Archive for January, 2012

As China-built AU centre opens, India focuses on quiet Africa diplomacy

Monday, January 30th, 2012

 Addis Ababa/New Delhi, Jan 30 : As the glitzy China-built African Union building opened in the Ethiopian capital, India was quietly engaged in intense consultations with delegations from around 25 African countries, including foreign office talks with Ethiopia, to fast-track implementation of key projects agreed at the second India-Africa summit.

African Dictators: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Prof. Al Mariam  The International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the chase; and over the past few months, things have taken a slow turn for the worse for African dictators and human rights violators. They are finding out that they can’t run and they can’t hide. Laurent “Cling-to-power-at-any-cost” Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire ...

Journalists, politicians get jail time

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

An Ethiopian judge has sentenced a group of five journalists and politicians to prison sentences ranging from 13 years to life. The five were arrested last year and charged last week under Ethiopia's controversial anti-terrorism laws.

Copyrights and CopyCrimes

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Prof. Al Mariam | January 23, 2012   Crimes Against the Mind If a person were to maliciously burn or vandalize another’s house, it would be regarded as a serious property crime under the laws of any nation. If one were to walk into a bookstore and steal thousands of books and give ...

Tourists from 5 nations victims in Ethiopia attack

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Gunmen in Ethiopia's arid north attacked a group of European tourists, killing five, wounding two and kidnapping two, an Ethiopian official said Wednesday. Ethiopian Communications Minister Bereket Simon said the gunmen came from neighboring Eritrea and attacked the tourist group before dawn on Tuesday. Two Ethiopians ...

Africa’s Most Successful Women: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Every now and then, I profile outstanding African women who’re making giant strides in business, politics, technology, entrepreneurship and leadership on the continent and elsewhere around the world. This week, I profile the spectacular Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, an Ethiopian entrepreneur and the founder of SoleRebels, a thriving eco-sensitive footwear brand ...

The great Ethiopian land-grab: feudalism, leninism, neo-liberalism … plus ça change

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Land in Ethiopia is being leased to agro-industry investors on very long terms and below market rates. The beneficiaries have good political connections. But then land has been the play-thing of centralising authoritarians throughout Ethiopia's recent history.