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Friday, February 09, 2007

The Week in Review

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Weekend news: [Ethiopia requests Turkish soldiers in Somalia] - [Jimmy Carter Leads Delegation to Ethiopia, Three African Countries] - [Eight killed in Mogadishu mortar attacks as Ethiopian troops raided] - [CNN International signs a deal with Walta Information Center]'s 2007 List of World’s Worst Dictators is now out. Making the list at NO. 17 Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. To compile this list, PARADE consulted the research of various human rights groups and watchdog organizations that track abuses of power. [See List]

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Jimmy Carter Leads Delegation to Ethiopia, Three African Countries

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, last Tuesday started leading a delegation of senior-level Carter Center officials on an 11-day tour of Africa to call international attention to health needs among impoverished communities in Ghana, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, it was learnt.

In Ethiopia, President Carter will attend the opening meeting of the Ethiopian Public Health Training Initiative's Replication Conference in Addis Ababa. The conference, the first of its kind, will illustrate the success that the Carter Center-assisted public health training has had in helping Ethiopia meet the growing need for trained health care workers in the country.(More...)

Ethiopia requests Turkish soldiers in Somalia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has asked the Turkish prime minister to consider Turkey's participation in a U.N. force in Somalia if the deployment of an African Union peace force fails in the troubled country.

In an interview with the Turkish Daily News during an official visit by the Ethiopian prime minister early this week, senior Turkish government officials said Turkey is not eager to send troops to Somalia. The Turkish preference is for the deployment of an African Union peace force. However, if the African Union fails to deploy peace force and in case the U.N. peacekeeping force for Somalia is established, Turkey might be obliged to consider sending troops, because Turkey and Ethiopia are Muslim countries, said the same sources. (More...)

Eight killed in Mogadishu mortar attacks as Ethiopian troops raided

MOGADISHU (Agence France-Presse) - At least eight people were killed and several others wounded in mortar and grenade attacks in an escalation of guerilla-style attacks in the Somali capital, witnesses said.

Hours later, a camp housing Ethiopian troops in southern Mogadishu came under heavy fire, sparking fighting in the lawless capital, residents said. Assailants fired several mortar shells at a crowded market in the south of the city, killing three people and wounding several others, forcing many to flee the volatile area.(More...)

CNN International signs a deal with Walta Information Center

WIC has entered an agreement with CNN International to promote tourism in Ethiopia. In the upcoming weeks of transmission CNN will air programs that deal with Ethiopian Epiphany and Dire Sheikh Hussein shrine. (Source - walta)

The Week in Review

  • Monday - February 05, 2007

  • [Women's group calls for prayer as verdict day approaches for Ethiopia's prisoners of Conscience] - [Bereket Simon: We are not torturing CUD supporters] - [Yemen Grants Political Asylum To Top Somali Muslim Leader] - [Honorary consul-general of Ethiopia in Pakistan commits suicide] - [No confirmation of Al-Qaeda deaths in Somalia: Meles] - [Gunmen attack Somali port] - [Birr depreciates against dollar]

  • Tuesday - February 06, 2007

  • [African Union fails to defend press freedom] - [Censorship and repression in Ethiopia] - [CPJ: List of Journalists imprisoned in Ethiopia] - [Bush Creates New Military Command for Africa] - [Daylight mortar attack at president’s house in Mogadishu] - [Testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Jendayi Frazer] - [AU to Launch African Diplomatic Passport]

  • Wednesday - February 07, 2007

  • [Foreign media and observers to be banned from Ethiopia’s future elections] - [Waves of explosions kill civilians in Mogadishu] [Ethiopian PM Meles to pay first visit to Turkey] - [U.N. says 50,000 Somalis have crossed to Ethiopia] - [Somalia's PM demotes his deputy]

  • Thursday - February 08, 2007

  • [Reports of US soldiers seized by Somali Islamists re-surfacing again, Fact or Fiction?] - [horrifying conditions for patients at the Black Lion Hospital] - [Foreign media and observers to be banned from Ethiopia’s future elections] - [Starbucks Funds New Community Development Programs in Ethiopia with $500,000 Contribution to CARE] - [My Faith in Africa is Not Blind - A Pan-Africanist View] - [Ethio-Zagol: More arrests and tortures at Mae'kelawi] - [Appeal for Mengistu death penalty]

  • Friday - February 09, 2007

  • [Continuous attacks force Ethiopian govt. to send reinforcements to Somali capital] - [Ethiopia is accused of 'torturing and illegally jailing opponents of regime'] - [Rocket hits hotel in latest Mogadishu attack] - [Hundreds rally in anti-Ethiopian, troop deployment in Somalia] - [Making Miracles Happen in Ethiopia] - [Ethiopian resort and spa opens]