Football’s Ups, Downs



Last week was the moment that seized the excitement of fans and spectators alike, both at home and overseas. The first Femail coach and manager of Dire Dawa Football Team, Meseret Menu, proved her prominent status on the...


Regime of Fear, Silence


The world over, last week, Press Freedom Day was celebrated, marking the right to free expression as stipulated in the constitutions of countries where citizens exercise democracy. These days, the right to express and sh...


Different Faces of Easter


I wish my readers a blissful Easter. The last time I wrote about Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and seat of the European Union, the terrorists had exploded a bomb at the gateway of the international airport and in...


Origin of Coffee No Joke


The satirical joke published last week and reverberated by one of the radio anchors in Ethiopia is not only counterproductive but intentional malicious misinformation that has to be watched carefully. It goes back a long...


Underneath the Water Scarcity Reality


Any plausible government worth its political policy of developmental democracy should concentrate its priorities on the construction of roads and other economic infrastructure. But any mode of government, anywhere in the...


Limits to Ethiopian Sport Journalism


Sports, in general, and football, in particular, have held prime places in the newspapers and radio airtime in the Ethiopian media for over half a century. If we follow the present trend and its growth pace, we can see t...


Journey to a Hydro-dollar Nation


Five years have passed since the groundbreaking ceremonious launching of the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) was carried out by the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. Located in the arid zone of Benshangul Gumuz S...


Closer Walk to Terrorism


Since the November 2015 Paris terrorist attack, major cities in Europe have been on high alert. Nobody knew what could come next, where and when. Of late, the narrative quite often heard and suspected was the linkage...


APOLOGY TOO LATE TO HEAL


Last week, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn presented the biannual performance report of his government to the Federal Parliament, which, of course, is part of his duty. As usual, regardless of the natural unfavourabl...


Adwa – Not Just a Victory


This year's celebration of the victory of the Battle of Adwa was unusually historic and unique. This was not without reason. Putting the general political turmoil currently taking place, here and there, in the country...


RADIO’S WAY OF SERVING


The masthead of this page - the Statue of Emperor Menelik II on horseback - very well depicts the Adwa Victory which was celebrated as the victory of the black race even earning recognition by the State of Carolina in th...


POLITICS OF OIL PRICE


The price of oil globally has been dropping lower and lower, thus causing some chaotic ups and downs in the world of politics. Oil price has been used as a barometer to gauge relations between nations with varying politi...


Addis’ Overwhelming Contradictions


Last week saw the haunting drought and Valentine’s Day bonanza coinciding. Over 10 million people scattered over six regions and a wide area of land are on the brink of death, according to Save the Children. The number...


A Celebration Under Disguise


Celebrating anniversaries has become the order of the day and Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is no exception to the rule. A major exhibition with graphic displays, mounted from February 2 to February 7, was vis...


Numbers That Mean Nothing


Research relies on numbers. But that does not necessarily mean that everything that adds up to any quantity can be qualified as a reliable number. There are certain abstractions we cannot express in numbers. Some thou...


An Irony of History


African leaders who are currently attending their perennial African Union (AU) conventions in Ethiopia seem deaf to occurrences in the very land where our forebears had signed the charter for establishing the Organizatio...


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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