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The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

written By economist

The data economy demands a new approach to antitrust rules

IMG_1633A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era. These titans—Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft—look unstoppable. They are the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon captain  half of all dollars spent online in America. Google and Facebook accounted for almost all the revenue growth in digital advertising in America last year. Read more →

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Keeping One’s Land


Written By  Prof. Al Mariam

In memory of Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident, human rights advocate, co-author of Charter ’08,  Nobel peace laureate (2010) and political prisoner who died in Chinese government custody on July 13, 2013.

An enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation and inflame brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a country’s advance toward freedom and democracy.


Author’s NoteIn this commentary, I wish to share a “prophesy” I made in January 2016 calling for “eternal vigilance” in anticipation of the return of the T-TPLF land snatchers to the outskirts of Addis Ababa to gobble up the lands of struggling Oromo farmers. The excerpt of that foreboding “prophesy” follows this note. 

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Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s biggest pop star: ‘Because of our government, our country is divided’

The musician’s latest album, with songs hailing Ethiopia’s glorious past, is the fastest-selling record in the country’s history. But his political views have made him enemies at home

Teddy Afro Written By

Tom Gardner

Tewodros Kassahun’s manager meets me on a quiet suburban road inside a gated compound. With their neoclassical mansions, manicured lawns and white picket fences, compounds such as this are a rarity in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and this one is as grand as it gets. Still, I’m underwhelmed as we turn in to the driveway of the house, which, by contrast with its neighbours, is relatively modest. This is, after all, the home of the biggest star in Ethiopian musical history: Teddy Afro.

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