Half the Sky Women Carry


After hours of watching successive programs on the national television, I was left to wonder where all the women in Ethiopia have gone. From analysis to opinions to news presenting,…



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The Perceptive Among Us

There are a group of young Ethiopians leading a progressive front. Even though it is hard to put labels on them, as they vehemently refuse to be labelled, they exist…


The Hollow Art Diary

I have been listening to a lot of old-school Ethiopian music by the likes of Alemayehu Eshete, Muluken Melese and Asnakech Worku, whose works are readily available today. Then, I…


Women Can Do

The effort to make Ethiopia democratic and just to all is clouded with our inability to hold reasoned arguments with those that espouse differing views, writes Hanna Haile (hannahaile212@gmail.com), an Ethiopian writer, researcher and social worker.


Digital Connections

For the first time, I was able to install a personal WiFi network, giving me unlimited access to the internet. The connection I have most likely is not the fastest,…


Our State

Under the night sky in Addis Abeba, a well dressed Ethiopian woman requests the party organiser to play something more “Ethiopian,” despite distinct traditional instruments playing over electronic music. We…


The Troll in Us

The effort to make Ethiopia democratic and just to all is clouded with our inability to hold reasoned arguments with those that espouse differing views, writes Hanna Haile (hannahaile212@gmail.com), an Ethiopian writer, researcher and social worker.


Behind the Line of Hawassa’s Commotion

The city of Hawassa was festive two weeks ago. Grown-up men with cowboy hats and long sticks rode their motorcycles around town decorated in traditional Sothern clothes. The energy ofFichee-Chembelala,…


Think Before Giving Advice

I am often surprised at how mechanical being in a relationship with someone is. There are many incidences where parents conjure up a checklist of sorts in our society. It…


Good Rules Not Made to be Broken

It was 10:00PM and the taxi I was riding in was going in the opposite direction on a one-way road. “Are you allowed to go this way?” I asked. Half…


‘Ethiopianism’ Not a Competition

A recent Amharic movie I saw shocked me. The premise of the film was a woman who had chosen to live in Ethiopia after forsaking a life in a Western…


Listen to Heal

At a hospital to have my aching leg checked, the doctor whose office I was in asked how much I had paid for my admission card. I was taken aback…


Society Empowerment

In every industry certain words are consistently employed. For non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on women’s issues, it is “empowerment”. It is echoed in university halls, on the radios and meetings…


Patriarchy Thrives

A handful of means are used to discredit women in the deep-rooted patriarchal system of Ethiopia. All around the world, this system manifests itself in different ways. For the cleansing…


Inexcusable Inefficiencies

I read in a book once that all we can control is how we react to situations. Each day I spend in Ethiopia has become an example of this. Life’s…


Fruits of Happy Workers

In the eighth grade, after we were handed out our exam papers, a classmate of mine with tears in his eyes for receiving an average grade of “B” confided in…


Editorial

Last Wednesday, Addis Standard, an English online magazine, shared a re...


Agenda

Ethiopia's banking sector is criticized for its traditional system and...


Fineline

During one of his North American tours, Prime Minis...


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Investment in the continent’s internet infrastructure will change how...


Viewpoint

Much like the rest of the world, the history of Ethiopia is not monolit...


Opinion

Ethiopia is undergoing rebranding of its politics. In just a few months...


View From Arada

Despite the lack of good governance, low standard of living, poor infra...






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