Eritrea – Africa’s North Korea

Secretive Nation

Eritrea, the 22-year-old nation navigated a treacherous terrain to get to its independence in May 1993. From Italian colonial control-to-British administrative control-to-full annexation by Ethiopia, and then independence, it had been a contentious land. Despite Eritreans’ hope that the nation would be democratic and prosperous, their country is leading from behind in almost every metrics but leads in secrecy. Isaias Afwerki turned out to be Africa’s Kim Jong-Un, short of the nuclear weapon. This Horn of Africa nation is one of the most secretive nations in the world.

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Diaspora’s Oromo Community Urges Lawsuit

WASHINGTON–In the wake of The Horn Post’s Report that linked the World Bank Group and Grand Lyon to the Addis Ababa Master Plan, a prominent member of Oromo Community in the United States urges a class action lawsuit. The member shared the letter he sent to International Oromo Lawyers Association (IOLA) with The Horn Post. International Oromo Lawyers Association is a professional association found in 2014, and legally registered in the United States, according to its website. The letter writer asked The Horn Post to redact the names. Dear fiends [sic] at IOLA,

I would like to begin this short note by congratulating you on your successful achievement of establishing International Oromo Lawyers Association.

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Addis Ababa Master Plan

A Partnership between France And The World Bank In Gentrification and Inhumane Mission
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia–France with the help of the World Bank has embarked on missions that destroyed many lives in some African countries. One of those countries in which this duo operates is Ethiopia. Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin are the other victims of the “urbanization for the 21st century,” which mainly advocates building cities around public transportation. In May 2014, university student protesters of Oromo ethnic origin took to the streets of Ethiopia in opposition to the “Integrated Development Master Plan.” Some student protesters quoted by social media activists dubbed it “a master killer,” because dozens of students and people who protested were gunned down by Ethiopian security forces. Some of them pointed to its “unconstitutionality,” saying it encroaches on Oromia’s land.

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Temper Wardrums In The Horn

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia–Eritrea and Ethiopia, the two neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa, have been in a perpetual standoff since the former seceded from the latter in the early 90s. Even though the animosity dates back to Italy’s colonial era, it got worse during the 1998-2000 border war. In recent weeks, the situation has become more tense as both sides are trying to rattle one another. On Monday, September 7, 2015, Eritrea’s information ministry released a statement accusing the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) –Ethiopia’s ruling party of “sabre-rattling”. “The TPLF’s sabre-rattling has been a common staple throughout winter.

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President Obama’s East African Tour

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –During his visit to East Africa in July 2015, President Barack Obama lost opportunities to right the wrongs in the region. Even worse, he enabled bad behaviors. He hailed the “democratically elected” Ethiopian government; reluctantly admonished the Kenyans about their homophobia. On the other hand, he ushered the African Union with his usual oratory skills. Nevertheless, he received a warm welcome; red carpet treatment in Nairobi, and a visit from Lucy—a collection of bones representing about forty-percent of our bipedal ancestor ape, in Addis Ababa.

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