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Power & politics in Ethiopia: Election as habit for the regime, not empowerment of the people

23 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Elise Dufief* – Power and electoral politics in Ethiopia

    In this blog, Elise Dufief argues that in the 2005 and 2010 elections, the Ethiopian government repeatedly made empty gestures towards democratic practice so that it could strengthen the state and secure its incumbency without risking international condemnation. We should expect that similar tactics will be used in May 2015 and, despite the political and […]

Despite the rise of specific instruments such as election monitoring, international democracy promotion is challenged by the global retreat of democracy. The case of Ethiopia demonstrates how political space can be narrowed, a dominant regime strengthened, and election observer missions constricted in their capacity to influence outcomes. Election monitoring can deepen the contradictions between regime practices and the ideals of external democracy promoters.
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Monsanto and the Bio-Tech Conglomerates: Sowing the Seeds of Famine in Ethiopia

25 May

Editor’s Note:

    The World Bank has now set another target date to end poverty – 2030. Nonetheless, the fundamental question that should be asked is whether the World Bank is the right institution to be in the business of “eradicating poverty?”

    Does it have the goal and the political will “to help” developing countries “eradicate poverty?” Is it credible enough?

    Having witnessed its increasing “political role” in authoritarian Ethiopia, should it in the first place be allowed to continue pretending about doing “the poverty eradication” thing?

    What a foolish question to ask! Who am I asking, after all?

    The TPLF regime in Addis Abeba has long shown its determination to mortgage the country and its people to remain in power. This is what the World Bank has been facilitating and taking advantage of!

    As for me, I have long given up on the firm. I submit its footprints in so-called over 300 chronically non-self supporting Ethiopian districts and its so-called Productive Safety Network Programme (PSNP), designed in collaboration with the DFID and USAID!

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