November 2015

Kalkidan Yibeltal

Standing at the doorway of the mud-walled, tin-roofed office in Ordee Goba Farming Kebele in eastern Hararghe of the Oromia regional state, the development agent (DA) pointed at the crops – mainly sorghum and maize – inside the compound; a look of disappointment and helplessness is stamped all over his face. It needed no effort to notice the stunted stems and the dry leaves.


Writer Sinkneh Eshetu was born in Konso, an area in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region known for its unique landscape and communal life. He was raised in the nearby towns of Jinka and Arba Minch. He did his first degree in Agriculture at Alemaya University; and his masters in Landscape Architecture in China. He has worked for the rehabilitation of the environment in the countryside of Southern Ethiopia and Tigray. Some of his books include “The Dao of the Dusty Foot Philosopher,” “Catch Your Thunder – Rendezvous with the End,” “Ye’Sisaye Lijoch/Kekrosna Kentros” and “Ellan Fillega”

With all the negative media attention swirling around Hillary Clinton’s emails, the possibility of a criminal indictment, her slumping poll numbers and a potential challenge from Vice President Joe Biden, it’s easy to forget there is another woman running for President 

Tomas Mega

She is Carly Fiorina. Her skillful performance in the first two televised Republican debates has her rising in the polls and she appears to have scored big as the first Republican candidate to capably, and classily, dress down Donald Trump.