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Why Eritrean president is back in Ethiopia on two-day visit

(Africanews)–President of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, is back in Ethiopia on a two day visit. He arrived on Sunday morning and was met at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. According to Eritrea’s information minister, Afwerki had been invited by Abiy to among others discuss […]

Italy’s PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace

(ELIAS MESERET) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Italy’s prime minister on Thursday praised Ethiopia as a “pillar of stability” in the Horn of Africa region as he visited to support the country’s surprising new peace with neighboring Eritrea. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called it the first visit by a Western leader since the restoration of […]

For the first time in years, Eritreans can leave their country freely

(The Economist) Thanks to peace with Ethiopia, the border is open. But for how long? THE hotels of Adigrat, an entrepot near Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea, are always busy during Meskel, a feast celebrated annually by Orthodox Christians in both countries. But this time room prices have soared. Returning visitors reckon the numbers congregating in […]

Ethiopian PM reaches agreement with soldiers demanding pay rises

(Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met on Wednesday with several hundred soldiers who had marched on his office to demand pay rises and were invited in to see him, his office and state media reported. Abiy “listened to the grievances carefully, reprimanded them for the wrong procedure they followed to express those grievances, […]

Famed former pilot returns to Ethiopia after years in Eritrea prison

(EthioMedia) To escape Eritrea alive is a blessing. Col. Tadesse Muluneh, a former fighter pilot of the Ethiopian Air Force, has returned to Ethiopia from Eritrea, where he has been a political prisoner for several years. A famed patriot who was commander of the former Ethiopian Patriots Front, the charismatic Ethiopian was held incommunicado in Eritrea […]

Mohammed Ademo has become director of Oromia Broadcasting Network

Caffeen Oromiyaa muudama gaazexeessaa Mohaammad Adamoo Daarektara Olaanaa Oromiyaa Broodkaastiingi Neetwoork raggaasiseera. Haaluma walfakkaatun koreen Boordii OBN filatamaniiru. 1. Obbo Shimaallis Abdisaa walitti qabaa 2. Aadde Lallisee Namee miseensa 3. Dooktar Darajjee Garafaa miseensa 4. Obbo Admaasuu Daamxoo miseensa 5. Injinaar Warquu Gaachanaa miseensa 6. garg. proofes. Mihratuu shaanqoo 7. Aadde Caaltuu Saanii miseensa ta’uun […]

Sidama Liberation Movement Leaders Return Home

(Borkena) Sidama Liberation Movement leaders arrived at Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa early morning today where they were greeted by Professor Afework Kasu, Deputy Minister in the ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are returning home after decades in exile. The leaders are returned home in response, they say, to the call by Prime Minister […]

Dr. Abiy Ahmed Chairman with 176, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Deputy Chairman

Dr. Abiy Ahmed Chairman with 176 Mr.Demeke Mekonnen Deputy Chirnan with 149 Dr Devretsihon G/Mike’ele 3rd place with 15 Addis Standard@addisstandard PM Abiy Ahmed got the vote of almost all EPRDFites with voting right in their 11th congress. This wasn’t the case when he was elected first as chair of the party before seven moths. This means that […]

Warshaan Biqilaa Federeeshinii Waldaa Hojii Gamtaa Qonnaan Bultoota Oromiyaa, Asallaa Ebbifame

[OBN 22 01 2011] Warshaan Biqilaa Federeeshinii Waldaa Hojii Gamtaa Qonnaan Bultoota Oromiyaa, Asallaa ebbifame. Warshichi bakka preezdaantin mootummaa naannoo Oromoyaa Dooktarri Kabajaa Lammaa Magarsaa, itti aantun preezdaantii mootummaa naannoo Oromiyaa aadde Xayibaa Hasanii fi hoggantoonni biroo argamanitti ebbifameera. Federeeshiniin Qonna Oromiyaa Warshaa Biqila Asallaa Birrii biliyoona tokko fi miiliyoona 300n bituun isaa ni yaadatama. Qonnaan bultoonni Arsii […]

Saudi Billionaire Mohammed Al-Amoudi Loses Land In Ethiopia

(Mfonobong Nsehe) Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Al-Amoudi is among dozens of investors who have had their land leases in Addis Ababa revoked by the Ethiopian government. According to a report by Voice of America, more than 410 hectares of land awarded to investors have been returned to the Addis Ababa Land Bank and Transfer office […]

Ethiopia Recalls Over 90 Long Serving Diplomats

(FBC) –The government of Ethiopia had recalled its more than 90 long serving diplomats. The diplomats, who are expected to report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within two months, served from 4-25 years in Ethiopian embassies and consulates. Moreover, 130 diplomats were assigned in Ethiopian embassies after receiving the necessary training, said Spokesperson Office […]

Irrecha Colorfully Celebrated

(Addis Ababa  September 30/2018) Irrecha festival has been  colorfully celebrated this morning on the shores of Lake Hora Arsedi at Bishoftu town. Millions of Oromos from various zones of Oromia region, Ethiopian Diaspora Oromos converged over the lake to mark the thanksgiving day. Prominent Aba Gedas, elders, religious fathers, qerroos (Oromo youth), invited guests were […]

Ethiopian Airlines plans new mega airport in Bishoftu, Oromia

(Africanews)—-Ethiopian Airlines plans to build a new airport with annual capacity of 80 million passengers in Bishoftu, about 48km southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, state-affiliated media said on Tuesday. Fana Broadcasting Corporation quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam saying that consultation was under way with the Oromia regional state to acquire the land needed for the […]

Paartileen siyaasaa: ‘Gareen Oromoo balleessuuf gurmaa’ee socho’u akka jiru hubanneerra’

Paartileen siyaasaa Oromoo shan gochaan magaala Burraayyuufi Finfinnee keessatti Oromoota irratti raawwatame kan isaan gaddisiise ta’uu himan. (bbc)–Dhaabbileen Oromoo shan KFO, ABO, ABO Tokkoome, Adda Dimokiraatawaa Oromoofi Addi Tokkummaa Walabummaa Oromoo haala siyaasaa biyyattii tibbanaa irratti erga Fulbaana 12 mariyatanii booda ibsa waliinii baasaniiru. “Gareen Oromoo balleessuuf gurmaa’ee socho’u akka jiru hubanneerra” jedhan. Paartileen siyaasaa tokko […]

Oromo-Phobic Can’t Halt the Inevitable Oromo Journey

By Worku Burayu (PhD), September 26, 2018 I was laughing last night while I was watching the video clips aired by The Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT). I don’t really know why I was laughing. Is that because we laugh to ourselves though less than we talk to ourselves? Or because laugh is a cheap remedy? The TV’s […]

Eritrea – Ethiopia hailed by Nobel laureate on 2018 World Peace day

(africanews)—Leymah Gbowee, a Nobel Peace laureate said on Friday that the 2018 edition of World Peace Day had to be dedicated to Ethiopia and Eritrea. She said in a tweet that the two countries deserved credit “for putting their political differences aside and daring to invite peace back into their midst.” Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy […]

Hayyoota: Oromiyaan bara 1950 as dolaara tiriliyoona 3.5 dhabdeetti

Hayyoota: Oromiyaan bara 1950 as dolaara tiriliyoona 3.5 dhabdeetti Hayyoonni Oromoo dhimma siyaas-dinagdee uumatichaarratti galma UNECA keessatti (bbc)–Imaammamtni siyaas-diinagdee Itoophiyaafi dhabamuun dimokiraasii diinagdee uummata Oromoo cimaa miidhunsaa himame. Mariin hayyoota Oromoo dhimma diinagdee Itoophiyaa irratti xiyyeefate kaleessa galma diinagdeekomishinii Afriikaatti taasifameera. Dhimma dhaabbilee misoomaa mootummaa kanneen akka baankii daldalaa fi baankii misoomaa Itoophiyaa, Itiyo-Telekom, daandii xayyaaraa […]

‘Freedom!’: the mysterious movement that brought Ethiopia to a standstill

  (theguardian)-Supporters of Bekele Gerba, secretary general of the Oromo Federalist Congress, celebrate his release from prison, in Adama, February 2018. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/ReutersQeerroo – young Oromo activists – drove the mass strike that helped topple the prime minister of one of Africa’s most autocratic governments Today, Desalegn is a banker. But once he was a Qeerroo: […]

Ethiopia’s Somali region closes notorious ‘Jail Ogaden’

(africanews)—The Somali regional state in Ethiopia has officially announced the closure of its main prison facility, located in the capital, Jijiga. The Jijiga Central Prison also referred to as ‘Jail Ogaden,’ has been at the center of a Human Rights Watch, HRW, report that exposed massive rights abuse of inmates held in the facility. Reports by […]

Abiy’s boldness has reshaped Ethiopia holistically – top U.S. diplomat

(Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, africanews)—Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed deserves plaudits for the manner in which he has reshaped the body politic, a top United States diplomat has stated. According to Tibor Nagy, an Assistant Secretary for the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the 42-year-old has achieved a lot since taking office in April […]

Major Oromia parties agree merger for Ethiopia’s 2020 polls

(africanews)—-Two major opposition parties in Ethiopia have announced a merger as the country heads into elections slated for the year 2020. The move comes weeks after state-run FBC reported of talks to that effect. The Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC) and Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), said they had “reached an agreement to work together to represent Oromia and […]

Ethiopia-Eritrea border reopens after 20 years

Ethiopia-Eritrea border reopens after 20 years Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (l) and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met ahead of the reopening of the border Ethiopians and Eritreans have been celebrating as two key crossing points between the former enemies reopened more than 20 years after a border war shut them. (bbc)–The leaders of the […]

The Real Stuff in the Ethiopian New Year

by Aklog Birara (Dr) Sooner or later the “Abiy Mania” that continues to grip Ethiopia will begin to fade as Ethiopia faces the intractable and hard socioeconomic reality on the ground that triggered the popular revolt. The systemic, policy, structural and institutional problems that tens of millions of Ethiopians, especially youth face daily, remain intact. […]

So Ethiopia’s new prime minister wants real democracy? Here’s what has to change first.

(By Hilary Matfess) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks at in Washington on July 28. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) (washingtonpost)—After a year of political upheaval and mass protests, Ethiopia’s autocratic government has been suggesting that it might be willing to transform its elections-for-show into elections that are genuinely free and fair. Within the past year, the government has freed its […]

Finfinnee: “Qeerroon Amboo fi ummanni Amboo bifa qinda’een: Guyyaa Simannaa ABO ,WBO fi Artistoota Oromoo tiif Gaafa Guyyaa 5-2011

Finfinnee: “Qeerroon Amboo fi ummanni Amboo bifa qinda’een: Guyyaa Simannaa ABO ,WBO fi Artistoota Oromoo tiif Gaafa Guyyaa 5-2011 Qeerroo Amboo irraa:”Qeerroon Amboo fi ummanni Amboo bifa qinda’een Guyyaa Simannaa ABO ,WBO fi Artistoota Oromoo tiif Gaafa Guyyaa 5/2011 Dirree masqalaa Finfinnee tti bifa hoo’aa ta’een simachuuf sochii cimaan godhamaa jira. Guyyaa sana ganama jala alkan keessaa […]

Lt. Mamo Mezemer Died but His Prophecy Still Resonates

(By Worku Gadissa) First graduates of Harar Military Academy at around 1960 Today I want to present a short article about one of the key founders and leaders of Mecha Tulama Association, Lt. Mamo Mezemer the Unsung Hero. What draws me to write the story of Mamo Mezemer? He was the only member of Mecha […]

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) Announcement

September 10, 2018 The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA) has been reporting the human right situation in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa from abroad since its establishment in 2007. During this time it as done so against all adversities using clandestine means to collect and validate information in the  field of human […]

Interview with Professor Berhanu Nega (Addis Standard)

Having acquired his PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research, in New York City, Berhanu Nega is an accomplished economist and author of a book ‘Yenetsanet Goh Siked’ (“The Dawn of Freedom”), which he wrote while serving time in prison as a result of the post 2005 contested-turned-deadly general elections in Ethiopia. […]

Addis Ababa welcomed Patriotic Ginbot 7

Tens of thousands of people out to the streets to welcome Patriotic Ginbot 7 leaders in Addis Ababa. Residents of Addis Ababa and the surrounding area gathered around Bole International Airport before sunrise waiving the historical Ethiopian flag. Patriotic Ginbot 7 Chairman, Professor Berhanu Nega and Patriotic Ginbot 7’s secretary-general Andargachew Tsege arrived in Addis […]

Rethinking How We Perceive Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)

The powerful resistance waged by the National Oromo Youth (QEERRO BILISUMMAA OROMOO), persistently supported by the Oromo masses and spearheaded by the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), has entered a new chapter, a very critical juncture, in the history of the Oromo People’s struggle for freedom, democracy and peace. Unless this critical and unprecedented occurrence be led […]

Sifan Hassan wins 3000m and Senbere Teferi finished second

  No one could stop Hassan September 8, 2018 (Letsrun) — One week after she was outkicked by Hellen Obiri in the Diamond League 5,000 final, Sifan Hassan gained revenge in a big way with an utterly dominant display in today’s 3,000 meters. Hassan crushed a 2:40 final kilometer (8:00 pace) to pull away for the win in a […]

The OSA: An Institution of Knowledge, Freedom and Democracy

  Kulani Jalata, the first American qarree who was born after the foundation of OSA, to assume the presidency of the Association  (Photo taken at OSA Conference on August 5, 2018, Washington, DC) (By Umee Edatoo) –September 1, 2018 (Ayyaantuu) — Oromo public intellectuals in the diaspora and a few friends and supporters of the Oromo first established […]

The Network of Oromo Studies Conference Successfully Concluded

The Network of Oromo Studies Conference held in London at the University of East London from September 1-2, 2018 was Successfully Concluded. Attendants were across the world mainly from USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Ethiopia and UK. The conference was officially opened by the speech made by Dr Gizaw Tasissa, NOS director. After outlining the […]

Ethiopia reopens embassy in Eritrea amid thaw in ties

Leaders from both countries attend ceremony in Asmara as two nations re-establish diplomatic links. Ethiopia and Eritrea have moved swiftly to sweep away two decades of hostility [Mulugeta Ayene/AP Photo] September 7, 2018 (Al Jazeera) — Ethiopia has reopened its embassy in Eritrea after a 20-year hiatus, in a further sign of improving relations between the neighbours who […]

Spiking Human Rights Violations in Sidama Zone, Particularly in the City of Hawassa and Its Vicinities

September 5, 2018, Hawassa(Ejjeetto) –In recent months, there have been several cases of human rights abuses in the Sidama Zone, including extrajudicial killings, beatings, mass arrest and intimidations – particularly in the city of Hawassa, which is the seat of both the Sidama Zone Administration and SNNPR (Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region). According to […]

The Southwest Ethiopia Indigenous Peoples Democratic Movement

Press Release, August 28th,  2018: London/Washington DC “TOGETHER WE ARE ONE” “TOGETHER WE SHALL WIN” The indigenous peoples of Southwest Ethiopia have long endured suffering under various Ethiopian autocratic leaderships, since the reign of Menilik II. The plundering and monopolization of resources by highly centralized government in Addis Ababa; the continuation conquering of the indigenous […]

PM Abiy Held Talks with US Congress Members

From right to left, PM Abiy Ahmed, Congressman Chris Smith, Congresswoman Karen Bass and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Arthur Raynor (ENA) — Addis Ababa August 23/2018 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed hold talks with members of the U.S Congress. Republican Congressman, Chairperson of Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Christopher Smith and […]