Last week, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on a $412,000 contract for 1,280 sleeping room nights at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. However, at least two other hotels were booked for the visit.
Computer science and engineering students at Drexel University will have a new opportunity to use their skills for good with the launch of a technology program for promoting world peace. The Young Engineers Program, a partnership between the private university in Philadelphia and PeaceTech Lab in Washington, D.C., will give computer science and engineering students and researchers at Drexel a chance to focus on conflict zones around the world.
The idea of transnational politics is ever more important for every nation in this time of information age and globalization. Diaspora’s role however, has had a recorded history of fueling and prolonging conflicts in many countries. But with the right strategy, Ethiopians overseas can become transnational activists whose contribution can transform the nation’s political landscape to the better.
In 1997, Lily Wolde won the lottery. A native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Lily (her given name is Seble) entered a lottery to receive a U.S. Diversity Visa. The odds were long. Millions enter, but only about 50,000 actually get the Visa. After that, Lily’s story has little to do with luck. She says, she relies on her faith in God to help her overcome any personal or professional challenges.
Growing up in Ethiopia in the early 1980s and coming to the United States as a young teenager in 1989, Dagmawi Woubshet witnessed unprecedented expressions of mourning and loss in both countries in response to the AIDS crisis. Woubshet, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, analyzes these cultures of mourning.