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Semere T Habtemariam is an author and a columnist at Awate. He holds a BA in Government and Politics and a MA in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. He lives in Dallas, Texas. His two books are: Reflections-History-Abyssinian-Orthodox-Tewahdo and Hearts-Like-Birds.

Kiros Yohannes: Poet Extraordinaire

My late brother Dawit had asserted that his favorite singer, Bereket Menghisteab, is irreplaceable. Occasionally and upon the insistence of

We, The People, Own It!

My 13 year old nephew once told me that all democratically elected presidents should convene a plenary session to pass

Hope From Pretoria

In a culture that is not strong on expressing gratitude the word “yeqenyeley” has evolved to mean, “Thank you,” but

Tesfay W. Degiga’s Eulogy for Ahmed Nasser

Tesfay W. Degiga’s Eulogy for Ahmed Nasser In Memorial Service held in Oakland, California, on April 6, 2014 (Translated from

He Doesn’t Hate you; He despises You

My mother was in her late teens when she came to our village as a young bride. She has an

Fight Like A Liberation Front; Think Like An Opposition

Isaias Afwerki’s twenty- two years of misrule reaffirms the old adage that revolutions, quite often, are not caused by vision-inspired

Removal of DIA Should Be Our Top Priority

Isaias Afwerki: the petty dictator of a once-promising small African country Eritrea. Neither his past eminence nor his present vulgar

Interview with Dr. Bereket Habteselassie (Part 3)

This is part three of the interview I’ve been conducting with Dr. Bereket Habteselassie. Here are the links to Part

A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

My favorite book in the bible says: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under

In Support of Ato Kidane Alemayehu’s Initiative

When I first met ato Kidane Alemayehu, I thought we were auditioning for a rendition of the movie, Odd Couple.

Miriam Was Here: A Book Review

As the last glint of hope vanished, they whimpered, fully aware that death was closing on all of them. They

Interview with Dr. Bereket Habteselassie (Part 2)

“In my view, accepting even an imperfect constitution (imperfect both in terms of the process of its making and its

An Interview With Dr. Bereket Habte Selassie

The idea of interviewing Dr. Bereket was triggered by the feedback I received from the many people who have kindly

Speak Or Hold Your Peace Forever

If you didn’t speak then, please forever hold your peace. A priest officiating a wedding asks those gathered if there

My Fears and Paulos’ Views On Seyoum Haregot

Two of my worst fears are that one day we will wake up and discover we were ruled by a

Seyoum Haregot’s New Book: A Critique

The Bureaucratic Empire Serving Emperor Haile Selassie Red Sea Press For over a century, successive regimes in the Horn of

“Massacre At Wekidiba”: A Survivor’s Book Review

A review of a new Book by Dr. Habtu Gebreab (Aka, Fr. Athanasius) Some events are destined to be part

Lessons Of January 21

Nothing sours the mood of dictators like the appearance of not being in control. A total loss of control is

Dying vs. Killing In The Name Of Faith

Where is my anchor? For some inexplicable reasons, I was inspired to go to church last Saturday evening. Glad I

Zenawi’s Mixed Legacy

Unlike his predecessor who was widely condemned for his failure, brutality and poor governance, the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia

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