The Human Rights Agenda in Ethiopia: Anything done in the name of reform cannot be a human rights violation!
Elias Dawit Sep 15, 2019 - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundational document of our international body of human rights law, emerged out of the horrors of fascism and the holocaust. These events in the early part of the twentieth century illustrated the danger of leaving human rights to the exclusive prerogative of the sovereign state. Yet, all too often the human rights community gets it wrong. In an extraordinarily candid article by the well known human rights advocate Alex de Walle...
Our universities are becoming hotbed of intolerance: the culprits are none other than university instructors
Asmelash Yohannes (PhD, Mekelle University School of Law) 9-15-19 - We are pretty pre-occupied with politics. Our life is consumed with political rumours. Social media posts are awash with ADP said this; Jawar Mohammed said that; Lemma Megersa said this: Getachew Reda blurted this or that … However, there is something that must be dealt with immediately. Our universities are becoming a place for extremism and intolerance as a result of the unbridled participation of university instructors in politics
The Agony of Governing: Oromo Elites having as a second thought on Abiy Government-Sep 2019
(Once we knew TPLF has taken a firm stand on the Multi-National Federation and the Constitution, it was obvious for us to say the least, the Federalists will be a majority securing the continuity of Ethiopia. If federalist fail to unite, we are afraid, let alone the Ethiopia of 150 years, even, the Ethiopia of yesterday will not be sustainable!)
Netanyahu's Facebook page suspended over hate speech
Facebook has sanctioned Benjamin Netanyahu's official page, after a post called on voters to oppose a government composed of "Arabs who want to destroy us all - women, children and men."The social media company said the post violated its hate speech policy.
Facebook consequently disabled the page's automatic chat function for 24 hours.The Israeli prime minister has denied writing the post.
As you might have followed the news, Ben Netanyahu's facebook page is suspended for hate speech. What is ironic is that our PM tried hard to associate himself with Netanyahu as a close personal friend (listen in starting at about 5:00 minutes to the youtube video). That is a classic name dropping exercised by our PM. Is he trying to impress Ethiopians as if he is surrounded by "world leaders"? What is amazing is that our PM has praised Netanyahu mindlessly and Dr. Abiy exposes himself as being a charlatan. Our PM will say anything to advance his own image instead of rolling up his sleeves and dig the country out of the pressing problems it faces.
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VOA-Amharic- Discussion with Ledetu Ayalew, Mulatu Gemechu from Oromo Federalist Congress and Mehari Redaie (Ph.D.) on the recently held conference "saving the constitution and federalism in Ethiopia" in Mekelle. Sep 2019
I never thought Ledetu is this naive and politically illiterate. Of all politicians, I thought Ledetu was the best legal opposition politician in Ethiopia! Not any more! How could anyone be an advocate for no free and fair election? Who is better to speak for the people if not their vote when it comes to choosing how they should be governed? Ethiopia is really on a no return path to destruction if Ledetu has become another "wutaf Nekai" as the digital soldiers say in social media to people who tip-toe to Abiy's government. Sad development! Zeru Hagos Sep 2019
What Explains the Rise of Communal Violence in Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia?
Unlike in Nigeria and Mali, however, civilians are not the main targets of most of this violence in ethiopia. Instead, based on the data collected by ACLED, conflict is mainly between communal militias and the Ethiopian security forces, or between militias themselves. Militias from just four ethnic groups -the Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Afar-have been engaged in roughly half of all of violence involving ethnic militias since 2015. Oromo ethnic militias, in particular, were involved in more than a third of the communal violence tracked by ACLED since 2015...
Eritrea Tops List of Most Censored Countries
A media watchdog has determined that Eritrea is the world's most censored country.Eritrea topped the list of the 10 most censored countries in a report released Tuesday by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
In addition to maintaining a legal monopoly on Eritrea's broadcast media and control over state media journalists, the watchdog said alternate sources of information such as the government-controlled internet and exiled radio stations are restricted.
Plug $10 Billion Hole and Prosper, UN Economists Tell Ethiopia
Ethiopia must attract new investment and reduce its debt if it's to achieve the government's economic growth and job creation targets, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.The Horn of Africa nation has a $10 billion gap -- $6 billion in new investment and $4 billion of debt reduction per year -- UNECA Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said in an emailed statement.
Let us see if the Harvard economist and KPMG deliver the goods to Ethiopia and the new neoliberalist friends they have installed. The much-heralded development of the past which the country was enjoying is arrested completely now. Here come the very same forces that held Africa in the dark despite its rich minerals and god-given wealth as its savior! We shall see! But, why is the Abiy government auctioning the country without a clear mandate to govern? Isn't election around the corner? Why not leave such a huge decision to the next popularly mandated government? See Also:-
An open notelet to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia House of Peoples Representative (HPR) and House of Federation (HOF)
Birhanu B. Sep 8, 2019 - Dear Member of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia House of Peoples Representative (HPR) and House of Federation (HOF). As Ethiopian citizens, each one of us started to worry about our destiny. The country is going from bad to worst in every dimension. The worst change so far is the failure to honor our pledge to protect and defend the constitution and constitutional order. The power, duties and accountability and incapacitated nature of the Ethiopian government to preserve peace, enhance development, democracy, and good governance...
Berhanu Nega's latest organization, EZEMA is planning to hold a public meeting in Mekelle this coming weekend. Berhanu Nega may not have promoted genocide himself but ESAT has. Berhanu Nega may not have said he will throw out Meles's remains but Andargachew Tisge his right-hand man has. We know Tigrai is home to civil and well-mannered people. We know Tigrai will make sure even 'EZEMA' will be allowed to hold an orderly meeting hoping this will help the building of a democratic society. But, Tigrai government security apparatus should be at an all-time high for any possible disturbance. We have no faith 'EZEMA' is coming there to promote democracy. Be prepared! - Aigaforum Sep 13, 2019