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By Ben
2 March 2013
Sabissa’s oil exploration results in two weeks
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.
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By ANDREW CARLSON
19 February 2013
Who Owns the Nile? Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia’s History-Changing Dam
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.
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Sudan Tribune
14 February 2013
Ethiopia builds its first drone - ST
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.
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By Marthe Van Der Wolf
12 February 2013
Ethiopian Adoptee Wins Legal Case to Revoke Adoption
An Ethiopian court has revoked the adoption of a girl by a family in the Netherlands. This is the first time a foreign adoption has been revoked in Ethiopia’s long history of overseas adoption.
Betty Lub is a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl that was adopted at the age of seven by a Dutch family that abused her. She stayed with them for two years, but still carries their last name because of legal procedures.
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By Mikias Sebsibe
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Hot Air Ballooning over Addis
Residents of Addis Ababa and those in the vicinity are beginning to witness a strangely huge red balloon floating overhead. Some chase the balloon on foot looking up the sky in amusement, while others strangely run for cover.
It is difficult to explain the reaction of people on the ground, however being able to fly is a childhood dream for many. The fact is humans can’t fly. Welcome to hot air ballooning then, the closest thing to the experience of actual flying. It is one of the most enjoyable activities one can experience. Peacefully quiet, smooth and offers a bird’s eye view of a beautiful landscape
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August 13, 2011
Somaliland, Ethiopia and China to Sign Trilateral Deals
BEIJING — Somaliland President Ahmed M. Silanyo arrived in the Chinese capital on Friday for bilateral talks likely to yield dozens of deals, statement said.
According to a Presidential press state, the Somaliland delegation met with Chinese investors and Government representatives on Saturday. The statement said a number of topics including economic and trade cooperation, as well as mutual activity were discussed.
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By Aaron Maasho ,
August 3, 2011
Ethiopia says eyes gas production in six years
ADDIS ABABA, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Ethiopia, which has seen a surge in requests for exploration rights, hopes to produce gas from its huge and under-developed reserves in its Somali Region in six years time, an official said on Wednesday.
Eleven companies have now been granted licences to develop 31 blocks out of 41 throughout the Horn of Africa nation, which believes its Ogaden basin in the south-eastern province may contain gas reserves of 4.7 trillion cubic feet of gas and major oil deposits.
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TigrayNet,
July 2011
Ethiopia: Yeha is another historic place
Yeha is famous for its huge and remarkable temple. This temple is believed to date back to the 5th century before the birth of Christ. However, according to the 19th Century German scholar Heinrich Miiller, the temple is thought to date back to about seven or eight hundred years before the birth of Christ.
The imposing ruins of Yeha's temple still stand, despite their no longer being a roof. It was a large pre-Christian temple consisting of a single oblong chamber. The area of the remains of the temple measure 18.5m by 15m. This temple is believed to be the oldest standing building in the country!
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Samson Haileyesus,
6 June 2011
Ethiopia: Indian Firm to Design U.S.$78 Million Mekelle-Djibouti Railway
Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (OIA), an Indian company, was awarded a 78 million dollar contract for the design and survey of the planned Mekelle-Djibouti Railway Line by the Ethiopian government a month ago.
OIA is also undertaking the construction of Tendaho Sugar Factory with a 350 million dollar loan from the Indian government.
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25 May 2011
Ethiopia: Ancient Settlement Discovered in the Highlands
An ancient settlement has been discovered in the Ethiopian highlands with the help of a special instrument used in geophysical surveys. The find will help tell the story of ancient indigenous cultures in the Horn of Africa and their exchange with nearby civilizations.
In early May, geophysicist Jorg Fassbinder from the Geophysics Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich and his colleague Margaret Schlosser of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) took to a joint campaign
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By Molla Mitiku
Monday, 18 April 2011
Millennium Hydroelectric Dam Project: A Historic Cause Worth Rallying Behind
Between the two mountains: Lebeyate and Negro, in the Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, history will repeat itself. The history made by our forefathers against foreign conquerors in the Northern Mountains of Ethiopia will be certainly repeated by this generation by making poverty a history.
How paradoxical is it! Ethiopia despite its endowment with abundant natural resources of gold, hydro, platinum, potash, copper, natural gas and others, its people had been suffering of hunger, disease and instability.
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By diaspora group
April 7, 2011
Millennium Hydroelectric Dam Project: A Historic Cause Worth Rallying Behind
The Group that is writing this piece was formed two years ago by some members of the Ethiopian diaspora who used to live in North America, and have once again made Ethiopia their home. Members come from all walks of life including business, various professions, faith-based as well as the not-for-profit sector. The Group’s objective is to consult with one another; exchange ideas and work collaboratively so as to individually and collectively contribute to the socioeconomic development of the country and people.
All of the newly appointed ambassadors, 21 with full authority, have been sworn in before president Girma Wolde Giorgis last Friday.
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18 november 2010
Former ministers’ foreign posts revealed
Posts for the ruling EPRDF senior diplomats, who have recently been appointed as the country’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, have been sealed, Capital has learnt.
All of the newly appointed ambassadors, 21 with full authority, have been sworn in before president Girma Wolde Giorgis last Friday.
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Friday, 23 July 2010
Ethio-German Joint Venture On Wind Energy Development in Ethiopia
An Ethio-German Joint Venture known as Aethiopic Energy Plc is on the process of launching a wind energy development project in Ethiopia which is estimated to cost 600 million US dollars, its General Manager (GM) said. It also targets to establish a wind industry in Ethiopia that can produce wind turbines locally.
In an exclusive interview with ENA on Wednesday, Dr. Peer Ederer, the General Manager of Joint Venture, said that so far, two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed. He said the first MoU that was signed between his company and the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) would provide for the development of a wind energy in an area known as locally “Aisha” in eastern Ethiopia close to Djibouti border.
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David Perlman
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ethiopia's northern borderlands: Tigray and its ancient civilization
In the Afar language of Ethiopia, he's called Kadanuumuu, and to the Ethiopia-born anthropologist who found his bones, he could be called "Big Man," or even "Big Guy."
But to everyone else interested in the discovery of new fossil evidence for the ancestry of the human lineage, he'll be known as "Lucy's great-grandfather."
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Almudena Alonso Herrero

11 April 2010
Ethiopia's northern borderlands: Tigray and its ancient civilization
Driving north out of Ethiopia's Amhara region into the borderland province of Tigray, the landscape becomes rockier and drier. The mountains rise higher and are more frequent, and at times sheer cliffs loom above the road. This is a harsh land with a harsh history. The bloody Ethiopian civil war and the war with neighboring Eritrea destroyed villages and crops and killed hundreds of thousands. Burnt-out tanks sit rusting by the side of the highway and huge refugee camps, cities really, house entire populations that have fled hunger and oppression in Eritrea for a better life in Ethiopia.
But there's another side to Tigray.
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Xan Rice

May 6, 2010
Ethiopia’s push for mega-dams
Proud of its status as Africa’s “water tower”, the country has created controversy along with hydropower as it pursues its strategy to boost energy by 15-fold in a decade. Xan Rice reports.

At the foot of a towering gorge slicing through southern Ethiopia, the Omo River suddenly disappears into a tunnel bored into the rock face. Excavators claw at the soil and stone in the exposed riverbed beyond, where a giant concrete wall will soon appear in the ravine.

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Linda Nordling

April 9, 2010
Ethiopia launches first science academy
Ethiopian scientists are fulfilling a decades-old ambition this week by setting up the country's first science academy.
The launch of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) on 10 April, in the capital Addis Ababa, will bring the country in line with a growing number of African countries establishing such organizations to promote quality in research and offer science advice to governments.
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BBC News

March 2010
Ethiopia launches electric car despite power shortages
Ethiopia has launched an electric car, despite suffering from power shortages. It is only the second African country to do so, after South Africa
Two versions of the Solaris Elettra will be manufactured in Addis Ababa, costing around $12,000 and $15,000.
The cars will be sold in Ethiopia and exported to Africa and Europe. But some doubt if Africa, where erratic power supplies, low levels of personal wealth and poor infrastructure are common, is ready for electric cars.
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Tsehaye Debalkew

February 24, 2010 Washington DC
Telling facts and figures about Ethiopia!
Ethiopia has significantly made deep going transformative headways in the last nineteen years after the irreversible debacle of the heinous and nefarious Fascistic Military Dictatorship and installing in its place a new and dynamic democratic politico- economic order and a just social milieu. Since the onset of this historic moment, the country has irrefutably witnessed the sprouting and steady burgeoning of the equality of all nations and nationalities that abound to-day in its embryo.
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The Irish Times

January 30, 2010
The new breadbasket of the world?
As swathes of their country’s land is leased, cleared and prepared for food production by foreign companies, Ethiopians are divided over whether this constitutes ‘agro-colonialism’ or much-needed development, writes MARY FITZGERALD Foreign Affairs Correspondent
‘WHY ATTRACTIVE?” reads an Ethiopian government poster pinned to a wall at the rambling offices of the Gambella regional investment agency. Next to photographs of lush fields and a map showing huge tracts of land earmarked for investment comes the answer: “Vast, fertile, irrigable land at low rent. Abundant water resources. Cheap labour. Warmest hospitality.”
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Addis Ababa (PANA)

Jan 14, 2010
Ethiopia moves closer to electricity export
Ethiopian authorities have ushered in 2010 with the commissioning of a 420-megawatt power station, the Gilgel Gibe II, drawing the East African nation closer to its dream to export electricity to its regional neighbours.
The power plant is located some 300 kilometres west of capital, Addis Ababa, and is developed from the first phase of the Gibe I, which has been commissioned.
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By OLIVER HARVEY

Jan 13, 2010
Wedding joy for Live Aid hero girl
GIRL who 25 years ago became Live Aid's symbol of the Ethiopian famine has got engaged.
Birhan Woldu, 28, is to marry fellow disaster survivor Birhanu Meresa - and has invited the charity gig's hero Sir Bob Geldof to their wedding. Last night she said: "We haven't set a date for the wedding yet, but I would be so proud if Bob could be there."
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Gamal Nkrumah
Jan 09, 2010
Eyeing Abyssinia
It is impossible to forecast how important the historic visit of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to Ethiopia last week will be. The historic 48-hour visit was widely acclaimed as a landmark in economic relations between Egypt and Ethiopia.
What is certain is that there has been a remarkable shift in the whole tenor of Egyptian-Ethiopian relations. "We have moved from mutual distrust to friendly economic cooperation," Nazif's host, his Ethiopian counterpart Meles Zenawi, summed up the outcome of Nazif's trip to Ethiopia, the country that supplies more than 85 per cent of Egypt's water.
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Addis Abeba
Dec 15, 2009
Messobe’s Second Factory to Set up New Machinery
New machinery is to be installed for the second 1.7 billion Br plant which the Mesobe Cement Factory constructed beside the existing factory on the outskirts of Mekele, the seat of the Tigray Regional Government.

The money, 96 million in euro [141.6 million dollars], has been obtained entirely as a loan from the Development Bank of Ethiopia; only 15pc of this money was required in local currency.
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Reuters
Nov 14, 2009
Ethiopia’s $356 million Tekeze Dam opens
Ethiopia opened a dam on Saturday that it says will produce 300 MW of hydropower as part of efforts to overcome chronic energy shortages and become one of Africa’s only power exporters, state media said.

Power shortages are common in Africa and have hindered investment, even though the continent has abundant potential resources of solar, hydro, oil, gas, coal and geothermal power.
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By Brian Stewart
October 10, 2009
Ethiopia looks to revive past railway glories
Ethiopia is one country that I can never stop worrying about. Nor can the world.
Each time that I have gone back over the past 25 years I am encouraged to see so much has changed since the great famine of 1984-85 that shocked the world and so moved us Canadians. Yet there is also much here that is alarmingly similar.
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By Elizabeth Blunt
June 22, 2009
Ethiopia looks to revive past railway glories
A major project is under way to restore Ethiopia's 100-year-old imperial railway, and there are even plans to build a new national network.
The French built it for the Emperor Menelik in the early 1900s, and French influences are everywhere, from the glazed canopies of the Addis Ababa railway station to the startling sight of the Ethiopian station staff in Dire Dawa talking to each other in French as they dispatch a night goods train down the line to Djibouti.
Like so many rail systems, the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway was neglected for years in favour of road transport, but the loss of its main ports when Eritrea gained independence left Ethiopia totally dependent on Djibouti for an outlet to the sea.
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by JohnDabell
03 November 2007
Ethiopian method of multiplication
The ancient Ethiopians had a way of doing multiplication where they only had to add and to multiply by twos. It is known as duplation and mediation (doubling and halving).
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By Melissa Burdick Harmo,
June 11, 2009
Living history in Ethiopia
Ties to ancient Israel run deep in the home of the Queen of Sheba, where Christianity came early and the churches are ancient and unique
The Queen of Sheba's palace isn't what it used to be. Its roof is long gone. Its grand entrance is but a memory. Yet the 3,000-year-old ruins remain, sprawling over thin-grassed farm fields in Axum -- once the capital of a great world power and today a dusty Ethiopian town where cows and children, goats and donkeys roam free.
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By CLIFFORD KRAUSS,
May 28, 1991
Ethiopian 'rebels storm the capital and seize control - May 28 1991'
Next week marks the 18th anniversary of the overthrow of Ethiopia's ultra-nationalist government of Mengistu Hailemariam. Here is an article published by the New York Times about the fall of Derge regime.
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May 15, 2009
Ethiopia - Friends of Gibe - Full steam ahead
In the past few days news started coming out that "environmentalists" were vehemently opposed to the development of hydro power plants on the Gibe river. Dear reader you may ask "What took them so long?!!". Sorry for the delay, but you see they were busy somewhere else. With the Amazon Rain Forest which needs immediate saving, the Three Gorges Dam project to be condemned, chasing Japanese whaling ships across the oceans, not to mention the Sumatran Slug that needed rescuing, they were spread a little thin and they apologize for the inconvenience. Why do we Ethiopians think that we should be at the front of the line and always insist that we be a priority case anyway?
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Hydro power in Ethiopia - the staged construction of Tekeze Arch Dam
Upon completion at the end of February 2009, the Tekeze Concrete Arch Dam in Ethiopia became the highest dam on the African Continent. Here James R Stevenson and Mihret Debebe provide further details of the staged construction and filling sequence for the dam, while summarizing and updating the status of the power projects currently underway in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia by the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation
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by Desalegn Sisay
May 9, 2009
Ethiopia - Egypt: A tug of war over the Nile basin
Despite a generous offer made by visiting Egyptian minister of Water Rosources and Irrigation, Dr. Mohamed Nasr Eldin Allam, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources, Asfaw Dingamo, has stood by his government’s firm stance to continue with its decision to protect the upper riparian (Nile basin) countries. The Ethiopian position seeks to limit Egypt and Sundan’s indiscriminate use of the Nile’s water resource. The Egyptian Minister visited Ethiopia this week.
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By Lee Jay Walker
.. February 2009
Ethiopia under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Ethiopia: The nation of Ethiopia is blessed with a very rich history and in recent times this nation is being guided by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). However, the EPRDF faces many major problems and this applies to the legacy of the Mengistu regime which collapsed in 1991, ethnic diversity, religious diversity, income disparity, climatic factors, and other major issues. Therefore, since the demise of the Mengistu regime in 1991, the EPRDF have taken over the mantle of power. However, how is this new chapter under the EPRDF?
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Katherine Nightingale
6 February 2009
Ethiopia: Desertification Reversed in North
Some of the most severe cases of land degradation in semi-desert areas could be reversed with the right policies, researchers in Ethiopia have concluded.
A study of a dry region in the north of the country, whose population had increased ten-fold and whose land had become highly degraded, found that local people have nevertheless managed to coax it back into recovery.


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Daily Nation,
Feb 4th, 2009
Why Ethiopian capital is unique
Addis Ababa or Addis Abeba or “new flower’’ in Amharic is what one can rightly call, in some well known parlance, a “peculiar’’ city. There are many factors that make this city very unique. One of these is the fact that the city was never planned by Europeans since Ethiopia was never colonised. Given its unique history, in Addis, street names hardly exist and the few that exist have their local names that are not the ones that are displayed.
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By Alex Birhanu
January, 2009
Ethiopia - Opening the Pandora Box – Critique on Shaabia and Woyane remnants
I happen to observe that many people remain: (1) Either shockingly unaware of the political figures they seem to support; (2) or have scanty information, with partial pictures on the paradoxical and diversified issues of contemporary Ethiopia; (3) with less clarity about who is who in the contemporary Ethiopian political arena. Therefore, I find it quite essential for readers to digest the following 3 critical points that I have tried to summarize below so that our outlook about Ethiopian circumstantial issues is within context.
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Marywood University
november, 2008
Scranton, PA and Mekelle, Ethiopia sign Sister City Agreement
The Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom opened Sunday and continued today at Marywood University with speeches from foreign and local dignitaries, a top White House official, a member of the British House of Lords, and the Culture Editor of Jyllands-Posten of Denmark. Topics discussed with a participating audience of delegates from around the world included religion and extremism and legislative actions on protecting the environment....

... During the opening ceremonies on Sunday, Scranton’s Mayor Christopher Doherty signed a “Sister City” agreement with the city of Mekele, Ethiopa, represented at the conference by Samuel Assefa, the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States.
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By MATTI FRIEDMAN
October 15, 2008
Christians feud over Church of Holy Sepulcher
Two rival monks are posted at all times in a rooftop courtyard at the site of Jesus' crucifixion: a bearded Copt in a black robe and an Ethiopian sunning himself on a wooden chair, studiously ignoring each other as they fight over the same sliver of sacred space.

For decades, Coptic and Ethiopian Christians have been fighting over the Deir el-Sultan monastery, which sits atop a chapel at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The monastery is little more than a cluster of dilapidated rooms and a passageway divided into two incense-filled chapels, an architectural afterthought alongside the Holy Sepulcher's better-known features
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Desta, Asayehgn (Ph.D.)
October, 2008
The Impact of United States’Financial Meltdown on Ethiopia’s Economy:
For example, the Ethiopian economy is composed of a mixture of state-owned and privately owned enterprises. But recently, based on the persuasion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ethiopia has been relatively engulfed in the global market economy. As a result, Ethiopia’s export has been growing at the rate of 25% per year. The inflow of foreign direct investments has been remarkable. Remittance inflow by Ethiopian relatives living in foreign countries has been growing at the rate of 5% of the Gross Domestic Product per annum. Given this, there is no doubt that the U.S. financial meltdown is likely to hamper Ethiopia’s economy. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to briefly highlight its ramifications on the Ethiopian economy.
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October, 4, 2008
Ethiopian Ambassador Celebrates Lucy’s Opening
“We have been the custodians of Lucy,” the ambassador told the eager crowd, referring to the famous bones discovered in northern Ethiopia more than three decades ago. “But she belongs to the world.”
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By: Tim Judah
July 26, 2008
Ethiopia - The glory trail (Abebe Bikila 1960 Rome)
It was the Rome Olympics of 1960 and an unknown produced the biggest surprise. Abebe Bikila, who'd begun running as a shepherd boy in the hills of Ethiopia, strode barefoot to victory in the marathon. He was the first black African to win Olympic gold. Tim Judah tells his story.
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By: Adal Isaw
July 16, 2008
No Qualms toward the Draft Proclamation: Unadulterated Food Sharing Instinct is Apolitical
So much has been said about the food shortage problem of Ethiopia, and not surprisingly, conflicting assessments and accounts of the problem have been pervading numerous news outlets. Nothing seems morally repugnant more so than politicizing the problem of food shortage of any magnitude. Deflating, inflating, and negating such a problem is purely political and it is regrettable. For most of us Ethiopians and friendly citizens of other nations though, the greatest intention in our hearts is not mired with politicking but rather with intent to ameliorate the problem itself and itself only
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By Ron Csillag
July 5, 2008
Tourists flock to Ethiopia to see Ark of Covenant's home
AXUM, Ethiopia – “And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits shall be its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height.” Such was God's commandment to Moses in the book of Exodus after delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
Along with the Holy Grail (said to be the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper), the fabled Ark of the Covenant has become not only an icon of modern culture, thanks mainly to Indiana Jones, but the most revered religious relic of all time.
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By Ron Csillag
July 5, 2008
Global Political Theater and The Peripheral States of Africa
This essay will discuss and systematically extrapolate wide-ranging issues with respect to sovereignty, territorial integrity, ethnic politics, food crisis and famine as currently encountered by many African nations. Political and economic crisis in Africa cannot be thoroughly understood without carefully dissecting the Continent’s inextricable linkage with the global political order.

With the exception of Ethiopia, all other nation-states in Africa are the product of European colonial artificial insemination. Even Ethiopia, the jewel in the crown of African independence had to share the brunt of imperialist hegemony. Africa’s political and economic pitfalls, of course, are not entirely and solely attributable to the global political theater that we shall presently examine. It is also engendered by dictatorial and acquiescent domestic regimes, although intriguingly the petty African leaders are in a way, directly or indirectly, the making of the global hegemonic order. I shall substantiate my argument later. By way of introduction, however, I like to recite what I wrote in Africa in the Global Economy: Aid, Debt, and Development:
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June 25, 2008
Ethiopia - The King Who Granted Asylum to the Family of the Prophet Mohammad
Scholar Reveals New Findings About the Christian Ethiopian Emperor Who Granted Asylum to the Family of the Prophet Mohammad[pbuh]
- This past Sunday, at Harlem's urg Center for Research in Black Culture, a panel discussion entitled "Ethiopia: The Three Faiths" attracted a diverse and large audience. The event hosted by Beta Israel of North America foundation began with cultural dances from the Indian subcontinent and an Ethiopian dance troupe called Keremela.
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AFP
June 4, 2008
Ethiopia's famed Axum obelisk put up at original site
Ethiopia on Wednesday began work to relocate the famed Axum obelisk at its original site, seven decades after the 1,700-year-old treasure was removed by Italian troops, a UN expert said.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has overseen a multi-million-dollar operation to restore the obelisk in Axum in northern Ethiopia, where it once stood alongside around 100 other stelae.
The obelisk along with the Axum and Lalibela crosses figure among Ethiopia's top national treasures and symbols. "Engineers arrived today and completed the verifying work. The first block will be linked with the foundation tomorrow through cables and cranes," Nada Al Hassan, UNESCO's project head, told AFP.
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by JERRY OKUNGU
May 1, 2008
Meles Zenawi knows what Ethiopians want
Stranded at the Addis Ababa Airport for the second time in less than five months gave me time to think about Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia.

Having been around Addis City for two nights and driven across on sometimes very rough terrain and seen massive constructions going on, I suddenly realised that no matter how his unflattering human rights records may be, the man has done well for Ethiopia.
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by Linda Nordling
May 13, 2008
Growing apace in Africa
Ethiopia has a plan to produce thousands of PhDs, to teach and to spur on economic development.

Could a country that has produced fewer than 100 PhDs in the past 50 years turn into a research powerhouse in a decade? It may sound like fantasy but Ethiopia, where over half the population live on under £1 a day, is giving it a try.
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Indiana Jones
May 13, 2008
Ethiopia - The end of the student movement 1960-2008
German archaeologists have claimed to have found one of the fabled resting places of the Ark of the Covenant, the chest holding the Ten Commandments which gave the ancient Israelites their power.
The University of Hamburg say its researchers have found the remains of the 10th century BC palace of the Queen of Sheba in Axum, Ethiopia, and an altar which at one time reputedly held the precious treasure.
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By Aleme Tadesse
april 20, 2008
Ethiopia - The end of the student movement 1960-2008
The strongest protest came from Aleqa Asres, who said “a youth who does not know about his or her history is like a person who drinks alcohol without putting food in his stomach. These students will get drunk quickly and will be bitter towards their own people. For Ethiopia’s problem, they will seek foreign (alien) solutions because they wouldn’t know that the solution is in their own backyard. As a consequence, they themselves become the problem.”
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By Karen Kaplan
February 22, 2008
DNA studies map human migration
Scrutinizing the DNA of 938 people from 51 distinct populations around the world, geneticists have created a detailed map of how humans spread from their home base in sub-Saharan Africa to populate the farthest reaches of the globe over the last 100,000 years.
The pattern of genetic mutations, to be published today in the journal Science, offers striking evidence that an ancient band of explorers left what is now Ethiopia and -- along with their descendants -- went on to colonize North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, southern and central Asia, Australia and its surrounding islands, the Americas and East Asia.
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By Teklit Berhe
maart, 2008
Adam, Eve landed here when Allah/God sent them out from Heaven
The Holy Books of the two foremost religions – Islam and Christianity – scrupulously explain that the first human creatures, Adam and Eve, used to live in Heavens and were meant to live there forever. The Books further tell us that Adam and Eve finally were sent out of heaven and why.

According to the Books the first two human creatures were dropped to a certain speck on our planet from where they started to reproduce until their descendants peopled almost the entire world. But where was that location Adam and Eve landed on first directly from Heaven? Where is that starting point of human life on our planet- EARTH?
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By Getachew Mequanent
January, 2008
The Kenya-Ethiopia Analogy: A Commentary
You might probably have read my paper on the 2005 Ethiopian election (Aiga and Ethiopiafirst) which demonstrates how we try to advance balanced views at the international level. I am back here with my usual commentary on the Kenyan election and its analogy with the Ethiopian experience. Quite frankly, I do not have a habit of going public every time an issue is discussed. But, as usual most of the debate on this Kenya-Ethiopia analogy is very much politicized and used to attack EPRDF. I am therefore writing to try to bring different perspectives. Perhaps I shouldn’t also hide my frustration that many commentators have found it easy to over politicize the current Kenyan tragedy. It is tragic because, other than the 1982 military coup attempt, Kenya was always seen as one of the most stable countries in Africa.
Ethiopia is building five hydropower dams by 2011 with a total generating capacity of 3,150 megawatts and is considering spending 3.2 billion euros ($4.7 billion) on four more, Lemma said. The aim is an 11-fold increase in capacity to 9,000 megawatts by 2018 with surplus power exported to neighboring Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan.
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Addisu Tadesse
Jan. 18, 2008
Making the Mini-Boom Last
There are lots of indications that the economy and infrastructure of the country is going through major changes. You see them in various ways. A journey that took you many hours to reach your destination previously appears to have shortened because of upgraded roads in the last few years. Particularly the works in areas such as hydroelectric power, road construction and communication are noticeable. Their impact on development is substantial.
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By Jason McLure
Jan. 11, 2008
Ethiopian Hydropower May Replace Coffee as Biggest Export
-- Ethiopia may build as many as nine hydropower plants over the next 10 years, making electricity rather than coffee the Horn of Africa nation's biggest export.
``There is a deficit around our neighbors,'' Mekuria Lemma, head of the program planning department at the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power Co., said yesterday in an interview in the capital, Addis Ababa. ``If we are successful in doing this, power will be our biggest export.''
Ethiopia is building five hydropower dams by 2011 with a total generating capacity of 3,150 megawatts and is considering spending 3.2 billion euros ($4.7 billion) on four more, Lemma said. The aim is an 11-fold increase in capacity to 9,000 megawatts by 2018 with surplus power exported to neighboring Kenya, Djibouti, and Sudan.
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By Paul Raffaele
Dec. 2007
Keepers of the Lost Ark?
"They shall make an ark of acacia wood," God commanded Moses in the Book of Exodus, after delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. And so the Israelites built an ark, or chest, gilding it inside and out. And into this chest Moses placed stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, as given to him on Mount Sinai.

Thus Jews came to revere the ark as an earthly manifestation of God. The Old Testament describes its enormous powers—blazing with fire and light, halting rivers, blasting away armies and bringing down the fabled walls of Jericho. (Steven Spielberg's 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark provides a special-effects approximation.) According to the First Book of Kings, King Solomon built the First Temple in Jerusalem to house the ark. It was venerated there during Solomon's reign (c. 970-930 B.C.) and beyond.
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14/11/2007
Ethiopia is progressing !!!

Ghelawdewos Araia
25/10/2007
SOVEREIGNTY: An Absolute and Perpetual Power

Jimma Times staff
09/17/2007
Muslim activist thanks Ethiopia for saving Islam from “extinction”

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Oct, 2007
Ethiopia Eternal Love - Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi
PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
PART V
PART VI
PART VI
PART VIII
PART IX
PART X

by Aaron Maasho
Oct 12, 2007
Ethiopia's ancient church faces competition from evangelicals

By G. Hailu
sept 26, 2007
A few millenium slogans from the streets of Addis Abeba

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By Ed Koch
August 10, 2007
Ethiopian blesses peacemakers, extols virtues of ancient culture

By Mammo Muchie
August 10, 2007
No Longer My Way Or the Highway

By Anita Powell
August 6, 2007
Famous fossil Lucy leaves Ethiopia for controversial U.S. tour

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25 July 2007
Ye-ager shimagilewoch sim zirzir
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5 July 2007
Africa: Accra Declaration - The Grand Debate

By Yonas Abiye
29 June 2007
Ethiopia breaks world’s heaviest book record

By Alemayehu Seife Selassie
19 May 2007
Ethiopia breaks world’s heaviest book record

By Thomas Burmeister
19 May 2007
Ethiopia offers bountiful tales of beauty and history

By Emmanuel Ulayi
6 May 2007
Like Nigeria, Ethiopia Also Has Its Good, Bad and Ugly

Esseye Medhin,
1990
20th Century Ethiopian Art: An Introduction

Tshwane
April 24, 2007
Ethiopia Promotes Millennium Celebrations in USA

Aiga Forum
April 14, 2007
What the Dutch investors say about Ethiopia

Issayas Mekuria
April 3, 2007
Chile Hunts Tigraen Cactus

By Candice S. Millard
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Keepers of the Faith: The Living Legacy of Aksum

Concerned Ethiopians
March, 2007
Re-erect Axum Obelisks

By Andrew Cawthorne
March 14, 2007
Weapons of war aid Ethiopia coffee trade

By Yeshua Yosef
March 9, 2007
Truth In Advertising: Really?

By ERIC BERGER
March 7, 2007
Lucy fossil is up for travel, African leader says

UNICEF
February 24, 2007
Progress Millennium Development Goals for Ethiopia’s children

Sophia Tesfamariam
February 21, 2007
Paul Henze on Somalia: Futile Attempt to Justify Ethiopia's US-Backed Invasion

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February 15, 2007
Uganda: Why Black People Have Remained Backward

Medrek
February 7, 2007
Uganda: Why Black People Have Remained Backward

Addis Ababa
Dec 27 (NNN-ENA)
Ethiopian calendar is unique: US scholar

AP
Saturday 10 February 2007
Ethiopia plans to provide 3 neighboring countries with electricity

By ENA
Febuary 2, 2007
A Place Not to Be Missed in 2007

By: David Shinn
January 2, 2007
Stabilizing Somalia and Ethiopia's Role Key Points

By: Paul B. Henze
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Ethiopia and Somalia

By Edmund Sanders
december 29, 2006
Ethiopians over their foreign invasion

Said Sheik-Abdi
december 20, 2006
Khat: socially acceptable stimulant or instrument of Satan?

Ghelawdewos Araia
October 5, 2004
Why We Must Adopt Geez Fidel

by Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
November 27, 2006
Avert Islamic Terror from Ethiopia!

International Herald
17 november 2006
African leaders warn EU not to lecture them on democracy

Xinhuanet
11 november 2006
Ethiopia, Netherlands-based firm ink agreement to explore oil

By www.andnetwork.com
October 31, 2006
Ethiopian royal family to sell property

James Cooke
October 28, 2006
The U.N. and Death of Internationalism

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch)
October 26, 2006
What's in a name? Lots of money, if you exploit geography

ERIK HEINRICH,
October 14, 2006
Where time stands still

Malcolm Ritter
Sept. 21 2006
Ape-child skeleton fuels debate

 
By Maru Gubena
Tuesday 5 September 2006
Ethiopia’s Kinijit Diaspora leadership, the sources of uncertain future

 

BY NARA SCHOENBERG

30 August 2006
Ethiopia opening doors to adoptions by U.S. residents

 

By Geneviève Roberts

04 August 2006
'Miracle' girl who became face of Live Aid triumphs with graduation
The image of a young Ethiopian girl ravaged by hunger and 15 minutes from death came to symbolise Live Aid's 1985 plea for money for the victims of the devastating famine. Birhan Woldu, described as a "miracle baby", survived the 1984 humanitarian crisis and was seen as a symbol of hope for Ethiopia.

Yesterday, in a triumphant reversal of fortune, she graduated from university with a diploma in agricultural science after studying at the Wukro Technical and Vocational College in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, where she grew up.
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august 3, 2006
Face of Live Aid appeal graduates
An Ethiopian girl who became the face of African famine when she was filmed starving and in tears in 1984 has graduated from college.
Birhan Woldu appeared as a healthy young woman at the Live 8 concert in London last year alongside Madonna.
She has now gained a diploma in agricultural science from the Wukro Technical and Vocational College in northern Ethiopia.
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The Reporter
July 29, 2006
Ethiopia: A model of religious tolerance

 
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July 30, 2006
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL HENZE
PAUL HENZE: Well there was never a formal alliance between the United States and Ethiopia just as I suppose there was a formal alliance between Britain and Ethiopia in terms of world war 2. the American position toward Ethiopia was always called a special relationship, the United States never committed itself to defend Ethiopia against invasion or outside problems but the United States did commit itself to give Ethiopia substantial military aid. Haile Selassie however was a very clever ruler, he didn't want a relationship with a single country, he wanted his relationships to be very varied, and when it came for example to modernizing the Ethiopian Army Haile Selassie sought help from the Swedes and the Indians, from the Belgians but at the same time the united States was the logical source for major military equipment and the military equipment the United States supplied to Ethiopia was looked on as in effect payment for the use of air facilities, communications facilities and naval facilities in Ethiopia.
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By Tony Wheeler
July 9, 2006
Ethiopia full of cultural surprises

 
By Brenda Zulu
July 7, 2006
Internet Governance Being Given Priority in Addis Ababa

 
By Bereket Kiros
June 10, 2006
Emperor Yohannes IV of Ethiopia

 

Emperor Yohannes IV
Make sure that you check their shoes

 

By:Dr. Abarru Gebeda
Is it possible?

 
May 5, 2006
Ethiopian Turns 60: a Success Story of Six Decades of Service As Dedication Meets Passion

 
Dr. Berhane Asfaw April 12, 2006
Scientists find significant early man fossils in Ethiopia

 

By Mohammed Mesbahi,

April 2, 2006
Water wars

 
By Ian Limbach,
March 28 2006
Waking up to a laptop revolution

 
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RE'ESE LIQAWNT YAREDA
The Ethiopian Re'ese Liqawnt (head professor), Yared, was born on April 25, 505 A.D. in the city of Aksum. His father was named Adam and his mother Tauklia. Yared's lineage was from the priesthood of Aksum. When he was six years old his parents gave Yared to the tutorship of Yishaq, who was a teacher in Aksum. Under this teacher, Yared completed the study of the alphabet and began to study the Psams. However, he had difficulty learning his lesson and was sent back to his parents by his teacher. His father having died in the meantime, his mother, Tauklia, placed him in the hands of her brother, Abba Gedeon, who was the parish priest, with the request that he should raise and educate Yared. Abba Gedeon was the teacher of the Old and New Testaments in the courtyard of the church of St. Mary of Sion and he had begun translating the Holy Scriptures into Geez from Hebrew and Greek. Yared lodged with Abba Gedeon and began studying along with the other children but for years he lagged behind the others in his studies and so was constantly reprimanded and punished by the new teacher. Yared was not bright student and however much he studied he could not grasp his lessons. Because of his slow-midedness he became an object of derision and mockery to his classmates. One day his uncle whipped Yared severely, saying: You should not lag behind your classmates and you should pay attention to your studies as the others do.
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By Martyn Drakard
Friday, march 17, 2006
SPECIAL ISSUE: CONFRONTING ISLAM : Africa’s religious fault line

 
Mohammed H. Al Amoudi's
march 16, 2006
Mohammed H. Al Amoudi's message to his friends In the United States of America

 
By Segid G. Michael
Feb 25, 2006
Destiny of a Nation with Perpetual Struggle (Tigray)
In the case of Tigrai, for example, there will never be complacency. The present generation will transfer the torch of Woyane to the next generation, which in turn will transfer it to its next generation, then that way to eternity.
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By Peter Greste
Mekelle feb.2, 2006
Ethiopia's food aid addiction

 
By: G.E Gorfu The Democratic Process in Ethiopia -LESSONS YET TO BE LEARNED - I,II, III, IV and conclusion

 
By: Mulugeta Aserate Kassa
25 November 2005
Speaking out against an intrinsically evil diktat

 
By Tecola W. Hagos
October 28, 2005
Politics ethiopicus - PART ONE:reassessing our recent political situation

 
SPIEGEL INTERVIEW
October 27, 2005
A Wealth of Human Fossils Could Soon Be Destroyed

 
Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
October 19, 2005
At least 20,000 children smuggled yearly in Ethiopia: study

 
By Holden Frith, Times Online
October 15, 2005
Ethiopia leaps into the information age

 
Carter Center (Atlanta)
15 september, 2005
Final Statement on The Carter Center Observation of the Ethiopia 2005 National Elections September 2005

 
By Barry Didcock
28 August, 2005
Legacy of the Lion King

 
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July 20, 2005
Robotics show Lucy walked upright

 
Millete Birhanemaskel,
July 17, 2005
Ethiopians believe they have ark of covenant
WHAT IS IT?: The ark of the covenant is a chest said to contain the Ten Commandments given to Moses.
* ETHIOPIA'S CLAIMS:.Ethiopians claim to have obtained the chest before the time of Jesus through Menelik, the son of King Solomon of Jerusalem and Queen Sheba of Ethiopia. A more plausible belief is that it came from Jerusalem in 400 B.C., via Egypt, by a group called Falashas, Ethiopian Jews.
* IN THE BIBLE:.Description taken from chapter 37 of Exodus: "Bezaleel made the ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide, one and a half cubits high. He plated it, inside and out, with pure gold." (A cubit is approximately 18 inches.)
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By Richard Pankhurst
July 1, 2005
Ethiopian Studies: A Call for Action
The Importance of Ethiopian Manuscripts
Ethiopian manuscripts, which are mainly in the country’s classical language, Ge’ez, but also in Adare or Harari, Arabic and other languages, are of fundamental value for the study of Ethiopia’s history and culture.

Religious
The majority of such manuscripts are basically religious, and are important for the study of the Ethiopian Church, and Koranic institutions, from point of view of both organization and dogma.
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July 1, 2005
Wakeup call to all Oromos

 
By Lutz Mückek
July 1, 2005
Ethiopia: The Staged Hunger

 
By Endeee, from Medrek
June 12, 2005
I just wanted to write and let everyone know how I feel about Ethiopia

 
By: Demere G What were the demonstrations and the protestations for?

 
By: Justin Raimondo Democratic delusion

 
Published Thursday,
June 9, 2005
Answers About the Unrest in Ethiopia

 
... The first human being in Ethiopia

 
Carter Center
May 11-17, 2005
Ethiopia National Parliamentary and Local Elections

 
... Chronology: Key events in Ethiopia since 1991

 
... Backgrounder: Ethiopia's electoral system

 
BY RODNEY WEIDEMANN Ethiopia takes lead in African ICT

 
Donisha Prendergast Africa unite: A vision realised

 
.... Dutch Expertise to Boost Ethiopian Business

 
By Kabala-Kasirye
Simon Peter
March, 30th, 2005
Oblisk bigotry versus oblisk revolution

 

Oblisk in Rome
Joy as obelisk returns to Ethiopia

 

Oblisk in Axum
Obelisk returned to Ethiopia after 68 years

 
........ Italy returns ancient monument to Axum

 
By Tsegaye Tadesse
April 18, 2005
Ethiopian obelisk is homeward bound at last

 
By Verity Murphy Obelisk points to ancient Ethiopian glory

 
Djibouti (HAN)
April 6,  2005
Geeska Afrika
Responding to the New Telecom Challenges In Ethiopia

 

Oblisk in Rome damaged
(BBC News)
Return of Axum obelisk 'imminent'


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By Anthony Mitchell Human Ancestor Remains Found in Ethiopia

 
By Emily Wax Sentiment, business pull Ethiopians home

 
By Mark Henderson,
Science Correspondent
Ape remains take science step closer to first humans

 
by Tsegay Mebrahtu Airbrushing King Menelik's patriotism out of history: a demonstration of intellectual sobriety or a deficiency in scholarship?

 
By Yosef B.
Addis Fortune
Where is the Developmental Mentality?

 
... Islam in Ethiopia

 
By Asratemariam Political Leadership And Democratic Governance - the Missing Link

 
By Hadia Mostafa A river runs though it

 
By Sioum Gebeyehou Forging Synergy Within the Ethiopian Diaspora

 
By Zephania Ubwani Deal struck on Nile water use

 
Davin O'Regan The Nile River: Building or Stumbling Block

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Yosef Yacob, JD, LLM, PhD Ascent of unilateralism in the develeoment of the Blue Nile sub-basin

 
by EZANA SEHAY The Conceptual Drought of Ethiopian Politics: The Pathetic State of the Opposition

 
By Mwanguhya Charles Mpagi Nile crisis: Will Africa go to war over water?

 
By Mathza Oppositions during EPRDF Ethiopia: Politics and Democracy

 
by G. E. GORFU WATER IS LIFE… FIGHTING FOR THE NILE WATERS

 
by Melak Timothy Kalyegira's (A Ugandan) Ethiopia bashing

 
A selection of emails (BBC) How should the Nile's waters be shared?

 
John Mbaria,
February 25, 2004
KENYA: $2.7m Project to Boost Geothermal Power Supply

 
By dr. Kinfe Abraham Nile Hurdles: Psycho- Political Roadblocks to an Agreement and the Way Forward Toward a Rapprochement
Water, says Islamic law, is a source of life. It is not oil: countries may fight over oil, nobody gets emotional about the stuff. Water arouses intense, passionate emotions. Islamic law, The Economist1

 
By CHEGE MBITIRU Egypt may soon lose control over Nile waters

 
By Dr. Yosef Yacob The Inauguration of the Gilgel Gibe Dam: Kudos for Ethiopia and an Admonition to the Wise

 
By FAUSTINE RWAMBALI Tanzania Ignores Nile Treaty, Starts Victoria Water Project

 

By Daniel Wallis
Africa's Struggle for Nile Water Grows Turbulent

 

Yosef Yacob, JD, LM, PhD
An Enduring Excercis in Futility

 
By Dr. Yosef Yacob Equitable utilization of the Blue Nile river sub-basin: context, problem and prospects

 

By Roger Thurow
Blue Nile another great Ethiopians great project!!

 

Reviewed by Gamal Nkrumah
The Cross And the River: Ethiopia, Egypt And the Nile
Addis Tribune (Addis Ababa)

 
By Ruth Almog A river runs through it !!

 
By John Mbaria, EA in New Talks With Egypt, Sudan Over Nile Waters
The East African (Nairobi)

 

Dr. Tewolde
Genetic engineering produces risks, not solutions

 

Dr. Berhane Asfaw
and Prof Tim White
 

PALEOANTHROPOLOGY: Africans Begin to Make Their Mark in Human-Origins Research

Ann Gibbons

 

 

 
Fertilizers: as the cause of famine in Ethiopia
By Drs. G. Hailu (Utrecht, December 18, 2002)
Much is known and much have been said about the role of human being as the cause of famine in the world in general, and in Ethiopia in particular. Big issues like deforestation, population growth, etc come to the front in many top discussions. However, there are seemingly small issues that are not equally addressed, although their effects could be profound and their impact to the famine much more than that of deforestation and population growth etc.
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Debretabour Eregna

 

Failure of Ethiopians
By Drs. G. Hailu (Utrecht, December 9, 2002)
For many of us the chronic famine and draught we have in Ethiopia has to do with the failure of the last couple of generations, including the present one. These generations could not cop up with the natural as well as social and economic development changes in the world. But very few really realize that we are in real danger of being extinct while the facts are very vivid. One only have to remember the situation of our country during the last decade, to realize this fact. Look at the many AIDS patients and hungry people we have in Ethiopia. At this right moment 30% of our population is infected with HIV virus and 20% of the population in famine. This makes 50% of our population are endangered. Now, try to imagine what will happen if we don't do anything to stop this malaise. Would it be exaggeration if we say we are really in danger of being extinct in the near furure? No, I don't think so. This is a simple fact.
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Dr. Berhane Asfaw

 

World’s "oldest human remains" unearthed

 
Dr. Berhane Asfaw  

Human family tree

 

 
 

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