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News: Corruption a scourge Africa can do without: UNECA deputy executive

  Addis Abeba, 22 January 2018 – Corruption is a scourge that has to be combated if Africa is to achieve the laudable goal of leaving no one behind as enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Deputy Executive Secretary, Giovani Biha. Addressing the 31st Civil Society Pre-Summit […]

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News: Security forces open fire at festival goers in Weldiya, Amhara regional state, killing at least five

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 21/2018 – “At least five people were killed” yesterday and several others wounded when security forces opened fire at festival goers in Weldiya, some 510 km north of the capital Addis Ababa, in Amhara regional state, according to Alemayehu Yemiru, a resident of the town; but Alemayehu said he […]

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News: Government allocates more than $7m. to build the Adwa Pan-African University

  Samuel Bogale Addis Abeba, January 15/2018 – Following initiatives taken by a few individuals two years ago to build a study center in Adwa town, some 576 km north of the capital Addis Abeba, in Tigray regional state, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has today said his government was committed to build the Adwa Pan-African […]

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Opinion – EPRDF does not represent and speak for all Ethiopians and it is not accidental

  Mohamed Olad, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 12/2018 – Though Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF’s latest efforts to expand the current political space can be seen as commendable, as the largest political Front in the nation, it failed to represent all Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples while it confined itself to only four regional states that […]

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Opinion: ‘Peace’ of the tormentor and resistance toward freedom

  Alem Mamo, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – Fostering peace is much more abstruse than waging war or employing violence to address social woes. The multi-dimensional disposition of peace necessitates a wide-ranging approach that addresses all the underlying and deep-rooted factors interposed to the absence of peace in the first place. ‘Positive […]

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News: Federal high court reverses decision to summon gov. officials as defense witnesses, angering defendants; sentences seven on contempt of court

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – The Federal High Court 4th criminal bench has today dismissed its own decision to summon high level government officials as defense witnesses in the case involving senior opposition party officials from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). In its ruling on August 18th, the court issued a letter […]

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Opinion – The Lemma Megerssa Moment and the Oromo Dilemma: Between resistance and governing

  Tsegaye R Ararssa, for Addis Standard Introduction Addis Abeba, Janurary 10/2018 – One of the most emphatic achievements of the #OromoProtests is Lemma Megerssa himself. The Lemma Megerssa moment is produced by the resurgent Oromo resistance that was rekindled in 2014 and persisted to date.  Having produced the Lemma Megerssa moment as its overall […]

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News: Ethiopian national security council reflects on yet another daunting security assessment

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, January 08/2018 – In another meeting attended by members of Ethiopia’s Security Council, participants at a day long meeting on Friday January 05 have reflected on yet another daunting security assessment compiled from various parts of the country since the council’s first meeting was held, during which an alarming security […]

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News: Autopsy of Ayele Beyene says he died of ‘natural cause’; contradicts co-defendants who say he died of ‘torture, neglect in prison’

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 05/2018 – The autopsy of Ayele Beyene, 29, who died in the last week of July 2017 while he was imprisoned at Qilinto prison, a maximum prison facility on the southern outskirt of Addis Abeba, has declared the cause of his death as “natural.” Under the “Opinion as to […]

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Breaking: Ethiopia to close down notorious prison, to release all political prisoners

  Addis Abeba, January 03/2018 – At a joint press briefing given by the four chairpersons of EPRDF’s member parties, PM Hailemariam Desalegn, who is the chairperson of SEPDM, said his government will close down the notorious prison ward (and a torture chamber by all accounts) called Mae’kelawi. The Prime Minister said Mae’kelawi will be […]

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