Month: October 2012

  • Africa

    Ethiopian Muslims and the state: arrests, twists, and anger

    A yearlong protest by Ethiopian Muslims against uncalled for interference by the government came to a disturbing twist on Monday Oct. 29th when a federal court in Addis Ababa decided to charge 29 Muslim protestors arrested in July with “plotting acts of terrorism” under the country’s infamous anti-terror law.  Charges brought against the detainees including nine prominent members of the…

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  • Africa

    Hopes ignited die last than shattered soon

    There are many reasons to believe in Prime Minister Hailemariam as long as he stands to be a man of himself and treat himself as one  Tsedale Lemma   An opposition activist approached by this magazine to comment on the rise of Hailemariam Desalegn as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister concluded his remarks with the ancient Chinese curse of “May you live…

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  • Africa

    AU’s first lady boss takes office

    Mrs. Dlamini-Zuma may have been Ping’s bitter rival a few months ago, but she was not short of a courteous diplomatic thank you.     South Africa’s former Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially assumed the office of the AUC as the first chairwoman as of today Oct. 15th. She is also the first South African to lead the…

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  • Yemen: the way forward?

    Mark N. Katz I was in the audience for the address given by Yemeni President Abd Rabuh Mansour Hadi at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, on Sep. 28th.  He emphasized how Yemen is working with the U.S. and others to combat Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other Islamic terrorists, Yemen is implementing the…

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  • Recipe

    Cool & crunchy chicken salad recipe

    Chef Marcus Samuelson  Inspired by Vietnamese summer salads, this dish gets its bold flavor from fresh limes, pungent fish sauce and spicy jalapeno in the vinaigrette.     I added carrots for some color and sweetness and sprinkle the salad with roasted peanuts for texture and bite.If you prefer a lighter meal, you can omit the chicken or substitute grilled…

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  • Nutrition

    Why the size of your waist matters

    If you think stepping on a scale and weighing yourself gives you the whole picture about the risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, think again! Measuring your waistline may be more important than weighing your whole self.  Faben Getachew     For the most part people are unaware of visceral fat – or of what is commonly known as belly…

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  • The value of friendship

    Ashenafi Zedebub If we just take a glance at our dictionary – old or advanced – the meaning of friendship remains the same. “A friendship is a feeling which exists between friends”. In this sense, a neighbor can be a friend. Friendship can also exist between colleagues, school-mates, club members, extra, extra. Here in our society, we have heard a…

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  • Africa

    Sore relations – The trouble of identifying the real threat against Islam in Ethiopia

    Currently the real challenge faced by Muslims in Ethiopia is not a U.S.-made amateur video clip but a sore relationship with the government  Selahadin Eshetu   Many Muslims throughout the world are enraged about a release by few filmmakers in the U.S. of an amateur video clip that they believe insults the Prophet of Islam. Violence has erupted in Egypt,…

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  • Africa

    A pleasing coincidence – Ethiopia’s new PM and UN’s first ever high-level meeting on rule of law

      Alem C.         For the first time in its history, on Sep. 24th 2012, the UN has held a high-level meeting “devoted to the rule of law at the national and international levels,” as one of the side events during the sixty-seventh regular session of the General Assembly that took place in the last week of…

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  • U.S

    Are voters as ignorant as our politicians think?

      Tomas Mega from Las Vegas, Nevada       Forty two years ago, Vice President Spiro Agnew used the phrase “Nattering nabobs of negativism” to describe his view of the American media.  In the final days of this election year, the notorious nabobs are still at it, but they are not the media.  They are the candidates, and their…

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