Vince Crawley's Africa Blog

What They’re Reading in Addis Ababa

Posted in Uncategorized by Vince Crawley on August 15, 2010

I’m in Addis Ababa for a few days and thought I’d share some headlines from this weekend’s edition of The Daily Monitor. Interesting insights into what people find important in the capital of Ethiopia and the seat of the African Union.

Front page:

The African Union calls for Cote D’Ivoire government and opposition to work for peace

The African Development Bank urges African nations to improve civil records, such as births, deaths and marriages.

“Peace Journey for Africa,” an NGO founded by two Ethiopian youths, won the 3rd annual youth Interfaith Peacebuilding Initiative award. The peace journeys involve groups of youth who travel by car to nearby countries, striking discussions about the consequences of civil war, civil right abuses and gender-based violence.

Coffee Review, billed as “the world’s leading coffee guide,” rated Ethiopia Nekisse coffee 96 out of 100, the publication’s highest rating so far this year. The brew isn’t cheap: $37.95 for a 12-ounce bag. (Ethiopians, by the way, make a strong claim to having given coffee to the rest of the world.)

Inside pages:

In Somalia, the fasting month of Ramadan brings heightened fear and costlier food amid fighting between government troops and Islamists.

“African Americans and Police … It’s complicated” An essay on racial profiling originally printed in the New York Times.

A Reuters report on South African labor union delaying a pending strike while the government tries to reach a wage deal.

A Reuters report from Algiers saying Al Qaeda in the Maghreb had been receiving support from Mali officials, based on an interview with an unnamed former militant.

Floods in China

Upcoming Afghan elections

WikiLeaks plans to release more secret Afghan war documents.

Plus features on: The Miss World Ethiopia contest; Ethiopian artist Tibebe Terffa; and updates on international stars and notables, from Paris Hilton to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The quote of the day comes from the late Eleanor Roosevelt: “This I know.This I believe with all my heart. If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being — we can do it!”