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Daily News Mashup

Ethiopian crippling Foreign currency shortage video

Ethiopia needs $7.5 bln

Effects of Ethiopia’s currency devaluation could take a few years

Ethiopia Removes ONL, ONLF & Ginbot 7 Rebel Group From Terror List

Economics Professor Disproves Double Digit Economic Growth Of Ethiopia

Landlocked Ethiopia wants to launch a navy, why?

Eritrean Foreign minister speech from Addis Ababa

Eritrean officials visit Ethiopia for the first time since 1998

የኤርትራ ልዑካን ቡድን አባላት አዲስ አበባ ሲገቡ

Is the New Premier in Ethiopia brought Major Political Changes?

Ethiopians drown on a boat en route to Yemen

Egypt’s Options to Counter Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Run Dry- stratfor.com

Ethiopia says accepts Eritrea Boundary decision of 2002

Ethiopia pardons top rebel leader Andargachew Tsige

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reach agreement on Nile dispute

Ethiopian businesses disappointed by new PM’s economic stance

ኃይለማሪያም ደሳለኝ ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ ከኤርትራ ጋር ድርድር እንደሚያደርግ ገለፁ

The assassination of Gezahegn Gebremeskel: Who killed the Ethiopian activist?  M&G

Ethiopia: በምዕራብ ጎንደር ዞን ሰባት የግንቦት ሰባት አባላት እጅ ሰጡ – ENN News

Ethiopia, Sudan agree to deploy joint border force to stop rebels!

Egypt helped build several African dams: Irrigation Min. – Egypt Today

Ethiopia and Sudan didn’t respond to Egypt’s call to meet over GERD – Sudan Tribune

Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam WP

Egypt, Ethiopia fail to resolve differences over Nile dam – GCR

 Human Rights Abuses of Eritreans, At Home and Abroad | Human Rights Watch

Eritrean national Medhaine Yahdego Mered, labelled the world’s most wanted man

Ethiopia’s reservation on the 1959 agreement caused the failure of Khartoum meeting

ኤርትራ ከኢትዮጵያ ጋር ያለትን የድንበር ወሰን በተመለከተ አዲስ መግለጫ አዉጥታለች

US Congress on adopted HR-128 a bill that will hold the Ethiopian regime responsible for human rights abuses!

ERITREA rejects the Ethiopian New Premier Offer for peace!

Three-nation Nile talks on disputed Ethiopia dam end in deadlock

Ethiopian Artifacts Returned To Country Through British Museum’s Loan Agreement

 አዲሱ የኢፌዲሪ ጠ/ሚ ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ ለፓርላማው ያደረጉት ንግግር

2,000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya as army kills 9 civilians

Ethiopia’s next leader faces the tough challenge of reuniting the nation

Funding urgently needed to support hungry refugees in Ethiopia – Ethiopia | ReliefWeb

Ethiopians strike over the state of emergency paralyzed the capital

Ethiopia ruling party to pick new premier next week | TODAY.NG 

 Water wars: Tensions build over a Nile dam in Ethiopia | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scientists in ‘Egypt Can 3’ tackle water shortage crisis – Egypt Today

War Over Water Looms As Ethiopia Nears Completion Of Nile River Dam : NPR

Ethiopia Authorities Order Security Forces to Quell Protests – Bloomberg

Ethiopian Government unveils detailed implementation rules of state of emergency

E.U. warns govt of Ethiopia “crisis needs reforms, not emergency rule” 
የኢህአዴግ ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝን የስልጣን መልቀቅን ጥያቄን መቀበል 
Ethiopia እነ አንዷለም ትግሉ ተጠናክሮ ይቀጥላል አሉ VOA Special Report Andualem, Eskindir, Abebe, Woubshet, Ahmedin  
 Ethiopia: ከእስር የተፈቱ ታራሚዎች መንግስት ተመሳሳይ እርምጃዎችን ሊወስድ ይገባል አሉ ኃይለማርያም ደሳለኝ ከኢህአዴግ ሊቀመንበርነትና ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስትርነት ለመነሳት ጥያቄ አቀረቡ፡፡

Ethiopian military gets new deputy Chief of Staffs, 4 Full Generals and 57 General officer promotions | Horn Affairs

Abreham Yayeh – Talk to SBS Amharic | Ethiopia | Eritrea | Tigray video

One million displaced in Ethiopia ethnic fighting: UN

Ethiopia Dam Dispute: Dam dispute spills over

በሰሜን ወሎ አካባቢ ተፈጥሮ የነበረው የፀጥታ ችግር ወደ መረጋጋት እየተመለሰ ነው #EBC

Eritrean President recent discourse desperation or strategical diversion?

Eritrea summons Dutch envoy over Diaspora tax row | Medafrica Times

Exploited and Extorted, 30 Ethiopians and Somalis Drown While Trying to Return Home From Yemen

Egypt raises ‘extreme concern’ about Nile dam with Ethiopia | News24

Despite Cordial Meeting, Egypt and Ethiopia Remain at Odds Over Nile Dam

Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam | Fox News

Leaked Documents Show That Ethiopia’s Ruling Elites Are Hiring Social Media Trolls 

TPLF Security forces open fire at festival goers in Weldiya, killing at least five -Etenesh Abera

Merera Gudina, Ethiopia opposition leader, freed – BBC News video

Sudan deploys more troops to Eritrea border | Ethiopia News | Al Jazeera

Gulf tension: Are Egypt and Sudan about to go to war? | Middle East Eye

Sudan threatens further escalatory actions against Egypt: ambassador – Sudan Tribune

Ethiopian dissidents jailed for singing in court

Sudan amb. remarks against Egypt out of context: Khartoum – Egypt Today

Afwerki speaks on Horn affairs, denies Egypt’s troops are in Eritrea video

Damming the Nile – Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia battle it out JP

Egypt, Eritrea leaders meet as Nile tensions rise – ABC News

At least 7 dead in DR Congo protests video

Iran protests escalating as government crackdown looms 2018 video

Stalling negotiations on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam | MadaMasr

Jerusalem UN vote: Which countries are most vulnerable to US pressure? – CNNPolitics

ኦሮሚያ ዛሬ ግድያና የተቃውሞ ሰልፍ ማስተናገዷን ነዋሪዎችና የክልል ባለሥልጣናት ተናገሩ voa/DW

European Union document outlines procedure to expel Ethiopians and protest in Sweden

Ethiopia: በዩኒቨርስቲዎች ተማሪዎች በምሽት የሚያደርጉት እንቅስቃሴ እንዲታገድ ተወሰነ – ENN News video

Dozens die in clash between Ethiopian Somalis and Oromos – BBC News video

To keep girls in school, Ethiopians open up about menstruation | Daily Mail Online

Egypt ups political steps to counter Ethiopia over water crisis

Ethiopia targets activists with Israeli spyware: Al Jazeera

Egypt warns of false reports about Ethiopian dam – Egypt Today

Machar-led rebels invited for IGAD high-level revitalization forum – Sudan Tribune

Ethiopia travel alert after killing of German tourist in Afar region_ Africa news

“Saudi Arabia, Egypt gave Trump green light regarding Jerusalem” Israel TV

A German tourist was shot and killed in northeastern Ethiopia stratfor.com/

Fight not flight: Eritrea’s youth taking matters into their own hands – African Arguments

Shaky future for Mengistu after Mugabe exit – Daily Nation

Canadian firm to face historic legal case over alleged labor abuses in Eritrea 

Is the Saudi crown prince a reformist or power-hungry? Al Jazeera

Dutch prosecutors urge life sentence for Ethiopian crimes

Dutch prosecutors demand life for Ethiopian war crimes suspect | Daily Mail 

Ethiopian-born billionaire detained in Saudi anti-corruption crackdown | Africanews

Congressman Mike Coffman urges House to vote on Ethiopian Human Rights bill video

Eritreans protest against the government October, 29, 2017 Asmara, Eritrea

Protest in Asmara 10/31/2017 video

Isaias Afwerki visit Ethiopia a country he fought for over 3 decades and seceded 1991


The Eritrean Dictator Isaias Afwerki, along with his delegation arrived in Addis Ababa in the morning for a three-day State visit. Thousands of people, many waving Eritrean flags, lined the streets of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to mark his visit. His visit comes just five days after Prime Minister Abiy visited Asmara.

From 1961 until 1991, Eritrea had fought a long war of independence against Ethiopia. For 1998-200 war,  according to a ruling by an international commission in The Hague, Eritrea broke international law and triggered the war by invading Ethiopia. The fighting also spread to Somalia as both governments tried to outflank one another. Eritrea Supported Ethiopian oppositions while Ethiopia supported anti-Eritrea movements.

 

Ethiopian new Premier in Asmara, could this brings a “Lasting Peace and Justice for Eritrea & Ethiopia”?

Ethiopian Premier in Asmara after long Eritrea-Ethiopian War since 1961-2018, could this brings a “Lasting Peace and Justice for Eritrea & Ethiopia”?

New Ethiopian Premier Abiy arrived in Asmara on an Ethiopian Airlines plane to neighbouring Eritrea after 20 years of conflict that took the lives of over 100,000.

There was not a strategical rivalry between the two movements that took power in 1991 in Asmara and Addis Ababa, EPLF/Eritrean and TPLF/Tigrean consecutively, rather a tactical difference. Since the latter is organized and armed by the former. And fought hand in hand against Ethiopia for 17 years.

Both people need hope to have a lasting social peace by giving a lasting social Justice.

A meeting between Isaias and Abiy, whose nations have been at odds since a 1998-2000 border war, will cap landmark talks that began last month between officials from both countries. Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993 after decades of proxy and protracted conflict. A “rapprochement” between leaders began after Abiy became premier in April and the ruling party’s politburo pledged to implement a long-delayed peace deal.

Now is a time to let the dead finally to rest in peace, by compensating the victims and bring the responsible to justice, thus giving a true peace a chance. Ethiopia and Eritrea need their own Nuremberg to close this sad chapter of their mutual history once for all. A peace without justice is fragile and not yet lucid to grasp. It is a house built in a sinking sand. Problems must be solved from their roots. At last, late is better than never. We hope this will be a beginning of a new chapter. ( Prof. M.T)

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.

PMT

Ethiopian Cabinet reshuffling by new Premier Abiy- Readjustment or a change in continuity?

Ethiopian Cabinet reshuffling by new Premier Abiy- Readjustment or a change in continuity?  Premier Abiy, named 16 ministers, 10 new but retained the finance and foreign ministers from the cabinet of his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn. Abiy also named new industry, energy, trade, mining, health, and revenue ministers, as well as an attorney general.

Negeri Lencho, was appointed by Hailemariam during a previous state of emergency in November 2016 as part of an earlier effort to increase Oromo representation in the top government posts.He is replaced by the former transport minister Ahmed Shide, the highest-ranking ethnic Somali in government.

This internal  Readjustment the ruling TPLF  could not help to implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces.

Since his nomination the New premier faced five principal failures:

1.H.R. 128 On Human Right Abuses by US
2.Eritrean rejection of his proposal,
3. Egypt dam discussion  in paralysis,
4. Moyale second killings in the Southern region
5. Cabinet internal reshuffling rather than reforming by engaging the oppositions from home and diaspora.

Recently Reshuffled Ministers

  1. Sheferaw Shegute Wolasa, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources. Born in Haroressa of Arsi Zone.  Served in various government institutions at various levels for 27 years, as Deputy Chief Administrator of SNNPR and later Chief Administrator of the regional state, Minister of Education, Executive Committee member of EPRDF, Head of the Center for the Building of Democratic System at the Office of Prime Minister with the rank of Minister and now.
  2. Siraj Fagessa SherefaMinister of Transport. Born in Silte Zone. He also served as Minister of Pastoral Affairs, EPRDF Executive Committee member, Deputy Chairman of SPDM and later on Minister of Defense.
  3. Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. Born in Gojam.She served as a lecturer at Addis Ababa University for many years and also worked as a researcher in the Ethiopian Languages Academy.
  1. Ambassador Teshome Toga, Minister of Government Development Enterprises. Born in Wolayita Sodo.  He served as Ambassador of Ethiopia to Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, France, Belgium and EU; and also as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
  2. Omer Hussien Ouba, Customs and Revenue Authority Director-General with rank of Minister. Born in Arsi. He served as head of Arsi Zone  Finance and Revenues Bureau, Head of Oromia Finance and Economic Development Bureau, Head of Oromia Urban Development Bureau. EPRDF Executive Committee member, and later on Deputy Chief Administrator of Oromia Regional State.
  3. Ouba Mohammed HussienMinister of Communications and Information Technology. Born in Addis Ababa. Served as the member of Somali Regional Council, Head of Justice and Investment bureaus in the region. She also served as Women and Children Affairs State Minister and Commissioner for Women and Children’s Affair in the Office of Human Rights Commission.
  4. Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen, Minister of Industry. Born in South Gondar. He served as Director of Amhara Public Service Institute, Director of Amhara Rehabilitation and Development, Commerce and Industry Bureau Head with the rank Deputy Regional Administrator, Head of Industry and Urban Development Regional Bureau, and finally Minister of Construction. He is member of EPRDF Executive Commitee.
  5. Motuma Mekassa, Minister of Defense. Born in Gendeberet. Married. Education: BSc and MSc in Statistics. Served as bureaus head in Oromia Regional State, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Head of Oromia Water, Mines and Energy Bureau. He is EPRDF Council member and member of OPDO Central Committee. Minister of Mines, Energy and Natural Resources.
  6. 9. Fozia Amin AliyeMinister of Culture and Tourisim.. Worked as Oromia Anti-corruption Commissioner. Head of Women’s Affairs Bureau of Western Harerge, and Secretary-General of Office of the Ombudsman. OPDO Central Committee member.
  7. Ahmed Shede. Government Communications Affairs Office Head with the rank of Minister. Born in Negelle Borena.  Served as Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau Head of Somali Regional State, Civil Service Reform Bureau Head, Somali Region Investment Bureau Head, and later State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation. He is Central Committee Member of Somali People’s Democratic Party. He was Minister of Transport to date.
  8. Jantirar Yigzaw AbayMinister of Urban Development and Housing. Born in Wollo.  He served as North Wollo Zone Deputy Administrator, Head of Urban Works and Development and Deputy Head of Amhara Bureau of Industry and Urban Development, Head of Amhara Road Transport. Head of Amhara Road and Transport Bureau  to date.
  9. Melese Alemu Erboro, Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas . Born in Hadiya.  Served as Administrator of Hadiya Zone. SNNPRS Anti-corruption Commissioner. Deputy Chief Administrator of SNNPR. EPRDF Executive Committee member.
  10. Brehanu Tsegay Abera, Attorney General. Born in Becho. . Served as Head of Oromia Justice Bureau, Deputy Head of Oromia Justice Bureau, Head of Oromia Construction Bureau, State Minister of Justice. He is OPDO Executive Committee member.
  11. Yalem Tsegay Asfaw, Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs. Born in Dogea Tembien Agere Selam.  Served as Deputy Head of Tigray Health Bureau, Tigray BoLSA Head, and Chief Administrator of Eastern Zone of Tigray.
  12. Melaku Alebel Addis, Minister of Trade. Born in Amhara Gondar. Married.  Served as Deputy Head of Amhara Region Industry and Urban Development Bureau, Deputy Head of Trade and Transport Bureau, Amhara Investment Commissioner.
  13. Dr. Amir Aman, Minister of Health. Born in Bahir Dar. Served as Planning, Policy and Finance Head at the Ministry of Health, Medical Director at Limu Genet Hospital in Oromia. State Minister of Health to date.

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!

Ethiopian declared second time state of emergency as the Premier forced to resign by active protest & internal TPLF fallout!

EPRDF coalition’s council in its 11 hours forced by mass protest  met on Friday and decided to impose emergency rule for six month.

This was a day after prime minister has submitted a letter of resignation in a surprise move that comes amid protracted anti-government protests that lasted over two years.(2015-2018)

The second main factor that pushed the Premier’s  declaration came from the recent internal coup that boulversed the TPLF  (Tigerian Liberation Front) after  over a month old congress, where he lost favor. The new  group that took power in side the ruling  party TPLF,  is close to Eritrean regime..

The unrest spread in 2015 and 2016 as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out.

Supporters of Bekele Gerba

Ethiopian declared second time state of emergency

Rights advocates have frequently criticized Ethiopia’s government for mass arrests and long jail terms handed to political opponents and journalists. But more than 6,000 political prisoners have been freed since January as the government has struggled to quell discontent.

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.

Ghana’s president calling for Africa to end its dependency

The idea that African countries have long been independent and free to pursue their own destinies seems obvious to young Africans across the continent. Yet, the everyday reality often feels far from that. Some 50 to 60 years after independence for many countries, Africa’s fortunes seem to still closely aligned with developmental support and financial aid from former colonial rulers, the United States, the European Union or multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF.

After the most recent rounds of African debt forgiveness and rising commodity prices over the last decade, that conversation seemed to have shifted somewhat. There are now more calls for investment and trade rather than aid. But with the crash in commodity prices and many of the usual long-term structural problems laid bare again, the calls for support from wealthy nations comes up again. It seems deeply ingrained. However, few African leaders, regardless of their personal beliefs, ever publicly question the idea that international support is needed for development or, in the worst cases, day to day running of their countries.

This is probably why young Africans on social media have been heaping praise on Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo for his response to a question at a joint press conference in Accra with the visiting French president Emmanuel Macron.

“We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the western world can give us.”

The question by a local journalist was about whether France was going to strengthen its “support” for other African countries aside its former colonies where the majority of French aid is spent. Ghana won independence from Britain in 1957. After jokingly tossing the question between each other, Macron replied with fairly standard mundane rhetoric.

But when it was time for president Akufo-Addo to speak, knowing fully what he was about to say was controversial, he began by saying: “I hope that the comments I am about to make will not offend the questioner too much and some people around here”, the latter part widely interpreted as directed to his much younger counterpart.

“We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves, in our country, in our region, in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the western world or France, or the European Union can give us. It will not work. It has not worked and it will not work”, he stressed.

A visibly uncomfortable Macron fidgeted, appearing unsure which side of the room to turn his gaze as his African counterpart stopped short, saying while aid is appreciated, he wouldn’t be propositioning it.

“We have to get away from this mindset of dependency. This mindset about ‘what can France do for us?’ France will do whatever it wants to do for its own sake, and when those coincide with ours, ‘tant mieux’ [so much better] as the French people say…Our concern should be what do we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from being cap in hand and begging for aid, for charity, for handouts. The African continent when you look at its resources, should be giving monies to other places…We need to have a mindset that says we can do it…and once we have that mindset we’ll see there’s a liberating factor for ourselves,” his rising tone and demeanor demonstrating his passion for this subject.

While Macron might have been caught off-guard by the frankness of president Akufo-Addo’s response it was in fact in line with some of his own blunt comments while speaking about Africa’s future, while visiting neighboring Burkina Faso, a couple days earlier.

Sub-Saharan African countries are the recipients of 25% of global official development assistance, according to the OECD.

Videos of the answer have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of times already and shared by many social media users across the continent. One user describing it as “probably the most powerful message in recent times coming from an African leader.”

Others have said, it showed the difference between Anglophone and Francophone African countries which are still closely aligned to France. For example, all of Ghana’s Francophone neighbors are members of the CFA franc, the currency of 14 African countries. The CFA and its structure, in which the countries, through two regional central banks, deposit 50% of foreign exchange reserves at the Bank of France in exchange for fixed-rate euro convertibility, are facing their most significant criticism in decades.

Macron has defended the CFA, but only to the extent of pointing out that separate currencies would still need their own forex backing.