Low Oil, High Risk



Oil prices have reached their lowest since the 1990s with prices per barrel going as low as 27 dollars per barrel, from a high of 120 dollars in early 2014. It was assumed at the beginning of the oil glut that it would n...


Great Perks of Being Rich


Most people want to own property because paying rent is wasted money; but while that might be the reason they tell themselves, the real reason that everyone wants to own property is that property is virtually the only wa...


Go Forth to Dope No More


In December 2014, the German broadcaster, ARD, aired the programme, Top-secret doping: How Russia makes its winners. This feature sent shock waves because it pointed at state sanctioned doping facilitated by cover-ups by...


Decision Time on Vaccines


A child who dies before the age of five is robbed of a life, and also of the chance to participate and contribute to her community and country. For leaders in Ethiopia, determining how to best ensure that children surviv...


China’s Exchange Rate Trap


For months now, China’s exchange-rate policy has been roiling global financial markets. More precisely, confusion about that policy has been roiling the markets. Chinese officials have done a poor job communicating the...


Going Back to the New Normal


Just when the notion that Western economies are settling into a “new normal” of low growth gained mainstream acceptance, doubts about its continued relevance have begun to emerge. Instead, the world may be headed tow...


From Kazakhstan to Africa


The year 2015 was a turbulent, challenging year across the world. It was also 12 months when the links between our futures have never been clearer. Time and time again we have seen conflicts spill over borders. Extremis...


The Knowledge Divide


It is astonishing to see the world globalising more and more with each day. And it all happening so fast. This puts a huge pressure on people since they have to catch up with the changing reality of the time. Underpin...


End of Stongman Politics


It is no secret that Africa is ripe with opportunity. However, the continent’s political environment is changing dramatically. Investors will find that they need more than one business card in their Rolodexes if they w...


Powers of Tourism


Several decades have passed since the tourism, as we know it today, existed. With improved transportation options and technologies, the sector has come a long way. The low cost of flying as a result of competition bet...


A Different Look at Migration


The roughly 750,000 people who arrived in Europe by sea in 2015 make up just a small part of the 60 million people displaced by war or persecution – the largest number in recorded history. Europe has experienced a mass...


Challenges to World Trade Organisation at Nairobi Round


The 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was held in Kenya from December 15 to 18, 2015. The event was attended by trade negotiators of the 161 WTO Members States including Ghana's Ekwow Spio...


Time for Urgent Action


When the impact of the drought in Ethiopia began to be felt earlier this year, Save the Children was ready to work with the government and react quickly. Save the Children has helped in every drought since 1974, and pers...


A Healthy India-Africa Friendship


At last month’s India-Africa summit in Delhi, Prime Minister Narindra Modi met 54 African Heads of State to discuss ways of deepening economic and security relationships between these countries. Also on the agenda was...


Code Red to Ethiopia


On the dusty plains outside Erer in Ethiopia’s east, the rotting carcasses of cows, goats, donkeys and camels bake under the hot African sun, fodder for hungry vultures and stealthy hyenas. Until recently, 40-year-old...


World Bank Draws Poverty Line


For a long time, I was a happy user of the World Bank’s data on global poverty, tracking trends and analysing cross-country patterns. I seldom paused to think about how those numbers were computed. Then, three years...


Editorial

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn...


Agenda

Ashenafi Beza has been in the business of renting out construction mach...


Fineline

The manner in which the current leadership of the O...


Commentary

With the rush to develop Ethiopia and make the country one among middle...


Viewpoint

A recent World Bank report entitled, “Why So Idle? Wages and Emp...


Opinion

The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth,...


View From Arada

When people travel to a new city or town, they might notice the transpo...


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