Why Are We Supporting Repression?

"Why Are We Supporting Repression in Ethiopia?"

I have to admit that whenever I glance at a title like this, there is a quick twist of despair within.  Too often all the good that we do gets stopped at a border and a little bit is allowed to trickle in and do what it can for the selected few.  Not always, not by any means.  But the simple answer to the question is that we want to support people in need, not regimes, but one must plot one's ways around the regimes to achieve the laudable goal of supporting people.  And so we stop the trickle that gets in, and who benefits?  Still the draconian regime because they will always be sitting pretty.

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