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Hachalu Hundessa: The killing of popular Ethiopian protest singer sparks unrest

The musician, 34, was known for political songs that provided support for the ethnic Oromo group’s fight against repression and a soundtrack for antigovernment protests. Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent Ethiopian singer, songwriter and activist, has been shot dead in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in a killing that risked heightening tensions in a nation taking…

The Nile Basin: Beyond Jingoism and Parochial Rhetoric

BY MELAKU TEGEGN (PHD) As matters stand now the dispute over the Ethiopian dam particularly between Ethiopia and Egypt can possibly be exacerbated to open military conflict. That will certainly defeat the very purpose for the formation of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), the regional organization with a membership of the eleven countries of the Nile…

The Congressional Black Caucus Statement on the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2020  In recent months negotiations have stalled and there has been an escalation of tensions on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that impacts, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan.  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) encourages the continued cooperation and peaceful negotiations of all stakeholders in the construction of the GERD. These negotiations should…

South Sudan agrees to Egyptian request for military base near Pagak

June 2, 2020 (SSNN) – South Sudan government has agreed to a Egyptian request to build a military base in Pagak, a former opposition stronghold that lies in the country’s Maiwut County of Upper Nile state, military sources at Bilpam said Tuesday. The base, one high-ranking military official said, will house around 250 Egyptian troops in…

Statement on the Ethiopia-Sudan Border Incident

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on the Ethiopia-Sudan Border Incident. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia refers with great dismay the incident of 28 May 2020 along the border area between Ethiopia and the Sudan and hereby expresses its deep…

Statement on the Gaps and Omissions in the latest Amnesty International Report

Statement on the Gaps and Omissions in the latest Amnesty International Report May 30, 2020 Human rights organizations play a crucial role in defending marginalized communities in these unprecedented times of rising authoritarianism and conflict. Often being one of the few venues for silenced voices, reports by international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International…

SERVING FOR PEACE: SERGEANT ALMAZ DESTA, A PEACEKEEPER, A MECHANIC AND A WOMAN

“I love mechanics,” says Sergeant Almaz Kabtimer Desta from Ethiopia who is currently serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Field Office in Yambio, Western Equatoria. Sergeant Desta admits that her passion for mechanics can be seen as an unusual choice for a woman: “I know that anything to do with cars…

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