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By Bruh Yihunbelay

The second youngest African nation, Eritrea is once again struggling to extricate itself from a diplomatic and military quagmire after only two decades of an independent existence and a two-year border war with its southern neighbor, Ethiopia.

By Yonas Abiye 


This year, the world has experienced a series of calamitous events related to terrorism, wars, and instabilities. By the same token, a new report from the UN revealed that there are now more refugees on Earth than ever before in human history.

Almost two decades after the introduction of the FDRE Constitution, Ethiopia introduced the National Human Rights Action Plan which aimed at increasing the applicability of the human and democratic rights enshrined in the supreme law of the land. 

Addis Ababa stretches on approximately 52,000 hectares and this is part of the land bank that was established back in 2013. The bank was established to facilitate the lease process overseen by the city cabinet, the highest executive body of the administration. However, acquisitions of plots that are in contradiction with the line map and plots that have been illegally occupied after 2005 have been a source of  problem for the administration. Now any construction on these lands will be demolished and the land will be taken away. That is creating anxiety for some illegal settlers, write Tibebeselassie Tigabu and Mihret Aschalew

After coming out of colonization, a generation of ambitious African leaders took charge and started their work to make the continent free and prosperous. However, there was drama and at the center of this drama stood, for a brief time, Patrice Lumumba. Taking office in June 1960, he lasted but 12 weeks as his new nation’s first democratically elected prime minister before being deposed in a coup, and then killed four months later. Lumumba has since become a symbolic figure from his era and that was what reiterated at the recently held Tana High Level African Security Forum, writes Solomon Goshu

Iman (fashion), Warsan Shire (poetry), Mohammed Farrah (Athletics) and K’naan (rap music) are famous Somalis or those of Somali origin who have become global household names. However, that is not what makes the Horn of Africa country well-known. Civil war, piracy and Islamic extremism have been tormenting the country for more than two decades now. Still the country is striving to get back on its feet, writes 

Neamin Ashenafi.

Internet in Ethiopia is only 20 years young and in the last two decades, like many other countries around the world, Ethiopia has embraced the ICT as a key enabler for social and economic development of the country. With the introduction of the Fourth Generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology, various efforts are also underway to significantly increase Internet connectivity speeds and access. But  

In today’s complex and globalized security environment, it goes without saying that African countries face various security challenges. From Boko Haram to ISIL and Al-Shabaab, Africa faces insurmountable challenges that obstruct the efforts made to maintain peace and security on the continent. In that regard, last week the 5th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa gathered leaders for two days to deliberate  

The Ethiopian justice system has been one of the most struggling government institutions for decades. Cognizant of these challenges, the Government of Ethiopia has tried its hand on a number of reform programs and measures directed to this sector. It appears that once again the government is on a reform weave and the latest on the reform agenda is the reestablishment of the Office of the Attorney General. However, many in the legal community and the public look to be pessimistic from the outset, writes Solomon Goshu. 

Suddenly, the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)-led government has found itself in the middle of a chaotic period. By the party’s own admission public disapproval of the current political order has hit an all time low in the past decade or so. Public uproar, political unrest and threats and actual organized strikes appear to be on the rise.