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The Federal Budget Grant Distribution Formula and the Solidarity Principle of the Ethiopian Federal Democratic Republic

Dr. Petra Zimmermann-Steinhart:- In May 2009, the House of Federation endorsed a new Grant Formula to equalize fiscal imbalances between the federal level of government on one hand and fiscal imbalances on the regional level of government on the other hand. This article analyses the relationship between the new grant formula and the solidarity principle enshrined in the Ethiopian Constitution. In doing so, the article focuses on the principles of the formula rather than looking into the details of the econometric calculation...
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One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. by Maya Angelou

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Baye Speedy - filfilu - Kamisee - Jambboo Jottie - Wello-Oromo

Dear Aiga,

Could you please post on your website, that ETV being broadcast on the MHZ network to the DC area(the problem may be all over ...!) has a sound quality issue. It seems like ETV upgraded their video quality, but the upgrade seems to affect the sound quality badly, to the point it is a high pitch sound. I have tried to send ETV an e-mail to etv2 @ but didn't get any response. So I suggest on your website to raise this issue, may be some from ETV staff may read it in your website and address the problem.

Also, trying to access the press release in the website of the MFA that was posted on your website, causes my internet browser to display the website has been reported as an "Reported Attack Page!." I think the MFA IT staff has to address with Google, and other internet search engine about the site being listed as an attack site. Thanks. Lela.

PM Meles Zenawi's Press Conference (in English)

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Core Principles of Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy: Ethio-Egypt Relations

As we indicated last week, Ethiopia’s national interests have been completely redefined and re-evaluated since 1991, providing a new focus on the country’s internal vulnerabilities and problems, political and economic. The Foreign Policy and National Security Strategy identifies the major threats to Ethiopia and indeed to its survival: economic backwardness and the desperate poverty affecting a large majority of the population.
See Also:  A Week in the Horn (20.08.2010)

Pressing elements to abandon the old path

Dejene Sojato, 8/19/10:- Ethiopia, an oasis of peace and stability in a troubled Horn of Africa, held its fourth national elections to the House of People’s Representatives and state councils on the 23rd May 2010. As attested by local and international observers, the elections were free, fair transparent peaceful and reliable. Whereas the reality on the ground shows a very conducive environment for a peaceful, free, fair and democratic election in Ethiopia...

How Ethiopia rid itself of extremists and got the balance right
By: Abdullahi Dool:- There is confusion which is threatening the existence of the universe. Nearly 10 years ago thugs in the form of Al-Qaeda have attacked the United States and demolished the World Trade center twin towers in New York City. Not fewer than a hundred Muslims are known to have lost their lives in the attack. However, following the attacks on New York and subsequent attacks in countless countries ...

Ethiopia eyes end of food aid within five years: PM
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia may not need any food aid within five years thanks to an ambitious development plan that targets a heady average economic growth of 14.9 percent over the period, its prime minister said Wednesday.
"In the future, we will feed ourselves and we will be able to manage our own forms of social security," Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told reporters. "I don't think that is impossible. I think it's quite achievable over the next five years."

Comment:- With a stable, farsighted government that got an overwhelming support during the last national election Ethiopia should be able to achieve such ambitious goal. All it takes is determination! And thanks to the gallant fighters who fought and won against the Derge regime, Ethiopians know what tenacity and determination are all about!


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2010 TDA Tigray Festival Europe (London)!!!

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London August 28 to 29

TDA North America BOSTON Chapter meeting

TDA North America BOSTON Chapter calls all members and supporters of Tigray development Association for a publc meeting with Ambassador Tewolde Gebru, Director of TDA International.

Date: Sunday August 22 at 4:00PM
Place: 130 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116; Infront of BACK BAY T S

Ashenda Party Invitation

August 28, 2010 2500 Masonic Dr San Jose!!

Ethiopian New Year's Eve 2003

(Hosted by UTNA Bay Area)

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