On Nov. 23/2010 Ethiopian review posted a story about Karuturi Global investment in Ethiopia, titled ‘Indian agribusiness devastates western Ethiopia(photo/video)’. Aigaforum traced the origin of the photos and exposed the sham. Apparently, Ethiopian Review changed the photo immediately thereafter. But only to substitute it with another bogus photo. Yet again, Aigaforum traced the true origin of the substituted photo. Both photos were taken half way around the globe in the Americas! [See the evidence below] [...]
The share of Military related expenditure has decreased to 1.42% of GDP in 2009, though the nominal size(not adjusted for inflation) increased to 4.7 Billion Ethiopian Billion Ethiopian Birr.
Similarly, according to the recent available data, the active military personnel count 0.36% of the total labor force. The size of the Army has also decreased to pre Ethio-Eritrean war times. [...]
Only 5 out of 100 urban dwellers applied for DV Lottery in Ethiopia this year. The Wall Street Journal revealed today that only 580,000 Ethiopians applied for DV Lottery this year. Though this is the 4th highest number, following Bangladesh, Nigeria and Ukraine where 7.67million, 1.47million and 760,000 applied, respectively. [...]
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi six more officials with the rank of State Minister on Wednesday, November 17/2010.
Five of the appointees are Execution Supervisors and the sixth is responsible for the special office of the PM. [...]
The weekly English newspaper Capital reported, citing its ‘absolutely impeccable source’, the new posts of the former seven high officials. According to the newspaper, the new posts of 5 former ministers, 1 former House speaker and 1 former state minister is as follows. 1/ Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seyoum Mesfin …. Ethiopia’s ambassador to China. 2/ Former Minister of [...]
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EU Observers released their final report on Ethiopian election on Monday. Given the moderateness of the report, it is puzzling why the Ethiopian government refused to host the press conference to release the report, which was held in Brussels rather than in Addis Ababa. [...]
Thijs Berman, head of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Ethiopia will present its Final Report about the May 23/2010 election on Monday. However, the venue for the release of the report is Brussels, not than Addis Ababa.
Reason? Ethiopia refused to host the event, according to Thijis Berman. [...]
Editor-in-chief of Ethio-channel newspaper, an Amharic biweekly, released on bail after two weeks in custody. Conspicuously, ‘right activists’ and most media outlets kept silent.
Journalist Biruk Mekonen is indicted for defamation charges brought against the newspaper by the All Ethiopian Unity Party(AEUP) [...]
BBC apologized today for its unfounded report that alleged millions of pounds raised for famine relief in Ethiopia had been used to buy arms. It took BBC 8 months to investigate and find out that its ‘investigative’ report is baseless.
It is to be recalled that in March 2010, and the subsequent days, BBC World Service broadcasted a report concerning the use of western aid for 1985 famine in Ethiopia. [...]