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Archive for: September, 2016

The Government is Harvesting what it sowed. Now it must Acknowledge it!

When news of a 100% victory by the ruling EPRDF came out shortly after the May 2015 general elections, everyone scorned the result; it was too stupid to be true. After all, democratic elections in a multinational state home to a near 100 million odd, which Ethiopia is one, were not supposed to be like [...]

Of Protests and Ethiopia’s Worst Bad Habit

If the recent spate of protests in various parts of the country is to end and Ethiopia stands real possibility of genuine democratization – which is central to its survival, the government should end this age-old worst bad habit. This should start with acknowledging that we indeed have this problem and it is so grave [...]

የኢትዮጵያውያንና የኢትዮጵያውያን አሜሪካውያን ሰልፈኞች ጥያቄዎች

ከዋሽንግተን ዲሲና ከአካባቢው እንዲሁም ከተለያዩ የአሜሪካ ግዛቶች የመጡ ኢትዮጵያውንና ኢትዮጵያውያን አሜሪካውያን በትላንትናው እለት ለዩናይትድ ስቴትስ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚንስቴር ያቀረቧቸውን ጥያቄዎች ምንነትአብራሩ። “ከፍተኛ የምዕራባውያን ረድኤት በማግኘት ከቀዳሚው አገሮች ተርታ የምትሰለፈው ኢትዮጵያ ባለፉት 25 ዓመታት የተቀበለችው ከአርባ ቢልዮን ዶላር የእርዳታ ገንዘብ ሕዝቦቿን ከድህነት ማጥ አላወጣም” ያሉት ትውልደ-ኢትዮጵያውያን አሜሪካውያኑ ለአሜሪካ ድምጽ በሰጡት ቃል፤ “መፍትሔው ሁሉንም አሳታፊ የፖለቲካ ሥርዓት መፈጠር ነው” ሲሉ ይከራከራሉ። Audio at VOA Amharic

Social Media Activism in Ethiopia by

Social Media Activism in Ethiopia – An EthioTube Panel Discussion in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2016 The experience of #AmharaResistance, #OromoProtests, Zone9 and ድምፃችን ይሰማ- Dimtsachin Yisema.

You Cannot Plant Apple Seeds and Expect to Harvest Oranges | By Kebour Ghenna

Amid positive economic growth, 2008 EC ended up exhibiting major political frailty in Ethiopia, namely a resurgence of ethnic nationalism. For now let’s just say that things are looking dangerously bleak. For some this may seem a fleeting matter, but it has profound implications not just for Ethiopia and Africa but also far beyond. Indeed [...]

Analysis: Ethiopia’s simmering sores and the re-openeing of old wounds

A must-read article at Addis Standard The current government in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), often claims the multi-national constitutional federalism that it introduced a quarter century ago answered the country’s age-old question – famously known as the ‘national question’ – once and for all. Ethiopia’s constitution, the government further claims, is [...]

Feyisa Lilesa: Ethiopian protest runner lands in the US

Ethiopian Olympian Feyisa Lilesa, who said he wanted to seek asylum after making an anti-government gesture in Rio, has arrived in the US. The marathon runner crossed the line in second place with his arms above his head in solidarity with Oromo activists who are staging protests in Ethiopia. He repeated the gesture later at [...]

US says ‘excessive use of force’ against Ethiopia protesters

JUBA, South Sudan –  The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says her country has raised “grave concerns” about what it calls excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia. Ambassador Samantha Power spoke to reporters late Sunday as the U.N. Security Council ended a visit to South Sudan. It moves on to Ethiopia on [...]

AHRE urges Ethiopia to end use of lethal and excessive force against civilians

Press Statement September 02, 2016 The Association of Human Rights in Ethiopia (AHRE) expresses deep concern over the Ethiopian Government’s continued use of force against protesters in both Amhara and Oromia region. AHRE calls on the Ethiopian authorities to immediately stop  the use of excessive, unnecessary  and lethal  force by security forces against protesters in [...]

Once a Bucknell Professor, Now the Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army

Why Berhanu Nega traded a tenured position for the chanceto lead a revolutionary force against an oppressive regime. BY JOSHUA HAMMERAUG. 31, 2016 Berhanu Nega was once one of Bucknell University’s most popular professors. An Ethiopian exile with a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, he taught one of the economics department’s [...]

Warka ዋርካ
the Pioneering Ethiopian Discussion
Forum in Amharic

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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