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Ensuring the Integrity of the Upcoming Elections: Partisanship, loyal opposition and the Economist

Political parties play a central role in the democratization process in any country. They provide the means through which different public interests are articulated, providing for the aspirations of various sections of society. They are the main actors in the market place of ideas, offering a menu of alternative political platforms on a range of areas, political, economic or social
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Interview with his excelency prime minister of Ethiopia Ato Meles Zenawi

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Ethiopians all over the world are saddened by this tragedy and the Consulate General has prepared a Guest Book below to express your condolences.
List of names of who perished in the ET409 airliner crash off Beirut, Jan 25 2010

condolence page

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

Letter of condolences from UTNA

Flight 409 Black Box found

The flight box is located but not yet retrieved! Ethiopian authorities said earlier report that claimed the black box was found carried by many bloggers was false!
(Page last updated at 22:38 GMT, Wednesday, 27 January 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.

Ethiopia attracts new foreign investment

News & Analysis

Why do people often vote against their own interests?

Last year, in a series of "town-hall meetings" across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama's proposed healthcare reforms.
What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.
Communication and letting the people participate is key to govern. EPRDF needs to learn from the Democrats dilemma and replicate what it has done in the rural areas in the cities as well.

Canada's FM to attend African Union summit
(AFP) – Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon announced Thursday he will attend the 14th African Union summit in Ethiopia from January 29 to 31.
"I look forward to my first visit to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa and to participating in my first African Union summit," the minister said in a statement.

Koraro: The Sustainability Factor
By NEW YORK TIMES:- The following is the sixth and final post in a series of reports from the Ethiopian village of Koraro, an important testing ground for the Millennium Village Project, an experiment in global development strategy spearheaded by economist Jeffrey Sachs

Probe to query why doomed plane veered off course
Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Seyoun Misfin was also expected in Beirut late on Tuesday. Ethiopian Airlines, which was established in 1946 and operates an all-Boeing fleet, is considered one of Africa's best carriers. Facts: Ethiopia Airlines - an expanding African carrier. The airline had not been involved in a major accident since 1996, when a Nairobi-bound jet was hijacked by three Ethiopians seeking political asylum.
Operation to retrieve Ethiopia plane's black boxes

  PM Meles Zenawi addresses Ethiopians on the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET-409

Boeing 737 has good safety record, experts say

'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.... “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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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....
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Tribute to Iyasu Berhe

In memory of Iyasu Berhe TDA San Diego

In memory of Iyasu Berhe Tigrean students in Europe

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Memorial Service Announcement

A memorial service for Artist and Tegadalay Iyasu Berhe will be held at the Ethiopian Embassy Washington DC.
Date January 30 2010 from at 2-4 PM
Address 3506 International Drive

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

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