Yilma Bekele

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Jul 21st, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele That is exactly what I feel like now. Who died and left me with this burden is not clear to me but believe me I feel like I am all alone and it is up to me to carry the flag and sing the national anthem. This business of being an Ethiopian […]...
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Apr 13th, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele Animal trainers use a whip with a stiff handle to show who the boss is. A whip is used to gain control and achieve compliance using pain. During slavery in the US whipping was a powerful weapon used by the white master. Whipping to humiliate was the hallmark of the Apartheid regime [&...
By IndepthAfrica
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Mar 23rd, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele “The Duce will have Ethiopia, with or without the Ethiopians.” – Rodolfo Graziani I am writing this as a proud Ethiopian because Graziani’s promise to the Fascist dictator was thwarted by my gallant ancestors. If it was not for the bravery and sacrifice of our grandp...
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Mar 17th, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele Actually that statement might not be true. We do know our country is being sold but we have no idea if the bidding has been open or closed. We have sold almost all of Gambella, we have leased half of Afar and Oromia has been parceled out bit by bit. Our Beer […]...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 27th, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele The picture at right is Debretsion Ethiopian Orthodox Church in London. The picture seems to have been taken on a cold winter day. It is such a beautiful church. Doesn’t it look so serene and peaceful? I am sure it is that most of the time. But according to one video, it […]...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 10th, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele We always think of our people to be so loving that welcome a stranger into their homes and share what little they have. Our language is full of sayings about being a good host, a great neighbor and a kind human. Sharing what you have, helping those in need and putting others […...
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Jan 30th, 2013
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By Yilma Bekele The tragic reality of today is reflected in the true plight of our spiritual existence. We are spineless and cannot stand straight.” — Ai Weiwei, Chinese dissident As a concept there is nothing wrong with Federalism as a system of government. There are plenty of examples o...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 23rd, 2012
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By Yilma Bekele The press release was short and to the point. It was only six paragraphs long and was written in a matter of fact way. There were no trumpets blaring, no press conference with TV lights and no lavish dinner to commemorate the event. The announcement reminded me of the proverb ‘best th...
By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 2nd, 2012
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By Yilma Bekele I knew something was missing. It kept nagging at me, the little voice in side kept saying ‘you know you have been here before.’ I was driving south on the 580 Freeway when it hit me. It was 2005 deja vu. How could I forget? I ask for forgiveness, I am an […]...
By IndepthAfrica
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Dec 30th, 2011
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By Yilma Bekele The last few months I have been inflicted with a Herman Cain (HC) moment. You remember his interview with a newspaper publisher and when asked his opinion regarding President Obama’s policy on the uprising in Libya? My good old friend was completely stumped. After crossing his legs, s...