Locust invasion creates food crisis for 1 million Ethiopians: UN
Addis Ababa (AFP) - Swarms of locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200,000 hectares (half a million acres) of cropland and driven around a million people to require emergency food aid, the United Nations said Monday.The findings from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which recently concluded a joint assessment with the Ethiopian government,...
The beggar government of Abiy and its stepmothers, the IMF and WorldBank, have a perfect storm at hand to show the world how they would work hand in hand. Locust, COVID-19 and the looming financial crisis around the world will undoubtedly affect Ethiopia's survival. Let us see what they can do. Ethiopia is at the hands of "The Lords of Poverty" What a setback for Ethiopia!!
The Reality of the Developments of COVID-19 Epidemic in USA and the Government's Preparedness and Response
Hailay Gebretinsae Beyene, PhD Mekelle University 12 April 2020 - The current pandemic disease called Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) dates back to 31 December 2019, when the World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed in cases of pneumonia with unknown etiology and an unknown cause which has been detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. After a couple of days, on 11 and 12 January 2020, relatively more information about the novel virus was communicated to WHO from the National Health Commission China ...
He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump's Failure on the Virus
(New York Times) WASHINGTON - An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response. "Any way you cut it, this is going to be bad," a senior medical adviser at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Carter Mecher, wrote on the night of Jan. 28, in an email to a group of public health experts scattered around the government and universities. "The projected size of the outbreak already seems hard to believe."
In the coming weeks, we hope President Trump will say sorry or leave Dr. Tedros alone to do his job. Trump can blame China and himself for the damage the virus is causing but not Dr. Tedros!!
"Quarantine Politics": Kindly, as Dr. Tedros put it
Aesop 04-11-20 - Some are saying Tigreans should never think about secession. There are also self-proclaimed Tigrean governors. In light of the struggle ahead, all this doesn't matter. Tigrai is fighting COVID-19. Tigrai is fighting a possible extinction threat. Anyone that talks about secession or unity at this time are not following the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm not challenging anyone for a duel here- by the way. I'm not going to rebut anyone that responds to this piece.
The government of Tigrai must establish an independent commission to monitor all public projects. Debretsion if you are reading us, please establish a commission to monitor and report the monthly status of all public projects. The report can be used to educate the public as well as to find a solution for all the project delays. If public project delays continue as is we are certain the public will rise up against the governing party. The good governance issues can not be forgotten regardless of the other pressing issues that are obvious. Since Ethiopia is going down it is a must all Tigreans are ready in unison to withstand the effects of a failed state. Solve the good governance issues before it is too late. (Aigaforum April 2020)
Which Comes First: A Disease or A Cure?
G. Amare April 11, 2020 - What persuaded me to write this piece is the televised press conference given by the officials of the overnment of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. At the press conference, the officials announced to the public that they have been researching a cure for COVID-19 and now that they have invented a new brand cure. I learned that one of the officials had retracted and restated her position in response...
Appeal to Counter Separation of Tigray
Girmay T. Giorgis April 2020 - Ethiopia finds itself in turbulence and instability for over ten decades. The main cause of the instability is the political publicists who emphasize any difference that may exist in society. This has been happening since the downfall of the monarchy. Instead of focusing on uniting the people and resolving any problem that may arise in the society, regional parochialists and die-hard nationalists have been playing a destructive role..
DEFERRED ELECTION, STATE OF EMERGENCY AND #COVID19 - HOW CAN ETHIOPIA AVOID AN IMPENDING CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS?
Addis Abeba, April 10/2020 - With scheduled elections now postponed, compounded by COVID-19 uncertainties, it would mean that the tenure of current MPs would expire before being replaced by their elected successors. This will create a constitutional vacuum, which may lead to a constitutional crisis unless addressed promptly. There is a dearth of insights on how to fill the loophole. Few legal experts are tapping into options such as a consensual dissolution of the Parliament... While some allude to the possibility of a political settlement, this opinion piece is restricted to assessing possible options ...
Coronavirus: WHO chief and Taiwan in row over 'racist' comments
The disease first emerged last December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has just ended an 11-week lockdown. An advisor to the WHO chief earlier said their close work with China had been "absolutely essential" in understanding the disease in its early stages. Mr Trump's attacks on the WHO come in the context of criticism of his own administration's handling of the pandemic, especially early problems with US testing.
African leaders trump Trump for attack on WHO, back Ethiopia's Tedros
African leaders on Wednesday rallied behind the World Health Organization, WHO, and its Director-General, Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; following an attack on the world health body by American president Donald Trump. Among them Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Hage Geingob of Nambia and Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andergachew also posted support for Tedros and the WHO. Tedros was a former Foreign Minister of Ethiopia having previously held the Health portfolio.
Why finger- pointing to World Health Organization?
W.Yilma 4/8/2020 - As we all know our world is hit by Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although this virus has similarity with the previous two coronaviruses’ outbreaks, SARS and MERS, the nature of the COVID-19, the level of speeds how it spread to susceptible population, and its severity in different social groups is a puzzle for many scientists and other public health workers.
WHO says coronavirus vaccine and treatment research has 'accelerated at incredible speed'
Research to develop vaccines and treatments to fight the coronavirus has "accelerated at incredible speed," World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday.He said more than 70 countries have joined WHO's trial to accelerate research on effective treatments and "about 20 institutions and companies are racing to develop a vaccine."
Clearly, President Trump must be looking for a scapegoat for his failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) led by Dr. Tedros is doing its best to defeat the pandemic.
CPJ, 80 media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists
We the 81 undersigned media, press freedom, and human rights organizations are writing to call on your respective governments to release all jailed journalists amid the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic.As of March 31, at least six more journalists and media workers have been jailed since December 1, and remain in prison as of March 31, including
four in Ethiopia
and one each in Cameroon and Algeria.
What happened to the much-promised 'change' Abyi and his handlers promised to the Ethiopian people?
Ethiopian Cargo Recalibrates Its Operations in the Wake of COVID-19
Addis Ababa, 08 April, 2020 - Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, the multiple award-winning, and largest cargo network operator in Africa, is adapting its operations to the evolving global demand for air cargo services following the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the current situation, Ethiopian Cargo has extended its reach to 74 destinations globally.
Supreme Court votes 5-4 to halt order extending absentee ballot deadline in Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed an executive order suspending in-person voting in the state earlier on Monday after trying and failing to convince the GOP-dominated state legislature to postpone elections until May. His order was blocked by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the evening.
The governing party in the U.S, the Republican Party, is fighting to hold the election despite the coronavirus pandemic. Why is the US Ambassador in Ethiopia who is a Republican appointee not speaking against the postponement of the national election in Ethiopia? Also, why was Birtukan Medekssa so quick to cancel the election in Ethiopia before she knew the full picture of the coronavirus effect? So far, it looks the virus may not become a national problem in Ethiopia! God willing!!
Abiy Ahmed-a Philosopher King or a Sophist?
Getu Teressa April 5, 2020 - After listening to several of Abiy's speeches in the last two years and obtaining further insights from his books (Medemer and Erkab Ena Menber), one can conclude that: Abiy Ahmed represents a modern-day sophist, not the philosopher-king that he wants us to believe.
Medemer is nothing more than sophistry; a hodgepodge of ideas constructed with rhetorical fallacies and delivered with pseudo-intellectual evangelical self-help fervor.
Some say there is a trade-off: save lives or save jobs - this is a false dilemma
An Op-ed first published on The Telegraph by Kristalina Georgieva and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - As the world responds to COVID-19, country after country is faced with the need to contain the spread of the virus at the cost of bringing its society and economy to a standstill. At face value there is a trade-off to make: either save lives or save livelihoods. This is a false dilemma