Tag Archives: Ethnic Conflict

The Threat of Intraethnic Strife in Ethiopia

Consensus has to be established first within ethnic groups before national unity can be achieved in Ethiopia.

BY ADEM K ABEBE (PHD) | AL JAZEERA

When news broke of an alleged attempt to remove the security detail of Oromo activist and media mogul Jawar Mohammed, hundreds of his supporters flocked to his residence in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital and capital of the Oromia region. Continue reading The Threat of Intraethnic Strife in Ethiopia

Challenges to Ethiopia’s Regional Ambitions

Rampant sectarian violence, internal ethnic divisions and competing interest over the region puts the path to Ethiopia’s revival as an influential power in Africa a challenge.

BY XIAN HONG SAY

The Maekelawi prison had a history of torture and repression until it was officially closed on 7 April 2018. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s decision to open it to the public, was praised by human rights organisations as the next step towards political liberalisation. The timing, however, is suspect, given the recent sectarian violence and the failed coup d’état in mid-June 2019. Continue reading Challenges to Ethiopia’s Regional Ambitions

Will Reforms, Eritrean Deal Save Abiy in 2020?

Election 2020 or not, Eritrea has a vested interest over the security and stability of a PM Abiy led-Ethiopia. Period.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | THE EAST AFRICAN

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s year-long tenure in office has been punctuated with reforms and a departure from the inward-looking policies of his predecessors Hailemariam Desalegn and Meles Zenawi. Continue reading Will Reforms, Eritrean Deal Save Abiy in 2020?

Power Shift in Ethiopia Creates New Tensions, and Tigrayans Fears

Shaking up Ethiopia’s government risks exacerbating several long-simmering ethnic rivalries

Disagreements over land and resources between the 80 different ethnic groups in Ethiopia have often led to violence and mass displacement, but a fast and unprecedented shift of power led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is causing new strains, the so called experts say.

BY JAMES JEFEEREY | IRIN NEWS

Ethnic tensions are the biggest problem for Ethiopia right now,” Tewodrose Tirfe, chair of the Amhara Association of America, a US-based advocacy group that played a significant role in lobbying the US government to censor the former regime. “You’ve got millions of people displaced – it’s a humanitarian crisis, and it could get out of control.” Continue reading Power Shift in Ethiopia Creates New Tensions, and Tigrayans Fears

Mob Killings Split Ethiopians as Political Fault Lines Test Abiy’s Big Tent

Fatal attacks in Addis Ababa area represent only the tip of recent violence, as local disputes flare during transition, and an ideological struggle heats up. (Photo source: Al Jazeera)

BY NIZAR MANEK & ERMIAS TASFAYE | ETHIOPIA INSIGHT

Between two popular celebratory rallies by contrasting opposition movements, Ethiopia’s deadly communal violence spread to the heart of the federation, shocking Addis Ababa, and fueling recriminations. Continue reading Mob Killings Split Ethiopians as Political Fault Lines Test Abiy’s Big Tent

Eritrea Foiling Wars by Other Means

Psychological-warfare, economic-warfare, and war against culture and nationalism

The TPLF employed all its resources and played zero-sum game against Eritrea knowing full it has no chance of winning. Now is the time for all affected people of the region to work together to rid of this vermin once and for all.

BY AMANUEL BIEDEMARIAM

The Tigrayan Minority apartheid regime in Ethiopia is crumbling, falling-apart and is at the precipice of total annihilation. That is welcome news for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.

Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) betrayed Eritrea. Betting on the fall of the Eritrean government and with the support of their western handlers, the late master-traitor-in-chief, Meles Zenawi, was on a quest to destroy Eritrea once and for all. Continue reading Eritrea Foiling Wars by Other Means