China in Ethiopian Cinema and culture

China aims to strengthen cultural relations with Ethiopia. In 2013, a Chinese delegate met with Mulugeta Seid, Ethiopian vice minister of culture, in hopes of establishing a cultural center in Addis Ababa (Jemal 2013, 01).  Seid lauded China’s use of culture for economic purposes, including job creation” (Jemal 2013, 01). China’s cultural influence in Ethiopia is […]

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China’s New Image in Ethiopian and African Cinema

Abstract China has forged substantial political and economic relations across Africa since the turn of the new millennium. This essay scrutinises the cultural representations of these relations from the perspectives of popular, locally produced cinemas in both the Chinese and Ethiopian contexts. We argue that cultural readings of the power relations between China and Africa […]

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Supporting Sudan’s Risky Progress

A ABOUT THE AUTHORS Alberto FernandezAlberto Fernandez is vice president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and a former senior State Department official.Brief Analysis Since experiencing major upheaval and demands for change in 2019, the country has achieved real gains in its political transition, but it needs serious American assistance to safely advance […]

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US bans UAE from hosting Chinese Navy

During a conference call on 15 November 2021, President Joe Biden assured his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that his country was not seeking war with China, but only loyal competition. As for China, it rejects any form of rivalry and aims to establish “win-win” relations. However, according to the Wall Street Journal [1], back in September the […]

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Secret Chinese Port Project in Persian Gulf Rattles U.S. Relations With U.A.E.

Alarmed U.S. officials warned Emirati government, a Mideast ally, that Chinese military presence could hinder ties; construction has halted BY THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ON 19 NOVEMBER 2021 By Gordon L WASHINGTON—U.S. intelligence agencies learned this spring that China was secretly building what they suspected was a military facility at a port in the United Arab Emirates, one […]

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the Facebook power in Politics

In the global imagination, Facebook would be a responsible social network that allows everyone to connect confidentially while censoring messages contrary to local laws. In practice, it is quite different. Facebook collects information about you for the NSA, censors your opinions and mints its own currency. In a few months, this company has become one […]

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Recalling the alleged fraud & corruption at Ethiopia Commodity Exchange

Wondwossen Mezlekia 2012 The Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission’s annual report presented to the Parliament in May 2011 added Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) to the list of institutions whose practices are open for corruption, without disclosing what impelled the Commission to review ECX’s working procedures and practices. [1]  Curiously, what the Commission avoided mentioning is the […]

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“ITALY’S TERRIBLE DEFEAT” The New York Times – March 4, 1896

On March 4, 1896, the New York Times had this headline about the Battle of Adwa.“ITALY’S TERRIBLE DEFEAT” The New York Times March 4, 1896 Below is an excerpt from The New York Times article published on March 4, 1896. ITALY’S TERRIBLE DEFEAT Three thousand Men Killed, Sixty Guns and All Provisions Lost. Baratieri’s Strategy […]

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Bias of the Media in the coverage of George Floyd

9 min read Key Findings George Floyd was named in close to 2 million (1,880,507) news items in the two weeks that followed his death. Of these, approximately half (54.7%) have linked his death to racism and/or police brutality. News outlets that are traditionally seen as politically conservative are notably more likely to use language […]

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Massive Moments When Hashtag Activism Really Worked

2017 Oh, the #hashtag. It’s been a whole decade since it was first used on Twitter. Always in-style and never late to the party, it’s the prelude to every important online conversation.  But who knew that this symbol, so small and unprepossessing, would help change the world? Londoners like it because it always keeps to the left. […]

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