Trashin’ Addis Ababa (New Flower)

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Hailemariam Desalegn

By Prof. Al Mariam

Author’s Note: The purported prime minster of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, is a sanitary engineer with a master’s degree from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland. The sanitary engineering profession is concerned with the removal and disposal of human waste and finding ways of supplying safe potable water.

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Hearing Ethiopia on The Hill

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Smith & Bass

“Having been on this Committee now 36 of my 37 years, I have to tell you that I remember when Nicolae Ceaușescu of Romania, one of the most brutal dictatorships, with the Securitate, the KGB equivalent, every year his lobby form would come around with bullet points. They made them look like they were Mother Theresa. It’s just incredible.

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Trump's suspicion of foreign aid to Africa is right on the money

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President Donald Trump

Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the White House Office of Management Budget confirmed that the Trump administration is set to make “fairly dramatic reductions” in the U.S. foreign aid budget. This announcement will likely disappoint and alarm many in the foreign aid industry. There is already talk that proposals for significant cuts will face a “wall of resistance” in Congress. But serious discussion of U.S aid, particularly in Africa, is long overdue.

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The Power of Grassroots Advocacy Over Paid Lobbying

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Stop Lobbing

By Prof. Al Mariam

Author’s Note: This commentary is the third installment in an ongoing series opposing the lobbying efforts of the Praetorian regime in Ethiopia which rules by a declaration of emergency. For years and particularly over the past month, I have strongly argued to the Trump administration to review U.S. foreign aid programs in Ethiopia and Africa. I am heartened by the announcement of the Trump Administration yesterday that there will be “fairly dramatic cuts” in U.S. foreign aid beginning in 2018.

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Join Me in My Letter to President Trump

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Just Say

By Prof. Al Mariam

Author’s Note: Below is a copy of the letter I sent to President Donald Trump by email and U.S. mail.

I am asking particularly all pro-democracy Ethiopian Americans and other Americans who believe in freedom, the rule of law, democracy and human rights to join me in sending letters and emails to President Trump and their representatives in Congress to register their alarm and outrage over the massive lobbying effort currently underway by the regime in Ethiopia to undermine and infiltrate American political institutions.

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Am I an African? On xenophobia and violence in South Africa 2017

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Xenophobia bus

By Angelo Fick

We like to tell ourselves we are better. We pride ourselves on being survivors of the fires of history. We are told we live in a country of believers. We have prayers at many occasions of state. But we also tell ourselves we are different, special, "not like other Africans, generally". Such stories we tell of ourselves, sometimes believing the tales, sometimes telling them compulsively because we have to hide from harsher, less palatable truths about ourselves.

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