Ethiopian American Forum

PM Hailemariam meets President Obama in New York Print E-mail



Hailemariam Dessalegn, who is in New York to attend the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations, met with U.S. President Barack Obama. U.N General Secraty Banki moon held a luncheon to welcome world leaders and President Barack Obama (centre left) greets Hailemariam Dessalegn.

During the luncheon, Ethiopian Prime Minister was sitting right next to US President.



Battling brain drain: training doctors in Ethiopia Print E-mail


Senait Fisseha leads a new initiative to train Ethiopian doctors. Image credit: William ForemanSenait Fisseha leads a new initiative to train Ethiopian doctors. Image credit: William ForemanANN ARBOR—Brain drain is so severe in Ethiopia that the nation's health minister has complained there are more Ethiopian doctors in Chicago than in his own country.

The good news is that the East African nation has one of the world's fastest-growing economies and is recovering from the nightmare decades of civil war and famine. Tackling the health care crisis is high on the priority list of the government, which has opened 13 new medical schools in the last two years. But training the doctors is still a huge challenge.

One physician who is playing a key role in Ethiopia's bold medical initiative is Senait Fisseha, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan.







Saudi Arabia worst on Women's legal issues - report Print E-mail




Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:25am EDT

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saudi Arabia

tops the list of countries for laws that limit women's economic potential, while South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have made the least progress over the last 50 years in improving women's economic opportunities, a report issued on Tuesday says.

The Edge of Terrorism Print E-mail

 A woman is pictured being prepared for stoning in Iran (file photo). The woman stoned in Somali would have been buried in the same way

A woman of 20 is pictured being prepared for stoning .

The Islamist fundamentalist Al-Shabab group in Somalia is little known outside Eastern Africa. But its attack on a Nairobi mall

 reveals it to be one of the strongest and most capable Al-Qaeda affiliates.

What Is Al-Shabab?
Al-Shabab, which means "The Youth" in Arabic, emerged in war-torn Somalia in 2006.

It is a radical Sunni group, which, at its peak of power, ran much of southern Somalia but has now been pushed back

into rural areas by African Union forces, predominantly Kenyan, which are trying to stabilize Somalia and support its weak government.

The group enforces strict Shari'a law in the areas it controls, including stoning to death women accused of adultery and amputating the

hands of thieves.


Al-Shabab has twice struck back at neighboring countries supplying forces to stabilize Somalia. It coordinated a bombing attack against

Uganda that killed 76 people in Kampala in 2010. Now it is claiming responsibility for this week’s attack on a mall in the Kenyan capital,

Nairobi, which has killed at least 69 people.



Last night, President Obama delivered a national address from the East Room of the White House to discuss the situation in Syria. He explained why he has called for military strikes in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons, laid out his reasons for asking Congress to authorize the use of force, and described how the threat of U.S. action has created the potential for a diplomatic breakthrough.

Click here to watch the President's remarks on Syria.

President Obama Addresses the Nation on Syria
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