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AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopians held a colorful event to mark the country’s victory on March 2nd, 1896 against European colonial powers (Italy) that made them become the only African country to defeat a colonial power and avoid colonization. ‘‘Our ancestors have made huge sacrifices to safeguard the sovereignty of the country and pass it on to existing generations,’ said Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome during an event in the capital, Addis Ababa.
AFRICANGLOBE - Five Nile Basin countries have moved to build bridges following an imminent falling out over the use of the Nile waters. The issue surfaced last October when former director general of external security of Uganda David Pulkol wrote in a report that Egypt had allegedly teamed up with Juba and Kampala to stop the construction of Ethiopia’s $4.7 billion Grand Renaissance Dam by any means.
AFRICANGLOBE - The broader conflicts around control of the Red Sea and its littorals are being played out in the new aspects of the transformation of the Republic of Somaliland, which dominates the southern coastline of the Red Sea mouth into the Indian Ocean, but which also remains internationally unrecognized. At its core, the collapse of governance in Somaliland — centered in its deep-seated corruption — has given strength to a number of factors relating solely to Somaliland itself.
AFRICANGLOBE - Debrestion Gebremichael (Ph.D), board chairman of Office of Ethiopia's National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of the GERD held a press conference with journalists recently in which he announced that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would be ready for 1st phase power generation in a very short time.
AFRICANGLOBE - Can life develop in the most extreme conditions on Earth? Scientists from France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are trying to find out. It has led the first scientific expedition into the Dallol salt dome in the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia. At 128 metres below sea level, the site sits on a two-kilometre-thick layer of salt, the remains of an evaporated arm of the Red Sea, under which lies an active magma chamber.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia says it will launch a civilian satellite into orbit in three to five years to better predict weather conditions and for remote sensing activities inside the country. Ethiopia is among a number of African countries with growing space ambitions.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's parliament on Tuesday approved three loan agreements worth over 380 million U.S. dollars made with the Chinese government and the Export-Import Bank of China to finance major infrastructure constructions in Ethiopia.
AFRICANGLOBE - For many years Ethiopia wanted to build a big dam on the River Nile. The country, once a poster-boy for famine and poverty in the 1980s, had been quietly working on transforming its economy from one based on subsistence agriculture to one that manufactures things. To manufacture stuff you need cheap electricity. Ethiopia did not have enough of it. But to build a big dam on the Blue Nile, which supplies most of the water that flows on to Sudan and Egypt, meant facing obstacles and opposition from the two downstream countries. What followed is something truly remarkable.
AFRICANGLOBE - Completion of Gibe III has been a significant achievement for Ethiopia. Although it will nearly double the country’s generating capacity when all 10 turbines are operating next year, it already has provided an impetus for the country’s ambitious hydropower expansion plans. The government is now funding development of the 6-GW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia is also on track to commission the 254-MW Genale Dawa III and 385-MW Geba I and II hydroelectric complexes by 2018. Development is poised to begin at the 2-GW Gibe IV and 600-MW Gibe V, as well as at the 326-MW Upper Dabus and 436-MW Halele Warebesa projects.
AFRICANGLOBE - Members of the large Ethiopian diaspora in the US, who have long used the internet to try to influence politics at home, follow events in Ethiopia very closely. Successive waves of emigration have formed a worldwide Ethiopian diaspora of around two million people. The largest communities are in the US, with estimates varying from 250,000 people to about one million.
AFRICANGLOBE - The recognition of the Gada System, a political, economic and social system with a long history with which the people of Oromo have been governing themselves in a democratic way, is a proper decision of the committee. Even it should have been done years ago since the system was able to present democratic system before the westerners started thinking about it. Since the nation possesses similar cultures, they must get recognition very soon.
AFRICANGLOBE - With its rust and sand-coloured pigments, ochre was used at cave sites for thousands of years to paint pictures of animals and hand prints of our long-gone ancestors. Now, the remains of stone tools left by a community of cave dwellers in East Africa 40,000 years suggests they were carefully grinding it to paint themselves are create prehistoric art.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two Eritrean pilots have defected with their fighter jets to neighbouring Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group confirmed on Thursday, in a dramatic exit from one of the world’s most closed-off states.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia, contributing around 86% of the Nile water, has failed to make any use of its own resource. Now, in a major shift of emphasis and action, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is promoting justice for Ethiopia, and for all other users of the river.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia said Monday that "foreign enemies" like Egypt were behind an unprecedented wave of protests that has prompted the government to declare a six-month state of emergency. Ethiopia's government is facing the biggest challenge of its 25 years in power, with anti-government protests spreading.
AFRICANGLOBE - 54 percent of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed, The government has given top priority to the project, which would be an engine for the industrialization of the country. A collaborative project of the public and the government, the dam is of immense use to the growth of the economy,