Ethiopian Ruler Deposed; Haile Selassie Now Regent for Empress Zewditu
The Empress Zewditu and a priest.
September 27 1916, Addis Ababa–Neutral countries the world over had been appealed to by both sides of the conflict. In Africa, Ethiopia, one of the two remaining independent countries (along with Liberia) had been especially courted by the Central Powers, in hopes Ethiopia could attack the surrounding European colonies in Somalia and Sudan. The reigning (though uncrowned) Emperor, Iyasu V, was thought to be receptive to an alliance with Turkey, even going so far as acknowledging the Ottoman Sultan as Caliph and spiritual head of his Muslim subjects. Whether Iyasu considered himself a Muslim is unclear, but both sides had an interest in doing so–the Central Powers to strengthen his ties to Turkey, and the Allies to spread fear among his Christian subjects.
The latter approach worked, and on September 27 Iyasu, while visiting a Muslim section of the country, was deposed and excommunicated by the Christian nobility and church. His aunt Zewditu was crowned Empress in his place, though she was not allowed to wield power. Ras Tafari Makonnen served as regent, and was eventually crowned as Emperor Haile Selassie in his own right in 1930. Iyasu raised an army to try to restore himself to power, but several attempts over the next few years failed until he was ultimately captured.
Deadly Mali hotel attack: ‘They were shooting at anything that moved’
(CNN)Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.
The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said.
They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said.
By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.
At least 19 people were killed in the attack, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the nation.
Interesting to see how the media seemed to pay a little more attention than usual on this attack, but not because some Malians were either killed or injured. It was because one of the first Mali attack victim was an American and also some foreigners were either killed or held hostage.
Please pray for Mali and and not just for one life that was lost, but for all the lives that were lost in such a horrendous attack! This is our Africa. Please repost, reblog, post, and let your voices be heard.
When he crossed the Olympics marathon finish line, Feyisa Lilesa put his hands above his head in an “X.” Most of those who watched Lilesa’s spectacular silver medal performance didn’t know what that meant — or just how dangerous a protest they were watching.
Lilesa was protesting the Ethiopian government’s killing of hundreds of the country’s Oromo people — an ethnic majority that has long complained about being marginalized by the country’s government. The group has held protests this year over plans to reallocate Oromo land. Many of those protests ended in bloodshed. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 400 people have been killed since November.
For months, the Oromo have been using the same “X” gesture that Lilesa, 26, used at the finish line.
At a news conference following the race, he reiterated his defiant message.
“The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe,” Lilesa said. “My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.”
It was a remarkable turn of events — within seconds, Lilesa had gone from a national hero to a man who might not be able to return to his home country. In addition to those killed, many Oromo protesters are currently languishing in prison.
In Ethiopia, the state broadcaster did not air a replay of the finish.
Lilesa was conscious of the danger. He immediately suggested that he might have to move somewhere else.
“If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country,” he said.
It wasn’t the first time an Ethiopian athlete had considered defecting after competition. In 2014, four of the country’s runners applied for asylum in the United States after disappearing from the international junior track championships in Eugene, Ore.
The plight of the Oromo and the Ethiopian government’s use of force against civilians have received some attention recently, but nothing as prominent as Lilesa’s defiance. Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said that it was “deeply concerned” about the most recent killing of protesters. But likely because Ethiopia remains a U.S. ally in the fight against Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab, American officials have been reluctant to offer any further condemnation.
Oromo dissidents, particularly those outside Ethiopia, have been active on social media about their cause. As soon as Lilesa crossed the finish line, tweets and Facebook posts went up with pictures of their new folk hero. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing nations, and it seen by many as a model of economic potential. The government has played down the protests, saying earlier this month that “the attempted demonstrations were orchestrated by foreign enemies from near and far in partnership with local forces.”
Lilesa has been racing internationally for Ethiopia for more than eight years, and holds one of the world’s fastest ever marathon times: 2:04:52.
Charges dropped against driver in crash that killed 20-year-old:
According to police, the driver of the Cadillac, which was traveling southbound on MD 202, lost control and crossed the center line directly into the path of the oncoming Nissan.The driver of the Nissan, identified as 20-year-old Adedire Olanrewaju Ososanya of Upper Marlboro, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Calero, the driver, also the son of a state senate, was initially charged with DUI and reckless driving, but prosecutors dropped the charges, pending a complete investigation.
Please sign the petition in order to get justice for Adedire here:
“Adedire Olarewaju Ososanya a rising star of his generation and a 3rd year student of Morgan State University was killed in a cold blood car crash on Thursday December 17, 2015 by a hardened and a repeated drunk driver in Largo Maryland. The offender has multiple traffic and criminal records. The alleged drunk driver is James Scott Calero, son of a state senate. James Calero is from Bowie Maryland. WE WANT JUSTICE FOR ADEDIRE PERIOD.”
Nobody is above the law. Ososanya was just 20-years-old. He was a promising young business student at Morgan State University. No mother should have to bury her child! Please sign the petition, it only takes a few seconds. This is our African brother.