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Ethiopia: Prices of imported goods skyrocketing, inflation at 8.2%

  ESAT News (January 5, 2017) The foreign currency crunch in the country has resulted in a surge in the price of imported goods, according market analysts. Businesses also reported a deep decline in the amount goods imported from abroad due to the severe shortage of foreign currency. The regime is forced to import only essential items such as medicines ...

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    CPJ calls for release of jailed journalists

    ESAT News (January 5, 2017) The New York based defender of the rights of journalists called on the immediate release of two Ethiopian journalists sentenced to prison terms on Tuesday by a court in Addis Ababa. The Committee to Protect Journalists also condemned the prison sentences handed down to  journalists Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori from the Ethiopian faith-based station ...

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      Ethiopia: Bomb explosion hit a hotel in Bahir Dar

        ESAT News (January 4, 2017) A grenade explosion hit the Grand Hotel in Bahir Dar Wednesday night, eyewitnesses told ESAT. No party claimed responsibility for the explosion that happened at 8:00 p.m. local time. No casualties have been reported so far. There has been a campaign against the staging of a musical concert at the Hotel by the locals ...

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        Ethiopia: A micro-finance project run by ruling party engages in high interest loan disbursement  

          ESAT News (January 4, 2016) The Dedebit Credit and Saving Institution run by the ruling TPLF and financed by government banks and international development funds is providing high interest mortgage loans, in contravention to its stated objective of providing low interest loans to poor communities in Tigray. A veteran and founder of the TPLF, Asegede Gebreselassie, wrote an article ...

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          Ethiopia: Mother of jailed journalist pleads with authorities

            ESAT News (January 4, 2017) Fnayae Yirdachew, the mother of prominent journalist, Temesgen Desalegn, pleaded with authorities to allow her visit the journalist serving a three year sentence on trumped up charges of defamation. In an open letter sent to higher officials of the government, including the prime minister, the mother said she was seriously concerned about the safety ...

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            Ethiopia: Security forces shot and kill a resident in Bahir Dar

              ESAT News (January 3, 2017) Regime security forces killed a resident of Bahir Dar on Monday. Ismael Ahmed, 38, a businessman, was killed at his residence by members of the “command post” that was given unlimited power by the state of emergency declared early in October. The security forces gave no explanation to their actions. The forces handcuffed Ahmed ...

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              Ethiopia: Over five million people need immediate of food aid

                ESAT News (January 3, 2017) Ethiopian regime says five million people are in need of immediate food assistance. The National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed to local media that about one billion dollars is needed to mitigate the scourge. The Commission said 5.6 million people need immediate food assistance. According to the Commission several cattle have died due to ...

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                Ethiopian court sentence muslim activists, journalists to prison terms

                  ESAT News (January 3, 2017) An Ethiopian court sentenced 20 muslim activists and journalists to prison terms ranging from four to five years. The case of Kedir Mohamed Yusuf et. al. began two years ago after regime security forces detained the activists accusing them of planning to carry out what the regime says was an act of terrorism. Two ...

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                  South Sudan to send “national dialogue” team to Ethiopia

                  ESAT News (January 2, 2017) The government of the Republic of South Sudan is preparing to send to Ethiopia a mobilization team tasked to advance recent “national dialogue’ message to rebel-held territories, according to a report by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA). In a leaked document seen by the SSNA, South Sudan’s presidency main goal is to take peace ...

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                    Ethiopia: Body of Miruts Yifter laid to rest in Addis Ababa

                      ESAT News (January 2, 2017) The body of Olympic legend, Miruts Yifter, was laid to rest on Sunday at the Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. He received a hero’s welcome and his fans paid tribute as his coffin was paraded on the main boulevards of the capital. The two-time Olympic gold medalist died last Thursday after a battle with ...

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