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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…


Youthfication of Addis

The concept of a country, as an entity composed of several states or cities or regions, is complicated. For that matter, so is the concept of a continent, as a…


Blessings from an Emperor

On the day Emperor Haile Selassie visited Jamaica, a powerful storm broke out. The country, prior to the Emperor’s arrival, had been ravaged by famine and starvation. There had been…


Hustling, Bustling Just to Get to Work

When Einstein claimed that space and time are similar, though he meant it literally, at least from a theoretical point of view, he did not expect economists to agree with…


Battleground of the East, West

Africa is fast becoming a populous continent with a large economy. More people than ever have disposable incomes – nowhere as much as Africans would like to have, but enough…


Land of the Bootleggers

The word bootleg used to have a more direct meaning. It used to refer to 19th-century smugglers who hid illegally acquired liquor in their high boots when they had to…


To Graduate, Not to Graduate

There are three traditionally crucial stages of a person’s life. There is birth. Though it is optional, marriage is another important part of a person’s social life. And, surely, death…


Editorial

It was refreshing to see Berhanu Nega (Prof.), leader of an opposition...


Agenda

Ethiopia’s high potential to deliver animal skins to local and intern...


Fineline

The Revolutionary Democrats concluded their council...


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Commentary

A country needs to develop effective methods of evaluating projects and...


Viewpoint

When we take a step back, we can see clearly how to advance. Change age...


Opinion

There seems to be an improvement on the macroeconomic side. The Ethiopi...


View From Arada

Following the olive branch afforded opposition parties by the ruling co...






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