Constitutional Crises in Ethiopia
Assefa A. Lemu 2-20-19 - In a democratic system, constitution sets rules and regulations and guides the decisions of a government of a given country. Unfortunately, in Ethiopia, we are noticing ongoing violations of constitutional provisions which lead to constitutional crises. Constitutional crises happen when a constitution fails to accomplish the objectives...
VOA Tigrigna Interview with Aite Amanuel and Kidane from TPLF and ARENA Party on current political developments in Tigrai and Ethiopia. Betreseltan ask both of them to share their thoughts on the recent get-together between former and current TPLF leaders who have not seen eye to eye for a while, on the 'boundary and identity commission' as well as security conditions between Tigrai and Amhara regional boundaries!
Siye Abraha speaking to reporters on the occasion of Lekatit11 -2019. Siye was one of the leaders recognized for his service to the people of Tigrai and Ethiopia during the event. The magnanimity and show of solidarity exhibited by Siye and all the other ex-TPLF leaders is a watershed moment to Tigrain Unity! The struggle ahead to save the federal system has begun on a good footing indeed! Feb 19, 2019
Chinese firms brought in to "pick up pace" on Ethiopia's Nile dam
EEP also awarded a $113m contract to Voith Hydro Shanghai for electrical, mechanical, and various civil and structural works required to finish the GERD.The moves are intended to "pick up the pace of the dam", reported Fana, the state broadcaster.China Gezhouba is expected to "work aggressively in partnership with other companies" to complete the project on schedule, EEP chief executive Abraham Belay said.....
The above news coupled with the following news on
is somewhat assuring not all is lost in Ethiopia as far as development work goes. One can only hope such news will be the norm as it used to be instead of the daily news about killings and uprootings!
War Free Ethiopia
Berhane Alemayoh February 18, 2019 - Open Letter to: My humble appeal to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, the Parlama of Ethiopia, all Ethiopian activists, all media outlets, all regional governments, and all citizens:I am writing this appeal to all Ethiopian people, to do my part to defuse the underline peril of civil war facing the people of Ethiopia. For this writing, I have chosen to be as neutral as possible in addressing the concerns that I have....
The 44th Anniversary of Lekatit11 was celebrated across Tigrai and around many cities in the world in a colorful way. What makes this year's celebration unique is the energy exhibited by the people and the fact that many of the top TPLF leaders who left the organization due to a disagreement were present in Mekelle to receive a thank you award. The current Ethiopian politics may be much to be desired due to the many killings and displacement of people in many corners of the country, however, due to the ill-conceived attack against TPLF, its history and the people of Tigrai in general, the people are more united than ever! Some say the current political order in Ethiopia is a blessing in disguise! How true!- Feb 18, 2019
Live DW TV Stream: Lekatit11 Celebration Mekelle Tigrai- Feb 18, 2019
NBA commissioner announces Barack Obama to be involved with Basketball Africa League
NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday that former President Barack Obama will be involved in a project to develop a basketball league in Africa, the NBA's first league outside of the U.S.
Ethiopia's Tefera breaks world indoor 1,500m record
Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera broke the long-standing world indoor 1,500 metres record when he clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham, England on Saturday.Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj's 1997 record of 3:31.18.
Monitoring and Evaluation Professionals for Development Projects in Africa.
Dr Yohannes Aberra Ayele 2-16-19
Any serious intention to bring about sustainable development via programmes and projects should be guided by appropriate policies and realistic strategies, and be supported by the right legislative provisions. The implementation of development intervention is broken down...
Ethiopia's plan to privatize and split up its mobile phone monopoly won't be as easy as it looks
After decades of a centralized economic model and antiquated socialist red tape, Ethiopia is opening up to the world.
Last year, the government announced plans to gradually privatize state-owned enterprises in a bid to expand the role of the private sector,
Long before PM Abiy came to power, we have advocated for partial privatization of telecom services or at least the break-up of Ethio telecom to four regional bells so a quasi-competition is introduced between the subsidiaries. To our dismay, instead of introducing competition, the EPRDF government hired a foreign company to run the giant company! Although the Abiy government current privatization process is heavily influenced by the neo-liberals, it is time for Ethio-telecom to be introduced to some kind of private competition. The question is: can the Abiy govt stand against the neo-liberals and maintain some kind of veto power to save the country during economic hardship?
Investigation how deals done by the UK telecoms giant benefited politically connected elites in eastern Africa
Who is more racist?
TeKa 2-15-19 - One random Saturday morning, I was having a cup of coffee with a friend in one of the stores of Starbucks. As usual, I was having my black coffee Grande, which is the medium size by Starbucks standards, with a little of sugar. As much as I love the sip of a cup of coffee...
A Wise Mix of Carrot and Stick Solutions to Mekelle's Gang Crime Problem
Dr. Yohannes Aberra Ayele 2-14-19
Rapid urbanization particularly that which involves urban primacy, is a challenge as much as it is an opportunity. Accelerated growth of a capital city at a rate several times higher than those next in the rank order tends to feed itself like a rolling ball of snow with flow of migrants, skills, investment draining...
Power shift creates new tensions and Tigrayan fears in Ethiopia
Disagreements over land and resources between the 80 different ethnic groups in Ethiopia have often led to violence and mass displacement, but a fast and unprecedented shift of power led by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is causing new strains, experts say.During the first half of 2018, Ethiopia's rate of 1.4 million new internally displaced people exceeded Syria's. By the end of last year, the IDP population had mushroomed to nearly 2.4 million
Genocide: why a focus on prevention would produce a better outcome
One hundred and forty nine countries have signed the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948. These signatories present themselves as the authorities who are committed to and entrusted with preventing genocide.
But none of these countries are held accountable when they ignore the duties set out in the convention.
The current political development in Ethiopia is worrisome. Unless the government and political leaders sit down and solve their issues things will not improve. God save our people! (forwarded email!)