South Sudan army denies using Egyptian airforce in rebel areas
February 4, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army (SPLA) denied on Saturday reports the Egyptian force was used to bomb rebel-controlled areas north of Upper Nile state. SPLA soldiers in Malakal, capital of the battleground oil-state of Upper Nile on 15 May 2014
The acting SPLA spokesman, Col. Santo Dominic dismissed the report as "false",
[We understand why the South Sudan actors are carrying such repeated unverified news about South Sudan and Egypt but why are some Ethiopian news sites carrying such news? Is Egypt trying to open another front to derail Ethiopia's development or are the sites simply becoming an extension for the propaganda machine in South Sudan?
The Ultimate Sisyphean
Ezana Sehay 02/10/17
It is conventional wisdom that politicians are more likely than the general population to be susceptible to sociopathic traits. Such politicians tend to be selfish, callous, remorseless, users of others, irresponsible, glib, con artists, and of course pathological liars
Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video
What would you do if you suddenly ran into the king of beasts on a dark road in Ethiopia? Scream? Run? Faint?Not Çağan Şekercioğlu. Instead, he took a deep breath and kept his camera rolling from inside his vehicle, capturing a rare video of an Ethiopian lion. (See 15 intimate portraits of lions.).
NYTimes: Joyous Africans Take to the Rails, With Chinas Help
DJIBOUTI The 10:24 a.m. train out of >Djibouti capital drew some of the biggest names in the Horn of Africa last month. Serenaded by a chorus of tribal singers, the crush of African leaders, European diplomats and pop icons climbed the stairs of the newly built train station and merrily jostled their way into the pristine...
How the First Weyane Revolt of 1943 Is Viewed: Comment on Amhara TV/ATV/ Documentary
Alulla Ewnetu, 02-09-17- While at home I have developed the habit of watching different Cable TV Channel lineups by switching from one station to the other. The Amhara Regional TV known as ATV was one of my favorite cable channels among other regional TV Stations which I quite frequently watch during my leisure time until recently...
[In fairness we are looking for the mentioned documentary which we will post as soon as we locate the documentary online!]
Lekatit11 is a national holiday for Tigreans. It is celebrated officially in a grand style every five years. However every off years the event is celebrated locally around the world. Given the politics of the day and to remind our readers and the public at large we will interview few former TPLF members to share their experience of the past.
Lekatit11 ushered the beginning of the new Ethiopia. Over 60 thousand innocent and brave volunteer lives were lost and over 30 thousand Tigreans were dismissed from the Army to make space for other nation nationalities recruits. Yet some EPRDF politicians were heard accusing Tigrai domination! Recent studies show the allegation of domination is simply untrue! Desta is one among the many veteran members of TPLF. He along with his cousin the renown martyred Mesfin returned from Yemen to join TPLF in the early seventies. Listen to his story and experience and remember all the martyred people who gave their lives so that all Ethiopians live in peace and tranquility! [Aigaforum Feb 2017]
The youth at the core of Africas plight
Bereket Gebru 02-09-17
Britain's contributing 400 troops to South Sudan peacekeeping mission
ITV News has learnt details of Britain's military contribution to the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan.By the end of May, around 400 troops mainly engineers will be on the ground, based primarily in two huge camps for civilians displaced by three years of fighting...
[Is this new approach by the west to peace keeping in Africa? What happen to using regional forces under UN mandate? Last time it was Japan now Britain is getting involved in South Sudan while Kenya is threatening to withdraw?Why is IGAD failing to influence South Sudan warring factions simillar to what the west African countries did in Gambia?
Ethiopia Tire Market to Surpass USD180 Million by 2022: TechSci Research
Increasing construction activities, expanding vehicle fleet size and growing replacement tire market to fuel demand for tires in Ethiopia through 2022.Gross domestic product (GDP) of Ethiopia increased from USD31.95 billion in 2011 to USD61.54 billion in 2015, and the economic scenario in the country is further expected to improve in the coming years...
Ethiopia! Seize the Time; the Dawn of New Globalization is Here
Abey Zewde 01-06-17
Breathtaking Bahir Dar
The earthy scent of wet earth after an early morning cloudburst still lingers in the air. The olfactory treat reminds me that Bahir Dars pristine environs are a universe away from my earlier destination pollution- infested Addis Ababa, Ethiopias capital.
Some Cross-border Issues
Eneyew Zeleke 02-05-17 - other day I met with my childhood friend and have good moment discussing many current issues and past memories traveling back and forth in time.
When we were juniors, our elders used to test and ask us questions. While I gave direct answers,
Premier holds discussion with residents in Amhara state
Addis Ababa, February 4, 2017 (FBC) Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has held discussion with representatives drawn from west and east Gojam and Awi nationality administrative zones as well as Bahir Dar town.
Ethiopian-Somali community press conference
"The Ethiopian Somali Community of N.California had a press conference to denounce and reject the meeting organized by the anti-democratic and anti-peace elements of the Genobot 7, OLF and ONLF held in Stanford University. The chairman of the Ethiopian Somali community of Northern California, Mr. Ahemd Heban, stated that the Ethio-Somali community is standing for peace, co-existence, democracy of the people of Ethiopia"
ገቢዎችና ጉምሩክ አራት ተከሳሽ ድርጅቶች በመንግሥት ላይ ያደረሱት ጉዳት የለም አለ
This case has been litigated for long. We understand public perception has no place in the court but the government must start to worry about the perception! If these folks are jailed for other reasons we think the lesson(s) learned so far may be enough. The government must help the court to transform itself and close cases in time by directing its attorneys to review cases that are taking long time for no good reason to drop!!![Aigaforum Jan 2017]