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Devil’s Tricks

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 30, 2009


The devil plants suspicions in every field, because a suspicious person is usually weak and the devil can conquer him.

The devil plants suspicions in the social relations as a whole. He plants suspicions between husband and wife, between friends, partners in business, and between boss and subordinates. He makes one person doubt the love of the other or doubt his faithfulness and honesty. He plants suspicions against any behavior of people and against their intentions and purposes. Today he will let you feel you are sure of something, tomorrow you will feel hesitant and insecure.

The devil does all this to shake relations among people, lead them into discord and disputes, and destroy love on which spiritual and social life as a whole depend. Even matters which should pass easily, are complicated by the devil’s various suspicions and he may make of them complex problems!

We must not accept any suspicions within us, nor be doubtful, nor let doubts continue.


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$67 Billion For Environmental Damages

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 27, 2009

Africa contributes very little to the pollution blamed for global warming but its people are likely to be among the hardest hit by droughts, floods and rising sea levels.”


The African Union is considering a proposal to demand at least $67 billion a year in environmental damages from developed countries at the Copenhagen Climate summit in December. Africa is seeking a common position to increase its bargaining power in Copenhagen.

For the first time, 53 African nations have come under one umbrella to speak in one voice on the upcoming climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. Representatives of 10 African heads of state have gathered this week at AU headquarters in Addis Abeba to determine how much the continent should ask in compensation at the UN climate summit in December.

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Of course, the effects of climate change affect the poorest people first. May be time is running out for Africa to cleaning up an environmental problem that the industrialized world has created.

African nations have struggled to find a common position in many aspects, and this sort of resolution should help in creating a united front and increasing the continent’s bargaining power.

Relevant readings:

“African farms becoming too hot to handle “

An insurance plan for climate change victims”


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Congratulations To Team Ethiopia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 23, 2009


በወጣት አትሌቶቻችን ሁሉ እንኮራለን። ገለቴ የወርቅ መዳያውን ስለተነጠቅሽ ወደፊት ለብዙ የወርቅ መዳሊያዎች እንደምትሮጭ አንጠራጠርም።


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Kenenisa Is a Legend!

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 23, 2009


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, dear Bekele! You are the Pride of Ethiopia. You have proved time and time again that you are the best Athlete in the world. If two top 1,500, and 5,000m runners ran a relay respectively against you over 5000 or 10,000 you would beat them all – you already are a legend. እናመሰግናለን!


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King Solomon Suffered After Sheba

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 22, 2009

Solomon was born to King David and Bathsheba the Ethiopian. The name of Solomon (Sol-Om-On) means Sun, as well as peace. Solomon was a very wise and versatile man. His wisdom was not only political and theological; he was also an expert on natural history. A gardener, he planted olive, spice and nut trees as well as vineyards; he admired and studied spiders, locusts and harvesting ants. According to the Bible, “he could talk about plants from the cedar to the hyssop growing on the wall; and he could talk of animals and birds and reptiles and fish.


When the Queen of Sheba visited him as the first woman, he was a very gracious host to her and her people. Solomon gave her a luxurious home in a palace next to his, and provided her with fruits, rose trees, silks, linens, tapestries, and 11 bewitching garments for each day of her visit. Daily, he sent her (and her 350 servants) 45 sacks of flour, 10 oxen, 5 bulls, 50 sheep (in addition to goats, deer, cows, gazelles, and chicken), wine, honey, fried locusts, rich sweets, and 25 singing men and women. But, Sheba was more interested in his wisdom. Power and riches could not satisfy Sheba’s soul, for she possessed an ardent hunger for truth and wisdom. She said:

“ I am smitten with the love of wisdom…. for wisdom is far better than treasure of gold and silver….. I will follow the footprints of wisdom and she shall protect me forever. I will seek asylum with her, and she shall be unto me power and strength…..wisdom is sweeter than honey….. Let us seek her, and we shall find her; let us love her, and she will not withdraw herself from us, let us pursue her, and we shall overtake her; let us ask, and we shall receive; and let us turn our hearts to her so that we may never forget her.”

When Sheba met Solomon, not only did she ask him theological and philosophical questions; she also tested him with different riddles.

In one theological riddle, she asked: “What is the ugliest thing in the world, and what is the most beautiful? What is the most certain, and what is the most uncertain?” Solomon replied, “The ugliest thing…is the faithful turning unfaithful; the most beautiful is the repentant sinner. The most certain is death; the most uncertain, one’s share in the World to Come.”

Solomon showed showed a great desire to please Sheba. He showed her his gardens of rare flowers ornamented with pools and fountains, and the architectural splendors of his government buildings, temple and palace. She was awed by his work on the temple, by his great lion-throne and sandalwood staircase, and by his enormous brass basin carried by the twelve brass bulls which symbolized the twelve months of the year. She sought astronomical knowledge, for which he was known; Solomon had developed a new calendar which added an extra month every nineteen years.

The visit of the Queen of Sheba was the highlight of Solomon’s life. The six wonderful months she had spend with him were the most important times of his life. After she left, Solomon continued to write and speak words of wisdom, but he and Israel dimmed and deteriorated. Some speculate that this deterioration was triggered by Solomon’s preoccupation with building a glorious palace and temple. But others say it was his obsession with Sheba. Never again would Solomon encounter or love a woman he could call his equal. Sheba was known to be beautiful (despite her ankle and leg), intelligent, understanding, resourceful, adventurous and gracious.

Early in his reign, after the Queen of Sheba left him, Solomon become polygamous, and took 700 wives and 300 concubines. Many were foreign women who eventually “turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God.

Although Solomon was known for his internationalism and open-mindedness to foreign cultures and their beliefs, this same religious tolerance contributed to his downfall. Not only did he anger God; he also failed to unify his people, who needed their monotheistic practices in order to maintain religious identity and national pride.

The completion of his luxurious Temple became more important to Solomon than the practice of his religion. Then his luxurious Palace – built for personal rather than collective use – took precedence over the Temple. Finally, his writing and preaching of wisdom became increasingly vague.

Solomon no longer lived by the humane principles for which he had become respected and honored. Some historians even view him as a tyrant who became devoted to his own glory, and whose greed and extravagance led him to build his kingdom on injustice, oppression and misery.

Solomon drew tax lines across the old tribal borders, alienating tribal elders. For his costly architectural projects, he taxed mercilessly, forcing those who could not pay into slavery, and seizing their lands. Many starved and died. Raising a levy of 30,000 men for forced labor from Hebrews and non-Hebrews of his northern kingdoms, rather than his own people of Judah, Solomon divided his country. His people, including his own sons, became increasingly resentful, and began to revolt.

After his death, the northern kingdoms of Israel stopped tolerating the forced labor and high taxes which had fed Judah, and refused to accept Solomon’s son Rehoboam as king. Civil war resulted; ten northern tribes set up their own kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam, leaving only the kingdoms of Judah and Benjamin to Rehoboam. Such internal strife only made the Israelites weak and vulnerable to invasion. Eventually, the Assyrians, Babylonians and Egyptians conquered them, and carried them off into exile. But before his kingdom was pillaged, Solomon moved the sacred Ark of the Covenant to a safe and protected place, before it was transported down to Ethiopia.

“When I reflected in my mind

That in kinship with wisdom there is immortality,

And in her friendship there is pure delight…

I went about seeking how to win her for myself.

I loved her and sought after her from my youth up,

And I undertook to make her my bride,

And I fell in love with her beauty….

So I decided to bring her to live with me,

Knowing that she would give me good counsel,

And encouragement in cares and grief…..

If the possession of wealth is to be desired in life,

What is richer than wisdom, which operates everything?

She understands the tricks of language and the solving of riddles;

She knows the meaning of signs and portents,

And the outcomes of seasons and periods.

Wisdom is bright and unfading,

And she is easily seen by those who love her,

And found by those who search for her.”


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Must I Take Off My Pants?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 20, 2009


I can give you the telephone numbers of her room-mates in Berlin. They have already seen her naked in the showers and she has nothing to hide.

This is a very curious story. I have never heard something similar for a long time….It must be disgusting and callous beyond imagination for her and her family, if she is indeed a female and all the skeptics were wrong…

Here is the story…

There had been whispers circulating about South African 800m prodigy Caster Semenya ever since she ran a spectacular 1 minute 56.72 seconds in a low-key meet on 26 July.

Not only was it the fastest time in the world this year by more than a second, it meant she had improved her personal best by seven seconds in less than nine months. And, she said afterwards, she could have run even quicker had it not been for a strong wind on the back straight.

For once, the tittle-tattle was not the usual sort about performance-enhancing substances. This was more basic and a whole lot nastier: was the ‘she’ actually a ‘he’?

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Semenya’s mother speaks!


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Buhe Deresse

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 19, 2009


Congra Deresse, well done, great performance, and thanks for the Buhe Mulmul!

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The Brilliant Bekele

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 17, 2009


Congratulations, Kenny! What an awesome run!


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Ethiopia: A Feast for the Eyes

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 15, 2009


Go there soon; it’s time to turn Ethiopia’s image from one of famine to feast.”

Ethiopia will surprise even the most jaded traveler. As the only African country never colonized (the Italians only ‘occupied’ what was then Abyssinia during the Second World War), Ethiopians proudly call themselves ‘pure’ Africans. With its own calendar (seven years and eight months behind our own), year length (13 months), clock (12-hour cycles starting at 6am), and an ancient language — Amarhic — not spoken anywhere else, Ethiopia and its people are strikingly idiosyncratic.

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Five great things to do in Ethiopia

  1. Be mystified by the Lost Ark of the Covenant. Once rumored to be hidden in Ireland’s Hill of Tara, the ancient Lost Ark of the Covenant is now said to be held in Axum’s (Aksum) Cathedral of St Mary of Zion in northern Ethiopia. Closely guarded by sacred priests, the Ark is Ethiopia’s Holy Grail.

  2. Go wildlife-spotting in the north. Indigenous Gelada baboons, Ethiopian wolves, Walia ibex and spotted hyena live in the Simien Mountains. There are hippopotamus hang-outs near Lake Tana, plus colorful birdlime.

  3. Wander through the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. An easy candidate for a new wonder of the world, this sacred system of enormous churches carved directly into the rock is an outstanding example of man conquering nature to worship.

  4. Stand cheek-to-cheek with the first human. If you had to pinpoint the place where our prehistoric ancestors finally walked upright on two feet, it would fall somewhere in modern-day Ethiopia. See the proof in Addis’s National Museum, where the 3.3 millon-year-old skeleton of ‘Lucy’ is on display. (The skeleton was named Lucy in tribute to the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which was playing in the discoverers’ camp.)

  5. Sizzle in the hottest place on Earth. With an average temperature of 35°C, the Danakil Depression, close to the border with Eritrea, is the lowest point on the African continent at 116m below sea level. Access is impossible without private transport.

Please click here to see some fantastic photos of Ethiopia


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What About Friends?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 14, 2009


This is a very interesting study on how bad we are at judging our friends’ beliefs, opinions and values but why we tend to assume they match with our own.

The article covers various examples of this effect, but it mentions a finding from a shortly to be published study finding that the most socially connected people are typically the least accurate at judging their friends’ attitudes:

A similar effect arises when people are asked questions about right and wrong rather than politics.

Researchers found that people assumed, often unquestioningly, that their responses to a series of ethical dilemmas were shared by the majority of their close colleagues. In reality they often were not. More strikingly, it was the more socially connected among the test subjects who were more likely to be wrong.

Projection is a unverified psychological defense mechanism where people supposedly misperceive psychological states in other people that, in reality, they have themselves but unconsciously want to hide from their conscious mind.

This was a concept originally developed by Sigmund Freud and systematized, along with a range of other ‘defenses mechanisms’, by Anna Freud in her landmark book The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense.

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