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Ethiopia and Meles – Leadership Crisis Can Become a Democratic Opportunity

By Alula Alex Iyasu


Aug 1, 2012 (All Africa) – Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, was often heard saying, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” Asked to explain what he meant, he said, “Crisis presents an opportunity to allow you to do things you thought you couldn’t do.”

There is a potential crisis looming in Ethiopia in light of the Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi’s health concerns. Depending on who you choose to believe, Meles is anywhere between speedily recovering to dying. To date, he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the day-to-day governing.

I for one wish the Prime Minster a full and speedy recovery, but if he decided to step aside earlier than the 2015 election as he had previously indicated, the impact of his departure would be enormous to a country of 80 million whom he had ruled with an iron fist for the last 20 years. Read more…

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Ethiopia: 2011 U.S. Terrorism Report on Ethiopia

U. S. Department of State

Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Country Reports on Terrorism 2011


July 31, 2012, Washington, DC — Overview: The Government of Ethiopia viewed instability in Somalia as a critical national security threat and maintained a defensive military presence along the Somali border to stem potential infiltration of extremists into Ethiopia. It also remained concerned about domestic groups such as the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF). Despite the Ethiopian government’s peace agreement with the United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF) and a faction of the ONLF in 2010, elements from both groups, as well as the OLF, continued their attempts to target Ethiopian government officials and infrastructure. This included a foiled attempt by OLF elements to attack Addis Ababa during the African Union (AU) Summit in January 2011. The Ethiopian government cooperated with the U.S. government on military, intelligence, and security issues. Read more…

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Kenya’s Ethiopian refugees ‘need urgent aid’

Aug 1, 2012 (Aljazeera) — Red Cross officials say thousands who fled tribal fighting in border region are in need of humanitarian support. Read more…

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What is a post-Meles Ethiopia to look like?

Aug 1, 2012, CAIRO (bikyamasr) : With Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s health reportedly teetering toward uncertainty, the question of an Ethiopia without the longtime leader is beginning to be questioned in the East African country.

While the Prime Minister continues to use his power to crackdown on newspapers over reports that his situation is serious, many in the country, especially the youth, are wondering what their country will look like when the hardliner has left his position atop the country.

“It will definitely be interesting to see how we all react,” said one student activist, who asked not to be named due to the security crackdown on those speaking about the PM’s health. Read more…

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Taammanaa Bitimaa irraa | Aug 1, 2012
Maqaa ergisaatiin
Lakkii, maaliif nu waamuu
Mancaa ergisaatiin
Lakkii, maaliif nu dhaanuu?
Nuti gurraacha malee
Fuulli keenya hin gubannee
Nutin gabroomne malee
Seenaan keenya hin huqqannee!
Biyyi teenya Oromiyaa-dhaa
Maqaan keenya Oromoo-dhaa
Oromoonis Kuushumaa
Kuush keenyas Afrikumaa! Read more…

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