Monthly Archives: August 2013

1,098 supporters have already signed the petition

Dying in the great lakes i s“It should be important for everybody.”
Sylvia Preissig-Thurn [Austria]

The signatories want to see the Congolese genocide recognized, but also all other genocides committed but denied in the Great Lakes region, meaning in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo acknowledged.  Continue reading

How Shall Rwandans Get Rid of Dictatorships for Good?

By David Himbara

David Himbara

David Himbara

I do agree with the author of this note on the role that a strong civil society in Rwanda could achieve in changing and shaping the politics of that country in a post-Kagame era. And that role should not wait to be played only then, but most importantly right now. It is like those preaching about democracy then, when they don’t demonstrate any today among themselves or inside their own organisations. Unfortunately, he limits his analysis of this important issue by only pointing on the related essential questions. It would have been helpful if he had also suggested some solutions on how to go about strengthening the rather very weak Rwandan civil society only somehow operating relatively freely in exile, let alone the one which is absent inside.  Continue reading

Dying in the Great Lakes: more than by sexual violence

Dying in the great lakes i s

Nobody rational can reduce the death of more than 6 millions of victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo to only sexual violence. It would be criminally minimalistic. 

The initiative – Dying in the Great Lakes – A Living Portrait is attracting some interest as far as New Zealand.

Iain Steward, who has been extensively commenting from that country on our notes regarding the project is an example of what the whole idea underlying it could bring to the international audience and particularly western in understanding better the tragic situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries of the Great Lakes region. Continue reading

Focusing on lies as a political strategy is ending Kagame’s regime

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

There is surely nothing quite useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker [management guru and friend of the Rwandan president Paul Kagame]

It took almost 6 centuries to Rwandan Hutus to overcome the policies of lies underpinning their enslavement by the Tutsi political leadership during all that time. This happened in 1959 with a social revolution. Continue reading

Dying in the Great Lakes: Remembering the millions that have been killed in the last 30 years

 

It is overdue to wake up to the reality of the Congolese genocide, whatever else the beneficiaries call it.

It is overdue to wake up to the reality of the Congolese genocide, whatever else the beneficiaries call it.

Iain Stewart wrote the note with the above title following a blog post I had published on these pages to promote an event about the Great Lakes to be staged next month in London.

The event is aimed at highlighting the abject indifference of the West to the ongoing death of millions in that region of Africa [Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda]. The concerned spectacle is to be organised on Saturday September 14th, 2013.

Iain Steward raises interesting points and also advances some criticisms. For example, he wonders the reason the note about the event points particularly at the Ugandan President Joweri Museveni  and not Idi Amin. Continue reading