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

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

Poem of the Day

The following Afaan Oromo poem is written by Moti Abelti Tufa. One of our readers forwarded it to us. Moti wrote the poem to express his happiness that Afaan Oromo will join the BBC World Service programming as one of the languages from the Horn of Africa, along with Amharic and Tigrigna. The poem celebrates those who participated in the #BBCAfaanOromo online petition, asking the … Continue reading Poem of the Day

The Impacts of El Nino in Eastern Africa

Here is Ethiopia’s map of food shortage areas affected by the drought that threatens millions of lives in Eastern & Southern Africa: More Information: (Editor’s Note: This information is excerpted from the links mentioned below. My own recent post on Ethiopia, written in Amharic, can be found here.) The UN said about 8.2m people need emergency food aid in Ethiopia, nearly double the number compared … Continue reading The Impacts of El Nino in Eastern Africa

ረሃብን መነገጃ ማድረግ – ድሮና ዛሬ

ረሃብ አስከፊ ነው። ለጠላትም የማይመኙት። ኢትዮጵያና ረሃብ ከዘመን ዘመን ሳይፋቱ ጉዟቸውን ቀጥለዋል። ከንጉሣዊ ሥርዓት አንስቶ እስከዛሬው የአንድ ፓርቲ አገዛዝ፥ ረሃብ ሥር ሰዶ፥ ኩሩውን የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ (በተለይም የሰሜኑን ገበሬ) አንገት እያስደፋና መቃብር እያስቆፈረ ኖሯል። እያንዳንዱ ኢትዮጵያዊ ከማዘን አልፎ በቁጭት መፍትሄ ፍለጋ ውስጥ መግባት ሲኖርበት፥ በስፋት እየተካሄደ ያለው ግን የተለያዩ የፖለቲካ ነጋዴዎች (መንግስትን ጨምሮ) ለርካሽ ጥቅም ሲሉ የሕዝቡን ሰቆቃ መነገጃ እያደረጉ ነው። ወሎ ውስጥ በ60ዎቹ ድርቅና ረሃብ … Continue reading ረሃብን መነገጃ ማድረግ – ድሮና ዛሬ

Foreign Media Influence in Ethiopia: The BBC’s New Venture

Tired of a stale diet of propaganda churned out by state radio, many Ethiopians rely on foreign broadcasters to follow events in their own country. Now the BBC has announced plans to broadcast in Ethiopian languages. This is welcome. But Ethiopians must continue the struggle to have their own independent and vibrant media. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced that it wants to launch news services … Continue reading Foreign Media Influence in Ethiopia: The BBC’s New Venture

ለካስ…

በሕልሜ ወንዝ አየሁ ረዥም ጥቁር ወንዝ እንደ ዘንዶ የሚጠማዘዝ ዘልዬ እንዳልዋኝ ፈራሁ “ቢውጠኝስ” ብዬ… ወንዙ በዝምታ ሲፈስ    ውስጤ በሐሳብ ሲታመስ ለካስ ልደት ነው ዛሬ በትዝታ ጭልጥ ወዳገሬ ቦቃ ፈረስ እየጋለብኩ ውቅያኖሱን ልሻገር ስል… ብንን እዚህ አዲስ ዘመን ቀዝቃዛ ወላፈን *** መልካም ገና! Continue reading ለካስ…

Kweschn’s 2013 – Some Interesting Facts

Data via WordPress.com: The top referring sites in 2013 were: facebook.com twitter.com wordpress.com yahoonoo.com hubesha.com Most visitors came from Ethiopia. The United States and EU were not far behind. And the 5 most active commenters – Thank you! 🙂 1 amira 2 eva626 3 mebrat 4 soniafq 5 agelgil Wishing all Kweschn followers a happy and productive new year 2014! Thank you for your support … Continue reading Kweschn’s 2013 – Some Interesting Facts

Acknowledging Differences

The acknowledgement of our political, cultural, ideological and religious differences is the foundation of true equality. Without equality, dialogue, which is essential to peace in the world, would be impossible. ~Jeanne Sauvé, Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 23rd since Canadian Confederation Continue reading Acknowledging Differences