Ethiopia’s pastoral areas to remain stressed, forecast says, “even with humanitarian assistance”

20 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Suseptibility to possible famine and evident hunger have again reared their ugly heads in some of Ethiopia’s regions, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS.Net) and some representatives of affected areas.
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2014 performance ranking of Ethiopia’s 31 universities: An old nation as beginner & in doubt

20 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

As schools in most nations closed for the summer, many education and research-centers-affiliated web pages have kept busy until end of July, comparing and rating the performances of universities around the world during 2014. While schools have been on holidays since beginning of July, it is our sense and anticipation that most high school completing students the world over are spending their time looking into profiles of the universities with which they aspire to link their future.
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South Sudan shuts radio used by opposition: Bad lesson from bad neighbor & impediment to peace talks

20 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Nairobi (AFP): Security forces in war-torn South Sudan have shut one of the country’s main independent radio stations and arrested its news editor after it broadcast rebel views, the station said Monday.
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What a time, when education is openly made instrument for rights violation with TPLF requiring ‘certificate’ of support for its policies for entry to college

19 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Ministry of Education last week announced that over 360 thousand new and existing university students would be given two-week training program on Ethiopia’s policies and strategies as additional requirement for both groups to enter any of Ethiopia’s universities and colleges, according to ESAT news report.
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Ethiopian civil society at the crossroads

16 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    I began to read this article already flustered by its title. In speaking about “civil society at crossroads…”, I though, it has totally lost it. But I am glad I summoned patience to persevere through it, which in the end helped me make peace with its author, after I finished reading the piece. Nonetheless, I remain uneasy about the title for the simple reason that Ethiopian civil society has long been more than six feet under, thanks to Meles Zenawi and the TPLF in particular, as the writer has tentatively pointed out.
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Sudan lured into TPLF’s defense: Joint forces to operate under single command along common border

16 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In the last few days, the media in Ethiopia and Sudan reported about Ethiopia and the Sudan concluding agreement to establish a joint military force under single command along the common border, which would become operational in a few weeks time.
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A Not-So-Grand Tour Of Ethiopia’s Top Hospital: From A Reporter’s Notebook

15 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Amy Walters, NPRRead comments

When you sign up for a reporting fellowship to learn about the health of newborns in Ethiopia, you expect things to be a little different from what you’re used to in the U.S. To be perfectly honest, a little worse. But Ethiopia actually surprised me, even before I took off.
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