DW-TV Documentary-Waldba Gedam (Monastery)- Part1 - May 1, 2019.
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.
TMH Interview: Major General Tekelebrhan Woldeargay - Part2
Interview: Awrambatimes with Artist Solomon Tekalign -Part2
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 !
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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.
Maybe there is hope the enablers of the current inept federal government of Ethiopia are realizing how bad the situation of Ethiopia is! If you see no hope then Felix days as HRW may be numbered!
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.)
The sad state of our beloved mother country from two well-known social media activist - May 2, 2019
It is sad the current political leaders are allowing such mayhem to continue unabated for over a year now! We hope the Amhara people demonstration will awaken the elite to do the right thing before it is too late! Similar to the way color revolutionaries hijacked last years' civil disturbance, extremists may be ready to take over Amhara region and unleash civil war between the brotherly people of Amhara and Gumuz and all other people living in neighboring regions!
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!
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.
Easter and betrayal By Aesop 04/29/19 - Betrayal envelops the Easter story. The New Testament narrates how Judas Iscariot and St. Peter betrayed Christ before the crucifixion. It also describes how St. Thomas asked Jesus to show his nail marks after the resurrection. Jesus foretold some of his disciples will forsake him. Times were hard during the Last Supper. Enemies targeted Jesus. He was ripe for betrayal. Betrayal emerges when times are difficult. It is, like the common cold, a function of the environment.
Bridging the Gap in the Nile Waters Dispute What's new? Ethiopia is moving ahead with construction of Africa's largest dam, despite Egypt's worry that it will reduce the downstream flow of the Nile, the source of around 90 per cent of its freshwater supply. It is crucial that the parties resolve their dispute before the dam begins operating.
The puzzling chess moves inside EPRDF - The fate of team Lema and team Gedu Kaleb, April 26, 2019 - Since 2016 Ethiopian politics has been the politics of chaos, the political disorder has reached its limit, the last 12 months have been a stress-test for Abiy admin and EPRDF coalition. It is difficult to understand what's happening inside the political elites of EPRDF. I have the belief that EPRDF itself doesn’t seem to be clear on what’s happening to the country and to the front itself. One of the difficulties is loosening democratic centralism inside EPRDF, each front is playing ...
Former President Negasso Gidada Dies. Addis Ababa April 27/2019 Former President of Ethiopia, Dr. Negasso Gidada passed away today at the age of 76.
Dr. Negasso, who served as President of Ethiopia from 1995 to 2001, died in Germany where he was taking treatment. Negasso, who has been active in Ethiopia’s politics for more than three decades, holds a doctorate degree in social history from the Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main.
DERELICTION OF DUTY: A tale of a heist, a squander, and how to realign. Daniel Tesfaye 4-27-19 - Back in the volatile days of the Oromo Protests and Amhara resistance, the TPLF had a Eureka moment and decided to call a spade a spade, embarking in an arduous task of reshuffling its deck, big time. Operatives like Dr. Debretsion and Getachew Reda decided to turn their backs to the trappings of glistening Addis and trekked to Mekelle...
The Rwandan miracle A quarter of a century after the terrible genocide of 1994, Rwanda is turning a new page in its history. Following a long period of national unification and reconciliation, it is investing in economic growth and focusing on new technologies, with the hope of becoming an ICT hub in Africa.Twenty-five years ago, the bloodiest chapter in the contemporary history of Africa was written in Rwanda...
Why the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia closed so soon so unexpected to officials? Hatsani Daniel 4-27-19 - I saw on TV an attempt to explain the border closure from the Ethiopian government. It ended up showing clearly that Isayas decided this in person. As far as he is concerned the purpose of the guayla and Hindu dance was only against the two bordering kilils. Mission accomplished. From here on Isayas has no expected benefits, but only sure fire problems. ...
How Did Ethiopia Get from There to Here: Questioning the Current Narrative (Part 1) Elias Dawit 4-22-19 - In this article I look at the current political narrative that is being written about today's political transition-the key actors and the underlying assumptions., In Part 2, I look at the role of one of the key actors and explore the reasons behind his prominence-former head of the National Intelligence security services Getachew Assefa.
It is the winners who write the narrative that describes the "before" and "after" of political change. Let's take the case of contemporary Ethiopia. Today's political narrative describes a country celebrating the rise of...