Month: September 2012

  • Remarks by the U.S. President Barak Obama to the UN General Assembly

    United Nations Headquarters New York, New York  10:22 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentleman:  I would like to begin today by telling you about an American named Chris Stevens. Chris was born in a town called Grass Valley, California, the son of a lawyer and a musician.  As a young man, Chris…

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  • The delusion of ‘radical’ identity politics

    “Identity is a matter of setting up similarities and differences between people”  Taye Negussie (PHD) Since the end of the Cold War, we have been witnessing a resurgence of a ‘radical’ identity politics–a political passion which aims to create a social order supposedly under a single, ‘master’  identity to an effective exclusion of many more other worthwhile forms of social…

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  • Africa

    Ghana’s late president – A mixed legacy but a stable nation

      Ghana’s late president John Atta Mills may be criticized for being soft on corruption, but he will be remembered for leaving a stable nation behind  Yordanos Goushe Thousands of Ghanaians paid their last respect on Friday August 10th during the state funeral for the late president John Atta Mills. As a sign of closeness and respect to the late…

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  • Africa

    A legacy of unhappy Diaspora

    The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi never managed to mend his embattled relations with many Ethiopian Diaspora Alem C.   On May 28th 1991, following the control by members of the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) of Ethiopia, millions of Ethiopians in and outside of the country rejoiced in unison. After 17 years of civil war that killed thousands of…

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  • Travel

    All about balance

    Dr. Henok Wendirad (DVM) The previous month was a remarkable month in my life. Sebastian, a friend of a friend, came to Ethiopia from Germany and we planned to show him around.  Sebastian is a renowned veterinary surgeon in Germany. Planning to grasp some hard skills from him, I took the chance to be his personal guide in Ethiopia.  …

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  • Nutrition

    The charm of a Sweet Potato

      Feben Getachew       How great is it that this rainy season brings us plenty of sweet potatoes. This amazing tuber which is native to the Central America is not only easily available and tastes great, but is also a powerhouse of nutrients packed with many health benefits. But what is beneficial about sweet potatoes? They contain a…

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  • Art Review

    Melaku Belay – an acclaimed traditional dancer

      A young and aspiring Ethiopian traditional dancer who believes “mistakes are beautiful”   Zela Gayel       Many refer to Melaku Belay as one of Ethiopia’s most famous traditional dancers. They are not wrong. The 36 year old who speaks modestly about his wealth of experience has now formed a traditional band named Ethio-color. The troupe has returned to…

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  • Art Review

    Zem-negede Adinet – ‘A Spoken Word Collective’

    Zela Gayel Zem-negede Adinet is a newly formed ‘Spoken Word Collective’ of committed performers based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It is the first of its kind to have both national and international poets entertaining in English and Amharic. Members of the group have come together with the aim of creating a platform that will give members free reign to poetically…

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  • ‘Water Music’ and of the first African to write musical notes

    Ashenafi Zedebub ” ..One could hear the shriek of sea-birds, the peaceful rushes and then a very strange occurrence takes place…” When I first read this paper, I really thought that the writer was rather joking. But that wasn’t at all a joke. He meant business! He went further and wrote: “The listener with his microphone would gradually dive in…

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  • Africa

    Ethiopian Parliament to swear in Hailemariam this Friday

    The national parliament has been called from its recess to reconvene on Friday 21st September to swear in Prime Minister-in-wait Hailemariam Desalgen.     The Council of Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), elected Hailemariam Desalegn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, to become its chairman replacing the late PM Meles Zenawi in its…

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