Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 24, 2014 Ethiopian This Week Radio program




August 24, 2014 program presents celebration of Nento Cultural poetic jazz At national theater in Addis abeba  . Various poems accompanied Jazz music, stage theater  and  group song  by Merwa musical band were presented  during the episode  . Click the link below to listen the program.

Al-Sisi voices willingness to visit Ethiopia up to 3 times to resolve dam issue




President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Sunday Egypt is working to ensure that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) does not damage its water interests or reduce Egypt’s “historical share of water”. Al-Sisi added that he does not mind visiting Ethiopia, “once, twice or even three times in order to resolve the issue in a way that completely preserves Egypt’s share of Nile water.” The president was cited by state-run MENA as saying this to the editors-in-chief of newspapers and news services, including MENA’s. His statements come hours ahead of the beginning of a new round of tripartite negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on GERD, which will be held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday and Tuesday. Egypt’s Water and Irrigation Minister Hossam El-Din Moghazy and the delegation he is leading were received Sunday afternoon by his Sudanese counterpart Motaz Mousa. Before starting his trip, Moghazy said the negotiations would start on Monday and that there would be no turning back, state-run Al-Ahram reported. Mousa was cited by MENA as saying that the atmosphere of the negotiations is dominated by optimism to achieve positive results that satisfy all parties. The last round of tripartite talks was held in January but ended without reaching an agreement. It was preceded by tripartite talks in November and December of last year, but these also failed. Moghazy said the upcoming talks would be held based on the results of the meeting between Al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the sidelines of the African Union summit in June. Al-Sisi said he received promises from Desalegn during the talks that the dam would have no negative effects whatsoever on Egypt’s share of water, whether during construction, operation or during filling the dam lake. Following the meeting, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to form a joint committee to streamline discussions on GERD. The agreement, which outlined seven steps for the continuing construction of the dam, was formulated by the foreign ministers of both countries, but was directly overseen and endorsed by Al-Sisi and Desalegn. Both nations hailed the agreement as a “new chapter in relations between Egypt and Ethiopia… based on openness and mutual understanding and cooperation.” Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom on Thursday and the two sides agreed to continue communication during the time of the tripartite talks and to facilitate negotiations if necessary. Egypt and Ethiopia have been locked in a diplomatic dispute over GERD, since Egypt fears that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. Downstream countries Egypt and Sudan together receive the majority of Nile water. As per agreements signed in 1929 and 1959, Egypt annually receives 55.5bn cubic metres of the estimated total 84bn cubic metres of Nile water produced each year and Sudan receives 18.5bn cubic metres. However, the two water sharing agreements, which guarantee Egypt the lion’s share of water, were signed in the absence of Ethiopia. In February, bilateral talks between Egypt and Ethiopia ended after failure to resolve key points of debate between the two countries. During a meeting with Adhanom in June, Al-Sisi said that Egypt understands Ethiopia’s development needs but added that this must go hand-in-hand with Ethiopian understanding of Egypt’s water needs, and that Egypt has no alternatives to the Nile for its growing water needs. In 2013, while serving as Minister of Defence, Al-Sisi rejected the idea of using military force to resolve water issues. Despite Shoukry’s prior indication that he would visit Addis Ababa, the foreign minister went to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to attend a meeting with the purpose of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Source (Daily News Egypt)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Special Operation forces failed to rescue James Foley From Islamic State Captors in Syria




President Barack Obama ordered the secret operation, the first of its kind by the U.S. inside Syrian territory since the start of the civil war, after the U.S. received intelligence the Americans were being held by the extremist group known as Islamic State at a specific facility in a sparsely populated area inside Syria. Among the group, intelligence agencies believed at the time, was James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose beheading was shown in a grisly video released Tuesday. U.S. Special Operations forces previously mounted an unsuccessful mission inside Syria to rescue American journalist James Foley. The operation sought to rescue several Americans held by Islamic State extremists.  U.S. Special Operations forces mounted an unsuccessful mission inside Syria earlier this summer to try to rescue several Americans held by Islamic extremists, including the journalist who was beheaded this week, senior Obama administration officials said.  President Barack Obama ordered the secret operation, the first of its kind by the U.S. inside Syrian territory since the start of the civil war, after the U.S. received intelligence the Americans were being held by the extremist group known as Islamic State at a specific facility in a sparsely populated area inside Syria. Among the group, intelligence agencies believed at the time, was James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose beheading was shown in a grisly video released Tuesday.The officials declined to say precisely where and when the operation took place. But its disclosure was just the latest of several signs of a toughening American posture toward the extremist forces of Islamic State, a group that Mr. Obama Wednesday labeled a "cancer" on the Middle East. Officials said that several dozen Special Operations forces took part in the helicopter-borne operation as drones and fighter aircraft circled overhead. After landing nearby and approaching the facility by foot, the force came under small-arms fire, to which it responded, the officials said. Several fighters of the Islamic State were killed in the exchange of fire. One member of the special operations forces team was shot and slightly injured, the officials said.But the U.S. forces didn't find any of the Americans in the facility and pulled out of the area. "When the opportunity presented itself, the president authorized the Department of Defense to move aggressively to recover our citizens," Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counter terrorism, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present."
The U.S. rescue mission wasn't coordinated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior U.S. official said.  As the details of the attempted rescue suggest, Mr. Foley wasn't the only Westerner being held by Islamic State operatives. Approximately 20 journalists are believed to be missing in Syria, with many held by the Islamic State, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Philip Balboni, the president and chief executive of GlobalPost, an online news site Mr. Foley worked for, said Mr. Foley's captors originally demanded a ransom sum from both the family and GlobalPost of €100 million ($132.5 million). He declined to discuss their reply to the demand. He said all communication was shared with appropriate government authorities.
Source ( The Wall Street Journal)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Looting of Ebola Clinic in Liberia Sparks Fresh Infection Fears




Liberian health officials are worried the deadly Ebola virus will spread after mattresses and sheets with suspected patients’ blood stains were stolen from a quarantine center late Saturday. Residents from the West Point slum in the capital city of Monrovia raided a local facility Saturday night, assistant health minister Tolbert Nyenswah said, the Associated Press reports. Residents were upset that patients from other parts of Monrovia were taken to the center.  At least 20 Ebola patients were missing after the looting, the BBC reports, with officials warning that the stolen items pose a serious infection risk. More than 400 people have already died of Ebola in the country, according to the World Health Organization. The “looting spree,” as one police official described it, has raised concerns about the country’s ability to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, Kenya has barred the entry of passengers traveling from certain countries in West Africa, where the virus has had a recent outbreak. The ban, effective Tuesday at midnight, applies to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Kenya Airways previously announced it would suspend flights to some of those countries

 Source ( TIME )