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Disinformation in T-TPLF Land of Living Lies: Pinocchio Preaches Truth Against Perception in Ethiopia?

Author’s Note: This is the third successive commentary I have written on the intensifying T-TPLF disinformation campaign in Ethiopia. On September 5, I  announced that the T-TPLF would soon roll out a massive disinformation campaign to discredit the widespread popular uprising against its oppressive rule in Ethiopia. On September 18, I wrote a second commentary […]

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The Truth About T-TPLF Genocide Lies and Disinformation in Ethiopia

Author’s Note: I have written this commentary for several reasons. First, in my September 5, 2016 commentary, I announced that the T-TPLF will soon roll out a major disinformation campaign to discredit the massive popular uprising in the country and re-write the true story of valor and courage by the Ethiopian people with systematic lies […]

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Trumputin, the Manchurian Candidate?

A couple of days ago President Barack Obama slammed Donald “Only-I-Can-Fix-It” Trump for showing up on Russian state-owned network and dissing America’s “dishonest” media. Obama rhetorically wondered out loud: “Think about the fact that [Putin] is Donald Trump’s role model. I have to do business with Putin, I have to do business with Russia, that’s […]

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“Joy Comes in the Morning!”: My Message for the Ethiopian New Year 2009 (E.C.)

September 11, 2016 is the beginning of the 2009 Ethiopian New Year (Meskerem 1, Ethiopian Calendar [E.C.]).[1] It is painful for me to utter the words, “Happy Ethiopian New Year- 2009” (Melkam Adis Amet) this new year. 2008 E.C. has been a Year of Mourning for the people of Ethiopia. In 2008 E.C., the Thugtatorship […]

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The Lies and Disinformation Campaigns of the T-TPLF

Does the LF in TPLF stand for Lie Factory? The T-TPLF  (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front) has now launched a slick disinformation campaign to discredit and diminish the historic popular uprisings against it in Ethiopia. The ruling T-TPLF party in Ethiopia is a criminal terrorist organization listed  in the Global Terrorism Data Base. Disinformation […]

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Ethiopia: When Cheetahs Cry, They Growl!

Americans have no monopoly on heroes. Olympic heroes, that is. On August 21, 2016, Feyisa Lelisa, the 26-year-old Ethiopian long distance runner at the Rio Olympics repeated an act that was once described as the “the most overtly political statement in the history of the modern Olympic Games.” On October 16, 1968, Tommie Smith and […]

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Ethiopia: Beyond the Politics of Hate

Statement of my credo: Hate is the one crumbling wall that now stands between the people of Ethiopia and freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.  The T-TPLF has weaponized and politicized hate. But the mud walls of hate erected by the T-TPLF are today collapsing on the T-TPLF everywhere under the volcanic pressure of […]

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Ethiopia: Rise of the “Amhara Retards” and Oromo “Criminals and Terrorists” in 2016?

Are Amharas “retards”? Are Oromo protesters demanding an end to confiscation of their land “criminals and terrorists”? Are we now witnessing the rise of the “Amhara retards” and the Oromo “criminals and terrorists ” in Ethiopia? The T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front) and its handmaidens say Amharas and Oromos are just a […]

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Donald Trump, Assassin-in-Chief?: Cry Havoc! and .… Hillary!

Insane in the brain?

In my July 25  commentary entitled “Cry Havoc! And Unleash the Dogs of War at the Republican Convention?”, I argued that Trump is a very dangerous demagogue hell-bent on starting a civil war in America. In his convention speech Trump said, “I am your voice. I have a message for all of you…” In his message […]

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Ethiopian Spring in the Summer of 2016?

No people [in the world] will remain smothered, meaning oppressed, for  ages.  It is [a] universal [truth]. No people, to the extent that they are people [human beings] and [as evident] in world history will not remain [like an inanimate object] in one place, they will not stay put in one place as one [an […]

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In Defense of Donald Trump, Sacrificer-in- Chief (SIC)!

What has Donald Trump sacrificed?!             In a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in 2004 after directing his troops to take cover while he confronted a terrorist in a bomb laden car, pulled out […]

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Ethiopia: The Volcano, the Beast and the Tiger

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy Beware what you wish for, you may get it… Meles Zenawi, the late thugmaster of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) used to taunt the opposition that if they don’t like his rule they can go into the bush and […]

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I Am With Her → Hillary Rodham Clinton

I am with Hillary Rodham Clinton now! I was with Bernie Sanders.  I explained  how I felt the Bern back in February 2016. Bernie is with Hillary now. All the way. Bernie’s very last words in his convention speech were: “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her […]

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Cry Havoc! And Unleash the Dogs of War at the Republican Convention?: Deconstructing Donald Trump’s Dog Whistles

In “Julius Caesar”, Shakespeare speaking in the character of Mark Antony warned about the looming civil war that is likely to paralyze Italy following the death of Caesar: … And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice Cry ‘Havoc,’ and […]

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Beware the Spectre Haunting America!

A spectre is haunting America- the spectre of Trumpism. Just days after two rogue policemen executed two African American citizens and a lone gunman assassinated 5 Dallas police officers and wounded 7 more, Donald Trump attempted to politicize  the tragedy by calling himself  the “law and order candidate”. Trump proclaimed: We must maintain law and order […]

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“Hate Begets Hate; Violence Begets Violence” and Lawlessness Begets Anarchy

This past week Americans underwent a trial by fire in their souls. Americans are mourning. Americans are in shock. Americans are in soul-searching agony. We witnessed the cold-blooded execution of two African American citizens by two rogue police officers. I want to underscore: Rogue police officers. We witnessed the cold-blooded assassination of 5 police officers […]

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A Tribute to the Declaration of Independence — 1776

The old saying is, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Well, this is my sincerest expression of flattery to the American Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress (which managed the American revolution and set a course for independence) adopted the Declaration of Independence (more appropriately, issued a call to […]

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Why Diaspora Ethiopians Must Engage in Human Rights Advocacy

“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”  Elie Wiesel Lately, I have been talking to some young Ethiopian Diaspora activists in the U.S. about their views on the human rights situation in Ethiopia. The consistent response I have gotten is a question: “Why […]

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Does (the Horn of) Africa Have Hope?

In April 2014, I wrote a  commentary entitled, “Is there Any Hope for Africa?” I wrote that commentary despairing over the endless man-made disasters in Africa over the past couple of decades. In April 2014, the Central African Republic (CAR) was in the throes of a deadly ethno-religious cleansing campaign. In April 2014, South Sudan, Africa’s […]

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Affirmative Action Must Be Affirmative Inclusion

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Fischer v. Texas that the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) program which considered race, among many other factors, in undergraduate admissions is constitutional. The outcome of the Fisher case was in great doubt in December 2015 when I wrote a  commentary entitled, “The Soft Bigotry and Hard Hubris […]

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Ethiopia-Eritrea Wargames of Mass Distraction?

De ja vu: Haven’t we seen that movie (circus) before? In April 2011, I wrote a commentary about the T-TPLF’s art of war by mass distraction. The T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front), the ruling regime in Ethiopia, is a terrorist organization listed in the Global Terrorism Database. In April 2011, the late TPLF thugmaster Meles Zenawi […]

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Donald Trump: Monster-in-Mischief!

Donald Trump wants to become the Commander-in-Chief of the United States. This week Trump proved he is supremely qualified to be the Monster-in-Mischief of the United States of America. A cowardly terrorist brimming with self-hate and hate of humanity massacred 50 innocent people in Orlando, FL and severely injured many dozens more. The terrorist act […]

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Ethiopia: T-TPLF Criminals Nabbed in America Selling Unregistered Bonds!

Author’s Note to the Reader: Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced an agreement in which the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF), the ruling regime in Ethiopia,  agreed to pay some USD$6.5 million dollars in “disgorgement” (a legal act by which someone who has obtained profits or something of value […]

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Farewell, The Greatest (A Tribute)

[Post updated 6/9/2016] A shorter version of this commentary was posted on 6/4/2016. See below.] Was Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”? Ali told  British actress Joanna Lumley in 1989 that it was all a publicity stunt to promote his fights. Lumley:  “Ali. You are the greatest. How are you the greatest champion in the world?” Ali: […]

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Ethiopia: Guess Who is Coming to WHO in 2017?

 “Wonders never cease!” Well, “not only do they never cease, but new and ever new wonders come crowding on their heels.” The “latest wonder” is Tedros Adhanom, the foreign minister of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-PLF), who wants to run WHO.  That is the World Health Organization. (Truth be told, I […]

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State Terrorism and “Computer Crimes” in Ethiopia

Smoke and mirrors: The T-TPLF replacing its “anti-terrorism law” with a “computer crimes law”? The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) is getting hammered left and right and upside the head on its so-called antiterrorism law (“Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009”.) Now, T-TPLF’s strategists have come up with a new trick to fool everybody: […]

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May 28, 1991: A Day that Shall Live in Infamy in the History of Ethiopia

May 28,  2016: Ethiopia Day of Outrage   On May 28, 1991, the curse of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) descended upon Ethiopia. The T-TPLF regime that is in power in Ethiopia today is a certified terrorist organization listed in the Global Terrorism Database. On May 28, 1991, the TPLF marched into […]

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Human Rights and the “Virtue-ization” of Hypocrisy by Barack Obama

Last week, Barack Obama was in Vietnam preaching the gospel of human rights. He told his tired old story  about human rights to the Vietnamese: When there’s freedom of the press — when journalists and bloggers are able to shine a light on injustice or abuse – that holds officials accountable and builds public confidence that the […]

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Does Ethiopia Need a Constitution?

The question is NOT if Ethiopia needs a new constitution. The question is, “Does Ethiopia need a constitution?”,  since it currently does not have one. The so-called “1995 Ethiopian Constitution” is a constitution of the T-TPLF, by the T-TPLF, for the T-TPLF. The T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples’ Liberation Front) is a certified terrorist […]

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The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

There is  “no famine in Ethiopia… Ethiopians aren’t starving to death… People aren’t dying… Animals are dying of thirst…” Alex de Waal Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the […]

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The “Law” as State Terrorism in Apartheid Ethiopia

Author’s Note: This is the third installment [1] in a series of ongoing commentaries that I expect to post regularly under the rubric, “Apartheid in Ethiopia”. The twin aims of the series “Apartheid in Ethiopia” are: 1) to demonstrate beyond a shadow of doubt that the political system created and maintained by the Thugtatorship of the […]

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The Ant That Killed the Grand Old ElephANT (Party) in America

An old African proverb says, “An ant can kill an elephant.” The ant is said to get into the elephant’s ears and trunk and gnaw and nibble until the pachyderm goes completely crazy and dies from exhaustion. That African proverb has come true in America. The ant that vanquished the Grand Old Republican elephant is […]

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Ethiopia: Bekele Gerba’s Trial in T-TPLF Monkey Kourt

In American legal lore, there is the Scopes Monkey Trial. In 1925, a high school teacher named John Scopes was prosecuted in Tennessee for teaching human evolution in a public school [violating the Butler Act]. Throughout the U.S., the Scopes trial was widely seen as a struggle between the “ignorati” who fought to keep their […]

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My Brother, Eskinder (“Invictus”) Nega: You Are Not Alone and We Love You!

We remember our brother Eskinder Nega There is nothing more the T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front) would like to see than the memory of the great Eskinder Nega erased and obliterated from public memory and consciousness. The T-TPLF wants the world to forget Eskinder Nega. They want his memory to fade away […]

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U.S. Senators Speak Loud and Clear: Human Rights Violations in Ethiopia Must Stop!

Last July, Barack Obama visited Ethiopia and declared the ruling Thugtatoship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) regime a “democratic government.” The T-TPLF claimed with a straight face that it had won the 2015 “election” by 100 percent or all 547 seats in “parliament”. The New York Times called it a “sham”. Human Rights […]

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USAID Hunger Games in Ethiopia

Hunger or famine games in Ethiopia? USAID says there is no famine in Ethiopia, only hunger (a/k/a “severe malnutrition”, “food insecurity”, “food scarcity”, “food insufficiency”, “food deprivation”, “severe food shortages”, “chronic dietary deficiency”, “endemic malnutrition”, etc.) caused by El Nino drought. I say there is famine, as in F-A-M-I-N-E! In countless commentaries over the past […]

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USAID and Famine in Ethiopia: What Does Gayle E. Smith Have to Say?

Author’s Note: The following is a true and correct copy of my letter to USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith dated March 16, 2016, and the response I received from T.C. Cooper, Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs dated April 7, 2016.. My letter questions recent statements made by Ms. Smith regarding the famine in […]

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Hillary’s Inquisition and the Art of Defending the True Democratic Creed

After Bernie Sanders’ crushing victory in the Wisconsin primary (56.6% v. 43.1) on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton landed a low blow challenging Sanders’ political stripes. Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes?  Are zebras donkeys (no pun intended)? Is Sanders a democrat with socialist stripes or a socialist with democratic stripes? “Is […]

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The Bantustanization (Kililistanization) of Ethiopia

Author’s Note: This is the second installment in a series of ongoing commentaries that I expect to post regularly under the rubric, “Ethnic Apartheid in Ethiopia”. The twin aims of the series are: 1) to demonstrate beyond a shadow of doubt that the political system created and maintained by the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s […]

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Quo Vadis Ethiopia: Where Are You (not) Going?

(Excerpted English version of speech given at the “Conference on the Future of Ethiopia: Transition, Democracy, and National Unity” organized by Vision Ethiopia on March 27, 2016 at the Marriott Georgetown.) … I want to thank Vision Ethiopia and the organizers of the “Conference on the Future of Ethiopia: Transition, Democracy, and National Unity”. When […]

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Cuba! Hail, Barack Obama, Diplocrite-in-Chief !

President Barack Obama is in Cuba!  On a mission. Liberate Cubans from “communist” mental slavery! Hooray! Cuba libre! Free Cuba! Back in 1898, another American president-to-be, Teddy “The Rough Rider” Roosevelt and crew caught a boat from Tampa, FL and set off on a mission to liberate the Cubans. From the Spanish. That “splendid little […]

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I Remember the March 21, 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa

Every year, I remember two massacres in Africa. In March, I remember the March 21, 1960 white apartheid regime Sharpeville massacre in South Africa. In November, I remember the Meles Massacres of June 8, 2005 and November 1-10 and 14-16, 2005 in Ethiopia committed by the black apartheid regime of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front […]

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The T-TPLF Crocodile Weeps in Ethiopia!

Adding insult to injury Hailemariam Desalegn and his T-TPLF have massacred hundreds of people over the past few months. Now, they are on a charm offensive. A couple of days ago, in Ethiopia’s monkey (kangaroo) parliament, a member is videotaped burying his face in a piece of paper and belting out with rhetorical flair three […]

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Trumpenstein Goes to Circus Court: Trump’s Trump Card Against Hillary

Robert Kagan, a well-known neocon, recently argued “Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party.” Kagan reamed establishment Republicans: “Trump is no fluke. Nor is he hijacking the Republican Party or the conservative movement. He is [the] party’s  Frankenstein’s monster, brought to life by the party, fed by the party and […]

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The T-TPLF’s War on Ethiopian Taxi Drivers

In America, they call it “Three-Strikes Law”. Criminals who commit three violent or serious crimes are given 25 years to life. The T-TPLF has declared war on Ethiopian taxi drivers! In Ethiopia, the T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front) is implementing (allegedly suspended for 3 months) what is the economic equivalent of  three-strikes-and-you-are-out-of-the-taxi-business […]

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Kickin’ it with Reeyot Invictus and…

Author’s note: This is Part I in a forthcoming series relating my conversations with Reeyot Alemu and her amazing story in the defense of press freedom in Ethiopia. It is also about conversations with an extraordinary group of young Ethiopians living in Las Vegas who are dedicated to building good governance in a New Ethiopia founded on […]

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A Special “Message in a Bottle” to Ethiopian Cheetahs: Born Free, Live Free!

(Classified: For Ethiopian Cheetahs’ Eyes Only) My first “Message” from 2013 This is my second special message to Ethiopia’s “Cheetah Generation”, Ethiopia’s young people, in three years. In January 2013, I wrote a new year’s message in which I dedicated that year to Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation. I described Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation comprising of not only […]

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Bern, Baby, Bern in “Hell (All Y’all) Women Who Don’t Support Hillary”?

A fatwa against young women? Hell hath no fury like a… Who said that? William Congreve or William Shakespeare? Two high priestess of the establishment democratic party last week issued their fatwas from the Clinton Canine Command Center (CCCC) against wayward young American women who do not tow the line blindly and follow Hillary Clinton […]

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On the Passing of Justice Antonin G. Scalia

In January 2013, the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin G. Scalia  declared the U.S. Constitution “is not a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead.” Justice Scalia made the remark at Southern Methodist University law school indicating his exasperation with school children coming to visit the Supreme Court and describing the Constitution as a […]

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Ah! Qatari Resort in Addis Ababa! Why Don’t Ethiopians Eat Cake?

Fifteen million Ethiopians are suffering Biblical famine right NOW! The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (T-TPLF) is chasing after “resort developers” from the Middle East. What about the fifteen million facing the Biblical Black Horseman? The T-TPLF says, “Let them eat cake!” It is said that Marie-Antoinette, the Queen consort of Louis XVI, […]

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War of the Long Knives and Cheap Shots on Bernie Sanders

It is the season for the Clintons to tar and feather Bernie Sanders. Could their campaign of fear and smear against Bernie Sanders succeed? I was shocked to see last week Chelsea Clinton rolled out in the role of attack dog against Sanders, the underdog. They say all is fair in politics and war. Chelsea […]

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Ethiopia Under the Boots of the T-TPLF Beast With Feet of Clay

Author’s Note: This is the fourth commentary in a series dealing with land, land use, misuse, overlordship and ownership in Ethiopia. In my first commentary, I examined the decline and fall of “Karuturistan”, the hundreds of thousands of hectares of land “owned” by Karuturi Global, in Western Ethiopia.  In the second commentary, I questioned if […]

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Why I am Supporting Bernie Sanders for President (and Why You Should Too)

I am now declaring my support for Bernie Sanders, the dark horse of the Democratic Party, to become the next President of the United States. It is refreshing act of moral self-affirmation for me to support a man who lives out his principles. Before explaining why I am supporting Bernie Sanders, I have some other […]

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Addis Ababa Master Plan? No, the T-TPLF Masters’ Plan!

Master Plan 40

Author’s Note: What’s in a label? Well, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet…”?  That may be true, provided, of course, those roses are not roses raised on the land-grabbed farmlands of Karuturi Global in Ethiopia, a topic I explored in my recent commentary […]

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No Country Left for Ethiopians?

Author’s Note: My commentary this week follows last week’s comment on the collapse of Karuturi Agro Products, Plc., in Gambella, Ethiopia. In 2010, the T-TPLF handed over 100 thousand hectares of land the infamously  “iconic land grabber”  Sai Karuturi  and “cancelled” its “land rent contract” earlier this month. On the heels of the Karuturi debacle, it […]

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The Wrath of Karuturi and the “Power of India” in Ethiopia

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Authors note: I have written this commentary not because I care about the legal dispute between Karuturi and the T-TPLF over a land deal in Gambella. I could not care less how thugs and those who do business with thugs resolve or do not resolve their disputes.   But I am deeply concerned about the economic […]

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Fly, Ethiopia, Fly…

“What if they were really set free?” That was the question  The Economist asked in the headline of its article last week about Ethiopians. Its response was equally breathtaking: “If the government let people breathe, they might fly.” These sixteen words brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart and resolute optimism to my […]

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Can You Spare a Dime for T-TPLF Ambassadors?

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A few days ago, I read a heart-rending  article  about the serious cash flow problems the diplomatic missions of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) are facing worldwide. According to the malaria-researcher-turned-“Ethiopian”-foreign-minister-overnight, Tedros Adhanom, “Ethiopian diplomatic missions abroad” are experiencing a “challenge of accessing foreign currency.”  Adhanom moaned and groaned about a […]

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The Dam-Nation of Ethiopia by the T-TPLF

The damnation of Ethiopia by the T-TPLF Last week, before the ink had dried on the “new agreement” on the so-called Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, Egyptian President General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told Egyptians during the inauguration of a national farmland project, “I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death. We […]

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The “End of the Story” for the T-TPLF in Ethiopia?

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The obituary and epitaph for the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Liberation Front (T-TPLF) was written last year by Bereket Simon, the former “communication minister” and longtime sidekick of the late criminal mastermind of the T-TPLF, Meles Zenawi and Addisu Legesse, “deputy prime minister” to Meles and “deputy chairman” of the T-TPLF front organization called the […]

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Ethiopia Make Peaceful Change Impossible? Make Violent Revolution Inevitable!

In December 2015, there is only one question that is uppermost in the mind of every Ethiopian: Will the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s  Liberation Front (T-TPLF) kill, massacre, slaughter, murder and unleash a campaign of bloodbath and bloodshed to cling to power in Ethiopia? Most regretfully, the answer is in the affirmative. For the past […]

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The Soft Bigotry and Hard Hubris of Justice Antonin Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin showed his true colors during oral argument on December 9, 2015 in Fisher v. University of Texas. (Click HERE to read the full transcript.) Scalia resorted to inflammatory blather to make his absurd point that African American students should attend  “a less advanced school” because they are simply unable […]

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The Week Love Conquered Hate in San Bernardino, CA

Hate Kills, Love Heals! December 2, 2015, is a date which shall live in infamy in the history of the City and County of San Bernardino, CA. The scourge of terrorism descended on our city and county like a thunderclap on a dark night. It was the worst international terrorist attack on U.S. soil since […]

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Rise of the Trump-aryans!

Is America becoming “Trump-aryana”? When Trump becomes President of Trump-aryana, do “we greet” him by extending the right arm in the air with a straightened hand and shouting out, “Heil to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.” Or do we just sing out loud, “Hail to the Chief”? The Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, publisher […]

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Ethiopian Spring in a Winter of Discontent?

No one predicted the Arab Spring when it exploded on December 18, 2010sparking the Tunisian Revolution. No one could have predicted a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi would set himself on fire to protest harassment, abuse and humiliation by local municipal and police authorities and trigger a revolution to transform the Middle East and North […]

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Ethiopia and the World Bank of Lies, Damned Lies and Statislies

John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost: “For no falsehood can endure/ Touch of celestial temper.” Of course, Milton was writing about Satan and his “devilish art”  of  “forging illusions”. I am seething in temporal temper over the World Bank’s “devilish art” of economic numerology, Mephistophelian cunning in making deals with corrupt African thugtators and the […]

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America: Saving the Last Great Hope of Humanity From Insanity

Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” I would add, “There must never be a time when we fail to protest the madness of politician wannabes and the lunacy of […]

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Remembering the Meles Massacres of 2005 in Ethiopia Ten Years After

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby […]

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Barbarians in the Headquarters of Voice of America ?

The ancient Romans secured their cities with gates and walls against marauding barbarians. The Romans aimed to keep the “barbarians at the gate” out and fend off any attack. The modern day barbarians of press freedom secretly breached the “gates” of the Voice of America (VOA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 26, 2015. Teodros […]

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Reflections on Prof. Mesfin’s “Adafne”: Saving Ethiopians From Themselves?

Prof. Mesfin Woldemariam’s latest Amharic  book, “Adafne: Fear and Failure”, is at once a lamentation on the decline and  decay of Ethiopian society from the corrosive effects of bad governance, tyrannical rule and moral corruption and a call to action for redemption. Prof. Mesfin taught geography at Haile Selassie University (Addis Ababa University). “Adafne” is […]

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Another Letter to My Ethiopian Sisters

Mesrak Gessesse I am now writing this as I just finished my annual mammogram and ultra sound testing for breast cancer. Exactly five years ago to the day on October 25, 2010, I wrote an article discussing my experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer. (Pleaseclick here to read that article.) I now write “Another […]

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Can the T-TPLF Stop the Famine in Ethiopia?

It is a big international secret that Ethiopia today is in the middle of a Biblical famine. For the second time since 1984-85! Last week, the Global Post headlined an article posing the question: Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 30 years. Can the government stop famine this time?   The “government” of Ethiopia […]

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A Government-in-Exile for Ethiopia?

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Foreword to a “government-in-exile for Ethiopia” A few weeks ago, I gave an interview to an Ethiopian civic group on the topic of “government in exile” under international law. I was asked to comment on whether the idea and practice of “government in exile” is cognizable under international law. The implicit question was whether Ethiopians […]

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Did Reagan Get it Right on Immigration and Refugee Policy?

Lately, I have been talking about “Republunatics” and “Republooney Toons”. Some may feel I have been ragging too much on the Republicans and the Republican Party. Not to worry. I have much so more in store for the Democ-rats. But looking at the current crop of 17 (?) republican presidential candidates licking their chops for […]

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Republooney Toons in the House?

The last time I wrote about Republicans, I warned aboutRepublunatics at the Gate. The White House Gate, that is. Now, I am issuing an APB for Republooney Toons in the house. The House of Representatives, that is. What in the world is happening in the Grand Old Party?  The Party of Abe Lincoln, that is. Long before […]

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Why Can’t Ethiopia Become Like Ghana?

I will confess publicly. I envy the Ghanaians. When Barack Obama made his first trip Africa, he did not choose to go Nigeria, the country with the largest population and largest economy. He did not choose Nelson Mandela’s South Africa with the second largest economy on the continent. Obama did not choose Kenya, the birth […]

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Kim Davis: A Lesson in the Rule of Law

In April 2010, Army doctor  Lt. Col. Terry Lakin refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he believed President Barack Obama is not born in the United States and therefore constitutionally unfit to become U.S. President and  commander-in-chief. Lakin was court martialed, found guilty of  disobeying a lawful order, not deploying with his unit and dereliction […]

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Famine Rides a Light Train in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s annual harvest of famine The Black Horseman of the Apocalypse is showing his fearsome face once again in Ethiopia. This time he is riding a light train. In February 2014, I wrote a commentary entitled “A Glimpse of the Creeping Famine in Ethiopia” based on an NBC investigative report in the same month on the creeping […]

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Ethiopia: Senator Marco Rubio is With Us!

A SECOND CALL TO ACTION A SECOND CALL TO ACTION Special note and request: I am asking my readers in the United States, particularly Ethiopian Americans in the great State of Florida to join me in advocating against confirmation of Gayle Smith who has been nominated to head the USAID. The United States Senate has independent […]

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My Private Letter to Senator Ted Cruz

  A CALL TO ACTION Special note and request: I am asking my readers in the United States, particularly Ethiopian Americans in the great State of Texas and in the Washington metropolitan area, to join me in advocating against confirmation of Gayle Smith who has been nominated to head the USAID. The United States Senate […]

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Ethiopia: But For “Sheer Lack of Better Alternatives?!”

In May 2015, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Why Is the T-TPLF Afraid of Its Own Shadow?” In that commentary,  I expressed puzzlement over the fact that  supporters  of  the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) were telling me that T-TPLF leaders were scared _ _ _ _less in the run up to […]

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Trump Meets Shakespeare

Could a Little Big Man thunder to “Make America Great Again”? William Shakespeare in “Measure for Measure” spoke of the allure and corruption of power in the innocent and virtuous character of Isabella: “Could great men thunder As Jove himself does, Jove would ne’er be quiet, For every pelting, petty officer Would use his heaven […]

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Let Teddy Play On and On and On…

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” opens with the Duke of Orsino declaring to the assembled musicians, “If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it… The Thugtatorship of  the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) has pulled out all the stops to stop Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun) from playing on his music of […]

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Ethiopia: Is the T-TPLF Ship of Hate Sinking… S.O.S.?

Is the T-TPLF Ship of Hate (I mean state) sinking in an ocean of fear and loathing? The T-TPLF is the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, the ruling criminal enterprise masquerading as a government in Ethiopia. This past May, the T-TPLF claimed to have won 100 percent of the 547 seats in its […]

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“America Needs to be Respected Again” on the Red Carpet?

Donald Trump’s shtick is: “America needs to be respected again because the rest of the world has lost respect for America.” I don’t care much for The Donald. But his shtick gnaws away at my mind as I think over the disgraceful “red carpet” treatment President Barack Obama received last month when he visited Ethiopia, […]

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Ethiopian Bloggers in Kangaroo (Monkey) Kourt

  Kangaroo/monkey kourt (in)justice T-TPLF style Last week, young Ethiopian bloggers collectively known as “Zone 9 Bloggers” (named after a cell block  holding political prisoners at  the infamous  Meles Zenawi Kality Prison, a few kilometers outside of the capital) returned to  the kangaroo/monkey  kourt system of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) […]

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Ethiopia: Our Need for Unity in Divinity Facing Adversity!

The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) has been pursuing a systematic program of religious persecution and fomenting religious antagonisms in Ethiopia for quite some time. After the T-TPLF seized power in 1991, it sought to ingratiate itself with the Ethiopian Muslim community by making symbolic gestures of equality and tolerance. The patronizing […]

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Republunatics at the Debate (Gate)?

  “When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees,” said Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President of the United States. At the first Republican presidential hopefuls debate on August 6, 2015, we witnessed angry wasps at war. (I did not say WASPs.) “What a piece […]

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Gettin’ Down With Ethiopia’s Thugtators!

Get down, like James Brown! Dances with the stars? Dances with wolves? How about dances with thugs! The Godfather of Soul, or as his fans call him J.B. (R.I.P. J.B.) had a song called, “The Boss”. It’s a cut on the soundtrack album for the movie “Black Caesar”. The movie is about an African American […]

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Barack Obama! Tell the Truth About Ethiopia!

Warning!   Stop! Do not read further if you can’t handle the truth about Barack Obama. “Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.” “I speak my mind because it hurts to bite my tongue.” Bite your tongue, Barack Obama! When President Barack Obama visited Ethiopia last week, he shocked a lot of […]

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Laughing at Ethiopia’s 2015 Elektion

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It is said that “smile and the world smiles at you.” Does it follow that if you laugh at the world’s most ridiculous election, the world will join you laughing? Last week, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser, broke out in uncontrollable laughter when she affirmed the recent 100 percent elektoral victory of […]

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Financing for (Under)development in Africa?

Alemayehu G Mariam How the West underdeveloped Africa and is now trying to “finance develop” it The “Third International Conference on Financing for Development” was held in Addis Ababa last week. It was billed as a “gathering of  high-level political representatives, including Heads of State and Government,  Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation, […]

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My Private Letter to President Obama

July 16, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: Greetings! Mr. President. I was ecstatic when I heard you will be travelling to Ethiopia in late July “for bilateral meetings with both the country’s government and the leadership of the African Union.” Such a meeting […]

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Thus Spoke Ethiopia’s Reeyot!

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Reeyot Invictus! Thus spoke Reeyot Alemu to the Voice of America- Amharic Service on July 9, 2015, a few hours after she was literally thrown out of the infamous Meles Zenawi Prison in Kality, (Ethiopia’s “Robben Island”) on the outskirts of Addis Ababa: I will continue to fully struggle to make Ethiopia a good place […]

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

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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 Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) entitled, “Journalists Assaulted While […]

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Ethiopia: The TPLF Banana Republic

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Author’s note: As I was archiving my commentaries from years past for public access on my website (almariam.com), I discovered commentaries and articles I had written on the print edition of Ethiopian Review Magazine (ERM) before that magazine went online in 2000. I had vague recollection of various articles on Ethiopia and the politics of […]

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The “Jiggery Pokery” Jurisprudence of Justice Scalia

http://almariam.com/2015/06/28/the-jiggery-pokery-jurisprudence-of-justice-scalia/ The angry wasp in the colony of worker bees Hell hath no fury than a dissenting Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court! When Scalia wins and writes for the majority, he floats like a butterfly. Did anyone say, “gloats”? When Scalia loses and writes his dissents, he stings like an angry wasp. (I […]

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The Axis of Shevil: Does Africa Need Gayle Smith?

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 of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was […]

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Happy 800th Birthday, Magna Carta!

Today, June 15, 2015, is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Libertatum or the Great Charter of English Liberties. On that date, King John of England affixed his seal on the Magna Carta and formally accepted the principle of the rule of law, specific and sweeping limitations on his royal power. In place of my […]

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Remembering Dennis Hastert

Today, Dennis Hastert, the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2007) and lobbyist appears in U.S. federal court for arraignment (enter a plea of guilty or not guilty) on charges that he broke federal law by withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and lying about the use of the money […]

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