Insanity: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.) Recently, American congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, urging him to “ensure that any reset in relations between the United States and Eritrea, or any easing of sanctions imposed on Eritrea by […]

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The Human Rights and Development Debate: An Overview

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD), “You must eat before you vote!” (Osinbajo and Ajayi 1994). With that bold declaration, Mahatir Mohamed, then the Prime Minister of Malaysia, strongly asserted one side of the development versus human rights debate. Essentially, the debate revolves around whether economic development can be effectively pursued while at the same time respecting […]

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Bribing Kiir and Machar to Misrule South Sudan

By Charles Onyango-Obbo, AFTER 13 months of fighting and six failed ceasefires, diplomats say the latest peace proposal to end the war in South Sudan will, well, return to the status quo that precipitated the carnage in the first place, AFP reported. The latest peace proposal drafted in Addis Ababa by regional bloc Intergovernmental  Authority […]

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The Disgraceful State of Higher Education in Ethiopia

For the minority clique who are on the helm of the Ethiopian people, tyranny is democracy, repression is freedom, concentration of wealth in the hands of its inner circle is economic growth and development.  By Alem Mamo, TPLF/EPRDF’s major bragging source over the last number of years has been its ‘achievements’ in the education sector, […]

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Some Policy Considerations Regarding the Ethiopian Outmigration

By Seid Hassan and Minga Negash, IN OUR 19 December 2013 article entitled ‘Explaining the Ethiopian outmigration: incentives or constrains’ we alerted readers and policy makers in Ethiopia about the push, pull and mediating factors of outmigration in general and outlined the factors as they relate to Ethiopia. In this short article we aim to discuss […]

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