Archive | October, 2016

As Ethiopia heads toward crisis, Congress must act

By Annie Boyajian, contributor Washington, DC (The Hill) –When Congress adjourned in September, it had failed to vote on resolutions on Ethiopia (S.Res. 432/H.Res. 861). When it returns, it should pass them without delay. Ethiopia, an important security partner and ally, is heading for crisis. The country is suffering its worst unrest in years in […]

An American Ally…Where Listening to Voice of America Was Just Banned?

By Kimberly Curtis (UN Dispatch) — Nearly a year of protests against land reform issues and heavy-handed government policies is starting to take its toll on Ethiopia, who earlier this month announced a six-month state of emergency. Often hailed as a rising star and economic stronghold of Africa, the growing discontent highlights the limits of authoritarian development […]

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Reimagining Global Social Movements in the Perspective of Egalitarian Democracy

By Asafa Jalata, PhD Abstract The analysis starts by offering a critique of the existing social movement literature and by suggesting the integration of critical theories of knowledge with theories and wisdom of indigenous peoples in order to develop an alternative knowledge of critical thinking and scholarship in social movement studies. It also proposes ideas […]

Ethiopia must answer in illegal spying case, digital rights group says

A (Africa Times) — U.S. citizen whose communications were monitored by Ethiopian agents from afar is appealing his case, on the grounds that Ethiopia must be accountable for illegal spying that relied on state-sponsored malware to infect his home computer. The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit focused on defending civil liberties and digital rights, […]

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The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Rangeland Management in Yabello Woreda, Southern Oromia, Ethiopia

Dika Godana G*, Department of soil resource and watershed management, Gambella University, Ethiopia Source: Arts and Social Sciences Journal also in PDF Introduction Background and justification Complex pastoral management systems have evolved from the pastoralists’ successful adaptation under the harsh conditions of arid and semi-arid rangelands [1]. Similarly Blench [2] noted that, the existing pastoral systems […]

Ethiopian refugee gang raped during destruction of Calais Jungle

UK (Evening Standard) — A young woman was gang raped during the destruction of the Calais Jungle, French prosecutors said today. The attack took place on Tuesday morning when five men set upon the Ethiopian refuge. It came as prosecutors said three suspects involved in the knifepoint rape of another woman around the squalid shantytown last […]

Police boss, five officers arrested and detained in Ethiopia

Ethiopian police from the Bubua police station arrested Illret Police Station OCS Chief Inspector Christopher Nalianya and five other officers from Marsabit on October 23, police say. The station commander was accompanied by Constable Samson Kato, who was driving a police truck, Constable Patrick Juma, Constable Samson Njenga, National Police Reservist (Inspector) Lomide Achala, and […]

Somalia’s al-Shabaab making comeback as Ethiopian troops withdraw

The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (CTV News) —  — Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, are making a comeback, having recently seized four towns and attacked a guesthouse in neighbouring Kenya, killing 12. The resurgence of Al-Shabab, which is allied to al Qaeda, could affect Somalia’s plans to hold elections next month and further destabilize what […]

Ethiopia vows to protect European companies after farms attacked

Foreign food businesses attacked during recent protests by the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia face a tough choice to stay or leave and lose their investment (The Guardian) — Ian Derry was shocked when he got the news. A group of men had ransacked his company’s factory and burned down several buildings. A decade of […]

Ethiopian unrest triggers collapse in tourism

Protests and state of emergency see bookings to historic sites grind to a halt by: John Aglionby, East Africa Correspondent A wave of anti-government protests and the imposition of a state of emergency has triggered a collapse in tourism bookings in Ethiopia, underlining the effect the unrest is having on one of Africa’s best-performing economies. […]

Kenyan police boss, five officers arrested in Ethiopia

Ethiopian authorities have arrested a Kenyan police boss and five of his juniors in Ethiopia territory Ethiopian police officers captured Illret Police Station OCS Christopher Nalianya and his officers as they entered apparently intruded the country (Tuko) — Tension is growing after Ethiopian police forces captured a Kenyan police boss and five of his officers. […]

Cairo-Addis Ababa dispute over Oromo could derail dam talks

CAIRO — At a time when Addis Ababa is facing protests and calls for equality, job opportunities and economic prosperity in the Oromia region — the largest regional state in terms of both area and population — construction at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam site continues at a quick pace. According to an Oct. 17 statement […]

Ethiopian Magazine Forced out of Print by State of Emergency

BY CONOR GAFFEY  (NewsWeek) — One of Ethiopia’s few independent magazines has suspended its print edition after the government imposed a restrictive state of emergency in the country. The editor-in-chief of the Addis Standard, Tsedale Lemma, told AFP that printers and vendors were afraid to be involved in producing the monthly publication in case the […]

Ethiopia withdraws troops in Somalia over ‘lack of support’

(BBC News) — Ethiopia has withdrawn troops from Somalia, where they had been battling Islamist militants. It blames a lack of international support for the move, following the EU’s recent cut in its funding for foreign troops in Somalia. Ethiopia is a major contributor of soldiers to the Amisom, the African Union mission in the […]

Ethiopian Magazine Stops Publication Amid State of Emergency

By AP ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (New York Times) — Ethiopia’s best-selling magazine says it is terminating its print edition because the state of emergency the government imposed this month is making regular publication “impossible.” The Addis Standard said Tuesday it has become increasingly difficult to operate during the state of emergency, which has restricted some rights […]

Ethiopia state of emergency ‘could further inflame issues’ at the heart of Oromo protests

Analyst tells IBTimes UK grievances in Oromia ‘an old problem’ state of emergency might not be able to solve. By Ludovica Iaccino (IBTimes) — Earlier this month, Ethiopia declared a nationwide state of emergency following anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions. Members of the opposition, activists and rights groups repeatedly claimed the response […]

Ethiopian Government Woos Tourists Amid State of Emergency and US Travel Ban

(Zegabi) — Ethiopian authorities have said that tourists are excluded from the country’s state of emergency which require foreign diplomats to seek permission before taking long trips away from Addis Ababa, the capital. Under Ethiopia’s state of emergency, which was declared on October 8, all diplomats cannot travel more than 25 miles outside of Addis […]

Ethiopians adjust to life in Africa’s most ambitious social housing project

By Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On weekday mornings traffic on the road northeast from Jemo into the center of Addis Ababa grinds to a near standstill, as taxis, minibuses and tuk-tuks wrestle for space along the narrow arterial highway. Situated near the slopes of the hills that circle the Ethiopian capital’s […]

Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 24 October 2016

Key Issues Number of children reached by nutrition screening dropped in Amhara and Oromia Internally displaced persons in Babile and Kubi need urgent humanitarian assistance Cluster continues to support Government’s logistics response capacity and coordination The Humanitarian Country Team is seeking clarity on the impact of the State of Emergency on humanitarian response (Relief Web) […]

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