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From the website warontherocks.com, we re-publish a shocking piece by Katherine Petrich on al-Shabaab’s exploitation of women to gather intelligence from the Kenyan authorities who buy sex in the slum districts of Nairobi. KATHARINE PETRICH AUGUST 14, 2018 COMMENTARY I recently spent several weeks in the slum districts of Nairobi, researching al-Shabaab’s criminal activities in […]

President of Ethiopia’s Somali region resigns, federal forces deployed

President of Ethiopia’s Somali regional state has resigned his position following a security crisis that involved federal forces and regional forces under his command. Senior officials of the region told the Voice Of America’s Somali service that Mohamoud Omar popularly referred to as Abdi Illey was to be replaced by the region’s Finance Minister Ahmed […]

Economic Reform, Peace with Eritrea and Medemer: Some Questions

By The Strathink Editorial Team The trajectory of change that has taken place in Ethiopia since the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this year has been extraordinary. What was once unthinkable, such as privatizing public enterprises and peace with Eritrea, is now on the table. The euphoria, bordering on almost religious fervor, with which […]

Engineer Semegnew Bekele Devoted His Life to Ethiopia’s Ambitious Dam

The Wall Street Journal is one of the world’s premier newspapers. The fact that the WSJ  published an obituary for Engineer Semegnew Bekele is evidence of his global reputation for expertise, commitment and passion. We reprint the obituary  here. Project manager of what is expected to be Africa’s biggest dam found shot dead in his […]

Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The project manager of a $4 billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. Investigators inspect the scene, where Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam Project Manager Simegnew Bekele was found dead in his car in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July, 26, 2018 REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri […]

South Sudan Cease-fire Violated Within Hours

July 1, 2018

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?

June 27, 2018

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

June 25, 2018

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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How Ethiopia’s peace offer caught Eritrea’s regime by surprise

June 12, 2018

From al Jazeera Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki cannot afford to ignore Ethiopia’s peace offer. by Abraham T Zere 11 Jun 2018 Isaias Afwerki has been Eritrea’s president since 1993 [Reuters/James Akena] On June 5, Ethiopia announced it would fully accept and implement the 2000 Algiers Peace Accord that ended its border war with Eritrea. It also said it would accept […]

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

June 9, 2018

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

June 5, 2018

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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Ethiopia ‘accepts peace deal’ to end Eritrea border war

June 5, 2018

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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De-Mystifying the Ethiopian Constitution (Part 1)

May 29, 2018

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

May 24, 2018

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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Survivor Of Rwandan Genocide To Be Country’s First Female Neurosurgeon

May 23, 2018

From The Huffington Post Dr. Claire Karekezi says the genocide is what made her understand that “we cannot count on anyone but ourselves.” By Jenna Amatulli  Dr. Claire Karekezi will return to her home in Rwanda in July as the first and only female neurosurgeon in the entire country. The 35-year-old has been studying neuro-oncology […]

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