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Archive for November, 2007

A grievous and perhaps unforgivable consequence of war is the senseless looting and plunder that victorious armies perpetrate on what is to the rampaging solider, ‘spoils of war’, but to the defeated side the very essence of their civilization and heritage. Magdalla – or to use Professor Pankhurst’s spelling Maqdalla – is remembered not only for the martyrdom of Emperor Teodros but also as an instance of cultural genocide on a mass scale. Welcome to Pankhurst’s Corner!

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This second installment of “Historical Notes on Books” reveals the barbaric nature of the Fascist Italy of the early 20th century. Professor Pankhust introduces one of the giant figures of that era when the sovereignty of our country was at its greatest peril ever- Hakim Martin also known as Dr.W.C Martin. He played a heroic role in almost single-handedly confronting the corrosive anti-Ethiopian activities of Fascist Italy’s propaganda machine, while posted as Ethiopia’s diplomatic representative in London.

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