Month: September 2020

  • Ethiopia: OFC calls for “genuine national dialogue”

    Addis Abeba, September 30/2020 – “Ethiopia has entered a new year with all its heavy political burdens – with both hope and despair. And without a shadow of doubt, the hoped-for democratic transition is disturbingly failing,” said the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) in a statement. The statement, released on September 28, called the political “road map unilaterally drawn by…

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  • Commentary

    Commentary: The pitfalls of Ethiopian elites’ war of narratives

    Caption: “The elites with the loudest voices use low-trust and high-reach communication mediums like Facebook, Twitter and other social media to peddle their own facts and pursue their own agenda.” Graphic design: Addis Standard Shimelis Mulugeta Kene, PhD & Solen Feyissa, PhD Although seldom framed and understood as such, the current political conflict in Ethiopia has its roots in disagreement…

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  • Africa

    News: Tigray region says it will defy federal laws enacted as of Oct. 05; EDP calls for transitional gov’t, inclusive dialogue & reconciliation

    Asmelash Wolde Sellassie during the interview with Tigray Mass Media Agency Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne & Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane Addis Abeba, September 29/2020 – In an interview aired on Tigray Mass Media Agency, Asmelash Wolde Sellassie, executive member of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the governing party of Tigray regional state, said the region will not comply with laws, directives, and regulations,…

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  • Art and culture

    Vahe Tilbian : The mix and the true calling

    This article was originally published on June 22/2013.   Zela Gayle “In our own mix we find our true calling”, becomes much more than a description of ‘Mixology’, the masterful debut Album from the young artist Vahe Tilbian in which he reconnects his roots as an Ethiopian, born into one of the country’s oldest immigrant communities  – Armenian. Vahe’s heritage…

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  • Africa

    News: New documentary sheds light on Ethiopia’s Elephant crisis

    Picture: Screenshot from “Ethiopia’s Elephant Crisis” Trailer. Ethiopia has already lost its black rhino, now it is losing its elephants Addis Abeba, September 29/2020 – The new documentary film “Ethiopia’s Elephant Crisis,” by award-winning American journalist and filmmaker Antoine Lindley, brings to the forefront the challenges that Ethiopia faces in wildlife conservation, especially its efforts to save its endangered elephants.…

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  • Africa

    News: Gooday online launches innovative marketing mobile app in Ethiopia

    Addis Abeba, September 28/2020 – Gooday Online, a digital marketing company, launched its first innovative marketing mobile app called GoodayOn (ጉዳይ-ኦን) in Ethiopia. The app, launched in line with the Ethiopian New Year, is aimed at creating a digital space to help unleash the possibilities of gig economy for a wide range of day-to-day services in Ethiopia, the company said in…

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  • Africa

    News: Ethiopia gets first local Angel Investors Group

    Addis Abeba Angel Network was founded by Shem Asefaw (left). Other founders include Other founding members included Addis Alemayehou (center)and Henok Assefa (right), among others. Pictures: Addis Abeba Angel Network Addis Abeba, September 25/2020 – A group of investors has created the Addis Abeba Angels Network, the first in Ethiopia. Except for Bank Loans and Venture Capital entities, Ethiopia does…

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  • Africa

    News: More than 20 civilians killed in fresh attacks in Benishangul Gumuz region

    The statement from the ENDF Western Command said that its members were in charge of the security in the area as of September 06 upon the invitation of Benishangul Gumuz regional state. Picture: Mesfin Mesele By Siyanne Mekonnen @Siyaanne Addis Abeba, September 25/2020 – A fresh attack by “unknown assailants” in Bengez Kebele, Dangur Wereda of the Benishangul Gumuz regional…

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  • Africa

    Analysis: Combating Invisibility: Getting Everyone in the Somali Region Counted

    BY ABDIRAHMAN AHMED @ABDIRAXMANSOCY Addis Abeba, September 25/2020 – Lack of accurate and reliable population data makes policy formulation, development planning and political endeavor difficult. It is a must for any nations of the world to have clear-cut information about its population without which sustainable and holistic development is not attainable. Thus, population census, sample survey and vital event registrations (or…

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  • Africa

    News: Army issues stern warning against anyone planning to violate constitution

    By Medihane Ekubamichael@Medihane Addis Abeba, September 25/2020 – General Berhanu Jula, Deputy Chief of Staff & Military Operations Division Head of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF), said the army will be “forced to take actions against anyone who claims to violate the constitution.” In an interview with state owned ENA, General Berhanu said that the postponement of Ethiopia’s 6th…

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