Year: 2013

  • Africa

    Ethiopia says equitable use of the Nile is its redline during negotiations

    Emnet Assefa Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in negotiations with Egypt equitable use of the Nile water is Ethiopia’s redline that his government would not allow any country to cross. Briefing the media this morning for the first time since he was selected as Prime Minister in Sep. 2012 following the death in August of Meles Zenawi, PM Hailemariam firmly…

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  • U.S

    U.S. GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES NEW LAND ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY

    Sileshi Getahun, State Minister of Agriculture, and Dennis Weller, Mission Director of USAID Ethiopia, officially launched the “Land Administration to Nurture Development” (LAND)  program today at a national conference in Addis Ababa.  The program builds on previous USAID land projects and will reach more regions than before.  In two previous USAID and Ministry of Agriculture projects carried out from 2005-2013,…

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  • Commentary

    After Ahmadinejad

    Mehdi Khalaji The factional disputes that have long paralyzed Iranian policymaking will likely persist after the upcoming election, leaving the regime with no choice but to persist in its diplomatic standoff with the West. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s preferred successor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, will not be running in the June 14 election. Neither will former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The…

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  • Art Review

    To the Wonder: A look at our lives with new eyes

    Andrew DeCort  To the Wonder unfolds as an avalanche of tenderness. Much of the film is shot during the ‘magic hours’ when the world shines with warmth and rest, brought to dance by the everyday ballet of its central character’s joy in life, accompanied by hauntingly beautiful music. Simultaneously, Wonder is an almost unbearably raw look at the trauma of…

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  • The way to grow old gracefully and gratefully

    Ashenafi Zedebub We all know that some people are “old” at forty, while others are “young” at seventy. Scholars say people must realize that all of us have three stages of ages: our age in years, usually regarded as much more important as it really is; our bodily age, which by no means be the same as the physical average…

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  • Africa

    Inside Ethiopia’s institutionalized corruption

    The practice of corruption in Ethiopia is not an act of individuals, it is a phenomenon which constitutes the bigger part of the nation’s institutional structure Tsedale Lemma &Emnet Assefa Beginning of May this year was no ordinary month for Ethiopia’s anti-graft body, the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC). For the second time in its history of a little…

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  • Africa

    The Pianist :Samuel Yirga

      Zela Gayle “Love” is what “motivates” him to play the piano because “the sound of it is so much related to the feeling of love.” These are not words from a teenage boy, who is deep in his high school crash; these are the words of an Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga, who, at 27, is fast becoming one of…

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  • The case for a ‘Third-Way’ of education

    Taye Negussie (PhD) Since a while we hear a lot about the ever ‘deteriorating quality’ of education in Ethiopia. But questions such as, “what does ‘deteriorating quality’ of education really mean?” and “how do we know about it?” may appear strange because for many people there is only one unitary and consensual view regarding education, and hence take the issue…

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  • Somalia

    Dear Editor, Please allow me to commend you on your courageous expedition to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, a country we in Ethiopia in particular and the whole world in general think is a wasted land. Your cover story (Somalia: the failed state no more, May 2013) asked a critical question on why Ethiopia was not a part of the…

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  • Africa

    Beauty knows no misery

    Habibi, 17, is an internally displaced Somali girl living with her 12 siblings and other relatives in a small shack inside a makeshift camp located not far from the Mogadishu Airport.  She is the second generation living as a refugee. Her mother was a refugee who was first displaced in the civil war that followed the ousting in 1991 of…

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