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Despite Ethiopia’s laws prohibiting plant gene editing, the Gates push GMO into nation’s agriculture

14 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“The changing lives of the poor will determine how people think about the [GMO] laws.”
  – Sylvia Mathews, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Even insurrectionist?

Bill Gates says genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will end starvation in Africa. Certainly Ethiopia’s laws prohibit the use or production, distribution and utilization of GMO seeds, with limited exceptions.
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Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

14 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Megan Tompkins-Stange*, Transformation, Sept 14, 2016

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.


“The students affected do not have the luxury of walking away from failed social experiments…When foundations enter into wholesale public-policy promotion using billions to lure tax-starved districts into scaling up untested models, they have a special obligation to act democratically” (David Bloomfield, Education Week, 2006).

James Foster is the mayor of a small, cash-strapped city in the Midwestern United States. That’s not his real name—I’m using pseudonyms to protect my informants. Like many public officials across America since the financial crash of 2008, Foster has faced crises so severe that he often thought he was out of options: with a dwindling population and a shrinking property tax base, the city’s schools have been suffering enormously. Absent a bailout by the state, his school district was recently close to bankruptcy, and dozens of schools were in danger of closing.
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Does Dr. Tedros Adhanom have the qualifications & integrity to become next WHO Director-General?

18 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Eight medical doctors have served the World Health Organization (WHO) as its directors-general – through it the international community in the post-war world from 1948 to the present – beginning with Dr. B.Chisholm of Canada, and now the incumbent another Canadian Dr. Margaret Chan, with dual citizenship (Chinese, Hong Kong).

The only exception in the making now her would-be successor is a non-medical doctor candidate from Ethiopia, its present foreign minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who also happens to be in top leadership position as an executive committee member of the ruling Tigrai People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
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‘Progress, Not Victory’: Gates Foundation evaluation of Ethiopia

19 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    Haddis: “In the agricultural sector, there has been some progress, but we still have a long way to go. Ethiopia is now becoming a very important country, globally, for various reasons. But I think that until you get to being a completely food-secure country, I am not sure you can say progress has been made. Again, it is too early to claim victory but I think we are in the right path and we need to be smarter about our investments.”

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Bill Gates vows to defeat hunger & diseases in Ethiopia: Could entrenched political interests allow him? – PART V

29 May


I must preface this piece with admission that I had planned to conclude the series under this title, at least at this point. I could not, as I thought I would. A number of developments and events intervened that I needed to take into account to enrich the discussion. These include:
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