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.
DW TV(Amharic) - B/G Kassaye Declares the Killing of the Oromo Youth Protestors and Military Campaign Against Tigrai - July 9, 2020
I will be dumbfounded if the recent Abiy actions and the blunt genocidal declaration
by the Derg General are left unchallenged. Both actions deserve a measured
response unless the Tigrean and Oromo people are lead by weak leaders who
believe giving the other cheek for a slap when slapped is a good thing! ዓቕሊ
ወያናይ ዘዉድእ ዘረባ!!
I understand Woyane has limitless patience but something has to be done soon!
[Zeru Hagos July 2020]
Call a Spade a Spade: MP Abiy a Dictator! Temsgn Kebede 07-09-20 - We came a long way. It was not easy; we did not expect it to be. We paid dearly every inch of the way. No family was left unscathed, some suffered beyond one could imagine but at last, we were free; free at last. We broke the chains and stormed the Cimmerian Dark Age dungeons of autocratic one ethnic domination bondage the rest of Ethiopia was shackled with and kept under.
Jawar Mohammed: The Ethiopian media mogul taking on Abiy Ahmed (BBC) - Having previously warned that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risked turning into an "illegitimate" ruler, Jawar Mohammed, 34, has now become the most high-profile opposition politician to be detained since the Nobel Peace laureate took office in April 2018. An ethno-nationalist with a Facebook following of nearly two million, Mr Jawar is...
TPLF Executive Statement (Amharic) - July 8, 2020
Update 07-08-30 - Both TV Tigrai and Dimtsi Woyane TV are up and running on the air. Both can be accessed via Ethiosat/Eutelsat. Check their social media footprint for detailed instructions on how to setup.
Ethiopian Announces Resumption of Regular Service Addis Ababa, 8 July, 2020 Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest airline is resuming service to Dubai further to the ending of the lock-down and its opening for leisure travelers as of July 8, 2020.
Djibouti has also announced that it will end lock-down on 17th of July. As a result, Ethiopian will resume normal service to Djibouti on the 17th of July.
The Ants Hurt Aesop 07/08/2020 - The PM uttered a phrase that I, hopefully for the last time, agree with. He said: "leading Ethiopia at this juncture is akin to carrying a million ants on one’s shoulder. It hurts!". I think he is right!Armies of "ants" (to use his metaphor) are crawling all over the PM these past few days. The PM managed to stave off a serious...
4G internet balloons take off over Kenya A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google's sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya.It will provide 4G coverage so people can make voice and video calls, browse the web, email, text and stream videos..
While Kenya moves on to become the hub of technology in East Africa Ethiopia is becoming the dark spot in East Africa. Internet in Ethiopia is shut off and the "gilgel" dictator in town is jailing people left and right to extend his illegal power grip. Political Ad hominem Temesgn Kebede 7/7/20 - I am not going to waste your time what Brian Washing means and the psychological means of achieving it. But one thing is clear. This science is extensively applied and definitely has been observed that it works in manipulating people into doing things the protagonists wanted to achieve both in selling products and inculcating beliefs.
The man is sick. HE IS NOW CALLING ETHIOPIANS ANTS?Ethiopians did not ask him nor elected him to lead them- right? Why doesn't he leave power if that is so? This must not pass unpunished, shame to the enablers of this regime and this man! [Zeru Hagos July 7, 2020]
Arrests follow protests that killed at least 166 in Ethiopia A leading opposition party representing Ethiopia's Oromo ethnic group said Monday that five senior members had been detained following violence last week that claimed at least 166 lives.The opposition politicians from the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) were seized by security forces in the capital, Addis Ababa, party chairman Dawud Ibsa told AFP. They include Chaltu Takkele and Gemmechu Ayana, senior political officers, and Kennesa Ayana, a member of the party's central committee.
Plea for Help to Stop Ethnically Motivated Political Imprisonment and Gross Violation of Human Rights in Ethiopia July 2020 - We are a group representing Canadians of Tigray origin (North Ethiopia) and kindly writing this letter to plead with you to put pressure on Mr. Abiy, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, to stop harassing, selectively imprisoning, and waging Nazi-like propaganda campaign against the Tigray nation of Ethiopia. His bellicose narratives and actions have reached dangerous levels that would inevitably create havoc in the already volatile region of the horn of Africa.
DW TV- Latest Qerro Statement - July 2020
Back to the Future: It was not long ago the Oromo youth was demanding change all over Oromia. Their civil disobedience was the main reason PM Hailemariam resigned and Abiy Ahmed seized power. The Oromo youth deserves a future in Ethiopia! They must exercise their right to elect their representatives and leaders. It is sad to see the Oromo youth yet again protesting.
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...
Update 07-06-2020 -
According to a source, the Abiy team has decided to shut down TV Tigrai and DW TV. This is a developing story stay tuned. We are not sure if Abiy can technically shut the TV stations but possibly he can pressure Satelite providers to drop both Stations. We are told such drastic measures are considered a red line for the Tigrai government. Aigaforum July 6, 2020
Update 07-06-2020 #2 -
According to sources from Addis, both TV Tigrai and DW can be watched using DSTV at a different frequency. Users need to rescan to adjust to the new frequency.
Hachalu Hundessa: Ethiopia singer's death unrest killed 166 July 2020 - With a government that commits horrific human rights abuses against its own people, plays reckless political games in regional affairs, amidst the ongoing spread of COVID-19 pandemic and a country with one of the weakest health systems, Eritrea is currently exposed to an unprecedented humanitarian and political crisis. We, the undersigned 95 Eritrean Scholars and Professionals, are writing to share our serious concerns about these issues.
The 2020 Manifesto of Eritrean Scholars and Professionals in the Diaspora A top police chief said 145 civilians and 11 security personnel died in Oromia region alone. Ten people have been killed in the capital Addis Ababa.Hachalu, 34, was killed on Monday, sparking unrest that spread from Oromia where he was seen as a hero.The motive remains unclear. Hachalu had said he had received death threats.
(David Shinn kind of said the "Friends of Ethiopia" group is poised to tell Abiy in no uncertain terms this is not the way to go. Expect Abiy to kneel soon and release most political prisoners.)
Defusing Ethiopia's Latest Perilous Crisis The killing of a prominent Oromo musician has unleashed a wave of protests that have left dozens dead, highlighting anew the fragility of the country's transition. Authorities and opposition leaders should call for calm and engage in sustained dialogue to bridge the bitter divisions.
Sooner or later, the Crisisgroup will have to call a spade a spade and tell the world Ethiopia is lead by an inept and 'gilgel' dictator! Ethiopia is failing and no one but the color revolutionaries is to blame. Crisis group being one of the key sponsors of these sham revolutionaries should be ashamed to keep talking about 'change' !What change?
Covid-19 is No More Force Majeure Temesgn Kebede 07-03-20 - It is an incontrovertible fact that the country was assembled by bringing together different nations and nationalities to exploit and dominate. This was done by the use of force the local imperial power managed to garner from white colonial powers in return for strategic and material gains they would have for the services they provided.
Death of Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa deepens divisions in Ethiopia The turmoil sparked by Hachalu's death has left the Prime Minister Abiy fighting for his political survival, experts say."I think it will be very difficult if he survives," comments Mehari Maru, a scholar on peace and security at the European University Institute."If he does, he will be the prime minister of Addis Ababa only. The country is a de facto confederation now," he tells RFI.
Ethiopia's Nobel Winner Can't Rest on His Laurels No clampdown on communications can conceal the fact that Ethiopia's [PM] Abiy Ahmed, is struggling to calm his own people. Even Bloomberg the worst promotor of Abiy can't hide their dismay with Abiy! I am thinking Bloomberg is afraid the auctioning of the country may not happen if the ongoing civil protest is not arrested soon. Otherwise, they were cheering him until yesterday, so to speak. [Zeru Hagos Jul 3, 2020]
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...
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.
We started Aigaforum some 20 years ago right around the end of the Shaibya-Ethiopia war. One of the earlier songs we have on our page for a long time was "ክነዛርቦምኢና". As if our talented brother was reading our brain he has updated his old song. What a coincidence! We are entering a new chapter to defeat Derge 2.0. Enjoy ክነዛርቦምኢና 2.0. Thank You, Berhane Haile.