Salim Amin, son of legendary Kenyan videographer Mo Amin, ventures to Tigray Ethiopia -- the place hardest hit by the 1984 famine; the place his dad captured his most iconic footage; and the place that has since been the site of smart, long term investments by governments, donors, and local communities.
Drought is still a fact of life in Tigray - but famine is not. These programs have built resilience to drought and put communities on a path out of poverty. Salim meets locals who survived the 1984 drought, but are now successful farmers utilizing better techniques and infrastructure. Tigray is living proof of what long term agricultural programs can accomplish and show that famine does not have to be an inevitability.
We were also waiting which extremist group was going to become the first to declare “occupy minilkplace" campaign but perhaps they really took the last "beqa" campaign to mean beqa as enough! That is, they have had it enough...the fat lady in their camp may have sang the last song!
Wanted: Worldly Philosophers
By ROGER E. BACKHOUSE and BRADLEY W. BATEMAN
November 5, 2011 -
IT’S become commonplace to criticize the “Occupy” movement for failing to offer an alternative vision. But the thousands of activists in the streets of New York and London aren’t the only ones lacking perspective: economists, to whom we might expect to turn for such vision, have long since given up thinking in terms of economic systems — and we are all the worse for it.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs - Eritrea
November 04, 2011
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and strongly recommends U.S. citizens defer all travel to the country...crime in Asmara has increased as a result of deteriorating economic conditions along with persistent food, water, and fuel shortages, and rapid price inflation. The combination of forced ...severe unemployment leads some Eritreans to commit crime to support their families.
US Opposes Eritrea President Meeting Security Council.
UNITED NATIONS, November 3 -- Facing sanctions, the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki has asked to meet with the UN Security Council. Going beyond Inner City Press' initial exclusive story, several Council members on Thursday told the Press that the United States -- one said "only the US" -- is opposed to Afwerki speaking to the Council
All Eyes on Eritrea as Arms Shipment Reaches Al-Shabab The Kenyan military said two planes landed at an al-Shabab controlled airfield in Somalia this week, loaded with arms destined for the al-Qaida-linked group. The news immediately heightened longstanding suspicions that Eritrea is arming Somali militants.
TO ALL ETHIOPIANS IN CHICAGO AND ITS ENVIRONS
Announcing A Memorial Service For
the beloved artists who lost their lives in the recent tragic car accident
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Place: 4921 N. Marine Drive, Chicago, IL