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Rights groups decry Ethiopia press clampdown ahead of elections

Originally posted on First Ethiopia:
Nairobi (AFP) – Rights groups have said Sunday’s elections in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country, will not be free or fair due to a clampdown on freedom of speech. Ethiopia is set to hold its first general election since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor, Hailemariam…

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Helicopter in Gheralta

Originally posted on Salambo in Addis:
A new form of tourism is all of a sudden developing in Ethiopia: the helicopter ride. Last month, I went back to the Gheralta lodge, one of my favourite retreats in northern Tigray, and to my great surprise a helicopter was parked on the lawn. It belonged to wealthy…

Talking soil: Farmers voices

Originally posted on Africa RISING:
Small scale farmers are the guardians of 80 per cent of the world’s farmland. If we are to resolve the global soil crisis, they must be at the heart of the solutions. We need to listen to their voices. Watch this video where farmers from Ethiopia,Kenya and Tanzania talk about…

First International Flight!

Originally posted on Engineering Outside the Box:
I am so lucky that there are 4 other EWH smarties on this flight. We alk met up in the airport and now we are boarded and getting ready to fly to Ethiopia! The things that stand out the most so far are the shear size of this…

Divine Ethiopia

Originally posted on An Ethiopian Journal:
Source: (May 29th 2015 by Stanley Stewart) Ethiopia “resembles no other country in Africa”, wrote the great explorer Wilfred Thesiger, “or anywhere else.” Exploring Ethiopia by helicopter Sunday Service in the church of Abuna Yemata Guh  requires nerves of steel. Yet they assured me the congregations were good. “Don’t worry,”…

Somalia: At Least 10 Killed in Clashes Near Somalia-Ethiopia Border

Heavy fighting broke out between Somali Regional State of Ethiopia forces and pastoralists in small towns in central Somalia, leaving At least 10 people dead and injured 10 others. The battle erupted after forces from Somali Regional State of Ethiopia invaded in small towns in central Somalia and clashed with pastoralists over pasturelands and domestic … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Opposition party rejects election results

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle May 30, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – One of Ethiopia’s main opposition, Semeyawi (Blue) party rejected both the election process and the preliminary results issued on Wednesday from Sunday’s parliamentary election. A woman casts her vote in Ethiopia’s general election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo) “The Blue Party … Continue reading

Police Shootings Killed Nearly 400 in 5 Months, Report Finds

Originally posted on TIME:
At least 385 people were killed in police shootings during the first five months of this year, according to a new analysis, a grim tally that aims to put a more realistic figure against a federal estimate that is considered to be significantly underreported. While about half of the victims were…

Ethiopia and Horn of Africa Migration: Push or Pull?

by Magill Dyess Martini In a theory of migration, the forces that cause people to move around the globe can be seen as either push or pull forces. At present the world is very concerned with defining the forces that drive human movement in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. What extreme circumstances would make … Continue reading

Ethiopia opposition says elections an ‘undemocratic disgrace’

By AFP May 30, 2015 Addis Ababa (AFP) – Ethiopia’s main opposition party on Friday condemned weekend elections, which saw the ruling party cruise back into office, as a “disgrace” and proof the country was a one-party state. According to preliminary results from last Sunday’s elections, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of … Continue reading

Denver-born teen returns from Ethiopia for education

DENVER – More than 600 teenagers received their diplomas from East High School Thursday evening. It was even more special for one outgoing senior who had to make a big change to secure her future. The class of 2015 at East High School is referred to as diverse and forward thinking. That is definitely the … Continue reading

On The Scene: In Ethiopia, ‘Are You a Journalist?’ Is a Loaded Question

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Are you a journalist?” the young man asks me as we board the elevator. In Ethiopia, this is a loaded question.  It earned me an extra 45-minute wait at airport immigration as officials thumbed through my passport, pawed through my luggage and asked me what my intentions were. Several international human … Continue reading

United States accuses Ethiopia for denying observation of election

The United States Department Government issued a statement expressing its regrets because Ethiopian government has denied it from observing the Ethiopia’s last Sunday general election. “We regret that U.S. diplomats were denied accreditation as election observers and prohibited from formally observing Ethiopia’s electoral process,” the State Department said in its statement following Ethiopia’s election. “We … Continue reading

Empty Boxes: The West And Ethiopia’s Elections – OpEd

By Fikrejesus Amahazion To no one’s surprise, Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Ruling Democratic Front (EPRDF), swept the country’s recent national elections. In the last election, the ruling party collected 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats, while during these elections it has so far won all of the 442 declared seats (with little more … Continue reading

As Expected Ruling Party Claims Big Win in Early Ethiopia Election Results

VOA News BY Marthe van der Wolf ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Ethiopia’s ruling party won Sunday’s election with an overwhelming majority, according to preliminary results released by the country’s electoral commission. The electoral board says the ruling EPRDF party and its allies have won all the parliamentary seats decided so far – 442 out of … Continue reading