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Sajid Javid, home secretary of the United Kingdom, made the news last week when he dropped Britain’s blanket opposition to the death penalty. The UK has a long-standing rule that…


Opposition Parties Ought to Find their Footing

It has been said that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) cannot solely democratise Ethiopia, and neither can the EPRDF. Analysts have prescribed that “stakeholders” must play a part too. Stakeholders…


Bumpy Road to Democratic Culture

One has to be a cynic to miss the ray of hope that signaled a democratic Ethiopia immediately after the election of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD), the closure of…


Nationalism Can Help Us Find the Light

The past weekend heralded yet another instance of mass flag-waving. Thousands of residents of Bahir Dar, mostly youth, came out to rally in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD)…


Crack in Our Democratisation

June 23, 2018 will go down in history as a day that defined where Ethiopia is going. It was a day of hope and optimism coloured by loss and tragedy.…


Beware of Ethiopia’s Angry Pessimists

Philippe Legrain, a former economic adviser to the president of the European Commission, says that pessimists can come in three forms: they can be accepting, anxious or angry. He was…


Stay Woke

The rate of change in Ethiopia is disorienting. It was just two weeks ago that the Executive Committee of the EPRDF shocked us with two major announcements that contradict what…


Desperate Times Call for Austerity

Poverty is a tough cookie to crack. This has been evident across the world and over the centuries. Creating wealth takes careful deliberation and hard work. Otherwise, it either will…


ABCs of Quality Education

It is not yet 100 percent, but Ethiopia has come a long way to realising universal access to education. On the quality side much has been documented, commented and joked…


The Proverbial Rabbit: Sufficient Tax Revenue

The Ethiopian Revenues & Customs Authority (ERCA) is a government body tasked with achieving the impossible. It is expected to collect a relatively large sum of tax revenues from an…


An Ungrateful Sector

The Ministry of Trade has made public its third-quarter report on the export earnings of Ethiopia, and it is not good news. For the past two years, the nation has…


Least of Ethiopia’s Worries

In the Southern town of Hawassa, during one of his public addresses, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) spoke of amending the constitution to limit the number of terms an individual…


Unsportsmanlike

The trending topic of the past week was a football match between Welwalo Adigrat and Mekelakeya where a referee was beaten up by players. People forgot the most distressing part.…


Need to Leverage Honeymoon Phase

If there is one thing evident in most of Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) public speeches in regions of the country, it is that he is rarely specific. His promises usually fall…


Larger than Life Public Servants

It may be within the same party, but that there has been a peaceful transition of power has fascinated many in the local and international communities. And it should. Hailemariam…


Uncanny Resemblance

All countries are different, and a one size fits all approach is likely to fail to achieve its target. Policymaking should at all times take into consideration natural resources, nature…


The Pusher Formal Sector

One of the macroeconomic headaches of Ethiopia is a low domestic revenue. It has sunk the nation into debt stress and strained the adequate allocation of resources into critical parts…


Misunderstood Media

The problem with Ethiopia is that too many people believe there exists a secret society which not only exists but is behind the world order, moving pieces around to its…


In Defense of Liberal Order

It was only last month since former State Secretary of the United States, Rex Tillerson, visited Ethiopia. For his arrival coincided with the decision of Hailemariam Deselagn to resign from…


Don’t Just Make a Living

It is nice that Ethiopia has a Ministry of Science & Technology, for most of the technology or science in the country is imported. The governmental body is understandably on…


Preventive Checks

Even in the late 18th century, humankind was wary of population growth. Englishman Thomas R. Malthus, in his 1798 book ‘An Essay on the Principle of Population’, argues that humanity…


Constructive Speculation

There are too many drawbacks to being an Ethiopian consumer. If it is not cheap consumer goods and services that are not even worth the paper that the money has…


Wholesome Clusters

It takes a great deal of will for residents of a city to ignore the precarious political situation that exists all around them. Addis Abebans wake up in the morning,…


Addis Abeba’s Reverie

We live in the age of political commentary. Turn on the TV, and a comparatively wide range of hosts and guests on satellite channels offer the public a slew of…


Jobs, Higher Incomes Or Else

It is said that what put Donald Trump in the White House was his promise of jobs. Many were willing to overlook the multiple red flags – his lack of…




Editorial

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


Agenda

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


Fineline

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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A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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


View From Arada

There is heated debate on the propriety, decency and morality of breast...




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