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The crisis of multilateralism and the future of humanitarian action, opinion on aid and policy

30 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Antonio Donini* IRIN

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

– Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks, circa 1930.

Long before the November 2016 US elections, there were clear signals that multilateralism was in crisis. In fact, Donald Trump’s election is just the continuation of a downward spiral that has been under way for some time.

The most obvious symptom of this trend is the inability of the so-called international community to address armed conflict in any meaningful way. From Afghanistan to Ukraine, from Libya to Yemen, from South Sudan to Syria: the UN Security Council is blocked, and there is no respite in sight for civilians. Many conflicts are now “IHL-free war zones”: international humanitarian law is marginalised and humanitarian principles are jettisoned – whether by state or non-state armed groups. Slaughter, torture, and “surrender or starve” strategies thrive, despite much hand-wringing. Those who do manage to flee war zones do not fare much better.
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Finland seriously concerned about evolving Ethiopia’s violent situation

16 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Finland has six development partners in Africa, namely, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia. This cooperation has entailed Finland providing Ethiopia in development assistance about euro 20 million in 2015, according to data by Finland’s Foreign Ministry.
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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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8 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

As part of its contributions to the 66th United Nations General Assembly Session, Save the Children has ranked in a new index (http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/docs/HealthWorkerIndexmain.pdf) the best twenty and worst twenty countries in the world children . By this index, Ethiopia is ranked 17th worst twenty countries, i.e., above Lao P.D.R., Somalia and Chad. In the best twenty countries category, Switzerland, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Belarus have taken the first five rankings.
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