The sheer hypocrisy of the Worknesh Degefa flag controversy

By Zecharias Zelalem |||

The Dubai Marathon. Tens of thousands of athletes, onlookers, organisers and volunteers take over the city as some of the world’s finest long distance runners jet in to battle it out for the biggest portion of the nearly one million dollars in prize money up for grabs.… Read More The sheer hypocrisy of the Worknesh Degefa flag controversy

Why Ethiopia will be forever indebted to Fidel Castro

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| Throngs of people converged on Addis Ababa’s “Cuba Adebabaye,” literally Cuba square last Sunday, as Ethiopians held a memorial for the founding father of revolutionary Cuba, Fidel Castro. Thousands made their way to the square, located on the road between Legare and the district of Piassa, just next to the city’s immigration office.… Read More Why Ethiopia will be forever indebted to Fidel Castro

A can of worms opened by the BBC: What is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s official language?

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| In a news article released a couple of days ago, the BBC made somewhat of a gaffe when it referred to the Amharic language, spoken by over 20 million Ethiopian native speakers, according to the country’s 2007 national consensus, as being the “official” language of (Ethiopia’s) Orthodox Church. The statements have proven controversial, and have sparked a debate with some Ethiopians taking issue with what they felt was a lazily researched description of the Amharic language.… Read More A can of worms opened by the BBC: What is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s official language?

Ethiopia’s zealots of yesteryear and their desperate bid to remain politically relevant

By Zecharias Zelalem ||| This week will see the culmination of the US presidential campaign with Americans of all stripes down to the fat lady set to cast their vote in an election that frankly the whole world will be waiting upon with the utmost curiosity. But while Americans will end what has been at times a comical diatribe between two stumbling, misspeaking titans in their own right, a much lower key event that will be taking place in the same country later this week is suggested to have implications in a country on the other side of the planet: Ethiopia.… Read More Ethiopia’s zealots of yesteryear and their desperate bid to remain politically relevant

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