In the House of the Revolutionary Democrats, comrades neither retire nor resign…


In the House of the Revolutionary Democrats, comrades neither retire nor resign; they are assigned to whatever role the Party deems fit and dispatched to wherever it is decided useful,…


There is so much and so little happening in the world of the Revolutionary Democrats…

There is so much and so little happening in the world of the Revolutionary Democrats all at the same time; and it’s a paradox, claims gossip. There is little because…


There appears to be a shift of sorts in the balance of power at the House of the Revolutionary Democrats…

There appears to be a shift of sorts in the balance of power at the House of the Revolutionary Democrats, gossip observed. The recent meeting by the Council of the…


Leaders of the ruling EPRDF, who have been foolhardy…

Leaders of the ruling EPRDF, who have been foolhardy in taking the public for granted, are now in a frantic mood, bidding for time to fix what is broken in…


There is a rather peculiar group based in Addis Abeba known among a few circles…

There is a rather peculiar group based in Addis Abeba known among a few circles as the Donors Assistance Group (DAG). Its palms are wide as its hands are long.…


Just this week, the Tourism Council, chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam…

Just this week, the Tourism Council, chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, launched its new national branding of Ethiopia as a “land of origins”. But there are many who would…


There may not have been an American presidential election…

There may not have been an American presidential election over the past almost 40 years as impactful to Ethiopia as the current electoral battle between the Democratic, Hillary Clinton, and…


Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta…

If there are leaders in the Greater East Africa region with mutually congenial relationships, little can be found beyond the one between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Kenya’s President,…


The Revolutionary Democrats have finally come around to realise what is going on…

The Revolutionary Democrats have finally come around to realise what is going on in the economy they have helped to keep up and running for over a decade now. With…


The global campaign to see Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom…

The global campaign to see Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Tedros Adhanom (PhD), as the next chief of the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) is in full swing, gossip observed. The Minister…


Kinfe Dagnew (B. Gen.) was busy last week conducting a series…

Kinfe Dagnew (B. Gen.) was busy last week conducting a series of meetings with members of the private sector, gossip disclosed. It was part of his charm offensive to contain…


The 25th anniversary for the EPRDFites…

If success should be measured by mere self-preservation, by staying in power for as long as a quarter of a century, the EPRDFites pass with flying colours. Not many had…


The first ever-international summit to discuss humanitarian crises…

The first ever-international summit to discuss humanitarian crises in the world is called by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Scheduled to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday, the…


It is as if there is a great gold rush, of a different sort, in the making, claims gossip.

It is as if there is a great gold rush, of a different sort, in the making, claims gossip. Suddenly, what has been perceived for far too long as impossible…


Addis Abeba has been caught by a rare but collective lividness last week…

Addis Abeba has been caught by a rare but collective lividness last week, following the news that people were killed and children were abducted from the country’s western-most frontiers. The…


A brand new think-tank, re-christianized from its original…

A brand new think-tank, re-christianized from its original name to Centre for Research, Dialogue & Cooperation (CRDC), was launched last week. Its first appearance was marked by rather and refreshing…


Almost all the bigwigs of the Revolutionary Democrats descended…

Almost all the bigwigs of the Revolutionary Democrats descended on Guba on Saturday, April 2, 2016, the site of their signature project, Africa’s biggest hydro dam in the making. They were there to mark the fifth anniversary where their chief priest, the late Meles Zenawi, had heralded the nation’s Renaissance, but in the way his party sees it fit.


Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has had a series of public appearances lately, making seemingly unrelated remarks…

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has had a series of public appearances lately, making seemingly unrelated remarks. But they are revelations of the political paralysis deep at the heart of the…


Discussing the extent and enormity of shortcomings by Ethiopia’s judicial system is simply stating the obvious. ..

Discussing the extent and enormity of shortcomings by Ethiopia’s judicial system is simply stating the obvious. It is a matter acknowledged by those at the highest echelons of power. What…


In countries where the law is supreme and political crises are resolved in courts…

In countries where the law is supreme and political crises are resolved in courts of the highest order, who gets appointed to serve at constitutional or supreme courts is a…


Geopolitical affairs in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East…

Geopolitical affairs in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East are unravelling in a way that changes the dynamics of relationships between nations. Past friends are now foes and…


The state of governance in the Oromia Regional State has become a recurrent nightmare for those in charge….

The state of governance in the Oromia Regional State has become a recurrent nightmare for those in charge, gossip observed. Despite heavy-handed responses from federal law enforcement agencies, with enormous…


During its rule of over two decades, the EPRDF government faces occasional condemnation and at times threats from foreign entities…

During its rule of over two decades, the EPRDF government faces occasional condemnation and at times threats from foreign entities such as the Senate and Congress of the United States,…


Community leaders and elders from across the Oromia…

Community leaders and elders from across the Oromia Regional State were in Addis Abeba (Finfine) two weeks ago, seeking audience with Aba Dula Gemeda, veteran of the OPDO and currently…


For many businesses in Addis Abeba, last week ought to have been a time tempting even adults to believe there is something of a “Father Christmas” in their lives

For many businesses in Addis Abeba, last week ought to have been a time tempting even adults to believe there is something of a “Father Christmas” in their lives, quips…




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