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The Role of the Diaspora Politicians as Organisers of Defeat

I am not trying to be holier than holly. I am part of the Diaspora and I have no plan of packing and going home for a “fight” or for good. So I am at liberty to have a laugh at our contributions towards the struggle with the sole purpose of helping my colleagues understand the inherent problems of the Diaspora. I hope this discussion will help to put the Diaspora activity on pragmatic footings. Perception of the Diaspora As many of our compatriots agree, we all had unrealistic and high expectation of the Diaspora when we were in Ethiopia.…

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THE ROLE OF THE DIASPORA IN ETHIOPIAN POLITICS

By Asefa Tola | March 10, 2007 Over the last few decades, the role played by Ethiopians in the Diaspora has a profound effect on the internal politics of our country. From introducing various kinds of political philosophies and ideologies, to organizing and leading political parties, establishing Liberation Fronts, the Diaspora has stamped some positive but mostly negative inputs on the political map of Ethiopia. The contribution of the Ethiopian Diaspora in bringing about positive changes to the political framework of our country and in improving the living standards of our people has been disastrous. If we are to measure…

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Comments on Dr Yakob’s Letter from Prison Regarding TPLF’s Justice System

By Bekele Habte I have a great respect for all Ethiopia’s heroes and heroines who are languishing in TPLF’s dungeons on trumped up charges and those who sacrificed their irreplaceable life for the betterment of Ethiopia. It is clear that they committed no crime what so ever. Their only crime is their stand for what they believed in. We all know why they are paying the ultimate sacrifice and they will always have a very special place in the people’s hearts and minds. It was with this in mind that I started reading Dr Yakob’s letter from Kaliti prison. I…

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The Army in Somalia: Is it TPLF’s or Ethiopian Army?

In particular, after the outrageous June and Nov/05 massacre of innocent civilians by Meles’ Agazzi Force, it becomes an undisputed fact that, not only ordinary foot soldiers but also so many high-ranking Army Generals and Officers are defecting from being suspended, held incommunicado and killed by Meles’ dictatorial regime. Mind you, in TPLF’s era, such degree of overt discontent by the Army is unheard of before. Put simply, the Army is being unsettled and shaken to its root. The question we need to ask ourselves is that: what is the real cause of the Army’s dissatisfaction? Why the defection? Why…

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Why it has to be a choice of the lesser of two evils

In the seventies, it was a choice between various shade of revolutionary dictators, in the eighties and nineties, it was a choice between a brutal dictator and ethnic warlords. Now we are facing a choice between psychopathic dictator and fanatic Sheikh. The situation gets complicated as some say “we can avoid making choices by doing nothing” but what they do not know is that it is a big decision by itself. So, in one way or another decision has to be made or some one will impose on us. But as some one said “choosing the lesser of two evils…

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Is there a case to renegotiate AFD? Part 2

multi-ethnic Ethiopian Nationalism; a new era of Pan-Ethiopianism! As a multi-ethnic party that transcends ethnicism and ethnic politics, CUDP won most of the seats contested and outshined all the other parties including UEDF. It is to be remembered that Dr Merera’s and Dr Beyene’s ethnic-based parties represented UEDF in Ethiopia, which in effect gave good reasons for pan-Ethiopians to elect CUDP. Let me refresh your mind by taking you back to the election time. It is public knowledge that no ethnic-based party could join the CUDP. Only multi-ethnic parties could join CUDP. CUDP essentially perceives Ethiopia’s problem as poverty, lack…

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Is there a case to renegotiate AFD? Part 1

Before I go any further, however, let me make my stand very clear from the outset. First, in principle and to the extent possible, an all-inclusive and the widest possible opposition alliance against the incumbent TPLF’s regime is a necessity. There can be no illusion on it. Opposition political parties do desperately need to pull their meagre resources together to get rid of the TPLF from power. We know from experience that no single party alone is currently capable of removing TPLF. The opposition forces uncoordinated and scattered struggle is not going to get us anywhere. In light of this,…

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No “unnecessary measures” after border ruling, gov’t says

ADDIS ABABA, 5 April 2002 (IRIN) - The Ethiopian government has pledged not to take any "unnecessary measures" that could lead to further conflict with Eritrea after a ruling on their common border is announced next week. "Ethiopians will not take unnecessary measures that could lead the country to an endless conflict and bloodshed," a statement by the information ministry said on Thursday. "The Ethiopian people should take a balanced decision on every national issue that can defend the interests of the country in a sustainable manner." An independent Boundary Commission in The Hague is due to announce its decision…

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EDP Collecting Petitions

Addis Tribune, Addis Ababa - The Ethiopian's Democratic Party (EDP) is collecting petitions to be submitted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Secretary-General of EDP, Ato Lidetu Aytalew told Addis Tribune that they are collecting the 100, 000 signatures from the residents of Addis to file the disapproval of the people to the Algiers agreement signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea. He said the Agreement was made without the consent of the peoples of Ethiopia and does not reflect the country's interest. Lidetu said the petition is also meant to oppose the ruling by the Border Commission in The…

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