The Heartbeat of Transportation Systems



Let me raise a few points based on my specialization in the field of public transport, the reason of my coming to Belgium in the first place. Elderly Ethiopians may recall the name “Belgik” as the name of a gun. But...


Traffic as a Metaphor for Orderly Society


There are over 1.2 million private and company vehicles operating on the streets of Brussels and the surrounding suburban towns. The main transporters serving the public at large are trams or light trains like the one in...


Parties Need to Talk


Whether it be due to the pressures from the cumulative effect of the combined pressure of the Oromia and Amhara Regional peaceful protests or the threat expected from the newly elected America president and improbable do...


The Unsaid at the Premier’s Address


Watching the Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegne's address last week, it was not about what he said but what he failed to say that I found striking. While he asserted that peace and tranquility are back under normal...


Sour Note of Corruption


Ever since Former Prime Minister Tamrat Layne was unceremoniously deposed from his post for alleged abuse of his executive powers, metaphorically speaking, he was one sugar that has gone sour. Bribery, in its legendar...


Memories of Home at Christmas


My adolescent experience of celebrating Christmas mirrors the experience I see in European countries. I remember how children would march in military fashion, parading in military style and led by a musical band. That wa...


Miruts Yifter: Tribute to a Legend


Miruts Yisfter's death inside a Canadian hospital became public last Friday. There were rumours of his passing in social media even before that. But his passing was confirmed at last by his doctor. Friends and family m...


New Dam is a Big Win for Ethiopia


In another otherwise difficult year filled with political turmoil, Ethiopia has scored one huge win by inaugurating the Gilgile Gibe III Hydroelectric Dam over the Omo River which almost doubles the country's power gener...


On the Prime Ministers Take on Ethiopianism


I hope a good number of my readers would fill the gap from their memory of man’s conquest of landing on the moon. I am bringing that old memory to draw parallel of expression to write about something. But before that l...


The Oromo Culture is Something to Embrace


UNESCO has finally decided to recognize the rich Oromo Gaada system, which is one of the world’s unique societal organizational systems, and as such a treasure with intangible global heritage value. I cannot and will n...


Fidel Castro- A Friend in Need Passes Away


Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader, passed away at the age of 90 (1926-2016). The sad news of his nocturnal death was made public by his younger brother and now president, Raul Castro. The former leader died la...


Perhaps a Mystery, Who Knows!


Last week was one of the most nostalgic weeks I have encountered here in Brussels. The general environmental shifts are enough to provide some insight as to how it feels at this time of the year. The long nights have sta...


Matters Of Interest


As we are all citizens of the world, notwithstanding differences of ideologies or politics, there are certain issues which interest us all as members of humanity. If that concerns some of the super-powers like the Brexit...


Haile Takes Helm of Athletics Federation


You have been elected I am told more challenges lie ahead in you we have hope Nothing to spare or save we know you can do it yes you can without any doubt Well aware of what a global wave of headline news I have on my...


Haile to the Rescue


The Ethiopian squad sent to the Rio 2016 Games was one of the weakest in our many years of Olympic glory. It was full of controversial, scandalous and sad milestones, which have not been addressed even now, several month...


City Hall Was to Lead Reducing Congestion


I write the following article not simply because I am interested in the subject but because it is a topic that needs to be widely discussed and debated. Transport planning is a concern that is universal and that all the...


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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