from Full Focus:

Ethiopia’s ancient salt trails

May 17, 2013

Photographer Siegfried Modola traveled to document Ethiopia’s ancient salt trade in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth, with an average annual temperature of 94 degrees Fahrenheit (34.4 Celsius). For centuries, merchants have traveled there with caravans of camels to collect salt from the surface of the vast desert basin. The mineral is extracted and shaped into slabs, then loaded onto the animals before being transported back across the desert so that it can be sold around the country. Read Siegfried's personal account here.

from Isaac Esipisu:

Ethiopia and Eritrea: An elusive peace on the cards?

October 29, 2012

By Aaron Maasho

Ethiopia and Eritrea are still at each others’ throats. The two neighbours fought hammer and tongs in sun-baked trenches during a two-year war over a decade ago, before a peace deal ended their World War I-style conflict in 2000. Furious veRed Sea, UNrbal battles, however, have continued to this day.

from Africa News blog:

Ethiopia and Eritrea: An elusive peace on the cards?

October 29, 2012

By Aaron Maasho

Ethiopia and Eritrea are still at each others’ throats. The two neighbours fought hammer and tongs in sun-baked trenches during a two-year war over a decade ago, before a peace deal ended their World War I-style conflict in 2000. Furious veRed Sea, UNrbal battles, however, have continued to this day.

from Africa News blog:

Is Africa Union justified in moving its summit to Ethiopia

June 20, 2012

The African Union has moved its July summit to the Ethiopian capital after Malawi blocked the attendance of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the bloc said

from John Lloyd:

As winter begins, an African Spring heats up

By John Lloyd
December 8, 2011

By John Lloyd
The opinions expressed are his own.

The Arab Spring’s effects continue to ripple outward. As Tahrir Square fills once more, it gains new momentum. For months now, the autocrats of Africa have feared it would move south, infecting their youth in often-unemployed, restless areas.

from Africa News blog:

Operation Somalia: The U.S., Ethiopia and now Kenya

By Aaron Maasho
October 28, 2011

By Aaron Maasho

Ethiopia did it five years ago, the Americans a while back. Now Kenya has rolled tanks and troops across its arid frontier into lawless Somalia, in another campaign to stamp out a rag-tag militia of Islamist rebels that has stoked terror throughout the region with threats of strikes.

from FaithWorld:

Ethiopia jails hundreds in Muslim attacks on Christians over Koran rumour

By Reuters Staff
July 1, 2011

(A destroyed Protestant church in Asendabo, 300 km (200 miles) west of the capital Addis Ababa, March 16, 2011, after Muslim youths attacked Christians/Aaron Maasho )

from Africa News blog:

A ‘day of rage’ in Ethiopia?

By Aaron Maasho
May 25, 2011

Ethiopia’s handful of TV channels are not carrying much news lately.  Instead, broadcasters are spending most of their time covering every phase of the construction of a new mega dam along the country’s Nile waters.

from Africa News blog:

Ethiopia/Eritrea: Another war?

By Aaron Maasho
April 14, 2011

Ethiopia is beating the war drums again. After a lull of more than a decade, the Horn of Africa giant is now threatening to attack its neighbour and foe Eritrea over claims it is working to destabilise the country.