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A year ago, I was a panellist on a discussion concerning sexual harassment against women in Ethiopia. I discussed the many cases of abuse women face, at home and office,…


Carols from an African

Did I watch what I just watched? I was sitting in the living room of my grandmother’s house with friends as Coke Studio, broadcast by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS),…


Hair Politics

It is official. The sun has been joyfully shining on us for the past few weeks, marking the end of the rainy season. Couples are tying the knot, and outdoor…


Dilemmas While Walking

A child shakes uncontrollably: the plate with which he carried his kolo (an Ethiopian snack) face down, with its content emptied out on the gravel-filled earth. People from a nearby…


To Procreate, Not Procreate

A friend, who was about to get married, once confessed, “I just want to have children”. I admit I was sceptical about her getting married, but some things are not…


Tale of Two Cities

The development of Addis Abeba as a metropolitan city has brought with it a version of ‘development’ that is distorted. The interpretations of “development” are open to anyone who would…


Kindness Lives

Many, in these past years, have made selfishness their mantra. Throughout the day, people tell each other that everyone’s hearts have hardened and that kindness is no more. But kindness…


Value Addition

A few years back, when the streets of Addis Abeba started to be covered with cobblestones, it was all anyone would rave about. Politicians patted themselves on the back at…


With Art, Without Witness

As the rainy season has come to an end, the expats that call Addis Abeba home have come back from their vacations. But while they were gone, many of the…


Race to the Grave

In a matter of seconds, one’s entire life could change for the worst. The drivers of our city seem hell-bent on decreasing the population of Ethiopia or at the very…


Manners Maketh Nation

My cousin and I sat and talked about the horrible Meskel’s eve he had. He relayed to me with annoyance how a small incident with an easy fix had escalated…


10 Br Vs Women

As I take the first steps out of my house on my way to work, or to see my family or friends,  I brace myself. I cannot afford to be…


Unit of Success

Most of us think that in order to be successful, we need to be highly educated, own a fancy house, drive a luxurious car, have huge deposits in our bank…


Unhealthy Competition

Are all sorts of competition negative? I would say no, because I have seen competition drive people to strive hard and achieve the best they can, especially in sports. But…


Science Absolves

On August 21, 2017, all the live broadcasts of media the world over and the internet were preoccupied with a single astonishing event up high in the heavens. Some part…


Almost Metaphorical Public Spaces

How often do we ever feel like meeting with people or friends, not inside a restaurant, bar, pub or cafeteria, but at a green open-air public space where we can…




Editorial

Political transformation is unavoidably rocky, if not delicate. It invo...


Agenda

Ethiopia’s vulnerable children face a murky future. According to a 20...


Fineline

Yet again, last week saw another season where feder...


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Lack of proper medication and diagnosis by doctors has eroded the trust...


Viewpoint

The dilemma of policing lies in the fact that both vigilance and approa...


Opinion

The Addis Abeba Transport Authority and Ride, a popular and an up-and-c...


View From Arada

The private sector is more efficient and customer-oriented than governm...






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