Archive for the ‘ViewPoint’ Category

Ethiopia: A New Prime Minister in a New Year

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Ethiopians had their new year on September 11. It is now 2005 in the Gregorian calendar. On September 21, they also got a new prime minster. How delightfully felicitous to have a new prime minister in the new year! Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the people ...

Eskinder Nega faces verdict on Friday

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

VIENNA, May 7, 2012 – A verdict in the trial of critical journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition figures accused of terrorism-related crimes is expected on Friday, May 11. Ethiopia’s crackdown on the media and freedom of expression has received bad press around the world, with major international media covering the ...

Ethiopia: From dictatorship to democracy

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Prof. Al Mariam  Mahatma Gandhi first formulated the iron law of history for dictators: “There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always.” Just in the past year we have seen Gandhi’s words come to ...

Trial of Ethiopian Journalist Facing Death Sentence to Begin Monday

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The Committee to Free Eskinder Nega called for the Ethiopian government to drop terrorism charges against banned journalist and dissident blogger Eskinder Nega. Eskinder’s trial begins today in Addis Ababa and the charges against him carry a maximum sentence of death.

African Dictators: Can’t Run, Can’t Hide!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Prof. Al Mariam  The International Criminal Court (ICC) is on the chase; and over the past few months, things have taken a slow turn for the worse for African dictators and human rights violators. They are finding out that they can’t run and they can’t hide. Laurent “Cling-to-power-at-any-cost” Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire ...

Copyrights and CopyCrimes

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Prof. Al Mariam | January 23, 2012   Crimes Against the Mind If a person were to maliciously burn or vandalize another’s house, it would be regarded as a serious property crime under the laws of any nation. If one were to walk into a bookstore and steal thousands of books and give ...

Ethiopia is abusing terrorism law: McLure

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Jason McLure : American Journalist Jason McLure worked in Ethiopia as a foreign correspondent for Bloomberg from 2007 to 2010. McLure left Ethiopia on his own volition after his difficult assignment in Ethiopia, where he, along was a translator, was even detained by security agents in Mekele for two days. ...

Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Lately, the portrait of Ethiopia painted in the reports of Transparency International (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity shows a “Land of Corruption”. That contrasts with an equally revolting portrait of  Ethiopia painted in a recent broadcast of a fear-mongering three-part propaganda program entitled “Akeldama” (or Land of Blood) on ...

Ethiopia: The Art of Bleeding a Country Dry

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Ethio-Corruption, Inc. (Unlimited) “The people of Ethiopia are being bled dry. No matter how hard they try to fight their way out of absolute destitution and poverty, they will be swimming upstream against the current of illicit capital leakage”, wrote Economist Sarah Freitas who co-authored an upcoming report with  Lead Economist ...

African Dictators: The People Don’t Love You!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | Oct 31, 2011 African dictators: Those in the front row are all gone except Yemen's Ali Saleh Abdela (2nd left) who's still clinging to dear life In February 2011, at the onset of the Libyan Revolution, Moamar Gadhaffi trumpeted to the world, “They love me. ...