Opinion

Ethiopia & Eritrea Perspectives: Survival and Security in Geopolitics of the Red Sea

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(Amanuel T Muhzun) Solid economic and social stability has been one of the major objectives of concern for the last several decades to reciprocate the brotherly peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea. This key geo-economic and strategic perspective for…

Ethnic Based Party Systems and Democratic Stability: Implications for Ethiopia

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(Abdissa Zerai, PhD) According to Edmund Burke (as cited in Sartori, 2005, p. 8), a political party is understood as “a body of men (and women) united, for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest, upon some…

Sustainable Peace for Ethiopia and Eritrea: Beyond Borders (Statement from Concerned Scholars and Civic Societies)

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Sustainable Peace For Ethiopia And Eritrea: Beyond Borders A Statement from Concerned Scholars and Civic Societies This statement is prepared by concerned Ethiopians from Tigray – a regional states bordering Eritrea - and submitted to the Ethiopian public…

The Legitimacy of EPRDF’s decision on the Algiers Agreement and Border Ruling: Fuzzy, Illicit, Maneuver And Incomplete Retreat

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(Zeray Weldesenbet) On June 05, 2018, the EPRDF politburo publicly and officially declared that Ethiopia has accepted both the Algiers agreement and the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission’s decision in its entirety while the House of Peoples Representatives adopted the five-point…

Ethio -Eritrea peace deal crucial for regional stability

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Introduction As history tells us from 1962 to 1993, Eritrea was ruled as a province of Ethiopia, and the two nations amicably separated after a vote in 1993. But, during 1998, War between Ethiopia and Eritrea erupted over…

On the Ethio-Eritrean “Normalization”: Cautiously Optimistic

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(Tekleab Shibru - PhD, Associate Prof. of Geomatics, Chicago State University) Since the Ethio-Eritrean war ended in June 2000, there has been a buzzword “normalization” that has been floated. However, Ethio-Eritrean normalization as “the process of returning a relation…

Pluralism is not a Fault-line

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(Dejene H.) In this incidence, the author prefers the term plurality to diversity because the latter may conjure up poles apart difference which does not define the Ethiopian reality. Harmony and tolerance more explains the Ethiopian social fabrics…

No moral or political justification to verbally attack, never mind physically harm, Daniel Berhane!

(Haile Tessema) If there were open-mindedness and fairness in Ethiopia, Daniel Berhane wouldn’t be pigeonholed as pro this or against that political party or Ethnic group. Daniel is an equal opportunity offender who tells it like it is…

The cart before the horse

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(Gaper) Ethiopia has embarked on unprecedented 'reform' in the last two months with Abiy Ahmed assuming leadership of the governing coalition of parties, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and hence the premiership. This comes after one…

With diminished legitimacy, President Bihi resembles Mayor of Hargeisa

(Abdi Shakur Mohamed) The peoples of Somaliland voted in the presidential election held on 13 Nov 2017. When the election results were officially announced by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) on 21 November 2017, Muse Bihi Abdi, leader of the…

News

Ethiopia stops filtering hundreds of websites, says official

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Ethiopian government removed the blockade on hundreds of websites, including ESAT and OMN, announced a government official. "Freedom of expression is a foundational right that other rights depend on. Ethiopia has opened access to 264 blocked websites/blogs/ESAT and…

Text of Eritrean President’s Speech on Ethiopia, US and the global order

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Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki's speech on June 20, 2018 Martyr's day in Asmara that responded to Ethiopia's recent offer for peace and opined on political developments in Ethiopia, United States and the "global order". (Translated by Eritrean Ministry…

Eritrea breaks silence over Ethiopia’s peace offer

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Afeworki(Tesfa-Alem Tekle) June 20, 2018 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Eritrean government on Wednesday broke its silence and responded to Ethiopia’s recent peace offer aimed to end a nearly two decades-long border dispute. Eritrean president, Isaias Afeworki, today said…

Ethiopia: Protest rally cancelled after threats of violence

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Irob people's rally planned for Sunday in to protest the possible break-up of their community by the Ethio-Eritrea border ruling was cancelled. The protest rally was cancelled after several government affiliated social media users and self-proclaimed supporters of…

Press release: Tigray Governance Forum

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Recent announcements of an underway preparation for Tigray governance Forum cession at Addis Ababa comes at a time where some initiatives for engagement between different stakeholders have started taking place. This initiative comes with a strong belief that…

Ethiopia’s offer for peace with Eritrea is a ‘distant dream’, says major Eritrean opposition group

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(Tesfa-Alem Tekle) An Eritrean opposition group on Saturday said, Ethiopia’s recent call for peace with long-time rival Eritrea is a “distant dream” which won’t halt Eritrea from continuing its ill acts. The Armed opposition group, Red Sea Afar…

Ethiopia ‘fully accepts’ the rulings of the Ethio-Eritrea Border Commission ‘with conviction and without hesitance’

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Ethiopia "fully accepts" the rulings of the Ethio-Eritrea Border Commission and will "work for its implementation with conviction and without hesitance", said the ruling party today, calling Eritrea to reciprocate the peace offer. The ruling party EPRDF (Ethiopian…

Breaking: Ethiopia to embark on major privatization drive

Ethiopia's ruling party decided to undertake massive privatization of major manufacturing and service provider enterprizes. The decision was made in the meeting of the executice committee of EPRDF (Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front) today. Railway service, Sugar plants,…

Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) gets 11 deputy CEOs for regional offices

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(Ethiopian News Agency) Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) has introduced organizational and operational changes in order rectify the electricity provision problem witnessed across the country. EEU Board Chairman Getahun Mekuria told journalist today that 11 deputy CEOs have been…

Ethiopia frees death row inmate Andargachew Tsige and 500 others

(OPride) Ethiopia-born Briton Andargachew Tsige, imprisoned in Addis Ababa since 2014, is officially a free man. He is among some 576 prisoners who were pardoned by the Ethiopian government under “unique circumstances,” according to the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting…

Interviews

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

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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”

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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

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Somaliland: Proposals to Improve Value of Government and Win Trust of Citizens   

(Mohammed Farah) 1. Digging Roots of Mistrust between the Government and Citizens Somaliland has come…

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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…

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Ethiopian Birr devalued by 15%

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

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​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,…

Security

The menace of state capture in the current Ethiopian politics? 

(Ezana Ze Axum) I am not a politician, but I…

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Ethiopia declares State of Emergency amid sporadic unrests and ethnic attacks

Ethiopia decreed today a 6 months State of Emergency. The…

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Somaliland President Bihi’s first presser

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi held his first press conference…

Why Egypt is concerned about Sudan-Turkey deal over Suakin island?

(Mohamed Abdel Maguid - Egypt Today) Egypt has watched very…

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Puntland accuses Somaliland of “naked invasion”

The president of Puntland, the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, Abdiweli…

Oromia

No moral or political justification to verbally attack, never mind physically harm, Daniel Berhane!

(Haile Tessema) If there were open-mindedness and fairness in Ethiopia, Daniel Berhane wouldn’t be pigeonholed as pro this or against that political…

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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"…

Somaliland

With diminished legitimacy, President Bihi resembles Mayor of Hargeisa

(Abdi Shakur Mohamed) The peoples of Somaliland voted in the presidential election held on 13…

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Inflation, a painful threat to Somaliland People

Somaliland is a nation on the Horn of Africa that has been running its affairs…

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Somaliland Commemorates its 27th Anniversary of Independence

The state of Somaliland celebrated its 27th independence anniversary in 2018 from Somalia on Tuesday…

Somaliland, A nation that deserves International Recognition

Somaliland is a country that had been a stable and independent state from Somalia in…

President Behi delivers Annual Address to the Somaliland Parliament

Somaliland president Muse Bihi Abdi conducted his first state annual address to the nation on…

Eritrea

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Ethiopia & Eritrea Perspectives: Survival and Security in Geopolitics of the Red Sea

(Amanuel T Muhzun) Solid economic and social stability has been one of the major objectives of concern for the last several decades…

Image - Ethiopian and Eritrean maps

Sustainable Peace for Ethiopia and Eritrea: Beyond Borders (Statement from Concerned Scholars and Civic Societies)

Sustainable Peace For Ethiopia And Eritrea: Beyond Borders A Statement from Concerned Scholars and Civic Societies This statement is prepared by concerned…

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The Legitimacy of EPRDF’s decision on the Algiers Agreement and Border Ruling: Fuzzy, Illicit, Maneuver And Incomplete Retreat

(Zeray Weldesenbet) On June 05, 2018, the EPRDF politburo publicly and officially declared that Ethiopia has accepted both the Algiers agreement and the…

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On the Ethio-Eritrean “Normalization”: Cautiously Optimistic

(Tekleab Shibru - PhD, Associate Prof. of Geomatics, Chicago State University) Since the Ethio-Eritrean war ended in June 2000, there has been a…

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Text of Eritrean President’s Speech on Ethiopia, US and the global order

Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki's speech on June 20, 2018 Martyr's day in Asmara that responded to Ethiopia's recent offer for peace and…

Press releases

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Call for Paper submissions – The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS)

The Global Society of Tigrean Scholars (GSTS) (ዓለም ለኸ ማሕበረሰብ  ሙሁራን ትግራይ) Quo Vadis Tigray? Building Knowledge-based Economy and Society in Tigray…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…