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Don’t make Ethiopia’s State of Emergency a new normal


By Kebour Ghenna “Rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges. That’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. Sooner or later, …

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Opinion: What Brexit means for Ethiopia


So Brexit has become a reality. What does this mean to Ethiopia? I think it comes with a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges. 1. Economically, it could bring a reduction in cost of pound-denominated debt service. This relates to the historic nose diving of the British pound. But with …

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Opinion: Should Ethiopia promote or stop Khat production?


Khat exports earned Ethiopia millions of dollars helping the country get foreign exchanges. Ethiopia’s revenue generated by Khat exports is rapidly growing from year to year. The UN World Health Organization says the plant causes irritability, insomnia and lethargy. More experienced chewers describe a meditative, almost trance-like state, where one’s …

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Ethiopia: Democracy Deepening Slowly but Surely

Democracy is a concept that affords people a say on their socio-economic and political life. It enables them to shape their destiny. On the other hand, the active participation of people in the socioeconomic and political activities of their country allows democracy send deeper roots. The active participation of the …

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Ethiopia: Why Getting Assab Port Back Matters to Ethiopia

According to the United Nations Human Development Report of 2013, Ethiopia is one of the eight countries in the world with the lowest human development index (HDI) and one of the two countries, Niger being the other, with the highest multidimensional poverty index (MPI). Despite the much publicised double-digit economic …

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