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Mr. Rene Lefort’s Not-so-strong Case for a Strongman in Ethiopia

To our readers: This week we feature commentary on Rene Lefort’s recent article, “Ethiopia’s crisis,” published in openDemocracy. Today we post an article by one of our readers, Elias Dawit. We encourage more submissions for posting in the hope that we can facilitate a reasoned conversation about Ethiopian politics, devoid of the polemics and narrow […]

U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

  The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation. BY COLUM LYNCH Faced with a dire U.N. warning of a possible genocide in South Sudan, the United States was set this week to finally embrace an arms embargo against the world’s newest country […]

Can Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Lead to Genuine Reform?

Editors Note: From one of our readers. by Kassahun Alemayehu  The spike of unrest in parts of the country that preceded the Ethiopian government’s declaration of a state of emergency led many observers to ask, “Is Ethiopia’s success story of economic growth and political stability at last fizzling out?”  For fourteen years, Ethiopia has registered […]

South Sudan agrees to deploy regional protection force

From al Jazeera The decision comes after months of hesitation by South Sudan after soaring violence erupted in Juba in July. South Sudan agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated force in Juba [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters] The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba, a spokesman […]

One Athlete + One Terrorist + One Narcissist + One Foolish European = Hypocrisy

by the Strathink Editorial Team Feyisa Lilesa, Berhanu Nega, Merera Gudina, and Ana Gomes are a mixed bag of political and ethical hypocrisy. Each occupies a uniquely singular place in contemporary Ethiopian politics. Separately they are short bursts of noise on the internet. Together they are a headline that outlives its usefulness in a few […]

Mr. Rene Lefort’s Not-so-strong Case for a Strongman in Ethiopia

December 7, 2016

To our readers: This week we feature commentary on Rene Lefort’s recent article, “Ethiopia’s crisis,” published in openDemocracy. Today we post an article by one of our readers, Elias Dawit. We encourage more submissions for posting in the hope that we can facilitate a reasoned conversation about Ethiopian politics, devoid of the polemics and narrow […]

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U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

December 5, 2016

  The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation. BY COLUM LYNCH Faced with a dire U.N. warning of a possible genocide in South Sudan, the United States was set this week to finally embrace an arms embargo against the world’s newest country […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Defense News, Politics and Security, Regional Issues, South Sudan0 Comments

Can Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Lead to Genuine Reform?

December 5, 2016

Editors Note: From one of our readers. by Kassahun Alemayehu  The spike of unrest in parts of the country that preceded the Ethiopian government’s declaration of a state of emergency led many observers to ask, “Is Ethiopia’s success story of economic growth and political stability at last fizzling out?”  For fourteen years, Ethiopia has registered […]

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South Sudan agrees to deploy regional protection force

November 28, 2016

From al Jazeera The decision comes after months of hesitation by South Sudan after soaring violence erupted in Juba in July. South Sudan agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated force in Juba [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters] The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba, a spokesman […]

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One Athlete + One Terrorist + One Narcissist + One Foolish European = Hypocrisy

November 23, 2016

by the Strathink Editorial Team Feyisa Lilesa, Berhanu Nega, Merera Gudina, and Ana Gomes are a mixed bag of political and ethical hypocrisy. Each occupies a uniquely singular place in contemporary Ethiopian politics. Separately they are short bursts of noise on the internet. Together they are a headline that outlives its usefulness in a few […]

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The US elections (and their aftermath), covered as we do African elections

November 17, 2016

From https://eldahshan.com/2016/11/13/the-us-elections-and-their-aftermath-covered-as-we-do-african-elections/ Had to be done (actually surprised it hasn’t already): Writing about the latest US elections like US media writes about African countries. **COUNTRY CRISIS WATCH** [insert CNN “breaking news” type of jingle] The US of A, a nation located in the center of the North American continent, is shaken by its latest electoral results, […]

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Donald Trump and Africa

November 16, 2016

From the Brookings Institution Witney Schneidman For Africa, at stake in this election of Donald Trump is the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress that has been the cornerstone of U.S. policy toward the continent for the last three administrations. This consensus, supported by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, was predicated on the notion that Africa […]

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UN renews Somalia-Eritrea arms embargo

November 11, 2016

By Associated Press November 10 at 3:01 PM UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has renewed an arms embargo on Somalia and Eritrea citing a continuing threat from al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants. The 15-member council on Thursday approved the renewal of sanctions with 10 nations voting in favor and five abstaining. “The sanctions are preventing […]

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Historic victory for Somali-American Muslim woman in US legislative polls

November 9, 2016

Some good news for our readers.  The United States has its first Somali-American legislator. Ilhan Omar made history on Tuesday night after winning in a state House race. Ilhan, who stood on the ticket of the Democratic Farmer Labour (DFL) – affiliated to the Democratic Party, in Minneapolis District, defeated the nominal Republican opposition. She […]

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EPRDF: Once again on the wrong side of History

November 6, 2016

This came in from one of our readers.   by Abebaye Tegen The Ethiopian ruling party, for the first time in its quarter of a century in power, declared a state of Emergency following over a year of protest that claimed thousands of lives and a huge damage of property. Every day people are dying or jailed in […]

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