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The mouse that roared in Copenhagen

The mouse that roared in Copenhagen

 Special commentary on Copenhagen By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 19 December 2009 The “African negotiators” rumbled into Copenhagen rubbing their palms and licking their chops to load up tens of…

The art of war on Ethiopia’s independent press

The art of war on Ethiopia’s independent press

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 14 December 2009 Use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly! That is the exquisite art of war unleashed on Ethiopia’s independent press by the…

J’Accuse!

J’Accuse!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 9 November 2009 “No alternative in the opposition,” they whispered anonymously. What a disgusting phrase to use in justifying support for a ruthless dictatorship? That…

Famine and Noisome Beast in Ethiopia

Famine and Noisome Beast in Ethiopia

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 2 November 2009 It is hard to talk about Ethiopia these days in non-apocalyptic terms. Millions of Ethiopians are facing their old enemy again for…

The madness of the 2010 “elections” (Part II)

The madness of the 2010 “elections” (Part II)

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 26 October 2009 In the first part of our commentary on the madness of Ethiopia’s 2010 “elections”, we posed the question: “Is it possible to…

The Madness of Ethiopia’s 2010 “Elections”, Part I

The Madness of Ethiopia’s 2010 “Elections”, Part I

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 19 October 2009 In part I, we explore whether, given the current circumstances in Ethiopia today, a free and fair election is possible in May…

Patriots and trying times

Patriots and trying times

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 6 October 2009 Trying Times “These are the times that try men’s souls,” said Thomas Paine, one of the Founders of the American Republic, at…

The prisoner worthy of a liberty award

The prisoner worthy of a liberty award

By Abebe Gellaw, September 28, 2009 — The Cato Institute, a respected libertarian public policy foundation in the United States, has been searching for the fifth recipient of its liberty…

In contempt of … the truth

In contempt of … the truth

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 28 September 2009 In Contempt … Commenting recently on an International Crisis Group (ICG) study dealing with rising ethnic tensions and dissent in advance of…

Déjà vu: Much ado about an already won election!

Déjà vu: Much ado about an already won election!

By Alemayehu G. Mariam | 21 September 2009 Déjà Vu: Here We Go Again With the Charade Last April, we commented that the whole business of elections in Ethiopia is…