Author Archives: Thinking South

Some thoughts on how the spokespersons of the Ethiopian government make such a terrible use of their visibility

Ethiopian authorities tend to comment quite a great deal on foreign reports about Ethiopian affairs. As if they could not stand the intrusion in their national business. In addition to traditional press releases, their main mean of communicating their irritation … Continue reading

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This is how much people loved him.

Here is a fact that no one can deny: today was celebrated the life of one of the most admired man ever. A unique gathering of around 100 heads of states attended his memorial. This exceptional event came after a … Continue reading

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The use of paranoia for academic purpose…

I recently came across an interesting piece written by Phil Clark and entitled “Must academics researching authoritarian regimes self-censor?”. I believe it is a must-read when one researches in Rwanda, Clark’s focus, or in any other similar context. This article … Continue reading

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Speaking out: MSF attempts full disclosure

The NGO Médecins sans Frontières launched last month a new website, speaking out, to make public some of its major case studies, driven directly from its missions and past struggles. Indeed the international organisation, albeit claiming to be neutral, has … Continue reading

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The art of raising the spectre of terrorism

On October 13, an explosion occurred in a house in Addis Ababa’s Bole Michael neighbourhood, causing two deaths. Neighbours mentioned first a family feud. The following day, the authorities reported that the explosion was due to a bomb which had … Continue reading

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Port Elizabeth: The memorial museum as a rehabilitation tool.

The Red Location Museum opened in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in early 2006. Part of a large Cultural Precinct which will, in the end, be comprising an art gallery, a library, a theatre, an art school and 200 to 250 … Continue reading

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Addis Standard: the magazine that can speak its mind

Repeatedly since 2005, Ethiopians have witnessed the closing of many newspapers, arrests and imprisonments of some prominent journalists and bloggers, and exile of others. This year, the country ranks 137 out of 179 in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, … Continue reading

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