Tag Archives: Horn of Africa

Why donors cannot encourage political reforms in Ethiopia: Would they regret it later?

30 May

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

The politico-social setting

On the surface, the West’s engagement with the TPLF regime seems little influenced by history or the country’s inescapable realities. This becomes apparent especially when seen from the vantage point of the growing popular political demands that have now begun to be expressed in public in Ethiopia – a country nearly a quarter century under the grips of unabashed, unlearning and unremorseful minority authoritarian ruling party. Key here is that its governance and exercise of power has been dotted by uncountable bloody incidents of state violence and the consequent fear that has permeated the nation.
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ኢህአዴግ የአፍሪካ ቀንድ ስጋት? አሜሪካ መለስ ከቆፈሩት ጉድጓድ ለመውጣት ወስናለች

2 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Golgul

Credit: Golgul

ለአፍሪካ ቀንድ ሰላም ብቸኛ ተዋናይና ፊት አውራሪ አድርጎ ራሱን የሾመው ኢህአዴግ ለቀጠናው ስጋት እንደሚሆን ተጠቆመ። አልሸባብንና አልቃይዳን ከምንጩ እናጠፋለን በሚል ስትራቴጂ መለስ ከቆፈሩት ጉድጓድ ውስጥ ሰምጣ የነበረችው አሜሪካ ከጉድጓዱ ለመውጣት ወስናለች። ኢትዮጵያዊያን የሚያምኑትና የሚቀበሉትን መሪ በድፍረት አደባባይ የማውጣት ሃላፊነቱ “አገር ወዳድ” በሚሉ ዜጎችና የተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ አመራሮች ጫንቃ ላይ ነው።
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UN protest over Liberia-Ivory Coast ‘forced extraditions’ smacks of selectivity & double-standard

19 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

The BBC Tuesday reported about UN fury over Liberia’s extradition of 14 Ivorian refugees back to their country. In fact, I was more angered by the UN hypocrisy than the Liberian breach of international refugee law. After all, this is happening everyday, especially in the Horn of Africa mostly between Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and the Sudan.
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Cairo & Khartoum have hands in trafficking & torture of Horn of Africa citizens

13 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Gerry Simpson

Mesfin fled his country in early 2012 in the dead of night. Eritrea’s repressive regime had forced him, like tens of thousands of other men and women there, to become a soldier at 16, with the prospect of lifelong involuntary military service. He fled his barracks but was caught.
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Hank Cohen’s initiative to get Eritrea back into the fold forgets peace out in the cold

18 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

Herman Cohen’s article, Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold, is incomplete for a peace initiative between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Just a scratch on its surface reveals that in a two part equation, he shows preference to single-mindedly see Eritrea’s problems addressed. With closer inspection, therefore, naked is its lack of thoroughness for a peace initiative, the arguments of which appear in Africa – News and Analysis of December 17, 2013.
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Time to Bring Eritrea in from the Cold – Hank Cohen

18 Dec

Source: African Arguments
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

After being part of Ethiopia for forty years, the people of Eritrea held a referendum in April 1993 and decided to establish an independent state. The referendum took place in the aftermath of a thirty-year insurgency against two successive Ethiopian regimes waged by the Eritrean Peoples Liberation Front (EPLF). At the same time, an allied insurgent group, the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF), took over power in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after the military collapse of the Soviet-supported regime headed by President Mengistu Haile Mariam.
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Ethiopia to join AMISOM to fight Al-Shabab: But why is this decision being kept secret from citizens?

10 Nov

Editor’s Note:

    The TPLF/EPRDF regime has such low regard for the people of Ethiopia, which it has been demonstrating in different ways at all times. For instance, it does not even inform the nation and generate debates, when it takes decision to send our brothers, sons and daughters to fight in Somalia against Al-Shabab.
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