Barack Obama & Hailemariam Desalegn Addis Abeba joint press conference – White House text, Youtube video

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
While House Brief – Ethiopia’s National Palace
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    HAILEMARIAM: “We have raised a number of issues on how the U.S. can support the strengthening of Ethiopia’s democratization process. My government has expressed its commitment to deepen the democratic process already underway in the country, and work towards the respect of human rights and improving governance.
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Ethiopia’s ‘democratically elected’ government & Barack Obama’s terrible Ethiopia political gaffe

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by David Smith, The Guardian

    Obama’s statement appeared to be the closest thing to a “gaffe” he has made so far on his east African tour. He earned widespread praise in Kenya for championing both gay rights and women’s rights, challenging Africans to reconsider traditional practices including female genital mutilation. But Ethiopia’s more restrictive approach to civil liberties was always going to pose a tougher diplomatic balancing act.

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In Ethiopia, a quiet rivalry for influence pits US against China

27 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by William Davison, The Wire

Addis Ababa: When Barack Obama became the first sitting President of the United States to touch down in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday evening, it was at an airport being upgraded using a $250-million Chinese loan.
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Amid Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, lawsuit reveals extent of TPLF regime’s infringement of US citizen’s right to privacy,         saysThe Washington Post

26 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jack Gillum, The Washington Post

Documents are photographed in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in a unique lawsuit challenging whether Ethiopia can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man’s Skype calls and his family’s Internet activities. But the man, known in court filings as Kidane, born in Ethiopia and now an U.S. citizen, isn’t wanted for a crime _ but instead helps out a political opposition group outlawed in his home country. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press– via The Washington Post)

Documents are photographed in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in a unique lawsuit challenging whether Ethiopia can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man’s Skype calls and his family’s Internet activities. But the man, known in court filings as Kidane, born in Ethiopia and now an U.S. citizen, isn’t wanted for a crime _ but instead helps out a political opposition group outlawed in his home country. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press– via The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.
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የገቢዎች ባለሥልጣን ለግብር ገቢ መቀነስ አስመጪዎችንና አከፋፋዮችን ወቀሰ አሉ – ገንዘብ ከሃገር የሚያሸሹት ላኪና አስመጭነትነቱን የያዙት የሕወሃት ሰዎች ሆነው ሳለ ባለሥልጣኑ ለምን በኮድ መንሾኳሸክ ፈለገ?

26 Jul

የአዘጋጁ መልዕክት

    የኢትዮጵያን ሕዝብ በገሃድ ከሚግጡት መካከል ግንባር ቀደሞቹ የሕወሃት ሰዎች መሆናቸውን እኩዩ መለስ ዜናዊ ለይቶ እያወቀ፡ የመንግሥት ሌቦችና በንግዱ ዓለም ውስጥ የተሰገሰጉት እያለ በሕዝቡ ላይ ሲያሾፍ መኖሩ ይታወሳል፡፡ እርሱም ‘የኛ’ ያላቸውንም ሆነ የሌሎቹን ሌቦች’እጅ ሳይቆርጥ’ – በመሬት መዘረፍ ምክንያት ስለማዘኑ በፓርላማ የአዞ እንባ እንዳለቀስ – የራሱ ሰዎች መሬት ዘርፈው እሲኪያገሱ ጠብቆ በክብር ቢሸኝም፣ ሰውና ወኔ በጠፋበት ዘመን አሁንም ስድስት ክንድ ከመሬት በታች ሆኖ ኢትዮጵያን ያስተዳድራል።
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አፋርና ሶማሌ ክልሎች ለግብርና ኢንቨስትመንት ሰፋፊ መሬቶችን ለማዕከላዊ መንግሥት እንዲያሰረክቡ ተወሰነ!

25 Jul

የአዘጋጁ አስተያየት፡

    ይህ አስፈላጊው የሕግና መዋቅራዊ ሁኔታ ሳይኖር፡ መሬት ያላግባብ ከሕዝብ እየተሰባሰበ (እየተፈናቀለ) የሚፈጸመው በእውነትም ለሃገራችን ልማትና ዕድገት ቢሆን ኖር፥ ሁሉም ኢትዮጵያዊ በተደሰተ ነበር። ነገር ግን በሌሎቹ የኢትዮጵያ ክፍሎች እስከዛሬ እንዳየነው ከሆነ፡ ቀዳሚ ተጠቅሚዎቹ የሕወሃት ባለሥልጣናት፡ ቅጥረኞቻቸው፡ የእነርሱ ልጆች፣ ጓደኞቻቸው ናቸው። ከዚያ ካለፈም፡ ዞር ብለው በራሱ በሕወሃት አስተዳደር የሚስቁበት ባዕዳን ናቸው የኢትዮጵያን መሬት ተጠቃሚ የሆኑበት።
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Five Topics Obama Faces in Kenya and Ethiopia

25 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ABC News Radio Report

(NAIROBI, Kenya) — With a trip to Africa this weekend, President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. While much of his schedule is official business, it will be a highly personal visit for Obama, whose father was Kenyan, and a moment of pride for the Kenyan people, who have been clamoring for a presidential visit since 2009.
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Obama’s Visit to Ethiopia Must Extend Relationship Beyond Security and Business

25 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Daniel Finnan, Radio France International (RFI)

Rights activists and press freedom advocates are pushing US President Barack Obama to raise concerns over political space, press freedom and human rights in Ethiopia, ahead of his trip to Addis Ababa this weekend. Obama is expected to arrive on Sunday in his first visit to Ethiopia, which the White House says will help “accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security”.
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