U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a Senate resolution condemning excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces that led to hundreds of deaths last year, and calling on the Ethiopian government to release all political opposition, dissidents, activists, and journalists and to respect the rights enshrined in its constitution. Continue reading New US Senate Resolution on Ethiopia Introduced→
My three days in Addis Ababa recently felt like a step back in time. As part of my day job, I keep abreast of developments in Ethiopia, so I thought I knew the true extent of the restrictions the people there have to endure every day, especially since a state of emergency was imposed last October. Continue reading What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency→
In an interview with local journalists in late January, President Isaias Afwerki compared Ethiopia’s ruling party to a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital and said that the country’s declaration of a State of Emergency was yet another futile attempt to put down an organic insurgency.
In remarks broadcast live on Eri-TV, President Isaias characterized the TPLF’s re-branding as the EPRDF a blatant attempt to divide Ethiopia along ethic lines and subjugate the population. Such efforts, he stated, amounted to little more than temporary pain-relief medication because they did not address the root cause of the country’s disease.
In his conversation with the media, President Isaias highlighted how nervous Western governments have long been playing the role of enabler to the TPLF regime. As a result, diplomatic circles in 2016 were reduced to biting their nails and watching helplessly as a “tsunami” of ethnic uprisings swept Ethiopia like wildfire, shaking the TPLF to the core and horrifying a panic-stricken West. Continue reading President Isaias: TPLF Regime in Intensive Care Unit (ICU)→
In Gondar, a city in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, a lone tourist pauses to take a photo of a fortress built more than two centuries ago. Nearby, past a row of gift shops, lies the wreck of a coach torched during unrest in August.
A wave of anti-government protests and the imposition of a state of emergency has triggered a collapse in tourism bookings in Ethiopia, underlining the effect the unrest is having on one of Africa’s best-performing economies.
As the demonstrations spread across the country, governments, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland, have advised their citizens against all non-essential travel to the country or Amhara and Oromia regions at the centre of the instability. Continue reading Ethiopian Unrest Triggers Collapse in Tourism→