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

Poem of the Day

The following Afaan Oromo poem is written by Moti Abelti Tufa. One of our readers forwarded it to us. Moti wrote the poem to express his happiness that Afaan Oromo will join the BBC World Service programming as one of the languages from the Horn of Africa, along with Amharic and Tigrigna. The poem celebrates those who participated in the #BBCAfaanOromo online petition, asking the … Continue reading Poem of the Day

BBC World Service in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrigna

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

Kweschn’s 2013 – Some Interesting Facts

Data via The top referring sites in 2013 were: Most visitors came from Ethiopia. The United States and EU were not far behind. And the 5 most active commenters – Thank you! 🙂 1 amira 2 eva626 3 mebrat 4 soniafq 5 agelgil Wishing all Kweschn followers a happy and productive new year 2014! Thank you for your support … Continue reading Kweschn’s 2013 – Some Interesting Facts

ነገር ሲካበድ … A hill out of a molehill

ነገር ሲካበድ ስንጥር ይሆናል ግንድ ለፖለቲካ ንግድ ጤነኛው እስኪያብድ *** Miscommunication And over-reaction Politicization And Hot-temper Will never Lead us to understanding But to an endless fighting No room for accommodating Differences, views, perspectives But for conspiracies, rumors Bigotry And folly… Continue reading ነገር ሲካበድ … A hill out of a molehill

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)

የብርሃን ስሞች (Names of Light)

ትበርህ ፋኖሴ አበራች አበሩ መብራት ብርሃኔ አብረኸት ኢፍቱ ደመቀች ጣይቱ ቦጋለች ቢፍቱ *** What’s in a name? Imagine having names like Bright, (My) Light, (My) Lantern, (My) Sunshine, Illuminating, Glowing, Luminous, etc., all derived from light sources; such naming may seem weird in English, but not in Amharic, Tigrigna, or Afaan Oromo—three of the more than 70 Ethiopian languages. In Ethiopia, while most names are taken … Continue reading የብርሃን ስሞች (Names of Light)

Beauty and Perception: What’s Beautiful?

Hello Friends: Here is a GuestPost by Rediet Yibekal on the perception of beauty. Every culture has its own understanding of beauty, which is often biased as skin color (or tones) and physical appearances remain the measuring sticks that define who is beautiful and who is not. Add to that the history of slavery, colonialism, racism, and various wars of conquest.  Nowadays, beauty (both masculine … Continue reading Beauty and Perception: What’s Beautiful?

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)