LOVE-Triangle in the Middle East?

The friendships and enmities among countries, political groups and militant organisations in the Middle East Graphic detail A “mosaic chart” of Middle Eastern relationships ISLAMIC STATE (IS) has no friends. But it has upended geopolitics in the Middle East and drawn America’s armed forces back to the region. Our “relationship mosaic” summarises the friendships and…

Which Country Has More Nuclear Arsenal?

By Tom O’Connor International Business Times President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin both expressed their support for expanding their respective nations’ nuclear capabilities in separate statements on Thursday. The Russian leader told an annual meeting with his chiefs of defense that the Russian arsenal was already capable of overcoming any potential aggressors, but that nuclear expansion…

Why is the Ethiopian diaspora so influential?

Africa Ethiopians across the world have been protesting   During a year of anti-government protests throughout Ethiopia, its global diaspora, particularly that in the US, has been deeply involved – and not just vocally, writes Addis Ababa-based journalist James Jeffrey. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked since a six-month state of emergency was imposed last…

Ethiopia’s state of emergency: Angela Merkel urges protests to be allowed

GLOBAL MEDIA Ethiopia declared on Sunday a six-month state of emergency over anticipated threats “posed by forces working in collaboration with foreign enemies to undermine the safety of the people and security and stability of the country”, according to the Ethiopian News Agency. “Egypt does not interfere in any country’s domestic affairs”, Egypt’s ambassador toEthiopia…

In Ethiopia’s war against social media, the truth is the main casualty

By Paul Schemm WashingtonpostPeople attend a prayer ceremony for protesters who died recently in the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, during the Irreecha festival for the Oromo people. The government blames social media for exaggerating the loss of life. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters) The annual U.N. General Assembly meeting provides an unparalleled opportunity for world leaders to take to…

Ethiopia Opens a Pandora’s Box of Ethnic Tensions

At the heart of the protests is the fundamental question of how to build a modern nation-state on the back of ethnic fault lines that have been exploited over centuries. Aleksandra W. Gadzala Since November 2015, Ethiopia has been beset by an unprecedented wave of protests. They began as a rebuke to a government plan…