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De-Mystifying the Ethiopian Constitution (Part 1)

The Strathink Editorial Team presents here Part 1 of its series this week on the 1994 Ethiopian Constitution. In today’s atmosphere of change, Strathink would like to remind its readers that Ethiopia is a nation governed by the rule of law–its legal framework spelled out in the 1994 Constitution. Genuine change can only take place […]

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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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Fixing Ethiopia’s Narrative in the West

by The Strathink Editorial Team “Fixing Ethiopia Requires More Than a New Prime Minister,” an article written by Ms. Hilary Matfess and published on Lawfare, a foreign policy blog, is a perfect example of how not to write about African politics. In this essay, Ms. Matfess falls into the trap of Western scholarship and media […]

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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

The Election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed

by the Strathink Editorial Team This week the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Party (EPRDF) voted for Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister following the resignation of Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn. Dr. Abiy Ahmed leads the Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), one of the four parties of the Front. In a parliamentary system, the governing party elects the country’s […]

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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Democracy, Ethiopia, Politics and Security2 Comments

American Hypocrisy: H.R. 128

by The Strathink Editorial Team U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, is calling on Congress to put House Resolution (H.R.) 128 to a vote following legislative postponement last month. What is H.R. 128? The resolution calls for the U.S. Department of State to review security assistance for Ethiopia unless certain conditions are met […]

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Abiy Ahmed elected as chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition

EPRDF picks Abiy Ahmed as its chairman, paving the way for the Oromo leader to become Ethiopia’s prime minister. Mass protests erupted in Ethiopia’s populous Oromia region in 2015 [File: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]   Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has elected Abiy Ahmed as its new chairman, according to state media. The announcement on Tuesday by state broadcaster FANA means […]

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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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Posted in Congress Watch, Countries, Defense News, Democracy, Ethiopia, Policy Dialogue, Politics and Security2 Comments

The challenge now is to renew Ethiopia with what is right with Ethiopia

  By The Strathink Editorial Team For the last several years, Ethiopia has been in the midst of a serious political crisis. Civil unrest in various parts of the country, particularly Oromia, triggered the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Ethiopia’s governing party, is undergoing what it calls […]

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The Smartphone Warriors of Minneapolis

by the Strathink Editorial Team Social media is king. The power of social media to influence large groups of people in the blink of an eye is unprecedented in modern history. But with great power comes great responsibility. This week Facebook removed the pages of Britain First from its online social media platform. Britain First […]

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  • Where are the women journalists in this cartoon? Hmmmmmmm https://t.co/rguA6VTPhs
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  • Go @DrKindeya ! Promoting Ethiopia's growing higher education sector. https://t.co/BNfbNPNHlK
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  • This has been Ethiopia's problem for decades. You can't have a democracy with free media yet media remains shackled… https://t.co/ZMeJTLpwEt
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  • RT @martinplaut: Enduring peace in Eritrea cannot begin with no access to justice, no freedom of expression, no constitution, no elections.…
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  • Exactly. https://t.co/lxr6bzvoC8
    about 2 days ago
  • Where are the women journalists in this cartoon? Hmmmmmmm https://t.co/rguA6VTPhs
    about 2 days ago