Ethiopia as One ‘Killil’ in the Federation of Nation-States

By Baran Bahan* Ethiopia, now a name of a country in East Africa, is a Greek word which means ‘burnt face.’ The word originally referred to all black or dark-colored people who lived south of the Sahara. A close look, however, indicates that the word is charged with negative connotations. One, for instance, might ask a question, "why the Greek chose ‘burnt face’ to refer to people with black or dark-color although, for sure, they had a more neutral and even a better word that can describe the people who lived south of the Sahara?" The funny thing is ...

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On Dr. Fikre’s Open Letter to Dr. Beyan Asoba

By Baran Bahan* I read the letter written in Amharic and posted on the Habesha website: http://www.zehabesha.com/amharic/archives/3573  on 05/24/2013 by Dr. Fikre Tolossa to Dr. Beyan Asoba. In his letter, Dr. Fikre narrates the role Oromo played in Ethiopian history and argues for the unity of the country. He also suggested treasuring and using the old Ethiopian flag. Moreover, he suggested replacing the Latin alphabet with the Ge’ez (Sabean) alphabet. He further accused parties and people who struggled for Oromo’s right and freedom for causing identity crises on the Oromo people. He advised to reject the "narrow and small" Oromia and ...

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