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News: Journalist Temesgen Desalegn admitted to hospital, others kept in “inhuman condition”

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, March 30/2018 – Journalist Temesgen Desalegn, who has been rearrested last sunday along with ten other here in the capital Addis Abeba, is admitted to Zewditu hospital due to sever back pain he developed during his jail time in recent past, according to family members. “Temesgen did not have the […]

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Commentary: No Power Can Suppress People Power: The Hubris of Power against the Challenge of Barefoot Democrats in Ethiopia

Photo: Oromo festival goers chant protest slogans during the deadly Irreecha festival in Oct. 2016.   Ezekiel Gebissa, Special to Addis Standard Addis Abeba, March 23/2018 – In his widely acclaimed book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, James C. Scott examines why state-sponsored social engineering schemes […]

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Ethiopian army targets civilians in Moyale killing nine, wounding above a dozen. Martial law command post calls it a mistake, residents dispute

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba March 11/2018 –  At least nine civilians were shot to death on Saturday March 10 by members of the Ethiopian army in Moyale town, 790 km south of Addis Abeba, on the border between Ethiopia and Kenya. More than fifteen were also wounded, four of them critically. Members of the […]

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News: Barely a week after legislating controversial emergency decree, defense minister says public push back looking like “color revolution”

  Burayu, 23 km west of Addis Abeba, was deserted for the third day today   Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, March 07/2018 – Presenting the first report since the national parliament legislated the controversial state of emergency, Siraj Fegessa, the defense minister and chairman of the command post established to oversee the implementation of the emergency […]

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News: Opposition party OFC rejects state of emergency, says it will sue the federal government

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba March 06/2018 – Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), the largest opposition party in Ethiopia led by the recently released Dr. Merera Gudina, says it rejects Ethiopia’s reinstated state of emergency on the basis that it is “unconstitutional” and that it has no legal merit that necessitated its declaration. In a statement […]

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News: More than a dozen killed by security forces in Ethiopia’s Oromia; region hit by yet another boycott

    Etenesh Abera & Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, March 05/2018 – Following the news of the state of emergency, which the speaker of the house of people’s representatives (Ethiopian parliament) said was approved by the majority in the house, albeit a “mathematical error” which led top the speaker to apologize, protests have flared up […]

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Op-ed: Between reform and revolution stands slogan: Ethiopia’s hard choice

  Hassen Hussein, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, March 05/2018 – In a duel between revolution and reform, slogans play a referee’s role. Once chiseled on the tongues of a people on the move, slogans reduce complex issues into simple catch phrases that animate and captivate the street. “Land to the tiller!” chanted the 1960s/1970s […]

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News: House speaker Abadula Gemeda apologizes for erring vote counting on state of emergency as decision sparks fresh protests

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, March 04/2018 – In a televised interview with the state run EBC, Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the house of people’s representative (Ethiopian parliament) has apologized for erring the vote counting on the parliament’s approval of the controversial state of emergency. The speaker’s apology came after Addis Standard published a video […]

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Video: Did Ethiopian Parliament Rig the State of Emergency vote?

      Addis Abeba, March 03/2018 – According to Art. 93 (2) of the Ethiopian constitution the emergency decree should be “approved by a two-thirds majority vote of members of the House of Peoples’ Representatives.” This clause was invoked by the Speaker of the House, Abadula Gemeda, while presenting the final result of the […]

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News: State of emergency command post says it no longer tolerates “anti-peace elements”; instructs security forces to take all necessary measures

Nekemt February 26/2018 Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, February 27/2018 – Amidst continued anti-governments protests and reports of causalities, including death, in parts of the Oromia regional state, particularly in Dembi Dolo and Nekemt, in western Ethiopia, the Command post established to oversee the reinstated state of emergency said its patience against what it called ant-peace […]

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