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Minister Fetelework On the Occasion of Lekatit11- Addis Ababa March 3, 2019


Hailu Mengesha(Ph.D.) in his own words!
How TPLF came to being and how TAND (Aregawi Berhe and Gidey Zeratsion) organization was hijacked to be the darling of the " Unionist" even though "TAND" stands for Tigrean Alliance for National Democracy! I am not sure about Gidey but how on earth is Aregawi winning and dining with the "untouchables" as far as Tegaru are concerned is beyond me. In any case thanks Hailu for telling it like it is! Zeru Hagos Feb 28, 2019



Aboy Sebhat on Current Politics- Amharic Feb 27, 2109


Guardian Of Treasure !! /Part 2/


Amharic Poem : Glad they have light!!
Haileselassie Beyene 2-26-19


The Power of Lekatit11- A Wonderful Healing Event Happened in Mekelle! Feb 18, 2019!!


Zete Aiga: Interview with TDA NA Executive Leaders - Feb 21, 2019


Zete Aiga: Interview with UTNA current and former Executive Leaders - Feb 18, 2019


TV Tigrai Reportage:Coverage of Lekatit11- Feb 20, 2019


Interview with W/ro Kiros Hagos Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.
W/ro Kiros appealed to the Diaspora Community to do their best to help the displaced Tigreans and pledged to work with anyone asking for support from her office. W/ro Kiros recognized those who have already deposited the donation they have collected. W/ro Kiros also said her office is ready to help but no one has contacted her office for any particular support. We urge any diaspora group including the Tegaru Displaced Relief Fund (TDRF) to contact her office. to get the needed support to reach the affected people. Aigaforum Feb 10, 2019


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Fasting: Beyond the consumption of animal products.
Haile Tessema, March 4, 2019 - During the Dergue era – owing to the endless Marxist-Leninist indoctrination at school and in endless youth association discussion meetings – very few young people were religious. In fact, without fully understanding the concept, just about everyone subscribed to the theory of Darwinian evolution..

The Next Arab Uprising: The Collapse of Authoritarianism in the Middle East
Two perfect storms have struck the Arab world in the past decade. In 2011, in what was at first optimistically called "the Arab Spring," popular uprisings unseated autocrats across the region. Hopes ran high that these peaceful protest movements would usher in a new era of democracy in the Middle East...

EU helps internally displaced persons in Ethiopia
With three million internally displaced people, Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the world's most serious and neglected humanitarian crises. Eight million people urgently need food aid. Another eight million people need support to meet their basic needs. This episode of Aidzone highlights Europe's role in a country torn between democratic reform and ethnic conflict.

Vision Ethiopia Eighth Conference:Colloquium on the Interface Between Cultural and Natural Heritage First Call for Papers
March 3-3-19 - The Board of Directors of Vision Ethiopia is pleased to announce that the Eighth Conference will be held in Ethiopia, between June 12 and 14, 2019. It will be followed by a post-conference tour of historical sights and scenes...Papers must have theoretical depth and be supported by reliable scientific evidence. They must be cross disciplinary, grounded in the pertinent literature, and have policy orientation and relevant applications. It must also be palatable to an international audience.

President Sahlework of Ethiopia and Deputy President Debretsion of Tigrai Speech Commemorating the 123rd Anniversary of the Victory of Adwa
March 2, 2019

"Wag the dog" coming to the Amhara Region.
Haile Tessema, March 02, 2019 - First the definition of the term "wag the dog" that derives from the phrase "the tail wags the dog, which can be seen when a dog begins to wag its tail, and its body then follows". When it comes to politics, "An unpopular party would wag the dog using a variety of provocative political maneuverings aimed to deliberately divert attention".

የማፍረስ አባዜ እስከ መቼ?
ኩርኩራ ዋፎ - ከለገጣፎ 3-2-19

How a major anti-colonial victory divided Ethiopia
Today marks the 123rd anniversary of the battle of Adwa in which Ethiopia inflicted a crushing defeat on Italy's colonial army. It was a landmark victory that permanently altered the course of Ethiopian and African history. The outcome of the battle was so stunning for Ethiopia and so humiliating for Italy that, according to the New York Times, even the pope was "greatly disturbed".

Ethiopia's neglected crisis: No easy way home for doubly displaced
It was the second time in less than a year that Meret - like thousands of others from the Gedeo community who have lived in Oromia's West Guji zone for decades - had been chased from her village because of her ethnicity. A merry-go-round of forced evictions by groups of armed young men...
What a shame! While millions of people are displaced and uprooted all over the country the PM top priority is centered on how to beautify Addis Ababa! Guess what the Egyptians are coming to the dinner since they know well today's Ethiopia priority is exactly what they have worked for years it should be! It is sad really! [forwarded with comment March 1st, 2019]

No easy end to stand-off between al-Bashir and Sudan's protesters
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir continues to hold the country hostage. While his intelligence chief Salah Abdallah Gosh announced recently that al-Bashir would be stepping down as head of the National Congress Party, the president himself has made no such commitment.

Ethiopian elite lost in electoral maze under Abiy's gaze
In Ethiopia today, most political forces keep repeating the same mantra: we need to get everything in place for free and fair polls in 2020. Elections are heralded as the last crucial stepping-stone to the completion of a democratic transition that is believed to definitively turn the page on the authoritarian order and struggling ethnic federal system established in 1991.

Ethiopia, China aim at greater heights in aviation cooperation
ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Mihretab Teklay, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications at Ethiopian Airlines (ET) , is a person on a mission to further boost Ethiopia's robust aviation cooperation with China. Speaking at an event sponsored by ET to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday evening, Teklay said Ethiopia already is connected with China in various areas.

ንርእስኻ ኣጥፊእኻ ምልማዕ ..!
ገብረ ሥላሴ ኣርኣያ2-28-19

Ethiopia already exports coffee beans-exporting its culture will be the next big step
In Addis Ababa’s affluent Bole neighbourhood, the traditional smell of roasting coffee beans wafts through a thoroughly modern coffee shop. Garden of Coffee is agnostically decorated with large comfy couches and...

GERD Realization: A Choice between National Pride and Disgrace
Samson 2-27-19 - A plethora of global surveys depict that most of our planets iconic mega engineering and architectural mega projects that have become national symbols and prides took their originally designed shapes demanding much more additional time and costs, among other issues. By the same token, what the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has currently faced is what even the technology and economy giants of the world encountered.

Earth observation data offers hope for Africa's wetlands
Wetlands support millions of people around Africa. They include all areas that are permanently or frequently covered by water, and could be at the edge of a lake or the mouth of a river.Wetlands offer a source of freshwater, fisheries, moist soil for farming and wild plants for food, construction and medicinal uses.

PM Abiy and President Lemma of Oromia, by far the two most powerful leaders in Ethiopia are talking!
Abiy is complaining he can not govern the country and lead the transition because the people are not cooperating(wonder why?)... and Lemma is sharing his grand idea of changing the demographics of Addis Ababa! I thought EPRDF said a long time ago Ethiopia's number one enemy is Poverty! Why is Abiy dumbfounded why the people are not listening to his daily sermon that brings no bread to the table? And why is Lemma cheating the Oromo people that their problem will be resolved by owning Addis Ababa after his resettlement is complete? It is mindboggling the Oromo elites are letting these two leaders ruin their victory! Ethiopia is heading to the abyss and it is sad it is happening in the name of democracy! I wonder what the proponents of dominant democracy are saying these days? Remember the argument if the Oromo holds power the country will be more democratic and peaceful! That was what proponents of dominant democracy argued over the years and paint the EPRDF as a minority government. Abiy and Lemma are you aware of "It is the economy stupid!" and "where is the beef" political campaign advertisement in the USA? Zeru Hagos Feb 26, 2018

In Support of Dr. Yohannes Abera's Idea
HabtuMesfin 2-26-19 - This is in reference to Dr. Yohannes Abera’s recent article in Amharic which can be loosely translated as “People are tending to be back to their mind” that I found it very mature, farsighted, and above all educational.

Why proposals to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia raise red flags
According to a congressional report, a group that includes former senior U.S. government officials is lobbying to sell nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia. As an expert focusing on the Middle East and the spread of nuclear weapons, I believe these efforts raise important legal, economic and strategic concerns.

Chinese-run railway in Ethiopia gives regional development much-needed boost
Ethiopia has a population of almost 100 million people, the second largest in Africa. However, lack of infrastructure has long held back the inland country's economic development. Ninety-five percent of its imported and exported goods are transported via ports in Djibouti.The Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway railway has now been operating for three years, and is run according to China's railway standards. In that time, it has transported 150 million passengers.
The 150 million may be a misprint! With all the turbulence and civil unrest of the past three years hard to believe these many people took advantage of the revolutionary democrats work!

Mekelle's unjust and unsustainable urban expansion has to be tackled before it's too late.
Haile Tessema Feb. 24, 2019 - Land is one of the most valuable commodities as it’s a source for basic necessities of life: food, clothing and shelter. For that reason, it’s regarded highly by its human inhabitants. On the downside, land has been a source of conflict in various communities all over the world, and serves as an effective tool for citizen control in undemocratic societies.

TV-Tigrai-Amharic: Oromo elites speaking on the failure of the Abiy government and the danger with undermining the constitution and a Somali-Ethiopia leader take on the prevailing political development - Feb 20, 2019

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Mark Your Calendar
Dear All,
This is to update you that the upcoming Tigrai Grand Conference has been decided to be from July 28-August 1 (5 Days) in Mekelle. The starting date was previously advertised as July 29, but now it will start on July 28 (one day earlier). Hence, please mark the date in your calendar as JULY 28- AUGUST 1, 2019 in Mekelle, Tigrai. N.B: We kindly request all of you to forward this updated message to all relevant colleagues, friends, and other potential stakeholders.
Best Regards, GSTS



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