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· The present Ethiopia/Tigray crisis has a problem seen from the point of view of Washington : there is nobody firmly in charge and no policy view is offered

· So everything falls back on Under-Secretary Tibor Nagy’s lap and ,by default, to Peter Pham’s attention . Mr Pham has recently been put in charge of Congo [Kinshasa] as the temperature rises there with the growing conflict between official President Tshisekedi and actual President Kabila. Contrary to Mr Nagy, he really knows Africa and particularly the Horn.

· But , always a lukewarm Trumpist, he has only a limited…


Multilateralism has become confused with what America wants to be rather than how to make globalization fairer for poor countries.

Washington’s decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization/WHO/ is shocking many even those previously well-disposed allies. This is becoming a pattern of behavior. The rest of the world fell out over America’s new unilateralism and its refusal to accept the International Criminal Court, the Kyoto Protocol, and arms control generally. There is already an accumulated dismay on how the United States withdrew from UNESCO, the UN Human Rights Council, and stopped UNRWA’s funding to the Palestinian refugees.

However…


For those who don’t know what will trigger a decline or complication on Sudanese-Ethiopian relations this briefing by John Young provides some interesting context.Read full text herehttp://www.smallarmssurveysudan.org/fileadmin/docs/briefing-papers/HSBA-BP-Ethiopia.pdf


Abiy’s policy decisions are unusually quick. But one experience marks them all: They get us into new crises faster than we are solving old crises. Nonetheless the recent bombshell report that Ethiopia will approve commercial cultivation of genetically engineered cotton has a uniquely poisonous quality which carries infection far beyond the current regime. This particular epoch was supposed to have been the era of a laser type focus on democratic elections. It has turned out to be the era of big policy processes unrelated to a political transition. Attempts to privatize flagship companies and approve GMOs are only the latest…


This looks like a new form of entrepreneurial violence.

What’s the difference between good and bad when it comes to Genetically Modified Organisms/GMOs/? It’s fairly worrying when many of so-called charities with altruistic missions working through US government such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation are empowering the agriculture-biotechnology sector and ‘entrepreneurial hustlers’ in the name of supplying and training African farmers. All in the name of eradicating hunger. Billions of dollars have poured into biotech on behalf of producers of genetically modified seeds, such as Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and others.

When it comes to promoting biotechnology…


The Need for a New Global Doctrine on Biological Weapons

The distinction between the military and the nonmilitary modes of research is being suppressed.

It is now glaringly evident that another pandemic whose speed and severity rivaled those of the historically known epidemics is around the corner. While battling this is a top priority the developing crisis may provide a rare opportunity into other notable dimensions of biological research. The expansion in bacteriological and genetic biological weapons is the most ominous component of military science and technology as well as defense budget that is dense with the ghosts of past and future wars. There has been a spectacular breakthrough in…


THE THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT: All in One!

Though it ended on a note of extraordinary bleakness of the country’s political economy my starting point was dissatisfaction with the pernicious geopolitical move of the leadership.

1. When powerful individuals in the US want to have a stake in the natural resources of an African country, with a claim over universal interests and are part of the negotiations about the forms, distribution, and uses of hydro-power.

2. What Jared Kushner, Steven Mnuchin, WB, Isreal or KSA have got to do with it? Just saying. They appear at a…


THE THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT: All in One!

Though it ended on a note of extraordinary bleakness of the country’s political economy my starting point was dissatisfaction with the pernicious geopolitical move of the leadership.

1. When powerful individuals in the US want to have a stake in the natural resources of an African country, with a claim over universal interests and are part of the negotiations about the forms, distribution, and uses of hydropower.

2. What Jared Kushner, Steven Mnuchin, WB, Isreal or KSA have got to do with it? Just saying. They appear at a…


Though it ended on a note of extraordinary bleakness of the country’s political economy my starting point was dissatisfaction with the pernicious geopolitical move of the leadership.

1. When powerful individuals in the US want to have a stake in the natural resources of an African country, with a claim over universal interests and are part of the negotiations about the forms, distribution, and uses of hydropower.

2. What Jared Kushner, Steven Mnuchin, WB, Isreal or KSA have got to do with it? Just saying. They appear at a moment of paralysis in the country. …

Current Analyst

Current Analyst is an online journal dedicated to the exploration of peace and security issues in Africa. By Medhane Tadesse. Blog: www.currentanalyst.com/blog

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