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  • Journalist Biruk refutes rumor about Teddy Afro’s reward

    (Dire Tube News, Addis Ababa)-  Recently, journalist Biruk Endale has resigned from EBC by his own will for the “moral damage” he suffered after his interview with Teddy Afro on EBC was cancelled.

    After a couple of days his official resignation, even his announcement on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/birukendale), rumors claimed that “Biruk left EBC because Teddy Afro contributed 50 thousand Birr to him”.

    Requested by Entertainment show on Bisrat FM radio, however, Biruk refuted that the claim as “a false and baseless rumor”. “There’s no money I received from anyone,” he said.

    “I just left from EBC with my own decision and that’s all,” he concluded.

    Earlier Biruk noted that, “Cancelation of Teddy Afro’s interview is not just a rejection of an artist, rather, it’s a contempt of journalism, a great profession many were sacrificed for it”.

    After Biruk resigned from the state owned media that has been severely criticized by many for censorship and not accommodating different opinions of the public.

    To the contrary, Biruk was appreciated by many with a few dislikes of his action on the social media.


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  • Muslim man comforts elderly Jewish woman in symbol of Manchester's unity


    A Muslim man comforted an elderly Jewish woman and the pair prayed together at a floral tribute in the centre of Manchester in a symbol of the city's unity following a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 22 people.

    Sadiq Patel came and comforted Renee Rachel Black, who was visibly upset, and prayed next to her beside a display of flowers in Albert Square, where a vigil was held on Tuesday for victims of Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

    He then helped her away, linking arms with her and carrying her chair in his other hand.

    It came as British police said they were investigating a network in their probe into the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people on Monday, the head of Greater Manchester Police said.
    "I think it's very clear that this is a network that we are investigating," Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters.

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  • Gay Men Publicly Caned in Indonesia

    Religious police in Indonesia publicly caned two men Tuesday for having consensual gay sex.

    The men received more than 80 lashes each, inflicted by hooded men inside a mosque in the city of Banda Aceh as hundreds of people watched, many of them recording the scene on mobile phones.
    "The convicts will be returned to their family after being caned publicly as the caning is considered a social sanction," Yusnardi, head of the Sharia police force in the conservative province of Aceh, told reporters. "Hopefully it will be a deterrent for people not to do anything against Islamic law".
    “Flogging sentences and the criminalization of same sex relations are both flagrant violations of international human rights law," Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said. "The international community must put pressure on Indonesia to create a safer environment for the LGBTI community before the situation deteriorates further. Nobody should be punished for consensual sex.”
    “Flogging sentences and the criminalization of same sex relations are both flagrant violations of international human rights law," Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Josef Benedict said. "The international community must put pressure on Indonesia to create a safer environment for the LGBTI community before the situation deteriorates further. Nobody should be punished for consensual sex.”

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  • Teddy Afro’s “Ethiopia” translated into English

    Ethiopian Professor Alemayehu Gebremariam, a Lecturer of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino, has translated Teddy Afro’s much beloved “Ethiopia” song into English aiming for those native Ethiopians, who have born and raised abroad.

    He wrote on his commentaries blog that, “I have prepared this translation for two reasons”. And, his reasons are;

    Firstly, said Professor Alemayehu, to help young Ethiopians in the Diaspora who do not speak or understand Amharic get a glimpse of the musical genius of Teddy Afro, and;

    Secondly, to acquaint them with the metaphysics of “Ethiopiawinet”, a state of being and consciousness, a philosophy and way of life, a system of beliefs and praxis of being Ethiopian. I do not believe there is anyone today who can explain Ethiopiawinet (“Ethiopianity”) better than Tewdros Kassahun.

    Certainly, no one better to communicate it to the younger generation. I also hope to introduce this musical legend to my global readership so that they too may appreciate and enjoy his music as millions have come to appreciate Ethiopian cuisine throughout the world. “If music be the food of love, play on,” wrote Shakespeare.

    Here you can find Professor Alemayehu’s English version poem for Teddy Afro’s Ethiopia:-

    Even if I pass [die] away
    My motherland [Ethiopia]
    She [remains] is my honor
    Indeed, [she is] my [mother] country.

    So many have died
    Guarding your [her] honor
    Against those who have crossed seas
    To dishonor you [her].

    You are the land of heroes
    [Land] Where Adam left his footprints
    The fountainhead of Ghion [river mentioned in Ch. 2, Genesis]
    [From where] your name is called out.

    Not only those who see your flag waving in the SKY
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet
    Not only those who see your flag waving in the sky
    Even those who hear the name “Ethiopia” [dare] keep quiet.

    With your rainbow [shining]
    The sky draped with your flag
    Your symbol is imprinted on the palm of the world
    And known [even] to Aryam [Ge’ez: sky above all skies, heaven].

    Mountain [ranges] of high peaks
    Have stood guard over you
    [From] The peak of mountains
    That citadel of Axum, Ethiopia.

    You are the gate to Creation
    The [beginning] chapter for the round world
    If [rainbow] colors are seen across the SKY
    It is hers [Ethiopia’s] and no one else’s.

    Even though the world calls her [Ethiopia] backward today
    She will be the front runner of the coming age
    Just let me repeat her name over and over
    Isn’t Ethiopia my own name?

    If there is less food [injera] on the table [Ethiopia is poor]
    Is it possible to TRADE one’s [poor] mother for anything else
    I will hold tight on her skirt
    And never give up hope in my mother.

    Before [I] finish paying her [Ethiopia] for all her favors
    Should not people say [shout out] “Unity” when they hear [the name] Ethiopia
    Ethiopia! Ethiopia! My country!
    Isn’t my honor because of you?

    You are the seed of Solomon
    Tears of the holy ones from which your leaf sprouted
    It should be nothing new [not be surprised] today to those
    Who touched [provoked] you to be burned by the fire they lit.

    Without any limitation to your glory
    In the book of your heritage with the history of the spirit of the ages [written]
    The prophets saw you from afar and wrote in their books:
    “Don’t touch Ethiopia!”

    In the north
    In the south
    In the east and in the west
    May your bounty be full!

    Begone hardship [misery] from the land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!
    Begone hardship [misery] from your land [Ethiopia]
    Let your bounty be full!


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  • News Analysis-- Political vibes after Dr. Tedros’s victory


    (Dire Tube News, Addis Ababa)— Ecstasy—emerged out of first Black’s victory to lead the UN Agency—WHO, and vexations over the protest against Dr. Tedros and the current regime in Ethiopia have been observed before and after Dr. Tedros was voted Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday.

    Dr. Tedros — a malaria expert who campaigned under his first name — ultimately beat Dr. David Nabarro of Britain after three voting rounds. The final tally was 133 votes to 50, with three abstaining or not voting. Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani cardiologist and expert in noncommunicable diseases, was eliminated after receiving 38 votes in the first round.

    The election was the first conducted by the WHO under more open and democratic rules, according to international media reports. After nearly two years of public campaigning, originally by six candidates, the voting took place in a closed-door session in which the health ministers of 186 countries cast their ballots in secret.

    Of the U.N. health agency’s 194 member states, 185 were eligible to cast ballots. Nine others either were in arrears on their dues or not represented at the gathering.

    Dr. Tedros, 52, replaces Dr. Margaret Chan of China, who has held the post for a decade. He sworn in to lead the UN health agency for the coming five years. Tedros is expected to receive over 200 thousand USD annual salary.

    He is best known for having drastically cut deaths from malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and neonatal problems when he was Ethiopia’s health minister. He trained 40,000 female health workers, hired outbreak investigators, improved the national laboratory, organized an ambulance system and oversaw a tenfold increase in medical school graduates, according to the government.

    After the victory, the winner—Dr. Tedros, the former Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs, addressed the gathering in Geneva, Switzerland about his commitment saying that, “challenging times for global health” but added that “all roads lead to universal health coverage,” calling it his central priority. He said only about half of the world’s population has access to health care “without impoverishment”.

    “This election has been unprecedented in that it brought transparency to the organization, and even greater legitimacy to the director-general,” Tedros said. “I will exercise this legitimacy to bring the change and reform we need for this noble organization to reclaim its trust from member states and from every citizen of the world.”

    Ethiopian supporters were seen hugging him and high-fived each other after the announcement. Tedros, who prefers to go by his first name, will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan of China, who is ending her 10-year tenure on June 30.

    The WHO Director-General wields considerable power in setting medical priorities that affect billions of people and declaring when disease outbreaks evolve into global emergencies.

    The agency has stumbled in recent years, most notably in its error-prone response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. All three candidates had vowed to overhaul the agency to restore credibility.

    After Tedros was voted, the Ethiopian government and the African Union (AU), among others, have welcomed the victory with a wide arm.

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hailed in a statement that the election of Dr. Tedros proved Ethiopia’s recognition in the global political-economy arena.

    Tedros’s former ministry, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also disclosed the victory as a success of Ethiopia’s diplomacy the international arena.

    “It is a reward of Ethiopia’s positive and influential multilateral diplomacy and its participation in international forums,” Meles Alem, Spokeperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs told 105.3 Afro FM radio station.

    The African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat also said in a statement that “the world has chosen a consummate global health statesman with a strong track record of embedding global public health and health security as a vital cornerstone of human development.”

    The appointment of Dr. Tedros marks the first African to assume WHO’s top position in the organization’s 70 years history, the statement further added.

    On the other side of the spectrum, Ethiopians were gathered in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN to protest against Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s WHO’s Director General position candidacy.

    Even, to some diasporas, the “remarkable success” welcomed by Ethiopia’s government and the AU, especially, the former is a “case somewhat related to government’s maneuver to depict the supremacy of Tigrean ethnic background over others”.
    For them, “Tedros’s candidacy is directly attached to his membership in the TPLF”.

    Before one day of the voting, Tedros’ speech was interrupted by a diaspora who was in a hall, who later pushed out by security forces. Some reports claimed that, “the Briton competitor did that to harass the former Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs”.

    Diaspora opposition forces and political activists, on the other hand have a different point of view on the issue.

    “Dr. Tedros’s victory to become the next WHO leader is not a new and big deal at all,” they said. “There are notable Ethiopians who are leaders of international organizations,” they added.

    They mentioned United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) Deputy Director General Getachew Engida, Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO of the PTA Bank and Bekele Geleta, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as an evidence.

    They went on to say that, “even the ruling party’s and some cadres mantra of Tedros’s victory is because he is from the Tigrean ethnic background is useless”.

    Foreign based analysts like Ermias Legesse, the former State Minister of Government Communications Affairs Office during Meles Zenawi’s era, also attributed the opposition against candidate’s competition was due to “the human rights violation and mass killings of hundreds by government security forces on last year’s unrest”. “Therefore, the opposition was due to the opposition of the regime in Ethiopia,” he concluded.

    Last but not least, here is a decisive question we should raise here: - Will the humble, dedicated and cheerful Dr. Tedros Adhanom be a successful African leader of the WHO akin to his speech after his victory?


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  • PM Hailemariam calls on Ethiopians to leave Saudi before amnesty deadline

     Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called on undocumented Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia to leave the country before the amnesty deadline that ends June 29, 2017.

    In a press conference he gave in China in connection with the approaching Saudi amnesty deadline, the Premier said previously without prior notice thousands of Ethiopian repatriates were deported and the situation was challenging to handle.

    “However, with relentless efforts of the government, we successfully managed the situation."

    "In this Saudi policy to expelled out undocumented citizens to leave their country we have been provided time to facilitate for safe return of our citizens. Therefore, I urged Ethiopian repatriates to use the amnesty period, “he urged.

    The people and the government of Ethiopia are endeavoring to curb human trafficking, he said and adding the effort would be intensified in an organized manner to protect citizens from any rights violation harassment.

    As part of this effort, the government is dealing with Saudi Arabia, the principal labor hiring country for Ethiopia, to reach a final labor exchange agreement. A serious of discussions were held with Saudi officials and consensus was reached to held the repatriation in the way adheres human rights.

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