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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...


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...


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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