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San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
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January 18
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Professor
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California State University, San Bernardino
Bio
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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eitiCloaking corruption in international respectability and credibility

The regime in Ethiopia is making a desperate second run to bring international respectability to its corrupt mining sector by re-applying for admission as an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) candidate. &nbRead full post »

A court of injustice or a court of cruel joke?

Asrat Tassie I must confess that I take a bit of perverse pleasure in getting full vindication for my long held view that the regime in Ethiopia runs a kangaroo court system. For years, I have been saying that there is noRead full post »

Behold the rider of the Black Horse (famine) eyeing Ethiopia once again

Eth famine victim Last week, NBC News aired an investigative report by Martin Geissler on the creeping famine in Ethiopia :

[Ethiopia] is the face of the world food crises. In a village in Southern Ethiopia, mothers cue wiRead full post »

Ethiopia in chop shop WE live in a time that gives new meaning to Shakespeare's line in Julius Caesar: “The evil that men do lives after them…” Today we come face to face with the evil Meles Zenawi has done when he lived. A piece of Ethiopia is retailed once again to the Sudan. They… Read full post »

Kenyatta ICC 1I am getting a little jittery over the repeated delays, postponements and all the backpedalling talk about “false evidence” and “lying witnesses”  in the Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta International Criminal court trial. I don’t want to say I smell a rat but I feRead full post »

JANUARY 20, 2014 12:38AM

On Behalf of Semayawi Party, Thanks!

Semayawi with MLKThank you one and all who came out to the town hall meetings in the U.S. and Europe over the past several  weeks and supported Semayawi Party!

In a report last week, Ethiomedia.com described Semayawi Party (SP) as the “newest opposition sensation” which “raises new hopeRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 4:38AM

Demonizing Ethiopian History

 The regime in power in Ethiopia today is orchestrating a full-court press demonization and vilification campaign against Atse Menelik II, the Nineteenth Century Ethiopian emperor whose centennial is being celebrated this year (Ethiopian calendar). The campaign is conducted largely throuRead full post »

Part I: Rise of the Ethiopian Chee-Hippo Generation in 2014

In my first weekly commentary of 2013, I declared that year to be the “Year of Ethiopia’s Cheetah (young) Generation”. It was a great year for Ethiopia’s Cheetahs.

I declare 2014 “Year of Ethiopia’s CheeRead full post »

Semayawi protestIn January 2013, I proclaimed, “2013 shall be the Year of Ethiopia’s Cheetah Generation.” I promised “to make my full contribution to uplift and support Ethiopia’s youth and to challenge them to rise up to newer heights.” They rose to greater heights.  … Read full post »

Semayawi Party DemoWhy I support Semayawi party as a political party

In the days leading up to my speech at the first Semayawi (Blue) Party town hall meeting in Arlington, VA, just outside of Washington, D.C., on December 15, I was peppered with all sorts of questions. The one recurrent question revolvedRead full post »

Africa’s Wise Lion and Ethiopia’s Restless Cheetahs—Never give up and keep on trying to build your Beloved Ethiopian Community!

December 15, 2013. It is the saddest day of the year for me. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was finally interred with state honors in Qunu, a small rural vill… Read full post »

MandelasThe Sinner-Saint who never stopped trying

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

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teachable moment eth diasp 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 concern and sRead full post »

Stop violence against ethiopians in saudi arabiaOver the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians have voted with their feet to escape one of the most ruthless and brutal dictatorships in Africa. According to Ethiopia's “Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs”, approximately  200,000 women sought employment abroad in… Read full post »

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For Ethiopians, November is a month which shall live in infamy

In November 2013, Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia are facing unspeakable horrors. 

For the past few years, there has been systematic persecution of Ethiopians living, working and seeking refuge in Saudi Arabia. Even EthiopRead full post »

freedom of movement  “Government announces temporary ban on traveling abroad for work”

Last week the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs” of the ruling regime in Ethiopia announced:

In an effort to curb the rising tide of abuse and exploitation of Ethiopian migrants, [there will be]&Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2013 9:25PM

Mining Corruption in Ethiopia

corruption ethThe Shame of a Nation

In my seventh commentary on corruption in Ethiopia this year, I focus on the mining sector. For other commentaries on the subject, visit my blog site at “Al Mariam’s Commentaries”.

I continue to offer commentaries on corruption in Ethiopia to keep publRead full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2013 10:26PM

Ethiopia: Confessions of a Police State

Confession20The trashing of constitutional rights   

The Ethiopian Constitution guarantees, “Persons arrested have the right to remain silent. Persons arrested shall not be compelled to make confessions or admissions which could be used in evidence against them. Any evidence obtained undeRead full post »

Kenyatta RutoGreat African leaders have dreams. The rest have nightmares. 

Recently, African leaders, at least those at the helm of the African Union and their flunkies, have been reporting endlessly recurring ghastly nightmares of Lady Justice “race hunting” them with scales in one handRead full post »

ICC logoCharge of the light brigade 

The African Union’s threatened “mass treaty-cide” (a phrase I am compelled to coin to describe the bizarre threatened walkout on the Rome Statute) fizzled out. Those who predicted the “extraordinary  summit” on the “AURead full post »

African UnionOn October 11-12, 2013, the African Union (AU) will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to formally withdraw from the Rome Statute in supremely dramatic form. The world for the first time will witness a choreographed denunciation (announcement of termination) of an international treaty by an entirRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2013 10:55PM

Saving African Dictators from the ICC

ICC African Race Hunting, the Race Card and Racing After African Thugs?

Hailemariam Desalegn, the titular prime minister of Ethiopia, says the International Criminal Court (ICC) is on African safari. In May 2013, according to the BBC, Desalegn said, “African leaders were concerned thaRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2013 8:47PM

Ethiopia: Beyond the Hubris of Evil

Reeyot Alemu 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&rdquRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 11:58PM

A Renaissance for Ethiopia’s Youth

eth youth demoFor 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 percentRead full post »