August 7, 2014

Quality of Chinese made roads in Ethiopia: Around 765 thousands birr damaged due to heavy flood

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As Fire and Emergency Prevention and Control Authority Communication Office head Ato Nigatu Mamo told to DireTube media; yesterday at 10 O’clock local time in Bole sub city woreda 13 in Sunrise building property of 700 thousands birr damaged as a result of flood.

In the same way the same day as a result of flood has entered in 7 residencies property of 65 thousands birr has been damaged in Kirkos sub-city woreda 15 around Kera behind the Mosque at 10:30 local time.

At 01:30 the same day around Olompia heavy flood brought passengers and vehicles to stay for a long time.


August 5, 2014

Ethiopia charges five more magazines and 1 newspaper

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Ethiopia charges five more magazines and 1 newspaper

The Ethiopian government has today charged the publishers and media outlets of five magazines (Ethiopia charges five more magazines and 1 newspaper
Lomi, Fact, Addis Gudaye, Jano, Enku) and one newspaper (Afro Times), local state media reported citing the Ministry of Justice. All the print outlets were published in Amharic language.

According to local state media outlets, the prosecutor charged the publishers on suspicion of “calling for violence, disseminating false information,  calling for the violent removal of the constitutional system and making people not to trust the government”.

The Ministry also warned that it will continue to charge publishers and media outlets that “trespassed and continue to trespass the law”.

The Ethiopian government had detained dozens of bloggers and journalists in the past three months alone for having a role in “terrorism”.

Ethiopians protest at the US Africa Summit in Washington DC – August 04, 2014

August 2, 2014

Historic Ethio-Djibouti railway track worth 20 mln birr stolen by foundries established by Chinese citizens in Adama town and near Koka

Individuals are dismantling and selling the historical Ethio-Djibouti railway line near Adama town.

Addis Alemayehu, head of the Adama station, told The Reporter that individuals are dismantling and selling the steel structure of the railway line between Modjo and Adama towns. According to Addis, the individuals are also stealing the railway line that lies between Adama and Wolenchiti towns. Addis said that the culprits sell the steel structure to foundries established by Chinese citizens in Adama town and near Koka.

According to Addis, so far railway lines worth 20 million birr have been stolen. He claims that with the help of the Federal Police, steel rails worth two million birr have been recovered at different localities.

“With the help of the federal police we have been able to apprehend some of the individuals and those who bought the railway line. We have brought them to justice,” Addis told The Reporter. The foundries owned by Chinese citizens reprocess the steel and manufacture iron bars.

Addis is the only custodian of the Adama railway station. The Ethio-Djibouti Railway Enterprise ceased operations in 2010. “There is no adequate budget to hire people to guard the railway line, stations and other properties of the enterprise,” Addis said. Individuals have settled on land that belongs to the Adama station. “We are also in a tug-of-war with the Adama town administration that wants to take the land away from us.”

“We have appealed to the office of the prime minister who gave orders to the local administration not to appropriate the plot of land that belongs to the company.”

The Ethio-Djibouti Railway Enterprise owns an old office building, store and employees’ residential houses, and fuel tankers at the Adama station. Old wagons and tankers for molasses are left to rust.

Ethio-Djibouti Railways (Compagnie du Chemin de Fer Ethio-Djiboutian), also known as the Ethio-Djibouti Railway Enterprise, is a railway company based in Addis Ababa and Djibouti. It is the successor of the Franco-Ethiopian Railway and is jointly owned by the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti. The firm was established after Djibouti gained independence in 1977 and received French ownership stake in the Franco-Ethiopian line. The 781 km railway linked Addis Ababa to the port of Djibouti in 1917. Maintenance shops along the line are located in Dire Dawa. Out of the 781 km rail only 100 km is found in Djibouti while the remaining lies in Ethiopian territory.

The Ethiopian government has established a new railway company, Ethiopian Railway Corporation, that is building a new railway line to Djibouti. The faith of the Ethio-Djibouti Railway Enterprise will be determined after two years when the fifty year agreement signed by the two governments will expire.

July 30, 2014

EU statement on the situation in Ethiopia

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The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Ethiopia: “The EU Delegation is deeply concerned about developments in the case of the ten bloggers and journalists charged under the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation on 18 July, as well as recent arrests of opposition members. It calls on the Ethiopian authorities to ensure that proceedings are carried out according to the Ethiopian Constitution and respecting international and regional human rights standards, in particular granting access to legal counsel and family, as well as the right to apply for bail when applicable, and that the trial is transparent and free from political interference. The EU Delegation recalls the European External Action Service statement of 6 May 2014 which underlined the importance of enhancing the political space, particularly in view of the elections next year. It calls on the Ethiopian Government to ensure that the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation is not used to curb freedom of expression or association. The EU Delegation welcomed the additional commitments made by the government of Ethiopia to address areas of human rights concern in the recent Universal Periodic Review process in Geneva and called for early and continuing action to ensure implementation of all of the government’s human rights commitments.”

July 28, 2014

Bereket Simon is critically ill and receiving treatment at Bugshan Hospital in Saudi Arabia

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Bereket Simon, a senior member of the ruling party in Ethiopia and an adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has been admitted to Bugshan Hospital in Saudi Arabia. According to Ethiopian Review sources, he is critically ill but in a stable condition. A representative of Bugshan Hospital told Ethiopian Review that Ato Bereket is receiving treatment for coronary heart disease at the cardiology department.

July 26, 2014

Freedom of the press’ in Ethiopia

Nine Ethiopian journalists and bloggers, who had been arrested in April, have been charged with terrorism for having links with the US-based Ginbot 7 opposition movement, and for planning attacks. Ginbot 7 is considered a terrorist organisation in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn denies he is undermining the freedom of the press. “Anyone who is seen and acting within this terrorist network will be eligible for the course of law,” he told reporters. “When you put yourself into this network and you try to become a blogger, don’t think that you are going to escape from the Ethiopian government.”

Gado by Gado

Gado by Gado

Who is Gado?

Gado, full name Godfrey Mwampembwa, is one of Africa’s most influential cartoonists. He draws a daily cartoon for Kenyan newspaper The Nation, and his work has appeared in various other publications, such as Le Monde, the Washington Times and the Japan Times.

Gado is also the man behind XYZ, a Kenyan satirical TV show commenting on current affairs and politics in the form of puppets. He was named Kenyan cartoonist of the year in 1999, and received the Dutch Prins Claus Award in 2007.

“I draw because I want to say something. My drawings are my tools,” says the Tanzanian-born cartoonist.

You can check out our whole Cartoon of the week series here.

July 23, 2014

Israelis mourn Ethiopian born fallen soldier

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They came by the hundreds to a hilltop military cemetery overlooking this holy city to pay their last respects to a fallen 20-year-old soldier.

Relatives and friends, comrades and politicians, and even scores of strangers who had never heard of Staff Sgt. Moshe Melako gathered under a tan canopy beside rows of graves. All listened solemnly to the prayers and the hymns, the eulogies and the wails.

At any other time, Melako would have perhaps died in anonymity. But he perished Sunday, along with 12 other Israeli soldiers, while fighting Hamas militants in a Gaza City neighborhood on the bloodiest day of the two-week-old conflict. Their deaths shocked a nation that hasn’t seen so many of its own killed since Israel’s war with Lebanon in 2006.

Perhaps Melako’s death was made more tragic because of his history. Israel had saved his family from war and political instability in their native Ethiopia, covertly airlifting them and thousands of Ethiopian Jews in 1991 to give them a better future. Melako, who was born here, died fighting in the latest chapter of a long, intractable war that Israel believes it must win to secure its future.

Monday morning, Melako’s photo was in the local newspapers — a striking figure in olive green clutching two large, black machine guns, evoking at once Israel’s loss and its resilience.

Later Monday, at 4:09 p.m., Melako’s comrades from the elite Golani Brigade carried his casket, draped with the Israeli flag. The wailing grew louder. Tears slid down the cheeks of even hardened soldiers.

“We are burying one of our sons here today, a son of Jerusalem who died in a battle for the state of Israel,” Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, said as he began his eulogy.

“Moshe, we will continue to challenge our enemies and send them a strong message that we are not going away, that we will be here forever,” the mayor ended.

Standing before Melako’s casket, a group of Ethiopian rabbis, wearing white turbans and clutching colorful umbrellas, said prayers in Amharic. It was a language understood only by the Ethiopian mourners, but from the sobs and grief-stricken faces all around, the rabbis’ messages required no translation.

Melako’s friends and comrades described him as brave, kind and modest, a person everyone loved and respected. He had always dreamed of joining his elder brother in the Golani Brigade, they said. The government sent its cabinet minister in charge of absorbing immigrants into Israel to thank his family.

“Standing by your fresh grave, I look here at your mother, father, brothers and sisters, and I know there is no way to console them,” said Sofa Landver, the minister. “You went to a battle and you never came back, but we will all go on living without you. We will continue. We have no other country to go to, and you fought the battle for us. You died for us.”

No one at the funeral spoke about withdrawing Israel’s troops from the Gaza Strip. No one spoke about a cease-fire. No one thought Melako and his comrades had paid too high a price.
Melako’s sister Esther delivered a message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the war against Hamas that every mourner seemed to want to say.“Don’t stop now,” she cried, her voice suddenly swelling. “Don’t stop, so that my brother’s blood was not spilled in vain. Don’t stop till you destroy them.”

At 4:54 p.m., Melako’s comrades and others began to place at his grave garlands of red and white flowers, so many that they eventually covered it.

At 4:59 p.m., the soldiers of the Golani Brigade fired guns in a salute to their fallen comrade, and everyone filed out of the cemetery, save for those who remained to cry by his grave.


July 18, 2014

Ethiopian police forces attack Ethiopian Muslims at Anwar Mosque

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July 17, 2014

Lawyer for detained Ethiopia bloggers challenges detention

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The lawyer for a group of detained Ethiopian bloggers and reporters said Thursday he was filing a civil suit against the country’s police for holding them without charge for nearly three months.

The six members of the blogging collective Zone Nine and three journalists were arrested in April and accused by the government of unspecified “serious crimes”.

Rights groups have condemned the arrests as one of the worst crackdowns on the press in recent years and accuse the Ethiopian government of silencing dissent ahead of national elections next May.

“We are waiting for charges to appear. I’m going to lodge a civil suit against police requesting the court to compel the police to release them,” the lawyer for eight of the suspects, Amaha Mekonnen, told AFP.

He said his clients were currently in legal limbo, because a remand court had closed the case without authorising the police to keep them in jail and without permitting them to be released on bail.

“Their detention is illegal,” Amaha said, adding that he would be filing his challenge on Thursday.

“This is for me a clear campaign from the government to clear the floor so that it’s suitable for the ruling party,” he alleged, saying the investigation was dragging on because the bloggers and journalists were arrested “without sufficient evidence”.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ethiopia has one of the most closed media environments in the world, with 49 journalists living in exile — the most after only Iran and Somalia.

“Ethiopian authorities are trying to create the impression that this is a legal matter, when in fact it is retaliation and an attempt to silence government detractors,” said the CPJ’s Tom Rhodes.

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