Derg 2.0's autopsy: lessons
Aesop 08/22/2021 - Derg 2.0 (2018-2021) will, as expected, end up like Derg 1.0 (1974-1991). There’s a good and bad news to this culmination. The bad news is Derg 2.0 caused unprecedented damage to Tigrai. This is also expected because Derg 2.0 is an upgraded Derg 2.0. The good news is Tigreans exorcized this evil as swiftly as possible.
ABIY AHMED GOVERNMENT vs MENGISTU H/MARIAM GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA
Zeyohannes Moges August 19, 2021 - The ABIY AHMED GOVERNMENT is a pedigree of the MENGISTU H/MARIAM GOVERNMENT. The MENGISTU H/MARIAM GOVERNMENT which fell on the hands of the Tigray Freedom Fighters 30 years ago and ABIY AHMED GOVERNMENT are about the same in comparison except for the following differences: The MENGISTU H/MARIAM GOVERNMENT was a communist military government that persecuted the church and attempted to exterminate Christians. It was brutal and straightforward.
Call for Turkey to Stand with the People of Tigray: The Land of the First Hijra
(GSTS) - We, the Global Society of Tigray Scholars and Professionals (GSTS), are grateful to call to mind the
friendship of the government and people of Turkey with the people of Tigray including through efforts to restore our common heritage, the al-Nejashi mosque, by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and the support extended to Tigray refugees in Sudan
Ethiopia: Ethnic Tigrayans Forcibly Disappeared
(HRW) - Ethiopian authorities since late June 2021 have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, and committed other abuses against ethnic Tigrayans in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately account for Tigrayans' forcibly disappeared, release those being held without credible evidence of a crime, and end all discriminatory treatment.
Is Ethiopia Flying Iranian-Made Armed Drones?
Bellingcat and open-source researchers such as flight tracker expert @Gerjon_ were able to independently geolocate these photos to Semara Airport. We can see the similarities ourselves by watching drone feed footage broadcast in 2019 on an Iranian news channel and uploaded to the video-sharing website Aparat. Various measurements, such as the latitude-longitude meter, are arranged in exactly the same way on the screen. The same distinct crosshair can also be seen in both images. These commonalities suggest that both drones use a similar Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) software. The image below compares the Iranian drone feed from 2019 to the screen seen inside the Ethiopian GCS:
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's war crisis is deepening by the day
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The United States says it is sending
a special envoy to Ethiopia as the fast-moving conflict in the Tigray region has spread into neighboring
regions and Ethiopia's government this week called on all able citizens to stop the resurgent Tigray forces.
Tigray Government Weekly Briefing- Aug 15, 2021
Tigray External Affair Office 8-15-21 - Briefing from Tigray government on the military and humanitarian situation in Tigray and Northern Ethiopia. The weekly briefing is prepared in lieu of the total blackout of communication in the region due to the Abiy regime blockade of Tigray and is meant to help the international community to become fully aware of developing issues.
A Ceasefire: Finger Pointing at the Victim is neither Just nor Acceptable!
Adi Haki 08-15-21 - Some elements of the international community are unjustly putting pressure on the people of Tigray and their army, the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF), to halt their military advancement and withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions of Ethiopia. While their desire for peace and mitigating human suffering in Tigray and the rest of Ethiopia is understandable, pressuring the Tigray people to stop their legitimate fight ...
Guna: Shaming the Experts
Starting with the so-called experts on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa to the foot soldiers of Isaias Afeworki and Abiy Ahmed, TPLF was said to have been finished and dead. I remember Amb Cohen and some of the pseudo-journalists ill-advised analysis of the political landscape of Ethiopia right after TPLF left its government seat in Mekelle and the subsequent killing of our retired TPLF leaders.
What amazed me then and still now is how these analysts and experts failed to understand the strong relationship between TPLF and the Tigrayan people.
How could they not see that TPLF was not a typical political organization that withers away if any one of its leaders is killed, martyred, or retired? Shouldn't they have taken a lesson after Meles passed away or after its leaders split almost 50/50 some 20 years ago?
True TPLF leaders are unique, and their absence does affect its political standings - all be it temporary, but never does any of its leader's absence have affected the Tigrayan desire to be independent and self-governed. Aregawi Berhe was one of the founding leaders, yet his removal from power and his subsequent joining of the opposition camp did not deter the Tigrayans to wedge a magnificent military victory not once but twice. - ጉና ትመስክር፡
[Zeru Hagos Aug 16, 2021]
Getachew Reda: What is the endgame for Tigray's rebels?
The humanitarian suffering in northern Ethiopia is appalling, as conflict continues on multiple fronts. Tigrayan rebel forces have won a string of victories over the Ethiopian military, and Ethiopia's prime minister now says all the state's military resources will be deployed to crush the rebels. Stephen Sackur speaks to Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigray People's Liberation Front. With the death toll rising and man-made famine taking hold, what is the endgame for Tigray's?
This is a very timely and very important interview . The international community needs to be updated regularly. Failing to do so will allow lies and allegations take root. Kudos to Getachew for standing tall to the hard-hitting journalist. 'Ember Sanitizer!!!'
FYI: Tigray Army News
While Fota Lebash is warming under the Humera sun, waiting to defend its so-called prized gain in the current conflict - Tigrayan land and people, Debareq and Debre Tabor the mainstay of Amhara culture, and people have been left to defend for themselves. Thanks to God, Tigray Army is not like its enemy and Debareq and Debre Tabor have nothing to fear from the advancing Tigray Army. Debareqoch, look to no other than the Debre Tabor people to know Tigray Army is civilized.
Tigray Army is in full control of Debre Tabor!!
Aug 17, 2021
Standing on the Bones of the Past: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Ethiopia Crisis
Elias Dawit 08-13-21 - During the summer of 1994, at least 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered with machetes by their fellow Rwandans. The oft-repeated "never again" following the Nazi genocide against the Jewish people was a lie. Today, as the absence of a live audience at the Tokyo Olympics was regarded as a "tragedy," the Ethiopian government continues to inflict genocidal acts on the people of Tigray - a small region home to about six percent of Ethiopia's 110 million total population. Like in Rwanda, the campaign against the Tigrayan people began with hate speech...
How should the war terminate from the perspective of Tigray? Part Two
Kidane Abraham 08-14-21 - Military balance is about the immediate relative strength of the leading opponents and the potential to maintain it. Tigray Defense Force (TDF) of the Government of the regional state of Tigray have rooted out the ENDF and forced the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) to withdraw from most parts of Tigray. Except, the Tsegede-Wolkayet region of western Tigray, all places occupied by ENDF and Amhara forces have been liberated. TDF is marching towards ...
Positioning Post-War Tigray in the Horn of Africa!
Ermias Hailu / August 13, 2021-.The Persian religious leader Mani (who died in 274 AD) regarded the Axumite Empire as one of the four great powers of his time, alongside Persia (Iran), Rome and China. King Ezana's stone inscription from around 300 AD, still standing in Axum also confirms Mani's claim about the Axumite Empire.
An appeal to Eritrean and Tegaru refugees
Eyob Ghebreziabhier August 13, 2021-.An appeal to the Eritrean and Tegaru refugees, please, seems a duty to raise a new and secure future for the life and unity of our people by providing roadmaps for our steps. We are talking about a future in which the Abyssinian world only runs for a pleasant rule of law.
Ethiopia: Troops and militia rape, abduct women and girls in Tigray conflict - new report
(Amnesty International) - Women and girls in Tigray were targeted for rape and other sexual violence by fighting forces aligned to the Ethiopian government, Amnesty International said today in a new report into the ongoing Tigray conflict.
The report, 'I Don't Know If They Realized I Was A Person': Rape and Other Sexual Violence in the Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia, reveals how women and girls were subjected to sexual violence by members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Eritrean Defense Force (EDF), the Amhara Regional Police Special Force (ASF), and Fano, an Amhara militia group.
US Envoy To Press For End To Ethiopia Fighting
A US envoy will head to Ethiopia to urge an end to fighting as a war centered on the Tigray region widened, worsening fears of a humanitarian disaster, officials said Thursday.
Jeffrey Feltman, a veteran diplomat serving as US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, will visit Ethiopia on an August 15-24 trip that will also take him to Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates, the State Department said.