Colorado’s forth “Taste of Ethiopia” in Aurora this past summer, an indication of the growing influence of Colorado’s Ethiopian Community, heavily concentrated in the State’s Sixth Congressional District, the center of which is Aurora, Colorado
(Although she is a much better candidate then her opponent, the Obama Administration’s support for the Ethiopian dictatorship and its silence on the wave of repression currently being unleashed by the government there, is hurting Morgan Carroll’s bid for the U.S. Congress in Colorado’s Sixth District)
In the midst of, issue-wise, what is probably the most vapid presidential campaign in modern American history, the Ethiopian Community of Colorado is coming alive and organizing. While the country’s two presidential candidates go blow for blow – most of it gutter talk on both sides of the Democratic-Republican fence – foreign policy issues and crises have received virtually no attention, including the current democratic explosion and government repression in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is simply a vivid example of what the campaign – and the country – is not talking about…and should be. The escalating violence in Ethiopia is nowhere mentioned in the presidential contest, or in the media. Whether it’s from the Trump camp, pickled on racist and misogynist one-liners, or from Hillary Clinton circle, when it comes to Ethiopia (or issues in general) there is silence.
Having an opponent like Donald Trump has permitted Hillary Clinton to sidestep the issues the campaign should be about: the economy, racism, particularly the epidemic of police violence against people of color, the continued escalation of CO2 levels in the atmosphere making global warming and climate change irreversible, and international crises pretty much everywhere, including in Ethiopia.
Having an opponent like Donald Trump has permitted Hillary Clinton to sidestep the issues the campaign should be about: the economy, racism, particularly the epidemic of police violence against people of color, the continued escalation of CO2 levels in the atmosphere making global warming and climate change irreversible, and international crises pretty much everywhere, including in Ethiopia
Ethiopia Explodes: The Presidential Candidates, U.S. Media and Obama Administration are silent
Unknown if one reads or watches the U.S. media, Ethiopia is exploding.
An October 2, annual celebration of the Oromo people, one of the country’s largest ethnic groups was crushed as the Ethiopian military opened fired on a crowd killing more than six hundred. Shortly thereafter a state of emergency was declared by the government and foreign journalists have been prohibited from entering the countryside outside of the country’s capitol, Addis Ababa.
Colorado’s Ethiopian Community – virtually the whole community minus a small percentage who support the government, or act as spies for it, mostly for reasons of ethnic solidarity – is coming together, trying to draw attention to the repression and war crimes taking place on an increasing level in Ethiopia. They are also, as a community, increasingly suspect and outright opposed to the role that the Ethiopian government is playing supporting U.S. strategic aims in East Africa. Read more…