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An Oromo dilemma

Ezekiel Gebissa, Special to Addis Standard In his ground breaking study, An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, the Swedish Nobel-laureate economist Gunnar Myrdal described America’s race problem as a vicious cycle in which whites oppressed blacks and then blamed their alleged poor performance as the reason for their oppression. The …
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Kalkidan Yibeltal & Tesfalem Waldyes The Bulbula River, named after the name of the small town 193km south of Ethiopia within the Rift valley, is no more. The entire water from the river has dried out in the last two months and it now looks a bare river bank. What’s …

Ezekiel Gebissa, Special to Addis Standard Since the creation of the modern Ethiopian state a little more than a century ago, the polity has failed to achieve three objectives: peaceful political transition, democracy, and national unity.  The efforts to achieve all three have always been characterized by violence. Some Ethiopian …