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Ethiopia in Conflict - Part II: A National Stand for Unity

By Abel Merawi

Ethiopia-UnityNovember 24, 2020 ( -- A friend once told me a modern day parable that I labeled ‘Do the chickens know!?’ There once lived a schizophrenic man who believe that he was a chicken. To make matters worse, he refused to leave his house, assuming that other chickens conspired to peck him to death. With relentless intervention from family, friends and psychologists, he was finally convinced that he is a man; not a chicken. However, he still refused to leave his house and his loved ones inquired the reason. He replied, “I’m not crazy! I know that I am a man. But, do the chickens know? If they don’t, they can st

Ethiopian Police Issues Arrest Warrant on 76 Generals, Military Officers

By Staff Reporter

Arrest-warrantNovember 19, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Federal Police have issued arrest warrants for another 76 army generals and military officers for alleged treason by working with the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF).

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ethiopian Police said the army general and senior military officers have been accused of having roles in the killing of members of the northern command division.

Retired army generals and military officers are among the suspects whom police issued an arrest warrant for the second time after war broke out between TPLF and the central government two we

TPLF Leader Calls on All Tigrayans to Fight Federal Army

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-Gebremichael-calls-TigrayansNovember 18, 2020 ( --  The leader of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Gebremichael called on all Tigrayans to fight what he referred to as “Abiy’s fascist forces” as the federal army captures key towns in Tigray.

Speaking to Tigray TV on Wednesday, Debretsion said TPLF forces have turned into offensive and defeated the federal army on all war fr

PM Abiy Calls for Surrender as Fighting Intensifies in Tigray

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-offensiveNovember 17, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday announced the end of the three-day surrender deadline his government has given to Tigray Special Forces and militia to lay down arms.

There are no reports of members of the Tigray special force and militia have given hands to the federal army following the premier’s call except those fighters who have surrendered amid battles in different places of Tigray.

In a message conveyed in Tigrigna language three days ago, Prime Minister Abiy called upon the Tigray Special Forces and militia in Mekele to save their lives and help the nati

Ethiopia in Conflict - Part I: EPRDF and the Creation of Ethnic Division

By Abel Merawi

Ethnic-federalism-EthiopiaNovember 16, 2020 ( -- When we seriously examine the genesis of every civilization, we see people who find themselves together without intentionality. In the beginning, some people are migrants, some relatives, some conquered and some conquerors. But time slowly begins to transform and unite this crowd, which becomes the identity of the nation this people call home. As people occupy the same space, they begin to have shared experiences too. Through the bond of marriage and through various processes of unification, they form a collective identity. This identity is used by the ruler of the land to create a nati

TPLF Took More Than 10000 Prisoners from Abandoned Towns: Ethiopian Military

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-PrisonersNovember 16, 2020 ( -- Retreating troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) took more than 10,000 young people as hostages from Raya and Alamata towns, Ethiopia’s army officer has disclosed.

Human Resource and Media Section Coordinator with the National Defence Force Colonel Dejene Fikadu told ETV news that TPLF’s troops had been escorting the hostages to Mekele a few days before the Ethiopian army took control of the towns.

“Before the young people were taken hostages, they had been kept in different detention centers without prosecution. They allegedly protested against identity c

TPLF Bombs Bahir Dar, Gondar Airports; Warns Asmara

By Staff Reporter

Bahir-Dar-AirportNovember 14, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) fired rockets in the neighboring Amhara region and inflicted damages on Bahir Dar and Gondar airports, the Ethiopian government has disclosed.

“In the late hours of Nov. 13, 2020, rockets were fired towards Bahir Dar & Gondar cities. As a result, the airport areas have sustained damages. The TPLF junta is utilizing the last of the weaponry within its arsenals,” Ethiopia Emergency Fact Sheet said in a statement.

TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda has confirmed that TPLF forces launched missile attacks on Gondar and Bahir Dar and

PM Abiy Says TPLF is Dying; TPLF Leaders Claim Victory

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-claims-victoryNovember 13, 2020 ( -- Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) is cornered and dying as the law enforcement operations against it are gaining momentum, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said.

In a message he conveyed for troops of TPLF in Tigrigna language, Abiy said TPLF leaders have reached a point where they cannot physically lead the war.

He called on members of the Tigray special force and militia to submit to the defense army in the next two or three days and avoid possible casualties.

In a speech delivered on Tigray Mass Media on Thursday, Debretsion Gebremichael-President of t

Arrest Warrant Issued on 96 Tigray Officials, Army Generals

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-LeadersNovember 12, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Federal Police have issued arrest warrants for more than 96 army generals and officials in Tigray region for alleged crimes of treason, corruption and grave human rights violations.

In a statement it dispatched to media houses, the federal police said the officials of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and senior military officers have been accused of committing treachery by attacking the north command division of the national defense force and massacring its members.

Police’s statement blamed the senior officials, military officers including army generals whom it

Ethiopian Parliament Strips 39 Tigray MPs of Immunity from Prosecution

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-stripped-immunityNovember 12, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Thursday stripped its 39 members, including President of the Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael, of immunity from prosecution.

Accordingly, the house revoked immunity of Asmelash Weldesenbet, Abay Tsehaye, Dr. Ambassador Addisalem Balema, Getachew Reda, Atsebeha Aregawi and Gebregziabher Araya and other TPLF members.

The house unanimously approved the resolution on removal of immunity of the Tigray region MPs from prosecution as presented to it by the federal attorney general.

The attorney general said the

Forms of Human Violence (Part II)

By Abel Merawi

Human-Violence-2In an attempt to understand our mental representation of justice and fairness, psychologists have come up with an interesting experiment. There are many variations of the experiments, but I included the one pertaining to our topic.

Scenario: Imagine someone promised to give you 10,000 birr without asking any service in return. Then told you: “There is someone in the other room with whom you can choose to share the money. You are free to give this stranger nothing, all of it or anything in between.” You accept this term and were just about to leave, when this person gave you the final warning: “I have told this

Ethiopian Police Arrest 17 Military Officers for Alleged Collaboration with TPLF

By Staff Reporter

Federal-Police-EthiopiaNovember 11, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian police said they have apprehended 17 senior military officers including army generals who allegedly caused communication breakdown between the central command of the national defense force and its northern regiment in Tigray region.

The federal police accused the high ranking military officers (all Tigrigna speaking members) of collaborating with the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) junta for the massacre of undisclosed members of the defense force within the north command division by hacking the communication system.

Police in a statement said Majo

PM Abiy Says “Military Operations Nearing End”

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedNovember 10, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the military operation in Ethiopia's Tigray region is nearing an end after his forces claimed they have killed more than 500 troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in heavy fighting.

Abiy said military operations against the TPLF were "proceeding as planned and coming within reach of goal" as the African Union called for an immediate ceasefire and thousands fled the violence into neighboring Sudan.

The Ethiopian Defense Force said it has killed 550 troops of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) on Tuesday in a battlefield in

Tigray Region President Calls for Ceasefire, Negotiations with Federal Government

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-GebremichaelNovember 9, 2020 ( -- The President of Tigray region Debretsion Gebremichael has called for a ceasefire between forces of the region and the federal government as the later vows to advance to Mekele city, the seat of the regional government, learned.

In a letter he wrote to the African Union, Debretsion has called on the continental body to intervene and stop the and rescue the nation from sliding into civil war.

The United Nations on Monday announced that the Ethiopian defense force and the forces of Tigray region are fighting at least in eight battlefields.


Defense Forces Advancing to Mekele City: Ethiopian Army Chief

By Staff Reporter

Gen-Berhanu-JulaNovember 8, 2020 ( -- Troops of the Ethiopian defense force are advancing to Mekele, the capital of Tigray regional state, a day after they took control of several areas in western Tigray, General Berhanu Jula, Chief of Staff of the national defense force has said.

Berhanu told local media that the national defense force along with forces in the neighboring Amhara region fully controlled Dansha, Baeker and other places stretching from Shiraro to Shire towns in the Tigray region.

The chief of staff said the federal force fully destroyed heavy weapons held by TPLF forces and has continued to dismantle the

In a Dramatic Move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Sacks Foreign Minister, Defense and Intelligence Chiefs

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-reshuffleNovember 8, 2020 ( -- In a dramatic move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sacked General Adem Mohammed as Chief of Staff of the national defense force days after his government launched a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

In supervise reshuffle announced on Sunday, Abiy also removed Gedu Andargachew as Minister of Foreign Affairs and gave him a new role as Advisor to the Prime Minister on matters of national security.

Demeke Mekonnen has been appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs while holding his current position as Deputy Prime Minister

TPLF Vows Massive Retaliation for Latest Offensive

By Staff Reporter

TPLF-vows-retaliationNovember 7, 2020 ( -- The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF), the main opposition group in Ethiopia’s northern region has vowed massive retaliation for Thursday’s offensive launched against it by the federal government.

Getachew Reda, executive member of the TPLF admitted the massive offensive operations against the region’s government and vowed for retaliation at the earliest time possible.

Reda’s comment comes after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his government would take more offensive measures against TPLF that administers the region.


Ethiopia Imposes No Fly Zone in Northern Region

By Staff Reporter

No-Fly-Zone-TigrayNovember 6, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority announced no fly zone in the northern part of the country as the war between the central government and northern Tigray region continues.

The authority in a statement said there will not be any international or local flights crossing the Tigray region of Ethiopia and announced closure of Mekele, Shire, Axum and Humera Airports effective November 6, 2020.

Accordingly, all Airmen have been notified through the proper communication channels via Notice to Airmen, NOTAM, the Authority said.

The prohibition came days after the Ethiopian g

Airstrikes Destroyed Missiles, Artillery Systems Near Mekele and Other Areas: PM Abiy

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-TigrayNovember 6, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Ethiopian air force has conducted air strikes against the forces in Tigray region and completely wiped out missiles and other heavy artillery systems in the region’s capital and surrounding areas.

In what he called the ‘first round of operations’, Abiy said the national army has made massive offensive operations and pushed the force of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) to the point where it cannot conduct retaliatory attacks.

The missiles and heavy artillery were armed by the Northern Command Post of the defense forc

Ethiopian Air Force Bombs Mekele City: Tigray Region

By Staff Reporter

Airforce-EthiopiaNovember 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Air Force allegedly bombed Mekele city, capital of the Tigray regional state as the war between the central and Tigray regional forces continues.

The Tigray TV broke the news that the federal government conducted air strikes on Thursday evening around Mekele in an attempt to bow the people of Tigray, as reported by the DW Amharic News Service.

The region’s communication office said the attack would rather make the people of Tigray stronger to win the war.

The office mentioned nothing about the damage caused by the air strikes nor disclosed specific plac


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