Actress Aster Bedane asked Ethiopia’s Chief of Staff: “Will you really transfer power through elections?” Ethiopia is set to hold its fifth General Election in May 2015, and international election observers have been banned.
“When an artist mourns and eulogizes the death of a brutal dictator, is he denying the suffering that this despotic hero inflicted upon the audience?” Mesfin Negash considers this dilemma in the latest Ethiopiques column.
Journalist Mesfin Negash examines the effect that PM Meles Zenawi’s death has had on Ethiopia. Negash highlights how state media has manufactured the image of national grief, blurring the lines between private and public mourning.
In this week’s Ethiopiques column exiled journalist Mesfin Negash discusses the apparent disappearance of Ethiopian president Meles Zenawi, who hasn’t been seen in public for over 50 days. Rumors are Zenawi might be critically ill or even dead.
In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup, an interview with Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot, and pieces on the passing of Gore Vidal and Alexander Cockburn. Also, news and analysis on Mexico, Burma, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Belarus, China, Iraq, and USA.
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