Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary's best famine example - Ethiopia

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique insights into the cognitive process. Recently, dictator Meles Zenawi responding to an interviwer’s question made a public confession of shame and regret over the fact that the Oxford Dictionary uses Ethiopia as a prime example of famine.

Interviewer: In the mid-1960s something was revealed in our country. Many people were waging struggles. You were in the struggle. In the Oxford dictionary, for the word famine, the example given is Ethiopia. How does that make you feel as an Ethiopian? Continue reading

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Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary's best famine example - Ethiopia

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique insights into the cognitive process. Recently, dictator Meles Zenawi responding to an interviwer’s question made a public confession of shame and regret over the fact that the Oxford Dictionary uses Ethiopia as a prime example of famine.

Interviewer: In the mid-1960s something was revealed in our country. Many people were waging struggles. You were in the struggle. In the Oxford dictionary, for the word famine, the example given is Ethiopia. How does that make you feel as an Ethiopian? Continue reading

Ethiopia, Famine and the Oxford Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary's best famine example - Ethiopia

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

Oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) can sometimes provide unique insights into the cognitive process. Recently, dictator Meles Zenawi responding to an interviwer’s question made a public confession of shame and regret over the fact that the Oxford Dictionary uses Ethiopia as a prime example of famine.

Interviewer: In the mid-1960s something was revealed in our country. Many people were waging struggles. You were in the struggle. In the Oxford dictionary, for the word famine, the example given is Ethiopia. How does that make you feel as an Ethiopian? Continue reading

World Food Program in Somalia; Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

Horn of Africa is hit by the worst drought in 60 years affecting countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda

By Thomas C. Mountain

The World Food Program (WFP), one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006 just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market the WFP began the distribution of its entire years grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster. Continue reading

World Food Program in Somalia; Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

Horn of Africa is hit by the worst drought in 60 years affecting countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda

By Thomas C. Mountain

The World Food Program (WFP), one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006 just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market the WFP began the distribution of its entire years grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster. Continue reading

World Food Program in Somalia; Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

Horn of Africa is hit by the worst drought in 60 years affecting countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda

By Thomas C. Mountain

The World Food Program (WFP), one of the U.N.’s biggest aid agencies, has a very nasty history in Somalia.

Back in 2006 just as Somali farmers brought their grain harvest to market the WFP began the distribution of its entire years grain aid for Somalia. With thousands of tons of free grain available Somali farmers found it almost impossible to sell their harvest and faced disaster. Continue reading