Tag: Ethiopia

The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Op-Docs On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. Video transcript Back transcript The Church Forests of Ethiopia On the Ethiopian highlands, church grounds have become accidental time capsules of biodiversity. SCRIPT – CHURCH FORESTS OPENING CREDITS Dr. Alemayehu Wassie (VO) In Ethiopian Orthodox teaching, a church–to be a church–should […]

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After a Massacre, Ethiopia’s Leader Faces Anger, and a Challenger

ADAMA, Ethiopia — Not long after security forces tried to arrest him in the middle of the night, Jawar Mohammed, a media baron and one of Ethiopia’s most prominent political activists, found himself face to face with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the man whose government ordered his arrest. Sitting at a table in a state […]

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They Didn’t Find Life in a Hopeless Place

People can live on every continent, but our planet really belongs to the microbes. Some even thrive in particularly pernicious environments, from deep-sea vents cooking at 251 degrees Fahrenheit to highly radioactive mine shafts. These extremophiles can also be found in highly salty or highly acidic environments. But to date, microbes haven’t been unequivocally found […]

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67 Killed in Ethiopia Unrest, but Nobel-Winning Prime Minister Is Quiet

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Unrest in Ethiopia this week led to the death of 67 people, a senior police official said Friday, as questions mounted about how the prime minister, a new Nobel Peace Prize winner, has responded to mass demonstrations against him. Kefyalew Tefera, the regional police commissioner for the Oromia region, said that […]

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Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Some honors come too late; others too early. Others still risk scuttling the efforts they are rewarding. Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for, the Nobel committee said, “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea” and starting “important reforms that give many citizens […]

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

The Nobel Committee Awarded Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed its annual peace prize early Friday morning, lauding the African leader for his substantial efforts in brokering a peace between his country and neighboring Eritrea. The 43-year-old Abiy assumed the role of prime minister in April 2018, and made remarkable strides in his first 100 days […]

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Could This Be the End of Frankincense?

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have revered the sweet aroma of frankincense. In Ancient Egypt, embalmers stuffed it inside the bodies and tombs of pharaohs and queens and its ashes were ground into eyeliner. Religious texts say rabbis burned it as offerings in Jerusalem’s temples, the three biblical Magi gifted it to […]

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General Accused in Ethiopian Coup Attempt is Reported Killed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The general suspected of being behind a coup attempt in the Ethiopian region of Amhara has been captured and killed, state media reported on Monday. The suspect, Gen. Asamnew Tsige, is accused of planning gun attacks on Saturday night that killed four people, including the army’s chief of staff and Amhara’s […]

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Ethiopia Army Chief Is Said to Be Killed Amid Attempted Coup

ADDIS ABABA — The chief of staff of the Ethiopian Army and at least two other senior officials have been killed during a coup attempt by an army general in the northern state of Amhara, state television said on Sunday. Amhara’s state president, Ambachew Mekonnen, and his adviser, Gize Abera, were also killed, according to […]

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Can Ethiopia’s New Leader, a Political Insider, Change It From the Inside Out?

LOS ANGELES — On the morning of his first day of school, when he was 7, Abiy Ahmed heard his mother whispering into his ears. “‘You’re unique, my son,’” he recalled her saying. “You will end up in the palace. So when you go to school, bear in mind that one day you’ll be someone […]

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