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Kenya: Ballot count begins; charge levied at UK

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Election officials in Kenya began transporting their ballot counts to be tallied in the capital Wednesday after the electronic vote counting system broke down, as the coalition of a top presidential candidate levied charges against Britain’s high commissioner that the U.K. is meddling in the vote. The political coalition of Deputy […]


Kenya vote sees long lines; attacks kill 12

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Multiple attacks against security forces in Kenya on Monday killed at least 12 people as Kenyans waited in long lines to cast ballots five years after more than 1,000 people died in election-related violence. A group of 200 secessionists armed with guns, machetes and bows and arrows set a trap for […]


Ethiopia: The prototype democratic state in the making

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Conventional wisdom  says that democracy has been a Holy Grail that generations of Africans have been pursuing. And yet, it is very difficult to tell with certainty what African intellectuals and politicians mean by democracy. In the Western social scientific discourse, there are two diametrically opposite conceptions of democracy: the Linconian and the Schumpeterian types of […]


Africa:Kenya’s police are key for peaceful vote on Monday

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Kenya’s most vilified institutions — its police force — will be in the spotlight next week during its efforts to prevent the same type of post-election bloodbath that Kenya suffered during its last presidential election. Kenya on Monday holds its first presidential vote since the 2007 election devolved into tribal violence that […]


Djibouti:USN Call’s For Mass Action

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USN Call’s for simultaneous rallies in the Djibouti capital and in the main towns of the region * Call for Thursday, February 28, 2013 show at noon in front of U.S. embassies in Ottawa and France   Hi National Union for Canada (USN) Bureau of the Movement for Democratic Renewal in North America (MRD) Djiboutian […]


Africa: AfDB Commits US $57.66 Million Towards Food Security Program in Horn of Africa

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Four million pastoralists to benefit in the first five years NAIROBI, Kenya, February 27, 2013/ — The African Development Bank ( today signed a US $57.66-million loan agreement for the multinational Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa (HoA) with the Government of Kenya, bringing to US $3.04 billion the […]


Somali Islamists threaten Kenyan voters


Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab on Wednesday issued a stark warning to Kenyan voters ahead of next week’s general elections, threatening them with a “long, gruesome war”. The Islamist group argued Kenya was safer when it ruled bordering southern Somalia but stopped short of saying who Kenyan voters should choose in the March 4 polls. Kenyan […]


Africa: Is Ethiopia a police state?

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By Ethiopiawi It was some time ago, while browsing the Internet, that I chanced upon the somalilandpress website. Since then, I have visited it often. I am curious to know what the neighbors of the oldest independent nation in the world, Ethiopia, think of it. I have come to realize that only in Eritrean websites […]


Ethiopia: The Prototype African Police State

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The sights and sounds of an African police state When Erin Burnett of CNN visited Ethiopia in July 2012, she came face-to-face with the ugly face of an African police state: We saw what an African police state looked like when I was in Ethiopia last month… At the airport, it took an hour to […]


Djibouti ruling party declares election victory, opposition says flawed

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DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – Djibouti’s ruling coalition declared victory on Saturday in the Red Sea state’s parliamentary election, but the opposition rejected the vote as flawed and said it planned demonstrations to protest against the outcome. The disputed result raises the possibility of instability in Djibouti, which hosts the United States’ only military base in Africa […]


Djibouti president’s control of parliament at stake in election

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DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – Djibouti’s leader Could lose control of parliament for the first time in a legislative election on Friday, raising the risk of political paralysis in a Red Sea ally of the West’s fight against militant Islam. It is the first contested parliamentary vote in Djibouti – which hosts the United States’ only military […]


Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear


In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by systemic corruption. GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita […]


Ethiopia: Where Do We Go (or not go) From Here

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On the road to democracy unity? For some time now, I have been heralding Ethiopia’s irreversible march from dictatorship to democracy. In April 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “The Bridge on the Road(map) to Democracy”. I suggested, We can conceive of the transition from dictatorship to democracy as a metaphorical journey on the road […]


Ethiopian: Annihilation of the Ogaden People – OpEd

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February 8, 2013 Besieged, abused, ignored   In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly content to turn a blind eye to war crimes and […]


Ethiopia: They Shall Inherit the Wind


Sandcastles and Dams of African Dictators All dictators on the African continent have sought immortality by leaving a legacy that will outlive them and endure for the ages. But all have inherited the wind. Kwame Nkrumah led the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonialism in  1957. Nkrumaism sought to transform Ghana into a […]


Ethiopia: The Silent World of Hippos on Planet Cheetah


In my first weekly commentary of the new year, I “proclaimed” 2013 “Year of Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation” (young people). I also promised to reach, teach and preach to Ethiopia’s youth this year and exhorted members of the Ethiopian intellectual class (particularly the privileged “professorati”) to do the same. I have also been pleading with (some […]


Africa:Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

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Health Minister director general instructs all gynecologists in Israel’s four health maintenance organizations not to inject women with long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera if they do not understand ramifications of treatment Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots Health Minister director general instructs all gynecologists in Israel’s four health maintenance organizations not to inject women […]


Kenya: Traders cart away capital from Eastleigh


Tuesday, January 22, 2013   On the brink: The bubble that was Eastleigh is threatening to burst as shoppers and traders flee the area in the wake of mysterious terror attacks. The picture of Eastleigh is one of total withdrawal and subjugation. The poor roads that had caved in under the weight of human traffic […]