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Saturday, March 14, 2015

-የፀረ ሽብርተኝነት ሕጉ ላልተገባ ዓላማ እየዋለ ነው በሚል ተችታለች
የእንግሊዝ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር መጋቢት 3 ቀን 2007 ዓ.ም. ባወጣው የ2014 (እ.ኤ.አ.) የሰብዓዊ መብትና የዴሞክራሲ ሪፖርት፣ ሐሳብን በነፃነት የመግለጽ መብት ላይ ኢትዮጵያ በምትፈጽማቸው ገደቦች ሥጋት እንደገባው አስታወቀ፡፡ የፀረ ሽብርተኝነት አዋጁ ላልተገባ ዓላማ እየዋለ ነው በሚልም ተችቷል፡፡
የፀረ ሽብርተኝነት ሕጉ ሥራ ላይ ከዋለ በኋላ በቁጥጥር ሥር የዋሉት የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች አባላት፣ ጋዜጠኞች፣ ሰላማዊ ተቃዋሚዎችና ሌሎች አካላት ሕጉ ተጠቅሶ የተከሰሱት የመሰብሰብና ሐሳባቸውን በነፃነት የመግለጽ መብታቸውን ለመጠቀም ሙከራ ሲያደርጉ እንደሆነ ሪፖርቱ ይጠቁማል፡፡
በዓመቱ የዞን ዘጠኝ አባላት የሆኑ ሰባት ጦማሪያንና አቶ ተመስገን ደሳለኝን ጨምሮ 17 ጋዜጠኞች በቁጥጥር ሥር እንደዋሉም ሲፒጄን በመጥቀስ ሪፖርቱ አትቷል፡፡ ይህም ጋዜጠኞችን በማሰር ኢትዮጵያ ከዓለም በአራተኝነት ደረጃ እንደሚያስቀምጣት አመልክቷል፡፡ 30 ጋዜጠኞች በዓመቱ ከአገር እንደተሰደዱ የገለጸው ሪፖርቱ፣ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት የመክሰስ ሐሳብ ስለሌለው ሊመለሱ ይችላሉ ማለቱንም ጠቅሷል፡፡ 
እንግሊዝ ኢትዮጵያ የኦሮሚያ ሬዲዮና ቴሌቪዥን ድርጅት 20 ጋዜጠኞች የተባረሩት በክልሉ የተከሰተውን የተማሪዎች አመፅ በዘገቡበት ተቺ አቀራረብ የተነሳ እንደሆነም እንደሚታመን ጠቅሷል፡፡ የአምስት መጽሔቶችንና የአንድ ጋዜጣ ኅትመት የተቋረጡትም በመንግሥት ውሳኔ እንደሆነ አመልክቷል፡፡ በአገሪቱ የኤሌክትሮኒክ ሚዲያ ተደራሽነት የተገደበ እንደሆነም ሪፖርቱ ጠቅሷል፡፡ የግል አሳታሚዎች በተመጣጣኝ ዋጋና በአስተማማኝ ሁኔታ የማተሚያ ቤት አገልግሎት ማግኘት አለመቻላቸውም እንደ ሳንካ እንደሚቆጠር ገልጿል፡፡ ለጋዜጠኞች የሙያ ሥልጠና በመስጠትም ረገድ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት የሚጠበቅበትን እየሠራ እንዳልሆነ ሪፖርቱ አመልክቷል፡፡ 
ሪፖርቱ የእንግሊዝ መንግሥት በሚዲያ ነፃነት ላይ መንግሥት የሚፈጽማቸውን ገደቦች በሚመለከት ከኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ከፍተኛ ባለሥልጣናት ጋር መነጋገሩንም ያስታውሳል፡፡ በተለይም በመስከረም 2007 ዓ.ም. በተመድ የሰብዓዊ መብት ካውንስል በዓለም አቀፍ ወቅታዊ የሰብዓዊ መብት አያያዝ ግምገማ (UPR) ላይ፣ ኢትዮጵያ ምርጫ 2007 ከምርጫ 2002 በተቃራኒ ወካይና አሳታፊ እንዲሆን ተጨባጭ ዕርምጃ እንድትወስድ የእንግሊዝ መንግሥት ምክረ ሐሳብ ሲሰጥ ተቀብላው የነበረ ቢሆንም፣ ዕርምጃዎቹ እስኪወሰዱ እንግሊዝ አሁንም እየጠበቀች እንደሆነ ገልጿል፡፡ 
እንግሊዝ በፕሬስ ነፃነት ላይ አሉታዊ ተፅዕኖ ይኖራቸዋል ብላ ያመነችባቸውን ጉዳዮች በፍርድ ቤት መከታተሏንና ይህም ዓለም አቀፍ ደረጃ መሟላቱን ለመገምገም እንደረዳ ተገልጿል፡፡ ባለፈው ዓመት በግንቦትና በሐምሌ ወራት የአውሮፓ ኅብረት በኢትዮጵያ የፖለቲካ ምኅዳሩና ሐሳብን በነፃነት የመግለጽ መብት አስፈላጊ እንደሆነ በመግለጫው መጠቆሙን ያስታወሰው ሪፖርቱ፣ ኅብረቱ በቁጥጥር ሥር የዋሉት ጦማሪያን፣ ጋዜጠኞችና የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲዎች አመራሮች የፍርድ ሒደት ሰብዓዊ መብታቸውን ባከበረ መንገድ እንዲካሄድ መጠየቁን አመልክቷል፡፡ 
የእንግሊዝ መንግሥት የፕሬስ ነፃነትን ማክበር የኢትዮጵያን ዴሞክራሲ እንደሚያጠናክርና ተጠያቂነትን በማረጋገጥ በአገሪቱ ዘላቂ መረጋጋትን ለማስፈን እንደሚያግዝ እምነት እንዳለው ሪፖርቱ ገልጿል፡፡
በሪፖርቱ ላይ የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ያለውን አስተያየት የተጠየቁት የመንግሥት የኮሚዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ጽሕፈት ቤት ሚኒስትር አቶ ሬድዋን ሁሴን፣ ‹‹ኢትዮጵያ ራሷን ከሽብርተኝነት ለመጠበቅ የምታደርገው ዕርምጃ አግባብ አይደለም የሚሉ አካላት ለተመሳሳይ ሥጋት ተመሳሳይ ዕርምጃ ሲወስዱ፣ የእነሱ ድርጊት ተገቢ የመንግሥት ሥራ የሚሆንበት አመክንዮ አይገባኝም፤›› ብለዋል፡፡ ይሁንና መንግሥት ሪፖርቱን በዝርዝር ከተመለከተ በኋላ ምላሽ  እንደሚሰጥበት ገልጸዋል፡፡ 




Addis ABABA, ETHIOPIA -- When you tell people you are going to Africa, the first thing some people want to know is why on Earth you'd want to do such a thing. The television images of Ebola, poverty and famine have left their mark.
People you meet casually, such as in the departure lounge in the airport, immediately ask "Are you a missionary?" It's highly unlikely they'd ask that question of someone travelling to Europe or the U.S.
Perhaps it is a safe assumption, given my first observation. There is no denying the NGO-in-development industry is a major player in economies here, and quite possibly the largest single importer of hardy four-wheel-drive vehicles roaming the back roads of this continent.
But that presence wrongly feeds into our cultural perceptions, especially our deeply rooted view that Africa is needy, dependent and incapable of resolving its own problems. The television commercials designed to drum up donors don't help.
Another mistake we make is referring to Africa as though it is one country. Admittedly, even I had to do some research to find that at last count, it consists of 54 independent states. The ethnic groups number in the thousands.
It should be noted my impressions are based on visits to just three of those countries, so it hardly makes me an expert. But it does make me skeptical of those who subscribe to the view that the problems here are insurmountable. People here can still use a hand up, and it's within our capacity to offer it. But the days of African countries needing handouts are becoming history.
In fact, given the double-digit growth in many of these economies, we should be treating our support as an investment. As impossible as it sounds, some day the tables might be turned.
Take Ethiopia, for example, a country of nearly 88 million, 80 per cent of whom are farmers living off two acres of land or less.
The World Bank Group's latest poverty assessment, released in January, shows poverty in Ethiopia fell to 30 per cent in 2011 from 44 per cent in 2000. That's a drop of 33 per cent.
Growth in the agricultural sector was the main driver, underpinned by consistently high economic growth in the country's economy.
The report says that since 2005, agricultural growth was responsible for reducing poverty at a rate of four per cent annually. While that is a sign the government's strategy is working, it also got a little help from high food prices. And good weather ensured the increased use of fertilizer that is being promoted was translated into higher yields and higher incomes.
In 1990, one in five Ethiopian children never reached the age of five. That statistic has been chopped by two-thirds.
Granted, Ethiopia is considered a leader in Africa in these developments -- and it has a long way to go. But solid progress is being made at almost every level. It's average citizens who are heavy lifters, supported by sound government policy and donor programs.
I'll never forget experiencing the generosity of people who by our measures have very little to spare. It didn't prevent one of my Zambian hosts from presenting a parting gift as we prepared to leave his remote rural farmyard: a live, fluttering chicken that was making it very clear it was an unwilling sacrifice.
Or of standing on a steeply sloped hillside watching 350 men and women use hand tools to dig trenches and move rocks, protecting the eroded sections from further damage so trees and vegetation can return. They were participating in a cash-for-work scheme, receiving about a dollar a day -- to build community assets. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Mennonite Central Committee are backing the program through a local church NGO.
But that was hard work in a hot sun. Most Canadians would simply wilt.
That's how things get done at the ground level here: a little bit of planning, a measure of goodwill and a whole lot of sweat equity.

Manitoba Co-operator editor Laura Rance is on secondment to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, writing about agriculture and development. She can be reached at: laura@fbcpublishing.com.

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The manifesto was launched on Friday at the party's headquarters in a press conference, which was attended by both local and international media representatives. Medrek officials discussed issues concerning the challenges that the party is facing while striving to become competitive in the upcoming national election.
The details of the manifesto was presented by Merera Gudina (PhD), head of external affairs, Tilahun Endeshaw, head of public relations and Gebru Gebremariam, secretary of the party.
The party launched its 13-page manifesto that focus on economic, social and political affairs. Though these are the major pillars of the manifesto, a wide range of issues are also covered.
One of the major alternatives that the party plans to introduce, if it assumes power following the upcoming election, will be the introduction of an alternative working language based on the number of population.
Apart from proposing an alternative language in the country, the party also aims at creating a favorable environment for local private investors to participate in the development and construction of small and medium scale hydro electric power generation projects.
The manifesto that contains six major pillars also covers an issue that is shared by other political parties but is downplayed by the ruling party; the issue of national consensuses. In that regard, the party on its election manifesto stated that it will work seriously on the matter to arrive at a national consensuses. 
The major six pillars of the manifesto that the party focuses on are the issues that revolve around the areas of politics, security, foreign relations and national interest, economic and social development of the country.
Regarding economic development the manifesto covers a wide range of issues such as development of trade and industry, water and mining resource sector, transport and communication services, urban, financial institution and environmental, national parks and heritages protection, land administration, agriculture and general development.
Youth and women, reducing unemployment, poverty and migration, education, health service and social security are issues that the manifesto touches on its social development part.
Currently, the party has four member parties which are the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Sidama Liberation Movement (SLM), Union of Tigreans for Democracy and Sovereignty (Arena) and the Ethiopian Social Democracy- Southern Ethiopia People's Democratic Union.
Read more at: http://ajebnew.org/news/story-in-english/Medrek-proposes-alternative-working-language-68303
The EPL ReturnsThe Ethiopian Premier League (EPL) returned to action on Friday after a one month break with Defense and Welayta Dicha coming out victorious. 
At Abebe Bikila Stadium on Friday, Defense defeated Electric with two second half goals while Dicha are now level on points with second placed St. George with a 1-0 win against Dashen Beer in Gondar.
The rest of the fixture of Week 14 will continue on Saturday as league leaders Sidama take on Muger Cement. Sidama, who led the table for much of the first round, will hope to continue on their exciting campaign. But Muger, playing at home in Assella, will pose a serious test to the league leaders. The last time the two teams met in the league, Sidama edged it with a narrow 1-0 victory at home.
In Addis Ababa, St. George will play against Adama City at Abebe Bikila Stadium on Saturday. St. George fans and players are still reeling in anguish after their exit from the African Champions League losing to the Algerian side MC El Eulma at Bahir Dar Stadium on an away goal rule despite winning the return leg 2-1. A win on Saturday against Adama will provide a perfect opportunity for St. George to put their misery behind and mount on the pressure on league leaders Sidama. 
“Our focus now is to improve on our consistency and get good result in the remaining EPL matches,” Naider Dosantos, St. George’s Brazilian coach, told The Reporter.
The defending champions will be boosted by the return of striker Oumed Oukuri who is back in his country after a disagreement with his former Egyptian based club Al Ittihad over salary payment.
Meanwhile, fifth placed Adama City has strengthened their squad signing striker Wondemeneh Zeriun from Electric, midfielder Yontan Birhanu from Saint George, and striker Yonatan Kebede from Dashen Beer. With Adama’s target for the season firmly set on finishing top four, the match on Saturday is expected to be fiercely fought for three points.
The two sides met in Adama in Game Week one of the EPL in October last year with game ending in a goalless draw.
Elsewhere, CBE SA will face Ethiopia Coffee at Abebe Bikila Stadium on Sunday. Fourth placed Coffee has had an inconsistent first round campaign winning six, drawing three and losing four. The break saw Coffee lose defender Tok James who signed for Woldiya City in a 600 thousand birr transfer fee after a protracted disagreement with his club that took much of the first round. 
Sitting ninth in the premier league ranking, CBE, which had significantly strengthened their squad at the start of the season which was not reflected in results, will hope to have a better campaign in the second round. 
On the other hand, Dedebit’s away EPL match with Woldiya is postponed to March 22 as the team will be playing the Nigerian side Warri Wolves in the African Confederation Preliminary round. Dedebit progressed in the confederation cup after overcoming Seychelles Cote d’Or with 5-2 aggregate result.
After Game Week 15 the Ethiopian Premier League matches played in the capital will be held at Addis Ababa Stadium, according to Wondemkun Alayu, head of public relations of Ethiopia Football Federation.
Week 14 EPL Results 
Dashen Beer 0 - 1 Welayta Dicha 
Electric 0 - 2 Defence 
Week 14 EPL Fixtures 
Sat 14/3/2015
St. George vs Adama City
Arba Minch City vs Hawassa City
Muger Cement vs Sidama Coffee 
Sun 15/3/2015
CBE vs Ethiopia Coffee


Top goal scorers
1.Biniam Assefa (Ethiopia Coffee) 11
2.Samuel Sanumii (Dedebit)8
3.Philip Dawuz (CBE SA)6
4.Alazar Fasika (Welayta Dicha)5
5.Bayu Gezahegn (Welayta Dicha) 5

First Round Stat 
-91 matches
-356 goals scored 
-368 yellow cards 
-25 red cards 

 TeamMPWDLFADP
1Sidamma Coffee13832148+627
2Saint George 13742155+1025
3Welayta Dicha13643129+322
4Ethiopia Coffee 136341914+521
5Adama City134721613+319
6Arba Minch city  
1347298+119
7Dedebit 
135351915+418
8Electric 134541314-117
9CBE SA 33731412+216
10Dashen Beer135171012-216
11Defence1344579-216
12Muger Cement133461114-313
13Hawassa City132471117-610
14Woldya City131210828-205