Ethiopia: When Cheetahs Cry, They Growl!

Americans have no monopoly on heroes. Olympic heroes, that is. On August 21, 2016, Feyisa Lelisa, the 26-year-old Ethiopian long distance runner at the Rio Olympics repeated an act that was once described as the “the most overtly political statement in the history of the modern Olympic Games.” On October 16, 1968, Tommie Smith and

Ethiopia: Beyond the Politics of Hate

Statement of my credo: Hate is the one crumbling wall that now stands between the people of Ethiopia and freedom, democracy and human rights in Ethiopia.  The T-TPLF has weaponized and politicized hate. But the mud walls of hate erected by the T-TPLF are today collapsing on the T-TPLF everywhere under the volcanic pressure of

Ethiopia: Rise of the “Amhara Retards” and Oromo “Criminals and Terrorists” in 2016?

Are Amharas “retards”? Are Oromo protesters demanding an end to confiscation of their land “criminals and terrorists”? Are we now witnessing the rise of the “Amhara retards” and the Oromo “criminals and terrorists ” in Ethiopia? The T-TPLF (Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front) and its handmaidens say Amharas and Oromos are just a

Donald Trump, Assassin-in-Chief?: Cry Havoc! and .… Hillary!

  In my July 25  commentary entitled “Cry Havoc! And Unleash the Dogs of War at the Republican Convention?”, I argued that Trump is a very dangerous demagogue hell-bent on starting a civil war in America. In his convention speech Trump said, “I am your voice. I have a message for all of you…” In his

Ethiopian Spring in the Summer of 2016?

  No people [in the world] will remain smothered, meaning oppressed, for  ages.  It is [a] universal [truth]. No people, to the extent that they are people [human beings] and [as evident] in world history will not remain [like an inanimate object] in one place, they will not stay put in one place as one

In Defense of Donald Trump, Sacrificer-in- Chief (SIC)!

What has Donald Trump sacrificed?! In a stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who died in Iraq in 2004 after directing his troops to take cover while he confronted a terrorist in a bomb laden car, pulled out his copy of the U.S. Constitution

Ethiopia: The Volcano, the Beast and the Tiger

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy Beware what you wish for, you may get it… Meles Zenawi, the late thugmaster of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) used to taunt the opposition that if they don’t like his rule they can go into the bush and

I Am With Her → Hillary Rodham Clinton 

I am with Hillary Rodham Clinton now! I was with Bernie Sanders.  I explained  how I felt the Bern back in February 2016. Bernie is with Hillary now. All the way. Bernie’s very last words in his convention speech were: “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her

Cry Havoc! And Unleash the Dogs of War at the Republican Convention?: Deconstructing Donald Trump’s Dog Whistles

In “Julius Caesar”, Shakespeare speaking in the character of Mark Antony warned about the looming civil war that is likely to paralyze Italy following the death of Caesar: … And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice Cry ‘Havoc,’ and

Beware the Spectre Haunting America!

A spectre is haunting America- the spectre of Trumpism. Just days after two rogue policemen executed two African American citizens and a lone gunman assassinated 5 Dallas police officers and wounded 7 more, Donald Trump attempted to politicize  the tragedy by calling himself  the “law and order candidate”. Trump proclaimed: We must maintain law and order