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  • Russia’s arms sales could go to zero over Ukraine

    05/03/2022 6:09:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Asia Times ^ | March 8, 2022 | Stephen Bryen
    The poor performance of Russian equipment deployed in the Ukraine war is bound to be giving global buyers second thoughts.How can it be that a large Russian army attacking force, capable of causing untold destruction, is being checkmated and systematically devastated by Ukraine’s military, in particular its special forces?And what impact will this have on the Russian army and its industrial backbone, the Russian companies that build the tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile air defenses and aircraft including fixed-wing and helicopters ­– all of which have suffered extreme losses in the conflict?Russia’s exports consist of various commodities, most prominently wheat,...
  • Ethiopian police and Muslim worshippers clash in Addis Ababa

    05/03/2022 10:30:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The incident occurred outside the international stadium in the heart of the city, where prayers were scheduled to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the Muslim holy month. Addis Ababa police issued a statement saying “a riot” had been caused by a “few individuals” and led to property damage, but order had now been restored. “[The] police are calling on the community to remain calm,” it said. Stone-throwing demonstrators also smashed windows at a national museum on Meskel Square before calm was restored, reports said. The Addis Ababa official told AFP that Eid al-Fitr prayers had taken...
  • Ethiopians queue up to volunteer for Russia's fight in Ukraine

    04/21/2022 6:51:11 AM PDT · by familyop · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21APR22 | Dawit Endeshaw
    On Tuesday, Reuters reporters saw several hundred men registering with Ethiopian security guards outside the embassy. The guards recorded their names and asked for proof of military service...But many in Ethiopia have voiced solidarity with Russia, which has enjoyed close relations with the Horn of Africa nation since the Soviet era...A man who came out of the embassy and addressed the volunteers in Russian through an interpreter said Russia had enough forces for now, but that they would be contacted when they were needed.
  • WHO chief: Focus on Ukraine shows bias against black lives

    04/13/2022 10:47:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 13, 2022 | By MARIA CHENG
    LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has slammed the global community for its focus on the war in Ukraine, arguing that crises elsewhere, including in his home country of Ethiopia, are not being given equal consideration, possibly because those suffering are not white. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus questioned “if the world really gives equal attention to black and white lives,” given that the ongoing emergencies in Ethiopia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria have garnered only a “fraction” of the global concern for Ukraine. He was speaking in a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday. Last...
  • US Navy says new task force to patrol Red Sea amid Yemen war

    04/13/2022 5:44:50 PM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 4/13/22 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Wednesday it will begin a new task force with allied countries to patrol the Red Sea after a series of attacks attributed to Yemen's Houthi rebels in a waterway that's essential to global trade. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, who oversees the Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet, declined four times to directly name the Iran-backed Houthis in his remarks to journalists announcing the task force. However, the Houthis have launched explosive-laden drone boats and mines into the waters of the Red Sea, which runs from Egypt's Suez Canal in the north, down...
  • Democrat Sen. Menendez Pressures Joe Biden, Distracted by Ukraine, to Address ‘Genocide’ in Ethiopia

    03/18/2022 4:08:56 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/18/2022 | Francis martel
    BREITBART UKRAINE WARRECORD HIGH GASTHE REOPENINGBIDEN CRIME WAVEWOKE WARSMASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE Democrat Sen. Menendez Pressures Joe Biden, Distracted by Ukraine, to Address ‘Genocide’ in Ethiopia Robert MenendezAlex Wong/Getty FRANCES MARTEL18 Mar 202281 6:08 Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday demanding his administration issue an assessment of accusations of genocide against the government of Ethiopia and demanding Biden do more to address the brutal civil war in that country. Biden’s foreign policy has been almost entirely focused in the past month on Ukraine, where a nationwide war erupted last month after Russian leader...
  • US playing spoiler to China in Horn of Africa ---- If there is mayhem in Ethiopia, China’s Belt and Road in the Horn of Africa could be slowed or even derailed

    01/07/2022 7:06:32 PM PST · by elpadre · 14 replies
    asiatimes.com ^ | January 7, 2022 | MK Bhadrakumar
    Chinese foreign ministers have traditionally marked the new year by visiting the African continent. Wang Yi’s 2022 African tour begins with Eritrea against the backdrop of the US strategy in the Horn of Africa to gain control of the strategically vital Red Sea that connects the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal. Eritrea and China are close friends. China was a supporter of the Eritrean liberation movement since the 1970s. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, the veteran revolutionary who led the independence movement, received military training in China. More recently, Eritrea was one of the 54 countries backing Beijing’s Hong Kong...
  • 1936: Aberra Kassa and Asfawossen Kassa, Ethiopian royalty

    12/21/2021 5:47:33 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | December 21, 2010 | Headsman
    On this date in 1936, Italian forces consolidating control of occupied Ethiopia mopped up a couple of royal relatives who had resisted a bit too long. Brothers Aberra Kassa and Asfawossen Kassa had briefly become, with the flight to exile of their ally Haile Selassie, symbolic leaders of Ethiopia’s domestic resistance to Mussolini’s imperialism. Along with another brother, these sons of Ras Kassa mounted an abortive July 1936 attack on Addis Ababa, precipitating a furious Italian response. The rebels were hunted to their retreat: the other brother was caught in a cave and summarily executed, which must have been at...
  • Ethiopian monuments 1,000 years older than previously thought [Sakaro Sodo]

    12/12/2021 11:15:22 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | December 9, 2021 | Washington State University
    Rising as high as 20 feet, ancient stone monoliths in southern Ethiopia are 1,000 years older than scientists previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of African Archaeology. A Washington State University research team used advanced radiocarbon dating to determine the often phallic-shaped monoliths, or stelae, at the Sakaro Sodo archeological site in Ethiopia’s Gedeo zone were likely created sometime during the first century A.D. The only other attempt to determine the age of the more than 10,000 stele monoliths located at various sites in the Gedeo zone was conducted by French scientists in the 1990s. It...
  • US hands China a victory in Ethiopia ---- China provides winning weaponry to Ethiopian national forces while US de facto sides with the fading Tigray rebels

    12/07/2021 10:16:11 AM PST · by elpadre · 10 replies
    asiatimes.com ^ | December 6, 2021 | Stephen Bryen
    Just as Ethiopian government forces appear to have turned the tide in the country’s so-called civil war, the Biden administration is pushing for US citizens in Ethiopia to leave and is providing relocation assistance to those who can’t afford to buy a plane ticket. Meanwhile, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has visited Addis Ababa and has made it clear that China backs Ethiopia’s government fully. This, in contrast to the United States which has imposed sanctions on Ethiopia, but not on the rebellious Tigray. As Bloomberg reports: The US last month suspended duty-free access to its exports “because of gross...
  • US, others warn citizens in Ethiopia to leave as prime minister heads to front lines

    11/24/2021 9:30:39 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 24 November 2021 | Conor Finnegan andLuis Martinez
    The U.S. government is warning American citizens in Ethiopia even more starkly to leave the country now, as the conflict there continues to deteriorate. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is heading to the front lines to lead the federal government's forces, he announced, urging his fellow citizens to join him and "lead the country with a sacrifice."... ... after the unprecedented, chaotic evacuation effort from Afghanistan, the State Department has gone to extraordinary lengths to make sure U.S. citizens in Ethiopia know military flights like those out of Kabul will not be coming to rescue them. "There should be absolutely...
  • A Second Afghanistan? Biden Admin Prepares For The Worst In Ethiopia

    11/23/2021 6:59:45 PM PST · by qaz123 · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 23Nov | HUghes
    As Ethiopia heads towards a potential collapse, the Biden administration worries the situation will turn into another Afghanistan, Axios reported. The government of Ethiopia has called on its citizens to arm themselves as rebels make their way towards the capital, Addis Ababa, Axios reported. The rebels are reportedly from the Tigray region, where concerns have risen about ethnic cleansing and the use of starvation by the government as a tactic of war.
  • US Orders American Citizens Out Of Ethiopia “As Soon As Possible”

    11/05/2021 6:01:13 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    zububrothers.com ^ | 11-5-21 | zububrothers
    he US State Department is now urging all Americans in Ethiopia to leave the war-torn country “as soon as possible”. This after the US Embassy in Addis Ababa previously posted a “do not travel” advisory to its official website and began making preparations of its own to evacuate non-essential staff. At the start of this week, the Ethiopian government went so far as to tell residents of the capital city of some 5 million people to start arming themselves as rebel Tigrayan fighters began a march southward from their northern enclave, with plans to overthrow the government under Prime Minister...
  • China: End of the Belt and Road Initiative? Growing sense of unease in Beijing over calls to write off debt to stressed African states.

    06/06/2020 7:00:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Euro Money ^ | 06/06/2020 | Elliot Wilson
    In April 2019, analysts at Rhodium Group in Hong Kong sat down to assess the financial viability of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). What they found surprised them. The second Belt and Road Forum had just wrapped up in Beijing and policymakers in the mainland and beyond were starting to voice their concerns. Western leaders feared that China was drowning the emerging world in general, and Africa in particular, in a new wave of debt. Officials in Beijing pushed back against charges of ‘debt-trap diplomacy’, but they were beginning to stick.China had internal reasons to fret. From the outset,...
  • U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff

    10/02/2021 9:22:51 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 18 replies
    Euronews ^ | 10/2/2021 | Michelle Nichols
    NEWYORK -The United Nations Security Council will privately discuss on Friday a decision by Ethiopia to expel seven senior U.N. officials, diplomats said, as malnutrition rates rise and famine looms in the country’s war-torn northern region of Tigray. The United States, Britain, Ireland, Estonia, France and Norway, plan to raise the issue during a closed-door meeting of the 15-member body, but diplomats say any strong action is unlikely as Russia and China have long made clear they believe the conflict is an internal affair for Ethiopia. The expulsions of the U.N. staff were announced by Ethiopia on Thursday, two days...
  • UN says Ethiopia has no legal right to expel staff

    10/02/2021 1:21:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.01.2021 | mvb/msh (Reuters, AP, AFP)
    The United Nations warned Ethiopia on Friday that it has no legal right to expel seven UN officials it accused of “meddling” in the country’s affairs, as famine looms in the conflict-mired region of Tigray. A UN spokesperson said a diplomatic note sent to Ethiopia’s UN Mission and conveyed to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a phone call with UN Secretary-General António Guterres had stated that a country’s ability to declare someone persona non grata, or unwelcome, does not apply to UN personnel. “The application of this doctrine to United Nations officials is contrary to obligations under the Charter...
  • France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

    09/24/2021 3:47:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 24, 2021 | Jamey Keaten
    Germany and France said they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization. This marks the first time that a candidate for the top job at the U.N. health agency has not been nominated by the home country. Tedros, who goes by his first name, has been in the global spotlight over the organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic over the last 19 months -– an epochal crisis that eclipsed all else throughout his term that began in 2017. The election for the next WHO...
  • Up to 210 people killed in attacks in Ethiopia's Oromia region, human rights group says

    08/26/2021 2:56:49 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 12 replies
    SBS News ^ | 8/26/2021
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned conflict in Ethiopia has now spread beyond the Tigray region and "a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes". As many as 210 people have been killed in attacks in Ethiopia's Oromia region, a human rights group has said. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said it had received reports that some 150 people were killed on 18 August by alleged members of the Oromo Liberation Army in the East Wollega area of Oromia. A further 60 people were killed a day later in retaliatory attacks, according to the statement issued by the government-appointed body,...
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus calls for pause on COVID vaccine booster rollout

    08/23/2021 9:17:55 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 24 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | 8/23/2021 | Reuters: Denis Balibouse
    The head of the World Health Organization has called for a two-month moratorium on administering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus proposed the move as a means of reducing global vaccine inequality and preventing the emergence of new coronavirus variants. Dr Tedros said that he was "really disappointed" with the scope of vaccine donations worldwide. Many countries are struggling to provide first and second doses to more than just a fraction of their populations, while wealthier nations maintain growing vaccine stockpiles. Dr Tedros called on countries offering third vaccine doses "to share what can be used for...
  • News Summary Intelligence Report Wednesday 8/11/2021

    08/11/2021 8:46:34 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 17 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 8/11/2021 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump speaks out on the killing of Ashli Babbitt at the US Capitol on January 6th and Australia's capital city joins the increasing list of lockdown zones Down Under but first... A COVID outbreak at an immigration detention facility ib Tacoma Washington... Israel's coronavirus cabinet ramping up new restrictions... Fear of the "Delta Variant" causing some returning Australian Olympic team members to be subject to a 28-day quarantine... Tightened up restrictions in the French Caribbean island territory of Guadeloupe... The US government winning with the British High Court getting to make its appeal seeking Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's extradition...