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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.

ጋድሳ ራባ ዶሪ: በወቅታዊ የኢትዮጵያ ሁኔታ ላይ የተደረገ የምሁራን/አክቲቪሲቶች ውይይት – መደመጥ ያለበት!

4 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)


Ethiopia Peace Index at a time of global peace deterioration & as violence hits new all-time high

14 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The Institute for Economics and Peace in its The 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI) defines peace as “the harmony achieved by the absence of violence or the fear of violence, which has been described as Negative Peace.”

In turn, Negative Peace is a term the authors of the report explain as “a compliment to Positive Peace which is defined as the attitudes, institutions and structures which create and sustain peaceful societies.” That has been the lens through which they have examined and reflected on the global problems of peace and security situation of 2015 in their 2016 report.
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Yanis Varoufakis in TED talks: Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up!

26 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

TED: Yanis Varoufakis thinks we need a radically new way of thinking about the economy, finance and capitalism.

“Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy.”
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