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Abiy Ahmed - Man Who Conned the World

4 weeks agoAbiy insisted on using Kissinger’s words. “There has been a contraction, primarily as a reaction to failed efforts. My instinct is—and I hope I am right—that an American President who presents a framework combining fortitude and purpose will be supported.’ Mr. Ahmed repeated these words by replacing “American President” with “EPRDF.” You can watch the below video and judge for yourself.

News

Ethiopia’s internet penetration is still low — 15% according to the latest estimate from CIA Fact book. Of the nearly 16.5 million Ethiopian internet subscribers, about 27% are active Facebook users according to Internet Web Stats, a site that tracks worldwide internet penetration. That’s still enough to spread false stories and rumors with severe consequences.

While the agreement between OLF and the Ethiopian government that was facilitated by Eritrea is not public, we can’t imagine Ethiopia agreed to open its doors to a hostile enemy which OLF was until recently. Some social media observers suggested the question caught Mr. Ibsa off-guard, and he gave an incoherent answer while some suspected he is trying to force concessions from the Ethiopian government.

Ethnic squabbles are common occurrences in Ethiopia but the latest clashes between Oromo and Somali seem to have the approval of the ruling party dominated by the Tigray ethnic minority. Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has maintained its powerful place in EPRDF since the demise of the Derge regime despite persistent opposition.

Culture

Mini-YouTubes and Mini-Spotifies have become mom-and-pop shops. Whether these sites are for a hobby or a business, they are less likely to help the copyright owners. While The Horn Post cannot tell if the sites are making money for their respective owners, almost all of them have some sort of advertisements displayed. The three sites we reviewed have statements encouraging copyright owners to contact them if they have concerns; two of them a verbatim copy of the other. Even though the sites stated a will to link to artists’ sales page.

BBC aims to save £1.5 billion in spending by 2017. While the ‘leaner and simpler’ strategy is one among others to achieve this goal, the broadcaster is also eyeing a way to ramp up subscriptions for online contents. According to the CNBC report in September, 2015, BBC plans to launch Netflix-style service in the United States. The new proposal also emphasized digital services.

Sports

Opinion

Mr. Nega formed Balderas to rule Addis Ababa while there is a legitimate government. This is a definition of terrorism—forming illegitimate groups and confusing the public. That’s a recipe for chaos. The Ethiopian government needs to know whom Mr. Nega is talking to when he is not talking to a camera—whom he is communicating with via email, messengers and phones.

To prevent civil war and chaos, EPRDF needs to go. Unarmed peaceful protests have proved ineffective. The military, which has sworn to protect the nation from foreign enemies, has a duty to protect it from domestic enemies. EPRDF is a domestic enemy. Military coup is the only solution! It. Is. Time.

It is hard for people in East Africa to get western media’s attention. It is even harder when the latter’s freelance reporters suppress flow of information, or choose to ignore facts on the ground. Two of such freelancers are currently reporting from Ethiopia: William Davison and Elias Meseret.

Science