Regional Friends and Foes


A North Korean defector was discussing the relationship between China and his country and rightly repeated the historical fact that there is no such thing as eternal friendship or indeed…


May Day? Robot Day

Ned Ludd is one of those unlucky chaps, like the Marquis de Sade, or Niccolò Machiavelli, who has had his last name nominalized into a noun with very negative connotations.…


Affirmative Actions Necessary for Survival

There is an aspect of the program and government policies, dubbed affirmative actions, which I do not agree. They should not be implemented, I believe, to make up for past…


Flaws in Referendums

Until very recently, Turkey was a proudly democratic Middle Eastern country, with a large Muslim population, who flaunted free elections, freedom of speech and secularism; especially, in relation to other,…


Oversell of Abay River

The initial subject for my undergraduate dissertation paper was a weir. A weir is essentially a smaller dam, but used for less biblical purposes, like diverting the flow of rivers…


Striking the Right Balance in the Economy

The fundamental difference between capitalism and communism is the economy. This fact seems to be lost on a lot of people, partly because governance deals with so many other issues,…


No Way Forward

It is often very easy to assign blame, even easier to find solutions for incidents long since passed. But then again it is also very important to analyze what really…


The Constitution from a Perspective of Religion

There are some studies which suggest the primary reason for the creation of most religions was the dissemination of the rule of law. In other words, the earliest types of…


Pitfalls to Freedom of Speech

In the 16th Century, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a controversial scientific theory suggesting the earth revolved around the sun. This was not a smart thing to do given that…


A New Flower that Keeps Blossoming

Legend has it, Empress Taitu Betul, the famous wife of Emperor Menelik II, after a relaxing bath at Filwoha hot springs, stepped outside to find a beautiful novel flower completely…


We Could All Use the EU Mentality

A Frenchman could wake up in the morning in the beautiful city of Paris, fly to Brussels for lunch under the Manneken-Pis Fountain, spend the night in the wildly liberal…


Battle of Adwa: An Underdog’s Story

For the Europeans, the late 19th century was a great period of industrialization. In fact, at one time, it looked as if supply would outpace demand. Understandably, Europeans had to…


Rising Populism Amidst Terrorism

The dark specter of evil (the begetter of war) smiles upon this earth, and humanity, at least once every decade, year, month or day. The world has never known a…


Ethiopia Lags in Global Relevance

The population of Ethiopia is closing to 100 million. That is the number of human beings permanently residing in this nation of the conservatives, Ethiopia (according to a World Bank…


The Fate of Birr

  In my younger years, when I was more carefree, not to mention naïve, I used to ask myself, “Why does the government keep indebting itself, instead of printing money…


Local Versus Foreign Teachers

The great US educator and cultural anthropologist, Johnetta Betsch Cole, ones said, “To teach well is to be a lifelong student.” To teach is to be taught. In other words,…




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Political transformation is unavoidably rocky, if not delicate. It invo...


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Oil transporters are up in arms over tariffs set by the Ministry of Tra...


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The cosiness between the Ethiopian authorities and...


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The National Bank of Ethiopia has recently made available its fourth-qu...


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One hundred years ago today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11...


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The Addis Abeba Transport Authority and Ride, a popular and an up-and-c...


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