By Zecharias Zelalem ||| It’s a scenario that is tragically becoming increasingly frequent and less of a head-turner in Ethiopia. People living in a shared community of residents hailing from different ethnic groups saw a dispute escalate to gun battles, leading to the deaths of anywhere between a dozen and thirty people in Ethiopia’s Wollo region over the weekend. Located in the Amhara state’s North Shewa Zone, the clashes took place in zonal areas belonging to communities of both Amhara and Oromo farmers. Exactly what instigated the latest bout of communal violence isn’t clear, but residents of the area are known for being armed and unhesitant about resorting to the use of firearms to protect their livelihoods. The widespread availability of weapons obviously exacerbated things and the Amhara regional government was forced to request a prompt deployment of federal army troops. The army put an end to the weekend of mayhem and a degree of normalcy has finally returned to the area.… Read More Factional feud over Wollo: The Manipulative Allure of the mob
By Zecharias Zelalem |||
Ethiopia’s much hyped 2020 General Elections are two years away and people are already buzzing with excitement and glee. Ethiopia may be on the brink of its sixth multiparty elections, but the country is yet to conduct a nationwide electoral campaign agreed by both international observers and voters to have been free and fair. … Read More 2020: Opposition’s Political Myopia to hand EPRDF victory on a platter?
By Zecharias Zelalem ||| After a day of journalistic mishaps and mistranslations in both local and international press, we have some clarity on what exactly Ethiopian leaders said and did not say during Wednesday’s surprise announcement.… Read More Here is what Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said and what he didn’t say
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?
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
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
Thursday June 29th 2017 By Zecharias Zelalem. Although some experts say there was bound to be a head on collision within the Gulf States sometime in the not too distant future, the speed in which the recent diplomatic crisis unfolded has caught many off guard. It began on June 05 when Saudi Arabia, with… Read More The Gulf Crisis and the Spiral in Anti-Qatar’s Hypocrisy
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
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
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