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Meles Zenawi’s Death: Paradoxes and Opportunities

4 Sep

By Messay Kebede*

Prof. Messay Kebede

Beyond the pathetic and at times ridiculous theatrics of Ethiopians ordered not only to mourn but also to show visible signs of a boundless grief over the death of Meles Zenawi, henceforth advertised as a great and beloved Ethiopian leader, I hear a murmur that increasingly sounds like a condescending laughter. Who is laughing? Perhaps history is laughing at the extraordinary reversal of Meles and the TPLF. When the guerrilla troops of the TPLF marched on Addis Ababa in 1991 and their leaders seized power, they promised freedom and democracy for all the peoples of Ethiopia. After 20 years of total rule, what we observe is people mourning a leader in the North Korean style, that is, the reality of a government that feels entitled to order its people even how to feel.  
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Full text of speech by Amb. Susan Rice at Meles’s funeral

3 Sep

Posted by Admin, Sept. 3, 2012, Source: USUN

AS DELIVERED

Good morning.

First Lady Azeb Mesfin, President Girma, Acting Prime Minister Hailemariam, members of the Council of Ministers, members of Parliament, excellencies, distinguished guests, and the great people of Ethiopia – thank you for the privilege of speaking here today.

We gather to mark a profoundly sorrowful loss for Ethiopia, for Africa, and for the entire world. Our shared grief is palpable.
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Request submitted to “Archive the body of late PM Meles in a museum”!

2 Sep

Ethiopian New Agency, August 30, 2012

Addis Ababa August 30/2012 Various private, public business and religious institutions have continued sending their condolence message over the death of PM Meles Zenawi.
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Cutbacks in the wake of Meles Zenawi’s passing away

2 Sep

By Kaleyesus Bekele and Dawit Taye

Ethiopians are mourning the untimely death of Prime minster Meles Zenawi. Anybody, who strolls in the city, could easily sense the mourning mood. The bars which are usually busy with visitors are now more or less quite. Mulu Ashalew, a bar owner around Gerji, says that following the death of Meles her daily sales has plunged by 50 percent. Though Mulu declined to disclose the amount she makes she said that she used to sell two barrels of draft beer and this has dropped to only one. “The number of people visiting our bar has significantly declined. Those who still come to us prefer to leave early. I never thought that things would turn out this way,” Mulu said.
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Death of an autocrat: What comes next for Ethiopia?

31 Aug

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered ins Addis Ababa to pay their respects to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, who died on August 20. (Carl De Souza / AFP / Getty Images / August 30, 2012)

By Kenneth Roth, from the Los Angeles Times

I had two lengthy meetings with Meles before he took ill. In neither case did I mince words about the increasing severity of his repression: the thousands of political prisoners, the widespread torture, the counterinsurgency atrocities, the suppression of independent journalists and nongovernmental groups. He seemed to enjoy the opportunity to spar, as if tired of the sycophants surrounding him.
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Coerced grief for Meles Zenawi draws contempt of even those genuinely grieving for him

29 Aug

በታምሩ ጽሄ፤ 29 ነሐሴ 2012

ከጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር መለስ ዜናዊ ሕልፈተ ሕይወት በኋላ እየታየ ያለው የሐዘን አገላለጽ ዓላማውንና አቅጣጫውን የሳተ እንዳይሆን፣ ሕዝቡም ሆነ የመንግሥት አካላት ጥንቃቄ እንዲያደርጉ ተጠየቀ፡፡ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትሩ ሕይወታቸው ማለፉ ከተነገረ ከነሐሴ 15 ቀን 2004 ዓ.ም. ማለዳ ጀምሮ በመኖሪያ ቤታቸው፣ በሁሉም ወረዳዎችና በመላው አገሪቱ ክልሎች ሕዝቡ መሪር ሐዘኑን እየገለጸ መሆኑን የተናገሩ በርካታ አስተያየት ሰጪዎች፣ ዜጐች ሐዘን መድረስ ያለባቸው በእውነተኛ ሐዘን ላይ ተመሥተው እንጂ በጉትጐታና በቅስቀሳ መሆን እንደሌለበት መክረዋል፡፡
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Democracy unlikely in post-Meles Ethiopia – Analysis

26 Aug

By Jerome Mwanda, IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis

NAIROBI (IDN) – The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has been Ethiopia’s epicentre for 21 years, will have profound national and regional consequences, but democracy and an end to repression appear unlikely, according to analysts.
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Meles: The man who tried to make dictatorship acceptable

24 Aug

The Economist, August 25, 2012

What will follow one of Africa’s most successful strongmen?

THE death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister, on August 20th reveals much about the country he created. Details of his ill health remained a secret until the end. A short broadcast on state television, late by a day, informed Ethiopians that their “visionary leader” of the past 21 years was gone. He died of an unspecified “sudden infection” somewhere abroad. No further information was given. In the two months since the prime minister’s last public appearance the only Ethiopian newspaper that reported his illness was pulped, its office closed, and its editor arrested. Further details of Mr Meles’s death surfaced only when an EU official confirmed that he died in a Brussels hospital.

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