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My Memories of Ireecha, 2016

By Johnsay M Feyisa I grew up in Bishoftu, the beautiful small town located some 40 kilometres southeast of the capital, Finfinne (Addis Ababa). Her evergreen forest, breath-taking mountains, moderate weather, and seven—yes, seven! — volcanic lakes make Bishoftu one of the best places to live in Oromia. To us …

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Ethiopia’s Oromo Celebrate Tense Ireecha Festival amid Tight Security 

BISHOFTU – Thousands of people from the Oromo, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, celebrated their thanksgiving festival in Bishoftu city amid tight security on Sunday after the authorities said they had seized weapons and foiled attacks in previous days. Irreecha (also called Irreessa or Dhibaayyuu), is thanksgiving holiday of the Oromo …

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Liberation by any means necessary: in defense of the Oromo’s right to an armed struggle

By Soretti Kadir No people, group, or nation has ever successfully liberated themselves from colonial rule or from a systematically imposed ideology, governance process, identity or military without some kind of armed movement. The Oromo, East Africa’s largest indigenous nation, have engaged in a consistent and evolving armed resistance against …

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Ethiopia’s democratic transition is in peril

Abiy Ahmed has so far delivered neither democracy nor peace “Freedom is not a gift doled out to people by a government,” Abiy Ahmed said in his inaugural address as Ethiopia’s prime minister in 2018. “Rather [it is] a gift of nature to everyone that emanates from our human dignity.” …

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Why there are fears that Ethiopia could disintegrate

By Desta Gebremedhin BBC Tigrinya The feud between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling party in the strategically important Tigray region is escalating, raising fears of military confrontation and the break-up of Africa’s second-most-populous nation. The tensions revolve around the regional government’s decision to press ahead with organising …

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Ethiopia´s prime minister fires defense minister

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- Ethiopia´s Prime Minister has fired Defense Minister Lemma Megersa after their relations soured in the past few months. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office announced yesterday that he was replacing the defence minister, a fellow ethnic Oromo and former ally after he was openly critical of Abiy’s …

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The four great political challenges of Abiy Ahmed

By Morris Kiruga Since his accession to power in 2018, life has not been a straight line for reformer Abiy Ahmed, and its not about to get ironed out any time soon. Early efforts at opening up won him praise, including emptying the jails of political opponents of the regime, …

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Queerroo (Youth): From a Struggle for Democracy to an Ethno-Fascist Mob

From a Struggle for Democracy to an Ethno-Fascist Mob: How a Genuine Oromo Youth (Queerroo) Movement is Hijacked, Radicalised and Derailed From its Course Introduction The mob of young men, carrying machetes, marched into the neighborhood with a list of names and ethnicities of its residents. “This land is Oromo land,” …

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Ethiopia: Who and what is behind the Oromia crisis – a view from Abiy’s camp

By Bekele Birhanu In Ethiopia, opposition activists accuse Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government of trying to reassert central control over Oromia and dismissing their campaign for cultural rights and linguistic rights – at stake is the future of country’s proclaimed system of ethnic federalism. Readers please note – this is a …

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AU calls for calm in Ethiopia after activist’s death

Chair of African Union Commission urges restraint from acts that could further escalate current situation NAIROBI The Chair of the African Union Commission urged Ethiopians to refrain from violence Thursday following the death of activist Hachalu Hundessa, according to a statement. Moussa Faki Mahamat asked Ethiopians to refrain from further …

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