A look into the “disinformation campaign against Ethiopia”

As the ‘counteroffensive’ is going on the Afar-Region front and in Amhara region. The Tigray Defense Force (TDF) and Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) is meeting new forces against it. The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali being on the front-line or claiming to be so. While promising yet another victory in the war, which was supposed end in the late November 2020.

Today, the Prosperity Party and the OPM dropped a thread on twitter, which is filled with claims and ideals, as I will discuss. Because, it is in a need of addressing and questioning it. As the FDRE haven’t been truthful about anything of late and therefore, it is a need to question their words. Since, they want to peddle certain narratives without any questions or getting back-tracked.

W know the Tripartite Alliance, which is the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF), Eritrean Defence Force (EDF) and Amhara Para-Military Group Fano. These has worked together to beat and destroy the TPLF. They started as a partnership to take down the TPLF in early November of 2020. Now, we are in December 2021 and it’s not stopping anytime soon.

First:

The terrorist TPLF which has been previously indicated to qualify as a Tier III terrorist by US homeland security incited the conflict. Yet a democratically elected government is equated with the clique just because TPLF has best friends in hegemonic circles in the West” (Office of the Prime Minister – ‘Disinformation campaign against Ethiopia: THREAD’ 01.12.2021).

As I begin the Third Tier list was rescinded by President Trump. However, the terrorist third tier list would be deemed as this: “The statute defines Tier III terrorist organizations as “a group of two or more individuals, whether organized or not, which engages in, or has a subgroup which engages in” terrorist activity” (Jesse Lempel – ‘Tier III Terrorist Designations: The Trump Administration and Courts Move in Opposite Directions’ 05.12.2017, Lawfare).

Well, the FDRE have designated TPLF as a terrorist organization. That was also done in the last term in the House of Federation. Therefore, the FDRE does what the U.S. government does as well. The third tier list of U.S. would be used in manners of deportation and designate members of a terrorist organization to be proven by U.S. authorities. Alas, there is no proof that the TPLF is the friends of the West. As there was until recently close relations between diplomats and everyone else in concern with the leadership of the Prosperity Party. Abiy is the only one of the mentioned who has a Nobel Peace Price and was seen as a new modern reformist. That was getting acclaimed, until the warfare started to backfire. Also, the FDRE tactics and strategies against dissidents and towards ethnic groups like the Tigrayans. Therefore, the OPM should know that every action has a possible reaction or ramifications. The OPM is only using the old relations and the previous meeting between TPLF and other Western powers. The same could be done with the OPM and his party affiliates since Abiy became the PM in April 2018.

Second:

It is erroneously reported by many that media have been clamped down by the SOE from reporting on the conflict while the SOE prohibits unauthorized entities from announcing battlefront activities which have not been verified through the appropriate security channels” (Office of the Prime Minister – ‘Disinformation campaign against Ethiopia: THREAD’ 01.12.2021).

This would happened no matter what the state does. As there are affiliates of both parties who wants to inform and spread intelligence of what is going on. There is a lack of trust in the government friendly media and associates who only reports what the state wants to show. While it would not show the bad-news or even the realities on the ground. Because things are bad, but they only want the victories to be told. That’s why we know radio-stations, media houses and others has been silenced by the authorities. Heck, international journalists have been deported from the Republic as well. So, the FDRE wants to own the media space and the narratives, which is the reason to silence battlefront information to the general public.

Third:

The purposeful crafting of the situation as genocide & ethnic cleansing continues by TPLF & their foreign allies to facilitate intervention while the war has not been in Tigray region for five months now” (Office of the Prime Minister – ‘Disinformation campaign against Ethiopia: THREAD’ 01.12.2021).

The FDRE have lied about everything. It has dismissed every part of the conflict. They have not taken any consideration or claims for their ill-will and devious acts during the warfare. While the same government can easily taint and claim terrorists acts done by the enemies. The FDRE and the Tripartite Alliance won’t take account for the massacres in Tigray region, neither the weaponized humanitarian assistance or going after “wheat aid”. So, we are just supposed to believe the folks who would block assistance for months on end to speak the truth about damage they did while they enforced war in Tigray?

In Western Tigray, the Eritrean Defence Force and Fano forces are still roaming the region. They have been there since the beginning of the war. The Tripartite alliance haven’t been in parts of it, but it’s a lie they haven’t been in Humera, as bodies have been floating into Sudan in November 2021 as well. Therefore, we know the FDRE and allies are still participating and killing there. This is just trying to downplay what they are actually doing.

Fourth:

Attempts to silence pro-Ethiopia voices & propping up of pro-TPLF narrative are seen. We have reasons to believe that Twitter is targeting & suspending voices that are raising awareness about the TPLF’s atrocities & its lies which we have shared with their policy team” (Office of the Prime Minister – ‘Disinformation campaign against Ethiopia: THREAD’ 01.12.2021).

We saw earlier that the FDRE and OPM had issues with people dropping knowledge and intelligence in the media of the battlefront. Nevertheless, going after their enemies are fine and dandy. While there is not proof of this and there is a lot of projection here. Since, the FDRE will never accept or take any accountability for the Tripartite Alliance actions. Alas, they are never doing the ills or the dehumanization of the Tigrayan people. As well, as the targeted ways of which the warfare has been. That’s why the OPM and the FDRE should consider how they work themselves and blocks voices in general.

The FDRE expect the Twitter company to respect free and fair speech, while the authorities or the FDRE couldn’t be if you throw anything at it. The OPM would only expect praises and be told to be brilliant. As he don’t want dissidents or critics, because if you are … expect the authorities or trouble with the law. They speak of lies, but the OPM and the FDRE haven’t been truthful either and been caught in plenty of lies since the start of the war. Therefore, don’t plan mechanical divisions, Special Forces, Fano, EDF and attack the Tigray region from various of fronts in November 2020. So, it is not like the FDRE and OPM is truthful either. Therefore, the attacks on anti-TPLF sentiments is just to stop hate-speech and fascism on a online platform. However, that is clearly fine by the Amhara allies and the FDRE counterparts.

Fifth:

Some mainstream western media are obviously dominated by anti-Ethiopian Government perspective. Such trend has been repeatedly utilized in many countries where media was used to effectively demonize governments and their leaders in order to facilitate regime change” (Office of the Prime Minister – ‘Disinformation campaign against Ethiopia: THREAD’ 01.12.2021).

To call certain mainstream western media anti-Ethiopian perspective is to degrade all reporting and undermine what they are writing. Yes, the Western media will be biased, just like EBC, ENA, Borkena or Fana BC is biased towards the government. The Ethiopian media houses I have mentioned are reporting in favour and could directly just write what the Ministries and the Commanders told them to do. There is no analyses or commentary, of which would dare to question the leadership. Alas, to critique and dare to question the OPM or the FDRE is directly anti-Ethiopian sentiment at this point of time. Any real patriotic stance is to be behind the leaders and the ruling regime. Alas, anyone should be able to critic a government, but not be against the citizens or the nation itself. Because, they are connected, but you should still be able to differentiate.

The OPM and FDRE claims this reporting have been done with a deliberate act of overthrowing them. While not proving any proof of that and it doesn’t explain what it did with that. This follows a pattern saying any reporting is misinformation or disinformation. While not supporting or allowing media to report in general. This government has been one of the most critical to all reporting and not given the media houses ability to report from the ground. They have only dismissed everyone who haven’t parroted the narratives the FDRE wants the world to know. This is why you can question this government and what it tries to hold back. Alas, it has also tried to leave the world in the black and not matter what the media would write. The FDRE would push back….

OPM and FDRE is disingenuous and insincere here. Continuing to vilify everyone else and your just supposed to trust them. Trust the same guys that lied about the refugees into Sudan, Eritrean involvement and whatnot… Peace.

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Opinion: Abiy promises total victory again [Like he did on the 16th Nov. 2020 & 26th Nov. 2020]

The youth of Tigray is perishing like leaves. Knowing it is defeated, it is being led by one who does not have a clear vision or plan. It should surrender today to the Ethiopian National Defence Force, to the special forces, to the militias and to the people” (…) “The enemy has been defeated. We scored an unthinkable victory with the eastern command in one day… Now in the west we will repeat this victory” – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali (From footage released on 30th November 2021).

On the 17th November 2020 after about two weeks of conflict and civil war in the “Law Enforcement Operation”. The man high on power and brief successive victories proclaimed to the world, that the Tigray conflict was in it’s “final phase”.

The three-day deadline for the Tigray regional special forces and militia to hand themselves over to national defence forces instead of being a tool for the greedy junta has expired. Those Tigray special forces and militia who used the three-day deadline are appreciated, Since the deadline has been completed, in the coming days the final law enforcement activities will be done” (Abiy, 17.11.2020).

Now a year later on the 30th November 2021. The same man coming with similar threats. There been plenty of offensives and now a ‘counteroffensive’. The ENDF and allies has used all of their means to win the war. They have used all tactics and deployed all sinister means to gain advantage. This is everything from weaponizing humanitarian assistance, blockage of utilities, communications and whatever the Federal Government deemed fit. Therefore, the PM cannot think people will believe his stories now.

The PM did state again on the 26th November 2020 that it was the “final phase” and ending of the conflict. However, we know perfectly well that didn’t happen and the threats was useless. The PM and his allies didn’t have the knowledge or the strategic thinking to think differently. As the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) restructured and started warfare in a different manner of which the state underestimated. That is why they are on the advancing end and the ENDF is trying to regain lost territory, as it has lost 10,000 soldiers only defending the Afar region over the recent days. This is the results of the civil-war and the burden Abiy has put on his own people.

The PM is doing like he did last year asking the TDF and its allies to surrender last year in November. When the TDF and allies in encircling Addis Ababa. Why would they do it now? When they could have done it … when Mekelle was bombed and their territory was controlled by the Tripartite Alliance. Nevertheless, this PM isn’t that bright or smart to figure that one out.

He rather sounds boost-full and having it all in order. As the “survival campaign” and Nationwide State of Emergency isn’t regaining quickly enough territory or weakening his adversaries. Clearly, the TDF-OLA union has ensured the warfare to turn the tide. As they taking territory and planning joint manoeuvrers. That was a luxury the Federal Government had with ENDF, EDF, Fano and Special Forces all combating one enemy. Now this has become much more hectic and with several of Liberation Armies to beat.

The ‘counteroffensive’ and the publicity stunt of having the PM on the frontline must be a golden opportunity of the FDRE. However, it is also showing it’s weakness. As they are supposed to need the manpower of the man who should sit in the situation room and get all intelligence from the front. He should navigate together with the generals and commanders. Find the best strategy and not just look at the sky, the moon and the dust. Figuring out from which hill he should cross or what sort of trick he should pick out of his sleeve. Nevertheless, that is where we are and he thinks he can repeat itself and it will work wonders.

The fools that is joining his war and many are dying on the front. That’s why the 10,000 revelations shows what price it has cost the FDRE to regain territory in the Afar region alone. Therefore, the PM maybe needs to boost his ego and show some finesse.

Still, that is a lot too ask this late in the game. There is little wiggle room and the PM uses whatever he has at this disposal. We know the TDF-OLA alliance has hurt his prospects. We know they been able to capture lot’s of prisoners of war. That has been proven and displayed. Nevertheless, that has never ended the war.

The PM can be in public and create a lot of theatre, but everyone knows that this doesn’t win him the war. It is just prolonged and the agony continues. As the people are starving, struggling and the pain is delivered to the door-steps of even more people. This isn’t only happening in the Tigray region, which have gotten the blunt force of the state, but also in Amhara, Afar and Oromia. Where there is various degrees of suffering, because of the conflict. It all has to be addressed and the pain, suffering and the adherent needs are growing. As the state and FDRE vilifies the UN and everyone delivering “wheat aid”. Therefore, this isn’t becoming better by the day, but much worse. As we cannot know the true extent or what sort of levels of devastation in the Republic.

Time will tell… but Abiy needs new tricks and new measures. Since, re-issuing the same sort of statements. Only shows that his not winning, but slowly losing. Peace.

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Ethiopia: Abiy tries to emulate Debretsion Gebremichael now…

Just as the supposed Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali is at the front-lines. While sitting in the middle of the field with fancy conference-room chairs and a desk. Where he held a massive speech to the Republican Guards and other military leaders. As well, as sitting beside him was “liqe mekwas” or his body-double, which is his impersonator or the “double of the emperor”. That was very visible on one of the pictures leaked to the press.

PM Abiy copies the meeting outside and gathering people to get the vision like the Tigray have been doing. While also wearing a Tegaru scarf just like TPLF President Debretsion Gebremichael is known for doing. This is emulating and copying his enemy, but doing it without any sophistication.

The man is supposed to be on the front-line, but the chairs looks from a half-way decent hotel and they are clean too. Abiy looks like he has had a shower and been groomed for the meeting. Secondly, the “liqe mekwas” wearing a suit and tie, which wouldn’t fit on the battlefield. Unless, you are playing around and mocking the whole war from afar.

Some reports even say he was in Bishoftu at the Kurufu Resort or the Tadiyos Hotel, while the private jet the PM uses was stationed at Bishoftu Air Force base. While the PM held the meeting on the grass in-front of the forest there. However, that haven’t been verified, but he looks so fresh and so clean for being on the front-line.

The PM looks like he haven’t had dirt, dust or anything under his fingernails even. As he walks impeccably with his military fatigue and held a speech. The publicity stunt isn’t working smoothly. It isn’t making it believable. Only the cult will believe this stunt.

This is not a PR victory. Only shows how he want to be a carbon-copy of his enemies. While never ceasing to compete on all fronts. Abiy is only showing out of touch and how he thinks this will work. This is not clever, but only proving his arrogance and his hubris in the midst of war.

When you take a conference room from a hotel or a resort and station it in-front of a forest to stage that your are at the front-line. That just shows that you have lost the plot. Not only that, but you have tried to make it look like a leadership gathering like your enemies and wearing their scarf. That just shows what sort of mental game-plan the Prime Minister has at the very moment. He is just boosting his own ego. As the ‘counter-offensive’ is happening in the border-region of Afar. Since the takeover of certain towns there of late. However, nobody knows for how long this can last. Certainly, Abiy isn’t there fighting, as his to nurtured to be there now. Peace.

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Ethiopia: TDF-OLA continues to advance [towards Debre Birhan] Part II

There is more verified information from the battlefront between the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) with their allies. While they are combatting the united front of Tigray Defence Force and Oromo Liberation Army. Over the recent days there been more news and I rather wanted to collect more substantial information before I make another post about it.

Already on the 8th November 2021 I wrote the TDF-OLA allies was marching on Debre Birhan. They were planning to launch attacks towards that strategic city, which 132,7 kilo-meters away from the capital Addis Ababa.

Today, we can with certainty say the TDF-OLA have captured Shewa Robit yesterday and on the same route they have taken Debre Sina. While on another front within the Amhara region the TDF-OLA have taken Molale in North Shewa. There is also reports that they have taken Mehal Meda, the administrative center of Menz Gera Midir woreda. These are significant blows to the national army and the progressions isn’t swift, but its closing in. Both in the mountains and on the main road towards Addis Ababa.

While on the Afar region front at Kassa/Darsa Gita front the TDF haven’t been able to compete with Afar Regional Special Forces and the ENDF there. They are still at the stages of Bati and not anywhere near Mille, which some still claims and have been saying for over a week. Which is fake news and the Afar region isn’t where the TDF have been able to advance like in the Amhara region.

There is clear indications that the fronts encircling Addis Ababa is going much better. Though at a slower phase, as there was some speculations and others who nearly was ready to proclaim a quick takeover of Addis around the 10th November 2021. We are now on the 22nd November 2021.

The state isn’t doing any good and is losing territory, but they are doing it in a slow speed. It is not like the united front against the ENDF is winning without costs or without tactically planning it’s advances. This is why Addis Ababa is for the long haul and not a short term takeover. Not like it looks like at this very moment.

The most damage the ENDF and it’s allies does at the moment is with drone attacks on the front-lines and on civilians in Mekelle. However, that will not win the war. The TDF-OLA is advancing and it’s clear on many fronts now. It isn’t one place alone. The Afar front-line has been static and not moving in any clear direction. They are meeting a competent adversary there. That is very clear and this is why the TDF haven’t succeeded there for now.

This will be continued and this is far from over. The conflict that started early November 2020 will continue. There is no denying in that and the agony will be prolonged. The pain, the suffering and the hurt will linger on for decades. This war won’t be over when just the guns are silent. This war will be over when the grievances is settled and the places are rebuilt after the conflict is over. That isn’t a quick and brief fix, but rebuilding a state after war-torn battles.

Right now the TDF-OLA front is advancing and doing it strategically. Time will tell how quickly they are able to move and how fast the ENDF allies are fallling. Whatever it is, it will be bloody and until things are verified. I will await the verdict of further movement of the troops in this civil-war. Peace.

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Ethiopia: State Minister of Peace Dendea Aredo vilification of the USAID goes overboard…

The Prosperity Party and it’s allies are really going into conspiracy theories mode. They are making aid and humanitarian assistance into a war-effort into supporting the enemies of the state. This is the same state that has sent notices to diplomats, embassies, envoys and businesses in Addis Ababa to monitor all their communication equipment. So, that these can be registered and prove how they are using these. That shows that everyone can become criminal and the state conspires about everyone. That’s how paranoid the authorities are at this current time.

The state will prove it even further, as a minister will go after USAID, as the state his a part of has created a man-made famine and weaponized humanitarian assistance to the Tigray Region. There haven’t been a convoy coming to Tigray region for a month now and there been little to none of what the needs are. That is what the state does. The only thing his government does is either ethnic cleansing in Humera region and Western Tigray. If not they are using drones to bomb Mekelle. Therefore, this shows how vicious the regime is.

State Minister of Peace wrote this:

Fortunately, USAID is said to be leaving Ethiopia. The government’s refusal to open the Humera Corridor is the reason. According to Mrs Samantha Power, the leaving is to make the people of Ethiopia sense the force of USA! For Ethiopian patriots, this is huge opportunity! Just two important issues. One, USAID has been in Ethiopia for almost 30 years, but has changed literally nothing! Only created dependency attitude! Hence its leaving cannot negatively affect Ethiopians! In the contrary, it will motivate us to help ourselves” (Taye Dendea Aredo – ‘Bye USAID’ 21.11.2021).

Taye Dendea is a former blogger turned minister. So, he knows the written word and his written articles in defence of the government causes. Therefore, his now just pinning the “Wheat Aid” issues, which Abiy have in the past. Instead of using “wheat aid”, Aredo picks on USAID. It is not USAID fault that FDRE haven’t been developed. That is the central government and the ones in-charge over the years. To blame outside entities to give no agency to the ones in-charge. Just like Abiy have ability to do things and reform. However, he decided to go to war and it has cost him dearly. It has backfired, so now Minister like Aredo have to incriminate others. That is what they do.

The State Minister for Peace should ensure and secure the humanitarian assistance gets to the Tigray region. That way he gets to save lives and help people in dire need. However, he rather blame the USAID for the orders and the state blocking the convoys. The UN drivers and others have been targeted by his government. It says a lot, even with the knowledge of this. He still blames them.

Two, the aim of USAID has been mistakenly understood by many to be supporting the needy. Now it has become clear that USAID is trying to change regimes contrary to the will of the people! It is clearly saying “Because we feed you, we shall elect a government for you”. This is the worst insult for the people! Actually, it shows their ignorance about us! Ethiopians are not the types of people who exchange their freedom & independence for food!” (Taye Dendea Aredo – ‘Bye USAID’ 21.11.2021).

Here is the minister deliberately saying USAID plans to have regime change. They are planning to starve everyone and use the aid to destroy the regime itself. What is striking here … is that earlier the state blocked the aid and didn’t allow the aid in to the needy. Now, the USAID doesn’t want to give to the other needy. Than it is an issue and says a lot about Dendea Aredo. As he wants to save the other regions, but not the one, which have been targeted for over a year now. Amhara region and Afar region have also been hardly hit by the warfare. This is also regions where UN and USAID planned to intervene with humanitarian assistance. The US already donated extra for the efforts this year to USAID to help the additional ones who are suffering. Therefore, wherever the Minister of State is having his sources. It is clearly not in the public channels of information.

The FDRE and PP have decided to go rogue. It isn’t the USAID in this instance. The USAID have programs called OTI and they should cease to have them. These are the questionable that mentions “transition” and used the CIA to change governments in favour of the Washington DC agenda. However, in the case of Ethiopia in 2021. The problems, the structures and the internal conflict has spiralled out of control for PP, because it gambled on the weakness of its enemies. A gamble it is losing. It got nothing with OTI or USAID. Neither is it USAID fault that the UN organizations cannot deliver humanitarian assistance within Ethiopia. That is all Addis Ababa would is blocking and stopping them from operating.

This is why you know the State Minister of Peace is lying and conniving. This is to make the USAID a villain. Yes, the USAID and CIA has a shady history. However, right now… the innocent are dying just so Abiy and his allies could prove a point. The same government that arrests people for their ethnic background as well. So… this man of peace is doing this and still the problem is USAID. That says it all and how pathetic things have become. You can even wonder what Abiy was thinking to appoint a man like this. However, that just shows his crowd and what sort of people he has surrounding him. Peace.

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