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Ethiopian Crash: Pilot Wasn’t Trained on Flight Simulator

Captain-Yared-GetachewMarch 21, 2019 ( -- Following the Ethiopian Airline plane crash that killed all 157 people on board, more details continue to emerge with the latest reports indicating the captain of the ill-fated jet was untrained on the model’s simulator.

Ethiopian Airlines, the leading airline in the continent surpassed its peers when it became the first carrier to purchase a B-737 MAX 8 simulator to prepare its pilots to fly the B-737 airplane, but the captain of flight 302 was never trained on it, according to Reuters.

As reported by Reuters, a colleague of Captain Yared Getachew, the 29-year-old pilot who was operating the jet

Ethiopia Walking a Thin Line

Divided-EthiopiaMarch 20, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia’s problem lie in its governance structure and the ethnic-federal system, which divided the nation into linguistic and ethnic factions in which exclusion has been normalized. Consequently, as things stand right now, it will be impossible to realize a democratic Ethiopia devoid of ethnic identity and ethnic-federalism. Once again, it appears to be a failed experiment in democracy.

The ethnic polarization concocted and perfected by the EPRDF (Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front) in the past decades ignored the divine, cultural, social and economic fabric that glued Ethiopians together for centu

Ethiopian National Census Postponed Amid Security Concerns

Ethiopia-Population-Census-postponedMarch 18, 2019 ( -- The Fourth National Housing and Population Census of Ethiopia has once again been postponed due to security issues, among other things, according to the reporter.

The census was scheduled to start the first week of April 2019.

Following a heated debate between members of Census Commission, the commission decided to postpone the planned national population census until the concerns are addressed.

The commission was being chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen when talks broke down.

The Commission had an urgent meeting on Saturday,

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Finally Visits Displaced People

Gedeo-displacedMarch 18, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed finally travelled to Gedeb Woreda yesterday to visit the displaced and assess the state of the Gedeo people who are currently in temporary shelters in the thousands.

The Prime Minister faced thousand of people before him, peoplewho have bee victimized by communial attacks, mostly from Oromo ethnic groups, and forced to flee their homes.

The displaced people expressed their grievances to Prime Minister Abiy, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Local administration officilas have requested federal government assistance for the displaced people. The federal gover

Ethiopian Minister Visits the Displaced Amid Mounting Criticism of Neglect


March 15, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil visited internally displaced people in Gedeb district, Gedeo zone, in Southern Ethiopian region, amid mounting criticism of not doing enough to tackle the problem.

The minister told the displace people who are sheltered at the Gedeb stadium that the government will increase its efforts to find lasting solution for the problem.

Ethiopian News Agency estimates that there are more than 96,000 displaced people currently sheltered at the stadium.

The current Ethiopian government is being criticized for not giving the attention the grave

Former OLF Rebels Begin Hunger Strike in Rehabilitation Camp

OLF-rebels-hunger-strikeMarch 14, 2019 ( -- Former Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels being rehabilitated at the Tolay camp In Ethiopia begun a hunger strike to protest poor living conditions, according to

One of the ex-rebels in the rehab center told the BBC Afaan Oromo Service they were being subjected to inhumane treatment and no one cares about them. “Most of our comrades are now ill due to lack of hygiene and absence of food,” he said.

More than 1,000 members of the OLF gave up arms last year and agreed to undergo rehabilitation. The group comprising of around 1,000 fighters is being rehabilitated at the Tol

157 Dead Aboard Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737

157-dead-ET-737-BoeingMarch 10, 2019 ( -- Ethiopian Airlines has disclosed that all 157 people onboard Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 enroute to Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday are dead.

The Boeing 737 crashed near Bishofu town about 50 Km from the capital, Addis Ababa. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

There were of 35 different nationalities inside the crashed aircraft. Among the dead are 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Americans, 8 Italians, 8 Chinese nationals, 7 French and 7 UK nationals, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

Also among the dead are several UN staff, according to officials. UN Secretary-General Antonio

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Carrying 157 People Crashes Near Bishoftu

ET-Boeing-737-crashesMarch 10, 2019 ( -- An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 flight enroute to Nairobi Kenya crashed near Bishoftu town today,according to Ethipian Airlines press release.

The aircraft had 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard. The Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, on its way to Kenya's capital, according to the report.

The crash occurred around Bishoftu town near Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time.

The condition of the people onboard is unknown at this time, but the airline said "search and rescue operations are in progr

Gedu Andargachew Resigns; Ambachew Mekonnen Elected Chief Administrator of Amhara Region

Gedu-Andargachew-resignsMarch 8, 2019 ( - The Amhara regional council accepted the resignation letter submitted by Gedu Andargachew early this morning, according to FBC news.

In his place, the Amhara regional council elected Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen as Chief Administrator of the Amhara Regional State.

Prior to his newappointment, the new Chief Administrator Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen had served as Infrastructure and Urban Development Advisor to the Prime Minister.

The news emerged in the last day of Amhara Regional Council’s congress on Friday.

No reason was given for Gedu Andargachew's resignation or whether this is re

Thousands Protest in Oromia Region over Allotment of Condo Units

Oromia-protest-condoMarch 7, 2019 ( - Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in major towns and cities across Oromia regional state today. The protests were triggered by the decision of the Addis Ababa City Administration Savings and Houses Development Enterprise (AASHDE) to allocate condominium houses, which protestors say was done in an illegal manner. The houses issued are those in the city and Oromia regional state’s special zones, according to the Addis Standard.

According to reports from the security apparatus, the protest was witnessed in the following cities: Adama, Oromia regional state, Shashemene, in Western Arsi, Assela and Bale

Amhara Region Council Urges the People of Tigray and Amhara to Reject Agitators

Amhara-Region-Council-032019March 7, 2019 ( - The Amhara Regional Council gave a sobering assessment of the security situation in Ethiopia, and in and around the Amhara region, in particular.

The 12th regular council conference was held yesterday in Bahir Dar city, the capital of Amhara region.

The council saw the developing situation in Ethiopia as grave and urged all Ethiopians to work towards peace and dialogue.

Speaking during the conference, regional parliament speaker Worksemu Mamo said regional leaders of Ethiopia need to observe tolerance.

Peace is absent in many areas, millions of our people are being dislo

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Celebrates Adwa Victory from Afar

Kenyatta-Abiy-Ahmed-SNNP-EthiopiaMarch2, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed called the current generation to repeat the Adwa victory by solving today's probems.

The 123rd anniversary of Adwa victory was celebrated today in the town of Adwa in Tigray regional state of Ethiopia.

In attendance were the President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, Deputy Chief Administrator of Tigray, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, Speaker of the House of Federation, Keria Ibrahim, Minister of Culture, Dr Hirut Kassaw, and other federal and regional officials.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed did not go to Adwa to mark the occasion. Instead

Ethiopia Vows to Improve Business Climate in the Country

Doing-Business-EthiopiaFebruary 27, 2019 ( - Ethiopia has vowed to continue improving the ease of doing business in the country as part of its wider economic reform agenda under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

According to the premier’s office, the goal is to promote an enabling environment for businesses and also to make funds accessible to entrepreneurs.

Despite Ethiopia being Africa’s second most populous country, it suffers from among other issues, high unemployment rates. The premier is adamant that a conducive business climate, coupled with the availability of funds will help solve that.

“The res

NAMA Condemns What it Called 'Apartheid Way' in Addis Ababa

NAMA-protests-discriminationFebruary 25, 2019 ( - The National Movement of Amhara National (NAMA) has released a statement today condemning what it called 'apartheid' way of doing business in Addis Ababa.

The strongly worded statement was released after dispute involving the use of Millenium conference hall in Bole, Addis Ababa.

NAMA said it requested to use the Millenium Hall some six month ago. After a long wait, it was allowed to use it and was invited to Addis Ababa city hall to pay fees and do the paperwork, which it said took more than a week to complete.

NAMA further said that, when the time finally came to sign,

EPRDF to Transition into a New National Party

Abiy-Ahmed-EPRDFFebruary 24, 2019 ( - In a major announcement that will likely have profound implications, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed disclosed that the ruling coalition party in Ethiopia, the Ethiopia Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), will transition into a new national party that is open to all Ethiopians, regardless of ethnicity, religion and other metrics.

The Prime Minister disclosed this during a conference with over three thousand people gathered from Somali, Afar, Benishangul Gumz, Harari and Afar regions of Ethiopia.

He said the new party will materialize in a few months, and it will be open to all Ethiopians based on me

The Ambitious Riverside Venture of Ethiopia

Addis-Ababa-Riverside-ProjectFebruary 24, 2019 ( - Capital cities are important to all nations. Governments invest in improving entire countries, but the capitals enjoy a sizeable chunk of this investment, not only by the state but also by private investors.

The prime minister is advocating for a modern face for the capital of Africa’s second most populous country.

The Addis Ababa Riverside project is a three-year initiative by the premier. The development will be along two most notable rivers in the capital city, Addis Ababa-stretching 27.5 and 23.8 kilometers correspondingly. The starting point is the mountain of Entoto via Ak

12,000 Houses Slotted for Demolition in Legetafo Area

Oromia-demolishing-homesFebruary 23, 2019 ( - The Legetafo-Legedadi city administration of the Oromia Regional State has demolished 930 houses this week, according to the Reporter.

The administration said the houses were constructed on a piece of land reserved for a green area under city’s masterplan, displacing thousands of residents from the area. 

The action has triggered massive public outcry and outrage at home and abroad.

The demolition started in the afternoon of February 19, 2018, where a demolition task force, accompanied by armed security officers, went to Kebele 03 aka Yekadalle of the Legetafo city and launch

Khat, the Leaf Causing Liver Disease

Khat-liver-diseaseFebruary 20, 2019 ( - To many Ethiopians, life revolves around the ‘leaf.’ Chewing khat - commonly known as ‘Miraa’ in east and central Africa- is the norm. You’ll observe groups of men and in some cases women, laying papyrus grass on the floor of their homes, they burn frankincense and brew coffee, which they drink while chewing khat. They say frankincense sets the mood necessary for chewing khat.

But do you know that chewing khat causes liver disease?

A group of medical researchers is calling our attention to their findings, which established an association between liver disease in sub-Saharan Afri

TPLF Issues a Strong Statement Criticizing Abiy Ahmed Leadership

TPLF-statement-2019February 17, 2019 ( - The Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF) celebrated the 44th anniversary of its foundation today in Mekelle, Tigray, and other cities around the world.

Marking the occasion, the organization released one of the strongest statements it issued to date criticizing the way the country is going under the leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The Organization all but condemned what it called the erosion of constitutional order in broad day light and vowed that it will not sit idly while the country is going into anarchy.

The statement, which came at the end of the Central Committe meeting of the TPLF

Ethiopian Federal Forces in Amhara Region to Quell Unrest

Unrest-in-Amhara-2019February 17, 2019 ( - Ethiopian National Defense and Federal Police Forces have entered parts of Amhara regional state to stabilize the deteriorating security situation in the state.

The Amhara regional administration formally asked the Ministry of Defense and federal police forces to help stabilize the situation in western and central Gondar. The Ethiopian Army and Federal Police has taken over the security matters of the two zones, according to the report.

The army and federal police has already issued warning to potential violators that they will take serious measures against armed individuals or groups, who have been causing


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