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Tillerson’s ouster paves way for hawkish reboot in U.S. diplomacy

14 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
By The Globe & Mail
U.S. President Donald Trump ousted his top diplomat after months of friction, reshaping the country’s approach to foreign affairs to better reflect his view of the world.

Mr. Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and named Mike Pompeo, the director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and a staunch ally of the President’s with hawkish views on foreign policy, to replace him.
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President Donald Trump calls Egypt’s president Sisi

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

US President Trump discusses fight against terrorism with Egypt’s Sisi

    US President Donald Trump discussed on Monday in a phone conversation with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the war against terrorism and extremism, and applauded El-Sisi efforts on those fronts, Egyptian presidential spokesman said.
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Why Ethiopia’s Security Council membership is detrimental to human rights & int’l peace & security Part I

24 Dec

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation  to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)

Blatta Ephrem Tewelde Medhen, Minister to the United States and member of the Ethiopian delegation to the United Nations Organization Conference, signing on behalf of Ethiopia the United Nations Charter at San Francisco on 26 June 1945 (Credit: UN Photo)

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
The inspiration for this commentary comes from Ethiopia’s current preparations to assume for the third time its seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from January 1, 2017 for two-year term. As one of the 15 members of the Security Council and a full participant in its work, Ethiopia is also required to represent the interests of the peoples and governments of Africa.

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin's signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

Blatta Ephram Tewelde Medhin’s signature of the UN Charter (UN record)

For a founding member of the Organization that signed the Charter on June 26, 1945, along with two other African nations – Egypt and Liberia – to my mind, this third term is either a reflection of our nation’s inadequacies, or a record of its poor performance within the 71-year old United Nations, or perhaps an issue that requires resolution within itself.
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12 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Caroline Baylon*
Moscow helped ensure that the only candidate who will be friendly to Russia has gained office.
From Iran to Chile, covert CIA-backed operations were responsible for installing leaders friendly to the U.S. in countries around the world in an attempt to gain supremacy over the then-Soviet Union during the Cold War. Russia seems to have taken a page from the U.S. playbook and one upped it, as it may have significantly contributed to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.
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Ethiopian American illegally wiretapped at home by TPLF regime deserves his day in court, says EFF

25 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
EFF Press Release, Oct 24, 2016

Washington, D.C.—Ethiopia must be held accountable in the United States for an illegal malware and digital spying attack on an American citizen, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a federal appeals court Monday in a case where a foreign government claims it is immune from liability for wiretapping a man’s Skype calls.

TPLF ‘marshal law’: Lessons for US

12 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

At its Daily Press Briefing from Washington D.C., the State Department warned the TPLF regime about implications of the state of emergency it imposed last Sunday in Ethiopia.

While the US has welcomed the government’s promise “to address some of the grievances raised by protesters such as land rights and electoral reform”, it also underlined, “silencing independent voices and interfering with the rights of Ethiopians is a self-defeating tactic” that could worsen the situation.”
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Why should Bill Gates decide how our children should be educated?

14 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Megan Tompkins-Stange*, Transformation, Sept 14, 2016

Billionaire philanthropists are imposing their views on the rest of society with little accountability for their actions.


“The students affected do not have the luxury of walking away from failed social experiments…When foundations enter into wholesale public-policy promotion using billions to lure tax-starved districts into scaling up untested models, they have a special obligation to act democratically” (David Bloomfield, Education Week, 2006).

James Foster is the mayor of a small, cash-strapped city in the Midwestern United States. That’s not his real name—I’m using pseudonyms to protect my informants. Like many public officials across America since the financial crash of 2008, Foster has faced crises so severe that he often thought he was out of options: with a dwindling population and a shrinking property tax base, the city’s schools have been suffering enormously. Absent a bailout by the state, his school district was recently close to bankruptcy, and dozens of schools were in danger of closing.
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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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