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What a time! things we should have seen on the federal level is being staged in Mekelle! Amazing!

 


 


DW TV Documentary- City Developments in Tigrai - May 2019.

 


Award-Winning Photographer Showcases Ethiopia's Church Forests.

 



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ኢዮብ ከጮማ እምኒ5-6-19

 


 


Dr. Debretsion, President of Tigrai region with a Deputy Rank briefing with local journalists on current issue (FULL)- May 1, 2019.

Dr. Debretsion started his briefing with a solemn remembrance of the late EX president Dr. Negasso who has done much to rebuild Ethiopia after the fall of the Derg regime. Dr. Debretsion, as usual, has a candid account of current political and economic developments in Ethiopia and in Tigrai.

 



GSTS Call
As you know, GSTS in collaboration with the Tigrai National Regional Government, 4 of our Tigrai Based Universities, and the Tigrai Institute for Policy Studies are working hard for the upcoming Tigrai Grand Conference (July 28-August 1, 2019) in Mekelle. Many of you have already registered so far, but we want more of you to register.Time is fast approaching !
Link to :Register Online(Click)

 


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The story of Oromo slaves bound for Arabia who were brought to South Africa
In September 1888, the HMS Osprey serving in the Royal Navy's anti-slave trade mission in the Red Sea, based in Aden, intercepted three dhows embarked from Rahayta and Tadjoura on the Ethiopia coast.Aboard were 204 boys and girls bound for resale in Arabian markets.



Ethiopian Medical Doctors: Stand with the poor People of Ethiopia!
(Serbessa, K ) April 9th, 2019 - Until recent years, Ethiopian medical doctors are known universally as well trained and dedicated professionals. The three medical schools (Addis Ababa, Gonder, and Jimma) select the brightest and the most academically able young people in Ethiopia who distinguish in their matriculation with great and very great distinctions to study medicine. The top cream of every secondary school, less than...

Freweini's Story
I was born and raised in a small town in rural Ethiopia. I come from a family of 8 - 3 boys and 5 girls. I am the 7th child, the youngest daughter. My parents never went to school but my dad learned how to read and write through the church. My father was hard-working and he was only 12 years old when he moved to start a life on his own in a city near his village.

Rotating the Governance of the Capital City of the Zones in the Regional State of Tigray
Desta, Asayehgn, 5-8-19 - After more than two decades of remarkable economic achievement, it is discouraging to notice that currently, Ethiopia is undergoing major social upheavals and economic crises. As MacDiarmid (September 12, 2018) aptly states, around mid- 2018, more than 2.6 million Ethiopians were displaced. Sadly, these Ethiopians now occupy downtrodden shelters, churches, and depleted homes.

The Uses and Abuses of "Neoliberalism"
Neoliberalism is the linguistic omnivore of our times, a neologism that threatens to swallow up all the other words around it. Twenty years ago, the term "neoliberalism" barely registered in English-language debates. Now it is virtually inescapable, applied to everything from ...

The Southwest Ethiopia Indigenous Peoples Democratic Movement (SWE-IPDM) strongly condemns the current escalating massacre against the marginalized indigenous Gumuz people
The Southwest Ethiopia Indigenous Peoples Democratic Movement (SWE-IPDM) strongly condemns the current escalating massacre against the marginalized indigenous Gumuz people of Benishangul Gumuz region.It is sad reminder of informed Ethiopian government's extermination measure practices to extinct already endanger indigenous populations...




ሁለት ሰዎች ተመሳሰሉበኝ
ከዘመድኩን ዘሪሁን 5-7-19


Ethiopia Region Demands Probe Into Killings Near Sudan Border
(bloomberg) - International investigators should probe the killings of more than 200 people in Ethiopia amid a territorial dispute near the Sudanese border, a regional official said.The violence occurred on Friday in Agew Awi Zone in Amhara state, according to Adigo Amsaya, the deputy president of neighboring Benishangul-Gumuz state.

How to spot a liar - even if he isn't a cabinet minister
To be perfectly honest, this seems to be a prime time for lies, mistruths and pants on fire. We have to navigate fake news constantly, while dodging conspiracy theorists, antivaxxers and misleading anti-abortion activists on social media. Last week, the Washington Post calculated that Donald Trump had told his...



Constitutional backsliding in Ethiopia?
Tesfai Dirar 5-7-19 - This paper examines whether there have been symptoms of constitutional retrogression in Ethiopia since April 2, 2018. It draws on two of the five indicators of constitutional retrogression that Huq and Ginsberg (2018) identified. These are centralization and politicization of executive power and shrinking of the public sphere. April 2, 2018 is important because that was the date Ethiopia's current Prime Minister took power...

Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry's New Frontier
A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights assesses the arrival of the global apparel industry in Ethiopia, identifies problems related to low wage levels, and makes recommendations for a way forward that benefits the industry, Ethiopia, and Ethiopian factory workers.



Capitalism is not suitable for the future, says inventor and designer Philippe Starck
What criteria should a product meet to be truly ‘sustainable’? What will our homes look like in the future? And how should our economy change for people and planet? In an exclusive interview with UN Environment, renowned inventor, architect and contemporary designer Philippe Starck shares his vision of what a sustainable future looks like. Starck has overseen 10,000 creations from furniture...

Interesting Facts!!

Did you know Tigrai contributes 33% of tax revenue collected in Ethiopia
Also, did you know It covers 37% of its own budget while the rest of the regional states cover 10-20% of their budget only! - it covers 37% of its budget!!!!

UTNA Response to A Call From Tigrai Government to All Tigreans inside and outside of the country
UTNA 5-5-19

New AGE discovers gas reserve in Ogaden
The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum disclosed that the British energy firm New Age (African Global Energy Ltd) has discovered 1.6 Trillion Cubic Feet of natural gas reserve in the Ogaden basin, Somali Regional State.State Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum Guang Tutlam (MD), told The Reporter that New AGE has discovered 1.6 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural gas in a locality called Elkuran....

Journalists cautiously celebrate press freedom in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Elias Meseret, an Ethiopian journalist with more than 11 years' experience, is feeling optimistic as he marks World Press Freedom Day on Friday.

ሽግግር "የሙከራም የመከራም" ወቅት ነው!
ከአብዱራህማን አህመዲን፤ 5-6-19


Is it by accident or by design that the compass went wrong in Ethiopia?
Dr. Yohannes Aberra Ayele 5-5-19 - World geography has become a firmly established field of knowledge beginning from ancient civilization in Greece. One of the commonsense knowledge in geography is the compass directions, namely North, South, West and East. In Ethiopia no one completes primary school without...

Which Way Ethiopia?
Teodros Kiros (PH.D) 5-4-19 - It has been a year since the new regime came to power with much promise and hurried decisions. At first, the nation was thrilled that change is coming, without knowing what the changes would entail. The media had prepared the nation to turn its back over the last twenty-seven years, a blend of the good and bad, achievements and losses, opportunities missed, and dreamy goals.

The Massacre of Benishangul-Gumuz People - The Ugly Face and Deed of 'Amhara Supremacists'
Makonnen Tesfaye, 4 May 2019 - It is a Massacre, Stupid.The heinous, organized and indiscriminate mass killings of the Gumuz people, a minority nationality from the Benishangule-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia, orchestrated and coordinated by the openly and unashamedly supremacist and irredentist....

Dozens killed in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia, regional official says
ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Dozens of civilians were shot dead in ethnic clashes in Ethiopia's northern Amhara state, a regional official said Friday, describing the attacks as retaliation for earlier violence."Search and rescue missions are still ongoing to find victims and survivors from Monday's attack, but I can confirm the death toll runs into several dozen," Geleta Hailu, the director of communications in neighboring Benishangul Gumuz state, told AFP.

Reagen (Debretsion): "Mr. Gorbachev (Isayas) - tear down this wall"
Dr. Yohannes Aberra Ayele 5-2-19 - I had a chance to see the Berlin wall before it was torn down 1989. It was a scene of irrationality where you sadly observe folks on both sides of the wall hanging their clothes to dry on the balconies of their apartments, less than 100 meters of distance separated by a wall. It was not just 100 meters, but West and East Berlin were worlds apart.

The adverse impacts of Mekelle's human and vehicle population growth and solutions.
Tesfai Hailu, May 01, 2019 - Although, to my knowledge, up-to-date population or a reliable vehicle registration data is not available, a drastic population increase in human as well a vehicle (including those with license plates from outside Tigrai) has been starkly visible in Mekelle, particularly for the last year. However, while this growth is a testimony of the city’s ability to offer a sense of security, peace, tranquility and economic opportunities, the growth also has its undesirable side-effects.
(Interesting solution to a growing pain problem for the city of Mekelle! Authorities should heed the call and take the well-thought-out suggestion with an open mind.)

Move fast and break things
Abiy is a leader of multiple characters rather than a steady manager like his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn. In his inaugural speech, he promised to transform governance and transition to genuine democracy. He brought a different flavor to EPRDF Ethiopia where narratives were repeated consistently at every level of the state structure. He spoke differently, he acted differently. He has created a very strong Office of the Prime Minister, at times compromising the role of other ministries. Experts are hired with donor funds, with some signs of nepotism, rather than motivating existing staff...
Thanks to EPRDF, Ethiopia is at the worst crossroad of all crossroads! It is led by a populist leader with no significant constituency behind him! Not sure how the West is promoting Abiy to be a reformer without an institution to back him! How can Abiy become an effective leader without the support of the EPRDF members? The West has one only choice to keep Abiy in power - help him win a new election where he can form a new coalition to govern as a liberal leader. Otherwise, Abiy cannot remain an effective leader without a clear mandate. The current status quo is not sustainable! His current mandate is to govern as an EPRDF leader, not as a leader of all kinds of disgruntled TPLF haters!


"የማያድጉ ፓርቲዎች እንደምን ያሉ ናቸው?"
ፀጋዝአብ ለምለም ተስፋይ 5-1-19


Boeing Signals Additional Software Problem Affecting 737 MAX Airliners
Boeing Co. on Monday said certain safety alerts on its 737 MAX jets didn't operate as airlines would have anticipated because of a previously undisclosed error on its part. Boeing's statement came a day after The Wall Street Journal reported the company hadn't...
See Also: Boeing waited until after Lion Air crash to tell Southwest safety alert was turned off on 737 Max


Ethiopian Satellite TV Journalists: 'know All Experts'
Jafar Abamela 4-30-19 - The Ethiopian Satellite TV has been on air for almost a decade now. In spite of its denial, many including myself believed and continue to believe that it was the mouth piece and propaganda tool of Ginbot 7 armed group. The leaders of G7 have been leaders of the TV and were in the forefront in mobilizing financial support and participating in the core programs including granting frequent ...


Charting a way forward for Eritrea
For more than four decades one figure has towered over Eritrean life. Isaias Afwerki has ruled Eritrea with a rod of iron, just as he once led the liberation movement that successfully liberated the country in 1991. Previously an enormous asset, he has become the chief obstacle to progress. But his rule, once all but unchallenged, is now questioned from all quarters.





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