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Washington Post‘s editorial exposes TPLF regime’s cruelty, as its board also questions donors’ integrity & double-standards in dealing with heavy-handed officials in Ethiopia

10 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    The editorial by The Washington Post on Ethiopia is not a collection of local voices of distress, nor that of local interested parties “trying to press the regime to change its bad ways.” Nor is it the voice of Ethiopia’s diaspora that has largely turned against the things that are happening in our unfortunate land.
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African Authoritarianism 2.0: Ethiopia’s bad example for the rest of the region

14 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Kate Byom; Freedom House Senior Program Associate for Africa (African Authoritarianism 2.0 )

The stereotypical African regime consists of a dictator and his cronies who have clung to power through overt electoral violence, intimidation, and ballot-box stuffing. They arrest, disappear, or kill journalists, opposition leaders, and civil society activists who advocate for democracy and human rights. However, this image is increasingly outdated. Authoritarian leaders have learned that such behavior attracts negative attention, and have shifted their tactics accordingly. They now prefer to quietly manipulate their countries’ legal frameworks, silencing dissent and limiting civil liberties to ensure that they remain in office. This rule by law has supplanted rule of law in many African countries, with troubling consequences for democracy.
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