Nation in the State


The rationale behind the nation’s adaption of federal, unitary or hybrid political structures, one way or the other, is to sustain territorial integrity and national unity. The pre-1991 Ethiopian state…


Yet Another Victim of Mismanagement

The history of football in Ethiopia somehow manifests the embodiment of the country’s victory against the colonial power. The defeat of the Italians at Adwa in 1896 convinced Europe of…


Public Sector’s Unprofessionalism Unfrotunate to Economy

Unprofessionalism is nowhere as pronounced in the public sector than at district offices that provide essential services to local and foreign businesses. Be it the procedures to start a business,…


Nomenclature of Public’s Assets

Axum, an ancient jewel in the Ethiopian history, is also a sign and a seal on our national identity. Every time I travel there, I end up staying a few…


Dark Side of Ethnic Politics in Ethiopia

I was driving in the Southern part of Ethiopia with a European colleague when, amid our endless talks, he asked about my wife. I took my wallet out and handed…


By, to the Ethiopian Community

The United States (US) promotes family unity and allows citizens to petition for certain relatives to come and live permanently in the country. And to bring one’s parents to the…


External Sector Under Currency Discrimination

Currency devaluation, unlike other policy tools of governments, is not supposed to leave without being dramatic or traumatising people. This is perhaps what goes on in the minds of businesspeople…


Little Negligence Breeds Great Nuisance

These past few weeks, both the social and mainstream media of the country have been busy with breaking news. There was the resignation of Abadula Gemeda as speaker of the…


Arduous, Imperative Journey to SDGs

Sometimes when we start a long journey, it can be hard to see how far we have gone. Towns begin to look the same, and the destination seems as far…


Fallacious Cure for Defective Economy

An exchange rate is a macroeconomic variable that represents a link between the national economy and the outside world. Moreover, the exchange rate determines the domestic price of goods and…


Flag the Flag Day

No government before it ever got mired in controversies over a national flag as much as the current regime in Ethiopia which took power some quarter of a century ago.…


Lose the Remote, Control the Family

The year 1964 marked the introduction of television in Ethiopia. It was created to epitomise the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) meeting that took place in Addis Abeba that…


Israel’s Lack of Siege Mentality, Africa’s Cornucopia of It

The state of Israel is arguably the world’s only country where its four-star generals are subject to court marshal for overachievement. The reverse is true for most parts of the…


Oldies Swagger, Newbies Stutter

Ethiopian music has always been a case of individual excellence more than institutional effort. From the Ethiopian music’s king of kings, the late Tilahun Gesesse, to the crown prince, Teddy…


Palace to Rest, Visit, Earn From

If topography offers insight into a nation’s unique historical character, then Mount Entoto serves as the eyepiece to Modern Ethiopia. Sitting on the tip of Entoto’s high plateau, about 3,200m…


How Not to Rear Tomorrow’s Taxpayers

A good friend of mine once shared with me his personal story of how he got divorced with meat and chicken related foods. He was too little a boy to…


Devoid of Inquiry, New Perspectives

I was recently watching the movie, ‘God on Trial’. I heard about it in a leadership training I took a couple of months ago. The movie was about Jews who…


Commie Monuments’ Two Faces

At the fringe of a compound belonging to the Black Lion Hospital, there is a well-tended park owned by the Lideta District, a local administrative unit under the Addis Ababa…


Tricks to Walk the Talk on New Year Resolutions

As Ethiopia sees off the ‘old’ and welcomes the ‘new’, it may be common among many, to plan to change their lives in one way or another. I sometimes wonder…


Ethiopian Athletes Should Jump Too

A few hours before midnight on August 13, 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park threw a farewell party for a record of more than 2,000 athletes. These athletes, who had…


See No Informal Sector, Hear No Grey Economy

Developing countries’ economies are characterised by the existence of a vast but an accounted for informal sector, also called an underground economy. These include economic activities which can be legal…


Women Can Plough Too

I first met Memory in Kasungu, in Northern Malawi. Memory, a mother of six, farmed on an acre piece of land alongside her husband. Every year, often from seed that…


Central Bankers’ Shift Goalposts

There is nothing wrong with central bankers considering challenges in areas like growth, trade, and investment. But central banks were made independent precisely because it was understood that they would…


Misguided Mandate Trojan Horse to Illicit Antique Trade

Ethiopia is known for ample heritages that attract tourists from all over the globe. It is also known that Ethiopian heritages have been stolen at different times and taken abroad.…


Foreign Exchange Crunch Now, Then, Tomorrow

A country’s economic growth depends, among others, on the extent of its financial resource mobilization of both local and foreign currencies without which it is hardly possible to bring economic…




Editorial

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


Agenda

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


Fineline

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...


Viewpoint

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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