'Look at the map': the US, Iraq and Iran If there was a single moment that stood out for those attending the Munich Security Conference on 15-17 February, it was when Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, asked the audience with uncharacteristic emotion in his voice: 'The US claims ... that it is Iran that is interfering in the region, but has it been asked whose region?
Ethnicity and Freedom of Movement Teodros Kiros (Ph.D) 5-19-19 - Ethiopians are a historical people, known for their hospitality and gentleness unless attacked, and deeply conscious of their historicity as founders of world civilization, namely the great Abyssinia, also known as Ethiopia, of Cushitic and Semitic roots in one seamless whole.
An undue wedding! H. B. Tesfai Mekele, Tigrai May 18, 2019 - Wedding is a social phenomenon that has been practiced in society since long ago. The purpose of a wedding is to bless individuals or couples who arrange the ceremony so that they could have everlasting mutual understanding in their life. However, many individuals have wrongly practiced it everywhere in the world though there are differences in the attitudes of the performers as well.
Ethiopia:Curent Issues and Next Steps General Tsadkan, General Mesfin Amare and General Tadese Berhe, May 2019 - A long article written by retired generals, analysis, and recommendations on how to move forward. (Amharic),
Ethiopia starts rationing electricity for homes and industries ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia has started to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers after a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams led to a production deficit, the minister for water and electricity, Sileshe Getahun, said on Friday.
There are reports of massive power cuts across Ethiopia, affecting homes and businesses. The government is said to be rationing power but has not confirmed this nor explained the reasons behind the power cuts. The BBC Amharic's Kalkidan Yibeltal is in Addis Ababa.
If the fast-growing economy of the past was still continuing, the current shortage of energy could have been explained, but the economy is not growing under the Abiy government! In fact, the Abiy government has disrupted effectively the construction industry. It has crippled many mega projects and has killed the export industry. Abiy himself has assured the country that he is good at begging and not to worry! Now, where is he going to beg power from? From Egypt you say! Abiy do you understand why Hedase Dam was necessary now? (Watch and listen to what the late PM Meles Zenawi said on power development!)
Yohannes Gebresellasie (Ph.d) Addis Ababa 5-16-19 - As the wheels of time turn, generations come and go and so do their institutions and system of governance with which they are remembered. With a bit of luck, some countries get (somewhere in their history) generations that are able to establish effective institutions with capable leadership. Others happen to be in the opposite situation and their leaders fail to form a common national interest.
'Go and we die, stay and we starve': the Ethiopians facing a deadly dilemma (The Guardian) - Last week, a car rolled through the town of Gedeb in southern Ethiopia, flanked by federal police. A local official made an announcement to roughly 150,000 people who, displaced from their homes, have sought sanctuary in makeshift camps in the town and across the surrounding farmland. In two days' time, they were told through a loudspeaker, their shelters - mostly built of firewood, banana leaves and the odd tarpaulin sheet - would be demolished.
(Serbessa K. ) May 14th, 2019 - The current Ethiopian prime minster Abiy Ahmed was a child soldier, intelligence officer and political operatives with in the TPLF led EPRDF regime. He is "considered" the most educated of Ethiopian leaders to assume Premiership position (Phd holder) in the last 40 years.
May 14th, 2019 - A Level 2 Travel Advisory has been issued by the US Department of State for the African country of Ethiopia. This new 'Exercise Increased Caution' Advisory was issued on May 13, 2019, and is related to civil unrest and communications disruptions in Ethiopia.
When it comes to their own citizens they are very well guarded, the same cannot be true when it comes to Ethiopians! It is all different matter when it comes to Ethiopians who are living in misery - didn't the US Ambassador praise Ethiopia's development over the past year the other day?
See Also from (The Economist): --- After drought, famine and war, ethnic conflict now plagues Ethiopia
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Makonnen Tesfaye, 14 May 2019 - The now widely evidenced massacre of hundreds of Gumuz people orchestrated and coordinated by ANM's and ADP's Amhara supremacists, is a dark episode in the annals of Ethiopian history, and as such must be condemned by all Ethiopian peoples and by the Federal and Regional Governments. Moreover, the perpetrators must be held accountable and brought to face justice.
Muluken Yitbarek May 12, 2018 - I read an article post "How Did Ethiopia Get from There to Here: Questioning the Current Narrative" authored by Elias Dawit. He has followed his narrative with the second part as promised (part 2). The writer unmistakably elucidates the role of one of the key actors; explore the reasons behind and the underlying assumptions of contemporary Ethiopia. As to my knowledge the article states something that is necessary, verifiable, and attainable.
Elias Dawit 5-10-19 - In Part 1 of "How Did We Get from There to Here," I argued that Ethiopia's current narrative is flawed and built on the aspirations of external political actors, such as former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Donald Yamamoto. It is a simple narrative of good guys and bad guys. In Part 2, I look at the person Prime Minister Abiy has identified as the primary bad guy in this scenario--Getachew Assefa, former head of the National Intelligence Security Services (NISS). See Also: Part 1