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Update: TDRF has been leading an online fundraising effort to help displaced tegaru from the diaspora community. The fundraising effort is going well! We invited the team leaders back for an update. Please listen to the interview to appreciate the effort! Feb 2, 2019.
Part1: Part2
See also: List of donors from other Diaspora Communities around the world:
(Diaspora Donation List sent from Tigrai - Feb 2nd, 2019)

 


 



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PM Abiy question and answer session in parlamient - Feb 1, 2019

 



Major General Teklelbrhan (Ph.D.)(retired) speech at a symposium to commemorate the battles won before the battle of Adwa! Tekelbrhan shared his reading of history about the exceptionally talented and military strategist General Ras Alula Aba Nega who played a key role in many of the battles. Mekelle, Tigrai Jan 2019

 


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List of Border and Identity as well as National Peace and Reconciliation Commissioners
. Feb 5, 2019- As you all know The Tigrai regional parliament has rejected the border and identity commission as unconstitutional and logged a complaint. As expected the identity and border commission has no significant members from the Tigrai community! The two Tigrean Drs in the list namely, Gebru and Assefa were added to the list without their consent! The opposition to such commission from Tigreans is nearly universal!
Note:- According to the Ethiopian Constitution, any new law has to be posted on "Negarit Gazzetta" for it to become law and enacted. However, to date, the boundary and identity commission law has not been posted on "Negarit Gazeta"! Yet, the parliament and PM Abiy are busy appointing and approving commission members. Did our Oromo elites and elders know this is belittling them! Why can't they ask PM Abiy to have experienced professional advisors? Good or bad It is their government!

The Paradox of Free Market Democracy:Rethinking Development Policy
Amy L. Chua* - Markets and democracy are the twin pillars of prevailing development orthodoxy.' Many have explored the ways-"theoretical, historical, and empirical"-in which these two pillars are said to reinforce each other.By contrast, this Article will focus on an inherent instability in free market democracy.


On Peace and Conflict
Aesop 02/01/19 - During the eve of the Ethio-Eritrean war 20 years ago, Meles said: "we need each and every peaceful day!". He was talking about what economists term an opportunity cost, i.e., what one might do other than killing, dying, and destroying. A developmental state employs every day to save lives (health-care), enlighten masses (spread education), and link people (expand infrastructure). A developmental state spares no time for a foolish war.




The life and times of the Constant Lodgers-a la Addis
Samuel Estefanous 2 February 2019 - Five years ago, following a press release from the office of Addis mayor promising us (the wretched of Addis) the distribution by lot of 1,229 units of Condos I wrote and posted the passage quoted below...,



Ethiopia Says Economy Imbalanced, Needs Corrective Actions
The Ethiopian economy isn't generating enough to pay off loans the state took to finance the Horn of Africa nation's ambitious infrastructure and development programs, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.Government investment in projects such as Africa's biggest hydro-electric dam, sugar projects and a series of industrial parks across the nation have yet to earn sufficient foreign currency, he told lawmakers in the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia has rescheduled 60 percent of its loan repayments to 30 years from 10 years, he said.


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ከአብዱራህማን አህመዲን2-2-19


Release Teddy Manjus!- PM Abiy, we keep hearing you saying your government has no political prisoner nor any journalist in prison. We had like to believe you but what are you gaining by jailing Teddy Manjus(see picture)?. We do not know Teddy Manjus but from what we know from social media, he was a simple facebook user like Jahwar! Many people used to say EPRDF is its own worst enemy because of the many glaring wrongdoings EPRDF members were engaged in, are you becoming your own worst enemy by jailing without a cause this young man?Teddy was supposed to be freed on bail but somehow your government is holding him in jail. PM Abiy, you can do better than jailing Teddy! There is nothing positive Ethiopians will learn from his continuing imprisonment! Your government can do better! Let people with no crime go free. This is true from what we hear, you are making it hard for those who are willing to serve you as a minister and judge! You do not need to repeat what the government before you have done. Two wrongs do not make right!! Release Teddy Manjus, he was just like Jahwar!



IDENTITY POLITICS STRENGTHENS DEMOCRACY
Stacey Y. Abrams - Recent political upheavals have reinvigorated a long-running debate about the role of identity in American politics—and especially American elections. Electoral politics have long been a lagging indicator of social change. For hundreds of years, the electorate was limited by laws that explicitly deprived women, African Americans,...


Linguistic regionalization is debilitating rather than facilitating regional development in Ethiopia
Dr. Yohannes Aberra Ayele 2-1-19 - The rationale for regionalization is to use the devolution of political power as a means to ensure appropriate and sustainable regional development as an end. The primacy of economy over politics is out of the question. The success or failure of politics depends on how it manages or mismanages...


Politicizing Eritrea peace perpetuates conflict cycle
Mehari Taddele Maru 1-31-19 - Early last month, Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki opened the Humera-Oumhajer border. It was more progress that builds on the end of a long standoff between the two nations.The new crossing should allow movement of people as part of the normalization. Unfortunately, and in keeping with the turbulent history of Ethio-Eritrean relations, this positive event was tainted by news of more protests in border areas...


Unforgivable treachery and betrayal from comrades and friends
M.Gettaw Feb 1, 2019 - Growing up in a small community, my mom would always tell me how betrayal is the mother of all sins. I have heard it during my ethics and bible classes too. Especially, betrayals by your brother (like Kyle did to Abel), comrade or disciple (like Judah did to Jesus) are spiteful.


Ethiopia: 3 million internally displaced in escalating humanitarian crisis
euronews.comJanuary 31, 2019 - With three million internally displaced people, Ethiopia is going through one of the most severe - and under-reported - humanitarian crises in the world. The topic of refugees and displaced people will head the agenda at the Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa next month. ...[Never in our wildest dream did we think there will be enablers of a government that displaces so many people- all in the name of democracy! The economy is in shamble, people are killed and displaced every day, yet, there are people that see no wrongdoing about this government. These include the enablers from far- the right wing religious folks from the west! Weren't these people crying about the Somali region and the development of the Omo valley all in the name of indigenous people? Is there God really?]


STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT of the US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY
January 29, 2019 - The states of East Africa will confront internal tension and a continuing threat from al-Shabaab, despite improved intergovernmental relations and Ethiopian-Eritrean rapprochement. Ethiopia and Eritrea will struggle to balance political control with demands for reform from domestic constituencies


Social Engineering and Family Tree
Tadis Aregay 1-31-19 - The Shewan dynasty relied heavily on three factors that were rarely deployed by other contending dynasties of the region, mainly these factors were either regarded as unholy or they were, particularly one, was an unavailable at the time the Shewan dynasty began to emerge as a power to reckon.


Origin Approach Ethiopia: An Immersive Coffee Experience
Earlier this month, I attended the first annual Ethiopia Origin Approach expedition presented by green coffee importer Nordic Approach and its sister company, Tropiq, along with Addis-based Kerchanshe Trading. The event brought together a small but diverse group of actors...


Open Letter to PM Abiy from Global Society for Advocacy and Development of Raya
Global Society for Advocacy and Development of Raya 1-29-19 - We are representatives of a coalition of communities of the Global Society for Advocacy& Development of Raya (GSADRA), an organization established to advocate social justice as well as promote sustainable development for Raya. It is with great consternation and disbelief that we are witnessing ...


Global Transit Passengers Enjoy Taste of Addis Gratis
Addis Ababa, 30 January 2019 Ethiopian Airlines, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce to its customers worldwide that it has extended free transit tour to global passengers as of February 1, 2019.


Tegaru Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. has received donation from Boston Tegaru
Tegaru Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received $27,455.00 donation from Boston Tegaru and surrounding areas for the Displaced Tegaru Relief Fund project. These funds will support Tegaru Disaster Relief Fund’s initiative to support internally displaced Tigrayans from different parts of Ethiopia.




Ethiopian to Restructure its Entire U.S. Network
Addis Ababa, 28 January 2019 - Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified 4-Star global airline, is pleased to announce that it will re-structure its U.S. network, opening new destination, adding frequencies and shifting gateways as of the summer of 2019
See Also:  Ethiopian Inaugurates Airport Terminal Expansion and New Hotel


MIT-MU Job Vacancy
Mekelle Institute of Technology-Mekelle University (MIT-MU) is preparing to open two postgraduate programs on Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Management under the Department of Information. Technology in the incoming semester.



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