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by Admin / 16 ViewsAs much as social media offers a digital platform to improve exchange of information and enhance popular participation, its attendant negative impacts simply cannot be ignored, Hailemariam Dessalegn, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, told the United Nations General Assembly today.“In fact, we are seeing how misinformation could easily go viral via social media and mislead many people, especially the youth,” he said in his address to the annual general debate, adding: “Social media has certainly empowered populists and other extremists to exploit people’s genuine concerns and spread their message of hate and bigotry without any inhibition.”On other global challenges, he said international peace and stability is facing greater risks with the rise of geo-political tensions and the growing threats posed by “all shades” of terrorist groups. Moreover, the global economy has not yet rebounded from the financial crisis.Further, “it is critical to underline one critical matter which is usually given short shrift, both by the media and others. It is simply hypocritical to deny that some of our countries have been targets for destabilization activities carried out with no accountability by people and groups who have been given shelters by states with whom we have absolutely no problems,” he stressed.It is under these challenging circumstances that countries are striving to implement the new UN transformational agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and, obviously, he said, there are no easy solutions to these complex issues. “The situation is much more pronounced specially for least developed countries like us which are making every possible effort to […] escape from the poverty trap.”“We believe our vision is right and we are determined to get there. Whatever challenges and shortcomings we may have, we don’t have difficulty owning up to them and we will make every- possible effort to deal with them in close consultation, cooperation and participation of our people,” Prime Minister Dessalegn said, noting that there is no better testimony for the resolve Ethiopia had shown in this regard than the way it had handled this past year’s devastating El-Nino.At the same time, he said Ethiopia could not simply “wish away” the challenges it is facing. Indeed, they need collective and coordinated responses “and we are always ready willing to continue to contribute positively in close partnership with others in our region and beyond in tackling these challenges.”
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Guanhul became the first QCM four-time champion, but the moment became larger than just her athletic achievement on Sunday morning.
“I like this race,” said Guanhul. “Four-time champion. I’m very, very happy.”
After the race, the 24-year-old said the “X” is a way of protesting the human rights abuses that are taking place in Ethiopia. Guanhul’s simple action is a brave and powerful one that bypasses any language barrier.
Hundreds of peaceful Ethiopian protesters have been killed or arrested by the Ethiopian military this year. Protesters have demanded equality for the country’s Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group that has felt marginalized by the government as it pushes them off their land before selling it.
Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa held up an “X” with his arms as he won silver in the marathon at the Rio Olympics. The gesture has been used as a symbol of strength and peaceful resistance.
Lilesa says he likely will not be able to return home after making the gesture of solidarity. The Oromos also have used the “X” as a sign of their protest.
“The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe,” Lilesa said at an Olympic press conference. “My relatives are in prison, and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.”
Guangul joined the brave movement as she won the women’s marathon with a time of 2:44.25.
She won her first QC Marathon in 2012, when she set the women’s open course record of 2:35.07. Guangul’s 2016 win earned her $3,000 in prize money.
Guangul says she enjoys the Quad Cities Marathon, and is happy to be back at the race.
Kenyan Bizuwork Getahun Kasaye (2:56.01, $1,500) placed second and Ethiopia’s Meseret Ali Basa (3:03.09, $1,000) was third.
Jenna Fiorillo (3:16.03, $750) of West Cester, Pa., placed fourth as the top American finisher.
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The Ethiopian government, in collaboration with International Development Partners, is deploying indefatigable efforts to mitigate the effects of the unprecedentedly worst drought that Ethiopia has ever faced over the last 50 years.
Some of the localities in the state of Tigray were bone dried because of the drought. As in other areas touched by the drought, the Ethiopian government has been fairly providing humanitarian and relief aids reaching out the people in need in these affected areas.
Now that the area is drastically recovering from drought by dint of the fair rainfall distribution of the current raining season, moisture and soil conservation works are being made to boost production during the upcoming harvesting season, EBC learnt.
Despite the challenges of rapid population growth and global climate change effects, the economic achievements procured over the last 25 years have proved the Ethiopian government is better-shaped than ever to withstand such natural disasters. Besides, Green Economy Strategy is at the heart of the country's development policy.