A controversial plan by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, is set to be scrapped after a key member of the ruling coalition withdrew its support. The expansion plan sparked deadly violence in the central-southern state of Oromia, which surrounds Addis Ababa.
Rights groups say that at least 150 protesters have died and another 5,000 have been arrested by security forces. Similar protests in May 2014 left dozens of protesters dead.
The 5th round of the Ethiopian ‘elections’ has been and gone. Most predictions have been shown to be on the ball. The ruling EPRDF coalition has ‘won’ in a landslide; and in the process slightly increased its majority in the parliament from the 99.8% it had ‘won’ in 2010 to 100% this year. There were no surprises, and it appears to be business as usual for the incumbent ‘led’ by the Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (PM HD). Continue reading Hailemariam Desalegn: A ‘Seat Warmer’ or an Unwitting Potentially Powerful Puppet?→
Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom’s scandalous bedtime fairy tale that he told to the people of Ethiopia on TV, radio and social media about an award-winning 14-year old schoolgirl that came all the way from Australia with 20 million dollars in her pocket to partner with the regime has suffered a final blow. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Scandal-Hit FM Blames the Schoolgirl→
THE general election looming ahead in 2015 is already casting a shadow over the Ethiopian government, whose sole uniting bond would seem to be its praise for the memory of its late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
His portraits are on all the walls in Addis Ababa, which was not the case when he was alive, and in the Federal Assembly a video projector plays his speeches with the aim of inspiring the new MPs. And yet, since Meles Zenawi died in August 2012, the federal government has been rudderless, lacking a descendent.
Academic activities such as studying, teaching, inventing, leading, administrating and other responsibilities in a university or college require at a minimum academic freedom. Unfortunately, however, academic freedom in higher education institutions of Ethiopia is drier than the Sahara desert.
Ethiopians who have been part of these institutions as a student, teacher, or any other workers have been grilled by this desert. Although, no one can tell better than we, the victims of this inferno; national and international human rights organizations have documented the absence of freedom of expression, association, and assembly in the colleges and Universities of Ethiopia . Continue reading The State of Higher Education Students in Ethiopia→