The war against Tigray could splinter Ethiopia like Yugoslavia

(Source: bangordailynews.com, By Gwynne Dyer – a London-based independent journalist whose commentary is published in 45 countries) –  “We have to deal with anyone who’s still shooting,” Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces, said earlier this month. “If it takes marching to Addis to silence the guns, we will.” In fact, Tigray’s army has already covered […]

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The Telegraph’s Agamsa story – does the evidence corroborate the headline?

August 29, 2021 The Telegraph on its August 17th publication published an article titled ‘They are out for revenge: Evidence of war crimes as rebels roar out of Ethiopia’s Tigray region’ written by Mr. Zecharias Zelealem. The story is centered around the village of Agamsa, near Kobo town in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. The […]

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Statement on Ethiopia’s Tigray war By the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations

SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA: THE SITUATION IN TIGRAY THURSDAY 26TH AUGUST 2021 AT 3:00 AM STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR MARTIN KIMANI, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF KENYA ON BEHALF OF THE A-3+1 (KENYA, NIGER, ST. VINCENT, AND THE GRENADINES AND TUNISIA) Mr President, I have the honor to make this statement on behalf […]

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Tigray External Affairs Office (TEAO): Weekly briefing From The National Government of Tigray August 30, 2021

I. Humanitarian Concerns The cumulative impact of the humanitarian, social, psycho-social and economic crisis created by Abiy Ahmed’s genocidal war on Tigray has been well documented. The siege has generated grave social and economic situations in Tigray due to the halting of commercial activity, cutting off basic services such as electricity and telecommunications, and blocking […]

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Water Hyacinth: እምቦጭ

(By Yared Huluf) – Why get verklempt, To uncover Amharas  Surreptitious land claim,  Just like water hyacinth  When it touches the surface  It shoots down stolons to balance  So as to extract nutrients,  To further expand its harmful progress.  Once Finfinie was in seersucker አዲስ አበባ/Addis Ababa dressed.  It went in wooing the skirts,  That they too […]

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Urgent Call to Halt the Repatriation of Migrants of Tigrayan Origin in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia

    OPEN LETTER H.E. António Vitorino Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Geneva H.E. Filippo Grandi United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Geneva H.E. Jagan Chapagain Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Geneva H.E. Peter Maurer President of the International Committee […]

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Tigray, the Armenian Genocide and an Open Letter to President Biden

(Source: Armenian Weekly) – Armenians and Ethiopia have a long history, one that goes back as far as the 13th century. Early in the 1900s, Armenians sought refuge and a safe haven from the massacres and persecution in the Ottoman Empire and emigrated to Ethiopia, an Orthodox Christian country. Many more followed after the Armenian […]

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How ENDF, one of the Biggest Armies in Africa, Succumbed to a Smaller but More Determined, More Disciplined TDF, in just 10 Days?

(Source: Globe News Net, 29 August 2021) More than two years of political strife between Tigray on the one hand, and Ethiopia’s federal government and allies on the other hand ended in one of the bloodiest wars of the 21st century also resulting in the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. On November 4, an […]

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The U.S. needs sharper tools to stop the war in Ethiopia

Source: World Politics Review, By Cameron Hudson Friday, Aug. 27, 2021) –  Millions of people in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region are currently at risk of famine, a situation brought on by the government’s invasion of the region last fall after a long-running political dispute, as well as an unofficial blockade imposed on Tigray since June by federal troops, allied […]

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Dueling information campaigns: The war over the narrative in Tigray

(Source:Media Manipulation, By Claire Wilmot, Ellen Tveteraas, and Alexi Drew) –    Media Manipulation Tactics Used Date Range: November 4, 2020 – Ongoing Region: Ethiopia and Ethiopian diaspora   Network Terrain Facebook Media outlets Twitter Websites Attribution Activists (attribution) Public relations or marketing firm State actor Partisans Target Activists (target) Political party Strategy Gaming an […]

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US lawmakers call for suspension of drone technology to Turkey

(Source: Middle East Eye, By Umar A Farooq,   Washington) –  Twenty-seven members of Congress request a hearing from the Biden administration on Turkey’s drone proliferation     More than 25 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this month, calling for a suspension of drone technology to Turkey and for a hearing […]

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Ethiopia: African intellectuals call for urgent action over Tigray war

(Source: The Africa Report) – Open letter With multiple actors joining the fray in Ethiopia’s civil war, a group of concerned African intellectuals call for dialogue and an end to the fighting. August 26, 2021 Re: An Open Call by African Intellectuals for Urgent Action on Ethiopia We write this letter as concerned African intellectuals […]

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Tigray Defense forces (TDF) in Ethiopia support ‘negotiated end’ to war

(Source: AP, By CARA ANN, NAIROBI, Kenya) –     The leader of Tigray forces  in Ethiopia has expressed the commitment to a “negotiated end” to the nine-month war that has killed thousands and left nearly half a million people facing famine, while the United Nations secretary-general on Thursday warned “there is no military solution.” […]

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UN warns of ‘mass mobilisation’ of troops in Ethiopia’s spiralling conflict

(Source: The National, by James Reinl) – Security Council met amid reports of bloodshed in hitherto unaffected Oromia region UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday of the “mass mobilisation” of armed forces in Ethiopia’s widening civil war, as the conflict threatens to fragment an ethnically diverse nation of 110 million people. The UN […]

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Ethiopia and the Situation in Tigray

(Source:United Nations Security Council) –   Ambassador Richard Mills U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations New York, New York August 26, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. And let me begin by thanking those that have offered condolences to the victims of the evil and cruel terrorist act this morning at the Kabul […]

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UN Security Council Today: Tigray Briefing and Consultations

(Source: Security Council Report) – Ethiopia (Tigray): Briefing and Consultations Tomorrow (26 August), the Security Council will convene in person for an open briefing and closed consultations on the situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia under the “Peace and Security in Africa” agenda item. Secretary-General António Guterres will brief the Council during the open […]

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Tankovy Busters: Russian Su-25TK Attack Aircraft In Ethiopian Service

(Source: Oryx, By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans) – The Su-25 has earned its stripes as a rugged close air support aircraft capable of delivering a wide variety of ordnance while withstanding a significant beating from AA guns and MANPADS. From the onset designed with a limited guided weaponry capability in mind, Soviet designers would […]

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Leaked EU diplomatic cable: delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia

DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO ETHIOPIA Author: J. NAUDTS Date: August 20th, 2021 Classification: LIMITED To: Rita Laranjinha Subject: ETHIOPIA – Overview August 14 – 20: Both sides remain convinced that a military victory is within reach Summary: While fighting between TDF/TPLF and ENDF/Amhara Forces continued on several fronts, OLA extended occupation of rural […]

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Tigray External Affairs Office: Weekly briefing from the National Government of Tigray August 25, 2021

I. Humanitarian Concerns Today marks fifty-eight days since the National Government of Tigray’s resumption of regular duties while the federal government imposes a total siege encompassing humanitarian, financial, communication, transport, and economic blockades. The federal government has played a negligible role in the provision of aid, instead focusing on obstructing its delivery from the outset; […]

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U.S., EU warn of influx of Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray

(Source: Reuters, By Giulia Paravicini) –    Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo   LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The United States and European Union are raising alarm over the recent deployment of troops from Eritrea to Ethiopia’s […]

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Turkish drones expose State Department impotence

(Source: Washington Examiner, By Michael Rubin, 23 August 2021) –  President Joe Biden defends his unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan, even amid the Taliban takeover and growing chaos. “I am adamant that we focus on the threats we face today in 2021 — not yesterday’s threats,” he declared. This is disingenuous. Not only does al Qaeda […]

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US Treasury Sanctions Eritrean Military Leader in Connection with Serious Human Rights Abuse in Tigray

PRESS RELEASES August 23, 2021   WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned General Filipos Woldeyohannes (Filipos), the Chief of Staff of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF), for being a leader or official of an entity that is engaged in serious human rights abuse committed during […]

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Egyptian companies sue Ethiopia internationally over investments in Tigray

(Source: Egypt Independent) – Egyptian companies working in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region are suing the federal government in Addis Ababa over disrupting production, local media reported on Monday. The Cairo 24 website reported that Egyptian companies have formally entered into an international lawsuit against Ethiopia because of the damage to the industrial zone in the […]

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Situation Report EEPA HORN No. 203 – 23 August 2021

(Source: EEPA) – Europe External Programme with Africa is a Belgium-based Centre of Expertise with in-depth knowledge, publications, and networks, specialised in issues of peacebuilding, refugee protection, and resilience in the Horn of Africa. EEPA has published extensively on issues related to the movement and/or human trafficking of refugees in the Horn of Africa and […]

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How Ethiopia’s conflict has affected farming in Tigray

(Source: The Conversation, by Jan Nyssen, Emnet Negash, Sofie Annys, Ghent University) –    Since fighting broke out in November 2020 between the Tigrayan regional government and the Ethiopian army, the conflict has wreaked havoc on the lives of people living in the Tigray state. Over 9,500 civilian deaths have been documented, with many more […]

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Turkey views ties with Ethiopia as key to influence in Africa

(Source:Al-Monitor, By Fehim Tastekin) –  Turkey’s quest for normalization with Egypt and a new beginning with Sudan hinges on how far Ankara takes its relations with Ethiopia amid a simmering water dispute in the region over Ethiopia’s mega dam on the Nile.   ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images   The crisis in the Nile basin over […]

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