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SMNE Forum: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DYSFUNCTION IN ETHIOPIAN INSTITUTIONS

SMNE Forum: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DYSFUNCTION IN ETHIOPIAN INSTITUTIONS

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It starts by talking to each other rather than about each other. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S Orme St., Arlington, VA Ethiopia’s strategic importance is growing in an increasingly global world. As it does, a tug of war over access…

‘Ethiopia Should Free Journalists From Jail and Exile’

‘Ethiopia Should Free Journalists From Jail and Exile’

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The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the Africa regional group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has today called on the Ethiopia Government to free all journalists jailed and to allow the exiled journalists to come back and work for the mother country, Ethiopia.…

The Thugplomacy of the TPLF (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

The Thugplomacy of the TPLF (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

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The man described by Reuters as the “gunman [who] opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds is Solomon Tadesse Gebre Silasse, a TPLF “security attache” with full diplomatic immunity.…

In Ethiopia, foreign investment is a fancy word for stealing land

In Ethiopia, foreign investment is a fancy word for stealing land

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In Ethiopia, one of the world’s largest recipients of foreign aid, the problem is particularly acute. In a country where over 30% of the population is below the food poverty line, crops are exported abroad—primarily to India, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. …

Government blasted for ‘dodging obligations’ and not pressing for release of Brit on death row in Ethiopia

Government blasted for ‘dodging obligations’ and not pressing for release of Brit on death row in Ethiopia

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The Independent revealed earlier this month that public money is being used to train security forces in Ethiopia under a £2m programme run by the Department for International Development (DfID) to fund masters degrees for 75 Ethiopian officials on improving the accountability of security services.…

CPJ – Ethiopian authorities convict journalist in Addis Ababa

CPJ – Ethiopian authorities convict journalist in Addis Ababa

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Authorities have routinely targeted Temesghen's writing. In May 2012, he was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and fine after Feteh published a statement made by imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega during his trial. Temesghen paid the fine.…

The honorable Ato Gebru Asrat and his politics

The honorable Ato Gebru Asrat and his politics

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Ato Gebru’s book is titled ‘Sovereignty and Democracy’. I am not sure why he chose this title. At the moment Ethiopia’s sovereignty is not threatened by any outside power known to us and Democracy is one commodity that is in short supply in our country. Ato Gebru, as member of…

Ethiopian Journalist Temesgen Desalegn Convicted

Ethiopian Journalist Temesgen Desalegn Convicted

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Ethiopian journalist Temesgen Desalegn, the former editor of Feteh, a defunct weekly newspaper, was convicted yesterday by the Federal High Court on charges that also included defaming the government and distorting public opinion, after a case that lasted about two years, lawyer Ameha Mekonnen said. …

Terrorism in the EOC? What an Irresponsible and a Satanic Campaign!

Terrorism in the EOC? What an Irresponsible and a Satanic Campaign!

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There was/is nothing wrong for Mahibere Qedusan to operate under the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Synod. But, correct me if I am wrong, that I do not hear from the association a real sense of courage to express its concern about the untold human rights violation of the innocent people of…

From an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

From an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu

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Zone9 was merely two weeks old when the government made our collective blog inaccessible in Ethiopia in 2012. Despite the blockage, we continued to write, but we knew that the fate of our blocked blogs could be our own. We knew we could end up being arrested. …

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