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Ethiopia: The Exam Leak: Nonviolent Direct Action or Vigilante Act?

This week Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education cancelled the national university entrance exams after insiders leaked the English and Mathematics papers and distributed them online. As a result, the Ethiopian social media was on fire for a day or two — netizens supporting, opposing and debating the action. Shiferaw Shigute, Minister of Education, told the media: “After a cross check, we decided to terminate the whole … Continue reading Ethiopia: The Exam Leak: Nonviolent Direct Action or Vigilante Act?

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Is Privatization of Land the Solution for Ethiopia’s Food Insecurity?

“Privatisation of [land] would worsen the situation of the poorest farmers,” argues René Lefort, a French writer who has frequently published articles on Ethiopian affairs. This statement is quite the opposite of what critics of the existing land tenure system say; the critics believe that the only way to ensure food security is through privatization of land and preventing the state from having monopoly on … Continue reading Is Privatization of Land the Solution for Ethiopia’s Food Insecurity?

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ODF to the Government of Ethiopia: “Desist from further Security Measures” against Protesters

The Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), a diaspora-based opposition party, founded by former leaders of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), released a statement two days ago on the killings of Oromo students and civilians in Oromia region. The Front called on the Ethiopian government to stop the violent suppression of the protests and to “publicly and unambiguously annul the controversial Masterplan.” The Front offered historical and … Continue reading ODF to the Government of Ethiopia: “Desist from further Security Measures” against Protesters

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Protests in Ethiopia: Conflict between authoritarian development model and ethnic federalism?

A correspondent for Bloomberg news in Ethiopia wrote arguing that the unrest in Oromia region “highlights the conflict between Ethiopia’s authoritarian development model and its system of federalism, which guarantees the rights of more than 80 ethnicities.” An Oromo resident of a small town, whom the journalist interviewed, believes “the government’s development plan means the Oromo losing autonomy, language and culture as investors move into … Continue reading Protests in Ethiopia: Conflict between authoritarian development model and ethnic federalism?

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“Ethiopia and UK will continue to be strong and strategic allies…”

The British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Greg Dorey, wrote a passionate blog post this week, announcing the end of his four-year service as a diplomat in Addis Ababa, Africa’s political capital and a regional hub for international organizations. “Goodbyes are never easy, but I have had an amazing four years getting to know this place — full of hospitable people and outstanding experiences,” the Ambassador said. … Continue reading “Ethiopia and UK will continue to be strong and strategic allies…”

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Ethiopia: The Masterplan Behind the Masterplan

The purpose of this article is to analyze what has been happening in the Oromia region so far. It is an attempt to help those who may still be confused about what is going on. If you are still assuming that the protests in Oromia are about the Addis Ababa Masterplan, then you are only scratching the surface. Even if the EPRDF government decides to … Continue reading Ethiopia: The Masterplan Behind the Masterplan

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The Explosion at Anwar Mosque and the Masterplan Controversy

Bloomberg reported this tragic news yesterday: A grenade blast hit a mosque in a busy district of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, wounding more than a dozen people. According to the Bloomberg report: The explosion struck Anwar Mosque in the city’s Mercato market area as worshipers left Friday prayers at about 1:30 p.m., witness Kemal Ali, a trader, said in an interview. Federal and city police … Continue reading The Explosion at Anwar Mosque and the Masterplan Controversy

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How Eritrea’s ruling party plundered Ethiopia between 1991 and 1998

An Ethiopian economist argues that the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, EPLF (currently known as People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, PFDJ), had effectively plundered Ethiopia’s wealth with the approval of the Meles Zenawi government between 1991 and 1998. He states that the two governments implemented the most uncommon and exploitative free trade agreement that only benefited Eritrea, which came to an end when the border … Continue reading How Eritrea’s ruling party plundered Ethiopia between 1991 and 1998

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Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day of Mourning?

Ethiopia is celebrating its 10th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day in Gambella region today. According to the ruling party and its affiliates, this day commemorates “the people of Ethiopia’s ultimate triumph against the oppressive [regimes of the past] that had deprived them of their rights…to speak, write, develop and promote [their] culture, language and history.” The day is also a celebration of the fact “the nations, nationalities and peoples … Continue reading Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day of Mourning?

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የአዲስ አበባ ማስተርፕላን ውዝግብና ተያያዥ ጥያቄዎች

የአዲስ አበባና የኦሮሚያ ክልል ልዩ ዞን የጋራ ልማት ፕላን (2006-2030) — ባጭሩ የአዲስ አበባ ማስተር ፕላን — ለሕዝብ ይፋ ከሆነበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ ኦሮሚያ ክልል ውስጥ ከፍተኛ ተቃውሞ አስነስቷል። በተለይ ለተማሪዎች የኢህአዴግን መንግስት አገዛዝ መቃወሚያ አጀንዳ ሆኗል — ማስተርፕላኑ ከተማሪዎቹ የመብት ጥያቄዎች መካከል አንዱ እንጂ የመጨረሻው እንዳልሆነ መታወቅ አለበት። የመንግስት የፀጥታ ኃይሎች የተማሪዎቹን ተቃውሞ በአስከፊ መንገድ ምላሽ እየሰጡት ነው። ባሳለፍነው ሳምንት፥ በፖሊስ ተደብድበው ብዙ ተማሪዎች መጎዳታቸውንና … Continue reading የአዲስ አበባ ማስተርፕላን ውዝግብና ተያያዥ ጥያቄዎች