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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.

Ethiopia, a nation fighting the worst famine in decades and popular unrest, brought a very old concept of punishment back–chain gang! New pictures circulating on social media show Suri tribesmen on trucks tied-together with ropes.

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.

The sudden departure of the U.S. personnel operating the drone base in Arba Minch, about 300 miles south of Addis Ababa got analysts speculating that the United States might abandon the dictatorial Ethiopian regime.

President Obama wasn’t planning to let common sense and logic detract him from his mission—standing by Ethiopia, a key ally in global war on terrorism. As a result, he confirmed many skeptics’ outlook on U.S. foreign policy towards Africa–paying lip service.

Ethiopia and hunger have been interchangeably used in informal conversations in the West. The adjective “Ethiopian” is butt of every joke pertaining to starvation and fly-infested children. If anything “positive,” it would be the occasional reference to Hailesellasie, in part thanks to the Jamaicans.

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.

Eritrea and Ethiopia, the two neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa, have been in a perpetual standoff since the former seceded from the latter in the early 90s. Even though the animosity dates back to Italy’s colonial era, it got worse during the 1998-2000 border war. In recent weeks, the situation has become more tense as both sides are trying to rattle one another.

The darling of the West in East Africa — Ethiopia has faced unprecedented public uprising since early November of last year, due to protests against Addis Ababa Integrated Urban Development Plan. The criticisms by the United States and the European Union is getting louder by the day.

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.

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