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Isayas Afewerki to Visit Ethiopia

Eritrea’s President Isayas Afewerqi is due to visit Addis Abeba on Saturday, in a return gesture to Ethiopia’s delegation tour to Eritrea last week. On his visit in Addis Ababa, Isayas Afwerki will speak to invited guests at the Millennium Hall. Isayas has not visited Ethiopia since the war 1998 Last week Ethiopian high-level delegation led […]

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Ethiopia and Eritrea declare ‘state of war’ over

From al Jazeera Leaders of Horn of Africa nations sign joint peace agreement, officially ending decades of diplomatic and armed strife. The five-pillar agreement states that the war between the two countries has ended [Yemane Gebremeskel/Twitter] Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared their “state of war” over after landmark talks between the neighbouring countries’ leaders, as part of […]

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South Sudan Cease-fire Violated Within Hours

From The New York Times ImageSupporters of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Juba, this month. Mr. Kiir and rival Riek Machar, Mr. Kiir’s former deputy, agreed on the “permanent” cease-fire earlier this week after their first face-to-face talks in nearly two years.CreditAkuot Chol/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Associated Press South Sudan government troops […]

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South Sudan rivals sign peace deal, effective after 72 hours?

SOUTH SUDAN South Sudanese rival leaders signed a peace agreement in Khartoum on Wednesday under which a ceasefire would take hold after 72 hours, Sudan’s foreign minister said, although a rebel spokesman rejected other points. The minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, said the agreement also included the opening of crossings for humanitarian aid, the freeing of […]

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The Dividends of Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea

True peace is not just the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. U.S. civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King   By the Strathink Editorial Team The recent gestures by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki to resolve the impasse between the two countries following the […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Economy, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Politics and Security, Regional Issues2 Comments

Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war

From BBC Image copyrightAFPImage captionEthiopia had refused to remove its troops from the region around Badme, the dusty market town at the centre of the dispute Ethiopia’s governing coalition has announced it will fully accept and implement the peace deal that ended its border war with Eritrea. It says it will accept the outcome of […]

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Democracy according to Eritrea’s Afwerki, then and now

From al-Jazeera On the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, Isaias Afwerki should remember what he once said about democracy. by Abraham T Zere Isaias Afwerki is the first President of Eritrea, a position he has held since its independence in 1993 [Reuters] Today marks the 27th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, hard-won after a 30-year war […]

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The Demise of Ginbot 7: Rest in Peace (R.I.P.)

The editors of Strathink believe that Ginbot 7 is largely irrelevant and we have little to say about an organization that has become inauthentic and illegitimate in today’s Ethiopia. However, the extraordinarily revealing interview of Ginbot 7 leader Neamin Zeleke was hard to ignore.  by the Strathink Editorial Team Last week’s historic transition resulted in […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Ethiopia, Opinion Roundup, Politics and Security, Uncategorized5 Comments

Why Facebook Should Facedown

This piece came in from one or our readers. It discusses the profoundly negative role social media, especially Facebook, is playing in Ethiopian politics, especially among the Ethiopian Diaspora. By Shilla Mereb 22 March 2018, Addis Ababa I chose to write this reflection because a friend of mine urged me to do so while discussing […]

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The Eritrea-Sudan border standoff: did Isaias whisper treason?

Martin Plaut In January this year Sudanese troops were sent to man the country’s border with Eritrea. The border was sealed: trade between the neighbouring states ceased. This has caused real hardship for many on both sides of the border – but particularly in Eritrea, which relies on imports from Sudan. So what is behind […]

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