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2011

Ethiopian court sentences 2 Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on terror conviction

By Associated Press, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court in Ethiopia on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism after the two illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group in a case that has been criticized by media rights groups. Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled

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Ethiopian Military Retires 13 Generals, 300 Senior Officers

The Ethiopian military has retired over three hundred senior officers including thirteen generals as part of a leadership succession plan, the Minister of National Defense said on Tuesday. This is a first major shakeup at the nation’s powerful organ first setup by rebel militants in 1991 following the overthrow of a brutal communist regime. The

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Frankincense Is ‘Doomed’

Ethiopia’s population of the trees that produce it are dying (By Kate Schwartz) (Newser) – Gold and myrrh could one day find themselves a duo: Frankincense may soon be extinct. The tree that the perfumed resin is sourced from—boswellia papyrifera—grows mainly in northern Ethiopia … or traditionally has. Today, as many as 7% of the

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In Ethiopia an orphan gave me the gift of optimism

BRUCE KIRKBY Our mules grunted and clattered across Ethiopia’s rumpled highlands, staggering beneath heavy rafts and two months of expedition food. The land was awash in green following the rainy season; tender shoots of teff (the national grain) carpeted muddy hillsides like a million emerald pipe cleaners. Daytime humidity was crushing. At night, insects descended

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Adoption Inc: How Ethiopia’s Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists

In Ethiopia, “searchers” track down an adopted child’s history and birth family, often at the behest of adoptive parents in the U.S. or Europe. But as more searchers turn up stories of fraud, corruption, and worse, they are facing threats and violence, sometimes from representatives of adoption agencies that are well-known in the West. In

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Leenco Lata’s New Book – “Peacekeeping as State Building: Current Challenges for the Horn of Africa”

Author: Leenco Lata Paperback: 216 pages Publisher: The Red Sea Press, Inc. Language: English Publication Date: First edition (December 5, 2011) PEACEKEEPING as STATE BUILDING Current Challenges for the Horn of Africa Book Description: This book discusses how the peacekeeping operations in the Horn of Africa are involved in state construction of the either deconstruction

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Ethiopian court finds 2 Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism

By Associated Press, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A court in Ethiopia convicted two Swedish journalists Wednesday of supporting terrorism after the pair illegally entered the country with an ethnic Somali rebel group. The pair, who now face up to 15 years in prison at their sentencing next week, have said they were gathering news at

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Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

  By Alemayehu G. Mariam Lately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of Ethiopia painted in a recent broadcast of a fear-mongering three-part propaganda programentitled “Akeldama” (or Land of Blood) on state-owned

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Kuwait to Suspend Recuitment of Domestic Workers from Ethiopia

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior considers suspending recruitment of domestic workers from Ethiopia in the wake of numerous reports of abuse and violations making headlines recently, according to media reports. According to Alam-Alyawm daily, the rise in the number of crimes and violations committed by Ethiopian immigrants is being considered as the basis of has

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Customer accused of kidnapping Northeast Portland store owner gets two years, prosecutor lacked evidence

A man who was accused of wielding a gun to kidnap a Northeast Portland store owner, then rob her of $600, will serve about two years in jail — not the 7 1/2 years or more he faced if convicted of those crimes. The reported victim, who owns Merkato Ethiopian Music & Food on Northeast

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