Monthly Archives: January 2016

Addis Ababa Master Plan? No, the T-TPLF Masters’ Plan!

Author’s Note: What’s in a label? Well, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet…”?  That may be true, provided, of course, those roses are not roses raised on the land-grabbed farmlands of Karuturi Global in Ethiopia, a topic I explored in my recent commentary […]

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No Country Left for Ethiopians?

Author’s Note: My commentary this week follows last week’s comment on the collapse of Karuturi Agro Products, Plc., in Gambella, Ethiopia. In 2010, the T-TPLF handed over 100 thousand hectares of land the infamously  “iconic land grabber”  Sai Karuturi  and “cancelled” its “land rent contract” earlier this month. On the heels of the Karuturi debacle, it […]

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Unity Overrides Everything! – Messay Kebede

Those who closely follow current events in Ethiopia, especially those who honestly wonder, like me, why other ethnic groups, especially the Amhara who are the number one target and victim of the TPLF since it seized power in 1992, are not joining the Oromo uprisings, cannot but feel that a crucial ingredient of the whole […]

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The Wrath of Karuturi and the “Power of India” in Ethiopia

Authors note: I have written this commentary not because I care about the legal dispute between Karuturi and the T-TPLF over a land deal in Gambella. I could not care less how thugs and those who do business with thugs resolve or do not resolve their disputes.   But I am deeply concerned about the economic […]

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Fly, Ethiopia, Fly…

“What if they were really set free?” That was the question  The Economist asked in the headline of its article last week about Ethiopians. Its response was equally breathtaking: “If the government let people breathe, they might fly.” These sixteen words brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart and resolute optimism to my […]

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Can You Spare a Dime for T-TPLF Ambassadors?

A few days ago, I read a heart-rending  article  about the serious cash flow problems the diplomatic missions of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) are facing worldwide. According to the malaria-researcher-turned-“Ethiopian”-foreign-minister-overnight, Tedros Adhanom, “Ethiopian diplomatic missions abroad” are experiencing a “challenge of accessing foreign currency.”  Adhanom moaned and groaned about a […]

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TPLF in Disarray and the Remaking of National Unity Messay Kebede

That in less than six months after announcing a 100 percent electoral victory in national elections the TPLF faces a formidable uprising in Oromo regions and in a lesser scale in some parts of Ethiopia constitutes the mother of all irony. Unsurprisingly, the only response known to the government to the popular unrest is massive […]

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The Dam-Nation of Ethiopia by the T-TPLF

The damnation of Ethiopia by the T-TPLF Last week, before the ink had dried on the “new agreement” on the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Egyptian President General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Egyptians during the inauguration of a national farmland project, “I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death. We […]

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