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Monday, October 02, 2006

Living Dangerously in Ethiopia

Also in the news: Will Egypt Go Nuclear Too? And Just How Soon? , harder for Ethiopia to attract tourists, SIC fighters withdraw from Village and more of today's top stories

Will Egypt Go Nuclear Too? And Just How Soon?

(Picture - Hosni Mubarak president of Egypt) Leading voices within the Egyptian regime and some outside the government, are calling on Cairo to go nuclear. Iran's success in frustrating the demands of the U.N. and Western powers to halt its uranium enrichment and future nuclear weapons production, in spite of Tehran being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has raised a debate in Egypt about its nuclear plans. Egypt views itself as a regional power, an Arab power and a bridge between Asia, Africa and Europe. Like Iranians, Egyptians consider themselves imperial by virtue of their history as a great civilization.(More...)

How would this affect Ethiopia?...

-Ex-UN chief warns of water wars (Feb. 2005)

In an interview with the BBC, the former UN Secretary General urged the international community to ensure a fair division of water between nations.

Mr Boutros Ghali told Radio 4's Today programme that military confrontation between the countries of the Nile basin was almost inevitable. Egypt has long been the greatest user of Nile water. But countries upstream on both the Blue and White Niles are increasingly demanding a greater share. Lake Tana in Ethiopia is the source of the Blue Nile, yet at present the country uses almost none of the river despite suffering increasingly frequent droughts, which result in crop failures that leave millions of people needing food aid to survive.(More...)

Living Dangerously in Ethiopia

In this African nation, a union membership card might as well be a ticket to prison.

Last year, on November 9, a 53-year-old teacher at a junior high school in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa was arrested at school. For more than six months, she lingered under harsh conditions in her prison cell, yet police never showed a warrant or charged her with a crime. She might still be there if Education International, the international education union of which NEA is a founding member, had not looked into her detention.

(picture - president of the Ethiopian Teachers' Association Dr. Taye W/Semayat)
In Ethiopia, just being a teacher could make you a criminal—and, if you belong to the Ethiopia Teachers’ Association (ETA), it makes you all the more suspect. The ruling party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi considers both teachers and students to be supporters of his opposition. And the ETA, the Ethiopian equivalent of NEA, has long been a thorn in Zenawi’s side.

The ETA was created in 1949, but in 1993 government officials decided they would prefer a weaker union. So the government set up its own group—with the same name. This hasn’t just been confusing for members, it has also made it much easier for the government to seize all the assets of the authentic ETA.(More...)

Ethiopia has to struggle hard to attract one mln tourists a year

It's not that the country -- labelled the cradle of mankind after the discovery of ancient human remains -- lacks attractions but its infrastructure is creaking, with poor roads and a lack of hotels.(More...)

Somalia's Islamic Courts Withdrew from Da'dher Village As Ethiopian troops approach

Mogadishu 02 Oct.06 ( Sh.M.Network) - The mediating Islamic Courts forces that reached Da’dher village near the Ethiopian border are reported to have retreated as Ethiopian troops entered Da'dher village. More than 20 people were lynched at the village on Sunday after clashes between two rival clan militias [Mareihan and Suleiman] fought over pastoral land and clannish vengeance.(more...)

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