ለተከሰተው አመፅና አለመረጋጋት ዋናው ተጠያቂ አንድ ሰው ነው

ካለፈው ዓመት ጀምሮ በሀገራችን የታየውን አመፅና አለመረጋጋት በማነሳሳት ረገድ ተጠያቂ ናቸው የሚባሉት አካላት ብዙ ናቸው። ግብፅና ኤርትራ፣ ኦነግና ግንቦት7፣ የኒዮሊብራል አራማጆች እና የቀለም-አብዮት አቀንቃኞች፣…ወዘተ። ከእነዚህ ውስጥ እኔ በየትኛው እንደምመደብ ባላውቅም “ሕዝብን ለአመፅ በማነሳሳት” በሚል ወንጀል ተከስሼ ለ82 ቀናት ያህል በእስር ቤት እና በተሃድሶ ስልጠና ላይ ቆይቼያለሁ። በጦላይ በተሰጠኝ የተሃድሶ ስልጠና መሰረት አንድ የተገነዘብኩት ነገር ቢኖር … Continue reading ለተከሰተው አመፅና አለመረጋጋት ዋናው ተጠያቂ አንድ ሰው ነው

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“ሰላም፥ ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ” ሲባል አፌን ኩበት…ኩበት ይለኛል 

እኔ የምለው... ከእናንተ ውስጥ የኢትዮጲያ ብሮድካስቲንግ ኮርፖሬሽን (ኢብኮ) (EBC) የሚመለከት አለ? ካላችሁ የከበረ ሰላምታዬን አድርሱልኝ። እሱን መመልከት ካቆምኩ ሦስት አመት ይሆኛል። ይህን ያህል ከኢብኮ ጋር ያቆራረጡኝ "ሰላም፥ ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ" በሚሉት ቃላት ናቸው። ላለፉት አስር አመታት እንደነዚህ ቃላት ለዛና ትርጉም ያጣብኝ ቃል የለም። በዜና እወጃ፣ በባለስልጣናት መግለጫ ወይም በተመልካቾች አስተያየት መስጫ፤ “ሰላም፥ ልማት፥ ዴሞክራሲ” የሚሉትን ቃላት … Continue reading “ሰላም፥ ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ” ሲባል አፌን ኩበት…ኩበት ይለኛል 

Social Origins of Democracy: Religious freedom laid the foundations for political freedom

New forces arose to threaten the old patterns of religious life. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, Roman Catholicism was moving towards its peak, with the old ways more and more in disharmony with new forces. Individualism, nationalism and secularism contributed to a climate of opinion hostile to the continuation of privileges and abuses … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: Religious freedom laid the foundations for political freedom

Social Origins of Democracy: Rise of commerce creates urban power centers

The growth of commerce stimulated the liberation of cities from feudal control. The cities were more democratic than the countryside. Though they began as humble enclaves in a feudal world, the towns began to assume the proportions of a challenger and a competitor, helping to sustain governments and competing in their interests with the feudal … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: Rise of commerce creates urban power centers

Social Origins of Democracy: Power shifts from land to money

The rise of a money economy sounded the death knell of feudalism. "Feudal customs and practices completely decayed by 1500. Personal unfreedom and the status of villeinage were eradicated by 1640." Land, the basis of power in the medieval period, lost its importance. It took centuries for this process to reach completion. But the seeds … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: Power shifts from land to money

ቦጫቂና ወጋሚ ጋዜጠኞች – በሞላበትና በመሸበት…

ባለፉት አራት ወራት በኦሮሚያ ክልል የታየው የህዝብ ተቃውሞ ከብዙ ጋዜጠኞች ጋር ለመገናኘት አጋጣሚ ፈጥሮልኛል። በተለይ በታህሳስ ወር የመጀመሪያ ሳምንት በወሊሶ ከተማ ከፍተኛና ያልተጠበቀ የሕዝብ ተቀውሞ ተካሂዶ ስለነበር በዚያ ዙሪያ ወደ ዘጠኝ የሚጠጉ ጋዜጠኞች በስልክና በአካል አነጋግረውኛል። ከእነዚህ ውስጥ ሦስት ጋዜጠኞች ሁኔታውን ለመዘገብ ወደ ወሊሶ መጥተው የነበረ ሲሆን አንዱ ኢትዮጲያዊ፣ የተቀሩት የእንግሊዝ እና የአሜሪካ ዜጋ ነበሩ። … Continue reading ቦጫቂና ወጋሚ ጋዜጠኞች – በሞላበትና በመሸበት…

The Impossible: Development with the Colonial Intellectual Roots.

A simple dictionary definition of ‘freedom’ shows that it implies the power to think, act, and speak as one deems fit without any hindrance. It also denotes the power of ‘being’ or ‘doing’. When many countries in Africa gained independence in the 1950s and beyond, this notion of freedom was what they all aspired to. … Continue reading The Impossible: Development with the Colonial Intellectual Roots.

Press freedom and development

Press freedom and development: ****************** The Study by Centre for Peace and Human Security (CPHS) suggests that “there is a ‘good’ correlation between press freedom and the different dimensions of development, poverty and governance”. Along with other indicators of good governance, press freedom creates the environment favourable for sustainable development. #UNSECO

Liberal Democracy – the “Mere Myth” of Ethiopian Elites

Six weeks ago, in an interview with Reuters, Hr. Girma Seifu (the sole opposition MP) lambasted EPRDF alleging that it follows suit to the China's model in a bid to drag swathes of the Ethiopian people out of poverty by 2025. He claimed that, I quote "...the Chinese model is that economic development is the … Continue reading Liberal Democracy – the “Mere Myth” of Ethiopian Elites