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...


Racism Never Starts with Hate but Love


Eight years ago, Barack Hussein Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States of America. This happened in a country, where a hundred and fifty years ago, it was OK to buy and sale black...


Cloudy, Wrong November


What just happened? Donald J. Trump did. It isnt fiction, it isnt a joke; Trump just became the 45thpresident of the United States of America. Of course, as he wasa candidate, there was always a good chance he could g...


Themes of the Mammoth Election


According to the Many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which almost no one understands, there is always more than one realistic outcome to every given conundrum. The theory explains (please pay attention) that...


What in the World is a Video Store?


A while ago, as I was leaving a friend’s house, with two large capacity flash drives in hand, it occurred to me, between the two, I was carrying some thirty movies in my left trouser pocket. In a simpler time, I would...


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


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


Fineline

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


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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...


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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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