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Archive for: June, 2013

Ethiopia’s Plan to Dam the Nile Has Egypt Fuming

By William Lloyd George / Addis Ababa The heat is stifling but the construction workers and red-hatted engineers don’t let up. Mechanized excavators batter into the mighty, arid peaks on either side of the site of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam, set to be the largest in Africa. The foundations are growing. The dark brown waters [...]

Ethiopia’s tech hopefuls

By Jonathan Kalan (BBC) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia When it comes to technology and innovation, Ethiopia appears a long way away from the rest of Africa’s rising “silicon savannahs.” The most advanced form of banking in Africa’s second most populous country is an ATM – there are no credit cards and no international banking systems. This [...]

Ethio – Europe Football Festival 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland

The Ethiopian Sports and Culture Federation in Switzerland has been actively preparing the 11th Ethiopians in Europe Sport and Culture Festival 2013 to be held in Nyon, near Geneva, Switzerland from the 17th to the 20th July 2013. The festival which will bring together 20 football teams from all over Europe offers a unique occasion [...]

Kerry-ing on with African Dictators – Alemayehu G Mariam

Watching American Diplocrisy at the African Union I enjoy watching American diplomats chilling out and kicking it with African dictators. I like seeing them kumbaya-ing, back-patting and carrying on. Their body language, more than their forked diplomatic tongue, speaks more honestly and eloquently. I have learned to take their words with a grain of salt [...]

A letter smuggled out of jail by Eskinder Nega – The Independent

Voices in Danger: Jailed for 18 years for articles criticising the government, Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega vows to keep fighting An Ethiopian journalist who was jailed after publishing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms has penned a letter from prison, seen exclusively by The Independent, in which he decries the “human rights crisis” [...]

Who Owns the Nile? Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia’s History-Changing Dam

by ANDREW CARLSON Editor’s Note: Egypt and Sudan are utterly dependent on the waters of the Nile River. Over the past century both of these desert countries have built several dams and reservoirs, hoping to limit the ravages of droughts and floods which have so defined their histories. Now Ethiopia, one of eight upriver states and [...]

Regarding the dam – Mahmoud Salem

For the past few weeks Egyptian society and media have been hysterical over Ethiopia’s construction of its Renaissance Dam.  The public was suddenly bombarded with the notion that Ethiopia will turn off the water faucet on Egypt and that this is an issue that threatens both our national security and survival as a nation. The [...]

Ethiopia: Beware the Phrases on any Nile Discussions (Zerihun Abebe)

Egypt’s State Information Service announced that Prime Minister Hisham Qandil of Egypt met with Ethiopia`s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the later has pledged that the Renaissance Dam “will not affect the water share of Egypt.” This blogger believes that Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn would not and will never say that the Renaissance Dam will [...]

Ethiopia Has Arisen! By Prof. Al Mariam

On Ginbot 20,  1983 (Ethiopian calendar; [5/28/1991]), Meles Zenawi and thousands of his guerilla fighters marched into Addis Ababa toting AK-47s, RPGs and hand grenades. They marched into the capital promising democracy, freedom and liberation from a brutal military dictatorship. The people of the capital welcomed them with some anxiety; but they were greatly relieved [...]

Thousands hold demonstration for the release of political detainees (Associated Press)

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, June 2, 5:45 PM ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Thousands of Ethiopian demonstrators took to the streets of the capital demanding the immediate release of jailed journalists and activists in a rare show of public opposition to the ruling party which maintains strict control over the East African nation. Protesters marched [...]

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the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
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The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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