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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.

State of Emergency Ends in Ethiopia

Government Should Use Reform, Not Force, to Avoid More Protests Felix Horne, August 7, 2017 Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa Ethiopia’s parliament has just lifted the country’s 10-month-long state of emergency. The government’s emergency powers brought mass detentions, politically motivated criminal charges, and numerous restrictions on people’s movement and communication. While the end is welcome news, thousands … Continue reading

Non-Governmental Organizations and Diaspora Groups Welcome Growing Support in Congress

July 27, 2017 Non-Governmental Organizations and Diaspora Groups Welcome Growing Support in Congress for Improved Governance and Human Rights in Ethiopia. Human rights, democracy, torture survivor and diaspora organizations welcome today’s markup of House Resolution 128 that calls for more inclusive governance, accountability for human rights violations, and an independent investigation into the unrest and … Continue reading

Cultural competence is a game changer for Ethiopians in the Diaspora – By Assegid Habtewold

July 26, 2017; If you’re an Ethiopian, live, work, and do business in another culture, cultural intelligence is one of the key soft that you need to develop. With the opportunity to meet, interact, and work with diverse people comes the challenge to get along and succeed in what you do. This challenge is understandable. … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Public Participation Is Essential to Realize the Country’s Vision

By Tesfaye Lemma; July 2017 The government frequently made vivid that Ethiopia not only has been registering a double-digit growth, but also undergoing a democratization process anchored in a federal system that guaranteed the respect for the rights of nations, nationalities and peoples in the country. In doing so, there are efforts to enhance fair … Continue reading

EU chief tasks Ethiopian PM to initiate inclusive political dialogue quickly

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban with European Union External Action August 2, 2017; The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has tasked the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to respect democratic principles and civil rights in the country. Mogherini, who is also Vice-President of the European … Continue reading

Ethiopia: Disorganization and Obsession in Afar Region

August 2, 2017: Afar killil’s disorganization and obsession with distracting agendas TPLF/EPRDF thrives and extends its life span by creating distracting agendas, among other things. In the last few weeks, its attention distracting line-ups included arresting corruption suspects, calling an extraordinary session of the parliament, promulgation of new taxes, controversial of Oromia-Addis Ababa partnership law and … Continue reading

Vision Ethiopia and ESAT Fourth Conference Third and final call for papers

July 31, 2017: Conference Theme “Building Democratic Institutions in Ethiopia” (የዲሞክራሲ ተቋማትን በኢትዮጵያ ስለመግንባት) Vision Ethiopia, an independent network of Ethiopian scholars and professionals, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), is pleased to announce that the Fourth Conference will be held in Washington D.C. on September 23 and 24, 2017. We thank … Continue reading

Businesses Go on Strike in Ethiopia’s Oromiya Region Over Taxes

July 19, 2017 ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Retail business owners in some towns of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region have gone on strike over the imposition of a revised tax law, residents said, the latest unrest to plague a province that was shaken by violence for months in 2015 and 2016. The Horn of Africa country declared … Continue reading

Businesses go on strike in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region over taxes

By Aaron Maasho, JULY 19, 2017 ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Retail business owners in some towns of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region have gone on strike over the imposition of a revised tax law, residents said, the latest unrest to plague a province that was shaken by violence for months in 2015 and 2016. The Horn of Africa … Continue reading