Tag Archives: Sweden

Bolivia, Ethiopia & Sweden elected UN Security Council members for 2017-2018; GA balloting to continue

28 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Bolivia and Ethiopia have run unchallenged to two non-permanent seats in the UN security Council, representing the Latin America and Caribbean Region and Africa, respectively.

Having won stiff competition, Sweden was elected on the first round beating its challengers Italy & the Netherlands with a vote of 134 member states.
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The inescapable humanitarian crisis on wealthy Europe’s laps: States & peoples react differently

4 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At its worst, the use of the term “migrant” by Europe, including by the international media, is devious. To start with, it is not consistent with international law.
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Case studies: Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa – Chad, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda 

30 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

    “For those who hoped to see the strengthening of human rights in Africa, with increasing governmental accountability and transparency, and with more inclusive and participatory forms of politics, this [situation – African resistance, erosion of Western dominance and the securitization of development] would not be good news.”

    – Jonathan Fisher and David M. Anderson, Authoritarianism and the securitization of development in Africa

New hypotheses and fresh arguments have been coming for a long time now to explain what has been shaping the post-Cold War relations between Western donor states on one hand and aid recipient African states and – to an extent – Eastern European governments on the other.
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Ericsson may take part of telecom deal, after ZTE row

12 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

ADDIS ABABA Dec 11 (Reuters) – Swedish telecom group Ericsson is set to sign a contract with Ethiopia to expand telecom infrastructure, taking a slice of an $800 million contract from Chinese firm ZTE Corp because of a row over terms, a senior official told Reuters on Thursday.
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As Western oil interests are served in Somalia, locals may head into fresh conflicts – U.N. report

17 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau*

Western commercial oil exploration in disputed areas of Somalia and discrepancies over which authorities can issue licenses to companies could spark further conflict in the African nation, U.N. monitors warned in a confidential report.
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Finland signals awareness of undemocratic governments spying on their nationals on its soil

12 May

Finland’s Security Police (Supo) says foreign states are increasingly engaged in spying on their nationals resident in Finland. The Ministry of Justice now wants to outlaw the practice.
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With $12.5 billion, Sheik Al Amoudi ranks 61st billionaire in 2012

9 Mar

By The Africa Report

Ethiopian tycoon, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Al-Amoudi, who is worth an estimated US$12.5 billion, tops the Forbes 2012 Black Billionaires List announced this week.
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Two Swedish Journalists Receive Guilty Verdict: Not The Last Word Though

21 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

Finally, an Ethiopian court has passed the guilty verdict on Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, two Swedish journalists, who illegally entered Ethiopia half a year ago. From day one, the two journalists pleaded that they were only guilty of illegally crossing the border into Ethiopia. While the presiding judge did not agree with them, they have all along rejected accusations of aiding and abetting the Ogaden National Liberation Movement (ONLF). Nevertheless, the judge said, they were found guilty by a unanimous vote.
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