Meles Zenawi

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Indian Ocean Newsletter The general election looming ahead in 2015 is already casting a shadow over the Ethiopian government, whose sole uniting bond would seem to be its praise for the memory of its late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. His portraits are on all the walls in Addis Ababa, which was not th...
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May 12th, 2014
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Daniel Teferra (PhD)* From Julius Nyerere’s Ujamaa to Meles Zenawi’s developmental state, the model of economic development in Africa has not changed much. It is still an anti-market, socialist paradigm. Its main argument is that the task of economic development should be handled by the state rather ...
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May 12th, 2014
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By Alemayehu G Mariam Whether the people of Ethiopia are better off in 2014 than they were in 2010 or in 2005 is the sole question that should be decided in the 2015 parliamentary “election”. If they are not, the people should vote to change diapers. After all, “politicians are like diapers. They bot...
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Apr 29th, 2014
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by Walter Russell Dam the Neighbors On the sandy floor of the Ethiopia’s Guba valley, a few miles from its border with Sudan, dreams are coming true. In this sparsely-populated area, an Italian firm backed by the Ethiopian government is building the Grand Renaissance Dam. It will be the largest hydro...
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Apr 16th, 2014
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by Alem Mamo TPLF/EPRDF’s major bragging source over the last number of years has been its ‘achievements’ in the education sector, particularly in university education. The ruling group constantly brandishes its statics about the ‘expansion’ of higher learning in Ethiopia. What is not included in the...
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Apr 15th, 2014
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By Gezahegn Abebe (Lena, Norway ) The ruling TPLF, aka woyane regime, in Ethiopia commits gross human rights violations in broad daylight on a daily basis, and this is a case well documented by Human Rights Watch (HRW), among others. Intimidation ,harrassement ,imprisonment torture and murder are the...
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Apr 8th, 2014
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A large number of people doubt what they read, what they see and hear in the news of EPRDF`s media. Governments want to convince the public to support of polices and their officials. Because the media draws on the content from the government. The media of Ethiopia is among the most strictly controlle...
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Mar 31st, 2014
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By Alemayehu G Mariam The secrecy-obsessed regime in Ethiopia has a huge creepy dragnet of secret electronic surveillance programs to sniff out the deeply-buried secrets of the people of Ethiopia. They spend sleepless nights interrogating themselves about what the people could do to them. Who do they...
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Mar 26th, 2014
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By William Easterly, Seattle Times SOMEHOW — probably my own fault — I have wound up on Bill Gates’ list of the world’s most misguided economists. Gates singled me out by name in his annual 2014 letter to his foundation as an “aid critic” spreading harmful myths about ineffective aid programs. I actu...
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Mar 24th, 2014
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Last week, Clare Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), succeeded in bullying the EITI Board members into voting to admit the ruling regime in Ethiopia into her Club. She did it the old-fashioned way— arm-twisting, browbeating, bulldozing, rear-end kicking, a little...