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Burundi to fight AU peacekeepers, if they step foot on its soil; I say good, for different reason!

1 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

I am one of those persons puzzled by the regional and international pressures that is targeting Burundi to receive the 5,000-strong African Union (AU) force, known as MAPROBU for the African Prevention and Protection Mission in Burundi. The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) approved the force on 17 December 2015.
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Al-Shabab regroups in southern and southwestern Somalia; militant group takes control of towns

6 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    Before Barack Obama arrived in East Africa last July, the TPLF crooks orchestrated some military action, spending lots of money and human lives. They claimed quick victory and that there was no longer any Al-Shabab anymore in Somalia.

    There you have it, barely two months since Acting Governor of Lower Shabelle Ali Nur has now confirmed to Al Jazeera “fighters have taken El Saliindi and Kuntuwarey in country’s southwest. This happened just last Friday!

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New chorus from TPLF :         “Ethiopia is nascent democracy”, still quarter century later & the nation internationally troubling human rights abyss

1 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On July 30, 2015, a dumbfound The Irish Times headlined its teeth-gnawiing article: Obama visit to Ethiopia highlights human rights and media clampdown. The article’s curtain raiser sentence speaks of how “Irish and US governments ignored human rights have been traded off in the interests of “development” and security” in Ethiopia.
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‘Ethiopia’s media crackdown is bad news for Africa’: Shame on TPLF!

24 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Simon Alison, The Guardian: ‘Ethiopia’s media crackdown is bad news for Africa’

Without a free press in Addis Ababa, Africans are being locked out of the important decisions being made in their de facto capital

“Ethiopia’s media should be playing a crucial role in the May elections, but instead many journalists fear that their next article could get them thrown in jail.” (Credit: The Guardian)

It’s not easy being a journalist in Ethiopia. In fact, it’s nearly impossible, according to a new 76-page Human Rights Watch report that documents the scale of the state’s censorship apparatus. As a journalist, it makes for highly disturbing reading.
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Poor nations such as Ethiopia pay heavy prices in profound poverty due to failure to effect structural changes

1 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “Development is not merely a matter of economic growth. And LDCs are not merely smaller versions of developed economies; they are structurally different. Therefore, their development, especially in the early stages, involves not only increasing the scale of their economies, but also the latter’s structural transformation, like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. As countries develop, their economies become larger, but also different in nature. Thus the process of economic development is intertwined with economic structural change and transformation.”

    The Least Developed Countries Report 2014: Growth with structural transformation: A post-2015 development agenda


The planet’s poorest nations like Ethiopia, Malawi and Angola have failed to cash in on strong economic growth due to a lack of structural reforms and left them wallowing in poverty, the UN warned.
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UN team begins work on Ebola response; death toll reaches 2,803 in 3 states: Whatever happened to AU’s initiative?

23 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

22 September 2014 – Laying the groundwork for the effective and coherent action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has sickened more than 5,800 people and killed some 2,800, an advance team of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response arrived today in Accra, Ghana to set up the operation’s headquarters.
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Power & politics in Ethiopia: Election as habit for the regime, not empowerment of the people

23 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Elise Dufief* – Power and electoral politics in Ethiopia

    In this blog, Elise Dufief argues that in the 2005 and 2010 elections, the Ethiopian government repeatedly made empty gestures towards democratic practice so that it could strengthen the state and secure its incumbency without risking international condemnation. We should expect that similar tactics will be used in May 2015 and, despite the political and […]

Despite the rise of specific instruments such as election monitoring, international democracy promotion is challenged by the global retreat of democracy. The case of Ethiopia demonstrates how political space can be narrowed, a dominant regime strengthened, and election observer missions constricted in their capacity to influence outcomes. Election monitoring can deepen the contradictions between regime practices and the ideals of external democracy promoters.
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2013 Draws to Close, As People See Clearly The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Do They Learn Any Lessons?

22 Dec

Celebrating Mandela's memory, December 21, 2013 helsinki, Finland (Photo credit: Keffy GM)

Celebrating Mandela’s memory, December 21, 2013 Helsinki, Finland (Photo credit: Keffy GM)

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

I.   THE GOOD: Mandela commemorated in Helsinki, Finland

In many corners of the world, celebrations of Mandela are still continuing. They come as popular initiatives, not party-sponsored activities or efforts at mollifying troubled consciences. People have eyes to see and ears to hear and the mind to judge what is good, bad or ugly.
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