Yearly Archives: "2017"

The Guardian   ‘I can’t pay’: taxing times for small traders in Ethiopia hit by 300% rate hike William Davison, August 29 In the dense cobblestone streets of Burayu town, outside Addis Ababa, Melaku Abdella* and his family had been making a living selling basic items such as vegetables, cooking oil and soft drinks at competitive prices from their kiosk. But after the Ethiopian government stung him with a more than 300% tax increase last month, Abdella says he was left with no option but to close the business. LikeRead More
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. MAY 13, 2017 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in 2016. He has been accused of covering up cholera outbreaks by an associate of a rival for World Health Organization director general. Credit Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency. The accusation against Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wasRead More
One of the most charismatic leaders of the opposition parties in Ethiopia, Habtamu Ayalew was falsely accused of terrorism by the regime and subjected to extremely severe methods of torture in prison that the victim's testimony over the VOA has pricked the conscience of the entire nation. -
Permission obtained from the editor of Note: Ethiopia is a current non-permanent member of UN security council and a member of UN human rights council Translated by the New York & New Jersy Task Force April 3, 2017 VOA Introducer, Alula Kebede: Today’s guest for democracy in action program is Mr. Habtamu Ayalew, former spokesperson of the opposition, Andenet Party (Unity party) in Ethiopia.  Mr. Habtamu was subjected to two years of imprisonment, waiting for trial after being accused of terrorism by the regime.  He says his healthRead More

Posted On March 26, 2017By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update

Professor Emeritus Johannes Kinfu – Obituary

The academic accounting network is saddened by the news of the passing away of Professor Emeritus Johannes Kinfu of Addis Ababa University ( He died on March 14, 2017 at the age of 80. Born in Asmara, in 1936 from W/O Wagaye Gebre Michael and the legendary Axumite goldsmith Dejazmatch Kinfu Kidane, Professor Johannes taught accounting graduates of Addis Ababa University (Formerly Haile Selassie I University) well over a period of forty years. He served the University in the capacities of Chair, Dean, Vice President, Planning Officer and Director ofRead More

Posted On March 3, 2017By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update


Ethiopia’s Cruel Con Game Capital Flows ,   GUEST POST WRITTEN BY David Steinman Mr. Steinman advises foreign democracy movements. He authored the novel “Money, Blood and Conscience” about Ethiopia’s secret genocide. In what could be an important test of the Trump Administration’s attitude toward foreign aid, the new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien have called on the international community to give the Ethiopian government another $948 million to assist a reported 5.6 million people facing starvation. Speaking in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, duringRead More
Congress man Smith-authored legislation to protect civilians introduced Washington, Feb 15, 2017 Joined by victims of torture at the hands of the Ethiopian government, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06), came together this afternoon to bring to light the actions of the oppressive government of President Mulatu Teshome. “For too long the government of Ethiopia has used violence, including the shooting of peaceful protestors, to snuff out any opposition,” said Smith, Chairman of the House Panel on Africa. “Simple conversations with the Ethiopian Government have proven toRead More
February 1, 2017   Lava lake inside Ethiopia’s Etra Ale volcano reaches searing temperatures exceeding 1,100 degrees Celsius New fissures opened up about 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the summit caldera, spilling large amounts of lava At least one of the lava lakes has experienced large changes in the level of its lava   By Annabel Fenwick Elliott and Mark Prigg For It is known as the ‘smoking mountain’ and the ‘gateway to hell’. Erta Ale, a shield volcano near the Ethiopian and Eritrean border, is famous for its long-lived lava lake thatRead More
27 January 2017 Wondimu Mekonnen: London The Ealing Amnesty Group has recently declared that it has adopted Eskinder Nega as a focus for campaigning in 2017. This must be highly appreciated by the freedom and peace-loving citizens of the world. We hope other Groups also adopt other journalists, such as Journalist Temesgen Desalegn, whose health is currently seriously damaged in captivity in Zeway Prison. On 27 Friday 2017, Ealing Amnesty Group held a successful vigil in front of 17th Princess Gate, London, from where the diplomatic mission of the jailersRead More

Posted On January 16, 2017By Wondimu MekonenIn Current Update


Large-scale and unprecedented protests swept through Ethiopia’s largest region of Oromia beginning in November 2015, and in the Amhara region from July 2016. Ethiopian security forces cracked-down on these largely peaceful demonstrations, killing more than 500 people. Scores of people fleeing security force gunfire and teargas during the annual Irreecha festival died in a stampede on October 2 in Bishoftu, Oromia region. On October 9, following the destruction of some government buildings and private property by youths, the government announced a draconian and far-reaching six-month countrywide state of emergency, which prescribesRead More
Vigil to protest the imprisonment of Eskinder Nega, Friday 27th January 2.30pm – 4pm   The Ealing Amnesty Group has adopted Eskinder Nega as a focus for campaigning. In June 2012 Eskinder Nega, a journalist, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for terrorism offences, after he criticised the Ethiopian government and called for freedom of expression in speeches and articles. The Ethiopian authorities routinely use criminal charges and accusations of terrorism to silence dissenters. Eskinder has long been a thorn in the side of the Ethiopian authorities. This is the eighth time he has beenRead More