Alemayehu G. Mariam

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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Apr 7th, 2014
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by Alemayehu G. Mariam Justice delayed, again? In late January of this year, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Kenyatta at the ICC: Is Justice Deferred, Justice Denied?” In that commentary I openly expressed my angst over the endless delays, postponements and backpedalling talk about “false evidence” a...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Mar 10th, 2014
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By Alemayehu G Mariam “As I look around the EITI implementing countries, I do not accept that the situation for civil society in Ethiopia is worse than a great many of them.” That was the didactic pronouncement of Ms. Claire Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in ...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Dec 9th, 2013
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By Alemayehu G Mariam NelsonRolihlahla Mandela finally finished his long walk to freedom in the last month of the Year 2013. The sun cast its last rays on the man who lifted South Africa from the darkness of apartheid. Nelson Mandela’s shadow is all we have left. We must now look to that shadow to [&...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Dec 3rd, 2013
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By Alemayehu G Mariam Stop the violence against Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia now! The ongoing human rights abuses of Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have triggered massive expressions of outrage against the regimes in Riyadh and Addis Ababa and unprecedented outpouring of conce...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Sep 23rd, 2013
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When I wrote a commentary on the plight of the imprisoned 32-year old Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu last April, I titled it “The Audacity of Evil in Ethiopia.” At the time, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) had sent a letter to the “Minister of Justice” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia p...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Sep 16th, 2013
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For the past one-half decade, Ethiopia has been awash with talk of renaissance. There has been a lot of windbagging about a “Renaissance Dam” over the Blue Nile. Our ears nearly fell off listening to the endless gab about an “economic renaissance” with “11 percent” plus annual growth. There has also ...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Aug 26th, 2013
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by Alemayehu G. Mariam For the past several months, I have been commenting on the findings of the World Bank’s “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia”, a 448-page report covering eight sectors (health, education, rural water supply, justice, construction, land, telecommunications and mining). In this my ...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Aug 12th, 2013
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Alemayehu G Mariam  Unfree and Unfair Elections in Zimbabwe Zimbabwe had its presidential elections last week. Elections as in rigged. Robert Mugabe, the senile octogenarian and the only president since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980,  “won” for the seventh time by 61 percent of the vote. His Z...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Aug 5th, 2013
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By Alemayehu G Mariam In June 1966, Senator Robert Kennedy (RFK) visited South Africa and delivered a speech at the University of Cape Town on the occasion of the annual Day of Affirmation organized by the National Union of South African Students. RFK’s “Day of Affirmation” speech was uplifting...
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In Alemayehu G. Mariam
Jul 22nd, 2013
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 In my fifth commentary on corruption in Ethiopia this year, I focus on the construction sector. The other commentaries are available at my blogsite.   The cancer of corruption in the construction sector the World Bank (WB) documented in its “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia” is just as malignant an...