Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan human rights activist and photojournalist. Some call him a daredevil for mustering the guts to boo a sitting president.
He says his life motto is “Live my life to make a difference”. He uses his camera to tell distinct stories about police brutality, poverty, unfairness and injustice that happen in his homeland, Kenya. Inspiring a young generation of Kenyans, he uses any means to fight the unjust system including taking pigs to Parliament to symbolize MPs’ greed. Spiritedly, he ridicules MPs, arguing that they live in luxury while many people die of hunger and live in destitution. Continue Reading
July 30, 2013 | By Bakalcho Barii*
Over one point five millions South Sudanese died in the long and protracted civil war with their Northern Arab rulers and millions more were displaced and made refugee around the globe before they finally freed themselves as an independent nation in July of 2011, and stood tall among the one hundred and ninety six independent nations of the world. Continue Reading
July 29, 2013 | VOA
ADDIS ABABA — It has been almost one year since Hailemariam Desalegn came to power in Ethiopia, following the death of his predecessor Meles Zenawi. Despite recent demonstrations and a cabinet shuffle, little seems to have changed in the East African country.
After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death was announced last year, on the morning of August 21st. The passing of the longtime ruler made way for his deputy Hailemariam Desalegn, to lead the second most populous nation on the African continent. Continue Reading
July 28, 2013 | By Kadiro Elemo
I was one of the loyal readers of the Nazret.com for I like its lively comments, which are full of conspiracies, suspicious, sarcasm, humor, and which are in a way reflective of reality of the Ethiopian politics. These days, I visit the website sporadically after it developed strong tone of Ityopiyawinnat recently, and it imposed a blanket sanction on the viewpoints of Oromos. For instance, the website did not post most or all recent issues dealing with the Oromo people in Ethiopia on the Aljazeera including an article “The Oromo and the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa” written by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and Frankie Martin of the American University. Their piece became an issue only after a certain Dula Abdu wrote a piece about it, “Anti-Ethiopia article from American University Faculty and Al Jazeera.” Technically, Nazret readers are informed about “The Oromo and the War on Terror in the Horn of Africa” through the piece and the vantage point of Mr. Dula Abdu. A Nazret approach does not enhance a constructive debate on the future of Ethiopian among various actors and stakeholders. In fact, whether we like it, or not, the future of Ethiopia belongs to all Ethiopians, those who consider themselves Ethiopia First or Oromo First or whatever first. We have to hear all viewpoints, including ones we agree and disagree with, ones we like or dislike, and ones we praise or castigate. The era of paternalism, we know what is good or bad for all Ethiopians, is over. Continue Reading
De Birhan | July 26, 2013
semelSemehal Meles Zenawi, the daughter of the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, has deposited $5 billion in one of the banks in New York, said Dr. Wondimu Mekonnen, an academic and opposition figure, during a recent presentation at the House of Commons in the U.K. The date on the cheque that Wondimu distributed reads the money was lodged on October, 2011.
Wondimu also showed and distributed the copy to the members of the House who attended his presentation. Continue Reading