Ethiopian, Somali Police Ink Cooperation Agreement

Addis Ababa December 9/2022/ENA/ The Ethiopian Federal Police and its Somali counterpart have signed a cooperation agreement to prevent transnational crimes. According to the agreement, the two police institutions will jointly work in

Djibouti Telecom begins cable landing station construction – New Business Ethiopia

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Djibouti Telecom, a leading strategic center for international telecommunications services in East Africa, begins construction of new cable landing station (CLS).

Djibouti Telecom has network infrastructure comprising 8 operational submarine cable systems and 5 on-project cable systems. The company has 2 existing cable Landing Station. To meet the ever-growing demand and Network resiliency requirement, the company has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City.

The new Cable Landing Station will be a neutral digital port which will provide an open access cable landing service to submarine cable operators for a neutral, safe and secure landing in Djibouti City. The new state-of-the-art building will consist of 3 floors with each floor having a 250 square meter equipment room designed with the latest technology offering unparalleled operating efficiency and security to host multiple cables.

The new CLS will be equipped with advanced security equipment, techniques and procedures to control access to the premise. Furthermore, the 3rd floor will be reserved for Colocation. This neutral colocation center will allow GAFAM or Cloud providers to host their servers closer to their African users. The New CLS is expected to be completed by April 2022.

During the past 10 years, Djibouti Telecom have invested over $200 million in new Submarine Cables and Terrestrial Networks to deal with the explosion of Internet traffic in Africa, which is increasing tenfold every five years.

With the new station under construction, “Djibouti Telecom is building a real digital platform for the region”, commented Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom. Today, Djibouti is a real African hub for Internet traffic.

Djibouti Telecom SA is Djibouti’s main telecommunications company, providing landline, mobile, and internet services. The company is headquartered in Djibouti City. Djibouti Telecom was founded in 1999 and has established itself as a regional hub responsible for providing a comprehensive portfolio of voice, data/IP, and capacity services over a state-ofthe-art network infrastructure that spans Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa.

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The emergence of tourism in Space

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With space tourism now a reality, will civilians travel to space, and when? Last June, billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson each took a suborbital flight in their respective supersonic rockets, launching a new era of space travel, where a ticket to space is available to anyone who can afford it.
It’s been a momentous month for space-faring billionaires. On July 11, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Unity “rocket-plane” flew him and five fellow passengers about 85 kilometers above Earth. And this week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ New Shepard capsule reached an altitude of 106km, carrying Bezos, his brother, and the oldest and youngest people ever to reach such a height. Passengers on both flights experienced several minutes of weightlessness and took in breathtaking views of our beautiful and fragile Earth.
Both flights created an avalanche of media coverage and brand recognition for Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Bezos’s Blue Origin. There is renewed anticipation of a lucrative commercial space tourism industry that could eventually see thousands of paying passengers journey into space.
This year marks 60 years since Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Since then, almost 600 trained astronauts have gone into outer space, but very few people have become space tourists. The first, US engineer Dennis Tito, paid a reported US$20 million to spend six days orbiting Earth in the Russian section of the International Space Station in April 2001, after three months’ training at Russia’s Star City complex. He was followed by a handful of other very wealthy “orbital tourists”, most recently Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberté in 2009, whose ticket reportedly cost US$35 million.
On July 20, the anniversary of the moon landing, Jeff Bezos is setting off on his very own quick trip into space, eight days after Richard Branson and a few months before Elon Musk. This band of billionaires is supposed to be just the beginning of the space tourism. Branson’s company, Virgin Galactic, has already sold 600 trips to the edge of space at a cost of $250,000, according to reports.
From a journalistic perspective, one could leave it at the level of the newsworthy, report on the progress of private space travel and log rocket launches in ever shorter succession: The birth of an all-inclusive tourism of a different kind. Or one could set genre-specific accents. The tabloids could write about three rich boys, their childhood dreams and Star Trek fantasies.
Dieter Schnaas, Chief reporter and author at the German business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” stressed that finer newspapers’ feature pages could darkly recall the fate of Icarus and measure the fine line between cockiness and foolhardiness. Or they could tell a story of aviation’s decline, from the heroic explorations of the Lilienthals, Gagarins and Armstrongs to the ready-made adventures of the “Bezos” and “Bransons” – with a view from the panorama window.
According to Dieter Schnaas, Business editors, for their part, could retell the history of the transatlantic flight. Their narrative would range from the first crossing (1919) to the exclusive premiere flight of Lufthansa’s “Super Constellation” (1955) to the 300-euro offers for everyone.
Theirs would be a history of the successive cheapening, marketization and democratization of technology. Future section editors could ask: Will half of humanity possibly fly to Mars in 2121, just as half of humanity flies to New York today (at least used to)? One would perhaps like to read some of this. Instead, we have been served up a steady diet about the “commercialization of space travel,” “billionaire madness” and the like.
Some observers don’t even seem to know what to find more obscene. Should it be the ticket price? Or the testosterone levels of three aging white men? Their because-I-can mentality or the damage to the world’s climate? The pointlessness of their space excursions? In short, three boys hanging out their private parts in symbolic form, to see who can go the furthest?
Here is one crucial question. How much is $250,000 these days? What if, as Alexei Bayer, Senior Editor at The New York Times suggest, we go at it in a sociologically colder and economically more sober manner? Let’s consider the ticket price, for example. So what about paying $250,000 for a few minutes of weightlessness and an astronaut’s view?
Yes, that’s a lot of money. Of course, that amount is downright cheap – if and when you consider that a private trip into space seemed unaffordable, even impossible, just ten years ago. Perhaps most significantly, how much money is that really, when a small 38-square-meter apartment in Cologne costs about the same nowadays?
Back in 1933, the often visionary French sociologist Georges Bataille published a short text entitled “The Notion of Expenditure”. He pointed to “the principle of loss” as the primary driver of every economic culture. Luxury, mourning ceremonies, magnificent buildings, games, wars and cults, according to Bataille, are not subject to considerations of utility. They simply have their basis in loss, i.e., “their purpose in themselves.”
Bataille highlights that competitions can often involve “insane sums…wagered in the form of bets.” In indigenous cultures, costly gifts and offerings stand at the beginning of all economy. Because they include an obligation to give in return, Bataille argues that the process of exchange “has its basis in a process of squandering, from which a process of acquisition then develops.”
In a free society, these issues should be discussed and criticized – just as Bezos should be criticized for shortchanging his employees, or Musk when he goes crazy on Twitter again, or Branson when he reaches for his smartphone in his tax haven to plead with the British government. Depending on your perspective, the three billionaires can be criticized for their irrational expenditure of resources, their testosterone and their excess energy.
But, in the end, who knows? Their space adventurism may be actually based on a business model. It may even end up serving science, at least in the case of Musk. Instead of reveling in being hyper-judgmental, we should leave room to consider the possibilities.

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Ministry Exerting Efforts to Minimize Post Harvest Loss

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Addis Ababa October 28/2021 (ENA) Efforts are underway to minimize post-harvest loss, Agriculture and Horticulture State Minister Meles Mekonnen said.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, State Minister Meles said the government is undertaking comprehensive measures towards reducing the existing post-harvest loss.

He added that minimizing the post-harvest loss is not different from increasing productivity.

Meles noted that the government is encouraging farmers to use combiners to harvest and standardized sacks to transport products.

According to him, using appropriate machinery and standardized facilities not only reduce post-harvest loss but also keep quality of produces.

The state minister pointed out that storage facilities like metal silo are also being introduced to farmers.

Ethiopia expects to harvest 374 million quintals this season.

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Ethiopia Committed To Realizing Successful Transition in Sudan

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Addis Ababa October 28/2021 (ENA) Ethiopia will continue to strengthen its commitment to make the Sudanese political transition successful, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs, Dina Mufti gave press briefing today on major diplomatic activities, economic and citizen centered diplomacy, the current development in Sudan and other related issues over the week.  

The spokesperson said the government of Ethiopia expressed its position on the current situation in Sudan by recalling the Statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that urged all parties for calm and de-escalation in the Sudan and to exert every effort towards a peaceful end to this crisis.

In this regard, Dina noted the Government of Ethiopia fully supports the completion of Sudan’s transition to democracy and the respect for the Constitutional Document of the Transitional Period.

Furthermore, spokesperson reiterated that the need for the respect of the sovereign aspirations of the people of the Sudan and the non-interference of external actors in the internal affairs of the Sudan.

Sudan has the capability to address the challenges that it is facing now; the spokesperson said adding that Ethiopia believes that external interference in the internal affairs of Sudan is unnecessary.

He recalled that the government of Ethiopia has played a significant role in successfully mediating the establishment of a coalition government, consisting of its civilian and military components, and to adopt the constitutional document of the transitional period.

Speaking on diplomatic activities carried out over the week, Dina noted Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, held discussion with Commissioner for International Partnership of the European Union Commission, Jutta Urpilainen on the current situation in Ethiopia.

Demeke briefed the commissioner about Ethiopia’s commitment to give unfettered access to humanitarian assistance by mentioning significant measures taken by the government.

Efforts being undertaken by the Attorney General’s office and the joint international investigation over alleged crimes and underscored the government’s policy of zero-tolerance for any human rights violation in the country, he explained.

Demeke also called on the EU to condemn TPLF for its transgression and pressure the group to immediately withdraw its soldiers from occupied areas in the Amhara region, Dina stated.

It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in his message written in Arabic to the people of Sudan that Sudanese indigenous knowledge and practices are sufficient enough to uphold the bright future of the Sudanese people by respecting the values of the constitution and realizing the Juba Peace Agreement.

According to him, the government and people of Ethiopia are closely following the situation in Sudan, and this is a result of the long-standing bondage between the two people.

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Lacking Coherent Policy USA Is Reacting to Media & Human Rights Reports: American Journalists

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Addis Ababa October 28/2021 (ENA) Threats of economic sanctions of the US administration have come with no real coherent policy but in reaction to media and human rights reports, American journalists said.

The two journalists working at Break Through News (BT) stated that the US policy its calculation are not understandable.

They cited the threat of America to destroy Ethiopia’s economy by suspending economic partnerships and sanctioning the government over the conflict with the TPLF, adding that “many are surprised that Washington would go to such extreme length to alienate and potentially destabilize a long time ally.”

The host of RANIA KHALEK DISPATCHES at BT Newsroom, Rania Khalek said the threat to suspend Ethiopia from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) would have a devastating consequences on the country’s economy.

She noted that the pressure emanated from the very deep relationship the US had with the TPLF. “But I just can’t understand America’s calculations in this instance. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Asking why the Americans would want to alienate a longtime ally like Ethiopia with so many punitive measures and reinforcing anti-Ethiopia approach, Khalek said a democratic administration is being guided with no real coherent policy but reacting to media and human rights reports.

Speculating on some of the reasons why the US is pursuing a wrong foreign policy against Ethiopia, the host pointed out that one of the reasons could be the geostrategic importance of Ethiopia and the growing relationship of Ethiopia with China.

However, Khalek said Ethiopians certainly believe that there is a regime change scheme coming from the U. S. government. That is very planned and in cooperation with the TPLF, you know. I don’t blame them.

The other host at BT News. Eugene Puryear said on his part that the hostile move against Ethiopia is intended to push the TPLF back into the Ethiopian body politic.

“I think that’s one factor of why the US has been so hostile to the Ethiopian government and so willing to push the TPLF back into a position of power of prominence and influence because

 they believe that the TPLF has a long history of collaboration with US imperialism to the extent of destabilizing countries like Somalia and other terrible things that they have done,” he pointed out.

The Horn of Africa is obviously one of the most geostrategic regions on the planet, he noted, adding that America wrongly perceive that TPLF would help its efforts to maintain hegemony and strategic control in the region.

Puryear also said that the Ethiopia-Eritrea peace deal seems not welcomed by the United States. So, it has been willing to take the TPLF side essentially and really try to pressure the Ethiopian government on that issue.

“There is a long history of war and this was a massively historic peace deal that was made between these two nations and it really raised the hopes of people all across the Horn of Africa about the possibility for what it could mean to have more unification in the broader region economically, culturally and so on.”

This could mean more unity in the Horn Africa which tells many things about the US policy  in the region for the past 40 or so years. The policy is intended to always favor fragmentation over unity, he revealed.

According to him, USA also stands in favor of Egypt on the negotiation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the broader issue of the geostrategic reality of the region.

Puryear further pointed out that Egypt is obviously one of the key pillars of the security architecture of imperialism in the Middle East.  

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Former High Ranking Military Officers Laud Carefully Planned, Effective Airstrikes

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Addis Ababa October 28/2021 (ENA) The airstrikes on weapon depots, military training centers and other strategic locations of the TPLF were carefully planned and effective, former high ranking military officers said.

The officers told ENA stated that the airstrikes are aimed at weakening the capacity of the enemy and drying its resources.

Former army Brigadier General Kassaye Chemeda said “the targets have a huge impact on the war; so they need to be hit. They must be completely destroyed because they have impact on the war.”

Appreciating the motivation of the people to join the National Defense Force, he stressed that the enrollment should continue as the youth should play their part in strengthening the capacity of the army.

Former Colonel Tefera Eshete on his part praised the government’s ongoing airstrikes and said it should continue to crack down on strategic strongholds of the TPLF.

The TPLF terrorist group is an invading force which came to massacre people in neighboring regions, and there is no member of the army that sleeps until this group is wiped out.

“The government is taking action to save the people and must strike TPLF military bases to save the people. These institutions are the backbone of the terrorist group. The Air Force has done  amazing work in terms of hitting selected targets. This should continue.”

The Ethiopian people are fighting for the truth, the former colonel noted, adding that the international community needs to understand the reality and support the efforts to save lives.

Former Major Wondu Wolde said “the government has taken appropriate actions. The selected targets are of military importance and this is the law of war. On the contrary the TPLF fired

 artillery barrage on innocent civilians in Afar Region and killed 200. Contrasted to this, there is nothing wrong with the government’s airstrikes on TPLF which is a big threat to the public.”     

Both officers have presently re-joined the National Defense Force.

They finally urged Tigrayans to say no to oppression of TPLF and refuse to pay so much  sacrifice for the sake of one group.

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Int’l Human Rights Orgs Failing to Employ Proper Methodologies, Procedures in Investigation

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Addis Ababa October 28/2021 (ENA) Some international human rights organizations have failed to employ proper methodologies and working procedures during investigations, Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations (CEHRO) Executive Director Mesud Gebeyehu noted.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, the executive director said the legitimacy of most of the human rights reports are questioned as they lack the proper methodologies procedures.

According to Mesud, one of the major problems which has been witnessed in human rights reports on Ethiopia is that the investigations are conducted remotely and driven by social media campaigns.

Many of the human rights entities cannot show the reality on the ground since the very methodologies and procedures of the investigations are influenced by media campaigns against Ethiopia, he elaborated. 

 “The  human rights organizations need to have first hand information and primary sources of data. In this case, however, there have been social media campaigns that didn’t properly reflect the reality on the ground. Maybe the findings are somehow misleading.”

The executive director further revealed that there is also a tendency by some rights organizations  to conduct their investigations remotely. This mistaken approach should be taken seriously as it is critical in determining findings of the investigations based on the gathered information.

He noted that there are lots of mistaken reports of human rights violations even in preliminary reports of local civil societies and the international media as in the case of the Mai Kadra massacre committed by the TPLF.

The key problem of humans rights reports, particularly with regard to Tigray region, is the remote approach of the investigators and their lack of interest to work closely with the  Government of Ethiopia, Mesud pointed out.

“In this case, the international media and allegations of detractors will negatively influence the investigation. Despite this the government is closely working with various human rights, entities including the UN Human Rights Council and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission; and  their report will soon be made public.”

The executive director underscored that human rights organizations should work closely with the government and get the blessing of the government to have comprehensive information about what is happening on the ground.

Mesud said, “Whenever such kinds of inquiries on human rights abuses are to be investigated, the first thing  that needs to be done by the government is invite these entities. It is obvious that this is happening in a sovereign country.”

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Sudan’s Stability Hastens GERD Negotiations – Political Analyst   –

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Hali Yahya

Addis Ababa, October 28, 2021 (Walta) – A Sudanese journalist and writer at TRT World, Hali Yahya said that Sudan’s stability contributes to accelerating the negotiations process on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the Ethiopian-Sudanese border disputes at large.

In an exclusive interview with Walta Television, Hali Yahya noted that Ethiopian-Sudanese relations is linked by historical, geographical, political and economic ties; as a result, the issue of security, political and economic stability between the two countries affects the other and vice versa.

According to Hali, the current situation in Sudan may not affect much on the issue of the GERD or the issue of the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, but it may prolong the negotiations. Adding that the more the situation stabilizes in Sudan and Ethiopia, the more there will be much possibility conducting the next process and reaching agreements to achieve mutual benefit among the three countries.

Regarding the GERD he added that Ethiopia benefits in generating electric power, but the biggest beneficiary of it is Sudan, as it will be able to farm for more than one season and floods will be blocked from it, he added.

It was noted that in 2018 Ethiopia in successfully mediating the establishment of a coalition government consisting civilian and military components, and to adopt the constitutional document of the transitional period, and now Ethiopia has called upon all parties in Sudan for calm and de-escalation and to exert every effort towards a peaceful end to this crisis.

(BY: Suhel Abdelnur)



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Ethiopia Calls upon Sudan for Peaceful Resolution of Crisis –

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Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti

Addis Ababa, October 28, 2021 (Walta) – The Government of Ethiopia has called upon Sudan mediating the establishment of a coalition government, consisting of its civilian and military components, and adopting the constitutional document of the transitional period.

Spokesperson of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Dina Mufti, has delivered a fortnight press briefing to journalists  today. During his briefings Amb. Dina noted that the Government of Ethiopia called on all parties for calm and de-escalation in Sudan and to exert every effort towards a peaceful end to this crisis.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister appreciated the EU’s support given to Olusegun Obasanjo’s mediation efforts and spoke in detail about the government’s roadmap to resume an all-inclusive national dialogue in the country.

He urged the European Union to extend its Airbridge Humanitarian support to affected people in the Amhara region.

Demeke also called on the EU to condemn the TPLF for its transgression and pressure the group to immediately withdraw its soldiers from occupied areas in the Amhara region.

He also said it is high time for the two sides to initiate the next round of political consultation mechanisms and create understanding and normalize relations.

He said that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen had met with European Union Commissioner for International Partnership, Jutta Urpilainen, and briefed her on the ongoing efforts of the government to address the humanitarian crisis in the northern parts of the country.

Ambassador Dina said the government had called on the EU to recognize the government’s efforts and continue support for enhanced humanitarian operation.

With regard to economic diplomacy, Ambassador Redwan Hussein appreciated the company’s investment activities in the manufacturing sector, which aligned with the government’s priority areas for developing the nation.

According to MoFA, Ethiopians living in United Kingdom have raised funds to help displaced people by condemning the terrorist attack on innocent people in the Amhara region.

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News: Ethiopia promises to respect AU decision on Sudan, says national dialogue in the near future

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Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Addis Abeba, October 28/2021 – Today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) biweekly press briefing, Ambassador Dina Mufti, the spokesperson of the ministry discussed diplomatic activities, the conflict in northern Ethiopia, the need to have and all-inclusive dialogue, and the overall current situation in the country.

“The negotiation was an AU- led effort and Ethiopia will respect and acknowledge what the organization decides on the matter.”

Ambassador Dina Mufti, Spokesperson of MoFA

The spokesperson highlighted that the conflict in northern Ethiopia was the main topic of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen with the European Union (EU) envoy and resident ambassadors. 

When asked whether the suspension of Sudan from the AU would impact the GERD negotiation of the riparian countries, Dina replied, “The negotiation was an AU- led effort and Ethiopia will respect and acknowledge what the organization decides on the matter.”

“The newly elected federal government has been working on it and it will be official in the near future. It will also include what parties will be included in the national dialogue.”

Amb. Dina Mufti

Addressing the recent resolution passed by the U.S. Congress. He said,  “The US government seemed to have understood the mistakes TPLF has been committing and it might delay the sanction but we’re not sure of it.” He added, “The current war and the conflict is an internal affair and Ethiopia is entitled to exercise its sovereignty to handle such situations under its legal framework.”

Commenting on the roadmap proposed by the federal government to initiate an all-inclusive national dialogue in the country, He said, “The newly elected federal government has been working on it and it will be official in the near future. It will also include what parties will be included in the national dialogue.”

“Various ambassadors and diplomats underwent capacity building training here in Ethiopia. They’re done now and will be departing to their designated countries to resume their work.”

Amb. Dina Mufti

The spokesperson concluded by addressing the impacts that Ethiopian citizens are facing following Ethiopia’s ‘temporary’ closures of its embassies and consulates saying, “Various ambassadors and diplomats underwent capacity building training here in Ethiopia. They’re done now and will be departing to their designated countries to resume their work.” AS

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