ETHIOPIA: The Emperor's New Clothes

An aged man is but a paltry thing, A tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and

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For every tatter in its mortal dress. —W.B. Yeats

The creeping military takeover of Ethiopia last week left Emperor Haile Selassie virtually stripped of his absolute power. For the first time since Selassie, 82, came to power 44 years ago, government-controlled newspapers published letters and articles critical of the monarchy. One particularly vitriolic magazine accused the Emperor of "defecating on his people." As additional insult, the military forcibly entered Selassie's palace in Addis Ababa and arrested the commander...

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