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After big dam gamble, Ethiopia seeks private energ…

07 September, 2017

By William Davison for The Messenger Ethiopia’s public investment in mega dams has been a bold attempt to make up for Africa’s power deficit. But despite some impressive achievements, doubts remain about the efficiency of those schemes, as the government leaves its comfort zone to try and attract private capital into renewable energy projects.


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'I can't pay': taxing times for small traders in E…

04 September, 2017

By William Davison in Addis Ababa | The Guardian Strikes and protests in volatile Oromia state reflect widespread anger over business tax rises as the government tries to reduce its reliance on aid In the dense cobblestone streets of Burayu town, outside Addis Ababa, Melaku Abdella* and his family had been making a living selling basic items such as vegetables, cooking oil and soft drinks at competitive prices from their kiosk. But after the Ethiopian government stung him with a more than...


Mammo Muchie

A giant Scholar of Pan-Africanism

30 July, 2017

By Melaku Ayele He has worked at and still continues to collaborate with institutions in the USA, England, China, Russia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ethiopia and locally in South Africa. Professor Muchie earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development at the University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom. As a researcher he is held in high esteem by some high-ranking universities the world over. For instance he serves as a Senior Research Associate at the TMD...


Robin Murray

Remembering Robin Murray

28 July, 2017

By Professor Mammo Muchie, his former MPhil student I heard of the passing away of our truly beloved Robin Murray from my long-time friend, Gwen Sullivan, to whom Gordon White had introduced me when I was a DPhil student in 1984. I was unable to speak upon hearing the tragic news, several days after Robin had passed away. Upon hearing the pain in my silence, Gwen gently asked: “Mammo, you didn’t know?” How I wish I had known about his illness...

Opinion & Analysis


Operation Conscience

OPERATION CONSCIENCE: Raising Western Awareness of…

20 September, 2017

By David Steinman The challenge of changing official Western policy toward the ruling regime in Ethiopia has frustrated Ethiopia’s opposition for more than a quarter century. The West has never taken meaningful steps to stop the crimes committed by Ethiopia’s brutal dictatorship against the Ethiopian people. Given the level of collusion demonstrated for decades, it is not hard to understand why Western donor nations only pay lip service to Ethiopian human rights and democracy while, behind the scenes, trying to avoid doing...


T-TPLF Day of Reckoning

Ten Days of Accountability and Reckoning for the T…

18 September, 2017

By Prof. Al Mariam The ten days of T-TPLF kumbaya propaganda charm offensive in Ethiopia I have heard of the “12 Days of Christmas”. Even sang it. “On the first day of Christmas/ my true love sent to me:/ A Partridge in a Pear Tree/…/” Who has ever heard of the T-TPLF’s ten days of the Ethiopian New Year (celebrated on September 11, 2017 [Meskerm 1, 2010 Ethiopian calendar]). Well! The Thugtatorship of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front (T-TPLF) last week launched a new...

Political Analysis

Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome

How The NSA Built A Secret Surveillance Network Fo…

14 September, 2017

By Nick Turse “A warm friendship connects the Ethiopian and American people,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced earlier this year. “We remain committed to working with Ethiopia to foster liberty, democracy, economic growth, protection of human rights, and the rule of law.”




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