Change from Farming to Industry Herculean Task



Can Ethiopia be transformed into an industralized nation? Two schools of thought are battling this debate, which includes political elites who argue the changeover can happen quickly, while their opponents argue other...


Art in Addis


Can you imagine a life without music, literature, paintings, theater, and dance? A moment’s thought about this will make anyone realize just how important art is in our lives, even to those that are not that much in...


Balancing Acts


  I was on my way to work with a mind that was half awake and half in bed the other morning, when a comment from one reader popped in my head. Let me start off by explaining that I have been surprised by the numb...


Tales from a Sprouting City


It doesn’t fall short of a spectacle when you look behind and around those half torn blue plastic curtains gently adorning the juxtaposed wooden planks. You hear shouts, chants and whistles harmoniously gracing the air...


Can’t Read Your Mind, Speak Up


Last weekend I ran into a cousin at a wedding who jokingly said “When will those criticisms end?” Though I know that he was teasing and joking about the fact that most of my pieces point out mainly our social and cul...


Question Authority


Have you noticed how simply asking questions turns some people prickly? Maybe you have faced the same reaction. I have noticed that the negative responses surface when the age gap is wide and there is a gender differe...


Facing Down Taxi Bullies


Writing after a full mug of coffee and excited about sharing with you certain recent encounters in public transport. Public Transportation, particularly in Addis is quite frustrating for many without personal automobi...


Feeding Minds With Subliminal Messages


What type of music do you listen to when you are sitting on that lazy chair with a glass of something in your hand after a long work week? Perhaps you have a classically tuned ear or you're the type to look for that jazz...


Pissing Culture?


The public restrooms of my city are so unbearable; it is agonizing to pass by them. Let alone use them or even come close to them. I am not sarcastically referring to the dusty or clean roads adorned by piss grown trees...


The Will To Aspire for Greatness


I wonder what we aspire to attain in our lives and what we aim to achieve. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs clearly defines the five different stages of Human psychological motivation within any given society. Ac...


The Value of Time in the Modern Era


There is something about waiting that is exasperating. Is it in the wait, in the minutes that willfully pass us by? I wonder if it is what we would be doing during those ticking moment that seems to annoy us. Perhaps...


The Streets Are Our Home


What do we do with the plastic wrapper cozily used to cover our chewing gum or candy until we are ready to masticate or suckle on it? I know that is quite an odd start to the week. I was amused by the beginning but ob...


Closeness from Openness


Communication, the ability to transmit, convey and disclose information to others is more or less equally given to all of us. Communication differs by the means used, the efforts exerted and most importantly the way it i...


Time to Re-think The Concept of “yilougnta”


There are times I look around and think that I live in a society that is concerned about what will be said more than anything else. Often times, I am convinced that it is indeed the case. Whenever I understand what the c...


A False Choice Between Art and Science


Lets see if we can attempt to discuss matters that are much lighter and happier than what we talked about last, something a bit different than last week.  Maybe it wont necessarily be on the exact opposite of last weeks...


Ethiopian Way of Facing Death


Today I am writing with mixed feelings of wanting to stop at the next word and the vehement desire to write the one right after. Death is almost always close to each of our homes but at times so distant we often forget t...


Editorial

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn...


Agenda

Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction mach...


Fineline

The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


Commentary

With the rush to develop Ethiopia and make the country one among middle...


Viewpoint

A recent World Bank report entitled, “Why So Idle? Wages and Emp...


Opinion

The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth,...


View From Arada

When people travel to a new city or town, they might notice the transpo...


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