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News: Security forces open fire at festival goers in Weldiya, Amhara regional state, killing at least five

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 21/2018 – “At least five people were killed” yesterday and several others wounded when security forces opened fire at festival goers in Weldiya, some 510 km north of the capital Addis Ababa, in Amhara regional state, according to Alemayehu Yemiru, a resident of the town; but Alemayehu said he […]

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Opinion: ‘Peace’ of the tormentor and resistance toward freedom

  Alem Mamo, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – Fostering peace is much more abstruse than waging war or employing violence to address social woes. The multi-dimensional disposition of peace necessitates a wide-ranging approach that addresses all the underlying and deep-rooted factors interposed to the absence of peace in the first place. ‘Positive […]

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News: Federal high court reverses decision to summon gov. officials as defense witnesses, angering defendants; sentences seven on contempt of court

  Mahlet Fasil Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – The Federal High Court 4th criminal bench has today dismissed its own decision to summon high level government officials as defense witnesses in the case involving senior opposition party officials from the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC). In its ruling on August 18th, the court issued a letter […]

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Opinion – The Lemma Megerssa Moment and the Oromo Dilemma: Between resistance and governing

  Tsegaye R Ararssa, for Addis Standard Introduction Addis Abeba, Janurary 10/2018 – One of the most emphatic achievements of the #OromoProtests is Lemma Megerssa himself. The Lemma Megerssa moment is produced by the resurgent Oromo resistance that was rekindled in 2014 and persisted to date.  Having produced the Lemma Megerssa moment as its overall […]

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News: Ethiopian national security council reflects on yet another daunting security assessment

  Liyat Fekade Addis Abeba, January 08/2018 – In another meeting attended by members of Ethiopia’s Security Council, participants at a day long meeting on Friday January 05 have reflected on yet another daunting security assessment compiled from various parts of the country since the council’s first meeting was held, during which an alarming security […]

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News: Autopsy of Ayele Beyene says he died of ‘natural cause’; contradicts co-defendants who say he died of ‘torture, neglect in prison’

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 05/2018 – The autopsy of Ayele Beyene, 29, who died in the last week of July 2017 while he was imprisoned at Qilinto prison, a maximum prison facility on the southern outskirt of Addis Abeba, has declared the cause of his death as “natural.” Under the “Opinion as to […]

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News: Two benches at federal high court jail nineteen Ethiopians accused of having links with PG7 to lengthy terms

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, January 02/2018 –  The federal high court 19th and 4th criminal benches here in the capital Addis Abeba have today sentenced a total of nineteen Ethiopians who were accused of terrorism related offenses to jail terms ranging from three years and ten months to 16 years and six months. All […]

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Op-ed: Race to the bottom: Ethiopia’s accelerating crisis

  An economy in free fall, ever-deepening repression, a deteriorating security, inter-ethnic violence, and a vicious infighting within the ruling party – Ethiopia is on the cusp of political explosion.   Dr. Awol Kassim Allo, For Addis Standard Addis Abeba, December 31/2017 – The Executive Committee of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) […]

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News: Court rejects request by Dr. Merera Gudina to declare invalid latest audio/video evidence added by prosecutors as evidence

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 29/2017 – The Federal High court 19th criminal bench has today rejected the request by Dr. Merera Gudina’s defense team to declare as invalid the latest addition of audio,video and photo evidence by the prosecutors team against the defendant. On December 25 prosecutors have submitted to the court ten […]

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News: OPDO secretariat asks federal court a new appointment date for its senior officials to appear as defense witnesses in high profile case

All the four officials have failed to appear in court   Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, December 28/2017 – The Secretariat of the OPDO Central Committee has asked the federal high court 4th criminal bench  to get a new appointment date for its high level officials who were summoned to appear in court as defense witnesses […]

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