Archive | October 19, 2016

Internet shutdown could cost Ethiopia’s booming economy millions of dollars

(QZ) — The internet shutdown in Ethiopia will drain millions of dollars from the economy, besides undermining citizens’ rights to impart and seek information, observers of the current state of emergency say. Mobile internet remains down across the country since the government announced a six-month, nationwide emergency in early October. The government also this week […]

Amnesty Sees Ethiopia Unrest Worsening on Emergency Measures

By Eric Ombok and William Davison Restrictions give authorities sweeping powers, group says At least 800 people killed in protest over past 11 months (Bloomberg) — Restrictions introduced by the Ethiopian government to curb unrest in the Oromia and Amhara regions will only deepen turmoil that’s claimed more than 800 lives since protests began at […]

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New Ethiopian clampdown

(DW) –Ethiopia has curbed foreign diplomats’ travel and banned access to foreign-based opposition media in latest provisions tacked on to the state of emergency, introduced in response to a wave of anti-government protests. Diplomats are not permitted to travel more than 40 kilometers outside the capital, Addis Ababa. New restrictions published in local media on […]

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Yirgacheffe Washing Stations Destroyed

by Sebastian Simsch   (Seattle Coffee Works Blog) — Even before the flight to Ethiopia for this season’s visit to our coffee partners there, I was apprehensive about the country’s political situation. Ethiopia has long been governed by an authoritarian regime providing stability to an otherwise unstable region (Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen are all directly […]

The Ethiopian Government Must Reach Out To The Oromo And Amhara

Liberia (Daily Observer) — The Ethiopian government has done a remarkable job in economic recovery. From one of Africa’s poorest nations, it has emerged in the past several years as one of the world’s fast growing economies. At last count, Ethiopia has been growing at the rate of 10% per annum. That is even greater […]

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