ON MAY 24, 2015, a “parliamentary election” is scheduled in Ethiopia. “Election” as in rigged.
Five years ago on May 23, 2010, the ruling Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) “won” that “parliamentary election” by 99.6 percent. That puts the TPLF a hair behind Saddam Hussein who won his “election” by 100 percent in 2002.
THE State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Ethiopia of the upcoming elections scheduled for May 24, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on June 30, 2015.
The State Department recommends U.S. citizens maintain a high level of security awareness during the electoral period and avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as instances of unrest can occur. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Although there have been no specific incidents of violence targeting U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and stay current with media coverage of local events. Election results are scheduled to be announced June 22, 2015. Continue reading State Department Issued Travel Alert For Ethiopia→
THE women are wailing and crying, the youth chanting. Thousands of angry Ethiopians filled the streets of Addis Ababa to vent their rage and grief over the gruesome killing of dozens of Ethiopian Christian asylum seekers in Libya by the savage Islamic extremist group ISIS.
PRESIDENT of Ogaden regional state of Ethiopia has been confronted by an Amharic speaking Ethiopian man while he was on a visit in the U.S.
In what is considered to be the third historical public humiliation an Ethiopian government official face by angry Ethiopians in the U.S. before running away to their hotel room with tails between their legs.
AS 2014 draws to a close, the recent defection of several high-level Ethiopian military personnel , and the Ethiopian government’s bloody crackdown on protests in Bahir Dar  highlight serious questions about Ethiopia’s tense internal socio-political situation and the West’s ongoing support for Ethiopia’s repressive government.
Late last week, in Bahir Dar, several people were killed and many others wounded after police abruptly opened fire on protesters defending a sacred site against government-sponsored demolition.  On the heels of the crackdown, several military pilots and a technician absconded with MI-35 helicopters; notably, the defections are only the latest in a series of similar such high-profile desertions. Continue reading Examining Ethiopia: Bahir Dar, Defections and Indonesia→
THE U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia informs U.S. citizens that political rallies or demonstrations may occur without significant notice throughout Ethiopia, particularly in the lead up to Ethiopian national elections in May 2015.