Updated: Oromia president denounces as Chelenko’s death toll rises

Map - Eastern Ethiopia, Oromia and Somali regions

(Updated on the seventh paragraph with additional info about the deceased) Oromia president pledged quick inquiry, as the…

Opinion

​Challenges Ahead of Somaliland’s New President

(Muse Jeeh, Freelance writer Hargeisa, Somaliland) The new president of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi will be inaugurated as fifth president on 13 December, after his victory of a tight contest with the country’s two opposition candidates but ultimately…

​Fighting corruption, priority of Somaliland’s new government

Map - Somaliland and the horn of Africa

(Muse Jeeh, freelance writer, Hargeisa, Somaliland) In Somaliland, corruption is found almost everywhere as it has increased the poverty rate of the local people. Corruption has been an epidemic and daily practices during the outgoing administration of President…

Genuine parliamentary democracy the only path to political stability

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(Tesfai Hailu) TPLF’s (Tigrai People’s Liberation Front) Central Committee meeting in Mekelle is viewed by quite a number of people as though the Region’s, if not the Country’s, future hangs in the balance of its outcome. Indeed, supporters…

Mekelle City should reconsider pulling the plug on struggling businesses

Photo - Mekelle city, Tigray

(Tesfai Hailu) As everyone who lives or paid a visit to Mekelle lately would notice, the city is suffering from an economic slowdown. And, as if that’s not evident enough, anyone willing to listen will have an earful…

Rwanda and Its Developmental President

Photo - President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

After winning 98.6 percent of the votes , President Paul Kagame was inaugurated for his third term in office on 18 August 2017. Participatory, but not uncompetitive elections Rwandan political development is a holdover from its history of…

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…

News

Updated: Oromia president denounces as Chelenko’s death toll rises

Map - Eastern Ethiopia, Oromia and Somali regions

(Updated on the seventh paragraph with additional info about the deceased) Oromia president pledged quick inquiry, as the number of people killed due to a clash in the eastern town of Chelenko reached sixteen. Last Monday, federal security…

Student ​murders, ethnic tension in Ethiopian Universities

Tension escalated in Ethiopian universities, as four students got killed in three universities within a week. Wollega University On Monday (Dec. 11), around mid-night, two students of Wollega University, Shambu campus, were killed after being attacked in their dormitory.…

Sudan’s army pulled back amid tension on Ethio-Sudan border

Map - Ethiopia-Sudan common border

The military situation in Ethiopian and Sudan border descalated after Sudan withdrew its forces, a military source informed HornAffairs. Sudanese military soldiers had moved about 15 kilometers to Ethiopian side on Monday, according to the source at the…

An armed group from Eritrea kills a German in Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Map - Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia

Armed men dispatched from Eritrea killed a German tourist in Erta Ale, northeast of Ethiopia on Sunday, according to HornAffairs sources. Erta Ale, located in Afar region, is an active volcano site and one of the hottest places…

TPLF elects Debretsion, Fetlework as Chairpersons, 4 executive members

Photo - Debretsion Gebremichael, Fetlework Gebregziabher, Asmelash Woldeselassie, Kerya Ibrahim, Getachew Reda and Abraham Tekeste (left-to-right, clockwise)

(Updated at the bottom with additional details of  the election and desciplinary measures) Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD) and Fetlework G/egziabher elected as Chairperson and dep. Chairperson, respectively, when the TPLF Central Committee concluded its meeting on Wednesday evening. The…

TPLF demoted Chairman, Executive members

The Tigrayan People Liberation Front (TPLF) purged three of its executive members, as the Central Committee's marathon meeting draws to close. On Sunday, TPLF chairman Abay Woldu was removed from his post. The CEO and Dep CEO of…

Ethiopia: Four injured, a school torched in Arsi Negele

Unrest in Arsi Negele city, 220 km south of Ethiopia's capital, left four people seriously wounded and resulted in arson attacks on several businesses on Friday (today). A fatal brawl in a bar triggered a disturbance today in…

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

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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…

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]

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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

Photo - Mekelle city, Tigray

Mekelle City should reconsider pulling the plug on struggling businesses

(Tesfai Hailu) As everyone who lives or paid a visit to Mekelle lately would notice,…

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…

Security

Student ​murders, ethnic tension in Ethiopian Universities

Tension escalated in Ethiopian universities, as four students got killed in…

Map - Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia

An armed group from Eritrea kills a German in Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Armed men dispatched from Eritrea killed a German tourist in…

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…

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

​Challenges Ahead of Somaliland’s New President

(Muse Jeeh, Freelance writer Hargeisa, Somaliland) The new president of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi will…

Map - Somaliland and the horn of Africa

​Fighting corruption, priority of Somaliland’s new government

(Muse Jeeh, freelance writer, Hargeisa, Somaliland) In Somaliland, corruption is found almost everywhere as it…

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…

Eritrea

Map - Erta Ale, Afar, Ethiopia

An armed group from Eritrea kills a German in Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Armed men dispatched from Eritrea killed a German tourist in Erta Ale, northeast of Ethiopia on Sunday, according to HornAffairs sources. Erta…

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…

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…