By Solomon Hailemraiam | April 22, 2014
I read Obo Bulcha’s book with great interest as I always remember him as an outspoken and eloquent parliamentarian in the Federal Parliament after the controversial 2005 national election. He had and still has, as his book discloses, a passion to make Oromiffa as the parallel official langue in Ethiopia as in Switzerland. The book provides the reader with insight into institutional history. Obo Bulcha was fortunate enough to have established the first private bank in Ethiopia, be a member of a new political party, and work in the ministry of finance during the Emperor’s time in the capacity of Vice Minister and therefore fully informed. He also held a senior position in the World Bank in Washington, DC and was the first African representative of UNDP and many other UN agencies in Nigeria, Gambia and Tanzania. He was ordained to be one of the first individuals to attend the 1991 charter conference to establish the transitional government after the fall of the infamous military regime to share power among different parties and nationalities. For these and many other reasons his book is very powerful and valuable. Read more…
April 22, 2014 (Ethiopian Review) — As a promoter and financer of large-scale land investments in agriculture, the World Bank Group has been accused by campaigners on land rights issues as key driver of land grabbing in the developing world. A joint statement from up to eight campaigners says the World Bank is a central player in the industrial development system that is using its financial and political might, through its investment agencies and institutions, to force developing countries to follow a pre-prescribed model of development, based on the neoliberal principles of privatization, deregulation, low corporate taxation and ‘free market’ fundamentalism. This model is designed to extract the maximum value from developing countries’ natural and human resources and centralize wealth and power in an already tiny but bloated corporate and elite minority. Read more…
Ebla 22, 2014
Yakka tokko malee barattoota oromoo gaaffii mirgaa miidhaa uummata oromoof jecha gaafataniin barattoota hidhaman maqaan isaanii armaan gaditti tarreeffamanii fi kannee hordofamaa jiran ammo hedduudha ammallee itti fufiinsaan kan nu gahu siif dhaama kan hidhamani jiran kunooti.
1.Darragaa Abdiisaa-Civil Engineering waggaa 3ffaa
2.Kaneeddin-Civil Engineering waggaa 3ffaa
3.Abdii Turaa-Low waggaa 5ffaa
4.Dhaabasaa Jaatamaa-Veternary Medicine waggaa 6ffaa
5.Mo’iboon Baqqalee-Health Officer waggaa 2ffaa
6.Leejjisaa Alamaayyoo-Water Engineering waggaa 3ffaa
7.Derejjee Teffaayee-Chemistiry waggaa 3ffaa
By Ahmed Abdi | April 22, 2014
The U.S House of Representatives and the government of United Kingdom plus EU Parliament and United Nations have recently stepped up a campaign to help Somalis from Ogaden region to realize that their voice has been heard by the International Community after decades of virtually silent.
As UK’s government recently released a report indicating allegations of abuses by the Liyu Police or “Special Police”,which London expressed its concerns,United States House of Representatives and EU Parliament have both sent strong messages to Addis Ababa,which was meant to open the Somali religion of Ogaden to the humanitarian agencies and International media to have free access to avoid further humanitarian crisis. Read more…
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William Davison in Gambella
April 22, 2014 (The Guardian) — The orderly village of Agulodiek in Ethiopia‘s western Gambella region stands in stark contrast to Elay, a settlement 5km west of Gambella town, where collapsed straw huts strewn with cracked clay pots lie among a tangle of bushes.
Agulodiek is a patch of land where families gradually gathered of their own accord, while Elay is part of the Ethiopian government’s contentious “villagisation” scheme that ended last year. The plan in Gambella was to relocate almost the entire rural population of the state over three years. Evidence from districts surrounding Gambella town suggest the policy is failing.
Two years ago people from Agulodiek moved to Elay after officials enticed them with promises of land, livestock, clean water, a corn grinder, education and a health clinic. Instead they found dense vegetation they were unable to cultivate. After one year of selling firewood to survive, they walked back home. Read more…
April 21, 2014, Sudan Tribune (Finfinnee) – Rebels led by South Sudan’s ex-vice president, Riek Machar, said they were advancing towards neighbouring Warrap state after capturing Mayom, a strategic border town in Unity state on Monday morning.
“Our troops this morning defeated Salva Kiir’s forces and took full control of Mayom town and its surroundings. This is a strategic area situated at the border with Warrap state,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune by phone.
He said the town fell to the SPLM-in-Opposition on Monday at about 7am local time.
Dak claimed the SPLA suffered heavy causalities, adding that details from the fighting would be made available by the rebels’ military spokesperson later on. Read more…
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By HGoche | April 21, 2014
Over a week ago, while skimming through current news and articles, I read an article titled “Old World Order: How geopolitics fuels endless chaos and old-school conflicts in the 21st Century” on Time Magazine of March 31, 2014 by Robert D. Kaplan., which I thought explains the behaviours past and current Abyssinian regimes land grab in Oromia and the South.
Although, Kaplan’s article much focuses on the geographical struggle between the East-West struggle for control of Ukraine, and the consequent annexation of Crimea by Russia as the mere reality of the 19th century behaviour in the 21st century. According to Kaplan, it is not the international law that defines territory but rather the bonds of blood that go with one’s own territory is central to what defines us human. In other words, the European behaviours of 19th century geographical expansion into different parts of the world for economic and geo-politics of the place is well alive and kicking in different parts of today’s world. Apart from the East-west struggle for control of Ukarine, Kaplan, also demonstrates the fracturing of Middle Eastern states into ethnic and sectarian fiefs or the Sunnis and the Shiites for control more geography and resources, the disputes over territorial claim of the East China sea among the East Asian states as more examples that geo-politics and the control for resources is not negated by technology and globalization. Kaplan, further, argues that “whereas the West has come to think about international relations in terms of laws and multinational agreements, most of the rest of the world still thinks in terms of deserts, mountain ranges, all- weather ports and tracts of land and water. The world is back to the maps of elementary school as a starting point for an understanding of history, culture, religion and ethnicity- not to mention power struggles over trade routes and natural resources”. Read more…
April 21, 2014 (RT) — Every year the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases a study on military spending around the world. This year’s report contains many interesting details. Read more…
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By Alamayoo Tilahun | April 20, 2014
The Ethiopian dictatorship was the incumbent of a political office of legislator of the Ethiopian democracy. But Ethiopian dictators had allocated absolute power for 23 years. Their power was originally neither arbitrary nor unaccountable, being subject to law and requiring retrospective justification. There were no such like Ethiopian (TPLF) and his late party prime Minster Melas Zenawi dictatorships in the world after the beginning of the 2nd century BC, later dictators such as Sulla and the Roman Emperors exercised power much more personally and arbitrarily.
A government controlled by one person, or a small group of people. In this form of government the power rests entirely on the person or group of people, and can be obtained by force or inheritance. The dictator(s) may also take away much of its peoples’ freedom. Read more…
By Ibrahim Amae Elemo M.D, M.P.H |April 20, 2014
It is with great excitement that I announce to you and to all the Oromo Media that Dr. Gudata Hinika has been selected as the Keynote speaker for the OSA Annual conference. He is an inspiration to many Oromo and African born immigrants in the Diaspora. His achievement is stellar! His commitment to empower the Oromo people and other peoples of Ethiopia is commendable.
The Annual Conference of the Oromo Studies Association will be held on August 2-3, 2014 in Washington D. C Metro area. The Theme of the conference is ” Gada & Oromo Democracy: Celebrating 40 Years of Research and Oromo Renaissance”. The Deadline for submission of articles and panels is May 21, 2014.
Please, send articles and panel proposals to OSA President at email@example.com. Below is the full profile of this distinguished scholar, Surgeon Physician and Philanthropist. It is a great honor and privilege for me to introduce our keynote speaker. Read more…
April 19, 2014
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