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May 04

The US Heaping Irresponsible Praise on Ethiopia’s Regime

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ETHIOPIA’S ELECTIONS, scheduled for May 24, are shaping up to be anything but democratic. A country that has often been held up as a poster child for development has been stifling civic freedoms and systematically cracking down on independent journalism for several years. It was consequently startling to hear the State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs,, declare during a visit to Addis Ababa on April 16 that “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 17

Ethiopia’s Economic Miracle Is Running Out of Steam

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Just over 30 years ago, Ethiopia’s famine regularly made the news. Gruesome accounts of up to a million deaths stemming from drought and civil war captured the attention of aid agencies, sympathetic governments, and humanitarian groups around the world. Contrast that with the past decade, when Ethiopia averaged an economic growth rate of slightly better than 10 percent. The about-face has been so dramatic that some seasoned observers have gone so far as to call Ethiopia’s progress an economic miracle, Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 19

The Ethiopian Government Denies a Journalist in Jail Access to Medical Treatment

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According to CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalist) authorities in Ethiopia have denied medical attention to Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn, who has been imprisoned since October, according to sources close to the journalist. Temesghen Desalegn, owner of the now-defunct newsmagazine Feteh (Justice), is servinga three-year term in Ziway Prison, outside Addis Ababa, on charges of defamation, incitement, and false publication in connection with a series of Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Human Rights Watch Urges World Bank to Address Ethiopia Findings

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(Washington, DC) – The World Bank should fully address serious human rights issues raised by the bank’s internal investigation into a project in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the bank’s vice president for Africa. The bank’s response to the investigation findings attempts to distance the bank from the many problems confirmed by the investigation and should be revised. The World Bank board of directors is to consider the investigation report Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 05

Militarization and Alternative Biofuel Drives Ethiopian Land-Grab

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Ethiopia promises to meet its Millennium Goal objectives of creating a middle class and providing education and health care for its indigenous tribes. India promises to reduce its green house gas emissions from and dependency upon fossil fuels through production of alternative biofuels. Both Ethiopia and India find that leasing or buying large tracts of “fertile basket” land, land traditionally used for herding and small scale shifting cultivation (shifting between small plots that are cultivated then left to revert to nature), facilitates the accomplishment of their promises.

These off times secret land deals, with hidden terms and conditions, that transfer vast sections of Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 24

TPLF Leaders’ Arrogance and Contempt: Inviting Further Bloodshed and Loss of Lives – HRLHA Statement

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Since the downfall of the military government of Ethiopia in 1991, the political and socioeconomic lives of the country have totally been controlled by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front/TPLF leaders and business institutions. As soon as the TPLF controlled Addis Ababa, the capital city, in 1991, the first step it took was to create People’s Democratic Organizations (PDOs) in the name of different nations and nationalities in the country. With the help of these PDOs, the TPLF managed to control the whole country in a short period of time from corner to corner. The next step that the TPLF took was to weaken and/or eliminate Read the rest of this entry »

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