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Thursday November 14th 2019

‘The Lounge’ Archives

Sudan Has a Friend in Chinese Election Monitors

Sudan Has a Friend in Chinese Election Monitors

Both China and the usual Western nations sent observers to monitor Sudan's recent elections, but they didn't seem to be watching the same polls. While Washington criticized the vote that returned Omar al-Bashir to power for "serious irregularities," Beijing called the affair a "smooth and orderly…success." The difference isn't entirely [...]

OP-ED: Recession Recessing?

OP-ED: Recession Recessing?

Recession,Recessing? So, we are hearing discussions about whether Obama’s stimulus plan truly helped keep unemployment rate low or not.The answer to this question is more complicated than any statistical data would suggest.  Because, now, citizens are questioning the statements made by the president regarding his plan to save or create [...]

Ethiopian New Year After 9/11

Ethiopian New Year After 9/11

As I prepare for the Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash), which is supposed to be a joyous occasion, I cannot help but feel indifference.  The dilemma for me, which I am sure many Ethiopians share, is that Ethiopian New Year falls on September 11th – that ill fated day when America was attacked. I awoke that morning of 9/11 to text [...]

Teddy Afro’s Welcome Home Party

Teddy Afro’s Welcome Home Party

A welcome home party was held for Ethiopia’s most famous Pop Artist Teddy Afro in Addis Ababa. Teddy Afro was recently released from prison, after serving 18 months of a two-year sentence. Amongst family & friends who attended this event were famous Ethiopian celebrities including Haile Gebrselassie & several entertainers [...]

Two Decades Later…The Long-Awaited Journey Back to Ethiopia (Part II)

Two Decades Later…The Long-Awaited Journey Back to Ethiopia (Part II)

Last month I arrived at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with my mother.  Though my mother had been to Ethiopia since we made America our new home 20 years ago this was my first trip there. Not knowing what to expect, and in utter disbelief that finally I was in Ethiopia, my heart began racing as I took my first [...]

Bred in Ethiopia, Raised in America

Bred in Ethiopia, Raised in America

The Challenges of Raising Ethiopian Children in America The Ethiopian Diaspora falls under two categories: either the current generation has migrated from their home country or is born abroad.  In either case, they are Ethiopians who now live in a country that is foreign to them. As an immigrant myself, I fall in the first category.  I [...]

Two Decades Later…The Long-Awaited Journey Back to Ethiopia (Part 1)

Two Decades Later…The Long-Awaited Journey Back to Ethiopia (Part 1)

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou In search of a better life, my family and I left Ethiopia when I was just 6-years-old.  It has been 20 years since that dreaded departure and in less than a month I will return to Ethiopia.  Though I will only [...]

5 Ways to Keep the Fire Burning in Your Marriage

5 Ways to Keep the Fire Burning in Your Marriage

This Valentine’s Day spend time reflecting on where your marriage is and where you want it to be. If discovering that in time your marriage has lost the spark it once had, there is no need to be alarmed. After a certain point partners lose the zest they had for one another. Fortunately there is something you can do about it. The [...]

Everything I Am I Owe to My Mother

Everything I Am I Owe to My Mother

‘There wasn’t any opportunity I missed because my mother always had my back.’ Each year on Valentine’s Day my mother and I exchange small gifts.  It is a tradition that we have grown accustomed to and it is a sweet way for us to tell each other how much we love one another.  This year though, each time I think about what to get her, [...]

The Real Wedding Happens In…

The Real Wedding Happens In…

...Ethiopia! So I will be departing for Ethi in roughly two weeks for my friend’s wedding. I am ironically caught between running out of time before I am set for the trip and the time not going fast enough until I reach Addis. There is a huge group of people making this trip to be present for this special day-or should I say days! Yep-our [...]

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