Politics

Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness

By Elias Meseret, AP
May 13, 2017

Teddy Afro – Inspiring millions for Ethiopian revival

DDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved. Continue reading

US doesn’t need Ethiopia in its war on terror in the Horn of Africa

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By Alemayehu Mariam

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the Middle East and Africa to “reaffirm key U.S. military alliances” and engage with strategic partners.” Mattis only visited the tiny nation of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa where the U.S. maintains its largest military base. Ethiopia was conspicuously absent from the “strategic partner” lineup. Continue reading

Ethiopia: World Bank Ignores Land Grabbing

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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.

Gambela Land Grab

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

Former prime minister, a US citizen, wins Somalia vote – Incumbent Hassan concedes

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Votes are counted in the first round of the presidential election in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Voting started Wednesday in Somalia’s groundbreaking presidential election as members of the upper and lower houses of the legislature cast ballots in the first round with 21 candidates for president, amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital’s international airport and cleared major streets. (Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press)

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Tensions resurface in Ethiopia’s Amhara region following hotel attacks blamed on ‘anti-peace forces’

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