Learning from the Oromo Protests

Since the recent Oromo protests in Ethiopia, a number of commentators have written on the need for unity, compromis[...]

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ወደ ባንክ የሚገባው የወርቅ መጠን መቀነስና ሕገወጥ ዝውውር መጨመሩን [...]

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As food emergency intensifies in drought-hit Ethiopia, UN appeals for more resources

$1.2 billion is needed for food relief to10.2 million people. However, the current appeal is only funded by one thi[...]

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Democratic Self-rule Federalism–by Desta Asayehgn

Based on the recent unrest that has been precipitated by the Oromo people in Ethiopia, a number of observers such a[...]

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የወያኔ ኢኮኖሚ፣ የገበያ ኢኮኖሚ፣ የካፒታሊስት ኢኮኖሚ፣ በመንግስት የሚደገፍ ኢኮኖሚ፣ ወይስ ሌላ !

በፈቃዱ: በቀለ፣ ዶ/ር በቅድሚያ ለዚህ ጽሁፌ መነሻ የሆነኝ፣ በአለፉት ሃያ አምስት ዐመታት በአገራችን ምድር „የነፃ ገበያ ፖሊሲ“ ተግባራዊ መሆን ከጀመረ ወዲህ በተሳሳተ መልክ የሚናፈሰውንና በአንዳንድ መጽሄቶች የሚወጣውን የተሳሳተ አመለካከት ለመዳሰስ ነው። በተለይም በገዢው መደብ አንዳንድ አባላት ወይም ሚኒስተሮችም ሆነ በአንዳንድ ኢትዮጵያውያን ስለ ነፃ ገበያ የተሳሳተ አባባል ስለሚነፍስ እንደዚህ ዐይነቱን የተዛነፈና የአንድን አገር ዕድገት የሚያዛባ አነጋገር [...]

Investments: When Ethiopian giants dance

Ethiopia’s in the driving seat, as investors from East and West seize on opportunities in sectors ranging from construction to brewing. Though they are global competitors, China, the US and Europe can complement each other here, say the ingenious functionaries in the state investment commission.

Though her farm is small and the rains have been disappointing, farmer Meseret Daba is looking forward to a profitable harvest this year. The 36-year-old mother of five, who lives near the southern town of Assela, says her income has doubled since she devoted most of her land to barley two years ago. “My life has changed,” she said. “My family is comfortable now, and I’m sending my kids to school.”

Explaining Ethiopian Soaring Real Estate and Property Prices

For generations, land has been a pivotal resource and power in Ethiopia and this power is exclusively in the hands of the government and cadre elites who can expropriate land at will. It has been a highly lucrative sector for both the central government, party-affiliated parastatals, top-party elites and individuals and businesses with deep political connections. The lucrative business does not only emanate from a mere possession of land and real estate but also from the shoddy deals and access to lucrative bank loans.

The Perils of Ethnic Federalism Part I: The Dangers of Ethnic Politics

By Worku Aberra, PhD

The recent student uprising in Oromia has brought into sharp focus the unsustainability of ethnic federalism in Ethiopia. The student unrest was sparked by the government’s decision to expand the city of Addis Ababa into the surrounding areas, but the real cause of the unrest lies in ethnic politics that has created ethnic federalism. Over the last 25 years, the regime has practised ethnic politics, stifling democratic rights, infringing upon civil liberties, and virtually eliminating the political space for the opposition. The results are ominous. Ethnic politics, if the experience of other countries is any lesson, engenders instability, turmoil, civil wars, and genocide.

Reflection on the Root Causes of Persistent Food Insecurity in Ethiopia

By Urgessa Tura Â

On June 11, 2003 the late Meles convened a joint meeting with major Western donors in Addis Ababa, and confided to them that the food crisis in Ethiopia had reached to an unacceptable level that he will consider the Zenawi situation to be a matter of national security concern. At the time, 16 million Ethiopians were starved. Thirteen years later, more than 20 million Ethiopians are languishing under condition of chronic food deficit. So what went wrong? If the government was so focused on attacking the acute food deficit in Ethiopia, why are so large number of Ethiopians still starving?

Leather industry is booming in Ethiopia as the government offers generous incentives to producers

Leather industry is booming in Ethiopia as the government offers generous incentives to producers. By Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from Addis Ababa

Integration of Ethiopian Traditional Medicine with Modern Medicine

Several surveys conducted in Ethiopia have shown that the majority of modern health professionals believe that traditional medicine is important in the care of the ill. The results of surveys have also indicated that the two systems need to work together

How Doctors Die | HMS


On three of five measures of the intensity of end-of-life care, physicians received significantly fewer intensive interventions than the general population.

Overall, physicians were less likely to die in a hospital compared with the general population (27.9 percent vs. 32 percent, respectively), and during the last six months of life they were less likely to have surgery (25.1 percent vs. 27.4 percent) and less likely to be admitted to the ICU (25.8 percent vs. 27.6 percent).

Potential diabetes treatment advances

Source: Harvard Gazette

Researchers at MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, in collaboration with scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and several other institutions, have developed an implantable device that in mice shielded insulin-producing beta cells from immune system attack for six months — a substantial proportion of life span.

Tanzania threatens to deport migrants from drought-hit Ethiopia

By Kizito Makoye, Reuters

DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tanzanian authorities have threatened to deport hundreds of Ethiopian migrants who have crossed into the country illegally while trying to make their way to South Africa.

The east African country is a major transit route for migrants, used by smugglers to ferry Ethiopians and Somalis to South Africa and Europe.

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