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New chorus from TPLF :         “Ethiopia is nascent democracy”, still quarter century later & the nation internationally troubling human rights abyss

1 Aug

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On July 30, 2015, a dumbfound The Irish Times headlined its teeth-gnawiing article: Obama visit to Ethiopia highlights human rights and media clampdown. The article’s curtain raiser sentence speaks of how “Irish and US governments ignored human rights have been traded off in the interests of “development” and security” in Ethiopia.
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Human rights, democracy & Susan Rice: What really is the level of President Obama’s conviction?

24 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

From White House Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/23/2015


    “Q On another topic that came up with Ambassador Rice yesterday in talking about the President’s trip that he leaves on this evening, and some of the calls from Kenyan politicians and other leaders for the President not to bring up gay rights while he’s there. She said basically, if it’s appropriate, I’m sure the President will feel comfortable bringing up the issue if he wants to. But that seems like it’s a far cry from some of these other trips that the President has taken where you’ve actually made a point. For instance, in China, to say we’re going to proactively bring up the issue of human rights because we realize this is an issue here and we want that out there.

    So I’m wondering why the distinction there. And will the President, if he’s not prompted on it, proactively bring up that issue?

    MR. EARNEST: Whenever the President travels anywhere around the world, Josh — and you’ve covered numerous overseas trips that this President has taken — the President routinely makes a strong case about the importance of governments protecting the basic universal human rights of their people. That’s true when the President has previously traveled to the Middle East. That’s been true when the President has traveled to Asia. That’s been true when the President traveled to Latin America. And it’ll be true when the President travels to Africa later this week.

    The President understands — well, I’d actually say it this way. In the mind of the President, he can be a forceful advocate in traveling around the world in making the case for the protection of basic universal human rights. He does that everywhere he goes, and I’m confident that he’ll do that in Africa too.”


Amb Susan Rice briefing on President Obama’s visit: “does he [president] think that [Ethiopia’s election] was democratic?” – “Absolutely — 100 percent”!

24 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/22/2015

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    “Q Can you speak a little bit more broadly to the security concerns on this trip? Are they higher than normal for a presidential trip, given the countries that he’s visiting and the situation like this? And also, to just follow up on what Christi was saying, does the President consider the presidents of Kenya and Ethiopia democratically-elected Presidents?
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Obama Administration reportedly divided over arms embargo on S. Sudan warring parties

26 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by The Equatoria Sun

JANUARY 26, 2015: An internal Obama administration squabble stalls U.N. efforts to ban weapons shipments to South Sudan. Foreign allies and even some top U.S. officials have for months sought to slap an arms embargo on South Sudan Waring parties.
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Susan Rice’s eulogy to Meles enrages many Ethiopians

6 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Bulcha Demeksa, a senior Ethiopian politician, who gracefully retired from Ethiopian politics said this week in a radio interview he strongly resented the eulogy by Ambassador Susan Rice to Meles Zenawi. He accused her of embalming official United States message to the people of Ethiopia with the personal.
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Requiem for a Reprobate: Ethiopian Tyrant Should Not Be Lionized

24 Aug

By Thor Halvorssen and Alex Gladstein

With the dust beginning to settle on yesterday’s death of Meles Zenawi—ruler of Ethiopia since 1991—Western leaders have been quick to lavish praise on his legacy. A darling of the national security and international development industries, Zenawi was applauded for cooperating with the U.S. government on counter-terrorism and for spurring economic growth in Ethiopia—an impoverished, land-locked African nation of 85 million people. In truth, democratic leaders who praise Zenawi do a huge injustice to the struggle for human rights and individual dignity in Ethiopia.
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South Sudan’s view of the Heglig story – UN threatens South Sudan with sanctions

19 Apr

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks at the National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum on April 18, 2012 where he threatened to overthrow the government of South Sudan, saying its people need liberation. Sudanese troops hope to reclaim Sudan's most important oil field, Heglig, from South Sudanese troops as Juba fights to counter a growing wave of international condemnation (photo: courtesy of AF)

By MACHEL AMOSPosted Thursday, April 19 2012

In the diplomatic front over the current border crisis at Heglig and other border areas, South Sudan trails in the shadow of Khartoum, officials now acknowledge.
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