An Imaginary Conversation with Nelson Mandela

By Alemayehu G. Mariam The Triumphalism of African Dictators There is nothing that is both amusing and annoying than the chest-beating triumphalism of Africa’s tin pot dictators. This past February, Yoweri Museveni…

Al-Qaeda confirms bin Laden death

(AFP) Al-Qaeda confirmed the death of its leader Osama bin Laden, in a statement posted on jihadist internet forums on Friday, the US monitoring group SITE Intelligence reported. The statement came after…

Ethiopia freezes Nile agreement

CAIRO: Ethiopia has agreed to suspend its participation in a Nile Water Share agreement recently signed with several upstream countries. According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi this move will allow Egypt…

TPLF and the art of reverse engineering

By Yilma Bekele When you take an object apart to see how it works, or take software and disassemble it to locate the source code it is referred to as reverse engineering.…

Kenya and Ethiopia: Into the Great Rift Valley

(Daily Telegraph) Marabou storks barely stirred on their treetop roosts as our safari truck rumbled out of Nairobi, the start of our journey tracing the eastern arm of Africa’s Great Rift Valley…

Reflections of a “Netch Lebash” (Eritrean agent)

By Eskinder Nega There was something in the air on Tuesday, April 14, 2011. Intrigued by news of Ethiopian protesters in North America against the frivolous and mechanically hyped GTP, the glee…

MARKET FACET: Increasing Cost of Feasting Food

Last week, foremost in the minds of most Ethiopian Christians was the celebration of Easter over the weekend. It culminated in a big feast for which households typically spare no expense. On…

The Politics of Ethiopian Grand Millennium Dam

By Messele Zewdie Ejeta Several days ago, an acquaintance called to invite me to participate the next day in a panel discussion prepared by Deutsche Welle’s Amharic service program. The panel was…

Ethiopia: We Went, We Saw, We Got Chased Out …

By Alemayehu G. Mariam Following the Battle of Zela in 47 B.C. (present day Zile, Turkey), Julius Caesar claimed victory by declaring: “I came; I saw; I conquered.” In 2011, Caesar Meles…

Hell Clasico!

Jose Mourinho reacted bitterly to Real Madrid’s defeat by Barcelona last night by accusing UEFA of conspiring in favour of the Catalan team. Lionel Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 win…

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