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Friday, 28 August 2015

Ethiopian Bloggers in Kangaroo (Monkey) Kourt

TPLF kangaroo (monkey) court system.
TPLF kangaroo (monkey) kourt system.

August 28, 2015

by Alemayehu G. Mariam
Kangaroo/monkey kourt (in)justice T-TPLF style
Last week, young Ethiopian bloggers collectively known as “Zone 9 Bloggers” (named after a cell block  holding political prisoners at  the infamous  Meles Zenawi Kality Prison, a few kilometers outside of the capital) returned to  the kangaroo/monkey  kourt system of the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) for  the 33rd time  since April 2014.
(Ethiopia is the ONLY country in the world where the police arrest and detain a criminal suspect and then go out looking for evidence of wrongdoing for months and even years!)

“America Needs to be Respected Again” on the Red Carpet?

Obama-ReceptionAugust 28, 2015

by Alemayehu G. Mariam
Donald Trump’s shtick is: “America needs to be respected again because the rest of the world has lost respect for America.”

don’t care much for The Donald.
But his shtick gnaws away at my mind as I think over the disgraceful “red carpet” treatment President Barack Obama received last month when he visited Ethiopia, the first ever for a sitting American President.
I know the whole red carpet drama is frivolity and vanity and not a big deal in the grand scheme of things; but to the extent that it represents a symbolic gesture of respect for a head of state and his/her nation, it is a big deal.