Why Ethiopia will be forever indebted to Fidel Castro

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Throngs of people converged on Addis Ababa’s “Cuba Adebabaye,” literally Cuba square last Sunday, as Ethiopians held a memorial for the founding father of revolutionary Cuba, Fidel Castro. Thousands made their way to the square, located on the road between Legare and the district of Piassa, just next to the city’s immigration office.… Read More Why Ethiopia will be forever indebted to Fidel Castro

Zamzam Abdullah’s beheading: Saudi Arabia won’t clean up its act and Ethiopia couldn’t care less

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Hooded and hands bound together, the condemned awaits his/her long anticipated execution. By this time, all legal avenues of overturning the execution have been exhausted and appeal after appeal have only served to delay the fateful day. But it finally dawns on that day and the condemned concedes that his/her fate is sealed.… Read More Zamzam Abdullah’s beheading: Saudi Arabia won’t clean up its act and Ethiopia couldn’t care less

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

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

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