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The US military could take a stronger role in stabilizing African nations. Does it want to?

27 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Sara Jerving, Devex
Proposed cuts to foreign aid in the United States budget have some experts wondering whether the military will play a greater role in responding to humanitarian crises on the African continent.
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Latest USAID Ethiopia mission exposes WHO candidate Tedros Adhanom’s integrity problems

22 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In his renowned book The New Diplomacy: International Affairs in the Modern Age (1983), former Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban travels far in time and the exquisite in style to find his definition of diplomacy. At a prominent point in his book, he quotes an 18th century French writer by the name Le Trosne, who once had described diplomacy as:

“an obscure art which hides itself in the folds of deceit, which fears to let itself be seen and believes it can exist only in the darkness of mystery.”

That may not certainly be the case. Its acceptance also is a harsh verdict against so many renowned diplomats with great achievements. Sadly, however, two hundred-thirty-nine years later Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom seems to be improvising Le Tronse’s essence of diplomacy. Hence, all that the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general post candidate has to do is tinker with the latter part of the French writer’s description of diplomacy, i.e., expunging the last six words – ‘only in the darkness of mystery’ – and replacing them with “by consistent lies and self-replicating fogginess.”
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Relying on TPLF’s powers & influences, EFFORT’s Abergelle is muscling in on competitors, instead of winning market thru competition

9 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Topping the Africa list in its livestock population and ranking sixth in the world, the potential of the livestock sector for Ethiopia cannot be disputed.
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International partners may be under severe restrictions in dealing with Ethiopia’s drought situation

29 Dec

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The TPLF regime has started to distribute 9,692 metric tons of food ration to 10.2 million drought victims, which is a government figure, as insisted upon by its National Disaster Risk Management Coordination Commission (NDRMCC), because of which to the satisfaction of Addis Abeba officials for a while there has not been any reference by the United Nations of the drought’s impact affecting 15-16 million people.
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How one pharmacist made a difference: Transforming Ethiopia’s pharmaceutical sector

2 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Annette C. Sheckler

Ayelew Adinew was working as a pharmacist in a large public hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He looked around and saw that the 100-year old pharmaceutical system was broken.
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US, UK, World Bank among aid donors complicit in Ethiopia’s war on indigenous tribes

22 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Will Hurd*

    USAID, the UK’s DFID and the World Bank are among those covering up for severe human rights abuses against indigenous peoples in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, inflicted during forced evictions to make way for huge plantations, writes Will Hurd. Their complicity in these crimes appears to be rooted in US and UK partnership with Ethiopia in the ‘war on terror’.

    The Mursi were told by government officials that if they didn’t sell off their cattle, the cattle would be injected with poison.

In the fall of 2012 my cell phone rang. It was an official from Department for International Development, DFID – the UK government aid agency. He implored me to remove his name from a transcript of an audio recording I’d translated. He worried he might lose his job, which would hurt his family.
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How genetically-modified foods are quietly making in-roads in Ethiopia

21 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Lauren McCarty

As two of the oldest farmers in their village, brothers Debela and Bedasa Ofosea have spent their entire lives farming in a small village outside Nekemte, Oromia, in Ethiopia. Both brothers, in their fifties, have seen only gradual improvements in farming techniques over their lifetimes, however, the biggest changes have come in just the last couple of years.
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Curing trachoma eyes & disease prevention in trachoma ‘endemic Ethiopia’: Ethics & fairness need to be guiding principles

20 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



The World Health Organization’s (WHO) target date of 2020 for the global elimination of trachoma “as a public health problem” is fast approaching. Accordingly, the campaign has thus come to be known in all parts of the world in its short form: GET 2020 – i.e., Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020.
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