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The streets of Ambo have seen the return of military patrols since ethnic Oromos protested against a shipment of smuggled sugar on 25 October.

'We fear for our lives': how rumours over sugar sa…

08 November, 2017

By Tom Gardner in Ambo A brutal crackdown on protest and the return of soldiers to the streets of Oromia region has fuelled growing anger and frustration with central government. It began with a rumour. On 25 October, residents of Ambo, 120km west of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, heard word on social media that a shipment of smuggled sugar was due to pass through town.

Africa

Ethiopian B978-9 Dreamliner

The Ethiopian Airlines B787-9 Dreamliner Touches D…

07 November, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and the first to own and operate the B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in Africa has deployed its latest aircraft to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, yesterday on November 6, 2017.

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Takele Alene in his home in Fendika, Ethiopia.

‘We Are Everywhere’: How Ethiopia Became a Land of…

07 November, 2017

By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura A brutal crackdown on protest and the return of soldiers to the streets of Oromia region has fuelled growing anger and frustration with central government. FENDIKA, Ethiopia — When he is away from his fields, Takele Alene, a farmer in northern Ethiopia, spends a lot of his time prying into the personal and political affairs of his neighbors.

World

Sheikh Mohammed Al-Amoudi

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi Arrested for Cor…

05 November, 2017

SAUDI: Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi has been arrested along with around 48 other prominent officials and members of the royal family in Saudi Arabia, 11 princes including prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, businessmen, senior military officials and top officials on Saturday evening holding them in a luxury hotels in the capital, for allegations of “corruption.”

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Viewpoint

Donald Trump

Kudos! Trump’s First Year Human Rights Record in A…

29 December, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam Author’s Note: In this commentary, I offer a personal review of the Trump administration’s human rights record in Africa in 2017. On December 21, 2017, with little fanfare, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017 for targeted sanctions “declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.”

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Meles Zenawi

Ethiopia-Win-Et: Understanding the Mind of the Mas…

25 December, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam As long as people believed in ‘a bright future,’ they fought side by side irrespective of nationality – common questions first and foremost! But when doubt crept into people’s hearts, they began to depart, each to his own national tent – let every man count only upon himself! The ‘national question’ first and foremost! Marxism and the National Question J. V. Stalin

Political Analysis

Deaf Ear! Blind Eye!

Deaf Ear! Blind Eye! Do Not Advance Security (Part…

22 December, 2017

- Seizing a golden opportunity for change in Ethiopia Aklog Birara (Dr) Ethiopians are used to “deaf ear and blind eye” with regard to the international community in general and Ethiopian regime “strategic allies,” especially the United States and the European Union with regard to gross human rights violations in Ethiopia. Even under the worst of conditions, including massacres of innocent civilians by Ethiopian federal and security forces, these friends continue to issue innocuous and timid statements. It is time...

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