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How to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Yilma bekele

Despite all rumors of impending doom I am not worried or afraid Ethiopia will disintegrate into pieces in the immediate future. It has been tried before. Ask Mussolini or Meles, they will tell you. Our ancient homeland is one of the few in the world with over thousand years of continuous history. It took many […]

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“No Heroes in Ethiopia Today”?! Only Crybabies and Villains?

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam “No heroes in Ethiopia today.” Last week, on International Women’s Day, H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed made a stunning assertion: “Ethiopia has no heroes today.” The fact that he made the bold statement before a gathering of women leaders was even more searing and ironically begged the question, “If […]

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Ethiopia on the Brink Press Statement from the Ethiopian Dialogue Forum (EDF)

March 14, 2019 The Ethiopian Dialogue Forum (EDF), a not-for-profit think tank established to promote equitable and sustainable socioeconomic and political development through inclusive governance and genuine democratization through dialogue is deeply concerned that escalating ethnic-based conflicts and atrocities might lead to civil war and the Balkanization of the country. EDF is convinced that the […]

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Forced Eviction and Resettlement, the Jawar Factor and the Absence of International Scrutiny

By Dawit W Giorgis   I was able to go back to my country after 33 years in exile in Dec of last year.  I have thanked the government and the people of Ethiopia for creating the condition that enabled me to go back home. I am an old man by any standard. My purpose […]

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An Urgent Call to Avert the Imminent Danger in Our Country Ethiopia

Our country Ethiopia is in a turmoil with a specter of being a failed state under our eyes! The displacement of fellow Ethiopians including children, elderlies, women, and men in different parts of the country, conflicts between different ethnic groups, demands by different ethnic groups for regional (‘kilil’) status, destruction of churches and mosques, lawlessness, […]

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Addis Ababa: Drawing a Line in the Sand of Ethnic Politics

Recent events are bringing Ethiopia closer to the limit beyond which ethnic politics enters into a zone perilous to the alliance of the ruling parties and, by extension, to the unity of the country. Among these events, the most explosive one is the rise of tension and deep divisions generated by protests in the Oromo […]

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The Praxis of Medemer in the Horn of Africa

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Maiam Praxis is simply the practical application of theory. In praxis, one is not interested in trying to understand the world in the abstract but to act in the world in order to change it and make it better. Last week, H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed was doing whirlwind shuttle […]

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The people did not struggle for a reformed EPRDF

by Zekarias Ezra The Ethiopian people’s struggle is for the establishment of a truly democratic system of government. As such, the struggle is to see the end of rule by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. After nearly three years of sustained pro-democracy anti-EPRDF mass protests, led by gallant Amhara and Oromo youths, last February Hailemariam […]

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THE LAST DAY OF EMPEROR TEWODROS II’s LIFE AND THE LOOT OF MAGDALA

An Eye Witness Account by an American Author/Journalist.  By Kidane Alemayehu and Konjit Meshesha “They (two British soldiers) observed a man standing near a haystack with a revolver in his hand. When he saw them prepare to fire, he ran behind a haystack, and both men heard plainly a shot fired. They came to the […]

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Happy 123 Adwa Great African Victory Day: Time to Erect the Aste Menelik Statue in Africa Now!

NES Commentary 45 Inspiration “In The History of Mankind, there has never been any other black man like Menelik, who had triggered a lasting fear and doubt in the mind of Europeans” Augustus Wylde “Menelik, the Great, inspired generations yet unborn with his daring defeat of the Italian Army at the battle of Adwa. He tried […]

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About the TPLF’s Latest Strategy to Return to Power and Restore Ethnic Apartheid in Ethiopia

Alemayehu G. mariam The jackal in sheep’s clothing is back! The latest strategy by the bosses of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) hunkered and bunkered down at the Axum Hotel in Mekele is to bring together elements of the Arena Party, Amhara National Movement and Oromo Liberation Front to wage a scorched earth opposition against the […]

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Mr. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Dear Mr. Prime Minister, let me first say that despite the fact that you have terribly failed in certain aspects of the ongoing struggle for genuine freedom, justice and equal opportunity; you have done considerable positive and encouraging things in this process of making efforts for a common good.  Compared to we have gone through […]

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Ethiopia Ruling Coalition To Merge With Affiliate Parties

The ruling coalition in Ethiopia, the Ethiopia Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is set to merge with the five affiliate parties. This is indicated today by the reformist leader of EPRDF and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed. He made the remark during a conference with over three thousand people gathered from Somali, Afar, Benishangul […]

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Let’s end Finfinnee saga, and shoot for the stars

February 10, 2019 by Olaana Abbaaxiiqi As Addis Ababa is the federal capital and Oromia needs its own hub, there is a glorious solution to the dangerous Finfinnee debate. Almost invariably, Oromos of all stripes will tell you without any hesitation that the Ethiopian constitution puts Finfinnee/Addis Ababa under the State of Oromia. If you […]

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Charisma: Is it a Path for Ethiopia?

Messay Kebede Thanks to a friend, I recently read an article written by Andreas Eshete and Samuel Assefa for a conference held in Addis Ababa and titled “Reflections on Expanding Ethiopia’s Democratic Space” (http://fes-ethiopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Printing-Version.pdf). The article takes note of Ethiopia’s turn toward a more open and democratic path and applauds it as a timely and […]

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What is the primary reason that prevents many Ethiopians from becoming leaders?

By Assegid Habtewold The theme of my speech at a community empowerment event organized by Jantilla on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 in Silver Spring, MD at Double Tree by Hilton hotel was “Leadership in the 21st C”. One of the many outstanding questions that were asked during the Q&A session was “What are some of […]

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Did a Dutch Company Engage in “Bio-Piracy” by Patenting Teff, Ethiopia’s National Grain?

by Al Mariam A “patent” is a type of license issued by a government to an individual or corporation granting sole right to use and exclude all others from making, using, or selling an invention, a product or a process. There are three types of patents: utility/invention (e.g. personal computer by Steve Jobs); design (Apple’s […]

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 8, 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 8, 2019

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 7, 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 7, 2019

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 6, 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 6, 2019

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The Trial of Bereket (The Curse of Ethiopia) Simon for Crimes Against Humanity

By Alemayehu G. Mariam I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul.  —  Émile Zola, 13th January 1898 “… Some hooligans and political members […]

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 4, 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News February 4, 2019

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Because of the unstable political atmosphere in Ethiopia, I have never gone back to Ethiopia since I came to the US in 2005. In April this year, however, the ruling party elected a new Prime Minister- Abiy Ahmed, who has been spearheading a reform that includes inviting political opponents, some of whom were sentenced to […]

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The New Reform Leadership of President Mustafa Omer Brings  Hope and Light to the Somali Region

January 25, 2019 What an opportunity we on the SMNE team had during a recent visit to the Somali region where we were able to see so much evidence of reforms brought by the new president, Mustafa Omer, and his administration. Everywhere we went, people told us about the new leadership that is bringing genuine […]

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Mesay Mekonnen on the Arrest of Bereket Simon

Mesay Mekonnen on the Arrest of Bereket Simon

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ADP vs TPLF

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by Alemayehu G. Mariam Just a year ago… Last year, on the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day I pondered what Dr. King’s message would be for young Ethiopians were he alive. I said he would advise them to continue engaging in acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance against the 27-year long oppressive […]

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News January 17 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News January 17 2019

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From Predatory to Modernizing Elites: Prospects in Abiy’s Ethiopia

By  Prof. Messay Kebede The starting occasion of this article is a video I watched on the 7th conference of Vision Ethiopia in which my old and dear friend and colleague, Dr, Befekadu Degefe, gives an insightful analysis on the requisites for economic development in Ethiopia. The analysis is premised on the commonly shared assumption […]

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Reflections on the Rule of Law and Ethiopia’s Transition to Democratic Rule (Part I)

By Alemayehu G. Mariam What a difference a year makes? The rule of law crushed to earth for 27 years rose up in Ethiopia in 2018. If someone would have told me in the first week of 2018 that I would be writing in earnest about the rule of law in the first week of […]

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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News January 11, 2019

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News January 11, 2019

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Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I: Their Invaluable Contributions to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

By: Fikre Mariam Workneh       As a former celibate priest or monk, I had the privilege of serving both Abune Tewophilos and Emperor Haile Selassie I, and I would like to share my indelible memories about these two giant Ethiopians.  Abune Tewophilos:      It has been nearly forty years since His Holiness […]

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Let Ethiopia Thrive 

by Aklog Birara (Dr) I have consistently opined that if Ethiopians wish to create a just and prosperous society, the current elite-based and dictated Constitutional system of ethnic-federalism that is based on the old colonial system of divide and rule and that creates enclaves of false-self-governance, autonomy and growth must be addressed honestly and boldly. […]

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OLF & ODP

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OLF & ODP

OLF & ODP

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Ethiopia: General Tefera Mamo on Getachew Assefa

Ethiopia: General Tefera Mamo on Getachew Assefa

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By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam An open Thank You note to H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Dear Prime Minster Abiy: For over a decade, I have used the last of my weekly commentaries to catalogue the crimes against humanity, the corruption and abuses of power that occurred in  Ethiopia during the year. But not […]

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Amdom Gebreselassie: Speaking Raw Truth to TPLF “Chased Out of Power” in Ethiopia

December 24, 2018 By Alemayehu G. Mariam   “The TPLF and (their) extremist (allies) living abroad are targeting the people of Tigray. These are people who hate and have an evil view of the Tigrean people.” Amdom Gebreselassie Amdom Gebreselassie Author’s Note: Below is a translation of Amdom Gebreselassie’s remarks at Mekele University and subsequent […]

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Hiber Radio Interview with Yared Hailemariam

Hiber Radio Interview with Yared Hailemariam

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Bereket and I | By Yilma Bekele

I never had the pleasure or the misfortune of meeting Ato Bereket. On the other hand I feel as if I have known him all m my life. We became very close after the 2005 general elections. When I first heard him speak, what surprised me most was his soft feminine voice that clashed with […]

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THANK YOU All 2,819 Donors Who Helped Us Raise One-Half Million Dollars for the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund!

by Alemayehu G.  Mariam   On December 15, 2018, we crossed the one-half million dollar mark in our fundraising effort for the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF). It is a moment of great pride accomplishment for all of us who have toiled day and night over the past several months to make EDTF a reality. […]

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An Obstruction of Justice charge has yet to be filed against the TPLF’s Executive Committee Members

By LJDemissie December 16, 2018 Author’s Note: This critic has nothing but love for the Tigrayan people; as such the writer doesn’t intend to diminish the Tigrayan people – who are one of Ethiopia’s umbilical cords – for the crimes the TPLF’s butchers committed against Ethiopians over the last forty years. In the author’s view, […]

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Meeting my Torturers!

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Meeting my Torturers!

Befqadu Z Hailu Most of us are already convinced that the old regime has fallen and the new regime is here, cursing the past. No theory can easily define the type of political transition in #Ethiopia. It is the same ruling party that revolted against its umbrella, the coalition – EPRDF. It is no revolution […]

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