City Increases Areas Set for Demolition 135ha

Addis Abeba City Administration is clearing 23.78ha of more slum starting this fiscal year, on top of the 111ha that have already been slated for demolition by the Housing Development & Urban More »


BREAKING NEWS! 24 Ethiopian migrants drown off Yemeni coast

The Yemeni interior ministry said Monday that 24 Ethiopian migrants were found dead after their boat sank off the Yemeni coast. In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the More »

Ethiopia’s claims about dam construction ‘media show’: Egypt official


(Ahram Online) The Egyptian government has “alternative routes” in dealing with a major hydroelectric dam being constructed in Ethiopia, a spokesman for the Egyptian irrigation ministry said on Wednesday following a recent meeting between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan that was deemed a deadlock.

Spokesman Khaled Waseef said, in a press statement reported by MENA, that the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam faces financial as well as technical problems, and that the Ethiopian government’s statements that the project has been 30 percent completed are a “media show” for its own political gains.

Waseef added that the construction levels of the dam are “extremely low” and that the project’s generator has “not even one brick [in place].”

He stated that the negotiations with Ethiopia will not resume until Ethiopia changes its position and “applies international standards” while constructing the dam. He said there are imminent dangers for Egypt if the dam continued to be built as planned, which is something “Egypt would never accept.”

Residents make way for new stadium

The New Addis Ababa Stadium Design

The area between Bole Medhanialem and Imperial Hotel is being cleared to make way for the construction of a 60,000-seat stadium, estimated to cost 1.6 billion birr. Residents of the area, commonly known as “Chereqa sefer, have been relocated, as many houses had to be demolished for the construction. Many squatters have also been removed from the area.
Last year in June the Federal Sport Commission officially declared the winner of the new architectural design of the new stadium that it plans to build. The Winner of the design was reportedly JDAW and its engineers.
The stadium will be Ethiopia’s first that is up to FIFA’s standards and guidelines. Currently there are only two stadiums in Addis Ababa. The Addis Ababa Stadium which was built by Emperor Haile Selassie half a century ago. Another stadium, which has yet to be fully finished, is Abebe Bikila Stadium.
It was reported that the commission believes the old stadiums are preventing them from holding more football matches. In addition, the bigger stadium will generate more revenue, as is common for other nearby countries that have bigger stadiums.

Bedele Brewery cancels Teddy Afro’s “Journey of Love” Concert


Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Confidential sources close to Awramba Times disclosed that Bedele brewery, Heineken NV’s subsidiary in Ethiopia has cancelled Teddy Afro’s nationwide “Journey of Love” Concert.

Oromo Activists called on Bedele brewery to stop sponsoring Tewodros Kassahun’s nationwide tour that was scheduled across different cities of Ethiopia?

Two weeks ago, Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun (aka Teddy Afro) told the local Enqu magazine that he considered emperor Minelik’s imperial expansion a “holy war”. This remark deeply offended thousands of Oromos as an ethnically-motivated “remark” against Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.

Oromo activists all over the world had campaigned beer drinkers in Ethiopia to ditch Bedele products and also pressure regional officers to withdraw the sponsorship.

Eritrean pilot who bombarded Makalle’s Aider school defects to Djibouti


Habtom Kahsay, an Eritrean Air Force pilot has escaped with his bomber in Djibouti and plans seeking political asylum in another country. According to data collected by the Africa Express, the same pilot who in 1998 at the outbreak of war with Ethiopia stood up in flight from Asmara and bombarded Aider elementary school in Makalle, Tigray.

2013 was a year of leaks of military pilots from the former Italian colony, ruled by a harsh dictatorship is at least 10 officers who have fled, many of them in Saudi Arabia. In early December, although the national football team of Eritrea, who was engaged in an international tournament in Nairobi, has requested political asylum and has not returned home.

Source: Africa ExPress

New Ethiopian dam won’t affect Egypt’s water supply: minister

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Minister Mohamed Abdel Moteleb says a new dam in Gondar will not affect water flow to Lake Nasser
The construction of a new dam in Ethiopia will not affect the supply of water flowing to Egypt, said Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources on Saturday.

Construction on the Megech Dam, located near the Ethiopian city of Gondar, began earlier this month and has been allocated funding of approximately USD $125m, according to privately-owned Ethiopian Walta and its Information and Public Relations Center. The dam is planned to hold 1.
8 billion cubic metres of water when it is constructed, and will be used for irrigation purposes and drinking water for Gondar.

The effects of the dam have already been studied, said Egyptian minister Mohamed Abdel Moteleb, and have been presented by the Ethiopian government as part of one of the projects included in the eastern Nile Basin Initiative, an initiative that all Nile Basin countries have agreed upon.

Anti-Teddy Afro campaign catches fire on social media


(OPride) – A hyperactive social media campaign to boycott Bedele Brewery’s exclusive sponsorship of controversial Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun has garnered more than 13,000 supporters in less than 24 hours.Teddy-Afro2

Bedele Brewery, a local subsidiary of the Dutch beer maker Heineken NV, announced its agreement with Kassahun for a year long national tour at a press conference in Addis Ababa last week.

Kassahun, better known by stage name Teddy Afro, is a polarizing pop star in Ethiopia. His fans admire his musical talent while critics despise his unapologetic hero-worship of past Ethiopian rulers. Teddy has songs idolizing both emperors Haile Selassie and Menelik II.

The viral campaign, which goes with a hashtag #BoycottBedele, is asking beer drinkers in Ethiopia to ditch Bedele products and also pressure regional officers to withdraw the sponsorship. It has reportedly been featured on the state-run Oromia radio, which broadcasts in Oromo language to millions of listeners in the populous state.

Israeli Newspaper Claimed Mandela received weapons training from Mossad agents in Ethiopia


Top-secret archive document also reveals that Mandela was ‘familiar with the problems of Jewry and of Israel’ and that Israeli operatives tried to ‘make him a Zionist.’
Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader who died earlier this month, was trained in weaponry and sabotage by Mossad operatives in 1962, a few months before he was arrested in South Africa. During his training, Mandela expressed interest in the methods of the Haganah pre-state underground and was viewed by the Mossad as leaning toward communism.

These revelations are from a document in the Israel State Archives labeled “Top Secret.” The existence of the document is revealed here for the first time.

It also emerges that the Mossad operatives attempted to encourage Zionist sympathies in Mandela.

Mandela, the father of the new South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, led the struggle against apartheid in his country from the 1950s. He was arrested, tried and released a number of times before going underground in the early 1960s. In January 1962, he secretly and illegally fled South Africa and visited various African countries, including Ethiopia, Algeria, Egypt and Ghana. His goal was to meet with the leaders of African countries and garner financial and military support for the armed wing of the underground African National Congress.

Shimeles Bekele’s Al Mereikh set for Bayern munich friendly

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Sudan giants Al Mereikh are set to play Bundesliga defending champions Bayern Munich in an international friendly on January 9th in Doha ,Qatar

Al Mereikh’s president Gamal Alwali confirmed that the new development saying they had all plans had been finalised for the top of the bill friendly.

The friendly was made possible by Al Mereikh German coach Michael Kruger who has links with his teams from his home country.

“Yes i can confirm to you we will play an international friendly against Bayern Munich on January 9th in Doha.We are excited to have secured such an important match against a top team from Europe and we know it will go along way in meeting our objectives as a club ” said Alwali.