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Gettn’ Down With Ethiopia’s Thugtators!

guard of honor for Obama
Do you really want to know how the “Black Caesars” of the TPLF rock and rolled with Il Padrone, the Godfather, in the house? (AFP/Getty Images)

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

GET down, like James Brown! Dances with the stars? Dances with wolves? How about dances with thugs! The Godfather of Soul, or as his fans call him J.B. (R.I.P. J.B.) had a song called, “The Boss”. It’s a cut on the soundtrack album for the movie “Black Caesar”.

The movie is about an African American man who joins the New York mafia and becomes the head of a black crime syndicate in Harlem. Continue reading Gettn’ Down With Ethiopia’s Thugtators!

President Obama Had His Chance and He Blew It

The historic visit to Ethiopia afforded President Obama a golden opportunity to solidify his laurel as a Nobel Peace Prize winner by helping end the state of no-peace no-war affair between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Alas! He just blew it.

By Alem Fisshatzion,

As the first sitting American president to visit Ethiopia, President Barak Obama had a golden opportunity to right a whole long chain of wrongs; the first of which inevitably should have been to stop baby-cuddling the Ethiopian regime and turning a blind eye to their dangerous regional destabilization policies.

As guarantor to the Algiers agreement which Ethiopia openly and stubbornly continue to defy, it is both the duty and moral obligation of the United States to see to it that Ethiopia complies or face consequences. Instead, it is the victim, Eritrea, whom the International Community under the leadership of the US has chosen to punish. Continue reading President Obama Had His Chance and He Blew It

Obama’s ‘Democratic’ Ethiopia Comment Slammed

Humanitarian groups and opposition lawmakers say Obama’s Ethiopia visit lends an air of legitimacy to an oppressive regime that has no legitimacy of the Ethiopian people. (Photo by: Evan Vucci)

By Al Jazeera,

African activists on Tuesday dismissed President Barack Obama’s remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government as an “out of touch” public relations exercise.

Obama made the comment on Monday during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, whose ruling party won every seat in parliament in May elections. Continue reading Obama’s ‘Democratic’ Ethiopia Comment Slammed

Juba Upset After Being Excluded from Obama-IGAD Meeting on South Sudan

President Obama convened the multi-lateral summit on South Sudan with the only IGAD regional leaders that have the most influence on that country. US officials called the summit a consultation on how to make progress in the peace process. The direct involvement of President Obama on the peace process signals a growing impetus to end the violence that has devastated the country.

By Sudan Tribune,

The South Sudanese government Tuesday expressed its dissatisfaction for not being invited to participate in a meeting with the American president Barak Obama on the 19-month conflict in the new African nation.

On Monday 27 July, leaders and officials of the East African regional bloc, IGAD, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma briefed Obama on the progress that have been made to end the South Sudanese conflict and discussed with him ways to partner with American administration to boost their efforts in this respect. Continue reading Juba Upset After Being Excluded from Obama-IGAD Meeting on South Sudan

President Obama: Tear Down the Wall Between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Peace remains elusive because Ethiopia, with the tacit support of the US, has refused to accept international law. As President of the United States and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, what can Obama do to bring peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia? (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

By Daniel Ogbaharya | African Arguments,

President Obama is in the midst of a historic visit, having travelled to his ancestral homeland, Kenya, where his father hails from, and now Ethiopia — one of Africa’s “lion” economies and an important ally of Washington in the volatile region of the Horn of Africa.

Situated across the busy shipping corridor of the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea where millions of barrels of oil transit everyday, the Horn of Africa is home to a total of 160 million people residing in eight countries – Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda. It is also the only area of Africa where the United States maintains a large military base, the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, located in Djibouti. Continue reading President Obama: Tear Down the Wall Between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Obama Accused of Human Rights Hypocrisy on Ethiopia Visit

Lending an air of legitimacy to a corrupt and brutal dictatorship. The US president arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday for a two day visit, in spite of his avowed support for human rights. That is hypocrisy at its best!

By SputnikNews,

US President Barack Obama has been accused of hypocrisy by choosing to visit Ethiopia during his only official visit to Africa, despite concerns international human rights groups have voiced regarding the country’s human rights record.

After spending two days in Kenya, Obama arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, where he was met by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who took office in 2012.

The Ethiopian government is a key strategic ally of the US in its ‘war on terrorism,’ and has close security ties with the US. Ethiopia has thousands of troops in neighboring Somalia, which along with Ethiopia and Kenya, face insurgent al-Shabaab Islamic militants.

Ethiopia has introduced anti-terror legislation, called the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation, which Human Rights Watch [HRW] says has been used by the government to target political opponents.

According to a HRW report on war crimes in Ethiopia, “Since mid-2007, thousands of people have fled, seeking refuge in neighboring Somalia and Kenya from widespread Ethiopian military attacks on civilians and villages that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In an open letter written to US Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, published by the watchdog Genocidewatch.org, former Ethiopian ambassador Imru Zelleke wrote:

“Ethiopia is a major US ally in the Horn of Africa, yet America does not seem to be concerned about the blatant violations of human rights, lawless governance and unmitigated corruption by the regime in Addis Ababa.”

“The regime’s flagrant interference both in Christian and Muslim religious affairs has created rifts and contentions amongst the religious communities.”

“In the past the regime was boasting to have broken the back of the Orthodox Christianity with similar terrorization of innocent civilians; at this moment, in the guise of an unproven terrorist activity, it is conducting indiscriminately a most vile campaign of terror, mass arrests, killings and tortures against the Muslim Community in Ethiopia.”

Despite the criticism, Obama praised Ethiopia as an “outstanding partner” in the fight against militant Islamists at joint press conference held with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Monday.

Human rights campaigners from Amnesty International also expressed their reservations about Obama’s visit to Ethiopia.

“We don’t want this visit to be used to sanitize an administration that has been known to violate human rights,” said Amnesty spokesman Abdullahi Halakhe, who warned that the visit would be used by the administration as evidence of international support.