Category: Analysis-and-Viewpoint

Ethiopia: Time for Radical Improvements

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al mariam

It is time to bury the hatchet and move forward in Ethiopia! Nelson Mandela taught that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” I would add that your enemy also becomes your friend and your ally. Historically, when warring nations of Native Americans made peace with each other, they would bury their axes (hatchets) into the ground as a symbolic expression of the end of hostilities. I say today is the perfect time for all Ethiopians to bury the hatchet of ethnic division, religious sectarianism, regional conflict and human rights violations. It is the perfect time to shake hands, embrace each other and get our noses to the grindstone to build a new democratic Ethiopia where the rule of law is upheld and human rights and democratic institutions respected. Read more →

A Farewell to Meles Zenawi

Written  By Prof. Alemayehu G Mariam;

For over two hundred seventy five weeks, without missing a single week, I have written long expository commentaries on the deeds and misdeeds of the man who has been at the helm of power in Ethiopia for over two decades. Meles Zenawi has now passed on. The cause of his death remains a closely guarded state secret.

There is little I can say about what Meles has done or not done in death that I have not said in life. But his death saddens me, because as John Donne said, “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind. Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.” As a committed human rights advocate, even the death of a tyrant diminishes me because I am involved in the cause of  humanity– justice, fairness, equality, dignity, benevolence, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, integrity and magnanimity. Read more →

ለቅሶ በግዴታ!

(የጎንደር ዩኒቨርስቲ እና የወላይታ ህዝብ ሃዘን እንዲወጣ የተጠራባቸውን ደብዳቤዎች ይዘናል)

የንጉሥ ለቅሶ – በወላይታ።

(ኢ.ኤም.ኤፍ) የቀድሞውን ጠቅላይ ሚንስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ለቅሶ አስመልክቶ፤ በቅርቡ ተከታታይ ዘገባዎች ሲቀርቡ ነበር። ከነዚህም መካከል፤ በመንደር ውስጥ የሚገኙ እድሮች ሳይቀሩ ህዝቡ በግድ ለቅሶ እንዲወጣ ሲደረግ ነበር። በ እስር ላይ የሚገኙ ታራሚዎች እና የጎዳና ተዳዳሪዎች ጭምር ሃዘናቸውን ገልጸዋል። ይህንንም አስመልክቶ አቶ በረከት ስምኦን በተለይ የጎዳና ተዳዳሪዎችን ማመስገናቸው የሚታወስ ነው። በተለይም የጎዳና ተዳዳሪዎችም ሆኑ በዝቅተኛ የኑሮ ደረጃ ላይ የሚገኙ ሰዎች፤ የሚያለቅሱት ላለፉት 21 አመታት በኑሮ ውድነት ምክንያት ህይወታቸው እያሽቆለቆለ በመምጣቱ ይሁን የጠቅላይ ሚንስትሩ ሞት በርግጥ አዝነው በውል አልለየም። Read more →
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