Going Underground



From cobblestone roads to rapid tarmac highways, light train railways or ceramic sidewalks, the EPRDF led ruling government has been spending billions of birr to ease the acute scarcity of urban transport services amidst...


The Importance of Planning


Every desire and ambitious dream depend upon reliable planning. At a national level, these separate plans need to be coordinated. Even unexpected natural hazards, like sudden volcanic eruptions or floods, require the nec...


Wedlock, Ethiopian Style


Most wedding invitations start with a religious quote taken directly from the Bible or Quran. Doing so not only comments on the bride and groom’s religion, but shows that their upcoming marriage has received the blessi...


Ethiopia and the Olympics


Ethiopia’s first appearance at the Olympics takes us back 60 years, when the renowned cyclist, Geremew Demboba, received the full support, blessing and financial assistance of His Majesty Haile Selassie I. Aviation was...


Gonder Peaceful Protest in Allegiance to Similar in Oromia Region


Tourism has been a growing industry in Ethiopia and a vital source of foreign currency of late. Among the attractions of historical significance in the country, the Fasilidus Castles in the old capital of the Kingdom hav...


Ethio-Eritrean Relations Revisited


Ato Abay Tsehaye, one of the senior special advisors to the Prime Minister, allegedly posed an unguarded warning to the Oromia officials and their hierarchy a few months ago. He has been discrete so far about the alleged...


Hardships of Living in Addis


The 130-year-old Ethiopian capital seems to be nursing many ailments, turning into deathly dangers hovering over the heads of its dwellers. The city is in grave danger, waiting for the slightest reason to explode. Whatev...


Was Dam Agenda Behind Netanyahu’s East African Trip?


The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s east African visit is said to be the first high official setting Prime Minister visit paid to these four upper Nile countries in recent times. The visit comes at a time w...


The Hana Mariam Clash and its Impacts


At the southern tip of the capital, bordering the Oromia zone - in an area referred to as “Hanamariam” - a clash between security forces and law enforcement officers was reported by state media. What stood out in the...


Impacts of UK’s Decision


The unexpected, perhaps shocking decision by referendum of the British people to leave the European Union raises more pertinent questions than ever before. And this is not without reason. The United Kingdom (UK) governme...


No Use in War Mongering


Barely a year has passed since the “democratically inclusive and fair” general election, and the EPRDF-led government is seen harassing, torturing and imprisoning alleged “terrorist elements” - a move that has gi...


Scramble for Youth


There was a time when European countries came down to Africa to quench their greed in the form of power and resources. This quest for more land and slaves at the beginning of the 19th Century was referred to as the 'scra...


Basic Elements in Politics of Survival


Two points I want to get across to readers right at the outset are interdependence and the concept of reproduction be it among flora and fauna or ecology in general. Communication is an inclusive concept which include...


Ginbot 20: Marks Some Progress, Deeper Problems


As the head of the ruling party, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn made the Silver Jublee felicitation speech to a crowd of attendees at the Addis Abeba Stadium last Saturday, May 29, 2016. The choice of the setting to...


ERITREA: Cost of Independence


Given the 15 years of United Nations sanctions and Eritrea being one of the largest sources of migrating people in the world, I wonder if there is a good cause to celebrate that country's 25th anniversary of independence...


Woldemeskel Kostre : Veteran as Tall as Ethiopian Athletics


One of the most solemn and serene farewell ceremonies has been accorded to veteran athletics coach, Woldemeskel Kostre (PhD). His funeral was held last Tuesday afternoon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, where hundreds of t...


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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