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Ethiopia’s ‘Jihadi’ Film and its Boomerang Effects

“The film is designed to portray the Muslim community’s struggle for religious freedom as a terrorist ploy to ‘establish an Islamic state’.”

The film seeks to transform the "demands for freedom of religion" into a joint criminal enterprise with terror groups.
The film seeks to transform the “demands for freedom of religion” into a joint criminal enterprise with terror groups.

By Awol K Allo,

On February 5, 2013, Ethiopia’s only and publicly funded Television Station, ETV, aired a controversial documentary during prime time in violation of an outstanding court injunction. Oddly subtitled “Boko Haram in Ethiopia“, Jihadawi Harekat – Arabic for “jihadi movement” – ­denounces leaders of Ethiopia’s year-long protest movement for alleged links to foreign terrorists.

Muslims in Ethiopia have been protesting the government’s control of the Supreme Islamic Council and its imposition of al-Ahbash, an unknown Islamic sect across mosques in Ethiopia. Continue reading Ethiopia’s ‘Jihadi’ Film and its Boomerang Effects

Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

“Jihadawi Harekat” is a smear campaign designed to vilify, malign, demean and marginalize Ethiopian Muslims

Century-old peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia is now under threat from the country’s minority rulers 

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity  (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by  systemic corruption.

GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.” TI gave Ethiopia a score of  2.7 on the Corruption Index (on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 means “highly corrupt” and 10 means “very clean”).  Continue reading Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear