The Communist Party of China's Political Relations with Africa is Illegitimate

August 5, 2012

A genuine partnership between Africa and other parties is one that cannot be damaged by remarks of an American diplomat to an African audience at an African University. European colonialists have come to Africa and Africans have fought back and won independence. However, Africa’s colonial experience should not be used as an excuse by new African friends from the east for the purpose of exploiting Africa’s resources. As the collusion of European colonialists with African chiefs was illegitimate and paved the way for the exploitation of the continent’s natural resources, the collusion between the CP and African dictators is illegitimate and indefensible as a mutual friendship between Africans and China. As the Chinese Professor Yan Xuetong wrote in the New York Times on November 20, 2011, the CP may have to do soul searching as far as its relationship with Africa goes. In so doing, it may rediscover ancient Chinese philosophical virtue that the key to international influence is morality, as Professor Xuetong wrote from Beijing. If that morality is any guide, any African friend ought to stand with the African mass, even if it comes at the expense of severing relationships with dictators.

Republicanism on Trial

January 2, 2012

While these are arguably strong leadership qualities, we have also learned about his political baggage from his long-time public service and that his rivals are heavily using it to win the Iowa caucuses. While we should recognize and respect the electorate and candidates’ rights to choose and compete, we shouldn’t remain unfocused about the desired solution for the problem that is already observed. This is a historic trial of republicanism and we may be compelled to say that magnanimity is a call of the day.

Intellectual Dishonesty Costs Civilizations

April 9, 2011

To the extent that the old maxim that a problem identified is half solved holds true, Mr. Newt Gingrich may have come close to identifying the contemporary problem we may be facing collectively as global citizens and inheritors of a trajectory of humanity’s history and traditions. Understanding the values of this trajectory for our collective progress, upholding them, and defending them should remain far more important than a populist venture for provisional votes from a less informed constituency. Failing to do so through intellectual dishonesty for political expediency is likely to have an uncalculated cost to our collective civilization and the progresses we have made so far as global citizens.

The Powers of our Wisdom and Values

June 15, 2008

Whatever lessons can be drawn from such reflections, Meles' political posture in criticizing from the pulpit of the so called "international conferences on Africa" organized first by China, then by India, and now by Japan is devoid of our wisdom and values. Our people not only stand against injustice, but they have also shown their determination to fight the right fight, including against colonialism. Their successes must have given us the prudence to know when and from where to criticize. For an Ethiopian Prime Minister to go to China for help and sending the criticism from a Chinese soil, to India for help and sending the criticism from an Indian soil, or going to Japan for help and sending the criticism from a Japanese soil are certainly not the wisdom and values of our society.

The Hypocrisy of the Call for Armed Struggle in Ethiopia at this Time

March 22, 2008

Armed struggle has been the fashion in many corners of Africa in the past before the era of the internet. The ammunition used is mostly manufactured outside Africa, imported, and used by Africans against Africans on African soil. People raise arms because of well founded or perceived lack of justice. However, there is no more powerful struggle than the pursuit and disposition of the truth, which cultivates justice. Modern communications technology has made the pursuit and disposition of the truth very fast that the propoents of armed struggle of our times don't appear to have taken into account while echoing the old method that was clearly started before the emergence of this technology. The pursuit and disposition of the truth done by members of the Inquiry Commission of the post 2005 legislative elections violence in Ethiopia has helped pass unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives a human rights accountability and democracy bill on Ethiopia. The current political landscape in Ethiopia appears poised to lay a more fertile ground for the strengthening of the rule of law. Documenting the crimes that have been committed and are likely to be committed in the future may be more important than the call for armed struggle so that the criminals face justice when the rule of law prevails over dictatorship in Ethiopia. In addition, another round of armed struggle in Ethiopia is likely to open the door for more crimes.

Acquitted at Long Last, but at What Cost?

December 11, 2007

While lessons must be learned from such callous actions of the government, and the political episode that followed it, the question of who should be responsible for the price paid by this organization, its leaders, and all the other parties involved in the opposition to the government’s ill-advised action remains unanswered.

Not to Defeat the Purpose
October 6, 2007

Therefore, while the H.R. 2003 Bill is a very useful document to address past human rights violations in Ethiopia and deter future propensities, it fails to go to the full length of its purpose by not including Eritrea's political leaders that are likely to have their hands in human rights violations in their country as well as in the region. Perhaps, this is something to consider when the Bill goes to the U.S. Senate.

Opinions that Will Make a Difference
August 14, 2007

At the 4th International Conference on Ethiopian Development Studies, James Swan, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, noted that U.S. Embassies and their offices in the Horn of Africa are working to demonstrate the U.S.'s respect for different faith traditions and to promote its commitment to religious tolerance. Mr. Swan also noted the Horn of Africa as "a region where Muslims and Christians coexist and intermingle, and where the cultures of ancient Ethiopia, of traditional Africa, and of the Arab-influenced coastal regions have combined in different ways to create unique national and regional identities."

What is Next for Ethiopia and the Ethiopians?
July 29, 2007

All players may need to ask themselves philosophical questions, as did Birtukan Mideksa, the Vice President of CUD and one of those jailed, according to an interview she gave recently to German Radio's Amharic Service. The answers to such philosophical questions are to be found in the age old cultures of our society. Perhaps, we all need to open our eyes and see what we already have in our backyards. A society that is not grounded on its organic foundation may not stand strong.

The Conflict that Exposed Faulty Lines of the Media
January 16, 2007

As a matter of fact, most peoples in that part of the world are closely related to each other than any of them is related to the Arabs or the Britons. Media reports that have failed to understand such rich history of the peoples in the region but tried to present them as historical enemies have exposed their faulty lines.

In Defense of Stability in East Africa
December 30, 2006

After observing such theatrical political game played by the UIC, and after the TFG of Somalia with Ethiopia’s backing defeated the UIC’s quest to destabilize the region, the Arab League made an emergency meeting in Cairo to warn that the war could threaten the peace and stability of the Horn of Africa. The African Union Commission Chairman, Alpha Omar Konare, and the government of Djibouti followed suite to echo the call of the Arab League.

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