Farewell, Barack Obama!

To: President Barack Obama: As I bid you farewell and adieu, I ask you three questions on matters that are enormously important to me: Is Africa better off today than when you became president on January 20, 2009? Is Ethiopia better off today than when you became president January 20, 2009? Did you stand on

Ethiopia: We MUST Keep Our Eyes on the Prize!

I am calling for a truce in the war of words among Ethiopian scholars, intellectuals and others over history, historicity and historicism. I am also calling for an end to the histrionics surrounding the war of words. Truth be told, it is the people, not I, who are calling for a truce. At a time

The World Bankliars in Ethiopia

The World Bank of Liars I have been wrangling with the World Bank of Lies, Damned Lies and Statislies in Ethiopia for the past few years. I have been trying to keep them honest. I once offered a deal to The World Bank: If they stopped lying by statistics (statislies) about economic “growth” and “development” in Ethiopia,

Dare to Dream With Me About the New Ethiopia in 2017

“Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,… [and] see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Author’s Note: I get to celebrate New Year twice every year. The first on September 11, the Ethiopian New Year. The second on January 1. In this first commentary for 2017, I aim to challenge all Ethiopians to

Ethiopia 2016 in Review: The Year of Perseverance!

Author’s Note: In July 2016, I completed my tenth year of uninterrupted Monday Commentaries (and sometimes up to 4 commentaries) a week. Some have amiably characterized my commentaries as “Monday Sermons”. My first commentary  (in the form a speech), “Awakening Giant”, appeared on July 4, 2006, the 230th anniversary of the American Declaration Independence. It

     President Trump: Out of Africa?

Author’s Note: In what I expect will be periodic commentaries on U.S. policy in Africa, I aim to offer unorthodox, paradigm changing, thought-provoking and controversial policy recommendations and prescriptions to the Trump Administration in its Africa, and particularly Ethiopia, policy. I expect to develop the core theses herein at great lengths in my future commentaries.

What Do “WE” Want and Do Now (that “WE” Have the Opportunity to Do it)? (Part VI)

Author’s Note: This is the sixth installment in a series I have called “What Do WE Want and Do NOW?”.  The serialized commentaries have three aims: 1) take stock of the impact of the recent uprisings in Ethiopia against the backdrop of the extreme repression (“state of emergency”) unleashed by the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean

What Do WE Want and Do Now (that “WE” Have Met the Enemy?) (Part V)

Author’s Note: This is the fifth installment in a series I have called “What Do WE Want and Do NOW?”.  The serialized commentaries have three aims: 1) take stock of the impact of the recent uprisings in Ethiopia against the backdrop of the extreme repression (“state of emergency”) unleashed by the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean

What Do WE Want and Do Now (that Fortress T-TPLF is Under a State of Emergency?) (Part IV)

Author’s Note: This is the fourth installment in a series I have called “What Do WE Want and Do NOW?”.  The serialized commentaries have three aims: 1) take stock of the impact of the recent uprisings in Ethiopia against the backdrop of the extreme repression (“state of emergency”) unleashed by the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean

Ethiopia 2016: We MUST Remember November!

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness. For not only are we responsible for the memories of the dead, we are also responsible for what we are doing with those memories.” Elie Weisel On June 6-8 and November 1-4, 2005[1], following the parliamentary elections in May, the military, police and security forces