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In between listening to the news talking about laptop and electronic device bans on flights, a slight turn to the left of the screen made me notice a business sign. It’s your regular blue on white sign with the type of...


No Stranger Danger


It was your typical mini-bus ride that turned out to be quite the eye opener. Have you ever wondered who the person sitting next to you is or what they do for a living? How about what they had for breakfast, if the...


Packed Like Sardines


A daily commute that would usually take a few minutes has quadrupled and now drags on for close to an hour for anyone going from one end of Addis Ababa to the other. When Addis almost elastically stretched from its nu...


Color of Beauty


Whether it is after a couple of months, weeks or days away from Addis I am always intrigued by the first compliments that greet me. The very first and most common one is always how my skin color got fairer which confirms...


Silent Retreat


First and foremost, I would like to apologize for having disappeared in last week’s column and I feel obliged to explain the reason. The adventure streak took me on a 10-day silent journey, to a semi-recluse place just...


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...


Editorial

Two weeks ago, a landslide in the Repi area of Addis Abeba, commonly kn...


Agenda

The health sector has always been an issue that has long concerned the...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


Commentary

In today's growing market place, many businesses are trying to make pro...


Viewpoint

Uncertainty surrounding one of President Barack Obama’s signature...


Opinion

There are some studies which suggest the primary reason for the creatio...


View From Arada

It has been almost six months since the announcement of the state of em...


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