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Loveless liaison

An interesting story from the Economist on Ethiopia’s and the US’s liaison, that it described as a loveless one.Towards the end, the article has a grim reminder, Ethiopia still needs America a lot more than America needs it.Here is the start.

The alliance between the United States and Ethiopia was born of pragmatism. In another time, they might have been enemies. Ethiopians do not like American soldiers tramping on their soil. Americans dislike Ethiopia’s bad human-rights record. Local elections due this month are a case in point. Ethiopia’s opposition, emasculated by the long imprisonment of its leaders (most of whom were pardoned last year) and weakened by its own divisions, will almost certainly be crushed in an unfair contest. “It’s going to be a stitch-up,” says a Western diplomat. “Control is what this government is all about.”
The rest at the Economist.

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  1. April 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Yep! Ethiopia and America have always been, what Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City” would call, “Frenemies”. Then again, when has Political “Gabichas” ever been about love, anyway :-)?

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