Samuel Getachew
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Samuel Getachew is a resident of Toronto and is a regular contributor to TZTA, Generation Next and Leaders & Legacies (among others). He is the recipient of the City of Toronto's William P. Hubbard Award for Equity and Human Rights and was chosen by the Toronto Star as 'Person to Watch' in 2014.

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Trade Is Moving Ethiopia Forward

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 3:14 PM

Old wisdom was that foreign aid was a great strategy to help move Africa forward. This seems to have changed. Trade is the new foreign aid to the continent, one blessed with young population, ample resources and a better investment environment.

Ethiopia, once a place for the...

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Senator Don Meredith Can't Blame His Shortcomings On Racism

(8) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 3:23 PM

In a bizarre and disturbing act of public defiance, Donald Meredith has decided to remain as a senator. He blamed all his shortcomings, his rendezvous with a 16-year-old, the public assessment of his poor record as a senator on racism. That is unfortunate.

The lone black senator...

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How The 'Father Of Ethiopian Jazz' Influenced The Weeknd

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 12:17 PM

There is no one good question to ask a legend. There are plenty to ask.

But I was in a rush to ask Mulatu Astatke the question that is on everybody's mind these days. I needed to know what he thought of a slew of complements he...

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A Canadian Effort In Ethiopia

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2017 | 2:20 PM

Ethiopia is no stranger of aid workers, community builders and contributors from Canada. But what sets John Graham apart is, he has lived through many African episodes of disasters, from the Ethiopian drought of 1984, to war and the flux of refugees in Southern Africa and can speak...

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10 Things That Made Me Feel At Home As A New Canadian

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 10:59 AM

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(Photo: Tasha Tuvango via Getty Images)

Heather Mallick is a respected journalist working for Canada's most-circulated progressive newspaper. She is one of the few Canadian journalists allowed to write on any topic she chooses. That is a great privilege and responsibility...

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Goodwill Is A Profit Generator In Ethiopia

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 1:16 PM

Ethiopia's corporate sector needs to emphasize active involvement in the betterment of the country. They have the capabilities to do so, and it aligns with their own interests to promote a better society for all -- for themselves and the society all shall inherit. Progressive societies place much...

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Let's Not Rush To Judge Anti-Racism Activist Andray Domise

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 3:39 PM

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Toronto activist and writer Andray Domise. He wrote a provocative open letter to black voters that asked why they still supported Rob Ford after his racial slurs. July 18, 2014. (Photo: Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

I hope this will not end...

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Hurt, Confused And Vigilant In The Face Of Trump's America

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 1:01 PM

There is nothing good, hopeful or exciting about president-elect Donald J. Trump. His antics, behaviour and recent appointees are all unbecoming of a president. What good is there in him to elevate him to the presidency of the United States of America?

Since becoming...

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Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion's Visit To Africa

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 12:39 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister, Stéphane Dion, is on a tour of three African countries -- Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia. He is in Ethiopia this week.

In announcing his African tour, the former academic reflected how Canada is home to thousands of Nigerian students, on Kenya's role in keeping peace in...

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Trump's Crazy Campaign Spared Clinton Scrutiny She Deserves

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2016 | 5:07 PM

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at a campaign event, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Sanford, Fla. (Photo: John Raoux/AP Photo)

Hillary Clinton should absolutely become American's 45th president.

In the words of the respected moderate former governor of Massachusetts and current...

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Obama's Legacy Through The Eyes Of One Of His Canadian Volunteers

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2016 | 2:48 PM

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Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential nominee Senator at the time, speaks at a rally in Progress Plaza on Oct. 11, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK / PAOLO VAIRO)

In the shadow of the sad presidency of George W. Bush, the world was introduced...

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Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2016 | 11:06 AM

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Sacks of food aid are loaded onto a ship in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S. The food aid is destined for Ethiopia. (Photo: Roddy Johnson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

To Canada's Brian Stewart -- the veteran journalist who helped uncover the Ethiopian famine of 1984...

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Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead The World Health Organization

(17) Comments | Posted August 19, 2016 | 9:30 AM

Ethiopia is a country of limitless possibilities and challenges. As important as it is to never neglect to note its many challenges, it's also important to embrace and celebrate its achievements as well. In reflecting on where the country is headed, it would be foolish and unfair to look for...

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Obama's Greatest Legacy Empowers Next Generation Of African Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 1:02 PM

As the Obama presidency is near its end and historians are set to reflect on the legacy of America's first black president, I can't help but look favourably on the impact he has had on the continent of Africa.

His legacy is not one founded on the principles of...

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How Selamawit Dejen Woretaw Is Challenging Perceptions In Ethiopia

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 5:24 PM

The favourite words of Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation hosts, Selamawit Dejen Woretaw, are "Smile, as it is the world's most powerful gesture." It is no wonder; she has been smiling, as she hosts a daily sports segment, right after EBC's most watched news program and makes history and shatters...

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How An Emerging Media Startup Is Helping Change Ethiopia

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 2:35 PM

I was introduced to Kana TV by Ethiopian-Canadian entrepreneur, a proud Ethiopian diaspora and one-of-the countries visible passionate advocate (part owner of Kana), Addis Alemayehu.

Growing up in Ethiopia, I knew of only one TV station (ETV). There was no choice or options,...

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Dewitt Lee Aims To Deliver 'Remarkable Change' To Scarborough-Rouge River

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 1:28 PM

Dewitt Lee is determined to be the amplifier for the voices of Scarborough-Rouge River.

The two-time mayoral candidate, who capitalized on the few opportunities to debate the front runners in the Toronto mayoral races of 2010 and 2014, raised awareness of the city's social responsibility...

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George Knia Singh Would Bring Substance To Queen's Park

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 2:56 PM

George Knia Singh is running for the nomination of the Ontario Liberal party in Scarborough-Rouge River.

I hope he gets the nomination and wins the upcoming provincial byelection. He is an exceptional candidate and will bring much substance to Queen's Park and needed renewal to our politics. I...

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Rob Ford's Toxic Legacy Lives On In Toronto City Council

(14) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 11:21 AM

I do not think the City of Toronto should erect a statue to memorialize Rob Ford. I do not think Ford was a good mayor and I have never supported him. I have never been a member of Ford Nation nor been a fan of the antics of...

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Trudeau Is Bringing Back The Canada The World Used To Know

(30) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 11:22 AM

I was in Debre Libanos, Ethiopia, visiting family, when the conversation turned to Canadian politics.

My uncle reflected on the Canada he understood and remembered. In a world where many wondered where Canada had been under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decade, he detailed the Canada he remembered.

This included...

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