Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Barack in Africa
"Yesterday he was a tricky and mischievous politician. And today he has become a passionate inspirational human rights activist," Which one should we believe? Which one should we go with?" Yonathan Tesfaye, a spokesman for Ethiopia's opposition Blue party, said in a reference to President Barack Obama's comment that Ethiopia's government was democratically elected.
Ethiopia is the world's second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, after Eritrea, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch said, quote, "Authorities use arbitrary arrests and politically motivated prosecutions to silence journalists, bloggers, protesters, and perceived supporters of opposition political parties."
The Ethiopian government recently blocked the report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry into the situation in South Sudan.
In a a recent parliamentary election Ethiopia’s ruling party won 100 percent of the country’s 547 Parliament seats. Democracy? Those people sure love the ruling party. That is fantastic.