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Ethiopia, the “North Korea of Africa”

 A televised tear of mourners for the late totalitarian dictator and Prime Minister of Africa's Nrth Korea, Meles Zenawi
A televised tear of mourners for the late totalitarian dictator and Prime Minister of Africa’s North Korea, Meles Zenawi

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

In their attacks of countries and leadership that do not align themselves with the West, the western media and NGO community, there are two countries, Iran and North Korea, that are presented as examples of, and labeled as, “pariah states”.

It is not this author’s intention to validate the western media’s assumptions about these two nations, but if they are to use labels, they ought to call a spade a spade and label Ethiopia the “North Korea” of Africa as the label best fits the minority regime in Ethiopia more than any other country or leadership in the region. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck … Continue reading Ethiopia, the “North Korea of Africa”

Emasculation of the African with Awards, Grants and Prizes

British Sudanese entrepreneur and modern day neo-con collaborator, Mo Ibrahim, emasculating Africans with awards, grants and prizes …

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

I am always amazed at how much time and energy is spent by those of European decent discussing “Africa’s development”. Birgit Brock-Utne, an astute European educator of Norwegian origin, wrote the following in her book[1] about those who insist on preaching to Africa about development: Continue reading Emasculation of the African with Awards, Grants and Prizes

Ethiopia: Top Security Official Arrested

His arrest may be a prelude to the arrest of Azeb Mesfin, aka “Mother of Corruption”

Her liutenants are being rounded up for corruption … and it may be a matter of time before she joins them at Kaliti

By Ethiomedia,

A top Ethiopian security official has been arrested on corruption charges, a radio affiliated to the ruling party said on Friday.

The official, Woldeselassie Woldemichael, a close friend and confidant of Azeb Mesfin, the widow of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, was thrown into jail as part of the ongoing hunt for officials who have amassed wealth on grounds of corruption.

Woldeselassie was a close friend of Gebrewahd Woldegiorgis, former deputy head of Revenue and Customs Authority, who has been in jail for months accused of corruption.  Continue reading Ethiopia: Top Security Official Arrested

Ethiopia: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

Follow no short cuts than abide by the EEBC ruling

By Kidane Eyob,

Dear Prime Minister Hailemariam,

Would you give one of your children to your neighbour?

Let’s say God has blessed you and your wife with three lovely children. Unfortunately, the friendly couple who live next-door with whom you have also grown to be good friends are not as blessed and do not have any children. However, they are very wealthy and have a wealthy business partner who lives many miles away.

Their business partner also befriends you and your wife and one day suggests that as you and your wife have three children and your neighbour has none, you should give one of your children to your neighbour and offers to pay you a million dollars if you agree to his suggestion.  Continue reading Ethiopia: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

President of Eritrea is as Unique as His Country

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”  – Mahatma Gandhi

“Eritrean president may not be a fun guy, but he’s … As unique as his country” – PETER WORTHINGTON (Toronto Sun)

By Peter Worthington,

In some ways, the world’s most interesting “leader” today is 53-year-old Isaias Afewerki, president of the UN’s newest independent state, Eritrea.

He is as unique as his country, unlike other heads of state.

When I met him in early December in Asmara, he was obviously more interested in working than talking. The BBC had been waiting weeks for an interview, but somehow I jumped the queue.

In journalism, as in love or war, you sometimes don’t ask why, but just take advantage of opportunity.  Continue reading President of Eritrea is as Unique as His Country

Hailemariam Desalegn: Does He Live as Meles or as Himself?

Grading the performance of Hailemariam Desalegn over 100 days in office

Hailemariam Desalegn: Can he deviate from being Meles and survive?

By Deutsche Welle (DW),

On 21 September 2012 Hailemariam Desalegn was sworn in as Ethiopia’s prime minister. He was regarded as a compromise candidate and many Ethiopians expected more political freedom. 100 days on, hope is fading.

A few days before Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, was sworn in, the Ethiopian government pardoned 2,000 political prisoners. Desalegn’s inauguration coincided with the Orthodox New Year which falls in September. Continue reading Hailemariam Desalegn: Does He Live as Meles or as Himself?