The new state of emergency declaration also followed a release of hundreds of political prisoners including prominent opposition leaders. While activists and opposition groups welcomed the release of prisoners, a regime change appeared to be within reach to some.
No, it’s not a new year in Ethiopia. They’re still holding onto the archaic Coptic Calendar. If you insist, you may file this under an ambitious new year's resolution.
Sporadic protests since early November 2015 in Oromia Region, the most populous and the largest regional state, have forced the Ethiopian government declare a state of emergency which ended in August 2017 after 10 months of enforcement.
Ethiopia has paid Washington lobbyists millions of dollars to lobby the U.S. Government and Congress on its behalf.
The Internet has made it tough for any anyone to protect an intellectual property. Western artists with resources are better equipped to fight internet piracy. Artists from East Africa appear to have waved a white flag and gone home.
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Since Nov., 2015, Oromo people have taken their anger at Ethiopian government to the streets. Government forces killed hundreds of them in broad day lights, with no accountability. Thousands ended up in prison, including prominent opposition leader Bekele Gerba.
Dictatorial regimes do not often make the weapons they train on their own citizens. Most of the suppliers of those weapons operate from the developed nations. Luckily for us, justice seekers in one corner of the world do not have to wait for an airplane to land to get their copy of newspapers.
If you are wondering why seven or eight years behind, you are not alone. But the answer is simple. It’s a fight between two ancient monks: Annianus of Alexandria and Dionysius Exiguus.
It is hard for people in East Africa to get western media’s attention. It is even harder when the latter’s freelance reporters suppress flow of information, or choose to ignore facts on the ground.
As it is often the case in most African countries, there has never been a peaceful relay of power in Ethiopia. In the early 90s, when TPLF assumed power, it had the opportunity to amass all the public wealth upon the departure of Mengistu Halemariam, former President of Ethiopia under socialist Derge regime. Meles and his fellow party leaders had an idea of rehabilitating the often starving and war-torn Tigray, with the cash they stashed from sales of food aid, and other goods meant to help Tigray people and armed struggle to topple the military junta.
In recent years, Ethiopian government has been in the news for hiring an upscale Italian hacker group named Hacking Team to spy on Ethiopian diaspora and journalists. The hacker group billed the government $1 million.