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America is confronted with one of the most complicated constitutional rights of its own making 

Tomas Mega, Las Vegas, Nevada 

After the incomprehensible massacre of twenty Connecticut children, America, for the moment, appears ready to address one of the most perplexing assurances enshrined in its Constitution; the Second Amendment, guaranteeing citizens the right to keep and bear arms.
The complexities are immense.  The interpretation of the Second Amendment guarantees polarizing.  None of the authors of that amendment are alive to gain counsel from.  And, predictably, the arguments on both sides are frenzied and often in contradiction to facts.  

The theme for this year’s celebration paid tribute to the visions of the late PM Meles; but it should also be about how not to do ethnic federalism the dangerous way like he did

Emnet Assefa

Once again, the month of December 2012, as the last six Decembers, saw the all too familiar colorful get together of Ethiopian nations and nationalities who came from all parts of the country to celebrate the 7th Nations, Nationalities and People’s Day. This time, the host was Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara regional state, some 750 kms north of the country.  

Ethiopia’s late PM Meles Zenawi died convinced of a no relationship between democracy and development. He was wrong

Bisrat Teshome, Special to Addis Standard

The famous Economist and Nobel Prize winner of 1998, Amartya Sen, on his bestselling book “Development as Freedom” unwaveringly argues that development has to be seen as a process of expanding real freedom that people enjoy at different places and time.