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President Obama Meets with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Print E-mail




VIDEO: President Obama Meets with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I want to extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Desalegn and his delegation.  When I spoke previously at the Africa Summit about some of the bright spots and progress that we’re seeing in Africa, I think there’s no better example than what has been happening in Ethiopia -- one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. 

We have seen enormous progress in a country that once had great difficulty feeding itself.  It’s now not only leading the pack in terms of agricultural production in the region, but will soon be an exporter potentially not just of agriculture, but also power because of the development that’s been taking place there.

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Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says Internet service in the country is negligible that Ethiopians buy their tickets from travel agencies or branch offices of the Airlines.

On the other hand, Kenyan Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze tells a World Travel Market 2012 audience that Internet use among Kenyans is "pretty high" that ticket sales for the most part are done online.

As seen in the State of Broadband Report 2014, South Korea leads the civilized world with the highest household Internet penetration at over 98% while Ethiopia is tagged to the world's bottom ten least-connected nations along with other failed states like Somalia, Niger and Eritrea.


Maya Angelou

“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”     ― Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou was so smart. 

September 11, 2014 Print E-mail



 On a Day Devoted to Past Events, Focus on New Terror Link





When do Ethiopians celebrate New Year?

On September 11th of the Gregorian Calendar, and September 12th every four years because of the leap year.  

Ethiopian Police Shut down the Premiere of a Drama Film Print E-mail







'A video shared by Awramba  Times shows people smiling for photographs before the premiere at the National Theatre in the capital, Addis Ababa. Then the video cuts to a pre-recorded message from Angelina Jolie, who did not attend the event. “I hope you will continue to make films that will advance the art of film-making, share untold stories of Ethiopia, and shed light on our common humanity,” Jolie told the audience. Then the video cuts again to the director, Mehari, who, with his child in one hand and a microphone in the other, speaks in Amharic and then English to tell the audience that the government has canceled the  event.'

Awramba Times video from Diretube news


 “…… We have not been informed prior to this. The Ministry of Culture knows about this and the government knows about this. This is the first time we are hearing it……….” 

Zere-Senai Berhane Mehari 



“I wish they would honor the profession and stopped it before it was scheduled for showing or after it had been shown. I am really saddened.”

Actress Meron Getenet




Is there a Court Order?   If so, does the court have EXTRAORDINARY BASIS for considering the eleventh hour submission of Motion for Injunction?  

Can the court remedy the situation by awarding damages including expenses and fees if the plaintiff is successful in the merit of the case? 

Is there any irreparable damage to the plaintiff if the show continues and the court starts hearing the case?

Courts should realize that this kind move is subject to abuse, only justified in extraordinary cases, and would generally NOT grant such an Order where damages are sufficient to make the plaintiff whole if successful in the Merit of the case.

Why did they hand over the Injunction at 5:25 PM when the hall was filled with some 1,200 people?  Why not before? Please keep in mind that Equitable remedies such as Injunction are not intended to EMBARASS, FRUSTRATE AND DISCOURAGE PEOPLE.

 “He who seeks equity must do equity”

"He who comes into equity must come with clean hands."



 Difret Film


Video: Difret Film Banned in Ethiopia DireTube Video by Awramba ...

Sundance Institute Announces Films in U.S. and World ...  

'DIFRET' - Playing at AFI Silver on March. 20th @ 7:15pm ... 

Joe Biden Print E-mail





Joe Biden Says U.S. Will Follow ISIS to the 'Gates of Hell' 

"Because hell is where they will reside" 

Ebola Virus: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention Print E-mail




Ebola Virus: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention - WebMD

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