Information Vacuums Render Democracy Illusive


Last Wednesday, Addis Standard, an English online magazine, shared a report from Access Now, an advocacy group, on its Twitter page. The report suggested that “old habits die hard,” and…



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It Should All Be About the Rule of Law

With Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) call for justice and democracy, the offer of an olive branch to opposition parties and liberalisation of the media landscape, the citizenry is galvanized…


Pluralism Brings Stability, Requires Forbearance

Two events of great importance were marked this past week. First was Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed`s (PhD) meeting with leaders of the political opposition where he said Ethiopia`s future is…


The Commonalities of Ethiopia and Eritrea

A firebrand evangelical preacher declared the glory of God and the Holy Book to an ecstatic crowd. That would have been an ordinary scene in many parts of the world.…


Gov’t Can’t Ensure Capital Inflow by Restricting Outflow

For a nation that is growing by above average levels – even by the admission of the Bretton Wood Institutions – the current macroeconomic paralysis is unprecedented. Ethiopia remains a…


Gov’t Has an Addiction, New Capital Can Exacerbate It

Late last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) announced the commencement of trial project for the extraction of crude oil in the Ogaden Basin of the Somali Regional State. For…


Abiy Ahmed Presents as Much Worry as Hope

For all intents and purposes, Abiy Ahmed (PhD) behaves and acts presidential, as if he was elected by a popular mandate. His support base forcefully rallied behind him on June…


Courage to Open Up the Nation`s Capital Account

The incumbents’ rhetoric has become refreshingly honest. It is not just in the political front, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) acknowledged the practice of “torture” by law enforcement agencies,…


NBE: Un-central-bank-like

It is typical of incumbents to doggedly defend their economic policies and strategies in the face of observable shortfalls. Ethiopia is past that point. Tabling the federal budget to parliament…


Impressive, Prime Minister Abiy. But Caution

The Revolutionary Democrats have finally mustered the courage to swallow the inevitable bitter pill under the leadership of a young man, Abiy Ahmed (PhD). Last week, the highest decision-making body…


Institutional Capacity Saves Billions, Makes Gov’t Productive

The effectiveness of a system of checks and balances put in place to ensure against any one branch of the government getting too powerful has been debated. Naysayers rarely go…


ODF Presents Test to Go Beyond Hope, Rhetoric: Good Luck

It was a remarkable scene to see Lencho Letta, and his comrades, greeted at the VIP Lounge of Bole International Airport by Abadulla Gemeda, chief national security advisor for Prime…


Minimum Wage Regime Not a Relief from Labour Woes

Factory workers inside the Bole Lemi Industrial Park have been on strike this week, protesting what they say are harsh working conditions and low wages. It is the latest manifestation…


Faith Mustn’t Be Lost with Eritrea, Even with Current Regime in Tow

Last week, an international delegation led by Kairat Umarov, chair of the Somalia & Eritrea Sanctions Committee, visited officials at the Foreign Ministry to discuss one of the Horn of…


Is Abiy Ahmed a Liberal? Too Good to be True

Think of it this way. Ethiopia`s politics is on a dance of some sort. The choreographer is a young politician with a unique background in the military and cyber-intelligence. As…


Cabinet Reshuffle Heralds Extension of Ill Culture

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) has been making the rounds in a charm offensive to regions of the country since his swearing-in by the parliament. Many a time, he has…


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