Abiy's Ethiopia not quite an Indian summer: The reform agenda pursued by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since he came to power in 2018 has been sharp, sudden and strategic. Indeed, the pace of change has sent shock waves through the global investor community, which is now priming itself to capitalize on Ethiopia’s "India moment".
How could foreigners miss the current political turmoil in Ethiopia? Why do they keep writing about a make-believe liberalization and economic growth of Abiy Ahmed? The country is being torn from inside. Girls are being abducted from universities raped and killed. Churches and Mosques are burned daily. Promising industrial parks are closing for lack of hard currency and peace. Yet, foreigners are telling the world how wonderful Ethiopia has become for foreign investors. What is going on?
Billionaire George Soros Pledges $1 Billion University Fund To Fight Would-Be Dictators George Soros pledged $1 billion to fund a new university network to tackle the spread of nationalism in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where the financier and philanthropist also condemned President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping. The rift between Trump and George could be an advantage to Federalist forces in Ethiopia. I know people think both are from the same camp but Trump does not like anyone to criticize him. Mr. Soro's attack on his personality coupled with his recent misgiving of the Nobel Peace Prize must be bothering Trump right now. Federalist forces should find out if George Soro or Trump can support Fedralsim in Ethiopia. Anyone of them removing their support from the Abiy government that is destroying Ethiopia is a plus. Zeru Hagos Jan 24, 2020
The Ethiopian slave who became a kingmaker in India Some time in the 16th Century, a man named Malik Ambar was captured by slave traders in Ethiopia alongside thousands of others and sold to the merchants in the Middle East. A couple of decades later, Amber emerged in India as a towering military figure. He gave a tough fight to the Mughals, challenging their invincibility until he died at 86 years of age.
Remember what Al Mariam said last year about Ethiopia hosting the World Economic Forum in 2020!(Read the article here!) Well, 2020 is here and the event just concluded and let alone Ethiopia hosting the event even Abyi Ahmed was not invited. Ethiopia used to be invited regularly and PM Meles was effectively using the event to Ethiopia's advantage. Today, despite all the Al Mariam false promises and wishful thinking Ethiopia is a forgotten country.
Dear Al Mariam, is there no shame? Why didn't you remove the articles and ask for forgiveness? While I am at it, dear brother, now that you have the Ethiopia you wanted why can't you fight a good fight to protect Ethiopia's interest on Hadase/Renaissance Dam? You and your likes will be remembered in history as the ones who sold the Renaissance dam to Egypt. Make no mistake about it. Zeru Hagos Jan 24, 2020
Readers Comment- : On Al Mariam: Bekele Berhanu 01-25-20 - Zeru, I read your 'appeal' to Al Mariam. I espouse a liberal view that some people characterize as naive when they describe me. This is the first time for me to get into a negative mood to criticize a person's view and I don't like it. More
The far North shall descry its quondam empire! Mr. Alula Nerea 1-24-20 - Recent political developments in Ethiopia over the past year and a half were highly volatile. The new handicapped government is captivated by an inner circle and Foreign Interest groups, and cannot manage and execute the blueprint given by the orchestrates - Neoliberal forces.
Avoiding a dangerous water war between Ethiopia and Egypt In a breakthrough, Ethiopia promised Egypt that it would only impound life-giving waters behind Africa's largest edifice...Ethiopia has for several years been reluctant to compromise the manner in which its new dam would be put into service. Yet, now, thanks to unexpected negotiations brokered by the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C., Ethiopia has quietly made a major concession to Egypt Ethiopians! Those telling you otherwise are lying to you! Abiy has compromised Ethiopia's national interest. The DAM may never see the daylight to become a huge resource to develop Ethiopia. Sad!
Launch of Davos Friends of Africa Growth Platform Geneva, Switzerland, 21 January 2020 - In the spirit of the Davos Manifesto 2020, the World Economic Forum is launching the Davos Friends of Africa Growth Platform (AGP) community to mobilize the global community for collective action to meet the 100 million-by-2025 goal for this business-led initiative... The late PM Meles Zenawi is truly missed. Ethiopia has progressed backward after his death. Today, Ethiopia is a forgotten country. Remember this clip when Meles defended his economic policy in front of the who is who at World Economic Forum! What is the lesson God wants Ethiopians to learn when he took Meles and brought Abiy? If you believe that God has a purpose for everything in life! Zeru Hagos Jan 2020
Much ado about Obo Jawar's citizenship Yohannes Aberra (PhD) 01-22-20 - It is amusing that the implementation of citizenship rules is having a jerky jump start on Obo Jawar Mohammed after gathering thick layer of dust since they were formulated. Ethiopia should not have citizenship rules because it is well known that they cannot be functional. Prerequisite number one for the effective implementation is to clearly identify who the Ethiopian is.
Ethiopian teff: The fight against biopiracy teff, also known as dwarf millet, is to Ethiopia what maize is to Mexico and rice is to China: the country's most important foodstuff, the basis for the national dish injera - a soft, spongy, pancake-like bread - and an important part of its cultural heritage.Farmers in the Ethiopian highlands started cultivating teff 3,000 years ago.
Ethiopia embraces the power of positive thinking Ebba T, as he is known, is among the most prominent of a rising generation of motivational speakers and life coaches in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. Their rags-to-riches parables offer hope to legions of frustrated Ethiopians. A few, like Ebba, have found fame on the airwaves. Some are YouTube gurus. A handful write books, while others start consultancies. All preach a message of individual uplift in a country burdened by poverty and ethnic divisions.
Read Also- Academics response to PM Abiy (Ph.D) sense of prosperity via positive thinking. Why positive thinking won't get you out of poverty In a recent article in the New York Times, the development economist Seema Jayachandran discusses three studies that used Randomised Controlled Trials (or RCTs) to understand the benefits of enhancing the self-worth of poor people
Announcing Convention of Ethiopian Multinational Federalist Forces (EMFF) February 8- 9, 2020 Atlanta GA.
The Organizing Committee of Ethiopian Multinational Federalist Forces announces a convention to be held in Atlanta to discuss the upcoming national elections and the future of the country. The convention will be a gathering of delegates of Ethiopian community organizations in North America that share a common history of the struggle for self- determination and now envision a democratic multinational federalist Ethiopia.
NATIONAL ELECTION CODE OF CONDUCT Yohannes Gebresellasie (Ph.d) Addis Ababa
01-20-20 - Our nation has concluded few national elections and is planning to conduct another national election soon. Whereas few electoral descriptions have been manifested as is the case in most elections anywhere, by and large, the government and the public at large should be congratulated for few successful electoral achievements.
Several killed in Ethiopia stand collapse At least three people have died in Ethiopia after a wooden stand collapsed during a major Orthodox Christian celebration.Dozens more are injured and some reports put the death toll at 10. The stand was inside the Emperor Fasilides Bath where thousands were commemorating the baptism of Jesus for the Timkat festival in Gondar
Who is the official and the engineer who approved such a structure to be used? Is Gondar condemn to be a city of death and destruction? Yamal!
Ethiopia to Cede 75% Right over the Blue Nile Water to Egypt and Sudan! Makonnen Tesfaye, 17 January 2020- The Abiy Government has already severely compromised the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project by downsizing its energy generating capacity by 20%; undermining national industrial capacity and personnel; prolonging the filling period; unduly compromising on the independence of the operation, or management of the Dam; and allowing asymmetric third parties meddling to Ethiopia’s detriment. Furthermore and what is even much more detrimental to national interest and sovereignty is the ceding...
How Did We End Up in This Mess? Mahetot (1-19-2020) - I am Ethiopian, but not affiliated to any of the political organizations or parties and I am highly concerned about the way things are happening and managed in the country. I have number of questions, fear and anxiety (I really don’t want the system of Derg to come back).
Considering the current political issues of Ethiopia, I wish independent bodies give the Ethiopian people different view...
Ethiopia threatens to disintegrate amid creeping Balkanisation While Brits prepare for Brexit, in the Ethiopian lakeside city of Hawassa its residents have been grappling with similar concerns...A constant refrain among Hawassa residents and Ethiopians elsewhere is that political agitators - both homegrown and from the Ethiopian diaspora, returning after Abiy lifted bans on opposition groups - are generating and manipulating instability for their own ends.