Ghion Journal

2020 Nov 18 - 1:47pm
There is a crescendo of voices building as politicians, journalists and public officials rush to condemn the “war” taking place in Ethiopia and demand a cessation of hostilities. Well-meaning folks, and some with hidden agendas, are demanding that Abiy Ahmed enter into negotiations with the TPLF and to arrive at peace through inclusion. For the average person reading the above paragraph, it sounds like a reasonable appeal. However, this view...
Tags: Feature, History, junktag (ignore), Abiy Ahmed, addis ababa, Addis Abeba
2020 Nov 17 - 7:18pm
The US political system is a lot like the movie “Usual Suspects” where politicians play the part of Keyser Soze and the voters are flimflammed like Agent Kujan. Every election cycle, the two political parties sell pie-in-the-sky plans and fanciful ideas to their respective base in ways that would make Verbal Kint shake his head in disbelief. Yet, the minute the last votes are counted and politicians move into their posh offices in Congress and...
Tags: Feature, junktag (ignore), Agent Kujon, AOC, barack obama, Briahna Joy Gray
2020 Nov 16 - 1:36am
I take this moment not to write about politics nor to pontificate about the conflict in Ethiopia, instead I am compelled to write about the war that wages in our minds and the very things we refuse to recognize and yet reside deep in our hearts. The violence and chaos erupting in Ethiopia and all around the world are really manifestations of injuries that have been passed on to us like cursed inheritances. Generation after… The post Tears...
Tags: Feature, love, Abiy Ahmed, Africa, America, Atse Tewodros
2020 Nov 14 - 9:10pm
Earlier this week, I noted that we should all be very careful about assigning guilt given the fog of war and disinformation that abounds in Ethiopia. However, in a shocking development, Sekuture Getachew, a high-level TPLF official, admitted on Dimsti Weyane TV show that the TPLF conducted a “preemptive strike” against the Ethiopian National Defense Force Norther Command. What is now beyond question is that the TPLF initiated this...
Tags: Feature, Abiy Ahmed, Dimsti Weyane, ethiopia, Ethiopian National Defense Force, Sekuture Getachew
2020 Nov 13 - 5:42am
It has been nine days since a clash between the Ethiopian federal government and the TPLF started; in that time, the only things that certain are the actors involved and the scale of human suffering the conflict has unleashed. To underscore that point, a few hours ago Amnesty International released a damning report that detailed the gruesome deaths of scores of Ethiopians at the hands of ruthless terrorists. What the report did not assign is...
Tags: Feature, History, Abiy Ahmed, Addis Abeba, Africa, Amhara
2020 Nov 10 - 10:23pm
Imagine for a minute what it would feel like as an adult if you were once kidnapped from you parent’s home, your siblings thrown out of the van in transit to your captor’s abode only for you to raised in quarters where you were kept in the basement away from other children. Imagine the pains of wondering what happened to your parents and the home you once knew. Imagine the suffering that comes with realizing… The post Using “Black”...
Tags: Culture, Feature, History, ADOS, Africa, african-americans
2020 Nov 8 - 2:18am
Today, at this precise moment, nearly half of Americans who voted are overjoyed while the other half are losing their minds in collective rage. Meanwhile, the majority of Americans who voted neither for Biden nor Trump, or chose not to vote at all due to the lack of viable options that could actually deliver change in America, are yet again left out in the cold. The people who voted for Biden are convinced that we… The post The Divided...
Tags: Feature, junktag (ignore), America, barack obama, biden, Democrats
2020 Nov 5 - 2:48am
Last night, while most of the world was engrossed in the unfolding US elections, the first shots of a looming civil war were fired as the Ethiopian military engaged with TPLF militias in Tigray. When it comes to facts on the ground, there is very little that is independently corroborated at this moment except for the commencement of hostilities. In war, the only things that are true are disinformation and confusion emanating from all sides....
Tags: Feature, History, junktag (ignore), Abiy Ahmed, Adwa, Africa
2020 Nov 4 - 2:06am
As Americans head to the polls to select our next president, a selection by the by of false choices who differ on rhetoric but are almost identical when it comes to economic and foreign policies, I want to take a moment to observe the obscene phenomenon that is Trump. For the record, I do not have a dog in this fight; outside of paying lip service and using tokens to either represent progress or what… The post Reflecting Trump: Four Years...
Tags: Feature, junktag (ignore), biden, Democrats, donald trump, Election
2020 Nov 2 - 10:45pm
As we near a “historical” election day, the amount of friction and vitriol is increasing to a point of exhaustion. It is nearly impossible to scroll through social media or watch a “news” segment without seeing fellow citizens bashing each other and extoling the virtues of their party while insulting anyone who is not in their tribe. The slicing and dicing of America has reached a fever pitch; people who are struggling are...
Tags: Feature, junktag (ignore), America, Apartheid, Democrats, donald trump
2020 Oct 29 - 2:49am
Yesterday evening, I had an encounter that was at once a valuable lesson and a tragic reflection of the times we live in. As I was heading out of my house to run some errands, I passed an elderly man in my neighborhood who was acting erratically. I said hello to him and he replied back that he was trying to walk a straight line on a wooden block that separated the sidewalk from the… The post Don’t Lose Your Joy Over the Troubles of the...
Tags: Feature, ethiopia, Ethnic federalism, Ghion Journal, injustice, Philadelphia
2020 Jun 5 - 7:52am
It’s been more than six months since I last wrote an article, a hiatus that was induced by the continued social stratification of America and the ethnic strife that was metastasizing in my birthland Ethiopia. After spending years, if not the larger part of my adult life, inveighing against injustice and extolling the virtues of unity to overcome inequalities, a question that started off as a whisper steadily grew into a persistent echo. What if...
Tags: Feature, America, depression, turmoil, unrest

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