Monthly Archives: February 2013

Simandou Mining Project in Guinea Conakry

Simandou Mining project in Guinea Conakry - Rio Tinto picture

Simandou Mining project in Guinea Conakry – Rio Tinto picture

Rio Tinto, the global multinational which is involved in a range of mining projects across the world, is developing in the Simandou mining concession – Guinea Conakry, what will become the biggest production unit of iron ore in Africa, once completed. Many of us, when we hear about this mining company we think of it as totally western in its ownership. But apparently, Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chinalco) is its main shareholder. It does not however have the majority of shares to control the company.  Continue reading

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Rwanda: RPF Crimes in DRC, an exiled ex-DMI and soldier testifies


Boston - Rwanda Day 2012Jambonews, an online news outlet, made a French transcript of a testimony given by an ex-DMI and soldier of the Rwandan Patriotic Front. I personally heard him live in Kinyarwanda on Radio Itahuka where he was being interviewed by the presenter. The text has been translated into English. What is astonishing after listening and reading the testimony is the disconnect between those like Howard G. Buffett and Tony Blair  who are still backing Paul Kagame. No wonder some voices are calling racists these western sponsors of the dictator of Rwanda, because they don’t seem to have any threshold of victims beyond which their friend can go for them to leave him sank on his own. Please read below the translation of the testimony. It is chilling and raises goose bumps on the skin. Only Hitler’s gas chambers and the entire Nazi experience get closer. 

This is an illustration of Paul Kagame's criminal hands that Howard Buffet and Tony Blair are avoiding to consider in their advocacy for the dictator so their business interests continue to flourish in the region, at the expense of millions of Congolese, hundreds of thousands of raped women, Rwandans, and others, for almost 20 years now.

This is an illustration of Paul Kagame’s criminal hands that Howard Buffet and Tony Blair are avoiding to consider in their advocacy for the dictator so their business interests continue to flourish in the region, at the expense of millions of Congolese, hundreds of thousands of raped women, Rwandans, and others, for almost 20 years now.

“I’ll give you my testimony about what happened in the Congo, where I was a soldier of the RPA (now the RDF Rwandese Defence Force) before being assigned to the DMI (Directorate of Military Intelligence). We were sent to kill refugees in Kisangani at the orders of Captain Shema of the DMI and Lieutenant Frank Bashimake. Up until Kisangani fleeing refugees walked on the road, once there they were blocked by the river, and this is where they perished; what happened there is the subject of the story I am going to tell you Rwandan friends,” declares the former DMI member who recognizes himself to be a former RPF killer, now a refugee in Europe, and did not want to reveal his name or address for his safety and that of his family. He delivered his story in Kinyarwanda on radio Itahuka on Saturday 9th of February. Radio Itahuka is online broadcasting outlet established by RNC, an entity initiated and led by former RPF personalities once close to Paul Kagame.  Continue reading

George B.N. Ayittey – ‘Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World’

Review by Didas Gasana

‘Dictators are impervious to reason. The only voice a dictator listens to is his own voice. Political repression is an effective weapon in the hands of African despots. Opposition parties are either outlawed or accorded very little political leeway. Key opposition leaders are arrested, intimidated, hounded and even killed. Cowed into submission, some intellectuals in the opposition tend to switch camps. In other words, they become political prostitutes. Though highly educated with PhDs, a multitude of them have sold off their consciences, integrity and principles as they kowtow to the diktats of barbarous dictators. As prostitutes, they have partaken of the plunder, misrule and repression of their people’, writes George Ayittey in his latest masterpiece ‘Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World (2011). Continue reading

Kwame Nkrumah, 24th February 1966 Coup and The International Progressive Movement.

By Explo Nani-Kofi

Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum

Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 24th February 1966, the government of Kwame Nkrumah was overthrown through a military and police coup d’état in which the key figures were Col E.K. Kotoka, Major A.A. Afrifa and Inspector General of Police J.W.K. Harlley. The files of the US Central Intelligence Agency declassified in 1999 show that USA has been trying to influence people to overthrow President Kwame Nkrumah since 1964. The CIA backed coup in Ghana was part of the Cold War conflict of the time as President Nkrumah was seen as an ally of Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This event has resulted in what I call the 24th February 1966 Consensus which has affected politics in Ghana and the total shift from those organizations and institutions that Nkrumah worked as well as ideas and structures which President Nkrumah had. By international progressive movement here, I mean forces together which have been working globally to stop or limit the diktat of a few rich nations and rulers who control this world. This paper will identify some of the structures that Nkrumah was involved with and show how there is a total shift from this politically in Ghana and this shift includes forces which declare themselves as followers of Kwame Nkrumah. Continue reading

After Ernesto Che Guevara’s Visit to Ghana

By Explo Nani-Kofi

Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah

Pre-independence Africa and the period which followed the liberation of the first countries of the continent from colonialism were dominated by a strong solidarity among the latter and other progressive forces from other places. Against the occupation of Africa by today’s neo-colonialism through sponsored autocratic regimes and financed international organisations, it is imperative for Africans to learn from yesterday resistance which enabled to gain freedom and sustain the precarious political independence obtained in the 60s. The following note by Explo Nani-Kofi traces the experience of Ernesto Che Guevara in a number of African countries at the time. Continue reading