As its monthly habit of celebrating Great Russian authors, in the month of September the Russian Cultural Centre in Addis Ababa hosted Russian language week and the 184th commemoration of Leo Tolstoy, which this year coincided with the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Patriotic War of Russia.
Allow me to express my genuine appreciation to you and your team at Addis Standard magazine. Having said so, your obituary on the late PM Meles Zenawi (Obituary – the late PM Meles Zenawi Sep. 2012) deserves the most appreciation for its professional, easy to read and well balanced assessment of the life of the late PM Meles Zenawi. However, I was deeply disappointed to see the article lacks backing its argument with some statistics, particularly economic statistics, of the achievements and/or failures of the late PM since he took power in 1991. I hope your next assessment of his legacy will include some of the hard to avoid economic evidence registered during the reign of the late PM.
Haile Arefe Begeta
United Nations Headquarters
New York, New York
10:22 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman: I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens.
Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the son of a lawyer and a musician. As a young man, Chris joined the Peace Corps, and taught English in Morocco. And he came to love and respect the people of North Africa and the Middle East. He would carry that commitment throughout his life. As a diplomat, he worked from Egypt to Syria, from Saudi Arabia to Libya. He was known for walking the streets of the cities where he worked — tasting the local food, meeting as many people as he could, speaking Arabic, listening with a broad smile.