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Federal Day-Day of Nations and Nationalities in Ethiopia

Editorial Ethiopian Observer December 7, 2006
“We, the Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia: Strongly committed, in full and free exercise of our right to self-determination, to building a political community founded on the rule of law and capable of ensuring a lasting peace, guaranteeing a democratic order, and advancing our economic and social development; Firmly convinced that the fulfillment of this objective requires full respect of individual and people’s fundamental freedoms and rights, to live together on the basis of equality and without any sexual, religious or cultural discrimination; Further convinced that by continuing to live with our rich and proud cultural legacies in territories we have long inhabited, have, through continuous interaction on various levels and forms of life, built up common interest and have also contributed to the emergence of a common outlook;.......


Search for ways to National Reconciliation

Ethioobserver Editorial

September 20, 2005- Rational people who can exercise common senses will agree by progression and truth, not by the extremist’s caustic collection of lies. However, lately, the euphoria has satisfied neither the opposition nor their allies in Diaspora. What could have been significant democratic movement turned out to be a carnival of chauvinistic and opportunist grab for power by any means. EPRDF must manage incidents, risk and prevention in manner, which upholds democratic principle of rule of law. The kindness of sprit that Ethiopians are capable of showing in times of crisis, the senses of compromise will prevail at last. This is truly a time for testing for our democracy.


The EU-EOM and its total failure

Ethioobserver Editorial 

September 6, 2005 -How do the observers explain the opposition’s complaint (except their own results) about the enormous “rigged elections” in 299 constituencies? How could parties, which won in one attempt, lose all of a sudden all the 31-rerun elections? Wasn’t it mysterious even for a seasoned democrat, who wants to teach the ABC of democracy to the “illiterate” and newcomers, to clarify such a phenomenon? Ethiopia has entered the path of democracy without turning back the wheel for change for all generations to come. I think we agree with the chief observer that there are no more Mengistu, Hitler, Mussolini or generalissimo Franco to be afraid of. The preposterous and wicked assertions piled up without evidences and based on hearsay are one-sided and does not bode well for trust building measures.


Which way to build Democracy through deceit or election.?
July 20, 2005    By Editors of ethioobserver
The seed of change and hope is being challenged by fear and fragmentation to give the world a negative image about our first ever-democratic baby step. Nevertheless we are left with the undisputed fact that our first ever election was not intended to be the hotbed of instability, but a soul of Ethiopia's quest to democracy. Various arguments have been advanced as to the May 15, 2005 Ethiopian election by friends and foes for the most ambitious election in a century. What we can do to help our country is to support the mechanisms that allow the various political and social forces to dialogue with one another with the aim resolving the current impasses and establishing peaceful and lasting democratic institutions.


The Political Drama of Deception in Diaspora

Editorial by Ethiopian Observer

 December 23, 2005 -   The recent ugly outburst by the diaspora group is a reflection of a distorted mind; it is part of a large pathological illness and shame. Despite the inflammatory statements and press releases by the supporters of CUD, it couldn’t weaken the communal harmony in the diaspora nor advance the cause of the bruised psyche of the Derg ex officials. The dishonesty, intrigues and fraud is getting thin by the day and no wonder, their political base is shrinking so fast. Every dormant political group has been trying to fish in troubled waters to get his way to grab power by fraudulent methods, mobilizing mobs and trying to create a situation of tragedy.


 CUD hardliners & Shaibya menace to peace and stability

Editorial Ethiopian Observer

December 13, 2005 - After 5 years respite following the signing of the Algiers agreement, which was devoted that time to rebuilding the army, Issaias is on his usual track of miscalculation to destabilize or even occupy parts of Ethiopia. His vanity over Eritrea being the center stage of world politics, the dictator as impudent as he is, is bullying the UN, its member states as well as the great son of Africa and world leader Kofi Annan. Statement after statement is hatched up lambasting the world organization and its leader. He has been belittling the important work and duty carried out by the peacekeeping force and its members.


Intimidation and violence as means of struggle: CUDS Style

Editorial Ethiopian Observer

December 1, 2005-Some of the Diaspora Ethiopians, who have been away from Ethiopia and Ethiopian politics for decades and live in the lap of luxury and comfort with their children attending the best schools together with some easily recruited hoodlums, are working against the very interests of the Ethiopian people. Their noisy arguments and machinations consist of trying to lobby politicians in the West not to donate or freeze aid, withdraw development money, not to carry out relief work among the needy, not to cancel debt, etc. in a country where many of our compatriots need a loaf of bread and cups of clean water for their existence


Fighting terrorism and standing guard for Ethiopia

Editorial by Ethio-observer Nov. 2 2005 --The loss of human lives in the riots following the call by the terrorists of the CUD is sad and deplorable. Since the CUD thereby has clearly demonstrated its pledge to seize state power by dispatching and paying the unemployed in the insurrection on the streets of Addis Ababa, we must now break our silence and declare our determination not to ever accept any change of regime orchestrated by the leadership of the CUD. The declaration by the CUD chairman one moth ago to a gathering in Washington DC, that 10,000 to 15,000 casualties would be needed to overthrow the government is a living witness of the ugly face of a power-monger!

Political patience vs. the rule of law

Ethioobserver Editorial- Oct. 25 2005 --EPRDF has patiently urged the opposition leaders not to indulge in violence using innocent citizens and fully respect the right of the Ethiopian people to solve their problems based on the constitution and the rule of law, a warning the opposition duly ignored. Undermining the constitution and calling the public to stage a strike and create unrest is not by any means peaceful struggle or democratic right. Although democracy may have different meaning for these newborn democrats, whose record on such exercise has been so murky, the guiding principle still should be respect and rule of law of the country


Preemptive Measures Before The Disaster Begins

Editorial Ethioobserver

October 1, 2005-The present stubborn act of the so-called opposition groups in Ethiopia not to accept the verdict of the May 15 election, however, shows the perilous path these power-mongering individuals chose for Ethiopia and its people. These people should understand and accept that any competition entails a winner or a looser. Losing this election does not mean the end of the world. There is always a comeback, when reason instead of fight and love instead of hatred prevails. Any revolt or violence, defying the warnings of the law enforcing bodies, should be regarded as an act of total destabilization of the country and those behind such move should be held responsible.


Search for ways to National Reconciliation

Ethioobserver Editorial

September 20, 2005- Rational people who can exercise common senses will agree by progression and truth, not by the extremist’s caustic collection of lies. However, lately, the euphoria has satisfied neither the opposition nor their allies in Diaspora. What could have been significant democratic movement turned out to be a carnival of chauvinistic and opportunist grab for power by any means. EPRDF must manage incidents, risk and prevention in manner, which upholds democratic principle of rule of law. The kindness of sprit that Ethiopians are capable of showing in times of crisis, the senses of compromise will prevail at last. This is truly a time for testing for our democracy.


Defending national security and peace

Editorial Ethiopian Observer

The enormous suffering of Somalis is a matter urgency to resolve their problems and find out ways of descent living together as a people not only to us Ethiopians as neighbors but to the whole world. During the 1988-1990 civil war in Somalia , fifty to sixty thousand people were killed not to mention the barbarity of the trigger-happy squads and militias, which in the absence of a central government and the state has literally terrorized and plundered for the last 16 years. It is tragic to see that internecine war among Somalis should continue unabated while the world is watching the rise of Taliban-like extremists take root in East Africa


The EU-EOM and its total failure

Ethioobserver Editorial 

September 6, 2005 -How do the observers explain the opposition’s complaint (except their own results) about the enormous “rigged elections” in 299 constituencies? How could parties, which won in one attempt, lose all of a sudden all the 31-rerun elections? Wasn’t it mysterious even for a seasoned democrat, who wants to teach the ABC of democracy to the “illiterate” and newcomers, to clarify such a phenomenon? Ethiopia has entered the path of democracy without turning back the wheel for change for all generations to come. I think we agree with the chief observer that there are no more Mengistu, Hitler, Mussolini or generalissimo Franco to be afraid of. The preposterous and wicked assertions piled up without evidences and based on hearsay are one-sided and does not bode well for trust building measures.


Which way to build Democracy through deceit or election.?
July 20, 2005    By Editors of ethioobserver
The seed of change and hope is being challenged by fear and fragmentation to give the world a negative image about our first ever-democratic baby step. Nevertheless we are left with the undisputed fact that our first ever election was not intended to be the hotbed of instability, but a soul of Ethiopia's quest to democracy. Various arguments have been advanced as to the May 15, 2005 Ethiopian election by friends and foes for the most ambitious election in a century. What we can do to help our country is to support the mechanisms that allow the various political and social forces to dialogue with one another with the aim resolving the current impasses and establishing peaceful and lasting democratic institutions.