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Category Archive: News Stories

Jul 03

Ethiopian Democracy: Flourishing or Diminishing?

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(URJII ONLINE) Ethiopia holds general elections every five years; and the most recent one was held this past May, 2015. The ruling TPLF/EPRDF party, which has been in power for the past twenty four years, announced the results of the election this past Monday, June 22, 2015. In the announcement, the ruling party declared itself …

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Jun 23

Ethiopian General Election 2015: An Insult to the People and Democracy

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(URJII ONLINE) Every five years the Ethiopian people are invited by the ruling party to take part in a democratic pantomime called ‘General Elections’. Sunday 24th May saw the latest production take to the national stage. With most opposition party leaders either in prison or abroad, the populace living under a suffocating blanket of fear, …

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May 08

Ethiopia: The Endless Violence against Oromo Nationals Continues

(URJII ONLINE) Harassments and intimidations through arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and disappearances have continued unabated in Ambo and the surrounding areas against Oromo youths and intellectuals since the crackdowns of last year April, 2014, when more than 79 Oromos, mostly youths, were killed by members of the federal security force.

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May 04

The US Heaping Irresponsible Praise on Ethiopia’s Regime

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(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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Apr 17

Ethiopia’s Economic Miracle Is Running Out of Steam

(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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Mar 19

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

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(URJII ONLINE) 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 …

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