Opinion & Analysis


The Sharpeville (South Africa) Massacr

Remembering the Sharpeville (South Africa) and Mel…

21 March, 2019

By Prof. Al Mariam Special Author’s Note: For the past few years, I have written commemorative commentaries on the Sharpeville Massacre of March 21, 1960 and the Meles Massacres of 2005. I have written these commentaries to remind those who believe in solving problems with large scale violence that violence begets violence and lasting peace can be achieved only through dialogue and mutual give and take based on goodwill and good faith. One of the common criticisms leveled against H.E. Prime Minister...

Political Analysis

Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa: from Glory to Misery, and Hope?

22 June, 2018

By Kidane Alemayehu Abstract During most of the first millennium A.D., the Horn of Africa constituted a region that was a superpower in the affairs of northeastern Africa as well as southern Arabia. Its influence and, at times, its authority extended from Egypt to the Indian Ocean and across the Red Sea all the way to Mecca. The capital for its overseas territory in south Arabia was Sanaa in Yemen. It was a major partner with the other superpowers of the time:...


PM Abiy Ahmed with freed Ethiopian prisoners in Egypt

Memorandum No. 10: Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s “Sea…

18 June, 2018

By Prof. Al Mariam Author’s Note: There are two commentaries in this Memorandum. The first is a “short” (at least that is what I call it) topical commentary on the recent activities of the leadership of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigray region. The second is my usual memorandum to PM Abiy Ahmed commending him for his extraordinary work searching and rescuing Ethiopians from jails and prisons in various countries.




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