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?

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

Bloomberg’s Blooper on the Oromo Protests

The tidal wave of emotion which has swept the country since the start of the Oromo protests movement about a month or so ago shows no sign of slowing, with some activists claiming that the number of cities and towns engulfed by unhappy, frustrated, yet very vocal and determined masses of unarmed marchers has reached a staggering one hundred in the Oromia region alone… Read More Bloomberg’s Blooper on the Oromo Protests

Our approach to the Oromo Protests is a DISASTER and here’s why

It’s been about a month or so now since reports have emerged of the resumption of last year’s Oromo protests against the Ethiopian government’s planned implementation of the Addis Ababa Master Plan. The flame which had been lit in Haramaya University has now engulfed the country, with daily protests being held at universities across the country.… Read More Our approach to the Oromo Protests is a DISASTER and here’s why