Ethiopian American Forum

Peaceful Solution for South Sudan's Conflict Print E-mail

 Peaceful Solution for South Sudan's Conflict Necessary:  Dr. Tedros

Dec 24, 2013

 Ethiopia: Al-Shabaab Poses No Threat to National Security
It's the Government, Stupid: Appraising Ethiopia's Saudi Arabia Policy Print E-mail



by Alemayehu F. Weldemariam and Hassen Mohammed

December 23, 2013     

Ethiopia stood as one of the biggest exporters of labor to the Gulf Cooperation Council states, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. No other events have revealed the extent and depth of the problem than the recent labor crackdown on migrant workers of Ethiopian origin in Saudi Arabia and the consequent mass deportation. And no other event has transfixed the attention of all the major media of the western world as this since November [2013]. The media has been reporting the ongoing mass deportation of migrant workers of Ethiopian origin from Saudi Arabia. On average, some 3000 migrants are being airlifted from Riyadh to Addis Ababa. But the regime in Addis Ababa has preferred to keep quiet so far without making any official statement of substance on the matter. This is worrisome given that most have arrived after having gone through unspeakable physical and psychological abuse. All that the nation’s top diplomat, Tedros Adhanom, has done so far is to appear at an international family planning meeting to only make a digression to talk about the suffering of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia and to take it to social media. Is social media substitute for mainstream media? Can a tweet or a facebook post be a replacement for a note verbale?

Obamacare Print E-mail


Organizing for Action


If you know anyone in California looking to get health insurance on the new marketplace, make sure they know this:

Monday, December 23rd, is the last chance to sign up for a plan to make sure you're covered on January 1st.

Team Obamacare, we have a job to do: Spread this news far and wide.

Prosperity for the Few and the Ethiopian Developmental State Print E-mail


 By Aklog Birara (PhD)

December 18, 2013

Prosperity for the Few and the Ethiopian Developmental State   
An International Conference organized by Al-Jazeera Centre for Studies, Doha, Qatar December 18, 2013

What challenges us is to ensure that none should enjoy lesser rights, and none  tormented because they

are born different, hold contrary political views or pray to  God in a different manner.” - Nelson Mandela


The Doha Conference on Africa in November 2013, tried to understand and create consensus on  the governance

alternative that enables countries create a foundation for sustainable and  equitable development. Although

presentations and discussions lacked lacked depth and  breadth in comparing a pool of countries within and

outside Africa, there was no contest that  good and representative governance is deemed central in achieving

 sustainability with  equity. All participants agreed on the imperative and nexus of peace, internal security and 

 representative government on the one hand; and sustainable and equitable development on the  other. Here in

 brief is the new narrative at play.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 Print E-mail

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The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 serves as a reminder that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. 

The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem. Hover on the map above to see how your country fares.



The world urgently needs a renewed effort to crack down on money laundering, clean up political finance, pursue the return of stolen assets and build more transparent public institutions.

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