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February 8, 2021  Ethiopia: No End to War in Devastated Tigray
    “It feels strange to write about a humanitarian crisis in this day and age with barely any pictures, videos or witness testimonies from the ground. But that is what the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has come to. Since the conflict between the federal government, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and the regional government’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), began in November 2020, access to the region has been extremely limited. Internet and telephone connectivity was cut off as soon as the fighting began, disconnecting about 5 million people. Months later, the internet remains down and telephone communication has only been restored in a few main towns. Journalists and human rights monitors are still denied entry and cannot report to the world the full scale of the violence which has left at least hundreds of people dead and more than 470,000 displaced, according to the UN.” - Vanessa Tsehaye, Amnesty International

November 30, 2020  USA/Africa: Build Back Better on Africa Policy
    “President Trump's overt contempt for Africans is encapsulated in his famously crass remark about African countries. But the principal damage to Africa has stemmed from his administration’s broader policy choices, such as the disastrous rejection of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris climate accords; harsh curbs on legal immigration and asylum; and gutting of gender equality programs. … Nevertheless, the Biden administration should not merely go back to the pre-Trump status quo. … We argue that an even more fundamental questioning of U.S. Africa-related policy is needed.” - Imani Countess and William Minter

November 18, 2020  Ethiopia: Not Too Late to Step Back from War?
    “We, the undersigned citizens of countries of the Horn of Africa, condemn in the strongest possible terms the outbreak and escalation of open warfare in Ethiopia. We are saddened by the attendant losses of life, property, infrastructure and opportunities. We deplore in equally strong terms further stoking of the conflict. … This conflict will not have winners; the only winners in war are those who are wise and courageous enough to avoid it.”

September 18, 2019  Horn of Africa: Interview with Kassahun Checole
July 30, 2018  East Africa: Ethiopia/Eritrea Peace Hopes, Cautions
April 23, 2018  Ethiopia: Wax, Gold, and "Ethiopianness"
Jul 16, 2012  Ethiopia: Counterterrorism as Pretext
Dec 14, 2010  USA/Africa: Wikileaks Highlights, 1
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

October 15 , 2021  Africa/Global: Hardly a Dent in #VaccineApartheid
May 17, 2021  Africa/Global: Decolonizing Medical Technology
May   3, 2021  Africa/Global: African-Language Literature in Global Scholarship
April 19, 2021  Confronting Global Apartheid Demands Global Solidarity
April 6, 2021  Africa/Global: People's Vaccine vs. Vaccine Apartheid
February 22, 2021  Africa/Global: The Inequality Virus

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2001-05-16 Ethiopia: Human Rights Alert
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