When Johannes Argay decided to open a small market selling food and spices from his native Ethiopia, he wasn’t intimidated by all the competition at Build America Plaza in Falls Church, Virginia, where dozens of shops bear orange-and-brown signs in English and Amharic.
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.
A Virginia-based technology startup Republic Computer Science has launched a new software platform to help Republican campaigns improve ground game ahead of 2016 elections. The new campaign management platform called Republic VX, aims to help Republican campaigns to effectively manage their volunteer, staff and voter-contact efforts.
Ethiopian adoptees from around the world will soon share their personal stories in a new book titled, Lions Roaring, Far From Home. The book editors, who concluded accepting story submissions two weeks ago, hope to publish 15 – 20 essays and to make the book available by 2016. There are tens of thousands of Ethiopian adoptees around the world, including more than 14,000 in the US alone.
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.