Screw Rum Or Tantrum

When things fall apart Sometimes they bitter Othertimes they better An aching heart… Before things fall apart There exists heart of darkness Birthing beauty and the beast And playing blues as background songs… Of prejudice… Then things fall apart Spurting profound feeling Of hungrily wanting, longing Craving, desiring… Pure LOVE Faith and trust Not threatened by lust Greed or doubt Anger or disgust Despair or … Continue reading Screw Rum Or Tantrum

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በልዩነት አንድነት (Unity in Diversity)

አንድነት የአብሮ መኖር መሠረት በግዴታ ሳይሆን በውዴታ በሚገነባ ቤት ልዩነትን የማይሽር የማይሰርዝ የማይፍቅ የአንዱን የበላይነት የማያደምቅ ሌላውን በኃይል የማይደፍቅ የተለየን የማይገፋ የማያጠወልግ ራስን መሆን ራስን ማስተዳደር የማይነፍግ በወንድማማችነት በእህትማማችነት መንፈስ የተሳሰረ ቤተሰባዊነት የሚያስቀድም ሰብዓዊነት የማያስር የማይገድል ያልሆነ ፍርደ ገምድል የማያባር የማያፍን የማይነዳ ወደ ገደል የማይጨቁን የማያደማ የማይደፈጥጥ የሚያለማ ከነጻነት ጋር ከቢሊሱማ ከሓርነት ጋር በሰላም ዜማ! *** *** We all are pencils, but we come in different colors, … Continue reading በልዩነት አንድነት (Unity in Diversity)

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ቅዠት (Delusion)

ቅዠት ተመልካች ከወንበር ተጣብቆ ሲለጋ ሲጫወት ከኳስ ሜዳ ርቆ በወሬ ጎል ሲከት *** Originally shared here: #MicroPoetry. *** This Amharic poem is about delusional soccer game spectators who act as if they are in the soccer field scoring goal while they are actually seated very far from the field and are not the players. Perhaps, a metaphor for displaced people who “overcompensate” their absence from the place … Continue reading ቅዠት (Delusion)

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Ethiopia: Mass demonstration after 8 years

Addis Abeba, June 2, 2013: A recently organized party, Blue Party, held a political march today, 8 years after the 2005 brutal crackdown that caused the unnecessary and unfortunate death of opposition protestors and police officers. It has been reported that the protest was meant to happen on May 25, 2013, when the African Union celebrated its 50th anniversary. However, the government rejected the organizer’s … Continue reading Ethiopia: Mass demonstration after 8 years

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Constitution USA – The History of Bill of Rights and Other Insights

A PBS documentary film that talks about the history of the US constitution; why the nation’s founding fathers, who met in Philadelphia, excluded the Bill of Rights; what happens when these rights come into conflict; and how current technology, politics is challenging American constitutionalism: Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: It’s a Free Country.  On Free Speech, quoted from the film: “When we are confronted with speech … Continue reading Constitution USA – The History of Bill of Rights and Other Insights

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የአርበኞች መንፈስ ሲታወስ (Remembering Ethiopian Patriots)

February 19, or Yekatit 12, is remembered in Ethiopia as Martyr’s Day. Seventy six years ago, two young Ethiopians (they were Eritreans but Eritrea was a province of Ethiopia then), Abraham Deboch and Moges Asgedom, who were angered by racism and colonial occupation, attempted to assassinate Rudolfo Graziani, the commander of the Italian fascist forces that occupied Ethiopia between 1936-1941, inflicting heavy wounds on him and … Continue reading የአርበኞች መንፈስ ሲታወስ (Remembering Ethiopian Patriots)

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እስከመቼ?

እስከመቼ? እስከመቼ በጉልበት መነጣጠቅ ሥልጣንን በትንቅንቅ? እስከመቼ በሽኩቻ ሀገርን ማድረግ ገወቻ? እስከመቼ መሆን ሙጫ ያለዲሞክራሲ ምርጫ? እስከመቼ ወንጃ ወንጃ መፍትሔ መሻት በጠበንጃ? እስከመቼ…? እስከመቼ…? እስከመቼ ወተምተም ወተምተም አረጋግዞ ጥላቻና ቂም? እስከመቼ እንጎድ እንጎድ በመብረቅ ድምፅ በነጎድጓድ? እስከመቼ ቃሰንተኛ የሙስና ሱሰኛ? እስከመቼ ማቶንቶን ያለነፃነት መታፈን? እስከመቼ መርገጥ ጭቅጫቅ ያለ ፍትህ መንቦራጨቅ? እስከመቼ…? እስከመቼ…? እስከመቼ መጠላለፍ እያመጹ ጥሎ ማለፍ? እስከመቼ ምቀኝነት በቀልና መጥፎ ቅናት? እስከመቼ አምባገነን እየሾሙ … Continue reading እስከመቼ?

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RISING NUMBERS GOT ME THINKING . . .

Hello Friends: Here is a Guestpost by Rediet Yibekal on the Repression of Freedom of Speech, Lack of Moderation, and rampant Extremism in Ethiopian Politics from both the Government and the Opposition side; and why Ethiopia must provide a buffer zone for moderate voices to thrive so that to loosen the tension between two or more extreme sides or political contenders. Rediet argues:  I do not fully encourage ultra-liberalism, … Continue reading RISING NUMBERS GOT ME THINKING . . .

Dear Ethiopia

May Ethiopia be blessed with pragmatic and optimist leaders who can envision a future that is more democratic, economically strong, inclusive, peaceful, secure, and tolerant of diverse identities and opinions. In my life time, I should see at least two or three major political parties that can compete against each other positively and are more mature and well organized, backed with a strong grassroots activism, … Continue reading Dear Ethiopia

Ethiopian Muslims and their struggle for self-determination

Islam has a long history in Ethiopia, after Christianity. Ethiopia was the first country that sheltered the first Muslims who called it home, escaping persecution from Arabia, their homeland. Their leader, the Prophet Muhammad, advised them to leave Mecca, and escape to Ethiopia, then Axum kingdom. The Christian king, who welcomed them despite local opposition, granted the visitors a refugee status and permitted them to … Continue reading Ethiopian Muslims and their struggle for self-determination

Attending the Ethiopian National Transitional Council Meeting

Hello Friends: The following is a guest post from Michael Hailemariam who blogs on Ethiopian topics here. Michael is a chemical engineer, currently researching biomineralization for carbon sequestration. In this post, he shares his views on Ethiopian politics and what he hopes to see in his upcoming trip to Dallas where he will be participating in a meeting organized by the Ethiopian National Transitional Council, a diaspora-based opposition movement that … Continue reading Attending the Ethiopian National Transitional Council Meeting