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Armed Peace: Wolqait in the Crosshairs

Armed Peace: Wolqait in the Crosshairs

Although the world might perceive the ceasefire in northern Ethiopia as a sign of peace in the country, ongoing unrest elsewhere suggests the contrary. Underlying tensions persist, and analysts warn of another major conflict brewing. The tensions simmer both in and between a number of regional states, including between Somali and Afar, Somali and Oromia, Oromia and Amhara, and Amhara...

Palms Outstretched, Fingers Crossed for Last-Gasp IMF Bailout

Palms Outstretched, Fingers Crossed for Last-Gasp IMF Bailout

Protracted negotiations for a financial assistance package between the administration of Abiy Ahmed (PhD) and the International Monetary Fund appear to be nearing a conclusion, though the outcome of the years-long quest for a bailout remains uncertain. The last time the IMF approved a financial package for Ethiopia was in 2019, when western governments and development partners were eager to...

Missing the Good Old Days?

Missing the Good Old Days?

A nation with a contemporary diplomacy history spanning over 116 years and a well-valued international presence shone brightly even during times much of the world faltered, finds itself struggling in piloting its diplomatic engagements through today's global arena. In 1920, amidst a sea of white nations, Ethiopia, the sole representative of the Black race, made history by becoming a founding...

Hushed Hopes, Growing Doubts

Hushed Hopes, Growing Doubts

Stories of violence rippling through Ethiopia's Wollega in Oromia Regional State read like scenes from a horror film, as told by those who narrowly escaped with their lives. Rukia Ahmed, 26, now sheltering in a crowded internally displaced people (IDP) camp, in Debrebirhan town, Amhara Regional State, recounted a harrowing account. "A family I knew well - when the killings...

Knotty Mission

Knotty Mission

Ethiopia's recent political crisis has had devastating consequences, leaving the North in ruins, the national economy crippled, and causing significant societal disruption, trauma, and a large-scale humanitarian crisis. What initially started as a “law enforcement operation” in November 2020 quickly escalated into a protracted war, as predicted by some analysts who accurately foresaw the impact on Ethiopia's political economy. The...

Rolling up Sleeves to the Red Sea Chessboard

Rolling up Sleeves to the Red Sea Chessboard

The remark made by Prime Minister Abiy(PhD) in connection with Ethiopia’s appeal for a direct access to the Red Sea during his recent meeting with parliament members on October 13, 2023, have persisted  being a subject of heated debates and controversies. The Prime Minister made what may be regarded as his first ever outspoken and audacious comment on the Red...

Constitution Frozen in ’95, Ethiopia Stuck in Catch-22

Constitution Frozen in ’95, Ethiopia Stuck in Catch-22

Minutes of documents reveal disagreements during the drafting of Ethiopia's 1995 constitution. A few individuals participating in the drafting process reportedly pushed for a centralized democratic system instead of federalism, while an even smaller group proposed a non-ethnic federal structure. But since most individuals participating in the drafting process were selected based on ethnicity, the majority backed an ethnically-based federal...

Unchartered anomalies over GM crops

Unchartered anomalies over GM crops

The process and introduction of biotechnology to Africa has been under a serious vigilant acumen of activist groups that stood firm against genetic engineering or modifications of crops. It serves to say that in today’s world, the biotechnology discipline overall has been extremely canvassed and when it comes to Ethiopia by extension Africa, the fierce face off rocks depending on...

Ethiopia hell-bent on using the Nile - Ethiopian Magazine | Ethiopian News

Ethiopia hell-bent on using the Nile

The recent talks on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have culminated when the US stood out siding to Egypt and pressure Ethiopia to sign a deal that the authorities have heavily denounce as detrimental to the national interest. A statement by the State Department of Treasury has infuriated many Ethiopians as well and brought many alike in defense of...

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