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Tradition And Calamity

What does the earth need to start quaking, for the elements to unleash their wrath and for the tyrant to crush us under his feet? According to tradition, the main ingredient that activates the doomsday machine is our sin which comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. Girls wearing miniskirts …

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Our Traditional Philosophers (Felasfas)

People tend to philosophize from time to time without knowing it. But not many are those who can formulate it in a way that can inspire people to follow them. Many are called to talk and to blabber; unfortunately few are chosen to attract disciples. But what is it that …

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Managing Acceptable Conflicts

Conflict is a sign of life. The only place you don’t find conflict is probably in the grave where everybody lies in eternal quiet and calm undisturbed by the noise and clamor of the surrounding world. Every organism harbors some sort of conflict within it, as the forces of opposites …

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Old Eritrean School Songs

I remember it as if it were yesterday, as we sang them aloud till our lungs ached, as the headmaster waved his baton frenetically to keep the tempo, with rivulets of sweat running down his face. Louder! Louder! He would shout. How much loud? Do you think our lungs are …

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Of Myths And Legends

One day I was invited to present a paper on a certain Abyssinian king who was almost worshipped by the learned and laymen of the conference participants. It was his centenary. The opening ceremony, which I didn’t attend for some technical reasons, was very vibrant and highly charged, as the …

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It Is A Crazy World

When Europeans flocked to the New Continent following its discovery in 1492, the idea was to get as much gold and silver as possible from the land they mistook for India or the China of Marco Polo. Their kings wanted to stock their coffers with gold for an everlasting war …

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Levels Of Perception

Dr. Heiner is a scientist who never goes out of his way to admire flowers much less beautiful women. His garden is the lab filled with flasks and test tubes. To him people are homo-sapiens with a tortuous evolution behind them, while society is simply a collection of humans living …

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Is Religion Compatible With Democracy?

Some wit has said that religion is too sensitive and too vital a subject to be left to the church alone. It is time to come boldly forward and look it in the face, the face of total mystery and enigma. Religion may be the last bastion of collective faith, …

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The National Convention: A Healing Journey

I, and my friend Khaled, (both from Sweden) were some of the early arrivers to the Wa’ala or the National Convention; ten days ahead to be precise. So we, inspite of our hosts insistence that we stayed put and helped out in their headquarters situated at Sar Bet, Addis Abeba, …

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Timar, The Rebel (Part 4)

This story was originally presented in four series at Eripost, awate.com. It is condensed from a not yet published manuscript of the same title by Amanuel Sahle. .In the 1980s Asmara was a sort of military garrison. The Derg (the communist oriented Ethiopian military junta) soldiers seemed to have lost all …

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Timar, the Rebel (Part 3)

Kafil was another suitor who was destined to have the same fate. He had fought alongside the ELF before the latter disbanded and dispersed. Fortunately, he changed sides on time and was pardoned and brought into the EPLF’s fold. But it seemed that the EPLF never trusted such converts completely. …

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Timar, The Rebel (Part 2)

Many love letters were torn to shreds. Many would-be poets saw their poems ridiculed. Many would-be singers crooned in vain.    As she stayed late selling hard boiled eggs to drunkards and barflies making the rounds of the various alehouses in the village, Timar would remember Tesfai whom she loved …

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Timar, The Rebel (Part 1)

The following is Part 1 of a four-part series. It is condensed from yet not published a manuscript of the same title, by Amanuel Sahle. In the 1980s Asmara was a sort of military garrison. The Derg (the communist oriented Ethiopian military junta) soldiers seemed to have lost all hope …

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The Wise Man And The Sea

Some wise people liken the present state of many nations unto a ship that has gone a-drifting. The captain of the ship is a crook, the sailors are all drunk and in a trance, the sea is billowing with fury, and some pirate ships yonder have espied the helpless vessel …

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Pillars of Delusion

Sometimes I fail to understand the real intentions of the so-called democratic countries in the West. They preach democracy by whatever means at their disposal, even going to war to impose it, and believe that in the process they can make the world safe for trade and industry, meaning their …

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A Time to Change

Oppression of the mind began following a simple dispensation of laws by the conquering party; laws that deep inside helped the conqueror to stay in power and even pass that power over to his sons.   More laws, which were mostly arbitrary, were added because the conqueror who has turned …

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