The Diaspora community’s Oromo quandary

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| A couple of months back, an article I had written on the Oromo protests elicited some negative responses from several personal acquaintances, among them, an Ethiopian community leader of a city in Western Canada. Despite knowing me well enough personally to judge whether I would dare speak on contentious topics using rhetoric he considers off limits to “patriots,” he let me know he was “shocked” and “appalled” with my statements before blocking me on Facebook.… Read More The Diaspora community’s Oromo quandary

A RUEFUL MARCH 8th

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| March 8 is upon us, and with it another day to reflect on the role women have or may not have in our respective societies. For Ethiopians, it has long been lauded as a day where we celebrate critical advances made in the endless fight to achieve gender equality, while unfortunately it is also a time where we lament the many impossible to ignore shortcomings that have our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters languishing in ordeals brought upon by chauvinist thinking and patriarchal norms from centuries aback.… Read More A RUEFUL MARCH 8th