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ethiopia past and present

Ethiopia is a country of 80 million people located in the volatile Horn of Africa region. Worldfocus reports on Ethiopia's people, religions and the cultural relics that dot their vast and varied country. In the northern highlands, we find a remote way of life that is virtually frozen in time. In the birthplace of coffee, disgruntled and disorganized farmers decide to abandon the coffee crop to plant corn and khat. In the Ogaden region bordering Somalia, a violent, separatist conflict has claimed thousands of lives over the last 15 years.

Twenty-five years after famine devastated Ethiopia, poverty is still cripples in parts of the country. But the Ethiopian government is trying to strengthen local and regional businesses and attract foreign direct investment. Currently, Ethiopia is ranked as the fourth fastest growing economy in the world, ahead of China.

Ethiopia Past and Present" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, an online radio show and Q&A, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

Ethiopia Past and Present

In the Newsroom: Africa and climate change

Blog (Connie Kargbo)

In the Newsroom: Africa and climate change

Worldfocus associate producer Connie Kargbo shares her opinion on climate change and policy in Africa.

Posted: September 17, 2009 12:47   Comments: 1
Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

Video

Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

PBS Wide Angle's film "The Market Maker" features the story of one woman's efforts to combat a seemingly never-ending cycle of famine in Ethiopia by creating that country's very first commodities exchange.

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:30   Comments: 4
What is statelessness?

Web Original Feature

What is statelessness?

This summer, Worldfocus.org's multimedia project "Stateless to Statehood" explores the relationships between individuals and the states they live in. Twelve to 15 million people live in limbo without the benefits of nationality.

Posted: July 10, 2009 15:34   Comments: 2
Q&A: Somalia’s state of emergency

Q&A

Q&A: Somalia’s state of emergency

The Somali government has requested help from foreign troops to stabilize the nation, and declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting between Islamic militants and pro-government forces. David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, joins Worldfocus to discuss the escalating crisis in Somalia.

Posted: June 23, 2009 17:27   Comments: 1
Q&A: United States recalibrates policy toward Somalia

Q&A

Q&A: United States recalibrates policy toward Somalia

Recent pirate attacks on U.S.-flagged ships have thrust the issue of Somali piracy into the spotlight and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to vow to "halt the rise of piracy." David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, discusses how the U.S. can approach Somalia given its poor reputation in the African country.

Posted: April 22, 2009 09:43   Comments: 7
Moderate Islamist leader elected president of Somalia

Perspectives

Moderate Islamist leader elected president of Somalia

A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses Somalia's new leader, a moderate Islamist who was driven out of power by Ethiopian forces only a few years ago.

Posted: February 3, 2009 07:30   Comments: 1
Q&A: Ask your questions about Somalia’s lawlessness

Ask Your Questions

Q&A: Ask your questions about Somalia’s lawlessness

Next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST, Worldfocus.org's radio show will explore the worsening situation in Somalia, a place where pirates are only symptomatic of the lawlessness and instability onshore. Ask your questions here.

Posted: January 15, 2009 20:50   Comments: 3
Chaos on and off Somalia’s shores

Blogwatch / Audio

Chaos on and off Somalia’s shores

Jane Campbell of the U.S. Navy discusses the situation in Somalia, where pirates hijacked a supertanker -- the largest vessel ever hijacked -- with $100 million in oil.

Posted: November 18, 2008 18:00   Comments: 3
Ethiopian troops retreat from Somalia

Perspectives

Ethiopian troops retreat from Somalia

A Worldfocus contributing blogger reports on Ethiopia's withdrawal from Somalia.

Posted: September 11, 2008 09:42   Comments: 0
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