Archive for December, 2011

Ethiopia is abusing terrorism law: McLure

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Jason McLure : American Journalist Jason McLure worked in Ethiopia as a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg from 2007 to 2010. McLure left Ethiopia on his own volition after his difficult assignment in Ethiopia, where he, along was a translator, was even detained by security agents in Mekele for two days. ...

Indian IT major working on Ethiopian project

Friday, December 30th, 2011

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA: An Indian IT major is assisting the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) transform its valuation methodology to a transaction cost system from a minimum price setting system to prevent under-invoicing.

Ethiopian court sentences 2 Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on terror conviction

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court in Ethiopia on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism after the two illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group in a case that has been criticized by media rights groups. Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ...

Can you help me find Elias Mohamed, my Ethiopian father?

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Magnus Rosengarten | December 19, 2011 My name is Magnus Rosengarten. I am a German citizen residing in Berlin. My father is an Ethiopian and my mother German. I am posting this plea for help finding my Ethiopian father, whom I never saw. My father’s name is Elias Mohamed.   

Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Lately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of  Ethiopia painted in a recent broadcast of a fear-mongering three-part propaganda program entitled “Akeldama” (or Land of Blood) on ...

A climate of corruption, Ethiopian edition

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Janice Winter, Daily Maverick | December 19, 2011   COP17 is being hailed as “groundbreaking” as a deal was agreed after 14 days of difficult and, at times, deadlocked talks. One of the most contentious issues for Africa was the Green Climate Fund, which will go ahead despite anger at the ...

Opposition Leader Labels Ethiopian Government ‘Dictatorship’

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Negasso Gidada elected UDJ leader    The newly elected leader of Ethiopia's largest opposition group says his party faces a monumental task in trying to unseat what he calls "dictators" bent on silencing dissent. The party held leadership elections even as some of its top officials are being tried on terrorism charges. ...

Ethiopia: The Art of Bleeding a Country Dry

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Ethio-Corruption, Inc. (Unlimited) “The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current of illicit capital leakage”, wrote Economist Sarah Freitas who co-authored an upcoming report with  Lead Economist ...

Ethiopia rejects calls for Bush arrest, honors him a prize

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle December 4, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) — The Ethiopia government on Sunday dismissed an international rights group’s call for the arrest of former US President, George W. Bush for role in water boarding, which right group campaigners consider as torture.

Ethiopian Illicit Outflows Doubled In 2009, New Report Says

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By Christopher Matthews Ethiopia lost $11.7 billion to outflows of ill-gotten gains between 2000 and 2009, according to a coming report by Global Financial Integrity. That’s a lot of money to lose to corruption for a country that has a per-capita GDP of just $365. In 2009, illicit money leaving the country ...