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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Derg

Norbert Wiener, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt (Time Inc)

"Derg" is a Ge'ez word meaning committee, and was used by Ethiopian Marxists to describe their regime, some twenty years ago. But more than Karl Marx, it was Norbert Wiener (seen here in a portrait by Alfred Eisenstaedt) who inspired the characters in this story.

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