Status Quo Maintained, Despite Discontent



A baker in his early 30s was apathetic to the Convention of the ruling EPRDF held during the last week of August 2015, for he believed his voice, and that of many of his age group in Meqelle was not heard. A returnee fro...


The Colourful Convention


The city of Mekelle has had a busy set of events these past two weeks. First it celebrated the annual traditional Ashenda festivity in an upbeat and colourful manner. Residents of the city and its environs, as well as to...


Permission to Build, a Complex Waiting Game


After 25 years in the construction sector, Getaneh Terefe, a foundation architect, is amazed that getting a construction permit for buildings has remained a difficult task. He owns a consultancy firm called GT Consulting...


Cloud of Hope and Fear 


Last week witnessed two press conferences - one by National Meteorology Agency and the other by the Ethiopian Government Communications Office chaired by Redwan Hussein. The government was announcing its preparedness to...


Everything but the Rains


In the afternoon of August 5, 2015, Workitu Mamo, a mother of eight, was on her way back from a nearby local market in Awash Beshallo Kebele 125Km south of Addis Abeba. She and her firstborn son, Demesse Dadi, were carry...


The Eagle’s View


If anything, President Barack Obama was reciprocating a royal visit Ethiopia made to the US sixty years ago. Speaking to the American Congress on May 26, 1954, as the first black leader of any country to do so, His Imper...


Great Trade Expectations Behind the US-Ethiopia Trade Relations


  In 1903, the United States and one of the world’s oldest nations, Ethiopia,   established a relationship. Emperor Menelik II described the day as “... beginnings of a relationship which will have some pla...


Civil Society’s David in Quest for Goliath’s Tax Dollar


Many sought to achieve in the finance conference that just took place in Addis Abeba, the establishment a global tax body under the United Nations to save the hundreds of billions dollars developing countries are believe...


Ministry Allocates Budget for Ongoing Roads Only


The Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) has allocated a budget for only ongoing road projects, despite the Ministry of Transport’s (MoTr) planning to construct 110,000Km roads for GTP II. Sufian A...


Penalties for Poor Quality in Medical Training Colleges


It was three weeks ago that the Higher Education Relevance Quality Agency (HERQA), established in 2003 as a body responsible for guiding and regulating the education sector, executed penalties against nine educational in...


Proposed Amendment to Social Security Scheme Highly Debatable


A woman working for an IT wholesale company was looking forward to collecting a 40,000 Br provident fund from the company where she had been employed for the past 18 years. Now she is not certain anymore – that is, if...


Mass Transportation Mess : The Poor Traffic Management in Addis Abeba


The road from Megenagna to Stadium, especially on weekdays, makes commuting difficult for people like Shemisa Nuru, who use the public mass transportation system. She has to take one taxi to Kazanchis, a mid-way point, a...


A Precarious Budget


Ethiopia comes up with a higher than ever budget proposal showing government is ambitions, but it is too inflated to be real and harbours several pitfalls for the country, according to critics. A subject of serious conce...


Lentil Scarcity Hits Consumer Pockets at 50 Br per Kilo


This year has not been a positive one for farmers such as Shimeles Tefera, who also owns a shop in the town of Bekea, 40 Km east of Addis Abeba. This area is known for the quality of its lentils. Shimeles stated that...


Voting Day Violations


The May 24, 2015, election was marred by mismanagement, from standing in lines to casting votes, from the city to rural parts of the country. But the 59 AU observers, the only international observers that came to witn...


The Campaign Is Over, Ethiopians Vote Today


After seven months of pre election campaigning, it is now up to the 36.8 million registered voters to elect their favoured candidates. During this period much was said; several incidents occurred, and the National Ele...


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Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


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Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


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With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


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Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


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In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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