Yigermena lo!(ይገርመና ሎ!)
While Tigrai is hosting thousands of Eritrean refugees the foot soldiers of Isaias Afeworki are conspiring with known enemies to hurt Tigrai and the people!...
ነው ትርፉ...እንጂ ቀኑ ሲደርስ
Thanks, Liliti for
transcribing the recording.(Must Listen!!)
The Coronavirus Is Emboldening Autocrats the World Over
In late March, Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte rammed a bill through his country's parliament that granted him vastly expanded emergency powers, ostensibly to fight the novel coronavirus. The bill authorized Duterte to reallocate the national budget as he saw fit...
Does this sound familiar to you?
Tigray State Council Ratifies Regional Voting
Tigray State Council, in its 7th extraordinary session held today, has authorized the Regional State to conduct election in accordance with its constitutional duties.
The Council emphasized that the election should be held with high care and responsibility amidst the Corona Virus pandemic having utilized previous experiences. The Council also rejected the constitutional violations by the Ethiopian House of Federation in putting off national election under the pretext of COVID 19 pandemic.
UTNA Statement on Tigray State Council Decision to hold Election
Is the Norwegian Nobel Committee Having a Second thought?
(Aigaforum) June 11, 2020 - The Norwegian Nobel Committee in an unprecedented manner is forced to release a press release affirming their decision to award the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize to Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia. According to those familiar with the Nobel Committee work, this is unprecedented for the Nobel Committee to do. The Committee doesn't usually issue such a letter lightly!
Democracy imperiled in Africa by 'reformers' turned dictators
It is often forgotten that the worst dictators are often, early in their careers, lauded as reformers. In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was initially embraced as a "pragmatist"...Now, it appears, another
Nobel laureate, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
, may be heading down the same path. Perhaps buoyed by the praise he receives on his frequent post-Nobel trips abroad, Abiy on Wednesday announced that he would remain in office beyond the end of his term. For all of Abiy’s enthusiastic and, at times, naive peacemaking abroad, his tenure has exacerbated ethnic tensions at home. Reelection was no certainty, but his decision to seek to hold power extra-constitutionally could precipitate conflict in Africa’s second-most populous country.
Enlightenment: Tigrean Zeitgeist
Aesop 06-11-20 - Tigreans have embarked on the age of enlightenment that future generations will commemorate. The different positions, organizations, and expressions we witness today are watershed moments that future generations will look back for reference. Alas! Tigrai is organically molding her own Diderot, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Voltaire, etc. etc. But what is enlightenment?
Dictatorship or Democratic Federalism -Whither Ethiopia?
Makonnen Tesfaye; June 10, 2020 - It is a sad day for democracy, self-determination and federalism in Ethiopia. The blatantly unconstitutional, indefinite postponement of the Ethiopian General Election and the indefinite rule by the unelected Abiy EPP Cliques is the final act that undermines the nascent democracy, the hard won self-determination and federalism of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia...
Crisis and Negotiation
Aesop 06/09/2020 - Ethiopia is heading towards a crisis. Ury and Smoke (1985) tell us that a crisis has four dimensions. A crisis comprises high stakes, gives little time, is shrouded by uncertainty, and offers narrow options. Parties could raise stakes either deliberately or because they make wrong calculations (mistaken expectations). They may condense the time available to address a problem intentionally or due to reckless management. Parties in crises tend to be uncertain because they lack...
Amnesty's Report: Don't "kill" the messengers
Tibebe Samuel Ferenji June 5, 2020 - Often, we have the intention to believe that human rights abuse is unique in countries where tyranny has reigned. We will be hard-pressed to find a country where human rights abuse does not exist. However, there is a big difference between those who pay attention to any human rights violation and those who ignore it.
Despite snags, Ethiopia scales up massive tree-planting campaign
Braving a heavy downpour, hundreds of farmers spent a full day planting 20,000 acacia seedlings on a barren hillside outside the town of Buee in southern Ethiopia last year. They were responding to a call last July from Abiy Ahmed, who wanted to plant 200 million trees in a single day,
But while the farmers had "great expectations", they say that nearly a year later -- as Ethiopia gears up to celebrate World Environment Day on Friday -- the results in Buee are a disappointment.
Correlation between COVID-19 and Country's Urbanization
Hailay Gebretinsae Beyene, PhD Mekelle University June 06, 2020 - Since the 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, the new viral disease called COVID-19 have stricken our world. Since it was identified in China in Wuhan city, the virus has infected the whole world resulting 6,535,354 infected and 387,155 deaths (WHO 05 June 2020 report) .
What is wrong with the Tigreans?
S. Fitsum 06-05-20 - The political debate in Ethiopia in the month of May was more heated than the preceding months. The debate was mainly driven by the anxiety of Covid -19, the extension of the elections, discussions of constitutional interpretation, and Abiy Amed's threat against those who opposed his proposals.
How to Keep the United States in the WHO
Fortunately, neither the U.S. Congress nor the U.S. courts need stand by: the president's call reflects a misunderstanding of both the WHO and its limitations and his own authority to withdraw from it unilaterally. The United States' departure from the WHO is not as simple as Trump assumes. Legally, the president cannot just withdraw unilaterally from the organization. A joint congressional resolution specifying that the United States could withdraw if it both provided one year's notice and fully met the current year's financial obligations. That resolution also authorized annual State Department appropriations for U.S. membership, thus invoking both Congress's power to approve treaties and its power of the purse.
What's behind the Ethiopia-Sudan border row?
The border between Ethiopia and Sudan is the scene of occasional fighting. Recent deadly skirmishes could however complicate matters between the two countries.Amid heightened tension along its border with Ethiopia, Sudan swore in a new defense minister. Major General Yassin Ibrahim Yassin was recalled from retirement to fill the position
Human Rights Violations Have No 'context' Mr. Daniel Bekele
Dawit Abay 06-03-20 - Mr. Daniel Bekele used to work for Human rights Watch and he is right now the head of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. In response to the recent report by Amnesty International on human rights violations in Ethiopia, he has a signature response which runs roughly like this, 'the report by Amnesty International certainly should be taken...'