The ISIS Threat: Fact vs Propaganda

Originally posted here. *** How Real Is the ISIS Threat? By RAND Today’s Islamic State is less than two years old. Its black flag has been raised in a dozen countries outside of Syria and Iraq. As the self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demands the obedience of all Muslims worldwide. The Islamic State claims affiliates in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, … Continue reading The ISIS Threat: Fact vs Propaganda

The first African elected to the Israeli Parliament

Meet Addisu Messele, community leader of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel. According to the Black Past website, he became “the first person of sub-Saharan African ancestry elected to the Israeli Parliament” in 1996. The website states that “Mr. Messele was one of the most outspoken leaders of the Beta Israel’s painful protest against the Israeli health ministry policy of discarding all blood donations made by … Continue reading The first African elected to the Israeli Parliament

“Ethiopia and UK will continue to be strong and strategic allies…”

The British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Greg Dorey, wrote a passionate blog post this week, announcing the end of his four-year service as a diplomat in Addis Ababa, Africa’s political capital and a regional hub for international organizations. “Goodbyes are never easy, but I have had an amazing four years getting to know this place — full of hospitable people and outstanding experiences,” the Ambassador said. … Continue reading “Ethiopia and UK will continue to be strong and strategic allies…”

Why the “White Savior Complex” Won’t Go Away

This article addresses many critical issues regarding Western aid to Africa though in a compressed manner. A lot has been said and written about the pros and cons of foreign aid and the global NGO business. There is even a Kenyan mockumentary called the Samaritans that pokes fun at the NGO industry, while exposing inconvenient truths. Important questions have been explored in the article: What … Continue reading Why the “White Savior Complex” Won’t Go Away

Why War Equals Profit For The Military Industrial Complex

War is profit for corporations that manufacture weapons and their shareholders. ጦርነት ለጦር መሳሪያ አምራቾችና ለከበርቴዎች የሚያስደስት ዜና ነው። የሕዝብ መፈናቀል፣ እርስ በርስ መጫረስ፣ በጅምላ መጨፍጨፍ ለጦርነት ነጋዴዎች ጉዳያቸው አይደለም — ግባቸው እስከተሳካ ድረስ። በመካከለኛው ምስራቅ ሠላምና መረጋጋት አለመኖር እንዴት ትርፋማ እንደሚያደርጋቸው የአሜሪካ የከባድ ጦር መሳሪያ አምራች ኮርፖሬሽኖች ሰሞኑን ግልፅ አድርገው ነበር። ዘገባው እነሆ። An excerpt from a report by the Intercept: Major defense contractors … Continue reading Why War Equals Profit For The Military Industrial Complex

American News Guide to Violence

Editor’s Note: Do black (or brown) lives matter to American news media? Here is an excerpt worth sharing, taken from an article recently published by the New York Magazine. The article exposes the disturbing truth of how the American news outlets dehumanize non-white lives. Welcome to “a system that measures worth on a white-male scale.” The title of the article reads: Why Do We Humanize … Continue reading American News Guide to Violence

How Bad IS The Drought In Ethiopia?

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?

Pray For Humanity

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

The Impacts of El Nino in Eastern Africa

Here is Ethiopia’s map of food shortage areas affected by the drought that threatens millions of lives in Eastern & Southern Africa: More Information: (Editor’s Note: This information is excerpted from the links mentioned below. My own recent post on Ethiopia, written in Amharic, can be found here.) The UN said about 8.2m people need emergency food aid in Ethiopia, nearly double the number compared … Continue reading The Impacts of El Nino in Eastern Africa

የኢንተርኔትና ማህበራዊ ሚዲያ ፖለቲካ

Digital politics: are we trapped within our online filter bubbles? በማህበራዊ ሚዲያ እየመርጥን የምንከተላቸው ሰዎችና የምንፈጥራቸው ቡድኖች አጠቃላይ የግንዛቤ አድማሳችንን እያጠበቡብን ይሆን? ኢንተርኔት ላይ በምናደርጋቸው ተሳትፎዎች፥ በዕውኑ ዓለም ላይ ልናመጣ የምንችለው ተጨባጭ ለውጥ ምንድነው? በምሁራን ዕይታ ሲመዘን ምን ይመስላል? የእንግሊዙ ዘ-ጋርድያን ጋዜጣ ያቀረበውን ዘገባ እነሆ። *** As we spend more of our online lives on social networks where we’ve chosen the people we follow or … Continue reading የኢንተርኔትና ማህበራዊ ሚዲያ ፖለቲካ