Archive | December 13, 2016

Higher Education and Ethiopia’s State of Emergency

Higher Education and Ethiopia’s State of Emergency By Ayenachew Woldegiyorgis (Inside Higher Ed) — For a year now, Ethiopia has confronted protests in Oromia, the largest regional state. The protest started in opposition to the expansion plan of the capital, Addis Ababa, into Oromia towns and villages. Then the protest engaged the second largest regional state, […]

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Ethiopia: Social media and news websites blocked

Ethiopia:  Social media and news websites blocked by government to prevent protests Amnesty International UK Press Releases Google transparency report shows dramatic drop in internet traffic out of Ethiopia on two days when at least 100 people were killed by security forces during protest 16 news sites and access to WhatsApp blocked between June and […]

Ethiopia: detained journalist missing, no family access and medical care

Ethiopia: detained journalist missing, denied access to family and medical care (DefendDefenders) — Ethiopian authorities should immediately disclose the location of journalist Temesgen Desalegn, who was jailed on spurious charges two years ago, and give him access to medical care, said the Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) and DefendDefenders (East and Horn of […]

Gada: Do Oromo Have A Better Alternative For Modern Democracy?

Gada: Do Ethiopia’s Oromo People Have A Better Alternative For Modern Democracy? Ethiopia’s Oromo people made headlines around the world when peaceful protests turned violent against government land use changes, prompting a state of emergency. Now Oromo voices are being heard thanks to an entity more often associated with boosting tourism than governance — UNESCO. Ethiopians rejoiced when the […]

Athlete Feyisa Lilesa listed in FP’s 2016 Top 100 global thinkers

Ethiopia’s Olympic protest athlete, Feyisa Lilesa, listed in FP’s 2016 Top 100 global thinkers By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with FP (africanews) — Ethiopia’s Olympic athlete, Feyisa Lilesa, has been named among the 2016 top 100 global thinkers by the US based Foreign Policy (FP) magazine. Feyisa was classed in the group of thinkers called […]

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