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New US Senate Resolution on Ethiopia Introduced

Senators Marc Rubio and Ben Cardin Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling on Ethiopia
Senators Marc Rubio and Ben Cardin Introduced Bipartisan Resolution Calling on Ethiopia to Respect Human Rights, Open Democratic Space

BY SENATORS MARC RUBIO & BEN CARDIN

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

What’s it Like Living in a State of Emergency

You really cannot imagine what it’s like to live under the state of emergency just by reading about it on newspapers.

Welcome to the banana republic of Ethiopia.

BY SEIF MAGANGO | DAILY NATION

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

President Isaias: TPLF Regime in Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Spontaneous, extensive and simmering popular protests in Ethiopia are inevitable results of TPLF’s perilous policies of ethnicity divide and rule.

By Bereket Kidane,

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)

Ethnic Tensions in Gondar Reflect the Toxic Nature of Ethiopian Politics

From uneven development to authoritarian government, the morass of issues facing the city of Gondar offer a snapshot of Ethiopia’s wider problems

Gondar’s predicament is a microcosm of Ethiopia’s: a toxic brew of uneven development, polarised debate amid a virtual media vacuum, contested history, ethnic tensions, a fragmented opposition and an authoritarian government. (Photo: William Davison)

By William Davidson | Bloomberg,

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.

Gondar, known as “Africa’s Camelot”, was once the centre of the Ethiopian empire – at a time when that empire was defined mainly by Amhara traditions. Continue reading Ethnic Tensions in Gondar Reflect the Toxic Nature of Ethiopian Politics

Ethiopian Unrest Triggers Collapse in Tourism

Ethiopia tourism took a nosedive. Several thousands of international tourists have called off their planned trips to Ethiopia ever since authorities declare nationwide state of emergency.

By John Aglionby | for Financial Times,

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

Ethiopia State of Emergency Affecting Work of US Embassy

For Washington, Ethiopia is slowly but surely sliding from role model to cautionary tale. But what is really going on in Ethiopia?

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban,

The United States embassy in Addis Ababa has disclosed that the October 9 state of emergency currently in force in Ethiopia severely affects their ability to assist US citizens.

One of the restrictions under the curfew is that diplomats “for their own safety” were to avoid traveling 40 kilometers outside the capital.

” …the decree restricts U.S. and other foreign diplomats from traveling 40 kilometers outside of Addis Ababa, which severely affects the ability of the Consular Section to assist U.S. Citizens,” the embassy said. Continue reading Ethiopia State of Emergency Affecting Work of US Embassy