Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam's Blog (10)

Persecution of Ethiopian Journalists

Bertrand Pecquerie, CEO

Global Editors Network

Paris, France



Dear Mr. President,



I am writing as a proud member of The Global Editors Network(GEN), a

blogger, journalist, and scholar to bring to your attention the

continued and ever mounting persecution of journalists by the

Government of Ethiopia(GoE) in different manners. The GOE has

recently intensified the arrest and systematic harassment of

journalists and pundits publishing critical…

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Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on December 1, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Anarchy, Terrorism, and Piracy in Somalia: Revisited

Alemayehu Fentaw†





Somalia has long been anarchic, hitting rock-bottom claiming #1 in The Fund for Peace´s most recent Failed States Index. It had no functioning central government in the past two decades, albeit 14 attempts to reconstitute the state had been made since the ouster of the Cold War dictator Mohammad Siad Barre in 1991 after 22 years in power. All such efforts had been doomed to fail and whether or not the latest initiative shall succeed only remains to be seen.… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on December 14, 2010 at 5:51am — No Comments

Ethiopia: Reflections on the Crusade against Real Estate



Alemayehu Fentaw

What motivated me to write this piece is the recent measures taken by the Addis Ababa City Administration against real estate developers to expropriate their lease holdings. One thing that strikes me as odd is that actions took on the form of a campaign at best and a crusade at worst, pursued with the enthusiasm of a zealot. As a word of caveat, I don’t gainsay the government’s desire to combat against…

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Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on December 14, 2010 at 5:49am — No Comments

The Unbearable Lightness of Pardon: Reflections on Birtukan’s Second Sailing

Alemayehu Fentaw

10 October 2010

Addis Ababa

 

“… if I grant forgiveness on condition that the other confess… then my forgiveness begins to let itself be contaminated by an economy, a calculation that corrupts it.”

Jacques Derrida

 

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Looking at the blogosphere and papers, the re-release of Judge Birtukan Mideksa, leader of the Unity for…

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Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on October 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy: The Case for a Paradigm Shift

Alemayehu Fentaw†

A good place to start a constructive critique is to look at the logical foundation of the Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy and Strategy (FANSPS) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and subject it to the tests of consistency, coherence, and soundness. The FANSPS is premised on the proposition that “security policy is a matter of ensuring national survival. The alpha and omega of security is the ensuring of national survival. Other national… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on November 25, 2009 at 7:31am — No Comments

Anarchy, Terrorism, and Piracy in Somalia: New Rules of Engagement for the International Community

Alemayehu Fentaw†



Somalia has long been anarchic, hitting rock bottom claiming #1 in The Fund for Peace’s most recent Failed States Index. It had no functioning central government in the past 19 years, albeit 14 attempts to reconstitute state authority had been made since 1991, when the former Cold War dictator Mohammad Siad Barre was ousted after 22 years in power. All such efforts were doomed to fail. Whether or not the latest effort is going to succeed is a matter that will remain… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on May 24, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Score Card of Obama's First Hundred Days

Last November, immediately following the US elections, the Salzburg Global Seminar held Session 458, “The US and the World: New Strategies of Engagement.”



The session was held in partnership with the Financial Times, and included a wide variety of experts and specialists from the US, Europe, East and South Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.



At its conclusion we produced a “Roadmap for Re-engagement: The World’s Advice to the New Administration.” One of the main… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on April 29, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

On Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Pardon

Alemayehu W. Fentaw(LLB, MA)





Revocation of the pardon granted to Ms. Birtukan Mideksa has been a subject of bitter debate recently between those who admonish it as unlawful and retrograde, on the one hand and those who approve of it as not only lawful, but also as a measure that advances the causes of justice and rule of law, on the other. The government news agency, quoting the Ministry of Justice said the pardon had been revoked since she had denied requesting her pardon. Of… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on April 10, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

The Authoritarian Executive, the Rubber-Stamp Parliament, and Delegation of Powers in Ethiopia

Alemayehu Fentaw



The Nondelegation Principle



The doctrine of nondelegation is explicit or implicit in all written constitutions that impose a structural separation of powers. It is usually applied in questions of constitutionally improper delegations of legislative powers to the executive. In 1690, John Locke (1632-1704), one of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period, wrote that legislators “can have no power to transfer their authority of making… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on October 15, 2008 at 9:46am — No Comments

RECOMMENDATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEACE-MAKING AND PEACE-BUILDING:

SECURING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN AND CIVIL SOCIETY

September 2008

The Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg, Austria



Alemayehu Fentaw was Fellow of Session 455, "Peace-Making and Peace-Building: Securing the Contributions of Women and Civil Society," which was organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar from 7-12 September 2008, at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria. Below is the full-text of the recommendations… Continue

Added by Alemayehu Fentaw Weldemariam on October 10, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

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