Pitfalls to Freedom of Speech



In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a controversial scientific theory suggesting the earth revolved around the sun. This was not a smart thing to do given that the age’s two powerful Ab...


A New Flower that Keeps Blossoming


Legend has it, Empress Taitu Betul, the famous wife of Emperor Menelik II, after a relaxing bath at Filwoha hot springs, stepped outside to find a beautiful novel flower completely unfamiliar to her eyes. She did not kno...


We Could All Use the EU Mentality


A Frenchman could wake up in the morning in the beautiful city of Paris, fly to Brussels for lunch under the Manneken-Pis Fountain, spend the night in the wildly liberal city of Amsterdam, drive to Hamburg for a hamburge...


Battle of Adwa: An Underdog’s Story


For the Europeans, the late 19th century was a great period of industrialization. In fact, at one time, it looked as if supply would outpace demand. Understandably, Europeans had to find new markets. They looked to the w...


Rising Populism Amidst Terrorism


The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth, and humanity, at least once every decade, year, month or day. The world has never known a respite. In the 20th Century though, the carnage and destru...


Ethiopia Lags in Global Relevance


The population of Ethiopia is closing to 100 million. That is the number of human beings permanently residing in this nation of the conservatives, Ethiopia (according to a World Bank projection). All of these millions of...


The Fate of Birr


  In my younger years, when I was more carefree, not to mention naïve, I used to ask myself, “Why does the government keep indebting itself, instead of printing money every time the country needs some hard cas...


Local Versus Foreign Teachers


The great US educator and cultural anthropologist, Johnetta Betsch Cole, ones said, “To teach well is to be a lifelong student.” To teach is to be taught. In other words, no one is perfect. No one can know everything...


Sayonara Obama


Approximately eight years ago, there was a subject - more than any other - that so concerned me and my friends, it was the only topic of discussion. I was in high school then, and the world was only as large as the campu...


Looking Back at Marxist Dreamland


Karl Marx was not such a naive man, as some would be forgiven to think, given the current state of his abused philosophy. Sure, he thought competition was overrated, that capitalism was crude and inhumane, but his vision...


The Year That Was 2016


Days, weeks, months and years all pass us by with such an intolerable flurry of speed. We are then left with no alternative but to sit back and wonder how it all could have ever unraveled so unexpectedly. Some periods af...


Tax Adds Insult to Injury for Local Filmmakers


My grandmother used to tell me, that in her youthful days, which I imagine to be the early 1960’s, that prices were so low that a chicken and all the spices that go into making Doro Wet (a traditional Ethiopian festive...


The State of the Ethiopian Millennials


The French comedy movie The Bélier Family most cleverly communicates the generational gap far better than any other piece of fiction I have ever seen or read. In the film, there is a 16 year old teen that has a great vo...


Castro Dead, Good Riddance


Every dictator, at least once in his unique career, asks himself, how do I rule forever? This is a crucial question that needs to be addressed, if a despot is serious about his vocation. Smarter tyrants look to histor...


What Ethiopianism Means To Me


This article is a response to an email I received regarding what I wrote two weeks ago. I suggested that unlike most other African countries, Ethiopia has never been colonized. A reader pointed out that, no, Ethiopia, as...


Good Initiative for Ethiopian Movies


If we take a nostalgic trip down motion picture’s memory lane, we find that it was the French that came up with what we now call a movie. Two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, were the first to hold film screenin...


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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