Archive for April, 2010

Foreign Aid Subsidizes Repression, Says Expert

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A month ahead of national elections, the Ethiopian government has come under critical Western scrutiny in an article which accuses foreign donors of "subsidizing a regime that is rapidly becoming one of the most repressive and dictatorial on the continent."

Racing to contain MDR-TB

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ADDIS ABABA, 28 April 2010 (IRIN) - At St Peter TB Specialized Hospital, high in the mountains of Entoto, north of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, a masked Johannes* is suffering from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and has spent the last month at the hospital.

Silencing dam critics in Ethiopia

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Gibe 3 Dam and Ethiopia's coming elections have something powerful in common: the silencing of dissent at any cost. Ethiopia's government has systematically developed a culture of fear that silences any dissent of the ruling party and its policies. In villages, people fear what they say or do could ...

Virgin Nigeria Appoints New CEO

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Nigeria Eagle Air-lines (formerly Virgin Nigeria Airways) has appointed an Ethiopian, Mr. Kinfa Fekadu, as the Chief Executive Officer of the major domestic carrier following the exit of Captain Dapo Olumide yesterday. The appointment takes immediate effect.

Ethiopian government says opposition wants poll violence

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The Ethiopian opposition may provoke violence during the first national elections since a disputed 2005 poll ended with street riots and the jailing of politicians, the ruling party has said.

Ethiopians ‘will bring strong team to Nairobi’

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Ethiopia will enter a strong team in the 17th African Athletics Championships in Nairobi, world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie has said.

New Forum Seeks to Prune GMO Law

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Consultative Forum established on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Desalegn Hotel, Cape Verde Street, has a plan to sway the federal government into reconsidering the overlooked bio safety law.

Fear of Unknown Grips Addis Abeba ahead of National Polls

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It is a journalist’s headache in Ethiopia that nearly everyone interviewed prefers to remain anonymous. That is not even humility. It is rather the fear of what the consequences of accountability for what people say might be. That goes for when many people believe in the truth of what they ...

Ethiopian Bar Association suspended

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By MIKIAS SEBSIBE | Addis Fortune ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — The Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) suspended the activities of the Ethiopian Bar Association (EBA) on April 13, 2010, following a dispute over the Association’s English nomenclature.

Information Without Interference

Monday, April 26th, 2010

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets,” fretted Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, as he summed up the informative powers of an independent press. All dictators and tyrants in history have feared the enlightening powers of the independent press because, as Napoleon explained, “A journalist ...