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Entries by Alemayehu G. Mariam from 01/2011

Why Do Things Always Fall Apart in Africa?

| Posted 01.03.2011 | World

Unless Gbagbo peacefully leaves power, it seems inevitable that violence and conflict will again reign in the Ivory Coast destroying thousands of lives and the economy of one of the more prosperous African countries.

Looking for Bob Marley and Fela Kuti

| Posted 01.10.2011 | World

Music as a Weapon of Protest It is said that "music is a universal language." Using a few notes and inspiring lyrics, musicians and song writers have...

Corporations Are Persons, But Women Are Not?

| Posted 01.11.2011 | Politics

Justice Scalia appears to believe that the phrase "any person" in the 14th Amendment includes corporations, but not women. That's not democracy. It is superannuated judicial hypocrisy.

Referendum for Sudan, Requiem for Africa

| Posted 01.19.2011 | World

It is the best of times in the Sudan. It is the worst of times in the Sudan. It is the happiest day in the Sudan. It is the saddest day in the Sudan. It is referendum for the Sudan. It is requiem for Africa.

As African Tyrants Fall

| Posted 01.24.2011 | World

The Tunisian people's revolution provides practical insights into the prerequisites for dismantling dictatorships in Africa. The first lesson is that when dictatorships end, their end could come with either a bang or a whimper.

After the Fall of African Dictatorships

| Posted 01.31.2011 | World

If Africans are to have hope of a better future, they will need to build a fortress of freedom impregnable to the slings and arrows of civilians dictators and the savage musketry of military juntas.