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How Amharic unites – and divides – Ethiopia

The emperors made us speak one language to bring us together. It failed, but it also succeeded. This is the fifth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola and will be published across this week. See all the articles published so far here.  Like most African…

Ethiopia: A Country on the Brinks

By Dawit Woldegiorgis, Visiting Scholar at Boston University, African Studies Center ‘Absolutely Oversold’***********************As instability and violence spreads across much of Ethiopia, with most recent incidents getting close to the capital in Northern Showa, it is becoming a matter of grave concern to Ethiopians and regional governments, whether there will be a full-fledged civil war in Ethiopia….

The Jawar Phenomenon

By Major Dawit Woldegiorgis PM Ably seems to have taken a calculated decision to play the ethnic card to perhaps appease the radicals within his party. For certain, his ethnic base is fired up and their expectations are high. His colleague Jawar Mohamed, another fiery demagogue who preaches ethnic and religious extremism has been invited…

Abiy Ahmed’s Ethiopia: Bandwagon or Hegemony?

‘As a son of a Muslim father, a student of conflict studies with a PhD in Peace and Security Studies, and a politician who brokered peace between parties to religious conflicts in his home town, Abiy Ahmed would naturally be expected to has overcome the “siege mentality” of Ethiopian leaders vis-a-vis Arab powers.’ The New…

Why Abiy Ahmed need to be serious about anarchism in the military

Borkena Editorial October 11,2018 Barely a week after the ruling coalition’s 11th congress re-elected Abiy Ahmed, with unanimous vote, as chairman which means that he will also remain in his prime ministerial post until the next national election, he experienced incidents yesterday that happen only in a coup d’état like situation. 240 armed Special Forces,…

The death of General Manager of the Grand Dam

When the news of the death of Chief Engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, Simegnew Bekele was posted on some news websites of July 26, 2018, a wave of horror and shock was experienced among millions of Ethiopians. They considered it as if something that had to do with their sovereignty had been…

Turning Point in the movement of the Oromo Elite struggle

The dynamism of a change movement depends on the nature of the change. The birth of change can emanate from uni-polarity, duality, integration or transcendence. A change that emanates from uni-polarity fails when it reaches its level of extremity. A change that emanates from duality fails when the other opposite succeeds. A change that emanates…

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