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?

The sheer hypocrisy of the Worknesh Degefa flag controversy

By Zecharias Zelalem |||

The Dubai Marathon. Tens of thousands of athletes, onlookers, organisers and volunteers take over the city as some of the world’s finest long distance runners jet in to battle it out for the biggest portion of the nearly one million dollars in prize money up for grabs.… Read More The sheer hypocrisy of the Worknesh Degefa flag controversy

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?

Bullish Ethiopia reminiscent of another autocratic state: Mohammed Morsi’s Egypt

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government, made global headlines in early October when some eleven months after the country became engulfed in an endless sea of political manifestations and protest movements, it declared that it would impose a six month state of emergency across the country. … Read More Bullish Ethiopia reminiscent of another autocratic state: Mohammed Morsi’s Egypt

Ethiopia’s zealots of yesteryear and their desperate bid to remain politically relevant

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| This week will see the culmination of the US presidential campaign with Americans of all stripes down to the fat lady set to cast their vote in an election that frankly the whole world will be waiting upon with the utmost curiosity. But while Americans will end what has been at times a comical diatribe between two stumbling, misspeaking titans in their own right, a much lower key event that will be taking place in the same country later this week is suggested to have implications in a country on the other side of the planet: Ethiopia.… Read More Ethiopia’s zealots of yesteryear and their desperate bid to remain politically relevant

THE QILINTO MASSACRE: The truth shall be revealed

By Zecharias Zelalem |||
On Saturday, September 3rd 2016, something sinister, ghastly, premeditated and honestly speaking somewhat poorly calculated, transpired in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abeba. The tragedy in question has, for the most part, managed to avoid the sort of outcry and global condemnation these incidents tend to get when the actors involved are from nations not allied with the United States and its NATO affiliates in their “war on terror.” It has been more than two weeks, and already we are faced with subliminal calls from the conceited to pretend it didn’t happen.… Read More THE QILINTO MASSACRE: The truth shall be revealed

ETHIOPIA SMITES AL SHABAB BLIETZKRIEG: A look at the showdown in Halgan Somalia

By Zecharias Zelalem |||
Thursday, June 9th 2016. Halgan district of Hiran, Somalia. A military clash erupts when militants of the Al Qaeda allied Al Shabab group attack an Ethiopian army patrolled African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base, some 120 km south of the city of Beledweyne, a hub of Ethiopian military movement, and approximately 160 km from the Ethiopian border. What everyone agrees with is that the Al Shabab contingent launched their attack at dawn with a car bomb at the gate of the base and proceeded to attack the base with heavy weaponry. The events that transpired over the following hours have been told and retold so many times with so many different versions that it can be quite tricky to guess which side made tactical gains, or even claimed a scalp.… Read More ETHIOPIA SMITES AL SHABAB BLIETZKRIEG: A look at the showdown in Halgan Somalia