A myth underlying Western relations with Ethiopia regards that country’s military as a reliable and stable partner in the Horn of Africa and has dominated U.S. and European policy for more than two decades. This narrative has of late been increasing in influence and impact as foreign allies have grown increasingly dependent on Ethiopia to help defeat the extremist Al Shabaab insurgency in Somalia. Ethiopian support for other African peacekeeping missions is needed from time to time as well. Yet, to quote a Feb. 2016 Stratfor analysis, Continue reading The Myth of a Stable Ethiopia under a Minority Regime→
President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa, touted as his legacy tour, did not garner the attention and excitement in the mainstream media as his previous visits did. The US President’s itinerary included only two countries, Ethiopia and Kenya and analysts in the region speculated that he chose the two nations, one of them for being his father’s hometown and the other for being the headquarters of the African Union. It was also the first time a sitting U.S. President had visited Kenya or Ethiopia. Of the two, most questioned his trip to Ethiopia, a country ruled by a repressive entrenched minority regime, whose lawlessness and belligerence have been a source of embarrassment to US Administrations, which claim to support human rights and democracy in Africa, but look the other way when Ethiopia, a “staunch US ally” commits crimes against its own people and others in the region. His visit to Kenya on the other hand, was considered less controversial and regarded as being a family reunion of sorts. Continue reading Barack Obama’s Visit to the Horn of Africa – Another Squandered Opportunity→
FIVE opposition rebel groups fighting against the Ethiopian government have signed a cooperation agreement that they say would culminate in eventual unification.
In a press statement sent to ESAT on May 15, 2015, Tigray People’s Democratic Movement (TPDM), Gambella People’s Liberation Movement (GPLM), Benishangul Peoples Liberation Movement (BPLM), Amhara Democratic Force Movement (ADFM) and Arbegnoch Ginbot 7 for Unity and Democratic Movement (AGUDM) had signed an agreement to liberate the people of Ethiopia from suppression and to bring democracy and stability to the country. Continue reading Five Armed Ethiopian Opposition Forces Agreed to Unite→
THEIR mission inside Eritrea enters its second week. The Two prominent reporters from the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) yesterday reported about their unexpected encounter with President Isaias Afwerki. What caught the reporters with surprise was the place of the encounter as it happens fast and without a warrant. Continue reading ESAT’s Candid Encounter with President Isaias→