Archive for September, 2011

Ethiopia Changes its Mind on Purchasing Bombardier Aircraft

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The Ethiopian Airlines said it had changed its plan to purchase Bombardier aircraft. It was reported last week that the airlines was holding talks with representatives of Bombardier, the Canadian airframer, for the purchase of additional Q400 aircraft which are known for less emission and noise.

The Diplomacy of Defending Dictatorship

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam “It is time to stop hating Ethiopia.”In November 2006, in her farewell cable to her replacement Donald Yamamoto and the Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Fraser, former Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Vicky Huddleston warned: “It is time to stop hating Ethiopia.”

Patrick Makau breaks Haile Gebrselassie’s marathon world record in Berlin

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Patrick Makau retained the Berlin men's marathon title in a world record time. The Kenyan finished in a time of two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds to shave 21 seconds off the record set by Haile Gebrselassie on the same course.

Journalist On the Run – Wikileaks Clarifies Its Role

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Bram Posthumus 23 September 2011 GA_googleFillSlot( "AllAfrica_Other_InsetA" ); Earlier this week, Radio Netherlands ran a story about Ethiopian journalist Argaw Ashine, who had to flee his country after a confidential American diplomatic cable revealed his contacts with the US Embassy in Addis Abeba. He squarely blames the whistleblowing website ...

Africa: No honor among dictators

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The old saying is that there is no honor among thieves. Is it also true that there is no honor among dictators? Perhaps that is a distinction without a difference. But Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia and Omar Bashir, the dictator of Sudan seemed to be good longtime friends. ...