Ethiopia’s popular online video sharing site, DireTube, recently conducted a very candid survey on a variety of Addis Ababa residents by asking them two simple questions. First they were asked to tell the name of their President. The response they got was very astounding if not disturbing. Almost 90% of the participants do not have a clue on who their President is and what he looked like. Not a chance.
THE targeted assassination of four members of the Ethiopian opposition party in less than two weeks before the official announcement of the rigged election results took a worrisome pattern in the ethnically divided nation of 90 million.
ETHIOPIA will hold a major election Sunday, but critics of the longtime ruling party say systematic repression has made this vote a nonevent. Outside of the country, Ethiopians who say they are political refugees have even harsher words for the government.
IT WAS only two months ago during the Israeli election that the White House was scrambling to convince the American public that the United States does not intervene in the electoral processes of other democracies.
“This administration goes to great lengths to ensure that we don’t give even the appearance of interfering or attempting to influence the outcome of a democratically held election in another country,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in defense of President Barack Obama’s refusal to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue reading Washington Enables Authoritarianism in Ethiopia→