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VOA discussion On Democracy and Development

It is not an exaggeration if we tell you that some of VOA Amharic presenters were deeply in love with Kinjit that was! Unlike today “Ye zaren ayadregewna” some of these people were trying to promote Kinjit as much as the law of the United States allowed them to do without causing any diplomatic problems. Today their darling Kinjit is no more! And it shows! Tizita Belachew has a new program called Democracy! She invited Ato Mekonne Kassa and “ye kedemo kinjit afe qelate” (ex speaker for Kinjit North America) Gezachew Legesse to discuss economic development and democracy in Ethiopia.
  Part I
Tizita next time do your job as a radio host and you do the asking. Let the guests answer your questions! Don't surrender your radio host role to one that has a temper tantrum.Next time play a neutral role as a radio host.

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VOA Amharic “ Eset Ageba”
Discussion with W/ro Shashu Habtu and Ato Yared Tebebu on the democratization process in Ethiopia.
  Part III     Part II     Part I
Moderator Alula Kebede asks both to share their view on the upcoming election and EPRDF’s decision to replace its top leaders during the coming five years! W/ro Shashu argues the democratic process is moving forward regardless of the challenges the country is facing everyday while Ato Yared argues the pessimist view that the sky is falling and the country is in dire situation!

Medrek is said to have decided to join the negotiating table it left a while back. This comes after, we are told, their handlers (promoters) pressured them to join. Next comes how the extremist supporters in Diaspora will take such news.

Response to "Corruption at Amhara Immigration Office By Musege Balew"
By the Main Dept of Immigration and Nationlaity Affairs

From Donald N. Levine to Mehari Maru Please accept my immediate and unqualified apology for the apparent misinformation contained in my note about Ato Mehari. That was obviously based on a faulty recollection which I deeply regret....DL
Response to Prof. Donald Levine’s e-mail
Prof. Donald Levine and I have recent and very good acquaintance. I am one of those Ethiopians who appreciate his contributions to Ethiopian academic and political discourse.
This aside, I want to express my deep disappointment regarding his e-mail which reported something I have never said. I, thus, would like to clearly and unequivocally state that:
1. I have never in my entire life met the PM, and never said to anybody I have meet the PM let alone to extend my advice on any matter whatsoever.
2. Also I have never been involved in any case regarding the indictment of elected MPs.
Mehari Taddele Maru 09/29/2009

News & Analysis

Ethiopians Partnership Forum publicly set up in Stockholm

October 3, 2009 (Stockhlom):-The Ethiopians Partnership Forum is an Ethiopian community civil forum, publicly established in Stockholm. The Forum organized its first public gathering on September 26, 2009 to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year and the Id-Alfetir holidays

Right Brain
In a trend that will change the country, leadership of China's Communist Party is slowly passing from functionaries trained in engineering to those educated in softer sciences like law.In the beginning there were firebrand revolutionaries like Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
Then came the engineers. China's post-Mao leadership has been dominated by engineers of varying stripes.

Meet Ardi - the oldest member of the human family tree
By David Derbyshire:- Short, hairy and with long arms, Ardi roamed the forests of Africa 4.4 million years ago - not long after the last common ancestor of chimps and people.Her discovery, sheds new light on a crucial period of human evolution...
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  • Fossil Skeleton From Africa Predates Lucy
    "...This was one of the first surprises, said Giday WoldeGabriel, a geologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, because it upset the hypothesis that upright walking had evolved as an adaptation to life on grassy savanna"

  • Gearing up for Election 2010: EPRDF – One last call to Medrek to join the negotiating table.
    (Aigaforum 09/29/09)
    The ruling party EPRDF and other main stream opposition groups have been discussing on a code of conduct that all political organizations should adhere to during the coming campaign season...Sources told us on 09/29/09 around 8 AM (Ethiopian time) AEUP, EPRDF, EDP and KINJIT met to consider AEUP agenda item but all agreed to wait until Thursday 10/1/09 9 AM to see if MEDREK will join them
    Medrek has been asked to bring any agenda item it deems necessary to be addressed!

    Egyptian officials work "behind closed doors" to block funding for upstream
    East africa is in the midst of a devastating drought-- When assigning blame, aid workers and politicians finger the usual suspects: lack of rain, climate change, but they're forgetting one: Egypt.Ethiopians might be tempted to circumvent the anachronistic arrangement, they can't. Egyptian officials work "behind closed doors" to block funding for upstream projects, according to David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia.

    Sunshine Construction - Ethiopian successful construction company   Part I     Part II

    USAID provides over 80 mln USD to improve quality education in Ethiopia Tuesday, 29 September 2009
    Addis Ababa, September 29 (WIC) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday announced support for six new education programs to improve quality education in Ethiopia

    The Front Line in Somalia: Dead Shebab Fighter believed to be from Eritrea!
    By Jeffrey Gettleman MOGADISHU, Somalia – We duck through a hole in a wall along this city’s blasted-out waterfront, following teenage gunmen with skinny shoulders and enormous weapons...the evidence is here, sprawled out in the streets. According to the front-line soldiers, the dead Shabab fighter was from Eritrea, a tiny but nettlesome African country widely suspected of funneling arms to Somalia’s insurgents...


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    Knowledge and Skill Transfer Program at Ethiopian Universities

    An invitation from The Expatriates Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all Ethiopian University Professionals in the Diaspora
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