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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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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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Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News December 7, 2018

Zehabesha Daily Ethiopian News December 7, 2018

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Ethiopia: Hiber Radio Interview with Petty Officer Abebe Mekonnen

Hiber Radio Interview with Petty Officer Abebe Mekonnen

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Ethiopia: Capital Newspaper Interview With Dr Ambachew Mekonnen (PHD)

Never Again Ambachew Mekonnen (PhD) is a person who can smile through difficult times. He is also known for being assertive, standing for what he believes in while at the same time succeeding as an academic. His PhD article was recognized as among the top ten papers globally that year. Before being appointed as an […]

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Zehabsha Daily Ethiopian News December 6, 2018

Zehabsha Daily Ethiopian News December 6, 2018

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Peeling Back The Layers of ‘Rooster in The Chicken Coop?’: A Rejoinder to Prof Tekola-Hagos’s Article!

By Tsega Menkir ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ After reading the good professor’s temper tantrum on the new Ethiopian administration, where he clearly displayed his misogynistic as well as narcissistic traits in the article titled, Abiy Ahmed, ‘the rooster in the chicken coop?’; if you think it was written by a self-serving petulant man-child with unresolved anger issues on […]

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Birtukan Mideksa, Abiy Ahmed and the Future Country of Ethiopia Today

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Note: Birtukan Mideksa, former Ethiopian high court judge, political prisoner and first female political party leader in Ethiopian history, returned home a couple of weeks ago following an invitation by H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed. Last week, she was confirmed by the House of People’s Representatives to chair the Ethiopian […]

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The End of Thugtatorship and Rise of the Rule of Law in Ethiopia

By Alemayehu G. Mariam “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.” –Mahatma Gandhi In the end, they always fall… I don’t know how many times I have quoted Gandhi over the past 13 years to prophesy […]

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Reverse Ethiopia’s Institutional Void; and Hold TPLF Accountability

Aklog Birara (Dr)) We often revert to the opaque term lack of “good governance” when we see all sorts of ill deeds perpetrated by those who wield political power without paying attention to the moral imperative of  social, political, spiritual, and environmental  responsibility and accountability for crimes committed.  No society can consider itself to be […]

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Ethiopia’s ex deputy intelligence chief arrested in corruption, rights crackdown

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia said on Thursday it had arrested the former deputy intelligence chief after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration launched a crackdown this week on senior security officials suspected of human rights abuses and corruption. Also on Thursday, state-affiliated television Fana Broadcasting said police had arrested the head of the security division at […]

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