Monthly Archives: March 2013

Congolese women against genocide in DRC

Congolese women protesting against Rwandan support to M23

Congolese women protesting against Rwandan support to M23 in Goma – Eastern Congo.

“No brutality, no agony, no torture has ever driven me to beg for mercy, for I would rather die with my head high, my faith unshaken, and a profound trust in the destiny of my country, than live in subjection, seeing principles that are sacred to me laughed to scorn. History will have its say one day.” Patrice Emery Lumumba

Congolese women denounce consumed and ongoing genocide of their compatriots since 1996. The following is a memorandum which condemns international crimes committed in the DRCongo and neo-colonial policies imposed on local populations.

Congolese women activists at a protest organised in Paris on March 23rd, 2013

Congolese women activists at a protest organised in Paris on March 23rd, 2013. They stand against the inhuman cowardly complicit and racist attitude of the West in front of the millions of their compatriot victims, particularly the thousands of dehumanized raped women.

Recalling the UN SC Resolutions 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; Diaspora Congolese Women stand in solidarity to express our solidarity and our concern for innocent Congolese populations, particularly women and young girls who are living in human insecurity, poverty, fear, hunger and oppression since 1997 in the DRCongo. Continue reading

Hugo Chavez: New World Rising

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

The great Bolivarian is gone – which means the U.S. will soon escalate its destabilization campaign against his country. “Washington hopes that Venezuelan socialism cannot survive without Chavez.” But the U.S. cannot roll back the movement that Chavez did so much to ignite, “the dark awakening in the barrios, favelas, rural villages and native highlands of the continent.” Continue reading

Victoire Ingabire’s Appeal Trial

Imprisoned Rwandan politician, Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi.

Imprisoned Rwandan politician, Victoire Ingabire, leader of FDU-Inkingi.

Monday 25th March 2013, the leader of the Rwandan political party from the opposition – FDU-Inkingi, Victoire Ingabire, went to the High Court in Kigali for her appeal trial against her condemnation to 8 years of imprisonment pronounced last October.  Continue reading

Barriers to African regional integration: the international aid system and corporate interests

By Alex de Waal

Africa

Africa

Why is the entire African continental economy no larger than Spain’s, at $580 billion? Why is the combined GDP of the 40-plus countries that lie between South Africa and Egypt scarcely bigger than the annual turnover of ExxonMobil? There’s a weary consensus that blames low prices for Africa’s agricultural exports, corruption, cash-starved infrastructure and, increasingly, the devastating economic impact of AIDS. But less explored is the perverse logic of dividing Africa’s small economic space into fifty sovereign entities. Regional economic integration is an absolute prerequisite for poverty reduction: expanding markets, attracting investment, and increasing savings. Unfortunately, there are powerful interests that stand in its way – mainly the politicians and bureaucrats who extract rent from their possession of sovereign privileges to tax and regulate.  Continue reading

Perilous journey of a hunted ICC convict

US Embassy in Rwanda

US Embassy in Rwanda

This is an extract from an article published by AfroAmerica Network on Bosco Ntaganda last escapade. The story reads like a Hollywood script.

When the chief rebel landed, “people at the US Embassy could not believe it. What they did not know is that General Ntaganda was a hunted man, who had run out of options, running for his life, to the risk of spending  the rest of his life in prison, instead of seeing his life abruptly end in the darkness of  the torture rooms somewhere in Rwanda and his body dumped in a jungle in the DRC or along a beaten track in Masisi.”

But can wonder why the Rwandan commander in chief would prefer him dead. “Did  the Rwandan Government want General Ntaganda roaming free in the DRC? No. General Paul Kagame wanted him dead  and along with him the numerous macabre secrets they share. Secrets about the multitude of innocent Congolese Hutu and Rwanda refugees massacred in Kiwandja, Masisi, Rutshuru, and all over North-Kivu.”

What the US Embassy does will determine the fate of important secrets still upheld by the rebel leader. “Perhaps one day General Ntaganda will tell all that truth. The truth General Paul Kagame and General James Kabarebe did not want him to live to tell.”

To read the full story, please click here.