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What Happens Next in Ethiopia’s Political Turmoil

Abiy’s ultimate goal is to move Ethiopia away from ethnic politics.
Abiy’s ultimate goal is to move Ethiopia away from ethnic politics, closer to the kind of secular federalism that exists elsewhere. The problem? It’s not clear that’s what Ethiopians want, and it’s not clear he can drive that in a democracy. (Photo: @AbiyAhmedAli)

BY IAN BREMMER | TIME MAGAZINE

This week Ethiopia’s government entered the controversial sixth year of its five-year mandate. But the administration of Abiy Ahmed isn’t going anywhere… not even after a particularly violent summer. Covid-19 has produced plenty of political drama these last few months, but Ethiopia has experienced more than most—here’s why. Continue reading What Happens Next in Ethiopia’s Political Turmoil

Killing of Oromo Singer Sparks Ethiopia Unrest

The assassination of a prominent Oromo musician, Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, sparks anger and unrest in Oromia region and other parts of Ethiopia.

BY TESFANEWS*

Youths enraged by the killing of a popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa burned tyres in Ethiopia’s capital as unrest start to spread in other cities.

In Adama, 90km south-east of Addis Ababa, five people died after being shot during demonstrations and 75 others were injured, hospital chief executive Dr. Mekonnin Feyisa told BBC Afaan Aromo. Continue reading Killing of Oromo Singer Sparks Ethiopia Unrest

Sudan’s President Orders Release of All Political Prisoners

“To strengthen the spirit of reconciliation, national harmony and peace created by the national dialogue”

Sudan’s state news agency says President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners, effective immediately, as part of national dialogue efforts.

BY REUTERS

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of all political prisoners held in the country, state news agency SUNA said on Tuesday.

The decision came in response to calls from political parties and groups that have participated in the country’s ongoing national dialogue to grant detainees the opportunity to engage in the political process, SUNA reported. Continue reading Sudan’s President Orders Release of All Political Prisoners

Somaliland, East Africa’s Strongest Democracy

Though unrecognized by the international community, the country benefits from a strong social contract between government and citizens

Somaliland held its sixth peaceful, competitive and relatively clean vote yesterday. This unparalleled record makes it the strongest democracy in the region.

BY THE ECONOMIST

Drop a pin on a map of eastern Africa and chances are it will not land on a healthy democracy. Somalia and South Sudan are failed states. Sudan is a dictatorship, as are the police states of Eritrea, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Continue reading Somaliland, East Africa’s Strongest Democracy

Gettn’ Down With Ethiopia’s Thugtators!

Do you really want to know how the “Black Caesars” of the TPLF rock and rolled with Il Padrone, the Godfather, in the house? (AFP/Getty Images)

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

GET down, like James Brown! Dances with the stars? Dances with wolves? How about dances with thugs! The Godfather of Soul, or as his fans call him J.B. (R.I.P. J.B.) had a song called, “The Boss”. It’s a cut on the soundtrack album for the movie “Black Caesar”.

The movie is about an African American man who joins the New York mafia and becomes the head of a black crime syndicate in Harlem. Continue reading Gettn’ Down With Ethiopia’s Thugtators!

Ethiopian Opposition Group Threatens Armed Resistance

Freedom First. Armed struggle as the only viable option to bring democratic change in Ethiopia

By Douglas Mpuga | VOA News,

Ethiopia’s opposition Ginbot 7 Movement for Unity and Democracy has decided to use armed resistance in addition to peaceful resistance against the government in Addis Ababa. This follows the move of the group’s leader from the United States to Eritrea.

Berhanu Nega travelled to Ethiopia’s northern neighbor following the merger of his Ginbot 7 with the Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front. “It’s true he travelled to Eritrea, he went on July 17, 2015,” said the spokesman for the group, Dr. Tadesse Biru. Continue reading Ethiopian Opposition Group Threatens Armed Resistance