Monthly Archives: December 1991

Dr Mekonnen Meshesha: A Point of Light

President George Bush on November 5 recognized Dr. Mekonnen Meshesha of Boston, Massachusetts, as “The 606th Daily Point of Light” for the Nation. Dr. Meshesha, a native of Ethiopia, helps to resettle and support African refugees in his community. Dr. Meshesha, age 37, began his voluntary efforts in 1979 at Boston’s Ethiopian Family Center. He […]

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Ethiopia: Mo Anbessa attracts a huge crowd in Addis Ababa

Amidst prayers, and religious ceremony, Mo Anbessa, Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy, held its first public meeting in Addis Ababa on November 18 at the former Haile Selassie I Theater (renamed National Theater by the Derg). The playing of the old “Ethiopia Hoy” national anthem for the first time in 17 years brought tears to the […]

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EPLF Seeks Legitimacy

The Eritrean People Liberation Front (EPLF) is actively seeking diplomatic recognition. It also made it clear by preventing the German Ambassador to Ethiopian from visiting Asmara that it wants foreign relations directly and not through embassies in Addis Ababa. The EPLF has the blessing of President Meles Zenawi who said late in October that foreign […]

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Eritrea’s Reconstruction

The EPLF has systematically stripped Eritrea of any trace of the former regime. The battlefields around Dekemhare, Ghinda and Keren have been meticulously cleaned of debris. The word `Ethiopia’ has been effaced from every public building. Ethiopian Airlines, whose daily flights from Asmara to Addis Ababa are fully booked until next year, have had their […]

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Pawlos Nio Nio’s Cancer Curable

Pawlos Nio Nio is receiving Medical treatment in Germany after he was diagnosed with Prosta Carcinoma, a disease curable with medication. Retired from his 32-year career, Ato Pawlos enjoys an active life writing and researching historical books. After having a prostate surgery, he was unable to use his left muscles and bones, as a result […]

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Staged Show of Support to EPRDF seen as staged?

Thousands of people carrying banners and placards in Amharic, Oromigna, Tigrinya, English, and Arabic demonstrated in Addis Ababa Meskal Square to give moral support to EPRDF and its government’s Charter in early November. Mulualem Abebe, administrator of Addis Ababa and EPRDF member said in is speech: “The skepticism of some who claim that the Charter […]

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Ethiopia: Selective Disarming

Disarming a section of the population, while leaving others untouched has proved to be an invitation to disaster–sometimes of genocidal proportions. The killings and massacres that are reported to be taking place in various sections of the country, notably Dre Dawa, Harar, Arsi, Sidama, Jibat and Metcha, and Danakil, are caused in part by the […]

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Ethiopia: Donated Food is Rotting on Piers

Tens of thousands of tons of food for starving refugees in Ethiopia are rotting on arrival piers, the U.N. High commissioner for refugees said early in November. The agency’s Geneva headquarters said at least 71,000 tons of food “is scattered on piers” in the port capital of the neighboring nation of Djibouti. There is also […]

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Urban Guerrillas?

If one looks for troops in their usual encampments in Addis Ababa today, one does not find them. The old 4th division military camp is empty. So are other military garrisons in the city. THE EPRDF chose to house all its troops in private villas and other buildings, mostly previously owned by Derg/WPE high officials […]

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Women who women love to hate and men love and fear

By Sophia Bekele What are the characteristics that make one women hate another? Beauty, success, intelligence, or confidence. Generally, the appearance of `having it all’ brings out negative reactions in women who feel that they lacke these qualities. Conversely, these characteristics are what appear to be attractive to men, yet, also make them uncomfortable. My […]

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The Case For Free Enterprise in Ethiopia

By Dr. Robert Ingram Powell In the August 1991 issue, Tekle Menelik of San Francisco commented on my commentary, “Worthwhile Considerations For A New Government,” (July, 1991). It is not, as Mr. Menelik states, “the essential mandate of any legitimate government to defend the independence and dignity of the nation.” The essential mandate of any […]

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Restructuring the Ethiopian Economy Through Privatization

By Lemma W. Senbet After twenty years of departure, I visited my home country on a two-week trip in August. The trip was filled with excitement, sadness, and at times hopelessness. My remarks focus on my observations of the current developments in Ethiopia primarily along an economic front. I would then hope that my remarks […]

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Ethiopia: A Lesson in History

By Dr. Araya D. Negash and Dr. Afrasa M. Zamanel In his sour and vile commentary (Ethiopian Review, August 1991) projecting his parochialism and ethnocentric resonances, Ato G.E. Gorfu displayed his difficulty in distinguishing between fact and fantasy. He accused Menelik and the Shoans of treason and deceit. Surely, if he is a historian even […]

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Ethiopia in Transition: How the International Community Can Help

By Herman J. Cohen The thirty years of civil war, including seventeen years of brutal Communist dictatorship have ended in Ethiopia. At last, Ethiopia has the opportunity to concentrate on forming a government that will enable its people to earn a livelihood and have a say in the political and economic decisions which affect their […]

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In the Twilight Zone: Report from Addis

By Getachew Mekasha It all seems unreal. Four months into the Transitional Government’s administration, Addis Ababa still remains an enigma. Apart from the removal of the disgraced top echelons of the former Derg regime, and the wholesale incarceration of the remnants of what used to be “the mighty” armed forces of Ethiopia at various concentration […]

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Stalking the Wild Dictator

By Alex Shoumatoff The following piece is taken from a lengthy article written by Alex Shoumatoff for the November 1991 issue of VANITY FAIR magazine. Mr. Shoumatoff is a visiting scholar at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Recently Alex Shoumatoff and Harold Marcus, “the noted American Ethiopianist,” have attempted to reach former dictator […]

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Eritrea: The Force of The Unionists

By Aleme Eshete EPRDF’s so-called “National Conference” of July 1991, attended by hand-picked individuals who had no popular mandate, approved the separation of Eritrea from Ethiopia. EPLF’s Secretary General Issayas Afeworki, who had attended the meeting as an observer, had accepted to hold a “referendum” in Eritrea within two years. But what kind of a […]

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Back to the Future: Prime Minister Tamrat Layne’s Transitional Economic Program

In August, 1991, Prime Minister Tamrat Layne presented his economic proposals for public debate. The 35-page (Amharic) booklet entitled Draft Transitional Economic Policy for Ethiopia sought to comprehensively address the country’s diverse economic problems. Generally, the proposals are uninspired, timid and cumulatively favor maintenance of the status quo. Magnitude of Economic Problems Ato Tamrat’s proposals […]

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