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The Great Ethiopian Famine of 1984 Remembered (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

The Great Ethiopian Famine of 1984 Remembered (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

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As we remember the 1984 Great Ethiopian famine in 2014, I want my readers to be very aware that there is famine going on in various parts of Ethiopia today.…

The Thugplomacy of the TPLF (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

The Thugplomacy of the TPLF (by Alemayehu G. Mariam)

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The man described by Reuters as the “gunman [who] opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds is Solomon Tadesse Gebre Silasse, a TPLF “security attache” with full diplomatic immunity.…

The Rise and Fall of the “Baksheesh State” in Ethiopia

The Rise and Fall of the “Baksheesh State” in Ethiopia

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The TPLF baksheesh state is hopelessly addicted to aid as a dope fiend is addicted to hallucinogenic drugs. That regime follows the dictum, “Ask not how YOU can handle your country to make it self-sufficient, ask how you can panhandle for your country so that it can never become self-sufficient.”…

What Does President Obama“Know”About Ethiopia’s “Election”?

What Does President Obama“Know”About Ethiopia’s “Election”?

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Last week, President Barack Obama met with a delegation of the regime in Ethiopia and said, “… the Prime Minister [Hailemariam Desalegn] and the government is going to be organizing elections in Ethiopia this year.…

Shame On Me For Being Proud of President Obama!

Shame On Me For Being Proud of President Obama!

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I made an exception to my hard and fast rule against shameless politicians. The year was 2007. The politician was a young, charismatically magnetic and silver tongued politician named Barack Obama running for the presidency of the United States.…

Crimes Against Womanity: Marriage by Abduction in Ethiopia

Crimes Against Womanity: Marriage by Abduction in Ethiopia

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The “attack” on DIFRET was only the latest assault on free expression in Ethiopia by the ruling regime in that country. A month earlier in August, six popular independent publications including Afro Times, Addis Guday, Enku, Fact, Jano, and Lomi were shuttered and dozens of journalists were jailed or exiled.…

Resolutions for the Ethiopian New Year

Resolutions for the Ethiopian New Year

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For many of my Ethiopian readers in the United States, September 11 (Ethiopian New Year’s Day, Meskerem 1) is a festive day of celebration as well as a day that shall live in infamy. …

DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia

DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia

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Distinguished guests, ambassadors, we were just told by the police that we have to stop this film because there is a court order on it. We have not been informed prior to this.…

The Game of Thrones in Ethiopia

The Game of Thrones in Ethiopia

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During his two year tenure as “prime minister”, Hailemariam has shown an embarrassing lack of familiarity with the principle and operation of the rule of law.…

The Long, Long Way to a More Perfect Union in America

The Long, Long Way to a More Perfect Union in America

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On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white Ferguson police officer. A private autopsy done at the request of Brown’s family showed the teenager was shot at least six times. …

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