Ethiopian American Forum

State of the Union 2015 Print E-mail


 2015 State of the Union

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State of the Union 2015: The Republican response - Videos 




Ethiopia is often unfairly seen as emblematic of poverty and deprivation—but the progress it has seen over the past decade should help change that,” says Ana Revenga, Senior Director for Poverty at the World Bank Group. “If this progress continues over the next decade, Ethiopia can propel itself and most importantly, its people into a new era of prosperity.” 

Poverty in Ethiopia Down 33 Percent Since 2000

"Stop pretending to be Arabs" Print E-mail




 "... if an African converts to Islam, it doesn’t change his/her race and make him an Arab, it just changes his/her religion.”   

King Abdullah Bn Abdulaziz 


Riyadh:  King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bn Abdulaziz has requested Muslims from India and Pakistan to stop pretending to be Arabs because the mother tongue of Arabs is Arabic; and not Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Bihari, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, or other languages from Pakistani subcontinent, sources told Al-Bakistan Times.  

“I don’t mean to offend them in any way,” he continued, “its just that it doesn’t make sense. For examble, if an African converts to Islam, it doesn’t change his/her race and make him an Arab, it just changes his/her religion.”  


Man who filmed woman being publicly beheaded in Mecca reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia 


Terrorism in Africa Print E-mail



Ethiopia Sentences Three Britons to Jail on Terrorism Charges

Terrorism in Africa: A bigger threat than in Europe, but much less coverage 

The neoliberal economic policies that many governments on the continent, including Nigeria’s, have pursued at the behest of Western financial institutions has also had a disastrous effect as it has increased economic hardship and pushed more young people towards extremism. “Nigeria’s experience with neoliberal economic policy presents a classic example of a state which progressively shifted from a relative welfare state to ad-hoc ‘welfarist’ state and full blown free market economy….Neoliberal reforms were not concerned with social issues but with market efficiency, which worked against the basic tenets of human rights and constitutional safeguards for Nigerian citizens…. A substantial number (of people) have resorted to criminal activities in the nation. This explains in part why arson, kidnapping, and other criminal activities and social vices are thriving in the Niger Delta region and other parts of the Nigerian state,” says Dr Olumide Victor Ekanade, in his 2014 paper The Dynamics of Forced Neoliberalism in Nigeria since the 1980s.  

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