The idea of transnational politics is ever more important for every nation in this time of information age and globalization. Diaspora’s role however, has had a recorded history of fueling and prolonging conflicts in many countries. But with the right strategy, Ethiopians overseas can become transnational activists whose contribution can transform the nation’s political landscape to the better.
Addis Ababa is too important a place to sideline over a small matter like democracy. On 24 May, Ethiopia went to the polls – a fact that might have escaped your attention. Hardly surprising since there was next to no coverage in the British press. Even the BBC no longer has a correspondent in Addis Ababa. But perhaps there is another reason why the election in what is one of Africa’s most important countries received so little attention: it was a foregone conclusion.
There are few political posters to be found on the streets of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, ahead of Sunday’s general elections. Print media coverage is remarkably cryptic. The few debates held on TV have been derided by some Ethiopians as boring and even embarrassing for the opposition, which today is weaker and more divided than it has ever been. Election results seem like a forgone conclusion… Continue reading
Your press briefing is representative of the lengths the U.S government will go to in order to maintain political influence in the Horn of Africa. Essentially, U.S relations with Ethiopia is foundationally based on the U.S government’s perception of Ethiopia as nothing more than a means to a political end; a perception which only engages the government and excludes the Ethiopian people. Continue reading
Suffice to say that Al Shabab has been effective precisely because it exploits Kenya’s blind spot… Although Kenya has one of the highest military budgets in Africa, it has so far not been able to gain a sustained upper hand against what commentators refer to as a “rag tag militia”. Why? Let me propose something radical here: In order to suppress and defeat Al Shabab, Kenyan policy…