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Nationalism and Democracy: Rhetoric vs. Reality

“I will speak to it”, Shakespeare once wrote in Hamlet, “I will speak to it though hell itself should gape and bid me hold my peace.” Hell is not “gaping” but Ali Salim and Semere Tesfai are certainly generating enough heat to cause us to gape and will not “hold …

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“Aslamay midri (adi) yeblun, semai Andi yeblun”

The inspiration for this topic came from Ali Salim who mentioned it in his last article and considers it responsible (wholly or partially) for today’s “demeaning” attitude of Christians towards Muslims.  Whether we agree with such an assessment or not, there is no denying of course that such seemingly innocuous …

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Ethno-Tribal Politics, Religion, And Democracy

When discussing issues that touch upon region, religion, or tribe I think it is always a good idea to begin the discourse with a self-disclosure. This helps readers to put things in context and understand us better. So let me briefly state who I am and how I generally see …

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