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April 23, 2018  Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
    The appointment of Abiy Ahmed as prime minister of Ethiopia on April 2 was met with relief and with high expectations by Ethiopians as well as internationally. Although he is a leader of one of the parties in the ruling coalition, he is young (he turns 42 today) and has a reputation as someone open to inclusion and diverse views. Yet the structural problems he and the country face are profound. Ethiopians as well as other informed observers are cautious about predicting to what extent promises will meet expectations, or, in a classic Ethiopian expression, how much gold there is beneath the wax.

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
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

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

April 9, 2018  Africa: Storybooks in African Languages
March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 2
March 12, 2018  Africa/Global: Charting Where They Hide the Money, 1
January 29, 2018  Africa/Global: Humanitarian Attention Deficits
January 15, 2018  Africa/Global: World Trends in Inequality
December 11, 2017  Africa/Global: Paradise Papers, Plus

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