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Why Dictators Love Development Statistics

13 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Alex Gladstein*, The New Republic, April 26, 2018

They’re an easily faked way to score international points.

The problem with using statistics to sing the praises of autocracy is that collecting verifiable data inside closed societies is nearly impossible. From Ethiopia to Kazakhstan, the data that “proves” that an authoritarian regime is doing good is often produced by that very same regime.

Exchanges at the Organization of American States usually don’t do well on YouTube. But when the Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs brought up Venezuela’s crackdown on dissent last summer, Venezuelan representative Delcy Rodríguez scored surprise points with a rebuttal citing the United Nations’ 2016 Human Development Index, which ranks Venezuela 59 spots higher than Honduras. Crackdown or no crackdown, “Venezuela does not demonstrate such terrifying statistics,” she said, in an exchange that soon went viral on Spanish-speaking social media. It was a win for the Maduro regime, and the key to victory was trusted U.N. data.

ዶር ዐብይ አሕመድ የሠጡት የመጀመሪያው ሲግናል: ሕዝቡ ለችግሮቹ መፍትሄ ማግኘት ይኖርበታል!

31 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


ለማ መገርሣ ሰለኢሕአዴግ ምክር ቤት ስብሰባ የሠጡት መግለጫ

31 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


    ማሳሰቢያ ለአንባብያን

ከኢሕአዴግ ምክር ቤት የተሰጠ ድርጅታዊ መግለጫ

    የአቶ ለማ መገርሣ መግለጫ ኢሕአዴግ ውስጥ ከፍተኛ ትግል መካሄዱን የሚያበሥር የመሆኑን ያህል፣ የኢሕአዴግ መግለጫ ግን ተስፋ የተጣለበትን የአዲስ ጅምር ፍላጎትን ቀርቶ መኖሩንም ምልክት አይሰጥም።

    ይህ የሆነው እንደተለመደው፣ ኢሕአዴግ በተለመደው የሕወሃት አመራር ወደ ተለመደው ሸፍጡ ተመልሶ ነው፣ ወይንስ ሕወሃት አዲሱን ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ሳቦታጅ የማድረግ ሥራውን ከወዲሁ መጀመሩ ነው?

    ወንድሞችና እህቶች፣ ይህን ሁኔታ በቀላል የሚወሰድ መሆን የለበትም!

    ሕወሃት ከዚያ ሁሉ መሃላና ሰበካ በኋላ ወደ ተለመደው ሸፍጡ መመለሱ ከሆነ፡ ሃገራችን ከፍተኛ አደጋ ላይ ለመሆኗ እንደምልክት ልንወስደው ይገባል!


እስክንድር ነጋ – ስለ እስር ቆይታው፣ ፕሬስና ወቅታዊ የፖለቲካ ሁኔታ*

11 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    • አዲሱ ጠ/ ሚኒስትር የተረጋጋች ሀገር የመፍጠር ኃላፊነት አለበት

    • ሕዝቡ ከኢሕአዴግም ሆነ ከፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች ቀድሞ ሄዷል

    • ኢትዮጵያዊ ዴክለርክ ወይም ኢትዮጵያዊ ጎርባቾቭ ያስፈልገናል

    • አርአያ ልንሆናቸው የሚገቡ ሃገሮች፣ለኛ አርአያ መሆን ችለዋል

ከስድስት ዓመት ተኩል የእስር ጊዜ በኋላ ከቃሊቲ ማረሚያ ቤት በቅርቡ የተፈታው ጋዜጠኛ እስክንድር ነጋ፤ስለ እስር ቤት ቆይታው፣ስለ አገሪቱ ወቅታዊ የፖለቲካ ሁኔታ፣ስለ ቀጣዩ ጠ/ሚኒስትር ሚና እንዲሁም ስለ ቀጣይ ዕቅዱ የአዲስ አድማስ ጋዜጠኛ አለማየሁ አንበሴ አነጋግሮታል፡፡ እነሆ፡

ከእስር ቤት ውጪ ያለውን የሀገሪቱን ሁኔታ እንዴት አገኘኸው?

የሕዝቡ የለውጥ ፍላጎት ከጫፍ ደርሷል፡፡ ገና የስርአት ለውጥ ባናይም የአስተሳሰብ ለውጥ ግን በሰፊው አለ፡፡ የፍርሃቱ ድባብ እየተገፈፈ ነው። ህዝቡ ከፍርሃት እየወጣ ነው፡፡ ይሄን ለማየት በመብቃቴ በጣም እድለኛ ነኝ፡፡ እኛ አምባገነናዊ ስርአቱን ስንታገል፣ በዋናነት አብረን ስንታገል የነበረው ፍርሃቱን ነው፡፡
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Press Availability: US Secretary of State of the United States and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia

9 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Rex Tillerson:

“Ethiopia is a large-population country, they are an important security partner in areas that I’ve already touched upon, and we also see Ethiopia’s journey towards democracy – I think 27 years now, which is a long time, but it’s a young democracy, and as I indicated, democracies are challenging. It’s not easy to take a country forward as a democracy. And so we’re here also to support Ethiopia’s journey towards a democratic society and institutions.”

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የኦሮሞ ድርጅት ማዕከላዊ ኮሚቴ ስብሰባን አስመልክቶ የተሠጠ መግለጫ

8 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

15 Jul

Screenshot from one of Seena’s viral Afan Oromo ‘resistance songs’ from the group’s YouTube channel.

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, GlobalVoice
Seven producers and performers of a popular YouTube music video were charged in Ethiopia in late June with terrorism for producing ‘inciting’ audio-visual materials and ‘uploading them on YouTube’.

The group members were arrested in December 2016 and were held in detention without charges until last month.
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The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia’s Capital City and Largest State

7 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Endalk, Global Voice

At the end of June, the Ethiopian Council of Ministers revealed a bill that seeks to address questions of social services, language, education and culture involving the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region within which Addis Ababa is located.

The government and its supporters say the law is needed to redress the historical injustices that the people of Oromia suffered since the establishment of Addis Ababa. Critics see the law as a tactic to disenfranchise the residents of Addis Ababa. Some go further in their allegation that the law is intended to worsen the already sensitive ethnic relations in Ethiopia.
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