Archive for the ‘election’ Category

Why Europe should speak out about Ethiopia’s human rights

Monday, September 24th, 2012

On 25 July, the European Union adopted its strategic framework on human rights and democracy and appointed Stavros Lambrinidis its first special representative for human rights, seeking to “enhance the effectiveness and visibility of EU human rights policy”. It’s now time to translate policy into action. Ethiopia is a prime ...

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.

“Awramba Times”: More powerful than…

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets,” fretted Napoleon Bonaparte, dictator of France, as he summed up his determination to crush that country’s independent press. For dictator Meles Zenawi, Awramba Times, the tip of the spear of press freedom in Ethiopia, is more to be ...

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.”

Columbia’s invitation to Zenawi sparks outrage

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Throughout the week, the World Leaders Forum will bring heads of state from around the world to address Columbia.


Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

This past week Ethiopia's Ministry of Education issued a "directive" effectively outlawing distance learning (or education programs that are not delivered in the traditional university classroom or campus) throughout the country. According to reports, the directive of the Ministry's Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) prohibits enrollment of new ...

Four Political Parties Form Coalition

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

September 6, 2010 - Four political parties have formed a coalition called the Ethiopian Democratic Forces Coalition, according to ENA news report.

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 ...

Reinventing Kenya

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

A Brand Spanking New Constitution In February 2008, following the ethnically-driven post-election violence in Kenya, I wrote an editorial commentary entitled "The Ethiopianization of Kenya": After a half century of national existence, democratic experimentation and stability, Kenya has degenerated into a tribal/ethnic basket case beset by violence, fear and loathing... Kenya ...