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Thomas University School of Law. He regularly alludes not just to the need for Christians and Muslims to focus on commonalities but calls for unity in many specific respects. Moses, the protagonist, is portrayed an activist who fought for human rights and especially the freedom of religion, a right which is so fundamental that even God does not violate it.

Despite the false accusations, heinous propaganda and brutal crackdown, we were unwavering in demonstrating to the nation and the world how people is power and how a neglected community can stand up when cornered and stifled.

The second ground-breaking aspect of the book is that it may also be the first attempt at cross-religious discourse in Ethiopia. After describing what pharaonic regimes are, and closely following the story of Moses and Pharaoh, the author then describes how and why pharaonic regimes persist and how they can be successfully resisted.

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Moses also embodies the characteristics of what a great liberation leader should be like — he was patient and persistent, he was polite and honest, and while he was brave in the face of threats he was also a humble man who understood his weaknesses. Before I left home, I asked my wife to see how I look and remember what I wore if in case I was not coming back. The megaphones that deafened the people with their undeterred terror are now amplifying the voices of the persecuted.

In this process, and to his surprise, he found the story of Pharaoh and Moses to be freshly insightful and relevant to his condition. He emphasizes that the separation of religion and state is critical for a multi-religious society such as Ethiopia and that no one group should use state power to oppress or discriminate against others.


A source of peril or prosperity for the Somali Region? The capital city then erupted with Azan call for prayer and a huge mass from all corner of the city started marching towards Awolia.

As usual, the police harshly and mercilessly dispersed them. Imagine how the scene would look like: Nobody knows where the instruction was coming, but there was a smooth and astonishing show of unity in devotion and action.

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He sees such communality as his personal ethical obligation ordained by the Quran in addition to being a necessary step which, if not taken, may lead to the disintegration of Ethiopian civil society and state. The author chooses to write in a style typical of Ethiopian political conversation — one that is full of innuendo and allusion, leaving just enough room for deniability while at the same time allowing the reader to grasp the intended meaning.

With this book, the author redeploys the story of Pharaoh and Moses and meticulously sets out his views on the contemporary applicability of its lessons. In the weeks I arrived from abroad the government had already started threatening, torturing and imprisoning protestors. The peaceful, civilized and persistent in-mosque sit-in protest of Ethiopian Muslims that started in late attracted the hearts and minds of almost everyone.

They demanded their constitutional right to be respected. In retaliation, the angry Addis Abeba Muslims occupied the Grand Anwar mosque for the following two days. I sincerely hope wee will be able to close this bitter chapter and move on.

The Grand mosque and its surrounding were literally over flooded with tens of thousands of peace-loving oppressed Muslim Ethiopians. One liberty that gets specific treatment is religious liberty which the author concludes requires a separation of religion and state for its proper jebek.

But no doubt, their full recovery will wait the day Ethiopian Muslims start walking their head held high and enjoy their long-due full rights as citizens. As the Pharaoh-Moses story shows, it is better to keep state power away from religion as it is in the nature of the powerful to jehel religion and use it to achieve their own political ends.


Given the level of anger, I predicted that the protest would not be a silent one.

The book is a pioneering work of Ethiopian literature for two reasons. Without any hesitation, I decided to attend and personally experience for the first time what I had been watching on social media for couple of months.

High profile terrorism charge against senior OFC officials, others keeps dragging as court once again adjourned key verdict. He thus concludes that dictatorships are joint ventures between Pharaohs and their subjects, and it is the responsibility of the people to stop nebel bad behavior if they want to take back the power that is originally theirs.

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Addis Abeba, May 12, — The author wrote the book during his time in prison, where he remains for over four and a half years at the time this review is published. It jevel a real story in a country where kebel, fair-trial, freedom, human rights and dignity are revoked from its vocabulary. Pharaohs become what they are primarily because their subjects let them. Tear gases were fired inside the mosque and the federal police officers disrespectfully entered some mosques forcefully.

Yet, he does not want to banish religion from the hearts and minds of political actors. Legitimacy at home is legitimacy abroad.

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The author describes in great detail how Pharaohs use intricate means of co-option, propaganda and coercion to stay in power and, and in an interesting move, lays most of the responsibility for the existence of pharaonic dictatorships at the feet of their subjects. Original Title in Amharic: A conclusion that underpins the jebl book is its unflinching dislike for dictatorship and its support for liberty and rights.

I was certainly kidding and she was also smiling. Reviewed by Abadir M. But they made it and they made it with an outstanding commitment and remarkable flexibility in strategies. But even in such inhuman onslaught, protesters were peaceful.