A tale of twins: the Derg Brothers
Aesop 07/03/2020 - The political assassination of Hachaalu Hundessaa angered most Ethiopians. Oromo elites started calling the government and its supporters neo-fascists. But millions of Ethiopians compare the incumbent regime to Derg 1.0 (1974-1991). Derg is an Amharic term for "team". People who suffered under Derg 1.0 panic when people say: "team Lemma". But the resemblance goes deeper. We all know how Mengistu eliminated his superior comrade Atnafu...
Ethiopia's Nobel Winner Can't Rest on His Laurels
No clampdown on communications can conceal the fact that Ethiopia's [PM] Abiy Ahmed, is struggling to calm his own people.
Even Bloomberg the worst promotor of Abiy can't hide their dismay with Abiy! I am thinking Bloomberg is afraid the auctioning of the country may not happen if the ongoing civil protest is not arrested soon. Otherwise, they were cheering him until yesterday, so to speak. [Zeru Hagos Jul 3, 2020]
Rara Media - Getachew Reda on Current Issues - Jul 2020
Update 07-02-20 #1 -
Addis Ababa is relatively quiet today compared to yesterday. Some restaurants and neighborhood shops are open but fresh produce is very scarce. All roads leading to Addis are still closed with few people venturing outside of their homes. According to an eyewitness, the military is still present in most public places.
An eyewitness who spoke with anonymity told us, a group of young people had visited Tedy Afro residence in the CMC area the other day. Teddy was not at his residence at the time.
The protest has been going for three days now. Many people are believed to have been killed and many business buildings destroyed. To minimize the destruction, Addis residents were told to come out and make noise if and when rioters come into their neighborhood. This may have worked as there are fewer buildings destroyed since then. Stay tuned! Aigaforum Jul 2, 2020
The bitter dispute over Africa's largest dam
For biruk negafh, as for millions of Ethiopians, the summer rains may bring the climax of a decade's work. As a high-school student in 2011 he bought 100-birr bonds (then worth $6 each) to help finance the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a giant edifice that would span the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile river...
NPR: Slain Singer Is Laid To Rest After Days Of Deadly Turmoil In Ethiopia
Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said authorities are investigating Haacaaluu's killing, while law enforcement has also tried to smother the upheaval. The government shut down the Internet and arrested at least two major opposition figures who had pressed the government
One by one Western Media outlets has come to realize who Abiy is. Unlike yesterday, today, all of them have dropped the paragraph where they acclaim Abiy as a reformer! Now that he is naked, it looks, Abiy has decided to go for a make it or break it forceful eviction of Oromo nationalist from Addis Ababa to please the Unitary/Ahadawiyan forces. We shall see how this drama will end soon.
Adventure films have been in short supply recently, in part because most of us haven't been able to actually go out on an adventure. One of the clips that truly caught my attention-not to mention my imagination-is this beautiful film shot in Ethiopia, as they visit the dramatic landscapes of the Tigray region.
Ethiopia Cracks Down Following Popular Singer's Killing )
(Human Rights Watch) - Lift Internet Shutdown, Avoid Force at Protests, Free Unjustly Held Politicians
Ethiopia: Military deployed after more than 80 killed in protests
"The assassination of an important Oromo musician, subsequent protests which have in places involved property destruction and security forces using lethal force, and the arrest of Oromo leaders, creates a dangerous situation and is another blow to Ethiopia's troubled transition," said William Davison, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.
William Davison, why did you fail to foresee the fostering Oromo discontent as a potential threat to democracy in Ethiopia the same way you foresaw 'Amhara-Tigrai' schism in your last report? I wonder if your sponsors got a research report worth their money? [Zeru Hagos 07-01-20]
Rara Media- Current News - Jawar and Bekele appeared in court - Jul 2020
Hachalu Hundessa: 'Fifty killed' in protests over Ethiopian singer's death
At least 50 people have been killed in Ethiopia after the death of a popular singer sparked huge protests in the Oromia region, a local official has told the BBC.Thousands of fans had gathered to mourn Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday night while driving. Police say 35 people, including prominent politician Jawar Mohammed, have been arrested.
The Internet is shut down across the country(Ethiopia) and there is news posted that prominent politicians Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed were arrested earlier. Stay tuned! June 30, 2020
Back in the dark: Ethiopia shuts down internet once again
Yesterday evening, June 29, prominent Oromo musician and social activist, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, was shot dead in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Following his tragic death at the hands of unknown assailants, it is reported that numerous protests sprung up in Addis Ababa and surrounding areas, with people taking to the streets demanding justice.
Ethiopia's Mortal Enemy: Not Just Abay But Worst, Its Tributaries too!
Hailemariam Abebe 06-30-20 - Sometime a half-century ago, when Ethiopia was on death row courtesy one of the most ignorant and corrupt government on the African continent, someone had captured Ethiopia's predicament, with the famous maxim to the effect "what was hurting Ethiopia was not only Abay but its tributaries too!" .
Martyrs and Elections
Sponato 06-29-20 - The first multiparty elections in Ethiopia following the demise of the Derg, a military regime that ruled the country with an iron fist for 17 years, were held in May 1995. I, together with my Ethiopian TV crew, was deployed to the town of Sheraro and its environs. This area would later get international media attention due to the Ethio-Eritrean war of 1998-2000.
CAN ETHIOPIA BE SALVAGED?!
Dr. Tsegazeab k. A (MD, MPH) 06-28-20 - IFor all realistic and practical purposes, the current state of Ethiopia can be considered to be the work of two prominent political forces; The Minilik'ites and The EPRDF'ites, namely. That is setting aside the role and influences of foreign actors. Both forces had left a significant; may be an irreversible, political foot-print of theirs on modern Ethiopia.
Mesmer or Medemer?
Aesop 06/27/2020 - In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, French poet/novelist, said armies cannot stop an idea whose time has come. This is because "one resists the invasion of armies; [but] one does not resist the invasion of ideas". Hugo was trying to explain howgreat ideas (liberty, equality, and fraternity), conceived during the French Revolution, became universal values. These enlightenment ideas continue to live to this day.
Hachalu Hundessa: Popular Ethiopian protest singer shot dead
Demonstrations have broken out in Ethiopia following the shooting dead of musician Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs.Two people have died during protests in one town, a doctor told the BBC.Hachalu's songs often focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests
Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead(NY Times
WHY ETHIOPIA SHOULD AVOID ARBITRATION AS A MEANS OF DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN A POSSIBLE GERD DEAL
Addis Abeba, June 29/2020- Back in February 2020, after Ethiopia refused to sign the US drafted deal that Egypt immediately initialed, apparently unhappy about USA's attempt to rush an agreement, the GERD negotiations were interrupted for some time. During the interruption, Egypt wrote a letter to bring the issue to the attention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) triggering Ethiopia and the Sudan to write their own responses to the same body.