2020: Opposition’s Political Myopia to hand EPRDF victory on a platter?

By Zecharias Zelalem |||
Ethiopia’s much hyped 2020 General Elections are two years away and people are already buzzing with excitement and glee. Ethiopia may be on the brink of its sixth multiparty elections, but the country is yet to conduct a nationwide electoral campaign agreed by both international observers and voters to have been free and fair. … Read More 2020: Opposition’s Political Myopia to hand EPRDF victory on a platter?

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Here is what Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said and what he didn’t say

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| After a day of journalistic mishaps and mistranslations in both local and international press, we have some clarity on what exactly Ethiopian leaders said and did not say during Wednesday’s surprise announcement.… Read More Here is what Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said and what he didn’t say

Oromo-Somali conundrum: Can Ethiopia tame the Liyu police?

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Ethiopia says hundreds of Oromos killed and hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced from their homes in still ongoing violent clashes in the Eastern part of the country.

Conflict along the border of Ethiopia’s Oromia and Somali states is not new. The two states have seen sporadic episodes of clashes and raids along the common border for more than a decade.… Read More Oromo-Somali conundrum: Can Ethiopia tame the Liyu police?

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

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

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”