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Friday, November 15, 2013

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian police used force Friday to disperse hundreds of people protesting against targeted attacks on Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia.
Police units blocked roads to prevent the protest at the Saudi Arabia Embassy from growing. Some two dozen people were detained. The police also forced some journalists to delete photos.
Many foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are fleeing or are under arrest amid a crackdown on the kingdom’s 9 million migrant laborers. Close to 500 Ethiopians have been repatriated. Last weekend, Saudi residents fought with Ethiopians, and video emerged of a crowd dragging an Ethiopian from his house and beating him.
The government’s spokesman, Shimelis Kemal, said Friday’s demonstration was broken up because organizers had not sought permission to hold such a protest. He also said many of the demonstrators carried anti-Arab messages that sought to “distort” strong relations between Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. He declined to say how many people were arrested and expressed regret for police actions against journalists.
One protester, Asfaw Michael, who was beaten, said he didn’t understand why Ethiopia wanted to shield Saudi Arabia from the protest given the anti-Ethiopian actions inside Saudi Arabia.
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Ethiopians World Wide are organizing protest rallies at Saudi Arabia embassies and consulates in North America and Europe.
The purpose of these demonstrations is to demand the Saudi government to stop the violence, brutalization and killings of Ethiopian immigrants and have the Saudi regime held accountable for the crimes it committed.
Oppositions parties and many civil organizations have released press statements condemning the Saudi Government and urging the regime in Ethiopia to heed its responsibility and take immediate actions.
BBC reported that about 23,000 Ethiopians have surrendered to Saudi authorities since a clampdown on migrant workers.
Join the rallies in your respective countries, share on Facebook and forward to other Ethiopians!
Bern, Switzerland
Date and time : Wednesday 20th of November 20  from 10:00 to 15:00
Place : KRAMBURGSTRASSE 12 (Saudi Arabia Embassy) 3006 BERN 
Washington DC
Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 14 starting at 9 AM
Address: 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC
Houston TX
Date and time :: Friday, Nov. 15, starting at 1 PM
Address: Saudi Arabia Mission, 5718 Westheimer Rd, Houston TX 77057
Date and time: Monday, Nov. 18, starting at 2 PM
Address: Saudi Embassy, 30-32 Charles Street, London W1J5DZ
Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 14 starting at 2 PM
Address: Drammensveien 102H, 0244 Oslo
Los Angeles
Date and time: Thursday, Nov. 14 starting at 2 PM
Address: Saudi Arabia Mission, 2045 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles CA
Ethiopia's inflation rate jumped to 8.5 percent in October from 6.9 percent a month earlier, driven primarily by higher food prices, Reuters reported, citing data from the Ethiopia's Central Statistical Agency.
Food prices rose 7.8 percent over the 12-month period compared with 4.3 percent year-on-year in September, the Central Statistics Agency said. The non-food inflation rate fall to 9.2 percent in October after a 10 percent rise in September.
The International Monetary Fund projected Ethiopia's inflation rate will remain in single digits over the next two fiscal years while the economy will grow by 7.5 percent annually in the same period.
Source: Reuters
Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images-Stanbic
The Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia have arrived Calabar, the capital City of Cross River State for Saturday's 2014 World Cup second leg play-off clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The Ethiopians touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on Thursday afternoon on board a chartered flight with some of their fans, who are expected to cheer them to victory against the Eagles before proceeding to their camp at the Channel View hotels.
Ethiopia needs an outright 2-0 victory in Nigeria to seal a place in the Brazil 2014 World Cup after losing at home 2-1 in the first leg match played on October 13 in Addis Ababa, thanks to two superb strikes from Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike.
Fans in Calabar will have to dig deep into their pockets if they hope to watch Nigeria's Super Eagles take on the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia at the U. J. Esuene Stadium.
The tickets for the game which were made available for purchase on Wednesday cost between N1,000 to as much as N6,000.
While the uncovered popular side goes for N1,000, tickets to the VIP area costs N4,000, while fans who intend to watch the game from the state box extension will have to pay N6,000.
Chijioke Ifenkwe, a fan who is looking forward to making a trip to watch the game from Port Harcourt complained about the price of the tickets to KickOffNigeria.com.
"It doesn't really make sense when the price of the VIP seats for the evening costs more than my fuel money."
BeanFruit’s Ethiopia Sidama Michicha “Ardi’ Natural
I was first introduced to BeanFruit Coffee Company out of Flowood, MS by a friend of mine who is a barista at one of my favorite coffee shops here in Raleigh. This friend is originally from Mississippi and brought back a bag of their coffee after a recent trip home and was kind enough to share some with me one day while I was hanging at the shop. After my first taste I was very eager to get a bag of of mine own to experiment with and review for my blog. Today’s review is of BeanFruit’s Ethiopia Sidama Michicha “Ardi’ Natural, a coffee that I have really come to admire.
Origin BackgroundI always enjoy reading about where my coffee comes from as it helps me develop a better appreciation and connection with the coffee I am about to enjoy.  Here is a quick overview of what I learned about the origin of BeanFruit’s Ethiopia Michicha “Ardi” NaturalBased on my online research, I learned that the Sidama region of Ethiopia  is well known for producing high quality naturally processed coffees, which are some of the most difficult coffees to produce.
One of the toughest parts of naturally processed coffees is ensuring the correct level of ripeness is selected. This is done through labor intensive process of picking out over and under ripe beans while executing continual hand rotation on raised drying beds. The the constant rotation results in an even and consistent drying while preventing bacteria or mold build up through good air flow, dry conditions and constant movement.
The name ”Ardi” originates from an unusual source.  It is a tribute to the discovery of a 4.4 million year old human fossil (name Ardi) discovered in Ethiopia in 2009. Ardi coffee is processed at a mill in the Guji area of Sidamo zone in southern Ethiopia near the small town of Michicha.
Weighing BeanFruit’s Ethiopia “Ardi’ for my AeroPress
Brew MethodI kept it simple this time around. I only used one method. I prepared each cup using my AeroPress. Typical process involved measuring out 24 grams of coffee and 300 grams of water. I’ve been enjoying my new grinder and kept the Baratza Preciso grinder dialed in at 16 to achieve fine grind that I find works very well with my AeroPress Method. I was consistently happy with the results using this approach.
Thoughts about the CoffeeI really enjoyed this coffee. So much so that  I’ve made everyone I know who drinks coffee try it. I do that when I find something I really like as I feel selfish if I keep it all to myself. I’ve shared this coffee with coworkers and family members alike and it has been very well received by all. I think I even converted my mother, a creature of coffee habit, into the newest BeanFruit fan
The beans were extremely fresh when I received them.  The aroma coming off them fresh out of the bag is slightly sweet with soft hints of wildflowers and berries – specifically blueberry and raspberry. Upon brewing these aromas translated into an extremely flavorful cup. Not in an overpowering sugary fruit juice way, rather a well balanced deep and full-bodied cup with the perfect mix of citrus acidity, slight teasing bittersweetness of berry & dark chocolate.
While I wouldn’t hesitate to enjoy a cup of this BeanFruit “Ardi” Ethiopia with my typical breakfast, I often found myself enjoying this full bodied coffee all by itself. This is a coffee you can really sit back and enjoy as you explore the flavor with each sip. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to enjoy it on several occasions over the past month and each time I felt like I was discovering something new about it. One thing this coffee has taught me about myself is that I am quickly becoming a fan of the fermentation commonly present in naturally process coffee. I am looking forward to trying more coffees processed this way in the future.
To purchase a bag of BeanFruit’s “Ardi” Ethiopia or view their other current coffee offerings check out their online store here. I am also very please to see that not only are their coffees very reasonably priced but they offer excellent affordable $3.95 flat rate shipping! If you do try their coffee please come back and leave a note in the comment section here as I would love to hear what you think. Enjoy!

by Sinke Wesho
(OPride) – At least three Ethiopian citizens had been killed in Saudi Arabia and scores wounded following a visa-related crackdown that began last week.

On November 8, when police started the field security sweep, in a matter of hours, police rounded up hundreds of migrants who did not have “legitimate” residency papers.
The following day, at least two people, including a Saudi national, were killed in clashes between police, foreign workers, and vigilante Saudi citizens. Reports in the local media put the number of those arrested in thousands.

Ethiopia had called on Saudi authorities to investigate the death of its citizens. And it had reportedly sent a delegation to facilitate the repatriation of more than 17,000 Ethiopians now facing deportation.

The mistreatment of foreign workers in Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, is not new. Alem Dechasa’s assault in 2012 in front of the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut infuriated many. A mobile video showing Dechasa being beaten by her captors went viral, shedding some light on the misery of more than 200,000 domestic Ethiopian workers in Lebanon.

Early in 2012, the deportation of 35 Ethiopian migrants, 29 of them women, from Saudi Arabia for practicing a ‘banned’ religion made international headlines. But the many unreported crimes perpetrated by police against these workers are extremely revolting. Women were raped and men tortured.

Ultimately, for those who cross wild seas and travel miles in the scorching desert of North Africa and Yemen to get to Saudi Arabia, life has less to offer. But for their smugglers who make thousands in a day, it's a spring in the middle of desert. Lest we forget, the ongoing crackdown on migrants in Saudi Arabia is just a drop in the ocean compared to the thousands abused in the households of the wealthy Arabs and those who die when boats capsized even before they get there.

As we express our collective shock at the Saudis and even praise corrupt Ethiopian officials for posting updates on social media, let us also remember that Ethiopia’s unwillingness to protect its citizens from illegal human trafficking and create better opportunities at home is equally, if not more, culpable.

The ongoing Saudi police crackdown on foreign workers evoked bitter memories of my time in the Middle East studying Arabic. During my four-month stay in the region, I traveled to Oman, Dubai, and Turkey; transit hours ensured that I witness gruesome realities of human rights violations. I saw many familiar looking faces in the waiting areas desperately looking for help, often with no luck.

It’s hard to explain a complex country like Oman, much less based on a brief stay. The generosity of ordinary Omanis resonates across the country and the beauty of the desert landscape blew my imaginations. However, beneath this beautiful cosmos lies the sad and discomforting condition of domestic workers including those from Oromia, Ethiopia.

Despite the hullabaloo about its miraculous economic growth, Ethiopia’s pervasive youth unemployment, lack of economic and political freedom, differential access to government jobs, and the promise of a better life overseas are forcing hundreds of young people to take dangerous trips to the Gulf region every year. This has especially affected Oromos and other minority ethnic groups in Ethiopia. Half of the migrants in Saudi Arabia are believed to be Oromos.

Two of the three women who were stranded at the Muscat Airport for more than 48 hours in February were Oromos. One of them, a young girl from Assela said she was 20 but looked much younger. These women make up approximately 20,000 “Ethiopians” in Oman. On my return flight last April, over a hundred women were being returned to Ethiopia. A few that I approached spoke fluent Oromo. Few non-Oromos in Ethiopia speak the Oromo language.

The Saudis have repeatedly underlined that illegal workers are unwelcome, but instead instituted a sponsorship program that gives Saudi employers extensive control over their employees. The Ethiopian government, human traffickers, and the scrupulous broker agencies in Addis all ignored these repeated warnings. Desperate job applicants looking to escape from repression and dire poverty have also missed the signs. Despite volumes of reports by humanitarian agencies and accounts of survivors, the international community did not heed pleas to pressure Gulf States to reform their labor laws.

Stories of young girls eloping to Arabia in the hope of a better life are common. I met several girls, some as young as 12 years, wondering around airports in Oman and Dubai. If they knew the reality of the slavery like conditions in Gulf States, these teenagers would have toiled their fertile land and made life out of it. However, avid brokers and smugglers who thrive on the misery of these youngsters often mislead them into signing up.

Ethiopia is known for its notorious and unregulated recruitment agencies. But the allure of a better life abroad is also exacerbated by remittances sent home by expats abroad. The “success” stories of those who send money home by working as domestic servants obscure the dire reality of the abuse they endure in the process. During recruitment, the unsuspecting youth were never told about the dangers of being caught without papers and working for total strangers or the total absence of labor laws to safeguard their welfare.

As a result, the illusion of job opportunities and remittances that could alter the living standards of their families often ends with physical abuse, mental breakdown, and psychological trauma. Burning of the limbs, sexual harassment, and cases where maids were killed and their bodies dismembered and dumped in the desert have been reported.

One of the girls I met at Dubai airport, Magallee looked exactly how I had imagined: house maids whose stories sound so unreal and undeserving, and yet it is true as daylight. Poorly dressed and malnourished, her horrendous story seemed fictitious at first but after this encounter, it was too true to be faked. Magallee was very fortunate to be at an airport not in the deserts. We made an instant connection, hurriedly walking toward each other as if destiny had brought us together after eternity. But beneath her smiles was a disheartened personality, a broken soul. Scanning her physique, it is easy to deduce that she had gone through hell to get there.

I wished to ask her to tell me if she was willing to return home, to her family no matter how impoverished they were. I would put down her exact response in this diary but I do not speak Amharic that well. She asked if the gate number was 8. I nodded. Magallee sounded fearful speaking Afaan Oromo, although she said she was one. The generational inferiority complex planted in the minds of Oromo people was evident from her mannerisms. Such is the story of Oromo people who fought against colonialism, but became victims of a ‘modern slavery’ both at home and abroad.

Magallee had a chocolate complexion. She was slender and an inch taller than I was. Perhaps frightened, shy or ashamed, Magallee avoided eye contact, but I stared into her eyes as if to get a glimpse of the suffering she had endured. Hoping to carry conversations and make her comfortable, I told her about my life. She looked baffled that I was on my way to Oman to study Arabic. My own privileges discomforted me.  She praised my accomplishments and noted how lucky I was to be educated.

Magallee had been to school but could barely read or write English. She came to Dubai in search of work after completing eight-grade in Ethiopia. Looking away, as if into the past, she told me how she made the worst mistake of her life three years earlier. She dropped out of school because she found no use for it. Even if she was educated, Magallee knew that without the right connections or membership in the ruling party, she wouldn’t be able to secure a job in Ethiopia.

Connections, she didn’t have.

Besides, most of her friends had left school and went to the Gulf region even though nothing of them had been heard to date. But like her friends, Magallee begged for money, sold what little her family had, paid a certain agency a lump sum to facilitate her employment, and purchased a one-way ticket to Dubai. She convinced her parents that by going to Dubai, she would change their lives.

Upon arrival in Dubai, a man she knew nothing of picked her up from the airport. But she felt safe because she knew a family member who was already residing there. She was immediately put on the job without any induction. An emirate couple working as teachers were to be her employers for the next two years.  She would have a total responsibility of running their house at all times. At 18, uneducated, and untrained straight from the rural Ethiopia, here she was being hired as a caretaker for a mansion in Dubai. Her duties included raising three children and performing all domestic chores such as cooking, cleaning, ironing, and hosting guests.

All the while, nothing was disclosed about her payments or contractual terms. She was only told that she would be there for two years. She was not to have a phone or keep in touch with the outside world, she would later find out.

Two years elapsed: Magallee was repeatedly beaten and abused, had her passport confiscated, denied contact with her family, and was paid only for the first year. She was glad for being able to send home that money.  When the two years passed, Magallee asked for her payments to go home. She was informed that she had to stay for another two years because she owes the employers money that they paid to bring her over. Shocked and confused, Magallee fell ill. Her health began to deteriorate. She could not visit a doctor because she had no money and she knew that if they paid for her medical expenses, the debt would go up.

Despite her illness, she had to maintain a regular workload, and when she could not perform her duties, she was locked up in a room. Tears rolled down her small eyes as she told me the story. She sobbed quietly so as to not attract attention, perhaps something she had grown accustomed to doing over the years. I wished all of it was just a dream. Magaalle could not say more. Even at the airport – far away from the house where she spent her darkest days and nights – she was afraid to speak up.

Her family knew little of her whereabouts, much less a return to Ethiopia. She worried about how she would be received at home. She carried a plastic bag in which her passport was wrapped. Nothing else. For many women like Magallee, this is a story of loss, disgrace, and disappointment. She hoped to ask someone to call her father once she arrives at the Bole airport.
And she knew her father’s number by heart.
*The writer, Sinke Wesho, is a Melbourne-based Oromo rights activist and OPride contributor. Photo by Faisal Al Nasser (Reuters).
The 1987 African Footballer of the Year believes the Walia Antelopes of Ethiopia pose no threat to Super Eagles’ World Cup dream
Algeria football legend Rabah Madjer holds a strong view that the Super Eagles have already qualified for the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup.
The 54 year old who made 87 appearances for the Desert Foxes and played a key role in FC Porto’s European Cup triumph in 1987 is of the opinion that it will be a wild goose chase for the East Africans to upset the reigning African champions in Calabar.
“In view of its success in Ethiopia, the second leg will be a mere formality for Nigeria, also one of the greatest football nations on the continent,” he told cafonline.
“This is a team that has always been a danger to opponents. Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in recent years, but in my opinion it is not enough.
“Nigerian players are superior and Stephen Keshi has done a great job to bring his team to the top."
When asked to pick his choice of five African teams that will eventually make it to Brazil, the former Algerian national team handler predicted three West African nations to fly Africa’s flag.
“I hope Algeria will ge there and it has the potential to do so. Though it is my wish to also see Tunisia go through, I believe Cameroon will eventually snatch the ticket to Brazil.
"In principle Ghana, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire should have no problem confirming their tickets,” Madjah added.
የወንጀል ስጋቶችን በመቀነስ የሀገሪቱን የሀገሪቱ ሰላምና ደህንነት እንዲጠበቅ የተጣለባቸውን ሀላፊነት እንደሚወጡ የፍትህ ሚኒስቴርና ተጠሪ ተቋማት ሰራተኞች አስታወቁ፡፡
ሚኒስቴር መ/ቤቱና ተጠሪ ተቋማት የፍትህ ስርዓቱ ማሻሻያ ማዕቀፍ  የሀገሪቱን የዕድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን በፍትህ ዘርፉ የደረሰበትን ደረጃ ገምግሟል፡፡
የፍትህ ሚንስትሩ አቶ ጌታቸው አምባዬ  እንደተናገሩት የዜጎች ቻርተር ሰነድ የለውጥ መሳሪያና የተልዕኮ ማሳለጫ እንዲሆን የህዝቡን ተሳትፎ የለውጡ ሂደት አካል አድረጎ መንቀሳቀስ እንደሚገባ አሳስበዋል፡፡ የዘርፉ ሰራተኛም መልካም አስተዳደርን በማስፈን የህዝቡን ጥቅም በማስቀደም ተገቢውን አገልግሎት ሊሱጡ ይገባልም ብለዋል፡፡
ሚንስትር ዴኤታው አቶ ብርሀኑ  ፀጋዬ  በበኩላቸው ለፍትህ ስርዓት ማሻሻያ እና ለሌሎች የፍትሀብሄር ጉዳዮች ሚኒስቴሩ ትኩረት ሰጥቶ እየሰራ ነው ብለዋል፡፡በተለይም የተቀናጀ የመረጃ ስርዓት ፕሮጀክት፣ነባር ህጎችን ማሰባሰብና ማጠቃለል፣የፍትህ አካላትአገልግሎት አሰጣጥ ውጤታማ፣ቀልጣፋና ተደራሽ እንዲሆን ድጋፍና ክትትል በማድረግ ጭምር እየተሰራ እንደሆነ ተናግረዋል፡፡
የግምገማው ተሳታፊ ሰራተኞች በበኩላቸው በፍትፍ ስርዓቱ የተቀመጠውን የአምስት አመት እቅድ እውን ለማድረግ እንደሚረባሩ አስታውቀዋል፡፡በተለይም በሀገሪቱ የወንጅል ስጋቶችንበመቀነስ የተጀመረውን ልማትና ሰላም ለማጠናከር የበኩላቸውን እንደሚወጡም ተናግረዋል፡፡