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How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

US policy on Ethiopia challenged by a small and determined Ethiopian activists
H.Res. 128 was a David vs. Goliath match-up between small grassroots army of committed Ethiopian human rights advocates and big money lobbying. But as the old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “if spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.”

BY ALEMAYEHU MARIAM | THE HILL

An old Ethiopian aphorism propounds, “If spiders could gather up their silk in a single twine, they could tie up a lion.” In other words, many weak and powerless people could band together and defeat a mighty adversary. Continue reading How Ethiopian Americans Changed US Policy on Ethiopia

Trump’s Africa Policy Should End US Aid to Dictators, Rights Abusers

Removing the rust from U.S. policy means disentanglement from partnering with African dictators

The best way President Trump can help Africa is by ending the insidious culture of competitive panhandling on the continent and ensuring that American tax dollars are not entangled with the toils of African dictatorships.

BY ALEMAYEHU G. MARIAM

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was criticized for letting his “unelected” daughter Ivanka sit in for him during the high-level “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health” session at the G-20. Ms. Trump was criticized for not making “any major contributions” to the session “during her father’s absence.” Continue reading Trump’s Africa Policy Should End US Aid to Dictators, Rights Abusers

Eritrean Resolve, Demise of the TPLF and US in the Middle

The US needs Eritrea’s assistance as the current regime in Ethiopia is losing its legitimacy so fast. The fast paced developments in the region, including Yemen, are leaving the US with no option than to show flexibility on its Eritrea position.

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

Human rights violations, genocides, ethnic cleansing, election-rigging, mass imprisonment, corruption, selling-interests of Ethiopia for temporary gains, human trafficking, abuse of power, torture and mismanagement etc … is rampant in Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led Ethiopia.

In 2010, after the TPLF, claiming to have won 99% of the votes declared itself winner, former Ambassador to Ethiopia Ambassador David Shinn said, “How do you win 99% of the vote?  That’s un-American and yet, Ethiopia remains a darling of the donor community.” Continue reading Eritrean Resolve, Demise of the TPLF and US in the Middle

What time is it Eritrea?

Eritrea survives and thrives by the united will and strength of its people

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

A YOUNG Eritrean that was born in the US once said, “When I hear people call Eritrea a new nation, it startles me because I grew knowing Eritrea to be a nation.” Most Eritrean children that grew up in the US before independence have encountered people that told them Eritrea does not exist on the map. Their answers were always that Eritrea existed in their heart and they knew that she will be free.

The subtle way the West pulled Eritrea’s annexation left Eritreans empty handed without a country, under primitive tyranny of Ethiopia’s pseudo monarchy. In a flash, they defeated the surrendering Italian army led by British troops into Asmara Palace and not long-after, British soldiers and the US escorted Emperor Haile Selassie into Asmara with his wife and handed him a nation without having to lift a finger. Great Britain’s recently declassified World War II videos show this transaction clearly.  Continue reading What time is it Eritrea?

Time For a New Eritrea Policy Out of Washington

For the sake of peace and stability in the troubled region, U.S. should re-set its relation with Eritrea

By Bereket Kidane,

Everything that one can think of to bring down a government and a people has been tried and failed when it comes to Eritrea.

Every trick in the book has been put to use. Frustrated enemies whose anti-Eritrea efforts have failed have turned to blaming the mining companies, diaspora Eritreans for their steely resolve and backbone in supporting the Government of Eritrea, and countries like Qatar for their friendship.

Even youth groups like YPFDJ have not escaped their wrath and have been excoriated for taking pride in their heritage and showing interest in learning the truth about Eritrea. Continue reading Time For a New Eritrea Policy Out of Washington

United Nations on the Brink

“There is no United Nations… but an international community that can be led by the only super power, and that’s the United States” – Ambassador John Bolton

By Amanuel Biedemariam,

The history of the UN is one of corruption and infectiveness. During the Cold War, the US and the Soviet Union had competing global agendas and interests. As a result the UN was irrelevant, unable to pursue its stated purpose because it lacked the mandate, leadership, funding and principled organizational structure worthy to lead the billions of people inhabiting the earth.

Until 1993, the prevailing opinion in the US was that the “UN is corrupt”. Secretary General Kofi Anan was maligned, portrayed as inept and ineffective. The Rwanda Genocide of 1994 magnified that perception rightfully. Many called for his resignation then. In fact, many in the US wanted out of the UN altogether until it became clear that the UN was a great vehicle to forward US agendas.  Continue reading United Nations on the Brink