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“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Memorandum No. 9: PM Abiy Ahmed, “Blessed are th…

11 June, 2018

By Prof. Al Mariam The Good Book says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” It is a maxim that aims to guide those who seek to deliver the message of peace and reconciliation to humanity. It is a message that teaches true peace is found between individuals or nations by restoring broken relationships in a reconciliation process. Today, PM Abiy told the people of Egypt, “What I want to tell the people of Egypt is that we Ethiopians know the value of spirit of...


Donald Trump

Kudos! Trump’s First Year Human Rights Record in…

29 December, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam Author’s Note: In this commentary, I offer a personal review of the Trump administration’s human rights record in Africa in 2017. On December 21, 2017, with little fanfare, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017 for targeted sanctions “declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.”


Meles Zenawi

Ethiopia-Win-Et: Understanding the Mind of the Mas…

25 December, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam As long as people believed in ‘a bright future,’ they fought side by side irrespective of nationality – common questions first and foremost! But when doubt crept into people’s hearts, they began to depart, each to his own national tent – let every man count only upon himself! The ‘national question’ first and foremost! Marxism and the National Question J. V. Stalin




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