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A Teachable Moment for Ethio-Americans on July 4, 2015

A Teachable Moment for Ethio-Americans on July 4, 2015

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by Alemayehu G. Mariam My topic for my Monday Commentary this week was not about a teachable moment for Ethiopian-Americans.  I dropped my intended topic and wrote this piece because I was madder than a nest of hornets. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a report by the…

Ethiopia: The TPLF Banana Republic

Ethiopia: The TPLF Banana Republic

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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy…

The “Jiggery Pokery” Jurisprudence of Justice Scalia

The “Jiggery Pokery” Jurisprudence of Justice Scalia

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Scalia has cast a long and dark shadow of contempt, indignity and derision on the court itself. He has succeeded in painting a portrait of the U.S. Supreme Kangaroo Court.…

The Axis of Shevil: Does Africa Need Gayle Smith?

The Axis of Shevil: Does Africa Need Gayle Smith?

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by Alemayehu G. Mariam What do Gayle Smith, Wendy Sherman and Susan Rice have in common? This past Thursday, Gayle Smith who is currently Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council directed by  Susan Rice, had her confirmation hearing to become the next Administrator…

Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!

Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!

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This is one of my proudest moments as a university professor. I can imagine no greater honor than seeing my students rise up to uphold the principle of the rule of law, a principle to which I have dedicated my life. Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam…

Ethiopia: Remembering Dennis Hastert

Ethiopia: Remembering Dennis Hastert

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Back in 2006, I had the displeasure of “crossing swords” with Dennis Hastert. It was in the early months of my accidental career as an Ethiopian human rights advocate following the Meles Massacres in the aftermath of the 2005 election.…

A case study in the rise of thugmocracy in Ethiopia

A case study in the rise of thugmocracy in Ethiopia

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On May 24, 2015, Africa’s foremost thugmocracy, the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), held “parliamentary elections”.…

Ethiopia: I Can’t Hear You, Wendy Sherman!

Ethiopia: I Can’t Hear You, Wendy Sherman!

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Wendy talked everybody under the table when she hectored Ethiopians to come out and vote. She lectured Ethiopians on how “every vote counts”. She did not say who counts the votes.…

Ethiopian Election: Aaargh! T-TPLF “Wins” Again!

Ethiopian Election: Aaargh! T-TPLF “Wins” Again!

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The T-TPLF has ruled Ethiopia since 1991. Today T-TPLF-ites are dancing in the streets celebrating their crushing “electoral victory”.…

Why Is the T-TPLF Afraid of Its Own Shadow?

Why Is the T-TPLF Afraid of Its Own Shadow?

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Why are the T-TPLF gods of FEAR, TERROR AND DREAD afraid of their own shadows in 2015?…

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