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GIZEYAT
The first weekly for the Ethiopian diaspora
The first weekly for the Ethiopian diaspora
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Celebrity billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, continues to lead Republican primary polls in the race for the White House. The real estate mogul from New York, whose remarks about illegal immigrants have caused much controversy, has managed to stay atop in the Republican camp and is even now stacking up well against Hillary Clinton in the latest CNN national poll.

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The 2016 US presidential candidate and frontrunner of the Democratic Party, former Secretary Hillary Clinton is facing multiple setbacks since announcing her presidential candidacy back in April. Mrs. Clinton is in a tight spot over her email controversy and sagging poll numbers.

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Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on a $412,000 contract for 1,280 sleeping room nights at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, at least two other hotels were booked for the visit, and a fourth hotel was also used, although no contract has yet been posted. The new revelations more than double the cost to $837,000.

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Internationally acclaimed Ethiopian singers Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete as well as Ethiocolor, an Addis Ababa based folklore group, took the grand stage at Stockholm Culture Festival on August 13, in an evening curated by Selam — a cultural organization based in Sweden.

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The 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES) will take place between 24 – 28 August 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. This year’s conference, organized by the University of Warsaw with help from Addis Ababa University (AAU), will see hundreds of scholars presenting papers on wide-ranging subjects from law and judiciary, archaeology and heritage management, to political science, gender issues, women rights and the arts.

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Many Ethiopians fled their homeland in the 1980s because of political turmoil and a famine that lasted from 1983 to 1985. In 1980, the U.S. Census Bureau counted just 10,000 Ethiopian immigrants. Three decades later, the census counted 251,000 Ethiopian immigrants and children. And while thousands have settled in Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta and other cities, the greater Washington area has the country’s largest concentration, with 35,000 residents of Ethiopian descent, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Some community leaders believe the number actually exceeds 200,000.

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Computer science and engineering students at Drexel University will have a new opportunity to use their skills for good with the launch of a technology program for promoting world peace. Drexel students Tristan Leung and Dagmawi Mulugeta, both sophomores majoring in computer engineering, look forward to the PeaceTech Lab classes.

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A Virginia-based technology startup Republic Computer Science has launched a new software platform to help Republican campaigns improve ground game ahead of 2016 elections. The new campaign management platform called Republic VX, aims to help Republican campaigns to effectively manage their volunteer, staff and voter-contact efforts.

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An Ethiopian court sentenced 18 prominent Muslim figures on Monday to up to 22 years of imprisonment on terrorism-related charges. The defendants, accused of plotting terrorist attacks to form an Islamic state in Ethiopia, were arrested three years ago while trying to mediate the row between the Muslim community and the government.

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Ethiopian adoptees from around the world will soon share their personal stories in a new book titled, Lions Roaring, Far From Home. The book editors, who concluded accepting story submissions two weeks ago, hope to publish 15 – 20 essays and to make the book available by 2016.
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