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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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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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Bad reporting v. No reporting at all

Living in far-away places that are overlooked or merely unknown to my fellow western countrymen and women, I often find myself confused, if not appalled, by the corresponding media coverage they are served with. It is mostly scarce and seems … 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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Predicting the worst, always.

African politics are not trusted to be perennial. Many examples of the continent’s history have showed that a change of leadership can prove unstable. However, the past decade or so has also demonstrated that the trend is shifting towards stabilisation … 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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