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The theme for this year’s celebration paid tribute to the visions of the late PM Meles; but it should also be about how not to do ethnic federalism the dangerous way like he did

Emnet Assefa

Once again, the month of December 2012, as the last six Decembers, saw the all too familiar colorful get together of Ethiopian nations and nationalities who came from all parts of the country to celebrate the 7th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day. This time, the host was Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, some 750 kms north of the country.  

Ethiopia’s late PM Meles Zenawi died convinced of a no relationship between democracy and development. He was wrong

Bisrat Teshome, Special to Addis Standard

The famous Economist and Nobel Prize winner of 1998, Amartya Sen, on his bestselling book “Development as Freedom” unwaveringly argues that development has to be seen as a process of expanding real freedom that people enjoy at different places and time.

The crisis in Mali is no longer a simple Malian affair. How Africa deals with it will speak volumes on the continent’s readiness to solve its troubles by itself.

Fred A. Eno, Special to Addis Standard

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could be pardoned for over indulgence in the oft-criticized but favorite past-time of the AU Commission: travel. Yet the Malian crises, and the many others she will have to tackle in the next four years, cannot be resolved from behind her desk in the Office of the Chairperson of the Commission in Addis Ababa. The tasks ahead require the best of her experience, tenacity and perseverance, as they bring to play all the challenges, and criticisms that the AUC encounters in determining its role in questions of peace and security, development, governance, democracy, human rights, social equity, humanitarian issues and inclusivity on the continent.