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Ethiopia parliament speaker says TPLF ‘disrespect’ made him quit

15 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AFP

“I resigned because my peoples and party were disrespected,” he said. “However, I will struggle to bring the necessary respect and do the best I can for Oromo people to gain their rights.”

The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, said Saturday that he quit because of “disrespect” of his ethnic group.

Abadula Gemeda, a member of the Oromos, the country’s largest ethnic group, announced last Sunday that he was stepping down after seven years as speaker of the House of People’s Representatives.
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TPLF Ethnicities: ሕወሃት ለምን ይሆን ገና ከንጋቱ የእያንዳንዱ ዜጋ ዘር በመታወቂያ ካርዱ/ዷ ላይ እንዲጻፍ በሕግ ያስገደደው? ከሶማሌ ክልል ጋር ሕወሃት ያለው ግንኙነት መሠረቱ ምንም ምሥጢር ስላልሆነ ከሕወሃት ካድሬዎችና መኮንኖች ተገንዘቡ!

16 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

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Uneasy peace & simmering conflict: The Ethiopian town where three flags fly

16 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Tom Gardner in Moyale, The Guardian

Fresh tension in a disputed area has reopened old wounds between the Oromia and Somali states, as ethnic federalism fails to contain violence

Three different flags flutter in the breeze along the road that runs through Moyale in southern Ethiopia. The first is green, yellow and red: the colours of the Ethiopian federal state. Then, on the side of the road: red, black and white, with a tree in the centre, the colours of the Oromo. And a third: the green, white and red, with a camel in one corner, of Somalia.
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Development Bank of Ethiopia replaces its four vice-presidents

2 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
The Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), the state policy financier, has replaced four of its vice presidents effective as of May 2, 2017.

Tadesse Hatiya, vice president of credit management, Teka Yibrah, vice president of corporate services, Almaz Tilahun, vice president of finance & banking management and Dereje Awgichew, vice president of project financing, are the VPs who lost their positions.
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‘TPLF Supreme Court’: Only in Ethiopia is ethnicity evidence for ‘justice’ to be done!

30 Apr

Editor’s Note:

    Blood is thicker than water, as the saying goes. The TPLF that always itches to rob by nationalizing enterprises of non-Tigreans today chosen to letting what is left of Esayas Bahre, former president of DBE. He along with seven or so TPLF senior members and generals fled the country with public funds to a Middle East country they have been hiding eEver since. As time goes by, the TPLF has been mum, not interested in their return and being held accountable.

    Why has the TPLF not sought to expedite their return to the country, activating the international mechanism, that is, the Interpol neglected?
    Are there tightly-kept secrets that could be spilled over regarding several TPLF generals, including Samora Yunus and Gen. Kinfe Dagnew, and many others?
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‘It’s life and death’: how the growth of Addis Ababa has sparked racial tensions

13 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Jason Burke, The Guardian

Addis Ababa had a plan – to expand, and lead newly prosperous Ethiopia into a brave new century. But after protests led to a violent and harrowing state crackdown, what happens next could reverberate across Africa.

‘We are marginalised in everything’

Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people in Bishoftu town of Oromia region, Ethiopia. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Drive out of Addis Ababa’s new central business district, with its five-star hotels, banks and gleaming office blocks. Head south, along the traffic-choked avenues lined with new apartment blocks, cafes, cheap hotels and, in the neighbourhood where the European Union has its offices, several excellent restaurants. Go past a vast new church, the cement skeletons of several dozen unfinished housing developments, under a new highway and swing left round the vast construction site from which the new terminal for the Ethiopian capital’s main international airport is rising.
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Extremism and the struggle for unity & democracy in Ethiopia

12 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Worku Aberra*

Extremist ethnic nationalism has harmed the struggle for peace, justice, equality, and democracy in Ethiopia. The reason is that extremism fosters conflict, undermines unity, and engenders authoritarianism.

For the purposes of this commentary we can distinguish between two types of ethnic nationalism that we find in Ethiopia today: extremist and moderate. Extremist ethnic nationalism can be defined as the exclusively ethnic perception, interpretation, and formulation of Ethiopia’s problems and their resolutions. Moderate nationalism, by contrast, recognizes that the fundamental problems of poverty, illiteracy, and disease are universal problems that all Ethiopians face and searches for a common solution. Moderate nationalism is collaborative; extremist nationalism, adversarial. Moderates want respect for their culture, language, and history, within a united Ethiopia. Extremists insist independence is the only way to achieve respect. Moderates emphasize the similarities between the various cultures; extremists exaggerate the differences. Moderates pursue equality; extremists covet domination.
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ታሪክን ምርኮኛ የማድረግ ዘመቻ

13 Feb

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
በዶ/ር ነብዩ ጋቢሳ
ከሰሞኑ የፖለቲካችን የስበት ማእከል ታሪክ እና የታሪክ ባለሙያዎች ሆነዋል።ዶ/ር ሃይሌ ላሬቦ የተባሉ የታሪክ ምሁር ከኢሳት ጋር ያደረጉት ቃለ ምልልስ በሶሻል ሚዲያው ከፍተኛ አዋራ ማስነሳቱ ሳያንስ፣ የተዳፈኑ የመሰሉ ጉዳዮችንም በመቀስቀስ ላይ ይገኛል።በመጀመሪያ የዶክተሩን ቃለምልልስ ከመጀመሪያ እስከ መጨረሻ በጽሞና ለመከታተል ሞክሬአለሁ።በዚህም ተጠያቂውን ዶ/ር ሃይሌ ላሬቦ ከሙያም ሆነ ስነምግባር አንጻር የበቃ ችሎታቸውን ለመታዘብ ችያለሁ። ውዝግቡ ከተቀሰቀሰም በሁዋላ የኦሮሞ አክቲቪስት ነን ከሚሉ ሰዎች በተሰነዘረውን ክስ ላይ ተመስርቼ ቃለ-ምልልሱን በሂሳዊ አይን ለማየት ሞክሬአሁ።ህዝብ የተሰደበበት እና ወደ አንድ ሚዛን ያጋደለ አቀራረብ ፈልጌ ማግኘት ተቸግሬአለሁ።እንዳውም ዶ/ር ሃይሌ በኢትዮጵያ ታሪክ ውስጥ አወዛጋቢ ቦታ ስለሚይዘው ግራኝ አህመድ በጎ የሆነ እይታ እንዳላቸው መታዘብ ይቻላል። ግራኝ አህመድን በሚመለከት ያላቸው እይታ በአዲስ አበባ ዮኒቪርሲቲ የታርክ ትምህርት ክፍል እውቅ የታሪክ ተመራማሪ ከነበሩት ፕሮፌሰር መርዕድ ወልደ አረጋይ ጋር ተመሳሳይ እይታ እንዳላቸው ማወቅ ይቻላል። በዚህ መሰረት አክቲቪስቶች ነን የሚሉት ክስ መነሻ ሌላ መሆን አለበት በሚል አዲስ መላምት ጥረቴን ሌላ ምክንያት ቢኖርስ ወደሚል አቅጣጫ ለወጥሁት።
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