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Macron hails reformist Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed on first Europe trip. France/Ethiopie: Emmanuel Macron salue les réformes menées par Abiy Ahmed October 30, 2018

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Ministirri Muummee Dr. Abiy Ahimad affeerraa pirezidantiin Faransaay Imaanu’eel Maakroon isaaniif taasisaniin kaleessa Faransaay turtii taasisaniiru.

Jarman: MM Abiy walgahii Compact with Africa irratti hirmaataa jiru, BBC Afaan Oromoo

ለ ጠ/ሚ አብይ አህመድ ከፖለቲካ በፊት ሰውነት ይቀድማል፡ ከምርጫ በላይ መሳም ይበልጣል. ሰው ሰው የሚሸት መሪ .


Macron hails reformist Ethiopia PM on first Europe trip

French president Emmanuel Macron (R) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are both keen to present themselves as reformist leaders


French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday hailed “unprecedented” moves by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to transform his country as the young African leader makes his first trip to Europe.

Abiy, 42, has won global praise for forging peace with neighbouring Eritrea, announcing economic reforms and reaching out to dissidents, but is grappling with bloody ethnic disputes which have displaced some 1.4 million people.

Macron offered “all my support and that of France” in reforming Ethiopia and “in calming domestic tensions”, telling Abiy at a press conference in Paris: “You have here a country which loves yours but also admires the transformation you are carrying out”.

“I know how much he has risked to see these reforms through and how much these reforms are fraught with difficulties, but also how much Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has chosen a courageous path,” Macron told reporters.

“The political, economic, social and cultural transformation that you are in the process of carrying out and that you’ve committed to in Ethiopia is unprecedented,” added Macron, another leader keen to present himself as a reformer.

Abiy vowed to tackle the violence gripping Ethiopia, saying it would be resolved through “greater peace-building in the whole country”.

“The communal conflicts cannot undo the reform agenda,” he added, arguing that economic reforms would help end the violence by bringing greater prosperity.

“The reform process is contributing to greater peace in the country,” he said.

Analysts see no single cause for the killing that has stretched from the countryside to the capital and left scores of Ethiopians dead.

But they say Abiy, who inherited a vast, ethnically diverse nation used to the iron-fisted rule of his predecessors, has his work cut out for him as he seeks to impose his leadership without tipping into authoritarianism.

French officials signed a string of cooperation deals with their counterparts from Africa’s second most populous nation, in areas ranging from transport and energy to culture.

French experts are set to advise Ethiopian officials on how to open the national palace, dating back to the rule of Haile Selassie who was emperor until 1974, to tourists.

Related, Oromian Economist sources,

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has started his tour of Europe. He will start in France where he will meet with President Emmanuel Macron. Ahmed will then proceed to Germany to attend the G-20 meeting. CGTN’s Girum Chala has more


France/Ethiopie: Emmanuel Macron salue les réformes menées par Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday arrived in Germany on the second leg of his three cities Europe tour.

He was received by German’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Prime Minister is expected to have bilateral discuss with Merkel shortly.

The Premier will address 25,000 Ethiopians drawn from different European countries in Frankfurt tomorrow.

Moreover, he will attend the second edition of the Compact with Africa (CwA) meeting schedule to take place later today. At least 12 African heads of state will also attend the event.

The CwA was initiated under the German G20 Presidency to promote private investment in Africa, including in infrastructure.

The CwA’s primary objective is to increase attractiveness of private investment through substantial improvements of the macro, business and financing frameworks.

It brings together reform-minded African countries, international organizations and bilateral partners from G20 and beyond to coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support respective policy measures and advertise investment opportunities to private investors.

The initiative is demand-driven and open to all African countries. Since its launch in 2017, the CwA has sparked great interest.

So far, 11 African countries have joined the initiative- Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia. Click here to read from the source, Fana

Ethiopia Insight: Untangling a toxifying and liberating web October 27, 2018

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Podcast: Untangling a toxifying and liberating web

In this second instalment of Ethiopia Insight’s podcast, William Davison talks with Addis Standard‘s Editor-in-Chief Tsedale Lemma about Ethiopia’s media landscape and the impact of social media.The podcast was recorded exactly a month ago on Sep. 26. That was not long after the confusing and deadly events that occurred around the time of the OLF and G7 rallies in Addis Ababa, which generated plenty of heated exchanges.

We go over the negative and positive aspects of the online conversation on Ethiopia current affairs and consider how the issue of a weak private press contributes to the more problematic elements.

Looking ahead, we discuss what the Government can do to improve its communications and the environment for the media, and talk about the prospects for such positive change occurring in time to affect the 2020 elections. Click here to listen to  the Audio 


Oromia: Artistii beekamaa fi hangafaa Oromoo Laggasaa Abdii Dadhii yeroo dheeraaf dhukkubsachaa turuun umurii waggaa 80tti addunyaa kanarraa boqatan October 22, 2018

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Artistii beekamaa fi hangafaa Oromoo Laggasaa Abdii  Daadhii yeroo dheeraaf dhukkubsachaa turuun Onkoloolessa 21 bara 2018 umurii waggaa 80tti addunyaa kanarraa  boqatan. Biyyoon isaanitti haa salphatu.

Sirni awwaalchaa artistii hangafaa Oromoo artist Laggasaa Abdii Finfinnee Bataskaana Kaatediraaliitti raawwateera. BBc Afaan Oromoo

Artistii beekamaa fi hangafaa Oromoo Laggasaa Abdii yeroo dheeraaf dhukkubsachaa turuun kaleessa ture umurii waggaa 80’n addunyaa kanarraa kan boqatan.

Laggasaa Abdii aartii Oromoo fi Itoophiyaa keessatti maasinqoo taphachuudhaan nama bakka olaanaa qabu dha.

Bara 1931 Shawaa Kaabaa aanaa Abbichuu Yaayyaa Qacamaatti kan dhalate artisti Laggasaa Abdii, abbaa isaa Obbo Abdii Daadhii fi harmee isaa aadde Foollee Guddataaf ilma tokkicha ture.

Artist Laggasaan jaalala tapha masiinqoon kan booji’me yeroo artistii beekamaa biraa Wasinuu Didoo jedhamu masiinqoon weellisu arguun akka tahe kanaan dura ibsaa tureera.

Artisti Wasanuu Didoo, hiriyyaa abbaa isaa Obbo Abdii yoo tahan, isuma irraa masiinqoo taphachuu barachuun yeroo umuriin isaa gara waggaa 20 tahu gara magaalaa Finfinnee dhaquun mana tiyaatiraa Haager Fiqiritti sirbuu eegale.

Laggasaa Abdii Tiyaatiraa Hagar fiqir, Tiyaatira Biyyaalessaa, Tiyaatiraa fi Aadaa Magaalaa Finfinnee, Orkeestiraa Poolisii, Kiburzabanyaa fi kanneen biroo keessatti yeroo dheeraaf hojjeteera.

Artisti Laggasaa Abdii sirboota isaan nama onnee namatti horu jedhamuun beekama.

”Maasaan gamaa lafa hin baatuu, talbaa facaafata taati

Tokko du’ee tokko hin nyaatu wal gaggalaafata taati” jechuun kan masiinqoon weellisaa ture hanga ammaattiyyuu fudhatama guddaa qaba.

Namoota sirna awwaalchaa artist Laggasaa Abdii irratti argaman
Goodayyaa suuraaNamoota sirna awwaalchaa artist Laggasaa Abdii irratti argaman

Weellisaan kun dandeettii meeshaalee muuziqaa garaagaraa illee barachuun guddina aartii Oromoo keessatti nama shoora olaanaa bahatedha.

Artis Laggasaa Abdii bara 1952 aadde Ijjigee Ababaa waliin bultoo dhaabuun ijoollee dhiiraa afurii fi dubara sadii godhataniiru.

Dabalataan bara 1970 keessa hiriyootaa isaa fi artistoota kanneen akka Dammisee Dastaa, Lammaa Gabrehiwoot, Ayyaalee Yimaanuu waliin tahuun dhuunfaadhaan ‘garee muuziqaa Aadaa biyyaa’ jedhamu tokko hundeessuun guddina aartii keessatti gumaacha olaanaa gochaa turaniiru.

Yeroo garaagaraatti biyyoota akka Keeniyaa, Sudaan fi Kooriyaa Kibbaa deemuun aadaa fi sirboota Oromoo agarsiisuunis dinqisiifannaa guddaa argataniru.

Walumaa galatti artist Laggasaa Abdii dhiibbaa ulfaataa bara Afaan Oromoodhaan dubbachuun qaanii turee fi maqaan namootaa illee Afaan Oromoo irraa jijjirama ture keessa darbuun waggoota 60 oliif guddina aartii Oromoof gumaacha olaanaa taphateera. BBc Afaan Oromoo

Oromia (Ethiopia): Exiled Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa returns home. #Qeerroo #OromoProtests #OromoRevolution October 22, 2018

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Ethiopia: Exiled Olympic runner Feyisa Lilesa returns home

Marathoner who sought exile after making protest gesture at 2016 Olympic Games returns amid political reforms at home.

Feyisa: 'I knew this day was coming because I know the blood spilled by all these people was not going be in vain' [File: Athit Perawongmetha/ Reuters]
Feyisa: ‘I knew this day was coming because I know the blood spilled by all these people was not going be in vain’ [File: Athit Perawongmetha/ Reuters]

An Ethiopian marathon runner who made global headlines with an anti-government gesture at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finish line has returned from exile.

Feyisa Lilesa’s return on Sunday came several months after Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy took officein the East African nation and announced sweeping political reforms.

The runner held his arms over his head, wrists crossed, as he finished second in the 2016 Olympicsin solidarity with protesters in his home region, Oromia.

He sought asylum in the United States, saying he feared he would be imprisoned or killed if he returned home.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu received Feyisa at Addis Ababa’s airport, where relatives – clad in traditional attire from the Oromia region – and fans had also gathered.


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Feyisa Lilesa
by Feyisa Lilesa

Feyisa said the new government is “a result of the struggle by the people” and he hopes it will address concerns after years of repression.

“I knew this day was coming because I know the blood spilled by all these people was not going be in vain,” the medal-winning runner told the Reuters news agency upon arrival.

‘Loved by my people’

The unrest in Ethiopia was originally triggered by protests over a government development plan for Addis Ababa, which critics said would lead to expropriation of farmland in the surrounding Oromia region.

Hundreds were subsequently killed by security forces as the demonstrations evolved into rallies against perceived political and economic marginalisation of ethnic Oromos.

In April, the EPRDF coalition which has ruled the country since 1991, elected Abiy – a 42-year old ethnic Oromo – as prime minister.

“I knew the dictatorship would eventually fall down,” Feyisa said. “I was expecting this day, but I did not know if it would be today or tomorrow, but it has been clear in my mind that I would go back to my father’s land alive.”

As well as making peace with neighbour Eritrea, Abiy has pursued a reconciliation strategy, extending an olive branch to dissidents and rebel groups, although the changes have not stopped bouts of ethnically charged violence.

After Rio, 28-year old Feyisa competed in a number of marathons, winning some. He told reporters he planned to focus on training for his sport.

“I can still bring good results for my country in my field,” he said. “I was loved by my people because I am a sportsman not because I am a politician. I only brought their suffering to global attention by using my profession.”

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Olimpikii Riyoo irratti mallattoo mormii mootummaa irratti agarsiiseen waggoota lamaaf biyya ambaa kan ture atileet Fayyisaa Leellisaa biyyatti deebi’eera.

Oromia (Finfinnee): Waldaa Haaromsa Finfinnee ሀሮምሳ ፊንፊኔ ማህበር Finfinnee Renaissance Association October 17, 2018

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Inaugural conference of Fifinne Renaissance Association, a civic organization of Oromos from Finfiinne

Inaugural conference of  Finfinnee Renaissance Association –a civic organization of Oromos from Finfiinnee, 14 October 2018, huge turnout at Oromo Cultural Center.


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Itoophiyaan ministiroota haaraa muudde 20 keessaa 10 dubartoota

Ministirri Muummee miseensota kaabinee 20 akka muudamaniif mana maree bakka bu’oota ummataatti dhiheessan keessaa walakkaan isaanii dubartoota tahuun barame.

Ulaagaan hoggantoonni muudaman kunneen ittiin filatamanis ga’umsa isaanii qofa akka ta’e Ministirri Muummee Dr. Abiy Ahimad himaniiru, BBC Afaan Oromoo 


Ethiopia’s new cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country’s first woman defence minister, after legislators unanimously approved the nominations put forward by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Al Jazeera News



Addis Abeba, Oct. 16/2018 – For the second time since becoming Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed formed a new cabinet today. But unlike the first one, PM Abiy has downsized the number of ministers from 28 to 20 and equalized the gender composition to 50% women and 50% men; he also gave key positions, such as minister of peace and defense, to women ministers, a move applauded by many.

The prime minister presented his new cabinet members to the House of People’s Representatives (HPR) this morning, and secured the house’s unanimous approval for the new draft bill No. 1097/2018, authorizing the power and responsibilities the new executive organ.

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Breaking:PM due to announce his new cabinet. The new ministerial portfolio will have a record number of female ministers consisting 10 out of the 20 ministers. This include the position of ministry of defense, which will be held by a woman for the first time in history

Accordingly the following are list of the ten women ministers

Muferiat Kamil -Minister of Peace

Aisha Mohammed – Minister of Defense

Adanech Abebe – Minister of Revenue

Fetlework Gebregziabher – Minister of Trade and Industry

Dagmawit Mogess – Minister of Transport

Hirut Woldemariam (PhD) – Minister of Science and Higher education

Yalem Tsegaye Assfaw -Minister of Women’s’, Children’s’ and Youth

Ergoge Tesfaye (PhD) -Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

Hirut Kassaw (PhD) -Minister of Culture and Tourism

Fitsum Assefa (PhD) – Minister of Planning and Development Commission

The following are list of the ten men ministers

Workneh Gebeyehu (PhD) – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ahmed Shide -Minister of Finance and Economy

Umer Hussien – Minister of Agriculture

Amir Aman (PhD) – Minister of Health

Dr Getahun Mekuria -Minister of Innovation and Technology

Engineer Seleshi Bekele (eng.) Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity

Jantirar Abay -Minister of Urban Development and Construction

Samuel Hurko (PhD) – Minister of Mines and Petroleum

Berhanu Tsegaye – Attorney General with the Rank of a Minister

Tilaye Gete (PhD) – Minister of Education

In addition to appointing the reshuffled cabinet, the new draft bill No. 1097/2018 mandated the new ministry of peace to be led by former house speaker Muferiat Kamil to oversee the National Intelligence & security Service (NISS); Information Network Security Agency (INSA); Federal Police Commission; & Finance Security & Information Center; National Disaster Risk Management Commission; the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs; Ethiopian Foreign Relations Strategic Studies Institute; and the Main Department For Immigration & Nationality Affairs. Ministry of Peace will also assume the roles and responsibilities of former Federal & Pastoralist Development Affairs.

The bill also placed the following agencies under the auspices of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR): Ethiopian News Agency (ENA); Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA); Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA); Federal anti corruption commission; & Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

Addis Standard@addisstandard

Breaking:HPR speaker Muferiat Kamil will assume the new ministerial portfolio, Ministry of Peace; Workneh Gebeyehu will remain as minister of Foreign Affairs; and Ahmed Shide will become minister at Ministry of Finance,where he was a state minister before moving to communication pic.twitter.com/nZJ6Cuur8l

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Breaking: PM dissolved the Government Communication Affairs Office, which was led by Ahmed Shide with ministerial portfolio and instated it under the Prime Minister’s office. Ahmed Shide will be announced the new minister of finance. Parliament is in session. pic.twitter.com/39ia7v17y5

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The other major reshuffle is the dissolving of the Federal Government Communication Affairs office led by Ahmed Shide with ministerial portfolio. GCAO is no more and its mandate is restructured as press secretariat under the prime minister’s office. AS

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Women win half of Ethiopia’s cabinet roles in reshuffle

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed creates new peace ministry in the latest in a string of changes, The Guardian

Jawar Mohammed’s red-carpet return signals Ethiopia’s political sea change October 14, 2018

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Two years ago, the state branded him a terrorist. Now, after years in exile, activist Jawar Mohammed is back – and determined to see democracy in his country

A man holds an Oromo Liberation Front flag as people in Addis Ababa celebrate the triumphant return of Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed
 A man holds an Oromo Liberation Front flag as people in Addis Ababa celebrate the triumphant return of Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Jawar Mohammed never travels alone. When the US-based Ethiopian activist returned to his home country on 5 August, he was treated like royalty. A posse of sharply suited young men hovered by him at all times. Jeeps carrying security guards patrolled his hotel in central Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Supporters from the provinces arrived in droves to pay their respects. Over the course of a two-week visit he held about 25 to 30 meetings a day, according to an exhausted aide.

After meeting with the Guardian in his hotel suite he rushed off to give a lecture at the capital’s main university, entourage in tow.

Nothing demonstrated the breathtaking transformation in Ethiopian politics over the past four months quite like the red-carpeted return of a figure who was once the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front’s (EPRDF) most wanted man.

From a studio in Minneapolis, where he founded the controversial Oromia Media Network, Jawar has spent the past decade agitating over social media for political change back home in Ethiopia, which he left as a scholarship student in 2003. This was his first time in Ethiopia since 2008.

Jawar Mohammed, U.S.-based Oromo activist and leader of the Oromo Protest, addresses a news conference upon arriving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
 Jawar Mohammed addresses a news conference upon arriving in Addis Ababa in August. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

So effective was he as an activist that by late 2016, as anti-government protests billowed across the country compelling the EPRDF to impose a state of emergency, the Oromia Media Network was labelled a terrorist organisation and Jawar accused of crimes against the constitution.

By early 2018 the revolutionary fervour had grown so loud that Hailemariam Desalegn was forced to resign as prime minister, paving the way for his enormously popular successor Abiy Ahmed, a young reformist from Oromia, Jawar’s home and the country’s largest and most populous region.

The Oromia Media Network, along with some smaller outlets and activists, has used social media to devastating effect over the past few years, coordinating boycotts and demonstrations and bringing Ethiopia’s large and often brutal security apparatus close to its knees.

“We used social media and formal media so effectively that the state was completely overwhelmed,” Jawar says. “The only option they had was to face reform or accept full revolution.”

During the course of a triumphant homecoming, the former terrorist (charges were dropped in May) toured the country, mostly around Oromia, where he was welcomed by vast and jubilant crowds. On his first day he led a tub-thumping rally in the capital’s main concert hall.

Later he travelled to Ambo, the epicentre of the Oromo protest movement – a struggle for political freedom and for greater ethnic representation in federal structures, which Jawar played a main role in orchestrating. Tens of thousands arrived to greet him, more than when Abiy visited the town shortly after his inauguration in April.

As Jawar had promised his supporters – mostly young, politically active Oromo men known as the Qeerroo – he took off his shoes and walked prophet-like through the streets of the city. He then planted a tree at the site where a young man was killed by security forces nearly 15 years ago, long before the rise of the movement that threw him into the national spotlight.

“They used to make me so happy and proud with what they did,” he said of Ambo’s Qeerroo. “So I told them: ‘One day I will come to your city and show my respect by walking barefoot.’ That day came and I had to deliver.”

Few doubt the importance of Jawar in recent Ethiopian history. Perhaps more than any other single individual, he took the once-marginal politics of Oromo nationalism and made it mainstream. Today, Oromos – the country’s largest ethnic group – dominate the highest offices of state, and Jawar enjoys significant personal influence over the country’s new leaders, including Abiy himself.

In a recent interview with local media he claimed – to the dismay of many Ethiopians – that the country now effectively has two governments: one led by Abiy, the other by the Qeerroo. This puts him in a position of extraordinary responsibility, since he is “one of the Qeerroo” and “a significant portion of the country listens to me”, he admits.

Many are uncomfortable with the whiff of demagoguery that accompanies Jawar. One Ethiopian journalist (who asked to remain anonymous) notes his “Trumpian sense of truth when inconvenient facts surface”.

He has been accused of inflating the numbers of protesters killed by security forces and, infamously, telling his followers (73,000 on Twitter and more than 1.4m on Facebook) that army helicopters fired live bullets at civilians during the tragic stampede that occurred during an Oromo cultural festival in October 2016. Independent journalists present confirmed this did not happen. He has a history of smearing journalists he disagrees with as government “agents”.

He has also been accused of inciting ethnic and religious violence. In a 2013 video, for example, he is heard saying: “My village is 99% Muslim. If someone speaks against us, we cut his throat with a machete.” Jawar says the clip was doctored, adding that he would not say such a thing because his father was a Muslim and his mother a Christian.

In recent years, he has whipped up his supporters against the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front, the once dominant ethnic Tigrayan wing of the ruling coalition, which critics argue led to attacks against Tigrayan civilians as well as those of other ethnic groups. Jawar says that he has long sought to steer his supporters towards “non-violent resistance”, and adds that “even when TPLF was in power and actively killing our civilians we ensured Tigrayan civilians were not subject to attacks”.

These days, Jawar comes across as a more moderate and conciliatory figure. He says he plans for the Oromia Media Network to set up offices across Ethiopia and become a professionalised outfit. He points to the BBC and NPR as models. He insists he has no intention to enter formal politics, preferring to remain an activist.

“I want to help us in the next couple of years transition to democracy. And for that I want to use my influence over the population so that they can calm down, contain themselves, and ensure peace while the political leadership works out arrangements for transition,” Jawar says.

The last point is especially significant. In recent weeks instability across Ethiopia has escalated sharply, especially in his own region. The day after his interview with the Guardian a rally in the town of Shashamene turned violent, as a crowd of Jawar followers publicly hung a man they suspected of carrying a bomb. Two more died in the carnage that followed. Many Ethiopians blame him for the unrest, and he was compelled to cancel the rest of his tour.

Jawar nonetheless remains optimistic about the country’s future, and about the prospect of a peaceful politics free from violent expressions of ethnic identity. “I do believe if we democratise the Ethiopian state – allowing people of all ethnicities to participate in the political process and to get a fair share of power and wealth – there is a possibility the next generation will be proud Oromo and proud Ethiopian at the same time. I think that is possible.”

  • This story was amended on 21 August to include a response from Jawar Mohammed and to clarify claims against his organisation.

Brazil Adopts Yoruba as Official Language| The African Exponent Weekly October 14, 2018

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Brazil Adopts Yoruba as Official Language

Brazil Adopts Yoruba as Official Language

Yoruba to be taught in Brazilian Schools


The Brazilian government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba Language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum; should this be a welcome development for Africa?

How We Create and Destroy Growth: A Nobel for Romer and Nordhaus October 8, 2018

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A Fine Theorem

Occasionally, the Nobel Committee gives a prize which is unexpected, surprising, yet deft in how it points out underappreciated research. This year, they did no such thing. Both William Nordhaus and Paul Romer have been running favorites for years in my Nobel betting pool with friends at the Federal Reserve. The surprise, if anything, is that the prize went to both men together: Nordhaus is best known for his environmental economics, and Romer for his theory of “endogenous” growth.

On reflection, the connection between their work is obvious. But it is the connection that makes clear how inaccurate many of today’s headlines – “an economic prize for climate change” – really is. Because it is not the climate that both winners build on, but rather a more fundamental economic question: economic growth. Why are some places and times rich and others poor? And what is the impact of these differences?…

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Oromia: Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee 2018 Colorfully Celebrated in Buraayyuu at Hora Gafarsaa October 8, 2018

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As a continuation of  the celebration of Oromo national and Cultural Holiday annual season, massive people turned out on 7th October 2018 to celebrate the colorful Irreechaa  season at Malkaa Ateetee, in Buraayyuu.  The event was colorfully and peacefully held and concluded with full of joy at Hora Gafarsaa in Buraayyu, Oromia, 10 km west to Finfinnee, the capital of Oromia. This is the 2nd biggest Irreecha Birraa celebration a week after the grand festival at Hora Harsadii, Bishoftuu, on  30th September  2018. The Gamo people also celebrated Irreecha at Malkaa Ateetee with   Oromo people. Irreechi Malkaa Ateetee Onkoloolessa 7 bara 2018 haala bareedaa fi  nagayaan irreeffatame.    #Irreecha2018
  “የቡራዩ የመልካ አቴቴ ኢሬቻ በሰላምና በፍቅር ተጠናቋል። የአከባቢው አሮሞ ህዝብ ከጋሞ ወንድሞች፣ እህቶችና ከሌሎችም ወንድሞች ጋር አብረው አክብረዋል.” Milkeessaa Miidhagaa   Irreecha Birraa Oromoo Malkaa Ateetee Celebration, on Sunday  8th October  2018 in Buraayyuu, Oromia.png   Irreecha Birraa Oromoo Malkaa Ateetee Celebrations, on Sunday  8th October  2018 in Buraayyuu, Oromia.png   Irreecha Birraa Oromoo Malkaa Ateetee Celebration and Oromo Horse Man on Sunday  8th October  2018 in Buraayyuu, Oromia.png   Irreecha Birraa Oromoo Malkaa Ateetee Celebration with Gaamo people, on Sunday  8th October  2018 in Buraayyuu, Oromia.png   Irreecha Birraa Oromoo Malkaa Ateetee Celebration  on Sunday  8th October  2018, Buraayyuu, Oromia.png Suuraa Gammadaa Olaanaa Torban Irreecha Hora Arsadeetti kabajametti, Irreecha Malkaa Ateetee Buraayyuutti, Irreecha Biyya Ameerikaa kutaa Miniyaapoolis magaalaa Lakkuutti, Awustraaliyaa magaalaa Melboornitti, akkasumas kan Keenyaa Naayiroobii ammoo Siitii Paark bakka jedhamutti kabajamee ooleera. BBCAfaan Oromoo. 
Hirmaattota Irreecha Keeniyaa magaala Naayiroobii, Sitii Paark keessatti kabajame,. Onk 07, 2018 ALA
Goodayyaa suuraaHirmaattota Irreecha Keeniyaa magaalaa Naayiroobii, kan bara 2018
Irreecha namoota 6 irraa hanga miiliyoona 6tti Irreecha Arfaasaa Awustiraaliyaatti Irreecha biyyoota addunyaa gara garaa keessatti Irreecha Hora Arsadee bara kanaas kan adda taasisan taateewwan hedduutu jiru. Isaan keessaas: Sabaaafi sablammoonni obbolaan Oromoo hedduun irratti hirmaachuudha. Gareedhaan gurmaa’anii uffataafi waan eenyummaa isaanii calaqqisiisuun faayamanii sabaafi sablamoonni Kibbaa irratti argaman, saba Sidaamaa, saba Koonsoofi saba Alaabaa akka jiran gabaafnee turre. Lakkoofsi namootaa irreecha Hora Arsadee bara kanaarratti argamees dabaluun olitti namoonni sababa gara garaan biyyaa baqatanii turan wagoota hedduun booda deebiyanii irratti argamanii galata galfataniiru. Irreecha bara kanaa waanti adda taasisu kan biraan namoonni gaa’ela isaanii guyyaa galataa kana raawwatan baayyeen jiraachuudha.
Hirmaattota Irreecha Hora Arsadee kan bara 2018 keessa
Goodayyaa suuraaHirmaattota Irreecha Hora Arsadee kan bara 2018 keessa
Namoota Irreecha Hora Arsadee kanarratti cidha isaanii raawwatan keessaa misirroonni nuti dubbifne maaliif akka guyyaa kana filatan yeroo dubbatan, guyyaa tokkummaafi jaalalaa waan ta’eef jedhu. Itti karoorfatanii Jimmarraa akka dhufan kan dubbatan warri walfuudhan kun, carraa namoonni miliyoonaan lakkaa’aman amaamota isaaniif ta’ellee ni dubbatu.
Irreecha 2018: Horri Finfinne hora jahan keessaa isa angafaati.
Irreechi bakkawwan kabajame maratti galata galfachuun alatti ergaan tokkumma cimsachuu, jaalala qabaachuufi quba walqabaachuu akka ta’e hirmaattonni Irreecha kan Naayiroobii irratti hirmaatan ni dubbatu. Irreechi waltajjii aadaafi eenyummaa ta’uurra darbees kan tokkummaafi jaalalaa ta’uu isaatiinis maqaa gaarii horachaa deemuun dagagaa jiraachuu hirmaattonni ragaa ba’u.

VIIDIYOO ‘Irreecha’ Naayroobii VOA Afaan  Oromoo irraa as tuquun ilaalaa. Irreecha Aanaa Ammaayyaa Horaa Gaangooti irreeffatameera. https://www.facebook.com/tesfaye.assefa.739/posts/2357724517788071
Suuraa Tasfaayee Asaffaa
Irreecha malkaa Sabbataa haala gaariin Irreeffatame.
Suuraa Abduljelil Hamid

More than 80,000 people displaced from Benishangul Gumuz and Western Oromia. Wallaga Bahaa: Lakkoofsi namoota ajjeefamanii 44 ol yoo ta’u, 80,000 ol qe’eerraa buqqa’aniiru October 2, 2018

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As confirmed by multiple media outlets and government officials, tens of thousands have been displaced and several killed in Western Oromia, Ethiopia. The whereabouts of many family members (children, pregnant women, elders and disabled) who were unable to escape is still unknown. The number of victims is rising quickly, and those who escaped need immediate humanitarian assistance at temporary sites. Click HIRPHA here  to support the displaced in Western Oromia:

HIRPHA (Humanitarian Initiative to Relieve the Plight in the Horn of Africa) International is an independent, non-profit organization whose effort is solely to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters in the Region by collecting donations from its supporters. It is registered with non-profit status under IRS Publication 557 Section 501(C), and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA). For more information please visit www.hirpha.org/.

Benishangul godina Kamaashii keessa kan jiran aanaalee Oromiyaa keessumaa lixaa fi baha wallaggaa wajjin rakkoo nageenyaa uumameen lubbuu namaa fi qabeenyaa irra miidhaan dhaqqabuu waajjirri biiroo dhimmoota kominikeeshinii Oromiyaa beeksisee jira. Waajjirri dhimmoota komiishinai hooggansa soda balaa naannoo Oromiyaas uummata buqqa’eef deggersi godhaamfii kan jiru ta’uu beeksisee jira.

Baatii darbe keessas walitti bu’iinsa naannoo Benishangul keessatti uumameen uummanni kuma 13 ol ta’u qe’ee ofii irraa buqqa’ee lixa wallaggaa Mandii fi Begii keessatti deggersi godhamaafii kan jiru ta’uu kan ibse waajjirri kominikeeshinii Oromiyaa rakkoo hooggansa naannoo Sanaa mariif gara Oromiyaa dhufee deebi’u irratti haleellaa raawwateen kan ka’e hookkarri ka biroon uummata balaa irra buusaa jiraachuu beeksisee jira.

Uummati hanga yoonaa qe’ee ofii irraa godaane kuma 80 ol ta’uun illee gabaasamee jira. Hawaasi naannoo jiru, mootummaa fi dhaaboliin gargaarsaa wal ta’uu dhaan uummata qe’ee ofii irraa buqqa’eef deggersa gochaa jiraachuu illee mootummaan naannoo Oromiyaa beeksisee jira.

Wallaga Bahaa: ”Lakkoofsi namoota ajjeefamanii 23 yoo gahu, 72,000 qe’eerraa buqqa’aniiru”

Kaartaa naannoolee Beenshanguul Gumuuzii fi Oromiyaa

Walitti bu’insa naannoo daangaa Benishaangul Gumuz godina Kamaashii fi Oromiyaa aanaalee wallagga Bahaa ollaatti uumameen lakkoofsi namoota ajjeefamanii 23 gahuufi kuma 72 kan tahan ammo qe’eefi qabeenyaa isaaniirraa buqqa’u qondaaltoonni BBC’tti himan.

Tibbana rakkoo nageenyaa naannichatti uumameen dhalatootni Oromoo fi Amaaraa hedduun qe’eerra buqqa’uun kaanis ajjeefamaa akka jiran Obbo Taakkalaa Tolasaa itti gaafatamaan Waajjira Bulchiinsaa fi Nageenyaa godina Wallagga Bahaa himaniiru.

Hanga har’aatti daangaa Oromiyaa keessatti qofa namootni 23 ajjeefamuun namootni kuma 72 gahan qe’eerraa buqqa’aniiru jedhan.

Namootni qe’ee irraa buqqa’an kunneen baay’inaan aanaalee godina Kamaashii kan akka Yaasoo fi Balo Jigaanfoy irraa yoo tahu, dabalataan aanaalee Wallagga Bahaa kan akka Saassigaa fi Haroo Limmuu irraas bal’inaan keessatti argamu jedhan. Lakkofsi namoota ajjeefamanii garuu kan Beenishaangul keessaa akka hin daballanne himaniiru.

Sadarkaa odeeffaannoottis qabeenyi namoota qe’ee irraa buqqa’anii saamamaa akka jiruu dhageenyeerra jedhan. Kanumaan wal qabatee godina Wallagga Bahaa aanaa Saassigaa keessaas horiin 70 ol tahan oofamanii akka fudhataman himaniru.

Itti gaafatamaa Waajjira komunikeshiinii Aanaa Haroo Limmu Obbo Dhugaasaa Jaalataa akka jedhanitti, aanaa isaanii keessatti qofa namootni shan ajjeefamuun namootni torba tahan madaa’aniiru.

Haa tahu malee daangaa Oromiyaa cabsuun waan seenanii jiraniif reeffa namoota du’anii illee kaasuun akka hin danda’amne himaniiru.

Hawaasni akka himuttis qaamni haala gaariin hidhatee fi hidhannoo ammayyaa’aa qabu duduuba akkajiru dhageenya jedhan Obbo Dhugaasaan.

Obbo Taakalaanis kanuma yommuu mirkaneessan Matiresii dabalatee aanaa haroo Limmuu keessatti qaamni dhukaasa uummata irratti gaggeesaa ture akka jiru himan.

Namootni kuma 25 tahanis qe’ee irraa buqqa’uun aanaa isaanii keessa buufatanii akka jiran himaniiru.

Humni nageenyaa maaliif tasgabbeessuu dadhabe?

Haala kana gidduu galuun tasgabbeessuu fi qonnaan bultootni keenya akka hin ajjeefamne gochuuf gidduu galuun poolisootni Oromiyaa fi hidhatootni gandaa aarsaa lubbuu kaffalaan olaanaa tahuu Obbo Tolasaan himaniiru.

Raayyaan human ittisaas gidduu galee tasgabbeessuuf yaalii yommuu godhu waraana irratti banuun miidhaan akka isaan irrallee gahe himaniiru.

Raayyaan iittisa biyyaas haalicha gama lamaanuun osoo lubbuun namoota baay’ee hin darbiin tasgabbeessuf yaadeeti malee humna dhukaasa bane kana haleeluu hin dadhabne jedhan Obbo Tolasaan.

Gama Benishaanguliin qaamni hidhannoo guutuu fi ammayyaa’aa qabu akka jiru hubanneerra jedhan.

Kanaan duras qonnaan bultootni keenyaa fi Beenishaangul naannoo daangaatti walitti bu’aa araaramaas turaniiru.

Bara kamiyyuu hidhanno qindaa’aa akkasiin waraanni gaggeefamee hin beeku. Amma garuu qaamni leenjii waraanaa gahaa qabu akka keessa jiru hubanneeraa,” jedhu Obbo Taakkalaan.

Mootummaan Naannoo Oromiyaa haalichi kana caalaa akka hin babal’anneef hojjechaa jira kan jedhan Obbo Taakkalaan namootni faayidaa siyaasaa addaaf uummata walitti buusan jiraataniyyuu Naannoon Beenishaangul garuu kana taasisa jennee hin yaadnu jedhan.

Dabalataan akka qorannoodhaan bira geenyetti namootni maallaqa ramaduun jijjirama akka biyyaatti dhufaa jiru gufachiisuuf uumata waliiti buusan jiru jedhan Obbo Taakkalaan. Namoota qe’eerra buqqa’an kanneeniif bulchiinsi godina Wallaga Bahaa, abbootiin qabeenyaa magaalaan Naqamtee fi aanaaleen deegarsa gochaa akka jiran himaniiru.

Mootummaan federaalaas deegarsa midhaan nyaataa konkolaataa 10 tahu fe’uun geejibsiisaa akka jiru himuun walumaagalaan konkolataa 30 kan tahu yeroo gabaabaatti akka qaqqabu himaniiru.

Gama Beenshaanguliin hoo maaltu dhagahama?

Haaluma walfakkaatunis pirezidaantii ittaanaan naannoo Beenshangul Gumuz Obbo Abaraa Baayataa BBC’tti akka himaniitti, keessattuu aanaa Baloo Jigaanfooy ganda Daalachaatti walitti bu’iinsi kan ture yoo ta’u, manneen 75 gubachuusaaniifi gandoota biroottis walitti bu’iinsi walfakkaataan umamuu himaniiru.

Keessattuu magaalaa Sobey kan aanaa Baloo Jigaanfootii namoonni hedduun buqqa’aniiru kan jedhan pirezidaantii ittaanaan kun, gandoota naanawa Soggeetti argaman Libiigaa, Saay Daalaachaafi Taankaaraadhaa namoonni hedduun buqqa’usaanii himaniiru.

”Taankaaraatti manneen jireenyaa 105 gubatanii namoonni sadii ajjeefamaniiru,” kan jedhani Obbo Abaraan, bakka Bacibac jedhamutti namni biraa tokko du’ee kanneen lama ta’an ammoo ganda Angarbaajaatti miidhamusaanii himaniiru.

Akka Obbo Abaraatti namoonni buqqa’uun gara naannoo Oromiyaa deeman jiraachusaaniifi sababii sodaatiin gara bosoonaatti galan kan jiran yoo ta’u lakkoosfi isaanii meeqa akka ta’e garuu walitti qabatanii akka hinjirre dubataniiru.

Namoonni buqa’an kunneenis naannoo Benshaangul Gumuz qofaa osoo hintaane gandoota Oromiyaa naannicha daangeessan hunda irraa ta’u kan himan Obbo Abarraan, Aanaa Saasiggaa, f gandawwan kaampii, Baloo Bareedaa, Simintanyaa jedhaman irraa sodaadhaan buqqa’uun gara Naqqamteefi jiddugalawwab Baloo bareedaatti akka argaman dubbataniiru.

Western Ethiopia hit by deadly ethnic violence

Western Ethiopia hit by deadly ethnic violence

Africa News 

The latest round of deadly ethnic violence in Ethiopia is said to have hit the western Benishangul-Gumuz region – specifically in the Kamashi zone. The incident is said to have happened last week.

Turkish media outlet, Anadolu Agency, AA, cited a government official as confirming that 20 people had been killed with about 60,000 others displaced.

“The number of deceased could be much higher because some of the clashes occurred in far-off rural areas,” head of Oromia regional state communication bureau, Negeri lencho, told local press. He added that the perpetrators had also destroyed properties.

Reports said the cause of the clashes was after officials of Benishangul-Gumuz were reportedly murdered by unidentified gunmen. The assailants are said to have been operating disguised like the Oromia – based, Oromo Liberation Front, OLF.

OLF is an erstwhile terrorist group that was de-listed months back by the federal government. Originally operating from Eritrea, the now ex-rebel group agreed to return from exile and participate in peaceful politics.


More than 70,000 people displaced from Benishangul Gumuz region due to ethnic conflicts need urgent humanitarian assistance:https://bit.ly/2Ixzh9Y

Ethiopia’s overall internal insecurity has directly contributed to growing internally displaced figures which indicate that the country has about 1.4 million displaced – 200,000 more than Syria, according to Geneva-based International Displacement Monitoring Center, IDMC.

Ethiopia’s figures included: 171,000 persons displaced by floods in four regions. New conflict in West Guji and Gedeo zones, along the border between the Oromia and Southern Nations, Peoples and Nationalities (SNNPR) regions, triggered more than a million new displacements.

Intercommunal violence along border areas of the Oromia and Somali regions also played a role. Going by the figures, the overall number of new displacements increased sharply compared to the 213,000 reported during the same time period last year.

Somali regional state experienced its share of violence as government went in to oust former leader, and more recently in Oromia’s Burayu on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa.

Benishangul-Gumuz region has had its fair share of violence in the first half of this year with 10 people being killed in its regional capital, Asosa.

The region is multi-ethnic and hosts the country’s flagship hydroelectric project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD. It will be the biggest dam in Africa after its completion. It is however the focus of a diplomatic back and forth between Ethiopia and Egypt as well as Sudan.

More, Oromian Economist sources….

Dozens killed in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

At least 44 people were killed and 70,000 fled their homes amid violence in western Ethiopia, local officials say.

More than 70,000 people displaced from Benishangul Gumuz region
A new wave of violence in Kamashi zone of Benishangul Gumuz has left more than 70,000 people displaced to East Wollega and West Wollega zones of Oromia region according to a statement made by the Oromia Region Government Communication Affairs office. People displaced by the violence are seeking for immediate food and non-food assistance.
Reportedly, more than 20 people were killed due to the ongoing violence. As the number of displaced continues to grow, the Oromia Region Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
Office is working to find the actual number of the displaced and needs associated with it.
The recent clash was triggered by the killings of four high ranking Benshangul Regional
State officials on 26 September along the Ghimbi-Kamashi route (in Oromia near the
regional boundary). The officials were heading back home after attending an inter-regional security meeting between Oromo and Benshangul regional states. The Oromia Regional Government will dispatch a team (on 02 October) to assess the situation. Humanitarian partners are also monitoring the situation and will continue to work with the Government in assessing the needs and providing assistance.

ሰሞኑን ኦሮሚያ እና ቤኒሻንጉል ጉምዝ ዉጥረት ዉስጥ እንዲገቡ፣ኦሮሞ እና አማራ ከቤንሻንጉል ጉምዝ የማፈናቀል ፕሮጀክት በከማሺ ዞን በለጀገንፎይ ወረዳ ያሶ ከተማ ዉስጥ በኢቨስተር ስም በሚንቀሳቃሱ ዶ/ር ሀጎስ፣ ፀጋዬ ኪዳኔ፣ገብሩ፣ፍፁም እና በከማሺ ዞን ምክትል አስተዳዳሪ አማካይነት አስነዋሪ ወንጀል በመፈፀም ላይ ይገኛሉ።በዚህ ወንጀልም በርካቶች ሞተዋል፣ቆስለዋል።

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