5 Amharic words I wish we had in English

Growing up in Tigray, the northernmost state in Ethiopia, Tigrinya was my mother tongue. But Amharic is the second most commonly used language in our area, and is the lingua franca for all the different ethnicities across Ethiopia. It’s also commonly used among Ethiopian immigrants in Seattle. In some cases, English words and expressions can be too direct for Ethiopians….

Bunna: Ethiopia’s Sensation

by Rebecca Fisseha photographs by Ian Willm What’s the sound of a fistful of zero-defect coffee beans dancing in a hot tin pan? It’s a crackle and a hiss as they brown and release their smoky oil, and the soundscape of “Bu’na: The Soul of Coffee” — Toronto’s only café to welcome its patrons with a waft…

‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works

Amazon Studios has emerged as a potential buyer for the drama from Warner Bros. Television. The Lord of the Rings could be the next big TV adaptation. Warner Bros. Television, whose feature film counterpart produced the feature film series, is in preliminary stages of discussions for a potential TV series based on the J.R.R. Tolkien best-sellers….

Life after death for the ‘Love Bug’ in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – At Kinfe Abera’s garage in Addis Ababa, cranky, 50-year-old Volkswagen Beetles enjoy a kind of life after death; their parts are never discarded but re-used to keep the city’s remaining Beetles on the road. The Beetle was born in the 1930s out of dictator Adolf Hitler’s desire to produce a cheap “people’s…

Harrison Ford Hasn’t Been Better in Years

With ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ the actor turns what could have been just a paycheck into something surprisingly tender, complex and humane. [Warning: This story contains spoilers for Blade Runner 2049.]Though he has a vast filmography, Harrison Ford is largely defined by three characters he portrayed in the early 1980s: Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard….

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