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We are very dishearten to hear the unfortunate accident of ET-409. May God with his infinite wisdom help the families of the loved ones lost in this accident. Aigaforum Jan 25, 2010

PM Meles expresses regret over ET-409 accident

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.

Ethiopian Airlines jet 'crashes into sea off 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.

Professor Donald Levine and foreign influence

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 ...

See Also:  A Week in the Horn (22.01.2010)

Barking Up The Wrong Tree: A Response to Donald Levine

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 deficit prevailing

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Boeing 737 has good safety record, experts say

The Ethiopian airliner which crashed into the Mediterranean soon after take-off today was a Boeing 737, the best-selling commercial aircraft in aviation history...

'If push comes to shove, we can survive on our own'

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.”

Fourteenth AU summit programme kicks off in Ethiopian capital Monday
January 24, 2010 (WIC)-- Discussions and deliberations ahead of the 14th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit are scheduled to open in Addis Ababa on Monday, with the Nineteenth Ordinary Session of the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).

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

A call for supporters and friends of the Amhara Development Association
The Amhara Development Association (ADA) is an indigenous grass root organization working towards the development of its region and people. Its goal is to create awareness regarding the continual support and development in respect to growth and economic achievements as a non for profit organization
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Somalia's instability is not Ethiopia's fault
Dear Editor,- 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]

New Books on TPLF History

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


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Sheger FM Interview with late Iyasu Berhe

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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

Artiste Eyasu laid to rest.

January 20, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Funeral of the late renowned artist and long time TPLF member, Eyasu Berhe was conducted on Wednesday here at the Holy Trinity Cathedral...

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