Archive for the ‘election’ Category

Some see worsening rights situation in aid donor ‘darling’ Ethiopia

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Like many in the West, former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn watched the country's recent elections for signs that democracy was finally taking root.

Ethiopia Faces Era Of One-Party Rule

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Ethiopia's 2010 election all but wiped out the country's once vibrant political opposition.  This means that Ethiopia faces the prospect of one-party rule for the foreseeable future.

Beware of Those Bearing Olive Branches!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Prof. Al Mariam  "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts," goes the old saying. I say beware of those bearing fake olive branches. In many societies, "extending an olive branch" symbolizes an act of reconciliation, goodwill and peace. In ancient Greece and Rome, people gave each other olive branches as tokens of their ...

Ethiopian Leader says ‘Rough Stretch’ in Ties with US Over

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says bilateral ties with the United States are on the mend after months of tensions.  Mr. Meles promised a wholesale government reshuffle due in October will include a restructuring of Ethiopia’s diplomatic missions.

Ethiopia eyes end of food aid within five years-PM

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

By Barry Malone ADDIS ABABA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia may not need any food aid within five years thanks to an ambitious development plan that targets a heady average economic growth of 14.9 percent over the period, its prime minister said on Wednesday.

Donors betray African democrats

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

By William Wallis (FT) There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about sub-Saharan Africa. Progress towards more democratic rule, however, is no longer among them.

Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls, (Part IV)

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The Africa Kleptocracy Project In June 2008, when presidential candidate Barack Obama was a few months away from electoral victory, I warned those dictators who survive by pickpocketing the American tax payer of the arrival of a "new sheriff" in town and advised them to clean up their acts and "shape ...

Steel vises, clenched fists and closing walls (Part III)*

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Human Rights Ledger of the Obama Administration President Obama has been sharply criticized for his "inability" to deliver on his human rights "promises." Some say his support for the cause of human rights and those struggling against oppression has been rhetorical, and lukewarm at that. He has been unable to ...

Arabsat suspends ETV broadcasts

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Addis voice  One of the world’s top satellite TV operators, the Arab Satellites Communication Organization (Arabsat), has decided to suspend the Meles regime from using its services after repeatedly engaging in illegal signal interference and jamming efforts affecting a number of TV channels including ESAT and its own ETV satellite broadcasts. ...

EPRDF Emulating Chinese Communist Party, Says Ethiopian Opposition

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

July 27, 2010 -- Ethiopia is turning into a one party state under the ruling EPRDF, say opposition parties, according to news report from Capital.