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"On the other hand, it seems to me that the suggestion that a people of a given ethnic group or tribal group or religious group can only have a meaningful communal existence if they are an independent nation -- not if there is no oppression, not if they have genuine autonomy, but they must be actually independent -- is a questionable assertion in a global economy where cooperation pays greater benefits in every area of life than destructive competition." PRESIDENT CLINTON
Yes, I use "ePolitics" word for both -- Ethiopian and Electronic politics.
The world has changed. At the turn of the century nothing is the same as before, including politics. The politics as we know it is no more. The sooner all politicians will realize it, the better for them.
But the most interesting aspect of the new "direct democracy" (when each of us has mass media at our finger-tips, keyboard) is that they, the politicians, mean less and less. And this is good!
This page is an introduction to Politics Directory and Ethiopian politics in general. I placed several data-oriented pages with the list of parties, structure of the government and, of course, my own writing on the subject (mostly edited messages to EthioForum). As usual, I try not to dublicate what you can find on other sites (for example, the text of the recent Ethiopian Constitution -- visit the Ethiopian Embassy website).
How to use this directory. First, read. Second -- write. There "Politics' Board" where you can place your message. Third, subscribe.
As you uderstood already, the new politics are all about PARTICIPATION! The news politician is... YOU!
Let me tell how you can change Ethiopia's future. Yes, yes, you, my friend. It all depends how much time and energy you willing to put in it. Do we like or not the new democratic process lives of the public opinion and the public is you and me. You can make your public presence very visible. Go to the old page "Contacts" @ Sellassie Cyber University Politics and see the addresses, phone numbers, faxes, emails of the various political organizations (Ethiopian, American, International). Go ahead, begin your own political compaign!
Or may join our causes. Do you want to know more?
Read on! (Old Politics Directory)
Do you need to get in touch with the people of the same political directions? Check Sellassie Cyber U Diaspora Index. Or use the search engines (on your right), what the big Inter has to offer.
Do you want to share your political positions with the world? Go to Business Sellassie and learn how to build your own website. It's free, but it takes time, of course.
Or send your articles on politics to Sellassie BOOKs for web-publishing...
The only thing you can't do -- to complain that you can do nothing. You can do a lot.
NB. Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek laid out five basic elements of democracy: support for human rights, a commitment to peace and security, economic development, "sensitivity to the weaker and poorer members of society," and empowerment of individual citizens.
"The virtues and blessings of democracy can be reduced to a common core, the dignity of the human being," said Geremek, who was the intellectual leader of Poland's anti-Soviet Solidarity movement.
DEMOCRACY SUMMIT Warsaw, June 2000
... freedom is much more important than democracy. And the two are NOT the same. Democracy gave rise to Hitler. The "counting of heads" in no way assures a moral society. Just because 51% of the population decides to tax the rich more does not make it a moral policy. No, freedom is far more important.
"A libertarian is a person who believes that no one has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, or to advocate or delegate its initiation. Those who act consistently with this principle are libertarians, whether they realize it or not. Those who fail to act consistently with it are _not_ libertarians, regardless of what they may claim."
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise