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As trash avalanche toll rises in Ethiopia, survivors ask why

(By Hadra Ahmed and Jacey Fortin) —  ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — At the moment when she lost her home and family, Hanna Tsegaye was spending her Saturday night with a neighborhood friend. Around 8 p.m. on March 11, Ms. Hanna, 16, heard a strange sound, like rushing wind, and felt the ground shake beneath her feet. […]

The Ethiopia protesters’ struggle moves to the athletics track

by Kalkidan Yibeltal (African Arguments) — While a state of emergency is still in place at home, global sporting events are providing an irresistible opportunity for protesters to be seen and heard. As she crossed the finish line in Sabadell, Spain, on 7 February, Ethiopian star athlete Genzebe Dibaba had attained her sixth world record. […]

Ethiopia’s Cruel Con Game; The amount stolen by Ethiopia’s leaders since it took power: $30 billion

By David Steinman) — (Forbes) — In what could be an important test of the Trump Administration’s attitude toward foreign aid, the new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien have called on the international community to give the Ethiopian government another $948 million to assist a reported 5.6 million people facing […]

Dr. Merara Gudina pleads not guilty to incitement charges

By Aaron Maasho | ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) — An Ethiopian opposition leader from a region hit by deadly anti-government protests last year pleaded not guilty in court on Friday, after prosecutors brought charges against him for inciting unrest. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo Federalist Congress from the Oromiya region which was the center of […]

Diplomatic activities by Oromos in diaspora: Problems and Perspectives

(By Bayisa Wak-Woya[1]) This DRAFT aide memoire is prepared and shared with Oromo Political Organizations. Concept Diplomacy has always been part of human history since the emergence of states. It is a conduct of relations between States/Nations, otherwise known as subjects of international law, both in peace and at times of conflicts and wars. Diplomacy […]

Ethiopia: A Leadership in Crisis Unveiled by Protests

(Hamaa Loolaa)–Addis Abeba Dec. 07/2016 – It is now more than a year since the Oromo Protest for justice and democracy began in Ethiopia. It reverberated throughout Oromia and exposed the regime’s use of brutality to suppress and silence dissenting voices. But instead of waning, the struggle gained momentum when the Amhara youth in Gondar […]

Why is the Ethiopian diaspora so influential?

(BBC News) — During a year of anti-government protests throughout Ethiopia, its global diaspora, particularly that in the US, has been deeply involved – and not just vocally, writes Addis Ababa-based journalist James Jeffrey. Twitter and Facebook have been blocked since a six-month state of emergency was imposed last month as the government tries to […]

Opinion – Beyond the Timeless ‘Ethiopia Lezelalem Tinur’

(Zecharias Zelalem, Special to Addis Standard) — An eternal slogan unapologetically shouted out loud with defiance and determination at rallies as much as it is mumbled at quiet prayers under one’s breath is a term Ethiopia Lezelalem Tinur,loosely translated as “long live Ethiopia.” It is a statement that seemingly foretells Ethiopians’ love to their motherland whilst simultaneously […]

As atrocity crimes rise in Oromia, security assistance and aid keep flowing to Ethiopia

(Opride)–In Oromia, Ethiopia, and in the Diasporas where significant numbers of Oromo people live, the first year anniversary of the Oromo mass uprising against the repressive policies of the Ethiopian regime is being observed worldwide this month. The anniversary is being observed with mixed feelings and outcomes: with jubilation that the Oromo struggle for self-government […]

#Oromoprotests was rekindled in Giincii a year ago

(Dr. Tsegaye Ararssa)—When the #Oromoprotests was rekindled in Giincii a year ago, it made a strong statement about the Oromo people’s rejection of policies of evicting the Oromo from their ancestral land. By so doing, it also made a statement that rejected and repudiated a re-enactment of historic violence, the violence of dispossession and displacement, […]

Will Ethiopia’s Year-Long Crackdown End? (HRW)

(Felix Horne, HRW)–When I met 15-year-old “Meti” (not her real name), she felt her dream of becoming a nurse was over. In February, Meti and her classmates joined a protest in East Hararghe, in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, against the government’s displacement of farmers around Addis Ababa, security force abuses, and the repression of opposition voices. […]

The Deteriorating Situation in Ethiopia

(By Yohannes Woldemariam)–The minority ethnic regime in Ethiopia now faces multiple rebellions. The regime’s foreign friends are part of the problem. “Faced with increased intrusion into their lands by so-called international investors, by displacement and by the breakdown of their social fabric, Ethiopians are mobilizing to resist.” The once formidable government coalition “is beginning to […]

Can Ethiopia’s new cabinet address the Oromo protests?

(Newsweek)–Ethiopia’s prime minister, under pressure following almost a year of deadly protests, appeared to offer an olive branch to disgruntled protesters on November 1. In a substantial cabinet reshuffle, Hailemariam Desalegn appointed 21 new cabinet ministers. Most notably, Desalegn gave prominent ministerial roles to two members of the Oromo ethnic group, which has been at […]

Major Dawit W/Giorgis’ speech at “Vision Ethiopia Conference” is an Amhara Chauvinism Manifestation at its core!

(By Abbaa Ormaa)–The following two paragraphs are the basis of the speech given by the chairman and founder of “Vision Ethiopia” Major D. W/Giorgis, at the recent conference organized by “Vision Ethiopia”, in Washington DC titled “The End Game and Transition” ( The following two paragraphs say everything you need to know about the true […]

Struggle without reason

(By Rundassa Asheetee)–The Oromo revolution that erupted in 2014 became a popular news item, stirring up a new awareness and interest among the world media in general, while causing an insurmountable eagerness in the pro old Ethiopian unity camps. By the same token, Liban Waaqoo’s historic footnote speech at the London conference organized by the […]

Tedros Adhanom: Ethiopia’s Candidate to Lead the World Health Organization Contracts Foot-in-Mouth Disease

(Endalk, Global Voices)—Ethiopia’s candidate for Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge about global health strategies during a candidates’ forum on November 2, 2016. Though Adhanom has served in the Ethiopian government as both minister of health and foreign affairs, he failed to […]

Human Rights Watch – Open Letter to Government of Ethiopia

November 4, 2016 Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O. Box 393 Addis Ababa Ethiopia   Re: Human Rights Watch Reporting on Ethiopia Dear Minister, Human Rights Watch notes the October 22, 2016 blog post of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, then minister of foreign affairs, on the Ministry’s website about our recent presentation to the European Parliament’s subcommittee […]

Ethiopia on the brink? Politics and protest in the horn of Africa

(Reliefweb)–Ethiopia is 12 months in to a political crisis which has seen at least 1,000 people killed. But unless the government introduces significant reforms, it will get worse, says Andrea Carboni. An unprecedented wave of protests has shaken Ethiopia since November last year. These protests have revealed the fragility of the social contract regulating Ethiopia’s […]

Ethiopia’s cabinet reshuffle may be too little, too late to quell protests

(OPride) — Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Tuesday announced a compelled cabinet reshuffle in an effort to contain sustained and stubborn anti-government protests. The changes follow a swift declaration on Oct. 9 of a state of emergency, which has effectively militarized an already authoritarian state. In its 25 year-long reign, the ruling Ethiopian People’s […]

Ethiopia: U.S. Embassy says Ethiopian government internet blockage affects the Embassy’s activity

(Surafel Asrat, Abbay Media)–A widespread popular uprising, civil disobedience and armed resistance by Ethiopians from all walks of life recently forced the embattled Ethiopian government to declare State of emergency which is denounced in a strong term by the European Union and United States. To the Ethiopian government dismay, recently the U.S. Department of State […]

EPRDF: Once again on the wrong side of History

(Abebaye Tegen, Goolgule)–The Ethiopian ruling party, for the first time in its quarter of a century in power, declared a state of Emergency following over a year of protest that claimed thousands of lives and a huge damage of property. Every day people are dying or jailed in connection with the civil disobedience that is […]

The point of no return in Ethiopia

(Beza Tesfaye, Africa is a Country)–Hundreds of Ethiopians have been killed by their government this year. Hundreds. You might not have known because casualty numbers have been played down; “evil forces” and accidents are blamed rather than the soldiers that fired the bullets; we are even deprived of the ability to fully grasp the situation […]

Ethiopia denies Somalia troop withdrawals linked to unrest at home

Ethiopia on Wednesday denied that a string of withdrawals of troops from towns in Somalia were connected to the state of emergency declared in response to nearly a year of anti-government protests. Government spokesman Getachew Reda insisted the removal of troops from a string of Somali towns — including at least three since Ethiopia declared […]

Shining a spotlight on government repression in Ethiopia

BY CHARLIE ENSOR,–For this week’s podcast, Humanosphere takes a look at the current situation in Ethiopia with our guest, Hallelujah Lulie, a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and former journalist covering the political and security situation in the country. During the summer, the plight of the Oromo people came onto our screens when […]

Ethiopian Politics Beyond the Vanguard?

(Jason Mosley, ChathamHouse)–It is possible that after 25 years of power, the ruling coalition will have to reconsider their role and their understanding of the population, and their relationship to the body politic. Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared a six-month state of emergency on 8 October, as well as hinting at electoral reform and potential […]

The Oromo Leadership Convention and the Future of Ethiopia: A Reply to Tedla Woldeyohanes’s Plea for Clarity

(Professor Ezekiel Gebissa)-– Questions about Oromo loyalty to Ethiopia persist though they are stale, condescending and meaningless.  The sort of questions that Tedla raises have been litigated for nearly three decades. The issue of secession, for instance, was basically settled when federalism was chosen as a solution and secession was enshrined in the Ethiopian Constitution as a […]

Yirgacheffe coffee washing stations destroyed

(by Sebastian Simsch, Seattle Coffee Works)–Even before the flight to Ethiopia for this season’s visit to our coffee partners there, I was apprehensive about the country’s political situation. Ethiopia has long been governed by an authoritarian regime providing stability to an otherwise unstable region (Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and Yemen are all directly neighboring or nearby countries). […]

Use of social media a crime during state of emergency in Ethiopia

(eNCA)–ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian government has announced that opening and posting the current situation in the country on Facebook, listening to Voice of America and German Radio, Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), Oromo Media Network (OMN), and accessing social media are crimes in the country. “The military command will take action on those […]

Ethiopians continue to protest in front of UNHCR against their government

Sarah El-Sheikh, (Daily News Egypt)–A number of Ethiopians, including people from the Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups, gathered in front of the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Cairo on Sunday to protest against the Ethiopian government’s violations against opposition groups in their homeland. Initially, security forces tried to prevent them from […]

Ethiopia announces new curbs as part of state of emergency measures

(By Aaron Maasho, Reuters) — Ethiopia imposed curbs on its opposition, travel restrictions on diplomats, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew around major projects in new measures announced on Sunday that follow the declaration of a six-month, nationwide state of emergency. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared the state of emergency earlier this month, saying months of unrest threatened […]

Ethiopia government unveils rules for state of emergency

By ELIAS MESERET, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–(ABC News) –The Ethiopian government has unveiled stringent rules for its state of emergency which the opposition says is meant to curb a wave of protests, sometimes deadly, in the Oromia region and other areas. Hundreds have been killed in anti-government protests in the past year, according tohuman rights groups and […]

EU chief tasks Ethiopian PM to initiate inclusive political dialogue quickly

(Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with EUROPEAN UNION EXTERNAL ACTION, Africa News)–The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica  Mogherini, has tasked the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to respect democratic principles and civil rights in the country. Mogherini, who is also Vice-President of the European Commission said there […]