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Ethiopia Kenya USA

Biden to meet Kenyan president as US weighs sanctions on Ethiopia (Al Jazeera)

US President Joe Biden is set to meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as war and a humanitarian crisis roil neighbouring Ethiopia.

The meeting on Thursday will be Biden’s first one-on-one, in-person talks as president with an African leader.

Biden to meet Kenyan president as US weighs sanctions on Ethiopia | News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia Nile Dam Dispute

Ethiopia’s crisis on the Blue Nile (Aly Verjee, The Interpreter)

Amid an increasingly bitter war and an impending famine in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, there is still, perhaps, one issue that unites Ethiopians, no matter their political views: that their country has the absolute right to develop and use its hydroelectric potential on the Blue Nile (or as the river is named in Ethiopia, the Abay). And that potential is on the cusp of being realised.

Ethiopia’s crisis on the Blue Nile (lowyinstitute.org)

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia army launches major attack on Tigray: Rebels (Al Jazeera)

Ethiopia’s national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray on Monday, the war-torn region’s governing Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said.

TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda said the army – alongside allied forces from the northern Amhara region – began the attack to push Tigrayan forces out of Amhara in the morning.

Ethiopia army launches major attack on Tigray: Rebels | Conflict News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia

How to Destroy a Country: Does Ethiopia Have a Future? (Mark Lowcock, Center for Global Development)

Here’s an easy five-point plan for the leadership of a country which has emerged from civil war and dire poverty over recent decades and now wants to destroy itself.

First, pick a fight with a corner of your territory run by a previously powerful minority ethnic group. Cut off their resources. Provoke them into a response. Send in the army. Invite a neighbouring army in to rape and kill civilians and destroy their crops, businesses, schools, and clinics. Persuade the victims they are about to be subject to a genocide and promote hate speech about them among the rest of the population.

How to Destroy a Country: Does Ethiopia Have a Future? | Center For Global Development (cgdev.org)

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Ethiopia

Time is running out for Abiy’s ‘new beginning’ in Ethiopia (Cameron Hudson, Atlantic Council)

After being sworn in this week in front of tens of thousands of jubilant supporters, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised “a new beginning” for Ethiopia as he begins a new five-year term. That’s precisely what Ethiopia needs after his first three years in office.

Inflation stands at a record-high 34 percent, the nation’s debt has reached a crippling $30 billion, and efforts to privatize some of the country’s corporate crown jewels, such as Ethio telecom, have floundered amid allegations of genocide and predictions of mass starvation as the conflict over the country’s Tigray region rages on. With the country’s trade benefits under the US African Growth and Opportunity Act likely to be suspended by the end of the month, what was once one of the world’s fastest growing economies suddenly finds itself on life support.

Time is running out for Abiy’s ‘new beginning’ in Ethiopia – Atlantic Council

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Ethiopia UN

UN chief demands proof from Ethiopia after staff expulsion (Al Jazeera)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded evidence from Ethiopia after seven UN staff were expelled for allegations of misconduct.

“It is my duty to defend the honour of the United Nations,” Guterres told reporters after a rare public exchange with Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie Amde at the end of a Security Council meeting on Wednesday the situation in the country.

UN chief demands proof from Ethiopia after staff expulsion | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia

Guterres criticizes ‘unprecedented expulsion’ of staff from Ethiopia; calls for focus on saving lives (UN News)

Mr. Guterres was addressing the Security Council, where he briefed on the growing needs in the north, stemming from the war in the Tigray region.

In the face of the immense crisis, the UN chief said all efforts should be focused on saving lives and avoiding a massive human tragedy.

Guterres criticizes ‘unprecedented expulsion’ of staff from Ethiopia; calls for focus on saving lives | | UN News

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed sworn in as PM for second five-year term (Al Jazeera)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been sworn in for a new five-year term as his government faces a host of challenges, including a months-long conflict in the northern region of Tigray.

Abiy took the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi, on Monday following similar oaths by the speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament’s lower house.

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed sworn in as PM for second five-year term | News | Al Jazeera

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Ethiopia Morocco

Morocco flirts with Ethiopia amid stalled Nile dam talks (Khalid Hassan, Al Monitor)

FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita is pictured during a press briefing in Rabat on Aug. 11, 2021. – FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

Speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York Sept. 25, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced that Morocco and Ethiopia had created a Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access. He said the cooperative project is part of Morocco’s efforts to support sustainable development, access to energy and resource development in Africa.

Morocco flirts with Ethiopia amid stalled Nile dam talks – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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