A SPRING IN THE HORN: MASS PROTEST AND TRANSITIONS IN SUDAN AND ETHIOPIA

Rashid Abdi, For Addis Standard Two mass protest movements have, in quick succession, forced regime changes in Sudan and Ethiopia, two of the Horn of Africa’s quintessential “hard” states. A deep-seated disillusion with the security and developmental states drives the new “revolutionary” mood. What is less clear is where all the ferment and the popular…

ETHIOPIA ALLOWS TAX FREE IMPORTS OF AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION, IRRIGATION AND ANIMAL FEED TECHNOLOGIES

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) approved the imports of agricultural mechanization, irrigation and animal feed technologies, and equipment to be tax-free. The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) initiated the tax reform policy by conducting a cost-benefit analysis and identified and listed the equipment to be imported…

How Amharic unites – and divides – Ethiopia

The emperors made us speak one language to bring us together. It failed, but it also succeeded. This is the fifth article in the seven-part series Living In Translation about language and identity. They are guest edited by Nanjala Nyabola and will be published across this week. See all the articles published so far here.  Like most African…

Fake News Killing Turtles

For the last three months, Tortoises have been sold for 60,000 birr to 400,000 birr at local markets. Rumors have spread, falsely claiming that their shells consist of mercury and that this could block phone and Internet networks. What are commonly named leopard tortoises are being sold in Debre Birhan, Gonder, Addis Ababa, Awash and…

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