Addis Ababa, January 25 (WIC) – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi expressed his regret over the unfortunate accident of ET-409 which took place shortly after departure from Beirut International Airport today.
Meles said the government and people of Ethiopia deeply regret for the accident.
The government of Ethiopia has declared January 25, “National Day of Mourning.”
The government of Ethiopia has sent a team comprising of 14 people from Ethiopia’s Safety and Emergency Response department, Medical Unit, Flight Operations, Maintenance and Engineering, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation and Ethiopia’s Chief Airline Security office to provide additional support to the team in Beirut.
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after taking off from Beirut airport in Lebanon
Lebanese aviation sources said the plane was heading for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and had 85 passengers on board.
Reuters news agency quotes airport sources as saying that about 50 of the passengers were Lebanese nationals.
Western commentators on Ethiopia, or indeed other states in Africa, are regrettably all-too-often prepared to criticize policies on the basis of unverified allegations or unchecked claims. Professor Donald Levine is the latest to raise his voice about foreign influence in Ethiopia, even making the obnoxious, and false, suggestion that Ethiopia is prepared to accept food aid, while consistently refusing advice
by Tesfaye Habisso January 22 , 2010
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled, "Free Elections for Democracy or Creating Client
Regimes?," that was published in a certain website. The article made a modest attempt to
tackle the problematic of holding free, peaceful and credible elections in newly democratising
Third World countries because of, not only the authoritarian political culture and the democratic
Foreign Affairs Correspondent Mary Fitzgerald talks to Ethiopia’s prime minister in the first of a series of articles from the African country
Since then, the former Marxist guerrilla has presided over sweeping political and economic change: introducing a multiparty system, boosting health and education, and adopting pro-market policies to help transform a limping, largely agricultural economy into one predicted to be among the five fastest-growing in the world in 2010.
“We have succeeded in proving that Ethiopia can grow at Asian growth rates,” says Meles, sitting in his cavernous offices in the capital Addis Ababa. “This has rekindled hope in the possibility that Ethiopia will not for long be the poster child for poverty in the world.”
Ethiopian Oromo rebellion 'on last legs'
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – A rebellion by ethnic Oromos in Ethiopia is at its weakest state after years of internal divisions, a former rebel leader said Friday, claiming it had "zero" chance of toppling the government.
Six senior members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which for more than three decades has fought for independence of the Oromia region, crossed over from Kenya and surrendered earlier this month, along with 250 fighters
Somalia's instability is not Ethiopia's fault
Your article Violence, fear and confusion.. (10th Jan) implies that Somalia was stable and at peace before Ethiopia’s intervention in 2006. Assumptions used to criticize Ethiopia in relation to the instability are unfounded and fallacious. Lack of peace and stability in Somalia prevailed well before 2006 and dates from the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991. The instability in Somalia is the result of lack of a state structure [Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador]
The last chapter of the history of TPLF is yet to be written! However many writers have started to write about the long and bitter 17 years of struggle and the secret behind TPLF’s success and failure of the past. The following are few among many. Read, be informed and accept the torch and join the struggle to write the last chapter-defeating poverty and building a democratic Federal Ethiopia.... See Also:  More on Tsenat...ETV coverage
Special Program on today's Voa Tigrigna show about the late Artist Iyasu Berhe.
The program includes Iyasu's wife and two children, an eye witness when Iyasu collapsed the first time, his long time friend who was with him in Alamta, Manjus, and three farmers from Sheraro where
Iyasu Berhe spent a quarter of his life. There are also audience's reaction (starts after 11:55 minutes)
VOA Tigrigna Coverage on the late Iyasu Berhe