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Smothering Facts, Manufacturing Lies: Ethiopia’s Crucifixion

“It is notable that while Africa and others continue to contend with the new form of colonialism, i.e. neocolonialism, Ethiopia is now grappling with a degenerate, crude and ugly form of colonialism—which it has fought for centuries and triumphed gallantly” TQS

Ethiopia’s Crucifixion _ Smothering Facts
Photo Via BBC Amharic News

The Queen of Sheba

On the night of November 3, 2020, the treasonous TPLF cabal forces heinously and cowardly attacked the Ethiopian Federal Army base of the Northern Command—the biggest, most formidable and well-equipped and staffed army command in the country—while in their sleep. As they attacked 200 sites and bases—in a superbly coordinated manner—they massacred thousands in a barbaric way—slitting throats, slashing guts, and cutting off breasts of women soldiers. In an attempt to decimate the surrendered soldiers en masse, they chased them with heavy trucks, mowing them with well-placed machine guns as they run for their lives.

The cabal also sent missiles into major neighboring cities in the country. Moreover, in a failed effort to internationalize the conflict, they also bombed Eritrea. 

When the fortunes of the coup went south, the retreating and marauding cabal forces turned on civilians going on a killing spree in My-Kadra, systematically hunting and killing Amharas, roaming house to house. In that tragic day of infamy, over 1,000 civilians—mostly young Amhara laborers working on farms—were slaughtered by crazed Tigrayan militia and special forces. 

The defeated cabal also went about destroying schools, bridges, roads, airports—and hospitals. It also looted banks, offices, depots and camps. And more.

These are all the uncontested facts grudgingly admitted by UN organizations, the former administration of the US State Department—and the leaders of the cabals themselves.

The humiliated and brutalized, but highly spirited, National Defence forces—swiftly reorganized and crashed the mutinous cabal—which boasted some 200,000 militia and special forces and commandeered a massive cache of arms from the National Defence. It only took the National Defence forces and the allied regional militias just two weeks to obliterate them into oblivion which surprised the whole world—but deeply and painfully stunned the cabal’s corps—supporters, sympathizers, friends, allies and beneficiaries. 

As the misfortunes of the mutinous debacle hit home fast and hard, the cabal’s machinery run full steam on the public relations assault igniting a social media frenzy—well-oiled by the looted blood money which has been siphoned off from the nation for nearly thirty years—estimated at some 30 billion USD. 

Manufacturing Stories, Outrage

Bogus stories had to be manufactured—featuring massacres, mass rapes, mass starvations, ethnic cleansing, genocide and now chemical attacks in Tigray—and shared in a systematically coordinated manner with major and small media houses, think tanks, NGOs, governments, multilateral and bilateral agencies. In one stunning case a major media house featured a bogus priest who pretended to be in Tigray giving eye-witness testimony on fabricated massacres there—while sitting in Boston. The story never got retracted even after it was proven fake.

The major media houses BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, Deutsche Welle and many others became unwitting, indifferent and sinister players in airing fabricated and over-inflated stories. In another shocking episode, which yet again desecrated the sanctity of journalism, the CNN reporter who claimed a massacre of 800 priests in Axum took a journey there—but to find nothing of that sort. Instead she had to manufacture a different story—and outrage—standing on a purported grave site—appearing to be more distraught than the purported family member standing behind her. The highly anticipated Axum report fell flat as it climaxes with an unarmed soldier casually running out of the hospital—as if soldiers were barred from accessing hospital services or visit their loved ones there. 

Well, we may need to sympathize with the ‘famous’ reporter as presenting the facts would tantamount to contradicting herself—and undermining her credibility. But then, the weakness may lie in the CNN editorial office which sent her to validate a story herself manufactured earlier with the cabal’s operators—sitting thousands of miles away.

What is deeply regrettable—and more so painful—is that those journalists, public officials, and opinion makers whom we have respected and admired—and shaped our thinking and perspectives—have either got duped by the fake narratives being relentlessly spewed by the cabal’s machinery or they themselves became such sources motivated by the attractive remuneration. While one sympathizes with the gullible, but cannot help wonder why and how some of these people turned frontline mercenaries for the cabal—at the expense of their credibility earned over their life time. Well may be, wealth is more appealing than medals of public opinion.

Since the conflict broke out, the New York Times, one of the most respectable papers, has also mangled stories, cited bogus accounts, and misrepresented facts on Ethiopia—a number of times. But it never retracted them, even when presented with uncontested, and verifiable, evidence. In its latest piece, on 21 May 2021, it carried a story—following the removal of its reporter from the country—misleading readers by stating Andargachew Tsege, one of the most prominent Ethiopian opposition figures as an “adviser to Mr. Abiy”. Alas, the Times may not be encumbered by correcting these glaring errors.

Villain as a Victim

Ethiopia has been under serious stress with numerous conflicts, killings and displacements around the country. Entire cities, towns and villages have been razed to the ground. Hundreds have been killed and displaced. Virtually none of these get coverage on the media, except Tigray. Most journalists who drive through these affected areas witness these tragic scenes; but they shockingly and shamefully ignore them. 

Journalism, as a profession, is screaming in pain in the highlands, valleys and villages in Ethiopia—and also, we fully realize now, in Africa and other ‘weak’ countries. We are witnessing journalism—and journalists—deployed not for fact-seeking purposes, but, we learned painfully, as a tool for a conspiratorial end.

The Ethiopian case is beyond curious. The perpetrators—both internal and external—do not seem to care about shame, disgrace or humiliation. Lies, fake news, and bogus evidences are relentlessly deployed to disinform and misinform the public. Of recent, Ethiopia has been crucified on the altar of international public opinion treated as a villain—when it is a victim of vicious and treasonous attack which could have had a monumental social, economic and political upheavals.

The US, the UN and other western powers rudely subscribe on a laundry list of actions and inactions for the country without qualms. They have now dared into instructing the sovereign nation of 110 million people where, when and which forces to dispatch around the country in its pursuit of peace, security and order. We heard of a proposed US Senate sanction against Ethiopia—for only doing what any self-respecting government must do in thwarting a putsch—comparable to the one attempted on the US capitol some months ago. Alas, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.

In Conclusion

It is notable that while Africa and others continue to contend with the new form of colonialism, i.e. neocolonialism, Ethiopia is now grappling with a degenerate, crude and ugly form of colonialism—which it has fought for centuries and triumphed gallantly.

To be sure, Tigray is a ruse. If not Tigray, it would be Afar. If not Afar, it would be Somalis. We have already seen some signals in Benshangul-Gumuz and Oromia. The gullible might think that the external forces are doing the bidding in their interest. They should be firmly reminded that these forces only have their own selfish interest—and thinking otherwise would be foolish at best and dangerous at its worst. 

Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, to mention a few, provide abundant lessons for resolutely defending our country which now faces a barrage of attacks unprecedented in its history as it is striving to peaceful and genuine transition—and social and economic transformation.

The time for wishing for the best is over. The time for action has arrived.

And every citizen is a force to reckon with. 

The Queen of Sheba may be reached at | Twitter: @TheQueenofSheb5


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  1. Westerners should learn not to leave another dark history on Ethiopia and the Black people of the world by standing with or for the notoriously known that was thrown out of power, TPLF murderers and looters. It is not about bringing humans right or democracy issues but another deception that very much looks like the scramble for Africa by formers European colonial rulers.
    Those who have no knowledge of the history of slavery, who sold black African to white slave owner to herd them around the world for use of free back breaking labor and how Colonial ruling countries enriched themselves from the free labor of Africans should seek help today….. because they are bringing slavery to themselves. They should turn around and ask themselves how they can stop, save themselves and install pride and dignity to themselves and people.

  2. The question is, where is the coordinated ethiopians and government, showing and spreading the truth of the attrocities being committed by tplf since 1991? Posting woows, on tge same ethiopian sites does absolutely nothing, itshould be international and ecerywhere use any platforn to speead the unspeacable crime committedby tplf since 1990 against ethiopians and edpecially against Amaras. Go beyond 1990, what tplf did against Tigrayans if they refuse to be Tplf members. It should be spread internationally, and UN.

  3. The secret talk between U.S, U. K, Israel and, Egypt, i t seems the innevitable is coming, Egypt is going toinvadeEthiopiavia Sudan and takeover Nile and Nort, disintegrate Ethiopia. Has anyone heard this ruimor? There was a talk for Gaza’ s destruction, it seems maybe pivoted to Ethiopia.

  4. Dear TQS,
    I don’t know if you are aware of the fact that Professor Getatchew Haile, Eskinder Nega, Major Dawit Wolde Giorgis, etc have been busy stabbing our country in the back by compiling and delivering a document to the UN last year. Tplf’s internal borders have been the cause of clashes between Ethiopians over the past three decades. There are deaths and displacements every single day of Oromo, Amhara, Somali, etc, people in the country–not just Amhara!. The document Prof Getatchew and his colleagues delivered to the UN accused Ethiopia of committing “ethnic genocide!” Why would any one do such a thing to own country? The result? The New York Times uncharacteristically wrote a month ago that “ethnic genocide” is taking place in Tigray! The three chaps and their followers are a very violent group. I am glad Eskinder is in prison awaiting judgment. Prof Getatchew and Derg Major Dawit continue spreading their venom from abroad. I think you and some like you need to address the issue. Thank you for you hard work.

    • Ask what the Ethiopian citizens permanent residents / DV winners in USA have done for Ethiopia and are doing for Ethiopia, rather than what Ethiopia have done for the Ethiopians residing in USA as permanent residents!!

      Most of those residing in USA as permanent residents don’t have enough educational background to comprehend exactly what is the effect of USA’s actions in Ethiopia. Most of the Ethiopians in USA had engaged in minimum wage paid hospitality work fields working for tips, they got no other experience than to continue to do the same ,only TPLF officials and their supporters were the majority who were exposed to international relations in Ethiopia while the rest of the majority of Ethiopians were collecting tips handouts for their works in the diaspora for the last thirty years. Except TPLF the majority of the Ethiopian diasporas are currently not even capable to hold diplomatic talks amongst different ethnicities within Ethiopia let alone with foreigners. Even the patriarch of Orthodox Church is not able to hold such diplomatic talks with the other members of the Orthodox Church currently for reasons when is beyond my ability to comprehend. TPLF was and is still very much active in the Ethiopian diaspora community. Those who work for tip in USA need to stop representing Ethiopia in the international level because they are brainwashed by the TPLFites in their communities. Same as the Northern Command slept diasporas are currently asleep rendered defenseless from the TPLFites amongst them , most diasporas are sleep talking to those who they serve for tips without knowing supporting the TPLFites rather than having a coordinated leader within the diaspora. As Northern Command was surprised diaspora Ethiopians are being surprised by the JUNTA right now paralyzing those capable to not represent Ethiopia in the international level . As Ethiopia is holding an election in Ethiopia diaspora Ethiopians need to hold an election for their leaders , diasporas need to vote for whom is their community leaders, at least start evaluating who is who as diasporas in America used to do decades ago, it is high time diasporas organize, majority rules!!

  5. Dear ብንያም ዶጋሊ, There is nothing wrong with working a minimum wage job or to work for tips. Fyi, most permanent residents in the US are relatively more educated (among other diaspora groups). You have to remember Tigrayans as a minority group are more banded together to compensate for their low number. Also, most Tigrayan residents are relatively less educated than the overall Ethiopian diaspora. The difference is that a/ Tplf funded its campaigns through Ethiopian embassies 2/ it created divisive situations in churches and civic communities to exploit it for its purposes 3/ so-called educated Tigrayans (Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia, Dr. Asayehgn Desta, Dr. Tedros, Mulugeta, etc) infiltrated international institutions in order to represent Tplf goals, not those of the nation at large. Conversely, the larger diaspora population was caught up in echoing Tplf goals by remaining divided; educated Ethiopians simply did not have the courage or the vision to give leadership. Another issue is that Ethiopian government failed to either defend its actions relative to Tplf crimes or coordinate diaspora resources to achieve the same end. It is not too late to defend Ethiopia against Tplf criminals. 1/ Ethiopians expert in tech should neutralize “digital woyane;” yesterday digital woyane was spreading the news that US has closed its embassy in Ethiopia! Or that the US is about to remove Prime Minister Abiy from power! These are all lies. Unfortunately, media such as Ethio360 and even Borkena carry the info without investigating the source! Also, Ethiopia community leaders such as Tamagne Beyene should organize Ethiopian-Americans to vote Republican in the mid-term elections! Democrats are the most unlikely party to be reasonable and fair to Ethiopia; listen to Susan Rice, Blinken (they did not need to check the other side of the story!). Ethiopians need to play offensive politics. We have facts about Tedros Adhanom, Seye Abraha, Alex de Waal, etc abusive and corrupt past and should make those facts public. Finally, stop attaching one another and channel your energies and resources to expose Tplf lies!

    • Good advice. What is fisappointing is that those media that seem to represent Ethiopia, add guel to the fire whem they report the news, you just have yo see the images they post, mefia sich as Ze Habesha, pjoyos of Abiy an Biden sending a message of both threateming the other through photo message. Ze Habesh would like to put the 2 leaders in the ring. It is irresponsible to do such things especially for ethippia and its leaders, whenbit is trying to free itself from tplf. There might becsuch mefias that is funded by foreigners. There were so many things that the diaspora could have done as it is the majority in U.S and yet, thry lerpgoing outon streets that did ansolutely nothing to fix their agenda. Even ladt week theycame out for Ethiopia in front ofthe White House, but there arent even many, and not even effective. This means there are still ethiopians whou could fo and coubter what tplf/olf doing through various means and yet they chose not to, this means, they are supporting tplf indirrctlyand are against ethiopia. They are living in lala land. And there are those who scribnle o n line for therapy to relief their frustration on ethiopia but they feel they are helping ethiopia, NOT. True struggle is to get out internationally, making pressure on world goverments to stop attacking ethiopia, period.

  6. A well articulated factual article, indeed>
    The one Million Ethiopians and the 100,000 Eritreans can indeed SCREW up the Democratic Party and skew the US 2024 Election in favor of the Republican Party, and pay the Interventionists and Fascists in kind the price they deserve for their evil acts on Ethiopia and Eritrea.


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