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By Daniel Teferra (PhD)

TPLF logoIn 1991, the TPLF/EPRDF, a Marxist-Leninist rebel group, took state power in Ethiopia, sanctioned by the United States of America. But taking state power militarily violates the fundamental principle of democracy, representation and playing by fair rules. Ethiopia is not a democracy yet. It is a one-party state. In a one-party state, voting is a formality and its results become predictable. The real issue facing Ethiopia is a transition from a one-party state to a democracy. For instance, in the late 1980s, Ethiopia and Eastern European countries were both under a Marxist-Leninist, one-party rule. While Eastern European countries transitioned to a democracy, Ethiopia did not. There are useful lessons to be learned from the successful experience of Eastern Europe.

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By Alemayehu G. Mariam

banana republic ethiopiaAuthor’s note: As I was archiving my commentaries from years past for public access on my website (, I discovered commentaries and articles I had written on the print edition of Ethiopian Review Magazine (ERM) before that magazine went online in 2000.

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By Tefera Dinberu

Obama Ethiopia Visit1 628x329The US leadership through a wrong foreign policy is denying the over 90 million Ethiopian peoples for sake of a disguise “national interest of the USA”. It is supporting one of the most brutal regimes in the world.

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By KOOS COUVÉE | Islington Tribune

Helawit and AndargachewIMAGINE celebrating your 16th birthday while your loving dad, who has committed no crime, is on death row 4,000 miles away in a jail where you fear he may be tortured. This scenario is in fact reality for Helawit “Holly” Hailemariam, 15,

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By The Washington Post Editorial Board

obama speech in ghana 628x418“AFRICA DOESN’T need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Those were President Obama’s words when he addressed Ghana’s parliament in July 2009, during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. The historic speech, watched around the globe, was an optimistic clarion call to the leaders on the continent from the son of a Kenyan.

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By Owen Bowcott | The Guardian

Placards Andargachew Tsige 2zd9czi7dzc3zjmeh7b6dcForeign secretary condemns detention of Andargachew Tsige in solitary confinement with no access to consular help or right to appeal The treatment of a Briton on death row in Ethiopia is threatening to undermine the country’s relationship with the UK, the foreign secretary has warned.

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