Cyber security is an increasingly major issue in today’s world. In fact the governance of cyberspace is in the midst of a crisis. It is one thing to know that the online realm is not a lawless world, but quite another to appreciate how global rules can be applied as cyber warfare has become everyone’s problem. Although the main building blocks of the Internet’s architecture were laid over two decades ago, it took forever for state representatives to agree on the rudimentary threshold assumption that international law actually applies to cyberspace. …


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, the harshest criticisms of the US’s rather- pernicious aims were made against President Trump when he accused the WHO of becoming under the full control of China. This is laughable as there are American representatives in almost all WHO divisions as well as in expert committees, including the Health Emergencies Committee. It is inaccurate to blame the WHO for the fact that some countries stubbornly did not want to listen to its warnings and recommendations. At all stages of the outbreak of Coronavirus the WHO acted within its mandate, in strict accordance with the guidelines of Member States and based on available scientific evidence. The allegations are politically biased and untenable. No wonder, the head of European Union diplomacy, Josep Borrell, lamented the US decision to stop WHO financing has no reason and cannot be justified. …


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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


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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 of this kind. In its report Agricultural Biotechnology Annual on February 5 2020 the United States Department of Agriculture/USDA/ expressed its happiness at the decision of the Ethiopian government to approve GMOs. …


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, research, and the sale of genetically modified seeds, pesticides, and industrial methods of agriculture good and bad are both relative — to the monopolist, to humanitarianism, to the receiver, to sovereignty, to culture or to history, or the continued survival of the human race — yet there are common, familiar arguments, recognizable terms that chemical companies and charitable organizations would like to make about the relationship between genetically modified seeds and food security. Critics have generally (though not always) favored the individual farmer over the corporations, while powerful mass media and their audiences have made a case — with their numbers if nothing else — for giving the multinationals a chance. …


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 biological warfare since WWII on the part of allied powers particularly the US, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. …


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 moment of paralysis in the country. …


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 moment of paralysis in the country. …


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. …


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It takes no great gift of foresight to realize that unless there is a different kind of progress, there will be religious mobilization.

This has been the commentary some years back on the paper two decades ago and replayed in subsequent years to remind policy makers. It’s being republished for relevance. https://medium.com/the-current-analyst/religion-peace-and-the-future-of-ethiopia-a089a9ef4ca5?source=your_stories_page---------------------------

No conventional political scientist of stature, much less the profession as a whole, predicted the advent of religion in modern Ethiopian politics. This is what happens when “lack of foresight, awareness, or calculation are rampant in national security policy.

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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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