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Ethiopian Premier Abiy in the support Rally of Addis Ababa escaped alive in an expected blast.

Ethiopian Premier Abiy in the support Rally of Addis Ababa escaped alive in an expected blast. Is it TPLF attempt to shock treat the Premier from his extravagance discourses, or an external enemy to destabilize his regime?

The prime minister has condemned an attack on a huge rally where he’d been speaking, calling it an attempt to undermine the country’s unity.

The rally organizer said the prime minister had been targeted, although he was not injured. The deputy police commissioner for the capital, Addis Ababa, and eight other police and security officials were arrested. A witness said that the assailant with the grenade had been wrestled to the ground by police before it exploded. Over 100 wounded and one killed.

Eritrea has condemned the attack on Mr Abiy’s rally. Its ambassador to Japan Estifanos Afeworki stated a “demonstration for peace”, which he has known as the very first of its sort “in the history of Ethiopia”.

The US embassy in Addis Ababa: “Violence has no spot as Ethiopia pursues meaningful political and economic reforms.

TPLF regime ceded to Eritrea Ethiopian historical land preserved with blood and bones for centuries

TPLF regime ceded to Eritrea Ethiopian historical land preserved with blood and bones for centuries.

The Horn of Africa neighbours have remained at odds since a 1998-2000 war [File: AP]

Eritrean dictator  chose not to replay on Ethiopia’s TPLF regime announcement without national consultation.

The new decision definitively land locked Ethiopia for good, with no hope of  having direct access to the Red Sea.

Hundreds  of thousands of people were killed in the half a century old conflict and Eritrea remains on a war footing, demanding that Ethiopia withdraws from the  so called “occupied territory”.

Ethiopia became landlocked in 1993 after Eritrea, which comprised the country’s entire Red Sea coast, voted to leave without  giving any chanace of consulting Ethiopian population.

The territory  Badme’s 15,000 people are veterans of a 1998-2000 conflict that   conscripts forced to march through minefields toward Eritrean trenches.

Landlocked Ethiopia seeks portal union with Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan long after losing her ports to Eritrea!

Landlocked Ethiopia after losing her ports since Eritrea gained independence in the early 90s, making arguments to win dry ports in neighbouring countries.  Ethiopian prime minister demonstrated in his recent tour.

‘‘Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan will now work towards a true economic union with joint investments and ownership of projects because our people’s shared prosperity and security depend on it”.Abiy.

Port of Djibouti-Abiy and president Omar Guelleh reached a deal for Ethiopia to take a stake in the Port of Djibouti. Port of Djibouti currently handles up to 95% of inbound trade for landlocked Ethiopia. The desire to cut reliance on this port, reduce congestion and cut costs is thought to be the reason behind this move to invest in the region’s ports, roads, railways and aviation projects. Ethiopia would give in return to Djibouti the option of taking stakes in state-owned Ethiopian firms including the lucrative Ethiopian Airlines. Djibouti had been seeking investors for its port since it terminated Dubai’s state-owned DP World’s concession to run the port two months ago, citing a failure to resolve a six-year contractual dispute.

Barabara Port Ethiopia’s agreement to acquire a 19 percent stake in the Port of Berbera in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland.

Port of  Sudan-Abiy and president Omar Hassan al Bashir agreed on a deal that will allow Ethiopia to have a stake in Port Sudan. The two leaders also agreed to develop the border town of Assosa including building a new railway line to facilitate movement of goods and people between the two countries. Sudan back Ethiopia’s construction of a $4billion dam on the Nile, which when completed will be Africa’s largest hydropower station.

Port in Kenya-Abiy and   Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to revive  Lamu port-“The Kenyan side will facilitate the formal acquisition of land at the Lamu port to be given to the Ethiopian government,” Ethiopia and Kenya will work on joint projects including railways and roads including developing the border town of Moyale to control the violence that erupts there. Ethiopia-Kenya interconnection transmission line and to jointly supervise and inspect the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo-Moyale and Moy agreed to finalise ale-Hawassa-Addis Ababa road networks.

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The Nomination of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as a Ethiopian Premier by TPLF controlled EPRDF- a facade not a change in continuity?

Abiy’ rise to become Prime Minister – head of government – is premised on approval by the TPLF’s  Council and subsequent approval by the parliament. EPRDF election process is a mere formality.  He will take over from Hailemariam Desalegn who resigned his post in mid-February amid of mass protest.

He completed a PhD in 2017 from Institute for Peace and Security Studies at Addis Ababa University.

Abiy was elected on Thursday as chairman of the TPLF  puppet Oromo Peoples’ Democratic Organization (OPDO), which boosted his chances of being appointed the premier.

He comes from a military and intelligence background and ranked as high as a colonel in the TPLF dominated Ethiopian army. He was also a member of the peacekeeping force that was deployed in Rwanda.

The violence erupted in the Oromo and Amhara regions in 2015 and 2016 over opposition to a plan to expand the capital Addis Ababa. The demonstrations then turned into protests against political restrictions and human rights violations. Hundreds of people have killed thousands in prison in the unrest.

All Ethiopians know that  ” The Nomination of Dr Abiy Ahmed as an Ethiopian Premier by TPLF controlled EPRDF- a facade does not change in continuity?

Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of destabilizing security, but Eritrea Rejects !

Ethiopia has accused neighboring Eritrea of attempting to compromise its security by supporting “destructive” groups.

According to reports Ethiopia’s state television, Eritrea is supporting groups smuggling weapons across the border. Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency as the country works to replace prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn who announced his resignation last month.

Eritrea’s government rejected allegations by neighboring Ethiopia that it’s trying to destabilize the country after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned last month.

“This false allegation doesn’t merit a serious response,” Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel said Monday in an emailed response to questions. “The regime is desperately trying to deflect attention from its intractable domestic crisis — of its own making — and find external scapegoats.”

Eritrea to Ethiopia: Deal with your security crisis, stop chasing scapegoats

Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are constantly strained, largely due to a difficult history between the two countries which has included two wars over independence and border disputes. It’s not unusual for Ethiopia to accuse Eritrea of compromising its security interests but this is the first case since the country’s latest state of emergency.

“This false allegation doesn’t merit a serious response,”  Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel said Monday in an emailed response to questions. “The regime is desperately trying to deflect attention from its intractable domestic crisis — of its own making — and find external scapegoats.”

The state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. on March 17 quoted the country’s police chief as saying Eritrea has “tried to destabilize the peace and security of our country by organizing and sending anti-peace forces to Ethiopia.” The interference has taken place since before and after a state of emergency was declared in the Horn of Africa nation, it said.

Tensions along the border have raised concerns over security in the Horn of Africa. The EU said it was “deeply concerned” about the ongoing dispute over territory between the two nations.

“The EU remains deeply concerned that the present stalemate continues to put regional stability at risk, with potentially negative implications on international peace and security as well as international trade, and hampers regional cooperation and development,” EU chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement in April 2017.

Ethiopia must deal with its home generated security crisis

Ethiopia’s Security Crisis Self-inflicted  Herman Cohen

However, Ethiopia’s biggest problems right now are internal as the country holds its second state of emergency within a year and discontent among opposition groups increases. According to Ethiopian opposition politician Bekele Gerba, irreversible changes are taking place in the country.

“There is a huge change in this country, especially the region we live in, the Oromia state,” he said earlier this month. “We feel that some kind of air of freedom is here, but this is regarded by the federal government as a threat.”

TPLF massacre in Borana Moyale is not a Minute desperation rather modus operandi for the last 27 years.

In Ethiopia, TPLF regime in Ethiopia massacre in Borana Moyale is not a Minute desperation rather modus operandi last 27 years.

The regime soldiers shot and killed at least ten civilians and wounded more than a dozen others in an unprovoked attack in Moyale, thousands flee to Kenya.

Ethiopian regime declared a six-month state of emergency on February 16. On March 2, parliament approved the implementation of the nationwide decree in a rigged vote, which led to strikes and protests across Oromia.

TPLF AGAZi soldiers had instructed the regional police force to leave Moyale before perpetrating the killings.

Under Ethiopian second state of emergency, 30 civilians, including minors, have been killed by the military-run Command Post which oversees the emergency decree. More than 60 others have been wounded.

Ethiopia has been in a political turmoil and deadly protests for over two years.

Since the first state of emergency, hundreds were killed and tens of thousands detained. About a million people have been displaced.

 

Ethiopian State of Emergency and US Rex Tillerson’s visit, saves the situation, or advice the regime share or leave power?

Rex Tillerson’s visit, saves the situation, or advice the regime share or leave power?

Strikes protesting Ethiopia’s state of emergency spread across the restive Oromia region ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival for talks with the Horn of Africa nation’s embattled government.

More than two years of protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions have left hundreds of people dead, while recent conflict between the Oromia and Somali regions has forced over 900,000 people from their homes. Combined, they pose the largest challenge to Ethiopia’s ruling coalition since it took power a quarter-century ago.

He was due to visit the African Union where many officials are still smarting from U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported dismissal of member states as “shithole” countries in January. Trump later denied making the comment.

The U.S. Secretary of State is visiting  Ethiopia, the home of the African Union, and Kenya – both key U.S. allies in the fight against al Shabaab Islamist militants in Somalia.

He  scheduled to visit tiny Djibouti, host to sprawling U.S., French and Chinese military bases.

The state of emergency  in Ethiopia, forbids rallies and public meetings without permission, strikes and absence from work “without enough reason,” Fana Broadcasting Corp., which is funded by the ruling party, reported. The government also declared illegal any “intentional under-performance,” disruption of transport services, social-media posts and distribution of publications that could incite violence.

Eritrean Insurgency a proxy Force to Balkanize Ethiopia!

Richest 1 Percent Get 82 Percent of the Wealth 77 Ethiopians living below the poverty line Oxfam

Employees of the Eastern Industrial Zone, shoe manufacturing park at work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 5, 2017. The visit was organized by Oxfam International's Africa-China Dialogue (ACDP) and Wits Africa-China Reporting Project as part of the Media Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements: Agriculture Developments, Climate Change, Industrialization, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Agenda 2063. (Sharon Tshipa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Employees of the Eastern Industrial Zone shoe manufacturing park at work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 5, 2017. (Sharon Tshipa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The advocacy group claims the growing disparity shows that the global economy values wealth over work.

By Katelyn Newman , Digital Producer, Staff Writer |Jan. 22, 2018, at 9:10 a.m.

Oxfam: World’s Richest 1 Percent Get 82 Percent of the Wealth

Employees of the Eastern Industrial Zone, shoe manufacturing park at work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 5, 2017. The visit was organized by Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue (ACDP) and Wits Africa-China Reporting Project as part of the Media Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements: Agriculture Developments, Climate Change, Industrialization, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Agenda 2063. (Sharon Tshipa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Employees of the Eastern Industrial Zone shoe manufacturing park at work in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 5, 2017. (Sharon Tshipa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The gap in income inequality grew in 2017 as the super rich got richer while the poorest witnessed no change in wealth, the charity organization Oxfam claimed Monday in its latest report.

The advocacy group estimates that the world’s richest 1 percent reaped 82 percent of its wealth last year while the poorest half saw no increase at all. The reasons for the growing disparity boil down to tax evasion, firms’ influence on policy, erosion of workers’ rights and cost cutting, and it shows that the global economy values wealth over work, the organization stated.

Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest nations with half of its 77 million people currently living below the poverty line and its level of child malnutrition is the highest in the world. In Ethiopia Oxfam focuses on sustainable livelihoods, water and sanitation, agriculture, climate research, gender and humanitarian issues.
After more than three decades of civil war, Ethiopia has been drained of its scarce resources and deprived of its regular agricultural production. Drought and environmental degradation have been major issues forcing large numbers of people to leave their homes.

Drought crisis – Oxfam is responding

Ethiopia has suffered erratic and failed rains for the past 18 months and the situation has been made worse by this year’s super El Niño. We are currently responding to the drought crisis in 5 regions: Fafan, Jarar, Dollo, Korahe and Afder (Somali Region). We have helped approximately 750,000 people so far. (October 2017). You can help now.

Oxfam in Ethiopia

We have been working in Ethiopia since the early 1970’s to address the underlying causes of poverty and marginalization.
Sustainable livelihoods
We focus on improving food and income security through better access to production technology and sustainable markets, especially for women, and by facilitating private and public sector engagement to enable access to markets.
Public services
We work to ensure people have access to improved public services as well as supporting women to lead decision making in service development and management. We work closely with communities and local government to build their capacity to manage their own public services and support government and donors to make investments in water, sanitation and hygiene services transparently and effectively.
Disaster risk reduction
We work to improve community preparedness to disasters, with a key to focussing on gender in emergencies. We work to enable more people in disaster affected communities to access life-saving assistance and support to rebuild and protect their livelihoods. Oxfam influences key duty bearers to ensure timely responses to humanitarian crisis in accordance with humanitarian law and standards.
Supporting women
We push to change attitudes and beliefs on gender based violence, and to empower women to act as leaders and to support their access to economic opportunities.

Sudan Eritrean tension the prelude of the coming water war between Ethiopia and Egypt?

Eritrea has been an Egyptian proxy since the time of Nasser. The liberation front was organized and armed by Egypt since 1950 to destabilize Ethiopia in order to control the source of the Nile. The only source of water for Egypt.   Egypt is threatened impact on its water supply of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, now being built near the border between Ethiopia and Sudan and set to be the largest on the continent.

Cairo and Khartoum have allied themselves with opposing power blocs, building on inherent tension between the neighbouring countries.

Turkish media reported on 4 January that Egyptian forces have arrived in Eritrea, which borders eastern Sudan. Turkey wants to boost its influence in the region, not least near international trade routes that pass through the Suez Canal to the north and the Gulf to the east. Ankara has been active militarily in Somalia since 2009.

Reports suggest Khartoum and Turkey have secretly agreed to establish a military base on the Ancient precolonial Ethiopian island of Suakin (Bertramz wiki commons)

Sudan closed its border with Eritrea after the deployment of thousands of troops from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fighters to Kassala State.

Sudan claims that it has sovereignty over Halaib and Shalateen triangle, which is located inside Egyptian territories. Halaib and Shalateen, or the Halaib Triangle, is an area of land measuring 20,580 square kilometres, located on the Egyptian-Sudanese border on the Red Sea coast. It is part of the Red Sea governorate and consists of three major towns.

Egypt and Eritrea after claiming that there have been “military movements from Cairo and Asmara along the Sudanese eastern borders,” BBC reported.

Two days ago, Ibrahim Mahmoud, the assistant to the Sudanese President, said that his country “faces (potential) military threats” from Egypt and Eritrea.

Ethiopia “Opens prison doors” A Drop in the Ocean! A face-saving or a step in the right direction?

Ethiopia “Opens prison doors” the system that put them to jail is still intact & the responsible are still free!

The Ethiopian government announced it would close the Maekelawi detention facility in Addis Ababa, which has been described as “one of the country’s most notorious police stations”. and free all political prisoners.The system that put them in jail in the first place still intact” such as the terrorist law” that shut down freedom of speech. And the responsible for notorious acts are still running free. This just facade for public relation to the protesting Ethiopian and the increasing critic international community. It is just a drop in the ocean.

Amnesty International says Ethiopia has engaged in a “crackdown on the political opposition [that] saw mass arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment, unfair trials and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and association”.

“Desalegn said the Mae’kelawi prison would be converted into a museum, and added that a new center has been established to replace Ma’ekelawi based on the national parliament’s guidelines on human rights and international standards.The Prime Minister said charges will be dropped for all “political prisoners” who are currently under prosecution and pardons will be issued to all who have already been convicted and are serving their sentences in order to create the space for a national dialogue and national consensus.”

Ethiopia Oromo shout “Down! Down! the regime”, in the 1st anniversary of the last year stampede!

Dozens were killed during a stampede last year after police fired tear gas at protesters during a religious festival

Dozens were killed during a stampede last year after police fired tear gas at protesters during a religious festival

Hundreds of people chanting anti-government slogans marched in the central Ethiopian town of Bishoftu on Sunday at a religious festival where a stampede triggered by a police move to quell protests killed dozens of people last year.

Last year’s festival was held after months of demonstrations by Oromo communities. Police opened fire with tear gas after some people started shouting protest slogans and an ensuing stampede hundreds were killed thousands imprisoned, though activists say the toll was much higher.

“Down, down EPRDF!” dissidents chanted in small groups as they marched towards the town’s center, referring to Ethiopia’s ruling party.

In April, a government-sanctioned investigation said 669 people had been killed during one period in the violence and more than 29,000 people arrested.

The violence in Oromiya, the largest and most populous region which surrounds Addis Ababa, and to a lesser extent in the Amhara province north of the capital, cast a shadow over Ethiopia.

“The government is trying to control us and deny our rights, lives, and security,”

“We are remembering what happened last year and it makes us angry. We need freedom,”

Uniformed officers were absent from this year’s event held by a lake in a resort town southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is called to democratise and stop ethnic clashes!

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US embassy in the capital Addis Ababa said it had received “troubling reports of ethnic violence and the large-scale displacement of people”.

The United States on Tuesday urged Ethiopia to investigate deadly clashes between two of the country’s major ethnic groups that have caused tens of thousands to flee.

“We believe Ethiopia’s future as a strong, prosperous, and democratic nation depends on open and inclusive political dialogue for all Ethiopians, greater government transparency, and strengthening the institutions of democracy and justice. These recent events underscore the need to make more rapid and concrete progress on reform in these areas.” the release concluded.

“We are disturbed by the troubling reports of ethnic violence and the large-scale displacement of people living along the border between the Oromia and Somali regions.”

The United States says “Ethiopia must open up its political space if its is to cement its place in the future as a “strong, prosperous and democratic nation.”

We urge the Ethiopian government to conduct a transparent investigation into all allegations of violence and to hold those responsible accountable. At the same time, on the local level, communities must be encouraged and given space to seek peaceful resolutions to the underlying conflicts,” the statement read in part.

Ethiopian subaltern corrupted officials jailed the big elephants still running!

Ethiopian subaltern corrupted officials jailed the big elephants still running. The most corrupted Azeb Mesfin, Seyoum Mesfin, Sebhat Nega, Arkebe Ekubai, Abai Tsehaye etc. remain untouched till the coming regime change.

 

Some small sharks such as one Gi Yon, manager of a Chinese firm. The owner of another construction firm is involved as well as former manager of the Addis Ababa Road Authority.

The number of detainees suspected of corruption has risen over forty as attorney general vowed to intensify an ongoing crackdown on the various governmental organizations.

Three of the additional suspects are from the Addis Ababa housing development project office- namely Saba Mekonnen, Shimeles Alemayhu, and Tsedale Mamo.