International Consortium for Investigative Journalists | Washington, DC, January 2015.A development project funded by the UK government and run by the World Bank could be facilitating a violent resettlement program in Ethiopia that has been dogged by allegations of forced displacement, physical assaults and rape, a leaked report suggests.
Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) is the primary sponsor of the World Bank’s foreign aid initiative, supposedly set up to improve basic health, education and public services in Ethiopia. It has attracted over £388 million in UK taxpayer’s money to date. Read more…
While 52 percent of Ethiopia’s people have access to improved water, only 10 percent have water piped into their homes.
September 5, 2014 (Al jazeera) –Thirty years after Ethiopia’s devastating famine, water is still as inaccessible as it is precious. While 52 percent of the people have access to improved water, only 10 percent have water piped into their homes. And in rural areas, this figure is as low as 1 percent. Only 24 percent have adequate sanitation.
The implications are extremely broad. In an agriculture-based country, water shortages largely affect not only the country’s economy, but also the basic life of people whose subsistence depends on each season’s crops. Often poor countries like Ethiopia, with high population growth, are the most vulnerable to water stress. Read more…
September 2, 2014 (The baines report) — Poverty can easily be seen throughout the capital of Ethiopia, but nowhere is it more evident than when you pass a beggar on the street. Beggars are everywhere in Addis Ababa, and they represent a vast range of demographics. There are men, women, children of all ages and conditions– some with their mothers, some without, and the severely disabled. Read more…
by THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
August 28, 2014 (Counter Punch) — Gayle Smith who served in the Clinton Administration with Susan Rice is today serving as a special assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the U.S. National Security Council. She was one of dictator Meles Zenawi’s “skirted friends” and his booster. She was also a Confidante of the TPLF Tigrean leadership, according to Peter Rosenblum (2002), and that she spent “the decade of the 1980s as the liaison between the CIA and Meles Zenawi”. We can tell who is echoing behind PM Hailemariam Desalegn’s empty regime change rhetoric
Malkaa Caffee irraa | Hagayyaa 23, 2014
“የራያ ሕዝብ የማንነት ጥያቄ እና
የማዕከላዊ መንግስታት ምላሽ
ከአፄ ዮሐንስ ፬ኛ እስከ ኢህአደግ”
Kitaaba Alamuu Kaasaa Rattaa fi Siisaay Mangistee Addisuutiin barreeffame.
Kitaabni kun gara waggaa tokkoo dura ‘Amaarinyaa’dhaan barreeffamee kan maxxanfame oggaa tahu, waa’ee gaaffii eenyummaa fi mirgaa kan ummata Raayyaa ibsuu irratti kan hundaawee dha akka mata-dureen isaa jedhutti. Mata-dureen isaa kan “Gaaffii eenyummaa ummata Raayyaa fi deebisaa mootummoota Waaltaa, Atsee Yohaannis IV irraa hanga Wayyaaneetti” jedhu kun qalbii koo waan harkiseefin barbaadee dubbise. Ergan dubbisee booda gaarummaa ykn. mishooma isaa qofa osoo hin taane akka hammeenya isaattis waanin ilaale/hubadhe waan jiruufin yaada kana namoota waliin qooddachuun hin hammaatu jedhee waan kana barreessaa jira. Yaada natti bule ykn. hubannaa kiyya ibsuu dura, warri barruu kiyya kana dubbisuuf carraa argattan kitaabichas barbaaddanii akka dubbistanin isin yaadachiisa. Read more…
Korea has decided to help Ethiopia manage population growth and promote health policies for mothers and children. The Planned Population Federation of Korea said on Thursday that it will spend W2.2 billion over the next two years and eight months to carry out the birth control initiative in Ethiopia (US$1=W1,014). The federation will join hands with the Korean International Cooperation Agency to oversee Ethiopia’s birth control efforts and send advisors to help the African country establish health and population growth policies. The two Korean agencies will also launch a campaign in Ethiopia on the radio and other media to boost awareness of the importance of birth control and the health of women and children in order to lower the country’s high infant mortality rate, which stands at 74 babies per 1,000. Read more…
August 13, 2014, NAIROBI, Kenya (Huffington Post) - A cursory glance at the headlines shows that Ethiopia has one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. But the noise generated by the hyperbolic international media is drowning out the critical voices.
Political opposition is being strangled by the authorities as activists and journalists are arrested and thrown into jail at a dizzying pace.
On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. Setting a dangerous precedent for other governments in the region and beyond, authorities are now targeting youth online. Read more…
July 14, 2014 (International Business Times UK) — Rich in proteins, fibres, iron, calcium… Call them the new world’s discoveries of the old world’s staple foods, teff and fonio could be the next ‘hot’ superfoods to take over from quinoa. That is, going by the market expansion.
While teff is a tiny grass seed eaten in Ethiopia since centuries, fonio is a cereal out of West Africa, where the Dogon people believe the universe was made by the explosion of a single grain of fonio.
Quinoa alone has seen a fivefold rise in consumption in the past five years, according to the Whole Grains Council, an industry group. Read more…
July 11, 2014 (BBC News) Ethiopia had a moral obligation to arrest the opposition leader who was controversially extradited from Yemen last month, Ethiopian leader Hailemariam Desalegn has told the BBC.
“Andargachew Tsege is a Trojan horse for the Eritrean government to destabilise this country,” he said.
He was sentenced to death in 2009 while in exile for plotting a coup.
Foreign governments could express their concern, but the man would be dealt with according to the law, the PM said. Read more…
Dr. Merera Gudina speaks at National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, today.
Streamed live on Jul 10, 2014
Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow Merera Gudina Jefi evaluates the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime’s performance by outlining the contours of the country’s political development and identifying major democratic setbacks
May 29, 2014, Addis Ababa (AFP) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called on authorities in Ethiopia to release a journalist being held without charge following a spate of similar arrests in recent weeks.
An Ethiopian court on Tuesday extended by 14 days the pre-trial detention of Elias Gebru, editor-in-chief of the independent news magazine Enku who was detained for questioning in connection with a column published in his paper.”The detention without charge of Elias Gebru is the latest move by the Ethiopian government to tighten the noose on the country’s independent press,” said Mohamed Keita of the CPJ.”We call on authorities to release Elias immediately and to stop arresting journalists as a means to quell information and debate,” he alleged. Read more…
April 29, 2014 (Open Democracy) — In the constantly shrinking space for civil society around the world, Ethiopia faces some enormous challenges in generating local support. Largely due to the country’s new CSO Proclamation, which severely restricts foreign funding of rights groups, human rights work in the country has nearly shut down. But can local donors pick up the slack?
Across the globe, the space for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to operate is rapidly shrinking. In fact, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, recently lamented that over the past five years at least 40 countries have embraced legislation restricting access to foreign funding and limiting the legitimate activities of CSOs. Similarly, a 2013 report by CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, concludes that many governments are failing to honour their promise to create an “enabling environment” for civil society. Dozens of other countries, under the pretence of safeguarding national security and state sovereignty, have proposed similar laws to unduly temper the influence of independent organizations. Read more…
IIP DIGITAL | April 29, 2014
Question on Ethiopia – Fast Forward to 32:56 Minute
QUESTION: I have a question regarding Secretary Kerry’s to visit Ethiopia.
MS. PSAKI: Sure.
QUESTION: And according to the U.S. Department of – press release, Secretary Kerry will meet Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom to discuss efforts to advance peace and democracy in the region, especially in Ethiopia.
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: My question is: What is the United States position in regards to human rights, democracy, as well as press freedom in Ethiopia? Read more…
April 26, 2014 (CNN iReport) — There has been widespread protest by Oromo students in universities in Ethiopia against unpopular ‘Addis Ababa-Finfinnee surrounding integrated master plan’. Oromo students in Haromaya, Jimma, Ambo and Wollega universities held protests.
Although officials in Oromia state and Addis Ababa city administration insist the plan only intends to develop Addis Ababa and its surrounding, Oromo students and the wider Oromo elites believe the plan is to displace farmers in the outskirts and suburban areas of the city, meet the growing demand for land, and weaken the Oromo identity. The Ethiopian constitution grants a special interest to the Oromia state regarding administrative, resource and other socio-economic matters in Addis Ababa, in its article 49 which never have been implemented. This has largely resulted in significant resistance within the ruling party, OPDO, in Oromia and a continues pressure to materialize the implementation.
The protest against the doomed to fail master plan is held in four universities sofar. Yesterday (26/04/2014) at Wollega University, the infamous and notorious Federal police opened fire at innocent Oromo students. Reports and eye witness indicate unknown number of students were hurt and some have fled to the bushes. The people of Nekemete town were prevented from joining the resistance. Even then some of the residents broke through line of federal police force and joined the protest. Read more…
BY JEAN-PAUL MARTHOZ | April 11, 2014
There are two Ethiopias. Or better said there are two narratives about Ethiopia.
On one side, there is the Ethiopia as celebrated by the international aid community and the European Union : a country which is growing fast and seriously fighting poverty, a country which wisely uses the considerable international assistance that it receives to channel it towards sustainable development.
On the other side there is the Ethiopia as criticized by press freedom and human rights groups. A country ruled by an authoritarian regime, the second largest jailer of journalists in Africa, a country which misuses laws on anti-terrorism and civil society regulation to chill speech and prevent journalists from doing their legitimate watchdog work. Read more…
ከያህያ ጀማል | Ebla 8, 2014
በቅድሚያ ይድረስ የተከበረ ሰላምታዬ ለወ/ሮ ትዝታ በላቸው። ከሰላምታዬ በማስከተል ይህን ክፍት ደብዳቤ ለመጻፍ ወዳነሳሳኝ ፍሬ ጉዳይ ልዝለቅ። ወ/ሮ ትዝታ ቢያንስ ከ20 ኣመታት በላይ በኣሜሪካ ድምጽ ሬድዮ ኣማርኛው ፕሮግራም ላይ የማውቅሽ ሚዛናዊ የሆኑ ዝግጅቶችን ስታቀርቢ ነው። በተለይም በፖለቲካ ነክ ጉዳዮች ዙሪያ እንግዶችን ጋብዘሽ በምታዋይያቸው ወቅቶች ሁሉ ተገቢና ፍትሃዊ ጥያቂዎችን እየፈለፈልሽ በመሰንዘር የኣድማጮችሽን የልብ ትርታ ማዳመጥ የምትችይ የቱባ ጋዜጠኝነት ልምድ ባለቤት መሆንሽን ነበር የማውቀው። በዚህም የቪኦኤን ኣማርኛ ፕሮግራም ማድመጥ ከጀመርኩበት ወቅት ኣንስቶ ከሞላ ጎደል ኣድናቂሽ ሆኜ ቆይቻለሁ።
ዛሬ ግን ይህን ክፍት ደብዳቤ እንድጽፍልሽ ያነሳሳኝ ጉዳይ በቅርቡ በተከታታይ ክፍሎች የቀረበውንና ሶስት ምሁራንን በማሳተፍ ኣንቺው ራስሽ ባወያየሽው በኢትዮጵያ የታሪክ ጭብጦች ላይ ያተኮረ ወይይት ይዘት ነው። በዚህ ውይይት ውስጥ ለረጅም ጊዜ የማውቅሽ የወ/ሮ ትዝታ በላቸው ሚዛናዊ ኣወያይነትና ጠለቅ ያለው የጋዜጠኝነት ጥያቄ ኣጠያየቅ ልምድሽ የት እንደገባ ኣልተረዳሁም። ውይይቱ ኣንድን ወገን ኣስደስቶ ሌላውን ያሳዘነ ሆኖ ሳለ ይባስ ተብሎ እየተደጋገመ ኣየር ላይ ሲውል ታዝቤያለሁ። በዚህ ክፍት ደብዳቤዬ ቢያንስ በሁለት ዋና ዋና ምክንያቶች እንዳዘንኩብሽ ለመግለጽ እገደዳለሁ። Read more…