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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

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

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.


Tigray Region Chief Warns “All-Out War” against Central Government

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-GebremichaelNovember 3, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia’s Tigray regional president Deberetsion Gebremichael has warned “all-out war” against the federal government if Addis Ababa carries out its threat to launch attacks targeting the people of Tigray.

Briefing journalists on Monday, Debretsion accused the federal government of transforming political and economic pressures into forceful measures against the regional government.

Accordingly, he called on the people of the region to stand in unison to defend the possible attack from the federal government.

"We have finalized preparati

Ministry of Defense Denounces TPLF for Disseminating Wrong Information

By Staff Reporter

Defense-Ministry-EthiopiaNovember 1, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Defense issued a statement blaming the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) for disseminating wrong information that the Ethiopian federal army has turned into partisan and disregarding the sovereignty of the nation.

The Ministry accused TPLF of sending wrong messages that the defense force can not restructure, assign army leaders, and supervise its activities until it is ordered to do so by Ethiopian political forces.

According to the Ministry’s statement, TPLF has intended to thwart national duties and responsibilities of the nation

TPLF Demands PM Abiy Ahmed Must Resign before Peace Talks: ICG

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-must-resign-says-TPLFOctober 30, 2020 ( -- The International Crisis Group (ICG) said the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) has set the resignation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as a precondition for a peace talks to kick off with the federal government.

In a report entitled ‘Streeing Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis Away from Conflict’, ICG said the transitional government should assume power and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed must go before negotiations begin between the two warring forces.

“The standoff could trigger a damaging conflict that may even rip the Ethiopian state asunder.

Abiy's Government Has Become Dictatorship and Partisan: NAMA

By Staff Reporter

NAMA-EthiopiaOctober 27, 2020 ( -- The National Movement of Amhara (NAMA) issued a statement accusing PM Abiy Ahmed's federal government of turning into a dictatorship and partisan force beholdened to a single ethnic group.

NAMA blamed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led government for failing or unwilling to stop targeted killings in which members of security forces were involved against ethnic Amharas in Oromia, Benishangul Gumuz and South Nations Nationalities and People (SNNP) regions.

NAMA in a statement said the central government will take the prime responsibility for failing to prevent, stop and

Tigray Region Accuses Federal Government of Freezing World Bank’s Safetynet Budget

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-Federal-disputeOctober 24, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia’s Tigray region accused the federal government of freezing the quarterly budget of 285 million birr that the World Bank has provided for the implementation of safety net programs in the regional state.

The regional government in a statement said as many as 1.5 million Tigryans largely farmers are at risk of hunger as the federal government is not transferring the bank’s fund to the region’s Agriculture and Rural Development Bureau.

Ethiopia’s Safety Net Program reaches an estimated nine million people across the regions

Tension Between Federal Government, Tigray Region Worsening

By Staff Reporter

Debretsion-GebremichaelOctober 20, 2020 ( -- Tensions between Ethiopia’s federal government and northern Tigray region continue to worsen with the region’s president Debretsion Gebremichael accused Abiy’s administration of obstructing control of desert locust invasion in the region.

The allegation comes after the federal government reportedly confiscated ‘fighting drones’ belonging to the Tigray regional state at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The desert locust has damaged crop production on thousands of hectares of land in Ethiopia’s Amhara, Oromia, Afar, Tigray and Som

Abiy Expresses Confidence in Security Forces Despite Continued Attacks

By Staff Reporter

PM-Abiy-AhmedOctober 19, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed full confidence over the ability of the Ethiopian security forces to defend the territorial integrity, protect the nation from insurgency and foil terrorist attacks.

The premier speech followed series comments mostly from the opposition forces that the nation is nearing disintegration due to unfolding religious and ethnic based attacks which the government failed to stop.

“The premier’s speech was so maddening” a member of ethnic Amharas whose relatives were killed by recent attacks in Metekel Zone of Benishangul-Gumuz

Segregated Justice

By Abel Merawi

Oromo-rallyOctober 18, 2020 ( -- I will begin our present discourse with John Rawls and his idea of ‘veil of ignorance’ in discussing justice and fairness. Imagine yourself standing behind a veil or a curtain that makes you ignorant of your identity. You stand behind this curtain, unconscious of your physical, mental, social, religious and economic status that constitute part of your identity. You do not know your gender; you don’t know your family and their social status. You don’t even know your mental ability and the special skills you possess. Racial or ethnic identity are yet to be discovered, so you remain ignorant to s


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