Recent News

  • Resolving the Ethio-Eritrea impasse peacefully

    Ethiopian and Eritrea have been in a stalemate over the last sixteen years ever since the end in 2000 of the two-year bloody war they fought.

  • Putting an end to inconsistent practices

    The EPRDF-led government of Ethiopia has been criticized for being prone to inconsistencies when making administrative decisions during its twenty-five-year rule. Its propensity to apply different criteria to settle similar issues have engendered widespread public disgruntlement over the years.

  • Bringing to justice perpetrators behind leaking of national exams!

    One of the manifestations of moral depravity is thievery. Regardless of whether it is petty or grand, stealing is a crime. Crimes against education are particularly odious because they are no different to killing a generation. This Monday the Ministry of Education decided to cancel and defer to an unspecified date National Higher Education Entrance Examination after a leaked English examination designated Code 14

  • Credible self-assessment needed

    The ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) is today celebrating the silver jubilee anniversary of its assumption of power by toppling the military Derg regime. It is touting successes in accelerating economic growth as well as encouraging strides in the social arena as it looks back on its twenty-five-year administration.

  • Remembering citizens nation owes debt of gratitude while they live!

    Last week Ethiopia lost one of its wonderful sons who played a vital role in causing the national tri-color to fly high over and over again on the international arena. Ethiopians were shocked and saddened by the death Woldemeskel Kostre (PhD), the renowned distance running coach considered by many to be the architect of Ethiopia’s string of gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships from the mid-1980s 

  • An exercise in futility

    As a critical factor in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of a nation, it is of paramount importance that the overarching plan where by the government sets out to accomplish this goal must be properly formulated and put into practice. Like any other of its kind  such a plan needs to be justifiable and practicable if national resources are to be successfully utilized and put to their intended use. Formulating unrealistic plans is 

  • War drums and centrifugal forces in Ethio-Eritrean conflict

    By Bruh Yihunbelay

    The second youngest African nation, Eritrea is once again struggling to extricate itself from a diplomatic and military quagmire after only two decades of an independent existence and a two-year border war with its southern neighbor, Ethiopia.

  • Are some refugees more equal than others?

    This year, the world has experienced a series of calamitous events related to terrorism, wars, and instabilities.

  • Human rights in Ethiopia: a lot to be desired

    Almost two decades after the introduction of the FDRE Constitution, Ethiopia introduced the National Human Rights Action Plan which aimed at increasing the applicability of the human and democratic rights enshrined in the supreme law of the land.

  • The perpetual challenge

    Addis Ababa stretches on approximately 52,000 hectares and this is part of the land bank that was established back in 2013. The bank was established to facilitate the lease process overseen by the city cabinet, the highest executive body of the administration. However, acquisitions of plots that are in contradiction with the line map and plots that have been illegally occupied after 2005 have been a source of problem for the administration. Now any construction on these lands will be demolished and the land will be taken away. That is creating anxiety for some illegal settlers, write Tibebeselassie Tigabu and Mihret Aschalew

  • In memory of Patrice Lumumba

    After coming out of colonization, a generation of ambitious African leaders took charge and started their work to make the continent free and prosperous. However, there was drama and at the center of this drama stood, for a brief time, Patrice Lumumba. Taking office in June 1960, he lasted but 12 weeks as his new nation’s first democratically elected prime minister before being deposed in a coup, and then killed four months later. Lumumba has since become a symbolic figure from his era and that was what reiterated at the recently held Tana High Level African Security Forum, writes Solomon Goshu.

  • The tough task of reviving Somalia

    Iman (fashion), Warsan Shire (poetry), Mohammed Farrah (Athletics) and K’naan (rap music) are famous Somalis or those of Somali origin who have become global household names. However, that is not what makes the Horn of Africa country well-known. Civil war, piracy and Islamic extremism have been tormenting the country for more than two decades now. Still the country is striving to get back on its feet, writes

     

  • Ethiopia’s alliance with global aviation industry

    The aviation industry is hampered by slim profit margins, forcing carriers to focus on both cost reduction and revenue growth through better customer interactions.

  • Short of expectations

    One year after the last salary and scale adjustment to the government employees was made the government proposed the long-awaited amendment to the employee tax schedule this week. Following the leaks on social media a few months ago, debates surfaced as to what this amendment entails to employees and their purchasing power by extension. Now with all rumors aside, the current amendment, which would be implemented next month, is something that is stirring another round of debates, writes Asrat Seyoum.

  • South Korea: miracle still unfolding

    Dubbed the miracle on Han River, South Korea’s growth narrative is the ultimate underdog story in development. Now wielding an economic power, which is the 11th largest in the world, the country pulled off the unthinkable in a matter 60 years. In his recent visit to South Korea Asrat Seyoum of The Reporter observes that industrial clustering, innovation in textile industry and the so called Saemaul movement played pivot roles in the country’s development. And that Korea is still an evolving narrative.

  • Catch 22: The audit report vs. the static predicament

    Ten missing cars and more than two billion birr unaccounted for. Lost, undocumented, misused, and damaged public properties. These were just some of the shocking facts revealed in the report of Gemechu Dubiso, Auditor General, on Tuesday in a presentation to Parliament. The concerns raised by Gemechu and the fact that it is getting from bad to worse had MPs irritated. Subsequently, MPs called for swift action, reports Yonas Abiye.

  • Uncertain future over flower sector

    The horticultural sector, among which the cut flower export sector is the major one, has fetched some USD 245 million in 2014. This stands at a stark contrast to the coffee sector, which brought in less than USD 800 million dollars in the same period, since the total land covered by the former is only 1,500 hectares as opposed to 500,000 hectares of land covered by coffee. It was exactly this high-value nature that drove the government to support sector in every aspect. Nevertheless, it looks like those days have gone. The sector these days is aching out for each hectare of land and the problems get worse when it comes to expansion projects. On the other hand, the sector players are also concerned about the quality of support that is given to them from their lead agency, write Asrat Seyoum and Birhanu Fikade.

  • The diplomatic city struggling to quench its thirst

    They say population is a blessing as well as a curse; well in recent time Ethiopia looks to be feeling the pressure of population explosion approaching the big 100 million. Public services like electricity and water are at the forefront of this population pressure narrative Ethiopia. Although, Ethiopians are quite familiar with power rationing, last week the Addis Ababa City Administration announced its plan to ration water, writes Yonas Abiye.

SOCIETY

  • Back to the motherland

    By Paul Schemm

    The first time Abezash Tamerat returned to her native Ethiopia, she walked out of the airport terminal’s sliding doors only to turn around and walk right back in, briefly overwhelmed by the press of beggars and taxi drivers clamoring outside.

  • Birthplace of Christianity

    By Eden Zekarias

    If you ask most people today where the first human being was found, chances are they can probably tell you Ethiopia. What's not so widely known is that Ethiopia remains home to the the oldest Christian tradition in the world. The ancient kingdom of Axum (located in modern-day Tigray) began the practice of Christianity as early as 1 AD, preceding Europe by 3+ centuries. Outside of Ethiopia, this knowledge has been 

  • Mothers’ Day: the Ethiopian version

    By Henok Reta

    Extracting the edible substance from Enset, one of the famous staple foods and an indigenous plant to Southern Ethiopia, is a rather complicated task to perform. Enset, a genus of Monocarpic plant and commonly referred to as the Abyssinia Banana or False Banana, is everything for the lives of the Gurage nationality and other ethnic groups in the South. According to studies conducted in the region, Enset is 

  • City streams as waste disposal canals

    By Henok Reta

    A lot has been said about Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union (AU), one of the most peaceful cities in the continent and a city that is an embodiment of the “African Rising” narrative. Nevertheless, tidiness and waste management is definitely not one of the strongest suites of this city. Standing on the very street where AU’s new headquarters is located one can’t help but be bothered by the whiff of a strong nose-

  • New life after battered journey

    By Henok Reta

    Elfinesh Wate, 22, recently overcame one of the most difficult challenges in her life: years-long battle against obstetric fistula. She underwent an hour-long surgery to get cured at Hamlin Fistula Care Center in Yirgalem, a small town in the Southern Regional State. Having lost her child during delivery, Elfinesh is to a large extent satisfied with the procedure. The young woman will be mourning the death of her newborn 

SPORT

  • Doping scandal looms over Genzebe’s manager

    By Dawit Tolesa

     

    A judge has released the coach of world 1,500-meter champion Genzebe Dibaba, three days after his arrest near Barcelona.

  • Tsgabu Grmay at Tour de France

    MTN-Qhubeka made history last year by becoming the first African-registered team to participate in the Tour de France – with Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus the first Eritreans to compete – and this year will see a further milestone in the progress of African cycling as Tsgabu Grmay lines up as the Tour’s first ever Ethiopian.

  • Strong chance for Ethiopian double at Corrida de Langueux

    There has only ever been one Ethiopian double in the 25-year history of the Corrida de Langueux, but history could repeat itself at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race over 10km on Saturday (18).