Professor Asmerom Legesse's Ahistorical Analysis and Psychological Profile of Emperor Yohannes IV Professor Desta, Asayehgn June 2019 - As a student in high school, it was unfortunate that I had no opportunity to relate and apply my studies to my locality or Ethiopia at large because I was schooled under the curriculum and books written for the British colonies in East Africa. Given this, I resorted to rote memory all the subjects I sat for the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Exam(ESLCE), needed for the entrance to the Ethiopian University.
Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to manage debt for their Chinese-built railways In the wake of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in Beijing six weeks ago, Ethiopia gained another Chinese debt-concession. China's second-largest African borrower and prominent BRI partner in infrastructure finance also received a cancellation on all interest-free loans up to the end of 2018. This was on top of previous renegotiated extensions of major commercial railway loans agreed earlier in 2018.These concessions highlight the continuing debt-struggles that governments have in taking on Chinese large infrastructure projects.
(Those who deliberately confused the youth by populist slogans to undermine the country's development agenda have succeeded. It will be interesting how long they will be able to ride the train of deceit. The real trains are stopping and soon the populist leaders will be checkmate by the youth unable to answer "where is the beef?" Let us see if 'democracy' alone will feed the Qeero and Fano army!)
Ethiopia, World Bank sign 350 mln USD finance assistance accord ADDIS ABABA, Xinhua (June 3) -- Ethiopia and the World Bank on Monday signed a 350 million U.S. dollar finance assistance agreement to transform the lives of pastoralist communities in Ethiopia, state media reported.
The World Bank Group approved 280 million dollars in credit and 70 million dollars in grant to support Ethiopia's efforts to advance the livelihoods of 2.5 million pastoralists, the EBC said.
Ethiopian delighted to serve Liverpool and Tottenham fans Addis Ababa: 03 June 2019 - Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to have served fans of the globally renowned British football teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their travel to Madrid where the teams played for Champions League final match.
The New Scramble for Ethiopia In order to make sense of the transformation underway in one of Africa's fastest-growing economies, it's important to understand Abiy's political project, its social base, and how it operates within EPRDF. It's ironic that the new prime minister's 2019 World Economic Forum address was received with so much approval from global financial elites. Only seven years ago, Ethiopia's former prime minister Meles Zenawi hosted the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. There, he shocked the international financial elite by telling them that neoliberalism was a failed project. (Interesting read!)
The African Union is doubling down on deepening its relationship with Huawei Huawei is currently fighting a ban in the US aimed at curtailing purchases on its equipment and limiting its global reach. But that’s not the case in Africa, where the company has rapidly expanded since starting operations here over two decades ago.
The Chinese telecommunications giant today announced a three-year memorandum of understanding to improve the technical expertise of the African Union.
The EU is a doomed empire What is the European Union? The closest concept I can come up with is a liberal empire, or better, a neoliberal one. An empire is a hierarchically structured block of nominally sovereign states held together by a gradient of power from a centre to a periphery..
Ethiopia PM presses plan to return displaced people after violence The Gedeo and West Guji areas were the site of brutal violence last year — Reuters spoke in August to the family of a coffee farmer whose limbs were chopped off by a mob of young men. About 700,000 people fled ethnic violence in the area last year. Abiy's delegation, which included his Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil, provided the communities with building materials to rebuild their homes - razed last year during the violence.
The upbeat message contrasts with the views of aid groups and experts who say many of the displaced people are terrified by the prospect of returning to their homelands now.
Neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried. Where next? Bill Clinton and Tony Blair represented neoliberalism with a human face but remained beholden to an expired ideology. (Joseph Stiglitz May 2019) -
What kind of economic system is most conducive to human wellbeing? That question has come to define the current era, because, after 40 years of neoliberalism in the United States and other advanced economies, we know what doesn't work.
The Role of Elites in Ethiopian Politics Assefa A. Lemu 5-30-19 - According to Vilferado Pareto and Gaetano Mosca, only minority have talent, intelligence, ability, and leadership quality to occupy power or important position. The minority has access to power, to top decision-makers and control the outcome of the decision and take advantage of that decision. The thinking, decision, and behavior of the ordinary peoples are influenced mainly by elites.
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THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN GLOBAL POLICY 2019 Did you know, our own sister - Senait Fisseha, is named as most influential in global policy byApolitical!With more nominations than ever before, this is our biggest and most global list yet: drawn from over 9,000 nominations, it recognises and celebrates the hard work being done on gender policy by so many around the world.Featuring politicians, civil servants, academics and activists, the list both recognises high-profile icons and shines a light on the unsung heroes whose work is indispensable to creating a fairer world for everyone.
Political shake-up and localism can edge Ethiopia forwards Rene' Lefort May 29, 2019 - To end paralysis, the political landscape needs restructuring: resurgent grassroots democracy must smother elitism, starting with local elections.It is crystal clear that the still burning question in Ethiopia is over horizontal ties between "nations, nationalities and peoples and their vertical relationship with the federal government. In other words, it is still...
(The reason we are posting foreigner's point of view here is so that you become more informed what the sponsors of the current regime in Ethiopia are thinking. Ethiopia is at a critical crossroad. That crossroad will come to pass with the coming election. The color revolutionaries are inching to delay the election using all kind of excuses so that their hired darlings are better prepared. Little did they know what is in store for them once the constitution is violated with a postponement of the election! The only way out is to hold the election on time! Tyranny of the majority will not work once the election is postponed! Hear yee!)
Must Read! Ethiopia's living churches - in pictures (The Guardian) - As one of the first countries to adopt Christianity, Ethiopia has a legacy of churches and monasteries, built on hilltops or hewn out of cliff faces, as well as vibrant traditions of worship. These are celebrated in a lavish book, Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom
Informative legal analysis of the Abiy government ill-advised campaign to defame selected former EPRDF officials!
The Rise of Dark Forces in Ethiopia: Alarming Situation M.Gettaw, May 28, 2019 - It was on May 28, 1991, when the Dergue regime was defeated and it’s oppressive apparatus dismantled by the gallant forces of EPRDF under the key leadership of the TPLF. Fast forward 28 years, we are on the brink of going back to the pre-1991 dark days and TPLF is no more leading the EPRDF coalition.