prayer into schools. Abortion is defiantly going to be illegal within a few months.”
Despite its potential significance, Covington fears that the Earth-shattering discovery may not make the impact it should.
“Unfortunately, the mainstream media is so anti-Christian, they might not even pick up this story,” he explains. “But God is real. We have proof. And everyone deserves to hear the truth.”
African Union Suspends Egypt
Marthe van der Wolf
July 05, 2013
ADDID ABABA — The African Union announced Friday that Egypt’s membership has been suspended due to the military action in Cairo that deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the nation's constitution.
The secretary of the African Union Peace and Security Council, Admore Kambudzi, says Egypt is barred from participating in any AU activity.
“The overthrow of the democratic elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of the Egyptian constitution and is therefore false under the definition of an unconstitutional change of government. The council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order.” Kambudzi said.
The military toppled the Morsi government and declared the constitution suspended on Wednesday, saying the president had failed to meet demands of the Egyptian people. Egypt’s top judge was sworn in as the country'sw temporary leader on Thursday.
Egypt's ambassador to the African Union, Mohamed Edrees, defended the military's actions. He told the AU Peace and Security Council Friday there has not been a military coup.
“The military role in this is to support the people. The military did not instigate a coup or impose its own agenda against the will of the Egyptian people, on the contrary. The military supported the agenda of the people [and] the roadmap which was endorsed by the whole broad spectrum of the Egyptian society.” Edrees said.
The African Union says it is planning to send a high-level delegation to Egypt to consult with the ruling authorities and others.
The African Union currently has three other member states on suspended status, all as a result of what are considered ACTIONS CONTRARY TO THEIR NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONS: Madagascar, Central African Republic and Guinea-Bissau.
Egypt's Coptic pope holds meeting on Nile row before meeting Ethiopian counterpart.
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II held a meeting with Egyptian Christian public figures on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing row over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam project.
The meeting, which took place at the St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi Al-Natrun near the coastal city of Alexandria, was attended by representatives of Egypt's main churches, former tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour and former presidential aide Samir Morcos.
According to Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website, meeting attendees discussed means of securing Egypt's share of Nile water, along with plans to raise the issue with the patriarch of the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Church. The latter is scheduled to arrive in Egypt on 17 June for a four-day visit.
Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam project has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government, which fears that the project, if completed, could negatively impact the volume of Nile water reaching Egypt.
In late May, Ethiopia began partially diverting the course of the Blue Nile – Egypt's chief source of water – in advance of the new dam's construction.
Following the move, rumours circulated that the Egyptian presidency had requested the intervention of Pope Tawdros II to resolve the problem with Addis Ababa, given the traditionally close ties between Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church and Ethiopia's Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The pope vehemently denied the reports at the time.
In an effort to dispel fears regarding the dam's potential impact on downstream countries – namely Egypt and Sudan – Ethiopian officials have insisted the project would ultimately benefit all the riparian states.
According to Egypt's National Planning Institute, Egypt will require an additional 21 billion cubic metres of water per year by 2050, on top of its current annual allotment of 55 billion cubic metres, to meet the needs of a projected population of 150 million.
'No Nile, no Egypt', Cairo warns over Ethiopia dam
"Egypt won't give up on a single drop of water from the Nile or any part of what arrives into Egypt from this water in terms of quantity and quality,".
By Shadia Nasralla
CAIRO | Sun Jun 9, 2013 2:42pm EDT
(Reuters) - Egypt's foreign minister, vowing not to give up "a single drop of water from the Nile", said on Sunday he would go to Addis Ababa to discuss a giant dam that Ethiopia has begun building in defiance of Cairo's objections.
Speaking to Egypt's state news agency MENA two days after the Ethiopian government flatly rejected a request from Cairo to halt the project, Mohamed Kamel Amr said Egyptians view any obstacle to the river's flow as a threat to national survival.
"No Nile - no Egypt," he said, highlighting the pressure on the Egyptian government, whose popularity is wilting in the face of economic troubles, to prevent the hydro power plant cutting already stretched water supplies for its 84 million people.
Last week, Ethiopia summoned the Egyptian ambassador after politicians in Cairo were shown on television suggesting military action or supporting Ethiopian rebels - a mark of the threat felt in Cairo from the plan to dam the Blue Nile, the tributary that supplies the bulk of water downstream in Egypt.
"Egypt won't give up on a single drop of water from the Nile or any part of what arrives into Egypt from this water in terms of quantity and quality," Amr told MENA, noting that Egypt has little rain and is effectively desert without its great river.
Speaking at a news conference, he declined to detail the action Egypt might take next but noted Ethiopian assurances that Africa's biggest hydro station would not cut water supplies.
"We have a plan for action, which will start soon," Amr said. "We'll talk to Ethiopia and we'll see what comes of it.
"Ethiopia has said it will not harm Egypt, not even by a liter of water. We are looking at ... this being implemented."
Countries that share the Nile have long argued over the use of its waters, repeatedly raising fears that the disputes could eventually boil over into war. Egypt, struggling with a shortage of cash and bitter internal political divisions following a 2011 revolution, called on Ethiopia to stop work after engineers began diverting the course of the Blue Nile late last month.
In Addis Ababa, a government spokesman called that request a "non-starter" and dismissed threats from Cairo of "sabotage" and "destabilization", saying attempts by Egypt under its previous military rulers to undermine Ethiopian leaders had failed.
The possible downstream effects of the $4.7-billion Grand Renaissance Dam, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia's border with Sudan, have been disputed and full details are unclear.
While letting water through such dams - of which Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia already have several - may not reduce its flow greatly, the filling of the reservoir behind any new dam means cutting the river's flow for a time. Evaporation from reservoirs can also permanently reduce water flowing downstream.
Now 21 percent complete, the new dam on the Blue Nile will eventually have capacity of 6,000 megawatts and is central to Ethiopia's plans to become Africa's leading exporter of power.
Sudan, which borders Egypt and Ethiopia and also gets much of its water from the Nile, said it supported the project.
"The Grand Renaissance Dam brings many benefits and blessings for us," Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters in Khartoum.
He gave no details, but Sudanese officials have said the dam will enable Ethiopia to export power to Sudan, a country with frequent outages and one of its closest allies in Africa.
(Editing by Alastair Macdonald, Tom Pfeiffer and Kevin Liffey)
ተቃዋሚዎች የግብፅን ዛቻ አጣጣሉት
Written by አበባየሁ ገበያው
“የጦርነት መንገድ ለኢትዮጵያም ለግብፅም አይጠቅምም” - አቶ ሙሼ ሰሙ
“ከገዢው ፓርቲ ያነሰ የአገር ፍቅር ያለን አይመስለኝም” - ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና
ኢትዮጵያ የአባይን ወንዝ አቅጣጫ መቀየሯንና የታላቁ ህዳሴ ግድብ ግንባታ በግብጽና በሱዳን ላይ ሊያደርስ የሚችለውን ተጽእኖ እንዲያጠና የተቋቋመው የኤክስፐርቶች ቡድን ያወጣውን ሪፖርት ተከትሎ፤ የግብጽ ተቃዋሚዎች የህዳሴውን ግድብ ግንባታ ለማስተጓጐል ያቀረቡትን ሃሳብ የኢትዮጵያ ተቃዋሚዎች ተቃወሙት፡፡ የግብፁ ፕሬዚዳንት መሐመድ ሙርሲ ከአገሪቱ ባለስልጣናት፣ ከተቃዋሚዎችና ከሃይማኖት ፓርቲዎች ጋር ባደረጉት ስብሰባ፤ በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ጦርነት ማወጅና፣ የአገሪቱን ተቃዋሚዎች በመደገፍ ኢትዮጵያ የግድቡን ግንባታ እንድታስተጓጉል ማስገደድ ይገባል ሲሉ ተናግረዋል፡፡
በስብሰባው ላይ የተንፀባረቀውን ሃሳብ በተመለከተ አስተያየት የሰጡት ዶ/ር መረራ ጉዲና፤ “በርግጥም ግብፃውያን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን ቀዳዳ አይጠቀሙም ብሎ መከራከር ያስቸግራል፡፡ የአገራችን ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች ግን ለውጭ ሃይል መጠቀሚያ ለመሆን ይዘጋጃሉ የሚል ግምት የለኝም” ብለዋል፡፡ “በአገር ውስጥ የሚንቀሳቀሱ ፓርቲዎች ቢያንስ ቢያንስ ከኢህአዴግ ያነሰ የአገር ስሜት አላቸው ብዬ አልገምትም” ያሉት ዶ/ር መረራ “ይሄም ሆኖ ግን ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያሉት ፈርጀ ብዙ ችግሮች ካልተፈቱ የውጭ ሃይሎች ባገኙት ክፍተት ተቅመው የራሳቸውን ጥቅም ለማስከበር አይሞክሩም ማለት አይቻልም” ብለዋል፡፡ “ከሰባት ዓመት በፊት በፓርላማ የሶማሌን ጉዳይ በሚመለከት ስንወያይ ዳር ድንበራችንን አገራችን ውስጥ ሆነን መከላከል ይሻላል፣ የሰው አገር መግባት አስቸጋሪ ነው፣ እና አሜሪካ እንኳን ያን ያህል ሃብትና ቴክኖሎጂ ይዘው በድል መውጣት አልቻሉም” ብለን ለቀድሞው ጠ/ሚ መለስ ዜናዊ ሃሳብ አቅርበን ነበር፡፡ እሳቸው ግን “በእኔ ይሁንባችሁ ጥቂት ሳምንት ብቻ ነው በዚያ የምንቆየው” ሲሉን ነበር፡፡
ኢትዮጵያ አሁንም እዚያው ነች፤ ያ ቀዳዳ አለ፤ የኦጋዴን፣ የኤርትራ፣ የሱዳን ቀዳዳዎች አሉ፡፡ የውጪ ሃይሎች እነዚህን ክፍተቶች ለመጠቀም አይሞከሩም ማለት አይቻልም፡፡ የአባይ ወንዝን በሚመለከት ከገዥው ፓርቲ ያነሰ የአገር ፍቅር አለን የሚል ግምት የለኝም ብለዋል ዶ/ር መረራ፡፡ አቶ ሙሼ ሰሙ በበኩላቸው፤ “የግብፅ መንግስት በአገር ውስጥ ያሉና በሰላማዊ ትግል የሚንቀሳቀሱ ተቃዋሚዎችን የፈለጋቸው፣ የራሱን አጀንዳ ለመሸጥ እንጂ ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለው የመልካም አስተዳደር የፍትህ እጦት አሳስቦት አይደለም፣ የአባይ ግድብ እንዳይገደብ ተቃዋሚዎችን መሳሪያ አደርጋለሁ ብሎ መነሳቱ አግባብ አይመስለኝም፣ ለኢትዮጵያ የሚጠቅም አጀንዳ ስላልሆነ ትርጉም የለውም” ብለዋል፡፡
“መሐመድ ሙርሲ፤ የኢትዮጵያ መንግስትንና ህዝቡን አከብራለሁ የሚል አስተያየት ሲሰጡ በቅርብ ሰዎቻቸው ተሰምተዋል፡፡ በደጋፊዎቻቸውም ይሁን በህዝቡ ወይም በማንም ተባባሪ ሃይል ቢታገዝም፣ የጦርነት መንገዱ ብዙ ርቀት አያስኬድም፡፡ የጋራ ጥቅማችንን ለማስከበር በሩ ክፍት እስከ ሆነ ድረስ ተቀራርቦ መነጋገር እንጂ፣ በጦርነት መልኩ ማሰብ ዘመኑ የሚፈቅደው አይደለም፡፡ በጉዳዩ ላይ ጥናት እንዲያደርጉ በስምምነት ኃላፊነት የተሰጣቸው አካላት ያወጡትን ዝርዝር ሰነድ መመልከትና በምስራቅ አፍሪካ አገሮች የሚገኙ ህዝቦችን መጥቀም የሚችልበትን አቅጣጫ መከተል ነው የሚበጀው፡፡ የጦርነት መንገድ ለኢትዮጵያም ለግብፅም አይጠቅምም” ብለዋል፡፡
Africa: AU Creates New Military Force for Africa
Ethiopian Prime Minister and African Union Chairperson, Hailemariam Desalegn has disclosed the creation of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).
The force, proposed by South African President Jacob Zuma during the African Union Summit, will be a military rapid reaction force to deal with regional coups, rebellions and wars.
South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia have pledged to contribute and other countries have volunteered support. The AU Assembly decision said the rapid response force would be formed from voluntary contributions of troops, funds and equipment by member states.
It would be a stop-gap measure pending the formation of the fully-fledged African Standby Force, planned to be operational by 2015. The size of the ARIRC will depend upon the contributions.
According to AU Peace and Security Commissioner, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, "constitutional crises" or coups, or "massive violations of human rights" were the kind of emergencies the new force would be expected to tackle.
Commissioner Lamamra said the individual countries supplying troops and equipment would be responsible for paying for the deployment: "We are not going to take it from the AU budget. We are not going to ask for partners to fund these operations", he said.
የቅዱስ ሚካኤል ታቦት “ካህኑን” አቃጠለ
የአብያተ ክርስቲያናት ዝርፊያ ተባብሷል
የሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ታቦት ግንቦት 2 ቀን 2005 ዓ.ም. ሌሊት በሌቦች ተዘርፎ ሲወሰድ መንገድ ላይ የዘራፊውን “ካህን” አእምሮውን አስቶ፤ መንገዱን አስትቶ፤ በሰው ማሳ ውስጥ እንዳስገባውና ታቦቱም ወደ ሰማይ እየዘለለ ዘራፊውን እንዳቃጠለ የሀባቦ ጉዱሩ ወረዳ ቤተ ክህነት ሥራ አስኪያጅ ሊቀ ትጉኀን ብዙዓለም ግንባር ተናገሩ፡፡
“እንዲሁም ተጠርጣሪው ‘ወየው ለእኔ፤ ወየው ለእኔ’ እያለ ሲጮህ በአካባቢው አትክልት ሲጠብቁ ያደሩ ሰዎች እንደሰሙ እና ተጠርጣሪው እስር ቤት ከገባ በኋላም ‘እባቦች እየመጡብኝ ነው’ እያለ ለፖሊስ እንደሚያመለክት፤ ፖሊሶችም ወደ ታሰረበት ክፍል ሲገቡ ምንም እባብ እንዳላገኙ” ሊቀ ትጉኀን ብዙዓለም የቅዱስ ሚካኤልን ድንቅ ተአምር መስክረዋል፡፡
በመጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ታቦት ድንቅ የሆነ ገቢረ ተአምራትን እንደሚያደርግ የተጠቀሰ ነው፤ ያሉት ደግሞ በጉዱሩና በሀባቦ ጉዱሩ ወረዳዎች በሰባኬ ወንጌልነት የሚያገለግሉት ቆሞስ አባ ወልደ ገብርኤል አበበ ሲሆኑ፤ የሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ታቦትም ገቢረ ተአምሩን ሊሰርቅ በሞከረው “ካህን” ላይ አሳይቷል ብለዋል፡፡
የሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን አገልጋይ ቄስ ዋለ ዓለሙ ስለ ሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን የዘረፋ ሙከራ እንዳመለከቱት “በዕድሜ ዘመኔ እንዲህ ያለ ነገር ተመልክቼ አላውቅም፡፡ በዚህ ዓመት ብቻ የሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን ሁለት ጊዜ (ኅዳር 10 እና ግንቦት 2 ቀን 2005 ዓ.ም) ተዘርፏል፡፡ የግንቦት ሁለት ቀን ግን ለየት ያለ ነበር፡፡ በዕለቱ ታቦት፣ ሙዳየ ምጽዋት፣ መስቀልና መጽሐፍ ባልታወቁ “ካህናት” ተዘርፈው ታቦቱ ከአንድ ኪሎ ሜትር ርቀት በላይ ተወሰዶ በአንድ ሕፃን ልጅና በሦስት ሴቶች ተገኝቷል” በማለት አስረድተዋል፡፡
የተዘረፈውን ታቦት የእርሻ ማሳ ውስጥ ተቀምጦ ከተመለከቱት ልጆች መካከል ብዙነሽ ዓለማየሁ ስለሁኔታው ስትናገር “አራት ሆነን በአህያዎቻችን ዕቃ ጭነን ወደ ገበያ ስንሄድ ከሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን አካባቢ ካሉ የእርሻ ማሳ ደረስን፡፡ በዚህን ጊዜ አብሮን የነበረው ሕፃን የቤተ ክርስቲያን መጽሐፍ የሚመስል ነገር አየና ለእኛም አሳየን፡፡ እኛም ወንጌል መስሎን ለመሳለም አንሥተን ለመሳለም ስንሞከር አቃተን፤ አንቀጠቀጠን፡፡ ፈርተን አህዮችን ነድተን ልንሄድ ስንል አህዮች ቀድመው ስለወደቁ መነሣት አልቻሉም፡፡ አህዩችን ለማስነሣት ብንሞክርም አልተቻለም፡፡ በመጨረሻ ነገሩ ተአምር መሆኑን ስለተረዳን ለዲያቆናት ስልክ ደወልን” በማለት ምስክርነቷን ሰጥታለች፡፡
ወንጌል መስሏት ለመሣለም የፈለገችው እንሰኔ ዓለማየሁ ስለተመለከተችው ተአምር ስትገልጽ “ጠጋ ብዬ ላነሣው ስሞክር ቀኝ እጄን አሸማቀቀኝ፣ ለዲያቆን ታደለ ደወልን፤ እርሱ መጥቶ ታቦቱ ላይ ፎጣውን አልብሶ ካህናት ሊጠራ ሔደ፤ ከፎጣው ብርሃን ሲወጣ ስንመለከት፤ ታቦቱ የተቃጠለ መሰሎን አለቀስን፤ ታቦቱ ግን ምንም አልሆነም” ብላለች፡፡ አያይዛም ታቦቱን አስቀድሞ የተመለከተው ሕፃን ሌሊቱን ሙሉ ሲባንን ማደሩን አውስታለች፡፡
የሬፍ ቶኮ ታኔ ቀበሌ ገበሬ ማኅበር ሊቀ መንበር ኮንስታብል ደረጀ ጉቱ ስለሁኔታው ሲያስረዱ “የቤተ ክርስቲያኑን መሰበር የሰማነው ከጠዋቱ ሁለት ሰዓት ላይ ሲሆን፤ ታቦቱንም ሚግሮ ዳሞት አካባቢ ወድቆ፤ በአካባቢውም መዝሙረ ዳዊትና የተሰበሩ ሦስት ባንኮኒዎችን አገኘን፡፡ በመዝሙረ ዳዊቱ ላይ ባገኘነው ማስታወሻ መሠረት ተጠርጣሪውን ልንይዝ ችለናል” ብለዋል፡፡
“ታቦቱን ካለበት ቦታ ማን ያነሰዋል እያልን ስንመካከር ከመካከላችን የነበረ አንድ የሌላ እምነት ተከታይ ‘እኔ አነሣለሁ’ ብሎ ቀረበ፤ ነገር ግን ታቦቱን ሲቀርብ ፈራ፤ ‘ሰውነቴን አቃጠለኝ ራሴን አቃጠለኝ እንደ አንድ ነገር አደረገኝ’ ብሎ በመደንግጥ ሄደ” በማለት ኮንስታብል ደረጀ ተናግሯል፡፡
ታቦታቱን ለማክበር ከመጡት አባቶች መካከል ቆሞስ አባ ወልደ ገብርኤል ስለሁኔታው ሲናገሩ “ታቦቱን ዘራፊው አስቀምጦት የሄደበት ቦታ ዙሪያ ገባው ጭቃ ነበር፡፡ ይህ ጭቃ ታቦቱን ሳይነካ በታቦቱ ዙሪያ መሆኑ የሚያመለክተው ታቦቱ ሌባውን አስሮት ማቆየቱና ሌባው ታቦቱን በዙሪያው ሲዞር ማደሩን የሚያመለክት ነው” ሲሉ አስገንዝበዋል፡፡
ታቦቱ የተገኘው በእኛ የእርሻ ማሳ ላይ ነው፤ የሚሉት የፕሮቴስታንት እምነት ተከታይ የሆኑት ግለሰቦች በበኩላቸው “ታቦቱ እኛ ማሳ ጋር ሲደርስ አልሄድም ማለቱ እግዚአብሔር ስለወደደን ነው፡፡ ይህ ታቦቱ ያረፈበት መሬት የበረከት መሬት ነው” ሲሉ ታቦቱ የተገኘበትን ቦታ ከልለው ለቤተ ክርስቲያን መስጠታቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡
ታቦተ ሚካኤል ድንቅ የሆነ ሥራውን በዐደባባይ ሠርቶ በሆታና በዝማሬ ግንቦት 3 ቀን 2005 ዓ.ም ወደ መንበረ ክብሩ መመለሱን ቄስ ጋሸነው እንዳላማው አስታውቀዋል፡፡
በተያያዘም ሊቀ ትጉኀን ቀሲስ ብዙዓለም በወረዳቸው ስለተፈጸሙ የአብያተ ክርስቲያናት ዘረፋ እንዳስታወቁት “ከሰኔ 2004 ዓ.ም እስከ ግንቦት 2005 ዓ.ም በወረዳው ካሉ ዐሥራ አንድ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት ውስጥ በፎቃ መድኀኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን፣ በእንባቦ ቅዱስ ተክለ ሃይማኖት ቤተ ክርስቲያን፣ ሎያ ቅድስት ማርያም ቤተ ክርስቲያን እና በሐምሌ ቅዱስ ሚካኤል ቤተ ክርስቲያን ላይ ሁለት ጊዜና ከዚያ በላይ ዘረፋና የዘረፋ ሙከራ ተካሂዶባቸዋል፡፡ እንዲሁም ብራና መጽሐፍት፤ መስቀሎች፤ መጋረጃዎችና መጎናጸፍያ እንዲሁም ሙዳየ ምጽዋቶች መወሰዳቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡
የፎቃ መድኀኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን አስተዳዳሪ የሆኑት ቄስ ዘላለም ጌትነት በበኩላቸው በፎቃ መድኀኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን ላይ ከፍተኛ የሆነ የዘረፋ ሙከራ እየተደረገ በመሆኑ ለአገልግሎት መቸገራቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡
የፎቃ መድኀኔዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን ዘበኛ አቶ አሰፋ ትእዛዙ ከዘራፊዎቹ ስለገጠማቸው ጥቃት ሲናገሩ “ዓምና በግንቦት ወር ላይ ከምሽቱ አምስት ሰዓት አካባቢ ሦስት ሌቦች መጥተው የቤተ ክርስቲያኑን በር ነኩ፡፡ በራፉ ላይ ያስቀመጥኩት ቆርቆሮ መሳይ ነገር ወደ መሬት በመውደቅ ድምፅ አሰማኝ፡፡ እኔም በፍጥነት በመነሣት ባትሪ ሳበራ ሌቦቹ ጨለማውን ተገን አድርገው ወደ እኔ መጡ፡፡ በገጀራ ሊመቱኝም ሞከሩ፤ ነገር ግን በእግዚአብሔር ጥበቃ በትራቸውን ዛፉ ከለከለው፡፡ በመጨረሻም እግሬን በአንካሴ ወጉኝ፡፡” ብለው ዘራፊዎቹ የተደራጁ መሆናቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡
በተመሳሳይም በወረዳው ካሉ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት የዘረፋ ጥቃት ከደረሰባቸው አብያተ ክርስቲያናት መካከል አንዱ የእንባቦ ተክለሃይማኖት ቤተ ክርስቲያን አንዱ ነው ያሉት ደግሞ አቶ ዘላለም ኩምሳ ናቸው፡፡
አቶ ዘላለም የእንባቦ ተክለሃይማኖት ቤተ ክርስቲያን በንጉሥ ተክለ ሃይማኖት የታነጸና ረዥም ዕድሜ ያለው በመሆኑ ዘራፊዎችም ከፍተኛ ትኩረት ያደርጉበታል፡፡ ለዚህም ለሦስት ጊዜያት ያህል ሌቦች የዘረፋ ሙከራ እንዳካሄዱበትና የቤተ ክርስቲያኑን ቁልፍና ካዝና በመስበር መጋረጃዎች እንደተወሰዱ ተናግረዋል፡፡
በጥርጣሬ የተያዙ አካላትና መዝረፋቸውን ያመኑ ሰዎች አሉ የሚሉት ደግሞ የወረዳው የፖሊስ ናቸው፡፡ ቢሮው ማንኛውንም ችግሮች ለማስወገድ ቀን ከሌሊት እንደሚሠራና በየቀበሌው ፖሊስ በማስቀመጥ፣ ለሕዝቡ ስለ ሌብነት በማስተማር፣ ለጥበቃ አካላት ሥልጠና በመሥጠት እንደ ሀገር ይሠራል፡፡” ብለዋል፡፡
አያይዘውም “በጥርጣሬ የተያዙ ሌቦችንም ማስረጃ አቅርበን ተገቢውን ፍርድ እንደሚያገኙ እናምናለን ሕዝቡም ሊተባበር ይገባል” ሲሉ አሳስበዋል፡፡
የሀባቦ ጉዱሩ ወረዳ ቤተ ክህነት የሚገኘው ከአዲስ አበባ በስተ ምዕራብ በቀድሞው ወለጋ ሀገረ ስብከት በአሁኑ ደግሞ ሆሮ ጉዱሩ ወለጋ ሀገረ ስብከት ተብሎ በሚጠራው ሥር ሲሆን በወረዳ ቤተ ክህነቱ ሥር አሥራ አንድ አብያተ ክርስቲያናት መኖራቸውን ለማወቅ ተችሏል፡፡
Ethiopia dam is 'declaration of war': Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya
Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam and the diversion of the Blue Nile is a declaration of war on Egypt, Sheikh Abdel-Akher Hammad of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Ethiopia began diverting the course of the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries, as part of its project to build a dam for electricity production.
Speaking on Al-Arabiya satellite channel, Hammad claimed the move would reduce Egypt's water supply and damage national security.
"If such a war is forged against us, we are ready to fight and we will embark on it with all our strength to defend our honour," asserted Hammad.
Diplomatic negotiations should be the first step, he added.
Hammad went on to say the crisis should have been dealt with by the Mubarak regime. READ MORE
Egypt could use Suez Canal to retaliate against Ethiopia dam move: Sabbahi
Opposition figure Hamdeen Sabbahi says Egypt could block Suez Canal to ships from countries that help Ethiopia build controversial dam on Blue Nile.
Egypt could close the Suez Canal to ships from countries that help Ethiopia build a controversial dam on the Blue Nile in the event that the dam threatens Egypt's supply of Nile water, Egyptian Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi said Wednesday.
"The state is capable of holding talks with the countries financing Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam project, especially China and Italy," Sabbahi said.READ MORE
የራስዋ እያረረባት የሰው ታማስላለች ይሉሃል ይህን ነው(BBC Hardtalk with US Secretary of State John Kerry at Addis Ababa University | May 27, 2013)
ከጆን ኬሪ(US Secretary of State John Kerry) ጋር በጠቅላላ የተደረገው ዉይይት ኢትዮጵያን የሚመለከት አልነበረም። ዉይይቱ ትኩረቱ የነበረው በአፍጋኒስታ፣ ሲርያ፣ ሊቢያ በጠቅላላ ስለአሸባሪዎች ብቻ ነበር ማለት ይቻላል:: ለመሆኑ ኢትዮጵያን በተመለከተ አጀንዳ ጠፍቶ ነው? ሌላው ጆን ኬሪ ስለግብጽ ዎጣቶች የተናገሩት መልክቱ አነጋጋሪ ነው የሚሉ ዎገኖችም አሉ። አነጋገራቸው እኔንም የቀበሮዋን፣ የሰዉየዉንና የእባቡን ታሪክ አስታዎሰኝ አንዳንድ ኢትዮጵያን ከሰጡት አስተያየት መካከል የሚከተሉትን ለዉይይቱ የሰጡትን እንመልከት:-
1. "John Kerry was trying to motivate the youngsters against weyanne. Some of the weyanne slaves tried to distract him by focusing on other countries like Syria. The Hard talk so called journalist wasn't particularly helpful either. It looked as if she wanted Kerry to focus on none vital issues for Ethiopia."
2."I wish he was taking time on African politics, economy, and up&downs. little bit boring to listen about other county policy and bill inside the congress inside African birth day.
I believe this is the major difference between European and Americans. The meaning of "foreign policy" means "the policy of outsiders" in US and "the policy of different country and continents" for Europeans.
Most American politician talks about American inner politics with in the world politics. Hey this world is not all about America there are different counties with different politic and policies.
Coming to African capital city Addis should be about African and must be from African point of view. "
Ethiopia Diverts Nile for Huge $4.7 Billion Hydro Dam
ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia began diverting a stretch of the Nile on Tuesday to make way for a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam that is worrying downstream countries dependent on the world's longest river for water.
The Horn of Africa country has laid out plans to invest more than $12 billion in harnessing the rivers that run through its rugged highlands, to become Africa's leading power exporter.
Centerpiece to the plan is the Grand Renaissance Dam being built in the Benishangul-Gumuz region bordering Sudan. Now 21 percent complete, it will eventually have a 6,000 megawatt capacity, the government says, equivalent to six nuclear power plants. SOURCE
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PM Hailemariam Fires Justice Minister Brehan Hailu
Justice Minister Brehan Hailu has been fired from his job on Friday, May 10, 2013, reliable sources disclosed to Fortune. Brehan has received a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office, signed by Hailemariam Desalegn, late on Friday, according to these sources. Brehan has been serving in this capacity since 2005. He was moved to Justice after his previous ministry, Ministry of Information, was dissolved by law.
However, the decision to remove the Minister from Office has come as little surprise in the government circle. He has lost his position in the powerful executive committee of the ruling EPRDF, when elections were held back in March 2013. He was under fire during a convention of his party, the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), held in Bahir Dar in March, held as a prelude to the EPRDF congress, which was held in the same city.
Seconded by a member to the central committee seat in the ANDM, Brehan was harshly criticized by the bigwigs of the party for his failure and incompetence while serving at the Justice Ministry.
Brehan has not been immediately available for comment, despite Fortune’s repeated attempts.
Ethiopia wins Australian Derby
This is the horse named Ethiopia that won the Australian Derby RandWick racecourse. VIDEO
Russia to mine uranium and build nuclear power plants in Egypt
Russia’s and Egypt’s presidents compared notes on economic and international cooperation on Friday. Mohamed Morsi is on an official visit to Moscow as Egyptian society seethes, with almost 50 people injured in the latest violent clashes.
The Egyptian leader has paid official visit to Russia to hold talks with Vladimir Putin as clashes continue in Egyptian cities.
The latest reports suggest that at least 48 people have been wounded in Cairo over the last 24 hours, as Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents clashed. Nine of the hospitalized reportedly suffered gunshots. Police deployed teargas to disperse the rival groups, but with little success. READ MORE
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Africa Liberal Network expresses concern about upcoming Ethiopian elections
On behalf of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) I call on the international community to join me in expressing concern about the upcoming Ethiopian elections, scheduled for 14 and 21 April, around which an increasing number of incidents of unfair practices are being reported. As well as a petition signed by thirty-four Ethiopian opposition parties taking issue with a number of electoral irregularities, ALN member party, the Ethiopian Democratic Party (EDP), have brought a number of concerns to the network’s attention. SOURCE
Ethiopia: The Political Opposition Is Not a Mirror for the EPRDF to Look Its Beauty Through.
Asrat Tassie, chair of the newly formed group of 33 opposition parties, said this in underlining the role of opposition parties in the political sphere. Doing the right thing is the responsibility of a ruling party and that is why we do not spend time in praising good deeds, Asrat replied to a question on the extraordinary focus of Ethiopian opposition parties on the failings of the ruling party, forwarded by Addis Zemen, an Amharic weekly, in an exclusive interview published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. SOURCE
Ethiopia leads the bamboo revolution
A combination of an abundance of bamboo and eager foreign investment is making Ethiopia a frontier for the bamboo industrial revolution in Africa, according to this country's government.
"Ethiopia has the resources, the investment, a rapidly-developing manufacturing industry and a strong demand for our bamboo products from foreign markets. We have what we need. The expansion of Africa's bamboo sector has begun," Ethiopia's State Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Mitiku Kassa told IPS.
Ethiopia currently has the largest area – one million hectares – of commercially untapped bamboo in East Africa, making it attractive to investment partners from the bamboo industry. However, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development told IPS that they were unwilling to disclose any figures on the bamboo economy, but added that there had been no formal bamboo economy in Ethiopia until 2012. SOURCE
Egypt, Sudan plan to double trade, Morsi says
Egypt and Sudan plan to double their trade and investment, stepping up cooperation in sectors ranging from manufacturing to tourism, President Mohamed Morsi said on Friday as he ended his first visit to Khartoum.
"We agree to benefit from all the resources we have to reach full integration, through joint agricultural projects for food security, and to double the amount of trade and investment," Morsi told reporters at a press conference with his fellow Islamist, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Morsi arrived on Thursday evening in Sudan, which Egypt jointly ruled with Britain until 1956, and left after about 24 hours.
Bashir's office called the visit "historic" but observers questioned why Morsi had not come sooner. READ MORE
Senior Russian diplomat urges restraint over North Korea
МОSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow urged restraint in the Korean peninsula on Saturday, after North Korea said it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a further escalation of its bellicose rhetoric against Seoul and its main ally, the United States.
"We hope that all parties will exercise maximum responsibility and restraint and no one will cross the point of no return," senior Russian Foreign Ministry official Grigory Logvinov told Interfax news agency.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday put missile units on standby to attack U.S. military bases in the South and the Pacific, after two nuclear-capable U.S. stealth bombers flew over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.
"We expect that everyone understands that a recurrence of the war on the peninsula is definitely unacceptable," Logvinov told news agency RIA.
When asked by reporters if Pyongyang had the same understanding, Logvinov said: "Of course. We were in contact with the North Korean side".
U.S. officials said the B-2 bombers were on a diplomatic sortie aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan and were also aimed at trying to nudge Pyongyang back to dialogue.
"At least at this point, we see that the statements (of Washington) are rather restrained. The position of the American side is a bit reassuring," Logvinov told RIA.
Russia warned on Friday that the heightened military activity was slipping into a "vicious cycle" that could get out of control.
Tension has been high since North Korea conducted a third nuclear weapons test in February in breach of U.N. sanctions and despite warnings from China for it not to do so.
As tensions rose close to Russia's eastern borders, President Vladimir Putin made staff changes within the Security Council, promoting Yuri Averyanov, with experience of Far East affairs, to the first deputy of the top security chief.
Averyanov moved to the Security Council in 2006 after six years as Putin's deputy representative for the Russian Far East.
(Reporting by Maya Dyakina; Editing by Rosalind Russell)
North Korea says it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea in the latest threat aimed at Seoul and Washington.
Amid escalating tensions, Pyongyang also threatened to shut down a factory complex that is the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.
South Korea said the North's threats "are never acceptable" but noted there was no visible movement of troops at the border.
Russia urged restraint, while Britain said the threat risks further isolating North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive states.
"We have made clear to North Korea that its long term interests will only be served by constructive engagement with the international community. These threatening statements will only seek to isolate it further," a Foreign Office spokesperson said. READ MORE
BRICS nations meet to cement relationship
BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is a bloc to cooperate in economic areas of the countries mentioned. It seems that they are moving to political cooperation too as it was mentioned on Russian television. They also stated that they will open a new bank that will compete with WORLD BANK and they argue that the bank is good opportunity for poor countries. On Russian Television they mentioned why Egypt is not part of BRICS? And the correspondent do not want to talk about it as it is premature to comment. It is very known that Egypt has an influence on IMF and World Bank to deter any fund to projects in Ethiopia. What will be the possible influence on the new bank from the Egypt if they join BRICS? Should Ethiopia join BRICS? READ MORE HERE
Egypt, Ethiopia Headed For War Over Water
In the coming years, Egypt and Ethiopia may be forced to fight a “water war” because Ethiopia’s ambitions contradict Egypt’s historical and legal rights in the Nile waters. Ethiopia can only be deterred by the regional and international balance of powers, which in recent years has favored Ethiopia.
For any Egyptian government, Egypt’s water share and securing the Nile’s headwaters are the top national security priorities, irrespective of the Egyptian government’s ideology or domestic policies. This fact is dictated by geography. For thousands of years, Egyptian rulers have been aware how important water is for Egypt. Water is the lifeline of Egypt (97.5% of Egypt is barren desert). Egyptian rulers have always used any means to defend their country’s historic rights to the Nile waters. As Greek historian Herodotus said, "Egypt is the gift of the Nile.” Egyptian civilization, which is one of history’s greatest civilizations, depends on the Nile. To illustrate the Nile’s importance, we should remember that Egypt is the largest desert oasis in the world. Life in Egypt is concentrated on the river banks where 90 million people live. In short, any Egyptian government should have one eye on the Horn of Africa — on Ethiopia, where the source of the Nile lies — and another eye on the Sinai Peninsula and the Levant, and the balance of power there. History has shown that most of Egypt’s invaders entered through that door. Read more
Ethiopia's Tigray State Pardons Hundreds of Prisoners
Mekelle — In connection with the 38th founding anniversary of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), Ethiopia's northern Tigray region has freed hundreds of prisoners who have been serving prison terms.
Accordingly, a total of 965 prisoners who met criteria set by the state Pardoning Board are freed. Among the released 33 were women.
Tigray police commission Commissioner, Zeamanuel Legesse, said no pardon grant was made to prisoners who committed series offenses, such as murder, rape or those convicted of corruption.
The commissioner called on the prisoners to learn from their past mistakes, to stay away from criminal activities and be productive citizens.
The freed prisoners have pledged to repay their society and to the country at large by actively taking part on different developmental endeavors. SOURCE
Ethiopia: Amharic Language Courses to Be Offered in Chinese Universities
Addis Ababa University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Beijing University of Foreign Studies (BFSU) which will enable the latter to offer Amharic language courses to Chinese Students. The courses are scheduled to begin by September 2013. The agreement was signed in Beijing between Dr.Admasu Tsegaye, President of Addis Ababa University, and President of the BFSU Mr. Han Zhen.
The signing represents further progress in the burgeoning people to people relations between the two countries. Dr. Admasu, on the occasion, noted that Addis Ababa University had upgraded its Chinese Language training program to a bachelor's degree level. The AAU delegation, led by Dr. Admasu, also held discussions with the leadership of BFSU on more ways to promote staff-exchange, short to medium term student and learning materials exchange and to strengthen their shared programs. SOURCE
Sabissa’s oil exploration results in two weeks
By Muluken Yewondwossen, CapitalEthiopia.com
Tullow Oil exploration at the Sabissa site, a drilling location some 15 kilometres from Omorate town, are greatly anticipated to be disclosed in the coming two weeks.
The first of the three explorations planned to be conducted in the course of this year, has commenced last month and is expected to give promising result in the rather bare oil exploration history of the country.
Sources indicated that the first 2600 meter (2.6km) deep well exploration is almost in the final stages and is expected to show positive results of petroleum reserve.
According to the information Capital obtained from experts, the UK based firm Tullow Oil will disclose the results to the public in the beginning of the coming month. “Final result will be known in coming two weeks,” the expert said. The first oil exploration well drilling of Tullow Oil Ethiopia commenced on January 14 at Sabissa-1 exploration site located in the South Omo Valley concession of the Southern Nation Nationality and Peoples’ Regional State (SNNPRS). A Polish drilling contractor, OGEC, is conducting the drilling operation.Ethiopia Oil reserve may hold 2.7 billion barrels, Results will be anounced in two weeks.SOURCE
Who Owns the Nile? Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia’s History-Changing Dam
by ANDREW CARLSON
Egypt and Sudan are utterly dependent on the waters of the Nile River. Over the past century both of these desert countries have built several dams and reservoirs, hoping to limit the ravages of droughts and floods which have so defined their histories. Now Ethiopia, one of eight upriver states and the source of most of the Nile waters, is building the largest dam in Africa. Located on the Blue Nile twenty five miles from the Ethiopian border with Sudan, the Grand Renaissance Dam begins a new chapter in the long, bellicose history of debate on the ownership of the Nile waters, and its effects for the entire region could be profound.
For more on the recent history of Africa, please see these articles on Politics in Senegal, the Darfur Conflict, Piracy in Somalia, Violence and Politics in Kenya, Women in Zimbabwe, and Sport in South Africa.
On water and environmental issues, readers may also want to see these Origins articles: World Water Crisis; The Changing Arctic; Climate Change and Human Population; Global Food Crisis; and Over-Fishing.SOURCE
Ethiopia produces first military drone aircraft
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
February 14, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – An Ethiopian military source has told Sudan Tribune that the country has built the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone which could be used for multiple purposes.
After undergoing testing, the locally made drones, have demonstrated their capability of performing a number of militarily and civilian applications, according to the source.
Speaking on condition of anonymity from the country’s air force base in Debrezeit town, a military official told Sudan Tribune that the drones are equipped with onboard sensors, cameras and GPS to carry out cost-effective monitoring activities even across difficult landscapes like the highlands of Ethiopia. SOURCE
Ethiopia looks to realise its geothermal energy potential
By Matthew Newsome, The Guardian ; February 13, 2013
Ethiopia, like its fellow Great Rift Valley countries, has enormous geothermal energy potential. However, the costs involved and the need for skilled expertise have, until now, been major obstacles.
In late January, the Development Bank of Ethiopia announced that, over the next five months, it will offer an initial $20m to kickstart geothermal energy projects in the country's private sector as part of a programme funded by the World Bank. A further $20m is expected to be made available at a later stage.SOURCE
በኤርትራ የኢትዮዽያ እስረኛ ወታደሮች ያሉበት አስከፊ ሁኔታን የሚያሳይ ቪዲኦ
Actress and activist Yeharerwerk Gashaw’s mission was to find the Ethiopian POWs in Eritrea that the Ethiopian government was denying the existence of in 1998/1999. She was the first Ethiopian to advocate for the freedom of the POWs, as well as the first to advocate in order for the Red Cross to be allowed to aid the Ethiopian POWs, including Pilot Colonel Bezabeh Petros and the Ethiopian children soldiers (ages 15-18), in Eritrea, which had not been allowed by the Eritrean government for 22 years prior to her visitation in 1999. The government lifted the restrictions after Gashaw traveled to Eritrea, visited and spoke with the Ethiopian POWs in the mid-warfield prison, and met with President Esayas to resolve the matter. Her visit also led to the recognition of the Ethiopian POWs by the Geneva convention. SOURCE
ETHIOPIA LIKELY TO BE A FAILED STATE BY 2030 - U.S. INTELLIGENCE
Ethiopia is listed among the top 15 countries in danger of becoming failed states, according to a report issued by the Director of National Intelligence, an umbrella organization of US intelligence agencies.
Countries deemed at high risk of potentially becoming failed states by 2030:
4) Democratic Republic of Congo
Ethiopia’s Ezana Builds $17.8m Gold Plant
VENTURES AFRICA – Ezana Mining Development, a wholly-owned Ethiopian private company, is building a $17.8 million gold plant in Tigray, it was announced on Thursday.
Addis Fortune reported the contract is to build a carbon-in-leach (CIL) gold plant at Terakimti, in northern Tigray, near Shire Endaselassie Town.
It also said the construction had already begun at the plant, which is scheduled to be operational by the end of this fiscal year.
Ezana and the Ministry of Mines (MoM) signed an agreement three weeks ago, enabling Ezana to produce 2.017kg of gold within two years, according to Addis Fortune.
“The technology we will use in the gold plant is no different from the one MIDROC uses, at its Lega Dembi mine in Southern region,” a senior manager of Ezana, who asked for anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said on Thursday. SOURCE
Ethiopia leaves a mark in return to African Cup
By TALES AZZON
RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — It was a wild return to the African Cup of Nations for Ethiopia even though it failed to get past the group stage.
Two goalkeepers were sent off, the team's federation was fined because of misbehaving fans and it scored its first tournament goal in 37 years in a surprising draw with defending champion Zambia.
Ethiopia was a win away from advancing to the quarterfinals but allowed two late goals against Nigeria in its final Group C match on Tuesday to finish last.
The northeastern African country ended its participation with one point and scored only one goal, but it still made an impression. SOURCE
ለላሊበላስ ማን ይድረስ?
የላሊበላ ውቅር አብያተ ከርስቲያናት የመፍረስ አደጋ ውስጥ እንደሚገኙ መነገር የጀመረው ዛሬ አይደለም። ቢያንስ ላለፉት አስራ ሁለት ዓመታት ያካባቢው ነዋሪዎች፣ በወፍ ዘራሽ ወደዚያ ያቀኑ ጋዜጠኞችና ለልቦናቸው የቀረቡ የገዳማቱ አገልጋዮች አስጠንቅቀዋል። ማስጠንቀቂያው ግዙፍና ዕረፍት የሚከለክል ቢሆንም ተግቶ ምላሽ የሰጠ አካል ባለመኖሩ፣ ጉዳዩን በመያዝ የተከራከረና ገዢውን ፓርቲ ያስጨነቀ የህዝብና የቅርስ ጠበቃ ከአገር ውስጥም ሆነ ከውጭ ባለመገኘቱ “ለላሊበላ ኢህአዴግና ተቃዋሚዎች አንድ ናቸው” የሚል አስተያየት እየሰጡ ነው።
ዛሬ ጥያቄው አንድ ነው፡- “ለላሊበላ ማን ይድረስለት?” የሚል! የኢትዮጵያዊያን ጉልህ ታሪክ የሆነው ላሊበላ በመፍረስ አደጋ ውስጥ ነው፤ እየተሰነጣጠቀም ይገኛል፤ ውሃ ዘልቆት እየገባው ነው። ላሊበላ አንድ ቀን ወደ አለመኖር ሲቀየር “ሰበር ዜና” ማለትና ማላዘን ለማንም እንደማይጠቅም በአካባቢው የተገኙ የሚናገሩት ነው። ዜናውን የሰሙም የሚሰጡት አስተያየት ነው።
ሎንዶን እንደሚኖሩ ገልጸው ከሁለት ሳምንት በፊት በኢሜይል መልክት የላኩ አባት “ኢትዮጵያ ላሊበላን ያነጸውን ጠቢብና አሁን ያለውን ትውልድ እኩል ተሸክማ ትመግባለች” በማለት ራሳቸውንና የቀደመውን ጊዜ በማወዳደር ኮንነዋል። በርግጥም አዛውንቱ እንዳሉት በላሊበላ በርካታ ጸያፍ ተግባራት ስለመኖራቸው ይታወቃል። SOURCE
Soccer – Ethiopia fans in South Africa apologise for bad behaviour
By Mike Collett
RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Ethiopia fans took the unusual step of apologising for their unruly behaviour in last Monday’s match against Zambia by waving a banner during the game against Nigeria on Tuesday. SOURCE
South Africa/Algeria: Bafana and Algeria Draw
South Africa and Algeria played to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 12 January 2013.
Both sides were using the match to fine-tune their squads ahead of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 tournament that starts in six day's time (19 January). READ MORE
Tanzania/Ethiopia: Stars Go Down in Ethiopia
THE national soccer team Taifa Stars went down 2-1 against hosts Ethiopia in an international friendly match played at the National Stadium in Addis Ababa on Friday evening. According to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Information Officer, Boniface Wambura, it was an end to end affair right from the kick off as both sides sought early goals.
Stars went down just after 13 minutes but TP Mazembe striker Mbwana Samatta cancelled the hosts' lead with a fine strike in the 50th minute. However, Stars who were struggling with chilly weather condition conceded the second goal in the 63th minute. However, Wambura who accompanied the team said Stars failed to cope with high altitude in Addis Ababa, but still gave the host a difficult evening. READ MORE
Ethiopian Sisters in jail over phone theft
Two maids who stole their employer’s mobile phone and made over Dh2,000 worth of calls from it, while she was ill in hospital, have been referred by the Dubai Public Prosecution to the criminal court on the charges of theft and illegally using Etisalat services.
Allegedly, the duo also transferred credit amounts totaling Dh940 to their personal phone numbers. The case unfolded when the brother of the victim lodged a complaint to the police saying that his sister discovered that her mobile phone had disappeared after returning home from hospital. READ MORE