A New Battle in Congress: Lobbyists v Human Rights – Scott A. Morgan

August 1st, 2007 Print Print Email Email

We all noticed last fall when the American Voters decidely threw out an Incompetent Republican Congress and replaced them with the Democrats. (more…)

We all noticed last fall when the American Voters decidely threw out an Incompetent Republican Congress and replaced them with the Democrats. But it is becoming clear that if WE expected a change in how things are run in Washington we were sadly mistaken.


Like in the last Republican controlled Congress A Bill that was designed to address the internal climate in an African Country that is an ally was introduced. Sadly it appears that it is travelling down the same road. If certain people have their way this legislation will not see the floor to be voted on.

H.R. 2003 which deals with Freedom Democracy and Human Rights in Ethiopia was reintroduced in the House after a journey that had some treachery in it. After clearing the House International Relations Committee (now the Foreign Relations Committee) it was tabled by then Speaker Hastert. Now under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi it may suffer the same fate as it did in the last Congress.

The Current Government in Ethiopia has a serious image problem. Its actions were recently criticized in a report by Human Rights Watch. It released 38 political prisoners that were mainly members of the Political Opposition after an unfair trial. And the Red Cross was asked to leave the Ogaden region of the country. Also the country faces increasing scrutiny after its US Backed Incursion in to Somalia.

What did this African country do to try and shore up its image? It has retained one of the most powerful lobbyist groups in Washington DLA Piper. Already the group has sent two former members of Congress Dick Armey and Richard Gephardt to lobby the Speaker in an effort to prevent this bill from being voted on. The Government in Addis Ababa could lose substantial Economic and Military Aid if this bill passes.

The fact that this attempt at a backroom deal could backfire. The Congress has an even lower approval rating then the President. If this occurs then who knows how much the average citizen will trust their Member of Congress. The Ethiopian Diaspora here in the United States are organizing an effort to bring this bill to the floor so it can be voted on. Maybe Americans themselves should join this effort so that people can be heard and not the lobbyists. Isn’t that supposed to happen in the House anyway?

  1. filfilu
    | #1

    “a-he-he-he.Lifa yalew bere, kodaw kebero yehonal” alu

  2. filfilu
    | #2

    “you all are a bunch of disgusting loosers,you will no longer use the innocence of the ethiopian people mind for advantage.we are tired of your same,old political games n i guess you should stop cheating yourselves too.

  3. Habesha
    | #3

    filfilu, what are you saying? Who you talking to? U sound very ignorant anyway!! Make a constructive argument instead of blindly insulting people! I can’t believe someone could be born to be such a trash!! Koshasha!

  4. grum
    | #4

    Habesha are you beging imported democracy???????

  5. grum
    | #5

    Habesha are you beging usa to make peace?? Ethiopia is only for ethiopians.

  6. Mammo
    | #6

    GRUM what we are asking USA is not to make peace in Ethiopia, it is to stop funding tyrany and to stop giving guns to kill our people!! That’s what the bill is about!! That’s our right since it’s our tax money that’s being used to fund the opression and killing of our people!!

  7. Tokichew
    | #7

    The US has lost its moral authority around the world, rebuilding that moral authority should begin with Ethiopia, congress should side with the people and not with a mafia clique that rule by terror!!!

  8. Tazabi
    | #8

    Correct me if I wrong but please don’t disparage or belittle me just because I seem to posses a different point of view from that of yours. Besides it is not Ethiopian to do so.

    Here is my opinion……

    1. It is my opinion that blocking aid and assistance would exacerbate the poverty and illiteracy that our country is suffering tremendously and has been suffering for decades. As it is the country is struggling with every thing that it has and every penny that we are getting from the west is very crucial for our growth and economic advancement which would in turn govern the political process. Economic growth should be given the higher priority than most of would like to think. I reside in Addis and even though the Diaspora has done a lot of good things to improve the situation in our country, I strongly disagree with this movement that would cut and leave us to dry with no help. Yes, you might not exactly feel the daily agony of our day to day life but it would not be hard to imagine what it would be like if the help we are getting would be halted.

    2. It is obvious that there are countiers, neighbors or not, that really are not happy with the slow but certain growth that we are showing. Our military strength is very crucial as much as our economic strength to keep that kind of disruption as far away as possible from our borders and with out the help of the west, again, I am afraid we will be the number one victim of vicious foreign attacks.

    3. Another thing that makes me wonder is that why we are allowing foreign nations to make decisions for us. We Ethiopians have never been colonized and thus westerners have never had neither much influence on us nor have we ever worshiped them as far back as I know. Why NOW? Let’s get the economic help from them but let’s also find a solution for internal problems within ourselves. I know that we are capable of doing so. The road might be a bit challenging but we shall get there and when we get there we all shall cherish the outcome since we have attained on our own.

    4.Thank you for reading and I hope to learn from any one who can rebuttal my arguments with a better premise and/or show me a different approach within just this context only. Or else Let’s try to agree to disagree and that and only that will clear the way to democracy which we all yearn for.

    Thank you,

    Yours

    Tazabi

  9. shotolay(mekonen mulugeta)
    | #9

    “DUTY CALL”

    ALL YOUNG ETHIOPIAN IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY PLEAS GET MAKE READY TO FIGHT WOYANE.CONTACT THIS PLACE OR REPORT FOR DUTY.

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  10. shotolay(mekonen mulugeta)
    | #10

    “DUTY CALL”

    ALL YOUNG ETHIOPIAN IF YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY PLEAS GET MAKE READY TO FIGHT WOYANE.CONTACT THIS PLACE OR REPORT FOR DUTY.

    http://WWW.blackwaterusa.com

  11. shotolay(mekonen mulugeta)
    | #11

    “DUTY CALL”

    GEAR UP GEAR UP GET REAL MEN LIFE.BE A MEN THERE IS SOME THING.

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  12. shotolay(mekonen mulugeta)
    | #12

    ” DUTY CALL”

    GEAR UP GEAR UP GET REAL MEN LIFE.BE A MEN THERE IS SOME THING

    http://www.blackwaterusa.com

  13. shotolay(mekonen mulugeta)
    | #13

    ” BE A REAL MEN”

    make ready your self to take dowen meles zenawi.you need to get treand your self to jump mid night over emeye menilik house to beheaded meles zenawi and his agazi barraged.
    to make short war.

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  14. dinknesh
    | #14

    keep the good work up

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