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Read more...UDJ claims harassment and arrest of its members

Ethiopian opposition party Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) claims harassment and intimidation in the wake of protests.

Following suit of newly founded opposition group Semayawi or Blue Party, and UDJ staged protests in the northern towns of Dessie and Gondar.

Complicating the Notion of Home: Notes on Kuwee’s ‘Home and Exile’

Read more...by Tsegaye R. Ararssa

(OPride) – Professor Kuwee Kumsa’s 2007 article, ‘Home and Exile’, evoking (and perhaps inspired by) Chinua Achebe’s book with the same title (2000), is extraordinary. It is extraordinary both in its style and in its effect.

Twitter and Facebook access restored after 12-hour blackout

Read more...(OPride) – Social networking giants, Facebook and Twitter, remained inaccessible in Ethiopia without censorship circumvention tools at least for 10 hours starting Thursday afternoon, users said.

‘Are you Oromo first or Ethiopian first?’

Read more...by Awol Allo

The political tsunami caused by Jawar Mohammed’s comment on Al Jazeera’s The Stream — ‘
I am an Oromo first’, and ‘Ethiopia is imposed on me’ — provides us with a unique and revealing insight into the moral parochialism and ethical deadlock that pervades our political imagination.


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