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The myth of the only alternative’

It is not uncommon to see the use of craftily coined catch phrases such as the one above to spin political messages in-order to shape public perception. The potency of such phrases is seen in their effectiveness to channel messages and be easily absorbed by target audience. They are also instrumental in diverting the focus of the public from the real and pressing issues. Often such catch phrases veil the real message of a grand political scheme. The title phrase above has been used/abused in our politics by similar anti Ethiopian forces to attain certain political objectives. The only alternative is not only encapsulates a certain political view but it hides truth.

Saudi investors say Ethiopian govt officials ‘robbed’ them- (ARAB NEWS)

It seems right to write about politics about Eritrea vs Ethiopia

By Obo Arada Aba Shawl
November 23, 2015


Politics, in its simplest form, is about relationships. If there is no relationships, there is no politics. Governments involve in politics because communities desire to share hospital services, schools for their children, roads & communications for their daily lives and above all defense for their national security. For these reasons, nations appoint or elect public servants to run the people’s business by sharing costs in the appropriation of the NATIONAL BUDGET.

Magical Thinking about Isis

Adam Shatz


Paris attacks: 'Three teams' involved - prosecutor Molins

Three teams of attackers were involved in the Paris attack in which 129 people were killed and more than 350 wounded, France's chief prosecutor says.


By Oboaradashawl alias Wolde Tewolde
November 13, 2015

Cry for Tigrai.

By Yilma Bekele.

Famine is back in Ethiopia. Famine and Ethiopia have become so interchangeable western comedians don’t feel shame making famine jokes using us as a punch line. How is our first 21st Century famine being welcomed in our precious homeland? I am afraid our response has not changed. Denial, surprise, blame and righteous indignation have been brought out of the closet. The response by the Emperor, the Junta and the ethnically challenged mafia group are typical Ethiopian. ‘Shit happens but this time around it is not as bad as before so give us credit please!

Drought takes terrible toll in Ethiopia

9 November 2015 Last updated at 23:23 GMT

Six Ethiopians Killed in South Africa

Witnesses in Durban, South Africa, say six people of Ethiopian origin have been killed in alleged xenophobic attacks over the past week.

Why Ethiopian women are having fewer children than their mothers

ERITREA vs ERITREANS:  A case of Intellectual and Cultural Revolution

By Obo Arada Aba Shawl aka Wolde Tewolde
November 5, 2015

I guess it is time to be serious with intellectualism and culturalism. The recent attempts of visiting Eritrea and talking about the Eritrean people does indicate, if not some hideous backdoor deals, at least a positive attitude towards ERKANA SELAM with Ethiopia and Ethiopians.

Death from Fear or Fear from Death? The Eritrean Ethiopian case in Diaspora

Obo Arada Aba Shawl
October 23, 2015

Zemene Yohannis is a year for both death and salvation. These days a lot of people both from Ethiopia

By Tom Burgis, Investigations Correspondent

Seven Eritrean cyclists flee to Ethiopia

October 19, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – In a latest sign of discontent with the regime in Eritrea, seven of the 14 higher division Eritrean cyclist team has fled to neighbouring Ethiopia.

Ethiopia, a Nation of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought

The New York Times

MIESO, Ethiopia — Every day, Yasin Mohammed Aliye stakes out a spot on his small farm to chew khat leaves, a stimulant, and guard against intruders.

Man arrested in Amstelveen for war crimes in Ethiopia - AMSTELVEEN A 61-year-old man was arrested two weeks ago in Amstelveen because he would have been involved in the seventies with war crimes in Ethiopia.

Life as Dark or Black: the Case of Eritreans and Ethiopians

By Obo Arada Aba Shawl alias Wolde Tewolde

October 17, 2015

Two weeks ago, I was admitted to a hospital emergency room for a mini stroke and I have shared with a lot Ethiopians and Eritreans both on the Internet as well as in person. All of the respondents admired my guts of sharing my private and personal life. I did not know that this kind of sharing about death threat required guts. 

10 Eritrea soccer players seek asylum in Botswana after game


GABORONE, Botswana — A group of 10 players from Eritrea’s national soccer team have refused to go home and are seeking asylum in Botswana following a World Cup qualifier.

Explosions During Peace Rally in Ankara, Turkey’s Capital, Kill at Least 86

A long line of young Ethiopian women at Beirut International Airport - Oct 2015

Ethiopian Airlines hires several Chinese hostesses

On The Question of Nationalities In Ethiopia

By Walleligne Mekonnen – Arts IV, HSIU 
Nov. 17, 1969

Time to Stop Blaming One Another & Collaborate on Healing

Commentary Aklog Birara, PhD

Black Africans - What is to be done NO.15

Yilma Tafere Tasew September, 2015     

The current media and political, scramble to score points has shown us the so called humanitarian world and the rich European countries, and their stooges the so called refugee agencies their true image. This image is not new for us African genuine refugees it has been there always, and will be unless we do take action that will eliminate the root causes of refugee production. Which is war and conflict. Which will profit the rich countries and their puppet local authoritarian reginmes.

Djibouti’s strongman president faces strongest cross-examination of his career

Ismail Omar Guelleh will be the first African president to appear as a witness in a UK corruption case. But this trial of intrigue is just one of many challenges facing the 16-year president.  For the first time in history, a sitting African president will be summoned to give evidence in person before the British High Court.

Witness to Islamic State Atrocities (Extra Scene from ‘Libya’s Migrant Trade’)

Ginbot 7 vice chairman offends Ethiopians in Canada by praising Shabia as a friend of Ethiopia

September 10/2015


SOCEPP has addressed letter to South African leaders (Malawi,Zambia,South Africa) calling on them to stop tormenting Ethiopian refugees.

In South Africa, refugees continue to be killed by xenophobic mobs or thugs. In Zambia and Malawi (with some others also in Namibia), Ethiopian refugees are jailed and subjected to harsh treatment.

Ethnic-federalism deters people-centered, equitable and integrated development

Aklog Birara, PhD

far Revolutionary Democratic
Unity Front (ARDUF)

The Standoff in Afar Region and the Arbiter from Mekele

Why Pan-African education should be prompted
Prof Mammo Muchie

Let us address Africa's education challenges by demanding the AU establish immediately  an " African Union Education  Commision" (AUEC) to re-think and re-engineer the entire education landscape from primary to teritiary level. I hope you will all support and share.....

August 3/2015


The regime's federal high court has sentenced  members of Ethiopian Muslim  Arbitration Committee members, one journalist and thirteen others to a lengthy jail term between seven and 22 years. The eighteen Muslims were falsely charged on counts that include attempted terrorism, conspiracy to establish an Islamic state, and public incitement.

Freed Ethiopian journalist risks it all to speak out

CBS News
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Three Ethiopian journalists were released from prison three weeks ago, ahead of President Obama's visit to the African nation. They are just some of victims who dared to criticize their government and went to prison for it.
Now, the three are speaking about that repression and one is willing to risk everything to have her voice heard, reports CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett.

Is Africa really rising ?

Fekadu Bekele,  Ph D
July 29, 2015

President Barack Obama praised Africa’s economic performance in his speech on the 2015 Global entrepreneurship summit which was held in Nairobi from July 25-26, 2015. He stressed that Africa is “on the move and the continent is one of the fastest growing region in the world.”  Further, he emphasized that  “the  people are being lifted out of poverty, and income is growing.” In his words, “the middle class is growing and young people are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business.”  In his view such a growing economy “creates incredible possibility for Africa and the world in general.”

LAST MINUTE ADVICE (To President Obama)

By Hama Tuma

Having lived in France where delusions of grandeur thrived I would be excused if I imagine that the president of a superpower would listen to my advice or even know anything about it. And goes.


Peace without Democracy and Democracy without peace

By Dawit Temsegen Oslo 22.07.2015

The literal meaning of peace is when there is no war, no insurgence no hostility and no political turmoil. That is the actual presence, bodily manifestation and an indication of democracy in any country. In short term non-existence of war in any nation is the charisma of the full-fledged democracy. Always westerns declare and basically dictate that if no war in a country then they are certain that there is the practicable framework of Democracy in the country..

Africa Squeezed Obama’s visit and the new globalization
Aklog Birara (Dr)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia has raised questions and skepticism concerning the American policy narrative that underpins the types of engagements this American President or any other President undertakes with emerging Africa.

Book Review - Ethiopia: Red Terror’s Bitter Legacy:
By Berhane Tadese, New York City
July 20, 2015

Hosted by Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA), Ato Nesibu Sebhat came to New York City on July 19, 2015 at Tsion café in New York City to talk about his new book entitled Fistum Naew Emnetae “ፍፁም ነው እሞነቴ” .

'Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.'

By Yilma Bekele

The Greek debt crisis:  Why austerity program is not a solution !

                                                                      Fekadu Bekele, Ph D                                                                                 July 13, 2015

On 25th January of this year  the Greek people have elected a new parliament and a new government which is led by the SYRIZA party which is  opposing the economic and social policies of the past two previous governments, the PASOK, which is a socialist party by name,  and  the New Democracy party, a center-right wing party.


Obama's plan to visit Ethiopia criticised as 'gift' for repressive government

Barack Obama’s decision to visit Ethiopia has shocked human rights activists, who say the visit sends the wrong message to a repressive government widely accused of clamping down on dissent.

Rights groups press Obama to meet activists on Africa trip

Washington (AFP) - More than 50 African and global human rights groups on Tuesday called on US President Barack Obama to publicly meet democracy activists when he visits Ethiopia and Kenya later this month.


By Hama Tuma

The American president, Barack Obama, is expected to visit Ethiopia in late July and to meet with the dictators who have made life there a virtual hell for more than 92 million people. They are his allies if we want to be polite or his puppet if we are sticklers for the truth. They have summarily executed many, disappeared dozens, kept more than 40,000 political prisoners in dungeons but they recently released five bloggers and journalists to please Obama and that is all that matters to give him the chance to declare things are getting better in the hapless land.

My comment which coward Ze-Habesha Editor

Getachew Reda (editor Ethiopian Semay) July, 5/2015

Petition opposing Mr. Obama's Ethiopia visit


JUNE 1991--from Sankisa and other places of Gondar and from Gojjam's various areas a number of veteran members and leaders of the EPRP fell into the hands of the army of the Tigrrean front. Many others were killed by a combined force of this front, the Eritreans (EPLF) and the Sudanese armed contingents. Azanaw Demile (aka) Tulu was arrested in Basonda, the Sudan, and handed over to the TPLF when this front assumed power in Addis Abeba.


June 26, 2015


It has been announced that President Barack Obama would be going to
Addis Abeba towards the end of the coming July to talk with the African
Union and also with the officials of the repressive regime in Ethiopia.
Obama would be the first sitting president to visit Ethiopia though he has
met with the dictators in his own country and other places.

The Post's View

Mr. Obama’s visit to Ethiopia sends the wrong message on democracy

“AFRICA DOESN’T need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Those were President Obama’s words when he addressed Ghana’s parliament in July 2009, during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. The historic speech, watched around the globe, was an optimistic clarion call to the leaders on the continent from the son of a Kenyan.


Habtamu Kebede
May, 2015


ON June 15/2015, one of the founders of the legal opposition group, Semayawi Party , Samuel Awoke, was beaten to death near his home in the (Gojjam) town of Debre Markos. He was a candidate of an MP post in the last election. Samuel had been beaten and jailed before. His killers, suspected to be agents of the regime, have not been apprehended.

Reconciliation for Peace or peace for reconciliation?

By Obo Arada Shawl
June 13, 2015

There are some topics not fit for any discussion, some for lack of knowledge, others for fear of retribution and far more for cultural misunderstanding.
In my case, the topic of me, my family, community, country and global community do not merge neatly into conversational discussion. Why because of a single phenomenon of cultural history. ዘር!!!



By Hama Tuma
From kola nuts to Kat, from hashish to cocaine the leaders of Africa are confirmed addicts of many leaves and substances. However, their worst addiction is to power and they would destroy the country and the continent as they try to get their fix. Much to the woe of Africa, the addicts get their fix by destroying the continent.



Mebatsion Ali, also known as Jattene Ali, a former district administrator of Borena, was murdered in a Nairobi Hotel by two TPLF gunmen (both hailed from Tigrai). The killers hid in the Nairobi EPRDF embassy until the embassy was able to secretly take them out of Kenya to Tanzania and to send them back to Ethiopia.

Archaeologists find grave of 'Sleeping Beauty'

Eritrea human rights abuses may be crimes against humanity, says UN


As expected, the incumbent TPLF/EPRDF ruling party in Ethiopia won last week's fifth national Elections. As expected the ruling party won 100 per cent of the votes. The final results are still being awaited as how much of the so far not announced 125 seats the ruling party will allot to the opposition parties.


By Hama Tuma

Who’s Afraid of African Democracy?

Helen Epstein - NYR Blog

MAY 28/2015


Recent report from Ethiopia has revealed that a woman dissident has been raped by four of her prison guards. Previously, at least five cases of male political prisoners being raped/sodomized have been reported. The humiliation is done to break the dissidents once and for all. Together with this, reports coming from the notorious central/ Maekelawi detention center, from the Kaliti and Kilinto prisons, from secret jails in Addis Abeba, Tigrai, Gamo Gofa, from Zwai,Dedesa,Holeta and Bir Sheleko, and other places all affirm that systematic and cruel torture is becoming widespread and routine.

MAY 27/2015


SOCEPP strongly opposes the decision by the Tanzanian government o deport Ethiopian refugees back to Ethiopia. It would lie to add too that it had received reports of mistreatment of the detained refugees.

Preaching for Reform not Revolt is the obstacle for radical change in Ethiopia

By Getachew Reda (Editor Ethiopian Semay)
May 24/2015

Ethiopia's election is a wake-up call on human rights and sound governance

Ethiopia: Onslaught on human rights ahead of elections

Amnesty International- 22 May 2015

The run-up to Ethiopia’s elections on Sunday has been marred by gross, systematic and wide-spread violations of ordinary Ethiopians’ human rights, says Amnesty International.

“The lead-up up to the elections has seen an onslaught on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. This onslaught undermines the right to participation in public affairs freely and without fear as the government has clamped down on all forms of legitimate dissent,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Activist Death Shows Opposition Plight Before Ethiopia Vote

As Ethiopia votes, what’s ‘free and fair’ got to do with it?

Ethiopia, Washington’s security partner and Africa’s second most populous country, is scheduled to hold national elections on May 24. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allied parties won 99.6 percent of the seats in the last round of elections in 2010. There is no doubt that the ruling party will win again.


Aklog Birara, Ph.D.

"If the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa… Americans will be freer as well... I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression." President Obama, June 30, 2013

A Statement of Declaration by the Legitimate Holy Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on the Recent Heart-rending News Concerning Ethiopian Christian Victims in Libya at the Hands of ISlS


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የወያኔ መሠረቱ ኢትዮጵያዊነት እንዳልነበረ ከዚህ በታች በማኒፌስቶ ያቀመጠውን ታሪካዊ ሰንድ ያንብቡ። ዛሬ ላይ ኢትዮጵያዊ ሊሆን በፍጹም አይችልም።


"…Money will not buy you freedom, freedom has to come from the bottom of your heart, and when you keep on struggling you will be free…" History of Red Terror is being told by Ali Saeed in the newly opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Interview with the Most Senior Ethiopian Artist Telela Kebede By Debteraw Website

The NYU professor and best-selling author Economist William Easterly makes his case for a radical rethinking of approaches to global development.

Harvard Professor Defending Menelik's Legacy and Bravery

የኢሳት ጋዜጠኞች የሚሠሩት ለኢትዮጵያዊነት ወይስ የኦነግን ወንጀሎች ለመሸፋፈን? ከዚህ በታች ያለውን ቪዲዮ እንደኛ ተመልክተው ይታዘቡ።


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