The Nobel Prize and Bob Dylan



I distinctively remember my school teacher telling a class full of students, including me, that Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Prize because he was so dismayed at people’s use of the dynamite – which he invented, for...


Twenty-First Century Offline Nation


It has been, according to the Bible, seven thousand years – or, according to science, 10,000 years - since the first forms of civilisation. And it has been a few decades since mankind came up with a simple, and yet com...


Brexit’s Hard-Heartedness


  Why would the UK want to break up with the European Union, when so many other countries in the world would give so much to be a part of the organisation? Well, the rationale was that they would be better off wi...


Crude Jokes for Less Crude Times


A while ago now, I was sitting at home flicking through satellite channels when I settled on CNN, which I have come to prefer to the BBC. The latter is a channel dominated by technological achievements in the digital wor...


Wrong Result at Rights of Way


It was an ordinary summer afternoon; a car was cruising along a highway at a regular speed, when a pedestrian, rushing to cross the lane, almost fatally converged with the vehicle. By which I mean, there was a serious ca...


In for a Bumpy Ride


It is never been clear to me why New Year and Christmas are different holidays. Even in the Gregorian calendar, there is about a week-long discrepancy. If every year counts down Jesus Christ’s age, and if it is New...


The Economic Trend Is Our Friend


These are days of grave disillusionment with the state of the world. Sinister forces of fanatical, faith-based killings – something that we in the West, at least, thought had largely ended in 1750 – are back. And the...


Lies and Misdemeanors


I am going to call my first movie The Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy itself would be a character, and it would go from house to house, city to city, corrupting and annihilating every single thing it touches. I learned, not long ag...


New Era of Cooperation Between Italy & Africa


Exactly two years ago, in July 2014, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi jetted off for an official visit to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique. These visits marked the start of Italy’s new...


The Hidden Danger of Big Data


In game theory, the “price of anarchy” describes how individuals acting in their own self-interest within a larger system tend to reduce that larger system’s efficiency. It is a ubiquitous phenomenon, one that almo...


Democracy Requires Trusted Experts


Last month, I wrote a commentary asking why voters in the United Kingdom supported leaving the European Union, defying the overwhelming weight of expert opinion warning of the major economic costs of Brexit. I observed t...


If Books Could Kill


Ever tried reading in public, like at a café? The experience is something akin to smoking in a lecture class. It is so awkward. People are simply not used to doing, or seeing, such things. Not in Ethiopia anyway. Cafés...


Unburdening the Facebook Generation


Once again, young people have been on the short end of the political stick. The outcome of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum is but another reminder of the yawning generational divide that cuts across political af...


Is Freedom Real?


Thucydides - whose name I wouldn’t try to pronounce in front a self-respecting crowd – was a revered Greek historian who once said that the great secret to happiness was freedom. He also added that freedom is only co...


Al-Shabaab’s Capability Waning


A string of military and tactical reverses by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab over the past month could indicate signs of its declining capability and loss of common support, according to security analysts. This is despit...


Time Bomb of Debt


Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) recognise the distinct advocate’s role of the World Bank and its will to help as rapidly as possible. However, effective payments tend to lag far behind the approvals. Furthermore,...


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...


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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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