Munich Security Conference convenes first meeting in Africa today

Thursday 14th of April 2016 06:38:17 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is convening its first event on the African continent as part of its MSC Core Group Meeting series.  The meeting, which is expected to attract the attendance of several high level officials, is opening this afternoon at the Sheraton Hotel here in Addis Abeba. According to a statement from the organizers, the joint fight against violent extremism, crisis prevention and management in Northern and Eastern Africa, as well as the secur…


Oromia International Bank recognizes its “High Value Customers”

Wednesday 13th of April 2016 10:48:53 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Oromia International Bank (OIB), one of the private banks operating in the country, has awarded certificate of appreciation for 126 of its “high value customers” on Friday April 8, 2016 at Elily Hotel here in Addis Abeba. According to a statement from the Bank, the awardees include top depositors, top exporters, top remittance earners and top IFB (Interest Free Banking) depositors.   Abie Sano, the Bank’s President According to Abie Sano, the Bank’s Preside…


Opinion- Panama Papers: Illicit financial flows, tax havens not just another recommendation

Monday 11th of April 2016 01:03:51 PM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Thabo Mbeki Over the past few days, there has been a furore in the global community regarding reports on “the Panama Papers”, an enormous leak of more than 11 million documents which are said to date back up to four decades and are allegedly connected to a Panama law firm. According to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), this firm has, in all that time and possibly longer, helped establish secret shell companies and offshore accounts…


EU boosts aid to Ethiopia amid worsening drought

Friday 8th of April 2016 09:31:01 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small The European Commission announces €122.5 million to help Ethiopia deal with a deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by the El Niño extreme weather phenomenon   Today the European Commission has announced €122.5 million for Ethiopia to address the immediate needs of people affected by the worsening humanitarian situation caused by one of the most severe extreme El Niño weather phenomenon on record. This new support aims to combine a humanitarian response an…


Op-Ed: EU-Africa: A common future

Wednesday 6th of April 2016 08:32:37 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small By Jean-Claude Juncker and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma As we face the challenges of the 21st century there is more that unites Africa and Europe than divides us. We share a common history of thousands of years. Today more than ever we need to work together to build our common future and to work jointly on the defining global issues of our age.   We both have a shared view of the benefits of cooperation on our continents. Europe’s journey from the devastation of 1945 to…


Solitary struggles: Of soul-searching Ethiopian adoptees

Wednesday 6th of April 2016 06:28:42 AM  |  Addis Standard

Thousands upon thousands of skinny, dusty, women and children clad in dirty rags, sitting on a barren land, (the scorching sun consuming what’s left of them), barely able to muster the strength to bat away overzealous flies. The scent of death is all around as another shawl is wrapped around the lifeless body of yet another victim of starvation. Loud weeping from the parched throats of the unfortunate soul’s parent…


#OromoProtests: The martinet’s message meets its match

Friday 1st of April 2016 09:18:27 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Ezekiel Gebissa, special to Addis Standard   In his book, The Dictator’s Learning Curve, William J. Dobson argues that old-school dictators like Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Idi Amin ruled with unrestrained violence before the advent of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media networks known for instantaneous communication. Contemporary dictators cannot keep their evil deeds secret even when those deeds are committed in the remotest corners of the earth. Dobso…


Bernie‘s big surprise

Friday 25th of March 2016 07:41:41 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is forcing Mrs. Clinton to adjust her strategy. Her coronation as the Democratic nominee seems less pretentious and entitled; Mr. Sanders is making her work for it and that is positive for Democrats. It also gives Mrs. Clinton a much better opportunity to sell herself to Democrats and general election voters; she should take that opening, given her unpopularity among both, writes our US correspondent Tomas Mega One year ago, a seventy-f…


Donors launch campaign to address funding gaps in Ethiopia drought response

Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 09:59:28 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Humanitarian partners in Ethiopia today launched a 90-day campaign to raise awareness on the urgent need for an additional funding for the drought crisis in Ethiopia to address the humanitarian resource gap. “Ethiopia is currently contending with one of the most serious climatic shocks in recorded history with ten million people facing lost harvests and livestock as well as severe water shortages and health risks,” said Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onuchie, UN Humanitaria…


Opinion: Taking our voice seriously

Tuesday 22nd of March 2016 09:12:40 AM  |  Addis Standard

Font Size » Large | Small Hailegabriel Gedecho   My starting point for this short reflection is my discomfort with friends and acquaintances who question (and dismiss) the morality of supporting (to use their pejorative expression ‘mafafam’) Oromo Protests from overseas. As most of these critiques reside in Ethiopia (where public display of solidarity with Oromo Protests is meant risking torture, incarceration, and of course one’s life), the claim of immorality of Ethiopian diaspora show…