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Ethiopia at risk

Ethiopia at risk

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BY KEBOUR GHENNA - Modern day Ethiopia is characterized by ethnic groups concerned about the protection of their rights and interests. This concern is motivated by an actual or perceived inequality of treatment and allegations of both de jure and de facto discrimination. Ethiopia is tearing itself apart over what are essentially anthropological questions, about the nature of cultural identity and the narratives of victimization and threat, linking the present with the past and projecting onto the future. (more…)
Coffee and Ethiopia

Coffee and Ethiopia

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BY ANDUALEM SISAY GESSESSE - Unlike other coffee producing African countries, such as Uganda, and Burundi, more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production is consumed locally. No matter how poor a family is coffee will be served at least once in a day in most of Ethiopia's rural community. (more…)
Debt-trap ‘diplomacy’ is Colonialism 2.0

Debt-trap ‘diplomacy’ is Colonialism 2.0

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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. (more…)
Happy old new year of Ethiopia!?

Happy old new year of Ethiopia!?

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By Tesfu Telahoun Abebe - One of the defining cultural aspects which distinguish Ethiopia from most other nations is its Coptic-Julian calendar. A solar calendar having 12 months of 30 days and a thirteenth month of 5/6 days, it differs by invariably adding a leap day every four years. (more…)
Ethiopia and the Arab overture – conclusion

Ethiopia and the Arab overture – conclusion

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By Tesfu Telahoun Abebe - I would like to start off the third and final installment of 'Ethiopia and the Arab Overture' by momentarily digressing to momentous events occurring across our western borders. I applaud and salute the great people of Sudan on finally achieving a golden opportunity to reverse the ravages of over three decades of despotic and genocidal dictatorship. (more…)