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Ethiopia has blocked social media sites as new Oromo protests hit the country
Ethiopia has again blocked access to the internet in the wake of violent protests in the Oromo region and throughout the East African country, Abdi Latif Dahir reports for Quartz. "In Chelenko town in Oromia region, media reports noted the killing of 16 people aged between 15 and 60 years, including family members who were harvesting sorghum on a farm. The family was reportedly not aware of the initial demonstrations in a nearby village, where locals blamed the killing of a prominent member of the community by the controversial Somali special forces known as the Liyu. This was followed by heightened ethnic tension in campuses, where students were allegedly killed at the hands of security forces.

As such, from Dec. 12, internet users in Ethiopia started mentioning that they couldn’t access several social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Moses Karanja, a doctoral candidate at University of Toronto and researcher at the Citizen Lab, said network scans on the state-owned operator Ethio Telecom confirmed that the websites were inaccessible. The government has a monopoly over the provision of mobile and internet services, and users couldn’t access these sites without using virtual private networks."
otf  ethiopia  access  shutdown  social  blackout  africa 
2 days ago by dmcdev
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Ethiopia  climate  from twitter
2 days ago by mmarais
The African Enlightenment
17th and 18th century philosophers from Ghana and Ethiopia
africa  ethiopia  ghana  philosophy  via:metafilter 
3 days ago by nelson
Champing at the Cyberbit: Ethiopian Dissidents Targeted with New Commercial Spyware
A new Citizen Lab report details how Ethiopia used commercial spyware to surveil dissidents abroad - including in the US and UK. They were "targeted with emails containing sophisticated commercial spyware posing as Adobe Flash updates and PDF plugins. Targets include a US-based Ethiopian diaspora media outlet, the Oromia Media Network (OMN), a PhD student, and a lawyer..[Citizen Lab's research] indicates [the spyware] is a product known as PC Surveillance System (PSS), a commercial spyware product with a novel exploit-free architecture. PSS is offered by Cyberbit — an Israel-based cyber security company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems — and marketed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies."
otf  citizenlab  ethiopia 
10 days ago by dmcdev
Orthodox Churches in Decline, Except in Ethiopia. A Survey
Of the 260 million Orthodox Christians all over the world, fully 100 million live in Russia. But only 15 percent of them maintain that religion is “very important” in their lives.With respect to Catholicism and Protestantism, which over the past century have expanded from Europe to the other continents and above all in Latin America and Africa where they now count the bulk of their faithful, Orthodox Christianity has remained concentrated with more than three fourths of its members in Europe, with the only big exception being none other than Ethiopia.An exception that is not only geographical.In Ethiopia, weekly church attendance characterizes 78 percent of the faithful. Here the Orthodox faith has a particular profile distinguished by its Jewish features. It observes the sabbath rest, circumcises boys, and follows the dietary rules of the Jews. It recounts that three thousand years ago its emperor Menelik I, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia, where it is still venerated.
Christianity  Ethiopia 
13 days ago by thomas.kochi
Navigating Sometimes Chaotic, Always Fascinating Addis Ababa - The New York Times
Addis Ababa is the capital of the oldest independent country in Africa (though it was occupied by the Italians, Ethiopia was never formally colonized). The capital, where both Orthodox Christianity and Islam are practiced, is an extraordinary, fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking city. Dire poverty is still a harsh reality for many in the country despite a booming economy. And while the city can certainly be navigated inexpensively, you will also find fascinating cultural landmarks, wonderful food and an almost unparalleled coffee culture.
addisababa  ethiopia  africa  travel  nytimes  thefrugaltraveler 
15 days ago by brendanmcfadden
Moving the Needle in Ethiopia - Best-in-class apparel manufacturing industry in Ethiopia
"Private-public collaboration with key suppliers, the Ethiopian and local governments, and donor groups to establish an industrial park in Hawassa, a small city in southern Ethiopia. Our collective vision is that Hawassa Industrial Park (“HIP”) will be a win-win development opportunity, both for sub-Saharan Africa and for the apparel industry. To make this happen, we are working with partners that share our values and drawing on lessons learned in other sourcing regions. At every step, we are sensitive to the challenges and conscious of the responsibilities inherent in industrializing a predominantly agricultural region."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Textile  ethiopia  Africa  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Sustainability  development  Manufacturing 
27 days ago by eocas

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