WAR CRIMES IN TIGRAY AS ETHIOPIA'S ABIY WEAPONIZES FOOD INSECURITY
MOHAMMED NURHUSSEINJANUARY 22,2021--Tigray with a population of six million is one of the 10 regional states that make up the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Abiy's quarrel with the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front-TPLF, the regional ruling party, is what precipitated the armed conflict. Abiy deployed the bulk of the Ethiopian defense forces bolstered by the Special Forces and Militia of the neighboring Amhara Regional State. He also invited his new found ally, one of the most repressive dictators in Africa, Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea, to help with the invasion.
Traitors in History
Kalayu Abrha 01-23-21 - One of the key agendas in the complex politics of Tigray, which is gathering momentum in the last few months, is the issue of traitors. Although the intensity and the damage it is inflicting on the people's cause to survive and thrive is immense any analysis of it may become incomplete due to the absence of adequate and reliable information about who is who and the extent of harm done.
Abiy Ahmed and the Political Weaponization of Lies
Aynalem Sebhatu 01-22-21 - Amid the gush of sugar-coated words of Abiy Ahmed churning through the political landscape of Ethiopia, his words "going to war against Tigray will be madness" stands out as an enduring political deception-and many say unseemly-Ethiopia’s betrayal to its disintegration. True, there is no legal means of binding the tongues of Abiy Ahmed.
UN urges "zero tolerance" for sexual violence in Tigray region
January 21, 2021 (JUBA) - The United Nations has urged "zero tolerance" policy and called on all parties to prohibit the use of sexual violence and cease hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Pramila Pattern said there has been a high number of reported rapes in the Tigray's capital, Mekelle
UAE: Investment or military Interference in the Horn?
Firew (12.01.21) - Until about two or three years ago, the AU, UN, EU, UK and countries in the Horn, notably Ethiopia before Abiy, had done a great deal to ensure peace and stability in the Horn of Africa. Some of the achievements of the efforts were functioning governments in Somalia and South Sudan, containment of belligerent Eritrea through UN sanctions and focus on socioeconomic development.
Journalist shot dead in Ethiopia's Tigray - aid worker, residents
NAIROBI (Reuters) - An Ethiopian journalist and his friend have been shot dead in the Tigray region's capital Mekelle, an aid worker and a resident said on Thursday. Rights groups say press freedom has eroded since a November war between federal troops and forces loyal to the former ruling party of Tigray, which lost Mekelle at the end of that month. Dawit Kebede, who worked for Tigray regional state TV, was shot on Tuesday night while in a car with friends, one aid worker said. "Both were shot in their head and their bodies were found in a car they were driving," said the worker, who asked not to be named.
Ethiopia, Land of Atrocities
Tesfay Atsbeha 01-20-21 - "If humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica, to gross and systematic violation of human rights that offend every precept of our common humanity?" Kofi Annan in his 2000 Millennium Report. Now, the current question is how does the World community prevent Tigray from being a Rwanda or a Srebrenica? What is to be done when the one who has the responsibility to protect the people, in this case Abiy Ahmed, is the perpetrator? ....Read Also:
Ethiopia, Land of Atrocities(German)
The Axum Civilian Massacre of November 2020
M. J. 18.01.2021 - Eyewitness accounts are emerging with respect to the various reports of the Axum city November 2020 massacre of around 750 innocent people. There was/is no clarity about the killing due to the total communication blockage in the region. Diaspora Tigrayans who were in Axum for celebrating Axum Tsion (St arry's) annual religious event (locally and nationally called Hidar-Tsion) and others who were in Axum at the relevant time, as well as some media have begun sharing their harrowing experiences of and information on the massacre.
Incoming Sec of State Antony Blinken on atrocities committed by Ethiopia in Tigrai - Jan 2021
"We've seen a number of deeply, deeply concerning actions taken, including atrocities directed both at the people in Tigrai...and Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia... We need to see... accountability..."Antony Blinken, the next U.S. Secretary of State"
Elusive Peace in the Horn of Africa
Fessahaye Mebrahtu 01-19-21 - The Horn of Africa located between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, is geopolitically strategic location, attracting multiple actors and world powers, elbowing each other. All these actors vying for their national self-interests at the expense of the local people. The Horn of Africa has been immersed in internal and intra-national conflicts for generations, mostly proxy-wars.
The Deafening Silence of Ethiopians is Silently Slaying Ethiopia
Aynalem Sebhatu 01-18-21 - Ethiopia is today in the throes of a profound internal crisis. For the last two and half years, the Ethiopian body politic has undergone what might be described as an acute political crisis. People have been repeatedly demanding to improve governance at local, regional and federal levels. They have raised for government resources to be used to create and provide jobs for the young people. Rather than listening to the public concerns...
The Vandals of the 21st Century: Eritrean and Amhara Troops in Tigray
Kalayu Abrha 01-18-21 - We are having a "Wild West" scenario in the 21st Century, in a world that has succumbed to the rule of lawlessness, when it is expected to be more human than the anthropoid ape it evolved from. What is happening in Tigray is a material expression of how much humanity has retrogressed socially while paradoxically it claims to have achieved a space-age technology.
In Memoriam: Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopian Peacemaker and Patriot
Seyoum Mesfin, who was killed in Tigray this week at the age of 71, was Ethiopia's longest-serving foreign minister. His untimely death robs Ethiopia of a man who exemplified the country's tradition of enlightened and progressive patriotism. Under other circumstances we would expect a national day of mourning and a state funeral, including national and international recognition of Seyoum's exceptional contribution to the norms, principles and practices of peace in Africa.
Triumph of Chauvinism and the Disintegration of Ethiopia
Aynalem Sebhatu 01-15-21 - The nations and nationalities of Ethiopia are on the horns of a horrible dilemma. On one extreme stands Abiy Ahmed (with helping hand of Isaias Afewerki) who would lead the country to its disintegration sooner than have it fall into a new leader as his successor, while on the other hand, stands Abiy and his party (Prosperity Party) who is crippling the opposition parties to death...
Are Eritreans Working for or against their Nations future?
Kalayu Abrha 01-15-21 - Never was there a year in the history of Eritrea in which Eritreans lost the right track and carelessly roamed in the dangerous political wilderness as they are doing now. Eritreans did not fight against Italy not because they couldn't but because Italian rule for them turned out to be a better evil than the much greater evil of betrayal by the regime in Ethiopia.
Press Release on the current situation of Tigray
We, Said Ahmed Negash Support Group in Toronto, Canada, are saddened and angered by the unjust war on Tigray and the tragic targeted destruction of the Al Nejashi Mosque and Churches in the region. We are outraged to hear hundreds of civilians were killed trying to protect places of worship from the looting of historical artifacts
Ethiopia conflict: Outrage over damage to Tigray mosque
The conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region - pitting the Ethiopian and Eritrean armies against rebel Tigray forces since 4 November - has caused concern over its humanitarian toll, with tens of thousands of Ethiopians fleeing to neighbouring Sudan and allegations surfacing of violent crimes against civilians.
In recent weeks, outrage has poured in on social media as news emerged that the conflict had also touched one of the region's most revered religious heritage sites: the historical al-Nejashi mosque in the area of Wukro.