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Endalkachew Chala

Dr. Endalkachew Chala is an assistant professor of Communication Studies who has written on the intersection of technology, international communication and storytelling. His early scholarly work includes Play Station Video Games amongst Ethiopian Children: Digital Playing: An Investigation into Popularity of Play Station Video Games amongst Ethiopian Children in Addis Ababa. In addition to his research about digital media, Dr. Chala is a scholar who specializes in non-profit public relations and the way social movements framed in media. While his geographical area of expertise is Horn of Africa with primary focus on Ethiopia, he also looks at, weaves in, and analyzes political, technological and economic connections highlighting the longstanding connection of Ethiopia to other countries in Africa as well as to Ethiopian diaspora.

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Latest posts by Endalkachew Chala

The Fraught Relationship Between Ethiopia's Capital City and Largest State

A bill seeks to redress historical injustices inflicted on the Oromo people since the establishment of the capital Addis Ababa inside their state. Does it go far enough? Too far?

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

In Ethiopia, Authorities’ Reshuffling of the Oromo Language Alphabet Touches a Nerve

"This is yet another fraud perpetrated on the Oromo people and it must be rejected."

Ethiopia Imposes Nationwide Internet Blackout

This blackout is broader in scope and scale than past ones, effectively eliminating Ethiopia from the map of the global Internet.

Ethiopian Protester Sentenced to Six Years Behind Bars for Facebook Posts

The 30-year-old activist has been an outspoken opponent of government’s violent response to the popular protest movement. And he is not alone.

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

Ethiopia’s Cholera-Denying Candidate to Lead the World's Top Health Body Is Taking a Battering Online

"I fear that the WHO’s reputation will be tarnished and credibility questioned if it elects Dr. Tedros Adhanom."

As WHO Director-General Election Nears, Ethiopia’s Candidate Is Accused of Cholera Cover-Ups

"Finally! The @NYTimes calls out @WHO DG candidate @DrTedros for covering up cholera epidemic using the euphemism of Acute Water Diarrhea."

Everybody Is Hailing Billboard-Topping Musician Teddy Afro, Except Ethiopian State Media

State broadcaster EBC failed to air an eagerly awaited interview with a beloved artist known for his political independence.

Singer Teddy Afro's New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

Known as the Bob Marley of Ethiopia, some claim that Teddy Afro’s songs represent a defeated ideology -- but his albums are generating record sales.

For Opponents, WHO Director General Nominee Tedros Adhanom Represents Ethiopia's Repressive Government

Ethiopians who feel marginalized by their country's government are campaigning hard against him online.

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

Ethiopia's Human Rights Commission Admits Protesters Were Killed, but Shifts Blame Away From Government

“God Save Us from Subservient Human Right Commission that intimidates the public”

More Than a Century Later, Ethiopians Are Still Debating Their Victory Against Italian Colonialism

The Battle of Adwa is part of the foundation of Ethiopian history, and that significance to the country's national identity also makes it one of the country's most contested memories.

Ethiopian Authorities Arrest Zone9 Blogger Befeqadu Hailu Citing ‘State of Emergency’

Hailu was told that his arrest was prompted by the interview he gave for Voice of America's Amharic Service about Ethiopia's state of emergency.

Ethiopia's Candidate to Lead the World Health Organization Contracts Foot-in-Mouth Disease

Ethiopia's candidate for Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, shocked many observers when he displayed a complete lack of knowledge about global health strategies during a recent forum.

Ethiopia's Regime Faces Precarious Times as Diaspora Plans for the Future

As protests gradually eat away at Ethiopia’s basic political and economic structures, the regime appears to be unsteady like never before.

Ethiopian Authorities Shut Down Mobile Internet and Major Social Media Sites

Those close to the situation fear this may be the beginning of a dangerous new phase after 12 months of protests.

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