World Press Freedom Day: The Horn of Africa

Today is World Press Freedom Day, and here is where the Horn of Africa stands, learning from and adopting the West’s systemic media censorship: Though Eritrea and Ethiopia are among top 10 countries in media repression, the majority of African governments do not want free press and do not protect journalists who expose power abuse, human rights violations, corruption and official scandals. CPJ’s current report … Continue reading World Press Freedom Day: The Horn of Africa

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?

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

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?

The first African elected to the Israeli Parliament

Meet Addisu Messele, community leader of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel. According to the Black Past website, he became “the first person of sub-Saharan African ancestry elected to the Israeli Parliament” in 1996. The website states that “Mr. Messele was one of the most outspoken leaders of the Beta Israel’s painful protest against the Israeli health ministry policy of discarding all blood donations made by … Continue reading The first African elected to the Israeli Parliament

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

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

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?

Ethiopia: Stop Bloody Crackdown – HRW

Human Rights Watch released a brief report today that highlighted the ongoing protests in Oromia region and urged the government to stop the use of excessive force by its security personnel immediately. *** Dispatches: Yet Again, a Bloody Crackdown on Protesters in Ethiopia – HRW Student protests are spreading throughout Ethiopia’s Oromia region, as people demonstrate against the possibility that Oromo farmers and residents living … Continue reading Ethiopia: Stop Bloody Crackdown – HRW