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

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

GUTS BUT NO GLORY: Why beheading videos may be a sign of Daesh desperation

By Zecharias Zelalem |||

Eerie music is playing in the background. Despite knowing the grim horrors of what is to come, any sane viewer who dares to watch one of these gruesome murder videos cannot help but hold his/her breathe. In the next scene of the video, a dozen or so men, hands tied behind their backs, are shepherded into an abattoir by two or three militants clad in long white tunics. One of them has a giant knife. The victims are forced to lie in a pile in a corner faces downwards. One by one, they are dragged off by the depraved barbaric militants who then cling them to meat hooks used to suspend sheep upside down in midair, and facilitate their slaughter. Except that instead of cattle as is custom, adult men, probably heads of households and sole breadwinners are the ones being forced to hang upside down awaiting their slaughter, or having already been killed, to facilitate the draining of their blood.… Read More GUTS BUT NO GLORY: Why beheading videos may be a sign of Daesh desperation

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

“FORGIVING THE TERRORISTS IS UP TO GOD”…Why Putin didn’t and wouldn’t say such a thing

This quote allegedly said by none other than Russia’s President, a man with a well known hardline stance when it comes to dealing with terrorists has been requoted, retweeted, shared and liked hundreds of thousands of times across social media over the course of the past 72 hours or so.… Read More “FORGIVING THE TERRORISTS IS UP TO GOD”…Why Putin didn’t and wouldn’t say such a thing