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Ethiopia: Public Participation Is Essential to Realize the Country’s Vision

Ethiopia: Public Participation Is Essential to Realize the Country’s Vision

By Tesfaye Lemma The government frequently made vivid that Ethiopia not only has been registering a double-digit growth, but also undergoing a democratization process anchored in a federal system that guaranteed the respect for the rights of nations, nationalities and peoples in the country. In doing so, there are efforts to enhance fair benefits among […]

Cultural competence is a game changer for Ethiopians in the Diaspora  – By Assegid Habtewold

If you’re an Ethiopian, live, work, and do business in another culture, cultural intelligence is one of the key soft skills that you need to develop. With the opportunity to meet, interact, and work with diverse people comes the challenge to get along and succeed in what you do. This challenge is understandable. You may […]

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Why the European Union, Canada and the USA Need a Unified and Prosperous Ethiopia

By Aklog Birara (DR) Part II The democratizing and integrative role of urbanization A major demographic trend that makes the formation of multiethnic parties compelling is rapid urbanization. If and when supported by an integrated and inclusive rural modernization and rapid industrialization policy that empowers domestic partners and unleashes potential, urbanization breaks superficial barriers. It […]

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Organ Trafficking and Migrants from Africa – By Dawit W Giorgis

Introduction Transnational crime is the most lucrative illegal business on earth. Transn629ational crimes are motivated by the incredibly huge amount of money they can generate which range from US$1.6 trillion and $2.2 trillion per year—for the 11 crimes identified by Global Financial Integrity 2017 report. These crimes finance terrorism and corruption across the globe. Transnational […]

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Composition and purpose of the Military in Ethiopia

By Admassu Feleke It would be a futile speculation to speak of the possibility of a transitional government in Ethiopia today without addressing first, or at least contemporaneously with other important issues, the proverbial elephant in the room, i.e. the current military in Ethiopia. Anyone with a modicum of common sense has come to realize […]

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British (In)Justice: The Persecution by Proxy Prosecution of Ethiopian Dissident Tadesse B. Kersmo

By Alemayehu G. Mariam I cut my “legal teeth” nearly four decades ago pouring over the Magna Carta, Blackstone’s “Commentaries” and Edward Coke’s legal treatises on the primacy of common law principles and the rule of law. Coke enunciated the principle of judicial review (and supremacy) in Bonham’s Case declaring, “when an act of parliament […]

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The dangerously rising ethnic nationalism in Ethiopia

By: Asress Mulugeta The Ethiopian constitution that came into force in August 1995 divided the country into nine ethnic-based regional states namely Afar, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambela, Harari, Oromia, Somali, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. The largest ethnic groups in the country are Oromo 35%, Amhara 33%, Somali 6%, Tigray 5%, Sidama […]

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Brana Radio News Analysis: North Showa

Brana Radio News Analysis

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On the way to Ethiopian Reintegration: Facing the “Facts” of Ethnopolitics – Tesfaye Demmellash

It is often said, correctly I believe, that being entitled to our own opinion or interpretation of the facts of a situation does not mean that we are entitled to our own facts. We may disagree about the sense we make of historical or contemporary facts while still sharing a common recognition of the factuality […]

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Trump’s Africa policy should end US aid to dictators, rights abusers

BY ALEMAYEHU G. MARIAM, Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was criticized for letting his “unelected” daughter Ivanka sit in for him during the high-level “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health” session at the G-20. Ms. Trump was criticized for not making “any major contributions” to the session “during her father’s absence.” Trump has been accused of ignoring and neglecting Africa. […]

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The story of Nigist Yirga: One brave girl among thousands in TPLF terror House

By Ethiopian Task Force of NY/NJ Nigist Yirga Tefera is a twenty-four-year-old girl and a resident of kebele 18 in Gonder City. As most of the youth in Ethiopia she is craving for fair governance, equality, democratic rights and an end to extremely corrupt and ethnocentric rule. Standing up for her basic rights took her […]

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Ethiopia: Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Keeping One’s Land

Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam In memory of Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident, human rights advocate, co-author of Charter ’08,  Nobel peace laureate (2010) and political prisoner who died in Chinese government custody on July 13, 2013. An enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation and inflame brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and […]

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Why the European Union, Canada and the USA Need a Unified and Prosperous Ethiopia

                                    Aklog Birara (Dr)                                     Part I of II My argument in this commentary is that a Balkanized, tribal, sectarian, conflict ridden, oppressed, repressed, dependent and corrupt Ethiopia won’t be of any value to Western democracies. I am, however, totally convinced that an all-inclusive, just, empowering, prosperous and democratic Ethiopia will serve as a beacon […]

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What Triggered the Devastating Ethio-Eritrea War?

by Welde S. * Ethiopia and Eritrea entered into a bloody war on Ginbot 1990 E.C (May 1998 G.C) when the Eritrean government invaded some parts in Northern Ethiopia, Tigray region (specifically Badme and Zalanbesa – though Badme is usually referred to as the flash point for the war). Some people have written about the main reasons […]

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Analysis: Addis Abeba: A city struggling under the weight of its failures triggers fresh minefield

addisstandard 2017-07-14  Addis Abeba, July 10/2017 – Wednesday December 02/2015: it was not an ordinary day for five of six university students who were shuttling between the court room and their prison cells for nearly twenty months prior to that sunny morning. The university students were part of hundreds of Oromo university students rounded up by police […]

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The Oromo Studies Association (OSA):  An Autonomous Scholarly Organization in the Service of the Oromo People

By Ezekiel Gebissa* The vice president of the Oromia regional government is quoted in a recent FBC news report as saying: “OSA’s research studies must be harnessed to support economic, administrative and social transformation. At this time, OSA no longer has the capacity to make as great a contribution as it has in the past.” The […]

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WHY IS EPRDF APPEASING THE OROMO EXTREMIST ELITES?

By Yared Gizaw | July 10th, 2017 The Oromo extremist elites have repeatedly told us that their vision for Ethiopia is as follows: Option 1: Recreate/restructure Ethiopia under the domination of Oromos’ in which: – Oromo language and culture to be dominant with “Wake Fatah” as dominant religion. – New name and flag for Ethiopia […]

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Ethiopia: The T-TPLF Trojan Horse of the Apocalypse Riding in Oromiya

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note: The ruling Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) in Ethiopia is said to be on the verge of passing a “law” protecting “Oromia’s special interest in Addis Ababa” and “giving Oromia extensive rights in the capital city” (hereinafter the T-TPLF Masters’ Addis Ababa Plan B). It is a […]

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“Africa’s Perspective”: Discussions around the G-20 Summit – Fekadu Bekele

Fekadu Bekele, (PhD) July 6, 2017 Over the last three months there have been seminars and meetings related to the G-20 conference which will be held on the 7th and 8th of this month in Hamburg. The conference deals with the economic crises in many African countries, and how to ultimately overcome the economic and […]

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Fifteen Points: Thoughts on Progressivism, Patriotism and Ethnopolitics in Ethiopia

By Tesfaye Demmellash I have in the past written about the mutual exclusions of patriotism and progressivism in the era of abyot in Ethiopia. That long era stretches from the time of the Student Movement through the blood thirsty tyranny of the Derg to the weird colonial-like dictatorship of Woyane “revolutionary democracy” over the last […]

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Vision Ethiopia: Call for papers ‘Building Democratic Institutions in Ethiopia’

Vision Ethiopia, an independent network of Ethiopian scholars and professionals, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), is pleased to announce that the Fourth Conference will be held in Washington D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2017. We thank those who responded to our first call for papers which was issued on […]

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The Zero-Sum Negotiation Games of the T-TPLF in Ethiopia – Alemayehu G. Mariam

Author’s Note: This July 4th, I “celebrate” my eleventh year of writing uninterrupted weekly Monday commentaries. On July 4, 2006, I formally and publicly declared my engagement in human rights advocacy, particularly Ethiopian human rights advocacy. Tempus fugit (time flies)! In a 7,860-word “manifesto” entitled, “Awakening Giant”, I explained why I decided to get involved […]

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The Legacy of Hailu Shawel

The Legacy of Hailu Shawel

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A response to Tsadkan Gebretensae’s call to wage war on Eritrea

By Shiferaw Abebe In a recent interview to Addis Zemen, posted on Zehabesha.com the former TPLF General, Tsadkan Gebretensae harped on Ethiopia’s inability to influence geopolitical developments in the Red Sea region and how this weakness is putting the country’s long term security in danger. He primarily fingered at Eritrea for his worry and blamed […]

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The Cruel Political Jokes of the T-TPLF in Ethiopia By Prof. Al Mariam

“No Political Prisoners in Ethiopia” and “Negotiating With the Opposition” The Voice of America (Amharic) last week reported “16 Ethiopian opposition political parties agreed to discuss the anti-terrorism and other proclamations and 13 other agenda points including communications, press and charities and civic organizations” with the ruling regime in Ethiopia. However, the Thugtatorship of the […]

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Major Dawit W. Giorgis And Amhara  	– By Kaleab Tessema

I happened to listen to the speech of Major Dawit at Ethiopian National Unity Convention in Seattle, with great interest and attention. I found myself somehow sharing some of his ideas, in particular, the Amharas being reclusive and targeted by the TPLF and its cronies for the last 26 years. Major Dawit is absolutely right […]

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From Ethiopianness to Ethnic Fragmentation: the Adversity of Retrospective Logic – by Messay Kebede

A leitmotiv of ethnic politics in Ethiopia is the use of retrospective logic as an essential argument to justify its ideological stand. By this I mean the view that Menelik’s southern march, which is responsible for the creation of modern Ethiopia, was nothing else but a violent destruction of preexisting nations. Such statements as “Ethiopian […]

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TPLF’s economic argument and its opportunity cost

By: Shiferaw Abebe As incredible as it may seem, Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) – the entity that has ruled Ethiopia for 26 years to date – has the international community in its bag with its claim of achieving a year-to-year double-digit economic growth and phenomenal poverty reduction for longer than a decade now. This dubious claim is […]

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The Endless Plight of Ethiopian Migrant Workers: Death at Home and Dehumanization Abroad

by Aklog Birara (Dr) Open Letter Barely three years after more than 160,000 Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia were expelled from the Kingdom, an estimated 400,000-750,000 Ethiopian migrant workers face a dire situation again. No one really knows the exact number involved; but it is in the hundreds of thousands. The eminent nature of […]

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Pariah State?: Travel Warnings in the Land of 13-Months of Sunshine (Ethiopia) | by Prof. Alemayehu G Mariam

U.S and U.K. issue warning to their citizens planning travel in  Ethiopia Time was tourists flocked to Ethiopia in search of the “Land of 13-Months of Sunshine” and adventure. Ziggy Marley, son of the late great reggae king Bob Marley, even wrote a song about it: 13 Months of Sunshine/Is what we got/Take us to, […]

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