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Monday, 4 May 2015

Wendy Sherman and the Ethiopian “Election” That Isn’t

Wendy Sherman and the Ethiopian Election

May 3, 2015
by Alemayehu G. Mariam
The folly of willful ignorance
I did not vote for Ronald Reagan to become U.S. president. But I appreciated some of his witticisms before he became president. In 1964, two years after he dumped the Democrats and joined the Republicans, Reagan astutely noted, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

That is exactly the trouble with Wendy Sherman, President Barack Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs and the fourth high ranking official in the U.S. Department of State. Wendy Sherman is not that she is ignorant; it is just that she knows so much that isn’t so about Ethiopian politics.

Ethiopian Israelis block roads in Tel Aviv protest

Protesters block the Ayalon FreewayMay 3, 2015

Hundreds of protesters rally against police violence and racism, vowing to continue until their demand for equality sinks in.
Protesters block the Ayalon Freeway, May 3, 2015.
(HAARETZ) At least 500 people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday afternoon to protest police brutality toward Israeli Jews of Ethiopian descent.
Some protesters are blocking major arteries and junctions, including the Ayalon South freeway and Hashalom Interchange, as well as surrounding streets. Protesters also marched along Derech Begin towards the train station but were blocked by police.