By GRAHAM PEEBLES
January 9, 2015 (CounterPunch) — Ethiopia is being hailed as a shining example of African economic growth. Principle donors and devotees of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank development model (an imposed ideological vision which measures all things in terms of a nations GDP) see the country as an island of potential prosperity and stability within a region of failed states and violent conflict. “Economic performance in recent years has been strong, with economic growth averaging in double-digits since 2004,”states the IMF country report. The economic model (a hybrid of western capitalism and Chinese control) adopted by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government is a centralised system that denies democracy – consultation and participation in “development plans” is unheard of – ignores and violates human rights.
A willing ally in the “war on terror,” Ethiopia is a strategically convenient base from which the US launches it’s deadly Reaper Drones over Yemen and Somalia, carrying out “targeted assassinations” against perceived threats to “national security” and the ‘American way of life’. In exchange perhaps, irresponsible benefactors – Britain, America and the European Union – turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the human rights abuses being perpetrated throughout the country by the highly repressive dictatorship enthroned in Addis Ababa. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | October 20, 2014
Somalia was one of the best powerful nations of the African continent ever since it gained its full-Independence from English and Italian colonies and right after its full Independence many African countries including South Africa, Eritrea, and Djibouti gained their Independence due to Somalia’s sisterly support.
Unfortunately, when the warlords that toppled the last central government in 1991 had failed to come up in an advance a plan with them in order to form an exclusive government to control the entire country, the neighboring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti exploited the chaos. Read more…
|Massacre in Ogaden||Shirka Jaliyadaha Aduunka Ogaden- London|
By Ahmed Abdi | September 17, 2014
The Somali Nation has been indigenous in Eastern Africa for thousands of years as attest Egyptian Hieroglyphic, Ancient Greek, Latin and Arabic historical sources.
For the Somali Nation, today’s divisions and hardships are basically due to the nefarious colonial presence and division of the national Somali territory. The English colonized the North around Berbera, the French controlled the African coastland of the Red Sea straits Bab el Mandeb, and the Italians controlled most of the East, part of the Central regions, and the South of Somalia. In addition, the English who controlled the region of the lakes and of Mt. Kenya put under control the extreme South of Somalia, which belongs today to the colonially fabricated pseudo-nation of Kenya, and exerted a nominal control over Somalia’s Central and Western regions that have been inhabited by the Ogadeni Somalis. Read more…
By Ahmed Farah, An Ogadeni activist and Head of Ogaden Refugee Council (ORC)
September 12, 2014
Today’s major political conflicts might relate to the Western European powers’ aggressive and rivalry occupation towards other continents of the globe for industrial resources. That systematic migration, which its last foot was Africa’s Scramble of 1880s, was too strange to the occupied people and nations while today’s liberty or freedom through “own state sovereignty” was not in the mind of many of those scrambled.
Again, while the form of governance by the said powers was having its effect, the respond or reactions of the occupied people or nations varied from one another: depending on ways of living, settlement, governance or belief. Though their main target was gaining resources for their industries amid competing, the factor of faith played greater role for articulating strategies as the main faith in Europe was Christianity.
Moreover, the European colonialists’ soft power was “modern education and Christian missionaries”, which helped hardening positions by religious resistances of some Muslim communities; somehow [making] they overlooked to the resource-driven political nature of the colonial powers.
Therefore, people or nations of same faith became allies with European powers – namely Ethiopia or Abyssinia; people or nations of different faith including Somalis had resisted through religious and ethnic perspectives; while people or nations of traditional beliefs including would-be Kenyans were resisting through racial or ethnic causes. Read more…
September 3, 2014 (ices) — Africa Oil, the Canadian oil company, which is prospecting for oil in different parts of Ethiopia, is to pull out of two exploration blocks in the Ogaden basin, eastern Ethiopia. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | August 17, 2014
ONLF Chairman’s speech covered:
- The Formation of ONLF in 1984 and how the situation was that time
- Ethiopia forced ONLF to go to war even though they were not prepared for war.
- Ethiopian military are committing war crimes in Ogaden without international condemnation.
- ONLF warned oil corporations not to get involved in Ogaden genocide and will not accept any.
- ONLF is ready for comprehensive peace talks and Ethiopia should know that they cannot gain peace and stability through war.
Ogaden National Liberarion Front or ONLF is celebrating its 30th anniversary around the globe. Founded in August 15, 1984, the group has been campaigning to realize the ambtions of the Ogadenpeople for independence from Ethiopia. TheOgaden territory, which is mainly inhabited by 7-8 million ethnic Somalis, a territory which still suffer the betrayal of Italian-British colonial rule after British handed over Ethiopia in 1954 without its population’s consent or the treaty between the British imperial rule and the Somali chiefs and elders. Read more…
By Bosire Boniface
August 8, 2014, Garissa (All Africa) — Security authorities in Garissa County say they are concerned that the conflict between the Ethiopian government and the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) is spilling over into Kenya with fatal consequences. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | August 4, 2014
The powerful Ogaden diaspora communities held a musical festival in Oslo, Norway on Saturday ,August 2,2014, which hundreds of young men and young women participated in, in part of showing the World what identifies Ogaden Somalis as Somalis from Occupied-Ogaden region.
European Citizens of Occupied Ogaden native do not hold the music festival in protest of showing the globe their truer national identity that Ethiopian highlanders stolen 50 years ago after great Britain handed over Ogaden region to Ethiopia in 1954,without Somalis consent, but they hold and perform a traditional dance locally known as ‘Dhaanto’ for awareness to draw the international attention for the hidden genocide that is taking place in their homeland of Occupied-Ogaden region. Read more…
ONLF is a rebel group that has been fighting with the Ethiopian government since 1984 for independence of the Ogaden region, a territory contested with Somalia during the Ogaden War in 1977-78 and inhabited by mostly ethnic Somalis.
Garissa County Director of Criminal Investigation Department Musa Yego said local authorities are concerned that the conflict may have spilled over into Kenya following a string of assassinations in Garissa of Ethiopian nationals suspected to be ONLF members.
On June 1st, Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdirashid Mohamed “Jelani” was shot dead after leaving Khalifa Mosque in Garissa town. Read more…
July 13, 2014
ONLF Press Release
Ethiopian Regime Trained Assassins Kill Kenyan Civilians in Garissa
The Ethiopian security has assassinated three Kenyan civilians and gravely wounded another one in Garissa, Kenya during the last week of June and the first week of July. The latest victim, Mr. Asad Yusuf was shot and killed in the evening of July 9, 2014. He was a Kenyan Somali civilian and was killed because he was assisting refugee from the Ogaden. He was a businessman and had a large family. A week ago another young man was also killed for the same reason and two weeks ago one man was killed and another wounded. Read more…
July 12, 2014 (Suna Times) — The Ogaden National Liberation Army’s commander told Qorahay Media that his army burned an Ethiopian military truck, which soldiers were on board in an ambush between Denod and Qorille on Thursday.
Abdullahi Yassin said that the fighting between the Ethiopian soldiers,and the Ogaden Army occurs every time, everywhere in the Ogaden region, and that the number of Liyu Police was reduced in the fight,and now work as guides and interpreters as they know the terrain and the Somali language as well as pointing fingers to individuals that suspected of their family members in the military service of the ONLA. Read more…
July 10, 2014 (OgadenToday Press)- Ethiopian Ogaden’n region Rebel Group, ONLF fighting for self-determination of Ogaden Region in eastern Ethiopia steps up the attack on government Troops, a source confirmed to OgadenToday Press.
A source close to regional administration confirmed to OgadenToday Press that almost 150 pro Ethiopian military militia under the command of Regional administration has been killed in the attacks.
Locals see ONLF has gained some control despite the government repeatedly airs local TV, ESTV that ONLF Ogaden National Liberation Front has been weakened, a move that ONLF officials consider as a propaganda. Read more…
July 4, 2014 (Waagacusub Media) –Over the last three months ,fighters from Ogaden National Liberation Army waged enormous attacks against Ethiopian Security forces which inflicted heavy casualties on Ethiopian and Liyu Police militia.
Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF)claims it has killed a large number of Ethiopian and Liyu Police militia on Tuesday, Somalia Media reported.
A telephone interview with an ONLF Information Secretary,said that a multifront offensive has been launched by the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA), the group’s army wing July 2, 2014 and still continues.
“We have killed more than 100 Ethiopian soldiers ,and its allied militia of Liyu Police (Hawarin) at Kebri Dahar and Godey,” Hussein Nour told Waagacusub Media.Mr.Nour said there is minimum ONLF casualty,but gave no other details.
The Information Secretary added that the Ogaden National Liberation Army burned 4 Ethiopian military trucks,which Ethiopian soldiers were on board in an ambush in Kebri Dahar outskirt. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | July 1, 2014
Kenya Police detained and transferred an Ethiopian assailant to Kenyan prison of Kilimani on Monday less than a month after an Ogadeni taxi driver,Abdirashid Ali Bashir, in Garissa city was injured by Ethiopian contractors armed with pistols that immediately identifies as Deeq Mohammoud Doys and Idiris Ali Qoys, the Ogaden news online (Ogaden24.com) reported.
Deeq was arrested while he was in a hospital in Nairobi at Hurlingham where he has been hospitalizing . According to eyewitnesses the assailants were five men in number that the Police immediately identified both their names and faces after they had arrested Deeq, who had been accidentally injured and left the scene by his fellow Ethiopian assailants that got panic.
While Kenyan police arrested one of the perpetrators, Deeq, Mr. Qoys who is believed to behind several assassination missions in Kenya remain hiding and on the run .
The assailant was eventually transferred to Garrissa city, where he will face on gang and charges of cross border criminal activities. Read more…
By Ahmed Abdi | June 26, 2014
Ethiopian Security Forces arrested dozens of civilians in Dehehbur, about 135 kilometers southeast of the regional Capital city of Jigjiga on Wednesday, following after ONLF insurgency killed 10 Ethiopian Security forces and regional administrators on Monday. Local sources said that the Ethiopian-appointed regional President Abdi Mohamoud Omar better known as Abdi Iley ordered the arrest and killing of anyone suspected of aiding ONLF in part of security swoop.
Abdi Iley reappointed infamous Omar Gamble as the Police commissioner immediately after the administration had been sustained heavy assaults by the ONLF in a bid to strike the town residents with an iron fist. Read more…