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Stop Confusing the Ethiopian Flag with the Insignias and Emblems of Ethiopia’s Changing Regimes [by Birihanemeskel Abebe Segni]

Let’s stop confusing the Ethiopian flag with the Insignia and Emblems of Ethiopia’s changing regimes. Each Ethiopian regimes from Emperor Menelik to Emperor Haile Selassie and from the Derg Regime to the TPLF regime adopted their own insignia and emblems and inscribed it on the Ethiopian flag. Those insignias and emblems were changing as the regimes change.

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Ethiopia ‘deliberately blocking’ U.S. Congress resolution on human rights

An international rights group is accusing the Ethiopian government of literally blackmailing the United States as Congress moves to heighten human rights and political reform calls on Addis Ababa.

According to a statement released by Freedom House dated October 16, 2017 and titled “U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff,” Senior Program Officer for Africa, Joseph Badwaza, said Congress should go ahead with its efforts and discard the Ethiopian government’s “bullying tactics.”

A bi-partisan human rights resolution by U.S. lawmakers known as the H. Res 128 has been halted by Addis Ababa with the threat of severing security cooperation with the U.S. if it is pursued any further.

Experience shows that Ethiopia would never follow through on the threat to halt security cooperation. The government fully understands who would be the ultimate loser if it did.

The statement quoted Republican Congressman Mike Coffman as confirming that Ethiopia’s position was relayed by its ambassador in Washington who said the country will “stop counterterrorism cooperation with the United States if Congress went ahead with a planned vote on a resolution calling for human rights protections and inclusive governance in the country (H. Res. 128).”

Freedom House is, however, of the view that any such move by the government would be against its interest hence the need for Congress to box on with its efforts at securing the rights of suppressed Ethiopians and the opening of the country’s political space.

“Passing H. Res. 128 would send a powerful message to Addis Ababa to get serious about undertaking reforms, and the Ethiopian government’s bullying tactics should not derail it. Members of Congress should call the bluff, place the resolution back on the House agenda, and approve it.

“Experience shows that Ethiopia would never follow through on the threat to halt security cooperation. The government fully understands who would be the ultimate loser if it did,” Freedom House said.

What is the H. Res. 128 about?

H. Res. 128 is a human rights centered move with strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, it has as many as 71 cosponsors.

The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously in late July 2017 and was scheduled for a vote by the full House on October 2.

One of its authors, Republican Congressman Chris Smith said during the committee mark-up, the resolution is like a mirror held up to the government of Ethiopia, and it is intended to encourage them to recognize how others see them and move forward with reforms.

“While the resolution contains provisions that call for sanctions — under the Global Magnitsky Act— against Ethiopian officials responsible for committing gross human rights violations, the more important reason why the government took the severe step of threatening the U.S. Congress is the damage that this resolution could do to the country’s image,” Freedom House averred.

Ethiopia’s regional and global security capacity and international profile

The country is largely seen as a security and political big boy in the restive Horn of Africa region. Aside Eritrea, it is on good terms with all its neighbours.

Ethiopia despite its security headache back home, also plays a huge role in global security circles, as one of the biggest contributors to international peacekeeping.

It is a current member of the UN’s Security and Human Rights Councils. It is engaged in the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia, it is at the forefront of regional diplomacy efforts to restore peace to South Sudan and also hosts the African Union headquarters.

Its legitimacy back home is, however, seen as shaky and highly unsteady. The government employed lethal force against anti-government protesters from late 2015 through the better part of 2016.

A situation that led to deaths and massive detentions even though Addis has refused to allow for an independent probe into the tensions which combine politics and security in a very restive region.

It took a 10 month state of emergency imposed in October 2016 with its draconian rules to quell the protests. There has been recent undercurrents in Oromia region where protests are gaining momentum.

Source: African News

የዘረኛው ህወሐት የምስረታ ሰነድ በቁጥር አንድ ጠላትነት ያስቀመጠው ህዝብ (ECADFORUM)

ህወሐት በትግል ፕሮግራሙ የአማራን ያክል የሚጠላው ሌላ ህዝብም ሆነ አካል እንደሌለ በግልጽ ያስቀመጠ ድርጅት ነው። የአማራ ህዝብ መሬት እያረሰ የሚኖር ደሀ ህዝብ ቢሆንም በህወሐት የምስረታ ሰነዶች እንደ ገዥ ብሄር ተፈርጆአል። አስገራሚው ነገር አማራ ንጉሱንም ሆነ ደርግን በማስወገድ ትግል ከሌሎች ህዝቦች እኩል ድርሻ የነበረው ህዝብ ነው። እንደ ህዝብ በህወሐት የሚጠላው በተጨበጠ ምክንያት አይደለም። ህወሐት የአማራን በሌሎች እንዲጠላ ካደረገባቸው የተደራጁ ስብከቶች በተጨማሪ የብሄረሰቡን ማንነት የሚያዳክምባቸው ልዩ ልዩ እርምጃዎችንም ወስዶአል።

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አንዱ ሴቶች ፍላጎታቸው ሳይጠየቅ የረጅም ግዜ የወሊድ መከላከያ መርፌ እንዲወጉ ማድረጉ ነው። በዚህም እኤአ 2007 የህዝብ ቆጠራ የህዝብ ቁጥሩ ከሚጠበቀው በ3 ሚሊዮን የቀነሰ ብቸኛ ህዝብ ሆኖአል። ሌላው በትግራይ ክልል የልዩ ወረዳ አስተዳደር ክብር የሚገባቸው ልዩ ልዩ ብሄረሰቦች እያሉ ህወሐት አማራ ክልል መጥቶ የልዩ ዞን ፍላጎት ቀስቀሰሽና አስፈጻሚ መሆኑም ከዚሁ አማራን ለማዳከም ካለው ጽኑ ፍላጎት ጋር ይያያዛል። የአማራን ክልል መሬት በጉልበት ወደራሱ የማካለል ስራም ሌላው ተግባሩ ነው። እራሳቸውን በአማራነት የሚገልጹ ሰዎችን በግፊት ወደ ትግሬነት የመቀየር ስራም ሰርቶአል። ህወሐት በፕሮግራሙ ውስጥ አማራን ግንባር ቀደም ጠላቴ ነው ብሎ ከመጻፍ ጀምሮ በተከታታይ በዚህ ህዝብ ላይ እየፈጸማቸው ያሉ ግፎች መነሻቸው ምንድን ነው?

የመጀመሪያው መሰረታዊ ምክንያት ህወሐት ኢትዮጵያን እንደ ሀገር ፈጽሞ ማየት አለመፈለጉ ነው። ይህ ጥላቻ ምንጩ የወራሪው ኢጣልያ አገልጋይ ከነበሩ ጥቂት ባንዳ የትግራይ ልጆች ነው። እነዚህ በቀድሞው የህወሐት አባል በአቶ ገብረመድን አጠራር ሻምቡሽ እየተባሉ የሚጠሩት የትግራይ ባንዳዎች በልጆቻቸው በኩል ስብከቱን በማጉላት በአሁኑ ወቅት ብዙ ተከታይ አግኝተዋል ። የአማራ ህዝብ ደግሞ ፖለቲከኛ ሆነ ደሀ ገበሬ ከሌላው የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ጋር ሀገሪቷን ከወራሪ ሲከላከል የቆየ ህዝብ ነበር።

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በዚህም ቂም ተይዞበታል። ብዙዎች የዋሆች ህወሐት ኢትዮጲያዊ መባል ካልፈለገ ለምን ታዲያ ሁሉን አድራጊ በሆነበት በአሁን ወቅት መገንጠልን አይፈጽመውም የሚል ጥያቄ ይጠይቃሉ። መልሱ የትግራይ የኢኮኖሚ፣ የፖለቲካ፣ የስነልቦና የበላይነቱ እስካልተነካበት የመገንጠል ፍላጎቱን ገሀድ አያወጣም የሚል ይሆናል። አዎ እንደ ነብር ደምህን እየመጠጠ ይቆያል። ደምህ ካለቀ ወይም አሻፈረኝ ካልክ ግን ያኔ ይተገብረዋል።

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ሁለተኛው ምክንያት የተለመደው የከፋፍለህ ግዛ ባህሪው ነው። ሌሎች የኢትዮጵያ ህዝቦችን ኣስፈራርቶ ለመግዛት የሚፈሩት ጠላት ሊፈጥርላቸው ይገባል። ለዚህም አማራን አስቀምጦላቸዋል። በሁለተኛነትም ከአማራ ህዝብ ጋር ህብረት እንዳይፈጥሩ ማድረጊያ ስልቱም ነው። ይህ ስልቱም ከጠበቀው በላይ ሰርቶለታል። በዚህም የአማራ ህዝብ ለትውልዶች ከኖረባቸው አካባቢዎች ተደጋጋሚ ጥቃቶች ተፈጽሞበታል። በኦሮሚያ፣ ደቡብ ብ/ብ/ህ ክልል እና በቤኒሻንጉል ጉሙዝ ክልል ውስጥ የተፈጸሙትን ግድያዎችና ማፈናቀል መጥቀስ ይቻላል።

የአለም ህዝቦች መልቲ ካልራሊዝምን እንደ ሀብት በሚቆጥሩበት በዚህ የስልጣኔ ዘመን አባቶቹ የጣልያን ሻምቡሽ ሆነው የተነገራቸው ስብከት ላይ ተቸንክሮ የቆመውን ህወሐት በተግባር በቃ ልንለው ይገባል። አለበለዚያ ግን የሰሞኑ የአለም ባንክ ይፋ ያወጣው የኢትዮጵያ ክልሎች የመንገድ ግንባታ ግስጋሴ የ 10 ዓመት ሪፖርት በግልጽ እንዳስቀመጠው (ትግራይ ክልል አንደኛ እንዲሁም አማራ መጨረሻ) ህወሀት የአማራንም ሆነ ሌሎች ህዝቦችን ደም መምጠጡን ይቀጥላል።

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በሚስጢር የተያዘው መንግስት ግልበጣ (ሳተናው)

የአማራ ተጋድሎ እና የኦሮሞ አብዮት በፈጠረው ምቹ ሁኔታ ኦሮሚያ አዲስ አመራር አግኝታለች። በባለፈው ክረምት በህውሃት ላይ የደረሰውን ድንጋጤ እና መዳከም ተጠቅሞ አመራሩን የጨበጠው የአባዱላ ቡድን አንድ አመት ሊሞላው ነው። Continue reading “በሚስጢር የተያዘው መንግስት ግልበጣ (ሳተናው)”