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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.…

Alemayehu G. Mariam: My Commentary on My Commentaries

Alemayehu G. Mariam: My Commentary on My Commentaries

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Why have I written lengthy weekly Monday commentaries for hundreds of weeks without missing a single week? Why are my “commentaries so long”?…

What is the Value of American Values in Africa?

What is the Value of American Values in Africa?

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The President’s remarks on torture got me thinking about the torturers attending the “U.S.-Africa Leaders” Summit. On August 5-6, President Obama has invited to the White House the “finest” practitioners of torture…

Ethiopia in the Twilight Zone (9) of Fear

Ethiopia in the Twilight Zone (9) of Fear

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The gravamen of the terrorism charges is that the bloggers “working with foreign organizations claiming to be human rights activists acted to destabilize the nation” and “received funding to incite the public to violence via social media.”…

The Moral Bankruptcy of Failed African States

The Moral Bankruptcy of Failed African States

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According to the latest Failed States Index, 6 out of the top 10 and 18 out of the top 25 “most failed states on earth” are found in Africa.…

Why is Ethiopia the second poorest country on the planet?

Why is Ethiopia the second poorest country on the planet?

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My response to the befuddled foreign correspondent was terse, swift and unapologetic. “It is. Deal with it! I am not sorry to be blunt. It is your right to mindlessly parrot the regime’s line!!!” When one’s journalistic accreditation and privileged existence in Ethiopia depends on one’s choice of words and…

No Country for Ethiopian Human Rights Abusers

No Country for Ethiopian Human Rights Abusers

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Last week, famed exiled Ethiopian investigative journalist, Abebe Gellaw, identified Tewodros Beharu, as “Ethiopia’s prosecutor from hell (hiding in plain view) in America.”…

Why I am boycotting Ȼoca Ȼola

Why I am boycotting Ȼoca Ȼola

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Diaspora Ethiopians are expressing their outrage on social and online media and calling for a boycott of Coca Cola Company for its unethical, arbitrary and unfair dealings with Ethiopia’s pop music superstar Teodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro).…

Who is afraid of the Ethiopian bloggers?

Who is afraid of the Ethiopian bloggers?

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The “dean” of independent Ethiopian journalists and blogger extraordinaire, Eskinder Nega, is serving an 18 year sentence for blogging. …

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