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

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

Analysis: Nile diplomacy: Cunning arm twists and turns, but whose losing game?

Thursday February 16th 2017​ Zecharias Zelalem, Special to Addis Standard Addis Abeba, Feb. 10/2017 – On January 9, 2017, South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, arrived in Cairo, Egypt, to meet with his counterpart, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, and discuss, according to media reports, “bilateral ties.” With most media either unable or unwilling to go beyond the official transcript,… Read More Analysis: Nile diplomacy: Cunning arm twists and turns, but whose losing game?

Connotations behind “Etyopia Lezelalem Tinur”

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Timeless slogan shouted out loud with vocal unapologetic defiance and determination at rallies, quiet prayer mumbled under one’s breath. Translated from Amharic as “long live Ethiopia,” this statement prophesying love to the motherland whilst simultaneously reminding the divine above of their duties…… Read More Connotations behind “Etyopia Lezelalem Tinur”

A can of worms opened by the BBC: What is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s official language?

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| In a news article released a couple of days ago, the BBC made somewhat of a gaffe when it referred to the Amharic language, spoken by over 20 million Ethiopian native speakers, according to the country’s 2007 national consensus, as being the “official” language of (Ethiopia’s) Orthodox Church. The statements have proven controversial, and have sparked a debate with some Ethiopians taking issue with what they felt was a lazily researched description of the Amharic language.… Read More A can of worms opened by the BBC: What is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s official language?