Erta Ale volcano is a large basaltic shield volcano in the Erta Ale volcanic range in the central northern Danakil depression (NE Ethiopia). Erta Ale is only 613 m high, but as typical for a shield volcano has a very gentle slopes and a large 40 km diameter base. Erta Ale is one of the main attractions of the Danakil, and had became a popular tour destination in recent years. Erta Ale (Ethiopia) volcano news:Erta Ale volcano (Ethiopia): German tourist killed - probably by accidentWednesday Dec 06, 2017 10:07 AM | BY: TWatching the lava lake of Erta Ale at dusk (image: Ingrid Smet / VolcanoAdventures)Previous newsVery sad news arrives from the Danakil desert where last Sunday 3 December a German tourist died and his Ethiopian guide got injured while they were climbing Erta Ale. For the moment it seems that other tour groups continue to visit Erta Ale as planned and our partners will also carry out an Erta Ale expedition scheduled to leave this Sunday.
December 06, 2017 10:07 UTC
The Ethiopian National Security and the economy as with many other countries are feeding each other in the process of modernizing the army force, both intellectually and in regards to materiel systems. In developing this guidance, the Ethiopian security planners attempted to address both the challenges and opportunities of defense spending. Thus, to modernize the Defense Industry several defense factories were established in many parts of the country. Some examples of the existing Ethiopian Defense Industry capability according to Professor Bernard are: the Hibret Machine Tools. The Economic Impacts of Defense Strategy Development given the importance of the domestic defense industry to Ethiopia's execution of its national security strategy.
December 06, 2017 09:22 UTC
Addis Ababa Administration Launches Cleaning CampaignDecember 6, 2017 - Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa City Administration has launched a cleaning campaign to be conducted on every last Saturday of Ethiopian month, reports Ethiopian news agency. The universal integrated cleaning campaign aimed to create clean and beautiful city was announced at a public mobilization forum held today. In his opening speech to the forum, Mayor Driba Kuma said the main objective of the universal integrated cleaning campaign is realizing active public and private sectors involvement in creating clean, beautiful and comfortable Addis Ababa.He stated that the city administration has been implementing various programs to enhance the goal of creating clean and beautiful Addis Ababa and the role of the public and private sector is also increasing. Addis Ababa City Manager, Haile Fiseha said on his part the administration will increase its financial sources and public participation to make the city clean and comfortable the residents. The campaign will start this coming Saturday in the presence of Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn and will continue up until the end of the Ethiopian year.
December 06, 2017 07:18 UTC
The government also has a history of abusing other surveillance technologies, which has facilitated a range of human rights violations. Human Rights Watch has documented how security agencies would play intercepted phone calls during abusive interrogations in an effort to intimidate critics and political opponents into silence. Some governments do not adequately consider the risk to human rights when evaluating a company’s application to export spyware to repressive regimes. The UAE later used this technology to target a prominent human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor. Israel and other governments should ensure that such sales are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and evaluate the end-use and human rights record of the end user.
December 06, 2017 06:08 UTC
Image: Bill MarczakMarczak is a researcher at Citizen Lab, a group that studies how governments around the world use new technologies such as spyware against dissidents and activists. Countries like Ethiopia and Mexico have already been caught using several different spyware products made by surveillance tech vendors such as FinFisher, Hacking Team, or NSO Group. PSS is a spyware product for Windows sold by Cyberbit, according to Citizen Lab. The malware connected to a command and control server, and when Citizen Lab scanned the internet for similar servers it found several others. “The extent to which this stuff was easily discoverable.”Thanks to these files, Citizen Lab was able to find several other victims and alert them.
December 06, 2017 05:07 UTC
Strong circumstantial evidence points to one or more government agencies in Ethiopia as the responsible party. Israel does regulate the export of commercial spyware abroad, although apparently not very well from a human-rights perspective. Of course, these companies insist that spyware they sell to governments is used exclusively to fight terrorists and investigate crime. Companies like Cyberbit market themselves as part of a solution to cyber security. It’s time to address the commercial spyware industry for what it has become: one of the most dangerous cyber security problems of our day.
December 06, 2017 05:03 UTC
The United Kingdom on Tuesday December 5, reviewed its travel advice to citizens in Ethiopia citing the killing of a German tourist last Sunday (December 3.) They disclosed that security presence had been increased in the area where the incident took place. The Ethiopian government on Tuesday confirmed the death of a German tourists whiles his Ethiopian tour guide also sustained injuries. There is now an increased military and police presence in the area; travel may be disrupted and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice. The Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) has fought a low-key insurgency to carve out a homeland from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
December 05, 2017 23:03 UTC
It could be argued Arnold Wienholt was one of Australia's forgotten heroes and perhaps the following story will back up this claim. Arnold Wienholt was born on September 25, 1877 at Goomburra, the eldest son of Edward and Ellen Weinholt. In the Boer War, Arnold excelled in scouting and led many raids that resulted in taking Boer prisoners and bringing back vital information on enemy troop movements. On August 13, 1940, Arnold was ordered to lead a scouting party to spy on the Italian military outpost at Gallabat. Captain Arnold Wienholt was a brave, but enigmatic character.
December 05, 2017 22:30 UTC
Ambassador Michael A. Raynor Honoring President John F. Kennedy’s Legacy in Supporting Youth Dire Dawa University, Ethiopia December 5, 2017:Good afternoon everyone. Dire Dawa is the fourth city in Ethiopia to host this photo exhibition reflecting the life of President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy was still a youth when he was elected to the United States Congress at the age of 30. In 1961, he signed the order creating USAID, to end poverty and help build resilient and democratic societies capable of building a better future on their own. My goal as Ambassador, and the goal of the United States in Ethiopia, is to help all Ethiopians achieve a better future.
December 05, 2017 14:15 UTC
At the same time the Oromo were heading west out of the region, ethnic Somalis living in the neighboring Oromia region were heading east. The cause of violenceFailed gamble of Somali-Ethiopian pastoralists A pastoralist’s pain "It’s stressful, I’m still trying to accept it," says 40-year-old Mohammed Noor. Borders between Ethiopia, Somaliland and Djibouti have little significance for ethnic Somali pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. Failed gamble of Somali-Ethiopian pastoralists Forced to settle Somaliland-based pastoralists have also been hit hard by the drought. But ethnic violence in urban areas well removed from the border is rare, and all the more shocking for seemingly coming out of the blue.
December 05, 2017 13:18 UTC
German Tourist Killed in EthiopiaDecember 6, 2017 - German tourist has been shot dead and a guide injured during a visit to a volcano in north-eastern Ethiopia, reports BBC. They were part of a group which had travelled to the Erta Ale volcano. The Afar region, which straddles the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, is known as an operating ground for several separatist groups. The group seeks the creation of an independent Afar homeland, which would include areas of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti. Despite the risks, tourists continue to visit the volcano - found in the heart of the Danakil Depression, which sits at 410ft (125m) below sea level.
December 05, 2017 12:33 UTC
On December 4, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto attended the Somalia Security Pact Review in Mogadishu. Following the Somalia Security Pact Review, the Acting Assistant Secretary will travel to Nairobi, Kenya from December 4-6, where he will meet with representatives of the Kenyan government, as well as with Kenyan civil society. The visit will encourage all sides in Kenya to participate in a national dialogue following the presidential election. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Acting Assistant Secretary will meet with senior leaders of the Ethiopian government and of the African Union from December 7-9. Ambassador Yamamoto will then travel to Kigali, Rwanda on December 13-14, where he will meet with President Kagame ahead of his term as President of the African Union.
December 05, 2017 02:15 UTC
French photographer Eric Lafforgue has captured some stunning photography during a trip to rural Ethiopia. While there, he spent time with indigenous tribespeople, catching a glimpse into their culture and way of life. “The most interesting thing about Ethiopia is its people”, he says. “In the south, tribes like Nyangatom, Dassanech, Mursi, Hamer and Bodis still live a traditional way of life, with very beautiful ceremonies. The most surprising thing I saw was the way the tribes of the south recycle everything.
December 05, 2017 02:03 UTC
The controversial cross-government fund behind the British aid project in Syria which has been suspended amid claims that money was reaching jihadist groups should be shut down, according to campaign group Global Justice Now, which has released a new report on the fund. The billion-pound pot, known as the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, spends over £500 million of British aid and is overseen by the National Security Council, chaired by the Prime Minister. Neither the public nor MPs are able to properly scrutinise the fund due to a serious lack of transparency, the report finds. Since 2016, the Ethiopian security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and detained tens of thousands. On the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, Aisha Dodwell of Global Justice Now said, “It is shocking that the British government is funding security forces across the world, including in some of the most tyrannical regimes.
December 05, 2017 01:52 UTC
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn says the continent has all it takes to determine its future if it structurally transforms its economies in the interest of citizens. His view was contained in opening remarks made at the start of the African Economic Conference 2017 being held in the capital Addis Ababa. “Africa has the opportunity to determine its own future and cannot fail to structurally transform its economies for the benefit of its people. Africa has the opportunity to determine its own future and cannot fail to structurally transform its economies for the benefit of its people. pic.twitter.com/WDMFkvAXYy — AfDB_Group (@AfDB_Group) December 4, 2017Participants are expected over the period to exchange ideas on progress made in the area of economic structural transformation by African governments.
December 04, 2017 23:15 UTC