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NEWSWEEK: Why is US worried about Ethiopia? US seems to choose diplomacy over public forum to deal with TPLF regime’s rogue behaviour

20 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Conor Gaffey
 
Ethiopia is a major U.S. ally in Africa. The government in Addis Ababa has long cooperated with Washington on security and counterterrorism while benefiting generously from U.S. aid. In 2016, the U.S. pledged $809 million to Ethiopia, behind only war-torn South Sudan and Kenya, another Western ally, in sub-Saharan Africa.
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U.S. says disturbed by troubling reports of ethnic violence on the Oromia-Somali border

19 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Statement by the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa 

“These recent events underscore the need to make more rapid and concrete progress on reform in these areas.”

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Amid Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, lawsuit reveals extent of TPLF regime’s infringement of US citizen’s right to privacy,         saysThe Washington Post

26 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jack Gillum, The Washington Post

Documents are photographed in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in a unique lawsuit challenging whether Ethiopia can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man’s Skype calls and his family’s Internet activities. But the man, known in court filings as Kidane, born in Ethiopia and now an U.S. citizen, isn’t wanted for a crime _ but instead helps out a political opposition group outlawed in his home country. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press– via The Washington Post)

Documents are photographed in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in a unique lawsuit challenging whether Ethiopia can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. in Washington, Saturday, July 25, 2015. The federal case alleges Ethiopian government agents gobbled up months of a Maryland man’s Skype calls and his family’s Internet activities. But the man, known in court filings as Kidane, born in Ethiopia and now an U.S. citizen, isn’t wanted for a crime _ but instead helps out a political opposition group outlawed in his home country. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press– via The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.
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Is Clare Short, EITI chair & former UK official, facilitating corruption in Ethiopia & shoring up repression with the Initiative as vehicle?

24 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory
By Alemyaheu Gebremariam, al mariam’s commentaries

Last week, Clare Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), succeeded in bullying the EITI Board members into voting to admit the ruling regime in Ethiopia into her Club. She did it the old-fashioned way— arm-twisting, browbeating, bulldozing, rear-end kicking, a little bit of jawboning and sweet-talkin’ and a whole lot of temper tantrum throwing. She had learned her lessons well. In 2003, when Short ripped into Tony Blair and threatened to resign her position as Secretary of State for International Development over the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, she fulminated defiantly, “But they were going to war anyway and they were going to bully and pressure countries to vote for it.”
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UN Africa Economic Report 2013 makes Ethiopia defensive

30 Sep

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

The September 28, 2013 issue of The Reporter has very well reflected the nervousness Addis Abeba has experienced since last Thursday. This follows the launch by the UN Economic commission for Africa (ECA) of its flagship publication the Economic Report on Africa 2013.
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Cherchez la femme: It’s MeTEC again in $90 million tractor deal

28 Sep

Editor’s Note:

    The TPLF, its army and its business empire (EFFORT) do whatever they like. MeTEC, this army run institution, is one of them and scarcely subject to financial audits, although it receives government support. Not that it is effective, but even the ministry of finance and its auditors do not pry into its plan and expenditures, much less its revenues.
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Stressful time: Efficiency à l’ethiopien & good governance

13 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

What a difficult time these past several days have been! Everyone seems to have a problem. There is Ethio Telecom, ERCA, foreign policy, the prime minister, etc. I looked across the world, my heart in Ethiopia. I was forced to lower my gaze to look down. It all boils down to governance problems, lack of sincerity and transparency.
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World Bank OKs Ethiopia’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS); nation moves onto PBS III phase costing $1.15 billion

26 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin

The Board of the World Bank’s Executive Directors today endorsed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Ethiopia. With it comes 50-year term interest-free credit of $1.15 billion continuing to finance new and existing projects under Promoting Basic Services phase Three (PBS III), the agreements of which were already initialed in country in July 2012 amongst the different parties.
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