Archive | March, 2017

Is South Africa Building a ‘Trump Wall’? S. Africa Proposes Sinister New Afrophobic Laws

South Africa:   South Africa Proposes Sinister New Afrophobic Laws A new discussion document  from the Department of Home Affairs is extremely sinister, and so is the proposal for a new Border Management Authority, writes Brent Meersman for This Is Africa. By Brent Meersman Government’s proposals to clampdown on immigration and a recent disgraceful xenophobic […]

AMISOM: 57 al-Shabab fighters killed in Juba raid

AMISOM: 57 al-Shabab fighters killed in Juba raid AMISOM announces one of deadliest attacks on armed group’s base in Juba, but al-Shabab says it lost no fighters. At least 57 al-Shabab fighters were killed after African Union (AU) and Somali forces attacked one of the armed group’s camps in the southern region of Juba, according […]

Ethiopia and Eritrea Trade Accusations Over Grand Dam ‘Attack’

Ethiopia and Eritrea Trade Accusations Over Grand Dam ‘Attack’ (Newsweek) — Eritrea has denied any involvement in an alleged plan to attack an under-construction Ethiopian dam, which is set to become the biggest hydropower dam in Africa. Ethiopia’s deputy government spokesman, Zadig Abrha, told the state-run Fana Broadcasting Corporation that 20 members of an Eritrean […]

Eritrea Denies Knowledge of Group Linked to Ethiopian Plot

Eritrea Denies Knowledge of Group Linked to Ethiopian Dam Plot   (Araabi News) — Eritrea’s government denied any knowledge of a rebel group that an Ethiopian broadcaster said had plotted to attack the country’s flagship hydropower plant. Ethiopian security forces killed 13 members of the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement who had traveled from Eritrea […]

Ethiopia state media face scrutiny from Facebook fact-checkers

Ethiopia state media face scrutiny from Facebook fact-checkers (Messenger Africa) — Facing the worst drought in half a century, Ethiopia had managed to avert a crisis without significant foreign aid, boasted a December 27th report on state-run news agency ENA. A day later Eshetu Homa Keno, a U.S.-based online activist, posted on Facebook a figure […]

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East Africa: Researchers Give Khat Clean Bill of Health

East Africa: Researchers Give Khat Clean Bill of Health (Kichuu) — Khat, which was banned by the United Kingdom in 2014, is not as bad after all, at least going by a recent study commissioned by Kenya. The study, which involved more than 800 people residing in major khat growing areas of the country, was […]

TWO more Oromo Organizations? A personal plea to the coordinators of OLC and GGO

TWO more Oromo Organizations? a personal plea from a concerned Oromo to the coordinators of Oromo Leadership Convention (OLC) and Global Gummi Oromia (GGO) by: Bayisa Wak-Woya Dear both; I am addressing both of you with this rather detailed letter in my personal capacity as a concerned Oromo. Just wanted to express my deepest concern […]

The Elders Committee Resolution on OLC – GGO and their Responses

The Elders Committee Resolution: Need for OLC and GGO Unity February 5, 2017 Whereas, the Elders Committee was formed for bringing about the unity of the Oromo Leadership Convention (OLC) and the Global Gumii Oromia Organizing Committee (GGO) so that they work together for supporting their people who face death and destruction daily in Oromia; […]

Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought, more than 6.2 million people in need

Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought (Aljazeera) –More than 6.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian aid, including nearly three million who are going hungry. Somalia’s new leader has declared a national disaster for a prolonged drought that has forced about half of the country’s population to seek urgent food assistance and sparked fears […]

How long will Ethiopia’s state of emergency suppress dissent?

How long will Ethiopia’s state of emergency suppress dissent? by Aaron Brooks (East Africa Monitor) — On February 2, Ethiopia’s communications minister told the Financial Times that the country’s state of emergency had succeeded in suppressing nationwide anti-government protests. Negeri Lencho says authorities have detained more than 20,000 people for “training” since a wave of protests […]

Ethiopia’s Oromo Revolution echoes around the globe

by J. David Thompson “If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison.” These words were not spoken by just anyone seeking asylum. They were spoken by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa when he displayed the Oromo Revolution symbol of […]

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