Ethiopia
Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

Deafening Silence from Ethiopia

Since November, state security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. It’s the biggest political crisis to hit the country since the 2005 election but has barely registered internationally. And with the...

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Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

Ethiopia’s Invisible Crisis

“Badessa” was a third-year engineering student in western Ethiopia in April 2014 when he and most of his classmates joined a protest over the potential displacement of ethnic Oromo farmers like his family because of the government’s plan to expand the capital, Addis...

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The Afars: Eritrea’s Forgotten Refugees

The Afars: Eritrea’s Forgotten Refugees

Thousands of refugees have made their way to eastern Ethiopia across Eritrea’s porous southern borders in recent years. Many traveled by foot through the Danakil Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth. Others slipped across the heavily militarized...

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America’s Empire of African Bases Spreads

America’s Empire of African Bases Spreads

In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and—north to south, east to west—you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds,...

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The Road Ends in Djibouti for Some Eritrean Refugees

The Road Ends in Djibouti for Some Eritrean Refugees

Temperatures were pushing 115˚ when we reached the crest of a rocky hill overlooking Ali Addeh, a desolate refugee camp on Djibouti’s southern border with Ethiopia and Somalia. Clumps of dull brown scrub dotted the ochre hills. Nothing stirred. Once past the guard at...

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Obama’s Last Chance in Africa

Obama’s Last Chance in Africa

President Obama needs to unveil a new foreign policy initiative on Africa during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia or risk going down in history as the worst president for Africa in recent memory. It would be a shame if the first American president of African descent...

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