By Berhane Kahsay, Sept. 27, 2012
The International Crisis Group (ICG) is literally going out of its way to make a name for itself by disseminating white lies of the worst possible sort against Ethiopia. ICG is not a self financing organisation but it audaciously states that it is transparent, independent and above board. How it can remain beyond frequent arm twisting by fund contributors is really hard to believe. The ICG further claims that it is committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflicts worldwide but by its actions it has shown quite clearly that this is far from the truth. In any case, the ICG seems to have carved a niche for itself and funds are continuously flowing in its way. In an effort to catch up with other institutions such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, it is coming up with headline grabbing unsubstantiated sensational stories.
A case in point is the premature announcement of the death of PM Meles by the ICG via G-7 which it swiftly denied as the source of the story when it was found to be an outright lie. It is pretty clear that the ICG is acting as a mouth piece for unfriendly government/s hell bent on disrupting Ethiopia’s unrelenting economic progress. Was the intention to incite an upheaval in the country? Does it seriously reckon that a little push could cause the two decades long economic success to come to a scratching halt? Who would benefit from this?
Egypt is the country that springs to mind for obvious reasons; it wants the Nile just for itself, and would gain immensely if Ethiopia was to revert to war, and perpetual famine and starvation. The Arab nation would love to hamper the phenomenal and spectacular transformation of Ethiopia into the leading economy of Eastern Africa. The probability of success, however, is very slim indeed.
The good news for Ethiopia is that Egypt is in a precarious situation at this moment in time. The country is in a state of turmoil as a result of the serious conflict that has opened up between the Muslim Brotherhood led government and the Salafi Al-Nur opposition party that is gaining ground and wants to turn Egypt into an Islamic state. To make matters worse, Barak Obama has publically stated that he no longer considers Egypt as an ally as it took its time to condemn the death of an American ambassador in Libya. The US considers Egypt as a Very Favoured Nation (VFN) alongside Israel and Turkey, and receives annual aid estimated to be around $5 billion. The Islamisation of Egypt, not to mention the other North African Countries, is seriously worrying the Obama administration and Israel. The moment may have come for the US to damp Egypt and make its way to the Horn of Africa and catapult the age old historical relationship with Ethiopia into a much higher level. ICG would not be ecstatic about this, but one would expect it from a trash organisation that makes a living by knocking down assertive third world leaders like the late Ethiopian Prime Minister.
The folks at ICG haven’t got a clue the length Ethiopia has travelled since the over throw of the military dictatorship. Ethiopia is now stable and can with stand sudden and prolonged shocks without too much discomfort. The country was without a leader for weeks and nothing untoward happened over this period. Smooth transition of power has taken place without a hitch for the first time in the history of Ethiopia. A huge state funeral was successfully completed although chaos was predicted by the fringe groups in the Diaspora and the ICG. Millions of Ethiopians have clearly shown during the mourning of the late Premier how united they were, and as long as this unity is maintained, the stability and cohesion of the country would undoubtly stand the taste of time. The ICG was foolishly hoping to initiate chaos and uprising in Ethiopia similar to what is taking place in Syria, Yemen, Libya and other Arab countries but these failed to completely materialise.
The ICG didn’t limit itself to spreading pure lies and fabrications but was also involved in besmirching the good name of the late Premier of Ethiopia. Not long ago, it posted an article on its website titled ‘Ethiopia After Meles.’ This short commentary has exposed how little the ICG knew about the departed Ethiopian leader who managed to transform his country into one of the leading economic powers of the Horn region in just two decades. In the article the ICG describes the late Prime Minister as an authoritarian with poor human rights records. What made them think Meles was an authoritarian? Authoritarians have the following characteristics in common but we fail to see how anyone of them listed below could have been linked to the late Premier:
The article that appeared on ICG’s website seems to have been taken from the books of the disloyal opposition groups as everything that is contained in it is what we hear from them on daily basis. Some of the audacious staff the ICG stated in the article include: one party rule of the TPLF; --- Wrong! It is the EPRDF that is ruling and Ethiopia is an emerging multi-party democracy with failings here and there. Meles’s successor will lead a weaker regime---- the solid foundation in place is what matters not whether Meles is here or not. TPLF is failing to implement the policy of ethnic federalism----Such as? ; Curbed journalists, non-governmental organisations and religious freedoms--- activists and NGOs financed by foreign bodies have been taken out of play and religious freedom is enshrined in FDRE constitution. The recent disturbances by the very few Muslim fundamentalists were simply a struggle for power, and had nothing to do with curbing religious freedom at all.
Clearly the ICG knows very little about Ethiopia, and the article it authored is riddled with hearsay from beginning to end. This is to be expected from a white colonialist entity with a clear agenda to test the stability of Ethiopia; ICG is not ashamed or unduly perturbed by the manner in which it treats black third world countries. It would not dare write such a preposterously interfering article against the rich and powerful petroleum producing countries such as Saudi Arabia where women are not even allowed to drive a car. Poverty is humiliating and that is why we are being treated in this unacceptable manner by this racist organisation. No wonder the late Premier was working day and night to make his country self sufficient and silence the parasites that want us to remain as foreign aid dependents.