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What now?

Tsedale Lemma

 Ethiopia’s recent military strike against rebel-controlled outposts inside Eritrea sent a signal of yet another full-blown war in the making. All things can happen but that 

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For the leaders of two countries who embraced war as their best resort to get desperately needed power there is nothing as tickly as dragging on indefinitely in a state of no peace-no war for more than a decade. And when each leader accuses the other of cunning political games to destabilize his country, slowly but surely things tend to get tough.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and his former brother-in-arms President Isaias Afeworki of Eritrea know this all too well. After they have successfully battled a common enemy, the two countries fell out half a dozen years later over the border town of Badme, and fought a costly war between 1998 and 2000.

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Tears of elections, of revolutions and of the Golden Lady

Selahadin Eshetu Getahun

 24 is the number of countries scheduled to conduct national elections in the year 2012. Plenty of reasons to shed tears; tears of euphoria and of sadness alike.


We live in a complicated global system that gives us plenty of reasons to shed tears. I know I am not inclined to cry but there have been a couple of times when I found myself weeping uncontrollably, in the immediate aftermath of the third (and historic) Ethiopian national election in 2005, for instance.

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The re-election of a dangerous president in modern American history

That’s America!

In this section Addis Standard’s correspondent Tomas Mega from Las Vegas, Nevada will be following the 2012 Presidential election in the United States of America. 


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The battle for the Republican nomination for President is entering its final phase and, unsurprisingly, the rhetoric of the candidates has intensified. Newt Gingrich has labelled President Barack Obama as the most dangerous president in American history.  Gingrich, locked in an increasingly vitriolic nomination battle with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, believes defeating President Obama is a matter of national security.

To many Americans this allegation sounds hollow given President Obama’s administration elimination of Osama Bin-Laden; the high profile killings of terrorists allegedly aligned with Al-Qaeda; the controversial increase in drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan; and the successful commando raids against unruly pirates off the coast of Somalia. But it is the kind of rhetoric Obama-haters tend to rally around, and it is only the beginning of what promises to be another dirty, mud-slinging presidential campaign for United States of America.                       

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Poverty in Ethiopia - Arithmetic fairytale

Hone Mandefro

 How an interim report about poverty alarmingly omits the poor from its index and declares a decline in poverty.


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the difference is ghastly

With the start of the new millennium in the year 2000, the World Bank and IMF replaced the decades-old Structural Adjustment Programs with Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) as the basis for their lending. It was part of the effort to mitigate the negative consequences of poverty reduction policies in countries struggling to sustain a sound economic development.

Since then more than a dozen developing countries have written different rounds of poverty reduction strategy papers followed by monitoring and evaluation system of their implementations.

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The toll of moral underdevelopment

Taye Negussie (PhD)

“…moral development is highly informative in making sense of what is going on around us today. As evident in our political, professional, and daily social life, while those hypocrite, wicked and inept individuals are well embraced and granted significant public positions simply on account of their mere submissiveness, loyalty, affinity and relatedness; in contrast, those highly enlightened, independent-minded, and decent individuals are, by and large, alienated…”

From the March 2012 edition of Addis Standard magazine


One of the ironical developments evident in today’s world is the unfolding of grave social injustices - discrimination, abject poverty, inequality, and alienation–at the time when the world has registered unprecedented levels of material prosperity and technological achievements.

Some scholars attempted to associate these otherwise unlikely parallel developments to some technical faults in running the economic and political machineries; however, the real nature of the problem is quite complex and is indisputably rooted in the pervasiveness of deficiencies in moral values and characters emanating largely from psychological naivety as well as the malfunctioning of major social institutions such as government, family, religion, school and community among others.

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