Editor’s Note: The following letter, originally posted here yesterday, is authored by Ethiopian journalist Woubshet Taye, CNN’s Multichoice African Journalist Award receiver and former deputy editor of the Awramba Times newspaper (now available online only). He has been in jail for more than two years indicted on “terror” charges that rights advocates and government critics reject as baseless and unconstitutional charges directed against legitimate dissent … Continue reading Ethiopia: Letter From Prison
Coming soon. The BBC reports the UK government has announced funding for new language services, which include major languages spoken in both Ethiopia and Eritrea. Hewete Haileselassie, a journalist at BBC Africa, confirmed on Twitter that the new funding will cover both Ethiopia and Eritrea. Responding to Twitter questions concerning which languages will be included, she tweeted “there are concrete plans” for services in Amharic, … Continue reading BBC World Service in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrigna
“We know that when black people express themselves from a place of self-love, self-understanding and collective power, these films will not be awarded an Oscar.” — Agunda Okeyo, a writer, producer and filmmaker, born in Nairobi and raised between NYC and Nairobi. The quote is from a poignant piece that Agunda penned after this year’s Oscars ceremony. Agunda’s statement reflects the unfair representation or characterization … Continue reading Black America and Hollywood
Five years ago this blog was born. There were at least three other blogs before it that I created and deleted. I had also an Amharic podcast where I recited my poems and short stories. Deleted that too. But somehow I have been stuck with this blog. The journey has been quite interesting. A love-hate relationship, I must say. Plenty of times I wanted to … Continue reading Five Year Anniversary
A random stranger came to me, out of the blue, and asked me this question: Do you believe Jesus Christ died for you? My response was an uncontrollable laugh. I had no better answer. I simply gave him the look that said, “man, just buzz off!” First, you don’t start a conversation with a person you don’t know by throwing such a random question; it … Continue reading Do you believe…?
Is there a favored foreign partner? “The country doesn’t have a favored foreign partner,” said a source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responding to the KM question. “If there is any such perception, that is total nonsense and lacks a deeper understanding of how the government operates. Whether it is China, India, EU, Kenya or the US, the government has a clear and pragmatic … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Foreign Policy
The Guradian newspaper just published this harrowing experience of a mother whose 13-year-old daughter was sexually harassed by a stranger in the train — right in front of her. What would you do if you were in her position? She wrote: He stared across me at my daughter. “What’s your name?” he asked. She didn’t reply. “Pretty, pretty, pretty,” he said. I told him … Continue reading We Can Change This
Has the food insecurity in the country, caused as a result of the drought (or government’s bad governance and agricultural policies, depending on who you may ask), reached “famine” level as the opposition groups and some political media propagate? The UN-affiliated IRIN News has come out with the following excellent report, a detailed and fair analysis of the gravity of the situation. *** So how … Continue reading How Bad IS The Drought In Ethiopia?
የሽንት ቤት ዝግመታዊ ለውጥ፦ ሰገራ ቤት፥ መቀመጫ ቤት፥ ሽንት ቤት፥ መፀዳጃ ቤት። በጆክ ወይም ጣሳ ውሃ፥ በኮባ ቅጠል፥ በዘበርጋ ሱቅ ስኳር መጠቅለያ የውጭ ሀገር ጋዜጣ ወይም ወረቀት፥ በሶፍት። ሜዳ፥ መንገድ ዳር፥ ቁጥቋጦ፥ የተከለለ ጉድጓድ፥ ፖፖ፥ ባኞ። ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በሽንትቤት እጦት የማይንገላታ የሀገር ሰው ቢኖር ጥቂት የተደላደሉት ባለሀብቶች ብቻ ናቸው። ሽንትቤት የኋላ ቀርነታችን ትልቁ ማሳያ ነው። “ሀበሻ ምግቡን ይደብቃል፤ ሰገራውን ግን በግልፅ ሜዳ ላይ ይፀዳዳል” ያለው … Continue reading የሽንት ቤት ቀን
A powerful MLK quote that is true today as it was yesterday: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely ceates new and more complicated ones….” The violence that is happening across the world is deeply shocking. More sad, however, is the selective outrage and compassion people display depending on where the violence occurs. Every human life equally matters, whether that life … Continue reading Pray For Humanity