Month: May 2014

  • Africa

    Court grants the police twenty eight more days in the case against Ethiopian journalists, bloggers

    Detainees to be charged with Ethiopia’s infamous Anti-Terrorism proclamation   Mahelt Fasil A court in Addis Abeba has today granted the police investigating the case of three independent journalists and six bloggers 28 more days to further investigate detainees. Of the nine journalists and bloggers under police custody the case for four members of the zone9 blog: Atinaf Berhane, Zelalem…

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  • Africa

    Building Resilience Tops Agenda at Global Conference in Ethiopia

    Poor countries and vulnerable people are facing a barrage of shocks: economic shocks such as volatile food prices and financial crises; environmental shocks and natural disasters such as droughts, floods, and earthquakes; food safety, diseases, and health shocks; and social and political shocks such as conflicts and violence that disrupt the food supply and threaten food and nutrition security.  …

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  • Africa

    New economic report on Africa reveals promising industrialization

    Mahlet Fasil   The 2014 edition of the Economic Commission for Africa flagship report was launched Monday in Addis Ababa, with the unanimous view that industrialization is crucial to Africa’s continued development. Aptly themed, “Dynamic Industrial Policy in Africa,” the Report outlines several key messages, including the crucial fact that “industrial policy in Africa is essential if we are to…

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  • The Shaky premise of authoritarianism

    Taye Negussie (PhD)   Since we ordinarily associate authoritarianism with a political system bent on subjugating and repressing its subjects – so conceived rightly – and, as such, we tend to overlook as it reigns in a number of other human institutions.     As a matter of fact, the abusive parenting in family life, exploitative economic relations, the imposing…

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  • Africa

    Plunder of timber and fisheries is holding Africa back – Kofi Annan

    Africa's rich natural resources offer a unique opportunity for a breakthrough in improving the lives of Africa's citizens, says a major new report launched today by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General, but too often these resources are plundered by corrupt officials and foreign investors. Rising inequalityis also blocking Africa from seizing that opportunity, the report shows.   The 2014…

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  • Africa

    South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar to meet in Addis Abeba

    The IGAD Special Envoys to the South Sudan Mediation Process announce that H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr. Riek Machar, Former Vice President-turned-rebel-leader are set to meet in Addis Abeba on Friday, May 9th 2014.    This will mark the first face-to-face meeting between President Kiir and rebel leader Machar since the…

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  • Africa

    Police given ten more days to investigate Ethiopian journalists, bloggers under custody

    Mahlet Fasil A court in Addis Abeba today granted the police investigating the case of three independent journalists and six bloggers ten more days before the next hearing. According to defense lawyer Amha Meokonnen, the police have submitted an application for no-bail at the Arada First Instance Court, First Bench claiming the investigation was a serious matter. No charges were…

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  • Africa

    President of Chamber of Commerce declines running for second term

    “I believe my candidacy won’t be as much effective as leaving the Chamber [now]”: Mulu Solomon Kiram Tadesse Mulu Solomon, the first female President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, says she will not stand for the second term in the upcoming presidential election of the Chamber scheduled to take place tomorrow.  In an exclusive interview with…

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  • Africa

    EU concerned over Ethiopia’s recent arrests of journalists, bloggers and opposition party members

    A statement from the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU’s Foreign & Security Policy Service led by Catherine Ashton (pictured), said the EU was “concerned about the recent arrests of bloggers, journalists and opposition members.”   The EU reiterates the importance of “protecting space for genuine political dialogue and creating an environment in which divergent voices from all parts of…

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  • It is very simple: respect the constitution

    From the print edition Once again Ethiopia is in the headlines.It is not for its dazzling double digit economic growth, nor for its once familiar tale of famine and poverty that it tries so hard to leave behind, or not even for two consecutive mega state visits by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang;…

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