Not Too Soon for Cynical Bird’s-eye View


The idiom that one rotten apple spoils the barrell was given a reality check in an experiment undertaken by sociologist and physician Nicholas A. Christakis. The purpose was to discover…


If Push Comes to Shove, Push

It does not matter who the constituents of a country turn out to be, how liberal or conservative the government is, whether or not it adapts a more authoritarian or…


Time for Ethiopia to Enhance Regional Economic Integration

International trade never used to be an issue, at least, not one borne out of apathy or misrepresentation. Ancient civilisations seldom traded with outsiders, but rarely because they did not…


The Unchecked Industrial Stalemate at MetEC

In the books of the Revolutionary Democrats, under-development, primarily in its economic sense, is the source of internal and external threat to the nation-state. They adopted and have been practising…


The Coupon Economy’s Uncharted Journey

It is a rare event to find a minister being comfortable in his skin, at ease and comfortable in facing members of the private sector on widely varied issues. That…


Seeking No War, Achieving No Peace with Eritrea

Gil Messing, Israel’s politician behind the formation of the Kadima Party, first used the phrase “Seeking no war – achieving no peace” to describe the stalemate his country has with…


Gain Without Giving-In Invites Bigger Chaos

It is not unusual for members of the ruling party to sit with the opposition in the name of dialogue and negotiation every time their rule is challenged. What is…


Achilles Heel of the Latest Budget

Putting the enormous damage inflicted on the country aside, the ruling EPRDF has a history of changing tough challenges into policy opportunities its leaders proudly and often speak of. Guided…


Unstoppable Plunder to the Nation’s Book

In an environment of institutional weakening and increasing impunity by heads of too many federal and regional agencies, it should be refreshing for members of the public to see exceptions…


Costly, Unacceptable, Outrageous but Not Surprising

In the same month, authorities are exciting Ethiopia as a host of a major international conference on information technology, the nation has made a headline across the world for having…


What Hinders FDI from Growing Further

Whether Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has a positive role in economic growth is a subject of controversy. While the classical concepts and the conventional assumption seem to suggest that FDI…


Ethiopian Judicial System Must Win Over Public Trust, Confidence

It is not unusual to hear people preferring not to file cases before the courts to claim their rights through them, despite the fact that article 37 of the Ethiopian…


What Ails the Media Its Leaders Reluctant to Talk About

Next month will mark the 25th year since Ethiopia made a significant stride in the spirit of freedom of expression and that of the press. For the first time in…


State Grip on the Fuel Market Behind Perpetual Inefficiencies

There are few countries left in today’s world with regimes that are terrified of popular uprisings due to shortages of supplies on essential commodities such as cereals and fuel, if…


Closure of Slaughterhouse Shows Secularism Under Assault

Ethiopia`s Parliament, the highest legislative body in the land, has had an unusual meeting with members of the public, including media leaders, late last week, where the Speaker, Abadula Gemeda,…


Regions Seek to Promote Industrialization, to the Wrong End

Last week saw a series of events where the political bigwigs from the federal and the Amhara Regional State observed groundbreaking ceremonies for the launching of a number of industries…


Fiscal, Monetary Policies Mismatch to Blame for Forex Woes

Last week, Ethiopia got a vindication of a sort of its gains over the years in its pursuit of economic growth. A London-based magazine, “World Finance”, has joined the foray…


What Have the EPRDFites Got to Fear, But Fear?

In the 18th Century Great Britain, one that was on the brink of losing its treasured colonies, William Pitt was in the mood of negotiating with the revolutionaries now popularly…


Extended State of Emergency’s Flip-side Tale

It has come far from a surprise. The officialdom has been hyping the public up, hoping to make the inevitable decision to extend the state of emergency declared in October…


Impunity Continues Unchecked in a Climate of Deadly Unaccountability

Two weeks ago, a landslide in the Repi area of Addis Abeba, commonly known as Qoshe, dominated the headlines in the country and abroad. A mammoth garbage collapsed in the…


Devoid of Innovations, Housing Projects Continue to Lag

Last week Diriba Kuma, mayor of Addis Abeba, was in attendance for the inauguration of the uncompleted condominiums in Aqaqi-Qality and Lideta districts, meant for the use of people with…


Booting Natives from the Financial Sector Unwise, Shortsighted Move

Native Ethiopians with foreign nationalities are being kicked out from the banking industry, unceremoniously. Banks have been forced to sell shares held by foreign nationals they had as shareholders following…


Local Insurance Companies Need to Reboot

It is that time of the year when insurance companies are releasing their annual reports at their annual shareholders meetings, making their profits and losses known to the public at…


Construction Regulations, Quality Control Falling Through the Cracks

To the shock of many people a building around Summit in the Bole District has recently collapsed. It was a three-storey building, which had been under construction for almost a…


Shrouded in Secrecy, Replacing State Monopoly with Private No Panacea

The news that the Administration of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is in talks with a Hong Kong registered Chinese company to divest a reported 40pc of the state-owned Ethiopian Shipping…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


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The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


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Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


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