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Unqualified Praise and Admiration Whitewashes TPLF Crimes

whitewashing TPLF officials long history of crimes and grave atrocities
The sycophantic praise and canonization of former TPLF officials by their apologists, hailing them as noble, saint-like figures, … is an attempt to whitewash their long history of serious crimes and grave atrocities. It’s also an insult to the many innocent victims and survivors of these criminals in Ethiopia and across the Horn of Africa.

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.)

Centuries ago, Chilon of Sparta, a revered philosopher and statesman considered as one of the Seven Sages of Greece, is reported to have advised, “don’t badmouth a dead man.” Today, that general advice is popular and widespread. Continue reading Unqualified Praise and Admiration Whitewashes TPLF Crimes

The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers

Alex de Waal writes, “There is no famine in Ethiopia . . . Ethiopians aren’t starving to death . . . People aren’t dying . . .  Animals are dying of thirst . . .” But isn’t it distasteful in some ways to build a career on the suffering of other people?

By Prof. Al Mariam,

Last week, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times (International Edition), Alex de Waal from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declared the end of the “era of great famines” and proudly announced to the world, “Ethiopians aren’t starving to death”, only their “animals are dying of thirst.” Of course, that is exactly what USAID Administrator Gayle E. Smith said in her recent interview. I guess they all use the same talking points.

de Waal proclaimed: Continue reading The Intellectual Poverty and Moral Bankruptcy of Ethiopia Famine Deniers