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

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