Blanket State of Emergency Law Requires Proportionality



Two months on from the declaration of the state of emergency and the country now seem to be normalised. Investment activities, which stalled due to the unrest and following extensive property damage, have recommenced ope...


A Public Salary Raise Based on Priorities


At the presidential opening statement of the joint session of the House of People’s representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF), covered and long list of social, political and economic ills, flickering ligh...


Native Ethiopians Need to Bridge a Transition to Liberalization


Last week, the National Bank of Ethiopia issued a new directive-Manner of Relinquishing Shareholding of Foreign Nationals of Ethiopian Origin in a Bank or Insurer. This is an enforcement mechanism of its rule that no for...


Unprocedural Quasi-Bureaucratisation is No Magic Wand


Last week saw a U-turn for the EPRDFites, who have been boasting about their first step towards transformation. They have been brave enough to bypass one of their most controversial beliefs: “The decisive pointer fo...


Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security is a False Choice


It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government to block certain websites deemed as enemy of the stat...


Public Bailout as a Fix Not Best, Sustainable


Government is soon to put aside some fund to ‘support’, a cautiously coined term by way of implying compensation and keep the options open, the attacked businesses in full or in part. The Ethiopian Investment Commiss...


From Politics of Provisions, to Politics of Concessions


Almost a year after popular protests began in Oromia Regional State, before expanding to Amhara and more recently the southern regional states - and after the loss of hundreds of lives and damage to properties costing mi...


Privatised Violence Degenerates State Control


  Last Sunday, October 2, 2016, was one of those rare but sad moments when tragedy befalls a nation. Ethiopians were gripped with a deep sense of grief and loss as they mourned the unfortunate deaths of no less t...


Talk Not for the Sake of Talking


The Revolutionary Democrats are holding public meetings with different sectors of society as part of their drive to understand the people's needs and get a feel for the public’s heartbeat. This exercise should be comme...


Hailemariam Desalegn’s Limited Room to Manoeuvre


In their ascendance to power, each successive leader of Ethiopia has gone through a rough political ride of consolidation, before they asserted their rule over the country. So too is Hailemariam Desalegn - the second-gen...


Opposition’s Depressing Loss of Moral Compass


No less than a dozen music concerts were cancelled in Ethiopia and around the world last week, having originally been organised to welcome Ethiopia’s New Year. The cancellations came about in the midst of collective so...


Stock of the Past, Wish List for the Future


It has been a year of turmoil and uncertainty for Ethiopia. There has not been a year over the past quarter of a century when popular uprisings and subsequent conflicts were as frequent, intense and wide in their coverag...


Public Inquiry to Resolve Abuse of State Power


Roughly a year after the Revolutionary Democrats assured the public that they were more than committed to promoting good governance and fighting the political economy of rent seeking at the conclusion of their latest con...


Internet Blackouts: A Gross Disservice to Democracy


Judging by the recent repeated restrictions in the use of social media and the Internet in general across the country, it would not be an overstatement to suggest that Ethiopia has joined those nations that suffer blanke...


Disarmament Key to a Peaceful Society


One of the most shocking manifestations of the recent demonstrations, which have erupted across some parts of the country, was the widespread display of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle in the hands of several civilian p...


Supply, Demand Mismatch in Housing Requires Fresh Thinking


Twelve years since the Addis Abeba Administration introduced the low-cost housing programme to address the chronic housing problem in the capital, it appears that demand continues to outpace supply. There are currently c...


Editorial

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


Agenda

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...


Viewpoint

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


Opinion

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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