Monthly Archives: June 2016

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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About the Report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea – Messay Kebede

I post this short memo to explain why I did not sign the petition protesting against the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in which it is stated, among other things, that “crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since 1991.” I have agonized over the issue for many days […]

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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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ENTC Press release – TPLF bond sale in US was illegal

ENTC issued a press release on the recent SEC finding of the Nile bond sales that the TPLF/EPRDF regime was conducting for the last few years. In April 2013, when the regime started organizing bond selling events across the US, ENTC wrote an official letter to the SEC alleging the transactions did not have legal […]

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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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