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The Grip of Sacrifice

By Abel Merawi

SacrificeJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- In the late 1960s, the story of the criminal and cult leader Charles Manson shocked not just Americans but also the entire world. By establishing a racial cult known as the ‘Manson Family’, he made his followers commit a series of nine murders. When tried and convicted, none of his followers explicitly said that he ordered them to do the gruesome killings. They just confessed that they were following his ideology. His teaching demanded sacrifice, and they assumed that the sacrifice was necessary to prove their devotion to the cult. A story with a similar spirit occurred in Ethiopia about a decade ago when the

Uproar Intensifies Over Kidnapped University Students

Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsJanuary 27, 2020 ( -- The uproar over kidnapped university students is intensifying internationally, with many demanding to know the status of these students and what the government is doing to bring them back home. According to various reports, 17 Dembi Dollo University students were kidnapped on December 3, 2019, when they were traveling to Addis Ababa via Gambella. Petitions and media campaigns by activists and professionals are in full swing currently to highlight the plight of these students.

According to one of the students who escaped the kidnapping, Asmira Shumiye, after the students saw a notice that said they must

One Person Killed, Seven Wounded During Gunfire in Dire Dawa City

By Staff Reporter

Dire-Dawa-EthiopiaJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- One person was killed and seven others wounded by gunfire in a violence occurred during the celebrations of Epiphany in Dire Dawa city of eastern Ethiopia, a police officer said.

The violence took place after clashes occurred between two groups on the premises Abune Gorgorios Church as the celebrations was nearing to completion, the Dire Dawa Administration Police Commission Public Relations Director Commander Gemechu Kacha said

Member of the police were among the victims, said Gemechu, who neither mentioned the fighting groups by name or stated the number of

Injustice is Never Justifiable

By Abel Merawi

Injustice-never-justifiableJanuary 22, 2020 ( -- There are many issues I have not been able to figure out, yet I sometimes ponder to examine them and shed some light. Injustice is one of them. Nature may do us injustice, but at least the injustice is not done with prejudice. It envelops the good, the bad, and the indifferent. There is the question of whether nature is just or unjust, which still remains to be resolved. There is another form of injustice that brings more incomprehensible agony. The most intolerable and unacceptable injustice is the one done by human beings on other fellow human beings. This, I think, should be addressed to create a bet

At Least 10 People Dead in Gondar During Epiphany Celebrations

By Staff Reporter

Timket-10-dead-GondarJanuary 20, 2020 ( -- At least 10 people died and more than a hundred others wounded in annual Timket or Epiphany celebrations in Gondar city of northern Ethiopia after big wooden seat carrying thousands of people fell down due to overload.

“The accident has left at least ten celebrants dead and more than 100 others injured. The victims include two foreigners and two police officers,” Tesfa Mekonnen, Peace and Security Division Head of the city said.

Timket literally means "Baptism" is the Orthodox Tewahedo celebration of Epiphany. It is celebrated on January 19th (or 20th i

35,000 University Students Out of Campuses due to Violence: Minister

By Staff Reporter

Hirut-WoldemariamJanuary 16, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Learning Institutions Professor Hirut Woldemariam said more than 35,000 university students have left universities to their families due to the protracted violence occurring on the university grounds.

In a consultative forum held in Addis Ababa, the minister said 640 students, 40 teachers and 240 administrative employees who were allegedly involved in conflicts in 22 campuses have been suspended across the country.

Hirut said her ministry is considering re-placing university students as part of an effort to solve the unfolding conflicts. She

Education Demands of the Future

By Abel Merawi

Future-EducationJanuary 16, 2020 ( -- The advantages of human beings over animals has been a topic of discussion for generations. While some believe it is because humans are made by the image of the creator, others believe it is because we have developed intellectual abilities through the evolutionary process. Recently, scholars such as Francis Fukuyama argued that it is not the individual abilities of human beings but rather the collective experiences and abilities of humans that helped us dominate the world. Our collective experience and knowledge remains available for all human beings across space and time because of language. This unique ab

The Whereabouts of Kidnapped Ethiopian Students Still Unknown

By Staff Reporter

Oromia-KidnappingJanuary 14, 2020 ( -- Parents and kin of those students who were taken captives by gunmen in Oromia regional state in western Ethiopia said they have not seen or heard anything about their children even though the government announced the release of 21 hostages last Saturday.

The parents and families of the hostages have been expressing concern over the well-being of their children on various media outlets despite the announcements by the Prime Minister Press Secretariat that the captives were released and are healthy and safe.

The parents complained that they have not received any calls from their child

Job Security, Life and the Unpredictable Future

By Abel Merawi

Computer-humansJanuary 12, 2020 ( -- Choosing a career path has been an integral part of one’s youth life. After graduating in a specific field of study, most people stick to their profession and live the rest of their lives by remaining faithful to their job. For them, professional growth implies only getting promotions and salary increments. Eventually, family responsibilities make them more rigid and the prospect of changing a profession a difficult task. The years spent receiving formal education result in specialization or becoming an expert only in one particular area. If the job security of that specific profession is jeopardized, m

PM Office Announces Release of 21 Captive University Students

By Staff Reporter

PM-office-ethiopiaJanuary 11, 2020 ( -- The Prime Minister Office of Ethiopia has announced that 21 students of the Dembi Dolo University who were taken hostages by gunmen in Oromia state of western Ethiopia were released.

Speaking to the state-run EBC late on Saturday, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretariat Head Nigusu Tilahun said 13 female and 8 male hostages were released following continuous negotiations in which elders and members of the Ministry of Defence were involved.

According to the head, the students were taken hostage while going back home after 16 universities in Oromia and Amhara regional states we

One Student Dead at Hawassa University

By Staff Reporter

Hawassa-University-EthiopiaJanuary 11, 2020 ( -- At least one student was killed and several others wounded in ethnic skirmish at Hawassa University, increasing the death toll in Ethiopian universities to 12 since classes began in October last year.

Speaking to journalists, the head of the university’s president office Ayele Adato said a student who had been majoring Natural Sciences division was killed in main the campus of the university amid clashes between students.

The body of the student was sent back to Weldiya, the birthplace of the dead student after it underwent the necessary check-ups at Minili

80 Individuals Arrested for Alleged Burning of Religious Institutions

By Staff Reporter

Temesgen-TirunehJanuary 8, 2020 ( -- The Amhara regional state said 80 individuals have been apprehended so far on suspensions of burning multiple mosques and a church last month in Mota town in the same region.

Briefing journalists on current issues, the President of the regional government Temesgen Tiruneh said the suspects include those members of Islamic group with different faith which is not acceptable by the legally recognized and early Muslim settlers in the town.

The early Muslim settlers have reportedly quarreled with the newcomer Islam variant otherwise known as Wahhabi that reportedly threatened to crackdown

The Shift From Racism to Culturism

By Abel Merawi

Shift-from-racism-to-culturismJanuary 7, 2020 ( -- As long as I remember, I have heard the word ‘race’ being tossed around too many times. It could be from a stranger on the street who makes a stereotypical comment about a different group. It could be from mainstream media regarding a social or political problem ignited between two opposing factions. History books are filled with racial conflicts, yet I sense that they are somehow different from the ‘racial’ conflicts of today. Currently, most of the issues that center on race do not actually talk about racial differences but about cultural differences. In the following discu

170 University Students Suspended for Alleged Involvement in Ethnic Attacks

By Staff Reporter

Higher-Education-EthiopiaJanuary 6, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Science and Higher Learning Institutions have suspended 170 university students from classes for alleged involvement in protracted ethnic-based attacks across 22 campuses of the country.

“The ministry has taken the administrative measure against 170 university students, who were proved to have been involved in the attacks," said State Minister Dr. Samuel Kifle on Sunday in a joint press conference he gave with Federal Police Deputy Commissioner.

The administrative measures also were taken against high-level officials in different universities and ten i

Gondar University Fires Students, Instructors, Employees for Alleged Involvement in Violence

By Staff Reporter  

Gondar-UniversityJanuary 4, 2020 ( -- In a decisive and exemplary measure against violence, Gondar University in northern Ethiopia has fired 11 students, three instructors, and eight administrative employees as well as one health professional for alleged involvement in ethnic-based conflicts on university ground.

Gondar university is one of the 22 Ethiopian higher learning institutions hit by protracted ethnic conflicts since classes began in October last year.

The university has introduced what is called “one student to one family” scheme whereby students who come from other regions are treated as a m

Government Urged to Resolve Challenges Facing Ethiopian Muslims

By Staff Reporter

Islam-Council-EthiopiaJanuary 2, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Council has urged the government to give hard and fast solutions to the repeated violations of the rights of Ethiopian Muslims.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the council has listed detailed problems which it claimed Muslim communities are facing in Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR and Tigray regional states of Ethiopia.

The council said followers of Islam have been subjected to attacks, death, and injuries in their residences and areas they lived for a long time as well as the destruction of properties in Amhara state.

Sacrificing Meaning for Power?

By Abel Merawi

PrayerJanuary 2, 2020 ( -- The knowledge of gravity can give us power over our natural environment, but never with our ethical principles. Thanks to the scientific studies and the laborious dedication of intellectuals, human beings have made a quantum leap in the slow process of evolution. In the process, we have managed to not only be shaped by the environment but also shape the environment itself. The scientific progress of the past centuries has led to material advancement but also resulted in spiritual bankruptcy. The historian author Yuval Noah Harari, claims that modernity is a deal we make to sacrifice meaning and gain power. In other words, we ha

Wollega, Dembi Dolo Universities Call Students to Resume Classes

By Staff Reporter

Wellega-UniversityDecember 31, 2019 ( -- Wollega and Dembi Dolo universities in western Ethiopia have issued warning that they will not recognize students who fail to restart attending classes by Wednesday this week.

In notices issued on Monday, both universities urged the students to start classes or leave the campuses after filling out clearance forms and returning properties of the universities.

Despite a series of discussions and consensus reached to resolve ethnic-based conflicts on university grounds, the students are not willing to start classes, the notices have said.

The universities further noted cla

Dire Dawa University Suspends Classes After a Student was Found Dead

By Staff Reporter

Dire-Dawa-UniversityDecember 29, 2019 ( -- Dire Dawa University has decided to send its students back to their homes after a student was found dead near block 29 building on the campus.

In an emergency meeting, the University Senate decided to let the students go to their homes in a bid to safeguard their safety and prevent further killings, Abaya Degefa, the Vice President of the University told reporters.

“Innocent students should not be dead due to an unstable political situation and instabilities going on outside university grounds. Hence the university decided to suspend service for unspecified period of ti

Troubled Ethiopian Universities to Resume Classes Next Week: Official

By Staff Reporter

Woldia-UniversityDecember 28, 2019 ( -- The Ministry of Science and Higher Learning Institutions said those universities that suspend teachings due to ethnic-based conflicts for more than two months, will resume classes next week.

Speaking to reporters, Communication Affairs Director for the Ministry, Dechassa Gurumu, said the ministry has dispatched circulars to all universities across the country to introduce a new directive of entrance and exit times for all students as of next Monday.

According to the directive, students cannot leave campus before 6 AM in the morning and after 7 PM in the evening


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