WATER EMERGING AS CHIEF ISIS WEAPON

Control of sources could expand power deep into Africa WASHINGTON – Just as ISIS has targeted oil refineries in its takeover of half of Syria and one-third of Iraq to finance its operations, the self-declared Islamic caliphate is looking to control access to something more vital – water – as it expands to North Africa,…

The New Dictators Rule by Velvet Fist

By SERGEI GURIEV and DANIEL TREISMAN NY Times THE standard image of dictatorship is of a government sustained by violence. In 20th-century totalitarian systems, tyrants like Stalin, Hitler and Mao murdered millions in the name of outlandish ideologies. Strongmen like Mobutu Sese Seko in Zaire left trails of blood. But in recent decades, a new…

Statement by the EU Spokesperson on Elections in Ethiopia

Brussels, 27/05/2015 150527_03_en EU Press Statement “Ethiopia has peacefully concluded its pre-election process and voting and many parties and participants have actively engaged in the process. The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has put hard work and organisational efforts into ensuring that as many of Ethiopia’s 36.8 million registered voters as possible had the chance…

US Press Statement: Ethiopia’s May 24 Parliamentary and Regional Elections

Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 27, 2015 The United States commends the people of Ethiopia for their civic participation in generally peaceful parliamentary and regional elections on May 24. We acknowledge the National Electoral Board’s organizational efforts and the African Union’s role as the only international…

‘Lucy’ May Not Be Our Mom, Say Scientists

By Richard Ingham Paris (AFP) – In 1974, anthropologists in Ethiopia found the astonishing fossilised remains of a human-like creature who last walked the planet some 3.2 million years ago. Was “Lucy,” as the hominid was called, the direct ancestor of Homo sapiens? Was she “The Mother of Mankind,” as some headlines claimed? Over the…

Hailemariam Desalegn: Democracy ‘not only an election’

Business is booming in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. There is construction almost everywhere, a symbol of Ethiopia’s impressive economic growth over the past decade. Gone are the days of famine and grinding poverty, the government story goes. This is Ethiopia 2015, which they say, is on course to becoming a middle-income country by 2025.…

These Were The Books On Osama bin Laden’s Shelves

The CIA has released a list of books found in Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound. His reading list includes two novels by Noam Chomsky, the 9/11 truther novel The New Pearl Harbor and an online article questioning if the illuminati were behind the attacks. It also contained articles related to Project MKULTRA, the CIA’s secretive…