Ethiopian American Forum

On the road with Obama Print E-mail
Rob Reynolds, Al Jazeera's senior Washington correspondent


Obama got the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world's most powerful leaders [AFP]
Barack Obama, the US president, maintained on Thursday that the US is still a critical actor on the world stage.

"I do not buy into the notion that America cannot lead, but with the world as complex as it is, it's important for us to form partnerships and not dictate," he said, following his meeting with world leaders.

But many here at the G20 believe the US, while still the world's pre-eminent economic power, has experienced a downgrade.

That's not only because Wall Street played with matches and set the global economic house on fire.

The turbocharged, risk-addicted and consumer-centric model of US capitalism is broken for good.

Obama acknowledged as much when he said that "we must put an end to bubble bust cycle that endangers prosperity".

But the US role in the global economic meltdown had left resentment in some quarters at the G20 towards Washington

And while there was support from Obama and Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, for better global financial regulation, there was a feeling from the two leaders that it could be a case of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.




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Ethiopia takes Africa film honor Print E-mail

An Ethiopian film about the regime of the country's former dictator Mengistu Haile-Mariam has won the chief prize at Africa's main movie awards ceremony.

Unanimous winner is Teza 

Ethiopian film wins African 'Oscar'

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Print E-mail
President Obama

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
Resolution on the Question of Asab Print E-mail

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