DAMMING AMBIGUITY


Ethiopia’s mega dam project is going well, as revealed by the latest press briefing of the Minister of Communication & Information Technology (MoCIT), Debretsion Gebremichael. Yet, there are areas where ambiguity prevails. One such area is how the dam could start to generate power, before Egypt and Sudan agree on the way the water filling is to be managed. Another is what the installation of two turbines means to the overall process. There seems to be no clear line coming from the power circles on these and other issues. But the fact is the construction has reached almost a middle-point.


Politics: The Uncertain Road Ahead

Ethiopian politics seems to have entered a new era. This era marks the absence of competitive policy debate at the various tiers of government. A vivid showcase to this is the complete dominance of the federal parliament by the ruling party and its affiliates. It is puzzling to see 24 years of effort of practising democracy reduced to such dominance. From this, one can see what the future holds to Ethiopians. Things seem to have reached their limits.


Proper Coffee

Coffee is a popular bean in Ethiopia, a nation considered to be its birthplace. The coffee ceremony in Ethiopia is also colourful. The ceremony is even considered as a social event, with immense social benefits. For Ethiopians, a coffee ceremony is one social event that is considered intimate. Yet, it all depends on the skills of the conductor.


Gender Parity: A Myth or a Possibility

It is common to hear politicians talking about gender parity. The concept has even become a buzz phrase within policy circles. Yet, there is inherent bias within the phrase itself. Instead of women having their rightful place in society, it apportions them some representation. It is saddening to see such unfairness prevailing all over the place.


Meskel with a Tram

This time of the year will witness the celebration of Meskel, the finding of the true cross, across Ethiopia. The celebration, however, is colourful in Southern Ethiopia. A huge influx of transient workers will go back to their homes, often called “back to the roots”. This year’s celebration is made even more special with the coming of the light rail transit (LRT) system in Addis. Yet, conceptions about it and how it would relate to the celebration vary.


The Untimely Death of Seble Teferra

The news of the death of Seble Teferra, a famous actress, was shocking to the nation. But she was not the first and will not be the last person to die from a traffic accident in Ethiopia.


Last Year’s Cheers versus Tears

  Yesterday can be referred to as last year. A New Year has dawned. What it may hold for us we can never be certain. Last year had been a…


Athletics: A Jewel under Threat

Ethiopia is known for distance running. Many have made name and fame in this field of sport. It even has become a flagship of the nation. Lately, though, the championship of the nation in the sport is fading fast. Most fingers are pointed at the national athletics federation, a responsible authority. Yet, the problem seems to take more than fixing the federation.


The March to Consensus 

Ethiopia is a multicultural nation. As much as this is a blessing, there is so much probability that it could also turn into disguise. This will become obvious, if one sees into the magnitude of divergence among Ethiopians. It also seems that these differences are translating into economic threads. Therein lies the bigger risk.


Taints of Crisis

As Kiremt rains are lagging in most parts of Ethiopia, a drought crisis seems to be looming. History has it that Ethiopia has been exposed to such types of crisis several times. The magnitude of damage, however, varies with the policy response of the government of the time. Inaction by former governments have resulted in huge damage, both to human lives and economic assets. It seems that matters are moving in a different direction this time around, but there is much uncertainty about the outcomes.


Ethiopia After Obama: What Is Next?

President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia is still reverberating loudly among political observers as can be read and heard through the printed press and electronic media outlets. Foreign Minister Tedros…


The Corruption Paradox

Corruption is a scourge that bleeds nations. There is popular consensus that fighting it is a justified cause. However, there are better moral and practical reasons to fight for the good than against the bad. Fighting social bads does not necessarily bring the intended social harmony. It can only avoid the bad, which, in and of itself, might be a good thing, but is not sufficient. In this piece, therefore, Ricardo Hausmann, former minister of planning of Venezuela and professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University, United States, reflects that the best option is to fight for social goods.

 


OBAMA IN ETHIOPIA – WHAT A VISIT!

The historic visit of United States President Barack Obama witnessed so many twists and turns. As much as it put African growth under the limelight, it also brought the weaknesses of African politics to the light. The address by the President at the African Union was pivotal in that it touched the sensitivities of governance across the continent. However, how much of an impact his words will have is something to wait and see.


An Historic Visit

Ethiopia is expected to host President Barack Obama, for a day and half, sometime next week. The historic visit, the first one by a sitting president, is foreseen to forge a strong relationship between Ethiopia and United States. But much of it has to do with the peace and security ties. For Ethiopian decision- makers, though, this is a chance to get some congratulatory messages from the superpower.


The Land of Confusion

Ethiopia has a rich culture of welcoming guests. But it seems that it is not as welcoming to its own citizens as it looks. A look back in history could show that the nation fails to recognise even those citizens who died for it. Connecting the political, historical and current affairs threads in the nation would show that Ethiopia has much to confuse analysts and commentators.


State Affairs

Statements by Heads of State and governments provide so much assurance to the public and markets. But the case in Ethiopia is different. Often, it is confusion and uncertainty that follows the speeches by officials. It has not been different with last week’s statement by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. His statement and answers have left many things vague.


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