Category Archives: Ethiopia

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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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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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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Addis Ababa’s Airport: Lost in Transition

The Ethiopian Airport Enterprise announced last July that a new, larger international airport was to be built in Mojo, about 70km south-east of Addis Ababa. The new structure, expected to be operational by 2017, would take over international flights and … Continue reading

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Addis Ababa’s Red Terror Memorial Museum: A site in transition.

In 2010 was unveiled in Addis Ababa the “Red Terror” Martyrs Memorial Museum, an unprecedented initiative in Ethiopia to honour the victims of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s repressive Derg Regime. An estimated total of 500,000[1] people indeed suffered torture and death … Continue reading

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Condominiums: an Ethiopian Urban Metamorphosis

I’ve found in the November edition of the Addis Standard an article I had long been waiting for. The piece thrived to analyse a major and quite recent Ethiopian urban addition: the condominiums. Those buildings were skilfully imagined to offer … Continue reading

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