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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

Dozens of Ethnic Amharas Massacred in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Guliso-EthiopiaNovember 3, 2020 ( -- The rebel Oromo Liberation Front known as ‘OLF Shene’ on Sunday night massacred at least 34 ethnic Amharas in Guliso district, Qanqa locality in western Ethiopia, the Oromia Police Commission has said.

Described as one of the most deadly massacres in Ethiopia’s history by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the death toll from the attack is expected to surge as 11 people are missing.

Commissioner General Ararsa Merdassa on Tuesday told journalists that 34 people were killed in the attack and 11 others also went missing. A school and 50-60 houses were burned by the rebel group.<

Forms of Human Violence (Part I)

By Abel Merawi

human-violenceOctober 29, 2020 ( -- Have you ever wondered about violence? Specifically, have you seen how violent we humans can be? The act of violence fits well into its definition, which can be summarized as: An act of aggression that is manifested in being wild and turbulent and result in injuries and destruction. This definition revels the meaning of violence based on its manifestation, but doesn’t say anything about the source of violence. Moreover, it might as well be the property of humans, animals or even natural forces. Natural forces like floods and animals can also be wild and cause destruction. However, violence car

Deadly Disputes Leaves At Least 27 People Dead in Eastern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Afar-Somali-border-EthiopiaOctober 29, 2020 ( -- Deadly disputes between ethnic Afar and Somali peoples in eastern Ethiopia have left at least 27 people dead and several others wounded, officials from the Somali regional state have said.

The disputes occurred along their common border areas between Monday to Wednesday and at least 27 civilians were killed, the regional government said in a statement.

Somali Issa tribe representative Mohammed Mussie told DW Amharic service that additional two individuals were killed by unidentified gunmen while funeral ceremonies for the dead were taking place.

Currently memb

Court Hands Down up to Life Imprisonment over Attempt to Kill PM Abiy Ahmed

By Staff Reporter  

PM-Abiy-Ahmed-Meskel-SquareOctober 27, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia’s High Court on Tuesday handed down 5 years to life imprisonments against five individuals who were found guilty over the failed assignation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The individuals were found guilty of killing two people and wounding more than 150 others by throwing a hand grenade during a rally held on June 23, 2018 in support of the reforms Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had introduced, the court’s prosecutor said.

Accordingly, Tilahun Getachew who threw the bomb at the the Prime Minister but fell short in the crowd was sentenced to

The ‘Having’ Mentality

By Abel Merawi

The-HavesOctober 22, 2020 ( -- Let us begin with a question Erich Fromm asks in his book ‘To have and to Be’: Who are you? Are you what you have or something else? If you are what you have, who will you be when you lose your possession? Your reply depends on your personal disposition or character. However, just like the individual, every age has its own character. This character is a mentality we develop in our relation to the world. Modern age is characterized by the ‘having’ mentality. In the individual, this mentality is manifested by the tendency to own things in order to enjoy them. In society, it is represented in capit

Unidentified Gunmen Kill 12 Civilians in Southern Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Gura-Ferda-EthiopiaOctober 21, 2020 ( -- At least 12 civilians have been killed and others wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked farming villages in southern Ethiopia, according to local officials.

The attackers killed 12 farmers and wounded five others in a surprise attack in Shubi locality- Gura Ferda district in Bench Sheko zone, Commander of the Gura Ferda District Police Bekele Beyene told local media.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place in an area over 400km south of the capital Addis Ababa.

The farmers were killed while they had social gathering and currently membe

Group Narcissism

By Abel Merawi

Group-NarcissismOctober 16, 2020 ( -- It is customary to cite some Greek literature to shade light on many issues. The reason has to do with their genius in employing artistic creativity to show profound universal aspects of the human condition. I too will use the following Greek legend to exemplify the central idea. Once lived a lad named Narcissus. He was at the prime of his life with unparalleled beauty that captured the heart of every girl. But that was not all, the beautiful maiden goddess named Echo, was also hopelessly in love with him. But the heart of Narcissus was filled with vanity to the point of rejecting even the love of a goddess

Amhara Region Accuses Benishangul-Gumuz of Collaborating with Armed Men

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-GumuzOctober 15, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia’s Amhara region has accused officials of neighboring Benishangul Gumuz region of collaborating with armed men over the massacre of ethnic Amhara, Agew, and Shinasha people.

The allegation comes after gunmen launched a fresh attack in the Mandura district of the Benishangul Gumuz region on the night of October 11 and killed at least 12 innocent ethnic Amhara and Agew people.

Benishangul Gumuz region’s Security Bureau Head Gashu Dugaz told local media that the attack was triggered by personal conflict which resulted in the death of an individu

Alleged Killer of Hachalu Hundessa Pleads Not Guilty

By Staff Reporter

Hachalu-HundessaOctober 14, 2020 ( -- The alleged killer of a prominent Ethiopian Oromo singer, Tilahun Yami, has pleaded not guilty, has learned.

Two months ago, Tilahun pleaded guilty that he had killed the singer Hachalu Hundessa whose death sparked ethnic unrest that left at least 200 people dead in late June and early July.

The Oromia police chief said 145 civilians and 11 security personnel died in Oromia region alone after the singer’s death. Ten people were killed in the capital Addis Ababa.

The other three co-defendants of Tilahun Yami namely Kebede Gemechu, Abdi Alemayehu and Lamrot K

Another 14 People Gun Down in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-Gumuz-killed-14-killedOctober 10, 2020 ( -- Armed men killed at least 14 innocent people once again in Guba and Dangur districts in Benishangul Gumuz regional state of western Ethiopia amid tight security.

The region’s Peace and Security Head Gashu Duga confirmed the shooting of 14 people on October 6-7 in the two districts by an armed group. He said several members of the 'bandits' were killed down or apprehended in counter attacks by the joint forces of the government.

The head said five Kalashnikovs and ten old-fashioned rifles were seized. It is not clear why the high pr

Prosecutors in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region to Hold Labor Strike

By Staff Reporter

Tigray-ProsecutorsOctober 4, 2020 ( -- Prosecutors in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are to hold a labor strike on Monday over alleged political meddling and pressures from their superiors, reports have said.

The prosecutors on conditions of anonymity told the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) that the regional government has continued to meddle in their works and that negatively affected their lives and careers.

“The region’s government interventions are many but the major ones include denying professional freedom, unfair remunerations and dismissal from jobs,” they said  

According to the p

Addis Ababa Police Seize Millions of Birr, Foreign Currencies in Illicit Money Crackdown

By Staff Reporter

Addis-Ababa-Police-CurrencyOctober 3, 2020 ( -- The Addis Ababa Police Commission announced seizure of more than 15 million birr and thousands of foreign currency notes during its week long operation to crack down illicit financial exchange activities.

An alleged cameronian criminal was caught redhanded by the police while printing counterfeit US dollars, Getu Argaw the City’s Police Commissioner said in a briefing.

Getu said the suspect was caught along with over 2,475, 000 fake US dollars in  Addis Ababa at Bole sub city at a place popularly known as Gurdshola.

According to the commissioner, Pol

Ethiopian Human Rights Advocate Professor Mesfin Woldemariam Dies

By Staff Reporter

Professor-Mesfin-WoldemariamSeptember 30, 2020 ( -- Veteran Ethiopian human rights advocate and politician Professor Mesfin Woldemariam has passed away at the age of 90.

Professor Mesfin died on Tuesday in Addis Ababa after suffering from coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Mesfin, founder of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, a rights watchdog had been known as a critic of successive governments.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has expressed condolence over the death of human rights advocate and author to Woldemariam's family and all Ethiopians at large.

In 2005, Professor Mesfin played a cruci

At Least Twenty People Killed in Another Massacre in Western Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-Gumuz-KillingsSeptember 26, 2020 ( -- At least twenty people were shot dead in another round of massacre by an unidentified armed group in Metekel zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state, officials have said.

The killings in Dengez locality in Dangur district in the volatile western Ethiopia took place around midnight and none of the attackers were apprehended, administrator of the Dengez locality Demelew Bengez told local media.

At least 89 ethnic Amhara, Agew and Shinasha people were killed by alleged ethnic Gumuz militiamen two weeks ago in extended attacks in Wenbera


By Abel Merawi

CreativitySeptember 24, 2020 ( -- Let me indulge you in the life of an imaginary writer. She is sitting in a room filled with the sound of silence. In solitude, she struggles with her inner world, seemingly lost to the outside world. In this state of being, there is transcendence of immediate reality in a struggle to create the future. She is oblivious to the daily struggles of everyday people. As the rest of us remain victims of circumstances, this writer is fighting the noble war for humanity. Her pen and paper work in unison to create order out of chaos. Do not be mistaken by assuming she has neglected life; it is rather her seriousness that leads

Ethiopia Can Hold Elections with Necessary Precautions - Health Minister

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ElectionsSeptember 20, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse told parliament that the country can hold the 6th general elections any time soon after the necessary precautions to prevent coronavirus are in place.

The House of Federation in June this year postponed the 6th general elections, which was slated for last August, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The upper house also recommended the elections shall be held after the Health Ministry and other relevant organizations approve the pandemic does not pose any threats on health of voters.

Minister of Health Dr. Lia Tades

Military Dismisses Reports of Delayed Response to Killings in Benishangul Gumuz

By Staff Reporter

Major-General-Mohammed-TessemaSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian National Defense Force has dismissed reports that it deployed troops too late to stop targeted killings in the Metekel zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz regional state.

Major General Mohammed Tessema on Thursday said members of the national defense forces had to travel more than 100 kilometer by car and another about 55 kilometer on foot to arrive at the areas where armed men execute several people in the Benishangul Gumuz region.

“After the regional government made a helping call, troops of the national defense force who were

At Least 89 People Killed in Targeted Attacks in Western of Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Benishangul-GumuzSeptember 18, 2020 ( -- At least 89 ethnic Amhara, Agew and Shinasha people were killed in targeted attacks in Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia.

Eyewitnesses told that the civilians were killed by ethnic Gumuz militia in arranged attacks starting from September 4, 2020.

“The attacks were carried out in three localities of the Bulen district, Metekel Zone, by a militia composed of ethnic Gumuz which comprise about 34 percent of the population in Bulen,” the eyewitnesses said.

The militias seized the victims from their homes during the night in three localities namely Ei

Hope as an Affirmation of Life

By Abel Merawi

Hope-Affirmation-LifeSeptember 14, 2020 ( -- Human beings occupy the same physical space and time in this world. However, the defining description of the world is numerous. These differences in understanding the same world have less to do with intellect and more with perspective. Even if you ask intellects from the same field of study, you may get a strikingly different definition. The same is true of the uneducated, politicians, religious people, artists, and even the children. Sometimes, the difference is so wide that it makes you wonder whether they are defining the same planet or not.

I contend that we perceive and understand the world based


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