Monthly Archives: August 2016

Urgent call for Ethiopian professionals

From the Petition Coordinating Committee The Committee calls on academics, scholars, scientists, and professionals of Ethiopian origin to sign the petition posted on to express their solidarity with peaceful demonstrators and protestors in Ethiopia. The purpose of the petition is also to bring our Ethiopian compatriots’ demand for peace, justice, and respect for human […]

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Ethiopia: When Cheetahs Cry, They Growl!

Americans have no monopoly on heroes. Olympic heroes, that is. On August 21, 2016, Feyisa Lelisa, the 26-year-old Ethiopian long distance runner at the Rio Olympics repeated an act that was once described as the “the most overtly political statement in the history of the modern Olympic Games.” On October 16, 1968, Tommie Smith and […]

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Ethiopia: Beyond the Politics of Hate

Statement of my credo: Hate is the one crumbling wall that now stands between the people of Ethiopia and freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.  The T-TPLF has weaponized and politicized hate. But the mud walls of hate erected by the T-TPLF are today collapsing on the T-TPLF everywhere under the volcanic pressure of […]

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Trump vs Clinton: The Very Future of America Is At Stake

By R. JIM GARLOW (Reuters Photos) I have been asked “the question” so many times regarding Trump or Hillary. By way of background, I have followed every national convention—Republican and Democrat—from the time I was age 9, and have attended most of the GOP Conventions from 1984 to the present. I have watched the news […]

Posted in U.S. Elections, U.S. Politics

Ethiopia: Rise of the “Amhara Retards” and Oromo “Criminals and Terrorists” in 2016?

Are Amharas “retards”? Are Oromo protesters demanding an end to confiscation of their land “criminals and terrorists”? Are we now witnessing the rise of the “Amhara retards” and the Oromo “criminals and terrorists ” in Ethiopia? The T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front) and its handmaidens say Amharas and Oromos are just a […]

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Donald Trump, Assassin-in-Chief?: Cry Havoc! and .… Hillary!

In my July 25  commentary entitled “Cry Havoc! And Unleash the Dogs of War at the Republican Convention?”, I argued that Trump is a very dangerous demagogue hell-bent on starting a civil war in America. In his convention speech Trump said, “I am your voice. I have a message for all of you…” In his message […]

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Ethiopian Spring in the Summer of 2016?

No people [in the world] will remain smothered, meaning oppressed, for  ages.  It is [a] universal [truth]. No people, to the extent that they are people [human beings] and [as evident] in world history will not remain [like an inanimate object] in one place, they will not stay put in one place as one [an […]

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Can an individual contribute to the current resurgence of nationalism in Ethiopia?

By Kersye Merfo First of all, spelling out why the current protest has been necessitated is a confirmation of the ever-enduring sense of Ethiopian identity. Secondly, let us agree that three words summarise the issues: Ethiopian nationalist resurgence. Adding my voice to that of all Ethiopians, I will focus here on the first point, and […]

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In Defense of Donald Trump, Sacrificer-in- Chief (SIC)!

What has Donald Trump sacrificed?!             In a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in 2004 after directing his troops to take cover while he confronted a terrorist in a bomb laden car, pulled out […]

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A Reply to Gen. Tsadkan’s Reply: Narrowing the Gap Messay Kebede

Below is my response to Gen. Tsadkan’s reply to my review of his article. The reply is posted at: Dear Lt. General Tsadkan Gebre Tensay: I thank you for sending me your reactions to my review of your article on the political difficulties of Ethiopia and of the solution you suggest to overcome them. […]

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Ethiopia: The Volcano, the Beast and the Tiger

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy Beware what you wish for, you may get it… Meles Zenawi, the late thugmaster of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) used to taunt the opposition that if they don’t like his rule they can go into the bush and […]

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