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It is noticeable that the national pride Ethiopians have for their country is embedded in their DNA. When they talk they make it sound like there could never be a better country. This sentiment is shared by the majori...


Money Talks


We have all heard of pillowcase bankers that literally hoard paper notes instead of depositing or spending. Complete eagerness to keep money and make money has caused people to reach this point. Prices hike almost on a w...


Flagrant Animal Cruelty


With talks of nuclear tests in North Korea, gas attacks in Syria and suicide bombers in Russia this week is quite the heavy load on the mind. Luckily there are ways people can distract themselves by tuning into the la...


Workplace Transparency


Some might say it is trust, belief or something that rings like a good relationship between two or more people. It has now been a few years since I have joined the workforce and I have had my share of experiences work...


Spell Check


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...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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