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Socio-political change in a poor media-sphere

The practices of ‘leading’ broadcasters in our country reflect that journalism in Ethiopia is a dependent entity to the interest of different leaders as well as some influential groups; and it is without its own norms as an independent profession, writes Kibrom Berhane.

Politics as a fabric of compassion and justice

When all of our talk about politics is either technical or strategic, to say nothing of partisan and polarizing, we loosen or sever the human connections on which empathy, accountability, and democracy itself depend on, writes Jenberu Haile.

What works out best to revitalize our ailing federalism?

Group rights still constitute one important component of fundamental human and peoples’ rights as pronounced under Article 10 of the basic law of the land; however, an open and sustained dialogue should be initiated and conducted with a view to upholding the paramount value of citizenship in the context of our federal governance which is not inimical to private citizens as well, writes Merhatsidk Mekonnen Abayneh.

Some concerns in our quest for change

It will be challenging to bring a reliable change while our social relationships are ultimately defined by blood-ties. Currently, ethnic identity governs most of our individual and social connections.

The dawning of the era of media populism

When media organizations objectively and impartially report concerns of the public, we can take it as a courageous transformation from being a mouthpiece of a government to in defense of public interest.

Positive steps to establish a ministry for higher education

A semi-autonomous national research council needs to be established under the purview of the new ministry. The council will have a critical role in planning, leading and coordinating research and innovation in priority areas, to realize the envisioned knowledge driven industrial development.