Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.


The young and the beautiful
Salome, daughter of Herodias
Rewarded the head of John the Baptist
For dancing at the banquet
Twisted by her mother
For adulterous fanfare!
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In Ethiopia, some monks are using Facebook and YouTube to gain thousands of disciples, who see them as modern Messiahs.

TOM GARDNER
6:00 AM ET
Yohannes Tesfamariam sits surrounded by followers.hroughout Ethiopian Christian history, monks and mystics known as Bahitawi sprang up. Nomadic and usually dreadlocked, some of them gathered large followings. Joachim Persoon, a scholar of the Bahitawi, has argued that they often appeared in times of social change and unrest. “When the government was weak and unstable, people were looking for guidance and leadership,” he told me. “They went looking for charismatic leaders.”


There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphilland the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadowsnear a meeting-house abandoned by the persecutedwho disappeared into those shadows. I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooledthis isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but…


አልፎ አልፎ፣ በተለያዩ ዘመናት እግዚአብሔር የመረጣቸውን የአገርመሪዎች፣ ለነቢያቱ እንደሚገልጽና ነቢያቱም ለሕዝቡ እንደሚነግሩ መጽሐፍ ቅዱስ ያስተምራል፡፡ ሆኖም፣ ትንቢት የመጣለት መሪ የተመረጠበት ምክንያቱ በክእሎቱ ወይም በመልካም ባሕርይው ነው ማለት አይደለም፡፡ ለሕዝቡም ጥሩ ዘመን ይሆናል ማለት አይደለም፡፡ አንዳንዱ ትንቢት ስለ ጥሩ ንጉሥ ሲሆን አንዳንዱ ደግሞ ስለሕዝቡ ክፋት መቀጣጫ የተላከ ዱላ እንደሆን የእግዚአብሔር ቃል ያስረዳል፡፡ ምሳሌዎች ብንመለከት፡-


Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, is a devout Pentecostal. So was his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Lemma Megersa, the prime minister’s closest ally and president of Oromia, Ethiopia’s most populous region, is a board member of Assemblies of God, the church which hosted Nigusie in Addis Ababa in October. The rise of the Oromo wing of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (eprdf), has brought even more Pentes into the highest ranks of government. Most of the executive committee of Abiy’s Oromo faction have been followers of Pastor Gemechis Desta, a Pentecostal preacher, even though Pentes are probably still outnumbered in Oromia by both Muslims and Orthodox Christians.