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Reemergence of the African Rat Pack

Freedom House | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa's incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent.

Silently Shouting: Strengthening the Voice of the African Diaspora

Kumera Genet | Posted 03.01.2013 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

It would be amazing for the Diaspora to show leadership in breaking down some of these ethnic and religious barriers that are present in contemporary African politics.

Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia Dies, Transition Should Support Rights Reform

Human Rights Watch | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi) – Ethiopia’s new leadership should commit to fundamental human rights reforms in the wake of the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. M...

The Ethiopian Engima

Ben Rawlence | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Ben Rawlence

The G-8 Summit invitation to Meles Zenawi demonstrates that whatever the Obama administration has learned from the Arab Spring, it doesn't apply to Africa. It should. Cosseting autocratic regimes rarely ends well for anybody.

Thugtatorship: The Highest Stage of African Dictatorship

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

In a thugtatorship, the purpose of seizing and clinging to political power is solely to accumulate personal wealth for the ruling class by stealing public funds and depriving the broader population scarce resources necessary for basic survival.

As African Tyrants Fall

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

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.

Columbia Students Protest -- And Counterprotest -- Meles Zenawi

Columbia Spectrum | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As protesters line Broadway to protest controversial WLF speaker Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, we bring you the scene. Videos below, and more photos after...

Did Columbia Scrub Meles Zenawi's Online Bio? | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who is scheduled to speak at Low Library on Sept. 22, has allegedly intimidated voters at polls, detained polit...

Ethiopia: Profiles in Journalistic Courage

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Honor Thy Independent Journalists I often write about the trials and tribulations of Ethiopia's independent journalists, sometimes in tones of lamen...

The Ghost and the Spirit

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

After the Dust Settled After the dust settled following Meles Zenawi's speech at Columbia's World Leaders Forum, a dark shadow and glowing light were...

Open Letter to President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

September 17, 2010 President Lee C. Bollinger Office of the President Columbia University 202 Low Library 535 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027...

The Voodoo Economics of Meles Zenawi

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Meles Zenawi's stated claims of multi-year runaway GDP growth taken at face value defy not only economic realities but also common sense.

Kidnapped, Raped, Married: The Extraordinary Rebellion of Ethiopia's Abducted Wives

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

In Ethiopia, 69 per cent of marriages begin with the triple-whammy of abduction, rape, and a forced signature. These stories have been sealed away for millennia, behind masks of pain and repression.

Waiting for Godot to Leave?

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Waiting for Zenawi, Ethiopia's dictator, to leave is like waiting for Godot to arrive. It ain't happening. He's the only man with the answers, and the patron who makes everything work.

Gordon Brown Launches UN Climate Fundraising Group, Denounces Skeptics

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Prime minister Gordon Brown today accused climate change sceptics of going "against the grain" of scientific evidence, as he launched a new group to r...

Putting Lipstick on a Pig, Ethiopian Style

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

You can wrap an old fish (see: dictatorship) in a piece of paper and call it "democracy" but after 20 years it stinks to high heaven.

The Democracy Before Democracy in Africa

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

As Ghana was the original model of the one-man, one-party state in Africa, Ghana today could be the model of constitutional multiparty democracy in Africa.

Witness for the Future

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

We have a duty to bear witness against those who commit crimes against humanity. To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.

Does the World need another Martyr? The Case of Birtukan Mideksa

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

As the election gets nearer, grim news of corruption and abuses coming out of Ethiopia increases with tremendous frequency.

25 Years After Band Aid, Diminished Foreign Aid and Drought Threaten Ethiopia's Food Security

Chloe Malle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chloe Malle

International aid agencies predict this winter may bring the worst food crisis to Ethiopia since the infamous famine of 1984-85.

Africa Threatens To Walk Out Of Climate Talks If Views Ignored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Africa's climate negotiators led by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, threatened to walk out of talks if the December climate summit in Copenhag...

Ethiopia Convicts 13 In Absentia, Including An American Professor, Over Coup Plot

Reuters | Barry Malone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A U.S.-based university professor is among 13 men convicted in absentia by Ethiopia for plotting to overthrow the government, the state news agency sa...

Human Rights Watch Faults US For Supporting Dictators

Washington Post | Nora Boustany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A leading human rights group said Thursday that the United States has lost its moral authority by supporting autocratic governments in strategic count...