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Tensions in Hamburg: The G20 Fractures

10 July, 2017

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark “I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.” – Angela Merkel, BBC News, Jul 8, 2017 Such gatherings and summits are not always smooth, but on a planet bearing witness to a Trump presidency, there was always going to be a chance for more excitement at the G20 meet at Hamburg. Storm clouds have been brewing over economics, trade, and security, and these threatened...

Africa

Ambassador Bankole Adeoye

Ethiopia unsettles Nigerians in transit over curre…

10 July, 2017

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Bankole Adeoye, has advised Nigerians travelling to that country to adhere to its currency declaration law in order to avoid sanctions.

World

Leaders at the G20 Africa Partnership Conference

G20 launches plan to fight poverty in Rwanda, Ethi…

09 July, 2017

Hamburg, Germany | AFP | G20 nations launched an unprecedented initiative Saturday at the group’s summit in Germany to fight poverty in Africa, but critics called the plan half-hearted.

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Addis Ababa

Ethiopia parliament passes $13bn budget after Worl…

08 July, 2017

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with REUTERS The Ethiopian parliament on Friday unanimously passed a 320.8 billion birr ($13.9 billion) budget for the financial year of 2017/18, the amount represents an increase of nearly 17 percent on the previous year, the ministry of finance said.

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Tadesse Biru Kersmo

British (In) Justice: The Persecution by Proxy Pro…

24 July, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam I cut my “legal teeth” nearly four decades ago pouring over the Magna Carta, Blackstone’s “Commentaries” and Edward Coke’s legal treatises on the primacy of common law principles and the rule of law. Coke enunciated the principle of judicial review (and supremacy) in Bonham’s Case declaring, “when an act of parliament is against common right or reason, or repugnant, or impossible to be performed, the common law will control it and adjudge such act to be void.”...

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Ethiopia

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Keeping One’s La…

17 July, 2017

In memory of Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident, human rights advocate, co-author of Charter ’08, Nobel peace laureate (2010) and political prisoner who died in Chinese government custody on July 13, 2013. An enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation and inflame brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a country’s advance toward freedom and democracy.

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Oromia Special Interest in Addis Ababa

The T-TPLF Trojan Horse of the Apocalypse Riding i…

10 July, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam Author’s Note: The ruling Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) in Ethiopia is said to be on the verge of passing a “law” protecting “Oromia’s special interest in Addis Ababa” and “giving Oromia extensive rights in the capital city” (hereinafter the T-TPLF Masters’ Addis Ababa Plan B). It is a trial balloon “leaked out” by the T-TPLF to gauge public reaction (hoping the Ethiopian public will be blinded, hoodwinked and bogged down in recrimination about...

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