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  • Ethiopia: Everyday Is Mothers' Day


    "I think therefore I am" I think this is one of the best philosophical thoughts of Descartes the philosopher. He used this term after doubting his existence and finally when he realized he was thinking Descartes believed his existence.

    This piece is not about doubting my existence. It is not also about if I am thinking or not. It is all about me and my family. If Descartes had thought about his facsimiles, he may not need to philosophize about his existence. Our families are our existences. We are nothing without our families. No matter how a diverse array of view we have; no matter how foolish a given family member is, that person is part of a family. I don't think there is anything strong as a family bondage.

    When one thinks about families the role of mothers proves great. Mothers are pillars of their respective family. They are reasons behind our existence -physical as well as spiritual.

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  • Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness



    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved.

    Known for the political statements he makes in his music, an infectious mix of reggae and Ethiopian pop, the 40-year-old Tewodros Kassahun told The Associated Press that raising political issues should not be a sin.

    Open debate “should be encouraged,” he said. “No one can be outside the influence of politics and political decisions.”

    Ethiopia is an unlikely place for an outspoken singer to thrive. The government is accused of being heavy-handed on opposing voices.

    During a visit this month, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed concern about the state of emergency imposed in October after months of deadly anti-government protests demanding wider freedoms. Opposition and human rights groups blame security forces for hundreds of deaths, but the government says they largely used “proportionate” measures.

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  • Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV


    Broadcast exclusively in the lingua franca of Ethiopia, Kana TV marks a breakthrough in a country where until recently the main alternatives to the drab state-owned terrestrial channels were foreign satellite broadcasters. This new free-to-air, private satellite TV channel, bringing international standard programming to Ethiopia’s estimated 4m TV households has seized a 40–50% prime time market share.

    Kana translates as something between taste and flavour – the “proverbial special sauce,” according to cofounder Elias Schulze. “It’s a crazy operation,” Schulze says. “At the beginning it took up to 50 man hours to dub one hour and we had to produce 200 man hours of content every day.”

    So far Kana has dubbed 1,200 hours of content since launching in April 2016, and has recently rented a 1,000-metre-square warehouse for original productions (previously, filming had to be done in places such as the front room of Schulze’s home).

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  • World's most dedicated Christians? Thousands climb steep cliffs to reach hidden churches

    THOUSANDS of dedicated Christians clamber up sheer cliffs to pray in hidden rock-hewn ancient Orthodox churches in Ethiopia.

    The sandstone cliffs of Gheralta in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, which are 2580m tall, are the home to 35 hidden churches, some of which date back to the fourth century. 

    The climbs to reach the churches carved out of solid rock are arduous and involve near-vertical cliff faces at times and steep 300-metre ledges, particularly to reach the Abuna Yemata Church.

    Although tourists occasionally use harnesses and ropes to help with the strenuous climb, the locals do not. 

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  • The 10 best Ethiopian restaurants in the Washington area


    When Queen of Sheba debuted in 2005, there were no multistory condominiums with dog parks on the roof and sweeping vistas of the Shaw neighborhood. There was no Chaplin’s next door with $14 bowls of ramen and $20 pours of Japanese whiskey. There was no shortage of parking, either.

    But in the 11 years since Nigisti “Queen” Gebreyesus and her husband, Embzam Misgina, open their Ethio­pian restaurant, Shaw has become a developer’s playground, and all the shiny new commercial objects have put a squeeze on the couple’s business. In fact, before I spoke with Gebreyesus, I noticed Queen of Sheba was for sale. But the Queen told me the online listing was premature. The couple had been contemplating a sale but decided to give themselves more time to reverse their fortunes.

    The sound you hear is the $20 Diner exhaling loudly — at least for Queen of Sheba, which, based on two recent meals, is turning out some of the finest Ethio­pian fare anywhere. We don’t need to lose another standard-bearer on the Ethio­pian dining scene. Earlier this month, the owners of Zenebech Restaurant announced they would be selling their property and closing their injera-based business after an 18-year run on T Street NW, located basically next door to the renovated Howard Theatre.

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  • Travel review: Ethiopia - land of lost Ark


    Could a country once ripped apart by famine now be Africa’s most exciting holiday destination? Sarah Marshall visits Ethiopia.

    Clinging like a limpet to the sheer sandstone rock face, I dig my toes into disconcertingly shallow foot holes. Hiking shoes would have been useful, I sigh, but on the final leg of a hike to Ethiopia’s most inaccessible place of worship, barefoot is the only option.

    Tackling a six-metre vertical climb to reach the fifth century Abuna Yemata Guh, one of Tigray’s famous rock-hewn churches hidden in the Gheralta mountain range, really does require a leap of faith.

    Like much of Ethiopia’s ancient past, mystery surrounds the origins of this holy cave, where exquisitely preserved frescoes of wide-eyed archangels emerge from the shadows.

    Worshippers of all ages still make the difficult journey to celebrate mass, carrying babies, baskets of injera and even dead bodies on their backs.

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  • Habesha students strengthen cultural ties through community organization


    Relatives and friends told UCLA-bound Bethel Zelalem she would be able to find Ethiopian and Eritrean students to connect with right away, but Zelalem said she had a hard time finding that cultural community during her freshman year.

    In September, Zelalem, a second-year anthropology student, revamped the Habesha Student Association at UCLA, or HSA, to organize cultural events and build a community for Ethiopian and Eritrean students, with the help of two friends and an advisor.

    “I don’t want other freshmen coming here and feeling lost like I did,” she said. “I wanted to establish that community here for them already.”

    Habesha refers to people of all different ethnic groups from Ethiopia and Eritrea, Zelalem said.

    She added the club’s overall goal is to bring together Habesha students at UCLA. Members hold cultural events and social outings, and learn about Ethiopian and Eritrean culture.

    Zelalem said the club will host a culture night Friday evening at Moore 100. The event will feature traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean food, music and a fashion show.

    The club drew about 50 members to its first meeting in the fall, Zelalem said. She said about 10 members still attend regular meetings and about 35 are working on the culture night.

    She added HSA has been registered at UCLA for 10 years, but went inactive in spring 2013 because previous members graduated.

    HSA Vice President Selam Mulugeta, a second-year physiological science student, said the club allows her to have a support system with students who share similar traditions and family values.

    “Last year, I barely knew any Ethiopian or Eritrean students,” she said. “Now, because of the club, I know more than 50.”

    The culture night will also feature a performance from the club’s own dance team, along with volunteer dancers from Little Ethiopia Cultural and Resource Center’s Dankyra Dance Troupe and Cal Poly Pomona’s Habesha Unity Group, Mulugeta said.

    Mulugeta added the dance team at UCLA was formed this year for the culture night but she hopes it will remain a permanent part of the club.

    Mihret Yenew, a second-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student and member of the dance team, said the organization provides Habesha students with a way to learn more about their own cultures while they’re away from Ethiopia or Eritrea.

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  • Ground Crack in West Arsi Zone .... (በምዕራብ አርሲ ዞን መሬት ተሰንጥቆ ወደ ወላይታና አርባምንጭ በሚሄዱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ላይ ችግር ፈጥሯል)

    በምዕራብ አርሲ ዞን ዱምቡሬ ቃቻ ወረዳ መሬት ተሰንጥቆ ሸለቆ በመፍጠሩ ወደ ወላይታና አርባምንጭ የሚሄዱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ማለፍ እንዳልቻሉ በብሔራዊ የአደጋ ስጋት ሥራ አመራር ኮሚሽን ገልጿል።

    የኮሚሽኑ የህዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ደበበ ዘውዴ እንደተናገሩት፥ የተሰነጠቀው መሬት በግምት 50 ሜትር ጥልቀትና 50 ሜትር ርዝመት አለው።

    የክልሉ መንግስት ችግሩን ለመቅረፍ ተለዋጭ መንገድ ቢያዘጋጅም ከተወሰነ ርቀት በኋላ በሻላ ወረዳ በሲምቦ ቀበሌ አካባቢ በተከሰተው ጎርፍ ምክንያት 500 ሜትር ያህል መሬት በአሸዋ በመሸፈኑ መንገዱ ሙሉ በሙሉ በመዘጋቱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ማለፍ አልቻሉም ብለዋል አቶ ደበበ።

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