The Coup That Set Ghana and Africa 50 Years Back

By Charles Quist-Adade Nkrumah wanted to industrialize Ghana within a generation, and everything was on course until the Americans and their British cousins used some disgruntled and self-serving Ghanaian soldiers to stage that terrible coup on 24 February 1966. It was a major setback, not only for Ghana but the whole of Africa! A few … Continue reading The Coup That Set Ghana and Africa 50 Years Back

ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና- ክፍል-1

አትሌት ኃይሌ ገ/ስላሴ “ዴሞክራሲ ቅንጦት ነው” በማለት ለቢቢሲ ሬድዮ በሰጠው አስተያየት ዙሪያ ሁለት ተከታታይ ፅሁፎችን፤ በመጀመሪያ ኃይሌ አስተያየቱን በሰጠበት አግባብ ዙሪያ፣ በመቀጠል ለዴሞክራሲያዊ ሥርዓት ስለሆነው ነፃነትና ከሰው-ልጅ ተፈጥሯዊ ባህሪ ጋር ስላለው ቁርኝት በዚሁ ድረገፅ ላይ አውጥቼ ነበር፡፡ በእርግጥ በአስተያየቱ መሰጠቱ፣ ወይም ደግሞ በማህበራዊ ድረገፆች መነጋገሪያ አጀንዳ መሆኑ ለእኔ ይኽን ያህል አሳሳቢ አይደለም፡፡ ከዚያ ይልቅ፣ አሁን … Continue reading ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና- ክፍል-1

In Defence Of Meles Zenawi: No Direct Relation Between Democracy and Development

“[i]f all comparative studies are viewed together, the hypothesis that there is no clear relationship between economic development and democracy in either direction remains extremely plausible.” – Amartya Sen (1999) “Development as Freedom” Some recent articles on Ethiopian blogs and Newspapers/Magazines are portraying the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as if he was of the … Continue reading In Defence Of Meles Zenawi: No Direct Relation Between Democracy and Development

ባርነት ልማድ በሆነበት ዴሞክራሲ ቅንጦት ይሆናል!

ሺህ አለቃ ሃይሌ ገ/ስላሴ “As an African citizen democracy is a luxury” በሚል ለቢቢሲ ሬድዮ ጋዜጠኛ የሰጠው አስተያየት በማህበራዊ ድረገፆች መነጋገሪያ ሆኖ ሰንብቷል። ትላንት በጉዳዩ ላይ የራሴን አስተያየት ሰጥቼ ነበር። ሆኖም ግን፣ አንዳንድ ጓደኞቼ የሃይሌ አስተያየት ትክክል ነው የሚል አቋም ሲያራምዱ ታዝቤያለሁ። “ለአንድ አፍሪካዊ ዴሞክራሲ ቅንጦት ነው” የሚል ጭብጥ ያለውን አስተያየት ትክክል ነው ብሎ ማሰብ … Continue reading ባርነት ልማድ በሆነበት ዴሞክራሲ ቅንጦት ይሆናል!

ኃይሌ ገ/ስላሴ፡ “ዴሞክራሲ” የሚባል ሆቴል ከፈተ!¡

ሺህ አለቃ ሃይሌ ገብረስላሴ በቢቢሲ ሬድዮ “News Hour” ፕሮግራም ላይ “As an African citizen, democracy is a luxury…” በሚል የሰጠው አስተያየት በተለይ በማህበራዊ ድረፆች ላይ መነጋገሪያ ሆኗል፡፡ በመጀመሪያ ለአስተያየቱ ብዙም ትኩረት አልሰጠሁትም ነበር፡፡ የሃይሌ አስተያየት በቅን እሳቤ የተሰጠና የግል አመለካከቱን ያንፀባረቀበት እንደሆነ ተደርጎ ቢወሰድ ኖሮ፣ ነገሩ ይህን ያህል ትኩረት የሚሰጠው አልነበረም፡፡ ነገር ግን፣ የቢቢሲ ሬድዮ … Continue reading ኃይሌ ገ/ስላሴ፡ “ዴሞክራሲ” የሚባል ሆቴል ከፈተ!¡

EPRDF’s Way of Denying the Inalienable

Freedom of expression is one of those fundamental rights that no government can claim to be democratic without allowing its unimpeded practice. The people have natural and constitutional rights that no government can limit without abdicating its legitimacy to govern. In a free and democratic society, the people freely express their views within the bounds … Continue reading EPRDF’s Way of Denying the Inalienable

ሕገ-መንግስታዊ ፅንፈኝነት በኢትዮጲያ

“The Constitution is right, You are fired, or jailed, or exiled, or dead!” – Constitutional Fanaticism የህዝብ ተወካዮች ምክር ቤት ጥር 28/2008 ባደረገው ልዩ ስብሰባ “ልዩነት”ን የሚያጠፋ ውሳኔ አሳለፈ፡፡ የምክር ቤቱ ውሳኔ በሀገራችን ኢትዮጲያ፤ ልዩነት እንደ የሞያ ሥነ-ምግባር ጉድለት፣ ምክንያታዊነት እንደ ጥፋት፣ ጥያቄ እንደ ወንጀል የሚቆጠርበት… በሕገ-መንግስታዊ ፅንፈኝነት ውስጥ መዘፈቋን በግልፅ ያረጋገጠ ነው፡፡ በዚህ ፅሁፍ፣ … Continue reading ሕገ-መንግስታዊ ፅንፈኝነት በኢትዮጲያ

In new ranking, the surprise countries that kept Africa’s democracy ticking—and the future of ‘The Nigeria Effect’

Nigeria’s much-acclaimed election offset the sharp deterioration in South Africa, Burundi, according to The Economist’s respected Democracy Index. Supporters of Zanzibar's President Ali Mohamed Shein in Zanzibar on October 23, 2015 in hotly contested elections that were later cancelled. Africa's democratic gains remain modest, new index says (Photo/AFP). NIGERIA’S first democratic change of power and … Continue reading In new ranking, the surprise countries that kept Africa’s democracy ticking—and the future of ‘The Nigeria Effect’

In Ethiopia, anger over corruption and farmland development runs deep

In Ethiopia, anger over corruption and farmland development runs deep Despite the government ending plans to build on Oromo land around the capital, clashes continue, as lack of transparency and maladministration fuel dissent Two years ago, on the edge of Chitu in Ethiopia’s unsettled Oromia region, local officials told Chamara Mamoye his farmland might be … Continue reading In Ethiopia, anger over corruption and farmland development runs deep

Concepts of Democracy and Democratization inAfrica: Indigenous African Democracies

By Apollos O. Nwauwa “Three heads are better than one” is a well-known maxim in Africa. Implicit in this adage are notions of democratic values and tradition predicated on people’s participation. Several researchers have shown that in the period preceding colonial rule, Africans experimented with a variety of political organizations ranging from direct and representative … Continue reading Concepts of Democracy and Democratization inAfrica: Indigenous African Democracies