Azerbaijan celebrates 101st independence anniversary
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Azerbaijan celebrates 101st independence anniversary

Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR) was proclaimed on May 28, 1918 with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence – the exemplary policy document which committed to the principles of democracy and rule of law. This republic was proclaimed in the midst of the turbulent and complex geo-political situation in the South Caucasus region.

Is Ethiopia’s departure from state led economy feasible?
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Is Ethiopia’s departure from state led economy feasible?

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – Ethiopia has pursued the developmental state model for over 15 years. For so long, the government seemed content with the model believing it brought the country to the club of the fastest growing economies in the world. Rosy government reports on economic growth have lately been corroborated by international institutions […]

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Uncertainty in Ethiopia after five officials’ assassination

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – On Saturday evening state media reported about coup attempt in Amhara Region of Ethiopia indicating that the president of the region Dr. Ambachew Mekonnen was shot and wounded. The president and his colleagues were in a meeting when gunmen enter the office and started shooting.

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Deconstructing the privatization scam – A very British disease

By Kebour Ghenna – In Ethiopia, the next big item for sale is the Ethio Telecom. The Prime Minister is excited about it, his advisors are committed to it, and the World Bank is doing the advising. The justification for privatization, in this case, the transfer of public asset to international private investors, is that […]

Heydar Aliyev - National leader with great historic mission
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Heydar Aliyev – National leader with great historic mission

By Elman Abdullayev – Heydar Aliyev is the leader who founded modern Azerbaijan, becoming true legend of his time. The history remembers him as unique personality, powerful head of state, dedicated man and legendary figure able to take on his shoulders difficult historical burden of state building.

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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 […]

Why Ethiopians migrate to Addis Ababa? Policy recommendation
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Why Ethiopians migrate to Addis Ababa? Policy recommendation

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – In my view one of the main reasons why Addis Ababa is overcrowded at the moment by the people flooding into the city from all corners of Ethiopia is lack of jobs and opportunities, which is breading instability and conflict. While the number of people graduated or dropouts is increasing […]

Will Ethiopia’s PM Abiy tame the Janjaweed?
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Will Ethiopia’s PM Abiy tame the Janjaweed?

Melakou Tegegn, Kampala– The Janjaweed is a militia force set up by Bashir in the late 1990s to terrorize the population of Southern Sudan from supporting the SPLA. They committed untold crimes against the civilian population ostensibly for harbouring the forces of SPLA, a liberation movement at the time.

Is Ethiopia burying or currying Developmental State?
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Is Ethiopia burying or currying Developmental State?

The fate of a much-praised economic policy in politically overhauled country  – By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – An article published recently by Addis Standard, a local media, titled, Ethiopia’s developmental state dead or alive? prompted me to raise the issue in the middle of a conversation with my colleagues from different disciplines. I meant to […]

Common heritage between Ethiopia and Azerbaijan
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Common heritage between Ethiopia and Azerbaijan

By Andualem Sisay Gessesse – Centuries before the word globalization was coined people from one corner of the world have been mingling, marrying and with people from another corner of the world. In those days where there were no trains and airplanes and before cars were invented, people have been travelling across oceans and seas […]

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Ethiopia: From TPLF frying pan into Ethno-anarchy fire? last part

By Tesfu Telahoun Abebe – I concluded Part 1 by stating that I believe the PM has been irretrievably losing considerable political capital, since at least the second half of his stay in office, so far. I continue today by declaring that I fear that he will never be as wildly popular as he had […]