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‘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: […]

“..it is a popular movement; across the country people are refusing to be ruled in the old way,” Dr. Merara Gudina

NAIROBI — (VOA)–Insisting the demonstrations in Ethiopia’s Oromia region during the past year are a mass movement, not just two or three protest groups, Merera Gudina, the chairman of Ethiopia’s opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, is calling for the government to listen to the people’s demands. “Our struggle, until a democratic state is created in the […]

”There is a war on Tigray. Eritreans and Tigrayans …” Woyane cadre Daniel Berhane

“There is a war on Tigray. Eritreans and Tigrayans would better stand together against Ethiopians.” – Woyane cadre Daniel Berhanecadre Daniel Berhane (Eritrean Press)–Here are 10 other funniest quotes from Daniel Berhane’s late leader Ayte Legesse Zenawi aka Meles Zenawi. 10) In 1991, during the London conference, Meles said to British and American officials that the umbrella […]

2 out of 7 employees of IL&FS held hostage in Ethiopia released

(Economic Times, MUMBAI: Two of the seven employees of IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited (ITNL) held hostage in Ethiopia over non-repayment of salaries to local have been released and are now in Addis Ababa. In a statement the company said that IL&FS Group has been making all round efforts, in coordination with the Ministry of External […]

2016 prison census: 16 journalists jailed in Ethiopia (CPJ)

Ethiopia: 16 Saleh Idris Gama, Eri-TV MEDIUM: Television CHARGE: Anti-State IMPRISONED: December 2006 Saleh, a cameraman, for Eritrea’s state broadcaster Eri-TV, was arrested along with Tesfalidet, a producer, in late 2006 on the Kenya-Somalia border during Ethiopia’s invasion of southern Somalia. The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry first disclosed the detention of the journalists in April 2007 […]

2018 Great Ethiopian Run attracts athletes from more than 25 countries

(By Dawit Tolesa) – The 18th installment of the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) is set take place on Sunday November 18, 2018 with more than 25 countries taking part in the road race. A total of 44,000 local participants; 500 elite athletes and 500 international participants are expected to take part in the race. Sundays’ race will start from […]

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 […]

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 […]

African Union Peace Fund Launched in Ethiopia

The African Union Peace Fund that aimed at developing a mechanism of self financing of Africa’s peace and security activities, has been officially launched in Addis Ababa today. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, current Chairperson of the AU, President Paul Kagame said as promoting peace and security is the core function of the AU Commission, […]

Ahmed Shide met with Tibor Nagy to Discuss Economic Issues

Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, met with Tibor Nagy, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to discuss U.S. support for Ethiopia’s long-term economic growth. Assistant Secretary Nagy expressed the United States’ commitment to partner with Ethiopia to promote a business and investment climate that encourages innovation and job creation and […]

Another Historic Day as Ethiopia Supreme Court Gets First Female President, and a Prominent Lawyer as Vice President

Top picture: Getachew Ambaye, former Ethiopian Justice Minister (a stepfather of the justice system of Ethiopia, but the biological father of the State of Emergency in Ethiopia) Addis Standard  – Ethiopia has witnessed another historic milestone following today’s appointment of Meaza Ashenafi, a prominent law professional and women’s rights activist, as the first female President of the […]

As Ethiopia heads toward crisis, Congress must act

(By Annie Boyajian, contributor)–When Congress adjourned in September, it had failed to vote on resolutions on Ethiopia (S.Res. 432/H.Res. 861). When it returns, it should pass them without delay. Ethiopia, an important security partner and ally, is heading for crisis. The country is suffering its worst unrest in years in response to the government’s intensifying […]

Australia issues travel advice in Ethiopia, 24 October 2016

The Ethiopian government has issued a public statement outlining the measures in place under the State of Emergency including: random arrest and searches, suspension of rights to write and circulate inflammatory messages, outlawing of unauthorised demonstrations, curfews and blocking the internet. Failure to comply with these measures could lead to arrest (see Safety and security). […]

BREAKING: Over 160 generals, commanders fired from Ethiopian army

(by Engidu Woldie, ESAT News) Sources close to the Prime Minister disclosed to ESAT that over 160 army generals and commanders have been let go in a major reform by Abiy Ahmed’s government in the upper echelons of the army that was overwhelmingly dominated by ethnic Tigrayans and members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front […]

Burundi arrests 4 former army officials in connection to assassination of former ruler

(The Eastafrican) – Burundian authorities have arrested four former military officials suspected of playing a role in the assassination of the country’s first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. State prosecutor Sylvestre Nyandwi on Saturday said prosecution had evidence that the four conspired to execute President Ndadaye. Burundi state prosecutor Sylvestre Nyandwi. He said […]

Cairo-Addis Ababa dispute over Oromo could derail dam talks

CAIRO — At a time when Addis Ababa is facing protests and calls for equality, job opportunities and economic prosperity in the Oromia region — the largest regional state in terms of both area and population — construction at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam site continues at a quick pace. According to an Oct. 17 statement […]

Council of Ministers Endorses Draft Law to Set Up Two Commissions

The Council of Ministers on Wednesday endorsed a draft law for the establishment of National Reconciliation Commission and Commission for Identity and Boundary. The Council referred the draft law to the House of People’s Representatives for a final approval, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office noted. According to the office, the National Reconciliation […]

Dadi Beyene of Ethiopia wins Richmond Marathon

(By Vic Dorr Jr. Richmond Times-Dispatch)–Update: Dadi Beyene won today’s 39th running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon in 2:19:36. Beyene, from Ethiopia, finished three seconds ahead of Peter Limo, of Kenya. Bizuwork Getahun, also from Ethiopia, won the women’s marathon in 2:37:51. The winners of the American Family Fitness half marathon this morning were Girma […]

Debretsion Gebremichael: the arrests of senior military and intelligence officers was an attack on Tigrayans

Ethiopia’s anti-graft drive slammed as ethnic witch-hunt (NEWS24) – A senior official in an influential faction of Ethiopia’s ruling coalition on Monday accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of ethnic profiling in an anti-corruption drive that has seen scores arrested. Debretsion Gebremichael, chairperson of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), said the arrests of more than […]

Demonstrations across cities in Amhara region defend identity questions

Demonstrations across many cities in Amhara region of Ethiopia defend identity questions in Wolkait and Raya and demand government to respond to it in accordance to the constitution. They also demanded the federal government to protect historical and natural heritages in the region. Demonstration in Gonder this morning, Photo : AMMA (Borkena) Residents of more […]

Donald Trump elected president of the United States

By Julie Pace and Robert Furlow, Associated Press)–WASHINGTON — Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph […]

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 […]

Egypt, Eritrea Leaders Meet as Nile Tensions Rise

CAIRO — Egypt’s president and his Eritrean counterpart met in Cairo on Monday amid heightened tensions with Sudan and Ethiopia over border disputes and the construction of a massive upstream Nile dam. Egypt fears the soon-to-be completed dam in Ethiopia could cut into its share of the river, which provides nearly all its freshwater. Eritrea and […]

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 […]

Eritrea must be pushed on urgent rights reforms: US Congressmen

(Africanews) The United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is asking the government to push Eritrea to undertake urgent human rights reforms. The co-chairs of the commission, Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern in a letter to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said any reseting of relations between Asmara and Washington […]

Eritrea president’s visit to Ethiopia’s Amhara region confirmed

(Africa News) – The Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, is due to back in Ethiopia this Friday with a scheduled visit to the Amhara region, Ethiopia state media outlet, FBC, have reported. It was announced in August this year that Afwerki will visit the region but no details of the date was advanced. He is due to visit the […]

Eritrea, Ethiopia pledge to respect Somalia’s sovereignty

(Daniel Mumbere, Africa News) -The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have pledged to respect the ‘sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence’ of Somalia, following a second tripartite meeting, held in the Ethiopian city of Bahir Dar. Photos shared on the Twitter account of the office of the prime minister, showing Abiy and the first lady, […]

Eritrea, United States to strengthen ties, pursue peace in Horn of Africa

(Africanews) – The United States and Eritrea have reiterated their commitment to building warm bilateral relations, and pursuing issues of mutual interest in the Horn of Africa region. The Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, who is on a tour of Eastern Africa, met with Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki on Tuesday. Eritrea’s […]

Ethiopia ‘detains 1,600’ under state of emergency

The Ethiopian authorities have detained more than 1,600 people under the state of emergency, a government minister has told the BBC. (BBC) — A statement, quoted by state-affiliated FBC website, lists arrests in the Oromia and Amhara regions, which have recently seen massive demonstrations. This is in addition to Monday’s arrests of 1,000 people near […]

Ethiopia Attorney General probes deadly conflicts, Oromia protests continue

(Africanews) – Ethiopia’s Attorney General has dispatched team on investigators to probe recent conflicts in parts of the country, the state-run FBC reported on Tuesday. A statement sent to FBC said the teams were tasked to “investigate and identify those who are accountable for the conflicts that have led to death and displacement of people and caused damages to […]

Ethiopia enters its seventh month of emergency rule

(The Economist) — THE three-hour bus-ride to Ambo from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, offers a glimpse into the country’s future. The road is well paved; irrigation ditches and polytunnels criss-cross commercial farmland; electricity lines leap over forested hills. The signal granting access to mobile internet is clear and constant. As the bus pulls into Ambo, a […]