Ethiopia, a nation fighting the worst famine in decades and popular unrest, brought a very old concept of punishment back–chain gang! New pictures circulating on social media show Suri tribesmen on trucks tied-together with ropes.

The sudden departure of the U.S. personnel operating the drone base in Arba Minch, about 300 miles south of Addis Ababa got analysts speculating that the United States might abandon the dictatorial Ethiopian regime.

President Obama wasn’t planning to let common sense and logic detract him from his mission—standing by Ethiopia, a key ally in global war on terrorism. As a result, he confirmed many skeptics’ outlook on U.S. foreign policy towards Africa–paying lip service.

Ethiopia and hunger have been interchangeably used in informal conversations in the West. The adjective “Ethiopian” is butt of every joke pertaining to starvation and fly-infested children. If anything “positive,” it would be the occasional reference to Hailesellasie, in part thanks to the Jamaicans.

Eritrea and Ethiopia, the two neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa, have been in a perpetual standoff since the former seceded from the latter in the early 90s. Even though the animosity dates back to Italy’s colonial era, it got worse during the 1998-2000 border war. In recent weeks, the situation has become more tense as both sides are trying to rattle one another.

The darling of the West in East Africa — Ethiopia has faced unprecedented public uprising since early November of last year, due to protests against Addis Ababa Integrated Urban Development Plan. The criticisms by the United States and the European Union is getting louder by the day.

In the wake of The Horn Post’s Report that linked the World Bank Group and Grand Lyon to the Addis Ababa Master Plan, a prominent member of Oromo Community in the United States urges a class action lawsuit.

Eritrea, the 22-year-old nation navigated a treacherous terrain to get to its independence in May 1993. From Italian colonial control-to-British administrative control-to-full annexation by Ethiopia, and then independence, it had been a contentious land. Despite Eritreans’ hope that the nation would be democratic and prosperous, their country is leading from behind in almost every metrics but leads in secrecy.

A document detailing the zenith of a 15-year-old mission is buried in the deep web pages of UrbaLyon—The Planning Agency of the Lyon metropolitan area. Coincidentally, “Mission from 19-26 May 2009” is displayed in bold letters under a picture of Addis Ababa on a cloudy day. According to the header, the document was a result of a collaboration of three organizations.

According to social media updates, roads were blocked by burning tires and rocks in Mendi, a town located 350 miles to the west of Addis Ababa, in Oromia Regional State. Similar protests were happening in Ambo town, located 78 miles to the west of Addis Ababa. More than two dozens of students and residents of this town were killed by Ethiopian security forces in 2014 when they protested against the same project.

According to various sources, Ethiopian security forces killed at least seven students in the last two weeks. High school and university students of Oromo ethnic origin took to the streets in protest of Addis Ababa Integrated Regional Development Plan, which they dubbed “Master Killer,” in reference to the exploitation and displacement of Oromo farmers.

Ethio-Kenya is an odd couple. Even though the war on terrorism keeps them together, there is always a skirmish on the porous border; often times fight over grazing lands among tribes living around the border of the two nations. This time, Ethiopian soldiers crossed the border and killed three Kenyan policemen. It prompted the deployment of Kenyan Defense Force.

The ever-changing digital media has once again forced news and entertainment titans like the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to wake up and smell the coffee. Last week, BBC got an £85 million a year shot-in-the-arm from the UK government per its proposal, which includes expanding services to Russia, North Korea, Ethiopia and Eritrea. The announcement created an excitement in these corners of the world, raising the hope for unbiased news coverage for these areas although that’s yet to be seen.

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