What it Takes for Change

As far as life continues, whether for good or bad, change is inevitable. However, if the change is wanted to affect people positively, it has to involve them, recognise the context and should make them own it.

Costs of the State of Emergency

The country has reached the state of emergency because of the negligence of the government to answer the demands of the youth on time. The situation took many lives, damaged national assets and investments and left a bad scar on the image and future development of the nation.

Ghana 5-0 Ethiopia: Humiliation Lingers

The recurrent loss of the national football team concerns and embarrasses a huge fan base. Unless structural and strategic changes are made to the country’s football sports administration and management, reversing the situation seems to be very difficult.

Internet Blockage Undermines Its Vitality

The Internet has become part of daily life without which many things will not be processed. It is a museum where people preserve their culture, mine knowledge, exchange conversation and get information through. Shutting it down for a while darkens the face of life. That is what happened last week.

Time is Ticking for Illegal Migrant Workers

Despite the fact that the deadline for illegal immigrant Ethiopians to leave Saudi Arabia is approaching, all Ethiopians are not registered to come back for many reasons.

54 Years of History

On May 25, 1963, 54 years ago, the OAU was established. During the final hours of the night, the elderly Ethiopian Head of State, Emperor Haile Selassie, could not rest for a short nap. Aided by the diligent Minister of Foreign Affairs Ato Ketema Yifru Dejene, and other Francophone officials,they did everything to bring the two opposing parties to conjoin and make all the member states who were present sign the OAU establishment charter, remembers Girma Feyissa.

Recalling the Eritrean Case

Referring to the historical and cultural commonness of the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea and the unbearable consequences of disintegration, it is time now for the two countries to come to reconciliation and if possible to live in a confederation or federation.

Politics Through Entertainment

The mission of the iconic singer, Teddy Afro, may not only be to fulfil the expectation of entertainment. He might be aiming for a bigger unifying factor.

The Precarious State of the Free Press

On 3 May, World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the Globe. Although it is a reminder to government of the need to respect its commitment to Press Freedom, there has always been a concern for freedom of expression of all views and open debate.

Balance of Economy During Industrialization

When a developing country such as Ethiopia is trying to move out of poverty and become amongst the middle income countries of the world, it could take many options. The idea for achieving this goal seems to be the industrial parks that are sprouting up across the country. These big scale projects would aid the development as well as create jobs, however, the small scale local businesses should not be overlooked.

Time Management’s Crucial Role in Development

We often underestimate the importance of time managiment. Especially in a developing country such as Ethiopia, the value of time is often overlooked. However, any country or individual will not be able to achieve the goals it has set if time management skills are not present.

A Dream Close to Realization

The civil work of constructing the Dam is being carried out under the most testing and challenging atmospheric conditions in three shifts daily. The location is in the Assosa Region, Guba sub region some 40Km in the east.

Ethiopia’s Population Growth-It’s Consequence

The overpopulation in Ethiopia is concerning. The population is approaching the 100 million mark. With the increase of population comes adverse problems such as scarcity of resources, rampant corruption, and a rise in crimes. The government will also face challenges in trying to manage the pressure from the high number of citizens that need jobs, sanitation, and housing.

To Share is Powerful

The negotiations with opposition parties were said to be taking place a little while ago. However, since this very interesting development, there has not been much news or information on the progress of the round table discussions. No details have emerged and it seems the matter is being stalled for some reason.

Where do we go from here?

It has been almost six months since the announcement of the state of emergency, following the widespread unrest in the country. The public is waiting to hear from the government regarding the next step. It still is not clear whether the state of emergency will continue or be revoked. In a recent announcement, Siraj Fegessa, minister of defense, detailed the changes that have been made to certain articles of the state of emergency.

Tonnes of Garbage to Clean Up

A mountain of garbage that had accumulated in “koshe” gave way to a land slide that resulted in dozens being killed. People that were living in the area in shelters and makeshift homes were buried under the garbage and lost their lives. The issue shines a light on a recurring problem the city has of disposing of waste that begs a solution.

The Battle Won, But the Journey Continues

Celebration of the victory of Adwa have been taking place last week. There was a lot to celebrate, as it is a historic event. One hundred twenty one years have gone by and the struggle still continues. Even though the battle has been won, foreign cultural trends dominates the new generation.

Football, the Best Politics

Football is maybe the most popular sport in the world, it is watched and played around the world. Even countries like China are showing an interest in the sport and trying to develop their league with international players. But due to the global domination of the sport it can also be a tool used to unite countries and people, maybe even better than politics can.

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.


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