Why I nominated Abiy Ahmed for the Nobel Peace Prize

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A picture of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

The prize not only acknowledges the Ethiopian prime minister's commitment to peace, but encourages him to do more.

By Awol K Allo

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 100th Nobel Peace Prize to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali, for "his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation" and for his "decisive initiative" to end the long-running military stalemate with neighbouring Eritrea.

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Abiy Ahmed has been awarded a Nobel Prize, now he must earn it!

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PM Abiy Ahmed

By Mesfin Mekonen

Right now, he is on the same path that the Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi traveled. She won a Nobel Peace prize not for what she had accomplished, but rather for things the Nobel committee hoped she would accomplish. The committee’s hopes were misplaced. Aung San Suu Kyi is today shunned the international community, treated as a pariah because she has stood aside, saying and doing nothing to prevent ethnic genocide. Now she is complicit not only in the slaughter and displacement of millions of her people, but also in the unjust imprisonment of journalists.

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Remembering the Sharpeville (South Africa) and Meles Massacres (Ethiopia) in 2019

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The Sharpeville (South Africa) Massacr

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 Dr. Abiy Ahmed is that he “does not take action”.

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Memorandum No. 10: Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s “Search and Rescue Prime Minister”!

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PM Abiy Ahmed with freed Ethiopian prisoners in Egypt

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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Memorandum No. 9: PM Abiy Ahmed, “Blessed are the Peacemakers” in Ethiopia

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“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

By Prof. Al Mariam

The Good Book says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” It is a maxim that aims to guide those who seek to deliver the message of peace and reconciliation to humanity. It is a message that teaches true peace is found between individuals or nations by restoring broken relationships in a reconciliation process.

Today, PM Abiy told the people of Egypt, “What I want to tell the people of Egypt is that we Ethiopians know the value of spirit of brotherhood and neighborhood and we are God-fearing people, and we will never harm the people of Egypt.”

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Kudos! Trump’s First Year Human Rights Record in Africa

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Donald Trump

By Prof. Al Mariam

Author’s Note: In this commentary, I offer a personal review of the Trump administration’s human rights record in Africa in 2017.

On December 21, 2017, with little fanfare, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017 for targeted sanctions “declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.”

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Ethiopia-Win-Et: Understanding the Mind of the Mastermind of Ethnic Federalism (Part II)

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Meles Zenawi

By Prof. Al Mariam

As long as people believed in ‘a bright future,’ they fought side by side irrespective of nationality – common questions first and foremost! But when doubt crept into people’s hearts, they began to depart, each to his own national tent – let every man count only upon himself! The ‘national question’ first and foremost! Marxism and the National Question J. V. Stalin
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