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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.

ሕወሃት ሠራዊቱ ከሕዝቡ ጎን ቆሞ ሕገ መንግሥቱን እንዲያስከብር ጥሪ አደረገ! በሕዝብ ጥላቻ የተወጠረው የአንድ ብሄረሰቡ ግንባር ምን ተንኮል ጠንስሶ ይሆን?

13 Feb

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

    ሰኞ ምሽት እጅግ ካስገረሙኝና ገና ተጽዕኖውና ሰለሚያስከትለው ለውጥ ብዙ የምንሰማለት የዕለቱ ግዙፍ ዜና፡ ለዓለም አቀፍ ኩባንያዎች በዓመት እሰከ ዘጠኝ ቢሊዮን ዶላር ለማስታወቂያዎች የሚያጠፋው የእንግሊዙ ዩኒልቨር (Uniliver)፥ በፌስ ቡክ፥ ዩቱብ ወዘተ የሚታዩት ሃሰተኛ ዜናዎች፡ ሕጻናትን ለአደጋ መዳረግ፣ ስም ማጥፋቶችና ሰዎችን ጎጂ የሆኑት ወዘተ — ኩባንያዎች ጭምር ተባባሪ የሆኑባቸውን ነገሮች በመቃወም — ክፍያውን እንደሚያቋርጥ ማሳወቁ ነበር።

    ከዚህ መጠነ ሠፊ ገንዘቡ ብዛት ባሻገር — በኔ አመለካከት — ይህ ውሳኔ ገና ብዙ የሚያራኩት፣ ብዙ ወገኖችን የሚያደማ ይሆናል። በአሠራርና ባህሪ ለውጥም ሊያስከትል የሚችል እርምጃ ይመስለኛል።

    ምናልባትም ሌላው አስገራሚው የዕለቱ ትልቅ ዜና — በኔ ግምት (አዛምጄ ስላየሁት ይሆናል) — ደቡብ አፍሪካ ውስጥ፡ እንደ ዐይን የሚጠበቁትን አንበሣ፡ ዝሆን፡ ዝንጀሮ፡ ወፎች፡ ወዘተ ትላልቅ እንስሣትን ከሚንከባከበው ክሩገር ፓርክ ጭምር እያስገደሉቁና አካላቸውን ከሚነግዱባቸው መካከል፡ አንዱን አቀባባይ ወንጀለኛ ባለፈው ሣምንት ፍጻሜ በአንበሦች መበላቱንና የግለሰቡ የግድያ ዘመናዊ የጦር መሣሪያዎችም ከተረፉት የሰውነቱ ቁርጥራጦች ጎን መገኝታቸውን ቢቢሲ ዘግቧል።
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2018 ተጀመረ፡ በኢሕአዴግ ስም ዘላለማዊነቱን ለማረጋገጥ ሕወሃት የሞከራቸውን ማወናበዶች የሚያጋልጥ ውይይት! — መ-ደ-መ-ጥ ያለበት!

1 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

 

 
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Is EPRDF Council on-going session truly dominated by motley of Ethiopia’s problems, or the party’s?

10 Sep

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin, posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

UPDATE:


    It is reported that the Council finished its meetings Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, it has not decided to tell the public anything new. The brief news items spoke of the usual stuff about GTE and problems of bad governance. In the case of the latter, it stressed the need for serious efforts to change the situation, according to Fana.

 

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At such an important moment for Ethiopians, when the nation is preparing to greet its Year 2006, the country’s ruling party has been in session for three days now. We are told that the council is deliberating, among others, on good governance issues. By definition, it means that the TPLF/EPRDF is discussing its own record of failures in delivering the services the nation has been in need of and demanding, without much success this far.
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