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Over the weekend, I came across a well-argued dissertation on the patent right controversy of teff, the Ethiopian staple cereal, on an academic website. The paper was written by a…



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Emotional Intelligence, Illusive Attribute of Leaders

I was quite stricken by the sudden death of Simegnew Bekele, chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The nation was overtaken first by surprise, then by disbelief and then…


The Many Unsung Heroes

Any curious observer can easily identify that our country is infatuated with its past leaders. What we have gained in the ongoing socio-political transformation may be lost, since this generation…


Millennials Kill the Purpose in Life

Laziness and lack of realistic ambitions seem to be rampant among millennials. They have unrealistic goals and poor workplace culture. They spend much of their time on social media or…


Society: An End to the Individual

In our personal and professional lives, it has become the norm to imitate others whom we believe are doing things better than us. They can be colleagues, friends, family or…


Institutionalised Power: Idea whose Time has Come

In any country in the middle of a democratisation process, strengthening institutions and the courts by making them autonomous is necessary for accountability to prevail. Ethiopia has never had autonomous…


Abiy: Light at End of the Tunnel

Judging from the fast pace of reforms taking place, I pity those that argued, given Ethiopia’s politics, that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) would not be able to change the…


Civility Can be Profitable

An occasional outburst of righteousness from our leaders is not enough to make citizens uphold moral values. It requires discipline and consistency to reinforce the right principles and traditions. Respecting…


Multiplier Effects of Personal Integrity that Ethiopia Needs

Last week, I was in Bale Goba and Robe, two of the most stunning destinations in Ethiopia, for charity work as well as some quality time for myself. From the…


Judicial System on Slippery Slope

As a lawyer and an advocate for universal human rights, I am happy to see political leaders and journalists get released from prison, or have their charges dropped. It is…


Riches Can Come If We Stay Put Too

A while ago on a rather long stopover flight in Dubai, I met a young high school graduate. He was Ethiopian and an athlete that was flying back to his…


Journalists without Standards

For a long time, the well-known state-run national TV broadcaster, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), now called ETV 57, has been fodder for mockery. In its news reporting and coverage, the…


Substance Addictions Add to Socio-economic Woes

Substance abuse is becoming normalised in Ethiopia. The issue has been a major concern for the country at large. Hospitals have begun equipping themselves with wards that attend to patients…


What Bad Teachers Have Done

A poor education system remains a stubborn fact in Ethiopia. Universities and colleges are producing inefficient graduates who are hard-pressed to practice what they have been thought. The gap between…


Shamelessness Hurts the Environment

As I was walking along the street with my father last Sunday afternoon, we came across a rather well-off neighbour of ours. He was just a few blocks away from…


High Population Growth Cheats Development Targets

Africa’s rising population growth has been a vital topic for some time now, and Ethiopia is at the centre of it. Over the past decade, it has been booming, putting…


Editorial

Last Wednesday, Addis Standard, an English online magazine, shared a re...


Agenda

Ethiopia's banking sector is criticized for its traditional system and...


Fineline

During one of his North American tours, Prime Minis...


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Investment in the continent’s internet infrastructure will change how...


Viewpoint

Much like the rest of the world, the history of Ethiopia is not monolit...


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Ethiopia is undergoing rebranding of its politics. In just a few months...


View From Arada

Despite the lack of good governance, low standard of living, poor infra...






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