Tag: ethiopia

Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—Kenya claimed its first overall title—topping Jamaica and the U.S.—at the just-ended World Championships in Athletics held in Beijing. Kenya led the medal standing, picking up seven gold, six silver and three bronze. Jamaica was in second place with seven gold, two silver and three bronze followed by the U.S. winning six of each. Russia, […]

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U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

U.S. multinationals scooped up deals during Obama’s visit to Kenya

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—A presidential stopover in Nairobi to meet “global entrepreneurs” turned out to be a windfall for mega development projects, bank lenders and U.S. corporations. Fresh details are emerging in local media about the deals struck between the U.S. and Kenyan governments during the visit of President Obama. A so-called “American package,” they said, reaffirms a […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

(GIN)–Ethiopians went to the polls over the weekend in an election described as calm, peaceful, and credible by observers from the African Union. The AU observers, however, did not use the familiar phrase “free and fair” or “transparent” to describe the voting. AU observer Chika Charles Aniekwe cautiously explained to the Voice of America: “We […]

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Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

(GIN)–A video that caught an Israeli police officer and a volunteer shoving and punching a black soldier in uniform outraged members of the Ethiopian Jewish community and set off a clash May 3 between Ethiopian Jews and police in central Tel Aviv. Thousands took part in the Sunday protest over the incident including many non-Ethiopian […]

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‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

| March 24, 2015

Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan joins ancestors at 96 By Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm […]

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Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

| July 24, 2014

(GIN)—At an upcoming “Girl Summit” this week in London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will speak out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The UK-based ODI will warn […]

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Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega, pro-democracy scribe

Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega, pro-democracy scribe

| November 7, 2013

(GIN)—South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the lengthy sentence meted out to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government. Mda, a novelist, poet and playwriting, is the son of A.P. Mda, a “guiding light” in the founding of the Pan African Congress. Nega, who […]

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Wind power generates energy in Ethiopia

Wind power generates energy in Ethiopia

| November 3, 2013

(GIN)—In the latest development of energy from “renewables” such as solar and wind, the Ashegoda Wind Farm was launched Oct. 26 in Tigray state, Ethiopia. It follows a plan to create a “climate resilient’ economy by 2025. Africa’s second most populous country has been plagued by frequent blackouts. The new energy capacity supplements hydropower from […]

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In political shuffle, Mulatu Teshome named new Ethiopian president

In political shuffle, Mulatu Teshome named new Ethiopian president

| October 15, 2013

(GIN)—Former diplomat Mulatu Teshome was sworn in this week for a six-year term as president—a largely symbolic and ceremonial post. Real power rests in the hands of the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. Mulatu, a 57-year-old economist, was Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey until his appointment. He replaces 88-year-old Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who served from 2001 until now. It […]

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