It’s Time For Military Coup in Ethiopia

We are embarrassed to even suggest coup d’état in the 21st century, but one ought to live within his means. The one-man-one-vote motto is for the societies who could afford it; it is the Ferrari of Democracy. Ethiopia is not there yet. Military coup is still acceptable: just ask Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt. Moreover, expecting a regime that hasn’t ceded an inch to a democratic process for a quarter of a century would do so all of the sudden is a futile experiment.

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Broke East African Singers Failed to Protect Their Work

The Internet has made it tough for any anyone to protect an intellectual property. Western artists with resources are better equipped to fight internet piracy. Artists from East Africa appear to have waved a white flag and gone home. Music And Video Streaming Sites

Mini-YouTubes and Mini-Spotifies have become mom-and-pop shops. Whether these sites are for a hobby or a business, they are less likely to help the copyright owners.

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Chain Gang in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Goes Chain Gang

Ethiopia, a nation fighting the worst famine in decades and popular unrest, brought a very old concept of punishment back–chain gang! New pictures circulating on social media show Suri tribesmen on trucks tied-together with ropes. In the latest twist, Ethiopian security forces have consulted the 1955 field manual from the state of Georgia to punish inmates. The neck of a Suri tribesman is tied to the upper arm of another. The men also appear to be tied-together at the knees.

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Oromo students protest Addis Ababa master plan in 2015

Ethiopia Is Losing The Internet Wars

And, facing challenges on the ground. Ethiopia’s Internet penetration is at 3 percent, according to Freedom House—an independent watchdog organization based in Washington D.C. The second most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa is unable to shake off protests that started in November of 2015. Activists promoted the popular unrest on social media. The protests that started in late November and caught international media’s attention demanded a halt to Addis Ababa Integrated Regional Development plan also known as Addis Ababa Master Plan at the time. Before the mainstream media picked the stories up, Twitter and Facebook were on the scene.

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The West Condemns Ethiopia’s Dictatorial Regime

The darling of the West in East Africa — Ethiopia has faced unprecedented public uprising since early November of last year, due to protests against Addis Ababa Integrated Urban Development Plan. The criticisms by the United States and the European Union is getting louder by the day. The United States and United Kingdom are the two biggest aid providers to Ethiopia. Ethiopia has been receiving £300 million each year from UK in aid money. The United States provided $870,054,350 in 2012 alone.

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Ethiopia: Droning Politics

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa has confirmed this week to The Reporter, Ethiopian news site that a drone base in Ethiopia is closed. The latest development has East African politicos speculating. The statement from the spokesperson of the United States Embassy, David Kennedy to The Reporter via email says, “ we reached a mutual decision that our presence in Arba Minch is not required at this time,” he continued, “ our mutual needs change over time and a determination was made that our use of facilities in Arba Minch is no longer necessary.”

Recently, Ethiopia has been mired in a protracted mass protest which involved people from every walks of life — farmers to university students who have been demanding the government stop its ambitious plan to expand the capital to the surrounding towns at the expense of farmers in the area. Opposition groups and human rights activists say, more than 120 civilians were killed by Ethiopian security forces. They also claim the government detained thousands of protesters.

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Hacktivists Vandalize Ethiopian Government Website

An unknown group hacked and vandalized Ethiopian Ministry of Defense website. Graphic images from the recent Oromo student protests were posted on the site. Oromo students and farmers have been protesting Addis Ababa Masterplan, a plan to integrate the surrounding Oromia towns into the capital since late November. Ethiopian security forces have killed as many as 60 peaceful protesters, according to activists’ estimate, even though Ethiopian government admitted to killing only five. In recent years, Ethiopian government has been in the news for hiring an upscale Italian hacker group named Hacking Team to spy on Ethiopian diaspora and journalists.

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Western Media Hire Pawns as Reporters

It is hard for people in East Africa to get western media’s attention. It is even harder when the latter’s freelance reporters suppress flow of information, or choose to ignore facts on the ground. Two of such freelancers are currently reporting from Ethiopia: William Davison and Elias Meseret. Ethiopia is notorious for expelling foreign journalists if it suspects they would not be influenced. Ethiopia ranks at the bottom when it comes to press freedom.

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Ethiopia Kills Unarmed Students

Ethiopian Security Forces Mercilessly Murdered Protesting Students
According to various sources, Ethiopian security forces killed at least seven students in the last two weeks. High school and university students of Oromo ethnic origin took to the streets in protest of Addis Ababa Integrated Regional Development Plan, which they dubbed “Master Killer,” in reference to the exploitation and displacement of Oromo farmers. These protests have been cropping up in towns and universities in Oromia Regional state (the largest regional state in Ethiopia) with less organization but similar theme. They’re all opposed to the Addis Ababa Master Plan. Ethiopian security forces are known for their heavy handedness when responding to peaceful protests.

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BBC Wakes Up

Announces New Broadcasting Services To Remote Corners Of The World
The ever-changing digital media has once again forced news and entertainment titans like the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to wake up and smell the coffee. Last week, BBC got an £85 million a year shot-in-the-arm from the UK government per its proposal, which includes expanding services to Russia, North Korea, Ethiopia and Eritrea. The announcement created an excitement in these corners of the world, raising the hope for unbiased news coverage for these areas although that’s yet to be seen. In July of this year, BBC slashed 1,000 jobs as a result of £150 million license fee deficit. Tony Hall, BBC director-general told the media, the cuts were in an effort to make BBC ‘leaner and simpler”.

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