Archive for January, 2010

The Politicization of Food Aid under One-Party Rule in Ethiopia

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

By Seeye Abraha | January 31, 2010   Prominent opposition figure Seeye Abraha's decision to run for election in his native Tembien, Tigrai, would undoubtedly send shivers down the spine of the much-resented Meles Zenawi regime that has held the region hostage for nearly two decades.  The West has provided hundreds of millions ...

The new breadbasket of the world?

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

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

Ethiopia opposition says jailed leader ignored by West

Friday, January 29th, 2010

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The West is ignoring a jailed Ethiopian opposition leader to keep the Horn of Africa stable despite her being this week named on a United Nations list of arbitrary detainees, her party said on Friday.

Kagnew veterans share memories of Korean War

Friday, January 29th, 2010

AS Yilma Belachew gazed upon memorial stones honoring fallen Ethiopian comrades, his memories drifted back to bodies rolling down a hillside in Korea, where he fought alongside U.S. Soldiers.

Another Ethiopian 737 makes emergency landing

Friday, January 29th, 2010

N'DJAMENA (AFP) - AN ETHIOPIAN Airlines passenger jet en route from Dakar in Senegal to Addis Ababa made an emergency landing on Thursday in Chad due to a radar problem, airport authorities said.

African Union row over Muammar Gaddafi’s role

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A diplomatic row has broken out at the African Union over attempts to extend Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's chairmanship of the organisation.

UN sympathises with Ethiopia over plane crash

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The United Nations on Thursday extended its heartfelt sympathy to the government and people of Ethiopia over the recent Ethiopian Airlines plane crash off the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon, The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), Abdoulie Janneh, conveyed the sympathy message at the opening of ...

Serbia appeals for African backing against Kosovo

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Serbia appealed to African states on Thursday to back its efforts to block diplomatic recognition of Kosovo independence, warning the continent's own multi-ethnic countries could be threatened by the move.

AI calls on Ethiopia’s dictator not to execute Melaku Tefera

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Amnesty International (AI) has called on Ethiopian authorities not to execute Melaku Tefera, the only one of five men sentenced to death on 22 December 2009 who remains in Ethiopia. The other four sentenced to death in absentiaare exiled Ginbot 7 party leaders Berhanu Nega, Andargachew Tsige, Muluneh Eyouel and ...

Koraro: The Sustainability Factor

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The following is the sixth and final post in a series of reports from the Ethiopian village of Koraro, an important testing ground for the Millennium Village Project, an experiment in global development strategy spearheaded by economist Jeffrey Sachs. The reports, written by Jeff Marlow, a graduate student at the ...