Tag Archives: Oromia

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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በአትላንታ የኦሮሞች ስብሰባ ላይ ምን ተከናወነ? አዘጋጆቹ ይናገራሉ!

15 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 


 

The Big Debate:                             Beyond Assimilation & Accommodation, the resurgence of Oromo Nationalism

14 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
Prof. Ezekiel Gabissa*
 

Ethiopia’s political history of the last half-century has been the pregressive unfolding of the twinned ideas of “land to the tiller question” and the “national question.” Two ideological factions coalesced around the question of nationalities: the ethno-nationalists who favored self-determination and the Ethiopianists who advocated granting regional autonomy to regions where centrifugal tendencies were evident.[1] In 1987, a constitution that established the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia partially adopted the Ethiopianists’ position by granting regional autonomy to five regions to diffuse demands for self-determination.[2] In 1991, the ethno-nationalists who favored self-determination ousted the Ethiopianists and vowed to construct a decentralized federal state of Ethiopian nations, nationalities and peoples.[3]
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የሕወሃት ትግራይ ጦር የገደላቸውን ሕዝቡ ሲቀብር በኃዘንተኞቹ ላይ አጋዚ አዲስ ተኩስ ከፈተ፤ የኦሮሚያ ሁኔታ አምርሯል፤ ቅዳሜ በመላው ኦሮሚያ የተቃውሞ ሠልፍ ይካሄዳል!

3 Aug

በከፍያለው ገብረመድኅን The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

ገና ከትግራይ ከመውጣታቸው በፊት፡ የወያኔ ወንበዴዎች ይታወቁ የነበረው በጭካኔያቸው መሆኑን ‘ስድሽተ ዜሮ’ የተሠኘው የኢሣት ዶኪመንተሪ አስተዋውቆን ነበር። ዛሬም ያንኑ ጭካኔ በሕዝባችን ላይ ከጋምቤላ እስከ ኦጋዴን ከኦሮሚያ እስክ ጎንደር፡ ከኦሞ ሸለቆ እስከ መሃል ሃገር በዙ መልኮቹ አይተናቸዋል። እያየናቸውም ነው።
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Ethiopia: A call to the true sons and daughters of Tigray

28 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Yohannes Berhe, Ottawa, Canada
 

“Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come” the great Victor Hugo uttered these enduring words more than a century ago. And yet, one would be hard pressed to find more fitting words to describe the crises currently unfolding in Ethiopia. A few months back it was the southern part of the nation (Oromigna speaking area of the nation to be precise) that was engulfed in a vast array of spontaneous protests against the TPLF dominated regime. The most recent one is Gonder, one of the northernmost and oldest regions of Ethiopia. Given the most stifling political environment and the complete shutdown of the political space, this worrisome development is not at all surprising. Added to the total lack of democratic legitimacy, the officially sanctioned ethnic policy is an aggravating factor that is pushing our country into uncharted water. The focus of my commentary is indeed to underscore the danger of this hyper-ethnicized political environment as far as the Tigrayan community is concerned.Map of Tigray region.
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ETHIOPIA: UNWORTHY US ALLY:     TPLF-ruled Ethiopia is considered a rogue nation at home & abroad, cruelly trampling freedoms & human rights of Ethiopian citizens

15 Jul

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin*, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime is a monster of terrible proportions, protected by powerful foreign governments that pander to it to benefit from its services as their foot soldier in Somalia and else where, and also for the returns on investments their investors make in the country at this difficult time in the global economy.
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Ethiopia’s Smoldering Oromo

11 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by James Jeffrey, IPS
 

The Oromo protests have reportedly resulted in deployment of the maroon-bereted agazi, an elite military force, to support police. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Apr 11 2016 (IPS) – The Ethiopian government’s most serious domestic political crisis in more than a decade began over a scruffy football field appropriated by local officials for development.
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Added push factors for Ethiopians escaping death to flee their nation: drought, thirst, hunger & human rights violations; food & water distribution depends on politics & luck – even local media report

20 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

In a December 19, 2015 article, which took Dawit Taye, a staff writer for The Reporter, 18 days and 7,000km into some of the heartlands of Ethiopia’s present drought – Oromia, SNNPR, Amhara and Tigray – wrote:

    “Nevertheless, the distribution of food aid is highly problematic according to The Reporter’s observation. Primarily food aid distribution is santy at best. According to conditions on the ground, the people who are currently receiving food aid are those who have been severely affected by food shortage. Those who have household resources and capacity to withstand for some time have received no food aid, so far.

    Yet again, those receiving the food aid are not even receiving more than 15 kilos of wheat; and since September in most of the woredas [districts] only two rounds of distributions were made (a measurement in par with the international standards). In connection with food aid distribution the issue of nepotism and political connection is criticized to be a major shortcoming; and to that end regional officials have confirmed such incidents and punishment of aid officials implicated in such dealings.”

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