Dealing with Aid Providers, Handling the Media, and Laughing at the Devil

Notice the bunch of self-congratulatory white leaders sitting around discussing an African nation with no Ethiopian representative to make its case. The New Colonialism smells like the old.

Dear Prime Minister Abiy:

Hi! How are you doing? I know you’re busy, and we don’t talk much, but I thought I’d drop you a line. I’ve tried writing other people, but I didn’t get many responses. …


Before The Idiots Lie About Another War

The biggest problem with Western reporting on Ethiopia is nobody ever learns a damn thing.

Take two of the worst examples when journalism had a direct impact on events in the country. In 1973, when Jonathan Dimbleby covered the Wollo famine with a British TV crew, he mixed the horrors of skeletal starving victims with shots of Emperor Haile Selassie at a state banquet in the palace. How subtle. The contrast naturally sparked disgust in Europe and stirred more resentment among student radicals in Addis.

Except the shots were misleading. The explorer Wilfred…


After months of being overlooked by the Western media, TPLF soldiers make a cameo… And neither they nor the reporter can impress.

I don’t know about you, but I feel that this war is missing something. It’s got moral indignation, alleged and sadly real atrocities, it has the unintended surrealism of Alex de Waal mourning lost and very fictional fruit, and it has the sheer buffoonery of Tigrai Media House’s Stalin Gebreselassie believing that bullets can shoot through tanks. But something’s missing… Something, I don’t know…

Oh, yeah. Actual fighting.

Keep in mind that when this whole thing began last November, we heard the expression “battle-hardened troops. ” We heard so often from reporters and crisis merchants about the TPLF, their “battle-hardened…


You can’t smell the chemical weapons, but that scent of manure is coming from the West…

Here is how Lucy Kassa tweeted yesterday about her story in UK’s Telegraph about alleged chemical weapon use in Tigray: “Ethiopian and Eritrean armies may have used powerful incendiary weapons in civilian areas.” I quote-tweeted this to observe dryly, “I may have had fried chicken for dinner last night.”

But it took only a few hours for the Zombie Army of trolls to achieve their goal, for the allegation to move from may to supposedly established fact.

Here is Faisal Roble, who bills himself as a “widely read essayist” and a member of the Horn of Africa Journal editorial board…


A GUEST ARTICLE from a Source for “A Morally Bankrupt Institution”: How the UN is Betraying Ethiopia

A couple of days ago, I published on Medium a story with multiple sources over how senior UN officials are lying, threatening and harassing Ethiopian aid workers and colluding with the TPLF. One of the sources works in the education cluster of the international aid initiative in Tigray. This person, frustrated and appalled over what’s going on, prepared a long letter originally intended to be sent to the federal government on how the TPLF is still able to instill a climate of fear…


How to Con a Superpower and Make the Media Your Accomplice

The idea of a proxy war is fairly basic, and you don’t need to have a degree in International Studies to grasp the concept. You’re the U.S., Russia or China, and you back a side fighting a civil war or insurrection in a foreign country, supplying arms, military advisors, whatever’s needed. Syria comes to mind. Then there’s hybrid war, which uses a combination of conventional military resources with propaganda, cyber-attacks and proxies. Russia has used all of these in Ukraine, backing its separatist elements.

What is truly scary about Ethiopia is that maybe in the first time in history, the…


Lies, Intimidation, Threats — All to Help the Phony Tigray Genocide Narrative

We now know why you’re not learning the whole truth about Tigray. Because the United Nations doesn’t want you to know. And now the evidence is available that its senior officials have fabricated information and forced Ethiopians themselves in their own country to fall into line with a narrative agenda set by others.

According to multiple sources, officials for UN offices based in Addis Ababa and in Tigray are routinely intimidating, harassing and threatening Ethiopian staff, demanding they falsify data and help create fictional information — or they…


This is the draft version of the presentation I gave to the Ethiopiawinnet Zoom conference titled, “The Ramifications of Western Reactions to the Current Crises in Ethiopia” on April 17, 2021. With some very minor impromptu remarks in my delivery, it’s what I told the forum.

Thank you so much for your kind introduction, Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate and for the invitation to participate. And given the credentials and accomplishments of the other speakers, I feel like a gate crasher at a fancy dress ball. I’m out of my league in such esteemed company. …


The site of a former mass grave at Shilela Mocha, on the outskirts of Mai Kadra. All photos by Jemal Countess/Getty Images. Used with permission.

It’s more sinister than you thought. Put the pieces together, and it’s hard to escape the implication that the TPLF always intended to have a bloodbath, possibly one right across the country and in Addis if they had been more successful in battle. The clues are there. And evidence is waiting to be examined. Unfortunately, the top newspapers and TV networks of North America and Europe refuse to look, really look.

In early March, a certain correspondent defended the highly questionable allegations over Axum and told me in a Twitter direct message, “The notion that remote investigations don’t count is…


Alex de Waal is not getting enough fresh fruit in his diet. Neither is his radio sidekick, poor Mulugeta Gebrehiwot.

I guess that requires an explanation. De Waal has been having phone chats with his pal and colleague, Mulugeta, a former TPLF fighter also associated with the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University. …

Jeff Pearce

Writer person. Books - Prevail, The Karma Booth, Gangs in Canada; in June 2021, Winged Bull, a bio of Henry Layard, the Victorian era’s Indiana Jones.

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