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News: Journalist Temesgen Desalegn admitted to hospital, others kept in “inhuman condition”

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, March 30/2018 – Journalist Temesgen Desalegn, who has been rearrested last sunday along with ten other here in the capital Addis Abeba, is admitted to Zewditu hospital due to sever back pain he developed during his jail time in recent past, according to family members. “Temesgen did not have the […]

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Editorial: Ethiopia in the Crosshairs of the Military: Unmasking the narrative of counter revolution

  From the Editorial Addis Abeba, March 29/2018 – Following the fall of the Soviet Union and the totalitarian political systems it spawned, a new brand of authoritarian governments emerged around the globe. In their edited volume, Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes, Tom Ginsburg and Alberto Simpser point out that the new “constitutional autocrats” rule by […]

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Breaking: Dr. Abiy Ahmed elected new chairman of EPRDF with Demeke Mekonnen as deputy

Addis Standard staffs Addis Abeba, March 27/2018 – The just concluded meeting by the Council of Ethiopia’s ruling party, EPRDF, elected Dr. Abiy Ahmed Aliy, chairman of the OPDO, as EPRDF’s new chairman. The council has not decided on who will be the deputy. If the party sticks to its tradition, which is more likely […]

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News: Many detained by the army as crackdown intensifies in various cities across Ethiopia, among them recently released politicians and journalists

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba,  March 26/2018 – In what appears to be a fresh round of crackdown by the army under the auspices of the command post implementing Ethiopia’s state of emergency, more than 30 people have been detained in various cities and towns during the weekend only. Arrests of civilians were made here in […]

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Commentary: No Power Can Suppress People Power: The Hubris of Power against the Challenge of Barefoot Democrats in Ethiopia

Photo: Oromo festival goers chant protest slogans during the deadly Irreecha festival in Oct. 2016.   Ezekiel Gebissa, Special to Addis Standard Addis Abeba, March 23/2018 – In his widely acclaimed book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, James C. Scott examines why state-sponsored social engineering schemes […]

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News: Ethiopia command post claims Ethiopians who fled army’s killing “returning home”; threatens NGOs, media against “spreading false information”

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, March 21/2018 – In a statement released this afternoon, the secretariat of the command post established to oversee the implementation of Ethiopia’s latest state of emergency, said Ethiopians who have fled in to the Kenyan border following the army’s killing of civilians in Moyale town, have “started to return home”. […]

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Analysis: Storm on Ethiopia’s Doorsteps: Tackling convulsions in the greater Middle East and Northeast Africa

The latest crisis in Ethiopia following the killing of civilians by army members in Moyale has so far displaced above 40, 000 Ethiopians     Hassen Hussein, For Addis Standard   Addis Abeba, March 21/2018 – Preoccupied by the internal upheavals that their own country is undergoing, Ethiopians can be excused for largely ignoring the storm gathering […]

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News: Global Coalition for Lake Tana Restoration raises US$140,000 to help save Lake Tana from invasive water hyacinth

Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, March 19/2018 –  The Global Coalition for Lake Tana Restoration, a nonprofit organization established by Ethiopian water professionals in the US, raised a total of over 140,000 USD (equivalent to 3.8 Million birr), at a fundraising event organized on March 17 in Washington DC.  Dubbed as “Tena le Tana 2018” (Health […]

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News: EPRDF Executive Committee meeting nearing completion; its Council to meet mid next week

  Addis Abeba, March 15/2018 – In the first official statement five days after it began its Executive Committee meeting, Shiferaw Shigute, secretariat of the ruling EPRDF and Chairman of the SEPDM, told state affiliated FanaBC that the 36 members Executive Committee meeting so far was a success and that EPRDF’s Council meeting will be […]

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News: Ethiopia security detain communication and PR head of Oromia justice bureau, move signals growing crackdown against the region

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba March 15/2018 – It has been confirmed that members of the command post overseeing the current state of emergency have this morning detained Taye Dendea, an outspoken senior member of the Oromia regional state’s justice bureau. Taye is the head of the bureau’s communication and PR department. Taye Dendea is […]

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