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UK: Somali Family on Benefits Handed Keys to £2million Luxury ‘Council’ Home a Stone’s Throw From Where Tony Blair Used to Live

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 7, 2012

My note: “ It looks as though someone is inciting anger and hatred as a tool to instigate societal persecution of “Outsiders” – and what a smart way to use Somalis this way. Isn’t the terrorist ONLF headquartered in London, after all. Perhaps, members of the group are also well accommodated in a similar lavish manner to arm poor Somalis to slaughter each other back ‘home’. How sickening!”

The council-owned property Georgian townhouse, underwent £100,000 worth of renovations in 2011, including creating two new bedrooms.

The occupants of the house, a Somali family of 10, on housing benefit and income support told The Sun: ‘We are from Somalia. I don’t know how we got the house. We were lucky.’

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Thunder Vs. Spurs GAME 6 HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 7, 2012


What a terrific game, a great victory for OKC. The consistency, dedication, endurance of K. Durant is absolutely stunning. Well, let the Durant Period begin! I can’t wait for The Thunder vs, hopefully, The Heats final.

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The Mysterious Tsenatsil

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 6, 2012

Idiophones – Tsenatsil

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19

በመዝሙርና በዝማሬ በመንፈሳዊም ቅኔ እርስ በርሳችሁ ተነጋገሩ፤ ለጌታ በልባችሁ ተቀኙና ዘምሩኤፌ. ፭፡፲፱

By the late Dr. Ashenafi Kebede (R.I.P)

The Ethiopian and Egyptian sistrums are probably the oldest and best known idiophone types. Both are made of three or four metal rods that are horizontally drawn through a bow or U- shaped frame with a handle. They are of wood, porcelain, or pottery; the more recent standard type is made of metal. Both are equipped with movable discs, threaded on the rods, which jingle or clash when the instrument is shaken. It is interesting to note here that these ancient sistrums of African origin later spread to Greece, Rome, and other cultures around the Mediterranean as well as to other countries on the African continent. The sistrum used in Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Churches as well as in the Fellasha Synagogues are known as tsenatsil. Its social function is evidenced by its popularity in many Jewish Communities of North Africa, and the Middle and Near East, where it accompanies exclusively sacred chants. It is also interesting to indicate here that the four jingling metal bars on the sistrum are linked with the elements of nature: fire, water, air, and earth. In most of the cults, the sistrum was identified with votive power. The sistra of contemporary Ethiopia are strictly religious instruments played only by male deacons and priests to accompany sacred chants. In this case, close relationships exist.

Tsenatsil – a sistrum made of three or four metal rods that are horizontally drawn through a bow or U- shaped frame with a handle        

The Tsenatsil is found in both Ethiopian and Jewish musical practices; in both cultures, it is played by male priests. Metallic idiophones had a universal role of protecting the bearer against evil spirits. In many oriental cultures of Africa and the Near East, for example, jingles are used in the rites of initiation and circumcision. This extra-musical roles associated and interrelated with magic and religion are by no means limited to the non-European world. It is also practiced in Europe; in A.D. 900, for example, Pope John IX ordered that bells be used in the Catholic Church as a defense against thunder and lightning. It is edifying to know the roles musical instruments play in religious, magical, and other symbolic services in societies, east and west.

According to gedle (biography), Ethiopia’s great ecclesiastic composer, poet, and priest, Saint Yared, was born in Axum ca. 496 (Ethiopian Calendar). Yared received educational and moral guidance from his uncle Gaidiwon who was then reputed to be a scholarly priest. Moreover, it is claimed that Yared was taken to Heaven where he was taught by three Holy Spirits, the arts of vocal performance, composition, poetry, versification and improvisation. Yared arranged and composed hymns for each season of the year, for summer and winter and spring and autumn, for festivals and Sabbaths, and for the days of the Angels, the Prophets, the Martyrs and the Righteous.

Mesmerized by the music, the Emperor accidentally dropped his spear into the flat part of Yared’s foot. Yared often sang for Emperor Gebre Meskel. “And when they heard the sound of his voice,” his Gedle (biography) tells us, “the king and the queen, and the bishop and the priests, and the king’s nobles, ran to the church, and they spent the day listening to him.” And one day Saint Yared sang in front of Emperor Gebre Meskel accompanied by drums, sistra, and male priests. Mesmerized by the music, the Emperor accidentally dropped his spear into the flat part of Yared’s foot. (See picture of Yared.) The Emperor was grieved by the pain he had inflicted on his spiritual friend. He said: “Ask me whatever reward thou wishest in return for this thy blood which hath been shed.” Yared made the Emperor promise that he would not refuse his request. Having accomplished that, Yared asked and was reluctantly granted permission to live in solitude and to dedicate his life to prayer, meditation, and to his music. He departed from Axum and went to the Semien mountains where he lived until his disappearance. According to our recent research among Ethiopian scholars, there is a general claim that he did not die, and that he will come back in the future to perform, preach, and teach. He was sainted after his disappearance.

One day Saint Yared sang in front of Emperor Gebre Meskel accompanied by drums, sistra, and male priests.

Additional information: St. Yared theological seminary

Traditional Musical Instruments of the Ethiopian Nation

Begena – a lyre with a box-shaped resonator

Embilta – a set of individual one-tubed end-blown pipes, each of a different size and name

Kebero – a large double-headed cylindrical drum made of a hollowed-out log

Kirar – a lyre with a bowl-shaped resonator

Masinqo – a bowed lute, a type of fiddle, with a diamond-shaped resonator that is covered with skin on both sides

                                                                  Washint – an end-blown flute

This boy goes every other day to the very same spot to chill out in the mountains and play his favorite instrument. He kind of reminds me! 

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Caution!!! Horrific Video – Muslims Behead Christian Convert in Tunisia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 5, 2012

What a terrible world we live in – where is the Mainstream media?!

Although the Tunisian revolution of last year was praised for its removal of the West-supported Ben Ali, the present conditions within the nation for minorities appear to be getting much worse, with this video showing a Christian convert being beheaded for refusing to recant his beliefs in Jesus Christ.

Middle Eastern talk show host Tawfiq Okasha aired the graphic footage as part of his segment on condemning the extremity in certain sects of modern Islam.

The video shows a number of masked men attacking Christianity as a polytheistic religion because of the Trinity concept, saying:

“Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate.”

As the cries grow louder, the Christian man restrained upon the ground is beheaded with a long knife, putting up little resistance as if he knows his fate is sealed.

Commenting on the incident, Okasha inquired of all Muslims in the region:

“Is this Islam? Does Islam call for this?

The violent murder follows a string of attacks on followers of minority faiths in the Middle East in the era after 2011’s widely broadcast Arab Spring.

 

Source: Examiner

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Six Eritrean Christian Women Abducted In Cairo

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 4, 2012

The women were reportedly abducted in the Egyptian capital by men purporting to be police officers.

The women, aged between 20 and 32, claim to have traveled in a white taxi that was stopped by men in police uniforms, who opened the vehicle and sprayed an unknown substance into their faces that caused them to lose consciousness. When they awoke, they were in an unfamiliar location.

One woman reported being abducted on her way to church and being held for around three weeks. She said that upon regaining consciousness, she was in a small room with the other five women who had also been abducted from the streets of Cairo.

Three had reportedly already been there for three months and two allegedly paid $5,000 for their release without success.

The women reported having to wear burkhas and being told that they would be released if they converted to Islam.

Four women were able to escape by causing a commotion as their abductors took them by car to another location. The other two women remain unaccounted for.

According to CSW, the reports are further evidence of the insecurity and vulnerability of Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt.

It warned that some Eritrean refugees were being detained in Egyptian prisons where they face abuse, the threat of return to their home country, and are denied access to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Elsewhere, there are reports of Eritrean refugees being kidnapped in the Sinai Desert and Sudan, and even tortured in order to extract exorbitant ransoms from friends and family for their release.

CSW’s Advocacy Director, Andrew Johnston said, “It is appalling that in the 21st Century, people in search of refuge from their own tyrannical government are being bought and sold like a commodity by criminal syndicates in an illegal trade centred on, but by no means limited, to the Sinai Desert.

“Seen in this light, the recent abductions are particularly worrying, because such abuse has never before been reported in Cairo, a development that may be fueled in part by the impunity surrounding the abuse of Eritreans in the Sinai.

“We urge current and future Egyptian authorities to take effective action to end human trafficking within their borders.

“This crime disproportionately affects this community of refugees, and has implications for security not only within Egypt, but also beyond her borders.”

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Global Media: Darkness In The Minds of The Producers?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 4, 2012

They accuse, belittle and insult the continent of Africa at will. In the 21st century, they still talk about Africa as if it is a small state, show their readiness to pick every ‘possible’ negative event in the continent and send subliminal messages, beamed at global radio and television audiences. The Western Media which gives very little attention to the fate of African states, continues to devote a large portion of its resources and energy towards painting the great continent of Africa in a negative light. Why is it? Is it because Africans don’t complain much about the past injustices, and are not as loud, aggressive and deadly as South Asians and Arabs? Or is it simply because Africa is the Cradle of Humanity, hence a superior continent?

Yesterday, while Ethiopians and other Orthodox Christians were celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost, the British monarchy “by coincidence” chose this very day for the celebration of their own version of “Jubilee”, described, Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee – a celebration devoted to monarchy and military might. I have nothing against about their fun and festivities, but it’s amazing to observe that neither Christmas nor Easter get this much public and media attention in ‘New Britain”. There were protests and unsympathetic reactions when the Vatican Pope visited the UK two years ago – a very dangerous sign of ignorance and poor hospitality.

On this very day, 15 people were killed and dozens wounded in Nigerian church attack, and a plane with 153 passengers crashed, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground.

As the ‘real Christian Jubilee’ is about celebrating justice, peace and the equality of all people as created in the image of God, Western Media organizations who commonly employ to specifically dump negative news materials and information when reporting, communicating, or disseminating anything concerning Africa, have used such tragic occurrences like the one in Nigeria to blame, belittle and insult the whole of Africa and Africans. Mind you, Nigeria is one of the 54 member states of the “Commonwealth”, of which 16 belong to the so-called Commonwealth realm.

Minutes after the crash of “Dana Air” in Lagos — way before the cause of the crash has yet not been revealed, the medias immediately pointed their fingers at the incompetence of “Africans”, the incapability of “Africans” to fly a plane, as they’re collectively named.

Mind you, “Dana Air” which began operations in 2008 is privately operated and Indian-owned, and the pilot of the plane was American, the co-pilot Indian – the airliner was recently awarded the title of “Best Safety and Security Conscious Airline in Nigeria” Yet, the whole propaganda machine repeatedly preferred to emphasize on the “bankrupt” and “incompetence” nature of Africans. What to gain?

It’s known that media conditioning shapes, molds, and monopolizes those images, references to Africa are received sometimes with disdain and contempt. Even some western-educated Africans, who have virtually no cultural competence, actually contribute to how Africa is projected globally. Ashamed of their “heritage and historical past” they side with media characterizations projected through such stories and specials, by telling them what they only want to hear.

Listen to this program episode from the Africa-bashing broadcaster, the BBC – WorldHaveYourSay

Listen attentively to the words used by the moderator, notice which self-hating, self-promoting African representatives have been selected to sound off on the program. Shameless!

The cause of the crash is still unknown, yet, this one example proves the denigrated global image of Africans which was put by Europeans for decades is now baring its fruits among many in the West. Despicable comments and their ‘popular’ ratings on many of the blogs and forums – whether it concerns the church bombings, the plane crash, or the reluctance of Black football players heading, in particular to Orthodox Ukraine for the European Championship (Poland and Ukraine host) — you will be able to notice the artificial image which is as dark as the pervasive fear conjured up in the their minds.

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Holy Spirit: The Most Precious Gift

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 3, 2012


This Sunday marks the high point in the Church’s post-Paschal celebrations. After proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ for the past several weeks, the Church has called our attention to several post-Resurrection appearances to underscore the reality of the risen Lord for the life of the Church.

Today marks the highpoint of those celebrations. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. Why is this so important? Historically, Pentecost was the Jewish feast which celebrated the first fruits of the harvest. Every Jewish home celebrated God’s good gifts to them by giving the Lord a portion of their grain harvest, in anticipation of the full crop to come. It is simply a thank-you gift.

On this day the Church celebrates God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. Much of the service is devoted to two things: the Trinity and the coming of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. There is so much to say on a day like today, but there is one truth that especially stands out that I would like to emphasize. It comes from a phrase we find repeated several times in the special hymns for today, which reads, “Verily, the fire of the Comforter has come and lit the world.”

Verily, the fire of the Comforter has come and lit the world. Let’s look at this a little closer. The comforter is the Holy Spirit, described by Jesus in John 14 when he said, “I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Helper, or Comforter, that he may abide with you forever: the Spirit of truth.”

That’s what the Holy Spirit does for us. He is sent by the Father, through the Son, and abides in us through his Holy Spirit. That’s where the Church gets its emphasis on the Trinity today. But the other lesson focuses on the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the disciples.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus said:

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.

Why did Jesus focus on the power of the Spirit’s presence in the life of the disciples? Simply because they needed it. Up to now they were shaky and timid people, for the most part. They were following Jesus, but the Jesus they followed died and rose from the dead, and now they did not know what to do except to wait for the Spirit, as Jesus told them to do.

And then, it happened. We are told in Acts 2:

When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat on each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with tongues, as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance.

And then, shortly after that:

Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea, let this be known to you. This is what was spoken by the Prophet Joel.”

Power, power, power. That’s one of the most important truths we learn from Pentecost. Christ gave his Holy Spirit to his followers to take his place on earth, and to empower them for Christian service. That’s what Peter was doing when he preached. Why is the power of the Holy Spirit so important to have?

The power of the Holy Spirit is important because he enables us to fulfill Christ’s demands. It is as simple as that. We simply cannot fulfill the Lord’s commands apart from the inner strength to obey them.

Every once in a while I meet people who tell me, “I have tried and tried to live the Christian life, but just cannot do it. I have this hang-up, and I just cannot get over it. I have tried hard, and, well, I just cannot do it. I cannot live, and I cannot obey, Jesus’ teachings, even though I have tried with all my heart.”

Have you ever felt like that? Have you tried living the Christian life and felt like giving up because you do not have the power to live it? If so, I have good news for you today. You are absolutely right. You have just discovered one of the most important truths you could ever learn about the Christian life. That truth is the truth that will set you free from all self-help and all the self-reliance that has made you so discouraged.

And what is that truth? It is the truth that only the Holy Spirit can give you the power to live as Jesus wants you to live. You cannot live by the power of your own sweat. On the contrary, the inner power for living the Christian life is summed up on this Day of Pentecost, and it is given in the words of Jesus, who declared, “Without me you can do nothing.”

And that is the good news of the Gospel.

Source: AncientFaithRadio

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