Eritrea Favors Investment Based on Partnerships than Aid (AUDIO)

Eritrea's Self-Reliance program might be taken as one of the most ambitious social and economic experiments underway in Africa

By Peter Clottey (VOA),

A political advisor to Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki says the Horn of Africa country rejects any forms of international aid, and only seeks strategic investment partnerships.

Yemane Gebreab, who is also head of political affairs at the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), said Eritrea has a policy of self-reliance that sharply opposes international food or financial assistanceContinue reading

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UN Starves a Million Somalis on 10 Cents A Day

A million dollar a day for the War but only 10 cents a day to feed the victims of that war.

For UN and US, such a catastrophe is nothing but business as usual

By Thomas C. Mountain,

The UN announced its budget for feeding the over one million Somali refugees under its care for the next year and have allocated less than 10 cents a day to do so.

Anthony Lake, once nominated to head the CIA, now UNICEF supremo, held a press conference in April 2012 to declare a budget of $35 million for the next year to feed the Somali refugees in its care, over one million and growing by the dayContinue reading

Feeding Death Squads; UN’s World Food Program in Ethiopia

“…Why do Ethiopians even bother to vote between their lazy leaders when they should actually be voting between WFP and USAID, because ultimately they’re the ones providing them with most of the public goods.”

Food aid blocked from reaching the over 10 million Ogaden Somalis. WFP remained silent to become an accomplice in the genocide.

By Thomas C. Mountain,

While southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden continues to suffer from the worst drought and famine in 60 years the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) has been turning over all its food aid for the region to the Ethiopian military which uses it to feed the paramilitary death squads conducting a counterinsurgency in the region.

The crimes committed by the UN in the Horn of Africa are legion and the WFP is not new to using its aid as a weapon against the people of our region (see WFP; Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death). Continue reading

Ethiopian Food Prices Up Nearly 50 Percent

Ethiopia’s Runaway Inflation is now at 39.2%; Food prices up by 50%; Transport and Housing up by 40%

VOA,

Ethiopians awoke Tuesday to news that food prices had increased nearly 50 % over the past year. They didn’t need to be told. Even middle-class Ethiopians are finding it more difficult to feed their families.

Ethiopia’s annual inflation rate jumped to nearly 40 % in July.  The Central Statistics Agency says food prices, which comprise more than half the Consumer Price Index, were up 47.4 % from a year ago.

In local markets, faces were glum, but few were willing to talk about their condition.  One shopper, who gave his name as Geremew, simply held up the thick wad of birr, the Ethiopian currency, that he was holding as he waited to pay for a small basket of food. Continue reading

Ethiopian Food Prices Up Nearly 50 Percent

Ethiopia’s Runaway Inflation is now at 39.2%; Food prices up by 50%; Transport and Housing up by 40%

VOA,

Ethiopians awoke Tuesday to news that food prices had increased nearly 50 % over the past year. They didn’t need to be told. Even middle-class Ethiopians are finding it more difficult to feed their families.

Ethiopia’s annual inflation rate jumped to nearly 40 % in July.  The Central Statistics Agency says food prices, which comprise more than half the Consumer Price Index, were up 47.4 % from a year ago.

In local markets, faces were glum, but few were willing to talk about their condition.  One shopper, who gave his name as Geremew, simply held up the thick wad of birr, the Ethiopian currency, that he was holding as he waited to pay for a small basket of food. Continue reading

Ethiopian Food Prices Up Nearly 50 Percent

Ethiopia’s Runaway Inflation is now at 39.2%; Food prices up by 50%; Transport and Housing up by 40%

VOA,

Ethiopians awoke Tuesday to news that food prices had increased nearly 50 % over the past year. They didn’t need to be told. Even middle-class Ethiopians are finding it more difficult to feed their families.

Ethiopia’s annual inflation rate jumped to nearly 40 % in July.  The Central Statistics Agency says food prices, which comprise more than half the Consumer Price Index, were up 47.4 % from a year ago.

In local markets, faces were glum, but few were willing to talk about their condition.  One shopper, who gave his name as Geremew, simply held up the thick wad of birr, the Ethiopian currency, that he was holding as he waited to pay for a small basket of food. Continue reading

Al-Shabab Rebels Withdraw from Mogadishu

Al-Shabab appears to be weakened by AMISOM offensive combined by famine, migration and luck of support

Aljazeera,

Abdirahman Omar Osman, a government spokesman, said on Saturday that al-Shabab was retreating from the city, calling it a “golden victory for the Somali people“.

He said government forces have begun deploying cautiously in the pockets of the city previously under al-Shabab control. The government is urging city residents who fled their homes to return, promising the military will spare no effort in securing their areas.

Ali Mohamed Rage, an al-Shabab spokesperson, told a local radio station that the withdrawal was aimed to enable a counter-attack, saying there would be no pull out from other regions of southern Somalia. Continue reading