CPJ, 80 media and rights groups urge African heads of state to release jailed journalists
We the 81 undersigned media, press freedom, and human rights organizations are writing to call on your respective governments to release all jailed journalists amid the sweeping COVID-19 pandemic.As of March 31, at least six more journalists and media workers have been jailed since December 1, and remain in prison as of March 31, including
four in Ethiopia
and one each in Cameroon and Algeria.
What happened to the much-promised 'change' Abyi and his handlers promised to the Ethiopian people?
Supreme Court votes 5-4 to halt order extending absentee ballot deadline in Wisconsin
Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed an executive order suspending in-person voting in the state earlier on Monday after trying and failing to convince the GOP-dominated state legislature to postpone elections until May. His order was blocked by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the evening.
The governing party in the U.S, the Republican Party, is fighting to hold the election despite the coronavirus pandemic. Why is the US Ambassador in Ethiopia who is a Republican appointee not speaking against the postponement of the national election in Ethiopia? Also, why was Birtukan Medekssa so quick to cancel the election in Ethiopia before she knew the full picture of the coronavirus effect? So far, it looks the virus may not become a national problem in Ethiopia! God willing!!
Abiy Ahmed-a Philosopher King or a Sophist?
Getu Teressa April 5, 2020 - After listening to several of Abiy's speeches in the last two years and obtaining further insights from his books (Medemer and Erkab Ena Menber), one can conclude that: Abiy Ahmed represents a modern-day sophist, not the philosopher-king that he wants us to believe.
Medemer is nothing more than sophistry; a hodgepodge of ideas constructed with rhetorical fallacies and delivered with pseudo-intellectual evangelical self-help fervor.
On the Pandemic: A layman's view
April 05, 2020 - A new (novel) pandemic (Greek for pan=all and demos=people) disease (COVID-19) is here. Thanks to the cheap and fast travel globalization gifted us, we're now exposed to a pandemic. It is high time for everyone (mostly laypeople like me) to meet our competitors. Here's my (a layman's) take.
When the savannah emerged because of the cooling planet 4-7 million years ago, our ancestors altered their behavior. They realized it was time to ...
Some say there is a trade-off: save lives or save jobs - this is a false dilemma
An Op-ed first published on The Telegraph by Kristalina Georgieva and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus - As the world responds to COVID-19, country after country is faced with the need to contain the spread of the virus at the cost of bringing its society and economy to a standstill. At face value there is a trade-off to make: either save lives or save livelihoods. This is a false dilemma
Ethiopia needs Journalist Yayesew Shimelis
EsaTed 04-03-2020 - The first time I saw a Nahoo television panel discussion with journalist Yayesew after the so-called, coup d'etat of June of last year in Bahir Dar and the assassination of General Seare, I was pleasantly surprised to see a journalist based in Addis with a substantially different point of view about what was going on in the country and his analysis of the problem with the way the country was led.
Article Review On Good Governance and Aid Effectiveness: The Wolrd Bank and Conditionality
Sintayehu Girma April 2020 - Good governance is the buzzword of the time. The distengration of the former USSR has brought the new world order some call it the US order.Others call it is a disorder. The end of cold war in 1991 has brought the triumphs of liberalism and neoliberals particularly in the west.
The failed business as usual: Supply side water management in Mekelle
Yohannes Aberra, PhD April 02, 2020
As entire Ethiopia fights tooth and nail with the Corona pandemic it has to be borne in mind that life is going to continue after whatever the cost of the spread of the virus might be. What this pandemic is showing us clearly and unmistakably is that water is our savior. If we are forced to realize that water saves us then we must also realize...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: The Ethiopian at the heart of the coronavirus fight
The entire planet hanging on your every word, addressing daily press conferences at the headquarters in Geneva to detail an ever increasing number of cases in an ever increasing number of countries.
This is the lot of Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the first African head of the WHO, who took office two-and-a-half years ago promising to reform the organization, and to tackle the illnesses that kill millions each year...
Ethiopian journalist Yayesew Shimelis detained
Nairobi, April 1, 2020 -- Authorities in Ethiopia should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Yayesew Shimelis and cease detaining journalists without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Ethiopia: Justice Needed for Deadly October Violence
(Nairobi) - The Ethiopian government has made little progress in investigating the deadly October 2019 violence and in acting to prevent further security force abuses and inter-communal violence. Six months later, victims and their families from two towns in the Oromia region still seek justice for abuses committed by security forces...
Why is HR interested in this incident only? To be honest, which incident, crime or broad daylight killing of prominent individuals and innocent civilians have been investigated since Abiy came to power? It is mindboggling why Ethiopians are playing deaf ear when it comes to this government!
Ethiopia vows to end communications blackout as virus cases rise
ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia on March 31 vowed to restore phone and Internet service to a restive portion of the country's west amid criticism that a months-long shutdown was depriving millions of vital information about the coronavirus pandemic.Communications had been cut in the area known as Wollega, located in the Oromia region, since early January, when the military ramped up operations against
It is official now, no election this year in Ethiopia. The question is will parliament invoke the six-month emergency rule with a caretaker government where the president is the head of state or somehow corrupt the process and empower Abiy to continue as a prime minister. All eyes are open and Ethiopia's future has never been bleak!