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China openly takes side of perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Africa regarding ICC

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

China called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to heed the pleas of African nations and the African Union with respect to the trials of Kenyan leaders, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Wednesday.
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Land issues plague Africa as states lease out more community land to foreign, domestic investors

30 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

By Ray Nalygyaga, Africa Review, May 26, 2013

This week the African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary. How far has the continent come in those fifty years?

For one thing, the land that Africans fought to reclaim from foreign colonisers is being once again taken away from them, this time not by force but through purchase — their leaders are literally selling it from under their feet.
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AU’s Zuma calls for accepting & understanding Africa’s rise in past 5 decades; Moyo says wake up!

20 May


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Opening statement by Dr.Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to the 26th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)

Your Excellency, the Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the PRC, Your Excellency the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners,

Chairpersons of AU Organs, Distinguished Ambassadors, Members of the PRC, Excellencies and Officials from the Capitals

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Excellencies, when we met at the January Summit earlier this year, we agreed that 2013 shall be an exciting, but hardworking year for us all. Indeed, the 50th anniversary of the OAU and AU represents yet another moment of destiny for our continent.
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Obang Metho sifts out the land grab issue, as he exposes lies of Ethiopian regime in US Congress

28 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Ethiopia’s homeless prime minister – The Africa Report

31 Oct

By Hama Tuma

Sometimes we Ethiopians like to boast. The first in everything! The cradle of mankind. The first bare foot runner to win the marathon … The first to claim an annual economic growth of 12% whilst begging for food aid for more than 12 million people. The first country since the 1970s to record a 99.9% win for the ruling party in a general election.
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The corporate scramble for Africa

5 Sep
    Editor’s Note

    In many respects, the idea of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a very good measure to save the country from the scourge of corruption and capital flight. However, as an international body, the EITI needs to be strengthened and information on its activities disseminated as widely as possible.
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Much-needed mining royalty reform need not deter investors

7 Jul


Many African countries have recently begun revising their mining codes to increase their share of revenues.

Many African countries have recently begun revising their mining codes to increase their share of revenues. In 2010, Ghana increased its royalty rate from 3 to 5 percent. Before the recent coup d’état, Mali had been in the process of revising its mining code, including increasing the royalty rate. South Africa instituted a royalty for the first time in 2008, though the implementation was delayed for a year. And in countries such as Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, extensive reviews of legacy mining concessions led to upward revisions of applicable taxes in the majority of cases.
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How African politicians gave away $100 billion of land

2 Jul

By Parselelo Kantai in Addis Ababa, Fred Katerere in Mozambique and Kalundi Serumaga in Uganda

Demand for African farmland has boomed since the early 2000s. Global food prices have trebled because of harvest failures and the growth of biofuel production, which has displaced food crops. Reinforcing these pressures, says journalist Fred Pearce in his book The Land Grabbers, was the credit crunch of 2008. This prompted Wall Street investment banks like Goldman Sachs to shift risk from the sagging sub-prime markets into commodities exchanges. Between 2003 and 2008, notes Pearce, investment in commodity exchanges rose from $13bn to $300bn. At the same time, Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar went looking for cheap farmland in Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Africa to…

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