The Hidden Symptoms of Authoritarian Tendencies


It is a fair statement to say that the road to democracy and a genuinely fair and free election in Ethiopia is still a long way away, since the necessary…


Education Roadmap Needs to Recognise Economic Predicaments

A new 12-year-long education roadmap has been tabled for discussion by the Ministry of Education. The 101-page document discusses access and quality to primary and higher education as well as policies,…


The Right Nationalism Can Save the Federation

The very first book at the top of my bookshelf is “Life in the United Kingdom.” As most Ethiopians living in the United Kingdom would know, this book is written…


With Wide Access to the Internet Comes Responsibility

In 1981, there were 213 computers connected and able to communicate with each other, or on the internet. This was in line with the modest growth the technology would exhibit…


Abolishing Death Penalty: Consistent with Path of Reform

Every year on October 10, many people around the world mark the World Day Against the Death Penalty. Encouragingly, over the past half century we have seen an enormous positive…


No Collective Should Have Inalienable Rights

A state comprises of a given population, an administrative government, defined territory and national sovereignty. Authority is given by the people to the government so that it can defend their rights…


We Won Our Freedom, Let’s Keep It

Just a year ago, we were in a constant state of fear and panic. Two of the most populous regions in the country were thrown into sustained political unrest and…


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Not Just a Cliché

Ethiopia faces a slew of economic issues. Inflation is high, infrastructure is inadequate and debt is piling up, with future generations being left to foot the bill. But perhaps the…


Repi Waste-to-Energy Plant: Sunk, Misguided

The Repi Waste-to-energy facility is located at an open-dump site in Addis Abeba. The plant was officially inaugurated a couple of weeks ago and has received significant media coverage at…


Ethiopia: Revisiting the Quest of a Sea Outlet

The ascendancy of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) to power has opened opportunities to find solutions to the challenges facing Ethiopia. The nearly 20 years of no-peace-no-war between Ethiopia and…


Citizens want ‘Love’ but Also Require Protection

I love and respect Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD). I want him to succeed at the national unity, democracy, justice and equality he has promised. One way of demonstrating love is…


Let the Benefit of Reform Outweigh Its Costs

It will not surprise any reformist camp that propagating and putting on the ground the kind of change needed will be met with resistance. That pushback will come from the…


Indecision Drains the Economy of Its Strength

When we take a step back, we can see clearly how to advance. Change agents practised this several times over their span of leadership, especially just before making significant decisions.…


Talent Development Ought to be Focus of Education Policy

Humankind is the most resourceful being on the planet. Each of us has a relative talent that desires to be identified, expressed, moulded and developed. But these gifts need to…


Let’s Not Condone Crime in Name of Forgiveness

Some basic and universal questions in life are never really settled once and for all. Instead, they continue to challenge each generation anew. One of them is the question of…


Reconciliation without Mediation: Changing the Paradigm

For the past few months, we have witnessed changes that seem implausible in the political dynamics of Ethiopia. The EPRDF has changed its course of leadership, bringing unprecedented changes on…


Mediation Processes Require Strong Legal Constructs

Last month I encountered a mediation process that was highly biased in favour of one party. It was in the town of Arba Minch, and two youngsters in a city…


The Cultural Burden the African Youth Shoulders

Last month I found myself at the African Union headquarters attending the Young African Thinkers Convention, an annually held brainstorming summit that brings together young people from all over Africa.…


US Follows on Old Chinese Footsteps

When China started to steadily progress into becoming a real-world power economically, many, especially in the West, complained that it does not take a fair share of its responsibility in…


We’re All Author’s of Ethiopia’s Destiny

We have the challenge of realising positive-sum, Medemer. The past half century has been a loss for creating a national identity and creating the sort of social cohesion that could…


Cultural Competitiveness Necessary During Globalisation

Ethiopia is a country with a trove of different cultures and languages. They have been studied intensely and have grabbed the attention of foreigners. We likewise are proud of them…


Law Enforcement Professionalism, Independence: Non-negotiable

Given increasing lawlessness across the country, it is incumbent upon the government to improve law enforcement. More than anything else, this has to do with entrusting law enforcement bodies with…


New Ideas Have Never Hurt Anybody

Faced with complex, open-ended and ever-changing challenges, humanity realised long ago that continuous innovation is critical in this dynamic world. This is why we need to be on the lookout…


Ethiopia Breaks Down Walls, World Should Take Cue

Much like the rest of the world, the history of Ethiopia is not monolithic. There have been times of great civilisational achievements, as well as moments of extreme poverty and…


Disapora, Ethiopia Synergy Requires Greasing

I was stoked about Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s (PhD) visit to the United States. It was the realisation of an improbable event that the Ethiopian immigrant community would have thought…




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With a reformist administration in charge of the executive, there has b...


Agenda

The new electricity tariffs that became effective on December 1, 2018,...


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Who it is that midwifed the rapprochement between E...


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Ethiopia’s economy is at a crossroads. The same old advice will not s...


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A recent photo between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and George Soros...


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The future is bleak. Millennials and younger generations who will inher...


View From Arada

There is heated debate on the propriety, decency and morality of breast...




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