By Linda Flood
Stockholm — Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no Hyenas, Swedish film director Joakim Demmer exposes the consequences of land grabbing, and holds the World Bank complicit.
The chase for this Green Gold started over ten years ago. Just before the global financial crisis, agricultural land areas in developing countries became a target for investment among global investors.
Joakim Demmer experienced first hand at the Addis Abeba airport how emergency food supplies was being unloaded while local food produce was being loaded for export. Continue reading
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Months of anti-government protests in Amhara and Oromia in 2016 led government to declare state of emergency.
By Ludovica Iaccino
The Ethiopian government has blamed “anti-peace” forces for a grenade attack that killed one and wounded dozens in the northern city of Gondar on 10 January. The attack, occurred at the Entasol hotel, follows a bomb blast at a hotel in the city of Bahir Dar earlier in January.
”The attack might be a new tactic started by anti-peace forces as the strategy they had been pursuing in the past failed,” Commander Assefa Ashebe was quoted by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate as saying. Continue reading
Arrest of opposition leader Merera Gudina follows months of anti-government protests
November 16, 2016
by Teshome Debalke
No one in his or her right mind and at this late hours denies; the Tigray People Liberation Front is strangling to death the rights and livelihood of the people of Ethiopia by controlling everything Ethiopians hear, see, write, read and eat and the land they live under and depended on for their survive. Continue reading
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle
November 16, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia’s tourism revenue has shown a decline after months long violent protests, Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Wednesday.
According to the ministry’s report, revenue obtained from tourism has fallen by over 7.4 million USD during the first quarter of the current Ethiopian budget year.
The turn down the ministry said was due to decline in tourists visiting the country in fear of safety after violent protests in many parts of the country.
The state of emergency declared last month was also mentioned as a cause for the turn down in tourists flow to the country.
The ministry said the revenue collected in the first quarter of the year was some $ 872 million, which was below the target set for the quarter.
Thousands of tourists have reportedly cancelled planned trips to the horn of Africa’s nation following the violent protests and state emergency.
In the last decade number of tourist visiting Ethiopia has steadily increased.
Ministry Public and International Relations Director, Gezahegne Abate told journalists that the ministry has began dispatching up-to-date information about the current situation of the country to allow tourists get the right information.
Ethiopia is among the top 10 countries recommended to be visited in 2017 by Lonely Planet, the world’s prominent travel publisher.
Since last year the east African nation has faced an unprecedented wave of violent protests that claimed the lives of over 500 people.
But the country’s most recent protests were sparked after a religious festival in Oromia region turned into violet anti-government protests claiming lives of 55 in stampede.
After the protests spread to many parts of the country, Ethiopia imposed a six-month state of emergency to contain the deadly the anti-government demonstrations which were most held the Oromia and Amhara regions.
The protests first erupted over demands for land rights however later turned in to calling for increased political and economic rights.
Last week, Ethiopia has lifted a ban on diplomats travelling more than 40km from the capital Addis Ababa without permission.
Officials say the travel ban against diplomats was imposed for the safety of diplomats.
The travel restrictions were lifted as the situation nationwide appears to be more stable.
Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Inquiry Board last week announced that authorities have arrested 11,607 people under the state decree.
October 22, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – The United States government has issued travel warnings to Ethiopia after waves of violent anti-government protests claimed lives of hundreds of people in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Amhara regions. Continue reading
October 20, 2016 It was in 1978 the Provisional Military Administration known as the Derg declared what it called “red terror” in Ethiopia. What followed was hard to comprehend; it was a grotesque demonstration of inhumanity against fellow human beings. Streets were littered with bodies of young men and women with placards displayed on them reading “red terror.” For the survivors and their families, this period is a particularly painful one, which they wish didn’t happen. Whatever the context, the use of the term “red,” especially coming from the government policy makers, has a chilling psychological and emotional effect on the people of Ethiopia. It brings back that dark period and pokes the terrible memories of those who endured so much under the official campaign of “red terror” (1978-1979). The declaration of a “state of emergency” by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is a sad repeat of the “red terror” from which citizens are still trying to recover. Continue reading