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Opinion: Can Ethiopia overcome its crisis and be a normal country?

  Nahome Freda, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, February 22/2018 – A week has gone by since Prime Minister Hailemriam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned from his postion as party chairman and prime minister of the country. No question that the Prime Minister’s resignation was a cumulative result of persistent ant-government protests by Ethiopians over the last […]

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Opinion: Africa’s Fallen Liberators

Biniam Bedasso (@bebedasso) Oxford, February 20/2018 – The leaders of two key African countries resigned their posts within 24 hours of each other last week. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma finally buckled under pressure from his own party to resign the presidency. The following day, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his decision to step down […]

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Opinion: Demystifying the bold-move by the Oromia Regional State leadership vis a vis Ethiopia’s quest for a better tomorrow

  Daniel Behailu (PhD), for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 31/2018 – Ethiopia is in a chaotic state of facts for the last five years and in the last three years the chaos has grown into a different phase. There have been persistent resistance mainly in Oromia and Amhara and southern nations nationalities and people’s […]

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Opinion – EPRDF does not represent and speak for all Ethiopians and it is not accidental

  Mohamed Olad, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 12/2018 – Though Ethiopia’s ruling coalition EPRDF’s latest efforts to expand the current political space can be seen as commendable, as the largest political Front in the nation, it failed to represent all Ethiopian Nations, Nationalities and Peoples while it confined itself to only four regional states that […]

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Opinion: ‘Peace’ of the tormentor and resistance toward freedom

  Alem Mamo, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, January 11/2018 – Fostering peace is much more abstruse than waging war or employing violence to address social woes. The multi-dimensional disposition of peace necessitates a wide-ranging approach that addresses all the underlying and deep-rooted factors interposed to the absence of peace in the first place. ‘Positive […]

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Opinion – The Lemma Megerssa Moment and the Oromo Dilemma: Between resistance and governing

  Tsegaye R Ararssa, for Addis Standard Introduction Addis Abeba, Janurary 10/2018 – One of the most emphatic achievements of the #OromoProtests is Lemma Megerssa himself. The Lemma Megerssa moment is produced by the resurgent Oromo resistance that was rekindled in 2014 and persisted to date.  Having produced the Lemma Megerssa moment as its overall […]

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Opinion: Deracializing (Not decolonizing) Ethiopian Studies

  Berihun Adugna Gebeye, For Addis Standard Addis Abeba, December 27/2017 – I am writing this contribution to further engage and provoke discussion on ‘decolonizing’ Ethiopian studies initiated by Hewan Semon. While I agree with some of Hewan’s concerns, I dissent on the use of decolonization as a theoretical framework for Ethiopian studies. De-racialization seems […]

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Opinion: A fresh start to up the ante: The Decolonizing debate and Ethiopia’s Place in Western imagination of the “Other”

  Kindeneh Endeg, (PhD),  for Addis Standard  Addis Abeba, December 19/2017 – I have followed Hewan’s call for the need to decolonize Ethiopian studies and the follow up discussions it generated with interest. The reactions to Hewan’s call are a far cry from anything that inspires confidence about the urgency of the project. (Please see […]

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Opinion: Questions, concerns and a critique on the decolonization of Ethiopian knowledge

  Abadir Ibrahim, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, December 12/2017 – In an opinion piece published on a previous issue of Addis Standard, Hewan Semon proposed a conversation on the decolonization of Ethiopian studies. As much as I would have liked to take this conversation into my areas of interest (human rights, democracy and the […]

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Opinion: On decolonizing Ethiopian studies: Decolonize the decolonizers First

  Abinet Asfaw, for Addis Standard Addis Abeba, December 08/2017 – I would like to make a simple critique of Hewan Solomon’s article “Decolonizing Ethiopian Studies”. I find the article vacuous and symptomatic of what it seeks to dismantle. Thus, even as it raises a significant issue (“the importance of making Ethiopian languages and ideas […]

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