What Do WE Want and Do NOW (Part 3)

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By Prof. Al Mariam

Author’s Note: This is the third successive 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 People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF); 2) challenge Ethiopians, particularly Ethiopian intellectuals, to think outside the box, indeed with no box at all, about going forward, and 3) propose some ideas that maybe useful in charting a future course of action given current circumstances.

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Donald Trump: Our Brother-in-Chief?

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By Prof. Al Mariam

Don T. always wanted to be a brother. But not just a regular brother in the hood.

In September 1989, Don T. told an interviewer the kind of brother he wanted to be:

A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that… I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.

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What Do WE Want and Do NOW? (Part 2)

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What Do WE Want and Do NOW (that we are under T-TPLF Reign of Terror)?

By Prof. Al Mariam

These perpetual little panics of the French – which all arise from fear of the moment when they will really have to learn the truth – give one a much better idea of the Reign of Terror. We think of this as the reign of people who inspire terror; on the contrary, it is the reign of people who are themselves terrified. Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.”

Karl Marx in a letter to Friedrich Engles during the Paris Commune (1870).

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