By Fikrejesus Amahazion,
AS 2014 draws to a close, the recent defection of several high-level Ethiopian military personnel , and the Ethiopian government’s bloody crackdown on protests in Bahir Dar  highlight serious questions about Ethiopia’s tense internal socio-political situation and the West’s ongoing support for Ethiopia’s repressive government.
Late last week, in Bahir Dar, several people were killed and many others wounded after police abruptly opened fire on protesters defending a sacred site against government-sponsored demolition.  On the heels of the crackdown, several military pilots and a technician absconded with MI-35 helicopters; notably, the defections are only the latest in a series of similar such high-profile desertions. Continue reading Examining Ethiopia: Bahir Dar, Defections and Indonesia