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TMH: The killings in Ethiopia July 2020


Rara - Tigrai News - Jul 2, 2020



DW TV: An amazing account of the current sad state of diplomatic failure regarding GERD. DR Hadush Goyitom from Mekelle University discuss on the issue with Nigsti Hailu from Dimtsi Woyane (Amharic)


OMN: With Rene Lefort and Getachew Reda

On current affairs, the stalled transition, the tension between federal Government and TPLF, GERD...


DW TV (English): Interview with Getachew Reda, TPLF Executive Leader, on current issues. June 2020


Ahadu TV: Jawar Mohammed as never before. Armed with honesty and truth, Jawar will remain formidable and valuable if he stays the course. He will win half of the battle before the final battle is fought.


Hakfen Media : Interview with Liliti Gebru Hagos June 27,2020


DW TV Documentary: Ethiopia Then and Now - June 2020

Let it be known Tigrai is moving forward. Tigreans tried their best to modernize the country and to instill self-confidence to many people and peoples so they better their life. They(We) tried!!


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A tale of twins: the Derg Brothers
Aesop 07/03/2020 - The political assassination of Hachaalu Hundessaa angered most Ethiopians. Oromo elites started calling the government and its supporters neo-fascists. But millions of Ethiopians compare the incumbent regime to Derg 1.0 (1974-1991). Derg is an Amharic term for "team". People who suffered under Derg 1.0 panic when people say: "team Lemma". But the resemblance goes deeper. We all know how Mengistu eliminated his superior comrade Atnafu...

The bitter dispute over Africa's largest dam
For biruk negafh, as for millions of Ethiopians, the summer rains may bring the climax of a decade's work. As a high-school student in 2011 he bought 100-birr bonds (then worth $6 each) to help finance the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a giant edifice that would span the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile river...

Rara Media - Getachew Reda on Current Issues - Jul 2020
Update 07-02-20 #1 - Addis Ababa is relatively quiet today compared to yesterday. Some restaurants and neighborhood shops are open but fresh produce is very scarce. All roads leading to Addis are still closed with few people venturing outside of their homes. According to an eyewitness, the military is still present in most public places.

An eyewitness who spoke with anonymity told us, a group of young people had visited Tedy Afro residence in the CMC area the other day. Teddy was not at his residence at the time.

The protest has been going for three days now. Many people are believed to have been killed and many business buildings destroyed. To minimize the destruction, Addis residents were told to come out and make noise if and when rioters come into their neighborhood. This may have worked as there are fewer buildings destroyed since then. Stay tuned! Aigaforum Jul 2, 2020

NPR: Slain Singer Is Laid To Rest After Days Of Deadly Turmoil In Ethiopia

Abiy, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said authorities are investigating Haacaaluu's killing, while law enforcement has also tried to smother the upheaval. The government shut down the Internet and arrested at least two major opposition figures who had pressed the government

One by one Western Media outlets has come to realize who Abiy is. Unlike yesterday, today, all of them have dropped the paragraph where they acclaim Abiy as a reformer! Now that he is naked, it looks, Abiy has decided to go for a make it or break it forceful eviction of Oromo nationalist from Addis Ababa to please the Unitary/Ahadawiyan forces. We shall see how this drama will end soon.

Ethiopia Cracks Down Following Popular Singer's Killing )

(Human Rights Watch) - Lift Internet Shutdown, Avoid Force at Protests, Free Unjustly Held Politicians

Ethiopia: Military deployed after more than 80 killed in protests

"The assassination of an important Oromo musician, subsequent protests which have in places involved property destruction and security forces using lethal force, and the arrest of Oromo leaders, creates a dangerous situation and is another blow to Ethiopia's troubled transition," said William Davison, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

William Davison, why did you fail to foresee the fostering Oromo discontent as a potential threat to democracy in Ethiopia the same way you foresaw 'Amhara-Tigrai' schism in your last report? I wonder if your sponsors got a research report worth their money? [Zeru Hagos 07-01-20]

Climbing the Towers of Tigray in Ethiopia

Adventure films have been in short supply recently, in part because most of us haven't been able to actually go out on an adventure. One of the clips that truly caught my attention-not to mention my imagination-is this beautiful film shot in Ethiopia, as they visit the dramatic landscapes of the Tigray region.

Ethiopia protests spark Internet shutdown and fears of high death toll after popular singer killed...(Washington Post)

The Security and Justice for Tigreans in Ethiopia is shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless killing of a popular Oromo artist Hachalu Hundessa.
SJTE Executive Committee Washington, DC June 30, 2020 - We express our condolence to his family and friends. The killing clearly indicates the utter failure of the current government to bring about peace, security, and stability. The break down of law and order in Ethiopia in the past two years is created and facilitated by an environment of hate, ethnic-based conflict, character assassinations, and pitting one group over another.

Rara Media- Current News - Jawar and Bekele appeared in court - Jul 2020

Hachalu Hundessa: 'Fifty killed' in protests over Ethiopian singer's death
At least 50 people have been killed in Ethiopia after the death of a popular singer sparked huge protests in the Oromia region, a local official has told the BBC.Thousands of fans had gathered to mourn Hachalu Hundessa, who was shot dead on Monday night while driving. Police say 35 people, including prominent politician Jawar Mohammed, have been arrested.

Note: The Internet is shut down across the country(Ethiopia) and there is news posted that prominent politicians Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed were arrested earlier. Stay tuned! June 30, 2020

Back in the dark: Ethiopia shuts down internet once again
Yesterday evening, June 29, prominent Oromo musician and social activist, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, was shot dead in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Following his tragic death at the hands of unknown assailants, it is reported that numerous protests sprung up in Addis Ababa and surrounding areas, with people taking to the streets demanding justice.

Update 07-01-20 #1 - The Internet is still shut down, and no one knows how long it will remain shut since Oromia is still engulfed by protest. According to a reliable source, the protest is gaining momentum. Even though the regime has arrested and killed many people, the protest is entering into a new phase. Meanwhile, TPLF has started the process to establish a regional election board and has concluded the initial talk with legal political organizations in the State. TPLF is doing all in its power to make sure the coming election is democratic, free, and fair to all.

The regime has blamed TPLF for the protest as usual.

Update 07-01-20 #2- The regime has arrested Eskinder Nega and has accused him of organizing a youth group that was planning to carry illegal activities. The regime has also accused Jawar and Bekele Gerba as key organizers behind the current Oromo protest and many prior killings and disturbances. The looting is still ongoing in Addis Ababa and ethnically motivated killings are on the rise. According to a source many people are being killed daily in Addis.
Stay tuned. Aigaforum Jul 1st, 2020

Ethiopia's Mortal Enemy: Not Just Abay But Worst, Its Tributaries too!
Hailemariam Abebe 06-30-20 - Sometime a half-century ago, when Ethiopia was on death row courtesy one of the most ignorant and corrupt government on the African continent, someone had captured Ethiopia's predicament, with the famous maxim to the effect "what was hurting Ethiopia was not only Abay but its tributaries too!" .

Martyrs and Elections
Sponato 06-29-20 - The first multiparty elections in Ethiopia following the demise of the Derg, a military regime that ruled the country with an iron fist for 17 years, were held in May 1995. I, together with my Ethiopian TV crew, was deployed to the town of Sheraro and its environs. This area would later get international media attention due to the Ethio-Eritrean war of 1998-2000.

Dr. Tsegazeab k. A (MD, MPH) 06-28-20 - IFor all realistic and practical purposes, the current state of Ethiopia can be considered to be the work of two prominent political forces; The Minilik'ites and The EPRDF'ites, namely. That is setting aside the role and influences of foreign actors. Both forces had left a significant; may be an irreversible, political foot-print of theirs on modern Ethiopia.

Mesmer or Medemer?
Aesop 06/27/2020 - In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo, French poet/novelist, said armies cannot stop an idea whose time has come. This is because "one resists the invasion of armies; [but] one does not resist the invasion of ideas". Hugo was trying to explain howgreat ideas (liberty, equality, and fraternity), conceived during the French Revolution, became universal values. These enlightenment ideas continue to live to this day.

Hachalu Hundessa: Popular Ethiopian protest singer shot dead
Demonstrations have broken out in Ethiopia following the shooting dead of musician Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs.Two people have died during protests in one town, a doctor told the BBC.Hachalu's songs often focused on the rights of the country's Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests

Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead(NY Times

Addis Abeba, June 29/2020- Back in February 2020, after Ethiopia refused to sign the US drafted deal that Egypt immediately initialed, apparently unhappy about USA's attempt to rush an agreement, the GERD negotiations were interrupted for some time. During the interruption, Egypt wrote a letter to bring the issue to the attention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) triggering Ethiopia and the Sudan to write their own responses to the same body.

Arat Kilo's options against TPLF
Asmelash Yohannes Teklu 06-29-20 - The simmering tension between the regional government of Tigray (Mekelle hereinafter) and the federal government (Arat Kilo hereinafter) would reach its climax if Tigray proceeds with its threat to hold a regional election.

African Migrants in Yemen Scapegoated for Coronavirus Outbreak
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Yemeni militiamen rumbled up to the settlement of Al Ghar in the morning, firing their machine guns at the Ethiopian migrants caught in the middle of somebody else's war. They shouted at the migrants: Take your coronavirus and leave the country, or face death. Fatima Mohammed's baby, Naa'if, was screaming. She grabbed him and ran behind her husband as bullets streaked overhead.

Tigrai Will Rise, Shine and Make another History (Part II)
G. Amare, June 27, 2020. Yes, Tigrai will rise, shine and make another history but if and only if every Tigraian clearly understands and foresees the dire consequences of failing to fightagainstCOVID-19 and the wishful unitary preachers, deceivers, plotters, betrayers, thugs, and shithole politicians whoseonly dream is power by hook or by crook.

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