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Ethiopia: World Bank Translator, Activists Face Trial

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Activists Heading for Food Workshop Charged with Terrorism


Nairobi – Ethiopian authorities should immediately drop all charges and release a former World Bank translator and two other local activists charged under Ethiopia’s repressive anti-terrorism law after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Nairobi, six international development and human rights groups said today. 

In Ethiopia, a Quiet Rivalry for Influence Pits US against China

Addis Ababa: When Barack Obama became the first sitting President of the United States to touch down in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday evening, it was at an airport being upgraded using a $250-million Chinese loan.

His convoy then zipped along a six-lane urban expressway, also funded by the Export-Import Bank of China, to Meskel Square, where the two lines of a new Chinese-built electric railway intersect. Towering over the capital’s southwest, he may have spotted the headquarters of the African Union, a $200 million giveaway from China’s leaders.

On the Take

As climate change, population growth and environmental damage shrink the amount of arable land on the planet, wealthier countries and corporations look to developing countries for land.

Indian Firms Sprawling Land Empire in Ethiopia Fails to Ensure Food Security Back Home

Indian firms have a sprawling land empire abroad, especially in Ethiopia, as part of a move encouraged by different governments to safeguard the nation's food supply. But is the policy truly succeeding in helping feed over a billion Indians?

Erratic weather in India repeatedly causes a scare about low food stocks and rising inflation. As agricultural productivity in India has significantly come down, many Indians are looking to Africa, particularly Ethiopia, buying large tracts of agricultural land to safeguard food supply.

On the Ethiopian General Election

Every five years the Ethiopian people are invited by the ruling party to take part in a democratic pantomime called ‘General Elections’. Sunday 24th May saw the latest production take to the national stage.

Em Nome do Desenvolvimento, Povos e Ecossistemas São Arrasados

Paris, França e Oakland, Estados Unidos, maio/2015 – Nosso compromisso a favor do acesso e controle dos recursos naturais, no Greenpeace e no Oakland Institute, faz com que nos acusem constantemente de atuar contra o desenvolvimento, ou que nos tachem de “organizações do primeiro mundo que se ocupam mais com árvores do que com seres humanos”, apesar de trabalharmos com comunidades em todo o mundo, da China a Camarões ou República Checa.

Empty Boxes: The West And Ethiopia’s Elections – OpEd

To no one’s surprise, Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Ruling Democratic Front (EPRDF), swept the country’s recent national elections. In the last election, the ruling party collected 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats, while during these elections it has so far won all of the 442 declared seats (with little more than 100 seats yet to be confirmed). To paraphrase U.S. Under-Secretary Wendy Sherman’s widely ridiculed recent comments, Ethiopia’s democracy keeps getting “better and better.”

En nombre del desarrollo, se arrasan pueblos y ecosistemas

París/Oakland, IPS - Nuestro compromiso a favor del acceso y el control de los recursos naturales, en Greenpeace y en el Oakland Institute, hace que nos acusen constantemente de operar en contra del desarrollo, o que nos tachen de ser «organizaciones del Primer Mundo que se ocupan más de los árboles que de los seres humanos», pese a que trabajamos con comunidades en todo el mundo, desde China a Camerún o la República Checa.