Ethiopian American Forum

Saudi Media campaign against the Ethiopians Print E-mail
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The recent phenomenon of Ethiopia bashing in our country’s media is turning a wee bit malicious. I was surprised at the recent media campaign against Ethiopian nationals, who have been singularly targeted by the media for all the ails afflicting the country.

According to many media reports the Ethiopian nationals are the main source of all problems. They are the ones breaking into homes, manufacturing and distributing liquor, selling weapons, involved in assault and rape cases and many other things that cause discomfort to citizens and residents alike.

The campaign, which virtually alleges that most Ethiopians are in the Kingdom illegally, is in many ways just vilifying one particular section of humankind. The campaign, as if the problem of sneaking these illegals through the border happened only two weeks ago, is also unjustified.

First of all I would like to clear one thing. Any person sneaking through the border illegally should be arrested and deported; it is within the country’s right to do so and I want to make it clear that no one is questioning the action of the government if these illegals are arrested.
Brutality, Barbarity, Inhumanity and Immorality in Saudi Arabia Print E-mail






Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough!

Why we shouldn't care that the world's most irresponsible country is displeased at the U.S.

Read more: Zakaria: The Saudis Are Mad? Tough! - TIME





VIDEO:  Ethiopian sisters fighting back a Saudi thug - YouTube


Video: Ethiopian song jacky gossy himemen bezema ህመሜን በዜማ - YouTube (Dedicated to Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia)


Video:Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia: 'we are one ...


Video:  An Ethiopian killed in Saudi Arabia wearing Ethiopian Flag  (warning: Graphic)




When we see the Saudi police mistreating those Ethiopian migrant workers and killing some of them,

they don’t feel any guilt because mistreating, killing and raping their wives and  daughters are not considered sins.


 A 23 years old woman from Indonesia was hospitalized in after her Saudi employers allegedly burned her,

 broke her middle finger and cut her lips with scissors. 

VIDEO: Ethiopian sisters fighting back a Saudi thug - YouTube


 Click below:  

Saudi crackdown on foreign workers aims to stymie dissent at home ...  FOX NEWS


 Saudi Arabia Police Beating A Bangladeshi man - YouTube (Dehumanizing a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh)


The rape victims are punished when they speak out against the crime. In one case, the victim's sentence

 was doubled for speaking out; the court also harassed the victim's lawyer, going so far as to confiscate

 his professional license.[4]

In 2009, the Saudi Gazette reported that a 23-year-old, unmarried woman was sentenced to one year in

 prison and 100 lashes for adultery. This woman had been gang-raped, became pregnant, and had tried

(unsuccessfully) to abort the fetus. The flogging was postponed until after the delivery.[5]

The sentences for rape cases: For instance on February 2013, a 90-year-old Saudi Preacher raped and

 murdered his 5 year old daughter. He was released after paying only 1 drop of blood to the mother (his wife).[6]

On June 2nd, 2013, it was revealed that on May 30th of that year, Prince Saad bin Abdulaziz met a girl at

shopping mall. After having refused the prince's advances, the girl was kidnapped and raped--her body was

 then dumped in the street.[8]









Eastern Nile Basin Irrigation ministers pledge joint cooperation Print E-mail


Blue Nile Falls.


Irrigation ministers from Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt rose from their one-day tripartite meeting here Monday, agreeing to form

a joint mechanism for the implementation of recommendations reached by an international committee of experts on the

projected Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Lincoln University Extension Print E-mail

 Lincoln University, Oakland, CA

On November 2, 2013, Lincoln University Extension Ethiopia has graduated its third batch MBA Programme students in an splendid graduation Ceremony held at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the presence of senior Ethiopian officials and American diplomats as well as Board members of Lincoln University, California. During the graduation of class of 2013, the Lincoln University Extension Ethiopia has also officially announced it started undergraduate programme in the same field.


Video: Lincoln University Extension Ethiopia MBA Programme ... - YouTube


Ethiopia and the sovereignty over the Blue Nile Print E-mail


By Tecola W. Hagos

“Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.” James Russell Lowell


Development and Sovereignty

In General: The events of the last four weeks may as well have determined the future course of Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. On October 7, 2013 Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn made some remarks in a Press Conference that will resonate for years and make or break his political future, as well as the future of Ethiopian partisan politics. What I heard on video of the News Conference of October 7, 2013, is the most incredulous statement by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn so far. He announced that he will welcome the participation of Egypt and Sudan in the construction of the Renaissance Dam and that his government and he consider the Dam to be “jointly owned” by Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt.

To make this type of statement at this early stage of the controversy by a Head of Government is unconscionable and the worst form of negotiation strategy I have ever witnessed or read about in our long history. Such fast retreat of leadership in front of a national controversy is unheard of in Ethiopia’s long political life.  However, to be fair to all concerned, let us examine the situation surrounding this sudden reversal of historic position, carefully and dispassionately. Mind you that there is no serious threat by anybody against Ethiopia except some habitual bullying by Egypt, and a few months ago by an errant Prince from Saudi Arabia (who was promptly removed from office) that the Prime Minister of the Ethiopian Government should be trembling with fear and trepidation and recapitulate so easily. Even if there is real military threat against the sovereignty and integrity of Ethiopia, is the statement by the Prime Minister within acceptable discretionary power of his office? I think not. The Prime Minister has far exceeded his duty and power circumscribed by the provisions of the 1995 Ethiopia’s Constitution: Article 55 (2) (a); 55 (17); Article 74 (6); Article 86, when he spoke of creating some kind of joint ownership of an Ethiopian asset that borders of surrendering sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ethiopian State..

As a simple strategy of negotiation one does not show the hand that one holds at the initial stage of confrontation with a historically ever belligerent foreign national government. Egypt and the Arabs in general have been the relentless enemies of Ethiopia for centuries to this day. They have sought the destruction of Ethiopia despite admonishment of the Prophet Mohammad since the eighth century. They never heeded the words of their own Prophet. At this very moment they are busy mobilizing to halt the development effort of Ethiopia by throwing obstructionist threats. A type of prescription I have for my fellow Ethiopians is that when we seek peace and development we need  get ready for war.

The construction of the Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile within Ethiopian territory is indisputably an act of Ethiopia’s Sovereign power.  Whether such construction was premature, too ambitious, problematic due to lack of technical expertise et cetera are issues that should not be confused with competence or sovereignty. Ethiopian successive Governments for almost a hundred years have openly stated their desire to take into account the national interests of both Egypt and Sudan in the effort to create an equitable use of the waters of the Nile and its Basin for all riparian states. Egypt has refused to recognize the fundamental sovereign rights of riparian states to use the waters of the Nile some of such states being originating/source countries. Currently, the Ethiopian Government seems to be committed in its effort to bring about fairness and equitable use of the Nile waters among riparian states to the extent of offering the Great Renaissance Dam in joint ownership to Egypt and Sudan. As I stated earlier, I am not convinced such generosity on the part of Ethiopia will help solve the greed of Egypt.

Issues to consider: 

Even though such unbelievably generous offer by the Government of Ethiopia may be applauded by some, I am much concerned not only with the future of the Dam itself but also with the continued existence of Ethiopia. Some of the most pressing issues are as follows: What is the meaning of “joint ownership”? What are the risks for Ethiopia sharing ownership of its natural resource with foreign sovereign countries and their governments?  Are there legal regimes and/or political modalities to insure the Sovereign right of Ethiopia on the Dam and the Water resource of the Blue Nile and its basin at all times?  What effect would such “joint ownership” have on other riparian States of the Nile River? What is the need for secrecy (lack of transparency) of the Ethiopian Government?

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