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Ethiopia’s No-Peace-No-War Strategy Against Eritrea Backfired

Breaking Bad: What Ethiopia tried to inflict upon the people and government of Eritrea is happening to itself
Breaking Bad: What Ethiopia tried to inflict upon the people and government of Eritrea is happening to itself

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

In May of 2000, Ethiopia waged the most destructive war of aggression against the people of Eritrea. After the war failed to accomplish Ethiopia’s goals of re-colonizing Eritrea by force or, place a puppet government, Ethiopia was forced to pen the Algiers Agreement in 2002 that laid the foundation to determine the final binding decision based on The Hague Courts ruling which ultimately decided the disputed border in favor of Eritrea.

At first, Ethiopian authorities applauded the decision. The then Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin lied, “All disputed areas have been given to Ethiopia,” and falsely claimed that the international tribunal at The Hague has decided that Badme, Zelambessa, Ayiga, Erobe, Alitena, Bada and others to be part of the Ethiopian sovereign territory. Continue reading Ethiopia’s No-Peace-No-War Strategy Against Eritrea Backfired

Lies and Liars: Ethiopia’s Despotic Leaders

Prime Minister “Melese Mariam” has proved to himself he is no less brutal and liar than his predecessor

By Najib Mohammed,

In the West, we are accustomed to hearing politicians lie to serve their interest and fulfill their ego. For example, when two politicians are running for an office and one tells the truth and the other lies by saying  what the public wants to hear, the one who says what the public wants to hear wins the election. Therefore, it is expected that if one wants to win an election, one better lie, because the guy who’s telling the truth doesn’t have a chance of winning. Yes, there are extreme cases when leaders in the West lie and mislead their people in order to send their army to execute wars outside their borders for which they usually get exposed and pay dearly with their reputation and honor. However, they would never lie to declare war or to incite violence between the different religious or ethnic segment of their population as it is the case in Ethiopia.  Continue reading Lies and Liars: Ethiopia’s Despotic Leaders

‘Salat Man’ is Symbol of Resistance for Muslims in Ethiopia

Similar to China’s ‘Tank Man,’ Ethiopia’s ‘Salat Man’ could prove to be a memorable symbolic icon

The Salat Man is a lone worshiper who was encircled by riot police

By Mohammed Ademo,

The appeal of non-violence as a means of social transformation is almost universal. Few deny its awesome power when unleashed with discipline. However, in the face of an impeding danger, especially one known to be as brutal as they come, it takes a lot of courage to remain nonviolent. Continue reading ‘Salat Man’ is Symbol of Resistance for Muslims in Ethiopia

Ethiopia Sheds Crocodile Tears Over Human Rights in Eritrea

The pot that called the kettle black

By E-SMART,

Crocodiles are known to shed tears as they eat their victims. In this case they have a lot in common with those ruling Ethiopia today who are shedding fake tears over human rights of the Eritrean people whose rights they have been violating the last 15 years in ways rarely seen before in the world: ethnic cleansing, mass expulsion, property expropriation, occupying their sovereign land, among other inhuman forms.

On June 4, 2013, Mr. Minelik Alemu Getahun of Ethiopia without the slightest sense of shame told those participating at the 20th Meeting of the 23rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council “it is deplorable that the Government of Eritrea continues to commit systematic human rights violations against its own people. We are deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Eritrea.”  Continue reading Ethiopia Sheds Crocodile Tears Over Human Rights in Eritrea

Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

“Jihadawi Harekat” is a smear campaign designed to vilify, malign, demean and marginalize Ethiopian Muslims

Century-old peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia is now under threat from the country’s minority rulers 

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity  (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by  systemic corruption.

GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.” TI gave Ethiopia a score of  2.7 on the Corruption Index (on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 means “highly corrupt” and 10 means “very clean”).  Continue reading Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear