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Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed: What a Difference 180 Days Make?

Posted in Al Mariam’s Commentaries By almariam On October 2, 2018 Celebrating the six-month anniversary of Abiy Ahmed’s service as prime minister October 2, 2018 marks the six-month anniversary of the appointment of Abiy Ahmed as prime minister of Ethiopia. Six months and one day ago, Ethiopia was on the brink of civil war. On April 2, 2018, Abiy [...]

The Invisible Hands Trying to Turn Back the Hands of Time in Ethiopia

Posted in Al Mariam’s Commentaries By almariam On September 23, 2018 I just returned from Ethiopia after a 48-year absence. Ethiopia has changed in ways I could not possibly imagine. It also has not changed at all. The old saying is true. The more things change, the more they remain the same. I will share my experiences in my [...]

As a new leader rises in Ethiopia, its diaspora dares to dream

By Rebecca Tan - September 12, 2018 at 6:00 AM – published on the Washington Post Ethiopians sing and dance ahead of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s speech at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington on July 28. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) WASHINGTON — The last time Neamin Zeleke saw home was in 1986. He was [...]

The Rise of Abiy Ahmed and the Janus-Faced Nature of “Abiymania” By Messay Kebede (PhD)

Ethiopians have obviously a manifest difficulty in understanding rationally both the rise of Dr. Abiy Ahmed to premiership and his implementation of far-reaching changes. Here is a man who comes from the ranks of the coalition of political parties known as the EPRDF and whose defining feature is that it is filled mostly with members [...]

Can Ethiopia’s Reforms Succeed?

What Abiy’s Plans Mean for the Country and the Region By Michael Woldemariam Ethiopia is on the move. The resignation of beleaguered Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in February ushered in the most significant reordering of political power in the country since 1991, when youthful guerrillas toppled the long-serving Marxist strongman Mengistu Haile Mariam. The new administration, led by [...]

የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ – ታፈሰ በለጠ

የኢትዮጵያ ሕዝብ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ ታሪካዊነቱም ሆነ ዓላማው ጥንታዊ ነው፡፡ አንድ አገር የሚለየውና የሚታወቀው በድንበር፣ በሕዝብና በሰንደቅ ዓላማ ነው፡፡ አንድ አገር አንድ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ ብቻ ነው የሚኖረው፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ ከላይ ወደ ታች፥ አረንጉዋዴ፥ ቢጫና ቀይ ቀለማት ናቸው፡፡ ይህ የሕዝብ ሰንደቅ ዓላማ ነው፡፡ የነዚህ ቀለማትና ቅርስ የተረጋገጠው ከዳግማዊ ምኒልክ ጊዜ በፊት ጀምሮ ነው፡፡ ቀደም ብሎም ኢትዮጵያ [...]

ዲያስፖራውና የዜግነት ጥያቄ – ባይሳ ዋቅ-ወያ

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር ዓቢይ ዲያስፖራዎች ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ተመልሰው በመካሄድ ላይ በሚገኘው የለውጥ ሂደት እንዲካፈሉ ጥሪ ካደረጉበት ጊዜ ጀምሮ ብዙ ኢትዮጵያውያን ወዳገራቸው መመላሰቸውን ሳስተውል፣ እነዚህ ተመላሾች በተለይም የፖሊቲካ ድርጅት መሪዎችና አክቲቪስቶች ከብዙ ዓመታት በኋላ በሰላም መመለሳቸውን እንጂ ከተመለሱ በኋላ በፖሊቲካው እንቅስቃሴ ሂደት ውስጥ ሊያጋጥማቸው የሚችለውን መሰናከል በቅጡ ያስተዋሉት ስላልመሰለኝ፣ አንዳንድ ጠቃሚ ማስታወሻዎችን ለማስቀመጥ ወሰንኩ። ይህን ሆ [...]

Press Release: Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Advisory Council

Press Release: Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Advisory Council The Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund Advisory Council (Council) is pleased to acknowledge the statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on August 9, 2018 announcing the formation of the Council to promote, support and coordinate Ethiopian diaspora engagement in development efforts in Ethiopia. [...]

Verifying the unblocking of 264 websites (including

On 22nd June 2018, the Ethiopian government reported that it has unblocked 264 websites. This news was also reported by ESAT, a major Ethiopian media website that was blocked over the last years. Freedom of expression is a foundational right that other rights depend on. #Ethiopia has opened access to 264 blocked websites/bloggers/ ESAT and OMN. A free flow of [...]

ኢትዮጵያ በለውጥ ጉዞ፤ ከአንባገነናዊ ሥርዓት ወደ ዲሞክራሲ

ኢትዮጵያ በለውጥ ጉዞ፤ ከአንባገነናዊ ሥርዓት ወደ ዲሞክራሲ ለውጡየሰነቃቸውተስፋዎች፣የተወሰዱበጎእርምጃዎችእናያንጃበቡአደጋዎች ድልድይ፤በአውሮፓየኢትዮጵያዊያን የኢትዮጵያዊያን የኢትዮጵያዊያንየውይይትመድረክ አቅራቢ፤ ያሬድ ኃይለማርያም ሐምሌ 28 ቀን 2018 ብራስልስ፣ ቤልጂየም ኢትዮጵያ ባለፉት 27 ዓመታት የሕግ የበላይነት በገፍ የተጣሰባት፣ ነጻ ዳኝነት እና ፍትህ የተጓደለባት፣ ሰብአዊ መብቶች እና የዜጎች መሰረታዊ ነጻነቶች ያለ ገደቢ የተጣሱባት፣ ማህበራዊ ፍትህ የተዛነፈባት እና ዲሞክራሲያዊ ሥርዓት የተዳፈነባት አገር ነበረች። በየጊዜው ብልጭ ብለው የተዳፈኑ [...]

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The then-TPLF-dominated regime in Ethiopia was the first in sub-Saharan Africa to actively engage in political censorship of the Internet .

Since May 2006, the most popular Ethiopian web sites (including CyberEthiopia) and several blogs have been blocked across the nation. The apparent objective was to prevent the dissemination of information that is critical of the regime.

Following the political protests which have swept the nation since November 2015, the regime has routinely shutdown the Internet and restricted access to Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber) and indicated its keenness to control Social Media.

On 22nd June 2018, the new Prime Minister Dr Abye Ahmed's government reported that it had unblocked 264 websites including after 12 years of blockage as attested by the OONI’s thorough verifications of our website’s unblocking .

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