“Give me 70% of your wealth, and you can walk out a free man” Saudi Arabia

About 200 Saudi princes, ministers, senior military officers and wealthy businessmen are still being held in 5-star prison Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. But soon, they could walk out free again, despite allegations of corruption and money laundering. The fact that they weren’t officially charged till today suggests that the Saudi government wasn’t interested in their despicable crimes at all.   What the … Continue reading “Give me 70% of your wealth, and you can walk out a free man” Saudi Arabia

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እስኪ ይህን የኦዲት ሪፖርት ተመልከትና አቶ ሳምሶን ወንድሙ ለምን እንደታሰሩ ንገረኝ?

የኢትዮጵያ መንገዶች ባለሥልጣን የኮሙዩኒኬሽን ዳይሬክተር አቶ ሳምሶን ወንድሙ ተጠርጥረው የታሰሩት "የተሰጣቸውን ኃላፊነት ወደጎን በመተውና ከባለሀብቶች ጋር በመመሳጠር ያልተጠናቀቁና ችግር ያለባቸውን የመንገድ ግንባታ ፕሮጀክቶች እንደተጠናቀቁና ያላንዳች ችግር ግንባታቸው እንዳለቀ አስመስለው በመገናኛ ብዙኃን አስተላልፈዋል" በሚል እንደሆነ የሪፖርተር ዘገባ ያስረዳል፡፡ ነገር ግን፣ በሌሎች መስሪያ ቤቶች ያለውን ሁኔታ ለማጤን መረጃዎችን ሳፈላል በ2003 ዓ.ም የገንዘብና ኢኮኖሚ ልማት ሚኒስቴር የመንግሥት ኘሮጀክቶች … Continue reading እስኪ ይህን የኦዲት ሪፖርት ተመልከትና አቶ ሳምሶን ወንድሙ ለምን እንደታሰሩ ንገረኝ?

“ዓለምገና ሰርቆ-ማሣያ ሕንፃ’ጋ ጠብቂኝ!”

ብዙውን ግዜ “ሙስና” ሲባል ፖለቲካዊ ችግር እንደሆነና በመንግስት ባለስልጣናት ብቻ እንደሚፈፀም እናስባለን። በእርግጥ የመንግስት አሰራርና አመራር ለሙስና መስፋፋት አስተዋፅዖ አለው፡፡ ይህን በተመለከተ “ኢህአዴግ እና ሙስና ስጋና ነፍስ ናቸው” የሚለውን ፅሁፍ መመልከት ይቻላል። ነገር ግን፣ ሙስና ፖለቲካዊ ብቻ አይደለም። ከዚያ በተጨማሪ ሙስና የከፋ ማህበራዊ ችግር መገለጫ ነው። በመሰረቱ የሙስና ወንጀል የሚስፋፋው እንደ ሕዝብና ሀገር ያሉንን ማህበራዊ … Continue reading “ዓለምገና ሰርቆ-ማሣያ ሕንፃ’ጋ ጠብቂኝ!”

ኢህአዴግ እና ሙስና ስጋና ነፍስ ናቸው!

ዛሬ በEthiopian News Network (ENN) የቴሌቪዥን ጣቢያ ላይ የገንዘብ እና ኢኮኖሚ ትብብር ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር አብርሃ ተከስተ ከአንሙት አብርሃም ጋር ያደረጉትን ውይይት ተመልክቼዋለሁ። ጋዜጠኛ አንሙት በሙስና ችግር እና መንግስት እየተወሰደ ስላለው እርምጃ የችግሩን አሳሳቢነት አፅንዖት ሰጥቶ ጥያቄ አቅርቦ ነበር። የሚኒስትሩ ምላሽ ግን ምንም የተለየ ነገር አልነበረውም። እንደ ሚኒስትሩ አገላለፅ፣ የኢህአዴግ መንግስት በሙስና ወንጀል በተጠረጠሩ አካላት ላይ … Continue reading ኢህአዴግ እና ሙስና ስጋና ነፍስ ናቸው!

“ኢንዱስትሪ-መር ኢኮኖሚ”: የኢህአዴግ ጉራ እና ሥራ

ባለፉት እስር አመታት “የሀገራችን ኢኮኖሚ በ11% አደገ፥ ተመነደገ” ሲባል “እሰይ…እንዳፋችሁ ያድርግል!” ብለን ዝም አልን። በGTP-I የእቅድ ዘመን “ኢንዱስትሪ-መር ኢኮኖሚ ለመገንባት መሰረት እንጥላለን… በኢኮኖሚው ውስጥ መዋቅራዊ ለውጥ ለማምጣት የማኑፋክቸሪግ ዘርፉ በ25% ማደግ አለበት” ሲሉን “መልካም” ብለን ለውጡን በጉጉት መጠበቅ ጀመርን። እቅዱ ተለጠጠ… ተቀደደ… ሲሉ ከርመው ከአምስት አመት በኋላም “ኢኮኖሚው በ10.6% ብቻ አድጓል” አሉንና ዝም። ቆይ..ምነው “መዋቅራዊ … Continue reading “ኢንዱስትሪ-መር ኢኮኖሚ”: የኢህአዴግ ጉራ እና ሥራ

Ethiopia’s Cruel Con Game

In what could be an important test of the Trump Administration’s attitude toward foreign aid, the new United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien have called on the international community to give the Ethiopian government another $948 million to assist a reported 5.6 million people facing starvation. Speaking in the Ethiopian … Continue reading Ethiopia’s Cruel Con Game

Political Parties, Business Groups and Corruption in Developing Countries,

Although there are scholars who show that “greasing the wheels” can have efficiency improving outcomes, the general consensus is that corruption produces adverse effects: Rent seeking and corruption have significant social costs that divert valuable resources from productive activities; corruption distorts policy through restrictions on political and economic activity that create barriers to long-term growth; … Continue reading Political Parties, Business Groups and Corruption in Developing Countries,

The Context of Rent Seeking/Collection in Ethiopia – Part-I

By Habtamu Alebachew With the key definition of 'rent-seeking behavior as intention and practice to gain and collect more benefits from development but as a reward for unequally smaller, little or no contribution at individual and group level to the development effort' kept on the note, it has its own distinct features that need more … Continue reading The Context of Rent Seeking/Collection in Ethiopia – Part-I

Can the theory of rent seeking that was developed with the American sociocultural and socio-economic construct as its bases explain the nature of rent seeking behavior in Ethiopia? Part-II

By Habtamu Alebachew Thirdly, there are also structural differences in the types and extents of victims of rent seeking/ collection in the West versus Ethiopia. In Britain, a country of a big mass of civil society, the capitalist class paid the first painful burdens of rent seeking followed by the state, which lost a good … Continue reading Can the theory of rent seeking that was developed with the American sociocultural and socio-economic construct as its bases explain the nature of rent seeking behavior in Ethiopia? Part-II

Can the theory of rent seeking that was developed with the American sociocultural and socio-economic construct as its bases explain the nature of rent seeking behavior in Ethiopia?

By Habtamu Alebachew Firstly, there are fundamental historical and temporal differences between rent seeking/collection in the West and in Ethiopia. In England, for example, controversies aside, the term 'rent' came into academic vocabulary first by the famous economist David Ricardo. Ricardo formulated his 'theory of rent' after he observed a massive transfer of rural farmlands … Continue reading Can the theory of rent seeking that was developed with the American sociocultural and socio-economic construct as its bases explain the nature of rent seeking behavior in Ethiopia?