Pankhurst’s Passing and the Media in Ethiopia

The recent passing of Professor Richard Pankhurst has been the news around all media stations in Ethiopia. A man that has contributed to the history of the country was talked about by radio and TV stations.

The Heartbeat of Transportation Systems

When people travel to a new city or town, they might notice the transportation system, the efficiency or the service. Then they might compare it to the transport system they know from their home country. Sometimes there is a stark difference. In Ethiopia the railway system or the trains are fairly new and still at its infancy stage. But in Brussels the railway industry is booming and well developed.

Traffic as a Metaphor for Orderly Society

In Ethiopia, with the new constructions of roads and highways, the face of the transport system is changing. But compared to the highly organized and strict streets of Brussels it still has a long way to go. When it comes to timeliness of transport services the country is lagging behind. The advancement of technology has also helped the transport systems. Also in Brussels, the concept of pedestrian crossing lines is adhered to at all times without fail.

Parties Need to Talk

Whether it be due to the pressures from the cumulative effect of the combined pressure of the Oromia and Amhara Regional peaceful protests or the threat expected from the newly…

The Unsaid at the Premier’s Address

Watching the Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegne’s address last week, it was not about what he said but what he failed to say that I found striking. While he asserted that…

Sour Note of Corruption

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Memories of Home at Christmas

The hall was later named “Lidet Adarash” meaning the Hall of Christmas derived from the world Christmas gifts of sweets and cakes now common and rather a ritual in Europe from where the Ethiopian Emperor must have copied. The festivities of the holiday began early.

Miruts Yifter: Tribute to a Legend

He was not distracted by what happened to him, unjustly. He never lost hope and never gave into date of birth debacle, but let his craft speak for itself. Amidst wild guesses, it transpired in due time, that he was born in 1935 and lived until his last moment in Toronto, Canada, his adopted country.

New Dam is a Big Win for Ethiopia

The reality is, from the three dams built in the country, 2424 megawatts of power is expected to be generated for Ethiopia. As much as Ethiopia makes international investment a priority, the sustainability of uninterrupted power flow is crucially important.

On the Prime Ministers Take on Ethiopianism

I visited many places, including Asmara, Djibouti and Khartoum. Everywhere I go, I discovered that making speeches on Ethiopia is one thing, not mentioning Ethiopians is as good as saying nothing. I endorse the acknowledgement of the Prime Minister to highlight the linguistic, religious and cultural differences that exists within Ethiopia. Knowing what it takes to constitute a governmental structure is the necessary part of “Ethiopianism”

The Oromo Culture is Something to Embrace

The whole Oromo culture is unique. I have observed it from near and far and it is no wonder, it is starting being recognized around the world. From the way elections are conducted around the signature Oak tree, to the Gaada system itself, it is something to hold and embrace.

Fidel Castro- A Friend in Need Passes Away

The herdsmen claimed that a day before, a passing vehicle of the same model and color had run over their calf and killed it. They were now holding the vehicle’s driver as the one responsible of the alleged crime committed. Our linguistic ability was found to be a conflict resolution rescue. The herdsmen would not move away for anything less than 500 Birr, quite a big sum at the time.

Perhaps a Mystery, Who Knows!

The news and stories we hear each day vary from the painful to the uplifting. News of a promising footballer’s untimely and tragic death in Ethiopia was very much the former. An FM radio show, which makes interesting stories out of local anecdotes, focused this week on a case of human perseverance in the face of extreme poverty.

Matters Of Interest

There are some things that happen in the world that catch the attention of people everywhere, regardless of nationality or political leanings. In such cases, as with the recent Presidential election in the United States, people are forced to ask themselves the ‘why’ question. One of these incidents was the tragic and deadly Irrecha celebration in Bishoftu. While the people of Ethiopia were asking themselves ‘why’ the government engaged in a campaign of blame. Now, following the instigation of ‘deep reforms’ that aren’t so deep, the question people seem to be asking themselves is ‘where do we go from here’

Haile Takes Helm of Athletics Federation

Ethiopia’s global image has been nurtured and cultivated since the great marathon champion Abebe Bikila won the 42 kms 195m in 2 hrs. 15 min. record time while running bare foot. This image building has been kept and grown stronger from generation to generation. That image mark has followed me here in Brussels. Every time people ask me and I mention the name Ethiopia they report back and ask me the land of long distance runners?”

Haile to the Rescue

Haile has proven himself to be an exceptional athlete, a shrewd businessman and a great Ethiopian. His legacy of starting the Great Run has earned the country recognition and promoted the country as a great tourist destination. It can never be underestimated and should be celebrated.


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