Meles Zenawi and the culturally intuitive devastation of Badme

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

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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

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

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

PHONY HANDSHAKES AND FAKE SMILES: How Eritrea based “mergers” and “deals” have exposed our political immaturity above anything else

By Zecharias Zelalem |||

A major Ethiopian political plot twist, which saw a leader of an Eritrean based militant group and several hundred of his underlings defect back to Ethiopia from their armed opposition stance in Eritrea last year, was all the rage at the time in our political junky scene… Read More PHONY HANDSHAKES AND FAKE SMILES: How Eritrea based “mergers” and “deals” have exposed our political immaturity above anything else

BLOODSHED IN GAMBELLA: Shades of an Inside Job

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Just three days away from the first year anniversary of the massacre of twenty eight Ethiopians at the hands of a Daesh affiliated sect in Libya, the nation has been brought to her knees in fresh mourning yet again. In what sounds eerily similar to the recounts of mass killings committed against Bosniaks in Srebrenica and Tutsis in Rwanda, hundreds of ethnic Nuer Ethiopian civilians were slaughtered by what the Ethiopian government has described as rogue bandits who crossed the border from South Sudan. The death toll ranges from as low as 140 according to government estimates, to as high as 170 as reported by the France based Sudanese website Sudan Tribune. Despite the lack of images and on the ground reporting, the ghastly depictions of hundreds of defenseless women and children being killed at whim by a gang of blood thirsty marauding terrorists has plunged the Ethiopian nation into mourning, as we continue to ask the poignant questions that are never served with a satisfying answer: why always us?… Read More BLOODSHED IN GAMBELLA: Shades of an Inside Job