Leader of the Free World



Season 4 of the hit Netflix TV show, House of Cards, has the colourful fictitious US President Frank Underwood running for a second term in office. He faces stiff competition, first in a primary party election, which he...


Externalising Internal Issues a Fruitless Endeavour


Eritrea is rather a tiny nation in the Horn of Africa with a negligible profile and a total population not more than six million - although no country’s status should ever be pre-judged in terms of its territorial and...


Easing Ethiopian Born Foreign Investor Restrictions


Ethiopia is one of those countries whose nationality law is based on the principle of “jus sanguinis”. As a result, the concept of dual nationality, which enables an individual to have two or more nationalities at th...


Kana – Good or Bad?


It is now time we address the elephant in the room. And by room I mean Ethiopia, and by elephant, the TV channel, Kana. I promised myself I wouldn’t write about the channel - I thought it was just a phase that would so...


Progressive Approach Key to Nullifying Business Anxiety


It is not an easy time to be an insurance company at the moment. Cultural, operational and general market challenges are converging, shifting the overall market landscape and forcing insurers to take a long, hard look at...


With No Political Road Map, Force Not Might in South Sudan


The renewed outbreak of fighting in the South Sudanese capital Juba over the last two weeks brings back painful memories of when the civil war started, back in 2013. Just as then, the world looks at the regional states t...


Betting Big on Industrial Parks


Last week's inauguration of the Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP), constructed in just nine months and at a cost of 250 million dollars, is a significant milestone for Ethiopia’s industrialisation strategy. It signifies th...


Reflections on the Real Bill Gates


It started with a small fact in a New York Times article in 1997. A snippet of text that caught the eye of Bill Gates, a man who had already changed the world with personal computing. It was a sad fact that would lead...


The Abdication of the Left


As the world reels from the Brexit shock, it is dawning on economists and policymakers that they severely underestimated the political fragility of the current form of globalisation. The popular revolt that appears to be...


Thoughts of a Cineaste


Not so long ago, on a Cable News Network (CNN) programme entitled Inside Africa, I saw an episode concerning the preservation of handwritten Geez writings and the printing of Bibles in Ethiopia. Both were done using meth...


Djibouti – Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential


There are fewer than fifty landlocked countries in the world, but no less than ten of these are spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda...


The Meaning of Brexit


The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency...


Break from Tradition in Insurance Industry


In the face of challenging economic times, pressing regulatory changes and increased competition for market share, insurance companies are struggling to maintain their balance. The time does not allow insurance compan...


Nile Cooperation Akin to Teamwork in Sports


For any football team, you have the goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders, strikers and the coach. These entities blend together so as to secure victory for their team. Separately, they would achieve nothing, for it is thro...


UN Hypocrisy on Saudi Arabia, Eritrea


  In 2013, the European Union declared Wahabism as the main source of global terrorism. In 2001, the Pentagon labeled Saudi Arabia as the “kernel of evil.” Fifteen of the nineteen, 9/11 terrorists are from Sa...


When Globalisation Goes Digital


American voters are angry. But while the ill effects of globalisation top their list of grievances, nobody is well served when complex economic issues are reduced to bumper-sticker slogans – as they have been thus far...


Editorial

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the...


Agenda

Despite widespread concerns over foreign exchange crunch in the economy...


Fineline

There could perhaps be no political party in the wo...


Commentary

With recent events in the country such as mild earthquakes, the need to...


Viewpoint

Though Ethiopia is the first African country to make modern laws, inclu...


Opinion

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a...


View From Arada

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in "koshe" gave way to a lan...


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