“If I knew a thing useful to my nation that would be ruinous to another, I would not propose it to my prince, because I am a man before being a Frenchman, because I am necessarily a man, and I am a Frenchman only by chance”. Montesquieu (400 years ago)…

Silence after 12 months nationwide protest.

Written by Monday, 06 February 2017 11:01
Ethiopia is 12 months in to a political crisis which has seen at least 1,000 people killed. But unless the government introduces significant reforms, it will get worse. By Andrea Carboni* An unprecedented wave of protests has shaken Ethiopia since November 2015. These protests have revealed the fragility of the…

Somali elections and the external interferences

Written by Tuesday, 31 January 2017 13:58
A little-known think-tank in Ethiopia has recently raised a storm in the Somali political scene. It is striking how an analytical piece published by the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC) formerly Institute for Advanced Research (IAR)- a monthly publication in Addis Abeba- dominated the public space in the…
When Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn indicated last week that a draft law was prepared on the “special interest” of Oromia in Finfinnee (aka Addis Abeba), discussions have resurfaced on the issue of the status of the city and its relations with Oromia. Last week, I had the privilege of discussing…
To the media’s keen observation, the immediate cause that triggered Ethiopia’s recent nose-dive into the unknown began when, on November 12, 2015, the residents of Ginchi, a small town some 80 Kms South West of the Capital Addis Abeba, took to the streets demanding authorities in Oromia regional state, the…


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