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Building National Identity

By Abel Merawi

Ethiopia-UnitedSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one day and absolutely no one recognizes your existence. People pass you by without even glancing at your direction, as if you don’t exist. You try to speak to people, but people do not hear or respond to you. You become invisible to the world. You no longer have friends or family members for you to be part of society. Let us stretch the point in a realistic manner by assuming that you are visible but have no one with whom to identify yourself with. You have cut ties with your family, you have no friends, and you do not belong to any religious, ethnic, politic

Irreecha Celebrations to be Held in Addis Ababa, First in Over 150 Years

By Staff Reporter   

Irreecha-CelebrationSeptember 19, 2019 ( -- The Oromia cultural and tourism bureau is preparing to celebrate Irrecha in Addis Ababa early next October. Head of the bureau Girma Hailu said the exercise is to restart the irrecha celebration in Finfine currently known as Addis Ababa city after about 150 years.

Some politicians, however, claim that the move has to do with pushing the claim by the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP) on the ownership of Addis Ababa city, which almost all other ethnic groups living in the city oppose.

Irreechaa is the annual Oromo people Thanksgiving Day that is celebrated every year i

Demonstrators Denounce Government for Failing to Protect the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

By Staff Reporter

Demonstration-Ethiopian-Orthodox-ChurchSeptember 16, 2019 ( – In a sign of potentially explosive situation, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in several towns of Ethiopia this weekend to denounce what they say government’s failure to protect Ethiopian Orthodox Churches. Demonstrations took place in Gondar, Deberetabor, Dessie, Woreta, Estie, Mekaneeyesus and Nifas Mewicha towns in northern Ethiopia denouncing the Ethiopian government for doing nothing when churches are being attacked in various places.

The demonstrators called on the government to protect the constitutional rights of

Ethiopia Will Remain United - PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter

Abiy-Ahmed-ShegerSeptember 15, 2019 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is optimistic that Ethiopia will remain united and will become prosperous in few decades.

In an interview with Sheger Radio over the weekend, Abiy said the people of Ethiopia have no option but unity.

He hopes Ethiopia will have more than 80 nations and nationalities after 15 years as many people from different walks of life begin to live and invest in the country.

Abiy claimed Ethiopia is not that much ethnically diverse nation as compared to the US and UAE. He said with whatever diversity the country has, it will remain united.

He sa

Organizing Committee Hints Postponement of Nationwide Demonstrations

By Staff Reporter

Abune-MathiasSeptember 11, 2019 ( -- Nationwide demonstrations planned to take place next Sunday September 15, 2019 to protest mounting attacks against the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church could be canceled, the organizing committee of the demonstrations has hinted.

Ten associations under the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been calling for demonstrations next Sunday across the country to protest mounting attacks against the church, including killings and burning of Ethiopian Orthodox churches.

“Members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have been slaughtered as thousands of others were forcefully displaced. Rul

Adey Abeba and the Spirit of Change

By Abel Merawi

Adey-AbebaSeptember 10, 2019 ( -- I am going to deviate from the usual line of writing I follow and place my hand on the keyboard to describe the cheerful feeling shared by all during a New Year. It is a time of year that marks a transition, a metamorphosis of the soul. Even the gloomy ones whisper New Year resolutions when no one is watching. It is common to hear and see radio and TV programs talking about a brighter tomorrow, with people calling to announce a better version of themselves for the world to heed. Hope brings light to the dark alleys of our heart. And what better time could there be for hope than a New Year, a time when the cosmos flow

Ethiopian Mining Sector Registers Dismal Performance

By Staff Reporter

Mining-Revenue-EthiopiaSeptember 7, 2019 ( -- Mineral exports which Ethiopia considers as one of its main foreign currency earners has registered a dismal performance this past budget year, which ended in July 2019, an Ethiopian official has said on Friday.

The country earned only $50 million against projected earnings of $450 million in the stated period, according to the Public Relations Head of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Michael Mengesha, Public Relations Director at the Ministry said only 11.1 percent of the target amount was attained. He blamed contraband trade in the mining business as the main reas

Heroin Shipments from Afghanistan to Africa Rising - Report

By Staff Reporter

Heroin-shipment-AfricaSeptember 5, 2019 ( -- The volume of heroin being shipped from Afghanistan along a network of maritime routes in east and southern Africa appears to have increased considerably, a report has revealed. In its 2019 report, a group called Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organized Crimes (ENACT) said Africa is experiencing the sharpest increase in illicit drug market. Heroin use and a spectrum of criminal networks and political elites in east and Southern Africa are substantially enmeshed in the trade.

According to the report, most of the heroine is destined for western markets, but there

Non-Communicable Diseases Account for 52 Percent of Deaths in Ethiopia - Study

By Staff Reporter

WHO-EthiopiaSeptember 5, 2019 ( – Non-Communicable Diseases (NDCs) are the cause of high causality in Ethiopia, accounting for 52 percent of annual deaths, a study has revealed.

According to a study conducted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of five Ethiopians die prematurely, before the age of 70 years due to NDCs.

The study estimates that NDCS are costing Ethiopia at least 31.3 billion birr or $1.1 billion per year, which is equivalent to 1.8 percent of the country’s GDP.

The main causes NDCs are tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy d

Mob Violence

By Abel Merawi

MobSeptember 5, 2019 ( -- A discussion on mob violence or aggression takes a different route than violence on an individual level. The later requires distinct case studies or psychoanalysis for each individual. However, mob violence requires an integration of psychological and sociological analysis. For a better understanding, it is important to raise some core questions regarding the mob: Can a mob be rational or is it mostly driven by emotion? Or is it a combination of the two? Can the individuals in the mob continue to act autonomously or do they succumb to a collective mentality guided by others to act like a machine on auto pilot? Does the one (the l

Reintegration Support Eases Return of Displaced Families in Ethiopia - IOM

By Biruktayet Bihon

IOM-ethiopiaSeptember 4, 2019 ( -- Ethiopia has one of the highest numbers of displaced people in the world driven out of their homes due to various conflicts across the country.

Old conflicts became more entrenched and new conflicts escalated along various state borders, prompting the Ethiopian government to establish a new Ministry of Peace with Mrs. Muferiat Kamil appointed as Minster.

In the past one year, the Ethiopian Oromia region is involved somewhat in all the hotspots. The entire stretch of its common border with the Somali region is marked as an area most affected by the conflict.

Conflict and displacem

No One Is Meddling With Electoral Board of Ethiopia - Birtukan Mideksa

By Staff Reporter

Birtukan-MideksaSeptember 4, 2019 ( -- No one is meddling with with the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE), says board chair Birtukan Mideksa. Neither the government nor any party is meddling with the NEBE which she is in charge of, she stressed.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, Chairperson Birtukan Mideksa said “the board is working independently and I have not seen any interference from the government or any party over the issue of the board which I am in charge to lead.”

“We are operating within the powers and responsibilities bestowed to the board which is to strive to conduct free and f

What Do Addis Ababa Beggars Say About the Draft Law?

By Biruktayet Bihon

Beggars-Addis-AbabaSeptember 2, 2019 ( -- Begging is a common sight in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The moment you stop your car at a traffic red light, you will see a woman with a child in her arms running towards you, or a little boy banging your car window, or a handicapped man lying on side streets asking for changes.

You will find many of these people around the junctions, traffic lights, taxi stops, in churches and mosques, and so many other popular places.

At times you see people giving them a change or two out of humanity and social norms, or, more commonly, due to religious beliefs. At other times,

Ethiopian Political Parties Council Opposes New Electoral Law

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-electoral-lawAugust 31, 2019 ( -- The Council of Ethiopian Political Parties has opposed the recently approved electoral and political parties' proclamation. The council said the proclamation has not been participatory enough and deliberated well.

In a meeting it held on Friday, the joint council of the political parties said the new electoral and political parties’ proclamation has made the political space tougher than it was even before.

The new electoral and political parties' proclamation which was endorsed last Saturday requires political parties to secure 10,000 sign

Ethiopia to Conduct Headcount of Endemic Wild Animals

By Staff Reporter  

Waliya-Ibex-EthiopiaAugust 30, 2019 ( -- The Ethiopian Wild life Conservation Authority will conduct headcount on the country’s endemic animals mainly the Waliya Ibex, Simien fox and the Gelada "baboon" as of next month, official of the authority said.

The second round counting of the endemic animal is to catch on their population size and follow up their well-being, Abebaw Azanaw, head of the authority told reporters on Friday.

The Waliya ibex is an endangered endemic animal in Ethiopian highlands. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Alpine ibex. Threats against the species include h

Referendum for Sidama Statehood to be Held on November 13, 2019

By Staff Reporter

Sidama-ReferendumAugust 30, 2019 ( -- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has announced date for referendum on statehood request by Sidama Zone in South Nations Nationalities and People’s state of Ethiopia. The referendum will be held on November 13, 2019.

In a statement it issued on Thursday, the election board noted that it received a letter from the council of the South Ethiopian People Democratic Movement (SEPDM), requesting preparations be made for a referendum by the electoral board and concerned bodies.

The statement said the council of the regional state agreed on a proposal to share resources of Hawas

EPRDF Was Issuing Rosy Statements, Not Real Deliberations - Getachew Reda

By Staff Reporter

Getachew-RedaAugust 29, 2019 ( -- Executive committee member of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Getachew Reda said the ruling party has been issuing ‘rosy’ press statements which did not reflect the actual deliberations of its meetings.

In an interview with Tigray TV, Getachew said he was tired of EPRDF’s statements which he described them as “shallow” and “frustrating.”

“The statements were more of self-appreciating and it would be good if they were not issued, Getachew said. “I was happy that the latest meeting of the front did not is

Living the Truth as a Human Being

By Abel Merawi

EthiopiaAugust 28, 2019 ( -- Once upon a time, there was a king who did the most ridiculous things you can imagine. These things were known to the people he ruled, yet no one dared to speak about it out loud. Waking up one day, the king took all his clothes off and ran around the streets naked. As usual, no one said a word about it, let alone remark that it was wrong. Though words were not spoken, the thought in everyone’s mind was the same. Suddenly, someone amidst the crowd said, “The king is naked!” Then, the veil that covered the people’s eyes disappeared, and all joined the chorus: “The king is naked!” In fact

Ethiopian Parliament Approves Revised Electoral Law

By Staff Reporter

Parliament-EthiopiaAugust 24, 2019 ( -- The House of People Representatives on Saturday approved the revised political party registration and code of ethics proclamation.

The outcome of the ongoing reform led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the revised version was enacted during an extraordinary session of the parliament.

One of the amendments made was concerning the required number of signatures to form a political party, both regional and nationwide. Thus, the minimum number of signatures required to form a nationwide party has grown to 10,000, up from 3,000. Similarly, the Electoral Board will endorse a given applic

Ethiopian Parliament to Approve Revised Electoral Law

By Staff Reporter

Parliament-EthiopiaAugust 23, 2019 ( -- The House of People's Represetatives is set to hold an extraordinary meeting on Saturday, August 24, 2019, to approve the revised electoral law of Ethiopia.

The extraordinary meeting comes as 57 competing political parties strongly oppose the controversial electoral law which they said did not incorporate their ideas and proposals.

In a meeting on Friday, the political parties demanded the government consider postponing the date the law will be approved, so they can discuss the proposed law once again.

"Despite our repeated requests, the Legal and Jusice Standi


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