Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has led the African nation since 1991, but his failing health has Ethiopians looking to what their nation’s future could hold. A local journalist and several journalism students recently returned from Ethiopia and on Tuesday, Matthew LaPlante and Mackinzie Hamilton join us to describe Ethiopia’s leadership transition.
- Matthew LaPlante, assistant professor of journalism, Utah State University
- Mackinzie Hamilton, journalism major
Check out LaPlante’s recent article in the Washington Post, “Ethiopians contemplate a nation without Prime Minister Meles Zenawi”
When it comes to auto racing, “LandSpeed Louise” Ann Noeth knows what she’s talking about. A former automotive journalist and professional racer, “LandSpeed Louise” has studied the history of Salt Flat racing and covered the victories of drivers who “shot the salt.” On Tuesday, LandSpeed Louise joins us to share the history and tales of the famed Bonneville Salt Flats.
- “LandSpeed Louise” Ann Noeth, author of Bonneville Salt Flats: The Fastest Place on Earth
LandSpeed Louise presents the lecture “Bonneville: The Fastest Place on Earth” on Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m. in the Dumke Auditorium at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, University of Utah. The lecture – part of the UMFA’s current exhibit, “Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile” – is free and open to the public.
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Dear Mr. Laplante:
You painted a rosey picture of Ethiopia and Meles’s accomplishments as a leader. As a journalist and fact finding individual, you were supposed to go to prison and have a visit. If your measurement of grow is based on seeing tall buildings and fabricated country’s artificial growth cooked by IMF and EPRDF, why didn’t you travel extensively to get to the real truth of the economic situation of the country? If you really believe in democracy and heard about the international assessments of the past rigged elections, why have you chosen to give false information to your people? Do you know the make up of EPRDF? Of course, America is looking the other way for all massacres, killings, and human rights abuses of Meles. We know Ethiopia is a satelite country assigned to do dirty work of America in Somalia.Democracy is okay for America and not for their satelite country such as Ethiopia. I believe you have not done your homework as a journalist. You failed to dig and find out the truth.