Archive for December, 2009

Ethiopia loses more arable land for a pittance

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Until last year, people in the Ethiopian settlement of Elliah earned a living by farming their land and fishing. Now, they are employees.

Ethiopia rejects warning of hunger after drought

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

An Ethiopian minister has denied reports that millions of people need urgent food aid after failed rains.

Eritrea opposition vows to up military action

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

ADDIS ABABA — An Eritrean opposition group told AFP on Tuesday it was "prepared to launch attacks" on government troops after the United Nations last week imposed tough sanctions on Asmara.

Ethiopia-Sudan border commission meeting kicks off

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Tesfa Alem Tekle December 28, 2009 (MEKELLE, Ethiopia) – Hundreds of delegates from bordering states of Ethiopia and Sudan on Monday gathered in Mekelle, capital town of the northern Tigray State to take part at the 12th meeting of Ethio-Sudanese Development and Boundary Commission.

Low Remittance Spurs Ministry On

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The average annual remittance of 700 million dollars over the past three years from Ethiopians in the Diaspora is less than what was expected but an improvement from earlier remittances, Seyoum Mesfin, Foreign Affairs minister, told Parliament on Thursday, December 25, 2009.

Steps to Achieve Food Security

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are still trying to achieve food security.  Experts consider a household food secure when its occupants are not hungry or faced with starvation. In other words, food may be available, although not necessarily in abundance.

Ethiopia to Plug-in 2,100MW Dam

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The Ethiopian government is to build what could become the largest ever hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile River off Bure town on the road to Nekemt at Bako-Ambo area in the Oromia Regional State, close to the border with Amhara.

Horn of Africa Countries Very Much in the News in 2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Countries in the Horn of Africa were very much in the news in 2009.  For example, the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Somalia, an arms embargo against Eritrea and a recent court case in Ethiopia resulting in death sentences for five people.

EU Presidency speaks out on death sentences in Ethiopia

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The following is a statement by the Swedish Presidency of European Union: The Presidency of the European Union expresses its deep concern over the death sentences imposed on five persons in the Ginbot 7 trials by the Federal High Court of Ethiopia. The Presidency recalls the European Union’s longstanding opposition to ...

Birtukan, Invictus! (Unconquered) A Tribute

Monday, December 28th, 2009

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Birtukan Midekssa condemned to life in prison by a vengeful dictator, but unconquered. Birtukan thrown into the dungeon of wrath and tears, but defiant. Birtukan beaten, bludgeoned and bloodied, but unbowed. Birtukan mocked, ridiculed and disrespected, but gracious. Birtukan denounced, vilified, strong-armed and manhandled, but unfazed. Ethiopia under the crushing ...