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Do not be deceived by the unitary/አሃዳዊ bogeyman argument some folks have come up with to label their political adversaries. As a matter of fact, unitary form of government is not undemocratic in and of itself. Finland is unitary state. Ireland is unitary state.
South Korea is unitary state. Portugal is unitary state. The list goes on. If any political group in #Ethiopia were to advocates for unitary form of government through a democratic process, they are within their right to do so.
But no serious political party advocates for unitary system in Ethiopia right now. None. In fact, for the most part, there is a consensus among the major political players - that federalism is the best solution for a diverse country like Ethiopia.
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1/ UPDATE: 2 weeks ago we wrote that "hundreds if not thousands" of migrants from #Ethiopia were trapped horrific prisons in #SaudiArabia.

Now new information suggests that this was just the tip of the iceberg.

2/ Abdo Yassin, Ethiopia’s Consul in Jeddah, said that there are dozens of prisons with Ethiopians in them.

He said at just one centre at Al Shumasi, near Mecca, there are about 16,000 Ethiopian migrants kept in prison and holding cells. (Credit: EBC News)
3/ Last week, the Ethiopian government made a show of repatriating almost 150 women and children from Saudi Arabia, after we found that officials tried to silence the migrants, most probably to avoid a diplomatic fall out with a major investor.

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What Africans Commonly Overlook about #Ethiopia 👇🏾

Contrary to popular perception, there is not
one ‘Ethiopian’ Language, Culture, Religion or

#Ethiopia is home to a multiplicity of peoples & cultures with plurality of languages, religions, worldviews & histories.
Amharic is one of the 80+ native languages we have. It became dominant in the 20th century as it was the language of Ethiopian empire & was unilaterally imposed in the conquered territories until 1991. It continues to be the federal working language, an issue heavily contested.
#Ethiopia is home to over 80 Indigenous groups with rich worldviews, histories & philosophies. Amhara culture emerged in the 20th century as the most dominant as it was adapted by Abyssinian rulers as state identity & imposed on all peoples through a policy of Amharization.
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.#TigrayElection2020 is not mock election. It's election with consequences #Ethiopia|ns in their millions are participating in. Though I opposed it & remain so, for @AbiyAhmedAli belittling it is disrespecting those #Ethiopians, he claims he "cared" for...
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It is obvious that overwhelming number of #Tegaru support this election. No matter how one disagrees & hates #TPLF, as long as #Tegaru support it being held, it's their choice that matters. For the sake of the people, the rest of have a duty to accept their choice..
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..Should we want #Ethiopia to remain a united nation. No matter how we don't like #TPLF, it's leaders NEVER allowed those, who insult & humiliate the people of #Tigray to get a free ride or get away with insulting their people, unlike the #Amhara leaders, who honor..
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Thread: I watched almost 8 hours of 3 more debates on #TigrayElection2020 #Tigrayvotes. As promised, I will cram my observation of debates 2, 3,and 4.

Debate 2 : Economic policy and investment

Debate 3: Rural & Urban Development

Debate 4: Education & Health policy. 1/n
Assimba: wants social democracy with free markets, emphasized need for peace with neighboring countries [#Eritrea], regions, and the federal government. Cleaning bureaucracy, building better airport & rail were their priorites. They were attacked by TIP & TPLF. 2/n
Sawt: empahsized they too were social democrats. They attacked TPLF for not building Tigray-centric patriotic & nationalist Investors. They also were the ONLY party that want land to be privatized in urbanizing areas while the state keeps on owning rural land. 3/n
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Emperor Haileselassie I, telling his life story and his meeting with Mussolini, before fascists invaded #Ethiopia in #French.
(#English subtitles are provided)
Part - 2
Part -3
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US and Europe call them Comic Books or Graphic Novels. Japanese call them Manga. Koreans call them Manhwa. We think Ethiopian Comics should be called SENSI’IL (ሰንስዕል). Here is why (thread) #Ethiopia Image
Back in 17th century, there was a very comic book-ish visual storytelling medium employed by Ethiopians in Gonder monasteries called SENSUL (ሰንሱል). Image
The book folded and unfolded like an accordion. It was made from a single strip of parchment and it would tell a sequential story when it unfolds. It was used only for religious purposes. It usually had no texts but if it did, it would be short prayers and hymns. Image
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Some #Eritrea|n friends like .@meddaG had asked for my thoughts on #TigrayElection2020. I can not say who has the suppprt given there is no tradition of reliable survey/polling, but I watched the first debate on Tigray's right of self- determination. Here is my take. 1/n
ውናት (Independence party) was so comfortable given the topic is its prime issue. They were confidently on the offensive. They are seeking secession from #Ethiopia and forming an independent republic. They successfully showed that they had thought about the issue in depth. 2/n
ባይቶና (Congress) is seeking for a Confederal arrangement. They are one step below. They think a confederal union with/within #Ethiopia between independent states is more useful than standing alone. Yet, they were on the defensive from ውናት'ስ derision and mockery. 3/n
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When the #Ethiopia|n stock market arrives, companies will discover that Mergers and Acquisitions are critical to building value and signaling growth. What are some M&A deals you’d like to see?
I’ll start:
1. Awash Bank buys Zemen Bank to engender nimbleness

2. Adey Ababa printers buys Berry Advertising to integrate creativity

3. Jupiter Group buys a coffee farm to expand into coffee tourism

4. Boston group buys Awash winery

5. Yekatit Paper invests in Zafree
6. Any major hotel merging with a hospital to expand into medical tourism.

7. Ethiopian airlines buying a hospital for medical tourism

8. Techno buying Qene games

9. Noah Real Estate buying CoCo Touch furniture to outfit apartments

10. Coca-Cola buying Efoi pizza
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Talk to any people in colonial situations, they’ll tell you they’ve no shortage of collaborators, opportunists, wanna be colonialists etc. It’s a feature of colonial systems that’s universal—that’s what we have with the leadership in power in #Ethiopia in the name of Oromos.
This class of people have been key to imposing & managing the Ethiopian empire on conquered peoples land from its inception. They are there to facilitate plunder, murder & control over previously sovereign peoples. Those in power today are part of a very long tradition. #Ethiopia
Each conquered nation in #Ethiopia has its class of colonial administrators & these roles are passed from one generation to the next, the same way freedom movements are. These two groups must be seen in parallel to understand the dynamics of liberation struggles in #Ethiopia.
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Is Trump Trying to Write Off the #Ethiopian_American Vote?
By David Shinn (@AmbShinn)

#Foreign_Policy published on 27 August 2020 an article titled "U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan" by Robbie Gramer.
The author reports that the Trump administration is threatening to stop up to $130 million in assistance to #Ethiopia because Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has not accepted the U.S. "mediation" proposal for filling the reservoir and releasing water from the #GERD.
U.S. programs that are on the chopping block include security assistance, counterterrorism and military education and training, anti-human trafficking programs, & broader development assistance funding.  

The one issue #Ethiopia'ns & the #Ethiopia'n diaspora are united . . .
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Can #Ethiopia request compensation from #Egypt over misuse of #Nile water?
#Ethiopia has compromised too much only to fulfill its moral duty and to keep friendship with #Egypt since the launch of the dam, but #Egypt is engaged in an endless conspiracy to . . .
. . impose its unfair interest rather than working towards reaching a win-win agreement.

#Ethiopia should internationalize & expose #Egypt’s’ water mismanagement system which is wasting 20 % of #Nile every year, evaporating over 10 BCM of water from #Aswan_Dam . . .
. . and other mismanagement systems which affect the #Nile water.

✅ Currently #Egypt’s fear isn't #GERD, but to control #Blue_Nile (#Abay_River) water with legal binding doc. as they understand the exclusive deals of 1929 and 1959 have no power to oblige #Ethiopia & . . .
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1/ #SaudiArabia, one of the wealthiest countries on earth, is keeping hundreds if not thousands of migrants from #Ethiopia locked in heinous conditions reminiscent of Libya’s slave camps as part of a drive to stop the spread of Covid-19, a @TelGlobalHealth investigation has found
2/ Our full report is free to read here. Great to work with the brilliant @ZekuZelalem on this.…
3/ Graphic mobile phone images sent to the newspaper by migrants held inside the detention centres show dozens of emaciated men crippled by the Arabian heat lying shirtless in tightly packed rows in small rooms with barred windows.
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Reaching fair #GERD deal is a joint project, not a burden #Ethiopia should shoulder alone‼️
By Dejen Yeman (@MesseleDejen)

✅ The best deal for #Ethiopia is no-deal but if a deal becomes a must, the possible agreement shouldn’t be a treaty, . . .
. . shouldn’t include a provision that may implicate a threshold of significant harm; and should avoid judicial means of dispute settlement clause.

✅ It’s obvious that the three countries, #Ethiopia, #Egypt, and #Sudan, are negotiating on the rules and . . .
. . guidelines of the filling and operation of the #GERD, using the #Declarations_of_Principles (#DoP) as a basis but there are sticking points in the negotiation. Accepting or rejecting the sticking points would determine the outcome of the negotiation.
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Recent Afrobarometer Round 8 Ethiopia findings on federalism and the Constitution have sparked a lot of debate on social media. Afrobarometer does not involve itself in partisan debates, but we do value feedback, and this thread offers a few clarifying points for consideration.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African,nonpartisan survey research network that provides reliable data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy,governance,and quality of life.We started in 12 African countries in 1999.Round 8 surveys (2019/21) are planned in about 35 countries
Afrobarometer's goal is to give the public a voice in policy-making by providing high-quality public opinion data to policymakers, policy advocates, civil society organizations, academics, news media, donors and investors, and ordinary Africans.
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በልምጭ ዲፕሎማሲ የኢትዮጵያን እጅ ለመጠምዘዝ መሞከሩ ድካም እንጂ ምንም አያመጣላቸውም:: በ2019 አሜሪካ ለኢትዮጵያ ያደረገችው ድጋፍ አጠቃላይ 1 ቢሊዮን ዶላር ነው:: አብዛኃኛው ለሰብዓዊ ተራድኦ የዋለ ነው:: አምባሳደሩ በግላቸው ተጨማሪ የእርዳታ 1/
ገንዘብ ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ፈሰስ እንዲደረግና የትራምፕ አስተዳደርም ወደ ኢትዮጵያ ትኩረት እንዲያደርግ በዚያው ዓመት 3ጊዜ ወደ ዋሽንግተን ተመላልሰው: በአካል ተገኝተው ወትውተዋል:: አሁን ተከለከሉ እየተባለ የምንሰማቸውን ዘርፎች (ሴክተሮች) እንይ 2/
በህገወጥ የሰዎች ዝውውር የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ከአሜሪካ መንግስት እርዳታ ተደርጎለት አያውቅም:: ከ2014-2018 ከdepartment of labor ለኬር ኢትዮጵያ 20 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ፕሮጀክት ነበራቸው እንጂ ለመንግስት ቤሳቤስቲን ሰጥተው አያውቁም:: 3/
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A tribute to a man who joined the Arbegnoch (the Ethiopian Patriot resistance to the Italian occupation) as a young boy at the age of 9:

Afe Memhir Melak Negatu.

(Afe Memhir=a learned deputy of the Abbot of an Ethiopian Orthodox Monastery)

#Ethiopia #WeeklyJegna
Born in the Maqet in the Lasta area, Afe Memhir Melak joined joined the patriot resistance following the example of his mother, father and brothers who (with others) started the Patriot resistance in their area.

(Lasta marked on the map)
He says "Although I was somewhat young for this when it started (being only 9) I too joined the struggle and spent the next 5 years fighting." According to the Afe Memhir, they offered fierce and devastating resistance to the Italians, albeit suffering high casualties.)
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Betwixt Development and Securitisation of the Nile: Competing Narratives - #GERD
By Samuel Berhanu Woldemariam (@shilosamuel) and Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew (@yeayalew)

✅ Since the project began, the #Ethiopia’n government has been transparent in declaring . . .
. . the technical aspects of the construction.

#Egypt’s lobbying power has been cited as one reason for the failure of international financial support for the project. This forced the #Ethiopia’n government to resort to domestic finance mobilisation strategies, . . .
. . which carried the project to its current position.

✅ Despite it being a transboundary resource subject to the principle of equitable and reasonable use among all riparian nations, #Egypt’ian policies and outlook on the #Nile bend towards unilateralism & exclusivism.
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An #Ethiopia’n perspective: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (#GERD)
By Asmamaw Tadege and Anteneh Biru

✅ In the current negotiations, Ethiopia believes the case of the #GERD and that of the broader Nile water sharing are two different issues and . . .
. . must be addre. sepa. #Ethiopia wants z negot. to focus on issues related to z filling of the dam; and strongly believes that the broader water sharing agm't can only be negot. by including other riparian states, such that an agm't that binds all the states is secured.
#Egypt and #Sudan have been able to harvest and utilise the water flowing directly from the highlands of #Ethiopia for their own development. #Egypt’ians have 100% electricity access and clean water supply; and they are also producing cash crops for export purposes.
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Letter: Ethiopian dam on the Nile would be boon to nation, people
I am urging my representatives to work with the Trump administration on the issue of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, #GERD, a dispute involving #Ethiopia, #Egypt and #Sudan.
The multibillion-dollar dam is currently under construction over the Nile River. The project, funded solely by Ethiopians, will lift millions out of abject poverty and reliance on foreign aid.

Government leaders should advise the Trump administration to:
‒ Respect Ethiopia's sovereign right to use the Nile River equitably, as a contributor of 86% of the water.

‒ Maintain an impartial role in negotiations led by the African Union.

‒ Refrain from threatening to withhold any assistance — direct aid or loans — as a tool . . .
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Ethiopia’s Grand [Renaissance] Nile [#Abay] Dam (#GERD) Represents Justice, Not a Threat‼️
By Mahlet Ayele Beyecha (@Maallot)

✅ Rather than adjusting to the new reality, #Cairo tries to uphold the unjust historic agreements.
The 2014 version of its national constitution makes the stance clear: “The state commits to protecting the Nile River, maintaining Egypt’s historic rights thereto.”

#Egypt and #Egyptian’s maintains that they rely on the Nile for 90 percent of their water.
In January, Qatar’s Al Jazeera documented an Egyptian minister saying, other Nile basin countries have “other water sources but #Egypt has only Nile.” This is not a fact. Instead #Egypt has been using false information to play the victim.
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A Thread on chronicling #Egypt #Ethiopia history on the #Nile:
Diplomatic evasiveness aside, one cannot claim that there is no tension in relations between the two countries. The first instance of conflict regarding the Nile between Ethiopia and Egypt could be traced to the 14th Century.
When the Mamluk Sultan Al-Nasir began to persecute Egyptian Copts and burn their churches. Amde Tsiyon I sent an envoy to ask Al-Nasir to restore the churches and refrain from persecuting the Copts otherwise he would starve people of Egypt by diverting the course of Nile. Emperor Amde Tsion(1314-1344) of Ethiopia.
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New article with @sostapel:
'Cooperation and Conflict at the #HornOfAfrica: A New Regional Bloc between #Ethiopia, #Eritrea & #Somalia and Its Consequences for #EasternAfrica' #HoAC
In: #AfricaSpectrum (@GIGA_Institute; @SAGECQPolitics) #openaccess…
In January 2020, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia proposed to form a new regional bloc, occasionally referred to as the 'Horn of Africa Cooperation' (HoAC). The proposed the HoAC would be the 23rd (!) #RegionalOrganization in #Africa. #regimecomplexity #HornOfAfricaCooperation
Our article assesses which factors have contributed to making this proposal and contemplates potential effects for the complex #security challenges, political tensions among the neighbours, and existing institutional environment at the Horn and the #EasternAfrica.
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@KingYusufYusuff @MohmettDu No more invitition, they have to beg us to let them in, this serves our republic better today, bc we cannot be accused of expensionism intentions from our neighbors. We will always be present in their markets bc where #Somalis live #Somali products sell better.#Somalia #Mogadishu
@KingYusufYusuff @MohmettDu I want to give U my reasoning, I hope you have Mr. Uunsi & Co. in mind #NDF & #SomaliState instead of working with d Oromo to gain their independence. Lately Xabasha guy tried to destroy the Sayidka monument in front of their eyes. No emotions, they Quit. #Somalia #Mogadishu #KGS
@KingYusufYusuff @MohmettDu I'm interested &follow exactly #SomaliState #Pundits &lately they've been constantly talking about #Jubbaland &verbally attacking #SFG as if it were Isreal instead of being preoccupied with their future in #Ethiopia &dealing with others 2get their fair share.. #Somalia #Mogadishu
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