AU: From Rubber Stamp to Agent of Change


The African Union has recently been finding itself in the news. First there was the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which would in time see the…


Too Soon for Free Market Economy

Ethiopia has had successive governments that were on either aisle of the free or controlled market economy. Haile Selassie I’s regime envisioned one where the private sector would be the…


Undutiful Public Media Feeds Social Media

The discontent towards social media is growing. As early as last week, roundtable discussions were being held on TV, on one of the state-run channels, about the negative impacts of…


Profound Headaches of the Population Explosion

A United Nations report of 2017 predicted that the world’s population would hit a staggering 9.8 billion by 2050. It is also forecasted that over half of the expected growth…


GDP: Inadequate Measure of Economic Health

Analysts may find it ironic that the current political crisis arrived after a decade of spectacular economic growth. The country was able to score the much-discussed double-digit gross domestic product…


Ultimate Challenges of the Incoming Prime Minister

It has been weeks since that fateful announcement by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of his decision to vacate his post. The media frenzy was at first focused on him, which…


Ethiopian’s Conspicuous Flaw

From the expansion project of Bole International Airport to the various purchases of aeroplanes, Ethiopian Airlines, a.k.a. Ethiopian, has been the talk of the town for long. Its ambitiousness has…


Migration Betrays Full Picture of Economy

Last Tuesday, at lunchtime, I heard two elderly women chitchatting rather casually about one of the critical problems that are currently affecting our nation. They conversed about human capital migration,…


Bittersweet History Merits All-round Acknowledgement

During a visit to Addis Abeba University’s Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES), in a building known as  Ras Mekonnen Hall, I heard about a shocking historical event. The head librarian…


Powerful Customers, Incentive for Innovation

No power is stronger than the bargaining capacity of customers in today’s globalised markets. It goes without saying that the impact of bargaining power on any industry will bring about…


Easy Does It in Next PM’s Nomination

I am old enough to have witnessed the last time there was a change in regime. I was a 10th grader, and soon after the fall of the Dergue, the…


Political Culture of Opportunism, Recipe for Another Struggle

Unlike his previous publications, the central theme of the new book by Mesfin Woldemariam (Prof.), founder of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRC), critiques not government administration, but the general…


Inopportune Moment for PM’s Resignation

Nations frequently undergo a protracted crisis detrimental to their citizen’s well-being. Ethiopia is at present experiencing an intense period of crisis, which can be healed by the will of the…


Worrisome Political State, Result of Incapable Leadership

I usually sit in front of my shop every morning to enjoy my coffee. Unlike most Ethiopians though, I prefer to enjoy my coffee alone, not in groups as is…


Fake Documents Rob Nation in Daylight

Education, as Nelson Mandela best described it, is the most potent weapon that can change the world. Thus, the need to provide quality education with appropriate inspection and control systems…


Harmony between Multiple Identities, Only through Efficient State

In our contemporary politics, we have not rigorously understood the role of ethnic and national consciousness. We are locked in a battle with one another because of a misunderstanding. But…


Editorial

It was refreshing to see Berhanu Nega (Prof.), leader of an opposition...


Agenda

Ethiopia’s high potential to deliver animal skins to local and intern...


Fineline

The Revolutionary Democrats concluded their council...


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A country needs to develop effective methods of evaluating projects and...


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When we take a step back, we can see clearly how to advance. Change age...


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There seems to be an improvement on the macroeconomic side. The Ethiopi...


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Following the olive branch afforded opposition parties by the ruling co...






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