Tag Archives: East Africa

Ethiopia-Sudan relations in the lens of utilitarian ICC-indictee Al-Bashir!

18 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

March 17, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir used his campaign rally in the coastal city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea to give an assessment of his country’s foreign relations.<
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Kenya classified as high risk nation for ebola outbreak, warns WHO

13 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a “high-risk” country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
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Alongside higher agricultural yields, creeping hunger in Ethiopia challenges food security hopes

5 Feb

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

It is supposed to be the morrow of adoption by African leaders in Addis Abeba to realizev a vision to end hunger in the region by 2025. It is in the meantime, NBC Tuesday released its hunger news report, video showing perhaps tiny looking children for their ages receiving help, although they did not look shadows of their real selves, as usually children look when they suffer starvation.
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What pushes IGAD leaders into taking Juba government side?

3 Jan

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ,Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at State House in Nairobi on the 27th of December,2013 after attending Inter Governmental Authority on Development(IGAD) Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the situation in South Sudan. NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Joshua Osborne-Pwod
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional group, recently concluded an impromptu special session meeting convened to explore ways to halt the conflict unfolding in the Republic of South Sudan, which left a great deal to be desired.
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Freedom eludes African media

11 Nov

by Mohammed Adow, Aljazeera
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The African Media Forum organised by the African Media Initiative concluded this week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
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Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda plan rail link to be finalized in 2018

29 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters)

A railway that runs from Kenya to Uganda will be extended to Rwanda by March 2018 as part of efforts to deepen trade ties in the region, presidents of the three nations said on Wednesday.
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Devastating Capital Flight From Africa Via Corporate Tax Evasion Strategies

13 Oct


Attiyah Waris, Tax Law Professor at Nairobi University, argues that tax evasion strategies used by African multinational corporations drain the continent of revenues that would more than sufficiently finance the African continent. Foreign Aid would be rendered unnecessary if Africa were to receive tax revenues that are rightfully theirs.

The video demonstrates a good example of trade mispricing and how it can cause large sums of capital flight, further deteriorating already struggling economies. Faltering legal structures and outdated economic policies facilitate this type of fraud.


Meles Zenawi’s death brings Ethiopia ‘opportunity for peace’

23 Aug

By Carey L. Biron

Following Monday’s announcement of the death of long-time Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian civil society leaders and Western rights groups are characterising the turn of events as an opportunity to heal decades of increasingly stark sectarianism.

“Meles Zenawi’s whole policy was based on short-term interest – what’s good for him, not what’s good for his nation. Today, Ethiopia is more divided today by ethnicity than ever, and that is his fault,” Obang Metho, executive director of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia, based here in Washington, told IPS.

“I am afraid that a missed opportunity at this crucial point will lead to the total failure of the Ethiopian state,” [Getachew] Begashaw, [a professor of economics at Harper College here in the U.S] said. “Once the situation turns violent, it will be extremely difficult to turn around – we will have another Somalia. And if Ethiopia were to fail, the whole region would be massively affected.”

For all the talk about Ethiopia’s recent economic revival, many warn that this development has yet to reach the vast majority of the country’s population. Instead, much of this wealth – and political power – has been retained by the ruling party and, particularly, by the tiny Tigrayan minority community to which Meles belonged.

Still, others suggest that the remnants of Meles’s regime remain so strong that there is little reason to expect an outbreak of violence anytime soon.

“The ruling party is so dominant that I seriously doubt that there will be internal turmoil. They control 99 percent of the seats at the federal, regional and local levels,” a former U.S. official and Horn of Africa expert told IPS on condition of anonymity.

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