Ethiopia likely to be a failed state by 2030 - U.S. Intelligence


January 18, 2012 — Ethiopia is listed among the top 15 countries in danger of becoming failed states, according to a report issued by the Director of National Intelligence, an umbrella organization of US intelligence agencies.

In its 140-page report titled, Global Trends 2030: Alternative trends, the agency lists 15 countries deemed most in danger of becoming failed states within the next two decades due to conflicts and environmental calamities.

The report also predicts middle classes in developing countries will grow significantly by 2030, while it cautions with dangers of cyber and biological weapons becoming readily available.

In a similar report issued in late 2012, The Fund for Peace Organization, a US-based non profit organization, ranked Ethiopia 17th in its annual Failed State Index.

To read the entire report, visit here

Countries deemed at high risk of potentially becoming failed states by 2030:

1) Chad
2) Somalia
3) Ethiopia
4) Democratic Republic of Congo
5) Afghanistan
6) Pakistan
7) Burundi
8) Bangladesh
9) Yemen
10) Nigeria
11) Hati
12) Malawi
13) Kenya
14) Uganda
15) Niger


Ethiopia predicted to be a failed state within 18 years - Photo: PBS.org/Larisa Epatko

Meles Zenawi's grave sight vandalized by activists

January 18, 2012 — Young activists vandalized the grave sight of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi yesterday morning, witnesses said by phone.

Witnesses reported seeing three young men spray painting Meles' grave with the word "dictator" in Amharic, then urinated on his tomb before fleeing the scene.

"They were quick and waited for a security lapse to vandalize Meles' grave", said Getachew, a cab driver in Addis Ababa who witnessed the crime unfold just before dawn.

Embarrassed by the brazen act, the regime rounded up and arrested a number of street kids nearby for questioning, while keeping a tight lid of the incident from the public.

Meles, who ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist for over 21 years, died shortly before midnight on August 20 from complications of liver cancer in Brussels, Belgium.

Meles Zenawi's grave sight in Addis Ababa - Credit: Daniel Berhane

Ethiopian Names and Their Meaning

Ethiopian names are generally of Biblical and Islamic in origin. Unlike most African countries, Ethiopians do not have family surnames. They use their father's first name as their last names. Additionally, surnames are almost never used to formally address someone. Instead, the prefixes of Ato for men and weizero for married women and weizerit for unmarried women are used, followed by their first names.


Ethiopian Names and Their Meaning

NameMeaning_______Gender
Abebe
Flourshing Flower
Male
Abeba
Flower
Female
Addisu
New One
Male
Adanech
She Rescued
Female
Abel
Breath of Air
Male
Alemnesh 
You're the world
Female
Adunga
Our World
Male
Adia
Returning 
Female
Aman
Handsome Man
Male
Ayana
Pretty Flower
Female
Afewerek
Golden Mouth
Male
Aster
Star
Female
Bayissa
Inspiration 
Male
Beimnet
With Faith
Female
Beca
Understanding God
Male
Beshadu
Helper
Female
Biniam
Lucky Son
Male
Biftu
Early Morning 
Female
Berhanu
His light
Male
Bisrat
Good News
Female
Bruk
Blessed
Male
Brukawit
Blessed
Female
Caleb
Faithful
Male
Candace 
Glowing/Bright
Female
Dagim
Repeat
Male
Dagamawit
Repeat
Female
Daniel 
God is my judge 
Male
Deborah
A Bee
Female
Desta
Joyful 
Male
Dinha
Vindication 
Female
Dawit
Beloved 
Male
Dorcas 
A female deer
Female
Dula
King
Male
Eddel
Destiny 
Female
Ejigu
Excessively grand
Male
Eden
Garden of Aden
Female
Eleazar
God's assistant  
Male
Edna
Rejuvenation 
Female
Elias
The lord is my God
Male
Elene
Light
Female
Emanuel 
God is with us
Male
Elshaday
Almighty Lord
Female
Etefu
Twice
Male
Emebet 
Respected first lady
Female
Eyasu
God Rescues 
Male
Emnet
Faith
Female
Ezana
Aksumite King
Male
Enku
Pearl
Female
Ezera
Helper
Male
Eskedare 
Furthest point
Female
Fassil
Unite
Male
Feker
Love
Female
Fasika
Easter 
Male
Filagot
My desire
Female
Frew
Seed
Male
Freaulai
Ahead of Everyone
Female
Fisha
Joy
Male
Frezer
Fruitful
Female
Fikre
My Love
Male
Gadise 
Protection/Shield 
Female
Gabra
An Offering
Male
Gelila 
Tempting Beauty 
Female
Gedeyon
Annihilater
Male
Genet
Promise
Female
Getachew
Leader of men
Male
Gete
My jewlery
Female
Girma
Magnigicence
Male
Giftee
My woman
Female
Gulema
My Child
Male
Hanna
Grace
Female
Habtamu
Wealthy
Male
Haimanot
Faith
Female
Hakim
Physician
Male
Hosanna
Glory
Female
Hassan
First Born
Male
Ibsituu
Light
Female
Iskinder 
Defender of Humanity
Male
Jalene
Our Love
Female
Jember
Sunset
Male
Kalkidan
Word of Covenant
Female
Kabede
Heavy
Male
Kidist
Blessed
Female
Ketema
Major city
Male
Konjit
Beautiful 
Female
Legesse
Gardener 
Male
Layla
Dark Beauty
Female
Lemma
Increased Growth  
Male
Lielit
Princess
Female
Lire
Happiness 
Male
Makda
Tall Tower
Female
Mamo
Young Boy
Male
Mare
Honey
Female
Mebrete
My Light
Male
Martha
Lady of the House
Female
Mekonnen
Honorable
Male
Mehret
Forgivineness 
Female
Meles
Change for Money
Male
Mimi
Desired
Female
Mulu
Whole
Male
Naomi
Pleasant 
Female
Nebiyou
Our Tears of Joy
Male
Nigat
Dawn
Female
Neguse
King
Male
Persinna
Caretaker 
Female
Palus
Humble
Male
Rachel
An ewe
Female
Rada
Our Helper
Male
Rekik
Pure
Female
Ruphael
Healing God
Male
Rediet
God's help
Female
Samuel
God Has Heard
Male
Saba
Morning
Female
Sebhat
Praising the Lord
Male
Sebele
Harvest
Female
Selassie 
Trinity 
Male
Selam
Peace
Female
Shale
Leniency 
Male
Semira
Fulfilled 
Female
Solomon
Peace
Male
Tadelech 
Fortunate one
Female
Taddese
Rejuvinate 
Male
Tarik
Her History
Female
Tamrat
A miracle 
Male
Teru
Good
Female
Temesgen
Thank our Lord
Male
Tigist
Patience
Female
Temesgen
Be thankful to God
Male
Tsigereda
Rose
Female
Tesfaye
My Hope
Male
Wubit
Beautiful
Female
Workneh
You are Gold
Male
Yehudit
Praise
Female
Yeakob
Follower 
Male
Yohanna
God's favorite 
Female
Yohannes
God is gracies 
Male
Zahra
White Flower
Female
Zere
His Lineage 
Male
Zenaye
My news
Female
Zewedu
Crown
Male
Zufan
Her thrown 
Female

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Ethiopian girl sporting traditional braids.