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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has signed an executive order placing a quota on the number of visas to be issued by the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa to Ethiopians.
The executive order, which bans seven countries from visiting the United States granted Ethiopia only 100 visas per year. This means that the embassy is entitled to issue visas to only 100 lucky applicants yearly until may be a new government takes over to make changes to such laws.
Also, Ethiopians who hold dual nationality will be banned from entering the United States if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.
A lot of attention has been on the temporary visa ban on citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries, but the impact on Ethiopians is far more than previously thought.
United States visas to the lucky 100 people would be valid for only three months as a clause in the order requires reciprocity.
Section 9 of the Executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”
Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Ethiopians holding valid long term US visa are most likely to be affected.
Source: USA Television
by addis Mulat / 26,786 Views
Beyonce's pregnancy announcement portrait is now the most liked Instagram post of all time. But who is the artist behind the image?
The photo of Beyonce wearing a veil and cradling her stomach has now been liked over eight million times.
This might not be a big deal for the 35-year-old singer. But it's a huge accomplishment for Awol Erizku, the artist who took the famous photo - and the entire series of pregnancy photos that Beyonce has since uploaded to her website.
Here are five things you should know about him
Who is he?
Born in Ethiopia, 28-year-old Awol grew up in the South Bronx area of New York.
In 2014, he graduated from Yale University with a masters in fine art and his work often fuses photography, video installations and sculpture.
And while he's now responsible for the most liked picture on Instagram, A
He has a strange way of using social media to share his work
If you've tried to find more of his work on Instagram after seeing his portrait of Beyonce, you probably know already that his page is closed for business.
The 28-year-old treats his Instagram account like an art gallery, where he hosts Instagram-only art shows.
For example, his account has detail about "gallery" opening hours: timings for when his feed is opened up for public viewing.
He combines his art with music
With each of his exhibitions, Awol has released what he calls a conceptual mixtape.
Think of this as a kind of soundtrack to the artist's latest creations.
One of Awol's most played mixes was released alongside a film and photo project called Serendipity, which was a response to the Black Lives Matter movement in America.
wol has a humble following on his own social media accounts.
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American president Donald Trump has, on his first official day in office, reiterated that he will be coming for what he calls “corrupt African leaders” and it is his “first thing on the list”.
Speaking from his official residence , The White House, Donald Trump said he is going to make sure he puts behind bars the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and South African president Jacob Zuma. Also on his list is Swaziland King Mswati III, Omar Al-Bashir, President of Sudan, José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola , Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea and Yoweri Museveni President of Uganda.
Last year, the US business icon Donald Trump’s statement was conceived as a notice to Mugabe and Ugandan President, of what their fate will be if he becomes the President of the United States of America. While addressing war veterans in a speech in Washington, Trump warned the other dictators across the globe who want to die in power, that it’s just a matter of time before they face justice for their crimes.
“I want to reiterate here before America’s greatest heroes that I will not condone any dictatorial tendencies exhibited by dictators around the world especially the two old men from Zimbabwe and Uganda.”
Mugabe responded “Recently that madman that wants to be American President said he’ll arrest some African Presidents including my brother Yoweri and myself and lock us in his imaginary prison should he become American President”
“May I state here that Trump will never take us anywhere because we Africans are the strongest and fearless in the universe. I wish everyone to Know that I have nothing to fear and I want to tell the world that Hitler’s descendant (Trump) has taken after him and he is about to do his worst should the people of America make a mistake of electing him” President Mugabe said.
by addis Mulat / 13,070 Views
The Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Abeba told DV applicants to be aware and take care of the fraud activities by individuals.
The Embassy wishes all applicants success in the process, and urge everyone to protect themselves from fraud.
If ANYONE contacts you claiming you have been selected, IT’ S FRAUD.
If anyone asks you for money to apply for the DV Lottery, IT’S FRAUD.
The DV Lottery is a random selection, if anyone claims they can help you get selected for money, IT’S FRAUD.
If some says you have been selected for the DV Lottery, but you did not apply, IT’S FRAUD.
by addis Mulat / 12,237 Views
We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.
Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries. Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.
The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.
For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
by addis Mulat / 10,542 Views
A PASTOR attempting to demonstrate God’s power by walking on water has been eaten by crocodiles.
Jonathan Mthethwa was killed by three crocodiles as he carried out a religious demonstration in Zimbabwe.
Shocked witnesses said the clergyman had “prayed the whole week” before the stunt went tragically wrong.
He had also fasted in the lead-up to the attempted miracle, which was inspired by a Biblical tale of Jesus walking on water during a storm.
Horrified members of the Saint of the Last Days Church said the pastor was completely devoured in a “couple of minutes”.
He had waded around 30 metres into what was known locally as 'Crocodile River'. At this point he had promised his congregation he would rise up above the water.
Instead he was brutally attacked by a group of crocodiles who had been hidden in the deep water.
Deacon Nkosi said: “The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week.
“He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us.
“We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.”
He said his death was quick and brutal.
Mr Nkosi said: “They finished him in a couple of minutes