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Saudi Arabia: The Middle East’s Real Apartheid State

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 27, 2014

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There is a country in the Middle East where 10 percent of the population is denied equal rights because of their race, where black men are not allowed to hold many government positions, where black women are put on trial for witchcraft and where the custody of children is granted to the parent with the most “racially superior” bloodline.

This Apartheid State is so enormously powerful that it controls American foreign policy in the Middle East even as its princes and princesses bring their slaves to the United Kingdom and the United States.

That country is Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia abolished slavery in 1962 under pressure from President Kennedy, who accomplished what the Ottoman Empire and the League of Nations had not been able to, but that hasn’t stopped its citizens from selling castrated slaves on Facebook or its princes from beating their black slaves to death in posh London hotels.

The Saudis had clung to their racist privileges longer than anyone else. When rumors reached Mecca that the Ottoman Empire might be considering the abolition of African slavery and equal rights for all, the chief of the Ulema of Mecca issued a fatwa declaring “the ban on slaves is contrary to Sharia (Islamic Law)… with such proposals the Turks have become infidels and it is lawful to make their children slaves.”

But Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth eventually made slavery economically unnecessary. Early on, African slaves worked for foreign oil companies which paid their masters, but they were a poor fit for the oil economy. The Kingdom no longer needed agricultural slaves and pearl drivers; it needed trained technicians from the West and international travel made it cheaper to import Asian workers for household labor and construction than to maintain its old trade in slaves.

The Saudis replaced the 450,000 slaves of the 1950s with 8.4 million guest workers. These workers are often treated like slaves, but they are not property and are therefore even more disposable than the slaves were. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but Nepal alone reported 265 worker deaths in Saudi Arabia in a single year.

Meanwhile the three million Afro-Saudis are denied equal rights, prevented from serving as judges, security officials, diplomats, mayors and many other official positions. Afro-Saudi women are not allowed to appear on camera.

There is not one single black school principal in Saudi Arabia,” the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a Saudi human rights group, reported.

Kafa’ah, equality in marriage, is used to establish that both sides are free from the “taint” of slave blood. The blood of Takruni, West African slaves, or Mawalid, slaves who gained their freedom by converting to Islam, is kept out of the Saudi master race through genealogical records that can be presented at need.

Challenges to the Kafa’ah of a marriage occur when tribal members uncover African descent in the husband or the wife after the marriage has already occurred. The racially inferior party is ordered to present “proof of equality” in the form of family trees and witnesses. If the couple is judged unequal, the Saudi Gazette reported, “Children’s custody is usually given to the ‘racially superior’ parent.”

These Saudi efforts at preventing their former slaves from intermarrying with them have only accelerated their incestuous inbreeding. In parts of Saudi Arabia, the percentage of marriages among blood relatives can go as high as 70%.

Saudi Arabia has the second highest rate of birth defects in the world, but a Saudi Sheikh blamed this phenomenon on female drivers, even though women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Equality has always been a foreign concept to the Saudis whose tribal castes determine the right to rule. In Saudi Arabia everyone has their place, from the Afro-Saudi, to the non-Muslim guest worker to the Saudi woman.

On the road to Mecca, a sign points one way for “Muslims” and another for “Non-Muslims.” Only Muslims are allowed into the holy cities of Islam. A Christian truck driver from Sri Lanka who wandered into Mecca was arrested and dispatched for trial to a Sharia court of Islamic law.

Likewise, women are barred from many jobs, kept from driving and even electronically tracked to prevent them from leaving the country. Guest workers in Saudi Arabia are treated as slaves, their identity papers held by their employers, preventing them from leaving without permission.

The guest workers however, if they survive the witchcraft accusations and sexual assaults, will escape back to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines with a fraction of the money that they were supposed to earn. The Afro-Saudis however have nowhere to return to. Saudi Arabia is the only home they know.

The Arab slave trade was longer, crueler and far more enduring than anything Europeans and Americans are familiar with and left behind large numbers of Afro-Arabs across the Middle East and Afro-Turks in Turkey. While African-Americans are prominently represented in American life, Afro-Arabs and Afro-Turks suffer from an inferior status which keeps them away from political power and out of public view.

American soldiers in Basra were surprised to discover large numbers of Afro-Iraqis. The hundreds of thousands of Afro-Iraqis are a legacy of the Zanj slave rebellion when 500,000 African slaves rose against their Arab masters. The Afro-Iraqis are free, but relentlessly discriminated against. In Gaza, 10,000 Afro-Arabs face daily discrimination. But it is the Afro-Saudis who are the Middle East’s best kept secret.

Nawal Al-Hawsawi was dubbed the Rosa Parks of Saudi Arabia when she took three women to court who insultingly called her “Abd” or slave. Nawal dropped the court case after she received an apology, but the taunt of “slave” is one that Afro-Saudis have to live with daily in Saudi Arabia.

The monarchy’s religious tradition still views blacks as slaves,” Ali Al-Ahmed, the Director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, wrote in Foreign Policy Magazine.

The Institute blames Deputy Saudi Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, the son of the Saudi king, for being the architect of the Saudi apartheid state, but Saudi apartheid predates any one man.

Saudi slavery was intertwined with Islam, receiving sanction from the Koran and the Hadiths while relying on the Saudi role as the guardians of Mecca and Medina to lure African Muslims into slavery. African Muslims who made the pilgrimage to Mecca were defrauded and forced to sell their children into slavery to afford the return trip home. Slave traders lured African Muslims from Sudan, Mali and Burkina Faso by promising to take them to the holy places of Islam and teach them to read the Koran in Arabic.

Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, a leading authority on Islam in Saudi Arabia, bluntly stated, “Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” The linkage between slavery, Jihad and Islam dates back to Mohammed whose followers were compensated with human property.

In The Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa, John Alembillah Azumah writes that, “In pre-Islamic Arabia blacks were held in high esteem and did marry Arab women … the discrimination on account of the colour of their skin is a development within the Islamic period.”

Racism was a necessary prerequisite to the expansion of Islam through Jihad. The land that is today known as Saudi Arabia was at the center of those conquests, growing rich in slaves and loot. Today it is once again at the center of the new Jihad, its every atrocity justified by its role in the holy wars of Islam.

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Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 26, 2014

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Weirdie Saudi: The ‘Princess’, The ‘Prince’, Human Rights, Petrodollar & Militarism

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 22, 2014

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Saudi “Princess” Sara Al Amoudi Wins £14m Legal Battle over London Property Empire

A mysterious Saudi “princess” has won a High Court battle against two London property tycoons who accused her of tricking them out of a multi-million pound property empire.

Business partners Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton accused Sara Al Amoudi of being an Ethiopian prostitute posing as a Saudi princess to trick them into transferring six luxury flats worth £14 million into her name.

The pair claimed they “temporarily” transferred the Knightsbridge and Mayfair properties in the belief that she was the daughter of sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi.

But in a major legal victory for the “vamp in the veil”, a London judge ruled that the properties were legally transferred into her name to pay off a loan she made to Paton while they enjoyed a romantic relationship.

Justice Asplin dismissed allegations that she was a prostitute and said a key witness, who claimed to work at a Soho lapdancing club, may have been “paid to give evidence”.

She added that it was “unnecessary to determine whether the alleged representations as to her identity, status and source of wealth were false”.

Al Amoudi’s background remains a mystery.

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Sudan Court Convicts Ethiopian Woman Over ‘Gang-rape’

An Ethiopian woman who says she was gang-raped in Sudan has been convicted of “indecent acts”

The woman of 18 was three months’ pregnant at the time of the alleged attack.

She was arrested after video of her allegedly being sexually abused was circulated on social media.

Three men who admitted having sex with the woman and two who distributed the video were reportedly sentenced to being whipped.

The three were each sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery, while two got 40 lashes for distributing indecent material, according to women’s rights group Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA).

‘Brutal’

The woman was sentenced to a one-month jail term but this was suspended because she is pregnant, her lawyer, Samia al-Hashmi, told the AFP news agency.

She was also fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds ($880; £530).

She had also faced charges of adultery and prostitution, which could have led to a penalty of death by stoning, but these were dropped after she convinced the court she was divorced, reports SIHA.

The campaign group says the woman was house-hunting when she was lured to an empty property and attacked in Omdurman, just across the River Nile from Khartoum.

It says she now faces deportation.

The group’s regional director Hala Elkarib condemned the conviction, saying it would prevent women from reporting sexual abuse.

“The levelling of immigration charges against the victim further denies her protection by the state and protracts the punishment and emotional stress against her whilst she has been subjected to the most brutal of crimes,” she said.

Sudanese law is based on Sharia and women have been punished for wearing trousers or not covering their hair.

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Saudi man who punched out mom’s tooth to have his own molar broken as punishment

In addition to having one of his front teeth broken, the man, who is in his 30s, will be imprisoned for five years and publicly lashed 40 times every 10 days.

The judge applied the Koranic ruling of ‘a tooth for a tooth’ when deciding the man’s punishment.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

A Saudi Arabian man who smashed his mom’s fang out during a fight will have exactly the same molar in his own mouth broken as punishment.

The unnamed son, who is in his 30s, will also be jailed for five years and whipped 2,400 times – with 40 lashings being given every 10 days outside a local market.

The terrified mom called out to cops after the brutal attack inside their car, Gulf News reports.

Tourists Furious After Holidays Are Canceled Because Saudi Prince ‘Books Three Entire Maldive Island Resorts at a Cost of £18MILLION’

Tourists looking forward to a dream holiday in the Maldives have had to change their plans after a Saudi prince reportedly booked out three entire island resorts exclusively for himself.

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is understood to have taken over the five-star paradise resorts for nearly a month.

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Saudi Arabia Pledges to Protect Foreign Workers, as Indonesian Maids Face Execution

For the first time, Indonesian maids working in Saudi Arabia will be guaranteed a monthly wage, time off, and contact with their loved ones, under a new agreement signed by the Gulf kingdom and Jakarta this week.

But it fails to address a worrying trend of domestic helpers filing complaints of exploitation and abuse only to face counter-allegations by their employers of “theft, witchcraft or adultery,” according to Human Rights Watch.

The penalties for these crimes are harsh in the deeply conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which practices a puritanical form of Islam.

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Saudi Arabia – 12,000 Somalis Expelled – Mass Deportations Without Considering Refugee Claims

Saudi authorities have deported more than 12,000 people to Somalia since January 1, 2014, including hundreds of women and children, without allowing any to make refugee claims, Human Rights Watch said today.

Saudi Arabia should end the summary deportations, which risk violating its international obligations not to return anyone to a place where their life or freedom is threatened or where they face other serious harm.

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Indian Male Nurse Murdered in Saudi Arabia

An Indian man was stabbed to death by an Ethiopian housemaid in the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam

Hussain Sayeed from the south Indian city of Hyderabad was stabbed by the housemaid Monday in their employer’s house at Corniche in the city, where both of them were employed, the Arab News reported

The maid was arrested and was being questioned by the police”Our initial investigations indicate that the African housemaid stabbed the deceased with a sharp object after a fight broke out between them,” the police spokesperson said.

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Prince Charles Should Be Promoting Human Rights, Not Acting as an Arms Dealer

If we are to be judged by the company we keep then Prince Charles has a lot of explaining to do. This week the future king has been strutting his stuff on the international stage, with highly publicised visits to dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, BAE and Bahrain.

Officially the purpose of his trip was for HRH to visit a plethora of museums, galleries and sights of historical significance. But it would seem that it was carefully timed to facilitate the conclusion of arms company BAE System’s latest multi billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia. Negotiations over the price of Eurofighter Typhoon had been going on for years and even two visits by David Cameron had not persuaded the Saudi royals to sign.

The Saudi Arabian dictatorship is a particularly brutal and despotic one. The most recent Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index ranked it 163 out of 167 countries and gave it zero points for “electoral process and pluralism”. The only countries ranked lower were Syria, Chad, Guinea Bissau and North Korea. This point was emphasised the day after Prince Charles left, when seven Saudi citizens were jailed for 20 years for protesting against the autocratic regime.

His support for the Saudi dictatorship may not be unique, but it is yet another sign of the contradictory and hypocritical nature of UK foreign policy. Unfortunately, when it comes to business the human rights usually often play second fiddle to the short term profits of the arms companies. This is why the UK has licensed over £5.6 billion worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia in the last five years alone. Unfortunately, not for the first time, the Royal family has allowed itself to be co-opted into a dirty business.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE finance Egypt $3bn arms deal with Russia

Egypt has concluded a UAE- and Saudi Arabia-financed arms deal with Russia worth of $2 billion, a senior official said, noting that the Egyptian and Russian sides agreed on all details related to the agreement over the past weeks.

As Egypt Independent reports, the source, who asked not to be named, said the two gulf kingdoms played a vital role in sealing the deal.

The official revealed that the first tranche of Russian weapons to Egypt will be delivered before mid 2014.The delivery and payments will both be phased, he explained.

In mid November 2013, Russia declared receiving an Egyptian offer to buy advanced defense systems, military helicopters, MiG 29 aircrafts and anti-tank missiles all worth of $2 billion.

Saudi Arabia and UAE, along with Kuwait, have been Egypt’s top Arab financiers following the overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi with financial and in-kind aid worth of $12 billion.

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Saudi Arabia Records 60th Mers Virus Death

Saudi health authorities have announced the death of a young man from the Mers coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the respiratory disease in the kingdom to 60.

The health ministry website said the latest victim of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the country is a 22-year-old who was also suffering from cancer.

Saudi Arabia, the country worst hit by Mers, has recorded 145 cases, of which 60 have now proved fatal, since the virus first appeared in September 2012.

Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.

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የሃበሻ እንባ፡ ምነው ተሞኘን? ተጨቃከንን?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 19, 2014

ከአራት ዓመታት በፊት፡ በጾመ ነነዌ ዕለት የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በእርኩስ ኃይሎች ቤይሩት ከተማ ተቃጠለ፣ ከዚህ ድርጊት በኋላ በየዓመቱ በነነዌ የፆም ሰሞን ከአየር ጋር / ከአውሮፕላን ጋር የተያያዙ አደጋዎች በየቦታው ተከስተዋል። ለምሳሌ፦

2011ቱ ነነዌ

አውሮፕላኖች ተከስክሰው ተሳፋሪዎች ሕይወታቸውን አጥተዋል

2012ቱ ነነዌ

2013ቱ ነነዌ

አሁን በጾመ ነነዌ ሳምንት (መስቀል ኢየሱስ) በአየር መንገዳችን ላይ በጣም ግራ የሚያጋባ ድርጊት ተፈጸመ።

ረዳት ፓይለቱ ጠላፊ መሆኑን ስሰማ ወዲያው የመጣልኝ፡ ምናልባት የሕሊና በሽታ ደርሶበት ይሆናል! እንዲያውም የ “Manchurian Candidate” ሊሆን ይችላልየሚለው ሃሳብ ነበር።

 

ይህ የጠለፋ ተግባር በሱዳን ዓየር፡ በዓባይ ወንዝ ከፍታ ላይ እንደተካሄደ ተገልጿል። ታዲያ በዚህ ወቅት በረዳት ፓይለቱ ላይ ምን አይነት ድርጊት ተፈጽሞበት ይሆን? “Hypnotize” ተደርጎ ይሆን? “Manipulate” ተደርጎ ይሆን? ጣልያናዊው ፓይለትስ ምን ዓይነት ሚና ተጫውቶ ይሆን?

ግለሰቡ ጤናማእንደሆነ፡ ነገር ግን በአጎቱ ሞት ተጨንቆ / ተረብሾ እንደነበር ተገልጧል። ምንም እንኳን አስቀድሞ መፍረድ ተገቢ ባይሆንም፣ ግለሰቡ የፈጸመው ተግባር ግን የወንጀለኛነት፣ የከዳተኝነት ባሕርይ የያዘ ነው። በአገሩ ላይ ይህን መሰሉን ጥራዝነጠቅ የከዳተኝነት ተግባር የሚፈጽም፣ አብዛኛው የአገራችን ሕዝብ ያላገኘውን ዕድልና ገፀበረከት አግኝቶ አሳፋሪ በሆነ መልክ በፈቃዱ ወደገደል የሚጥል ምስጋናቢስ ግለሰብ ነው። ከጀግኖቹ የምድር ባቡሮቻችን / ሯጮጫችን ጎን በአፍሪቃ አየር ለመላው አፍሪቃውያን መኩሪያ የሆነውን አየርመንገዳችንን ባላጋጩ አለም ዘንድ እንድንዋረድበት ማድረጉ እጅግ በጣም፡ በጣም የሚያሳዝን ነው። በተለይ፡ አሁን እንደ ግብጽ የመሳሰሉት ጠላቶቻችን የተንኮል መርዛቸውን ባገራችን ላይ ከያቅጣጫው በመርጨት ላይ በሚገኙበት ወቅት ይህን መሰሉን ተግባር መፈጸሙ ምሕረት የሚያስከለክለው ይሆናል። ይህ ጠለፋ፣ በሕዳሴው ግድብ ላይ ጥቃት ለማድረስ ከሚሻ የግብጽ ቅጥረኛ ጋር ተነጻጻሪ ነው።

በተለያዩ አጋጣሚዎች ከብዙ አገር ሰዎች ጋር አብሬ ለመማር፣ ለመሥራትና ለመኖር፡ አገሮቻቸውንም ለመጎብኘት እድሉ ነበረኝ፤ ታዲያ ከዚህ ሁሉ ለመማር የበቃሁት፤ እንደ አገር ሰው ማንም እንደማይሆነን፣ እንደ አገራችን የትም ሌላ አገር ተድላ፣ ደስታና የመንፈስ ተሃድሶ ልናገኝ እንደማንችል ነው። ሆኖም፤ በአገራችን እንደምንደሰት ሁሉ እንደ አገራችን በይበልጥ የምንከፋበት ሌላ ቦታ የለም። በተለይ መጨረሻ ጊዜ በአንዳንድ ወገኖቻችንን ዘንድ ትህትና፣ መተማመን እና መከባበር እየጠፋ፣ ፍቅር እየቀዘቀዘች መምጣታቸው በጥልቁ ያሳስበኛል።

ባለፈው ዓመት፣ ከአንድ አነስተኛ የፍራፍሬ መደበር ፊት ለፊት በሚገኘው የጫማ መጥረጊያ ቦታ ቁጭ ብዬ በመደብሩ የሚካሄደውን መስተንግዶ እከታተል ነበር። አንድ ወገናችን ቆሞ እንዲያስተናግዱት ወደ 10 ደቂቃ ያህል ቆሟል፣ ከእርሱ በኋላ ሁለት አረቦች/ቱርኮች እንደመጡ የእስላም ቆብ የደፋው የመደብሩ ባለቤት ቶሎ ቀርቧቸው ሲያስተናግዳቸው አየሁ። አላስቻለኝም፣ ከጫማ መጥረጊያው ተነስቼ ፍራፍሬው የተቀመጠበትን መደርደሪያ ወርውሬ በመጣል፣ በባለቤቱ ላይ ያልተለምዶዬ ጩኽቴን ጀመርኩ፤ ለምንድን ነው ወገናችሁን የማታስቀድሙት?” “ቱርኩም አረቡም የራሱን ወገን እንጂ ሌላውን በፍጹም አስቀድሞ አያስተናግድም እኮ፡ ምናለ ወገናችሁን ብታከብሩ?!” አልኩ። የባለመደብሩ ሚስት መሰለችኝ እየተጸጸተሽ፡ አዎ! አዎ!” አለች። ይህን መሰሉ ኩፉኝ በየሱቁ፣ በየምግብ እና ቡና ቤቱ፣ በየሆቴሉ ሁሉ በጣም እንደተስፋፋ ከብዙ ሰዎች ሰምቻለሁ። ይህ በጣም አሳሳቢና አሳዛኝ ጉዳይ ነው።

የረዳት ፓይለቱም ተግባር በጣም የሚያሳስብ ነው። ከጠለፋው ሌላ የሚያስገርመው ነገር፡ ክሣምንት በፊት በስደተኞች ላይ ጥብቅ ሕግ ለማውጣት ሬፈረንደም ወዳካሄደችበት ወደ ስዊትዘርላንድ ሄዶ የፖለቲካ ጥገኝነት ለማግኘት መሻቱ ነው።

ይህ ጠለፋ የሚያሳያን ሌላው ነገር፣ ከዚህ በፊት በተደጋጋሚ እንደምንሰማው ድኽነትለኢትዮጵያውያን መሰደድ ዋናው ምክኒያት አለመሆኑን እና ከፊሉ ሕዝባችን ለከፍተኛ የመንፈሣዊ ቀውስ መጋለጡን ነው።

ሌላ የሚያሳዝነው፡ ጠላፊው ይህን ቅሌታማ ተግባር ከፈጸመ ከጥቂት ሰዓታት በኋላ፣ የጠላፊው ማንነት ከመታወቁ በፊት፣ ቀደም ሲል ከዋሃቢ ጠላቶቻችን ጎን ሰልፍ ሲወጡ የነበሩት የ ሰማያዊፓርቲ መሪ የኢትዮጵያውያንን ውድቀት ከሚሹት የውጭ መገናኛ ብዙኃን ወኪሎች ጋር የአንድ ንጹህኢትዮጵያዊ ስነምግባር መንጸባረቂያ ያልሆነ መግለጫ መስጠታቸው ነው። በእውነት ይህ ተግባራቸው ግብዝ! ቅሌታም!” ያሰኛቸዋል።

ስዊዘርላንዶችን በጣም እያጠያየቀ ያለው ነገር በስዊትዘርላንድ የአየር ክልል የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድን ያጀቡት የጦር አውሮፕላኖች የስዊትዘርላንድ ሳይሆኑ የጣልያንና የፈረንሳይ መሆናቸው ነው። ለካስ የስዊትዘርላንድ ተዋጊ አውሮፕላን ፓይለቶች ገና እንቅልፍ ላይ ነበሩ፤ ከጠዋቱ 2 ሰዓት በፊት ሥራቸውን አይጀምሩም ነበርና።

በሌላ በኩል ግን፡ ይህን የጠለፋ ክስተት በሚመለከት አንድ የምጠይቀው ጥያቄ አለ፦

  • ድኻዋአገራችን ያሰለጠነቻቸው የአየርመንገዳችን ፓይለቶችና ቴክኒሻኖች ለተሻለ የምሥር ወጥሲሉ አገራቸውን በመክዳት ወደ ሃብታምየአረብ አገራት በብዛት ይጎርፋሉ፣ በተቃራኒው ደግሞ አውሮፓውያን ፓይለቶች የኢትዮጵያን አውሮፕላኖች እንዲያበሩ ይደረጋሉ። ይህ እንዴት ሊሆን ቻለ? ይህ ጠለፋ በዕጥፍ እንድንዋረድበት ካደረጉን ተግባሮች መካከል፣ ፓይለቱ ጣልያናዊ መሆኑን መላው ዓለም መስማቱ ነው። ኢትዮጵያ አውሮፕላን አላት እንዴ?’ ‘አህ፡ ኢትዮጵያውያን ማብረር ስለማይችሉ ፈረንጅ ቀጥረዋል!” የሚሉትን የጭፍኖች ትችት በየቦታው በማንበብ ላይ ነን። ከ50 ዓመታት በፊት እነ ኔልሰን ማንዴላ የኮሩበት ዓየር መንገዳችን አሁን እንዴት ፈረንጆችን ለመቅጠር በቃ?

በዚያን ጊዜም ብዙዎች ይሰናከላሉ እርስ በርሳቸውም አሳልፈው ይሰጣጣሉ እርስ በርሳቸውም ይጣላሉ፤ ብዙ ሐሰተኞች ነቢያትም ይነሣሉ ብዙዎችንም ያስታሉ፤ ከዓመፃም ብዛት የተነሣ የብዙ ሰዎች ፍቅር ትቀዘቅዛለች። እስከ መጨረሻ የሚጸና ግን እርሱ ይድናል” [ማቴዎስ ፳፬᎓፲፥፲፫]

Tears of Eritrea — የሀበሻ እምባ

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Hollywood Declares 2014 The Year of The Bible

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 16, 2014

Russell Crowe is Noah. Christian Bale is Moses. Brad Pitt is Pontius Pilate. With pages of action and a faithful fanbase, Hollywood is mining the good book for blockbuster stories.

Pop quiz: How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time—adjusted for inflation—star comic-book characters?

Answer: Zero.

And how many are based on the Bible?

Answer: Two.

In the late 1950s, The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur teamed up for $1.795 billion in adjusted domestic ticket sales. That’s more than Avatar, The Dark Knight, and Transformers combined.

Which may explain, at least in part, why the movie industry seems—unofficially, of course—to have declared 2014 The Year of the Bible.

Over the next 11 months, Hollywood is planning to release more big Biblical movies than it put out during the previous 11 years combined, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2015 (or beyond). For an industry that spent much of the 2000s shying away from explicitly religious fare—the controversy over the alleged anti-Semitism of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ effectively wiped out the genre, despite the film’s huge box office receipts—it’s a remarkable about-face that’s as surprising as it is sudden.

The 2014 Release Schedule:

Son of God

On Feb. 28, Twentieth Century Fox is first out of the gate with Son of God, a Jesus biopic culled from the History Channel’s hit 2013 miniseries The Bible. (A Bible sequel titled A.D. is set to air next year on NBC.)

Noah

Paramount is up next in March with Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s epic re-imagining of the life of the Old Testament’s most famous ark-builder (played by Russell Crowe).

Heaven Is For Real

Debuting in April is Heaven is for Real, starring Greg Kinnear as the father of a boy who claims to have passed through the pearly gates during a near-death experience.

The Mother of God drama Mary (Ben Kingsley, Julia Ormond)

Trailer coming soon

Exodus

and Ridley Scott’s Exodus (Christian Bale, Aaron Paul) follow in December

Continue reading…

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እዚያ ብሆን…

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 14, 2014

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UK Floods’ God’s Judgment on Brits?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 12, 2014

[Jonah 1:14]

So, crying to the Lord, they said, Give ear to our prayer, O Lord, give ear, and do not let destruction overtake us because of this man’s life; do not put on us the sin of taking life without cause: for you, O Lord, have done what seemed good to you.

Judgement DayDavid vs David! The other David (Attenborough) who recently said, ”If you were living in Ethiopia, you might be justified in thinking that the natural world is already stopping it by starvation”, probably wouldn’t like this particular story.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s support for gay “marriage” is the reason why England is suffering from so many “storms and floods,” said UK Independent Party councilor David Silvester, who stressed that the PM’s actions were contrary to the Gospels. The letter here

Silvester is the city councilor for Henley-on-Thames, which is about 37 miles west of London. In a letter to his town’s newspaper, the Henley Standard, Silvester wrote, “Since the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, the nation has been beset by serious storms and floods,” reported the newspaper.

One recent one caused the worst flooding for 60 years. The Christmas floods were the worst in 127 years. Is this just ‘global warming’ or is there something more serious at work?”

The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war,” said Silvester.

Prime Minister David Cameron, also the head of the Conservative Party in England, pushed through the same-sex “marriage” law in 2013 despite strong opposition from many members of his own party and more than 600,000 British citizens who had signed a petition defending marriage between one man and one woman.

Queen Elizabeth gave her Royal Assent to the homosexual “marriage” law in July and it officially goes into effect later this year. After the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act became law, Cameron boasted that he was “personally proud of this” and wanted to “export” it “around the world,” reported the Daily Mail.

In his letter, Councilor Silvester further said, “I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill. But he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.”

Now, even as Cameron sheds crocodile tears on behalf of destitute flooded homeowners, playing at advocate against the very local councils he has made cash-strapped, it is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” said Silvester.

He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it, for everything a nation does is weighed on the scales of divine approval or disapproval,” he said.

Silvester had been a member of the Conservative Party but switched to the UK Independent Party (UKIP) last year because of the gay “marriage” issue.

The UKIP defended Silvester’s remarks on Sunday, stressing that they were his own personal views and did not represent the party. However, on Monday, the UKIP suspended Silvester, saying that “Silvester has acted contrary to party requests and continued to court the media in order to promote his own personal beliefs,” reported the Henley Standard. “This has caused significant offence to many people and goes against the core principals of UKIP.”

Nineveh Update: Blown away! Flood-hit Britain is battered by 100mph ‘Wild Wednesday’ storms causing chaos across road and rail networks

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Russia: US Becoming a Godless Nation

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 10, 2014

NenAt the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”

More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.

Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West. Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.”

As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.

The law on religious sensibilities was adopted in the wake of a protest in Moscow’s largest cathedral by a female punk rock group against the Orthodox Church’s support of Mr. Putin. Kremlin-run television said the group’s “demonic” protest was funded by “some Americans.”

Mr. Putin’s views of the West were echoed this month by Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, the leader of the Orthodox Church, who accused Western countries of engaging in the “spiritual disarmament” of their people.

In particular, Patriarch Kirill criticized laws in several European countries that prevent believers from displaying religious symbols, including crosses on necklaces, at work.

The general political direction of the [Western political] elite bears, without doubt, an anti-Christian and anti-religious character,” the patriarch said in comments aired on state-controlled television.

We have been through an epoch of atheism, and we know what it is to live without God,” Patriarch Kirill said. “We want to shout to the whole world, ‘Stop!’”

Although Mr. Putin has never made a secret of what he says is his deep Christian faith, his first decade in power was largely free of overtly religious rhetoric. Little or no attempt was made to impose a set of values on Russians or lecture to the West on morals.

However, since his inauguration for a third presidential term in May 2012, the increasingly authoritarian leader has sought to reach out to Russia’s conservative, xenophobic heartland for support.

It has proved a rich hunting ground.

Western values, from liberalism to the recognition of the rights of sexual minorities, from Catholicism and Protestantism to comfortable jails for murderers, provoke in us suspicion, astonishment and alienation,” Yevgeny Bazhanov, rector of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic academy, wrote in a recent essay.

Analysts suggest that Mr. Putin’s shift to ultraconservatism and anti-West rhetoric was triggered by mass protests against his rule that rocked Russia in 2011 and 2012. The unprecedented show of dissent was led mainly by educated, urban Muscovites — many with undisguised pro-Western sympathies.

Some 70 percent of Russians define themselves as Orthodox Christians in opinion polls, and opposition figures in the past have called on the church to play a mediating role between the Kremlin and protesters.

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horseinalandscap2የክረምትኦሎምፒክ ጨዋታዎች በሩሲያዋ የሶቺ ከተማ እየተካሄዱ ናቸው። እነዚህን ጨዋታዎች ለማጨናገፍ በሉሲፈራውያን የሚደገፉት ሽብር ፈጣሪዎች በመቁነጥነጥ ላይ ይገኛሉ። በሚያስገርም ፍጥነት በሰዶማውያን እጅ በመግባት ላይ የሚገኙት የምእራባውያን መገናኛ ብዙኃን በጣም ኋላቀር፣ ቅሌታማና አሰልቺ የሆነውን የጥላቻ ፕሮፓጋንዳቸውን በሞኙ ኦርቶዶክስ ሩሲያ ሕዝብ ላይ በመንዛት ላይ ይገኛሉ። ሁሉም እርስበርስ የጥላቻ ውድድር የሚያካሂዱ ነው የሚመስሉት። ዓለምን በማመስ ላይ የሚገኙት እና ሁልጊዜ አቱኩሮት ፈላጊዎቹ እስላማውያንና ሰዶማውያን መድረኩን ለጽንፈኛ ጩኽታቸው ሲጠቀሙበት ይታያሉ። እንደ እነ ኦባማ የመሳሰሉትም የሉሲፈራውያን መሣሪያዎች ወደ ሶቺ መሄዱን አልፈለጉም፡ ነገር ግን ሰዶማውያን ቱጃሮቻቸውን ወደዚያ በመላክ ሩሳውያኑን ይተናኮላሉ። እነዚህ አውሬዎች ዒላማቸውን ያነጣጠሩት በኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያናውያን እና በአፍሪቃውያን ላይ ነው። ኡጋንዳና ናይጀሪያ ፀረሰዶማዊ የሆነ ህግ ባረቀቁበት ባለፈው ሰሞን፡ ሕንድም ተመሳሳይ ህግ አውጥታለች፣ ነገር ግን የምእራቡ ዜና ማሠራጫዎች የወቀሳ ዘመቻ ያተኮረው በአፍሪቃውያኑ ላይ ብቻ ነው።

ለ ቢቢስ የሚሠሩ ሁለት አፍሪቃውያን ጋዜጠኞች በቅርቡ አርፈዋል። በበሽታ ምክኒያት እንዳረፉ ነው በይፋ የተነገረው። ሁለቱ ጋዜጠኞች የጋና እና የኬኒያ ተወላጆች ነበሩ። አዎ! የሚገርም ነው፡ ጋናውያን እና ኬኒያውያን፡ (ከዚህ በፊት ገልጬ ነበር) ከሁሉ አፍሪቃውያን ለፈረንጅ በጣም ማጎብደድ የሚወዱ ሕዝቦች ናቸው፤ መቼም ሰው ካረፈ በኋላ መፍረድ በጎ አይሆንም፡ አምላኬ ይቅር በለኝ፡ ግን፡ እነዚህ ሁለት ጋዜጠኞች በቢቢሲ ቆይታቸው አፍሪቃውያንን በበጎ መልክ ሲያቀርቡና ለአፍሪቃ በስሜት ሲከራከሩ የነበሩ ጋዜጠኞች አልነበሩም፡ ሆኖም፡ እንደ አብዛኛው አፍሪቃውያን ፀረ=ሰዶማዊ የሆነ አቋም ነበራቸው፤ ቢቢሲ ደግሞ በተበቃዮቹ ሰዶማውያን እጅ የገባ ተቋም ስለሆነ፡ እንደ ባሪያያስጠጋው ሰው ሲያጉረመርምበት ያስቆጣዋል። በአፍሪቃውያን ጋዜጠኞች ዘንድ እከሌ በልብ በሽታ ሞተተብሎ ስሰማ ምናልባት ይህ 10ኛ ጊዜ ሳይሆን አይቀርም። ታዲያ እነዚህም ጋዜጠኞች ለሕፃናትደፋሪዎቹ የቢቢሲ ሠሪዎች ተንኮል ተጋልጠው ይሆን? ለማንኛውም ቢቢሲ እስያውያንን እንጂ አፍሪቃውያንን በብዛት አይቀጥርም/አያቀርብም፤ ሬዲዮና ቴሊቪዥኑን የሞሉት እስያውያን ብቻ ናቸው!

ለኢትዮጵያውያን የምድር ሲዖል የሆነችውንና እስክ ሁለት መቶ ሺህ የሚጠጉ ወገኖቻችንን ባጭር ጊዜ ውስጥ ከአገሯ ሙልጭ ብለው እንዲወጡ ያደረገችውን ሳዑዲ አረቢያን ፕሬዚደንት ኦባማ በመጪው ወር ለመጎብኘት አቅደዋል። ቀደም ሲል፡ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚንስትራቸው፡ ጆን ኬሪ፡ ሪያድ ከተማ በገቡበት ዕለት ነበር ኢትዮጵያውያን እንደ እንስሳ ሲታደኑ የነበሩት። በመጭው ወር ደግሞ ፕሬዚደንት ኦባማ ለዚህ ጀብደኛ‘” ተግባር ለሳዑዲው ንጉሥ ምስጋናቸውን እንደተለመደው ጎንበስ ብለው ያቀርባሉ። የአፍሪቃው ህብረት 50ኛ ዓመቱን በሚያከብሩበት ዓመት ወደ አዲስ አበባ መሄድ አሻፈረኝ ያሉት አፍሪቃአሜሪካዊውኦባማ በሰው ልጆች ላይ ተወዳዳሪ የሌለው በደልን በምትፈጽመው ሳዑዲን ለሦስተኛ ጊዜ ይጎበኛሉ።

ሰኞ የ ነነዌጾምይገባል። ከጥቂት ዓመታት በፊት በዚህ ጊዜ ነበር ሉሲፈራውያኑ የኢትዮጽያ አየር መንገድን ቤይሩት/ሌባኖን ሰማይ ላይ መትተው በመጣል ብዙ ወገኖቻችንን ለመግደል የበቁት። በአሁኗ ሰሜን ኢራቅ የምትገኘዋ ነነዌ አሁን እራሷን እንድታስተዳደር እና ብሔራዊ ቋንቋዋም ጥንታዊው ሶሪያኛ ቋንቋ (አራሜይክ) እንዲሆን ሰሞኑን ታወጆ ነበር። ይህ አዋጅ ቢዘገይም፣ ደህና፡ ይሁን! እንበል። ለማንኛውም የክርስቶስ ጠላቶች ሙሉ በሙሉ እስካልተምበረከኩ ይህን መሰሉ የቀዶጥገና ተግባር ዋጋ አይኖረውም። መጪዎቹ ቀናት ብዙ አስገራሚ ነገሮችን የምናይባቸው ይሆናሉ!

መልካም ጾመ ነነዌ!

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Spectacular Photos Reveal The Explosion of Colour That is Ethiopia’s Ancient Timkat Festival

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 8, 2014

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“It felt like being in the Bible”

  • Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox take on Epiphany and involves a colourful parade
  • Celebrations begin the night before with a 2am riverside ceremony
  • Priests wear robes of brightly coloured velvet and carry sequinned umbrellas
  • Photos were taken by Eric Lafforgue who attended the January celebrations
  • He has spent considerable time in Ethiopia meeting locals and discovering their traditions

See all the fascinating pictures here

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Europeans Returned to Africa 3,000 Years Ago

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 5, 2014

DNA sequences in the Khoisan people most closely resemble some found in people who today live in southern Europe.”

OutOfEthiopia2Call it humanity’s unexpected U-turn. One of the biggest events in the history of our species is the exodus out of Africa some 65,000 years ago, the start of Homo sapiens’ long march across the world. Now a study of southern African genes shows that, unexpectedly, another migration took western Eurasian DNA back to the very southern tip of the continent 3000 years ago.

According to conventional thinking, the Khoisan tribes of southern Africa, have lived in near-isolation from the rest of humanity for thousands of years. In fact, the study shows that some of their DNA matches most closely people from modern-day southern Europe, including Spain and Italy.

Because Eurasian people also carry traces of Neanderthal DNA, the finding also shows – for the first time – that genetic material from our extinct cousin may be widespread in African populations.

The Khoisan tribes of southern Africa are hunter-gatherers and pastoralists who speak unique click languages. Their extraordinarily diverse gene pool split from everyone else’s before the African exodus.

Ancient lineages

“These are very special, isolated populations, carrying what are probably the most ancient lineages in human populations today,” says David Reich of Harvard University. “For a lot of our genetic studies we had treated them as groups that had split from all other present-day humans before they had split from each other.”

So he and his colleagues were not expecting to find signs of western Eurasian genes in 32 individuals belonging to a variety of Khoisan tribes. “I think we were shocked,” says Reich.

The unexpected snippets of DNA most resembled sequences from southern Europeans, including Sardinians, Italians and people from the Basque region (see “Back to Africa – but from where?”). Dating methods suggested they made their way into the Khoisan DNA sometime between 900 and 1800 years ago – well before known European contact with southern Africa (see map).

Archaeological and linguistic studies of the region can make sense of the discovery. They suggest that a subset of the Khoisan, known as the Khoe-Kwadi speakers, arrived in southern Africa from east Africa around 2200 years ago. Khoe-Kwadi speakers were – and remain – pastoralists who make their living from herding cows and sheep. The suggestion is that they introduced herding to a region that was otherwise dominated by hunter-gatherers.

Khoe-Kwadi tribes

Reich and his team found that the proportion of Eurasian DNA was highest in Khoe-Kwadi tribes, who have up to 14 per cent of western Eurasian ancestry. What is more, when they looked at the east African tribes from which the Khoe-Kwadi descended, they found a much stronger proportion of Eurasian DNA – up to 50 per cent.

That result confirms a 2012 study by Luca Pagani of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, which found non-African genes in people living in Ethiopia. Both the 2012 study and this week’s new results show that the Eurasian genes made their way into east African genomes around 3000 years ago. About a millennium later, the ancestors of the Khoe-Kwadi headed south, carrying a weaker signal of the Eurasian DNA into southern Africa.

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