Shadow falls over Ethiopia reforms as warnings of crisis go unheeded In southern Ethiopia, tens of thousands of people are enduring what aid workers say is a full-blown humanitarian crisis. But the government of the new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, appears not to be listening. It is a stain on the record of an administration that...
We knew once the Abiy government started warming up with dictators, color revolutionary gurus, and oil-rich monarchs, Ethiopia's development was in trouble. What we did not know was how fast the country was going to disintegrate and face famine and civil war. It seems the 11th hour is here! The people of Gedo are starving! And no one least the Southern Nation government is shouting out loud for help! Sad.
Boeing 737 Max Hit Trouble Right Away, Pilot’s Tense Radio Messages Show By Selam Gebrekidan and James Glanz March 14, 2019 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner faced an emergency almost immediately after takeoff from Addis Ababa, requesting permission in a panicky voice to return after three minutes as the aircraft accelerated to abnormal speed, a person who reviewed air traffic communications said Thursday.
Spill over Effect of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Berhane Berhe Tesfaye 3-14-19 - The Nile water resource has been a source of misunderstandings and conflicts among the down and upper stream states for centuries especially between the successive governments of Ethiopia on the one hand and Egypt and Sudan on the other. However, especially after the introduction of the Nile ...
Rachel Maddow reports on worldwide concerns about potential safety problems with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and why perceptions of Donald Trump as compromised by poor judgment and susceptibility to manipulation have undermined the authority of the FAA and isolated the United States.
France receives black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines crash
Book Review: "Erkab Ena Menber" Assefa A. Lemu 3-13-19 - The book titled "Erkab Ena Menber" was written in Amharic language by DRAZ and published in 2017. The book has four parts and seven chapters. The author used penname called DRAZ and there is a widely held postulation that this name is...
Rumours grow of rift between Saudi king and crown prince There are growing signs of a potentially destabilising rift between the king of Saudi Arabia and his heir, the Guardian has been told.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are understood to have disagreed over a number of important policy issues in recent weeks, including the war in Yemen.
The Western Erasure of African Tragedy Media coverage of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 framed a horrifying accident in appallingly familiar ways.But in the aftermath of the tragedy, many Western media outlets reported the news with unevenly rationed compassion. Some stoked unfounded suspicions about the caliber of the airline itself. Others stripped their reporting of emphasis on Africa almost entirely, framing the tragedy chiefly in terms of its impact on non-African passengers and organizations.
IFC funds Gebeya Inc. to train 500 women developers in Ethiopia Gebeya, a Pan African Education Technology and Online Job Placement Company and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi program, today signed a $500,000 advisory services agreement to implement the Digital Gender-Ethiopia Program aimed at ...
FinTech is disrupting the digital transformation of banking in Africa Monday 11th March 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: - 2nd Edition of Finnovation Ethiopia 2019 opened today at the Radisson Blu Addis Ababa, where more than 200 international FinTech experts together with African pioneers, investors, entrepreneurs and leading bankers, gathered to harness the FinTech revolution to boost strategic economic priorities such as...
Update - Ethiopian Airlines announces that the Digital Flight Data Recorder(DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder(CVR) of ET302 have been Recovered. As a precaution, it has also grounded all Boeing 737- Max 8 planes as of today. March 11, 2019,
Ethiopian Airline CEO Tewelde briefing on the accident- March 10, 2018
One Time Government Investment Assures Food Security In Ethiopia Ethiopian government needs to make one time huge investment to assure food security and cut its increasing hard currency spending on importing food items, says a head of agricultural research institute.The government has to make one time huge investment to make sure the four key players in agricultural value chain (research, agriculture extension, marketing and aggro-processors) run the system smoothly, according to Dr. Mandefro Nigusse, Director of Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
Amhara Region has a new president- Gedu is out and Ambachew(Ph.D.)is in March 8, 2019 - The Amhara Regional parliament has ousted Gedu Andargachew and appointed Ambachew Mekonnen as the new president. If you recall Gedu was part of "team lemma" and has been at the helm when thousands of people were uprooted and killed in the Amhara region. Experts we talked told us while change is good in general they do not expect things to change much in the region while Demke Mekonnen remains the chairman of ADP. In fact, said one of the regional expert, the politics in the region may turn for the worst since Gedu was the 'better angel' among them! At least Gedu was not in favor of arresting Berket Simon and Taddese and willing to make peace with Tigrai! In another development, Oromia is being rocked by yet another demonstration. No one knows how long Abiy will remain head of ODP! Unless the current behind the door discussion becomes fruitful TPLF and all other political forces who support the federal arrangement are ready to take the political engagement in the country into another level. We were told there is a very good chance the discussion behind the door will succeed well but nothing is assured! Aigaforum March 8, 2019
Ethiopia says $1.3 billion needed to assist displaced people ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia is appealing for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3 million displaced due to ethnic conflict as well those vulnerable to climate shocks and disease."As I speak today, 8 million people require emergency food or cash assistance," said Mitiku Kassa. He said that most of the displaced are in the country’s Oromia and Somalia regions. Ethiopia's number of internally displaced people nearly doubled in 2018 creating the need for so much humanitarian assistance in 2019, he said. ...and what is the Abiy government doing about this? Nothing unless you consider Isaias Afeworki whom he is spending a lot with lately is an expert on conflict resolution and Eritrea and Somalia as countries of robust democracy and economic development where Abiy can learn a lot to mitigate the disaster looming over the country! Sad!
Regionalization of Ethiopia Assefa A. Lemu 3-7-19 - Regionalization can be defined as "the politico-administrative process by which regions emerge as relevant units of analysis for economic and political activity and welfare and service provision". In most cases, regionalization comes from top to down as devolution of power like it was the case in Ethiopia during the Transitional Period of 1991-1995 where fourteen regions were created by EPRDF as a part of governmental reforms.
Against Identity Politics The New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy Francis Fukuyama FRANCIS FUKUYAMA is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and Mosbacher Director of the institute's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. This essay is adapted from his forthcoming book Identity... Beginning a few decades ago, world politics started to experience a dramatic transformation. From the early 1970s to the first decade of this century, the number of electoral democracies  increased from about 35 to more than 110. Over the same period...
This is to update you that the upcoming Tigrai Grand Conference has been decided to be from July 28-August 1 (5 Days) in Mekelle. The starting date was previously advertised as July 29, but now it will start on July 28 (one day earlier). Hence, please mark the date in your calendar as JULY 28- AUGUST 1, 2019 in Mekelle, Tigrai.
N.B: We kindly request all of you to forward this updated message to all relevant colleagues, friends, and other potential stakeholders.