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Indexing Ethiopia [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

Author’s Note: Last week, Vision of Humanity issued its 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI).  Its report on Ethiopia is certainly the most distressing though unequivocal, straightforward and clear-cut. The state of peace worsened in Ethiopia...

EthiopiaWIN.et and Tewdros Kassa-hun [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

Author’s Note: This month the Ethiopian popular music megastar Tewdros “Teddy Afro” Kassahun released his “Ethiopia” album, which quickly topped the World Albums Billboard chart during the week of May 15. This “commentary” consists...

Glimpses of Trump’s Foreign (Human Rights) Policy in Africa [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

“Guiding all of our foreign policy actions are our fundamental values: our values around freedom, human dignity, the way people are treated. These are our values… not our policies…   Policies change… our values never change.” Secretary...

About Time for the T-TPLF to Get in Their Spaceships and Scoot Out of Ethiopia? [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

Houston, we ain’t got NO problem! I dreamt the nightmare was finally over. It could have been a vision. I am not sure. There stood I watching the launch pad excitedly, anxiously, happily. I can hear the robotic voice at Mission Control starting...

Apartheid State of Emergency in Ethiopia 2.0 [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

On October 9, 2016, the puppet prime minister (PPM) of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) Hailemariam announced a “state of emergency” (SoE) in a 20-minute televised statement. The PPM argued “anti-peace...

The Lords of Living Lies in Ethiopia [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

Author’s Note: In this commentary, I take a careful look at the “very sophisticated report from the Embassy [of Ethiopia]” submitted for the record at the “Democracy Under Threat in Ethiopia” hearing of the Africa, Global Health,...

Trashin’ Addis Ababa (New Flower) [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

Author’s Note: The purported prime minster of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, is a sanitary engineer with a master’s degree from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland. The sanitary engineering profession is concerned with the...

Hearing Ethiopia on The Hill [Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam]

“Having been on this Committee now 36 of my 37 years,  I have to tell you that  I remember when Nicolae Ceaușescu of Romania, one of the most brutal dictatorships, with the Securitate, the KGB equivalent, every year his lobby form would...