Archive | February 4, 2017

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Defying Ethiopia’s digital crackdown

Defying Ethiopia’s digital crackdown The government is trying to ‘shut down’ the internet, but some of Addis Ababa’s young techies are one step ahead. Barney Cullum meets them. (New Internationalist) — Tigrayans, an ethnic group representing just six per cent of Ethiopia’s population, ‘own’ the country’s coalition government. This, the view of the Ethiopian Border Affairs […]

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s economic gains tainted by violent repression

Addis Ababa – Emergency fails to protect regime from biggest threat to 26-year grip on power by: John Aglionby in Gondar (FT) — Six soldiers burst into Beckham’s dormitory at Gondar university in northern Ethiopiaone evening without pausing to question the student. “They grabbed me and beat me so hard, I’d have preferred it if […]

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them A former immigration officer describes the long, grueling process of gaining refugee status in the United States. By Natasha Hall Natasha Hall has worked with refugees and on conflict for more than 10 years, specializing in the Middle East. She currently works on humanitarian […]

Egyptian Air Force bombs South Sudanese rebels in Upper Nile

Egyptian Air Force bombs South Sudanese rebels in Upper Nile Pagak/Juba, February 3, 2017 (SSNA) — The military command of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) has accused Egyptian air force of carrying out air attacks on its bases in Kaka town, saying Cairo dropped at least nine bombs and explosions. Rebel military spokesperson Colonel William Gatjiath […]

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