While briefing journalists about the “African Union High Level Dialogue and Ministerial,” a meeting the United States facilitated since 2000 to learn the concerns and needs of African leaders, Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, acting Assistant Secretary for African affairs, said early this week that the U.S. is working to resolve the tense border dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the resulting 18-year standoff between the two countries. Continue reading US Committed to Resolve Ethiopia-Eritrea Standoffs: Ambassador Donald Yamamoto→
As my readers know, I enjoy watchin’ American diplomats chillin’ out and kickin’ it with African dictators. I like watchin’ ‘em kumbaya-ing, back-pattin’ and fist bumpin’. I have trained myself to decipher their cryptic diplomatese spoken with forked tongue. I have also learned to chew on their indigestible words with a whopping spoonful of salt and pepper.
Despite years of relentless effort, I have been unable to fathom their mendacity. I am mystified and spellbound by the depth of their duplicity and height of hypocrisy. Bewildered and frustrated, I was compelled to engage in a neologistic exercise and create a word that captured their culture of mendacity. Continue reading U.S. Double-Talking Human Rights in Ethiopia, Again!→
No self-respecting Eritrean will ever accept the fact that sovereign Eritrean territories continue to be illegally held by the TPLF-regime eleven years after the Hague-based border commission issued its ruling.
Unfortunately, the United States, despite being the chief negotiator and guarantor of the Algiers Agreement, has abdicated its responsibility as a “guarantor” in making sure the border commission’s verdict is translated on the ground in its entirety with demarcation being the final phase to conclude the boundary commission’s work. Continue reading U.S. Should Honor the Algiers Agreement→
A June 2008 leaked Cable from the US Embassy in Addis Ababa shows on the level of frustration from the then US Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, due to ‘the high rate of cancellations and non-acceptance of training opportunities’ by Ethiopia’s Chief of Staff General Samora.