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The Rise of Islamophobia in Ethiopia

Recent demands have been the most vocal and the most sustained in the history of Ethiopian Muslims. But if they have gone the least bit beyond the scope of religion, then, ironically, they have been overtly secularist.

The recent year long protest and demands have been the most vocal and the most sustained in the history of Ethiopian Muslims
DANGER – The government’s uncanny response to basic demands has created a new collective consciousness among Ethiopian Muslims

By OpenDemocracy.net,

Many observers have documented the rise in Islamophobic sentiments in many western lands, especially since 9/11. While any collective castigation of a community is as stupid as it is immoral, sometimes it is not surprising.

When innocent people get confronted successively with the shocking facts of sudden loss of life and property by through the actions of certain members of a group of people, the suspicion towards the whole group gets amplified.  Continue reading The Rise of Islamophobia in Ethiopia

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