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Ethiopia’s Nile mega-dam is changing dynamics in Horn of Africa

China, US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia vie for influence amid region’s renaissance. In a few weeks, Ethiopian engineers will start the multiyear task of filling with water the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant and the most ambitious attempt to harness the power of the Nile in history. Eventually, the $4.8bn project…

Ethnically-motivated attacks in Shashemene and elsewhere

Following the killing of a prominent singer and activist, Hachalu Hundessa, Oromia deputy police commissioner Girma Gelam, described the events of the past week as having “claimed the lives of up to 150 civilians.” Youths carrying sticks and metal rods in the Oromia region have attacked people from other ethnic groups, residents and witnesses said….

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…

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