U.S. $1 Million Limalimo Lodge to open in 2015 at Simien Mountains

Addis Ababa ,July 15/2014, African Wildlife Capital, a mission-based investment company has signed agreements with a British-Ethiopian venture to build a world-class boutique hotel in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park, one of More »

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ሰበር ዜና – የመስቀል ክብረ በዓል የዓለም ቅርስ ሆኖ በዩኔስኮ ተመዘገበ

የኢትዮጵያው የመስቀል ክብረ በዓል በዓለም ቅርስነት መመዝገቡን ዩኔስኮ አስታወቀ፡፡ ዩኔስኮ የመስቀል ክብረ በዓልን (Commemoration feast of the finding of the True Holy Cross of Christ) በዓለም ቅርስነት መመዝገቡን ኅዳር 25 ቀን ይፋ More »

Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

In addition, plans by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes not eligible for presidential pardons has been dropped, said Redwan Hussein, a government spokesman.ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

In addition, plans by the legislature to add gay sex to a list of crimes not eligible for presidential pardons has been dropped, said Redwan Hussein, a government spokesman.

Hostility toward gays across Africa is high. Uganda and Nigeria increased penalties against gay acts this year. Homosexuals in other countries face severe discrimination and harmful physical attacks.

Top 10 Ethiopian April the fool News

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1.ሰምታችኋል??? ግብፅ ዛሬ ማታ የአባይን ግድብ በሚሳኤል ድምጥማጡን ታጠፋዋለች ተብሎ ይጠበቃል።

2.Eritrea sells Port Assab to Ethiopia for $1 Billion
Eritrea today said it will sell its Assab Port for a cool $1 Billion dollar to its former colonial power, Ethiopia. The settlement could take up to 120 days before Ethiopia gets its own sea outlet for the first time in 20 years.

Ethiopia currently uses the port in Djibouti for its export and import trade and is costing the country more than 700 million dollar year.

In 1869 Assab was bought by the Rubattino Shipping Company from the local Sultan in Ethiopia, and was acquired by Italy (1882) who found the port inadequate for exploitation of its hinterlands, and came to use Assab as a coaling station. During the twentieth century Assab became Ethiopia’s main port. The Soviet Union later built an oil refinery there. During the Eritrean War of Independence and famine of the 1980s, food aid was brought to Eritrea and the Ethiopian province of Tigray through this port.

The port facilities were greatly expanded in the early 1990s, with the construction of the new terminal, but the port has declined since trade with Ethiopia was terminated in 1998 as a consequence of the Eritrean-Ethiopian War.

Ethiopia now hopes to modernize the port after the deal is finalized. The port is currently used as a watering hole for Eritrean camels. But the Ethiopian government said, it will move the camels to a different location

3.Saladin Said Signs for Manchester United

Saladin Said has signed a seven-year contract which will tie him to Old Trafford until 30 June 2020.

“I’m excited to be joining a club as big as Manchester United. I feel this can only improve my career,” he said.

Sir Alex Ferguson said he was delighted to sign a player who he claimed last week would make United’s squad as strong as that which won the European Cup in 1999.

“I am very excited. I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years,” he said.

“Everyone is delighted by this signing.”

4.ESAT and ETV to merge

ESAT, the independent Ethiopian Sattelite Television and Ethiopian National Television (ETV) decided to merge and serve the Ethiopian community as one. According the the press release, starting from April 1, 2013 ETV will broadcast ESAT news and ESAT will broadcast Ethiopian TV News

5.America to Invade Ethiopia over Holy Water

On the recent news that Ethiopia is planning to export Holy Water, the American government is going to wage war against Ethiopia over holy water.
CIA analyst Jason Born said that Ethiopian holy water is the most valuable medicine in the world.
If we have that, we will get rid of the pharmaceutical industry, close all medical colleges and medical Insurance businesses.

6.15,000 maids from USA, England and Saudi Arabia to work in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government has issued visa for maids from US, England and Saudi Arabia.
Due to the shortage of maids from France and Germany, the Ethiopian government has decided to accept maids from US, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Edward said that “I have been waiting for visa for 18 months”. “This is going to change my life”

7.Ethiopian government asked China to colonize Ethiopia

In a desperate move to show rapid development goals and achieve the 5 year plan, Ethiopian government asked it’s Chinese counterpart to colonize the country.
The Ethiopian government promised Chinese counterpart that they won’t shoot a single bullet and show signs of resistance.

Ethiopians told their relatives in other countries not to send any more money

8.Ethiopia to Invade Italy to Commemorate 118th Victory of Adwa

The Ethiopian congress has passed resolution ET-2004-Colonize-IT to invade and colonize Italy on April 1, 2013.

General Mandefro explained Ethiopians are tired of observing the victory of Adwa for 117 years. They want to do something about it.
Ethiopians from North to South and from East to West are united to act rather than observe this holiday.

9.Ethiopians told their relatives in other countries not to send any more money

Ethiopians who used to receive money from their relatives warned their family members in U.S., Europe, Middle east and Australia not to send any more money from now on.
Desalegn who has a brother in England has this to say. “Hey Bro, I know how hard it is for you to make money. From now on, just keep the money with you.”

10.Julia Roberts and George Clooney to play on Sew Le Sew Movie

Sew Le Sew, the most admired and award winning TV show in Ethiopia, is going to be turned into a movie and played by Hollywood actors Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Due to the popularity of the show, the TV series is going to be turned into a 2 hours movie. Both actors have been watching the drama every week

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Ethiopia to Make Gay Sex a Non-Pardonable Offence


Lawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense.

Other anti-gay actions and measures in Ethiopia are inducing a climate of fear and panic among the country’s LGBT community.

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers endorsed the bill last week with parliament expected, according to local activists, to vote it into law as early as next week.

The bill aims to curb the president’s power to pardon prisoners who committed certain “crimes,” including those imprisoned for homosexuality acts. Other offenses included in the list are corruption, human-trafficking, smuggling, rape and terrorism.

Ethiopia’s Minister of State Getachew Bedane urged a quick vote.

26 year-old Bereket, an Ethiopian gay rights blogger commented on the move: “The decision to include homosexuality in this bill is simply pure ignorance on the part of the government.

የ40/60 ቤቶች ዲዛይን ተለወጠ


መንግሥት የዜጐችን የመኖሪያ ቤት እጥረት ለመቅረፍ ከጀመራቸው ፕሮግራሞች አንዱ የሆነው የ40/60 ቤቶች ፕሮግራም የቤት ዲዛይን ተለወጠ፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ የ40/60 ቤቶች ፕሮግራም ምዝገባ ካካሄደ በኋላ የቤቶች ዲዛይን እንዲከለስ ተወስኖ ነበር፡፡ ለ40/60 ቤቶች የተሠሩት አዳዲሶቹ ዲዛይኖች ከፍታቸው ከ18 እስከ 24 ፎቅ ይደርሳል፡፡ የቀድሞው ዲዛይን ባለ 12 ፎቅ ሲሆን ግንባታቸው በተጀመሩ ቦታዎች ይኼው ዲዛይን ይቀጥላል ተብሏል፡፡

የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ አስተዳደር ኮሙዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ቢሮ ባወጣው መግለጫ፣ አዳዲሶቹ ዲዛይኖች በየደረጃው ለአስተያየት ይቀርባሉ፡፡ ይህ የቅድመ ዝግጅት ሥራ እንደተጠናቀቀ አዳዲሶቹ ዲዛይኖች ተግባራዊ እንደሚደረጉ ታውቋል፡፡

የኢትዮጵያ ንግድ ባንክ ለ40/60 ቤቶች ፕሮግራም ባካሄደው ምዝገባ 164 ሺሕ ነዋሪዎች ተመዝግበዋል፡፡ ከዚህ ውስጥ ሰባት ሺሕ ተመዝጋቢዎች ባለአንድ መኝታ፣ 72 ሺሕ ተመዝጋቢዎች ባለሁለት መኝታ፣ 85 ሺሕ ተመዝጋቢዎች ባለሦስት መኝታ መኖሪያ ቤት ለማግኘት ተመዝግበዋል፡፡

The life awaiting Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia

Eritrian in Ethiopia

Deporting Eritrean refugees in Israel to Ethiopia would condemn them to a life of misery – harrowing insights from a camp in northern Ethiopia.
Sixteen kilograms of wheat, a kilogram and a half of lentils, 950 grams of cooking oil, one handful of salt, one handful of sugar.

No, this is not a recipe for a cheap meal. It is the monthly nutritional allowance for an Eritrean family living in a refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. Add to their allotment one bar of soap per month for hygiene and to wash clothes, and two pairs of new underwear for each member of the family every six months. That’s all that they will receive while in the camp.

For these families – nearly 70,000 individuals, according to Ethiopian officials – every day is the same as the day before. There is no opportunity for work. There is no variety. Each meal consists mostly of injera, the spongy, mildly sour flatbread that is a local staple.

There is safety in the camps, yes, but little more than that. People cluster and sit, doing nothing, looking tired and bored. Children in torn clothing wander the dirt paths, picking up stones and sticks to play with and mingling with the free-roaming goats and donkeys. It is possible to survive in these conditions, unless one needs serious medical care, which is beyond reach. They might live, but for them there is no real life. No freedom of movement. No ability to provide for their families. Living huddled together in tents or mud huts, they are totally dependent on handouts of aid from the government and relief organizations. How can a person live a life over which they have so little control?

Gedion agrees to a new £30,000-a-week contract with Arsenal


ARSENAL have tied down the future of their latest whizz-kid Gedion Zelalemafter the teenager agreed a new £30,000-a-week contract.

The size of the deal for the 17-year-old, who made his debut as a substitute in the FA Cup Fourth Round win over Coventry, reflects how highly he is rated by manager Arsene Wenger.

Zelalem, who is now contracted to 2017, was born after Wenger first joined Arsenal and is regarded as the club’s most promising youngster to emerge since Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal signed him in 2013 after a trial and Wenger has sought to fast-track Zelalem, who is wanted by three different countries.

He was born in Berlin and can play for Germany, the USA where he lived between the ages of 9 and 16 and Ethiopia where his parents are from.

Original article appeared in the Sunday Express

Addis Ababa looks like a construction site


Addis Ababa (AFP) – Above Addis Ababa’s concrete skyline, cranes tower high amid blasts from nearby drills and diggers. At the feet of buildings shrouded in bamboo scaffolding, excavators dig up dirt tracks, to be replaced by paved roads and a modern railway.

It is a scene common to most neighbourhoods in the Ethiopian capital, which has turned into a giant building zone and a city in transformation.

“It looks like a construction site when we compare from the previous time,” said Berhanu Kassa, manager of B.B. Construction in the Ethiopian capital.

“Especially in the past five years, it’s a really big change,” he added, speaking at the site of his latest project, a mixed-use commercial building on one of the city’s main thoroughfares where workers offload concrete slabs from a delivery truck.

Addis Ababa’s construction boom — funded both from private and public coffers — is being driven by the country’s recent rapid economic growth.

በወሰን ግጭት ምክንያት የሦስት ሕፃናት ወላጆች በጥይት ተደብድበው ሞቱ


-ተጠርጣሪው ገዳይ በቁጥጥር ሥር ውሏል

በንፋስ ስልክ ላፍቶ ክፍለ ከተማ በተለምዶ አቦ ማዞሪያ ተብሎ በሚጠራው አካባቢ ከሦስት ዓመታት በፊት በተነሳ የመኖሪያ አዋሳኝ ድንበር ክርክር ምክንያት የሦስት ሕፃናት እናትና አባት፣ የመከላከያ ሠራዊት አባል ነበር በተባለ ተጠርጣሪ የካቲት 24 ቀን 2006 ዓ.ም. ከቀትር በኋላ በጥይት ተደብድበው ተገደሉ፡፡

የከባድ ተሽከርካሪ ሾፌር መሆናቸው የተገለጸው አቶ ዳንኤል ነጋሽና የቤት እመቤት ናቸው የተባሉት ወ/ሮ ምስለ ማሞ የመቶ እልቅና ማዕረግ በነበረውና እስከ 1999 ዓ.ም. ድረስ የመከላከያ ሠራዊት አባል እንደነበረ በተገለጸው ግለሰብ በጥይት ተደብድበው ሊገደሉ የቻሉት፣ በግልና በቀበሌ ይዞታነት ለሁለት በተከፈለ ከመኖሪያ ግቢ ጋር በተያያዘ ተፈጥሮ በከረመ የወሰን ውዝግብ ምክንያት መሆኑን ለማወቅ ተችሏል፡፡

ተጠርጣሪ ገዳይ ከሟቾች አጥር ጋር የተያያዘ የቀበሌ ቤት ተከራይቶ ሲኖር፣ መውጫና መግቢያው በሟቾች ግቢ ውስጥ እንዲሆን ለክፍለ ከተማው ወረዳ ሦስት በማመልከቱ ይፈቀድለታል፡፡

የወረዳውን ውሳኔ የተቃወሙት ባለይዞታዎች (ሟቾች) ድርጊቱ አግባብ አለመሆኑን በመግለጽ፣ ጉዳዩን ወደ ፍርድ ቤት በመውሰድ ተጠርጣሪውንና ወረዳውን ይከሳሉ፡፡ የክስ ሒደቱ ላለፉት በርካታ ወራት የተጓተተ ቢሆንም፣ ፍርድ ቤቱ ሁለቱም ወገኖች ማለትም ተጠርጣሪ ገዳይና ሟቾች ምንም ዓይነት ግንባታ ወይም የማፍረስ ድርጊት እንዳይፈጽሙ ዕግድ ጥሎበት እንደነበርም ከአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ለመረዳት ተችሏል፡፡ ተጠርጣሪ ገዳይ ከወትሮ ለየት ባለ ሁኔታ የካቲት 24 ቀን 2006 ዓ.ም. ዕግድ የተጣለበትን የፍርድ ቤት ትዕዛዝ በመተላለፍ፣ አጥር ለማጠባበቅ ሲሞክሩ ሟች አቶ ዳንኤል ‹‹ዕግድ የተጣለበት ስለሆነ በሕግ ውሳኔ እስከሚያገኝ ድረስ አጥር ማጠርም ሆነ ማፍረስ ተከልክሏል፡፡ በሕግ አምላክ አትንካ፤›› በማለት ሲናገሩ መስማታቸውን የአካባቢው ነዋሪዎች ገልጸዋል፡፡