በአሳለፍነው አርብ ጁምአ ፍትህ ለሙስሊም ፣ፍትህ ለኮሚቴዎች ፍትህ ለኢስላም በማለት በከፍተኛ ደረጃ ድምጹን ማሰማት የጀመረው ገና ከረፋዱ ነበር … Read the rest of this entry
Creating a United Democratic Ethiopia after Zenawi’s regime -but how, with its diverse ethnic groups?
on May 27, 2012
In the first part of this paper, I will present my analysis of forced unity and its consequences. I will argue that unifying ethnic groups by decree has resulted in institutions that are not suited to achieving cooperative agreements among the various groups. Instead, ethnic groups in Ethiopia lived and continue to live in what I would like to call Prisoner’s Dilemma Situations.
All previous institutional arrangements in Ethiopia have been disappointing. All indicators show
that such institutional arrangements are not suited to harmonize the interests of heterogeneous groups. Thus, in the second part of this paper, I will discuss how to harmonize conflicting interests of various
ethnic groups to create a truly united democratic Ethiopia after the departure of Meles Zenawi’s regime.
Unity by force and its consequences
Many tribal communities existed independently before Menilek II left his kingdom in Northern Shewa to conquer them. These communities frequently consisted of thousands of members or even millions and possessed well-developed cultures and languages and clear tribal consciousness. In the process, without due regard to ethnicity, culture, or even the existing institutions of government, different ethnic groups were united under the kingdom of Menilek II. The various groups did not participate in deciding which other groups to unite with nor did they have an opportunity to agree on the nature of their relationship with these other groups. Read the rest of this entry
April 23, 2012
Blaming the Victim
Last week, dictator Meles Zenawi hectored his rubberstamp parliament in Ethiopia about the forced expulsion (or as some have described it “ethnic cleansing”) of Amharas from southern Ethiopia and zapped his critics for their irresponsibility in reporting and publicizing it. Zenawi denied any expulsion had taken place, but explained that some squatters (he described them as “sefaris from North Gojam”) had to be removed from their homesteads in the south purely out of environmental conservation concerns for the area’s forestlands. In a broadside against organizations “that promote the view that our collective identity is Ethiopianity,” Zenawi harangued: Read the rest of this entry
April 12th, 2012
Oromo Liberation Front, Press Release
The Oromo Liberation front strongly believes that any members of nations, nationalities, and people of Ethiopia have the inalienable rights to live in all parts of Ethiopia without any fear of eviction or expulsion.
The Oromo Liberation front advocates that in Ethiopia, governed by true federal system all Ethiopian citizens have inviolable constitutional rights to live in any federal states in Ethiopia. The Oromo Liberation Front strongly condemns the current eviction of innocent children, women, and elders of Amhara ethnic members from Southern nations, nationalities and peoples’ region by TPLF agents. Read the rest of this entry
April 9, 2012
How prolonged ago was is it given us Ethiopians conspicuous ENOUGH! of TPLF regime’s mixed cruelties amounting to those of a cruel intruder Mussolini? When is a heated loathing for a Amharas, Read the rest of this entry