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China To Replace US As ‘World’s Biggest Economy By 2028

China will actually end up overtaking the United States of America as the biggest economy on the planet, by the year 2028 and it is because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a rivalry between China and the United States of America , currently, because of the pandemic. There will be an economic fallout between […]

Great Habshis
Great Habshis

Great Habshis In Ethiopian/Indian History

The Third Habshi Ulugh Khan The third Habshi bearing the title of Ulugh Khan was Yaqut’s son Muhammad, also known as Shams ud-Dawlah Muhammad al-Habshi, who served as vizier to his father from 1543-4 to 1557-8. Also called Khayrat Khan, he also held the title of al-Majlis al-Ashraf al-Ali, and is remembered, as we have […]


The Cities Of Ethiopia – Dire Dawa – Part 2

The Markets The second great thing about DD (the first is the French influence) is the markets. There are a lot of them. Things are suspiciously cheap. Let’s face it – a lot of stuff avoids the onerous import duties through side routes from the difficult to control border with Somaliland, over which items which […]

Meles Zenawi

New Hydroelectric Power Plant In Gilgel-Gibe Inaugurated By Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

The Gilgel-Gibe I Hydroelectric Power plant built at a cost of over two billion birr was inaugurated last Saturday at a colorful ceremony attended by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, government officials and invited members of international community. The power plant, the largest in the country, has an installed capacity of 184 MW and was financed […]


The National Parks Of Ethiopia

Nechisar Park is quite a way from Addis. To get to Nechisar you must go through the zonal town of Arba Minch. Going to Arba Minch represents a victory of determination over common sense. Take a look at a map of Ethiopia. Look down, way down, to the bottom of the Rift Valley Lakes. Arba […]


Did The Imam Reach Lalibela?

Last week’s article, on ‘Enbaqom of Debra Libanos, was inspired by an important literary event in Ethiopian studies: the publication by Tsehai Publishers in Hollywood, California, of Paul Stenhouse’s English translation of the FUTUH AL-HABASHA, or 16th. century “Conquest of Abyssinia”. This interesting work was written in Arabic by a Yemeni scholar, Shihab ad-din Ahmed […]

UEDF and Andinnet
UEDF and Andinnet

UEDF and Andinnet

The previous July, UEDF was formed with EPRP and AEUP as the principal organizers, and several Ethiopians, reportedly 1000 or more in the conference hall at the time and hundreds of thousands in Ethiopia, had pinned their hopes of seeing an effectively united political opposition in UEDF. Sadly, though, that did not happen. This is […]


Party Leaders Discuss Recent Electoral Issues

Ethiopia’s prime minister and opposition leaders met on Friday to discuss for the first time a disputed election that has dragged out for more than two months and left more than 36 people dead. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and leaders of opposition parties hoped to ease tensions and end the deadlock over who won the […]

Conquest of Abyssinia

Abba ‘Enbaqom, Imam Ahmad Ibn Ibrahim, and the “Conquest of Abyssinia”

Abu’l-Fath, according to Ethiopian tradition, was a Yemeni immigrant, mentioned in the Ethiopic Synaxarium, or Book of Saints, and was probably born around 1470. Several foreign scholars, however, believe that he came on the contrary from Iraq. His father is said to have been of a princely family, while his mother was reportedly Jewish. At […]