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Federalist facade for centralist front
August 18, 2019 by Rene Lefort, William Davison- Despite TPLF efforts to snap Ethiopia out of political stalemate, an incoherent ruling front staggers sluggishly towards reform. More destabilizing jostling looks likely, as the Prime Minister tries to cobble together a centrist alliance. With its unprecedented public attack last month on the Amhara Democratic Party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front appeared to be trying to bring Ethiopia's political impasse to a head by exacerbating the existing crisis.

Ethiopia's Developmental State Model: A Reflection on Francis Fukuyama's Article
Prof Asayehgn Desta August 2019 - Given that the core matrix of Ethiopia's Developmental State Model was economic growth, from 2005 to 2015, Ethiopia remained as a compelling example of how an African country could achieve steady state-directed economic growth, social transformation, and infrastructural investments... Professor Francis Fukuyama (June 11, 2019) attempts to authenticate the "state quality" and compare the difference between the Ethiopia's Developmental State Model and the East Asian Developmental State paradigm.

ሹክ፡ የኢህአዴግ ስራ አስፈፃሚ ስብሰባ እንዴት ነበረ?
አለምአየሁ ምህረቴ 8-16-19 -
Interesting Read! It seems the road ahead is indeed a dead-end road unless Abiy changes course! Will he change course or stop at the dead-end to see who will blink first- Federalist or Neo-liberalist!

What Ethiopia needs is an independent prosecution
The last few months have, however, brought to the fore the complexity of governing Africa's second-most populous country where ethnic cleavages have high political saliency. The initial euphoria that followed Abiy's unexpected rise to power gradually transformed into bewilderment and even pessimism in some quarters.The prime minister has faced criticism, especially because of the perceived deterioration of the security situation and inter-ethnic skirmishes...

Maximizing employment from Investment and Economic Growth in Tigray
Makonnen Tesfaye; London, UK August 2019 - Employment, in particular youth unemployment, is increasingly becoming the key economic, social and political issue facing the Country, the Regional States and Tigray; and as such has been the fundamental driver of the current challenges of social unrest and political instability. The aim of the outline paper is to stimulate discussion and point out the direction of potential research and economic policy-making further towards the imperative of developing

Capital lease finance company opens shop
Ethio Lease to import USD 200 million worth of machineries.Ethio Lease was established by African Asset Finance Company, a New York City-based finance company, with a registered capital of 400 million birrs. The company has nine shareholders and seven board members including Girma Wake and Gabriel Negatu, director-general for Eastern Africa Regional Center at the African Development Bank. The Ethiopian government first enacted the law that allows foreign companies to engage in the lease finance sector in 1998.

Mr. President and Mr. Cuccinelli, what would you know!
TeKa 8-13-19 - I am an immigrant myself and a proud naturalized citizen. Lately, the current president and some of his top officials are breaking my heart. Not long ago, the president himself asked the four congresswomen to go back to where they came from if they do not agree with the way the country is being governed.

Diaspora for Development!
What a wonderful worth remembering diaspora tour held by Tigrai development Association/TDA! The 2nd International Diaspora Festival Tigrai which brought together diaspora Tegaru from North America, Europe, China, Middle East and Africa for the same objective took place in a wide range of programs in Mekelle, the beautiful Northern Star Capital of Tigray as of 24 to 30 July 2011 E.C. The event was regarded as the most important...

Manufacturing public debate
A public official is a ventriloquist who speaks for the state: he takes an official stance and speaks for the group he is addressing (for their benefit and as their mouthpiece); he speaks for and on behalf of all; and he speaks as a representative of the universal.

የጃዎር ኪንግደም
ከማህፍቅ 8-12-19

Ethiopia's critical juncture: Ethnic tensions and liberal transition
The most concerning situation, yet, exists in the Amhara Regional State. On June 22, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused General Asamnew Tsige, head of the security forces in Amhara, as well as other Amhara military officers of being responsible for an attempted coup d’état. General Tsige was subsequently killed along with his alleged accomplices while over 250 people, especially members of the National Movement of Amhara (NAMA), the region’s leading party, were arrested.

ላልሰማው ጉድ ነው ዘንድሮ
ሓጎስ አረጋይ 8-12-19

Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest
Nairobi, August 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely.

How Indefinite Conscription Restricts Young People's Rights, Access to Education in Eritrea
Since the border war with Ethiopia in the late 1990s, Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki and the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) have used indefinite national service to control the Eritrean population. Human Rights Watch research finds that many Eritreans have spent their entire working lives at the service of the government ...

"ዲያስፖራ" ከሚበጀው የሚፈጀው
ከአብዱራህማን አህመዲን፤ 8-10-19

The Gavel or the Gun?
Yohannes Aberra, PhD 8-9-19 - I just returned from the grand conference of Tigraian scholars in Mekelle (Quo Vadis Tigray). It is heart-warming to discuss development in a besieged Regional Capital. One can never fail to admire the people, the scholars, and the leadership for making it possible.

World food security increasingly at risk due to 'unprecedented' climate change impact, new UN report warns
Speaking at the launch of a Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, experts highlighted how the rise in global temperatures, linked to increasing pressures on fertile soil, risked jeopardizing food security for the planet.

The Weaponization of Victimhood: Another response to the communique of "concerned" Ethiopians
Elias Dawit 8-8-19 - On July 19, 2019, 145 Ethiopians, calling themselves "concerned Ethiopians", published a communique in the form of an open letter to all Ethiopians and the international community. The ostensible purpose of the communique was to warn their compatriots and the wider international community that...

Planting millions more trees might not be the way to tackle Ethiopia's environmental problems
Ethiopia is hoping to tackle the effects of climate change by planting more trees, but in doing so, it might inadvertently be creating new environmental problems. This week, prime minister Abiy Ahmed joined Ethiopians from northern Tigray to the Southern Nations to plant...

Cease and Desist-Ato Andaregachew!
Samuel Estefanous 6 Agust 2019 - I read Andy Tsige's political autobiography and noted, 'a good book but it would have been a great one-had it been edited.' What a shame! A book of such 'grandeur' wasn't edited; looks like to me, Ato Andargachew published his rich rough notes just like Giday Zeratsion did.But rough notes have their own peculiar charms-like racy tabloids do - and it was a good read indeed except for the following.

The President of the Federal Supreme Court Transgresses the Constitution
Makonnen Tesfaye, 4 August 2019 - Meaza Ashenafi's, the President of the Federal Supreme Court,unashamedly open advocacy for and pronouncement of a military action against the Regional State of Tigray on a public platform is a further escalation of the Abiy Government's "undeclared" war on Tigray, which is targeted against the Region's democratically elected political leadership and people. ...
Meaza in Her Own Voice

Tigray is in danger
Teodros Kiros (Ph.D) 8-5-19 - Tigray is being circled constitutionally and politically by the Abiy regime in concert with Esaias Afework. We have to analyze the present movements in Ethiopia, most particularly Abiy's recent visit to Eritrea. The public is not privy to the purpose of the visit and the actual content of the discussions, which took place ...

The Most Repressive State You May Have Never Heard Of
With more than 25 million people forcibly displaced from their countries by the end of 2018, the world currently faces an unprecedented refugee crisis. Among the countries with the highest rates of displacement are Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Afghanistan - all of which are riven by war and instability. Also on this list, however, is Eritrea.

Tailored Education Programs from Pre-K to K-12 and Beyond-Personal Reflections on Some Tested and Adaptable Practices from the US and Canada
Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD - Every child is unique and needs a uniquely tailored educational program that allows him/her to succeed academically, socially, and financially- all paths to a rewarding life. However, most education programs are highly standardized (non-tailored) to the unique individual needs. While standard programs work in most cases, some students could benefit s ...

Aseffa Abreha 8-2-19 - Sometime ago, a presentation of a three-year development plan of the Tigray Development Association (TDA) was broadcast by its Board Chairman, Engineer Yemane Tadesse. I found the presentation very impressive. It is clearly thought out, well designed and presented. The Board Chairman explained with clarity the contribution of TDA ...

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering (Mekelle Institute of Tech) and the Department of Biotechnology (College of Dryland Agri. and Nat. Res.) are making preparations to jointly carry out the first conference on biotechnology and allied sciences and engineering called ...

Ethiopia is in the Midst of a Rapid Democratic Renewal. Can It Succeed?
Ethiopia's political scene is changing. Since taking office in April 2018, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accelerated a process of political opening, including greater freedom of the press, the release of political prisoners, a detente with Eritrea, and other meaningful reforms. But Ethiopia's transition to a liberal, open and multi-party democracy has faced some significant challenges...On the line to help explain why Ethiopian politics is at such a pivotal moment right now is William Davidson

One of the best analysis of the predicament of Ethiopia to date! Westerners are accustomed to associating every change with an individual instead of a group or a party. Abiy may be a prime minister of Ethiopia but he cannot change Ethiopia by himself. If there is going to be a change in Ethiopia, nation and nationalities and the peoples of Ethiopia will have to be part of it. Of all political parties in Ethiopia today, only the EPRDF can pretend or claim it represents the nation and nationalities of Ethiopia. Therefore, if EPRDF fails so will Ethiopia!

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