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The matter of Oromo Liberation --II--Dhimma Bilisummaa Oromoo

By Ibsaa Guutama
February 2017
The matter of Oromo Liberation
Seriousness of the Oromo in demanding for their independence has started to be felt by all that have interest in and hatred for independent Oromiyaa. As a result, scared internal and external forces are rushing to extinguish the fire of freedom. For them independent Oromiyaa means losing the opportunity to, plunder more, cheap and productive labor force as well as their best fighting machine. Against all odds Oromo revolution has raised political awareness of the colonized people to a level of no return to slumber. [More]

Oromia’s moment of truth: The Greatest Oromo generation and the Oromia Flag

By Leenjiso Horo, February, 2017

Now, it is time for the Qubee generation to take up the torch of struggle that commenced with the great Oromo generation of the 1960s. The ultimate aim of the Oromo struggle is and has been for total political independence. For this, many forms of strategy and tactics have been used. In this struggle, a partial victory has already been won by the generation of the 1960s. The Oromo unity is achieve; Oromia is put on the map, Oromo are known to the world community, the Oromo flag is made a realty, Qubee has been created, the new Qubee generation is born, and Oromo language has become a working language. Now, it is for the Oromo Qubee generation to raise the struggle to higher level to achieve full victory. For this, it is time for this generation to engage in armed liberation struggle. [More]

The Tigrayan fascist regime’s genocidal war against the Oromo people

By Leenjiso Horo, Januaray 2017

The Tigrayan fascist regime has undertaken open and hidden total genocidal war against the Oromo men, women, and children. It has been carrying out systematic, methodical, pre-planned, and centrally-organized genocidal mass massacre against the Oromo men, women and children. Our people have been and are facing the cruelest and barbarous fascist regime since 1991. It has particularly targeted women, youths and children. The purpose is to deny to Oromo, their future generation so as to reduce the population of Oromo to a minority. It has already put its plan of action to erase the Oromo people through genocide. [More]

A PROPOSAL ON THE CONSOLIDATION OF OROMO SUPPORT

By: Koree Tokkummaa
29 December 2016

Over three months ago, a lady came up with an initiative on "#Oromo Protests Support Group" to go beyond mere exchange of information and urged the participants to organize a teleconference for a deliberation on what concrete measures need to be taken in support of the victims of tyranny in Oromia. Three participants volunteered to prepare a proposal and schedule a teleconference call. [More]

Ethnic tensions could see Ethiopia descending into civil war: State of emergency restores calm but fissures remain in fragile federation

Source: The Irish Times
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/ethnic-tensions-could-see-ethiop

Opinions about where Ethiopia is heading cover a range of scenarios. It is feasible that a renewed uprising could prove successful, or its attendant pressures result in the internal disintegration of the EPRDF. Both appear unlikely, however, certainly in the short-term. Honed by decades of experience fending off rebellions, Ethiopia’s security apparatus is ruthlessly effective – hence the apparent success of the state of emergency. If judged necessary, an even more blistering government crackdown can’t be ruled out. [More]

OLF announces the election of Galasa Dilbo as its leader

Source: www.oromoliberationfront.net
Galasa Dilbo is recognized all across Oromia, for his selfless dedication to the freedom of his people. He has a proven track record of leadership skills and utilizing participatory leadership style. He has the vision to win the trust of the great Oromo nation and lead our organization to victory in the struggle for liberation of Oromia.

The newly elected leadership team also includes, elected Deputy Chairman Mulugeta Mosisa, who is equally experienced, dedicated and capable leader, and other able leaders are also elected to other key positions.

The OLF Central Committee has thoroughly assessed the many challenges our liberation struggle has to overcome, including urgent need for strengthening the unity of purpose among Oromo political organizations, and mustering Oromo resources in order to halt and finally end the TPLF’s reign of terror and its colonial occupation. [More]

Legal Analysis of Ethiopia’s State of Emergency

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
OCTOBER 30, 2016
Human Rights Watch takes the position that for as long as the state of emergency is lawfully in place, all provisions of the directive inconsistent with the derogation provisions of the ICCPR should promptly be repealed or revised. Ethiopia should also recognize that it remains obligated to uphold all articles of the African Charter, which has no derogation provisions. Individuals arbitrarily detained under the provisions or otherwise subject to violations of their human rights should receive redress, including prompt release and appropriate compensation. [More]

That Fateful Day, October 18, 1986||Guyyaattii Bala’amtuu Sana, Onkololessa 18, 1986

By Ibsaa Guutama
October 2016
What was to be heard and done on October 18, 1986 was the worst of all experiences in prison for Oromo political prisoners.All the mentioned comrades wereslaughtered. In addition there were political prisoners brought from Karchallee, affiliated to EPRP, EPLF, TPLF and Jehovah Witness who had been under detention from 6-9 years that met the same fate as the four Oromo comrades. From Maa’ikalaawii prisoners, out of the eighteen fourOromo nationalists,Muhee Abdoo Abbaa Duulaa, Gazaahiny K. Jaarraa, Kabbada Damissee, and Lieutenant Yiggazuu Waaqee were included. Most Oromo prisoners were imprisoned starting December 1979. They were all never given court hearing, they were also never charged except the sufferings they received in torture rooms. [More]

What We Had, What was Taken from Us, What We Will Reclaim: The Oromo Irreecha Festival Revisited and Reinterpreted

By Professor Mekuria Bulcha

Lately, the Irreecha tradition has also caught the attention of the United Nations Economic and Scientific Commission (UNESCO). Last year, UNESCO’s representative in Ethiopia Mr. Alpha Wright visited the Lake Arsadee festival told millions of Oromos and others that Irreecha is an important landmark in the history of mankind and that it will be soon registered as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Article 2, of the UNESCO Convention of 2003 defines “Intangible cultural heritage” as “the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects and cultural spaces associated therewith - that communities, groups, and in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.”[4] [More]

An Independent Oromia is Inevitable

By Gumaa Guddaa

Oromia was forcefully annexed to a neighboring country called Abyssinia at the end of the 19th century during the scramble for Africa. It was once an independent sovereign nation which has, since the annexation, been occupied by foreign powers and inevitably needs to regain its freedom. [More]

Dhudhaa Malbulcha Oromoo fi Sodaa Halagaa Hambisuu

Ibsaa Guutama

Akeeki qabsoo Oromoo empayericha diiguu dha. Garu sun dhuma Itophiyaa taha jechuun waan kolfaatii. Itophiyaa kan dhabamsiisu walabummaa kolonootaa utuu hin tahin yoo kanneen durumaanuu maqicha guddifatan, Habashaan ittiin of waamuu dhiisani. Jalqabumaayyuu yoo guddifatan, Oromiyaan isaan jala hin turree. Itophiyaa tursuunis dhabamsiisuunis dantaa saaniitii. Haa tahu malee sun Oromoo hin laalu. Kan Oromoo ilaalu empayera ofirraa fonqolchuu dha. [More]

Oromo Political Tradition and Ending Aliens Fears

By Ibsaa Guutama

For many years diplomats had been asking “Do the Oromo know what they want”. The Oromo know what they want, but their messengers lying abroad had been equivocal and communicated in the way they understood body language of their clients rather than delivering what their people desired. The diplomats were thus right; those they meet were pretending to represent their people while working against it in cahoots with adversaries. That is why they are shy or in denial to talk about “independence” to the face of the enemy while their people are openly calling for it. [More]