From All Africa News: Ethiopian PM loses father – State media

State media in Ethiopia have reported the death of Ahmed Ali, father of the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Monday. The Fana Broadcasting Corporate, FBC, report quoted a local government office as confirming the death. Ahmed Ali is expected to be buried tomorrow in line with Islamic norms. PM Abiy is a Christian despite growing up in an Islamic setting. His father was Muslim whiles his mother was a Christian, the Reporter portal said in a March 2018 article chronicling his rise to power. [read full article by clicking here]

From the Guardian: Ethiopia is one of the top two importers of western trash

According to promotional materials from America’s plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new. This is not the experience of Nguyễn Thị Hồng Thắm, a 60-year-old Vietnamese mother of seven, living amid piles of grimy American plastic on the outskirts of Hanoi. Outside her home, the sun beats down on a Cheetos bag; aisle markers from a Walmart store; and a plastic bag from ShopRite, a chain of supermarkets in New Jersey, bearing a message urging people to recycle it. Tham is paid the equivalent of $6.50 a day to strip off the non-recyclable elements and sort what remains: translucent plastic in one pile, opaque in another. [read full article by clicking here]

From VOA News: Ethiopia Plans to Privatize Key State Enterprises

Ethiopia’s finance minister says the government is preparing to privatize some state-owned entities. However, the plan to sell off parts of the country’s once-guarded crown jewels is getting a mixed reaction. At a corner of the Ethiopian Airlines complex in Addis Ababa sits a DC-3 jet, a constant reminder of the milestones that Africa’s most successful national carrier has made since its first international flight 73 years ago. Now, the airline is seeking a partner as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s plan to privatize some of the country’s state-owned entities. [read full article by clicking here]

From CNN International: Ethiopia restores internet after one week outage

One week after a web blackout in the country, internet and text messaging services were restored in Ethiopia Tuesday, Ethio Telecom, the country’s mobile service provider said.Acknowledging the interruption for the first time, Cherer Aklilu Shaffo, the Executive Director of Ethiopia’s lone telecoms provider, told CNN the company would credit customers for services that were affected during the shutdown. CNN requested a comment on the outage from the spokeswoman for the Ethiopian Prime Minister but has yet to receive a response. The blackout sparked anger and frustration among citizens as access to social media platforms were blocked. [read full article by clicking here]

From World Politics Review: Despite Historic Rapprochement With Ethiopia, ‘Nothing Has Changed’ in Eritrea

The streets of Eritrea’s capital in the runup to this year’s Independence Day celebrations on May 24 were unusually quiet. But cafes and restaurants were full of many Eritreans from the diaspora who had traveled back to mark 28 years of national independence. “I come every year on this occasion,” an Eritrean living in Germany told me, “to celebrate my country.” [read full article by clicking here]

From BBC News: Ethiopian Pilots Not to Blame