Anger still boils in northern Ethiopia after protest crackdown

August 21st, 2016

The demonstrations were crushed but anger remains in Bahir Dar, capital of Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, where a fortnight ago security forces killed at least 30 protesters, according to a human rights group."I would say at least 50 people!" said Getachew, a protester who saw bodies arrive at the city hospital on August 7.Dressed in black, Getachew is mourning his younger brother Abebe, 28, who he says was shot twice –- once in the back of the head and once in his side -– as Eth...

Amisom Troops in Somalia not Paid for Six Months

June 28th, 2016

The allowances for African troops fighting al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia have not been paid for at least six months, the BBC has learned. The 22,000-strong African Union force (Amisom) fighting the Islamist militant group al-Shabab is funded by the EU. An European Union source told the BBC that last six-month payment was being withheld over "accounting issues". The head of Amisom told the BBC the correct papers to account for the last tranche had now been submitted."These papers are on th...

Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users

June 28th, 2016

Ethiopians’ discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers monitoring the social media.The lead researcher, Iginio Gagliardone, says the ratio of hate speech and dangerous speech is negligible.Yet, one out of seven statements analysed were found to be “attacking another speaker or a specific group by belittling, provoking, teasing them maliciously, or explicitly threatening them”.  That might explain why some users perc...

አስፋልቱ “አብስትራክት” የሆነው የደምቢዶሎ ኤርፖርት

June 28th, 2016

 ህወሃት በግፍ በሚመራት ኢትዮጵያ የማይጠፋ ነገር የለም፡፡ መናልባት መብራት ብቻ ነው የሚጠፋው ብሎ የሚያስብ የቅርቡን ክስትት ያልተከታተለ ብቻ ሊሆን ይችላል ቢባል ማጋነን አይሆንም፡፡መሃንዲሱን ተዋወቁመብራት፣ ውሃ፣ የስልክ ኔትወርክ፣ ወርቅ፣ … ብቻ ሳይሆን ጋዜጠኞች፣ ፖለቲከኞች፣ የሥርዓቱ ...

Ethiopia: Court Adjourns for Verdict In Opposition Leader Bekele Gerba’s Case

June 28th, 2016

Ethiopian opposition leader Professor Bekele Gerba pictured at the NPR office in Washington, D.C., August 2015. (Photo: Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR)Addis StandardBy Mahlet FasilAddis Ababa — Judges at the Federal High Court 19th Criminal Bench here in the capital have today adjourned the hearing until August 01, 2016 to give verdict involving the case for high level opposition figures.The verdict will decide on whether or not defendants have a case to defend. Today’s decision came after ...

What’s Behind Ethiopia & Eritrea’s Clash?

June 28th, 2016

This article was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. (Photo: Ethiopian communications minister Getachew Reda speaks on border clashes with Eritrea, Addis Ababa, June 14, 2016/Getty Images)NewsweekBY JOHN CAMPBELL AND NATHAN BIRHANUWHAT’S BEHIND ETHIOPIA AND ERITREA’S BORDER CLASH?International attention is focused on Brexit, the resulting turmoil in the international financial markets, and the resignation of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. There is the risk o...

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