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Ethiopian Medical Doctors: Stand with the poor People of Ethiopia! Forget Abiy and his cadres!

(Serbessa, K ) April  9th,  2019 Until recent years, Ethiopian medical doctors  are known  universally  as well trained  and dedicated professionals. The three medical schools ( Addis Ababa, Gonder and Jimma) select  the brightest and the most academically able young people in Ethiopia  who distinguish in their matriculation with great and very great distinctions to […]

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Behold Press Freedom Shining Bright in Ethiopia!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Abiy Ahmed is doing a great job for Ethiopia. Ethiopia is really having free press for the first time in its history. I have been in journalism since 1951. I have never experienced such freedom of expression in Ethiopia. Even government media are talking freely, which is a great thing for […]

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Please Stop Predisposing Amaras to  Continue Perishing in Cities and Rural Areas!

By Belayneh Abate It is with a deep grief that I watched the body of a toddler slaughtered with a spear that penetrated his belly and passed out through his lower back in Metekel. This tragedy tests our humanity, brotherhood, sisterhood and parenthood.  We are becoming parents, sisters and brothers who cannot protect our children, […]

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Will Abiy Ahmed democratize Ethiopia or take advantage of its vulnerability?

By: Metta-Alem Sinishaw, Washington, DC Ethiopia is a multilingual, multiethnic, and multi religion country characterized by a history of intermittent political, religious and ethnic conflicts. While delayed democratization aggravates ethnic conflicts, poor economic policies especially land, causes deterioration of social welfare; making the country more aid dependent. After long history of authoritarian rule, the new leadership […]

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The National Endowment for Democracy recent conference summed up the entire problem of Ethiopia

Staged conferences and interviews are diversion and detraction to sustain the status qua, not to promote democracy Teshome Debalke They say there are two sides for every story. Unfortunately, the untold story of the blindfolded and gauged people Ethiopia remained captive by nonother than the elites and their sponsors more so by the self-ordained political […]

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“Scheming African minds”: Neocolonialism and Africa’s uncertain future

By Temesgen Aschenek Zeleke Introduction Africa was divided among colonial powers since the late 1800’s where the whole of the continent was partitioned like a homemade peach pie.  However, due to the major international developments, the impact of World War II (the defeat of the axis powers) and the emergence of new sense of African […]

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Saving Africa From “Global Tribalism” (My “Hall of Fame” Induction Speech)

by Alemayehu G, Mariram Author’ Note: Below is the full version of the speech I delivered during my induction into the “Hall of Fame” at California State University, San Bernardino on April 26, 2019.** The video of my abbreviated speech is available in the embedded video below Thank you. [1] After nearly 5 decades in academia, including as a […]

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The Impossible task of leading Ethiopia: let PM Abiy do his job

By Dr. Abdusebur Jemal Ever since he emerged as the new leader of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed has crafted a new style of leadership hitherto unknown to the ears, mind and heart of Ethiopians. Indeed, when you look at his achievements so far, it is remarkable both in terms of substance and style. Where as […]

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PUBLIC SERVICES AND PRIVATISATION

By Bekele Gessesse (Dr.) Preamble: The most important responsibilities of caring Governments is to ensure the provision of vital public services such as health care, education, energy, water and public transport. Our current government is on a transition.   Opposition political parties have not yet discussed their ideologies and visions for the Country. They are all […]

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Never Support Volunteer Slaves- The Snares and The Swords of The Killing EPRDF Machinery!

Belayneh Abate ..Fools despise wisdom and instruction. The Bible: Proverb 1:7. It is perplexing to watch people still expecting a glitter of hope  from the volunteer slaves that served Legesse Zenawi’s mafia for nearly three decades. As the Yale Scholar Timothy Snyder asserted, anticipatory obedience is a political tragedy*. Like the fools who anticipate eggs […]

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Terrorism in Awassa and the Silence of the Federal Government

By Damo Gotamo It has been a year since Sidama extremists have been terrorizing the people of Awassa. Ethnic entrepreneurs who used to harass and intimidate non-Sidamas using only their positions in various government institutions before prime minster Abiye came to power are now openly terrorizing and physically attacking people of the city. They have […]

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Washington Post: “Ethiopia Brightest Light in the World”

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Last week, two important announcements were made attesting the fact that Ethiopia is a rising bright star in the world. In the Washington Post-Reporters Without Borders open forum, Ethiopia was described as the “brightest light in the world for press freedom after Tunisia.” Reporters Without Borders is one of the foremost organizations defending press […]

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Rose: The Flower impairing Blue Nile River and Communities in Ethiopia

Ayele Addis Ambelu March 2019 This story was produced in partnership with InfoNile and Code for Africa with support from the Pulitzer Center. Abreham Bekele, 58, a resident of Meshenti village, close to Bahir Dar city, in Ethiopia’s Amhara region became a destitute after the land he and his eleven family members derived livelihoods from […]

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CAN ABIY AHMED CONTINUE TO REMODEL ETHIOPIA? (EXPANDED VERSION)

Abel Abate Demissie & Ahmed Soliman The prime minister has made great strides at reforming the authoritarian state in his first year. But how will he confront the hurdles ahead? Addis Abeba, April 17/2019 – It has been a whirlwind year for Ethiopia since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister. He has initiated a raft of reforms to overhaul […]

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The Devastating tragedy of the conflict displaced Gedeo communities (IDPs). Part Two

By Ataklti Tsegay Tesfay,MD On part one of my article, I tried to write about the depth and magnitude of the ethnic conflict induced crisis of the internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in Ethiopia which has been neglected or not paid attention, for almost a year.  Such displacement has a significant negative effect on people’s lives […]

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To the Chicken Little Prophets of Doom and Gloom: Ethiopia is a Rising State and Nation!

By  Alemayehu G. Mariam Green-ey’d monsters in Ethiopia Until April 2, 2019, the first anniversary of H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s term in office, the narrative and refrain of Ethiopia’s Chicken Littles and the boys crying wolf was, “The sky is falling on Ethiopia”. Today, the new narrative of Ethiopia’s Chicken Little prophets of […]

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National duty of Ethiopian Defence Force  to save Ethiopia

by Muluken Gebeyew After 27 years of TPLF dominated regime’s brutal dictatorship, the Ethiopian people briefly seen  glimpse of hope that its peaceful long struggle reaching to its pinnacle and to fruit. Reform oriented middle rank  new leaders who sensed the public outcry for freedom   in the last 3 years emerged with in the EPRDF […]

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Ethiopia’s Transition to Democracy Has Hit a Rough Patch. It Needs Support From Abroad

Felix Horne Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa Abiy Ahmed, left, the newly elected chair of the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) addresses Ethiopian lawmakers after he was sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister, Monday, April 2, 2018. © AP photo/Mulugeta Ayene The ascent of Dr. Abiy Ahmed to the post of prime minster […]

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Ethiopia: A Country on the Brinks

Ethiopia: A Country on the Brinks [i] By Dawit W Giorgis * ‘Absolutely Oversold’ As instability and violence spreads across much of Ethiopia, with most recent incidents getting close to the capital in Northern Showa, it is becoming a matter of grave concern to Ethiopians and regional governments, whether there will be a full fledged […]

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Awassa too Belongs to its Residents! 

By  Damo Gotamo The arbitrarily imposed ethnic federalism has affected the lives of millions of Ethiopians who live in different cities of the country. Ethnic animosities and divisions TPLF goons had planted in the country have been exploding like a time bomb in every corner of the country destroying the lives of millions of people […]

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Assessing the One Year of Abiy’s Premiership

By Prof. Messay Kebede “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past.” (Marx) That in the year that passed since his rise to premiership, Abiy has accomplished […]

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A Message to Amara Elites: Never Allow Ethnic Cleansing of Amara Again!

The World Is Made Up of The Hunters and The Huntees! Belayneh Abate Our conscience has been repeatedly stabbed  by the endless massacre, incarceration, torture and massacre of the Ethiopian people. The non-Amara Ethiopian people suffered from these heinous crimes because they refused to give up their natural resources or they demanded more privileges. On […]

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Humanitarian Crises of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Ethiopia.

Feb. 2019 By Ataklti Tsegay Tesfay,MD Despite the continuous record of human rights violation and different political turbulences in the country, Ethiopia was showing an ascent on its economic development for about a decade. The projection of the government and other trusted independent agencies was to see the country in the group of middle-income nations of the […]

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Dr. Abiy Ahmed – Get Back on Track

Feleke Alemu It was with great shock and disbelief that I watched Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed threatening our people during the conference that was held at his office a few days ago. Compare the Abiy who talked about democracy, justice, equality and Ethiopianwinet at his inaugural speech and the man who we watched at […]

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PM ABIY AHMED, CONGRATULATIONS ON AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN ETHIOPIA IN YOUR FIRST YEAR, BUT…

By Alemayehu G. Mariam H.E. Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Office of the Prime Minister Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Dear Prime Minister Abiy: I refer to my personal letter to you dated April 8, 2018. In that lengthy letter, I congratulated you on your appointment as prime minister and gave you my full support. At that time, I […]

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Who Owns Addis Ababa?

Addissu Admas I am not sure what the claim “Addis Ababa belongs to Oromia” means or implies. Does it mean that all non-Oromo Addis Abebans should now pack-up their belongings, load them up on buses, trains, mules, donkeys, and God knows what else, and vacate the city and trudge to their respective ethnic enclaves? Does […]

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Yes, Mr. Prime Minister your Government is Weak

By Gemechu Aba Biya During your press conference on March 28, when asked if your government is weak, you responded that it has never been stronger.  The evidence you provided to support your claim is that Ethiopia has not been invaded by another country.  Yes, Mr. Prime Minister we are grateful to you that Ethiopia […]

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he Chicken Littles Are Clucking, “The Sky is Falling on Ethiopia!”

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Author’s Note: In this commentary, I try to explain to my readers why on the eve of PM Abiy Ahmed’s stellar first year anniversary there is so much political white noise in Ethiopia. There is a campaign of Infowars (psychological warfare) underway on the  people of Ethiopia and the administration of PM […]

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Ethiopia: both Berhanu & Eskinder can be right

By Teshome M. Borago | Zehabesha/Satenaw columnist As the governing ideology of tribal politics and ethnic-federalism in Ethiopia continue to cause misery, displacement, death and destruction nationwide; it is becoming important to build the momentum of the alternative dogma: citizenship (Zeginet)-basedpolitics. However, the new comments by Ginbot 7 Chairman Dr. Berhanu Nega has already sparked internal dispute with […]

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Good Governance in Ethiopia with Checks and Balances

by Getachew Begashaw (PHD) 1. Introduction Ethiopia, in its recent history, has gone through three government systems that included a monarchy, a military dictatorship, and a divisive ethnic Federal system without participatory democracy. In each case, the continuity of the system was challenged by popular uprisings; however, thanks in part to the absence of democratic institutions and […]

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ABIY AHMED, THE NEEDLE: Some Solutions to the current challenges facing Ethiopians

Tecola W Hagos, 25 March 2019 PART I. ABIY AHMED In General Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed keeps messing up my logic-oriented brain with his beautifully crafted speeches and messages. His recent address/message of 18 March 2019, with his epochal symbolism of a needle threading through marking a new path that also pulls along a motley […]

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The Ethiopian Elites Have Failed to Follow The Principles of Our Forefathers!

By Belayneh Abate In the western world,  you have to produce astounding  resume to get a decent job.  To reassure the job offer, you have to provide references that could speak highly about your past achievements in addition to your resume. Based on the resume and the references, the employer can predict what you can […]

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Remembering the Sharpeville (South Africa) and Meles Massacres (Ethiopia) in 2019

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Special Author’s Note: For the past few years, I have written  commemorative commentaries on the Sharpeville Massacre of March 21, 1960 and the Meles Massacres of 2005.  I have written these commentaries to remind those who believe in solving problems with large scale violence that violence begets violence and lasting peace […]

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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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