On November 10, 2020, a 7-page report that discussed the potential unraveling of Ethiopia – due to the outbreak of war between the Federal Military and TPLF – was concluded and forwarded to a carefully selected team of EU officials, who would then present it to the EU council. The scenario considered in the report was a potential deluge of refugees into Europe from a disturbed region, the Horn of Africa (HoA). The report cautiously analyzed the then 7-day-long armed conflict between ENDF and an alliance of Tigray armed groups, including Tigray Regional Forces and Special Police, and expressed concern about the cohesion of ENDF and the possibility of spill-over of the conflict into Oromia region.

The report also cautioned against the Tripartite Alliance of Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, and Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia. Additionally, the report noted the concerns of Saudi Arabia, which feared the crisis could negatively impact the Gulf region – a concern shared by United Arabs Emirate. Another notable prospect raised in the report was cutting off of the Ethiopia-Djibouti terrestrial transport corridor should the conflict continue unabated. In May 2021, Goitom Gebreluel opined that the HoA is falling under an axis of tyranny led by the 3 aforementioned leaders and that the Tripartite Alliance was destabilizing the region.

Among the issues discussed in the West concerning the future of Ethiopia are if Ethiopia can be peacefully broken up if a rebel coalition takes power in Addis Ababa, and then allow the ethno-regional states to use referendum to vote for secession, which the central government will accept. This is to avoid the Somaliland-like limbo where the semi-autonomous state cannot gain full recognition as a republic unless the national government in Mogadishu consents to its secession. For USG and its European Allies, this will allow for a peaceful version of Yugoslavia-like breakup, while enabling the trial of Abiy Ahmed Ali for crimes against humanity in an international court just as it happened to the second last President of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic.

If Ethiopia accepts regime attenuation, then there will be a need for a national dialogue supervised by a Government of National Unity that includes the TPLF (and even excludes Abiy Ahmed), which will oversee a constitutional review that will strengthen decentralization. So far, there has been no assessment of whether Abiy Ahmed can develop a strong personality or valor like Xi Jinping who defeated enhanced political warfare, or if Abiy can take bold decisive actions to survive political warfare. It also overlooks the fact that the Ethiopian people have not shown a strong dislike for the government. Even so, popular perception can be changed using witful narrative management that is tailored to drive a wedge between the people and GoE.

Relatedly, how is the USG-EU alliance going to manage the crisis in Ethiopia, while promoting their agenda for Ethiopia?

…this will allow for a peaceful Yugoslavia-like breakup, while enabling the trial of Abiy Ahmed Ali for crimes against humanity in an international court just as it happened to the last President of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic

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Command and Control Fusion Center (C2FC) Running a Basma-like Campaign on Ethiopia

In a previous post, it was reported that C2FC “has delegated some of its tasks to disparate subsidiary fusion cells that enjoy some degree of operational autonomy but organizational dependence on the fusion center”. So, what are the functions of C2FC, and who staffs these fusion cells?

The key functions of C2FC can be summarized as advisory, facilitation, capacitation, and intelligence operations. This post focuses on the information capacitance function of the C2FC and some intelligence operations of its allied military and intelligence organizations. The other functions of C2FC will be discussed in later posts.

Information Capacitance

Information capacitance is key to any propaganda campaign, and in the Ethiopian crisis, it involves moderating and controlling media coverage of the war in Tigray – and armed rebellion in Oromia – in a way that disadvantages GoE. This managed media coverage is quite helpful for fusion cells located in Kenya where they work with anti-Abiy elements in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and National Intelligence Service (NIS) to shape public opinion in favor of supporting TPLF and Oromo secessionists. This clique in KDF and NIS has partnered with other national intelligence agencies and private intelligence firms to train media activists and promote the idea of 2 parallel governments-in-exile – the Oromia Regional National Transitional Government and the Government of the National State of Tigray.

As will be explained later, the current information capacitance operation uses methods and techniques developed in Project Basma, which was a regime change campaign conducted against the government of Syria. The same methods and techniques were then used against Xi Jinping as part of an enhanced political warfare campaign to weaken the Communist Party of China.

Fusion Cells

The staffs of these fusion cells are made up of popular media personalities, journalists, university-educated intellectuals, lawyers, democracy activists, humanitarian aid workers (HAW), private intelligence firms, non-governmental organizations (including the Europe External Programme with Africa [EEPA]), and researchers affiliated with Western humanitarian aid agencies and research institutions. The current conjecture by Geopolitics.Press is that Stratfor and Janes Information Group – which is owned by Montagu Private Equity – do aid the operations of these cells. Among the democracy activists working in, or with, these fusion cells are prominent democracy activists from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Uganda; as well as democracy activists based in Europe, Oceania, and North America.

The staff help to create narratives, repurpose descriptions of events, and find ways to deny GoE media publicity. The narrative created by these cells is processed by C2FC before being issued to “media actors” for amplification. The most prized media actors are the multinational media agencies that have a global network of influence that can be leveraged in information warfare campaigns.

Consider Reuters with its global network of about 4,000 journalists, and one can get an idea of how a created narrative can be popularized worldwide by these journalists, and even be made the vogue narrative. This was evident during the execution of Project Basma.

Project Basma

In 2014, it was revealed that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for International Development (DfID), and Ministry of Defence – which are all part of the Government of the United Kingdom (GUK) – have been running a joint program to capacitate information campaigns and kinetic operations in Syria. This joint program used the methods of “strategic communications, research, monitoring and evaluation, and operational support to Syrian opposition entities” to achieve its goals. The revelations also showed that FCO favored the building of “local independent media platforms” to outbid the government in narrative management. This joint program is now known as Project Basma, and it fronted an entity called Basma (after which the project is named).

Basma was cloaked as a civil society group that provided a citizen journalism platform. This can be related to the obtuse civil society organization called Civil Society Reference Group, which is a front for the anti-Abiy clique in KDF and NIS to lobby the Kenyan government to support rebels fighting against GoE.

As a citizen journalism platform, Basma was able to plant stories in international media outlets and run a network of journalists who doubled as intelligence agents. It is still not clear if the Integrity Initiative and Institute for Statecraft played any roles in Project Basma.

Basma Program for Regime Change

In September 2020, leaked documents – which were later acknowledged – revealed that GUK has been funding a propaganda campaign to promote regime change in Syria, as well as buy public sympathy for the armed opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime. To cultivate media activists who would serve as stringers in Syria, GUK used the Basma program to train these activists and deploy them to the field. These activists were paired with public relation (PR) firms, which edited and modified their reports before forwarding them to mainstream media outlets as journalistic pieces. The media agencies named in the expose are BBC, Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, and Orient TV.

Private intelligence contractors that were involved in this Syrian campaign include The Global Strategy Network (TGSN), Albany, Analysis Research Knowledge (ARK), and Innovative Communication & Strategies (InCoStrat). InCoStrat and Albany helped the armed opposition to handle media relations. Albany even admitted that its core task was defined as “collecting and organising stories and content that support and reinforce the core narrative”.

Basma was able to plant stories in international media outlets and run a network of journalists who doubled as intelligence agents.

The Dubai-based ARK describes itself as a humanitarian NGO that has worked with the State Department, FCO, European Union, United Nations, and the Governments of Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. TGSN prides itself of having Richard Barrett among its directors. Richard Barrett is the former director of global counter-terrorism for the Secret Intelligence Service (popularly known as Military Intelligence Section 6 or MI6). This implies that he knew that some of their Syrian allies had ties – either direct or indirect – to AlQaeda. ARK, which describes some of its functions as “developing civil defence capabilities”, “preventing and countering violent extremism” and “promoting accountability for war crimes, boasts of having an operational presence in Kenya and Somalia.

ARK started developing the political narrative for the opposition in 2011 while still in Gaziantep, Turkey; and later partnered with TGSN to run “97 video stringers, 23 writers, 49 distributors, 23 photographers, 19 in-country trainers, eight training centers, three media offices, and 32 research officers”. ARK was tasked with rebranding the public image of Salafi jihadi rebels, and their civil front (or civilian-facing front). Benjamin Norton states that “ARK ran the social media accounts of the White Helmets, and helped turn the Western-funded group into a key propaganda weapon of the Syrian opposition”.

ARK has boasted of providing “regular branded and unbranded content” to “well-established contacts”, which included top media outlets like “Reuters, the New York Times, CNN, the BBC, The Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times, Al Jazeera, Sky News Arabic, Orient TV, and Al Arabiya”. It also sent dozens of articles to be published by Al Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat (ibid).

When the Supreme Military Council (SMC) of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was globally denounced for working with violent Salafi mujahideen, ARK was mandated “to establish the image of (SMC and FSA as) a functioning, inclusive, disciplined and professional military body”. A similar situation is ongoing in Ethiopia where TPLF and TDF are being presented in mainstream media outlets as “ functioning, inclusive, disciplined and professional” political party and military body respectively.

TDF field commanders have enjoyed laudatory coverage in mainstream media, with Lieutenant-General Tsadkan Gebretensae of TDF giving an interview to Kenya’s The Elephant in July 2021, where he marketed TDF as the armed military force of the Government of Tigray, not the armed wing of TPLF. In the Interview, Tsadkan presented an image of TDF that is a functioning, disciplined, and professional military body (ibid).

TPLF recently, in an error of judgment, paraded armed children, an act that led to condemnation in Ethiopia.

PHOTO SOURCE: Jeff Pearce.

TPLF has also been accused of trying to achieve moral equivalence by dressing children in Tigray with flags of the Amhara regional State and giving them rifles. Still, the public image of TDF can be softened using clever narrative management and media framing.

ARK is known for “softening the image” of armed groups that Westerners may find troubling as is evidenced in these photographed stickers that it made for the AlQaeda-laced Free Syrian Army.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Grayzone.

Fusion Cells for Intelligence Activities and Lethal Journalism

Understanding the functions and methods of Project Basma makes it easier to understand how C2FC works, and why it chooses the methods it uses to achieve its goals. As mentioned, C2FC’s tasks are delegated to fusion cells.

These fusion cells collect and collate raw information about the state of affairs in Ethiopia. This information is obtained through social media posts, direct communication with TPLF cadre, and testimonies of HAW and Tigray diaspora who had spoken with their kin in Tigray.

Also, these cells work with C2FC to fast-track the verification of social media accounts of their political and military allies. This explains why the Twitter handle of Getachew Reda, which was started in September 2020, was quickly verified in the second quarter of 2021. Apart from helping its allies and assets dominate the social media space, they also work to stifle the presence (and voice) of their opponents in social media.

Pro-ENDF Facebook Accounts Suspended enmasse just before TDF’s Offensive

The fusion cells work to identify social media accounts that are operated by, or affiliated with, their targeted organizations and persons. In the second quarter of 2021, these cells identified social media accounts that are operated by, or affiliated with, the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency (INSA), and compiled them before forwarding them to their American aids, who then pressured US-based social media companies to suspend the accounts.

On June 16, 2021, Facebook announced that “it had removed a network of fake accounts in Ethiopia targeting domestic users”, and that these accounts were associated with INSA. This reduced the ability of GoE to control social media messaging inside Ethiopia, while biasing social media parity between TPLF and GoE in favor of the former. Two days later, an alliance of Tigray armed groups, who had consolidated themselves under the umbrella of the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF), launched an offensive called Operation Alula.

TDF is probably named so to imply its character as a military organization that aspires to be a national military just like the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) or Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).

Lethal Journalism

Richard Landes identified 3 forms of partisan war journalism. They are patriotic war journalism (e.g GoE insisting that Ethiopian media should not describe TDF as a military force but instead use TPLF to describe both TPLF and TDF), lethal war journalism (e.g foreign media reports TPLF’s propaganda as authentic news), and own-goal war journalism (where Ethiopian media reports TPLF’s propaganda as authentic news). The latter two forms of war journalism are what constitutes lethal journalism, whose aim is to de-energize the will of the target polity to resist the messaging and acts of C2FC.

In June 2021, GoE punished Addis Standard, an Ethiopian Media, for own-goal war journalism; an act that was condemned by the West using carefully scripted words, which reveals the influence of C2FC.

Professor Landes identifies lethal war journalism as prone to promoting narratives, and this is exactly what happens in Ethiopia. Starting from November 2020, GoE has been described as an ego-bloated, incapable, and cruel belligerent fighting to destroy the Tigray people, and this makes TPLF’s armed opposition a moral obligation that the world should support. The coordinated and synchronized delivery of this narrative by Western mainstream media reveals that C2FC manages the media scripting.

As Landes notes, lethal journalism works to promote a narrative using stories and claims of events, and “when (these) claims (are) disproven…these news outlets (do) nothing to correct their errors“. This was evident in July 2021 when Amnesty International purposely misguided its audience by using photographs – taken by Amanuel Sileshi – of Ethiopians being frisked, before entering a polling station, to condemn GoE for ethnic profiling in Addis Ababa.

Lethal journalism can be augmented by tweaking the algorithms of search engines. This can allow C2FC to exploit search engine algorithms so as to bias internet search results, with the goal being to improve the ranking of any article that sheds positive information about TPLF. This helps achieve information dominance, where the information provided by a specific actor dominates the reporting by mass media and social media.

Information capacitance as applied to lethal journalism allows for deployment of a legally-sound, short-term media strategy that is laden with propaganda value and good optics. This explains why almost the same message against the Ethiopian government has been released by supposedly different Western governments, aid agencies, journalists, reports (published by research institutions), and social media personalities.

Lawfare

In 2011, ARK partnered with Tsamota to develop a subproject within Basma called the Syrian Commission for Justice and Accountability. This name was later changed in 2014 to the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA). CIJA used seed fund provided by the Conflict Pool of GUK to build a transitional justice architecture to execute lawfare against the Assad government should the plan for regime change fail. The goal was to bring cases against top Syrian government officials in international courts, and then use these cases to justify specified narratives, as well as call for sanctions to be imposed on Syria.

During the Ethiopian crisis, there have been coordinated calls by pro-TPLF intellectuals, lawyers, democracy activists, NGOs, and private intelligence firms for Abiy Ahmed to be tried in an international court for crimes against humanity. In February 2021, the National Interest published a post with a self-revelatory title: Abiy Ahmed: The First Nobel Laureate On Trial at the International Criminal Court? The author, Michael Rubin, called for Abiy to “face war crimes charges”. However, this trial can only happen if Abiy is removed from power, failure of which, the calls for his prosecution will be used to justify sanctions against GoE and its top officials. This can result in sanctions being imposed on the Ethiopian people.

Feature image shows children waiting in a line. PHOTO CREDIT.

An excerpt of this post has been published in our Medium blog.

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  1. Very convincing analysis. However, I must add a decisive factor in the equation of it ( Ethiopia case in mind) which is verified multiple times in its history (past snd present). To name a few the 1896 and 1936 aggression of the government of one of the then “powerful” western nations. Ethiopia will prevail this time too. Thanks for exposing the evil counsel of the GUK, USG, EU, the cookie-cutter manufacturing news media (BBC, Reuters, CNN, etc.), C2FC’s lackeys and donkeys who carry them in Ethiopia (tplf, etc.).
    Erkabu Megeno (Wodi Haqi)

  2. Wow! These beasts are out to destroy our homeland! We can’t control what they do, but we won’t let them do it with impunity! An innocent three thousand years old black civilization will not be destroyed with impunity! God is with Ethiopia!

  3. እግዚኦ መሐርነ ክርስቶስ!
    For God’s sake!
    It is known, but working tirelessly, and creating false narrative is unbelievable.

  4. Thanks for your good analysis, it was all pre-destined by TPLF, where it stay as it is while it was leading as a government for the last 27 years leading the pack of gevernance.But thanks to God, TPLF will remain so as Liberation front-damn it will remain so.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing the truth with the peaceful people. But Ethiopia will win because it holds the truth

  6. This has been the analysis that I’ve so far looking for. Thanks for the matured perspective on Ethiopia’s ongoing situation. Ethiopia will prevail this time like never before!

  7. Hmm thanks, I was curious about the campaigns on twitter and how the trending issue change swiftly. Huge campaigns that expose TPLF atrocities did not last as such on twitter even if there exists huge tweets. The same applies for YouTube.

  8. I am troubled beyond words how powerful countries and their “double agent” media conspire to destroy a my country. But I am comforted knowing that an angel is more powerful than a zillion devils.

    Ethiopia will prevail. We have done it before, and no amount of sophisticated conspiracy will win over the determined, selfless, Ethiopian patriots!

  9. It’s eye openner for innocent world civilians, actually we know there is some thing wrong going on with these western political power, I always try to find out what fault did they found from our beloved, peace loving prime minister, Dr Abiy. You Evil thinkers, Ethiopia is under close eye of God!!

  10. Thank you for such a fine collection of journalistic materials to reveal key players. All African Union member states have no excuse but to wake up, stand up and unite against destabilizing efforts of any member state. The power is in the hands of The All Mighty and citizens of Ethiopia. Outside influence comes with a price, we must be very careful as to who is in Ethiopia’s best interest. A stable Ethiopia is a stable Horn a stable Horn is a stable Red Sea. Our Central Gov of Ethiopia must keep positive messaging current. The latest galvanized effort to protect Ethiopia is to be proud of.

  11. Can’t help but feel helpless against such advanced evilcraft but then I’m reminded evil will not prevail in the end and so rest in that hope.

  12. It amazing these countries go free after destroying so many countries and people
    If it is an international court these people should face justice

  13. Huge thanks for informing us though we know what actually the Western fronts are doing. We are more curious than they imagined. We won’t let that to happen. While they are clear with the context I don’t know why they twist the facts this much.

  14. Now We know for sure that who is best at manufacturing horror to black peoples. የኛ አምላክ አይተኛም ይፋረዳል justice will be served sooner than we know!

  15. You have indeed painted a vivid picture of what the westerns have been doing to put Ethiopia down using the corrupted media platforms. I cannot say that they haven’t achieved their goal towards that, but on the ground Ethiopia is winning and unified. No matter how much sneaky, organized and integrated social media operations they ran, Ethiopian people will win the war against the TPLF terrorists.

    “Even in the 21st century Devid bits Goliath”
    HIM Hailesilasse I

  16. Excellent piece, reveals lots of hidden tactics that have proven successful elsewhere. I would not rush as to say this is will fail in Ethiopia. The groundwork for breakup has already been laid by TPLF for 27 years. Ethiopians need to stay vigilant and GOE needs to be aware of the forces aligned against it, it’s not only TPLF, it’s USG, EU, GUK and these types of highly paid mercenaries out to break up a country. Do not be foolish as to dismiss this threat outright. It will take months and years of staying vigilant and fighting back until TPLF is decisively eliminated from within once and for all.

  17. This great work will play a dominant role to struggle the white asian and European
    people as well as confused black Africans. It is clear that those anti Perpetual mother Land of ETHIOPIA are not sleep. Their main focuses are not humanitarian rather they are not happy when Africa become United. If their main goals are humanitarian they should build Syria, Libya, Iran’s… remember strong Africa leaders such as Lubumba, Mengstu Hailemariam.

  18. Thank you for this enlightening analysis. Now I understand how the so called main media are fake manipulated worthless.

  19. This does explain somethings, we where wondering what westerners really want from ethiopia because there is just “extremily negative narrative” against ethiopian government and
    What do you think there final goal or agenda ?

  20. Thank you for exposing the truth behind all the fake news we were subjected to. Thank for unveiling the dirty game played by the so called western governments.
    While we know that the story was mounted and created to destroy Ethiopia by her enemies the question remain but why? all this to achieve what? Is it to a hive the hidden desire for slavery again in 21sr century? And to continue the same on different shape and form. Black people of the world will need to standup together and fight this evil action from the west.
    Innocent people in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen,Somalia,Iraq and other part of the world have suffered enough and now they need to join force and stop this nonsense. Free Africa, Asia, Arab States and Latin America and need to break the cycle from bro colonialism. We cannot provide all row material and the know how for our people be condemned to poverty and the war is providing the opportunity to keep us as such
    .
    I know, time after time that Ethiopia have been able to deft all aggression grace of God and by strong will and unity of her people. I have no doubt again Ethiopia will prevail. Long live Ethiopia and Africa and all those oppressed. Shameful end to those who go against Ethiopian and African interest

  21. We put aside our differences and will fight the foreign aggressors who are conspiring to dismantle our nation that has never been colonized by white power. The more Ethiopians are treated adversely, the better united they are.

  22. Colonialism in a full fledged action again. Their African slaves hired as their mercenaries, mainly represented by the evil TPLF! The TPLF is a scum of this earth collection of thugs who simply lack the criteria to qualify for human beings. Most animals are superior by all standards. And the Democratic Party if the United States is now the naked emperor

  23. It is disturbing to read the countries and organisations we look up to for solutions know the truth but have taken a different direction. I personally assumed they didn’t know the context. However what matters is to be on the side of the Sovereign and Just God because He is on the side of Truth. His main agenda remains to bring individuals to repentance and He is giving second chances to all humanity, irrespective of who they are and where they live. I hope a wise and positive response is given before it is late.
    Beloved Ethiopia and her suffering people are facing big challenge now but will definitely win and arrive at their Devine destiny. Intense prayer is needed for the government and our brothers and sisters who are directly and indirectly experiencing the tragic effect of the current situation.
    Ethiopia shall soon stretch her hands to God.’
    Alemishet

  24. The whole lapdog for these act is TPLF whose fathers were the banda during the victory of ADWA and the later 1940/49 victory. these trouble maker countries will have observed the endurance and heroes of Current Ethiopia again!!

  25. The Ethiopian people already know this. That is why they overwhelmingly voted for Abiy. That is why the Oromo youth are signing up to join the Ethiopian army. Ethiopians know how evil the West is as they experienced in their decades-old struggle against colonialism. Now Ethiopia has to look East.

  26. Evil idiots, you’re playing by people blood, I’ll pay the consequence. Ethiopia prevails. God & the ppl of Ethiopia is with Abiy no matter what. Keep trying to fail like Syria.

  27. The evil deeds of the GUK, USG and EU forced Syria to throw itself to the open arms of Putin. I am afraid the same is gonna happen to Ethiopia. What is astonishing is the evilness and arrogance of the western block toward the rest of the world. China beat them, so did India and chances are Africa will via the leadership of Ethiopia. By the way, the Ethiopians have the blue print of how to defeat the evil colonial old Europe.

    Just for information, if the likely happens and Ethiopia disintegrates, so will Kenya. The Oromo in Kenya will be solicited to join the newly formed state of Oromia from old Ethiopia and hence the beginning of the disintegration of Kenya. For this reason alone, the Kenyans will keep themselves from the evil plan of the west. And no matter what old Europe does, they will be flooded with immigrants of biblical proportions from HOA if Ethiopia disintegrates.

  28. Thank you for this information. It solves the riddle many of us were unable to understand. All these concerted barrage of condemnations and media attacks were organized to disintegrate Ethiopia and destabilize the Horn of Africa. Eliminate the heads of governments of the 3 countries. While Europe is consolidating itself thru the EU it wants African countries to be divided into ethnic enclaves. That way they remain under US & EU leash. God save us from this scheme and now Ethiopia Shall Prevail.
    Admasu

  29. unbelievable, saint like devils are so busy to mess-up Ethiopia. this injustice beyond word will not prevail, against Ethiopia, God the almighty is watching your evil devices

  30. It’s obvious that no foreign social as well as mainstream medias condemn when TPLF sends children to warfront. God is always with us!

  31. It is good we are unpredictable. Not now, not 100 years ago. Not even 3000 years ago. Ethiopia could have been Syria, Libya and Yemen by now. But, they still don’t know us. No matter how much wealth of information and data the western world has about Ethiopia, we, Ethiopians are unpredictable. That will will remain the same so long as we are united and we are united.

  32. Thank you for exposing evil people. Ethiopians will be uniting more than ever to protect their country and their government. Ethiopia will prevail.

  33. Thank you for exposing the unrelenting hands of the tripatite, GUK, USG, EU, and their propaganda arms of the media. We are surrounded by enemies who want to do us harm, none more harmful than the actions of our own brothers and sisters who have fallen prey to the Wester machinery. We are in a difficult time; but we still stand firm, united, and resilient to defend preserve the independence, freedom and territorial integrity of the country. That was the torch our forefathers handed over to us, one people, one country! That is the torch we will pass along to our children.
    We, Africans, have to stand together and wholeheartedly embrace the principle of solving African problems or challenges with Africans.
    This should be our new paradigm guiding our research and thoughts both in the academic public arena. The best solutions come to us when we look to ourselves.

  34. All this work to take out Dr. Abiy and get rid of Ethiopia??? As the Bible said, though they intend to harm you and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail, this is all the work of TPLF but Ethiopia will prevail

  35. Ethiopians knew this from the start but not in such depth. Thanks for bringing out the truth. We are now more united than ever. The 27 years TPLF strategy to divide us has fallen in the drain with no success, and the Westerners influence and one sided judgement has given us the strength to be more unified. if we go back and check the trends since the start of the law enforcement operation, it clearly shows that Ethiopia was in advance of their conspiracy. Initially they thought the war will be regional and millions will be displaced and flee to Europe and other countries and the whole region will be in turmoil. NO! The GOE managed to contain the operation within the region. Then they tried to downplay the national election and tried to tell us that we can’t held the election. NO! Ethiopians went out in mass and elected their leaders peacefully. The last bullet they had was to put punitive economic sanction based on deliberately fabricated fake stories to demonise the GOE globally. NO! GOE declared unilateral ceasefire and thwarted their attempt. And now, the country they thought is on a brink of disintegration, has come together to get rid of the homegrown terrorist group ones and for all and showed its solidarity standing with our National Defense Force. But the last thing they want to do is bringing PM Abiy to international court. Unfortunately, they don’t have any legal ground to do this or a piece of evidence to substantiate this and initiate the legal process. But this doesn’t mean we have overcome all the challenges but there is still a long way waiting for us that we have to fight together. Ethiopians, it is time to put our differences aside, and focus on the challenges we are facing. And of course, the almighty God is always on our side.

  36. The one with us greater than the one with them.
    Am sure many of us have the sixth sense to understand this. What we were looking for was a comprehensive analysis like this one. The government of Abiy is not a kind of my favorite however the atrocities of FPLF led government in Ethiopia for about three dacades made me witness the deep rooted problems the guys had with Ethiopia and Ethiopianis. Now we are awake I support Abiy’s government not for my interest but for the interest of fhe majority of Ethiopian brothers and sisters. Alas

    1. Ethiopia is the foundation for the world all that rise to destroy her will lose their footing and deminish and lose their respect they no more have the moral value and strength. they have nothing after what happened on january 6 and the reaction of the authorities trying to defend the distrution. where is the ideals and vallues and honor . sheer brute force and tarzanism

    2. Yes true they are always trying to destroy Us but they didn’t succeed and they wont succeed again W Ethiopians are different they didn’t know how our social fabrics works so i wont get worryed that much they can do what ever they like systematically but we will Perivale

    3. Thank you for this in depth eye-opening article. The sophisticated devilish plan of the West to disintegrate Ethiopia is mind-boggling. What did Ethiopia do to deserve such coordinated attack from Western governments, so-called “global media outlets”,”humanitarian workers “,”intelligence agencies”,” journalists ” etc!? Despite their devilish will, Ethiopia will prevail once again as it did so throughout its history.

  37. But why? US and Europe wants a puppet government, but they must know,we struggle all these years to have free and Democratic country, now we almost achieved our goal, but it is mind boggling the countries who claimed that they have perfect democracy attacking us and go this length to destroy us, we will fight back! There is no question in it

  38. it is very clear that US and UK are trying to destroy Ethiopia. The people have woken and will never happen.the TPLF child soldiers
    supported by this super powers will make the US and UK equal to the Khmer Rouge

  39. Oh! it is the most catastrophic information and documents that projected by our diabolic historical enemies and their vampire mercenary fascist terrorist catastrophic monster Woyane so-called TPLF to destroy our Great Grand Meekness Mom Ethiopia and Her innocent Great people! However, they never ever success and win to do such diabolic actions of Lucifer! Ethiopia shall stretch Her hands unto Her Great God and we the Zion-Lion-Iron- Army of Her healthy Children, that never ever infested and infected with Woyane malignant metastasis viral cancer, extinct them not only from the darling heart of Ethiopia but also from the face of Goodness Earth for evermore..!!!

  40. Thanks for answering some of the questions that were poping to my mind too often. Yet, I do not understand why the west is taking such a concerted action to Balkanize Ethiopia? TPLF is a terrorist, corrupt, inhuman group that will evaporate from the face of the country sooner or latter. The west is myopic, who could not see the aftermath of the disintegrated populous nation. Even in Syria they were not successful in changing the regime. But the outcome of thier Basma Project consumed children, women & old people while the youths manage to cross to somewhere. Ethiopia is a solid country cemented firmly by the blood & flesh of its citizens. The Basma Project & its plan will fail & we Ethiopians will write our history by our hands.

  41. In fact ,the points mentioned here are supported by cases . And it is persuasive. But the reality is that their project never materialized . It is helpful how Ethiopian should follow all those lethal journalists > All Ethiopians will aware what is going on and stand by their elected government > Thanks for this insightful article.

  42. Thank you for excavating and sharing this information. All Ethiopians from all walks of life and ethnicity have to come together and foil this plot. It is very clear and we are witnessing what is happening. In previous years our knowledge on the western sabotage & pressure on Ethiopia was as big as the tail of the elephant but now the whole elephant is visible. My fellow Ethiopians including Tigrian elites who sympathize for criminal TPLF, please let us come together. Eritrea is made to be what it is today which seems to be a hundred years project.

  43. Thank you for sharing us and exposed to the world this human-less group’s consul. I am so sorry, still in this 21century the developing countries having demonic mentality. How can are they gambling with the blood of innocent people, African and Ethiopian? They can’t skip from the punishment of the Almighty God, you will see. But I can assure you that we Ethiopian are never failed dawn because of God and also because of our free mind of colonization. Even if , the whole world against us we will not surrender to anyone. It is better for them to stop this criminal terrorized movement, other wise, may be become humble because of our fire hand. After long patience we know what we will do if they don’t leave us alone!!!!

  44. Ethiopia is the land of human origin, one of the earliest civilization, rich cultural and religious values, the only Non-colonized African country, proud and God fearing people. The act of our enemy emerged from who we are as a nation, you can have whatever wealth or technology; may be in Yugoslavia, or Syria you can but, you can never, ever succeed in Ethiopia. Ethiopia is way over your wildest imagination bring it on we are one and we are 110 million too!!