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Ethiopia: AU admits ‘big dilemma’ over El Sisi’s presidential bid in Egypt

Published: Apr 18, 2014 by bgt Filed under: World News Politics
Ethiopia: AU admits ‘big dilemma’ over El Sisi’s presidential bid in Egypt

The African Union (AU) has admitted “a serious dilemma” over the fate of Field Marshall Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is running for Egypt’s Presidency after ousting former President Mohammed Morsi last year.

“There is a big dilemma about what to do with the developments in Egypt,” said Ambassador Paul Lolo Bolus, President of the AU Peace and Security Council, after a meeting Wednesday, to discuss Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections.

The Nigerian Diplomat, holding the rotational Presidency, said the Council met to consider the developments in Egypt, including Field Marshall El-Sisi’s run for the presidency during the elections, planned for 27 May, 2014.

Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star

Published: Apr 18, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star

Ester Rada is one of Israel's rising musical stars and has recently released her first album, Life Happens.

She says growing up as the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants was sometimes confusing as "a black Jew in a land of white people".

She spoke to the BBC about her musical journey - and how she has gone back to her Ethiopian roots for inspiration.

And you can hear more about Ester's life and the experiences of other people of African descent on the BBC World Service in Africans in the Holy Land on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 April. The programme will be available to listen online or as a podcast.

Source BBC

Washington novelist helps save Ethiopian woman's life

Published: Apr 18, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Washington novelist helps save Ethiopian woman's life

SEATTLE -- The death of 13-year old adoptee Hana Williams outraged communities from Ethiopia to Mount Vernon, where her adoptive parents left her to die malnourished, naked, and cold in her back yard.


"Our whole family was just heartbroken," said Haimanot Kassaye Weldetsadik, Hana's cousin and closest friend who helped raise her in Ethiopia.
 
Hana's cousin is now in Seattle thanks David Guterson, the award-winning author of "Snow Falling On Cedars." The novelist from Bainbridge Island also adopted an Ethiopian daughter and attended the manslaughter trial of Hana's adoptive parents for a book he's writing about Hana.

"When the trial ended, it seemed to me I should go to Ethiopia and find out what I could about Hana's family," he said.

Guterson discovered Hana's 22-year old cousin needed help. She was losing eyesight in one eye and didn't see cars coming and would bump into friends when she walked. Haimanot said the loss of vision frightened her.

Unquietly flows the Nile, through Ethiopia for Egypt

Published: Apr 18, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Unquietly flows the Nile, through Ethiopia for Egypt

The opening sentence of Egypt’s new constitution describes the country as the river Nile’s gift to Egyptians. It is a grand claim, but one that helps explain Egypt’s indignation at the ongoing construction of a blockage on the Nile, thousands of miles upstream: the $4.7bn Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam (Gerd).

Egyptians have long maintained that Ethiopia’s dam project will dangerously deplete its water stocks — about 95pc of which are derived from the world’s longest river. A year ago, a former Egyptian water official boldly claimed that the Gerd might deprive Egypt of up to 10bn kilolitres, devastating roughly a million acres of farmland along the shores of the Nile.

“Then you might cross the Nile on the back of a camel,” the former head of Egypt’s National Water Research Centre said at the time, in what were highly contested claims.

Suspects in Benishangul-Gumuz bus attack nabbed

Published: Apr 18, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Crime
Suspects in Benishangul-Gumuz bus attack nabbed

Authorities said they have apprehended two individuals suspected of involvement in the Tuesdays ambush on a bus in Benishangul-Gumuz is north western Ethiopia.

The attack, which occurred at dawn at a place called Teiba in Sherkole Wereda, some 100 km south of Asossa, seat of the Benishangul-Gumuz regional state, left nine people dead.

The two suspects are allegedly principal offenders in the attack which also wounded six others, FBC quoted Assefa Biratu, head of the region’s Security Affairs Coordinating Bureau, as saying.

The head said the suspects poured benzene on the car and set it on fire after the attack. Eight others, who might have had a role in the attack, are being investigated

Assefa said authorities are working with the community to apprehend other suspects.

Source WIC

European expert accuse Egypt of Hiding Report on Ethiopia Dam

Published: Apr 17, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
European expert accuse Egypt of Hiding Report on Ethiopia Dam

An Europe-based water institute official blamed Egypt for keeping an international report on Ethiopia’s mega dam classified. Dr. Ana Cascao of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said Cairo might have kept the final report of the Tripartite International Panel of Experts on Ethiopia’s $4 billion dam a secret in order to “divert attention from political revolutions” in Egypt and to portray a national security crisis.

The Tripartite International Panel of Experts included four Egyptian and Sudanese experts as well as four international experts. The committee addressed various concerns from all sides, and organized meetings and visits to the dam site before it submitted one final report with full consensus, signed by all members of the Panel.

The final report concluded that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) satisfied all international design criteria and safety standards. The report also said the dam has no impact on water flow downstream toward Egypt.

According to Dr. Cascao, various studies show that the GERD has benefits particularly for Sudan, as well as Egypt. She added that the Ethiopian dam “makes more water available for farm & irrigation in sudan, it reduces the problem of evaporation in Egyptian dams and it solves sediment and flood issues” that have reportedly cost millions for Sudan and Egypt.

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