Unprocedural Quasi-Bureaucratisation is No Magic Wand


Last week saw a U-turn for the EPRDFites, who have been boasting about their first step towards transformation. They have been brave enough to bypass one of their most controversial…


Asking Ethiopians to Trade Liberty for Security is a False Choice

It has been a month of complete shutdown of mobile Internet, data and social media access in Ethiopia. While in the past it has been common practice by the government…


Public Bailout as a Fix Not Best, Sustainable

Government is soon to put aside some fund to ‘support’, a cautiously coined term by way of implying compensation and keep the options open, the attacked businesses in full or…


From Politics of Provisions, to Politics of Concessions

Almost a year after popular protests began in Oromia Regional State, before expanding to Amhara and more recently the southern regional states – and after the loss of hundreds of…


Privatised Violence Degenerates State Control

  Last Sunday, October 2, 2016, was one of those rare but sad moments when tragedy befalls a nation. Ethiopians were gripped with a deep sense of grief and loss…


Talk Not for the Sake of Talking

The Revolutionary Democrats are holding public meetings with different sectors of society as part of their drive to understand the people’s needs and get a feel for the public’s heartbeat.…


Hailemariam Desalegn’s Limited Room to Manoeuvre

In their ascendance to power, each successive leader of Ethiopia has gone through a rough political ride of consolidation, before they asserted their rule over the country. So too is…


Opposition’s Depressing Loss of Moral Compass

No less than a dozen music concerts were cancelled in Ethiopia and around the world last week, having originally been organised to welcome Ethiopia’s New Year. The cancellations came about…


Stock of the Past, Wish List for the Future

It has been a year of turmoil and uncertainty for Ethiopia. There has not been a year over the past quarter of a century when popular uprisings and subsequent conflicts…


Public Inquiry to Resolve Abuse of State Power

Roughly a year after the Revolutionary Democrats assured the public that they were more than committed to promoting good governance and fighting the political economy of rent seeking at the…


Internet Blackouts: A Gross Disservice to Democracy

Judging by the recent repeated restrictions in the use of social media and the Internet in general across the country, it would not be an overstatement to suggest that Ethiopia…


Disarmament Key to a Peaceful Society

One of the most shocking manifestations of the recent demonstrations, which have erupted across some parts of the country, was the widespread display of the infamous AK-47 assault rifle in…


Supply, Demand Mismatch in Housing Requires Fresh Thinking

Twelve years since the Addis Abeba Administration introduced the low-cost housing programme to address the chronic housing problem in the capital, it appears that demand continues to outpace supply. There…


Constitutional Lacunae Demand Urgent Attention

Though constitutions usually provide a holistic guideline for any given country’s supreme law, the Ethiopian Constitution, particularly in light of recent identity-centred questions raised by a group of people in…


Intensified Oversight of SOEs Crucial for Debt Control

When the commencement of the project was announced way back in 2006, the Tendaho Sugar Factory envisioned cultivating 50,000ha of land and conducting a dual-phased factory construction, which would have…


State Must Limit Involvement in Private Education

Last year, Addis Abeba’s Education Bureau enacted a new directive to regulate how private schools conduct their business in the delivery of education. The directive touched on critical issues that…


Editorial

Putting the enormous damage inflicted on the country aside, the ruling...


Agenda

Before the end of the current fiscal year, city officials are rushing t...


Fineline

The Ministry of Finance, one of the oldest institut...


Commentary

Rent-seeking behaviour is rational. Since the inherent rationality of i...


Viewpoint

A friend of mine who was recently hired as a general manager of a famil...


Opinion

The days seem to be changing. It is raining when it should not, and war...


View From Arada

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrass...


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