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“Year of Living Dangerously” in Ethiopian capital

In Addis Ababa, the cool highland nights are no longer the only chill in the air. Fear has crept back into the wide boulevards of Ethiopia’s capital since Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government unleashed a harsh crackdown on opposition members and arrested thousands following post-election violence. “It’s the ‘Year of Living Dangerously,”‘ said a Western embassy official, referring to the 1982 movie, starring Mel Gibson, about political turmoil in Indonesia. Even months after relative calm was restored, the kind of paranoia last felt under the oppressive Derg military dictatorship is gripping people, residents and expatriates say. Full Story

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