Oromo-Somali conundrum: Can Ethiopia tame the Liyu police?

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Ethiopia says hundreds of Oromos killed and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced from their homes in still ongoing violent clashes in the Eastern part of the country.

Conflict along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali states is not new. The two states have seen sporadic episodes of clashes and raids along the common border for more than a decade.… Read More Oromo-Somali conundrum: Can Ethiopia tame the Liyu police?

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Meles Zenawi and the culturally intuitive devastation of Badme

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Five years on from a day most Ethiopians alive today will remember as if it was yesterday. The passing away of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, after a battle with an undisclosed illness. The former TPLF rebel spokesman and chief negotiator who later spent twenty one years ruling the country from 1991 until his death in 2012, hadn’t been seen in public for months preceding the announcement of his death. … Read More Meles Zenawi and the culturally intuitive devastation of Badme

Somalia and the Saudi battleship that saw Siad Barre’s demise

Saturday August 5th 2017 By Zecharias Zelalem. The diplomatic row between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors has now become a protracted stalemate. Despite its diplomatic connections and petrodollar soaked influence, Saudi Arabia, the key conspirator in the regional posturing game, has so far gained precious little for their monumental decision to impose a debilitating… Read More Somalia and the Saudi battleship that saw Siad Barre’s demise

Qatar Crisis: Djibouti’s nearsightedness bites them at Ras Doumeira

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| On Monday, Qatari peacekeepers, the only force preventing an outbreak of hostilities between the armies of Eritrea and Djibouti, withdrew from a contested border region that the two had fought over back in 2008. After the 2008 conflict, a United Nations mediating team convinced both sides to withdraw their troops from the contested areas, before a contingent of Qatari peacekeepers were deployed to enforce a buffer presence in 2010.… Read More Qatar Crisis: Djibouti’s nearsightedness bites them at Ras Doumeira

SAUDI CHOPPER MASSACRE: Analysis of the deaths of 42 Somali Refugees at sea and why justice is beyond them

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| On the night of March 16-17 2017, forty two Somali refugees, all registered and documented by the UNHCR, were brutally killed off the coast of Yemen near the waters of the Bab El Mandeb strait when the boat they were travelling in was attacked from the air… Read More SAUDI CHOPPER MASSACRE: Analysis of the deaths of 42 Somali Refugees at sea and why justice is beyond them

Tacitly Stretching the Truth: The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Attack Plot

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| In captivity, they look defeated, forlorn and downtrodden. The fifteen or so men, several of them wearing what appear to be beige coloured uniforms, while others are in casual civilian attire, jeans and dress shirts, sit on the ground surrounded by grassland plains somewhere in western Ethiopia.… Read More Tacitly Stretching the Truth: The Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Attack Plot

Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki on OMN: Much ado about nothing

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| “Why did you bring these monkeys to the throne, this throne was supposed to be for lions!”

This was former guerrilla commander and current President of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki in his most recent interview, a two parter in English on Ethiopia’s dissident Oromo Media Network (OMN)… Read More Eritrea’s Isaias Afewerki on OMN: Much ado about nothing

Bridging gaps over the Battle of Adwa

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| 121 years ago today tens of thousands of Ethiopian soldiers under the command of about a dozen or so battalion leaders marched northwards to the peaks of Adwa in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. There they met the deflated demoralized remnants of the Italian colonial army, who were rendered a shell of their former self after several brutal battles with Ethiopians throughout what would be termed as the first Italo-Abyssinian War.… Read More Bridging gaps over the Battle of Adwa

Mending the Awkward Farmaajo-Ethiopia Relationship

By Zecharias Zelalem |||
Mohammed Abdullahi “Farmaajo” has been elected as Somalia’s 9th president. The dual American Somali citizen’s electoral triumph ignited an outpouring of joy and celebration among Somalis both in Somalia and in the diaspora around much of the western world. After most of the past decade saw a host of clan backed corrupted elitists squandering resources in an attempt to keep unproductive leaderships afloat, Farmaajo, who appears to be free from any affiliations with the elitist bigwigs or foreign powers, is a breath of fresh air and a source of optimism for many Somalis.… Read More Mending the Awkward Farmaajo-Ethiopia Relationship