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Gibe is not Gila: Anti-dam activism gone awry

Monday, December 28, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

“Dam on Ethiopia’s Omo River Causing Hunger and Conflict”. That was the tittle of Sandra Postel’s alarming piece on National Geographic. Any sane person would (and should) be upset upon reading peoples’ suffering due to [...]

Ethiopia-Egypt | A War on Nile Improbable, for now

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

Yet, posturing aside, officials and scholars in Cairo understand the insistence on monopoly of the Nile waters, with implicit military threats is literally unsustainable. Indeed, the more intelligent amongst them should know, at least for a few years to come, a direct military attack on the Renaissance dam project is improbable. [...]

Leaked: RSF’s internal memo insists Ethiopia banned Skype

Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 12:54 am

‘RSF (Reporter sans Frontière/Reporter without Borders) is a cautious organization, this is an exceptional case’, I claimed whenever I bumped into an Ethiopian bureaucrat in the past week. That was indeed my impression, but also intended to [...]

Skype me? Indeed | Text of Ethiopia’s draft Telecom Law

Sunday, June 17, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

The world wide web was awash with news reports of alleged ban of VOIP services by Ethiopian in the past week. One of those was Al-Jazeera’s news brief that stated: A new law in Ethiopia has criminalized the use of VOIP (Voice Over Internet [...]

Reality-Check: Anti-terrorism Laws in 10 Western Countries

Monday, December 26, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

This post provides a bird’s-eye-view of some of the restrictive provisions in the Anti-terrorism legislations of ten western countries. It is extracted from two sources. The first eight – i.e., the laws of Australia, Spain, France, Germany, [...]

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 [...]

Reality-check: Renaissance dam a fraud? | Ethiopia

Friday, July 1, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

There is no explicit reference to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam  in the 5-year Growth and Transformation Plan(GTP), the opposition media noted shortly after Premier Meles Zenawi launched the dam project on April 2. In fact, the issue was also [...]

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 [...]

Ethiopia can’t do without Nile | Here is why

Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 3:09 am

”Ethiopia has many rivers and high rainfall, thus should not interfere with Egypt‘s lone source of water” is a proven PR strategy that Cairo used to costume its claim for exclusive use of the Nile waters. The argument is so [...]
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