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...


The Nobel Prize and Bob Dylan


I distinctively remember my school teacher telling a class full of students, including me, that Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Prize because he was so dismayed at people’s use of the dynamite – which he invented, for...


Twenty-First Century Offline Nation


It has been, according to the Bible, seven thousand years – or, according to science, 10,000 years - since the first forms of civilisation. And it has been a few decades since mankind came up with a simple, and yet com...


Brexit’s Hard-Heartedness


  Why would the UK want to break up with the European Union, when so many other countries in the world would give so much to be a part of the organisation? Well, the rationale was that they would be better off wi...


Crude Jokes for Less Crude Times


A while ago now, I was sitting at home flicking through satellite channels when I settled on CNN, which I have come to prefer to the BBC. The latter is a channel dominated by technological achievements in the digital wor...


Wrong Result at Rights of Way


It was an ordinary summer afternoon; a car was cruising along a highway at a regular speed, when a pedestrian, rushing to cross the lane, almost fatally converged with the vehicle. By which I mean, there was a serious ca...


In for a Bumpy Ride


It is never been clear to me why New Year and Christmas are different holidays. Even in the Gregorian calendar, there is about a week-long discrepancy. If every year counts down Jesus Christ’s age, and if it is New...


The Economic Trend Is Our Friend


These are days of grave disillusionment with the state of the world. Sinister forces of fanatical, faith-based killings – something that we in the West, at least, thought had largely ended in 1750 – are back. And the...


Lies and Misdemeanors


I am going to call my first movie The Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy itself would be a character, and it would go from house to house, city to city, corrupting and annihilating every single thing it touches. I learned, not long ag...


New Era of Cooperation Between Italy & Africa


Exactly two years ago, in July 2014, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi jetted off for an official visit to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique. These visits marked the start of Italy’s new...


The Hidden Danger of Big Data


In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend to reduce that larger system’s efficiency. It is a ubiquitous phenomenon, one that almo...


Democracy Requires Trusted Experts


Last month, I wrote a commentary asking why voters in the United Kingdom supported leaving the European Union, defying the overwhelming weight of expert opinion warning of the major economic costs of Brexit. I observed t...


If Books Could Kill


Ever tried reading in public, like at a café? The experience is something akin to smoking in a lecture class. It is so awkward. People are simply not used to doing, or seeing, such things. Not in Ethiopia anyway. Cafés...


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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