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San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
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January 18
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California State University, San Bernardino
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Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino. His teaching areas include American constitutional law, civil rights law, judicial process, American and California state governments, and African politics. He has published two volumes on American constitutional law, including American Constitutional Law: Structures and Process (1994) and American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (1998). He is the Senior Editor of the International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, a leading scholarly journal on Ethiopia. For the last several years, Prof. Mariam has written weekly web commentaries on Ethiopian human rights and African issues that are widely read online. He played a central advocacy role in the passage of H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007) in the House of Representatives in 2007. Prof. Mariam practices in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. In 1998, he argued a major case in the California Supreme Court involving the right against self-incrimination in People v. Peevy, 17 Cal. 4th 1184, which helped clarify longstanding Miranda rights issues in criminal procedure in California. For several years, Prof. Mariam had a weekly public channel public affairs television show in Southern California called “In the Public Interest”. Prof. Mariam received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1988.

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eth famine There is famine in Ethiopia in 2014, but it is known by other fancy names

Famine in Ethiopia is a topic that horrifies me. Over the years, I have written long commentaries on the subject often challenging with incontrovertible facts the fabricated and false claims of the Tigrean PeoplesRead full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2014 11:08PM

The Thugplomacy of the TPLF

embassy gunmanI have often contended that the ruling regime in Ethiopia controlled by the Tigrean Liberation Front (TPLF) is a thugtatorship, the highest stage of African dictatorship.  If democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people, a thugocracy is a government of thugs, foRead full post »

baksheesh state The rise of the “baksheesh state” in Ethiopia 

My long time readers by now know that I mint my own words and phrases whenever I find it necessary to convey my ideas and arguments with greater clarity, precision and creativity.  In this commentary I introduce the co… Read full post »

ObamaWhat does President Obama “know” about the 2015 “election” in Ethiopia? 

Last week, President Barack Obama met with a delegation of the regime in Ethiopia and said, “… the  Prime Minister [Hailemariam Desalegn] and the government is goiRead full post »

Obama

I used to be proud of President Barack Obama 

First, I am never proud of politicians. Second, I am never ashamed of politicians. I am often dismayed and even angry over things they did (said) or did not do (say). Mostly, I am critical of politicians on some issue of… Read full post »

aberash bekeleThe truth is stranger than fiction

In my September 7 commentary, DIFRET: The Abduction of a Film in Ethiopia, I expressed my outrage over the aborted Ethiopian premiere of the film DIFRET. That film, based on a “true story” of Aberash Bekele, tells the dramatic story ofRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 11:20PM

Resolutions for the Ethiopian New Year

eth new yearI wish all of my weekly Ethiopian readers throughout the world a happy and prosperous Ethiopian New Year*. I join you joyfully in ringing in 2007 and ringing out 2006. 

For many of my Ethiopian readers in the United States, September 11 (Ethiopian New Year’s Day, Meskerem 1) … Read full post »

difretWhat is the difference between the abduction of a young girl in a village and the “abduction” of a film by a young filmmaker in a capital city?

“DIFRET” is an Amharic language feature film based on a “true story” of a teenager named Hirut (Tizeta Hagere, deRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 6:39PM

The Game of Thrones in Ethiopia

Game of thrones ETH In the “Game of Thrones”, (the book from which the internationally popular television series of the same name is adapted), rival lords among the ruling families clash violently to take over the kingdom of the Iron Throne. The internecine warfare rages on as the kingdom f… Read full post »
MLKOn April 10, 1957, 28 year-old Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) gave a speech at the St. Louis Freedom Rally in St. Louis, MO entitled, “A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations”. In his speech, MLK commended St. Louis for  integrating its sc… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2014 11:51PM

My Commentary on My Commentaries

al mariamConfessions of an Ethiopian-American blogger or notes of a native son on tyranny?

This commentary, perhaps confession is a better descriptor, has been long in coming. Why have I written lengthy weekly Monday commentaries for hundreds of weeks without missing a single week? Why are my “cRead full post »

American Investments in Africa  The myth of American investments in Africa: “Investing in the Next Generation 

It was a hyperbole fest (“hypefest”) at the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. last week. It was all about the “fastest-growing continent with the youn… Read full post »

american values 2“We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks; we did some things that were  contrary to our values. When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I believe and I think any fair-minded person would believe were tortu… Read full post »

Afr Leaders WHouse  The African Circus is coming to town. It is officially called “U.S-Africa Leadership Summit” (not Ringling African Brothers). It is scheduled to be held on August 5-6 in Washington D.C.  The theme of the “Summit” is “Investing in the Next GeneratiRead full post »

 (Author’s note: In this commentary, I take a literary approach to reflect on the counter-productive and self-defeating actions the regime in Ethiopia has taken recently to punish its perceived opponents and critics. I am both amused and perplexed by the regime’s comedy of errors (bu/Read full post »

Eth renditionLast week, the regime in Ethiopia announced its abduction of Andaragatchew Tsgie, General Secretary of the Ethiopian opposition group known as Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy, with smug delight. According to the regime, the “Ethiopian national security service coordiRead full post »

Africa map Are crimes against children crimes against humanity?

According to the latest Failed States Index, 6 out of the top 10 and 18 out of the top 25 “most failed states on earth” are found in Africa. This commentary is not about beating the dead hyena of the failed African &lRead full post »

ethiopia povertyRecently, a well-known correspondent for one of the major American media outlets stationed in Ethiopia sent me an email grousing about my article urging boycott of Coca Cola in Ethiopia. He wrote, “I’m sorry to be blunt, but I don’t understand the thrust of this article [on b… Read full post »

No Country for Eth CriminalsThe U.S. Justice Department encourages Ethiopians to report human-rights abusers hiding in plain view in America 

They are hidden in plain view. They have been hiding in plain view in the U.S. for over 30 years. They have been hiding in plain view in the U.S. for just three years.… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 10:18PM

Why I am boycotting Ȼoca Ȼola

Boycott Coke1Coca Cola is NOT the real thing

Diaspora Ethiopians are expressing their outrage on social and online media and calling for a boycott of Coca Cola Company for its unethical, arbitrary and unfair dealings with Ethiopia’s pop music superstar Teodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro). They say the Coca… Read full post »

E bloggers Who is afraid of  Eskinder Nega, Reeyout Alemu, Woubshet Taye, Zone Nine bloggers…?

The “dean” of independent Ethiopian journalists and blogger extraordinaire, Eskinder Nega, is serving an 18 year sentence for blogging. The late Meles Zenawi personally ordered EsRead full post »

(Author’s note: This commentary appeared on  Pambazuka.org  on May 29, 2014 as part of a mid-century outlook on possible scenarios in Africa. I make my “predictions” debating myself as a political scientist and a defense lawyer.)

Africa Map FutureIs there light at the end of the t

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Crimes EthOn May 2, 2014, BBC reported that the security forces of the regime in Ethiopia had massacred at least 47 university and high school students in the town of  Ambo 80 miles west of the capital Addis Ababa. The regime dismissed the massacre and tried to sweep it under the rug claiRead full post »

MAY 19, 2014 12:10AM

The “Farce” of U.S. Diplocrisy

Obama Hum Rights Is the Obama Administration’s human rights policy a “farce”?

Last week U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Syrian president Bashar al-Assad a “terrorist” criminal and called  Assad’s electoral plans a “farce”. “Assad&rsquoRead full post »


 
Ethiopia Vote 2015 Whether the people of Ethiopia are better off in 2014 than they were in 2010 or in 2005 is the sole question that should be decided in the 2015 parliamentary “election”. If they are not, the people should vote to change diapers. After all, “politicians are likeRead full post »