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Another chance for peace in Darfur

Darfur, an area the size of France, had gripped the world when a civil war broke in 2003 and lasted for three years claiming the lives of an estimated 300, 000 Darfuris and 2.7 million Drfuries internally displaced.

It’s a complicated civil war with complicated players involved, and any peace mediation efforts had to involve a complex web of players with countries like Chad, Uganda and South Sudan taking their own share of the blame.

Be that as it may, Darfur is no longer the nightmare the world woke up to in 2003.  

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Editorial

Eritrea-Ethiopia

Not Again! 

The one noticeable result of the 1998-2000 border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia is that both sides came out bad losers.

When, in May 1998, two brigades of Eritrean soldiers marched through an Ethiopian administered town of Bademe, a small and dusty town along the border with Eritrea, the pictures emerged didn’t alarm onlookers that it would take the two countries into a two-year civil war that claimed the lives of more than 70,000 from both sides.

Few years before that nasty war with Ethiopia, Eritrea, led by its trigger-happy president Isayas Afeworki emerged from a 30-year war for independence that left close to 30% of its households overseen by women. By the time this nation of mere 5 million decided the ill fated raid against its neighbor Ethiopia, there were an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 land mines scattered throughout the country and one out of five Eritreans was in need of emergency food aid. 

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Addis standard magazine is a year old and is here to stay on

Editorial

 

From the February edition of Addis Standard magazine


When we first went to the printing press in February 2011, the world was beginning to change its politics faster as a result of the Arab Spring. The global media, as were its politicians, were awash with a never-before-seen scale of reporting. At Addis Standard, although we knew from the onset that our editorial policy was set to become part of the ever growing global media, we had decided to do our best to bring in-depth analysis of the issues from around the world, which after February 2011, were quickly evolving at a speed many of us found it hard to follow. We believe we have delivered on that, albeit to a lesser extent than we first thought we

would.

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