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US State Dept | 2012 Human Rights Reports: Kenya

Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 1:05 am

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Kenya is a republic with an institutionally strong president and a prime minister with unclearly defined executive powers. There is a unicameral national assembly. In 2010 citizens approved a new constitution in a national [...]

US State Dept | 2012 Human Rights Reports: Eritrea

Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 12:57 am

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The government of the State of Eritrea is a highly centralized, authoritarian regime under the control of President Isaias Afwerki. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), headed by President Isaias, is the sole [...]

EPRDF Congress| Undermined by fuzzy Metekakat plan

Monday, April 1, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

The Late Prime Minster Meles Zenawi was both present and absent at the two-yearly Congress of the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) held last week in Bahir Dare City, a few kilometers away from the source of Nile. As usual the [...]

Reality check | The Ethiopian Flag qua Politics

Monday, September 26, 2011 @ 3:16 am

Image – Dates of Ethiopian National Flag day celebrations Ethiopians are celebrating the National flag day for the fourth time today. The previous three took place on July 5/’08 (Sene 28/’00), on Oct.5/’09 (Meskerem 25/’02), and on [...]

Text of Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Law [Proc. No. 652/2009]

Sunday, September 25, 2011 @ 2:10 am

PROCLAMATION NO. 652/2009 A PROCLAMATION ON ANTI-TERRORISM WHEREAS, the right of the people to live in peace, freedom and security has to be protected, at all times, from the threat of terrorism; WHEREAS, terrorism is a danger to the peace, security [...]

Reality-check: Tigray annexed Amhara lands?

Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 5:38 am

You must have heard the allegation that ‘Tigray annexed Amhara lands’. That is mainly in reference to the four Woredas(districts) that were part of the former Gondar province, now part of western Tigray. Yes, it is a 19 years old issue [...]

‘Shut up and Consume’ – EPRDF’s dangerous gamble

Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 1:34 am

Last January, a week or two after the announcement of the price ceilings on a dozen of food and other commodities, the State Minister of Trade, Ahmed Shide, said – in a meeting with businessmen– : ‘we should not wait until the [...]

Leaked Cables reveal: VOA serves Political Agenda

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 3:38 am

Leaked US Embassy cables, published by Wikileaks, revealed the Voice of America (VOA) is used for political ends. At least  three of the leaked cables reveal a consensus among diplomats of US and its allies that VOA is a political tool. It should [...]

NY Times owes Apology to Ethiopia’s First Lady

Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 4:32 am

It is not difficult to imagine Jeré Longman’s eagerness to explain the cause of Haile’s decision. With this zeal, he persistently goggled and come across Ethiopian-review and Haile’s latest tweets. Alas, his enthusiasm failed him. He forgot to ask why other media outlets ignored the Ethiopia-review story, although it’s been online for 15 days. He had less than a day, only Monday morning, to attempt contacting the Haile Gebreselassie and the Ethiopian Embassy. [...]

Birtukan Mideksa Petition for Pardon and Interview Video

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

We reported earlier that the Ethiopian government accepted Birtukan Mideksa’s petition and granted her pardon for second time and, thus, she is released from Kaliti Federal Prison this morning. Here is her Petition for Pardon and Oral statement [...]
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