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Crisis in Ethiopia — the land of the economic miracle gone wrong

3 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Null Jan Philipp Wilhelm, DW

Unrest has plagued Ethiopia for the past two years. So what’s going on? The reasons are complicated.

Journalist Martin Plaut considers this to be the beginning of the problems facing modern Ethiopia. “The TPLF and Meles Zenawi were never prepared to allow democracy and real federalism,” he told DW. But the focus on ethnic differences in the constitution has not been without consequence:”As soon as you increase the focus on ethnicity and make ethnicity the basis of the state, you basically stoke up ethnic tensions,” said Plaut.
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It’s a mindset/political culture in Ethiopia today things should be done at someone’s expense – the TPLF has institutionalized – Part I

21 Mar

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Ethiopia under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is quietly experimenting its mini-nationalization of investor properties and enterprises.

Addis Abeba, Washington’s yet unsorted ally, its move would be seen as one of the most bizarre anomaly of our time. Given that the United States now is under the most hawkish business tycoon, in his own right the first United States billionaire President Donald Trump, members of his cabinet of similar wealths, the Ethiopian regime’s move is likely to smack the new US Administration on the face.

Such nationalization, anathema to the United States, the Trump Administration experiences in less than two months since assuming power could irk many, coming as it does as the most despicable political eccentricity under their early watch.
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US Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski on situation in Ethiopia, after his latest leg into the country

22 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by VOA, Amharic Dec 17, 2016

    “[W]e are very deeply concerned that the current crisis may inhibit Ethiopia’s ability to reach those goals and because we know, we know Ethiopian history. We know what a true crisis in this country would look like and how much harm it could potentially do, not just to the people of this country, but to the region.”


VOA: Secretary Malinowski, I want to thank you for giving VOA this opportunity.

So as your travel schedule indicates, you were to meet with high-ranking government officials and policy leaders as well as civic organization leaders. How did these discussions strike you?

A/S Malinowski: This is my fourth visit to Ethiopia in the last year and a half, and every time I come I feel as if the discussions are richer and more candid, more comprehensive in going over the extraordinarily difficult challenges that Ethiopia faces right now.

When I was here last year for the first time, the government officials with whom I met already were acknowledging that following a long period in which their primary focus was economic development, the country would need to turn its focus to democratization. I argued to them then that the country was undergoing a process that could be likened to a boiling pot. And that when you have a boiling pot the thing to do is take the lid off, because either way it’s going to be boiling, and if you keep the lid on it’s going to explode.
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Popular resistance takes on corporate destruction and repression in Ethiopia

24 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Rayan De Laureal, The GreenLeft, Oct 24, 2016

The struggles of Ethiopians protesting repression and government-sponsored development programs have gone virtually unreported over the past year — and so has the murder of hundreds of people by the state for taking part in the resistance.

The struggles are centred among the Oromo people — the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, but who have suffered marginalisation and oppression.
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የኦሮሞ የዜና ጣቢያ እንደዘገበው፣ ጸረ-ወያኔ ኢትዮጵያውያን አካባቢዎችን የመቆጣጠር እርምጃዎች እየወሰዱ ነው!

5 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ጥቅምት 2/2016 በማን አለብኝነት ሕወሃት ከ700 በላይ ለሚሆኑ ዜጎች ጥፋት ምክንያት መሆኑ ምን ጊዜም አይዘነጋም። ይህም የሕወሃቶች አረመኔያዊ ተግባር፡ ሃገሪቱን ከዳር እስከዳር አስቆጥቷል።

ከዚህ በፊት ባልታየ ሁኔታ ከተለያዩ ብሄረስቦች የተውጣጡ ዩኒቨርሲቲ ተማሪዎች በየሥፍራው አጋዚንና አዛዦቻቸውን እንዲሁም የጸረ-ሕዝቡን የሕወሃትን ፖለቲካ በማውገዝ ላይ ናቸው።
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Egypt’s future hangs in balance after court ruling on dissolution of parliament

14 Jun

Parliament dissolved, disenfranchisement law ruled unconstitutional, constituent assembly’s status uncertain – legal experts and activists condemn Thursday’s court rulings

Egypt’s High Constitutional Court made two important ruling Thursday that will have a profound effect on the country’s political future.
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