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...


Hey Donald, Diversity is Beautiful


In the roughly translated words of Leopold Sedar Senghor, a Senegalese poet, cultural theorist and founding president of the West African nation, “Racists are people who have mistaken their anger.” I am sure these wo...


Body Language More Telling Than Words


Sometimes, reality becomes somewhat of a relative truth and I am only just starting to realise that as I grow older. I do not mean this simply based on the fact that our realities depend on our different backgrounds and...


Educating a Different Generation, Differently!


I, personally, have always despised History lessons. Maybe despised is a strong word, but I felt so strongly about it in school it was probably closer to hating History, if this word could better express my feelings on t...


Hail Individuality


Let’s say you are trying to buy a sweater, a dress, a suit, bags, shoes or even get yourself a haircut; before trying it for yourself, would you want to see it on some else first? I know I would. Though sometimes we...


Equals


What are the positions that women hold in our society as a whole? What places do women have within the social construct of our homes? Do we know? Would we like to know? These are a few questions that have been going t...


Debunking Stereotypes, Embracing Individuality


Stereotypes are one of the things we always think to say are not good or should be avoided. We can, however, not help but use these same stereotypes we disagree with to make sense of the world we live in. Why? Because...


Respect


Respect – lately, I’ve been thinking about this word. According to most dictionaries, it means having a high opinion, admiration, due regard, courtesy, politeness or honour for someone. Based on this definition, this...


Rekindling Goodness in the Spirit of New Year


With everything that has happened and with all that is going on around the world, it is hard to believe that a year has already passed since we last heard the usual enkwan aderessatchew songs on the radio and saw herds o...


Old Enough, Rich Enough, Pretty Enough?


It baffled me to see that even with grey hair and a cane, the lady in front of me at the supermarket’s counter was being asked for her identification card to confirm she was old enough to purchase a bottle of wine. I d...


Think For Yourself


Why? Where? When? How? A set of questions a child would ask a parent, or any adult, in order to quench their thirst for knowledge. They do this without fear of being reprimanded, laughed at, ignored or scrutinised. What...


Guardians of Each Other’s Rights


It was a normal Tuesday afternoon and everyone was minding their own business. Suddenly, some guy on the street, simply thinking that he had the right to say whatever he liked, threw nasty words in my direction. As if he...


Waning Culture of Customer Service


The realisation that as an Ethiopian I come second to any other citizen when it comes to getting the services that I pay for is a bitter pill to swallow. The clerk barely looking up from the desk to give me a rude answer...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

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


Commentary

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


Viewpoint

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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