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Archive for December, 2007

A page from Ethiopian history

It is the standard practice of authoritarian regimes to distort the facts of history so that the new ‘sanitized’ version of past and present events will suit their particular philosophies. To Nazi Germany and, in our case, Fascist Italy, propaganda was a forceful weapon – or so they had thought when dropping an audacious propaganda leaflet in 1941. Enjoy a delightful footnote from modern Ethiopian history in this week’s rather special Pankhurst’s Corner.

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Not all scholarship is worth the name, as this week’s Pankhurst’s Corner explains. Bigotry, racial prejudice and sheer ignorance are reflected in the writing on Ethiopia by an otherwise accomplished artist. Enjoy this rather unique fourth installment of Professor Pankhurst’s running series of chronicles and other literature on Ethiopia.

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