Archive for the ‘ViewPoint’ Category

Ethiopian detentions target weak opposition

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By Aaron Maasho Friday, September 30, 2011 ADDIS ABABA, Sept 28 (Reuters) - When Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's ruling party was re-elected in 2010, analysts said he could take two paths: give the opposition scope to grow and secure a legacy of progress, or sideline them once and for all and tarnish ...

The Diplomacy of Defending Dictatorship

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam “It is time to stop hating Ethiopia.”In November 2006, in her farewell cable to her replacement Donald Yamamoto and the Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Fraser, former Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Vicky Huddleston warned: “It is time to stop hating Ethiopia.”

Africa: No honor among dictators

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The old saying is that there is no honor among thieves. Is it also true that there is no honor among dictators? Perhaps that is a distinction without a difference. But Meles Zenawi, the dictator in Ethiopia and Omar Bashir, the dictator of Sudan seemed to be good longtime friends. ...

Why are Ethiopians starving again in 2011?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Time Magazine on its December 21, 1987 cover page featured a downcast and crestfallen young Ethiopian mother as a symbol of famine victims in that country. Time asked two timeless questions: “Why are Ethiopians starving again? What should the world do and not do?”

Negotiation, nation building, and the naysayers

Monday, August 15th, 2011

By Ephrem Madebo I’d rather spend my life with an optimist who is sometimes wrong than spending a night with a pessimist who is always right! "Moses! Moses!" called God. And Moses said, "Here I am." The biblical Moses, the only human being to have seen portion of the back of God ...

The Sun Also Rises

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Creeping Youthbellion and Youthvolution in Africa and the Middle East "When the sun rises, it rises for everyone," goes the old saying. The sun that rose over tyranny in North Africa will not set at the edge of the Sahel; it will shine southward on the African savannah and rainforest. The ...

What I Admired About Ethiopians

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Philip N. Wesseh (PNW Recently I was part of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's delegation to the 16th Summit of Heads of State of Africa of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The well organized Summit was held under the theme: “Towards Greater Unity And Integration Through Shared Values.”  First, let ...

African youths united can never be defeated

Monday, February 14th, 2011

 A specter is haunting Africa and the Middle East - the specter of an awesome army of youths on the move, in revolt, marching for freedom, chanting for democracy and dying for human rights and human dignity. Millions of youths are standing up and demanding dictators to stand down and ...

Why can’t we just get along?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

A Comedy of Errors: (Act I) Rodney King's videotaped brutal beating by members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) eventually triggered the L.A. riots of 1992. Rodney made a public appearance on the third day of the anarchy and pleaded in his inimitable style: People, I just want to say, can ...

Steel Vises, Clenched Fists and Closing Walls, (Part IV)

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The Africa Kleptocracy Project In June 2008, when presidential candidate Barack Obama was a few months away from electoral victory, I warned those dictators who survive by pickpocketing the American tax payer of the arrival of a "new sheriff" in town and advised them to clean up their acts and "shape ...