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  • This is undoubtedly a historic moment for Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country. While the TPLF's iron grip on Ethiopian politics means that Abiy Ahmed is, of course, a political insider, his Oromo ethnicity is hugely important. With the Oromo, Ethiopia's historically-maligned largest ethnic group, continuing mass protests against a government controlled by the Tigray minority, an Oromo PM is long overdue. It will be interesting to see if Abiy Ahmed can reduce the country's ethnic tensions

    This is undoubtedly a historic moment for Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country. While the TPLF's iron grip on Ethiopian politics means that Abiy Ahmed is, of course, a political insider, his Oromo ethnicity is hugely important. With the Oromo, Ethiopia's historically-maligned largest ethnic group, continuing mass protests against a government controlled by the Tigray minority, an Oromo PM is long overdue. It will be interesting to see if Abiy Ahmed can reduce the country's ethnic tensions and balance the governing elite's interests with the population's demands for reform.

  • By stereotyping Africa, portraying it as backward and helpless, and painting China as a savior, the Chinese media is telling the same racist story that Europeans long used to justify imperialism. During the Cold War, China justified its involvement in Africa by positioning itself in opposition to the expansionist tendencies of the US and the USSR. Now that China is expanding, it needs a new story. This one has been used before---and its racism dooms it to fail once again.

  • The "developed world" is such an ambiguous term that this claim doesn't mean much. That said, perhaps precise language isn't necessary to know that parts of the US live with an unacceptable level of poverty.

  • Economically, this is good news, but the political situation may make it unsustainable. The Ethiopian government has done well over the past few years to make structural changes to its economy and foster development. But as long as these changes disproportionately benefit the Tigray minority, resentment among other ethnic groups will grow and become even more dangerous than it is now.

  • At least US imperialism is legitimized through shared values and the defense of a global order that has brought tangible benefits to a large part of the world. It's time for China to call out the shortcomings of that order and show that it has an alternative that can address them. Without a vision for the world, China's rise is merely expansionism.

  • Even though Temer can't be held accountable for crimes committed before his presidency (and won't be held accountable anyways because of the current political climate), any new information about his corruption is always welcome.

  • The huge racial disparity in land ownership is a major problem and injustice, but this is not a good way to solve it. It undermines property rights and incentivizes corruption, which is why Zimbabwe's economy collapsed when it redistributed land. The South African state would surely do better than that of Zimbabwe and should of course focus on empowering its black citizens, but it should not do so by empowering itself.

  • I am in Dublin at the moment and EVERYTHING is closed. All the tourist attractions have shut their doors, as have most restaurants. The government has shut down public transportation. It's a shame, but the empty, snow-covered city is eerily beautiful.

  • This is very good news, but it is a solution to a problem that should not exist. Saudi Arabia has spent billions on precise weaponry, but it has been waging an indiscriminate and disproportionately violent war. The people of Yemen deserve better.

  • This will hopefully be a great step in implementing a long-standing vision. Conventional economic wisdom has prompted most African governments to orient themselves toward increasing regional integration, but practical concerns mean that policy often doesn't live up to rhetoric. Fortunately, this development may be an exception.

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