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.


Journalism: Where Is the Moral Threshold?

Journalism is an important profession for democratic development. But it could serve the purpose only if it is exercised rightly. There, however, are many challenges that make the rightful exercise of journalism. Nonetheless, the moral rights of the professions ought to be given the chance to thrive. It is only, then, that the profession could serve its purpose.


YAYU: A Game Changer?

A nation’s growth might not always signify the situation in its constituent regions. The same could be said about Oromia. Despite its land size and resource endowment, it is not well served with expected service provisions. Things seem to have started to change, though. The construction of Yayu Fertiliser Factory could be a game changer in this regard.


A World of Double Standards

The challenges of free press vary between places. What is witnessed in Paris, France, over the past two weeks, is evidence to this. The atrocious killings of journalists show that some enemies of free press owe their power to ammunition. But developing countries, such as Ethiopia, have their own challenges of free press too. Theirs is about lack of objective debate and developed democratic culture.


Christmas: A clash of cultures

Celebrations of holidays vary with cultures. Sometimes, the variations entail cultural conflicts. It is this same feeling that an Ethiopian, living abroad, would feel if celebrating Christmas overseas. It requires for a person to go beyond the obvious to reconcile the conflicts and live in peace with oneself.


The Morphology of Change

Development involves changes in social and economic fronts. But, normatively speaking, all changes are not good. Some are worse than the status quo. It is only when changes are implemented under public consensus that they would be positive. Ethiopian history books are full of negative changes with costly impacts.


Change :The Inevitable Fact of Life

As the saying goes, change is the only fact that remains unchanged. But all changes are not similar. Some are natural, while others are inherently man-made. The difference between the two, however, is narrowing with the spread of globalisation. Ethiopia has its own experience in this regard.


Oil’s Trickledown Economics

Globally, the price of oil has seen a huge dent. This has brought confusion within the global market. It all means a different thing to Ethiopia, though. As a net importer of oil, it may benefit from the reduction in oil price. As a nation hosting some oil exploration investments, though, it may hope to see resurgence in price and hence further push in investments.


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