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Ethiopia: Washington Update

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09/06/12

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Ethiopia: Washington Update

Ethiopia: Washington Update

By Mesfin Mekonen


The passing of Meles Zenawi provides an opportunity for a transition in Ethiopia to democracy, respect for human rights, rule of law and all of the other attributes of a free society that most of the world takes for granted. But this transition is by no means inevitable. Now that they have finished praising Meles, the United States and the world community should take the steps that they failed to undertake when he was alive. This should start with a complete reevaluation of international relations with Ethiopia. The international community should not tolerate, and certainly should stop supporting, a regime that is built on political repression and that practices economic corruption. Those who say the international community must choose between stability and human rights, or between supporting dictatorship and acting against terrorism, are creating false choices. The only path to stability and prosperity in Ethiopia runs through democracy, and any democratically elected Ethiopian government would strenuously oppose terrorism.

Unfortunately, there is no sign that the U.S. or the rest of the world community is taking steps to press for change in Ethiopia. The Meles regime violently repressed all attempts to build civil society and democratic institutions. Without these institutions, Ethiopia will again fall into the hands of a dictatorship that is not accountable to its citizens.

The time to unify the country is now. It is especially important that we reject the ethnic division that has enabled the TPLF and its allies to control Ethiopia. The All Ethiopian Unity Party is discussing the call they made last week for an all party conference, including the current regime.

President Obama's official statement on the death of Meles ended with the sentence: "Going forward, we encourage the Government of Ethiopia to enhance its support for development, democracy, regional stability and security, human rights, and prosperity for its people." Rather than a softly spoken wish, this should be the basis for American policy.

The U.S. Congress, which allocates generous support for the Ethiopian military and for humanitarian assistance, should also make progress on democracy and human rights a top priority. The House Africa, Global Health and Human Rights subcommittee is likely to consider U.S. policy toward Ethiopia and other African countries in upcoming hearings. These hearings will be an opportunity to challenge the State Department, and to ask why American actions do not match American rhetoric about democracy and human rights.

21 comments

Comment from: Reality [Visitor]
Reality

Azeb Mesfin aims for Asst Prime Minister post. Our future Hilary Clinton.

09/07/12 @ 01:29
Comment from: Robert [Visitor]
Robert

This fellow always writes about this hearing and that Congress meeting etc. to solve Ethiopia’s problems. American Congress and American Senate is not responsible for Ethiopia but for America. Is that too dificult to understand? Whatever change in Ethiopia comes from Ethiopians not from XYZ congress man. As a door man and waiter of a hotel you better try to better yourself before you better other Ethiopians. Many of us are better in everything than you frustrated hotel waiter. Another werada diaspora politician.

09/07/12 @ 03:19
Comment from: Adisu [Visitor]
Adisu

I always one thing makes me very sorry by some diasporas live in U.S like Ato Mesfin Mekonen.Ato Mesfin i have seen your text ,but i ashamed with your poor political idea because ‘why you beg the American congress to the democracy and human rights of Ethiopians?’ am sorry sear you are not Ethiopian and you didn’t know Ethiopia and its history.History of Ethiopia thought us we Ethiopians are LIBERAL people.we don’t want any third party for the issues of our democracy and human rights.U.S had better solve its owen issues for its owen citizen.

09/07/12 @ 05:15
Comment from: haile [Visitor]
haile

There is no place for for some idiots and fools like you in current Ethiopia. Susan Rice

09/07/12 @ 05:27
Comment from: wegenaw [Visitor]
wegenaw

All you desperate Diasporas, when are you going to do your share for Ethiopia? Those Ethiopians in the country are doing their best, how abut just leave them alone. My age group in Ethiopia, my friends are doing a whole lot better than I who lives in the West for many years. Lets us not pretend as if things are fine and dandy, “been then done that", nothing is new.

09/07/12 @ 05:37
Comment from: Tata [Visitor]
Tata

Hi, Desperatad Diasporas!
YOU WILL NEVER BE ONE! Because you are not.
Ethiopia is made of wrong people at a wrong Geographical location.

09/07/12 @ 06:06
Comment from: masetewale [Member]  
masetewale

I am very ashamed on the writer of this article because he can’t see what happen after death of PM Melese Zenawi in Ethiopia and around the world that meanse 91 counters had been sended their the most haigh or their delegation I.included Billgate the Biloners therefore you have to understand like USA British and Chaina for EPRDF

09/07/12 @ 06:36
Comment from: Kebede [Visitor]
Kebede

Hi poor Mesfin Mekonen let politics for politician you are categorized under the IDIOTS groups than with the wisdom of politics to lead the volatile country like Ethiopia. If you are an Ethiopian citizen or originally from Ethiopia I hope you know Ethiopia and Ethiopian. Ethiopian culture and value is they rely on the greatnesses of their nation, believe in God and accept foreign influence if that is rational to protect national interests. Listen Susan talk again and again, you learn how late Prime Minster has protected national interests by his skillful and rational reasoning from outsiders interference. You might believe Melese ideas disappeared with his burial. You might not accept his institution (party) standing alive. Stop claiming someone outsider to give you power by the expense the Ethiopian democratic rights to make choice who runs politics in their land.

09/07/12 @ 08:02
Comment from: Eyayu Gedel [Visitor]
Eyayu Gedel

This is funny at the same time sad.Let the fight leave to the ethiopian people inside the country.You & Co like elias kifle, tamagn hodam, belew,gelaw etc are clueless morally bankrubt toxic diaspora represents yourself not DC ethiopians.If you demand any change you have to prepare to die not just bark 10000 miles away.
The titel says’washington update.’This is hilarious.Self praise is comfort to a fool.
All your information is solely based on your emotional out burst, not facts. You have absolutely nothing to stand on right now besides your assumptions and wild tales.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

09/07/12 @ 10:46
Comment from: pete [Visitor]
pete

Is Washington a name of political party? If so, what is your vision?

09/07/12 @ 11:50
Comment from: HAnna [Visitor]
HAnna

DEar MEsfin ,
you said it right yes America have to stop suporting this rapist and dectator party thire is no way of this small minded durye can stay in pawer and shamed my people.God is good all the time and he gave them a time to correct from thier mistake and to free all ethiopian from not allawing to them to connect from another world ay controlling the enternat and aall the medea and alots of thing .
I cant wait to see all ethiopian come to the meskel square to say God is good and put thier hang=d to the air to praise the lord.
all Ethiopan are in prison and I pray that let God set them free .
for all of you you are doing fine at this time that means you are not going to care fot the Gambela people that thier are suffring the most and the Oromo people .
we all say we are ethiopian but we are not acting we are one we can stop the diffrence by loving each other we all created diffrent but we all are equal and loved by God .
God bless all of us
HAnna
sorry I am lerning englsh

09/07/12 @ 14:17
Comment from: ethiopiawi [Visitor]
ethiopiawi

haana

i noticd yuor engliz languich is hoorendous.doont wory yuo cann lern frome as.juste trye to teke itt litle bye litle.byby nowe.

ze profeser


09/07/12 @ 16:34
Comment from: Hareg [Visitor]
Hareg

if many weyanes begin to write against something , means you have touched their nerve.
you do a good diplomatic job mr. mesfin. pls continue your work effectively. they are like barking dogs..

09/08/12 @ 04:33
Comment from: Tekle [Visitor]
Tekle

This is to remind you all about the next Presidential election. We should all rally behind our dear Brother Obama and vote for him on the election day November 6, 2012. He has done more positively to Africa in general and our country in particular than all his predecessors combined. He deserves to be elected. That is even if you hate Tigrayans like me and it does not matter if you are a Shewan Amhara. He has been very good to you also.

09/08/12 @ 12:48
Comment from: Belayneh T. [Visitor]
Belayneh T.

Ato Mesfin Endew Dinget Bebanenk Kuter “Update” Minamen Eyalk Yemitzebezibewun Neger Titeh Minale Serahin Arfeh Bitsera? Yerasun Yeglun Yebetesebun Chiger Bekitu Yalfeta Sew Sile Hager Lemenagers Min Andebet Yinorewal? Mechem Zirzir Wust Endegeba Yemifeleg Aymeslegnem.
Lib Yestih, Bezih Edmeh Lelelochu Araya Mehon Sigebah…

09/08/12 @ 13:09
Comment from: C\'est moi senait [Visitor]
C\'est moi senait

That dead rat weyaane Banda Mlese is now rooten to hill. We are celebrating a new year with JOY, MUSIC,FOOD AND MANY MORE. What a HAPPY DAY TO ALL TRUE AND PURE ETHIOPIANS. Die weyannes die like a fly. We will dig out your Banda master from holy ground of Ethiopia and BURN HIM IN MESKL SQ. AND THEN SANETERIZE THE GROUND WITH DDT.

Time to deport all these chigarrams to Sudan oxfam feeding centre.

09/08/12 @ 13:56
Comment from: TEDDY [Visitor]
TEDDY

Hey C’est moi Senait do you know the real meaning of DDT (Destroying Deded Tigres )we must use it on stupid cricket parasite Thugs infecting this website as the Village Idiots :Extraterrorist ,Ahya ,Tchiffenee ,Adgi Banda and co .The great Abe recently has eradicated the Crime Minster not only from being seen on
G8 and G20 summits but wiped him out from earth for once and for all .Hey TPLF Thugs better you read once again wikileaks
reports on your then leba master and his Agazis .Where you will find out how much they are apreciated by the state Department Officials …LOL!!!!

09/08/12 @ 16:51
Comment from: Choma [Visitor]
Choma

Mesfin Washington Update Mekonne,

How are you doing buddy? Long time no see? Where have you been? kkkkkkkkk

09/08/12 @ 19:16
Comment from: kul [Visitor]
kul

Is this an update or an opinion?

09/10/12 @ 10:25
Comment from: heny [Visitor]
heny

Robert said it well to this Fandya Mekonnen:

This fellow always writes about this hearing and that Congress meeting etc. to solve Ethiopia’s problems. American Congress and American Senate is not responsible for Ethiopia but for America. Is that too dificult to understand? Whatever change in Ethiopia comes from Ethiopians not from XYZ congress man. As a door man and waiter of a hotel you better try to better yourself before you better other Ethiopians. Many of us are better in everything than you frustrated hotel waiter. Another werada diaspora politician.

09/10/12 @ 15:10
Comment from: Tulu Proud ET [Visitor]
Tulu Proud ET

I hope America and Europe will burry both Dictator Meles and their unconditional and so unfair support to Meles. Hopefully this will be un opportunity to show care and respect for humans, humans right and Ethiopians life as well. Ethiopians life is not a commodity but a human life.

There is nothing gone undiscovered by Ethiopians. Meles was wasting and gambling on humans life and dignity under the disguise of his fraudulent economic success. If you ask the Amaras, Gambellas, Ogadenians and Oromos you will get completely different and sad scenarios and sadly that is not new to everyone.

It is only his supporters, Tigres 5% of the population who coming out of Tigray to get rich and descended on Addis and other parts of Ethiopia. They have big mouths and trying to shut the 95% of the population voice because they are definitely and unfairly getting rich by stealing and suppressing the deserving 95% of the population.

It is a definite chance to come out of Tigray and get rich sooner where for other Ethiopians it is not and a definite disastrous situation to live or go anywhere.

09/10/12 @ 15:14

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