New York (OPride) –– Ethiopia’s Civil Service Minister, Junedin Saddo, embroiled in a public controversy after lambasting the police for failing to properly investigate his wife before her detention last month.
The police say the minister, who recently sent an angry letter to the media, acted inappropriately, interfering with an ongoing investigation and judicial process.
Getting rid of dictatorship by any means necessary is obviously very appealing. But any aspirant to true emancipation has a lot of lessons to draw from the recent experience of the Arab Spring as well as Africa's tortuous past on the pitfalls of this urge.
Addis Ababa –– Forty-one days had passed since Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was seen in public. In the days after his last public appearance on state-run Ethiopian Television, activists and journalists turned to social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, first to speculate about his frail appearance, and later to inform the public about his health, the hospital where he was being treated, the kind and the cause of his ailment, and even his widely rumored “death.”
Uncertainty about the health of Ethiopia's long serving Prime Minister and growing protests by that country's restive Muslim population brings into question its image as the linchpin to the stability of the volatile Horn of Africa region.
by Mohammed Ademo
New York (OPride) – Brussels-based nonprofit, the International Crisis Group, categorically denied rumors that cited the organization and pronounced the death of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
On July 30, shortly after 2 p.m. an opposition outlet, ESAT radio announced the premier dead as breaking news citing diplomatic and international sources, including the ICG. Social media exploded when rumors spread that "ICG declared Meles Dead."
This Op-Ed is an outgrowth of my brief response, on a social media, to Magarsa Muhktar’s “Ethiopia's Beleaguered Opposition: Fighting Goliath”, which appeared on OPride.com on 28 July 2012. Magarsa makes an apt observation of the state of resistance to political repression.