Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Dying in the Great Lakes / Morir en los Grandes Lagos

It was on Saturday May 10th, 2014 in Madrid [Spain].

On that day, a person looking at our event asked me: “How do you think your action can make a difference or have some impact?

I was hit quite unprepared but I replied “It is not the scale of what you see here that will effectively make a difference but our determination to have an impact on issues we are campaigning about.”

The other day a friend Nigerian reminded me that the meeting that Nkwame Nkrumah and his colleagues of the first hour of the pan-africanism movement held in Manchester in 1945 was organized in an ordinary room, not a conference hall. But the outcome of that event set off the period for African independence some years later.

What we believe in and our determination to fulfill our dreams are the only important factors in living courageous and fulfilled lives.

Most of the time, we navigate in our small villages all the time without looking beyond. Despite their confined and physical boundaries, if we cannot see those spaces we live in as limitless, where the capacity of our imagination is the only limiting factor for our fulfillment as human beings, we are doomed.

To change the world for the better – because there have been many, and still are, who have walked that path, but for the worse intentions -, we need to live courageous lives. And believe me, they are the only ones worth living.

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When Presidents Of Major U.S. Colleges Cavort With Rwanda’s Dictator Gen. Kagame

OPEN LETTER

Frederick M. Lawrence, Office of the President
Brandeis University
Irving Enclave 113, MS 100
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Drew Faust, Office of the President
Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

L. Rafael Reif, Office of the President
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 3-208
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

John L. Hennessy, Office of the President
Building 10
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2061

Anthony P. Monaco, Office of the President
Tufts University
Ballou Hall, 2nd Floor
1 The Green
Medford, MA 02155

RE: Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s visit to Your Universities

Dear Presidents,

The international community, you, me, governments, institutions and civil society every where should stop from being blind about the ongoing human drama of the Great Lakes of Africa.

The international community, you, me, governments, institutions and civil society every where should stop from being blind about the ongoing human tragedy of the Great Lakes of Africa.

As a Coalition of Africa-focused human rights and peace organizations representing a broad range of individuals, including Rwandans, Ugandans, and Congolese people, we write to express our dismay at your decision to welcome the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame to your universities.

We regret to inform you that your invitation of Paul Kagame to your institution co-signs his repressive practices inside Rwanda and his aggressive interventions in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Continue reading

Patrick Mbeko insists: Rwanda 1994 was something else than genocide

Skulls displayed at The Rwandan Genocide Murambi Memorial

Skulls displayed at The Rwandan Genocide Murambi Memorial

He is the author of two authoritative books “Le Canada dans les guerres en Afrique Centrale” and “Le Canada et le pouvoir Tutsi du Rwanda.” In his writings, Canadian of Congolese origin Patrick Mbeko explains and describes facts and events that contradict the official and widespread narrative of what happened in Rwanda in 1994 and never ending wars and humanitarian tragedies that ensued in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Patrice Lumumba noted in his time that Africa would write its own history, which would be different from the views of Washington, London, Paris or Brussels [or those serving interests of these capitals]. Mbeko appears to be in that line of thoughts by telling the reality as experienced by people of the Great Lakes region from their own perspective.

Mbeko lists in the following paragraphs enough evidence to show that what occurred in Rwanda in April 1994 was something else that a genocide. As we know, Kigali propaganda and Kagame’s supporters have spread a fabricated sequence of events and a painted picture for more than twenty years to justify the Rwandan Patriotic Front’s clinging onto power, Hutu oppression and territory occupation accompanied with exploitation of the mineral resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading

Ajamu Nangwaya on the commitment to liberate Africa from neo-imperialism

Ajamu Nangwaya

Ajamu Nangwaya

May 25th, 2014 could be considered as any other anniversary in the African calendar. On April 15, 1958 8 states of the African continent which were already independent and represented in Accra [Ghana] at the Conference of Independent Afrikan States called that day African Liberation Day. It was in 1963 on May 25th when already 33 countries had become independent that this new date was consecrated as African Freedom Day. 56 years since 1958 is a long period time. Much could be said of what did not work out for the continent and with which it is still struggling. Ajamu Nangwaya suggests some of the remedies that Africans should’ve taken for long to expect moving towards their real [political and economical] liberation. Continue reading

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The Rwandan Hitler does not give a damn!!!

“I don’t give a damn! They draw cartoons. They call me Hitler!! I am not bothered at all,” explains the Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

With a death toll of more than 8 millions of his African victims, including 6 millions of Congolese and 2 millions of Rwandans, should the world continue to not be bothered as he does?

That US and Britain support Kagame’s regime unconditionally, this tells you the character of these two nations, knowing the scale of atrocities it has been committing and still continue committing.