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Trump’s America could look a lot like Kenya: Guileless observant lens!

18 Nov

Editor’s Note:

    The original article by Patrick Gathara on The Washington Post appeared with the title How America Could Become an African Country. Key there is the assistance by the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Charles Onyango-Obbo, as Patrick Gathara attests. It is said that the ICC had finally rendered Kenya an African country. This is a description of how Kenya became just like the other authoritarian African states. That truth saddens us!


Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Patrick Gathara*
Trevor Noah, the South African comedian and host of “The Daily Show,” a popular late-night news satire and talk show in the United States, once described Donald Trump as America’s first African president. In fact, Americans could do worse than look to the continent in general, and Kenya in particular, for a preview of what life under a Trump administration would be like.
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The unfair trial of Muslim leaders: Why it undermines counterterrorism in Ethiopia

12 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Abadir M. Ibrahim*

Something was awry at a hearing of the High Court of Ethiopia on July 6, 2015. As the much anticipated conviction of Muslim civil society leaders (Abubaker Ahmed and 17 others) was underway, it was clear that this was no ordinary trial. Security was beefed up, the public gallery was crowded and the atmosphere was tense. A significant amount of time was spent with the court presenting a detailed defense of the government’s policies on counterterrorism and Muslim-state relations. The court also defended the state’s imposition of the Ahbash sect and, in an odd twist, compared the Ahbash sect to Zoroastrianism in Iran. Given how much time was spent on defending the government’s positions, the morning session made it feel as if the Ethiopian state was on trial and not the other way around.
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Eritrean teen forced to witness Libya massacre: ‘I watched IS beheading Christians’

24 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times (IBT)

A 16-year-old Eritrean migrant who escaped captivity under the Islamic State (Isis) in Libya has exclusively told IBTimes UK that the jihadists forced him to watch the beheading and shooting of Eritrean and Ethiopian Christians.
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What might a post-Meles era bring? – Analysis

10 Aug

By Yohannes Woldemariam*, Think Africa Press

As Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia concludes his 21st year of rule, and as rumours of his illness and possible demise abound, many are wondering what the future holds for the country.

There is significant anxiety within Meles’ inner circle about who will take the reins of power if the prime minister passes away and increased speculation amongst his enemies despite the regime barring the media from reporting on Meles’ health.
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