Going Underground


Despite heavy investment in Addis Abeba’s transport systems, there are still clear indications of its inadequacy in serving the city’s ever expanding population. Long queues at bus lines, roads crammed full of traffic and an increasing number of road accidents are examples of such indicators. With time such an important component of a nation’s growth and prosperity, going underground might well be a solution to the capital’s transport issues.


The Importance of Planning

The realisation of any vision requires coordinated planning, and this is especially true when it comes to a nation’s development. Electricity and water are two of the basic services that residents of any city worldwide should expect to be afforded, uninteruppted. Despite heavy investment, however, a lack of coordination in planning, alongside other limiting factors, has resulted in many unhappy residents in Ethiopia’s capital city in this regard.


Wedlock, Ethiopian Style

While couples exchange intimate vows to cherish and support each other in sickness and in health till death do them apart might appear as a fairly achievable proposal, as couples experience the every day intricacies of a wed lock, it becomes evident that more is needed to maintain the well-being of the wedding than just a wedding day vow. The importance of marriage cannot be underestimated as it is the bedrock upon which families, societies and nations are built upon. In this light, a happily married population makes for a more stable nation. It lays the foundation for engendering civility and peace among new generations.


Ethiopia and the Olympics

Ethiopians have been synonymous with long distance running ever since the barefoot Abebe Bikela won the Rome marathon. This has given the nation a foothold in global sport, with athletes like Haile Gebre Selassie, heralded worldwide for their achievements. At this year’s Olympics, however, Ethiopia have been in the press for the wrong reasons, while their competitiveness has been restricted by the unfair scheduling of pre-qualification.


Gonder Peaceful Protest in Allegiance to Similar in Oromia Region

Gondar is famous worldwide for its incredible 16th century castle, and forms a key part of northern Ethiopia’s incredible history. Last week, however, the city was in the news for a different reason. Thousands of people from all across the region took to the streets to protest against the powers that be, waving the old tricolour flag and expressing allegiance with the Oromo protesters. With major political angst being expressed in two of the world’s major powers, the UK and the US, the question is – where could this lead?


Ethio-Eritrean Relations Revisited

As has been the case between the US and Cuba, who recently put aside 60 years of dispute to open progressive dialogue, Ethiopia and Eritrea could finally sit around the negotiating table once more. Indeed, there are no other countries in this part of Africa better suited to taking positive steps towards greater integration, peace and understanding. Ato Abay Tsehaye, one of the senior special advisors to the Prime Minister, could well be the man to steer the ship in this direction.


Hardships of Living in Addis

Addis Abeba is a city besieged by a number of problems, with transport and electricity high up on the list. Despite the new light railway, minibuses, microbuses, taxis, bajaj and personal motor vehicles, thousands of people are seen lining the streets or terminals throughout the city patiently waiting to hop on board. Navigating the ever-expanding capital is no easy task either, with few street names, house numbers or even a proper map to speak of. One positive development, however, according to Girma Feyissa, is the renovation of the Addis Abeba-Djibouti railway, which he describes as the life blood of the country’s import and export outlets.


Was Dam Agenda Behind Netanyahu’s East African Trip?

The visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to four east African nations has raised a few eyebrows. The author of this piece, Girma Feyissa, questions whether the fact that four riparien nations, sharing the same philosophical stance towards the equitable and fair distribution of the waters, were included is simply coincidence. With the construction of the Hidasse Dam mega project well underway, we will soon discover the outcomes of his trip.


The Hana Mariam Clash and its Impacts

The timing and manner of the recent demolition of houses built on ‘illegally occupied land’ in Addis Abeba, which led to deadly skirmishes, highlights the deeply vexed relationship of the society. In face of simmering tensions that are increasingly erupting into violent confrontations between squatters and law enforcement agencies, a small token of calmness and humility can achieve so much in defusing the tension.


Impacts of UK’s Decision

The fallout from Britain’s decision to exit the 28-member EU block has had significant impacts on diplomatic, financial and economic aspects. The reverberations have been felt, in some shape or form, in different parts of the globe. As the drive to reverse the referendum is already in full swing and gaining momentum, the outcome is inspiring separationist issues elsewhere.


No Use in War Mongering

News of fresh border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea has led to an explosion of speculation from both sides. Some believe that Ethiopia is shifting the focus of internal anger to an external foe, while others comment that the tensions coincide with a damning report on Eritrea by the UN Security Council. Partly to blame is the revolutionary mindset of both countries’ regimes, and this writer argues that it is time to progress their respective politics into the modern era.


Scramble for Youth

In the 19th century, European countries scrambled for the riches and resources of Africa. Nowadays, there is a new scramble – one which impacts the youth of our nation and the future for all. Without due attention, this scramble will lead us to a culture and reality whereby are youth placed in danger at every turn.


Basic Elements in Politics of Survival

In meeting human needs for survival, there must be recognition of interdependence and movement. Hence, Ethiopia’s emphasis on transportation infrastructure and access to sea ports are critical to its ongoing development. Communication is another factor essential for integration and the exercise of human rights. The media has a responsibility that goes beyond the will of the rulers, according to this writer.


Ginbot 20: Marks Some Progress, Deeper Problems

The commemoration of the 25 anniversary of Ginbot 20 took place last week. At the event, Prime Minister Hailemariam highlighted the achievments of his government. His speech was full of superlatives. But the reality on the ground is far from what the premier depicted. Maladministration, corruption and rent seeking are rife.


ERITREA: Cost of Independence

Ever since Eritrea became an independent country, its relationship with Ethiopia has been volatile. In the early days, things were smooth. Economic and political relations went well.  It, however, did not last long. Relations went sour with the border conflict, which, though over in two years, resulted in the current impasse. There seems to be no end point to it. 


Woldemeskel Kostre : Veteran as Tall as Ethiopian Athletics

: In light of Ethiopia’s achievement in athletics, Woldemeskel Kostre’s death is a sad story. His service as a coach for the national athletics team by far outweighs the few complaints heard. His name will certainly stay in the hearts of athletes, fans and the Ethiopian public.




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