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May 26, 1991 | Tom Killion, Tom Killion is a professor of African history at Bowdoin College
While driving through Revolution Square in Addis Ababa in April, I noticed something missing. The gigantic portraits of Marx and Lenin that I'd seen on previous visits were gone. Only the image of Ethiopia's military Marxist dictator, President Mengistu Haile Mariam, remained. I mentioned my surprise to the taxi driver, and he noted laconically, "He is alone now." Last week, Mengistu took a plane to Zimbabwe after resigning his presidency in the face of ever more rebel military victories.
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May 26, 1991 | Tom Killion, Tom Killion is a professor of African history at Bowdoin College
While driving through Revolution Square in Addis Ababa in April, I noticed something missing. The gigantic portraits of Marx and Lenin that I'd seen on previous visits were gone. Only the image of Ethiopia's military Marxist dictator, President Mengistu Haile Mariam, remained. I mentioned my surprise to the taxi driver, and he noted laconically, "He is alone now." Last week, Mengistu took a plane to Zimbabwe after resigning his presidency in the face of ever more rebel military victories.
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