#Oromo news network in U.S. works to defeat Ethiopia’s media blackout

Ethiopia’s state of emergency dramatically reduces access to information about the Oromo population from within the country, where independent journalists and bloggers have been silenced for weeks. From outside Ethiopia, however, Oromo journalists and activists continue to provide news of what’s happening behind the veil of tightly controlled state media….

SPLM-IO: Machar denied entry, sent back to South Africa

South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar, head of the SPLM-IO, was forbidden from entering Ethiopia and returned to South Africa, a spokesman for the rebel group told the Sudan Tribune. Machar was traveling to the SPLM-IO headquarters in Pagak, near the Ethiopian border, when he was stopped at Bole International…

Ethiopia releases 2,000 prisoners, promises political dialogue

Ethiopian officials have released 2,000 people detained during recent weeks of violent protests amid the nation’s current state of emergency. Minister of Defense Siraj Fegessa, speaking at a press briefing on Sunday, declined to say how many people in total had been picked up during mass arrests that followed the…

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

The dearth of discussion on African nations and issues during the U.S. presidential debates was an absence that did not go unnoticed – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t candidates who understand that Africa’s young populations, growing economies and climate challenges are a diplomatic priority. They aren’t always being heard,…

Clinton v. Trump: Has Africa even come up in this debate?

“Has Africa even come up in this debate?” That’s what one person weighing in on social media wanted to know, and he wasn’t the only one to notice the absence of discussion about African nations and foreign policy during the final U.S. presidential debate. Watching in the wee hours, some…

Morocco delegation begins East African tour

King Mohammed VI of Morocco began a visit Tuesday to East Africa, where the troubled nation of Ethiopia is on an itinerary that also includes Rwanda and Tanzania. His first stop is in Kigali. The Moroccan delegation includes a number of top-level ministers traveling with the king, including Minister of…

Ban, global leaders call on Ethiopia to protect human rights

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Ethiopian government to ensure “the protection of fundamental human rights,” the AP reports. A Ban spokesman said Monday the Secretary General “reiterates his call for calm” and urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia. The United States also has expressed its concern over Ethiopia’s…