<Lately the discussion seems to drift towards why Africa despite its
<massive resources is the poorest continent. Some blame the rich countries
<for exploiting Africa. To great extent, I think WE AFRICANS, should blame our selves. Just look how many dictators there have been in Africa as heads of statesin the last few years.
<Some blame colonization. I think USA was once a British colony and on the other hand Ethiopia was never colonized. Ethiopia, with its huge natural resources, has stunned the world with a devastating famine of 1984-85. That famine could have been avoided i
<f the there was a sensible government at that time.
<As Dawit mentioned
>> That was why the drafters of the Ethiopian Constitution
>> proceeded to create ,anew,the necessary viable nation-state
>> out of the post-colonial state. Would this experience be
>> relevant for the rest of Africa ?
Here I would like to differ with Dawit, because I know what is going
on in Ethiopia. He has been active disseminating lies about the political
dynamics in Ethiopia. The document (constitution) he is talking about exist
only on paper. Governerance is through the brute use of force the same way
Mengistu Haile Mariam did. There are long lists of documented atrocities even
as we speak.
My African brothers and sisters: I believe we can transcend our current
difficulties, but we need to erect a viable and "democratic" governerance. To
me South Africa appear to be a country to be emulated. They have allowed
ethnic diversity and respect for each ethnic group while at the same time
allowing proportionate representation in the federal government. It gives hope
at the end of a tunnel.
Ethiopia is far, far from having a semblance of a democratic country.
<With the right type of government, I think any country could prosper.
<the difference between North Korea and South Korea, Hongkong and China.
<As IT professionals let us keep up the discussion on IT related activities.
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