War on Terror? US proxies Ethiopia and Rwanda terrorize their own people

Submitted to 94.1 KPFA Radio by Ann Garrison on Sat, 08/22/2015

Washington D.C.-based Ethiopian activist Obang Metho says that Ethiopian and Rwandan dictators have been allowed to terrorize their own people because they provide troops for the U.S, War on Terror. Metho is a founder of the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia. Continue reading

Rwanda: identity and politics

Kagame personality in its particular characteristic of initiating and committing genocides in the Great Lakes region inspires artists. This is one of the results of his inspiration. At least once he won't be around, his life will have served many purposes.

Kagame personality in its particular characteristic of initiating and committing genocides in the Great Lakes region inspires artists. This is one of the results of his inspiration. At least once he won’t be around, his life will have served many purposes.

The theme that started the discussion wasn’t about identity and politics, but at the end, it came to be.

Initial exchanged views wondered why Rwanda was not officially represented in Washington at a ceremony awarding Donald Kaberuka a prize for his performance at the African Development Bank.

Beyond the absence of the official Rwanda at that ceremony, many sustained arguments questioned who was Rwandan or who was not. Could for example having ancestral roots or some remote relatives in the country entitles someone to being called Rwandan when they were born and raised or grew up outside? Continue reading

3rd Kilombo International Conference, Peki, GHANA, 19th September – 20th September 2015

3rd Kilombo International Conference 19th September – 20th September 2015

Let's not be blind this time. Too much African blood has passed under the bridge. Picture courtesy of DON'T BE BLIND THIS TIME. London 2013

Let’s not be blind this time. Too much African blood has passed under the bridge. Picture courtesy of DON’T BE BLIND THIS TIME. London 2013

This Conference is about bringing  together grassroots community activists from the diaspora and the continent who share an interest in a self sufficient Africa. The conference will see activists share ideas, learn by sharing successes, failures and experiences. The Kilombo international Conference will continue to oppose the militarisation and proxy wars on the continent and the Global South. It will encourage democratic participation by the marginalised such as women and other groups. Kilombo Outposts across the African continent and the Diapora will give reports on their various activities in moving the Kilombo vision forward.

The conference package also includes a sightseeing trip on 21st September to some of Ghana’s reknown tourist destinations.

920x920Kilombo is a word that comes from the Kimbundu language of the Angolan people. We chose this word because as Pan-Africanists, we looked for a word that comes from an indigenous African language and is a word for resistance. This word means launching pad for battle or settlement (fortress) of resistance. When reading the book, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, by Walter Rodney, and looking at resistance to the occupation it covered, the word which lasted longest as one battle, was the Queen Nzingha-led resistance against Portuguese occupation. Queen Nzingha led the resistance from Kilombos.

When enslaved Africans were taken to South America, they introduced the word, Kilombo ( Quilombo) as a word of resistance with enslaved African revolts being organised from fortresses called quilombos, most well known examples were in Brazil (eg. Quilombo of Palmares).

Conference Brochure can be found here – if you are interested in attending email us at kilombo.uk@gmail.com 

Rwigara family speaks out about RPF harassment

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This is the family’s hotel located in Kigali and subject to demolition by City’s authorities.

“… I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” Malcom X

I reproduce here a letter from the family of Assinapol Rwigara, a Rwandan businessman who was assassinated early this year by president Paul Kagame’s regime for refusing to be dispossessed of their properties in Kigali – Rwanda. It initially appeared on the blog Democracy Watch – Rwanda edited by Susan Thompson.
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Filip Reyntjens analyses issues raised by BBC Rwanda Untold Story after the storm

The documentary Rwanda Untold Story was produced by BBC 2 on October 1st, 2014, 24 years exactly after the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) of president Paul Kagame invaded Rwanda from Uganda. During the entire period there has been only one dominant narrative about tragic events that engulfed the country and the whole Great Lakes region, Rwanda being their epicentre. If you haven’t watched the broadcast, Filip Reyntjens summarizes its core coverage for you: Continue reading