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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Somalia and the Saudi battleship that saw Siad Barre’s demise

Saturday August 5th 2017 By Zecharias Zelalem. The diplomatic row between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors has now become a protracted stalemate. Despite its diplomatic connections and petrodollar soaked influence, Saudi Arabia, the key conspirator in the regional posturing game, has so far gained precious little for their monumental decision to impose a debilitating… Read More Somalia and the Saudi battleship that saw Siad Barre’s demise

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

SAUDI CHOPPER MASSACRE: Analysis of the deaths of 42 Somali Refugees at sea and why justice is beyond them

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| On the night of March 16-17 2017, forty two Somali refugees, all registered and documented by the UNHCR, were brutally killed off the coast of Yemen near the waters of the Bab El Mandeb strait when the boat they were travelling in was attacked from the air… Read More SAUDI CHOPPER MASSACRE: Analysis of the deaths of 42 Somali Refugees at sea and why justice is beyond them

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

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

GUTS BUT NO GLORY: Why beheading videos may be a sign of Daesh desperation

By Zecharias Zelalem |||

Eerie music is playing in the background. Despite knowing the grim horrors of what is to come, any sane viewer who dares to watch one of these gruesome murder videos cannot help but hold his/her breathe. In the next scene of the video, a dozen or so men, hands tied behind their backs, are shepherded into an abattoir by two or three militants clad in long white tunics. One of them has a giant knife. The victims are forced to lie in a pile in a corner faces downwards. One by one, they are dragged off by the depraved barbaric militants who then cling them to meat hooks used to suspend sheep upside down in midair, and facilitate their slaughter. Except that instead of cattle as is custom, adult men, probably heads of households and sole breadwinners are the ones being forced to hang upside down awaiting their slaughter, or having already been killed, to facilitate the draining of their blood.… Read More GUTS BUT NO GLORY: Why beheading videos may be a sign of Daesh desperation

ETHIOPIA SMITES AL SHABAB BLIETZKRIEG: A look at the showdown in Halgan Somalia

By Zecharias Zelalem |||
Thursday, June 9th 2016. Halgan district of Hiran, Somalia. A military clash erupts when militants of the Al Qaeda allied Al Shabab group attack an Ethiopian army patrolled African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base, some 120 km south of the city of Beledweyne, a hub of Ethiopian military movement, and approximately 160 km from the Ethiopian border. What everyone agrees with is that the Al Shabab contingent launched their attack at dawn with a car bomb at the gate of the base and proceeded to attack the base with heavy weaponry. The events that transpired over the following hours have been told and retold so many times with so many different versions that it can be quite tricky to guess which side made tactical gains, or even claimed a scalp.… Read More ETHIOPIA SMITES AL SHABAB BLIETZKRIEG: A look at the showdown in Halgan Somalia

“FORGIVING THE TERRORISTS IS UP TO GOD”…Why Putin didn’t and wouldn’t say such a thing

This quote allegedly said by none other than Russia’s President, a man with a well known hardline stance when it comes to dealing with terrorists has been requoted, retweeted, shared and liked hundreds of thousands of times across social media over the course of the past 72 hours or so.… Read More “FORGIVING THE TERRORISTS IS UP TO GOD”…Why Putin didn’t and wouldn’t say such a thing