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Ethiopia’s electoral authoritarianism, free press and accountability

Read more ...(OPride) — About a dozen elections have been held in Ethiopia over the last century, most of them during the reign of the incumbent regime.

A Response to Albasa Dagaga’s Babel Tower of Self-Contradictions

By EJ*

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If one were to size up Albasa Dagaga’s recent op-ed, “The Oromo Quest for Independence: The Elusive Leenco Factor,written in response to Laaloo Guduru’s and Raammoo Cuqulisaa’s pieces, one cannot escape summing it up as a Babel Tower of self-defeating, self-contradictions.

Does Ethiopia really need another mega airport?

Read more ...(OPride) — In his recent piece, “How Ethiopia Is Shaking Off Its Famine-Stricken Image,” AP's Ethiopia correspondent Elias Meseret portrayed the country’s current rulers as visionary leaders who pulled millions of Ethiopians out of misery.

Ignore Lencho Lata’s compromise idea at your own peril

Read more ...(OPride) — I read Lencho Lata’s recent op-ed, “Electoral Absolutism in Ethiopia,” with great interest. Ethiopia is approaching a political dead end and there is no better alternative to seeking compromise and a third way.