Ethiopia

Shaun Randol

Christian Niedan
Eskinder Nega

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega shares this open letter he wrote to the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, which criticizes Zenawi's two decades of dictatorship. Though Zenawi died in August, one can read this letter as an alternative obituary on his rule and that of his rebel army-turned-ruling party: the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front. This essay is part of The Mantle's series Against Censorship.

Shaun Randol

On March 6, Warscapes magazine—a welcome newcomer to the international arts, politics, and literary scene edited by the passionate Bhakti Shringarpure—hosted “An Evening of Poetry from the Horn of Africa,” a night I won’t soon forget.

Shaun Randol

My seventh and final panel for the day at Brooklyn Book Festival 2010. And guess where I’m at—the international stage. I’ve spent so much time here they should name it after me. Subjects covered up to this point in the day: oppressed writers, food, foreign destinations, translations, war correspondents, war in fiction, and now, border crossings.