A Love Letter To Columbia university in united States By Fahima Ali From Somaliland #abaarso School

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A Love Letter To Columbia – I started speaking English seven years ago, and the fact that I am in classes with the most intelligent people in the world is something that I do not take for granted. I wake up happy every morning knowing I have found a home at Columbia.
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I am the happiest I’ve ever been at Columbia.

I came to the United States for high school from Somaliland, an often unrecognized country in East Africa. In Somaliland, it is very challenging to receive an education, especially for girls. Girls are second-class citizens—they are expected to do domestic work instead of going to school. Despite this, I have always loved school and have never let anything get in between me and my studies.

Abaarso School, my school in Somaliland, helps students apply to high schools and colleges in the United States. So I applied to Riverdale Country School. I spent a year at Riverdale and then transferred to Emma Willard School, an all-girls boarding school in upstate New York.

When I first visited Columbia two years ago, I loved the description of the Core Curriculum, the people, and the environment. This inspired me to apply early decision to Columbia. I never thought that I would love a school the way I love Columbia.

Even after the Columbia University College, Republicans invited speakers whose views were against my identities—Muslim, Black, and international—my love for Columbia has never faded. Despite that time, Columbia remains a home to me, and home is not about a location—it is defined by people. I love the myriad of professors and students that have added so much joy to my life. It is people like them who make Columbia home to me.

Columbia fosters my love for education. I have always loved education, so much so that I would never want to miss a class even if I felt sick. Sometimes, I wish I could have classes every day of the week. In fact, I love my courses so much that I go to classes two hours early if I have time, just so I can sit in the classroom and do work. I love sitting and appreciating the fact that I get to have a marvelous education in a classroom filled with incredibly intelligent people. I love seeing my professors come in, because it reminds me of the dreams I once had of educating myself. Now as I set my hands on the very real desk in front of me, I am seeing them come to fruition.

I cherish every moment my dreams are realized. I am so grateful for Columbia. The experiences it gives me are a gift and I should treat them as such.
One of my friends once told me that I am easily amused. I go to classes with such energy and happiness because college is a wonderful opportunity and I want to enjoy and appreciate every bit of it.

Maya Angelou once said that “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I will never forget the joy and the opportunities Columbia has given me. Most importantly, I will forever revere the constant happiness and love that the people at Columbia shower on me.

Dear Columbia: Thank you for everything. I am and will forever be grateful.

Fahima Ali is an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and girls, and is a second-year student in Columbia College studying Economics. Born and raised in Somaliland, she has led efforts to help girls in her homeland gain access to education

The Secret Chinese Arms Trade In The Horn Of Africa

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China is actively positioning itself as a major supplier of arms to the African continent and is stepping up its shipments of weapons to conflict zones through Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

By admin – September 3, 20180
The Secret Chinese Arms Trade In The Horn Of Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom, September 3, 2018/ — EXX Africa (https://www.EXXAfrica.com) published a special report on the secret Chinese arms trade in the Horn of Africa.
Download the report: Here
Beyond the commercial objective of increasing sales of Chinese manufactured weapons and military equipment, China also seeks to control a greater share of the weapons trade in Africa in order to protect its extensive infrastructure investments on the continent. On the back of the One Belt, One Road initiative, China has made massive investments in East Africa, including railway lines, hydropower dams, and new port projects in countries such as Kenya, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
Central to this strategy is China’s military logistics base in Djibouti, which China is preparing to facilitate large-scale shipments of weapons and military equipment to African countries, in particular Sudan and South Sudan.
Djibouti’s own strategically important port, which lies in a major shipping lane, is also set to move towards the center of the regional arms trade.
Following a new investigation that included collection of intelligence from well-placed security sector sources in the Horn of Africa, we have found evidence that Chinese weapons are making their way from the Chinese PLA Support Base in Djibouti and the commercial Port of Djibouti towards African conflict zones that have been placed under an arms embargo.
For any further comment or a full copy of the report, please contact https://www.EXXAfrica.com/

Former Oldham Student Set For Somaliland

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“I am looking forward to starting my post in Somaliland, as it will be a unique opportunity for me to work inside the government of a developing country”

By admin – September 17, 20180
Former Oldham Student Set For Somaliland
Shazar Tariq

Last week, one of the Oldham Sixth Form College’s notable alumni, Shazar Tariq, joined Economics students to speak about his journey from studying Economics at OSFC to becoming an Economic Advisor in Somaliland.

Shazar studied Economics, Mathematics, and Accountancy at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC) between 2008 and 2010, before moving on to study Economics at the University of Manchester through the Manchester Access Programme.

After gaining his undergraduate degree, Shazar studied for an MSc in Oxford, spent time teaching English in Istanbul and worked for a consultancy in London.

Recently, Shazar was successful in gaining a place on an Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme for which thousands applied and 30-40 were selected from around the world.

Each year the scheme selects Economists from all around the world to work as international civil servants in developing countries.

Shazar has been selected as Economics Fellow for Somaliland and will start his post this month providing Economic advice to the Director-General.

Shazar said: “I have returned to OSFC to personally thank my Economics tutors for the support they gave me when I first started discovering Economics.

“The fundamentals of Economics I learned during my A Levels have stayed with me and the quality of education I received at college was incredible.

“I am looking forward to starting my post in Somaliland, as it will be a unique opportunity for me to work inside the government of a developing country – though Somaliland is still yet to be recognized as a country internationally.”

WorldRemit Links Up To WhatsApp For Its Remittance Service

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WorldRemit Links Up To WhatsApp For Its Remittance Service

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Leading digital money transfer company WorldRemit has added WhatsApp notifications to its service.

Through its integration with the WhatsApp Business solution, customers who use WhatsApp to chat with family and friends can now also receive instant notifications on the status of their transactions.

Given the challenges of SMS delivery in many markets, customers can often miss out on real-time information about their transfers. WhatsApp’s high reliability and sustainability will provide WorldRemit customers with even more choice in their communications preferences.

WorldRemit is the first fintech company in the U.K. to integrate with the WhatsApp Business solution. Pioneering a mobile-first approach to the $600bn a year remittance industry, this integration supports WorldRemit’s goal of serving 10 million customers connected to emerging markets by 2020.

Alice Newton-Rex, Chief Product Officer at WorldRemit, comments: “WorldRemit is delighted to add the WhatsApp Business solution to its platform to further improve its service by enabling our customers to receive instant updates on transactions.”

“This integration will make our safe, fast and low-cost remittance service even more convenient for millions of WorldRemit customers around the world.”

WorldRemit enables migrants to send money from their smartphones to the people they love in over 145 countries. Its customers make 1.2 million transactions every month using its app or website.

Long-overlooked #Somaliland now finds itself in the center of a geopolitical struggle **Turkey and Iran are seeking influence in the Horn, seen as a gateway to African markets

The waters around it are deemed strategically vital for the GCC as they form part of the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb Strait, one of the world’s busiest maritime routes — also used to transport oil from Middle Eastern producers.
Recently elected President Muse Bihi Abdi acknowledged the strategic importance of Somaliland.
“In today’s world we should be very strategic and cooperate with who is a friend of us and resist who is exploiting us, therefore we should make use of our strategic location in the world,” President Bihi told Arab News.
His comments came as a Saudi-led military coalition thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker by Houthi rebels near the Yemeni coast on Tuesday.
In the Gulf, President Bihi said, Somaliland is very close to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for a number of reasons.
“Firstly we are neighbors of Saudi Arabia and not neighbors of Qatar, second, our exports go to Saudi Arabia, third in Saudi Arabia there are two holy mosques that we have to visit, so consider all these reasons for us to be aligned with Saudi Arabia.”
The UAE, President Bihi said, is a key economic ally

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“All our imports depend on the UAE and their ports, all our flights come through the UAE. It is our bridge to the world,” he said.
In an interview with Arab News, analyst at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Taimur Khan, said that ridding the Horn of Africa of extremists was vital for the economic and military security of GCC states.
He added that the Yemen intervention had also heightened interest in the coastal territory along the Horn of Africa “to seccure military basing agreements,” said Khan.
President Bihi said: “International interest in the country has been steep in the last three years.”
Earlier this year a row broke out when UAE was banned from operating in Somalia after Dubai’s DP World reinforced its commitment to build a port at in Berbera, Somaliland.

Somalia does not recognize breakaway Somaliland which, in turn, refuses to take instructions from Mogadishu. Separately, Djibouti terminated a contract that allowed DP World to operate the Doraleh container terminal on its east coast. That made building up Berbera even more important for UAE.
According to ambassador Bashe Omar, Somaliland’s UAE representative, in 2016 the international affairs deputy of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mohammad Reza Karbasi visited the country.
The Iranian delegation was looking at buying land to establish a logistical hub,” he said.
The Iranian delegation wanted to develop a logistical hub and use the strategic sea port for trade.
Omar said that the government had refused the proposed plan.
He added that in 2015 Turkey also sought to invest in Hargeisa International Airport.
“This was also refused because of the Turkish links with Mogadishu as well as the government support for Somalia in opposition of Somaliland,” said President Bihi.
Khan said: “The UAE, in particular, has over the past decade been involved in training and equipping federal and state security forces in Somalia, such as the Puntland Maritime Police Force, to help counter piracy and the threat of Al-Shabab and other extremist groups in the Horn of Africa that could threaten the Bab Al-Mandeb.”
But other powers such as Turkey and Iran are also seeking influence in the Horn, viewed as a gateway to fast-growing African markets. The UAE and Turkey both have offered packages to Horn countries that include not only ports and connectivity infrastructure, but security training and aid, education and job creation, that set them apart, said Khan.
President Bihi said: “According to our economic interests and our relations before their conflict, Qatar did not have any relations balanced with the relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
In 2017 the Somaliland government approved a 30-year concession for UAE ports operator DP World, along with a military base near Berbera, for the UAE armed forces.
President Bihi said that the base is a requirement to secure the expansion of the port.
“Our government is not so strong and our zone needs to be protected,” he said. “I think we need a friendly country to have a cooperation with military security.”
Berbera port has been developed since operations in 2017 began to receive 150,000 containers.
According to Ali Ismail Mahamoud, head of operations at DP World Berbera Port, an 800-meter greenfield container terminal expansion will be completed by 2020 allowing the port to compete with regional players in terms of capacity. The waters around it are deemed strategically vital for the GCC as they form part of the Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb Strait, one of the world’s busiest maritime routes — also used to transport oil from Middle Eastern producers.
Recently elected President Muse Bihi Abdi acknowledged the strategic importance of Somaliland.
“In today’s world we should be very strategic and cooperate with who is a friend of us and resist who is exploiting us, therefore we should make use of our strategic location in the world,” President Bihi told Arab News.
His comments came as a Saudi-led military coalition thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker by Houthi rebels near the Yemeni coast on Tuesday.
In the Gulf, President Bihi said, Somaliland is very close to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for a number of reasons.
“Firstly we are neighbors of Saudi Arabia and not neighbors of Qatar, second, our exports go to Saudi Arabia, third in Saudi Arabia there are two holy mosques that we have to visit, so consider all these reasons for us to be aligned with Saudi Arabia.”
The UAE, President Bihi said, is a key economic ally.
“All our imports depend on the UAE and their ports, all our flights come through the UAE. It is our bridge to the world,” he said.
In an interview with Arab News, analyst at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Taimur Khan, said that ridding the Horn of Africa of extremists was vital for the economic and military security of GCC states.
He added that the Yemen intervention had also heightened interest in the coastal territory along the Horn of Africa “to seccure military basing agreements,” said Khan.
President Bihi said: “International interest in the country has been steep in the last three years.”
Earlier this year a row broke out when UAE was banned from operating in Somalia after Dubai’s DP World reinforced its commitment to build a port at in Berbera, Somaliland.

Somalia does not recognize breakaway Somaliland which, in turn, refuses to take instructions from Mogadishu. Separately, Djibouti terminated a contract that allowed DP World to operate the Doraleh container terminal on its east coast. That made building up Berbera even more important for UAE.
According to ambassador Bashe Omar, Somaliland’s UAE representative, in 2016 the international affairs deputy of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Mohammad Reza Karbasi visited the country.
The Iranian delegation was looking at buying land to establish a logistical hub,” he said.
The Iranian delegation wanted to develop a logistical hub and use the strategic sea port for trade.
Omar said that the government had refused the proposed plan.
He added that in 2015 Turkey also sought to invest in Hargeisa International Airport.
“This was also refused because of the Turkish links with Mogadishu as well as the government support for Somalia in opposition of Somaliland,” said President Bihi.
Khan said: “The UAE, in particular, has over the past decade been involved in training and equipping federal and state security forces in Somalia, such as the Puntland Maritime Police Force, to help counter piracy and the threat of Al-Shabab and other extremist groups in the Horn of Africa that could threaten the Bab Al-Mandeb.”
But other powers such as Turkey and Iran are also seeking influence in the Horn, viewed as a gateway to fast-growing African markets. The UAE and Turkey both have offered packages to Horn countries that include not only ports and connectivity infrastructure, but security training and aid, education and job creation, that set them apart, said Khan.
President Bihi said: “According to our economic interests and our relations before their conflict, Qatar did not have any relations balanced with the relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
In 2017 the Somaliland government approved a 30-year concession for UAE ports operator DP World, along with a military base near Berbera, for the UAE armed forces.
President Bihi said that the base is a requirement to secure the expansion of the port.
“Our government is not so strong and our zone needs to be protected,” he said. “I think we need a friendly country to have a cooperation with military security.”
Berbera port has been developed since operations in 2017 began to receive 150,000 containers.
According to Ali Ismail Mahamoud, head of operations at DP World Berbera Port, an 800-meter greenfield container terminal expansion will be completed by 2020 allowing the port to compete with regional players in terms of capacity.

Declare State Of National Urgency (military takeover) in Ethiopia: Remove Abiy Ahmed,

  1. In general

In light of the barbaric and horrifying murders, rapes, dehumanizing treatments and looting of ethnic minorities in the suburbs of Addis Ababa on two consecutive days of 15 and 16 of September 2018, much has been written by journalists, and heart wrenching statements were also made by individuals who lived through the horrors. Similar attacks on minorities had been the characteristic feature of PM Abiy Ahmed’s reign of ineffective governance since his ascendance to the premiership “throne” on 2 April 2018. He has made “fantastic” speeches like mena to the hungry ears of millions of Ethiopians who were used to the diatribe of uninspiring dry speeches of former Prime Ministers from the EPRDF coalition successive governments. In no way such hunger endorses the inept government of Abiy Ahmed now.

I see Abiy Ahmed jetting around the World in an ultramodern Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787; specifically engaged in high profile international flights to the United States (Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, and Washington DC), to the Arab World (Abu Dhabi, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia), and to neighboring African States (Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Somaliland and Sudan). He seems to love flying on some unnecessary pretexts. It seems also that the people around him, such as Demeke Mekonnen, encourage him to do that for in his absence they do their corrupt deeds. In my calculation after researching Airports rental charges around the world (Reagan, Los Angeles, Minnesota Airports and other Airports in Africa and the Middle East) and lost revenue for the B787s, Abiy Ahmed has wasted the equivalent of over fifteen million dollars in lost revenue and out of pocket expenses for the B787s, landing and takeoff fees, airport parking fees for the planes, etc. Please, someone tell this peasant that Boeing Jetliners are not toys and to stop abusing his Premiership using national property in such wasteful manners.

TPLF should consider primary elections for its members that would like to be elected to state or federal parliament

PM Abiy Ahmed has failed in his most important and sacred duty as a leader of protecting and securing the welfare of Ethiopians that were brutally murdered in like Ashewa Meda and Burayu et cetera in the suburban towns and communities of Addis Ababa by Oromos who seem to have been instigated by the recent arrivals of OLF leadership and by Jawar Mohammed and his group and also by local Oromo politicians, such as Bekele Gerba who had formatted, agitated even directly or indirectly ordered the massacre of minorities living in so called Oromo Kilil. What was Abiy Ahmed doing when such massacre was taking place right under his Palace Gates? He was in Jedda signing some agreement, whose content the Ethiopian public or its Representatives do not know about, with Issaias Afeworki under the gaze of their new patron the brutish Saudi king Salman bin Abdul-Aziz. It is to be remembered that years back when Salman was Governor of Riyadh (1965-2011) tens of thousands of Ethiopians were hunted down as illegal immigrants and some were murdered, and some thrown into jail and inhumanly tortured et cetera. He was also engaged in subversive activities assisting terroristic political groups, including the ELF, EPLF of Issaias Afeworki, fighting against the Government of Emperor Haile Selassie and all succeeding Ethiopian Governments to this day. I do not trust scorpions.

Both the Oromo Kilil police and the Federal Police did not do any degree of protection to the Ethiopians being murdered, raped, and their property being looted. I suspect that some members of the security forces of Oromo Kilil might be some of the brutal attackers. However, they were eager to shoot non-Oromos demonstrating against the previous days massacres incommunities around Addis Ababa. At any rate, listening to the Federal Police Commissioner General Zeynu Jemal’s excuses for their failure to protect the victims is sickening.

When people were demonstrating against the massacre, the Police shot and killed five individuals and wounding several others. Zeynu lied claiming that the victims were attacking the security forces, and his lie was exposed by eyewitness account, by individuals who were at the area when the five innocent civilians were shot to death. Zeynu must resign or must be fired immediately. This form of behavior illustrates the rotting system we have under Abiy Ahmed where he had stacked his governmental offices with Oromos and Moslems with less than a percent from other ethnic groups and Orthodox Christians. I invite you to check the list of his Ministers, newly appointed Ambassadors, and newly installed Officials of government Agencies and you will see my point how he is staking Governmental Officials with Oromos and Moslems. I am for proportionate distribution of governmental appointments.

Yes, Abiy Ahmed lies all the time eclipsing even President Donald Trump. Abiy lied both by omission of necessary reports to the people of Ethiopia, and also lied by presenting false hopes and polarizing rhetoric on morality and offering Ethiopians unreachable ideals. For example, the Ethiopian public has no idea what he or his surrogates are agreeing to in such international agreements he or his surrogates are signing in Addis Ababa, Asmara, Jedda, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, et cetera. He blames former TPLF leaders and other unnamed groups as the causes behind the current turmoil and the displacement of millions of minorities in Somali, Oromo, and Amhara Kilils. The problem is Abiy Ahmed himself, for he does not seem to know what he is supposed to do at home as a leader providing proper leadership.

A recent article with a cynical title by Seifeselassie Gebre listed twenty-five serious treasonous errors committed by PM Abiy Ahmed. Any one of them could be cause for impeaching Abiy Ahmed from his post and replace him with someone capable and patriotic and not serving the interest of an ethnic group and/or Arabs. [see 25 Greatest Achievements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Past 5 Months, Tigrai Online, 19 sept 2018.

25 Greatest Achievements of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Look at one such item for impeachment: “(25) there is a narcissist Prime Minister who is more concerned about his personal fame and self-aggrandizement than the peace and stability of his Country and the security and welfare of his people and who is busy making useless and non-stop domestic and foreign visits (shirshirs) while his people are being slaughtered by armed thugs and terrorists, our domestic “ISIS” and his Country is being burned.”

The removal of PM Abiy Ahmed from office is necessary and legitimate in order to save Ethiopia from lasting damage and disintegration.

  1. Military Takeover is a Must

In these bleak Ethiopian days, I am deeply moved by the massacre and uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians that I feel I should have fought for power to lead Ethiopia into the mold of the Great Axumite Empire in control of the Horn and Yemen to the Persian Gulf and all of Somalia, Djibouti, and the expanse south to South Africa. As you can read here, I am very frustrated that our Ethiopia decade after decade ends up in the gutter, for We are surrounded with mediocrity, little minds, and disgusting sycophantic intellectuals. My apologies for my ranting, but if you read between the lines of my writings there is great love and admiration for the truly remarkable ancient people that maintained a national identity in freedom and sovereignty throughout human history i.e. We Ethiopians including the recent super nationalists.

I am now fully in support of for military takeover and a declaration of state of urgency and the arrest of all the terrorist leaders of OLF, ONLF, some of ANDM and OPDO leaders directly involved in ethnic cleansing and murders and looting and destruction of property. Jawar and his Group are of special concern for he/they are foreign agents of Arabs and Egypt blatantly still instigating genocide of non-Oromos in Oromo Kilil. Some of the corrupt former leaders of TPLF who have looted great wealth and drove Tigrai into the gutter as the least developed part of Ethiopia must be removed from power.

It is unbelievable that such TPLF leaders did absolutely nothing for Tigrai for the last twenty-seven years worth mentioning though they looted billions for themselves. They did not even solve basic needs, such as proper drinking water sources for Mekelle, Axum, Adwa et cetera while they were developing Oromia, Sidama-Awasa, Addis Ababa et cetera in order to loot hundreds of millions of dollars or equivalent as contractors, vendors et cetera for themselves and their families. They could not even fix the dome of the small chapel (which is completely peeling off) where the Ark of the Covenant is housed. What is tragic is that they could have looted no less by developing Tigrai too, but they have inherent self-hate that seems to be historic too. Dr Debretsion and Memher Muluwork seem to be the only individuals with a degree of integrity and serious concern for people that I trust could bring about national solutions not only for Tigrai Kilil but to the wider needs of the Ethiopian People. The best that could be done under such corrupted Organization to save Ethiopia is to elect new TPLF Leaders without delay.

It was Tigrian warlords [and the TPLF included of late] that devastated Tigrai fighting each other or as agents of two or three Ethiopian Emperors in power at different times [Emperor Menelik and Empress Zewditu and Emperor Haile Selassie]. How often had Amhara Leaders attacked Tigrai? Maybe a couple of times in such a long history. Thus, blaming Amharas in general for such underdevelopment of Tigrai is misplaced and untrue. A little history lesson here is appropriate now. The word “Tigrai” is first recorded representing a small group of petitioners from a little enclave in north Agame as indicated in the Chronicle of Emperor Amdetsion.

The territory under the “Reese Mequanent” itself was much larger than the present day Tigrai Kilil that then included all of Armacheho, Qimante, Semien, Wolkit-Segede, Lasta-Wag, all of Raya and Azebo including Zoble and all the way to Lake Haik near Dessie. What is designated now as Tigrai is a recent reductionist creation by Lij Iyasu when he created his Father as King of Tigrai and Wollo.

Ignore the diminutive Gedu Andargachew and the obese Demeke Mekonnen’s intrigues to devalue and denigrate Tigrians and the TPLF pitting Amharas against Tigrians. Thus, I urge Tigrians to think of Amhara people as family for none are closer than the two historic rivals, and I urge both communities to create more meaningful bonding, for you must save Ethiopia from Arab destructive campaign and from local barbarians. If the rest of Ethiopia is in turmoil, Tigrai cannot be safe. And if Tigrai is in turmoil, the rest of Ethiopia cannot be stable. There is such need for mutually beneficial cooperative effort as your responsibilities. Ignore the recent leaking of the boots of OLF terrorist fighters marching triumphantly through Tigrai Kilil with reception of goodwill by the TPLF Leadership even waving the divisive flag of the OLF by Sebhat Nega and others. Shameful.

  1. How to Safeguard Minorities

These past five months most of us, with internet access, have watched graphically depicted horrendous genocidal crimes committed against peaceful minorities in Amhara, Oromo, and Somali Kilils by organized thugs of the majority population. There is no doubt that Ethiopia is populated by diverse distinct ethnic groups with a range of unequal social and economic development with latent and manifest hostilities to each other. We have seen videos, read heart wrenching accounts of murder and human degradation of minorities living in Oromo Kilil, and to lesser extent in Amhara and Somali Kilils. The one Kilil that is clear of such murderous orgy is the Tigrai Kilil where there is law and order and where minorities are protected from any molestations.

It is important more than ever to arm minorities living in hostile Kilils and provide them with Federal protective enclaves within any hostile Kilils especially in Oromo Kilil and Somali Kilil. There should be early warning systems organized by minorities and systems of detecting subversive internet communications. In fact, I urge the Ethiopian Government to collect and ban all private iPhones in such hostile Kilils and even shut down such satellite services in such urban encroaching rural areas.

Conclusion

It is an existential necessity right now to take over the Ethiopian Government by the Military and remove or impeach Abiy Ahmed and the Amhara and Oromo Kilil Governors. One must move into Addis Ababa a segment of the Ethiopian Military special force to protect major economic institutions such as the Ethiopian Airlines, Banks, International Organizations, Embassies, Diplomats, and the general population. It is an existential necessity to take preemptive actions against the terrorist political movements that had entered Ethiopia through Abiy Ahmed’s policy of forgiveness and “medemer” that was rubberstamped by the House of Representatives. I suggest arresting OLF and ONLF Leaders, Arab agents such as Jawar Mohammed, and homegrown local Oromo violent secessionist Leaders such as Bekele Gerba, et cetera will create temporary upheavals, but their removal from public participation would allow long term benefit and stability to Ethiopia and the region.

It is of no consequence to round up the street thugs and criminals [seven hundred in recent report] that attack minorities when the real instigators of the mob-crimes are free and organizing further unrest and genocidal attacks on non-Oromos. I believe the best defense against terrorist criminals is to organize a defensive force, weaponize oneself by getting armed and carry out sustained drills neighborhood by neighborhood for such future confrontations. Do not listen neither to the flowery speeches of Abiy Ahmed nor expect protection form Abiy Ahmed or his Government. Abiy Ahmed is full of himself, intoxicated by his own words and devoid of real empathy for the suffering of others. He is the most narcissistic leader Ethiopia ever experienced. Long live Historic Ethiopia.

Families bury victims as #Tanzania ferry disaster toll passes 225

Africa-Times: Burials started Sunday of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s State broadcaster said Sunday.

The bodies of 172 people who died in the boat tragedy have been identified, Tanzania’s Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Isack Kamwelwe said. The bodies of 37 others have not been identified, he told the broadcaster.

On Saturday rescuers found a survivor two days after the tragedy. The man was identified as an engineer of the ferry who had locked himself in the engine room. Video footage showed the man, barefoot and head lolling, being carried quickly along a busy street by medical workers and military personnel as a siren wailed. His condition was not immediately known.

No further survivors were likely to be found and search efforts had ended, Defense Minister Venance Mabeyo told reporters at the scene. He said officials would continue working to identify the dead. However, the total number of deaths may never be known as no one is sure how many people were on the overcrowded ferry, which officials said had a capacity of 101.

The boat tipped over as people returning from a busy market day with their goods prepared to disembark, while horrified fishermen and others watched.

At least 40 people were rescued, officials said.

President John Magufuli has ordered the arrests of those responsible. He said the ferry captain already had been detained after leaving the steering to someone who wasn’t properly trained, The Citizen newspaper reported.

“This is a great disaster for our nation,” Magufuli told the nation in a televised address, announcing four days of national mourning

Ethiopia bloodshed at least 88 were killed

Africa Times: At least 88 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead.

Another source involved in the investigation, who saw and counted the corpses, told AFP a total of 88 people had been killed, mostly in the city’s western suburbs.

“The 65 cases are from Burayu, Ashewa Meda, Kolfe and Kirkos,” said the source on condition of anonymity, referring to three western areas and one in the centre.

The victims were either stabbed or died after being beaten with sticks and rocks. None had been shot and the toll does not include five alleged looters killed by police on Monday.

Fisseha Tekle, a Nairobi-based researcher with Amnesty International, said he had compiled a similar tally of 58 dead.

Residents told Amnesty International they saw “eight dead bodies on Friday, 21 on Saturday, on Sunday they saw about 11 people and on Monday the number of dead bodies they’ve seen were 18,” Fisseha said.

Government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The violence began last week in the run-up to Saturday’s return of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front, a rebel group that returned to Ethiopia following political reforms introduced by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

It is time for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to resign from power now

Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali should resign from power right away because he is not fit to lead Ethiopia

Africa times: Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali should resign from power right away because he is not fit to lead Ethiopia. In less than six months Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed turned Ethiopia to a failed state. All mega projects like the GERD are stopped since he came to power.

Ethiopia is in danger of disintegration more than any time in its history because the prime minister lacks strategic thinking and he is working for foreign powers not for the Ethiopian people. Abiy Ahmed is not an honest leader he is hiding his true intentions for the country. He is secretly working with Gedu Andargachew and Demeke Mekonnen to destroy the federal system, and bring back the imperial system back to Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is showing signs of becoming the worst dictator ever seen in Ethiopia. The recent ugly events around and inside Addis Ababa are most likely the works of his team as a precursor for declaring state of emergency and eventually establish a military rule

The true character of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed comes out as pressure mounts from instability in Ethiopia

The naive prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali is running out of time and he is rejected by the population of the whole country.

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The young naive new Ethiopian prime minister miscalculated to pick a fight with the Tigrai people and the Tigria state government. Barely four months to his administration he seems lost and does not know what to do about the growing conflicts in Ethiopia.

Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed Ali is trying to attach himself to famous terrorist, civil activists, or well known personalities because he lacks self confidence on himself. He is desperately trying to become a King of Ethiopia to fulfill the wish of his mother at any cost. That is why he does not have a clear national agenda and he has abandoned the EPRDF policy and principles.

If you watch him carefully Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed Ali is getting more angry when he speaks. The charm and smile has been replaced by anger and frown. God forgive us, but when people like this get bad, they really become worst because every opposition they encounter is obstacle to their goal, in this case becoming a real King of Ethiopia which is impossible without a blood and not to mention out of time.

Tigrai Online will bit Abiy Ahmed will declare a State of Emergency or he will follow his predecessors and resign.

The Tigrai people and the Tigrai state government are not banging, Dawud Ibsa Ayana and his Oromo Liberation Front are sweeping Western Oromia and the rest of the country is up on flames.

Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region

ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region

Afrika-times According to a news report by Bloomberg published today the Ogaden National Liberation Front, ONLF will demand a referendum on self-determination for Somali region. Bloomberg quoted ONLF foreign secretary Ahmed Yassin Abdi as saying

We want to achieve self-determination recognized by international law under the current Ethiopian constitution,” Ahmed Yassin Abdi, the ONLF’s foreign secretary, said by phone from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. “We want our people to have a right to decide.” He said his group has no preconditions for the talks. The region’s new president expressed support for greater autonomy.

The Somali regional state has been in a great turmoil since the federal government illegally removed the president of the state from power and arrested him. There was no due process for removing the president and other other high state officials. Sure there has been trouble in the region in connection with border issues with other states, but not worst than what happened in the regional state of Amhara when they uprooted thousands of Tigrai origin civilians from their houses and business and many lost their lives killed by armed thugs.

Here is the url for the Bloomberg article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-16/rebels-in-gas-rich-east-ethiopia-to-seek-self-determination-vote

The killing field: Extraordinary images of Al-Shabaab’s Somali stadium of death

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The gunmen were determined to drain every last drop of blood for the land they were being forced to cede in the heart of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

There had already been months of fighting in the surrounding streets as African Union (AU) troops, deployed to bring peace to this most blighted of cities, advanced street by street.

Gunfights at the time had raged for days across narrow alleyways. On one side were soldiers from the Ugandan army, sent as the main component of the AU force. On the other, followers of al-Shabaab, the extremist al-Qa’ida-linked body that had sought to enforce its hard-line interpretation of Islamic law on the city.

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One of their final bastions was Mogadishu stadium, once the centre for Somalia’s national football team. Even when all the surrounding streets in the district had been cleared, the militiamen holed up there refused to surrender – requiring the soldiers to clear it one corridor and one stand at a time.

The devastation this battle caused can be seen in every bullet hole that peppers the structure. At its entrance way, gaping holes mark where shells had struck.

Even after the stadium was cleared, there had been one last shocking surprise. As African Union troops celebrated their victory and wandered inside, there was a gunshot and a soldier fell, shot between the eyes. An al-Shabaab fighter had hidden in a ventilation shaft to secure one last victim.

Qatari Tribes writes to Human Rights Commissioner on Violation of Human Rights

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Qatar comes under scrutiny when the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights received a letter on Monday regarding discrimination from the Qatari Regime. The tribe is not just a small group but rather a well known, powerful and large tribe residing in Qatar.

The Al Ghurfan tribe filed an official complaint to the Arab Federation For Human Rights and requested the federation to refer the complaint to UN Human Rights council about the violations committed by the Qatar regime against its very own members.

The tribe then approached the UN to charge the Qatari Authorities with Human Rights violation because they have been subject to torture, racial discrimination, treated as prisoners, put to death and even denied of their rights to Qatari citizenship and denied to return their homeland when they travelled outside.

The tribe ( Al Ghurfan clan ) have substantial proof of such arbitrary acts to more than 54 members of their tribes. The members of the clan claimed they started facing such treatment ever since they opposed the Qatari regime’s destabilising policies and in relation to the dispute between Qatar’s neighbouring states. They estimate this behaviour from the Qatari authorities to

Qatari authorities had revoked citizenship of another tribe called the Al Murrah tribe, while 6000 members of Al Ghurfan were forcibly displaced, confiscated properties, called for systematic persecution against all clans that belonged to larger tribes such as senior members of the Shaml al-Hawajer tribe and famous poet Mohammed al-Marri belonging to the al-Murrah tribe, majority of the members were deprived of national rights.

The delegation that is representing the tribe has said “Through your unique mandate to promote and protect human rights, we ask your esteemed commission to see and stand up to the suffering of our citizens who have been deprived of their citizenship in Qatar and to the crimes committed against them and to alleviate the conditions and suffering of our displaced people in the villages and deserts of border areas in neighboring countries”

Support from neighbours

Hearing the case of the Al Ghorfan Clan, EOHR also known as the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights announced solidarity in regards to their case and said that the Al Ghorfan tribe makes up about 40 percent of the people of Qatar and are indigenous to the country.

EOHR stated that they believe in universality of human rights principles and need to establish and maintain those rights in the Arab region. With the country’s support they addressed the letter to United Nations High Commissioner the President of the Arab Federation informed the commission to protect the members of the tribes and pursued to restore their lost rights and punish the Qatari regime for the misconduct with their own citizens.

The Tribe received support from the World Aid Organization in New York when they adopted their case and declared their solidarity with the tribe;s case.

The World Aid Organization collectively sought to raise the awareness of the international community and shoulder the tribe with humanitarian support and that it will follow up with them on the status .

The Head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, Hafez Abu Seada “The Egyptian Organization calls upon the High Commissioner for Human Rights, her excellency Mrs. Michel Bachelet, to open an extensive investigation into this tragedy. EOHR also calls upon Mrs. Bachelet to assist it in its efforts to restore the rights of the clan of Al Ghofran as indigenous inhabitants who have been robbed of their nationalities and forcefully displaced enmasse for political reasons, in violation of all international human rights instruments. Finally EOHR expresses its readiness to provide any documents or evidence that the honorable Commission may need in any of the efforts we hope it will take to stop the suffering of the people of forgiveness.”

Dating back to 2017…

The matter on deprivation of unfair detention and unscrupulous behaviours towards tribes was the agenda of the conference held by Qataris that were exiled in London, September. At that time the tribe called on the United Nations Commissioner’s Office and tried to regain their rights.

The tribe described their ordeals to the High Commission and requested them to stand up against the suffering of the citizens who were denied the right to their own homeland and that they would alleviate the conditions of suffering and help them regain their displaced villages.

The requested the council to not only resolve the matter at hand but also create a path where people of the clan did not fear the government and tolerate oppression in silence to protect their parents, relatives back home in Qatar.

The tribe at that time also said the National Human Rights Commission of Qatar was doing more harm then good and becoming an obstacle in receiving justice as the commission of Qatar mostly covers up evidence and spreads false information

 

 

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