Monthly Archives: December 2014

US: Rwandans and Congolese tired of being told how to die

Joweri Museveni and Paul Kagame

Joweri Museveni and Paul Kagame

Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali said of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that it was 100 percent the responsibility of the Americans. Many agree that president Paul Kagame and the like of president Joweri Museveni were only actors in a puzzle that had been put together by the big powers who were interested in occupying the Great Lakes region. Continue reading

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A CIA Role in the 1994 Assassination of Rwanda’s President Habyarimana

The board that these Congolese protesters in Goma - Eastern Congo reads "UN is mocking us." For Congolese people it  is time to end that mockery by demanding immediate removal of MONUSCO. As the situation evolves presently, it appears that Congolese population national uprising against UN presence and Kabila government in Kinshasa might start in the Kivu provinces.

The board that these Congolese protesters in Goma – Eastern Congo reads “UN is mocking us.” For Congolese people it is time to end that mockery by demanding immediate removal of MONUSCO. As the situation evolves presently, it appears that Congolese population national uprising against UN presence and Kabila government in Kinshasa might start in the Kivu provinces.

By Robin Philpot

With war still raging in the Eastern Congo for the fourth time since 1996, serious questions must be asked about the UN’s inability to respond effectively. Former UN Secretary General Boutros-Ghali has been raising such questions ever since Washington vetoed his second mandate at the UN in November 1996. For the English version of my book Rwanda 1994, Colonialism Dies Hard, I interviewed Boutros-Ghali about the wars that have wreaked havoc on Central Africa and especially Rwanda and the former Zaire. His observations about the UN and the possible role of the CIA in the April 6, 1994 assassination of two African heads of state are stunning. Continue reading

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in their own words

Picture of Ba Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, by Don't Be Blind This Time

Picture of Ba Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, by Don’t Be Blind This Time

By Ann Garrison

Come January 2nd 2015 I don’t think UN (MONUSCO) will dare attacking FDLR and its more than 250,000 Hutu refugees under its protection in Eastern Congo. Before August 3rd 1993, when the Arusha Agreement was signed between the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and the Habyarimana’s Rwandan government, I had a very naive positive picture of the UN and particularly its peacekeeping missions around the world. For the last twenty one years, alongside millions of other Africans of the Great Lakes region, I have been victim of the same institution that could’ve protected our people against the systematically elaborate slaughter; I have also learnt a lot about the role of UN in serving US foreign policies. Thus going after FDLR this time would confirm in the mind of many that MONUSCO and those behind its selective actions and inactions, is only a very highly funded criminal entity aimed at preserving their regional business interests.” Ambrose Nzeyimana

On 10.07.2014, CBS aired a five minute news piece titled “Militia accused of Rwanda genocide facing onslaught,” produced with the aid of the ENOUGH Project to End Geocide and Crimes Against Humanity, a non-profit corporation sheltering under the umbrella of the Center for American Progress, the Democratic Party’s corporate funded think tank and organizing operation. The Enough Project was founded by career intelligence professional John Prendergast, who now identifies as a human rights activist, and Gayle Smith, who now serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council. Prendergast, Smith, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and UN National Security Adviser Susan Rice are the best known proponents of a doctrine known as “Mass Atrocity Prevention,” meaning US obligation to undertake humanitarian military interventions. The Rwandan Genocide and the Holocaust are centerpieces of this military doctrine. In Presidential Study Directive 10, which created the inter-agency Mass Atrocities Review Board, President Obama wrote that, “Sixty-six years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide.”

It is therefore not surprising that the ENOUGH Project would collaborate with CBS to promote a military “onslaught” against the “militia accused of Rwanda Genocide” without reference to the abundance of well documented books and reportage that have upended the widely held belief about the massacres that came to be known as the Rwandan Genocide. These include Surviving the Slaughter, Dying to Live; A Rwandan Family’s Five Year Flight Across the Congo, Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa, Accidental Genocide, Rwanda 1994: The Myth of the Akuza Genocide Conspiracy and Its Consequences, Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later, and the recent BBC documentary “Rwanda’s Untold Story.

The CBS report quoted a UN official, who said that, “The FDLR are here living with their wives and children. Maybe we need the Marines or special forces with special equipment to engage and neutralize them. I’m not quite sure with our blue helmet and the blue flag [of the U.N.], we can neutralize them.”  US Special forces are the preferred agents of Mass Atrocities Prevention interventions, as outlined in the Mass Atrocities Prevention Military Handbook produced by the Harvard Kennedy School and the Pentagon.  

So, with US Marines and/or Special Forces this close to engaging in a “military onslaught” in the heart of Africa, I decided to see what I could learn about its target, the FDLR militia. The most obvious way to start was to find out how the FDLR explain themselves, so I made inquiries until someone sent me the FDLR’s founding document, the Nasho Declaration, which follows here. I was told that FDLR leadership held a meeting in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, and produced the Nasho Declaration, which they then read on local radios and in front of media in the year 2000, though the written statement was not published until April 6, 2001, on the seventh anniversary of the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira.  -Ann Garrison
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Letter to Patrice Emery Lumumba

By Ama Biney

53 years after, the struggle continues. We are going to fight for the heart of Africa until death. Picture courtesy BK Kumbi

53 years after, the struggle continues. We are going to fight for the heart of Africa until death. Picture courtesy BK Kumbi

In life one comes across incidentally with some brilliant minds. This is the way I came to know Ama Biney, a humble African woman but of great intelligence and dynamism. Common contacts brought us together in a bigger group to work on pan-African issues without much of introduction. Though people gradually started to know each other through their contributions, without proper presentation, to get to really grasp who is who in the group prior to joining it has been a very slow process. Since the internet is one way of finding out people with a certain public presence, while looking for Ama Biney, I found the following letter she published in January 2013 and which is featured online in several places. It is a well written piece worth reading for anyone keen to Africa’s interests.

 

On the 52nd anniversary of the vicious assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Ama Biney reflects on both the current state of the DRC and Africa, arguing that the Congo is not only a ‘world problem’ but remains critical to the future unity of Africa due to its resources and geo-strategic location.

My dear Patrice,

On the 52nd anniversary of your brutal assassination on 17 January 1961, your people of 60 million have continued to see no peace, justice, nor liberation. The people have continued to profusely bleed to death. Rape has become a weapon of war against thousands of Congolese women. Between August 1998 and April 2007, up to six million Congolese have died through unspeakable atrocities, disease, starvation and malnutrition. This figure is almost the same number as the Jews who died in the Holocaust, which leads one to ask: is it because they are black skinned Africans that global humanity responds with paralysis and indifference? If they had been Europeans, would the killings have been averted or lessened? Surely the unfolding catastrophe in the Congo is of similar proportions to that of the Cambodian and Rwanda genocides, the Vietnam War, the wars in Europe known as the First World War, Second World War and the Balkans war? If you were alive today what would you say to the Congolese women who have been gang raped by fellow Congolese? How would you comfort the children left orphaned by the multitude of vicious male warlords seeking self-aggrandisement and personal riches from the wealth of the Congo? What would you say to the hundreds of street children, uneducated and unemployed youths who were enticed into the rebel armies to commit horrific crimes against fellow Congolese? How is it possible that after 50 odd years of so-called independence the life expectancy of a Congolese woman is 47 years and that of a Congolese man is 42 years? Continue reading

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War is rape and rape is war

Rising Continent

Countries are raped by war. Their humanity is taken away by warmongers, including those who hide behind local warlords but pay them for their crimes and related benefits. Tackling the raping warmongers should be the major issue, and not their agents who attack and rape defenseless women, girls, men and boys.

War and rape have in common the fact that they both involve the concept or characteristic of attack. They irrevocably damage the private humanity of individuals and destroy the way of life of entire nations. One cannot try to eradicate rape in war conflicts without trying to eradicate war altogether. Doing only the former and leaving out the latter is a form of hypocrisy or foolishness aimed at cheating the general public about one’s supposedly humanitarian intentions of caring for the victims of sexual violence during armed conflicts.

Unfortunately that is the hidden agenda of the London’s global summit…

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