Ethiopian Opposition Leader Travels to Eritrea to Lead Rebellion

Category: Michael Woldemariam

Ethiopian Opposition Leader Travels to Eritrea to Lead Rebellion

Bloomberg Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The leader of a U.S.-based Ethiopian opposition group relocated to Eritrea to organize civil and armed resistance against the government in the capital, Addis Ababa, a movement spokesman said… Expert quote: “The situation is volatile, and the potential for heightened conflict is […]

Why Ethiopian migrants brave illegal crossings again – and again

Christian Science Monitor Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Among the young Ethiopian entrepreneurs idly sipping coffee near their shops in Addis Ababa, Tariku Temesgen stands out as the joker… View full article quoting expert Michael Woldemariam

Somalia: Majority of capital residents surveyed feel safer than in 2013

Christian Science Monitor Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences After decades of war and failed attempts by international actors to establish peace and create a working administration, the political situation in Somalia seems to be improving… Expert quote: “Things are better than they were. Mogadishu is making a comeback. People are buying land … […]

Ethiopia ‘ruthlessly targeted’ Oromo ethnic group, report finds

Al Jazeera America Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences Ethiopia has “ruthlessly targeted” and tortured thousands of people belonging to its largest ethnic group for perceived opposition to the government, rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday… Expert quote: “The report tends to confirm the claims that diaspora-based Oromo activists have been making for some […]

Oromo nationalism on the rise in Ethiopia

Al Jazeera Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences Aslan Hasan, a student belonging to the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia, was called either a guilt-ridden terrorist who committed suicide or an innocent victim of brutal state repression, depending on who you listen to… Expert quote: “The recent Oromo protests and the new online activism is […]

As Ethiopia’s ‘Zone 9′ bloggers get popular, they get charged with terror

Christian Science Monitor Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences Ethiopia has charged 10 reform-minded bloggers and journalists with terrorism offenses – marking the latest in a long line of repressive acts against civil society by a key US partner in the Horn of Africa… Expert quote: “I think quiet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy is the most likely way forward […]

On Terror’s New Front Line, Mistrust Blunts U.S. Strategy

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Michael Woldemariam, College of Arts & Sciences The shooting clattered on for 30 minutes, residents of this dusty town say, and when it ended, four militants holding a German engineer hostage were dead… Expert quote: “Military and police heavy-handedness in the north is core to the story of Boko Haram’s […]