Opinion

A house divided: How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

(Samia Nakhoul, Angus McDowall, Stephen Kalin - Reuters) The first hint that something was amiss came in a letter. On Saturday Nov. 4, guests at Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton were notified by the opulent hotel that: “Due to unforeseen booking by…

Oromia-Somali conflict | Ethnic violence displaces hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians

Map - Eastern Ethiopia - Oromia and Somali regions

(James Jefferey - IRIN) Lifting her robe the young woman revealed undulating scar tissue blanketing her breasts, stomach, and extending up her neck and along her arms. “They poured petrol over me then lit it,” said 28-year-old Husaida…

Security On Top of Somaliland Election Campaign

(Mohammed Dahir Ahmed) Somaliland Presidential election is scheduled for 13th of November 2017. The election campaign has been started on the 12th of October 2017 by the three competing parties: Kulmiye, Ucid and Waddani. Issues contended by the…

New Approach for Somali Security Forces to Prevent Terrorism

(Dr. David Leffler) During these dangerous times of high tensions in Somalia, terrorism could quickly end if Somali security forces were trained to form what is known in Latin American military circles as Prevention Wings of the Military.…

Is Federalism a threat or a treatment to Ethiopian Unity?

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(By Berhanu) The rationales why states of the world are unitary, federal or hybrid governance systems, in one way or another, are to sustain territorial integrity and create national consensus. The pre 1991 Ethiopian state building followed the…

General Samora Yenus: Profile, Sudanese award, Expert comment

Sudanese President Al-Bashir honoured General Samora Yenus, the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF), with the highest military medal, the Order of the two Niles. The former rebel commander, Samora, has been in charge…

​Climate Change: a holding back factor in the development of health system

(Tesfagebriel Tekola) Social and environmental determinants of health: clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter are highly affected by climate change. As a result, severe droughts, flooding, and increase in temperature are making life difficult…

Ethiopia Experiencing Ethnic Federalism: Could Inclusive Parliament and Policy Reforms Prevent Crisis?

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(Amanuel T Muhzun) Introduction The situation in Ethiopia is now relatively stable. But it is still important to discuss the main sources of conflict through examining the real experiences as well as prevailing objectives during this tough era…

​Land Grabbing Cases in Mekelle & Wukro

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

(Haile Tessema) Residents of Mekelle and visitors to the regional capital would be familiar with two businesses in the service industry: Milano Hotel and Geza Gerlasse Restaurant, which are at close proximity from each other. The former is…

Ethiopia’s distinct path to development, with help from China

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Addis Ababa for a state visit to Ethiopia on May 4, 2014. (Photo China News ServiceLiu Zhen)

Ethiopia is the most stable state in the dangerous neighbourhood of the Horn of Africa, despite recently facing its worst protests in decades. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991, having toppled…

News

TPLF poised for reform, Azeb Mesfin walks out

TPLF is poised to adopt reform directions as the Central Committee winds up it meeting this week, according to insider sources. The Tigrayan People Liberation Front (TPLF), one of the four parties of the Ethiopian ruling party EPRDF,…

Saudi Arabia detains princes, billionairs, inc. al-Amoudi, freezes assets

(Compiled from Alarby reports) Saudi Arabia has detained 11 princes and 38 other businessmen, senior military officials and top officials. It was an unprecedented move for the kingdom which analysts have interpreted as an attempt by the young Crown Prince…

Press Statement on the condition of mob violence against Tigrayans and other Ethiopian citizens

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) vehemently condemns the ongoing mob violence targeting innocent Tigrean and other Ethiopian citizens living in different parts of the Ethiopian regional state of Oromia, particularly in Metu, Nekemte, and several other…

Tigrayan students targeted in Metu University

Oromia special police singled out Tigrayan students for harassment in Metu University, located in south-western part of Ethiopia, on Saturday. Hagos Gebreegizabher, a graduating year student of electrical engineering, on Saturday, is arrested on Saturday by Oromia special…

​Ethiopia: 9 killed in a communal clash in Benshangul-Gumuz

At least 9 people killed in a clash in Ethiopia's western region Benshangul-Gumuz. In Benshangul-Gumuz, Kamashi zone, Jaganfa woreda area, at least 9 people were killed on Friday and Saturday. Here is the summary of events I found…

Ethiopia: Communal tension high in Jimma zone

Reports from residents of a village in Jima zone, Oromia region, of Ethiopia, indicate a growing risk of communal clash. The village named Bege Sefera is located in Haro Lagissa kebele, Boter woreda, Jimma zone, in southwestern Ethiopia.…

Tigrayan businessmen targeted in Illubabor zone

The following report concerns Illubabor (Illuababora) zone of Oromia. It was first published on my facebook and twitter account on Friday, October 28, and on Saturday, October 29, 2017 (today). For the sake of time, I have copied…

​Ethiopia: OBN tv steps up inflamatory rhetoric

Inflamatory rhetoric increases in the official briadcaster of Ethiopia's Oromia region. Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) reported on Tuesday that tv, "a Tigrayan" was caught in Adama town Ras Hotel carrying about eleven thousand US Dollars meant to be…

Ethiopia: 1.7 ml USD cash seized in Babile, Wuchale

(Omar Ahmed) The Federal Revenues and Customs Authority of  Jigjiga branch with the collaboration of security agencies seized illegal foreign currency which is from the capital city of the country Addis Ababa. This contraband hard currency was supposed…

Ethiopia: 10 people killed as protests rock Oromia

Photo - protest in Woliso city

Protests stormed at least eight towns of Ethiopia's largest region Oromia on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ten people were killed and dozens wounded. On Tuesday, protests were held in Ambo, Dodola, Shashemene and in Boke woreda. In Ambo city,…

Interviews

“You don’t need monopoly to shutdown the Internet”, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael[+Video]

Photo - Debretsion Gebremichael and HornAffairs' Daniel Berhane, Interview, June 2017

Government ownership of Ethio-telecom saved the country from the woes of privatized telecom, Minister Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) claimed…

ICRC still denied access to Maekelawi, Somali region [+video]

Photo - ICRC Ethiopia headquarters

Ethiopia continues to limit prison access of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the head of delegation…

Amb. Wondimu: “History is replete with glories stumbling into debacles”

Photo – Wondimu Asamnew, Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia

Wondimu Asamnew is an Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia. He has been actively working to execute the heavy-handed missions…

Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users

Ethiopians' discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers…

Exclusive| Abay Tsehaye: Oromos know who robbed, maltreated them

Ethnic baiting targeting TPLF and Tigrayans in connection with the protests in Oromia is a diversionary tactic, said…

Ethiopia| Merera Gudina: “The gov’t is simply accusing left and right”

Deutsche Welle's interview with Merera Gudina (PhD), v/chair of Ethiopian Federal Democratic Unity Forum and Chair of Oromo…

Economy

A house divided: How Saudi Crown Prince purged royal family rivals

(Samia Nakhoul, Angus McDowall, Stephen Kalin - Reuters) The first hint that something was amiss came in…

Saudi Arabia detains princes, billionairs, inc. al-Amoudi, freezes assets

(Compiled from Alarby reports) Saudi Arabia has detained 11 princes and 38 other businessmen, senior military officials…

Photo - Ethiopian Birr

Ethiopian Birr devalued by 15%

In the midst of a Forex currency crisis, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has…

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

​Land Grabbing Cases in Mekelle & Wukro

(Haile Tessema) Residents of Mekelle and visitors to the regional capital would be familiar with…

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in Addis Ababa for a state visit to Ethiopia on May 4, 2014. (Photo China News ServiceLiu Zhen)

Ethiopia’s distinct path to development, with help from China

Ethiopia is the most stable state in the dangerous neighbourhood of the Horn of Africa,…

Map - Sekota, Ziquala and Abergelle of Wag Himra Zone, Amhara region, Ethiopia

Sekota Mining Plc to extract Iron Ore in Wag Himra Zone

(The Capital) Ethiopia is going to extract iron ore on a large scale for the…

Photo - Panning for gold in Arakwa river, Tigray, Ethiopia

New gold mines in Shire, Wollega, TuluKapi, as illicit trade rises

 (Kaleyesus Bekele - The Reporter) Three foreign and local mining firms are developing large scale…

Security

Map - Eastern Ethiopia - Oromia and Somali regions

Oromia-Somali conflict | Ethnic violence displaces hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians

(James Jefferey - IRIN) Lifting her robe the young woman…

Security On Top of Somaliland Election Campaign

(Mohammed Dahir Ahmed) Somaliland Presidential election is scheduled for 13th…

New Approach for Somali Security Forces to Prevent Terrorism

(Dr. David Leffler) During these dangerous times of high tensions…

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

Press Statement on the condition of mob violence against Tigrayans and other Ethiopian citizens

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) vehemently condemns the…

Photo - protest in Woliso city

Ethiopia: 10 people killed as protests rock Oromia

Protests stormed at least eight towns of Ethiopia's largest region…

General Samora Yenus: Profile, Sudanese award, Expert comment

Sudanese President Al-Bashir honoured General Samora Yenus, the Chief of…

Image - Ethiopian flag clip art

Ethiopia Experiencing Ethnic Federalism: Could Inclusive Parliament and Policy Reforms Prevent Crisis?

(Amanuel T Muhzun) Introduction The situation in Ethiopia is now…

Oromia

Photo - Ethiopia's Tigray region

Press Statement on the condition of mob violence against Tigrayans and other Ethiopian citizens

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) vehemently condemns the ongoing mob violence targeting innocent Tigrean and other Ethiopian citizens living in…

Tigrayan students targeted in Metu University

Oromia special police singled out Tigrayan students for harassment in Metu University, located in south-western part of Ethiopia, on Saturday. Hagos Gebreegizabher,…

​Ethiopia: 9 killed in a communal clash in Benshangul-Gumuz

At least 9 people killed in a clash in Ethiopia's western region Benshangul-Gumuz. In Benshangul-Gumuz, Kamashi zone, Jaganfa woreda area, at least…

Ethiopia: Communal tension high in Jimma zone

Reports from residents of a village in Jima zone, Oromia region, of Ethiopia, indicate a growing risk of communal clash. The village…

Tigrayan businessmen targeted in Illubabor zone

The following report concerns Illubabor (Illuababora) zone of Oromia. It was first published on my facebook and twitter account on Friday, October…

​Ethiopia: OBN tv steps up inflamatory rhetoric

Inflamatory rhetoric increases in the official briadcaster of Ethiopia's Oromia region. Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) reported on Tuesday that tv, "a Tigrayan"…

Map - Camps of displaced Oromo citizens in Chinaksen, Harar, Dire Dawa

Fifty thousand displaced, evicted in Oromia-Somali crisis

About fifty thousands people fled Ethiopian-Somali regional state, following a clash with the neighboring state Oromia that left dozens dead and pressure…

Somaliland

Security On Top of Somaliland Election Campaign

(Mohammed Dahir Ahmed) Somaliland Presidential election is scheduled for 13th of November 2017. The election…

Map - Eastern Ethiopia, Oromia and Somali regions

Oromia-Somali crisis: Dozens killed, thousands displaced

A major humanitarian and security crisis is unfolding in eastern parts of Ethiopia. Dozens have…

Map - Red Sea coastal nations

The Rift in the GCC and Diplomatic Responses from the IGAD Region

David Hearst, a British expert on Middle East affairs, recently surprised the host of an…

Somaliland and Somalia: The root cause of contemporary deadlock

(Ahmed Ibrahim Farah (Doodi) Brief history of Somalia after 1991 Many years have passed to…

Photo - Berbera Port in Somaliland

Ethiopia buys 19% stake in Somaliland’s Berbera port deal

(Wargane) The President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud Silanyo said that he was highly honored for…

Eritrea

Map - Red Sea coastal nations

The Rift in the GCC and Diplomatic Responses from the IGAD Region

David Hearst, a British expert on Middle East affairs, recently surprised the host of an Aljazeera TV program when he quipped that…

Photo - Asmara, Eritrea

The Rehabilitation of Africa’s Most Isolated Dictatorship

(Tom Gardner - Foreign Policy) Two recent and seemingly incongruous events may one day be seen as symbolic turning points for Eritrea,…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Pres. Isaias to UN SC – “Washington worked to drive a wedge between Ethiopians, Eritreans”

President Isaias Afeworki has sent messages to several Heads of State and Government urging them to use their influences in the UN…

Photo - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki, May 28, 2017

Isaias Afeworki is winning in the no-war no-peace stalemate

This article attempts to analyze a post Isaias Afeworki’s Eritrea and about the revenge-oriented policy of President Isaias Afeworki against both Ethiopian and…

Photo - Eritrea military parade

Eritrea’s national security predicaments: Post-colonial African syndrome

(Meressa Tsehaye Gebrewahd) Outline - Introduction 1/ Literature Review 2/ Eritrea’s national security predicament: Historical antecedents 2.1/ Colonial Legacy: Identity invention or…

Press releases

Photo - Hawassa Industrial Park

Ethiopian PM visits Arvind’s Apparel factories at Hawassa Industrial Park

(Press release - Arvind Limited) Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn today visited Arvind Limited’s apparel manufacturing facilities at the Hawassa Industrial…

Map - The Horn of Africa region

International Partners visit drought-hit Horn of Africa, pledge support

(Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit…

Photo - African Union Headquarters

Focus on Africa – G20 Africa Summit in Berlin

(Federal Foreign Office of Germany) The leading economies want to use a conference being held in Berlin on 12 and 13 June under the…

Map - The Horn of Africa region

U.S. strike against al-Shabaab logistics node

(U.S. Department of State) On June 11 at 2:20 am Eastern Standard Time, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in southern Somalia.…

Map - Djibouti and Gulf of Eden

Djibouti: IMF advices for lower PPP, as GDP grows 6.5 pc

On February 22, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Djibouti. Here is…