Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 11:09 PM Alma
By Prof. Al Mariam–When I wrote a commentary on the plight of the imprisoned 32-year old Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu last April, I titled it “The Audacity of Evil in Ethiopia.” At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had sent a letter to the “Minister of Justice” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia pleading medical care for Reeyot and urging them to spare her from a threatened solitary confinement.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 03:08 PM Alma
Alemayehu G Mariam–For the past several months, I have been commenting on the findings of the World Bank’s “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia”, a 448-page report covering eight sectors (health, education, rural water supply, justice, construction, land, telecommunications and mining). In this my sixth commentary, I focus on “corruption in the justice sector”. The other five commentaries are available at my blog site.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 @ 11:07 PM Alma
By Alemayehu G. Mariam–When President Obama recently visited Africa, he announced a “Power Africa” initiative. In his Cape Town University speech, he proclaimed, “I am proud to announce a new initiative. We’ve been dealing with agriculture. We’ve been dealing with health. Now we’re going to talk about power: Power Africa, a new initiative that will double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, May 6, 2013 @ 01:05 AM ed
By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam–Meles Zenawi when he was alive and his apostles today (“Melesistas”) keep playing us in the Diaspora like a cheap fiddle. They make us screech, shriek, scream and shout by simply showing their mugs in our cities. How do they do it? Every now and then, the Melesistas suit up a few of their bumbling and bungling zombies from central casting and unleash them into the Ethiopian Diaspora to “sell bonds” for the “Grand Meles Dam” to be built over the Blue Nile.
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 01:04 AM ed
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”, said Edmund Burke. But what happens when evil triumphs over a good young woman journalist named Reeyot Alemu in Ethiopia? Do good men and women turn a blind eye, plug their ears, turn their backs and stand in silence with pursed lips?
Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 12:02 AM ed
The sights and sounds of an African police state
When Erin Burnett of CNN visited Ethiopia in July 2012, she came face-to-face with the ugly face of an African police state:
We saw what an African police state looked like when I was in Ethiopia last month… At the airport, it took an hour to clear customs – not because of lines, but because of checks and questioning. Officials tried multiple times to take us to government cars so they’d know where we went.
Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 11:07 PM ed
ከፕሮፌሰር ዓለማየሁ ገብረማርያም ትርጉም ከነጻነት ለሃገሬ እውነት በሃሰት ዲል ሲመታ! ላለፉት ስድስት ዓመታት ኢትየጵያ ውስጥ ያለውን የፐሬስ ነጻነት ለማስከበር በሚደረገው ግብግብ ውስጥ የትግሉ ደጋፊ በመሆን በርካታ ጦማሮችን ጽፌያለሁ፡፡ በ2009 ባቀረብኩት ርእስ ስር የሰፈረው፤‹‹በኢትዮጵያ ነጻ ፐሬስ አኳያ ያለው የጦርነት ጥበብ›› የሚል ነበር፡፡ በነጻው ፕሬስ ላይ ይዥጎደጎድ የነበረውን የግፍ ጡጫ በተመለከተ ያደረብኝን መገረም ያመላከተም ነበር፡፡ “አንዲት ቢራቢሮን [...]
Sunday, July 1, 2012 @ 11:07 PM ed
Over the past six years, I have written numerous columns defending press freedom in Ethiopia. In a 2009 commentary entitled, “The Art of War on Ethiopia’s Independent Press”, I expressed astonishment over the heavy handed treatment of the free press: “Use a sledgehammer to smash a butterfly! That is the exquisite art of war unleashed on Ethiopia’s independent press by the dictatorship of Meles Zenawi today.”
Monday, June 25, 2012 @ 12:06 AM ed
Most of my readers know how much I enjoy “bedtime stories”. Recently, I wrote about my favortie bedtime story of Pinocchio in Africa. Ever heard of the story of Chicken Little? One day Chicken Little was scratching around the yard when something fell on her head. Recently, I wrote about my favortie bedtime story of Pinocchio in Africa.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 @ 09:10 PM ed
Alemayehu G. Mariam–The old adage is that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Could it be said equally that arrogance excuses ignorance of the law? Dictator-in-chief Meles Zenawi recently proclaimed the guilt of freelance Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye on charges of “terrorism” while visiting Norway.