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Ethiopian Meles Zenawi Dead

RIP President Zenawi. His predecessor was a great source of inspiration in the Dictator's Handbook, but Zenawi less so. That doesn't mean he didn't know a thing or two about running a nation on the basis of strategic interests. He befriended the Americans and encouraged investment in security apparatus, but his record on human rights will be remembered for some notable weaknesses. From the Courier-Journal:

"I think on the human rights side his legacy will be much more questionable. The country remains under a very tightly controlled one-party rule and this will be the challenge for the new leadership, to take advantage of the opportunity that his death presents in terms of bringing Ethiopia into a more human rights-friendly, reform-minded style of leadership," Lefkow said.


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