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The Rude Outlaw: The UN Staff or the Ethiopian Army?

Editor’s note : Author of “The Rude Outlaw: The UN Staff or the Ethiopian Army?” -The Queen of Sheba -writes anonymously. A contact e-mail is provided at the end of the article for those who are interested in reaching out to the writer.

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The Queen of Sheba
December 11, 2020

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Ethiopia which was triggered by the ‘thunderous’ and pre-emptive attack of the TPLF cabal on the Northern Command of the Federal Army, the true colours of some of the reputable international media outlets and organizations are emerging. While it is expected that errors in reporting happens occasionally, the systematic and relentless attack on the Ethiopian government from multiple fronts—through outright falsehoods, twisted analysis, and even fabrication—have become an everyday reality. 

These media outlets which have huge audience around the world and are held with high regard are abusing that trust—with impunity. While it is true that some of these outlets may not probably be aware of the growing trends of misrepresentation and dishonesty, they remain culpable for their mendacious reporters. Let me start with the recent report which triggered this writing. 

A Treacherous Act: A Response of the State

The Ethiopian government has agreed to grant access to a humanitarian corridor to the UN to kick off its operations—with unambiguous terms on movement which the UN has duly agreed to. In total disregard to the terms and also contempt to the government, the UN staff aggressively—and treacherously—overrun two checkpoints as it drove into excluded territories. The Ethiopian military had to fire a warning shot as the vehicle was ominously breaking the third check point to stop it. 

So, the most innocent, if not naïve, question now is: Who is the rude outlaw now? The UN staff or the Ethiopian Army? The answer is obvious for all fair-minded people. 

That as it may, what could be the intent of this dangerous adventure by this UN staff who are yet to be identified? A lot could be speculated, but two would appear more plausible. The first one could be to create an international scenario to falsely accuse the Ethiopian government for breaking the terms of the agreement—which unfortunately was somehow achieved deviously. The second plausible reason could be to rescue the fugitives of the TPLF cabal who are now in hiding as they are being trashed everywhere.

How was the story told and sold to the world from the BBC, which apologized for its sloppy report recently, to Reuters, which many now call the mouthpiece of the cabal incessantly spewing unfavorable narratives against the government? One could visit their websites which are fraught with sensational headlines, texts, videos and graphics intended to overtly and subtly tarnish the image of the country and its Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. And yet the TPLF cabal, which is well known for its extreme ruthlessness and most heinous military and civilian crimes, continues to be presented as an innocent victim. 

To revert to the UN one more time, the prominent Ethiopian Satellite Television, ESAT, at the start of the conflict, reported the looting of the UNHCR camps by fleeing forces of the TPLF cabal. But the UN promptly discounted and vigorously denied it. It is now however confirmed that the UN camps were heavily looted by the cabal—stealing its vehicles, food, equipment, and even private staff properties such as cell phones and money. But the organization is yet to fully admit the incident and condemn the TPLF cabal to the chagrin of most Ethiopians and many observers.

To add insult to the injury the High Commissioner of the UNHCR, Michelle Bachelet, recklessely attacked and misrepresented Ethiopia—the very country which actively participates in a number of UN peace missions, as “out of control.” It is evident that paid operatives and shenanigans, who have been systematically installed by the cabal in such institutions as the UN and EU over the years, are misleading and manipulating such institutions. 

The New York Times: A Deplorable Case

In the interest of exhibiting some of the deceptive narratives, this article attempts to interrogate one such story carried by the New York Times published on 10 December 2020 under a headline: “Fleeing Ethiopians Tell of Ethnic Massacres in Tigray War”.

In describing the absolute dominance of the TPLF cabal during its reign, which is admitted virtually by everyone, its reporter opted to diffidently put it as such:

The Tigray make up about 6 percent of Ethiopia’s 110 million people, and they were the arbiters of power and money in the country from 1991, until 2018, when anti-government protests catapulted Mr. Abiy to power.

The choice of the phrase “arbiters of power and money” is revealing. The cabal were not the arbiter of power and money; they were the supreme power and the absolute proprietor of the money. They unashamedly controlled both the bank and the tank, as often is remarked by Ethiopians. The recent figures by the Prime Minister which exposed the over representation of the high-ranking military officials and leaders of the cabal in the army left everyone gasping: it ranged from 50 percent to 100 percent! This obscene overrepresentation may have attributed to the daring, but disastrous, attack on the Federal Army.

The second one in the story read: 

Mr. Davison of the International Crisis Group said that with Amhara security and militia forces active in Tigray in recent weeks, and with some Amhara administrators put in place there, “it appears to be a de facto Amhara occupation of territory they claim the T.P.L.F. annexed.” The move is likely to lead to violent Tigrayan reprisals, he said, as may have already occurred in the town of Mai Kadra, where human rights groups have said forces loyal to the liberation front massacred as many as 600 people, most of them Amhara.

First of all, Mr. Davison is a discredited reporter who was unceremoniously expelled from Ethiopia for his blatant and repeated partisanship in favor of the cabal. He dared as far as hinting some dubious tactical approaches to the cabal on international and social media while stationed in the capital. 

Second, the My-Kadra massacre against the Amharas was committed by marauding and fleeing forces of the TPLF cabal as they were being pushed out by the army, the militia and the special forces. The reprisal was unambiguously committed by the Tigrayan cabal who massacred thousands of civilians, according to recent reports including the UN and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. But Mr. Davison opted to clutter and confuse it deliberately and criminally. 

The third one in the story read:

Adding to the deadly mix are the involvement of rival ethnic militia groups. One of them is the Fano, a militia from the Amhara ethnic group. Along with Amhara regional government security forces, Fano took part in the intervention in Tigray, Mr. Davison said.

It is remarkable how Mr. Davison conveniently forgot the infamous Samri butchers of the cabal who committed the My-Kadra genocide but was quick to point out the Fano who may have been involved in helping to rescue the Federal forces under the cabal’s siege. 

Pack of Lies: Cheerful Carriers

The cabal, its operatives and shenanigans mounted all kinds of disinformation, misinformation and white lies without qualms. They first declared that they downed a fighter plane brandishing a fake picture from a conflict elsewhere which was quickly debunked. 

When that fabrication got exposed, they went about drawing the United Arab Emirates into the conflict by accusing it as a supplier and operator of surveillance and attack drones. 

Then they peddled a rumor that top generals who are commanding the battle were killed. That was also discredited when the commanders appeared in the field in the heart of Tigray. 

With all these credibility gaps and history of lies, the international media opted to disgracefully continue to carry such falsehoods. It will not be easy to trust these sources on anything from anywhere anytime soon. That trust is shattered.

In Conclusion

Many prominent and credible international media and major institutions are letting Ethiopia down—again and again. It is therefore imperative that the Ethiopian government deploys all its resources systematically and strategically to reverse this hostile pattern—without delay. 

The government must consolidate its diplomatic missions with competent, committed, and capable personnel. Diplomatic missions should not continue to be a retirement haven in recognition of a long service or, even worse, an isolation enclave for purged party and government apparatchiks.

On the other hand, citizens, both at home and in the diaspora, must proactively and persistently support the effort with their pens, keyboards, networks—and wallets. 

This is a matter of serious national interest.

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  1. Thank you for reporting this disinformation that has been going on by the international media. It shows that TPLF gangs have been doing their homework for a long time.
    As you said, the main functions of the Ethiopian diplomats in foreign countries should be the representation and protection of the interests of Ethiopia and promoting the correct information, doing the propaganda work especially during this difficult time. If assignment for these posts was based on merit, then these people would have known what to do. Unfortunately, that is not the case for the most part.

    Just a minor point I would like to bring to your attention, as a practice many of us Ethiopians, we use ‘white lies’ as big lies or bold lies. However, the real meaning of a white lie is a harmless or trivial lie.

  2. The double agent spy , Colonel Abiy Ahmed, is gonna die recently , mark my words!!
    He is is like the donkey that donot want the grass to grow after its death and don’t let other animals to enjoy from eating the grass in the field since she is gonna die soon.He and his master Isayas want to destry Tigray , since they are not able to develop and change thier state for decades !Isayas and his comarades are crying all day night saying: eritreans are expelled from Ethiopia during teh tenure of TPLF. How come a foreigner could insist to stay in abroad wiothout notifying himself as a refugees or respecting the local and national laws and paying the tax. Many countries have their own laws .

    Regadless of TPLF or current Tigrian authorities, I personally, do consider amharas and eritreans, esp hamasien ,master minds of tigrian war, the principal enemies of Tegarus !!

    eritreans are serekti mankiya hiruch etc Sub-humans involved in petty theft , stealing spoons, all kinds of utensils in the kitchen, larceny and all sorts of crimes!

    Eritreans with their masters from higdef are known to have a shamefull story in the past and time to come !They are endowed with insult and degradtion since they are low mentality and low self respect which is the manifesation of animals incarnated human flesh;

  3. Thanks, the Queen of Sheba.

    If war were won by propaganda alone Western media like Reuters, the BBC, AFP, the wanna-be Aljazeera, and people like Villian Devilson (he calls himself William Davidson), of the International Crisis Promotion Group, etc. had won it for the TPLF.

    The behaviour of Western governments could seem shocking, but understandable – They were loosing a great tool in the TPLF that strived to fulfill their centuries old neo-colonial ambitions of dismantling Ethiopia, a country that repelled all their aggression to colonise it. They installed the TPLF in power, and loved what it did i.e., restructure the country into Apartheid like ethnic enclaves, which they and TPLF knew will finally morph into a number of independent banana republics.

    With the demise of the TPLF that dream is shattered, and that explains why Western powers and their media empire jumped in defense of the the TPLF.

    Looking at their behaviour it seems Western governments and their media empire are commanded by a certain rogue dictator. On the other hand the silence of genuine and honest journalists, Western civic groups, ‘Friends of Ethiopia’ groups, etc. on this current issue is just deafening – No Pankhursts any more, no Ana Gomes any more. So sad.

    Ethiopians say loud and clear – Sorry guys, your satanic dreams and the devilish TPLF are dead!

  4. In any conflict zone when you are told to stop, you must stop. Stop means stop! Period! Such irresponsible behavior by reckless employees will not help salvage the image of the UN already sullied in different areas of conflict zones. It shows this organization is going thru symptoms of decay being pulled in all directions by motives of vocal interest groups. These team members were not there to check on the safety of refugees but it looks like they were looking for dirt on the federal forces.


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