The Last Time We Heard It Was TPLF Tea Time At VOA & Now Investigation?

30 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Meron Admasu wrote on August 19, 2014 about a VOA journalist Henok Semaegzer’s recent approach to undermine the truth about the cancellation of the honoring ceremony to TPLF puppet Hailmariam Desalegne (HD) by Azusa Pacific University (APU). She accused him of crafting “outstanding lies to protect of the current TPLF regime in Ethiopia and at the same time shows how much he is undermining the intelligence of millions of Ethiopians and put a dust on our eyes.” For a while, the VOA hid itself behind the claim that it is committed to the truth.
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Is China’s ZTE really wack of these proportions, or this article some sort of hostile campaign?

30 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    We found this article on Awramba Times, an Ethiopian web page based in Addis Abeba and suspected of connections with Ethiopia’s intelligence. However, there is something interesting about this article. It angularly speaks to the problems in Ethiopia’s information and communication services in general, although it is not dropping all the beans that clog Ethiopia’s progress in ICT.
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Senegal confirms 1st Ebola case

29 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Senegal’s health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak.
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Disengaging from the False Dilemma of Armed or Peaceful Struggle: To Andargachew Tsige

29 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Prof. Messay Kebede

    “The triumph of an armed insurgency in a situation where the people show some degree of organization is less frightening and to some extent controllable. Such a people can require that the leaders of the insurgency retain power only under the condition that they win at the ballot box through fair and free elections.”
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    “…those who are committed to peaceful struggle must stop demonizing armed insurgency; they should rather view it as a necessary condition for the success of their goal. Instead of either/or, our position must be this and that.”
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    “Let there be no misunderstanding: what I say does not mean that I am walking away from peaceful struggle. I am firm in my belief that democracy is unachievable without the acquisitions of peaceful struggle. I am simply taking note of the fact that, given the political fragmentation of the country and the nature of the TPLF, peaceful struggle by itself is incapable of bringing the TPLF to the negotiation table.”

The consecutive rise of two dictatorial and sectarian regimes has convinced a great number of Ethiopians that peaceful rather than armed struggle gives the best opportunity for the democratization of Ethiopia. The experience of armed insurgents instituting sectarian and repressive regimes in Ethiopia as well as in other numerous countries, despite their often widely publicized commitment to justice and democracy, has rooted in most Ethiopians the belief that democracy will never prevail so long as armed groups, which by definition are not accountable to the people, become agents of social changes.
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Commentary on Rasna Warah’s ‘Foreign investments may replace aid to Africa, but they have hidden costs’

29 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

This piece is written, as reaction to Rasna Warah’s above-captioned article; it appeared a little over a week a go on Africa Review . It expresses the author’s fear “that in the clamour for more foreign investments, African countries may end up [at some point] in the same trap they found themselves in when they visited Western countries with begging bowl in hand.”
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Somalia sues Kenya at the Int’l Court of Justice over maritime border

29 Aug

Posted by the Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Hague (AFP) – Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations’ top court on Thursday, which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves off east Africa.
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Finland steps up air surveillance, following third Russian air violation in a week

28 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    Foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja says that the latest violation of Finnish airspace by a Russian military aircraft does not seem to have been an accident. However he declined to speculate further about the incident before full information becomes available.

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