Tag Archives: Horn of Africa

The Horn:                                 Another Civil War Looming

19 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By Dawit Giorgis*,August 18, 2016
 

A civil war, and possibly genocide, is in the making in the Horn of Africa, in Ethiopia. The most recent events characterized by regular countrywide demonstrations in defiance of a government ban, by the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromos and the Amharas, have demonstrated once again the power of a marginalized majority to wreak havoc and paralyze the country despite the state’s brutal response.
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Machar reportedly denied landing at Juba airport; is there coordination with the TPLF?

23 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    There is something kinky about this situation. At one point Machar was blaming the TPLF not giving him clearance for weapons, at another logistical problems were the reason for his delay. Now we hear that the Kiir regime is not allowing his plane to land.

    This comes a day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed “the decision of the Government of South Sudan to accept the compromise proposal on the arrangements for the return of First Vice President-designate Riek Machar to the country.” The Secretary-general Friday expressed the hope that the deal would enable the swift formation of the transitional unity government.
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United States on collision course with China in the Red Sea – Opinion

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abukar Arman*

Two major developments in Somalia and Djibouti have attracted international media attention recently. John Kerry became the first US Secretary of State to visit Mogadishu, whilst China has negotiated the construction of a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti.
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Case studies: Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa – Chad, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda 

30 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “For those who hoped to see the strengthening of human rights in Africa, with increasing governmental accountability and transparency, and with more inclusive and participatory forms of politics, this [situation – African resistance, erosion of Western dominance and the securitization of development] would not be good news.”

    – Jonathan Fisher and David M. Anderson, Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa

New hypotheses and fresh arguments have been coming for a long time now to explain what has been shaping the post-Cold War relations between Western donor states on one hand and aid recipient African states and – to an extent – Eastern European governments on the other.
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Erdogan aims to use Ethiopia as stepping stone & the Horn to foster allies to revive Ottoman legacies as vehicle for Ankara’s influences

23 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

TEO understands that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accomplished a great deal for Turkey, especially in terms of its economic growth and national development. His contribution is equally notable in generating strong Turkish national confidence.
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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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