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Jul 16, 2012  Ethiopia: Counterterrorism as Pretext
    On July 13 an Ethiopian court handed down heavy prison sentences to six journalists convicted on vague terrorism charges. Award-winning blogger Eskinder Nega got an 18-year term; the others live in exile and were sentenced in absentia. This was the latest in a series of repressive actions by the Ethiopian government against journalists taken under the sweeping Anti-Terrorism Proclamation of 2009. This is a particularly blatant example of the use of counterterrorism as a pretext, as similar over-broad counterterrorism legislation continues to proliferate in countries around the world.

Dec 14, 2010  USA/Africa: Wikileaks Highlights, 1
    For Africa, as for elsewhere in the world, the cables released by Wikileaks - so far less than 1% of the full set - provide valuable nuance, some embarrassment, and confirmation of many suspicions by exposing a wide variety of reports by diplomats. The attempt to silence Wikileaks should be rejected. It is all the more important, however, that the cables should be used with the same caution that competent journalists or historians should apply to any other source.

May 25, 2010  Ethiopia: Democracy Deferred
    "Behind an orderly facade, the government pressured, intimidated and threatened Ethiopian voters, ...Whatever the results, the most salient feature of this election was the months of repression preceding it." - Rona Peligal, acting Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

Feb   5, 2008  Africa: Dramatic Anti-Malaria Results
Nov 15, 2007  Horn of Africa: Mixed Signals on Border Conflict
Nov   6, 2005  Horn of Africa: War Clouds Gathering
Jun 18, 2005  Ethiopia: On the Edge
May 30, 2005  Ethiopia: Election Reports, Commentary
Feb 13, 2004  Ethiopia: Debt Relief Backstep
Jan 27, 2004  Horn of Africa: No War, No Peace

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2001-05-16 Ethiopia: Human Rights Alert
1998-02-05 Ethiopia: HRW Report
1996-10-20 Ethiopia: Press Freedom

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