Hunt for Illusive Public Trust


The world does not lack for statistics. From economic growth to country livability, from crime rates to worker’s productivity, there remains little that has not been measured. Even the results…


Wages Too Soon to Ponder

To any one person that has paid attention to Ethiopia’s economy, what is immediately apparent is that exploitive wages to employees – at the risk of sounding perverse – is…


Informality, Product of Irksome Formality

Ethiopia, akin to its developing counterparts, has a broad and lively underground economy. It does not contribute to the national coffer or gets regulated by the government. It is instead…


Pubescent Economy’s Growing Pains

Rare as it may be, it is not utterly absurd to find an informed, informative, conversation in a minibus taxi about policies and lack of government services. It was a…


Battle of Economic Classes

It does not do much to Ethiopians’ collective morale that individuals such as Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffet, often termed…


Love Thy Neighbour

It took hours since coming into effect for the warring factions of South Sudan to break the cease-fire that was signed three days ago. The armed opposition accused the government…


Visas: Who Needs Them?

Walls are built for either of two reasons: to keep people away or to confine them. Hungary has a barrier on the border it shares with Serbia and Croatia, built…


Migratory Tendencies

Cable News Network (CNN) are proud of themselves. They reported on a, granted, unbelievable, shocking, story about the slave trade in Libya. Nima Elbagir, one of the broadcaster’s correspondents, and…


Robots, Pariah to FDI

The age of the robots is upon us. Do not take my word for it. It was the think tank McKinsey Global Institute that undertook a study only to conclude…


Slippery Slope of Weak Institutions

Mauritius has the best government, at least in Africa, according to the 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance. But that is only the most recent indicator, with the island nation…


Green Never Hurt Anybody

Tuesday was almost literally a grey day. The morning hours, especially in many of Addis Abeba’s residential areas, saw skies covered in what at first may look like fog, but…


Telecom Sovereignty

I feel bad for the Ethiopian consumer on two fronts. For one thing, its purchasing power is pretty low and getting lower, if the measurement of the Birr against a…


Banks Have Feelings Too

It is oft quipped that breweries and banks in Ethiopia are rarely starved for dough. Look at all those expensive, high production value commercials on TV. Or the lotteries banks…


Make Way for Big Brother

Few could be faulted for failing to see the cause of the public’s shock at learning of Abadula Gemeda’s (MP-OPDO), speaker of the parliament, tender of resignation. A resignation is…


Dawn of Babies

The Central Statistical Agency (CSA) is going to do a recount. But it is facing a problem. The Agency wants more accuracy and thus more gadgets like tablets and power…


Requiem for the Ethiopian Consumer

They finally did it. There was speculation, and there were some legitimate reasons, but it still came as a shocker when the central bank eventually went ahead with the devaluation.…


Just Play the Game

There should be no losers in a democracy, but during elections there are. Those people are the opposition. And in Ethiopia’s case, they are far worse off. The Democrats of…


Live, Let Drive

The most depressing Ethiopian TV ad is a mother’s interior monologue. She reminisces about her daughter, the daughter’s bright future and the tragedy that followed. Through the use of acutely…


Long Live the Chancellor

The world’s most sardonic TV satire, Saturday Night Live (SNL), loves German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The woman charged with spoofing her, Kate McKinnon, who also impersonates Justin Bieber and Jeff…


Be Happy, Not

Governments do not see people. They only see the statistics that represent them. They do not measure in terms of the individual, because in most cases there are too many…


All It Takes to Anger Private Banks

It was a crude moment for the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) – the biggest bank in Ethiopia, whose assets are pushing on half a billion dollars – had to…


One Down, 99 to Go

The Ethiopian Calendar is weird. It presumes to count the number of years and days since the birth of Jesus Christ. But its New Year does not come on the…


Confessions of a Copy Editor

Language is about as real as it gets. All we really have is communication, the means by which we express ourselves. It is not the real us that shows who…


Such Sketchy Ancestors We Possess

The political storm that hit the United States, and the world at large, has never really subsided, although it has been two weeks since it struck. On August 12, 2017,…


Cult of Teddy Afro

I am not a huge fan of Ethiopian music. There are songs I like, tunes or melodies I may find myself dancing or strutting to, but no one would catch…




Editorial

An expected consequence of the growing rift between the constituent par...


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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As tobacco companies reap the benefits of weak tobacco controls across...


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If some people came to us with something ambitious we feel is next to i...


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The procedure followed to increase rents for commercial units managed b...


View From Arada

Ethiopians, like their government, are in overdrive, juggling between j...




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