The World Bank of Liars
By Prof. Al Mariam
January 9, 2017

I have been wrangling with the World Bank of Lies, Damned Lies and Statislies in Ethiopia for the past few years.

I have been trying to keep them honest. I once offered a deal to The World Bank: If they stopped lying by statistics (statislies) about economic “growth” and “development” in Ethiopia, I will stop telling the truth about their malfeasance and wicked deeds in Ethiopia.

I thought we had reached an unwritten silent deal. But not so, apparently.

On December 2, 2016, The World Bank issued its report, “Why so Idle? Wages and Employment in a Crowded Labor Market”.

Today I ask The World Bank, “Why so many idle statistical lies about Ethiopia?” Why so many World Bank fake news about Ethiopia?

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of the lies, damned lies and statislies The World Bank publishes on Ethiopia.

In my January 2015 commentary, “World Bank-ruptcy in Ethiopia”, I condemned the World Bank for lying about the so-called “Ethiopia Protection of Basic Services Project (PBS)” it financed which directly supported the “Ethiopian Government’s Villagization Program in Gambella Region.” The World Bank gave money to the Thugtatorship of the Tigrean Peoples Liberation Front (T-TPLF) to forcibly remove the Anuak Indigenous People in Gambella, Western Ethiopia, so that their fertile ancestral land could be given away for pennies to fly-by-night investors. The World Bank pled plausible deniability in the T-TPLF’s displacement and deracination of the of the Anuak people. In 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a 115-page damning investigative report entitled “ ‘WAITING HERE FOR DEATH’: Displacement and ‘Villagization’ in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region”, documenting the crimes against humanity committed by the T-TPLF using World Bank and other funds provided by the gang of international poverty pimps who call themselves the “Development Assistance Group” (DAG).

In my February 2, 2015 commentary , “The World Bank and Ethiopia’s ‘Growth and Transformation’”, I debunked the World Bank’s hyped narrative and lies aimed at extolling the skillful management of the Ethiopian economy by the T-TPLF and its own self-glorification that it and the other donors and loaners have played a central and decisive role in lifting out of poverty and transforming a once famine-stricken country into a shining example of loan- and aid-based development (an oxymoronic claim on its face).

In my February 8, 2015 commentary , “Ethiopia’s ‘Odious Debt’ to the Odious World Bank”, I argued that the Ethiopia’s “odious debt” (illegitimate national debt incurred and pocketed by the T-TPLF in the name of Ethiopia) to The World Bank should not be enforceable against the people of Ethiopia. The T-TPLF is a criminal racketeering regime that has not only stolen tens of billions of dollars from the Ethiopian people over the past quarter century but today literally has taken one hundred million Ethiopians hostage in Ethiopia by declaring a “state of emergency”. Hostages must never be liable for the criminal acts of their abductors.

In my November 2015 commentary, “Ethiopia and the World Bank of Lies, Damned Lies and Statislies”, I marveled at how low those doggone liars at The World Bank will stoop to hatch out lies, fabricate damned lies and manufacture statistics just to kiss up to a corrupt-to-the-bone thug regime and bend over backwards to cover up the truth about poverty, unemployment and corruption in Ethiopia.

In January 2017, I am back to square one. I must rise up once more to expose another big lie report by the World Bank.

One caveat: It is not that I am out to condemn any report issued by the World Bank on Ethiopia. Indeed, I applauded and expounded on The World Bank’s landmark study of corruption in T-TPLF Ethiopia.

The 2012 World Bank report, “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia: Perceptions, Realities, and the Way Forward for Key Sectors”, is an extraordinary, unprecedented and path-breaking work of policy analysis on corruption ever done by the Bank anywhere (to my knowledge).

What is extraordinary about the 417-page report is that The Bank critically examines T-TPLF corruption in a number of areas including health, education, rural water supply, justice, construction, land, telecommunication and mining sectors. The “clinical” report is aptly titled “Diagnosing Corruption in Ethiopia” because corruption is a cancer that has spread and metastasized in the Ethiopian body politics; and the T-TPLF is the deadly vector-pathogen .

I generated several commentaries on that “diagnostic” report.[1] In my commentaries, I sought to remove the bureaucratic language and lay bare the essential message of the report to my readers: The T-TPLF operates an empire of corruption in Ethiopia and is hell-bent on dragging one hundred million people into total political and economic collapse.


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