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by teodroseIII
28 Jul 2018, 23:02
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: A Hug and Forgiveness: the Powerful Message of PM Abiy Ahmed and Tamagn Beyene
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A Hug and Forgiveness: the Powerful Message of PM Abiy Ahmed and Tamagn Beyene

When it comes to humanity, I remain hopeful. But when it comes to politics, I have learned to be a skeptic. But what I witnessed today during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s rally at the Convention Center was a powerful reminder that love is greater than vengeance. For too long, my homeland Ethiopia has...
by teodroseIII
17 Jul 2018, 19:18
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Trump is a Narcissist, Democrats are Situational Moralists, and Politics is PoisonoUS
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Views: 72

Trump is a Narcissist, Democrats are Situational Moralists, and Politics is PoisonoUS

I’m one step away from swearing off politics given the developments of the past 48 hours. Once again, all sides are up in arms over the latest Trump bulletin. This time around, the US president’s meeting with Vladimir Putin is the catnip that is driving pundits on all sides to froth at the mouth. To...
by teodroseIII
15 Jul 2018, 11:20
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Our Connective Existence: If Only We Could be Governed by Our Hearts
Replies: 0
Views: 79

Our Connective Existence: If Only We Could be Governed by Our Hearts

It seems as though the entire planet has been conditioned to accept the ideology of self and trained to seek individuality above the collective whole. This singular focus on “me” has a devastating impact, instead of thriving as a community, we are taught to succeed on our own. These pursuits often l...
by teodroseIII
26 Jun 2018, 15:53
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Regarding Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
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Views: 184

Regarding Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

I write this missive in light of what is taking place in my birth land Ethiopia but really this counsel could be applied to America and throughout the world. I do not present this article to be curmudgeon and rain on the elation that is currently enveloping my homeland. Though I am reticent to jump ...
by teodroseIII
08 Jun 2018, 10:24
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Noblesse Oblige and Anecdotal Narratives: Let Them Drink Lemonade!
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Noblesse Oblige and Anecdotal Narratives: Let Them Drink Lemonade!

Last week, MSNBC aired a story of a 9 year old who raised $6,000 in two hours by selling lemonade to help pay for his younger brother’s medical bills. It was meant to be a feel good story of a young kid who used his ingenuity and savvy to solve a problem while putting a happy face on the dilemma of ...
by teodroseIII
17 May 2018, 23:22
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Comparative Justice: When Human Suffering Is Acknowledged or Dismissed
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Views: 95

Comparative Justice: When Human Suffering Is Acknowledged or Dismissed

“The suffering in the ghetto was extreme, and conditions deteriorated rapidly. At its height, more than 450,000 people were crammed into an area of 1.3 square miles, and in some buildings as many as 20 people were living to a single room. Around 100,000 people died of starvation, sickness and maltre...
by teodroseIII
13 May 2018, 12:08
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: A Mother’s Love: the Source of Life; the Epitome of Self-Sacrifice
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A Mother’s Love: the Source of Life; the Epitome of Self-Sacrifice

Yesterday afternoon—on our way to visit family and friends—my wife and I stopped by a local store to pick up a few gifts. As we were exiting the complex, on the corner was a mother with her child in a carriage with a sign asking for some change. Both of us were struck by this jarring sight; we gave ...
by teodroseIII
11 May 2018, 13:33
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Israel, Golan Heights and the Age of Counterfactual News
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Israel, Golan Heights and the Age of Counterfactual News

The first victim of war is truth. The minute a bullet is fired, a thousand lies are launched next to it. A free press was supposed to be an unbiased arbiter where journalists courageously seek truth and expose lies in the midst of state propaganda. Sadly, we live in the age of counterfactual news wh...
by teodroseIII
09 May 2018, 12:10
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: The Haspel Show: a Vaudeville of Lies and a Kabuki Dance of Hypocrisy
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The Haspel Show: a Vaudeville of Lies and a Kabuki Dance of Hypocrisy

P.T. Barnum once allegedly said that there is a [deleted] born every minute. Considering the outlandish nature of our politics and the circus in DC that passes as a government, we have to start counting the suckers who enter this world by seconds instead of minutes. If you want to know why I say thi...
by teodroseIII
08 May 2018, 08:58
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Prisoners of “Was”: from Boots on the Ground to Statistics on the Sidewalk
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Views: 176

Prisoners of “Was”: from Boots on the Ground to Statistics on the Sidewalk

This weekend, I drove by a US Army veteran on the streets of Washington, DC who driven to panhandle in the same country he swore an oath to protect and uphold. Once his days in the military expired, he joined another army where the enlisted are the millions of homeless men and women stacking up in t...
by teodroseIII
02 May 2018, 16:31
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Ghettoizing Gaza: Collective Judgement in the Era of Unconscionable Injustice
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Ghettoizing Gaza: Collective Judgement in the Era of Unconscionable Injustice

Power and privilege has a way of making some forget the horrors of the past. Throughout history, people who were once oppressed quickly revert to the ways of their oppressors the minute they gain the upper hand. I write this in light of what is going on in Gaza and the way innocent lives are being s...
by teodroseIII
29 Apr 2018, 21:07
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: The Truths Michelle Wolf Spoke that Launched a Thousand Howls
Replies: 1
Views: 383

The Truths Michelle Wolf Spoke that Launched a Thousand Howls

I write this article at the risk being a hypocrite. After all, I vowed yesterday that I was going to invest more time writing about the journeys we all have in common and spend less time writing about the fatuity of our politics. However, after watching the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last ni...
by teodroseIII
28 Apr 2018, 14:11
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Be the Light: the Struggle Between the Heart and the Ego
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Views: 191

Be the Light: the Struggle Between the Heart and the Ego

Ten years ago, I wrote an article titled “Depression Fikre” where openly I talked about my struggle with debilitating sadness that we all go through even if many of us don’t acknowledge it. The title was a take on my last name—Fikre means my love in Amharic—my intent was to convey how painful moment...
by teodroseIII
25 Apr 2018, 11:11
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: We Make Towers Out of Men
Replies: 1
Views: 317

We Make Towers Out of Men

The departure and arrival of two social icons set the news ablaze this past weekend. The death of Barbara Bush and the birth of William Louis and Catherine Middleton’s son created a feeding frenzy in mainstream and social media. Wall to wall coverage dedicated to two luminaries as more than 7 billio...
by teodroseIII
22 Apr 2018, 08:02
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Democrat National Chutzpah? DNC Files a Lawsuit Against Truth
Replies: 0
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Democrat National Chutzpah? DNC Files a Lawsuit Against Truth

In case you have been wondering, the C in DNC stands for chutzpah. Considering their latest gambit, to call the Democrat National Committee out of touch is a most severe understatement. I write this in light of the DNC’s decision to file a lawsuit against Trump, Russia and Wikileaks two days ago for...
by teodroseIII
21 Apr 2018, 21:22
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Milestone: Now a Contributing Writer at Truthdig Publication
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Views: 164

Milestone: Now a Contributing Writer at Truthdig Publication

I'm now writing a bimonthly Op/Eds for Truthdig, a publication that gets a lot of readership within the politically savvy circles in DC and beyond. Below is an excerpt from this week's article. Read full article at Truthdig. We are here again. The latest outrage serves as another occasion to gnash o...
by teodroseIII
20 Apr 2018, 18:18
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Bomb Them Over There So We Can’t Build Our Communities Here
Replies: 0
Views: 221

Bomb Them Over There So We Can’t Build Our Communities Here

“We are pursuing a comprehensive strategy to win the war on terror. We’re taking the fight to the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.” ~ George W. Bush, July 4th, 2005 Nearly 13 years later, we are still fighting them over there. Who are “them”? They are who authorities te...
by teodroseIII
18 Apr 2018, 22:46
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: Hoodwinking US: Southern Strategizing Elephants and Urban Bamboozling Jackasses
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Hoodwinking US: Southern Strategizing Elephants and Urban Bamboozling Jackasses

At the end of Dave Chappelle’s latest comedy stand-up Equanimity, he brilliantly explains how proximity hinders one from seeing the broader picture. He explains how standing too close to an elephant prevents the observer from realizing what is in front of her. One must step back and inspect from a d...
by teodroseIII
16 Apr 2018, 16:24
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: A Letter to Colonizers: We, not Western Liars, Get to Tell the Story of our Kings
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: A Letter to Colonizers: We, not Western Liars, Get to Tell the Story of our Kings

adowa wrote:Dear Teddy,
Your grandfather killed by Wollo oromos-
I deal in reality not delusions. Thanks.
by teodroseIII
16 Apr 2018, 11:22
Forum: Ethiopian News & Opinion
Topic: A Letter to Colonizers: We, not Western Liars, Get to Tell the Story of our Kings
Replies: 9
Views: 429

A Letter to Colonizers: We, not Western Liars, Get to Tell the Story of our Kings

Atse Tewodros II paid with his life in order to keep Ethiopia safe from the clutches of colonial despots. It was his refusal to face death rather than submit to fascists that paved the way to the battle of Adwa. When he demanded that the British stop meddling in the affairs of Ethiopia and to be tre...