Al Mariam’s Commentaries Archive

The Cruel Political Jokes of the T-TPLF in Ethiopia

“No Political Prisoners in Ethiopia” and “Negotiating With the Opposition” The Voice of America (Amharic) last week reported “16 Ethiopian opposition political parties agreed to discuss the anti-terrorism and other proclamations and 13 other agenda points including communications, press and charities and civic organizations” with the ruling regime in Ethiopia. However, the Thugtatorship of the

Pariah State?: Travel Warnings in the Land of 13-Months of Sunshine (Ethiopia)

U.S and U.K. issue warning to their citizens planning travel in  Ethiopia Time was tourists flocked to Ethiopia in search of the “Land of 13-Months of Sunshine” and adventure. Ziggy Marley, son of the late great reggae king Bob Marley, even wrote a song about it: 13 Months of Sunshine/Is what we got/Take us to,

Ethiopia: Collective Punishment by Internet Clampdown

Last week, for the third time in the past year, the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) unplugged the internet. The reasons are a bit fuzzy. Some T-TPLF officials say the shutdown aims to prevent “student cheating on national exams”.  During a similar clampdown last year, T-TPLF spokesman said the internet was unplugged

Al Mariam’s Voice of America Interview (Amharic) on James Comey Hearing, June 8, 2017


Al Mariam’s Voice of America Interview (Amharic) on Global Peace Index, June 7, 2017

Al Mariam’s Voice of America Interview (Amharic) on Global Peace Index, June 7, 2017  

Indexing Ethiopia

Author’s Note: Last week, Vision of Humanity issued its 2017 Global Peace Index (GPI).  Its report on Ethiopia is certainly the most distressing though unequivocal, straightforward and clear-cut. The state of peace worsened in Ethiopia more than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa, and arguably the rest of the world. For someone who is completing

Ethiopia: A Harvest of Death and Destruction Since May 28, 1991

The T-TPLF Horsemen of the Apocalypse a quarter of a century later in Ethiopia On May 28, 1991, a rag tag rebel army of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) marched into Ethiopia’s capital. That day shall eternally live in infamy. The TPLF is a terrorist organization listed in the Global Terrorism Database. Ethiopia today

Empty Suit, Director–General, Gates World Health Organization (G-WHO)

I knew from the get go that the whole WHO “election” for “director-general” was a sham, a set up. Just like the 2015 Ethiopia “election” which resulted in a 100 percent “victory” for the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF).  Who was going to win the WHO job was a foregone conclusion. That and Tewdros Kassa-hun

Author’s Note: This month the Ethiopian popular music megastar Tewdros “Teddy Afro” Kassahun released his “Ethiopia” album, which quickly topped the World Albums Billboard chart during the week of May 15. This “commentary” consists of an English translation of Tewdros’ recent Amharic interview with reporter Elias Meseret of EthioNewsflash following the release of that album. I have prepared this

Ethiopia: Who for WHO? A Top Leader of  a Terrorist Organization, That’s Who!

Author’s Note: In this commentary, I make the case against Tedros Adhanom, a top leader of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, a terrorist organization, who is a finalist for the director-general position at the World Health Organization. This commentary demonstrates beyond a shadow of doubt that Adhanom does not have the experience, competence, skill sets, intellectual