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

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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?

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

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”

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

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