Why Europe should speak out about Ethiopia’s human rights

September 24th, 2012

On 25 July, the European Union adopted its strategic framework on human rights and democracy and appointed Stavros Lambrinidis its first special representative for human rights, seeking to “enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy”. It’s now time to translate policy into action. Ethiopia is a prime example, with its deteriorating human rights record. The recent death of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, whose leadership was characterised by cracking down on dissidents and dismantling the independent media, provides the EU with an excellent opportunity to change its policy on Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

Ethiopia: A New Prime Minister in a New Year

September 24th, 2012

By Alemayehu G. Mariam

Ethiopians had their new year on September 11. It is now 2005 in the Gregorian calendar. On September 21, they also got a new prime minster. How delightfully felicitous to have a new prime minister in the new year! Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the people of Ethiopia are in order.

Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in as prime minister before a special session of parliament. It was a rather low key affair with little pomp and circumstance. There were no parades and no sounds of bugle or trumpet announcing the changing of the guard. No inaugural balls. It was a starkly scripted ceremonial affair with minimal fanfare and political theatricality. Some 375 of the 547 members of Parliament sat quietly and heard Hailemariam recite the oath of office and gave him a hearty round of applause. Read the rest of this entry »

Egypt: Irrigation Minister – We Have Concerns About the Construction of Ethiopian Dam

September 24th, 2012

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Mohamed Bahaa eddin on 22/9/2012 said that Egypt is still having concerns about the construction of Ethiopia’s dam due to its quantum storage capacity. He confirmed that Ethiopia is yet to start with the construction of he dam.

Meanwhile, he noted that the Ethiopian foreign ministry assured Egypt and Sudan that in case there was any impact on their water quota due to the dam other projects will be carried out to collect lost water and cover shortage.

Open letter from ETNTC to PM Hailemariam Desalegn

September 21st, 2012


Hopes abound as Ethiopia takes new prime minister

September 21st, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s parliament swore in a new prime minister on Friday in the U.S. ally’s first peaceful change of power in modern history, sparking hope for change in a nation that’s largely a one-party with a poor human rights record. Read the rest of this entry »

iPhone 5: The wait is over

September 21st, 2012

(CNN) — The most diehard fans of Apple’s iconic iPhone were completing what’s become an annual rite of passage on Friday as lines that snaked for blocks in some cases began filing into Apple retails stores to be the first to get an iPhone 5.

Kelson Horton, 39, had been in line at Lenox Square mall in Atlanta since 5 p.m. Thursday.

The truck driver from Jonesboro, Georgia, said he’s done so for every iteration of the smartphone that Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced to the world in 2006.

“I’ve been doing it since Day One,” Horton said. “It’s the experience more than anything. It just happens to be the hottest phone on the market.”

Near the front of a line of about 200 people Friday morning, Horton said he got about an hour’s worth of sleep while meeting new friends from what he called “the iPhone family.”


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September 21st, 2012

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Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as the new prime minister of Ethiopia (video)

September 21st, 2012

Hailemariam Desalegn has been sworn in as the prime minister of Ethiopia today, 21 September 2012, by the parliament. Hailemariam’s first act as prime minister today was to nominate the deputy prime minister. Demeke Mekonnen’s nomination has been approved unanimously by the parliament and he became the deputy prime minister. ETV reported that the new prime minister will form a new cabinet in the coming few days. Watch below the swearing in ceremony and Hailemariam’s acceptance speech.

Ethiopia’s new leader takes oath of office

September 21st, 2012

Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took the oath of office Friday, vowing to maintain the legacy of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi who died last month.

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Parliament session on Meles succession delayed

August 23rd, 2012

A special session of Ethiopia’s parliament arranged in order to endorse the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s successor has been postponed.

No reason has not been given for the delay. But officials say the appointment of Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is not in dispute. Read the rest of this entry »