Tag: ethiopia

Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—Using every fiber of his being, track star Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made a dash across the finish line at the just-ended Olympic Games in Rio but it wasn’t to be the end of his run. Lilesa used his high profile silver medal victory to make a sign of solidarity with the Oromo people who […]

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Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

Worldwide team of refugess get Olympic welcome in Rio

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Athletes from some of the most dangerous countries in the world will be competing with world-class swimmers, runners and equestrians at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, now underway. The team no sooner arrived when a letter sent by Pope Francis was delivered. “I extend my greetings and wish you success at the Olympic […]

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Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

Heavy fighting reported on Ethiopian border with Eritrea

| June 14, 2016

(GIN)—In a region that once saw the one of the bloodiest wars in African history, claiming thousands of lives between 1998 and 2000, the sounds of fighting were heard again this week on Sunday with heavy artillery reported close to a civilian area, according to multiple sources. The Eritrean army is reportedly moving mechanized units […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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Ethiopia plans to export more coffee, local vendors object

Ethiopia plans to export more coffee, local vendors object

(GIN)—Strike while the iron is hot and for Ethiopia, that means sell—coffee beans in this case—while the market for good coffee is booming around the world. Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, would like to become the second largest coffee producer in the world. But, farmers have been doing well locally and prices at home are […]

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Red flag raised in Ethiopia as food shortages mount

Red flag raised in Ethiopia as food shortages mount

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—Surely, Ethiopia would rather be known for something other than the cyclical hunger-producing droughts spurred in part by regular episodes of El Niño. Ethiopia is the world’s fastest growing economy. Ethiopia has been doing very well over the last 15 years or so. Millions of people have been lifted out of poverty as the economy […]

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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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Ethiopians in U.S. protest mistreatment of Oromos

Ethiopians in U.S. protest mistreatment of Oromos

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The U.S.-based community of Oromos—an ethnic group from Ethiopia—is demanding an end to U.S. support for the Ethiopian government which, they say, has been seizing land from local farmers without compensating them. A police crackdown on the Oromos—Ethiopia’s largest community—has left dozens of students  injured and several  killed over the past few weeks, according to […]

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Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—While government leaders, media and climate justice activists converged in Paris to advance the fight against global warming and, as President Barack Obama said, “save the one planet we have,” extreme weather patterns were already creating havoc across the African continent. A rare weather pattern that brought 60 degree days to the East Coast of […]

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U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

U.S. joins African nations selling land to ‘water barons’

| November 3, 2015

(GIN)—A Saudi company which owns close to 10,000 acres of Arizona farmland is beginning to drain irreplaceable groundwater for its alfalfa cultivation. Media reports of the development stunned some Americans more used to hearing that news from Africa. Almarai, the Saudi dairy giant, purchased the land in Vicksburg last year for $47.5 million after the […]

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