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Abiy Ahmed’s incompetence and his zero-sum approach to governance

Unfortunately, Abiy is the only Nobel Prize for Peace laureate that is not a peace maker. Indeed, his intransigence and maniacal reliance on military force is leading to further gross human rights violations and impending humanitarian catastrophe once more.  More broadly, while injuries in the form of war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and genocide mount in Ethiopia at the hands of Abiy; benefits for the lives, livelihoods and well-being of citizens are nowhere to be found. 

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How Abiy’s Tyranny, Failed Leadership, and the Persecution of Amharas Caused the Latest War in Ethiopia?

For close and discerning observers of Ethiopian politics, it is increasingly evident that Abiy’s principal objective is power consolidation through the complete disarmament and demobilization of the Amhara regional forces and by extension the Amhara region— a force and region that he fears is a threat to his authoritarian inclinations.  Unsurprisingly, the haphazard and unjust policy decree has been met with a widespread popular resistance movement and insurgency throughout the Amhara region.  Amharas view the deployment of federal forces into the region as an attempt to subjugate the people and the region to the whims of Abiy and his Oromo Prosperity Party; while at the same time, exposing the region and its people to security threats emanating from other armed groups, namely the TPLF, Oromo special forces, and Oromo Liberation Army.

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Open Letter to WB and IMF from two Former Members of Ethiopia’s ‘Economic Advisory Council’

By way of introduction, the writers of this letter were members of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Economic Advisory Council, until our resignation. One of us was Deputy Global Manager of the ICP that is housed in the World Bank and cosponsored by many international agencies including the IMF. We write with a reasonably sufficient knowledge of the Ethiopian Government and your institutions.

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This discussion paper is prepared with inputs from many prominent individuals and
groups in Ethiopia and abroad. A preliminary survey in which 556 participants took part
shows 67.6% support the proposed international campaign. This discussion document
is shared with the public to foster discussion by all stakeholder at home and abroad. The
purpose is not to form a new organization. To contact author, Email:[email protected]

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Does Ethiopia Need to Re-examine Its Development Model?

The World Food Program reports that “Ethiopia has made important development gains over
the past two decades, reducing poverty and expanding investments in basic social services.
However, food insecurity and malnutrition are still a major concern across the country; an
estimated 20.4 million people currently require food support. This includes internally displaced
persons (IDPs), who have had to leave their homes due to the conflict in the country’s north
and the severe drought in south and southeast.” This is a huge challenge that must be
addressed now.

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What Next After the EOTC Rendered Tribal Politics a Fatal Blow?

Abiy has learned the hard way that in terms of power, Addis Ababans who defeated the tribalization of Addis Ababa schools pale in comparison to the EOTC. No institution in the entire continent of Africa has the power to mobilize support in comparison to EOTC. Apart from the Church’s institutional architecture that commands over 60 million members, other social institutions from ጽዋ to እድር are associated with the Orthodox social enterprise.

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Religious violence is threatening Ethiopia and the government is behind it

In today’s Ethiopia, ethnonationalist movements have continued to fuel inter-ethnic animosity and violence that continue to further weaken the country. A tolerant political culture and social capital that had long defined Ethiopians have become a thing of the past. Now that a possibility of religious violence is added to the list of problems that threaten the peace, the fragile state of Ethiopia is facing a major catastrophe that should not be taken lightly.

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The Int’l Community’s Moral Imperative to Avert a Dangerous Showdown in Ethiopia

Today, the Abiy Administration upped its threat by telling the Church they cannot protest during the Sunday prayer session. Over a million Orthodox followers are expected to attend Church services to pray for the wellbeing of their Church. Obviously, the mass will overflow outside of Church compounds. This is common in Ethiopia when churches and mosques gather for prayer and peaceful protest.

The international community that is financing the Abiy administration has moral responsibility to ensure bullets that were bought with their funds are not used to kill Christians. In recent months, the Abiy government has been piling weapons and the PM has threatened the Church and its followers that his administration has tools that it has not used in the past.

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ይድረስ ለጠ/ሚንስትር ዶ/አብይ አህመድ፣ ለብልጽግና መንግስት  ኃላፊዎችና የካቢኔ አባላት

ይህን ጽሁፍ በይፋ እንድጽፍ ያነሳሳኝ፣ሀገራችን ከኣንድ ቀውስ ወደ ሌላ ቀውስ፤ ከአንድ ፈተና ወደ ሌላ ፈተና እየተሸጋገረች የምትሰቃይበት ምክንያቶች አንዱ በተፈጥሮዋ ወይም በሕዝቦቿ አለመታደል ሳይሆን፤ በዋነኛነት የሚመራዉን ሕዝብ አስተባብሮ በመምራት ችግሮቿን ከስር ነቅሎ የሚጥልላት ፈውስ የሚሆኑ አስተውሎ ያላቸው መሪዎች እስከዛሬ ባለማግኘቷ ነው ብየ ስለማምን ነው። ይህ ለዉጥ ሲጀምር በብዙ ሚልዮን የሚቆጠሩ ኢትዮጵያዉያን በዶ/ር ዓብይ ላይ እምነት በመጣል አሁን ሊያልፍላት ነው፤ መሪ እያገኘች ነው ብለው ነበር፤ለኢትዮጵያ ጥሩ ራይ ሰንቀው ለውጡን በስተመጨረሻም ቢሆን የተቀላቀሉትና የተራራውን ጫፍ የወጡት ዶ/ር አብይ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ከፍተኛ ክብርን፣ ድጋፍ (እኔም በርካታ የትግል ጓዶቼን  ጨምሮ) ሲያደርጉ  ቆይተዋል።  አሁን ግን ያ ተስፋ እኔን ጨምሮ በብዙ ወገኖች ዘንድ እየተመናመነ የመጣ ይመስላል::

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The frontline voices: Tigrayans speak on the realities of life under an insurgency regime

Ethiopians of Tigrayan descent, residing both inside and outside of Tigray, have contacted this researcher to request greater scrutiny of grassroots Tigrayan opinion on the ongoing conflict in Northern Ethiopia. These “silenced voices” have been characterized by many Western analysts and English-language media as supportive of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a vanguard armed group that exercises authoritarian control of both the “Tigray government” and the “Tigray Defense Forces.”

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The Solution to Ethiopia’s Crisis Resides in PM Abiy and the Amhara Tribal Land

A person from Mars who does not know anything about Ethiopian politics can paint three different pictures of PM Abiy, depending on whom she befriends when she lands on earth.  If she meets Professor Al Mariam, her conclusion would be people on earth have genius leaders that Martians can learn from. If she meets Professor Meskerem Aberra or any one of the Professors leading Vision Ethiopia, she would conclude people on earth are led by genociders. If by any chance she meets me, her impression of the PM would be a visionary and remarkable strategist with abhorring management skills. There are enough “supporting” materials in the cyber space to paint any one of the three images.

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A call for action: Pragmatic solutions for peace-building in Ethiopia

Structural violence is the root cause of the ongoing political crisis in Ethiopia. To understand the full picture of the current crisis, therefore, it is important to fully understand the historical, contextual, sociopolitical, and cultural dynamics of where Ethiopia is heading. Doing so makes it evident that the current debacle stems from the self-proclaimed apartheid constitution that segregate the diverse Ethiopian people along ethnolinguistic lines.

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