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Ethiopia:Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu wins 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Guillermo Cano

Paris, 16 April – Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Ms Alemu was recommended by an independent international jury of media professionals in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.” The Jury took note of Reeyot Alemu’s contribution to […]


Ethiopia:Meles Foundation launched

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The Meles Foundation, established in honour of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, was inaugurated on 6th April at the African Union in the presence of high-level dignitaries including Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and former First Lady Azeb Mesfin. The Meles Foundation will serve as a memorial centre to the late PM’s great contribution towards […]


Ethiopia: Right in Prison, Wrong on the Throne


Last April, I wrote a “Special Tribute to My Personal Hero Eskinder Nega”.  In that tribute, I groped for words as I tried to describe this common Ethiopian man of uncommon valor, an ordinary journalist of extraordinary integrity and audacity. Frankly, what could be said of a simple man of humility possessed of indomitable dignity? […]


Ethiopia:This is the true reality in Somali regional state: not what the regional propaganda machineries depict


We have got hold of a study carried out by a foreign consultant about the reality in Somali regional state. Unlike what daily being broadcasted and posted by the Ethiopian Somali Television (ESTV) and Cakaranews and many regional president personally sponsored websites all over the world, the leaked report clearly depicts that the actual development […]


Ethiopia:Ethiopian isaq community Report;What they do not want you to hear

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                                                                                                                                                      2 April 2013 Recently a UK Isaq Diaspora group travelled to Ethiopia to appeal against the social economic and political discrimination the Ethiopian Isaq community experiencing in the Somali regional state since the current regional government came to power.  The Diasporas group visited the whole eight districts the Isaq community inhabit and saw in […]


Ethiopia: Land and Ethiopia’s Corruptocracy


Professor A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the renowned Indian scientist (“Missile Man of India”)  and Eleventh President of India (2002-2007) said, “If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and […]


Ethiopia:Let ‘Same-Wade’ (good-riddance) Objective Bear fruit

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Just a few days ago, the Somali Regional President, Abdi Mohamed Omar, launched an extensive official tour throughout the 8 districts the Isaq Ethiopian Somali Community resides. This official tour exactly coincided with the dates, 16th and 17th of March 2013, which was one year anniversary when 23 more than two dozens of innocent pastoralists […]


Somalia:Ethiopia Leaves A Vacuum

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March 22, 2013: The government considers al Shabaab done as a major military force and is now considered a threat as bandits and terrorists. The AU (African Union) peacekeepers and government troops continue to chase the Islamic radicals out of towns and villages in central Somalia. There are not enough troops available to police all […]


Somalia: AU Somali force readies for possible Ethiopia pullout

AU forces on Patrol

African Union forces battling Islamist insurgents in Somalia are preparing troops to take over should Ethiopia withdraw more soldiers from the region, their commander said Thursday. “We have in place contingent measures to ensure that areas in Bay and Bakool…remain stable and secure in the event of further Ethiopian troop withdrawals,” said Andrew Gutti, commander […]


New Political Strategics In Ethiopian Zone Five Region

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For the first time in its recent history, the Somali administration of the Ethiopian Zone 5 region is trying both hands-on-the job and establishment of decentralized state management in areas it assumed before. Regional President Abdi Muhummed Omar was yesterday received in a tumultuous and hilarious reception upon reaching Laanqayrta District as the area Sultan […]


Ethiopia: Rumors of Water War on the Nile?


Dam War of Words Late last month, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan fired a shot across the bow from the Arab Water Council in Cairo to let the regime in Ethiopia know that his country takes a dim view of the “Grand Renaissance Dam” under “construction” on the Blue Nile (Abbay) […]


The Moral Equivalent of an Anti-Apartheid Movement in Ethiopia?


Ethiopian Muslims engaged in the moral equivalent of an anti-Apartheid movement? In her recent commentary in the New York Times Book Review, “Obama: Failing the African Spring?”, Dr. Helen Epstein questioned the Obama Administration for turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Africa, and particularly the persecution of Muslims in Ethiopia. She argued […]


Somaliland: What Kind Of Lesson We Can Learn From Ethiopia!

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“Meles we commit to fulfill your vision” a note on a pill board in Addis-Ababa. It is hard to believe that Ethiopia once was one of traditionally famine, drought and economically decrepit nations in the horn of Africa when compared to its position in Africa today. Over the last twenty two years the Ethiopian economic […]


Ethiopia: The prototype democratic state in the making

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Conventional wisdom  says that democracy has been a Holy Grail that generations of Africans have been pursuing. And yet, it is very difficult to tell with certainty what African intellectuals and politicians mean by democracy. In the Western social scientific discourse, there are two diametrically opposite conceptions of democracy: the Linconian and the Schumpeterian types of […]


Africa: Is Ethiopia a police state?

Police Addis

By Ethiopiawi It was some time ago, while browsing the Internet, that I chanced upon the somalilandpress website. Since then, I have visited it often. I am curious to know what the neighbors of the oldest independent nation in the world, Ethiopia, think of it. I have come to realize that only in Eritrean websites […]


Ethiopia: The Prototype African Police State

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The sights and sounds of an African police state When Erin Burnett of CNN visited Ethiopia in July 2012, she came face-to-face with the ugly face of an African police state: We saw what an African police state looked like when I was in Ethiopia last month… At the airport, it took an hour to […]


Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear


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 […]


Somaliland: Army Boss Makes Unexpected Visit to Ethiopia


Somaliland Chief of Staff Major General Ismael Shaqale and the chief of operations for Somaliland forces Brigadier General Abdullah Haji Jama accompanied by unspecified number of senior officers have left the country headed to Ethiopia. Although the exact reason of the visit is still unclear unconfirmed sources indicated top military officers representing both countries are […]