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Debt-trap ‘diplomacy’ is Colonialism 2.0

By Tesfu Telahoun Abebe – Old style colonialism went something like this: European covets a territory and makes acquaintances with the indigenous people, lubricating contacts by presenting manufactured trinkets like mirrors, spinning tops and beads. He gathers information on the local customs, tribal structures, long standing enmities among the region’s communities and other useful details.

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Ethiopia’s bewildering economics

By Tesfu Telahoun Abebe – Third world economies frequently operate on what seems like a parallel level to established and emerging markets. This situation is frequently cited as being a major determining factor for why so few developing countries gain acceptance to the WTO.

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“Just do it … go and eat me, no excuses”

Melakou Tegegn, Kampala- Uganda– As a famous Amharic saying has it, “Aya jibo satamehagn bilagn”; ostensibly the lamb said to this to the hyena who was saying all and sundry but dying to eat the lamb. In 1964, the Johnson administration in the US fabricated a story that goes in the history of falsified incidents […]