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EFF to Ethiopia: Illegal Wiretapping Is Illegal, Even for Governments

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Social News
EFF to Ethiopia: Illegal Wiretapping Is Illegal, Even for Governments

Earlier this week, EFF told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Ethiopia must be held accountable for its illegal wiretapping of an American citizen. Foreign governments simply do not have a get-out-of-court-free card when they commit serious felonies in America against Americans. This case is the centerpiece of our U.S. legal efforts to combat state sponsored malware.

In February 2014, EFF filed suit against the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on behalf of our client, Mr. Kidane, an Ethiopian by birth who has been a U.S. citizen over a decade.

Mr. Kidane discovered traces of Gamma International's FinSpy, a sophisticated spyware product which its maker claims is sold exclusively to governments and law enforcement, on his laptop at his home in suburban Maryland. A forensic examination of his computer showed that the Ethiopian government had been recording Mr. Kidane’s Skype calls, as well as monitoring his web and email usage. The monitoring, which violates both the federal Wiretap Act and Maryland state law, was accomplished using spyware that captured his activities and then reported them back to a command and control server in Ethiopia controlled by the government.

Modern Electricity meter made in Ethiopia

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Tech & Science
Modern Electricity meter made in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Metal and Engineering Corporation manufactured a modern electricity meter for the first time in Ethiopia.

Fabricated by the corporation's Hi-Tech Engineering Industry and named ‘Smart Energy’, the appliance is hoped will save foreign exchange the country spends to import the device.

Preparations to distribute the appliance for domestic usage is finalized, the corporation told FBC.

Source:FBC


Ethiopia takes further precautions against Ebola

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
Ethiopia takes further precautions against Ebola

Ethiopia has set up necessary and appropriate standby medical facilities and mechanisms as a precaution against the appearance of any cases of Ebola.

Dr. Keseteberhan Admassu, Minister of Health, said a new Ebola treatment hospital with ten beds, with possible expansion to 50 beds, had been set up and fully equipped with medical staff.  

No cases of Ebola have been observed in Ethiopia, but as a contingency measure some 20 doctors and nurses are on standby to treat any possible cases in isolation. Some of these are stationed at airports to examine any suspicious cases on arrival.

20 multi-story car parking lots to be built in Addis

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News
20 multi-story car parking lots to be built in Addis

Aimed at addressing the increasing traffic congestion and parking problem in Addis Ababa, 20 multi-story parking garages are to be constructed in the capital.

The City Administration’s Mayor Diriba Kuma said the proposed Addis Ababa Integrated Master Plan is designed under consideration to resolve the city’s car parking difficulties.

The City Administration, in collaboration with private investors, has finalized preparations to construct 20 multi-story assembled parking lots.

Moreover, Mayor Diriba Kuma said buildings on roadsides are prompted to avail parking lots for vehicles.

Source:FBC

Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth - CNBC Africa

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth

Ethiopia has made great strides to become one of Africa's fastest growing economies and continues to record impressive economic growth.
Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth

The country which is sub-Saharan Africa's fifth biggest economy is at the focal point of emerging economies' interest with various delegations of foreign investors seeking investment opportunities in the largest landlocked country in the continent.

There’s a brother fighting in Gaza and a sister waiting in Ethiopia

Published: Aug 22, 2014 by bgt Filed under: Ethiopian News Social News

There’s a brother fighting in Gaza and a sister waiting in Ethiopia

Tesfa’s battle to reunite his family, which has been torn between Ethiopia and Israel for over 10 years, is far from ending

During Operation Protective Edge, Aregawi Tesfa was not sure he would live to see the day after the war.

Tesfa fought on the front line in the most dangerous parts of the Gaza Strip, captured Hamas fighters and unfortunately also carried the bodies of young Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting.

But through it all, he knew that if he survived, his own battle was still far from over.

“All through the war I didn’t forget for one minute that when I’m done fighting Hamas, I will have to get back to the struggle to bring my sister to Israel.”

Tesfa’s battle to reunite his family, which has been torn between Ethiopia and Israel for over 10 years, is far from ending. A few days before the war, Tesfa presented his story to the Knesset internal affairs committee. The MKs of the committee were shocked to hear that all of Tesfa’s family lives in Israel while his sister was left behind.

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