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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’s New Leader: So Far So Good, But Mountains Still to Climb

Ann Fitz-Gerald Commentary, 5 June 2018 Horn of Africa, International Security Studies, Africa Dr Abiye Ahmed is Ethiopia’s new head of the federal government. He has already approved a motion to lift the national state of emergency and released an Ethiopian-born British resident and passport holder. But might these positive developments be precursors to tensions that could be […]

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Ethiopia says it is ready to implement Eritrea peace deal and privatize parts of the economy

From The Washington Post Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, talks to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Nairobi, May 7. (Reuters) By Paul SchemmJune 5 at 2:30 PMEmail the author ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — Ethiopia’s ruling party announced Tuesday plans to implement a long-moribund peace deal with Eritrea, opening the way for improved relations after 18 years […]

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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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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 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 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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