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Ethiopia’s Long War

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London Review of Book | Maaza Mengiste I have​ a hazy childhood memory of soldiers breaking into our house. They had come to question my grandfather, who they believed was hiding someone they wanted to arrest. It was not long after the start…

Kapuściński and the Autocrats

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Source: Book and Film Globe |  Neal Pollack The late Polish journalist, like no other writer, understood societies in crisis Everyone’s busy checking Orwell out of the library and pretending to read 1984 right now, because apparently we…

Down With Democracy?

Excerpts from Famine and Foreigners - Peter Gill - PP167-170 In my first interview with Meles Zenawi, we covered the government’s protracted arguments with the aid-givers over the free market reforms that they expected Ethiopia to adopt and…

STRANGE “FACTS” ABOUT MENELIK II (1844–1913), EMPEROR OF ETHIOPIA (1889–1913)

Source: Clifton Fadiman's Book of Anecdotes (2000) 1 In the late nineteenth century, news of the success of the electric chair as a means of dispatching criminals reached Ethiopia. Menelik II eagerly ordered one. When it arrived, however, he…

PRESTER JOHN

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Excerpt from Paulos Milkias, Ethiopia (p44) The man known in Ethiopia as Yimrahanna Kristos was referred to in Europe during the time of the Crusades as “Prester John” (Latin: Prete Anie). Yimrahanna Kristos was the fi rst of the four emperor-saints…

THE EVE HYPOTHESIS

Excerpt from Paulos Milkias, Ethiopia (p31) It was around the closing decades of the 20th century that Dr. Allan C. Wilson, considered to be the leading molecular evolutionist of the 20th century, introduced what is now known as the “Eve…