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“Ethnic clashes” in Ethiopia: setting the record straight

October 22, 2017 First there are the undisputed events. Then there are the media reactions, and these – apart from a few rare exceptions, among them some of Ethiopia’s private media – have been perplexing. by RENÉ LEFORT (Open Democracy) In their intensity, scale and duration, the big demonstrations of 2015 and 2016 in the … Continue reading

Several People Killed in Another Communal Violence in Western Ethiopia

October 22, 2017 (Addis Standard) – Several people were killed, many of them hacked to death, in yet another communal violence, this time in Illu Aba Bora (Illubabor) zone of the Oromia regional state in western Ethiopia, according to two sources who spoke to Addis Standard by phone.  The news has been confirmed this morning by Addisu Arega Kitessa, head … Continue reading

H. Res. 128 Joint Letter to Congress

October 12, 2017 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker of the House H-232 The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan, We are writing to underscore the importance of House Resolution (H.Res.) 128 and the need to bring it to a vote as soon as possible. The resolution, which calls for respect for human rights and encourages inclusive … Continue reading

Ethiopia parliament speaker says ‘disrespect’ made him quit

AFP: October 14, 2017 (AFP) — The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, said Saturday that he quit because of “disrespect” of his ethnic group. Abadula Gemeda, a member of the Oromos, the country’s largest ethnic group, announced last Sunday that he was stepping down after seven years as speaker … Continue reading

I, PROUD ETHIOPIAN: My Reply to the T-TPLF Birthers Doubting My Ethiopiawinet

By  Alemayehu G. Mariam October 15, 2017 Author’s Note: The irony of ironies is that Barack Obama and I now share one thing in common. The hate-mongering birthers in America sought to cast doubt on Obama’s identity and birthplace to delegitimize his presidency by spinning a conspiracy theory that he was born in Kenya. The T-TPLF hate-mongers … Continue reading

Ethiopian-Americans thank a N.J. lawmaker

October 2017, USA Rep. Chris Smith won House Foreign Affairs Committee approval in July of a resolution highlighting human rights violations by the current government in Ethiopia and calling for punitive actions against those government officials carrying out the abuses.