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As WHO begins screening six candidates to the DG post, there is need to restate why I am opposed to Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s candidacy

31 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The world is welcoming November 2016 shortly.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) lengthy election processes, leading to the appointment by the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the ninth director-general of WHO in May 2017 goes into gear for its first phase live forum with the six candidates on November 1-2, 2016 at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva. Surely, one of the six would be picked up in May 2017 as the new director-general and assume his/her responsibilities on 1 July 2017.
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Iraq War Inquiry: Blair’s impeachment unlikely but other legal action may follow, experts say

6 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Martin Browne, Manchester Policy Blogs

Wilful deceit?

The decision to go to war before peaceful options exhausted, the exaggeration of WMD evidence, and the inadequate conditions in which the legality of the war was concluded, are all points that could establish the existence of a deliberate (wilful) deceit in the conduct of the Prime Minister.

This is particularly the case in respect of Blair’s strategising for regime change as early as December 2001, and his reluctance to engage in consultation at the key moments when deciding to take military action.
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What has torture-in-chief minister Debretsion Gebremichael to do with Ogaden? Is he truly Ethiopia’s security-in-chief? Is it because of that Ethiopia tails all nations in its digital development?

30 Jun

Editor’s Note:

    The article hereunder was published on this page on June 30,2016, at the onset and deepening of the Ethiopian protests — at the time known as the Amhara and Oromo protests.

    It was at the height of that crisis the supposedly-minister of information communication, now the newly-minted boss of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Debretsion Gebremichael flew to the Ogaden on June 27, 2016.

    At the time, I quietly wondered what he was doing there, never trying to hire any pieces of information in my head to my aid. At the risk of exposing my laziness, let me say, I should have known better since I had long been aware of his role within the TPLF since he presented his services to the Front in security and espionage area.
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BBC appetite whetted after TPLF’s last election; it now wants to start new prog to report on Ethiopia’s “democratic deficit”!

8 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The UK is a leading donor in Ethiopia. But its financial “generosity” has not entitled it to be considered true friend of Ethiopians. This attitude of Ethiopians must have been induced by either UK’s silence in the face of the untold human sufferings of Ethiopians perpetrated by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), or London’s underhanded efforts to internationally cover up all of TPLF’s crimes against the Ethiopian people, or Ethiopia’s stolen funds allegedly finding their ways into the UK.
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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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UN demands release of British activist jailed in Ethiopia amid torture fears

5 Jul

Editor’s Note:

    This time around, one needs to be pleased for the United Nations seeing that its Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is being persistent in demanding Andargachew Tsige’s release from Ethiopia’s torture and slow death quarters.
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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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Why I quit as Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s economic advisor: his tyranny and lies

27 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by David Himbara*

For Western governments, financiers and opinion leaders, Rwandan president Paul Kagame offers a Faustian bargain: Overlook my brutal behavior, and I will offer you a model for economic growth in an African nation.

As with Dr. Faustus, who sold his soul to Satan, Kagame’s admirers will be bitterly disappointed.
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