Ethiopia’s Oromo Youth Will No Longer Stay Silent

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Primary School Classroom, Ethiopia.

By Uju Okoye

Mohammed Ademo, an Ethiopian journalist and editor of the OPride news platform, had a difficult time choosing the 2016 Oromo Person of the Year. In fact, Ademo admits in his end-of-year essay that he originally planned to write about Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa’s courage, and how Feyisa’s protest at the Olympic Games made visible the oppression of Oromo people that the world didn’t yet know it ignored.

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We MUST Keep Our Eyes on the Prize!

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Prize

By Prof. Al Mariam

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.

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The World Bankliars in Ethiopia

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World Bank

By Prof. Al Mariam

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, I will stop telling the truth about their malfeasance and wicked deeds in Ethiopia.

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Dare to Dream With Me About the New Ethiopia in 2017

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Dream

By Porf. Al Mariam

“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 rise up, lock arms and march together as ONE people to meet their destiny.

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Ethiopia 2016 in Review: The Year of Perseverance!

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The Year of Perseverance

By Prof. Al Mariam

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.

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