Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ethiopia produces first military drone aircraft

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

(SUDAN TRIBUNE – ADDIS ABABA) – An Ethiopian military source has told Sudan Tribune that the country has built the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone which could be used for multiple purposes.

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A US military drone (Source: CIA)

After undergoing testing, the locally made drones, have demonstrated their capability of performing a number of militarily and civilian applications, according to the source.

Speaking on condition of anonymity from the country’s air force base in Debrezeit town, a military official told Sudan Tribune that the drones are equipped with onboard sensors, cameras and GPS to carry out cost-effective monitoring activities even across difficult landscapes like the highlands of Ethiopia.

Jihadawi Harekat: Context, Objectives, and Internal Contradictions

By Faysal Qassim

“Authoritarian leaders do repeat their tactics, once as tragedy, second as farce,” a modified version of Marx’s assertion in his article The Eighteenth Brumaire.

On February 5, the regime in Ethiopia released a documentary film entitled “Jihadawi Harakat”, which was wrongly put as “Jihadic Wars”(haraka is movement in Arabic). The documentary is not very different from the long list of multiple propaganda wars the ruling party has been running for several years. In fact, this film is a bit unlucky to have come after so many of its predecessors which were already dissected and eviscerated by many an observer. I think if at all some of its predecessors were a tragedy in some ways, I think this specific documentary will surely be regarded by too many people as a farce.

ጂሃዳዊ እርምጃን በኢትዮጵያ ላይ ያነጣጠሩት ሲጋለጡ

ዳኛቸው ቢያድግልኝ –

ኢትዮጵያና ኢትዮጵያዊነትን ሀገርኛ በሆነ መንገድ ከውስጥ በፈለቁ ጠላቶች ጉልበት የማፈራረስና ከካርታ የማጥፋት ሂደት ሴራ የተፈለገውን ያህል ውጤት ባያመጣም ሀገሪቱን ግን የሁዋልዮሽ እየጎተተ እንደሚገኝ ይታወቃል። ስለምን ብለው እኒሁ የኢትዮጵያ ልጆች እናታቸውን ለመግደል ሀገራቸውን ለማፈራረስ ተነሱ? ፍጻሜያቸውስ ምን ሊሆን ነው? የሚለው ጥያቄ ሁሉንም ሰው የሚያሳስብና የሚገርምም ነው። የፈለገውን ያህል ሚስጥራዊ ስራ ይሰራ፣ ምንም አይነት የጉልበት ጫና ይደረግ የፈለገውን ያህል የገንዘብና የመሳርያ ክምችት ይኑር ለውጥን ለቅጽበት ማገድ እንጂ ማቆም ከቶውኑም አይቻልም። አገር ለማፈራረስ ተነሱ የሚባሉትና ሀገር በማፈራረስ ከበሩ በሚባሉት መካከል ትልቅ ልዩነት አለ። ይልቁንም ኢትዮጵያዊ ሁሉ ቆርጦ ሊታገል የሚገባው ጎጠኛነት መሰረት ያደረገ ጦርነት በኢትዮጵያ ላይ አውጆ ሀገር እያፈረሰ ያለውን የትግራይ ተገንጣይ ድርጅት ‘ጂሃዳዊ’ እርምጃን ሊሆን ይገባል።