The Canadian Organization That Didn't Screw Up Global Aid

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For almost a decade, CUSO has been mobilizing the African diaspora in Canada to lend its professional expertise to their homelands. It seems to work as many friends have answered the call and have volunteered in many parts of Ethiopia for a year and made tangible impact to the country.

Ethiopia's "Terrorist" Journalists and Bloggers

Adam Bemma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. It is now over 100 days, and counting, since the six Zone 9 bloggers and the three freelance journalists were thrown into Ethiopian prison cells. The nine writers are facing terrorism-related charges, standing accused of inciting violence through social media.

Why Are So Many Journalists in Jail?

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

Imagine a world without a George Orwell and The Road to Wigan Pier, without Katherine Boo and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, or without Óscar Martínez and The Beast. What if Britain, the United States, and El Salvador had silenced these radicals before they ever documented working class poverty, the economics of slum life, and the horror of migrant trails?

A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International Development

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

For instance, in one of the most memorable scenes of the documentary, its director Nate Araya interviews a number of locals in a taxi minivan. In all of the segments, there were no Bono, Bill Gates nor Bob Geldof explaining what is working in Ethiopia but local citizens giving us a glimpse of their practical work on the ground as they help change the reality of the country.

Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Today, being the International Women's Day, in Canada and abroad, I am inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thou...

Bees Gave This Ethiopian Youth Co-Op a Chance to Thrive

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Tezana Kassa was once afraid of bees. Strange, I thought, for someone whose livelihood is now so wrapped up in a co-operative honey bee apiary he and 25 other youth began just weeks ago here in the parched Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

Why Canada Needs to Speak About the Brutality Of Saudi Arabia's Migrant Workers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.

The One Canadian I Admire And Will Celebrate Today

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For me, no one represents what International Day of the Girl Child intends to celebrate more than a young Canadian friend who is making a profound impact in the country of my birth. Hannah Godefa, only 15, exemplifies the best of what it means to be an international Canadian citizen.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

The Ottawa Councillor Who Lived The Canadian Ideal Abroad

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Long before Katherine Hobbes became a noted Ottawa City councillor - she took a break from exhausting careers with Bell Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia...

Why The Universal Voice Of Eyob Mekonnen Mattered

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

In the brilliant movie, "I Dreamed of Africa" - based on an autobiography of noted environmental activist and poet Kuki Gallmann, what stood out the ...

Michael Belayneh: The King Of Milestone Ballads

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

A few years ago, I was in my home city of Addis Ababa from Toronto. I felt I was a stranger in my own birth city after being away for an eternity in C...

Forget 'American Idol': This Is the Best Show on TV

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada TV
Samuel Getachew

Neither American Idol nor any of the crazy reality shows would ever measure up to this great public program that I have come to respect and appreciate. By watching great programming like The Agenda, my interest in Canadian history and politics has become more entrenched.

In Ethiopia, the Boston Marathon Gave me Hope

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

While growing up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I knew very little about Boston. Yet I knew everything to know about the Boston Marathon. I understood the Boston Marathon to be where the world came to compete and meet a personal milestone. I understood that even a country that is as poor and powerless as Ethiopia can compete and win.

Winning the Global Lottery

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's not often that you think of children in Ethiopia as "privileged." Yet on the eve of World Health Day this Sunday, girls and boys in Ethiopia are among the developing world's most fortunate. Here's what World Vision is urging the Canadian government to do.

Why I Nominated Brian Stewart for the Order Of Ontario

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Ontario will honor 25 individuals with the Order of Ontario on Wednesday at Queens Park. Among the distinguished citizens is my nominee -- Brian Stewa...

The CIDA Debate: Why Africa Doesn't Want Charity

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In the passionate exchange on the role of the Government of Canada via CIDA in Africa between the NDP MP and the Minister of International Cooperation, I side with Julian Fantino in what I think is best for Africa. These days, Africans are more occupied with trade and economical opportunities rather than handouts as often advocated by the NDP.

Ethiopia's Late Prime Minister: Dictator or Freedom Fighter?

Tigist Gebru | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Tigist Gebru

The late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been described as both a dictator and a progressive leader. But one cannot measure Ethiopia by Canadian or American standards. The fact is that most western civilizations did not start out as unified nation we see today and the fact is that democracy is a process.

The Ethiopian Determined to be the Next Barack Obama

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In the great mass of Ethiopians in the United States, one man sees great potential for American's newest immigrants. A radio personality, a writer, and an activist, Tewodros "Teddy" Fikre is seeking a sear in the eight Congressional District in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A huge step for any Ethiopian.

A Model For Whom the Runway Just Isn't Enough

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Ethiopian-born model Gelila Bekele wants to help change that reality in her native country. While she sees modelling as a wonderful profession, she wants to use her powerful voice to advocate the right for clean drinking water for her fellow Ethiopians.

The Ethiopian Natalie Portman

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Movie-making has become a mainstream business in Ethiopia and there are many talented actors and actresses being afforded opportunities to showcase top-notch talents. Young actress, Meseret Mebrate, made famous by the local soap Gemena and dozens of films, is one of the emerging stars.

Why Canadians Should Ignore Syria

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

What to do about Syria? It's a valid question, about which there is no valid answer. Perhaps a better question would be, is there anything we (meaning the developed or civilized world) wants to do? The outside world is neither policeman nor colonizer. Syria wouldn't be the pushover Libya was, and if we became involved it could well boomerang when democracy doesn't occur, and a different tyranny ensues.

South Sudan: Steady as She Blows?

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Samantha Nutt, MD

After decades of war, the transition to peace in the world's newest country was expected to be rocky. But in some areas, it's been downright apocalyptic.

Horn of Africa Needs Water Justice

Maude Barlow | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Maude Barlow

Most Westerners see the crisis in the Horn of Africa as a combination of a large population, chronic poverty, and corruption, and they believe that none of this will ever change, so giving money to this self perpetuating crisis is throwing it away. But I offer another narrative that I believe is closer to the truth.

K'naan, Iman and the Famine in Somalia: The Long Game Matters, Too

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.