Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on a $412,000 contract for 1,280 sleeping room nights at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, at least two other hotels were booked for the visit.
An Ethiopian court sentenced 18 prominent Muslim figures on Monday to up to 22 years of imprisonment on terrorism-related charges. The defendants, accused of plotting terrorist attacks to form an Islamic state in Ethiopia, were arrested three years ago while trying to mediate the row between the Muslim community and the government.
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.
President Barack Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia, where he headed to after spending two days in his fatherland Kenya. However, activists questioned Washington’s commitment to supporting rights & rule of law in Africa.
Just a few years ago, you would not have seen a single skateboard on the streets of Addis. But things are different now. What once turned heads is now becoming a more common sight. Nine years ago, Addisu Hailemichael had his first encounter with a skateboard. Today, he is one of the people responsible for the growing popularity of skateboarding amongst the city’s youth.