AFRICA A Land of Variations


I t has been almost half a century since Africa experienced liberation. Yet, the leftovers of colonialism still remain. One area where this is glaringly visible is governance and political management. Africa is still riddled with unfair elections. The distance between officials and the public remains wide. Little is coming in the form of improvement.


History Vs Reality History Vs Reality

Life is a convergence of history and reality. Yet, the definition of the line connecting the two depends on one’s perspective. In the case of political debates, for instance, the thread connecting history and reality in Ethiopia is very different from the situation in other countries. This could be evidenced from a comparison of the ongoing political debates in Ethiopia and United Kingdom.


Dreams Gone with the Wind

Ethiopia was shattered with sorrow as it heard the news of the beheading of its citizens in Libya by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq & the Levant. Perspectives on the root causes of the problem, however, vary. The official line seems to be blaming things on human traffickers. But the line holds no water as it contradicts with the reality.


TOO BRUTAL TO IGNORE

The brutal killing of Ethiopians by Islamic State (IS) militants is shocking. It calls for decisive action from the side of the government. Good words are not enough. Inaction will have far reaching precedence. But joining hands to withstand the shock will be as important as government action.


Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics

Agriculture is the mainstay of Ethiopian economy. But it is also the mainstay of statistical controversy. Agricultural statistics are the most debated things in Ethiopia. An interview by one of the agriculture sector’s experts happens to have the facts wrong and has induced a debate. It is not that the facts he mentioned are wrong, but the causality.


It is getting late for many things.

This while mentioning the benefits the Growth & Transformation Plan (GTP) have brought. It is time for reformation, as transformation plan failed to solve all the problems of society, Teshale…


Cultural Renaissance

Cultural empowerment is as important as economic empowerment. It, however, needs dedicated policy. One key issue in these terms is constructing cultural centres. The new Oromo Cultural Centre (OCC) built in Addis Abeba ought to also be seen under the same prism.


Integration at Its Worst

Without integration there cannot be effective urban transport. The concept, however, does not represent integration of infrastructure only. It also means integration of services. In light of both faces of the concept, though, Addis Abeba is a city alien to it.


Public Investment: The Path to the New Normal

The world is facing the prospect of an extended period of weak economic growth. But risk is not fate; the best way to avoid such an outcome is to figure…


COMPETITIVE BIAS

Elections ought to give the voting public alternatives. The case in Ethiopia, however, is far from this universally accepted norm. It is rather monotony that prevails in Ethiopia. Even when the opportunity of debating crucial issues arises, it often is mechanically directed in favour of the ruling party. But this is not sustainable.


New Faces of Pride

Athletics has a long history in Ethiopia. The nation is a staple in global championships. Looking deep inside the history, however, one would wonder whether skills in athletics are somehow defined by geography. This is suggested by trends in the history of Ethiopian athletics.


The Long Walk to Victory

Wars and battles are not new to the pages of Ethiopian history books. A great many of them were fought between warlords over expansion of territories. Some were fought against…


CITY OF CONTRASTS

Addis Abeba is a city full of contrasts. From history to lifestyle, one could find amazing contradictions in the city, which serves as the capital of Ethiopia and the diplomatic centre of Africa. There, however, is little in the form of appreciation extended to these dissimilarities.


THE QUEST FOR MASS TRANSPORT

Addis Abeba is growing fast. Migration contributes to the growth in population the city witnesses. With this growth comes the burden on existing transport facilities. It has become vital to introduce mass transport systems. It can be said that the LRT is a hopeful start in the right direction. But challenges remain.


What Kind of Union?

Rumours about the intention of Ethiopia and Djibouti to form a union are ripe within the political space. Of course, the case is not something new. It rather has been up in the air for a very long time. There seem to be tangible factors that support the formation of the union. It could even be a starting point for the unity of Africa.


TYING THE KNOT:Is It Apolitical?

Tying the knot is a decisive moment in the life of human beings. It is an important social event surrounded with varying cultural practices. As much as it is a social event, though, it is also political. What is political about it relates to the identity of the partners and how they managed to sail through the whole process.




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