Ethiopian History 101: Fiction Vs. Facts on Oromos of Ethiopia

(a guide for foreign journalists on Oromos and Ethiopian history) By Prof. Feqadu Lamessa for Salem-News.com ADAMA, Ethiopia (Salem-News) – Recently, the Qatar-based media al Jazeera has published several articles concerning the Oromo people of Ethiopia. It is the first international media outlet to extensively report on our people and it should be praised for bringing our cause…

Washington enables authoritarianism in Ethiopia

Blanket US support for the Ethiopian regime risks dismantling the country’s already beleaguered opposition By Awol Allo  It was only two months ago during the Israeli election that the White House was scrambling to convince the American public that the United States does not intervene in the electoral processes of other democracies. “This administration goes…

Saving Ethiopians in Libya: Egyptian humanitarianism or politics?

Some analysts attributed the Egyptian state’s alleged reluctance to save the Copts to its desire to find a strong justification for striking ISIS inside Libya. (File photo: AFP) By Sonia Farid | Al Arabiya News Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was at Cairo International Airport to welcome 27 Ethiopians who were abducted by militants in Libya…

As Ethiopia votes, what’s ‘free and fair’ got to do with it?

By Terrence Lyons, The Washington Post Ethiopian journalist Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha (R) sits with President Obama during a round table with persecuted journalist for World Press Freedom Day at the White House in Washington, DC, May 1, 2015. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Ethiopia, Washington’s security partner and Africa’s second most populous country, is scheduled to hold national…

How Will We Know When China is Number One?

A look back a mere hundred years ago may give us some answers.  By Peter Harris, The National Interest It has been conventional wisdom for well over a decade that China is a rising power. The statistics on China’s current size and projections about its future growth have become such clichés that they scarcely warrant repeating. Suffice…