Since the advent of “organized medical practice” in 1896, when the Russian Red Cross built the first hospital, Ethiopia has experienced a rapid expansion of the delivery of healthcare that lasted well into the 20th century.
(OPride) – The second round of high-stake negotiations between the Ethiopian government and an outlawed rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), conducted under the auspices of Kenyan government in Nairobi between Oct. 15 -17, 2012, collapsed with each side blaming the intransigence of the other for the failure.
(OPride) – Embattled Ethiopian minister, Junedin Saddo, is barred from any public activities, government sources told OPride. Saddo is sanctioned from attending the deliberations of the Oromo People's Democratic Organization (OPDO) Central Committee, the source said on condition of unanimity due to fear of retribution.
Twenty years ago, one chilly and drizzly morning in otherwise uneventful North American winter, I met a Tigrean freedom fighter, a tegadalti, on a short bus ride to the airport.
I would like to start by congratulating Ethiopia’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, on breaking that country’s political glass ceiling, and achieving an unforeseen success. Desalegn's meteoric rise to the highest office in the land is historic in many respects.
No dictator rules for a lifetime. Not in the new millennium. With the wave of domestic anti-government sentiments and the rapid trends of change across the region, Meles Zenawi's days as prime minister of Ethiopia were always numbered.
(OPride) -- After close to three months of speculation on who would assume the post vacated by the late Prime Minister Zenawi, the ruling Ethiopian Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) selected Hailemariam Desalegn and Demeke Mekonnen as party Chairman and deputy, respectively, the two becoming almost shoe-ins for Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister when the legislature meets next month. Their confirmation is a forgone conclusion.
(OPride) – On Sep. 2, following Ethiopia’s meticulously choreographed funeral for former dictator, Meles Zenawi, which was designed to buttress his legacy, a friend asked me to listen to the United States Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice's encomium on the deification ceremony. I obliged but regret doing so because I came out a cynic.