Ethiopia: Common Sense Roadmap to Democracy


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  1. Anteneh says:

    Dr your advisory article addresses 1/ to the government 2/ to the oppositions and 3/to the people as a whole by considering the situation in which Ethiopia is. And clearly the cause for the failure of the 1974 revolution and the 2005 election is for we are theoretical and forgetting or not apprehending both the domestic and international factors and for we become like a caterpillar which revolve around the light of the candle thereby committing suicide and switch of the light. And your article is worthy of instrumental for constructive and sustainable change.

    • Alem says:

      Anteneh: your comment and Dr. Zelalem’s article are incomprehensible. What exactly is “the new game changer event [the ruling group] brought to our land?” Are you suggesting Ethiopia has a multiparty system that you fear will “turn back now and resort to one party rule in the likeness of China?” Are you really expecting the ruling group to “empower [the opposition] to succeed in their peaceful struggle?” I don’t think you know what you are talking about.

  2. Belay Bekele says:

    Dear Doctor,

    I read your well written article. Your intention is good. The problem we have is we Ethiopians do not have common sense. If we had had common sense we could not have engaged ourselves with such kinds self-destruction. Look the case of Eritrea. The Gorilla fighters who did not want to understand their history begun simply to wage a war with the belief of freeing themselves from the Ethiopian colonialism. Then came the TPLF to the political scene which believed that following the line of the EPLF is the only avenue to build greater Tigre. Look also at the bloody war of the 1980s between the Derg and the so-called Marxist groups. I can’t understand the soul of such a generation which has reduced itself to self-destruction. It is a confused generation, which does not know its history. If you analyze all these so-called movements they do not understand the essence of politics. For all these groups’ politics means permanent war instead of dialog and persuasion. All these groups do not believe in the power of words. They believe only in war and want at the end to defeat their supposed enemies. Though I agree with your proposals, I think it is unthinkable that the government will respond positively to such kinds of approaches. As you know the Woyane government has everything. Where money and power politics dominate, and at a time when such a government believes that it is in control of everything common sense does not have a place. Any way let`s pray for those who want peace and at the end want to lead a decent life.

    Belay from Afar

  3. koster says:

    Menelik did not have a road map when our country was invaded by Italian fascists, he just made a call for all and fought the fascists with great success. Now Ethiopia is invaded by woyane fascists also you seem not to understand this and tell us they will be willing to give up their looting and killing willingly and freely, why should they?
    Fascists should be fought and deafeated but not compromised. Compromise is not for looters and killers. We do not want a South African type of solution and live as a second class citizen in Aparthied/Woyane Ethiopia.

  4. Dave says:

    Hmmm…Good thinking if it works…

  5. Anteneh says:

    Alem, let me ask you questions. Why do we have let alone political parties based on ethnicity, such many political parties at the country level in the name of Ethiopia? Leave Derge, why EPRP, AESM etc fight each other, is it ideology or the wish for political power?

  6. Solo says:

    Dear friends, at the onset, let me ask to be forgiven, if I hurt your feelings. I do not intend to hurt any, but I may not know how my opinion will be taken by some so my apology in advance. You need not to agree with me, but I deserve your respect, which can be starting point for future agreement. Perhaps we may never agree, but we must accept and respect each other as humans first, and stakeholder to the entity you love to call Ethiopia.
    The ideas in the article By Zelalem, are great but not new as such. We often hear spectacular ideas from Ethiopia scholars and politicians, but nay we find our self in the same state day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Perhaps, we are entangled in a cultural mesh and not having bird’s eye view of our immediate problems or we are making the wrong assumptions of who “we” are? I mean, are we all looking for the same thing? The facts speak for themselves; the different types of opposition mention by the writer are clear manifestation of different understanding they have about the same regime they are fighting against, hence the ultimate form of governance they intend to pursue if one day they happen to be in power and that has been the trend in Ethiopia. I totally disagree with writer that we focus on the future and forget our paste. With all my respect Zelalem you are too optimistic as per the nature of our problems, it has to do with our paste, our present is inherent of our paste and our future is shaped by our present, banishing our paste is tantamount to self-deception. As the great philosopher Nietzsche said “it is more convenient to follow one´s conscience than one´s intelligence”
    Is it time to think freely and reformulate our problem? There are things, we don´t like to hear in our circles, but maybe, these are the things if we get the courage to face, we may find the comfort we are yearning for.

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