Flaws in Referendums



Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern country, with a large Muslim population, who flaunted free elections, freedom of speech and secularism; especially, in relation to other, or most, Musli...


Oversell of Abay River


The initial subject for my undergraduate dissertation paper was a weir. A weir is essentially a smaller dam, but used for less biblical purposes, like diverting the flow of rivers or streams, or just regulating them. A w...


Striking the Right Balance in the Economy


The fundamental difference between capitalism and communism is the economy. This fact seems to be lost on a lot of people, partly because governance deals with so many other issues, and partly because governments usually...


No Way Forward


It is often very easy to assign blame, even easier to find solutions for incidents long since passed. But then again it is also very important to analyze what really happened, make sure who was responsible and hold all t...


The Constitution from a Perspective of Religion


There are some studies which suggest the primary reason for the creation of most religions was the dissemination of the rule of law. In other words, the earliest types of religions might have been created simply to make...


Pitfalls to Freedom of Speech


In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a controversial scientific theory suggesting the earth revolved around the sun. This was not a smart thing to do given that the age’s two powerful Ab...


A New Flower that Keeps Blossoming


Legend has it, Empress Taitu Betul, the famous wife of Emperor Menelik II, after a relaxing bath at Filwoha hot springs, stepped outside to find a beautiful novel flower completely unfamiliar to her eyes. She did not kno...


We Could All Use the EU Mentality


A Frenchman could wake up in the morning in the beautiful city of Paris, fly to Brussels for lunch under the Manneken-Pis Fountain, spend the night in the wildly liberal city of Amsterdam, drive to Hamburg for a hamburge...


Battle of Adwa: An Underdog’s Story


For the Europeans, the late 19th century was a great period of industrialization. In fact, at one time, it looked as if supply would outpace demand. Understandably, Europeans had to find new markets. They looked to the w...


Rising Populism Amidst Terrorism


The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth, and humanity, at least once every decade, year, month or day. The world has never known a respite. In the 20th Century though, the carnage and destru...


Ethiopia Lags in Global Relevance


The population of Ethiopia is closing to 100 million. That is the number of human beings permanently residing in this nation of the conservatives, Ethiopia (according to a World Bank projection). All of these millions of...


The Fate of Birr


  In my younger years, when I was more carefree, not to mention naïve, I used to ask myself, “Why does the government keep indebting itself, instead of printing money every time the country needs some hard cas...


Local Versus Foreign Teachers


The great US educator and cultural anthropologist, Johnetta Betsch Cole, ones said, “To teach well is to be a lifelong student.” To teach is to be taught. In other words, no one is perfect. No one can know everything...


Sayonara Obama


Approximately eight years ago, there was a subject - more than any other - that so concerned me and my friends, it was the only topic of discussion. I was in high school then, and the world was only as large as the campu...


Looking Back at Marxist Dreamland


Karl Marx was not such a naive man, as some would be forgiven to think, given the current state of his abused philosophy. Sure, he thought competition was overrated, that capitalism was crude and inhumane, but his vision...


The Year That Was 2016


Days, weeks, months and years all pass us by with such an intolerable flurry of speed. We are then left with no alternative but to sit back and wonder how it all could have ever unraveled so unexpectedly. Some periods af...


Editorial

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the f...


Agenda

The cement industry in Ethiopia, although still largely untapped, is se...


Fineline

It is unusual for a federal agency to get estranged...


Commentary

Recently, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) had announced the mandato...


Viewpoint

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) disproportionately affect women and...


Opinion

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern cou...


View From Arada

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in...


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