DW TV With L/Gen Tadese Werede - May 2020 The General must be listened to! He has a message to friends and foes of Tigray people. He said in no uncertain terms - invade Tigrai At Your Own Peril!!
EthioTube With Alula Solomon and Teclemicahel Abebe - May 2020
The discussion was very informative and worthy of Alula's time. For us Tigreans, if we have to dialogue we need to dialogue with those we can save and are ready to listen to free themselves from the influence of hate propaganda. Thanks, Alula and Tecle
What a statesman he has become! Abiy and Isaias Afeworki should heed Siye's call. In a nutshell Siye's message is, he who is betting on subjugating Tigreans and defeating TPLF is a fool.
Gize: Political parties take on the constitutional crisis and the election Part II
There is a need for a TV programming that is managed and produced by independent professionals. Ethiopians and Tigreans in particular will benefit a lot if Tigrai TV or DW TV allocates an hour or so time slot each day for such use. We hope "Gize" will fill in this void for now.
Ethiopian army 'shot man dead because phone rang' -Amnesty It is one of many incidents the rights watchdog recorded from a security crackdown in Oromia regional state at the end of 2018 and 2019. This was the year that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize. Why are Jawar and the company silent while the Oromo's are killed daily by the current government? Was Jawar struggle to have a villa in Addis only? Mr. Bekele 'our new human right guru' shame on you! Do you think the Qimant massacre was not orchestrated by the Amhara government securities? Why characterize the issue as an Ethnic issue?
Sudan army officer dies, soldiers hurt in attack by Ethiopian militia: SUNA KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese military officer was killed and several soldiers wounded on Thursday in an attack by Ethiopian militias on the Sudanese side of the border with Ethiopia, the official SUNA news agency said Abiy Ahmed can not convince anyone he is up to the task. He has tried many tricks to sell his premiership in the past. He has tried fake news like the 'Tigrai revolt' and the many make-believe torture stories in the past, not to mention the foolish commando raid in Somalia that failed miserably. There is no reason a war/skirmish with Sudan will do any good to his image today! The sooner Ethiopians realize and ask this man to resign the better their future will be. He is not a good leader!
The Story of Debre Genet Elias: One of the Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia Tsehai Alemayehu 05-28-20 - Over the course of my life, I have read many a travelogue about Ethiopia written by serious (foreign) researchers and itinerant travelers. Almost always, these books describe some aspect of Ethiopia as a hidden treasure, an unexpected gem, an experience all to itself.Some are taken aback by the natural landscape....
Let the competition begin! Ethiopian Communication Authority (ECA), only issued the first set of draft directives last month but several international operators have been following the process ever since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the reform in August of 2018, a process earlier approved by the then ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).With the support of the World Bank, the Finance Ministry crafted a communications service proclamation which created the ECA. Regardless of who started the public companies' privatization scheme in Ethiopia, the current regime is becoming an illegal government in a few months and has no mandate to auction the country! Ethiopia needs to have an elected government first!
On Political Warfare Aesop 05/27/2020 - Many ask why we encounter endless and chameleon-like campaigns against Tigrai. When I say "why", I am not talking about the strategic goal. Their strategic goal is obvious for all Tigreans. The goal of Derg 2.0 (2018-Present) is no different than its predecessor, Derg 1.0 (1975-1991). Simply put, Derg 2.0 is an upgraded Derg 1.0. Rather, I am talking about the endless and ever-changing aspect of the campaigns. What is the link between the displacements, the road-blockage, the imprisonments, the documentaries, the constitutional erosion, and the fake news....
The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Weakening Tigray: Two men's dream Yilma Debele 05-27-20 - When Prime Minister Abyi and President Isaias signed the Ethio-Eritrean peace agreement, it was with veiled interest. Day by day, this interest manifests itself. Apparently, the two men have one common enemy such as TPLF. The way they handle the issue is increasingly complicating matters not only for the party they categorize as their enemy but for the entire nation of the Tigray region.
What I Witnessed in Tigray Hailemariam Abebe 05-26-20 - I have lived in the Diaspora for the last forty-seven years. I left Ethiopia following completion of my 8th grade General Examinations. That is, a year before the late Emperor Haile Selassie (RIP) was overthrown. Since then, I have traveled to Ethiopia for a total of five times. Once for a duration of two weeks following the death of my father and sister during the reign of the Derg. The other three were following the demise of the Derg, with the last trip before the very recent one...
German ambassador to Ethiopia: 'Excessive expectations of Abiy' Brita Wagener has been Germany's Ambassador to Ethiopia since 2017. Based in Addis Ababa, she is also responsible for Germany's relations with the African Union, which is headquartered in the Ethiopian capital... it is very unfortunate and ultimately sad for Ethiopia that many reforms and, above all, the holding of elections ... are being disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. The election date for the end of August has been canceled. Government, parliament, and expert bodies are trying to establish a procedure on the basis of which this delay - and with it, the probable extension of the government beyond the current legislative period can be made possible. Because that must be legal as well as politically viable. Even the soft-spoken German diplomat can not hide her anguish by the postponement of the election. They have realized, a million here and a million there, aid was not going to buy Abiy a political power.
Letter from MQX The Roadside Portrait Gallery Jihon May 25, 2020 - November is chilly. "It will soon be on its way out," folks here try to calm me. They know I am a guest in (their) town. "And Timket is its last frontier." They are the very young in the burgeoning coffee stalls in Mekele sitting on stools along pathways sharing friendship and swapping gossip. Well, Timket is a week behind me. I can still feel the wind piercing through my bones. Cold, in windy Mekele, is a fact. If you can stand that fact, January is the best month to...
Ethiopia to sell 40 percent of Ethio Telecom - Minister ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government will sell a 40 percent stake in Ethio Telecom, a monopoly operator, as part of the country's plans for opening one of the world's last major closed telecoms markets, State Minister of Finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina told Reuters. What I do not understand is what the Amhara elites who are supporting the Abiy government are thinking these days? Do they see any hope for a prosperous and democratic Ethiopia? Don't they see they will one day control government also? If so why are they allowing Abiy to destroy the country today? Why can't they deny him their vote of confidence? Abiy is compromising the Renaissance dam and auctioning the country and yet they are silent. The Abiy government is unelected therefore, it should not be allowed to auction the country. First let the country have an elected government. Zeru Hagos May 24, 2020,
Ethiopia's Transition Challenges and Policy Options Board of Vision Ethiopia
May 23, 2020 - Had it not been for a complex set of events, the month of May 2020 would have witnessed Ethiopia's first post-conflict and transitional election.
Two years have passed since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power. To the dismay of many Ethiopians, no sooner had glimpses of these signs of change been caught than the specter of anarchy and chaos ominously descended on the land. Ethnic conflicts got worse, resulting in countless deaths and massive internal human displacement.
Self-Contradicting and Hippocratic Statement of Board of Vision Ethiopia Faato, 24 May 2020 - I read a statement by a group called 'The Board of Vision Ethiopia'(called a group hereafter) on 23 May 2020, titled "Ethiopia's Transition Challenges and Policy Options" with a great interest in search of a non-partisan, informed and well examined position. To my disappointment, the statement did not go much without making unfounded...
Gaslighters: Predators allowed to insanely plunging Ethiopia into a slippery slope situation. G. Amare, May 23, 2020 - To start off, let me take this opportunity to express my deepest condolence to families and friends of the young men who were shot dead in Tigray (Mekelle and Naeder, Adet woreda) for allegedly failing to comply with the coronavirus emergency order. May God bless the young men's souls and grant their family peace and strength to bear these irreparable losses!!
Ethiopian police ignore court orders to free journalists held since March Nairobi, May 22, 2020 -- Ethiopian police should immediately and unconditionally free journalists Dessu Dulla and Wako Nole and media worker Ismael Abdulrzaq, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 7, police in the town of Burayu, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, arrested Dessu, a deputy director at the privately-owned Oromia News Network broadcaster,...
Now You Know! This is an insider account of the composition of forces and their commanders that marched on Addis Ababa on May 28, 1991, driving the last nail into the coffin of the defunct Derg regime. Today, in the name of building a democratic Ethiopia, the Army is...
We can only hope Ethiopians are well-informed by now and will not be easily persuaded by the above news. The Abiy government and Egypt are working in sync to hand over control of the Nile river and Renaissance Dam. Do not be fooled, Egypt has the upper hand in this negotiation and there is nothing for Egypt to sign a win-win agreement today.